Located in St. John County, St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by the Spanish and is known today as the nation’s oldest occupied city. St. Augustine’s history is filled with conflict, compromise and progress that intertwined the fates of many nations. Spain, France, Great Britain, America and Native Americans were all part of the conflict and progress that molded St. Augustine into the city it is today. Because of St. Augustine’s rich heritage, it has become an important piece of history and focal point for visitors year round. There are over 50 attractions, historic sites and points of interest that draw over 2 million visitors each year. Fort Castillo De San Marcos , Ponce de Leons Fountain of Youth Discovery Park, Flagler College , and The Spanish Quarter Village are just a few of the historic sites frequented by residents and guests daily. Besides the rich history that abounds in St. Augustine accommodations are plentiful and range from extravagant resorts to quaint Bed and Breakfast inns, and down town you will find an abundance of antique stores, boutiques, unique restaurants and charming cafes. The combination of rich heritage and the charm of the downtown area make it easy to see why tourism has become the mainstay of St. Augustine’s economy and has cultivated a diverse and dynamic city that both visitors and residents can enjoy.
In St. Augustine you will find many options and styles for homes and properties. Historic homes, homes for restoration and renovation, beach bungalows, gated single family community homes, new construction, and condos are just a few that comprise the local housing market. Whether you are looking for your first home, perhaps a vacation home on the beach or just want to retire in warm weather with a stunning view, St. Augustine has a variety of homes and locations to fit each buyer’s unique situation.
If you love history, architecture, mild climates and beautiful beaches, St. Augustine is a must see. It comes with an impressive list of recommendations from a number of trusted sources. According to Trip Advisor, St. Augustine is named in the “Top 5 places to visit in the United States. Forbes Magazine calls it “one of the Top 10 places in the U.S to retire and National Geographic Magazine ranks it in “Top 10 places in the world to see Christmas lights.” With a resume like that who wouldn’t want to explore the options St. Augustine has to offer.