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Florida Real Estate Featured Area of the Month: Palm City

Palm City is a peaceful community. Here, the golf and tennis are great and the fishing is legendary. Fish abounds in the fertile waters of Palm City . You can spend the day fishing from the docks or offshore for snook as well as seatrout, kings, mackerel, grouper, snapper and wahoo. If golf is your game, thirty-six holes of championship golf surround the community, and you can also take advantage of several tennis courts and Olympic sized pools. Horseback riding, bicycle riding, hiking and nearby river access is also available. The West Palm Beach International Airport is an easy 45-minute drive away, and two hours takes you to Disney World and Sea World. Palm City offers a pristine environment where you can escape the crowds and relax in the peace and quiet of nature, with all the conveniences of home.

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Stuart Fl

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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.
Incorporated areas

Town of Jupiter Island
Town of Ocean Breeze Park
Town of Sewall's Point
City of Stuart
Unincorporated areas

Hobe Sound
Jensen Beach
North River Shores
Palm City
Port Salerno
General Information.

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
Stuart population-14,600
Average home cost-June 2005-$261,000
Cost of Living-99.82
Median age-47 for Martin county median age county, 48 for Stuart
Major Golf center
Major job Employment By Industry in order of numbers

Construction 9.6%
Education & Health Services 18.3%
Financial Activities 4.8%
Information 1.9%
Leisure & Hospitality 13.5%
Manufacturing 5.5%
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.

For specifics in other general categories, see the links to the left.

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Fort Pierce

The city of Fort Pierce is a historic waterfront city, incorporated in 1901.
Quick facts:

It is located in the Port Saint Lucie metro area, just a short distance from the hustle and bustle of both West Palm Beach and Orlando.
It is a diverse city, taking on a rich historical heritage combined with the incredible growth of St. Lucie County
The downtown sits just off the waters of the Indian River Lagoon, and offers unique shops, restaurants and a range of entertainment activities
Its transportation network includes, Florida's Turnpike, Interstate 95, Highway 70, US1 and the St. Lucie County airport and the Port of Fort Pierce. Palm Beach International and Melbourne International are the closest bigger airports.
Fort Pierce has approximately 39,000 residents and encompasses over 20 square miles

Modern educational and research facilities, like the top-ranked Indian River Community College, the $6 million Smithsonian Institute Research Center, the Manatee Observation and Education Center and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, live in harmony with the completely renovated 1925 City Hall and the current restoration of the historic, 1,200 seat Sunrise Theatre, which will serve as a regional performing arts center.
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Construction 8.3%
Education & Health Services 22.9%
Financial Activities 5.6%
Information 1.2%
Leisure & Hospitality 9.0%
Manufacturing 4.6%
Natural Resources & Mining 5.9%
Other Services 2.6%
Professional & Business Services 8.3%
Public administration 8.1%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 23.5%
As you can see, Ft. Pierce has a balanced and diverse economy, and the area as a whole offers significant employment and investment opportunities.

Real Estate and Cost of Living:

There is a great diversity of both home ownership and commercial real estate possibilities, and there are significant investment opportunities in both.
Homes and condos range from the very new to “Old Florida”. Ft. Pierce is an Old Florida town, and if your taste runs to the traditional at all, and despite a lot of new construction in the area, this is a wonderfully different world from southeast Florida’s Gold Coast.
As is true in much of non-urban Florida, day to day living expenses can be slightly higher than the state averages, but housing is definitely less expensive and still very affordable
Components of the Cost of living index (100 is average)
Total 98.20
Food 103.08
Health Care 99.80
Housing 93.12
Personal Goods and Services 103.38
Transportation 98.19
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Environment and Outdoors Recreation
One of the best things about Ft. Pierce is its easy access to the beaches at the northern end of Hutchinson Island, the wonderful barrier island which lies south of Ft. Pierce Inlet; and equally easy access via another bridge to the islands just north of the Inlet, including a couple of very good beaches and a mangrove wilderness area. Advantage Ft. Pierce! Many communities up and down Florida’s East Coast require long drives north or south to bridge to the Oceanside barrier islands, so these two bridges are real community assets.

Another outdoor advantage to Ft. Pierce is exceptional access via State Road 70 directly to Lake Okeechobee and its fresh water recreational options

The Savannahs Recreation Area provides some unique birding and hiking and paddleboating that would be the envy of many other parts of Florida

Ft. Pierce has, by dint of its Inlet, quick and easy access for its sport fishing fleet to Atlantic deep-sea fishing as well as, obviously, the ICW Indian River that Ft. Pierce sits on. Again, some communities on Florida’s east coast are more or less bound to inland (bay and river) waters because of the length of the barrier islands and the long distance between inlets.

