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Feb. 11, 2020

Tips on Buying Foreclosures

Mona Leonard Realtor reviews foreclosures

Tips on Buying Foreclosed Homes

These tips on buying foreclosed homes will make the process easier. Searching for any new home can be stressful. Buyers in the foreclosure market, expect to find a great deal on an amazing house. However, without knowledge of the process, buying (or attempting to buy) a foreclosed home can lead to far more heartache than happiness. A buyer must go into this process with a little extra knowledge, and a little more long-term vision. Here are tips on buying foreclosed homes.

What is a foreclosure? 

A foreclosure happens when a home buyer stops making their mortgage payments. Usually after a period of 3-4 months past due, a bank will file foreclosure paperwork. The homeowner is then forced to leave the property and the bank takes possession of the home. The property is then listed as an REO (real estate owner) property for sale directly by the bank. 

Reasons for Foreclosure 

Fired from a job

Medical conditions where homeowner is unable to earn an income


Loss of income

Large debt and other bills overwhelming the homeowner

Divorce and other legal issues

Unable to pay HOA dues


A pre-foreclosure is still owned by the homeowner. They’re typically late by 90 days or more on their mortgage, and they expect to be foreclosed on soon. A pre-foreclosure is not necessarily a short sale. 

Short sales

A short sale’s owner has asked their lender to accept less than what is owed on the mortgage in order to sell the house.  Short sales can be very different than other real estate transactions. If you submit an offer on a short sale, the owner then takes your offer to the bank to find out if they’re willing to accept the sale.

It can take many months to find out if your offer is accepted. This scares off many potential buyers because most people don’t have the luxury of waiting for approval.

5 Key considerations

Foreclosures are sold as-is 

A loan approval letter should be your first step 

Know your budget 

Find a trusted real estate agent to negotiate (as a buyer, you don’t pay the agent’s commission)

Know the neighborhood and what comparable homes have sold for recently

Loan approval comes first 

Foreclosed homes are also called REO, real estate owned. The bank owns the property. However, the same bank that’s selling the home will not finance the buyer’s purchase. You will need to have financing in place before making an offer to purchase. 

Find a lender and get a pre-approval letter before shopping for foreclosure properties. Having a pre-approval letter tells the bank that you’re a serious buyer. After all, most foreclosed properties do not sit on the market for long. 

Get pre-approved for a mortgage loan 

Pre-approval Letter Mona Leonard Realtor

Your Realtor is your best tool 

Bank-owned homes usually move fast. Your agent may have insight into deals not yet on the market too. Your agent should understand what you’re looking for and your budget. This gives you a greater chance of closing on the home you want and can afford.

Foreclosed homes are sold “as-is” 

Any foreclosed property is sold as-is. This is often forgotten in the buying process. Damage may not be obvious to you. A thorough, qualified inspector is essential and may prevent the purchase of a home that will cost far too much to repair to be worth the purchase. 

Check the landscaping 

Poor upkeep of landscaping can tell you about how long the house has been vacant. This may be far longer than the time the home has been on the market. Vacant homes break down and erode much quicker than ones being occupied.

Homes that sit vacant for long periods of time deteriorate quickly. Check all water pipes to be sure they're functional with no leaks. Leaks can cause mold to grow and cause major damage to the property. In cooler climates, a home that sits over the winter without being winterized can be a nightmare to repair. You’ll not be able to see the broken pipes until you have an inspection, or you turn on the water and find yourself in a flooded house.

Check out the neighborhood 

The area the home is in is just as important as the house itself. You must live with the people around you and they will affect the value of your home in the future. 

Pay attention to what is near the neighborhood, what businesses are around, and how many other homes are for sale. Do you want to live near the tracks if a train toots its horn at 3 a.m.? If the neighborhood isn’t where you want to be, the price of the house doesn’t matter.

Your budget is more than just a mortgage 

Almost all foreclosures will need some sort of repair to them. When figuring out a budget it is imperative that it includes a professional inspection (before buying the home), expected repairs, and some wiggle room for the unexpected issues. 

