How to sell: Martin County, Florida
This region of Florida offers visitors a rare glimpse into Florida as it once was: cattle farms, wetlands and dune-backed beaches. discovers a hidden gem
Why sell it?
It's a slice of old Florida, just north of The Palm Beaches and with miles of coastline, both along the Atlantic's Treasure Coast and Lake Okeechobee. It offers a mix of natural attractions: beaches, of course, but also acres of preserved land, along with traditional small towns oozing character and carefully-preserved history, arts and culture.
Who to sell to?
'Disconnect to reconnect' is the slogan of Martin County. This is no Miami or Orlando! No building can be higher than four storeys but the county does lay claim to the highest natural point in Florida - the summit of Mount Hobe. It's a place for travellers who want to immerse themselves in nature or for couples or families who want to get away from the crowds or explore Florida's history. Indiantown was one of the last Seminole Indian trading posts and visitors can see the remnants of Florida's cattletrading past in ranches and rodeos.
It's also home to dozens of golf courses designed by legends of the sport like Jack Nicklaus, Chi Chi Rodriguez and Tom Fazio.
What to sell ?
Miles of peaceful beaches are a major draw! Activities include kayaking, surfing and fishing in the most biodiverse estuary in the Northern Hemisphere: Martin County is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World.
Coastal communities include historic fishing village Port Salerno, which blends artist studios with waterfront dining; Stuart, named 'America’s Happiest Seaside Town' by Coastal Living Magazine; and Hutchinson Island's pristine beaches.
Inland, visitors can dine on farm-to-table delights, tour sustainable farms or be a cowboy/girl for the day. Indiantown is in the heart of Florida’s cattle and citrus country and home to one of the top thoroughbred horse racing facilities in the U.S.
Historic sights include downtown Stuart’s Lyric Theatre, a 1920s silent movie houseturned arts centre, and the art deco Court House Cultural Center & Gallery, the oldest and largest visual arts museum in the U.S.
Shoppers can search the racks of the Treasure Coast Square Mall or enjoy dipping into the eclectic shops on tree-lined streets in Stuart and Jensen Beach.
Martin County has over 100,000 acres of parks and conservation land. Jonathan Dickinson State Park teems with wildlife, such as alligators, manatees and bald eagles. Its 13 natural habitats, including mangroves, are explored via paved and off-road bike, horse and hiking trails or by boat or kayak. Hobe Sound National Wildlife refuge is known for its nesting turtles while Blowing Rocks Preserve is named for its rocky limestone shoreline but also has an intact dune habitat, now sadly rare in Florida, with beach sunflower, sea grape and sea oats.
How to sell it ?
Martin County is 45 minutes from Palm Beach Airport, an hour from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Airport, 90 minutes from Miami Airport, and two hours from Orlando Airport.
Luxurious Hutchinson Shores Beach Resort & Spa has guest rooms decked out in shades of blue, balconies with stunning views and world-class wellness facilities.
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