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. The road out to Sewall Point Road and Hutchinson Island are beautiful with many lovely and expensive homes. There is much to do in this growing community of 16,000, which is very attractive to active adults (median age is 49). Local attractions include Hobe Sound, several large state parks on the coast like Seabranch Preserve, and the Port Salerno Waterfront District.

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. Boaters enjoy the Intracoastal which runs between the barrier island and Sewall Point. 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.

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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, like those on Sewall Point or Sailfish Point, 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 were drastically affected by the housing crisis but are recovering.  Foreclosures and short sales drove the median home price in 2010 to about $80,000. By late 2014, City-Data.com had the median price rebounding to about $100,000.  In the nicest developments homes sell for millions of dollars. We think the reported median prices do not reflect the kind of home that the average retiree is looking for. 

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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 • Great golf courses • Intracoastal •  Many state parks and Hobe Sound • Nearby and funky Jensens Beach is interesting

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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
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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Transportation
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,Small Town,Boating Community,Golf Community,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: youngatheart

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