We have lived in Florida all of our married life (50+ years) and we love it but we also love to travel and see different places. We have had twenty-five exchanges --- three elsewhere in Florida plus exchanges in Alaska, Ireland, Costa Rica, Nova Scotia, Montana, two different waterfront homes in Northern Wisconsin, on a lake near Branson, Missouri, on a river in northern Minnesota, two in Australia (Sydney and Newcastle), another in Copenhagen, another in Prague, a wonderful experience on a tidal water home near Charleston SC, and on a lake near Eagle River, Wisconsin. Most recently we exchanged in Montreal and Maine, and then in 2015 on the shore of Lake Michigan on the Leelenau Peninsula and on a beautiful lake in eastern Tennessee. We know how to make our swap partners happy!
The primary home we have available is our condo apartment. It is a quality, renovated waterfront apartment in a nice, friendly, safe, gated community. Our apartment is directly on the water, and if you have or are willing to download Google Earth just paste in “Mariner Cay Marina Stuart FL USA” and you will get an idea not only of how nice our subdivision of Mariner Cay is but how beautiful the city of Stuart is with all its water and waterways. Mariner Cay has two swimming pools (one is heated), a marina, and a nice clubhouse with an exercise room.
Within a short walking distance are Sandsprit Park, a nice waterfront park with picnic tables that’s open to the public, and Finest Kind Marina from which the Island Princess sails almost daily. See what they offer at: http://islandprincesscruises.com/ Also sailing from another nearby marina is a deep sea fishing boat that is very inexpensive as compared with charter fishing boats. The “Safari 1” is a boat that carries and caters to many fishermen (and ladies) at once. See their web site: http://safari-1.com/ Because of the fact that the warm waters of the Gulfstream come close to the Florida coast in our area, ocean fishing is usually very good. Colleen’s brother lives a block away as the crow flies and he might take our exchange partners for a boat ride. I can’t promise a fishing trip, but I’ll try. The weather is always a factor. Near and dear to my heart is marine life. Visit the nearby Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center and enjoy! http://www.floridaoceanographic.org/ They offer eco-cruises and much more. If you’re near there anyway, you might want to visit the Elliott Museum and/or the House of Refuge. Have a look: http://www.elliottmuseumfl.org/ If you have access to a boat there is a park and beach on the northern part of Jupiter Island. There is a tram, a boardwalk, and more. I’ve not been there personally but here is the site: http://www.palmbeachboater.com/st_lucie_inlet_preserve_park.html
We are not significantly far from different places that offer airboat rides. An airboat is a boat that is powered by an airplane propeller/engine and as such it can go in very shallow water and even over wet grasses in the Florida Everglades. Wildlife including alligators is abundant, and such a trip can be very memorable. Particularly memorable for me was the opportunity to kayak on a pristine river --- the Loxahatchee River. Rent a canoe or kayak and spend a day on the river. See the opportunities here: http://www.canoeskayaksflorida.com/
Stuart is located in what is known as the “Treasure Coast” of Florida. It is relatively small and quiet except for the winter months when all of south Florida is busy. We have many family members in the general area and that contributed to our choice of where to live. Our younger daughter lives in Delray Beach with her husband and three sons. Our other daughter lives in Jupiter --- a little more than half an hour south of here, and she will be available to help in the event there is a problem. We have many fine restaurants, several of which are waterfront. The classic Lyric Theater (live) is active all year and another more rustic one is busy during the winter. Stuart has a huge flea market that is open on weekends and a fresh market that is complemented by several roadside stands dealing with fresh vegetables. We are close enough to Cape Canaveral (approximately 100 miles) so that if you are willing to get up early you can make a day trip and see the Kennedy Space Center
http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/ or you can stay overnight in the area and visit Walt Disney World one day and the Space Center the other!
Shopping in the USA is great or so I’ve been lead to believe. We have no VAT and the recession has caused vendors to cut their prices. The famous Worth Avenue in Palm Beach is not that far away. It’s a great place to window shop, but buy your items elsewhere! Palm Beach is an island for the rich and famous!
Stuart has a nice public beach and a nearby museum. The next town to the south, Hobe Sound, has an even nicer beach. It is on Jupiter Island which rivals Palm Beach as THE place to live. A drive on Jupiter Island features miles of oceanfront mansions. Several famous personalities such as Celine Dion and Tiger Woods live there.
More about our home… If you have little ones, our home can be dangerous unless they are well supervised since we live on deep water. If you have a cat and we missed that fact, we can't swap unless it's a short-hair variety or lives outside. Bad allergies. We don't smoke and we don't permit smoking in our home. We love animals and we would therefore be open to taking care of your pet(s) (other than cats) provided that we would have the opportunity to make some overnight trips elsewhere.
There is a queen-size bed in the master bedroom which has a contiguous space containing the computer and desk as well as a high-end elliptical exercise machine and some adjustable exercise weights. The master bath has two sinks and a modernized shower/tub. All three bedrooms are on the upper floor. The waterside guest bedroom has a nice view as does the master bedroom. It has a queen-size bed and standard furniture. The third bedroom has twin beds. The guest bath which is shared has a walk-in tile and marble shower. A half bath is on the ground level. We have a FAX, DSL internet service, a color printer, a copy machine, satellite TV, a gas grill, and a small waterside porch which is a nice place from which to watch the morning light up.
About us… My wife, a retired registered nurse, is Colleen so you know what her ancestry is. I'm of Italian heritage but Ireland is much more fun to visit (and safer) than Italy. I am a retired dentist, and I am a deacon in the Catholic Church. We are both over 70 but young at heart.
Exchanging cars might be a big plus! We have a 2010 Honda Odyssey van and a 2012 Toyota Prius. We usually are able to arrange to meet you or have you met at the airport and give you one of our cars. In any case something can be worked out.
Dick & Colleen Venezia
The Master Bedroom The Waterside Guest Bedroom
The Third Bedroom The Kitchen with Breakfast Nook
The Living/Family Room The Master Bath
The Dining Area More Living Area with Piano
View from Master Bedroom Lounge Recliners!