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Reasons to Move to St. Augustine FL

St. Augustine is full of charm, thanks to its rich history, which is well preserved, its fantastic stories, and the natural beauty of coastal Florida. Anyone who took Florida history in school and got to visit this fascinating city probably fell in love with it, and not just because of the impressive fort. Plenty of adults fall in love with this city, too – there are lots of reasons – and end up wanting to move here. Fortunately, Marsh Point, a community of new homes in St Augustine FL is coming together to offer a limited number of homes in a gated community just minutes from downtown St. Augustine.

St. Augustine is the oldest continually inhabited city in the U.S. That long history is evident in the historic downtown area, which is laid out much as it was when the Spanish built the city in the late 1500s, though the area was initially settled by the Timucua long before the Spanish arrived. Today, you’ll find the historic landmarks, including the oldest school and the impressive Castillo de San Marcos fort, but you’ll also find the Lightner fine art museum, farm and craft markets, numerous festivals, including food and wine festivals, as well as film festivals, and certainly a range of choices for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Obviously, people tend to spend a lot of time outdoors, from enjoying sports to attending music festivals, or just spending the day at the beach. In fact, there are 42 miles worth of beaches. Some beach areas are in two state parks, but the rest generally offer regular beach access, with some good for surfing, while others are great for friends and families to simply spend a fun day. There are also plenty of areas for kayaking where you can take in the local flora and fauna. There’s no shortage of water-based activities here.

In fact, there’s no shortage of physical activities, at all. Between private businesses and local parks big and small, you’ll find options for horseback riding, hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, water-skiing, power-boating, sailing, fishing, camping, and bird-watching. You’ll also find a variety of community rec centers that feature pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts,  baseball fields, and more. Plus, there are plenty of playgrounds, skateboard parks, and even dog parks. As if that weren’t enough, there are more than 15 golf courses in the area.

After a day outdoors, sit back and relax or keep moving to plenty of great live music. St. Augustine has a vibrant music scene with everything from small local bands to big-name acts. There’s also music for every taste. There are plenty of bars and small clubs that offer a range of weekly or even nightly acts, but you’ll also find locally organized music events such as Concerts in the Plaza, the Lincolnville Porch Festival, and Music By the Sea. The St. Augustine Music Festival is home to classical music performances, while big acts from around the world perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

St. Augustine has made a name for itself over the centuries and that continues. You can enjoy visiting and learning more about the history, thanks to reenactments, historic walking tours, forts, shipwrecks, pirate stories, a beautiful lighthouse, and antique car shows for something a little more recent..  For more modern recognition, there’s the nationally recognized St. Augustine Food and Wine Festival, the World Golf Hall of Fame, and an IMAX theater for film buffs. St. Augustine also likes its quirks, with the Medieval Torture Museum that is also home to a miniatures museum, and for something a little less odd, but still breathtaking, there’s a wild animal sanctuary at the St. Augustine Wild Reserve.

These are just a few of the many reasons why people make St. Augustine their home. You’re also close to Jacksonville if you want to commute, and Daytona (and its airport) are only an hour away and Orlando is just two hours away, so there’s really no excuse to be bored if you purchase one of the Marsh Point new homes in St Augustine FL. Plus, Marsh Point is pretty fascinating and attractive in its own right, with 27 homesites, estate sized lots, water views, marsh views, and it’s just minutes from downtown St. Augustine. Come explore this beautiful city that still maintains the charm of a small town and contact us to find out how you can make this amazing city your permanent home.

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