If there’s anything that the Treasure Coast on the Southeast side of Florida is known for, it’s for its great beaches, amazing history, and for having some of the best museums and art galleries around. Culture seekers are in the right place here, with galleries such as Gallery 36 highlighting truly unique pieces, and the House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar explaining the area’s history, among others. Those are just some of the points why the Treasure Coast is so amazing. Here are a few more reasons why so many people want to live here, where others just vacation. Have you visited #4 lately?
Geoffrey C. Smith Galleries
Smith achieves a lifelike quality for all of his sculptures thanks to a process called lost-wax casting and a design approach that involves minimal details, allowing the mind to fill in the rest. The evidence is in one of his most popular works, the Stuart Sailfish featured in Downtown Stuart’s traffic circle. See the rest of his works up close in his Downtown Stuart and Port Salerno galleries and be moved by them.
The Elliott Museum
Open since 1961, The Elliott Museum has been the Treasure Coast’s go to for pieces of history’s memorabilia, including baseball cards, science exhibits, and most prominently, cars. You can see some of them from the museum’s giant glass windows, but it’s an experience to see them up close. The museum also hosts an art collection that’s consistently changing pieces in and out, along with a whole list of galas and programs to attend.
House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar
Around the mid-19th century, lighthouses and lighthouse stations were set up around certain areas of Florida’s east coast, to warn ships of rocks and coral near the shore and offer them aid. One of these lighthouses was the House of Refuge, set up on what would later be known as Hutchinson Island; today, it serves as a museum that highlights the way lighthouse keepers in the 1800s lived, the native Ais people who lived on the land, and the survivors of the Georges Valentine wreck who lighthouse keeper Captain William E. Rea helped rescue. Brave souls can even try and snorkel or scuba the wreck on clear days.
Longtime photographer, artist, and designer Lisa Renee Ludlum promotes the works of artists that align with her brightly colored, vibrant view of the world in her Stuart gallery. From animal photos to paintings of softly colored beachscapes, Ludlum curates work for quality and experience. The Treasure Coast would agree – among this gallery’s accolades are Stuart Magazine’s ‘Best of the Region’ 2018 award for Best Art Gallery.
The Treasure Coast embodies its own culture and history, best displayed in the galleries and museums that dominate the area. Whether you’re looking to learn something new, see something amazing, or simply have something to do on a slow afternoon, you’re well equipped with some of the best museums and galleries here. Stay close to them with one of the best upcoming neighborhoods on the Treasure Coast.
If you are thinking about making the move to a waterfront community, one hidden gem that you may want to check out is Rivella, on the Treasure Coast. This gated community by GroundStone Homes rests on the edge of the St. Lucie River where it comes together with the North Fork, offering residents easy access to all of the activities that come along with waterfront living – not to mention some stunning views. Community amenities include a pool and clubhouse, tennis, and walking trails meandering throughout the neighborhood, so residents can connect with nature. Your new home will be ideally located just a short drive to some of the area’s best golf, beaches and entertainment as well as dozens of historic sites, parks and museums where you’ll learn about the area’s rich history. In fact, the beach is a convenient drive via Jensen Beach Blvd to the pristine shores that connect us to the Atlantic Ocean.
Homes at Rivella will range in size from 2 to 6 bedrooms, and all homes will have either a preserve or estuary view. Select home sites are available directly on the river, some with an option for a private dock. Signature series homes start in the $290s, and Estate homes are priced from the mid $500s to over $1 million, with custom floor plan options.
Pre-construction purchasers get a free lakefront home site upgrade for no additional charge prior to our model opening in fall 2019. Limited opportunities are available for this one-of-a-kind offer. The Sales Office is open daily at 114 SE Via Lago, Port St. Lucie. For more information about Rivella visit RivellaFL.com or call (772) 206-2900.