Stuart Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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First settled in 1870 and incorporated in 1914, the city of Stuart, Florida is justly proud of its maritime heritage. While fishing catches include dolphin, mackerel, tarpon, and snook, it is sailfish that give the city its nickname of "Sailfish Capital of the World." And while fishing of every type--ocean, river, bay, and fresh water--is king, Stuart has a great deal more to offer.

It began, in fact, as a pineapple plantation when two brothers arrived from Germany in 1892. First called Potsdam, the city changed its name after the FEC railroad arrived in town, in honor of the man who brought the railway. Since then, thanks to a climate of mild winters and warm summers, Stuart has grown to a population at the last census of about 15,000.

Stuart lies on about six square miles in Martin County, nearly 10 miles south of Port St. Lucie, 40 miles north of West Palm Beach, and due east of Lake Okeechobee about 20 miles. Its neighborhoods include the quaint and older downtown area, stretches of townhouses on tree-lined streets, condominium high-rises, and traditional single-family homes. The pleasant ambiance of small town America is enhanced by the nearby St. Lucie and Indian Rivers, massive palm trees, and temperate sunshine.

Shopping the MLS for Stuart Homes

The median house value at the last federal census came to $88,800. That's a statistic and, as Mark Twain once said, "there are lies, there are damned lies, and then there are statistics." The range of street prices for single-family homes--with a property search returning as many as 500 on a given day--starts at about $80,000 and tops out at about $17 million. The vast majority of these, however, fall at under $1 million, and the vast majority of those at under $600,000. Linking up with a local realtor is always a good idea.

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