A home inspection is a must for anyone looking to purchase a foreclosed property. An inspector has technical expertise and can point out the deficiencies in the home. Many offer warranties on their work.

Buyers can take care of the little things themselves and on their own time. The issues may not change your mind on buying the house, but it will give you an idea of expenses that will come along with it in the future. 

On foreclosures, expect to have some minor plumbing issues, heating and air conditioning systems will need to be serviced or repaired, watch closely for roof leaks. The key to a successful budget is allotting enough money to repairs so you don’t find yourself struggling in an emergent situation.

Search comparable home prices 

A comparable house is one that has sold in the area, about the same size, and not listed as a foreclosure. Searching these closed listings gives a ballpark value of your home, not just what the bank is asking. There is not much room to negotiate on the price of a house listed on the foreclosed market, and not all of them are a good value.

The list price is close to the bank’s bottom line for the property. They aren’t going to deduct price for repairs, the neighborhood, or much of anything else. Doing research on comparable homes tells the buyer if they are getting a good deal based on condition and location, or if they should take a pass. 

Home buying doesn’t have to be stressful, buying a foreclosed home should not be a regret. Doing a little bit of research, combined with a good Realtor, and inspector can make all the difference in the world. 

Foreclosed listings are bought because they are a great less expensive option for home buyers. Doing it the right way, with the right long-term vision, makes for a happy home. 

Buy a HUD home 

A HUD home is a property that was foreclosed and had a Government backed mortgage, such as an FHA loan. HUD homes are listed on the HUD home store website. You can search the site and find all available properties in your area. 

Your Realtor will place your bids on the site just as they make an offer on any home. There are some great deals to be found on HUD homes, but you need to act quickly as these properties move fast. Pre-approval letter is required to bid if you require a mortgage.

Speak with a lender and apply

We hope these tips for buying foreclosed homes is helpful. As Blogger for Treasure Coast Insider, Mona Leonard's local expertise keeps buyers informed about the real estate market. Please call her with any questions at 772.530.6131

Posted in Buyer Needs
Feb. 8, 2020

A Real Estate Agent is the Smarter Choice


Selling a home takes a lot of hard work, and to save money, some homeowners go about it all on their own. There are pros and cons to selling a home without a professional real estate agent, and ultimately only you can weigh those options and decide which is best for you, your family, and your home. Take a look at the top ten reasons why choosing a real estate agent is a no-brainer.


 1.    Save thousands of dollars on your dream home! We can get you the "actual fair market value," saving you and your family thousands of dollars!


2.    We have exclusive access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), along with actual property valuation data tools for building comparable properties, a comprehensive market outreach network, customized Search Criteria engines that you won't find on Zillow, Trulia, or


3.    We have a proven track record of dedicated specialists who get maximum exposure out of your property, 3D Video Walkthroughs, Drone Photography, and Social Media Marketing Integration tools.


4.    We have the Backing of a world Renown Network of Professionals. Keller Williams is the fastest and highest-grossing Brokerage in the country. Our outreach extends worldwide with over 180,000 agents and over 1,000 offices!


5.    We give you that ever-elusive peace of mind that every aspect from the contract to the closing table is under control. We manage all file preparation, ensure your complete understanding of the process and oversee all legal and compliance matters within the transaction.


6.    We Offer High-Touch and Constant Communication between not only the agents associated with the transaction but the title company, inspectors, vendors, lenders, HOA Communities, state, county, and ordinances.


7.    We Have The Power of Negotiation. We know the ins-and-outs of the market before taking on a negotiation, which strengthens your position and results.


8.    We Have Top-Notch Marketing and Advertising. Maximize your exposure through targeted marketing in direct mail/email postcards, from our massive database, and our website's "Sphere"-Stuart-Houses-For-Sale. Our website has a vast reach, with the ability to reach more than 5,000 buyers on any given day. Professionally designed ads that make your property stand out from the local competition.


