Between the favorable tax climate, endless activities, and breathtaking natural beauty, it’s no secret that living in Florida is in high demand. One South Florida town in particular, however, has stood out with its exponential growth. Port St. Lucie, Florida has been ranked as one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities for two years in a row. According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2023-2024 rankings, it earned the fifth spot among the nation’s fastest-growing cities. Situated halfway between Orlando and Miami, the region has captured the interest of those seeking a balance between urban living and natural landscapes. Let’s delve deeper into the reasons families are making the move to this Florida town.
A Thriving Job Market with New Opportunities
St. Lucie County is experiencing a new wave of commercial development that could create over 10,000 new jobs for residents. With easy access to South Florida along I-95 and expanded infrastructure projects planned for Florida’s Turnpike, St. Lucie County has attracted many national companies to construct local distribution and fulfillment centers. Tradition’s new Legacy Park is already home to Amazon, Cheney Brothers, and FedEx. Additionally, the boating industry in Fort Pierce is expanding with the new Derecktor Shipyard for mega yacht building and repair. As these centers and more continue to open, they create high-paying jobs that allow the community to continue to grow and thrive.
Florida’s Favorable Tax Climate
As one of nine states that do not collect individual income taxes, Port St. Lucie has become a magnet for those seeking relief from high-tax states. Retirees can also make the most of their income since pensions, 401(k)s and social security benefits are not taxed by the state. Residents in Florida are given the opportunity to make their money go far and live their life to the fullest. Florida also does not impose any estate or inheritance taxes, protecting residents and their heirs from state taxes on their descendant’s estate.
Natural Treasures and Local Gems
With warm weather most of the year, Port St. Lucie embraces a unique way of life that takes full advantage of the area’s natural charms. Miles of pristine beaches provide endless beachcombing and surfing fun, while nearly 40 parks and recreational facilities are perfect for hiking, bike riding and exploring. The area is a mecca for boaters and anglers, with easy access to the St. Lucie River, Lake Okeechobee, and the Atlantic Ocean. Championship golf courses abound at PGA Golf Club and Saints Golf Course, while PopStroke is known for providing endless golfing fun for the whole family. The nearby Clover Park is the spring training grounds for the New York Mets, and the soon-to-be-opened Koa Bay will be one of the world’s largest surf parks.
Year-Round Activities and Events
Port St. Lucie is also known for an abundance of events, museums, boutiques, and art galleries to entertain residents of all ages. Lifelong learners will enjoy the history that’s intertwined into many of St. Lucie’s attractions, including the Navy SEAL Museum, St. Lucie County Aquarium, and the St. Lucie County Regional History Museum. For avid shoppers, Downtown Fort Pierce and Tradition are filled with endless stores to peruse, while foodies cherish the dozens of nearby restaurant options. The Port St. Lucie Fairgrounds and the MIDFLORIDA Event Center host a continuous stream of events throughout the year, from light shows and carnivals to concerts and festivals, ensuring the fun never ends for residents.
Easy Access to Florida’s Best
Port St. Lucie isn’t just a hub of entertainment. Its prime location halfway between Orlando and Miami allows residents easy access to major Florida towns. From Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando to the Kennedy Space Center along the booming Space Coast, endless attractions make for great day trips all generations can enjoy. Florida residents also enjoy local discounts at many of these major attractions. Also, just a short drive away, cities like West Palm Beach and Miami offer bustling atmospheres full of dining, shopping, museums, and art exhibits. Beyond Florida, Palm Beach International to the south and Orlando International Airport to the north provide a wealth of air travel options.
Affordable New Homes on the Wyld Side of Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie’s rapidly expanding market has led the way for an exciting new master-planned community to emerge. Located between Glades Cut Off and Midway Road, Wylder fully embraces the beauty of its natural surroundings, with multiple unique neighborhoods designed for all stages of life. Brystol at Wylder, featuring single-family homes priced from the $300s, is currently in the construction phase. Glynlea Country Club, a gated golf club community featuring an 18-hole course designed by PGA Tour professional Jim Furyk, is also under construction. An active-adult neighborhood named K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Wylder is also planned for the future.
An exciting array of Wyld amenities are planned for each neighborhood and for the community at large, including lakefront recreation areas, pocket parks, and miles of interconnected sidewalks and multi-use paths that connect the community. As the community continues to grow, so will its impact on its surrounding St. Lucie County neighbors. Not only have GreenPointe Developers made it a priority to preserve hundreds of acres of wetlands, but they have also donated sections of Wylder’s land to build a public park, high school, and more in the future.
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