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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

3754 Se Old Saint Lucie Blvd Stuart, FL

$3,500,000 €2,977,510

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 6 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 6,169 SqFt
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BEST VIEW IN MARTIN COUNTY 3.6 acre, Wide Water Estate, situated on a peninsula of privacy! Marvista is a magnificent historical estate of importance located in the heart of Stuart. Built by Hugh L. Willoughby. The estate has since been occupied b...

Keller Williams Realty

1218 Ne Sago Drive Jensen Beach, FL

$2,880,000 €2,450,065

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 4,800 SqFt
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Beautiful waterfront home on a 30ft hill overlooking the Stuart Bay. Completely renovated main house with impeccable finishes New guest house, cabana, pool and 3 car garage. Everything one could want; outside living area, huge fabulous kitchen, 10...

Olde Florida Realty, LLC

21 Se Harbor Point Drive Stuart, FL

$2,295,000 €1,952,396

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 5 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 5,148 SqFt
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WIDE DEEP WATER in beautiful Snug Harbor! Discover one of the most beautiful lots in Martin County! 1.9 Acres of lush tropical landscaping, overlooking the gorgeous Saint Lucie River, with long wide water views! 205' of waterfront, deep water dock...

Keller Williams Realty

91 Se Harbor Point Drive Stuart, FL

$1,850,000 €1,573,826

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,570 SqFt
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Snug Harbor Waterfront Estate! Magnificent Lot of 1.7 acres in size and 200 feet on the Shores of the St.Lucie River! Spectacular Vistas to the East Overlook the River and to Sewall's Point on the Far Shore. Capture the Southeasterly Breezes from...

Premier Realty Group Inc

410 Sw California Avenue Stuart, FL

$769,740 €654,831

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

708 Se Riverside Drive Stuart, FL

$689,000 €586,144

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,204 SqFt
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Discover this truly enchanting location on a cul-de-sac, near Downtown Stuart, shopping, restaurants and private waterfront park in the neighborhood. This charming 3/2 main house with a sparkling pool and separate 1/1 guest house perfect for famil...

New Wave of Palm City Fl Inc

11995 S Indian River Drive Jensen Beach, FL

$619,000 €526,594

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 €501,072

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

313 Se Pelican Drive Stuart, FL

$449,740 €382,601

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 1,138 SqFt
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Looking for old Florida charm while enjoying the comforts of modern luxury? This is the home you have been waiting for. Built in 1932, this 2 bedroom 1 bath home was fully renovated in 2016-2017 yet maintained the aesthetic charm of the 30’s. F...

RE/MAX of Stuart

1700 Se Salerno Road Stuart, FL

$299,900 €255,130

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,858 SqFt
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Incredible Opportunity. 2 1/2 Acres of Land. This Land Comes With An 1,828 Sq Ft CBS Home. The Home Needs A Total Renovation, Currently A ''Handyman Special''. Prime Location on Salerno Road, Excellent Visibility, 165' Road Frontage. This is th...

Keller Williams Realty

542 Sw Halpatiokee Street Stuart, FL

$289,000 €245,857

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 932 SqFt
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Adorable 1925 ol' Florida Cracker.Dade County pine, metal roof.Cottage-type living with room to expand.Screen patio overlooks the private,big,lush & green fenced backyard.2 lots are included with this property.Seller says may be able to subdivide ...

RE/MAX of Stuart

547 Sw Halpatiokee Street Sw Stuart, FL

$269,000 €228,843

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,596 SqFt
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Do not look at age. This home is perfect LOCATION,LOT AND UPDATED HOME. CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN AREA, WALK TO SHOPPING, BEACSHES. Two additions approximately 1963 & 1995. Open concept, high ceilings. Large family room, living room and dining room. Two...

RE/MAX of Stuart