>Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie was recently voted to be the #1 large city in Florida to live. The factors that earned it that position were low crime rate and affordable cost of living along with a quality lifestyle. Incorporated in 1961 by General Development Corp, Port St Lucie’s beginnings were large on paper, but small in population. In 1970 there were only 330 residents in its 77 sq mile boundaries.
As of the 2010 census, the population of Port St. Lucie is slightly over 164,000. It’s made up of thousands of affordably priced single family homes on 80×120 lots that were originally plotted by General Development Corp but were mostly built 2003 & later during the Florida housing boom. However, there are some distinctive & large communities within Port St. Lucie that deserve separate mention:
St Lucie West
Conceived by Thomas J. White in the late 80’s, this unique community was designed to be a place where people live, work, worship, learn, shop & play. It is home to Tradition Field —the spring training home for the NY Mets since 1988. The stadium has recently been renovated to meet the requirements of the major league club. There isn’t a bad seat in the whole stadium! After the big club breaks camp and heads north, baseball continues here because the facility is home to the St. Lucie Mets—a Class A ball club.
For golf lovers, PGA has opened 3 golf courses and has another in the works, a private country club. It has also established a state of the art, 35 acre learning center. It’s the first facility of its kind designed to enhance the skills of beginner and pro golfers alike. Two hotels and a time share resort accommodate golfers & visitors.
Another master planned community this one on 8300 acres, Tradition opened in 2003 with a plan for a variety of mixed uses—schools, research centers, multiple home neighborhoods, shopping and a planned 30,000 jobs at full build out. The unique community captures the charm of a traditional small American town combined with all the amenities of today’s busy lifestyles. Tradition Square is at the heart of this area and hosts many community events—concerts, seasonal events, an Italian festival, holiday lights and more. It’s home to ten community neighborhoods ranging from condos, to affordable & luxury single family communities, active senior communities & assisted living/retirement communities. It’s currently home to over 2400 residents. The latest important service added is the new Martin Memorial hospital with 300 beds. Shopping & restaurants include Publix, Target, Pier 1 Imports, Olive Garden, & LongHorn Steakhouse to name just a few.
Ballantrae / Sandpiper/ Club Med
The gated community of Ballantrae in Port St. Lucie, Florida is unique in that it is both a golf club and a yachting community. Located on the north fork of the wide St Lucie river, this beautiful community is spread over 400 acres of upland preserves, pristine lakes and approximately 400 homes and a 60 slip marina. A recently updated Jack Nicholas signature golf course is a par 72 championship course. The community also offers swimming, tennis and an outstanding Santa Lucia clubhouse which is the site of many more social events and activities.
Adjoining Ballantrae to the south is Club Med at Sandpiper Bay. This is one of the first Club Med resorts ever established and has been recently renovated. It attracts visitors from all over the world and boasts activities of golf, tennis, swimming, sailing, physical fitness…and just plain fun!
To the north of Ballantrae lies the community known as Sandpiper. Its slightly older homes sit on large lots and are surrounded by several golf courses. Most of these homes sell under $250,000. The location is just north of the Treasure Coast Mall and just a short drive to the beautiful beaches of Hutchinson Island.
Contact Keller Williams MLS realtor Christina Banks to help you narrow down the real estate for sale in the St. Lucie market. She’ll help you find homes for sale that meet all the criteria on your dream home checklist!