9.    Inspired by Our Community Outreach Efforts, we take part in a program called "Paint the Town Red," which advertises your property to multiple communities across the Treasure Coast. This event encourages individuals to get involved in Keller Williams's open houses, bringing a massive flow of possible buyers to your open house. We network from all avenues, and our priority is always to bring additional traffic to your property.


10.  Progress Reports: Nothing is more frustrating than a lack of communication between an agent and a property owner. We are the solution, we bring a new state of the art portal, providing an up to the minute on-line "Snapshots" illustrating what we are doing to sell your home — instant information on potential buyers, feedback on the property, upcoming showings, advertisements, and open houses.


Please schedule an appointment so we can show you why choosing our team is a no-brainer!

Posted in Seller Needs
Oct. 16, 2019

Downsizing Considerations For Seniors


Downsizing Considerations for Seniors

Downsizing Considerations For Seniors

Downsizing considerations for seniors can seem daunting. The lifestyle adjustments may seem uncertain and difficult. It’s also a chance to establish a healthy living environment to cope with changes life sends your way. Whether that comes from financial, emotional, or physical concerns, downsizing considerations for seniors means change. Enjoy the full quality of life in your golden years.  

Ensure A Safe Landing

Chances are you’re aware of the gradual changes that go hand-in-hand with growing older. Sometimes that can mean needing assistance with some daily basics, and if you should reach a point you could use a bit of help each day, assisted living can be a dream come true.

Seniors who require help with things like bathing, dressing, and getting in and out of bed can benefit from having help close at hand. At the same time, it’s a lifestyle-oriented toward freedom and self-sufficiency - you don’t have restrictions, just help when you need it.

There is a wide range of amenities assisted living communities offer. You can enjoy everything from laundry and transportation services to group activities and exercise rooms to gourmet meals to on-site beauticians.

Along with this array of options comes a broad price range, with facilities in Stuart typically costing $1500 to $8495 per month. These include Memory care, assisted living, and nursing homes. independent living, and residential home care. Those prices don’t necessarily reflect quality, and since there is so much variety, your best bet is to visit communities in person. 

Smaller Home = Living Large

There are many important financial benefits seniors can gain from downsizing. For one thing, it’s a chance to release the equity in your home and apply it to your life. If you have unused space, you’re no longer tied to it - you don’t need to heat, cool, or maintain it, so it lowers your utility bills, upkeep, and taxes.  

You can move to a home that is closer to places and people that improve your overall quality of life, such as transportation services, health care facilities, and grandchildren. On top of all that, if you pay for services like lawn care or handyman help, with less property, you can cut those costs as well. If you’re tending to those things yourself, it allows you to free time and energy for other things, such as hobbies, friends and family members.  

Choosing a house

If you elect to find a smaller house, there are a handful of things to look for that help make aging in place go more smoothly. When it comes to the basic structure, stairs can be challenging as you age, so a one-story home is desirable. There are also several features to consider which could either be found in existing homes or easily added.

Flooring that's easy to care for is a perk, as well as wider-than-average doors and hallwaysWhen it comes to renovations, if you need to make one room your top priority, it should be the bathroomAdding grab bars, a taller toilet, and bath seating can go a long way toward helping you stay safe.  

Allow Ample Time

Moving is a funny thing. It seems like it always takes far longer to pack, make all your arrangements, and then actually manage the move, than anyone ever expects. Bearing that in mind, start planning your move well in advance. If you have a lot of belongings and have lived in your home for a long while, start de-cluttering early on.  

Cutting down on belongings can be especially difficult, as it involves sorting through emotions attached to things and deciding what is necessary for your next phase in life. Try enlisting a friend or two to provide impartial input, and pack as you go. To help you with boxing things up, use this handy packing checklist.

Downsizing considerations for seniors can bring many wonderful perks, but there are some challenges involved. Sort your options carefully and give yourself ample time for the process. In the end, you’ll be rewarded with a better quality of life in your golden years.

For more downsizing considerations for seniors, contact Mona Leonard, your Treasure Coast Insider blogger.


