Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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124 P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E – S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 H O U S I N G & N E I G H B O R H O O D S Conveniently located in the heart of the Treasure Coast – St. Lucie County, Florida offers an affordable South Florida lifestyle. Comprised of Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and Hutchinson Island, St. Lucie County was founded in 1905 with deep agricultural roots in cattle, citrus, fshing and pineapples. While you can still smell the tasty Orange Blossom breezes from the grooves in the western part of the county, it's St. Lucie County's natural and coastal environ- ments that made it one of the fastest growing areas just a few short years ago. St. Lucie County's current population of roughly 291,000 is twice what it was just two decades ago. And there is plenty of land and housing available for that number to continue to grow. Founded in 1961, The City of Port St. Lucie (Florida's 9 th largest city) features a variety of housing options from gated golf communi- ties, in and around the award-winning PGA Village and Golf Club complex to the newer townhomes and traditional residences inside the Tradition area. Those looking for older historic homes can fnd hidden treasures in Fort Pierce, founded in 1901. With its easy access to the Atlantic Ocean through the Fort Pierce Inlet – Fort Pierce is a city that is looking toward the future without forget- ting its past from the renovated Sunrise Theatre (built in 1924) to its award-winning Saturday morning Farmer's Market. If you are looking for salt-water sunrises, you'll fnd plenty of housing options along the 21-miles of coastline that is Hutchinson Island. Despite its growing population and business industry (St. Lucie County features three hospitals, including a cutting-edge trauma center and heart institution), local leaders have taken great steps to protect the natural beauty that makes St. Lucie County unique. Through a voter-approved bond, the county has purchased nearly 11,000 acres that is open to the public for passive recreation such as horseback riding, hiking, biking, fshing and bird watching. St. Lucie County is one of the few places in Florida where horseback riding is allowed on the beach. There are dozens of one-of-kind arts and cultural facilities including, Zora Neale Hurston Dust Tracks Trail, Highwaymen Trail, A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery, and Heath- cote Botanical Gardens; environmental learning Centers such as, St. Lucie County Aquarium, Manatee Observation & Education Center, Oxbow Eco-Cente ; sporting activities like charter fshing outfts, private and public golf courses, Fort Pierce Jai-Alia and Tradi- tion Field – spring training home of the New York Mets and historical institutions, National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum and St. Lucie County Regional History Center to name a few. It's these and other reasons that have helped St. Lucie County grab the attention of medical-surgical services, an intensive care unit, an emergency department and a neo-natal intensive care unit. H O U S I N G Whether you are looking for a waterfront enclave, a suburban home, a deep water site to dock your boat, a golfing community, or a rural setting with plenty of space, St. Lucie County and the Treasure Coast region offer a huge array of options. The county offers a lower population density, low crime, and is an affordable alternative to more densely populated urban communities in South Florida. The region boasts the charm of beautiful small towns with the amenities of a large city. Like Palm Beach County, housing prices are on a steady rise, with the median home price jumping 18.6 percent in one year, from $134,950 mid-year 2014 to $160,000 by mid-year 2015, according to a Keyes Real Estate report. The number of days a home is on the market also dropped dramatically, from 53 to 35 days. Millennials, who are often said to be delaying home buying, are driving part of this boom, as the region's growing business sector attracts younger families into the area. The Treasure Coast is also attracting many from out of state, with buyers often coming from New England and the Northeast. Residents in many of the Treasure Coast's towns have taken pains to limit development along the shoreline, instituting height and building limitations to preserve the quality of the region and prevent the overcrowding of beachside high rises and commercial corridors that has occurred at other loca- tions in Florida. Many of the towns in this area of Florida still have a defined downtown district, many with beautiful historical buildings and arts districts, and an abundance of single family homes. But developers have not been asleep during the growth of Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties – all are seeing plenty of new housing developments, apartment complexes, and townhouse/condominium construction. The treasure coast is a beautiful region with beautiful beaches, charming towns, and something to do for everyone. So whether you are considering the Treasure Coast for your new home, or just in town visiting, this region is a true gem and a must-see. ST. LUCIE [ Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce & Hutchinson Island ] S County 772-462-1400 |

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