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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

71 S River Road Stuart, FL

$3,995,000 €3,249,413

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 8,178 SqFt
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Rare opportunity to own an historical estate! Originally built by the Carnegie family in the 1920’s, this grand residence was designed in the Mizner style with pecky cypress woodwork, exposed beams, archways, fireplaces and original ironwork. A gr...

Water Pointe Realty Group

1218 Ne Sago Drive Jensen Beach, FL

$2,880,000 €2,342,506

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 €1,866,684

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

$1,700,000 €1,382,729

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 approx. 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 Bree...

Premier Realty Group Inc

109 S Sewalls Point Road Stuart, FL

$729,000 €592,947

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,613 SqFt
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Located at the very end of a private drive, this classic Florida-style home beckons those seeking privacy amidst a lush tropical setting. Three full lots from the main road, the half acre lot is equally perfect for kids, pets, or large gatherings....

Premier Realty Group Inc

410 Sw California Avenue Stuart, FL

$699,740 €569,148

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

$599,000 €487,209

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 with no expense spared! Extra large, oversized garage. Beautiful granite countertops in kitchen with slate and real wood flooring throughout. Hardi plank...

Coldwell Banker Real Estate

4305 S Indian River Drive Fort Pierce, FL

$575,000 €467,688

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 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 great ...

Premier Realty Group Inc

4290 Ne Indian River Drive Jensen Beach, FL

$519,000 €422,139

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,961 SqFt
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A rare find in Martin County. The 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom split floor plan home is on the Intracoastal Waterway with almost a complete acre of land. The house is set back off the scenic route of Indian River Drive with a view spectacular enough f...

Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty

3909 S Indian River Drive Fort Pierce, FL

$495,000 €402,618

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,344 SqFt
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Located on the Floridian Scenic Route, this redesigned quaint cottage offers close to one acre of Intracoastal beauty. Updated electrical and plumbing with newer AC system. New roof in 2002. New well installed in 2007. 450ft dock installed in 2007...

Premier Realty Group Inc

5300 S Indian River Drive Fort Pierce, FL

$450,000 €366,017

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,968 SqFt
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Looking for an exciting opportunity to bring an old house back to life? Beauty, charm and quirkiness can make for a spectacular renovation of this home. Built in 1910, with much of its vintage character intact, we can’t help but fall in love. Situ...

ONE Sotheby's International Realty

313 Se Pelican Drive Stuart, FL

$449,740 €365,805

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