And if water is not your thing, there are lots of other alternatives ranging from excellent golfing to spring training and minor league baseball

The arts and culture of the area is strong. In addition to its own events it draws on neighboring Port St Lucie. See info at
AE Backus Gallery: he was the Ft. Pierce art teacher and guru who in the 1950s helped launch the highly successful “Highwaymen,” a loose designation for local African-American landscape artists whose work has become the most recognizable Florida genre, and very collectible. See
During winter, a monthly ArtWalk brings residents, tourists, and local artists and their works together for wine, cheese, and culture
In conclusion
This is an area offering a small town atmosphere with everything you’d ever need in the way of shopping, arts, culture, education and health just minutes away. In particular if you like boating and fishing the nearby Ft Pierce and Sebastian inlets give you access to the Atlantic.
For more specific information on general topics about the area go to Stuart and the general information links.

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Jensen Beach

Jensen Beach, Florida
Martin County
Population: 12,116

Part of the Treasure Coast, Jenson Beach is a superb place for treasure diving. Spanish treasure can still be found in the waters around the coral reefs where 17th century ships wrecked off the coastline.

One of the highest pints in Southern Florida, Skyline Drive offers beautiful views!

Hutchinson Island is the main public beach. You can swim, sun bathe, and surf with the assurance of lifeguards watching out for your safety. Be on the look out for protected sea turtles. Parts of the beach are off limits to visitors in order to protect the nesting areas of these leatherback and loggerhead turtles.

The pineapple is a symbol well known around Jensen Beach. In the late 1800’s, John Laurence Jenson and his pineapple plantation founded Jenson Beach. Once known as the pineapple capital of the world, Jensen Beach now grows citrus fruits.

Excellent schools, outstanding beaches, fine restaurants, superb fishing, and affordable housing make Jensen a wonderful place to live. Come and see for yourself!

General Information

  • 7.25 square miles of landmass
  •  1672 people per square mile
  • Average age: 44 -45
  • Average Household income: $44,205
  • Median house or condo valued at $197,743
  • Cost of living index 86.5
  • Over 19 % of residents have completed a Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Average travel time to work: 23 minutes
  • Over 55 % of residents are married
  • Time zone: Eastern Time
  • Average property taxes: $1,211
  • Average summer temperature: 90 degrees
  • Average winter temperature: 68 degrees
  • Yearly precipitation: 62 inches 

Employment Industries

  • Construction (20%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (4%)
  • Transportation equipment (4%

Employment Opportunities

  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Carpenters (6%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3%)

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Port St. Lucie

Port St Lucie is approximately 120 miles southeast of Orlando and 120 miles north of Miami, along the Atlantic coast. A convenient highway network--including Interstate 95, the Florida Turnpike and State Road 70--makes it easy to travel throughout Florida.
To the east of the city lies the attractive Atlantic Ocean barrier island and beaches known as Hutchinson Island (bridges at Jensen Beach and Stuart, both a few miles east and south). To the west lies the Lake Okeechobee area, and its recreational options. The area offers plenty of golf and other outdoor recreation, as well as significant arts and cultural resources.

The area shares advantages of both the small scale of some of its Old Florida smaller surrounding towns and its own larger scale as a rapidly growing mid-sized city. Add to this its ready access to the metropolitan areas – the Palm Beaches, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami – of the rest of Southeast Florida, and you have a recipe for an attractive relocation possibility.
Some quick facts
The Port St. Lucie (and by extension Ft. Pierce and Stuart) area has recently become a significant growth area in Florida, for both new permanent and snowbird residents, and for business owners and investors.

There are many reasons for people to relocate to Port St. Lucie, including climate, modern amenities, affordable prices, transportation convenience and accessibility to South Florida’s urban centers, and attractive business incentives.
For example:

The year-round climate makes for great living and working conditions. The average annual temperature is 73.2 degrees, with a drop of only 16.7 degrees between the extremes of winter and summer temperatures.
Port St. Lucie is a young city, incorporated in 1961; and it’s a young city in terms of its residents too, having a median age of just 42 years old.
Port St. Lucie, Fla., had the nation’s fastest growth rate among large cities (100,000 or more population) between July 1, 2003, and July 1, 2004, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates.
More than 125,000 residents make up Port St. Lucie, ranking it as the 15th largest city in the Sunshine State. Projections for the county’s population, currently 214,000 are 314,000 by 2010

As noted above, major highways criss-cross this area, making north-south and east-west travel convenient for both personal and business distribution purposes
Airport travel, considering the advantages of Port St. Lucie’s location outside South Florida’s metroplex, is relatively convenient. St. Lucie County International Airport’s commercial commuter service is rapidly expanding. Other nearby airports include: Vero Beach Municipal Airport, some 20 miles north of St. Lucie County, with round-trip daily flights to Miami; Palm Beach International Airport, 60 miles south, with 80 scheduled departures daily; and, Melbourne International Airport, 55 miles north, serviced by Delta with connecting flights through Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and New York.

