A small town feel with the amenities of an upscale metropolitan area. That is an apt description of Stuart.
Stuart and St. Lucie (St Lucie and Martin counties) are commonly called, “The Treasure Coast” (after the Spanish treasure galleons sunk offshore hundreds of years ago, whose coins still wash up occasionally on the beaches). Here, the diversity and quality of life is what it’s all about.
If you like recreational activities, especially the water, then this is the place. From the Atlantic, to the Indian River Aquatic Preserve, to the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, to Lake Okeechobee, your options are incredible. And they also include some 45 miles of those aforementioned beaches, which to this day are mostly left unspoiled. Add in lots of sun and great weather.
Downtown Stuart or the historic district is filled with unique shops, and great restaurants. There is also a vibrant night life scene going on here. Jensen beach, St Lucie and Fort Pierce just to the north all have their own ambience. Ft. Pierce is where the African-American landscape painters known as “The Highwaymen” got their start in the 1950’s.
In conclusion, your choices here are broad. As to real estate, you can go from golf course town-homes and condos to living near the downtown or the beach.
The price ranges are broad here. And you have the best of two worlds: the easy accessibility of metropolitan Florida to the south, and the still old-Florida ambiance of a quieter, more hinterland area of the State where access to the full range of outdoor activities is not yet restricted by too many people.
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Located in the central east coast portion of Florida, 100 miles north of Miami, 115 miles southeast of Orlando and 250 miles southeast of Jacksonville.
556 square miles (Martin county)
Average summer Temperature 82°F
Average winter temperature is 63
Average yearly temperature 74
Average Annual Precipitation 49 in
Average Rain Days 127
Population projection 2005 -140,00 Martin County
Average home cost-June 2005-$261,000
Cost of Living-almost 98.39-20th in the state
Median age-47 for Martin county median age county, 48 for Stuart
Major Golf center
Major job Employment By Industry in order of numbers
Education & Health Services 18.3%
Financial Activities 4.8%
Leisure & Hospitality 13.5%
Natural Resources & Mining 1.8%
Other Services 5.1%
Professional & Business Services 11.5%
Public administration 5.0%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 23.0%
An unusually good quality of life, a strong and rapidly growing economy, good schools, nearby colleges, safe neighborhoods and a vast array of protected natural environments are what Stuart and Martin and St.Lucie counties are all about.
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