As the county seat of St. Lucie County, Florida, Fort Pierce is also known as Sunrise City, sister to San Francisco, California, the Sunset City. Named after the army installation built in 1838 during the Second Seminole War, Fort Pierce offers new as well as established homes for sale. Stately homes with large lots as well as great starter homes are available in this laid-back, coastal town.
The towns of Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce are among several that make up the south end of what is called the "Treasure Coast," named for centuries-old, Spanish shipwrecks along the Atlantic coastline. In 2005, Fort Pierce was awarded the City of Excellence Award by the Florida League of Cities. Neighborhoods like Cana, Queen’s Cove and Indian River Estates offer a high quality of living along with a wide variety of new home construction. Buyers can choose from cozy, single-story homes to sprawling, Spanish-style mansions with beautiful landscaping.
Incorporated in 1901, Fort Pierce is hailed as one of the oldest communities on the east coast of Florida. The city started with about 300 pioneers and has grown to over 41,000 residents today. USA Today recently labeled Fort Pierce as "a small town gem with one of the country’s most idyllic and historic main streets." Offering "Old Florida" charm, Fort Pierce has no shortage of modern indoor and outdoor activities. Residents and tourists can enjoy world-class fishing and diving, museums, galleries and great shopping. Nature enthusiasts can partake in activities at the Manatee Observation and Education Center or the Indian River Lagoon Estuary. Many enjoy the outdoor Farmers' Market, classes at the Heathcote Botanical Garden and performances at the city’s 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts. The City Marina and the Downtown Roundabout are wonderful places to enjoy the sunny weather and the Indian Hills Golf Course has provided a beautiful golf venue since 1942.