Article was written by Andrea Needham and Mona Leonard

Posted in Seller Needs
Aug. 13, 2019

Senior Fun and Activities

Senior Fun and Activities

Senior Fun and Activities

Senior fun and activities abound on the Treasure Coast. Golf, boating, tennis, dancing and swimming are just a few examples. Charitable organizations, churches, clubs (from the Women's Club of Martin County to several VFW's, Elks, Moose) and more, add to the possibilities. For senior fun and activities all over the Treasure Coast, we've got a lot to offer!

Happiest Seaside Town

In a recent survey by US News, 9 of the top 25 best places to retire are in Florida. It's no wonder Florida's at the top of the list... with low taxes, housing affordability, and overall happiness and desirability. Stuart, voted the "Happiest Seaside Town" by Coastal Living Magazine for the entire US, has lots of activities and support for seniors.  I've lived in the Stuart area for many years and love the small town charm. So many great restaurants, playhouses, golf, beaches, and boating to consider. 

State of the art healthcare is available at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health which has 3 hospitals... Stuart, Stuart South and Tradition in Pt. St. Lucie. We have award winning long term care facilities as well. Palm Beach International Airport is only about 45 minutes to the south and Orlando Regional Airport (and Disney World), less than two hours to the north. 

Mona Leonard Reviews Stuart FL Happiest Seaside Town

Stuart Area Golf Courses

Details for public courses can be found here. There's plenty to choose from that are reasonably priced, conveniently located and tons of fun! These beautiful, affordable, year-round courses. give you miles of greens and lots of golf time. For details about specific course, check out my blog on golf courses.


Bingo anyone? The highly rated Elks Lodge near Kanner Hwy and US1 in Stuart boasts many Friday nights filled with Bingo and lots of senior fun and activities. Great Italian food on Thursdays with entertainment. Made-to-order meals 5-7 pm with bar service 4:30-8:30 pm. Join in the fun!

Bingo Madness and Arcade on US1 in Port St Lucie has great reviews too! With its recent transformation, it's sure to make your time worthwhile. If you're a serious player, check them out.

Bingo at Night's of Columbus  is a great spot for Stuart area senior fun and activities. One review says "this place exudes the warmth of brotherhood." The facility is also available for your events. Located in southwest Stuart. 


Many Stuart area Do you love to dance? Sing? Senior fun and activities include Friday nights at the Hobe Sound VFW with dancing and if you're so inclined, singing. Cowboy Bob's karaoke tunes bring out the performer in all of us. Terrific dance floor and a good sound system make the place light up with fun and friendship. Friday nights are open to all, membership not required. With a great menu at reasonable prices, enjoy their delicious menu from 4:30-7:00 pm. 

Here's a video of Elijah Fox's 100th birthday! He golfs 5 days a week and comes to dance at the VFW in Hobe Sound. 

Several dance studios are close by for lessons. Many Stuart area restaurants have live entertainment and dancing. There's plenty to choose from. 

Festivals and Art Shows

As a personal favorite, the Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival offers a large variety of art and attracts artists from all over the country. This February event on East Ocean Blvd typically benefits from beautiful temperatures with lots of sunshine. With Memorial Park and it's lovely grounds as a backdrop, enjoy free admission and the opportunity to see (and perhaps buy) some amazing art.

Another personal favorite is Under The Oaks in Vero Beach. World-class artists with amazing, high quality pieces displayed among huge live oak trees in Riverside Park on Vero's barrier island. It's a stage set for success. For a complete list of Treasure Coast area art shows and festivals, check out Treasure Coast Insider's blog on these events.

Mona Leonard Realtor Reviews the Downtown Stuart Art Festival

Theatres and Playhouses

Stuart offers plenty of plays and entertainment at the Lyric Theatre located downtown. Drawing top performers and musicians, this historic theatre is loved by many Martin County residents. The theatre also offers free movies in the summer. 

