Finding a land base here is not difficult. Neighborhoods vary; some are within close proximity to Stuart’s historic downtown or to one of the waterways. Beachside home rentals are, as you would expect, pricey. Housing costs have increased dramatically since 2000 and this city, with its now-stable boating-oriented/fishing charter economy, has benefited.
Some apartments for rent in the city are in resort-style communities with multiple pools, recreation and fitness facilities and park-like, security-controlled grounds. Guess you could call it full-time “Stay-cay!” Anyway, living someplace like that will set you back about $7-800 monthly for a 1-bedroom apartment. Expect to pay at least $1,200 plus utilities for a 3-bedroom.
The thing about Florida is that it can change dramatically within just a few miles. It can also rain just across the street from where you’re standing! And it does – often!
There’s a kind of “good news-bad news” aspect to life in Stuart – it’s cooler and less crowded than Miami; that’s good news. The snowbirds like Stuart in the winter – is that bad news? Most businesses and restaurants are locally-owned and operated, small and friendly. That’s good news except when they close because the fish are running! For the most part, Stuart is a totally relaxed and unpretentious place, but traffic can be awful, both in town and on the highway. If you fly in, the closest airport is Palm Beach, closer and better than Orlando or Ft. Lauderdale but still a 45-minute drive, minimum.
But, for most of the year, weather is great; there’s good food and entertainment. Nearby beaches are awesome and, as we said, water sports and fishing rule!