About St. Lucie County
Known as the “Jewel of the Treasure Coast”, St. Lucie County is a tranquil, laid-back coastal oasis tucked along Florida’s southeastern coast. Away from the crowded beaches of the north, and the urbanized areas of the south, St.Lucie residents are drawn to its warm climates, low cost of living, and relaxed atmosphere. It includes Hutchinson Island on the Atlantic Ocean, and the city of Port St. Lucie. View St. Lucie County Real Estate Information
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Properties for sale in St. Lucie County range from spectacular river and coastal view estates, to beach-access condos and vacation homes, to modernly updated single-family homes in quiet neighborhoods, woven around scenic waterways and lush green golf courses. View St. Lucie County Homes For Sale.
Small acreages and inland lots are available for you to build your perfect home, vacation retreat, or retirement destination.
Modern condos and estates feature concrete and steel beam construction, with floor to ceiling glass. Classic Key West-style homes feature deep porches, with lush palms and landscaping.
Kitchens are luxurious and modern, with features like quartz countertops, and open concepts for entertaining. Discover features like air-conditioned garages, climate-controlled wine cellars, and humidors.
Ranked by US News as the #3 Best Place to Retire out of 150 Metro US cities, and the #11 Best Place to Live Overall in Florida, Port St. Lucie and St Lucie County is the perfect place for retirees, vacation-home buyers, and families alike.
St. Lucie County Info
Nestled along Florida’s southeast Treasure Coast, St Lucie County is about halfway between Orlando and Miami. Founded in 1905, it covers approximately 688 square miles, of which 116 square miles are water.
While Fort Pierce is the county seat, Port St. Lucie is the largest city, with a population of 164,603 (2010). Known for its PGA-championship courses and Major League Baseball training facilities, it has a much more relaxed atmosphere than similarly-sized communities in Florida.
Known for its pristine shorelines and nature preserves, St. Lucie County features over 21 miles of beaches, with over half the coastline publicly conserved.
St Lucie County is accessible via either Orlando or Miami (each within an hour and a half drive), or Palm Beach International Airport (40 mins away).
You may also be interested in real estate in neighboring counties are:
- Indian River County Real Estate to the North
- Marin County Real Estate to the South
- Okeechobee County Real Estate to the West
Things to Do in St. Lucie County
From tides to trails, St. Lucie County is a coastal paradise full of natural wonders and adventures.
If you’re looking for a quiet escape to a relaxing beach, St. Lucie County is the perfect destination. It features 21 miles of beaches, and more public access points per square mile than any other Florida coastal community. Outside of State Park beaches, all county beaches are free admission and parking.
Top-rated beaches in St Lucie County include:
- Jensen Beach
- Fort Pierce Beach
- Stuart Beach
- Walton Rocks Beach (pet-friendly)
- Frederick Douglass Beach Park (one of the few beaches in Florida that allows horseback riding on the beach!)
Numerous surf shops along the coast offer lessons for beginners, and surfers will find breaks speckled along the coastline, including at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.
If canoeing, kayaking or paddleboarding is more your speed, there are numerous launches on the Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie River, or the Savannas Preserve State Park.
Outdoor and nature enthusiasts can revel in local nature preserves, and learn about the local flora, fauna and Florida wildlife all thriving in their natural habitat. Take only photos and leave only footprints in these spectacular parks:
- Savannas Preserve State Park
- Hutchinson Island Strands
- Steven J Fousek Natural Area
- Heathcote Botanical Gardens
Port St Lucie is a great place to shop, dine and unwind, with many unique local boutiques and eateries. It also hosts a number of annual festivals, most of which take place during the winter months when temperatures are cooler.
Catch a baseball game in Port St. Lucie at Clover Park, the Spring Training facility of the New York Mets, or visit the PGA Championship Village, boasting three championship golf courses and lessons from PGA pros.
St. Lucie County History
It is believed the name “St. Lucie” was first introduced by the Spanish, when Fort Santa Lucia was built at Jupiter Inlet in 1565.
Spanish explorers frequented the area as treasure routes ran parallel to the coast. A number of these expeditions were caught in destructive hurricanes, sending ships and their cargo to the ocean floor. Centuries later, as artifacts surfaced in the area, the nickname “Treasure Coast” was born.
The Spanish held Florida until 1819, when Seminoles (Creek Indians from Alabama and Georgia) and runaway slaves began to settle in the area, which was later embroiled in the Seminole Wars.
The US government began issuing land grants to settlers in 1841, and population increased as railroads reached the area, and industries were established in fishing, seafood canning, and cattle. Citrus would not become a major crop until the early 1900s. St. Lucie County was officially created in 1905.
During World War II, over 140,000 troops were processed through the Fort Pierce US Navy Base on Hutchinson Island. This led to a population boom in the post-war years, as sailors returned to their families in the area.
In the late 1950’s, clever advertising soon drew thousands of northeastern retirees and families to new developments in the area, leading to the creation of Port St. Lucie. Population and building booms in the late 20th century led to the formation of areas west and south of the city.
The early 21st century has brought many trials to the county, including two hurricanes and the 2008 economic slump; however, the community has persevered and continues to thrive.
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Listing information last updated on October 26th, 2021 at 5:30am EDT.