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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

$3,750,000 €3,308,689

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

109 S River Road Stuart, FL

$3,690,000 €3,255,750

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 8 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 4,772 SqFt
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ONE OF THE LAST LARGE WATERFRONT ESTATES LEFT IN SEWALL'S POINT! Once in a lifetime opportunity to own the iconic wide waterfront property known as "Whitegate" featured in Sandra H. Thurlow's book "Sewall's Point - The History of a Peninsular Comm...

Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty

711 Nw Sunset Drive Stuart, FL

$1,150,000 €1,014,665

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,240 SqFt
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This cascade of colors is a recipe for relaxation after a hard days work. Amazing sunset and wide water views awaits you from this Key West inspired home boasting 2 bedrooms plus den, spacious living areas, roomy kitchen with pass through window ...

Water Pointe Realty Group

1693 Sw Boatswain Place Palm City, FL

$849,000 €749,087

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,863 SqFt
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RARE WATERFRONT NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME WITH NEW VINYL SEA WALL WITH CEMENT CAP! This is a unicorn! Located on a Cul de Sac this 2800SF 3 bedroom, 2 full bath PLUS an office is located in the great waterfront community of Seagate Harbor. DEEP WATER ...

RE/MAX of Stuart - Palm City

3115 S Indian River Drive Fort Pierce, FL

$785,000 €692,619

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,928 SqFt
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Intracoastal estate on the Designated Floridian Scenic Route, includes five plus acres of tropical beauty. The 1925 home has been carefully updated, maintaining the integrity of this unique Intracoastal residence. The location is in the historic a...

Premier Realty Group Inc

11995 S Indian River Drive Jensen Beach, FL

$535,000 €472,040

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,625 SqFt
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This charming 1920's Intracoastal home was completely remodeled and expanded to include a large ground floor master suite, new kitchen featuring custom cabinetry, granite countertops stone flooring and stainless steel appliances, Hardi-Plank exter...

Waterfront Properties Inc

301 Se Detroit Avenue Stuart, FL

$500,000 €441,159

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 1,564 SqFt
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The Keyes Company - Jensen Beach

3121 Old Edwards Road Fort Pierce, FL

$489,900 €432,247

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 1,056 SqFt
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5 BEAUTIFUL ACRES OFF THE BEATEN PATH, BUT STILL CLOSE TO EVERYTHING AND ONLY 15 MINUTES FROM DOWN TOWN FORT PIERCE. THIS AWESOME 191O CRACKER HOUSE NEEDS RESTORATION AND TLC OR BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME ON THIS AMAZING PIECE OF LAND!!! PROPERTY HAS 2...

The Keyes Company - Jensen Beach

2017 Sw Bradford Place Palm City, FL

$459,000 €404,984

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,255 SqFt
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CHARMING POOL HOME LOCATED IN MONARCH COUNTRY CLUB.NEW ROOF IS BEING INSTALLED. HOME OFFERS LARGE OPEN FLOOR PLAN THRU-OUT AND SPACIOUS EAT IN KITCHEN OPENING TO FAMILY ROOM AND DINING . TRUE 4 BEDROOMS AND 3 FULL BATHS. OUTDOOR PATIO IS PERFECT F...

RE/MAX of Stuart - Palm City

4760 Ne Indian River Drive Jensen Beach, FL

$424,000 €374,102

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 1 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1,078 SqFt
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OCEAN ACCESS Awe-inspiring sunrises and water-sport fun await you at this riverfront property on the Indian River in Martin County's popular Jensen Beach! Panoramic MILLION DOLLAR views both day & night. Spacious land setting with captivating sun...

Engel & Volkers Stuart
EXCLUSIVE

620 Se 5th Street Stuart, FL

$399,500 €352,486

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,946 SqFt
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Rare chance to own in Historic Downtown Stuart. Charming 1950's CBS home sits on a double lot and is ready for updates. Huge backyard for al fresco entertaining. Plenty of room to add a pool. This property is also available to rent for $1900/month...

Water Pointe Realty Group

260 Se Via Visconti Port Saint Lucie, FL

$349,000 €307,929

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,922 SqFt
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BRAND NEW gorgeous POOL HOME less than 7 months new with no expense spared! Located in Visconti within the highly desirable area of Sandpiper/ClubMed Brand. Home is a 3/3/2 featuring hurricane impact windows and doors, luxury LVP flooring, crown m...

Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty