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Florida's Historic Treasure Coast

The richness of history that cultivates the beginnings of Martin County and the Treasure Coast adds to not only the charm, but also to the stories that can be found here. If you're in downtown Stuart, visit the Stuart Heritage Museum for a glimpse back in time. There you will find the pioneers of Martin County along with how Stuart got its name as The Sailfish Capitol of the World.

Historical landmarks such as the Old Colorado Inn, Lyric Theatre, Mansion at Tuckahoe, and La France populate the downtown district, leaving to the imagination what it was like to have lived here during the 1920s. The Elliot Museum located on Hutchinson Island features local maritime history and vehicles from the past. Showcased at the museum is one of the world's largest collections of historic Ford Model A and Model AA commercial vehicles.

If looking at treasures of the past isn't your thing, but treasure hunting is, then you've come to the right place. There's a reason why they call our coastline the Treasure Coast. In 1715, the Terra Firma Fleet and the New Spain Flota met in Havana, Cuba, to sail together back to Cadiz, Spain. Loaded onto those ships were silver and gold from Mexico, emeralds and gold from Columbia, silks, porcelain, and spices from China, and Peruvian silver.

The ships reached the Bahamas July 24, 1715, well into the hurricane season. The ships were thrown all the way back to our shores by the winds and subsequently pushed into the reefs and beaches along what is now called the Florida Treasure Coast. Some of the vessels crashed along the coast, but five of them were never seen again. Because of the wealth of cargo on the ships, Spaniards and others who heard of the wrecks came to scavenge for the precious items. Not long after news of the wrecks had spread, close to 10,000 people had made the beach their home while hoping to find some of the lost cargo. Today, coins and other fragments of the cargo occasionally wash up on our beaches and are found in the sands and surf following major storms.







 

 

 

Historic Homes on the Treasure Coast

21 Se Harbor Point Drive Stuart, FL

$2,400,000 €2,037,257

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 5,148 SqFt
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WIDE WATER in beautiful Snug Harbor! Discover one of the most beautiful lots in Martin County! 1.8 acres of lush tropical landscaping, overlooking the gorgeous Saint Lucie River, with long wide water views! 205' of waterfront, deep water dockage a...

Keller Williams Realty

410 Sw California Avenue Stuart, FL

$769,740 €653,399

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 6 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 4,575 SqFt
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Very unique mixed use property in Downtown Stuart, situated on an oversized lot and a half. Great for business or residential. This two story 1920's residence has 6 existing bedrooms with a potential for 3 more, 4 bathrooms, PLUS a 2/1 attached a...

RE/MAX of Stuart

11995 S Indian River Drive Jensen Beach, FL

$619,000 €525,442

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,625 SqFt
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This is a must see charming key west style 3/2/2 home! Totally remodeled and expanded in 2008 no expense spared! Extra large oversized garage! Beautiful granite counter tops in kitchen with slate and real wood flooring throughout. Hardi plank ext...

Coldwell Banker Real Estate

4305 S Indian River Drive Fort Pierce, FL

$589,000 €499,977

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,883 SqFt
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Close to 3000 Sq. Ft. of Intracoastal living. High elevation, this restored and updated 1936 brick home has stood the test of time. With the State Preserve located to the rear, wide water to the front, and over two acres of land makes this home a ...

Premier Realty Group Inc

5086 Sw Bimini Circle S Palm City, FL

$587,482 €498,688

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,234 SqFt
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Build your dream 3,119 sq ft Gold Standard Arthur Rutenberg model home! 3 BD + Den, 2.5BA, Great Room, 2 Car Garage, on one of only a few remaining ONE acre lots available in Palm City's desirable The Evergreen Club! Enjoy cooking for your guest...

Keller Williams Realty

1700 Se Salerno Road Stuart, FL

$299,900 €254,572

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,858 SqFt
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Incredible Opportunity For Contractor's. 2 1/2 Acres of Land, 2 Plots East of Snake Road Salvage, Close To Grace Church. This Land Comes With An 1,828 Sq Ft CBS Home As A Bonus The Home Needs A Total Renovation, Currently A ''Handyman Special''. P...

Keller Williams Realty

547 Sw Halpatiokee Street Sw Stuart, FL

$269,000 €228,343

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,596 SqFt
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Do not look at age. This home is perfect. Two additions approximately 1963 & 1995. Open concept, high ceilings. Large family room, living room and dining room. Two full bathrooms. Very clean and updated. Garage in rear. No garage door; can put up....

RE/MAX of Stuart

702 Florida Avenue Fort Pierce, FL

$195,000 €165,527

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,706 SqFt
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The charm of the 1940’s blends perfectly with the Key West style of this 3 bedroom, 2 bath split plan home located in the historic Oakland Park district of Ft. Pierce. The front porch welcomes you inside to find original hardwood floors, gra...

Century 21 IRP Realty