Nestled in an unsuspecting location on Weatherbee Rd in Ft. Pierce, the Pineapple Playhouse has ample parking, great plays and a more intimate experience than larger playhouses. Similarly, the Barn Theatre on East Ocean in Stuart is smaller than the Lyric Theatre and the Sunrise Theatre in Ft. Pierce. 

For more information about senior fun and activities on the Treasure Coast, contact Mona Leonard, your trusted Treasure Coast Insider blogger.

Posted in Things to do
Aug. 13, 2019

Stuart Area Rodeos


Mona Leonard Reviews Stuart Area Rodeos

Stuart Area Rodeos

Many people moving to the here might not even think Stuart area rodeos exist. They exist and thrive! With over 18,000 cattle ranches in the state of Florida, we're ranked 12th in the nation for beef production. So much of the Treasure Coast is rural and agricultural. The most popular Stuart area rodeos are in Indiantown and Okeechobee. 

Indiantown Rodeo

Held in October, the Indiantown Rodeo is a favorite of Stuart area rodeos, for folks of all ages. In addition to the adult events (roping, riding and busting to name a few), the Mutton Bustin' contest is loved by kids and adults alike. During this event, young cowboys and cowgirls try to hang on... and walk away with great pride after the competition. You've never seen anything cuter. It's serious stuff for these kids and they love it.

Cowboys from all over the country come to compete in Indiantown's rodeo. It's set in lush Timer Powers Park on Citrus Blvd and the area has a long tradition for everything Western... appropriate for western Martin County. My mom grew up in this little town in the '50's. It's a great place to raise a family.

With all that nature can offer, Indiantown has it all. If you're considering this area of the Treasure Coast, you'll love the fresh water fishing in Lake Okeechobee near Port Mayaca to the west. My absolute favorite fish to eat is fresh water catfish. There's plenty to do living the country life. Ranches and wildlife areas are abundant. It's "Old Florida" beauty with all its flora and fauna. Cabbage palms, live oak hammocks, Cyprus stands, grasslands, White-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobcats, an occasional gator... and nice people.  

Mona Leonard Reviews Stuart Area Rodeos

The Okeechobee Cowtown Rodeo

The Okeechobee Cowtown Rodeo held in March each year, brings cowboys from all over the country, in search of prize money and glory. It includes bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping and lots more. It's a well-attended Stuart area rodeo, usually filling the arena with spectators. For the full arena schedule, contact the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association 


Mona Leonard Reviews the Okeechobee Rodeo

Want to look the part? 

Eli's Western Wear is the place to shop if you're in the mood for some western wear. A new cowboy hat, some great boots, shirts, jeans and belts, Eli's Western Wear is the place to shop in Okeechobee. The inventory is huge and if they don't have what you're looking for, they can likely order it for you. 

The Adams Ranch

The Adams Ranch includes 65,000 acres just west of Ft. Pierce. I met Bud Adams on several occasions and road shotgun in his old pick-up to view some of the gorgeous landscape and cattle on his ranch. Four generations have raised cattle here (Bud is standing in the photo). Their cattle auctions are second to none and they create a top-notch hoedown for young and old alike.

From raising money for victims of human trafficking, to putting on a great shindig for the Cattleman's Ball to raise money for the Sunrise Theatre, this family owned and operated ranch (ranked in the top 50 seed stock ranches in the country) is part of the heritage of the Treasure Coast. 


Mona Leonard Reviews The Adams Ranch

For more information on other terrific Stuart area rodeos, contact Mona Leonard at or call 772.530.6131. As blogger for the Treasure Coast Insider, feedback is always appreciated.



Posted in Local Events
Aug. 13, 2019

Stuart Area Theatres and Playhouses

Mona Leonard Realtor Reviews Stuart Area Theatres and Playhouses

Stuart Area Theatres and Playhouses

Many Stuart area theatres and playhouses have a long and interesting history. Each one is unique in its feel, intimacy, acoustics, and services. Below are several Stuart area theatres and playhouses.

