St Augustine FL Real Estate
St. Augustine is the oldest city in America and was founded
by the Spanish in 1565. The city of St. Augustine was founded by the Spanish
admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés on September 8,
1565. Menéndez first sighted land on August 28, the feast day of Augustine of
Hippo, and consequently named the settlement San Agustín.
In 1586 St. Augustine was attacked and burned by Sir Francis
Drake. In 1668 it was plundered by pirates and most of the inhabitants were
killed. In 1702 and 1740 it was unsuccessfully attacked by British forces from
their new colonies in the Carolinas and Georgia.
In 1763, the Treaty of Paris ended the French and Indian War
and gave Florida and St. Augustine to the British, an acquisition the British
had been unable to take by force and keep due to the strong fort there. St.
Augustine came under British rule and served as a Loyalist colony during the
American Revolutionary War.
The Treaty of Paris in 1783 gave the American colonies north
of Florida their independence, and ceded Florida to Spain in recognition of
Spanish efforts on behalf of the American colonies during the war. Florida was
under Spanish control again from 1784 to 1821.
The expanding United States, however, regarded Florida as
vital to its interests. In 1821, the Adams-Onís
Treaty peaceably turned the Spanish colonies in Florida and, with them, St.
Augustine, over to the United States. Florida was a United States territory
until 1845 when it became a U.S. state.
Spanish Colonial era buildings still existing in the city
include the fortress Castillo de San Marcos. The fortress successfully repelled
the British attacks of the 18th century, served as a prison for the Native
American leader Osceola in 1837, and was occupied by Union troops during the
American Civil War. It was removed from the Army's active duty rolls in 1900
after 205 years of service under five different flags. It is now the Castillo
de San Marcos National Monument.
In the late 19th century the railroad came to town, and led
by northeastern industrialist Henry Flagler, St. Augustine became a winter
resort for the very wealthy. A number of mansions and palatial grand hotels of
this era still exist, some converted to other use, such as housing parts of
Flagler College and museums.
The city is a popular tourist attraction, for the rich
Spanish Colonial Revival Style architectural heritage as well as elite 19th
century architecture. The city is also one terminus of the Old Spanish Trail,
which in the 1920's linked St. Augustine, Florida, to San Diego, California
with 3000 miles of roadways.
People come from all the over the world to vacation at Saint
Augustine’s beachfront, as well as visit the renowned St. Augustine Lighthouse,
famous St. George Street (St. Augustine’s historic pedestrian shopping mall),
where you will find the oldest home and oldest school house in America. There is sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, and
diving for outdoors types, as well as kite surfing at Anastasia Island State
Golfers will find links designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold
Palmer at the nearby World Golf Village resort, and additional locally famous
courses at Palencia and Marsh Creek Country Clubs pleasant and challenging
Lastly, any discussion of the St. Augustine experience would
be incomplete without mentioning its myriad dining possibilities. Many fine
restaurants grace the city, most notably the luxurious food offerings at 95
Cordova, the elegant bistro dining at Cortessi’s, and
Cap’s, located on the water and known for its fresh-from-the-ocean
Yearly events which draw people from all over the world
include the Players Championship TPC at Sawgrass in May, the Lighthouse Festival which takes place in March
every year, the Colonial Folks Art and Crafts Festival in October and in November
and December the Old City is decorated for the Nights of Lights Festival.
There are many wonderful homes in this area, but you need a local market expert to help you. Watson Realty Corp is a locally owned company with over 40 years experience selling homes in the area. Call the Watson experts at 800-257-5143.