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Second Home Spotlight: Martin County, Florida

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Martin County has just been cited as one of the top five healthiest places to reside in the Sunshine State. The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Center (WPHC) was awarded a $4.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last year to expand their statewide rankings to all 50 states. The study also found Martin County to have the “highest quality of life” based on a variety of health, lifestyle and environmental factors. The WPHC rankings draw attention to the fact that a community’s health is determined by more than just its health care system. People’s health behaviors and the socioeconomic and physical environment all contribute to a community’s level of health. That said, Martin Memorial Medical Center has been named one of the 2009 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals in the United States. It is the fifth time Martin Memorial has earned this esteemed distinction, making Martin County a popular retirement choice.

Nestled between tony Palm Beach and burgeoning St. Lucie counties, Martin County is comparatively laid back, boasting a low density, uncongested environment that provides each of its municipalities with a decidedly small-town feel. The City of Stuart’s historic downtown is a winner of the “Most Beautiful City” title from America In Bloom and hosts a variety of year-round events including the annual Treasure Coast Pirate Fest.

Situated at the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway and the St Lucie and Indian Rivers, Martin County boasts some of the best beaches and deep-sea fishing in the state. The area is also well known for its high-quality luxury private communities. Deep water marinas and copious championship golf layouts designed by some of the game’s greats including Pete Dye, Arthur Hills, Gene Bates and Jack Nicklaus, are the norm in private communities such as Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart and Piper’s Landing Yacht & Country Club and Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club, both in Palm City. If the ocean is your passion, Sailfish Point is a world-class, second home, island community offering a Jack Nicklaus Signature course, a beachfront country club, and a full service marina with immediate ocean access.

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