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Old 05-06-2011, 11:14 AM
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My wife and I are considering a move to the Stuart area.

She was recently offered a position at Clark Advanced Learning. I have a job offer in Naples. We have a decision to make.

I was not able to go with my wife to visit Stuart and I have some questions.

1. We are a middle class, highly educated family (both with post-bacc degrees). We would like to move into a neighborhood where we would be around similar families. We have 3 elementary age children and school zoning is VERY important to us. What areas should we look at?

2. We currently live in Hot Springs, AR. Stuart seems to be about 1/2 the size of that. We were hoping to move to a larger city. However, HS is an hour drive from Little Rock which is the closest major city. Stuart seems to be closer and more accessible to the larger cities. Is that accurate?

3. We really would like to live in a beach oriented place. While Stuart is on the water, it seems to be more fishing oriented. In fact, my wife seemed to indicate that the closer you got to the water, there was a distinct "fishy" smell. (No real question there, just curious about comments.

4. I would need to find employment. I am a math teacher with 13 years of experience at a school for academically advanced students. I seem to be marketable based on the feedback I got from my interviews in Collier County. I'm flexible enough to be able to travel into St. Lucie County, but I'm curious about the job market for educators. Does anyone have any insight into this?

Thanks in advance for your comments.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:42 PM
Location: Stuart, FL
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I don't live there yet so the only one I can answer is #3 because I've been there a few times. The entire Treasure Coast area has an intercoastal waterway area. Meaning there is the mainland, a river of brackish water, a spit of land and then the ocean. Google map search for Stuart and a view from above will show you that. Not sure about the "fishy" smell though cuz I can't say I've ever noticed that in the 3 times I've been to the Stuart/Port St. Lucie area.
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:20 PM
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I've been to Stuart twice..no fishy smell noticed by me either.

I saw lots of retirees..they seemed happy.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:31 PM
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida
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The only "fishy" smell that I have smelled is along the river where the tide gets really low. Yes, you can smell it, but I highly doubt you will be living along thoses areas since most of the property along waterfront is very expensive.. fishy smell at low tide and all.
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:24 PM
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Look into Palm City. Right next to Stuart, excellent schools.
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Old 06-13-2011, 06:00 AM
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I have cleaned up this thread. Please stay on topic and do not discuss other members. Report posts rather than get into bashing each other
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:43 AM
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thanks for serving, PP, but I believe we can ALL speak our minds. Some of us love it in Martin County. Our house is in Palm City. We love the area, the people, even the weather. We're from West Palm Beach but have been out of the area for many years. We're glad to be back. Stuart is a cute little town with beautiful beaches. It's pretty sleepy but I think the OP will like it here.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:28 PM
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I've lived in Stuart for over 2 years and can say I love it here. In my opinion Stuart has more of a "beach town" feeling than most places in S. Florida with the exception being the Keys.

It is true that W.Palm Beach, Ft.Lauderdale and Miami are all within 2 hours drive from here, but to be quite honest there is never the need to go down there. Life is much simplier and family friendlier in Stuart. And I can say I've never encountered a "fishy" smell!
The housing market like 98% of the country isn't what it used to be - but heing honest here it's likely where it should be. I can tell you there are some very nice homes to be had for under 200k. As a matter of fact there is a rather new community in Stuart called Woodmill Pond and I know they have a couple houses for sale for under 200k and they are over 2300 sq feet. I only know as my wife and I checked one out there recently.

As for the Job marker I cannot comment about the educators in St. Lucie County but I can tell you that Palm Beach County educators are not thrilled with their current situation.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:03 AM
Location: Stuart, FL
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I visited the Stuart/PSL area a few times and always enjoyed it. These towns may be "sleepy" but there is an awful lot of traffic on US1 so I think "sleepy" (in quotes) is appropriate.

I've been a resident of Stuart for 2 1/2 days now and I'm loving it! Got work to do today but tomorrow I am planning to take a nice motorcycle ride along A1A...can't do that in WI!!!

I love this place and can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to live here...unless you're looking for a big party scene. If you want that then go to Miami or find a place on the Gulf Coast. This area is great for safe, clean, comfortable living.

And to the person who mentioned Stuart being a "beach" town. I agree...the "driveway" for my apartment is sand with grass growing out of it!
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:58 PM
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How would a commute from Stuart to Boca be? My husband and I are relocating to Florida and he will be working in Boca three days a week. We really want quiet, beach and are not interested in nightlife or high end eateries.

We do need a good high school however!
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