If you like history, charm and friendly faces, you’ll love downtown St. Augustine. As our nation’s oldest continually occupied city, St. Augustine has seen many people come and go since Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles came ashore in 1565. The city and its residents take pride in keeping their stories alive. While many early structures were destroyed by fire and raids by the English, many 17th century buildings remain standing and are still in use today. It’s not unusual to see 17th century re-enactors strolling the main walking street, St. George or to hear cannons boom from the Castillo de San Marcos, the fort that has guarded St. Augustine since the 1600’s.
Downtown St. Augustine is not just for vacationers. The streets are filled with tourists during most holiday weekends and during peak times during the summer, but residents enjoy the area too. Great restaurants, art walks, the summer concert series in the city center, the Plaza de la Constitution, are all enjoyed by residents. As a resident, you’ll feel like you are in a small European Village where locals meet, visit and offer support for each other. There’s a variety of groups and activities to get involved in. You’ll find St. Augustine residents passionate about art, music, the outdoors, as well as history. For a small community, St. Augustine boasts a wealth of opportunities.
What are all the downtown attractions? Many of the nation’s oldest sites are here in St. Augustine—from schools to homes to churches. The Castillo de San Marcos fort, the Bridge of Lions, the Dow Museum of Old Homes, Flagler College, the Casa Monica Hotel, the Fountain of Youth, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Potter’s Wax Museum, the Flagler era churches, the Lightner Museum, and the Government house (built in the heart of St. Augustine in the late 16th century) are just some of the area’s destinations. There are many bed and breakfasts, a 4 star hotel and other modern accommodations as well as many home-grown restaurants with live entertainment. There are city tours by trolley, carriage, foot, or Segway.
You’ll find homes of all ages, sizes and price ranges. Greg, Peggy and Becca are not only involved in the community but passionate about it as well. They make understanding the nuances of buying and selling a home their business and will guide you through the process.