Stuart was originally named Potsdam by the first German settlers is 1892. It became Stuart after Henry Flagler’s railroad connected the Florida east coast with the rest of the country and was named after Homer Hine Stuart Jr in 1896. Early settlers were primarily pineapple growers and commercial fisherman.
Today Stuart’s population is 17,285 and increases to 21,000 plus with winter visitors who enjoy the beautiful waterways and beaches and the average winter temperatures in the 70s. In 1925, when Martin County was formed, Stuart became the county seat.
When the St Lucie canal was constructed, it connected Stuart with the west coast of Florida and Stuart became the “Atlantic gateway to the gulf of Mexico.” Because of its ocean inlet and the merging of the St Lucie and Indian rivers, Stuart attracts all types of boaters and fisherman. In the 1940’s, catching sailfish became so popular that Stuart was proclaimed the “Sailfish Capital of the World.” In the 1950’s northern nurseries decided Stuart was ideal for growing cut-flowers. During the next decade, Stuart was known as “The Chrysanthemum Capital of the World.”
Since then, the flower and pineapple growing industry faded, but the fishing, boating and charm of Stuart still endure. The peaceful lifestyle Stuart affords residents and visitors is cherished by all who experience it.
Stuart’s charming historic downtown with its quaint, locally owned shops, restaurants and outdoor dining is a true gem of the Treasure Coast. Sunday farmer’s market and outdoor concerts on the St Lucie River can be enjoyed by all. Fully pedestrian friendly, it’s a great spot for families. The Evans Crary Bridge connects Stuart to Hutchinson Island and its miles of beautiful beaches.
Stuart Florida Real Estate for Sale
Stuart real estate runs from under $100,000 for some condos up to the multimillions for homes for sale on the waterfront.
You couldn’t choose a better place to relocate or retire. Stuart Florida is just a bit north of West Palm and south of the Vero Beach area with plenty of real estate for sale.
Your new home in Stuart is awaiting you. Just call Keller Williams realtor Christina Banks with your questions about real estate in the Stuart market. Of all the new homes for sale, she’ll find you the one you’ve been dreaming about.