For those who live here, it’s easy to see why one would want to build a house on Florida’s Treasure Coast. “It’s All Here, All year,” a Chamber of Commerce advertising campaign headline once bragged. This sums up why people choose to build a house and live within the 1,618 square mile Treasure Coast region. Here are a few more:
Variety of Lifestyles
There are many different types of environments to live in. You can opt for a location nestled among natural flora and fauna along the Indian River, a beachfront oasis overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the barrier island, or a cozy inland neighborhood surrounded by local shops and parks. A multitude of living styles are available with immediate access to area amenities when you build a house here.
When you build a house here, you are never too far from a major city center. Treasure Coast residents are only couple hours or so from Miami’s South Beach, a Tampa Bay Bucs game, and the dazzle and delights of the theme parks in Orlando. You can easily find a place to build a custom home within driving distance of work or play via Interstate I-95 and the Florida Turnpike.
People often visit this area because of the beaches and climate. They choose to stay and build a house here because of culture. Your calendar will fill up quickly with things to do at botanical gardens, high school sporting events, environmental centers, wildlife sanctuaries, gallery lined main streets, boutique shopping, annual festivals, spring training baseball games, and yearly fairs that celebrate local agriculture.
Access to the arts is another great reason to build a house here. The Treasure Coast is known for a small-town atmosphere with big-city amenities including three professional theaters including the Lyric Theatre in Stuart, Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, and Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, boasting national performers and distinguished lecturers. Vero Beach Museum of Art is among Florida’s largest teaching museums. The Atlantic Classical Orchestra and Vero Beach Opera feature internationally known guest performers.
The Treasure Coast is home to several colleges, universities, and vocational schools, including Indian River State College, Florida Atlantic University and Keiser University. Their main campuses and satellite locations are conveniently located near residential areas where you may choose to reside. The local public school system offers award-winning charter schools and international baccalaureate programs at high schools in each county. Private school options are also available.
This southeast region of Florida, comprised of Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties, was first coined the “Treasure Coast” in the 1960s because of remnants of Spanish treasure discovered along its sandy shores. However, those who live here believe it is because it is truly one of the country’s hidden gems. With the average temperature ranging in the low 70s, it’s hard to argue with this and easy to see why so many choose to build a forever home here.
Beaches and Waterways
The sunrise side of the state offers water-related activities from dawn to dusk. You might opt to build a house here simply because of the natural beauty that abounds around you, but there are also fun things to do within its midst. People enjoy surfing, sailing, paddle boarding, fishing, boating and bird watching. The options seem endless with over 65 miles of pristine beaches that have 89 points of public access. The area also boasts 30 Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trails.
While the Treasure Coast is home to some of Florida’s wealthiest residents, the overall cost of living index remains below average in St. Lucie and Indian River counties with Martin County offering many affordable areas to build a house, as well. Median home values (owner-occupied) range from $209,700 in Martin County to $137,700 in St. Lucie County and $160,900 in Indian River County.
Over 80 private, public, and semi-private golf courses call the Treasure Coast home, which is another reason why so many families build a house in this area. Even if you are a novice, you may just catch the bug to snag a few flies with so many enthusiasts in your presence.
When you build a house on the Treasure Coast, you want to be assured that you build in an area that will be a desirable place to live for many years to come. Ongoing planned growth and community development within the Treasure Coast are coordinated through individual county’s planning and economic development initiatives. The Indian River County Economic Development office, for example, brings new businesses to the area to ensure job creation and a healthy economy. Wherever you choose to build a house, economic growth should be a strong deciding factor.