Fantasizing about moving to Florida? While Miami is known for its party scene and Orlando for its theme parks, other neighborhoods – such as the affordable and quaint Port St. Lucie – also have a lot to offer.
Ready to live on the Treasure Coast? Keep reading for five reasons why a move to Port St. Lucie is a smart decision.
Background Of Port St. Lucie
Full of lush neighborhoods and green golf courses, Port St. Lucie is a small city in Southern Florida with a population of just over 200,000. While predominantly an over-65 community, Port St. Lucie has been growing more and more popular among the younger set who have discovered its peaceful atmosphere and affordable housing prices.
History Of Port St. Lucie
The land that would become Port St. Lucie began as a Spanish settlement created on the feast of Santa Lucia in 1567. The area started going by the Anglicized version of its name, “St. Lucie”, in the 1900s.
Fun fact: While it has “port” in the name, there’s no actual port at St. Lucie. Why? The General Development Corporation, which established it as a planned community in 1961, decided to use “port” as a marketing tactic.
5 Best Things About Living In Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie’s history as a planned community is a big factor in why it’s such a liveable city today. Below are just some of the reasons you should move to the peaceful area of Port St. Lucie.
Plenty Of Parks And Recreation
Port St. Lucie has tons to do if you like to be outside. Not only is it situated right on the St. Lucie River, but it also has numerous trails and nature walks for you to explore, as well as many different activities and sports.
If you are into hiking, then check out the Oxbow Eco-Center and Savannas Preserve State Park. The Oxbow Center is a nature preserve with a butterfly garden and hiking trails. Meanwhile, the Savannas Preserve State Park is a marsh basin where you can go hiking, horseback riding, or walking.
Since the city sits on the banks of the St. Lucie river, you can go freshwater fishing or just cruise on the peaceful water. You can also take your boat out to the nearby Atlantic Ocean and spend your day out on the waves.
Are you an avid angler? There are plenty of fishing spots around the river and near the Port Lucie inlet for you to enjoy, such as the St. Lucie river, the St. Lucie inlet, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Port St. Lucie is close to multiple beaches on the barrier islands. Excited by wildlife? Check out Jensen Beach, also called “Sea Turtle Beach” because of the sea turtles that come to nest here. On the adventurous side? Visit Blind Creek Beach, which is clothing optional.
In the springtime, sports fans are treated to world-class baseball when the Mets come down from the North to play in Port St. Lucie every March. Enjoy watching the Yankees and the Redsox play the Mets at Clover Park, and cheer for the home team!
There are tons of options for you to tee off in Port St. Lucie, including the PGA Learning Center. Players of all abilities can also play at major golf courses like the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club and the Savanna Club Golf Course.
No State Income Taxes
Many New Yorkers and other out-of-towners flock to Florida because of the favorable tax system and better weather. Florida has no state income taxes, which can be a major incentive whether you’re an employee or business owner.
Close To Major Tourist Destinations
Port St. Lucie boasts many beaches, museums, and some great outdoor spaces. It’s also only an hour and a half drive from two major metropolitan areas, Miami and Orlando. If you ever need a change of pace, you can get relatively easy access to Miami’s nightlife and Orlando’s theme parks.
Quiet And Peaceful
Most of the population is above 65, so the town is a very peaceful place to live – you likely won’t have to worry about noisy neighbors or break-ins.
Port St. Lucie has a very low crime rate. Recently, the FBI named Port St. Lucie as one of the safer cities in the USA based on crime data. If you are a resident of Port St. Lucie, there is a 1 in 1014 chance of you becoming a victim of a violent crime.
The trade-off is that there is not much nightlife, aside from a few drag shows and events held at the LGBTQ center. Looking for gay bars? You’ll have to drive to the nearby cities of Vero Beach or West Palm Beach.
Affordable Cost Of Living
Unlike in most cities in Florida, a move to Port St. Lucie is still affordable. The average housing price doesn’t crack half a million dollars, and the median income is about 62k a year – this means that Port St. Lucie is a middle-class place to live and the prices reflect that.
While the cost of a nice dinner out can still be a little steep, it’s still much cheaper than Orlando or Miami. But since it’s close to these cities, Port St. Lucie is a great commuter town that allows you to get the best of both worlds.
Not only are the houses more affordable in Port St. Lucie, but the area is also close to good schools – perfect for those who have kids.
While there is no dedicated gay neighborhood in Port St. Lucie, there are plenty of gay-friendly spots, businesses, and events. In 2019, the Sanctuary Of Treasure Coast, an LGBTQ center, opened in the Port St Lucie Metropolitan Area. It regularly holds mixers and other gatherings to bring the community closer together.
Considering moving South? Then Port St. Lucie should be one of your top options. While other cities in Florida have plenty to offer, Port St. Lucie is unique in that it combines the accessibility of living in a big city with the charming atmosphere of a small community town – and the cost of living is more affordable, too!
With plenty of incentives and things to do around town, Port St Lucie is a great place to live and work. Check out Port St. Lucie next time you’re thinking about where to set down roots. Ready to make a move to the Treasure Coast? Contact Melissa Gerhsman to find your dream home. It should be hard to find if you live in Port St. Lucie.
Check out the other Treasure Coast neighborhoods in Florida. Also scroll through our LGBTQ-Friendly Treasure Coast Vacation Guide for tips on what to do and see while visiting or living in the region. There are so many beautiful places to enjoy in the Sunshine State.
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