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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

301 Se Detroit Avenue Stuart, FL

$500,000 €444,611

Residential, Single Family Detached

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

818 S 15th Street Fort Pierce, FL

$79,900 €71,049

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 754 SqFt
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Quiet two bedroom one bath on its own large pond fed by artisan well. Secluded but in the heart of town . All city utilities! Located directly behind 816 south 15th St on the alley.Cute property located in a convenient area of Fort Pierce. O...

RE/MAX of Stuart

4760 Ne Indian River Drive Jensen Beach, FL

$424,000 €377,030

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

1119 Se Saint Lucie Blvd Stuart, FL

$850,000 €755,838

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 840 SqFt
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DEEP WATER DOCK with rare concrete basin. White sand beach with concrete sea wall. Superb in-town location, close to the Atlantic ocean with no fixed bridges. Remodeled 840 sqft cottage with stainless appliances. Detached garage with work bench. ...

Keller Williams Realty

711 Nw Sunset Drive Stuart, FL

$1,150,000 €1,022,604

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

11995 S Indian River Drive Jensen Beach, FL

$527,000 €468,619

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

616 Sw Cleveland Avenue Stuart, FL

$299,900 €266,677

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 920 SqFt
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CHECK OUT THIS ADORABLE RECENTLY RENOVATED MOVE-IN READY STUART HOME. LOCATED MINUTES FROM HISTORIC DOWNTOWN STUART. SITUATED ON A TROPICAL LUSH 7710 SQFT LOT WITH PLENTY OF FRUIT TREES TO PICK FROM. VERY VERSATILE ZONED R3. THIS CHARMING PROPERTY...

Re/Max Ultimate Realty

547 Sw Halpatiokee Street Stuart, FL

$299,000 €265,877

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,596 SqFt
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The perfect location for a Downtown lifestyle close to the St Lucie River, on an oversized lot. Freshly painted inside and out, newer carpet and roof. Light and bright with high ceilings in living room, family room addition, and an open floor plan...

Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty

4395 Eleven Mile Road Fort Pierce, FL

$159,000 €141,386

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,086 SqFt
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Charming 1925 farmhouse on two beautiful acres just a short distance from town. Home is in serious disrepair and will not qualify for conventional financing. At a minimum the property needs a new roof, kitchen, possibly air-conditioning system. Ow...

Re/Max Ultimate Realty

620 Se 5th Street Stuart, FL

$399,500 €355,244

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

603 Se Dolphin Drive Stuart, FL

$337,000 €299,667

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,216 SqFt
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This spacious home with 5 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms has been fully remolded. This key west style home has a metal roof and large lot with a very private setting. The home has tile and wood floors throughout, granite counter tops in the kitchen...

Coldwell Banker Real Estate

71 S River Road Stuart, FL

$3,750,000 €3,334,579

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 8,178 SqFt
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Rare opportunity to own an historic 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 grac...

Water Pointe Realty Group