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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

109 S River Road Stuart, FL

$3,690,000 €3,266,499

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

71 S River Road Stuart, FL

$3,750,000 €3,319,613

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

103 Se Via Lago Garda Port Saint Lucie, FL

$599,000 €530,253

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,710 SqFt
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This PRE-CONSTRUCTION home on an OVERSIZED corner lot will not disappoint. This gated community house will be appointed with impact glass windows and doors, granite countertops, gas hookup available, tile throughout and much more. With the very s...

The Keyes Company - Jensen Beach

3115 S Indian River Drive Fort Pierce, FL

$785,000 €694,906

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

2017 Sw Bradford Place Palm City, FL

$459,000 €406,321

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

620 Se 5th Street Stuart, FL

$399,500 €353,649

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

$347,000 €307,175

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. There are 2 bedrooms on the first floor. The master bedroom and 2 additional bedrooms are on the second level. Plenty of room for a large family. The home has tile an...

Coldwell Banker Real Estate

661 Sw Cleveland Avenue Stuart, FL

$230,000 €203,603

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,539 SqFt
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Home was once the original Catholic church in Stuart, still has the confessional. Florida cracker style home. Unique and one of a kind.

Bluewater Realty Services LLC

1693 Sw Boatswain Place Palm City, FL

$849,000 €751,560

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

711 Nw Sunset Drive Stuart, FL

$1,150,000 €1,018,015

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

3480 Sw Cornell Avenue Palm City, FL

$275,000 €243,438

Residential, Single Family Detached

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,144 SqFt
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Beautiful newly remodeled pool home in Palm City. 3/2 with a detached one car garage on 1/3 of an acre close to boat ramp. New corian counter tops, stainless Samsung appliances and washer/dryer, new toilets, new interior and exterior paint, new A/...

NextHome Atlantic Coast

11995 S Indian River Drive Jensen Beach, FL

$535,000 €473,598

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