Monterey Yacht & Country Club was laid out by a developer in the year 1970 in an overgrown field used as a horse corral! Just three years later all 510 condominiums, ten units in each of the 51 buildings, were sold, and Monterey was energetically establishing a lifestyle that still flavors the 55-and-over community of today.
The nine-hole executive golf course which threads its way throughout the complex is the pride and joy of the residents, who simply “sign up” whenever they want to play. It’s a narrow, tricky course that even Monterey’s better players never tire of. Unsuspecting outsiders find it a challenge, only partly because of six strategically located ponds. Men’s and women’s golf leagues provide weekly competition, and frequent Saturday “scrambles” mix up the skill levels and bring unexpected results.
Also at full throttle during the season is the pool, where residents take part in daily organized exercise, swim laps, or recline on poolside lounge chairs. Umbrella tables provide the setting for sprightly games of cards and “rummy cubes” during the afternoon.
A place brimming with motion and enterprise, Monterey is basically run by volunteers who bring to life an ever-expanding spectrum of interests and activities befitting an “active adult community,” from dance parties, pinochle lessons, and bingo to an improved exercise room and newly formed canoe and kayak club. For every gathering it is well understood that “Everybody Is Welcome.”
Let there be no mistake, though; it is the people of Monterey who make the difference. Maybe it’s luck, maybe it’s heaven’s plan, but from the very beginning and continuing throughout its history, Monterey has attracted quality people with heart and sparkle, with courtesy and culture, with friendliness and energy. This is Monterey. There is no better place to call home.
River Walk, Stuart, FL
Stuart, Florida, between Vero Beach and West Palm Beach on the Treasure Coast, with the natural beauty of the wide St. Lucie River surrounding it on three sides, was settled in the 1870’s and called Potsdam. In 1895 the area was renamed Stuart when the Florida East Coast Railway came through.
Stuart is known internationally as the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” with superb fishing readily available from countless area marinas. Stuart offers miles of beautiful, uncrowded, sandy beaches with ample parking and access. It also boasts a conservative development plan that avoids high rises by restricting construction to less than four stories on Hutchinson Island and throughout the county. Across the St. Lucie River to the east is Sewall’s Point, the peninsular site of some of the most prestigious homes on Florida’s east coast. Across the Indian River, where the Atlantic Ocean and the rivers converge, is Hutchinson Island and the famous gated community of Sailfish Point. Surrounding cities include Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, and Port Salerno.
Downtown Stuart is the charming setting of the city’s historic district, the original village settled by the first visitors to Martin County. Shops range from antiques and collectibles, objects d’art, gift items, and wearable art to fine eating establishments and cocktail lounges. For the popular seasonal street fairs, when recognized artists and craftsmen display and sell their work, the blocked-off roads are milling with art lovers, many tending baby strollers and stylish dogs on leashes.
The nearby scenic River Walk, where frequent free outdoor concerts are held, allows visitors a panoramic view of the St. Lucie. The downtown Lyric Theater, built as a silent movie house in 1926, today attracts more than 80,000 theater goers annually for its full slate of concerts, shows, and cultural events. The Arts Council, a leader in the arts community for over 25 years, provides services to artists, arts organizations, students, and the public.
What’s your idea of the good life? Whatever your vision of retirement, make Monterey a stopover before you fix on a final destination.