Stuart : Florida

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What Stuart is like for active adults
Stuart, Florida is an extremely charming and complex retirement community for many active adults 55+. It has a lovely downtown that is fun to walk around in, with interesting shops and restaurants in a small town feel. There is a very ample coastline thanks to the bays and ocean that surround the town. There is much to do in this community of 16,000, which is very attractive to active adults (median age is 49).

Some say that Stuart is the most northerly place on the Florida Coast that is positively affected by the Gulf Stream. As a result it is considerably warmer in winter than other communities to the north. According to the wikipedia entry on Stuart, in the 1700s, several Spanish galleons shipwrecked in the Martin County area of Florida's Treasure Coast. The multiple wrecks were reportedly the result of a hurricane, and the ships were carrying unknown quantities of gold and silver. Some of this treasure has since been recovered.

Photo of downtown Stuart courtesy of Wikipedia and Gregory Maxwell. Find out about more about retiring in Florida
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Living by the water is possible for those who have the resources to do so.    Some of it nicest neighborhoods are difficult to find without a guide or good real estate agent. There are a lot of active adult and gated communities, some of them extremely luxurious (see link at top right).
Real estate prices on homes in the area vary tremendously depending on neighborhood and proximity to the water. Prices have been drastically affected by the housing crisis.  Foreclosures and short sales drove the median home price in 2010 to about  $80,000. in late 2013 had the median price rebounding to about $95,000; reported the median price to still be at $97,200 in early 2014.  In the nicest developments prices might be several times those prices. Average property taxes were $1200 in 2009.

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What is special about this retirement community
• Stuart is the Sailfish capital of the world • Walkable, charming downtown • Great shopping and restaurants • Many great neighborhoods and developments • Long shoreline and barrier island beaches • Warm winters
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What is not special about this retirement community
• There is lot traffic in season • Overdevelopment • History of hurricanes
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Stuart is a growing, vital community with all types and ages of people living there.
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Local economy is driven by
Education, banking and finance, tourism, real estate
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Climate and Physical Environment
Stuart is in the middle of the Atlantic coast of Florida, about where the Gulf Stream starts to move east. There are many rivers, bays, and barrier islands that make this a complex network of land and water. Winters are warm and summers have almost daily rains.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The Martin County Library is well funded and features a collection of over 250,000 books. The Lyric Theatre is an historic theatre on the National Register of Historic Places. The Stuart Heritage Museum.  There are a lot of interesting shops and galleries in this affluent community.
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Crime in Stuart is slightly lower than the national average.
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Medical facilities

Saint Lucie Medical Center (Port Saint Lucie, FL, 8 miles);Savannas Hospital (Port Saint Lucie, FL, 8 miles); Lawnwood Regional Medical Center (Fort Pierce, FL, 19 Miles)


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Vero Beach Muni Airport (34 Miles) • Palm Beach International (38 Miles).
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Valuable Links
Stuart on Wikipedia
Florida Retirement Guide
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What people are saying about Stuart

Love the downtown
Stuart has a very charming downtown. When you visit, be sure to stop in have lunch, then walk around.
Posted by admin on November 09, 2011

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Facts about STUART
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Suburban,Coastal,Boating Community,Golf Community,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: youngatheart

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