Extensive information about the schools in this area is online at the state's Department of Education (
Business Incentives

In its continuing efforts to provide an atmosphere that supports business, the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners assists companies with expansion or relocation expenses through its Job Growth Incentive Grant Program.
The Commissioners may issue grants ranging from a minimum of $1,000 to $2,000 per new job created in St. Lucie County. A minimum of five or more new jobs must be created in order to be eligible, with a minimum average county wage of $10.88.
Bonuses are also offered for companies that exceed the minimum requirements. For example, if: 75% of the new employees hired live in St. Lucie County; the company is a St. Lucie County "Targeted" industry; the company's average salary is 115%, 125% or 150% of the St. Lucie County average.
A grant to an individual company may not exceed $500,000.00 For more detailed information, go to

The local economy is heavily services oriented, and the top 10 employers in St. Lucie County are:

St. Lucie County School District
St. Lucie County
Liberty Medical Supply
Indian River Community College
Wal-Mart Stores (includes Sam's Club)
State Government
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
City of Port St. Lucie
QVC 975
Publix Super Markets
For more information, please see:
In conclusion
If you like a modern way of life without all the crowding but at the same time don’t want too small of a town, Port St Lucie could be the place. It has some of the benefits of its smaller surrounding towns and yet has the advantages, for many people, of a place of somewhat larger scale.

To see additional information about the area go to (on this Website) the Stuart info links, and to the general information on Ft. Pierce, whose cultural life, parks, and ease of access to outdoor recreational choices Port St. Lucie shares. For a good general site on St Lucie county on line, go to

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Palm City Fl

Palm City is a peaceful community. Here, the golf and tennis are great and the fishing is legendary. Fish abounds in the fertile waters of Palm City . You can spend the day fishing from the docks or offshore for snook as well as seatrout, kings, mackerel, grouper, snapper and wahoo. If golf is your game, thirty-six holes of championship golf surround the community, and you can also take advantage of several tennis courts and Olympic sized pools. Horseback riding, bicycle riding, hiking and nearby river access is also available. The West Palm Beach International Airport is an easy 45-minute drive away, and two hours takes you to Disney World and Sea World. Palm City offers a pristine environment where you can escape the crowds and relax in the peace and quiet of nature, with all the conveniences of home.

Distance to Major Cities Highway Miles Air Travel Time
Jacksonville 250 north 80 minutes
Miami 100 south 35 minutes
W. Palm Beach 35 south
Orlando 120 north 45 minutes
Atlanta 550 north 96 minutes

Average Year-Round Temperature 74 degrees
Average Summer Temperature 82 degrees
Average Rainfall 56 inches
Average Ocean Temperature 74.3 degrees

Air Burners, Inc.
American Building Products
Armellini Express Lines
Awareness Technologies
BHV Sheetmetal Fabricators
Decker Industries, Inc.
DOA, Inc.
East Coast Foam
Florida RS Technologies
GCY, Inc.
Indian River Shutter Co.

International Wholesale Tile
W Kost, Inc.
Nida-Core Corp.
Palm City Designs
Palm City Millwork & Supply
Paramount Seeds
Shurhold Product Co.
Solar Outdoor Lighting
Universal Chemical
Wayne Dalton Doors

Martin County Schools 2,500
Martin Memorial Health Systems 2,481
Martin County 1,648
Publix Supermarkets 1,196
Armellini Express Lines 755
State Government* 743
Vought Aircraft 475
Winn Dixie 450
Home Depot 363
H. I. Marriott Beach Resort 300
Scripps T.C. Publishing 300
Federal Government* 286
Indian River Community College 275
TurboCombuster Technology 275
First National Bank 274
Lowes Home Improvement 272
City of Stuart 268
Roof Tile/Entegra 259
Dillard's 240
Wal-Mart Stores 230
FPL 225
Liberty Medical Supply 206
Sandhill Cove 200
Louis Dreyfus Citrus 189
Walgreens Co. 188
JC Penny Company 175
NuCo2, Inc. 150
Sears 150
Dickerson Florida 140
Stuart Fine Foods 140

Information courtesy of Chamber of Commerce

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