The Lyric Theatre

Stuart offers plenty of plays and entertainment at the Lyric Theatre located downtown. Drawing top performers and musicians, this historic theatre is loved by many Martin County residents. The theatre also offers free movies in the summer. 

Mona Leonard Realtor Reviews The Lyric Theatre 

Sunrise Theatre

The oldest of the Stuart area theatres and playhouses is the historic Sunrise Theatre at 117 S Second St in Ft. Pierce, this Mediterranean Revival Style theatre was built in 1923 and as the largest theater on Florida's East Coast between Miami and Jacksonville. The first movie shown was Charlie Chaplin's silent 1923 hit "Vagabond." After renovations made by the St. Lucie Preservation Association in 1997, the theater hosts outstanding performers and musicians. 

Mona Leonard Reviews The Sunrise Theatre

Barn Theatre

Similarly, the Barn Theatre on East Ocean in Stuart is smaller than the Lyric Theatre and the Sunrise Theatre in Ft. Pierce. It's intimate theater of just 169 seats make it cozy and more interactive. You'll see lots of local talent and some cleverly chosen plays. 

Pineapple Playhouse

The Pineapple Playhouse is nestled in an unsuspecting location on Weatherbee Rd in Ft. Pierce. The Pineapple Playhouse has ample parking, great plays and a more intimate experience (100 seats) than larger playhouses. A playhouse tradition, meeting the cast after the show is a true delight. You may get hooked on a more interactive experience at the Pineapple Playhouse than other playhouses.

Maltz Jupiter Theatre

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, once owned by Burt Reynolds, draws talent from around the world. Famous for their mysteries, this dinner theatre is well-loved by many local patrons. Located in the hustling entertainment district of Jupiter, it's sure to wow you.

Kravis Center

Located in West Palm Beach, the Kravis Center is a more regional theatre experience. This beautiful venue draws performers from across the globe. This theatre attracts the best in music, comedy, plays, and other performances. It can also be reserved for graduations and other activities. You won't want to miss The Nutcracker during the holidays. It's a delight for all fortunate enough to attend this annual tradition. 

Mona Leonard Realtor Reviews The Kravis Center

Area Movie Theaters

The Regency 8 Theater in Stuart has a great selection of recently released movies. With lots of restaurants close by, it gives a whole new meaning to date night. Located in the Treasure Coast Mall, the Regal Treasure Coast Mall boasts 16 theaters and amazing recliners so you can kick back and watch the show. 

For more information about Stuart area theatres and playhouses, contact Mona Leonard, your trusted Treasure Coast Insider blogger.

Posted in Things to do
Aug. 13, 2019

Stuart Area Festivals and Art Shows

Mona Leonard Realtor Reviews the Downtown Stuart Art Festival

Stuart Area Festivals and Art Shows

Stuart area festivals and art shows are in full swing during "season." All along the Treasure Coast, there's something for every attendee. Whether it's jewelry, paintings, wood-working, sculpture or clothing, the beautiful surroundings and weather make for an extraordinary day. Check out these Stuart area festivals and art shows. 

Downtown Stuart Art Festival 

As a personal favorite, the Annual Downtown Stuart Art Festival offers a large variety of art and attracts artists from all over the country. This February event on East Ocean Blvd typically benefits from beautiful temperatures, with lots of sunshine. With Memorial Park and it's lovely grounds as a backdrop, and free admission, it's a great opportunity to see (and perhaps buy) some amazing art and jewelry. This February event has free admission.

Hobe Sound Art Festival 

When I first moved to Martin County at the age of 20, Hobe Sound was my first choice. It's quieter than Stuart or other cities and towns to the north. It's much less traveled than south of Hobe Sound on the Treasure Coast too.

The first home I built was in the Soundings in Hobe Sound. The "wet side" was not yet completely built out, so I was fortunate to buy a canal-front lot on Hawksbill Way. We built the house in 1987. 

Hobe Sound Art Festival is a top quality show and runs a quarter mile near the tracks on A1A. Beautiful Jupiter Island is just east of the famous Banyan trees on Bridge Rd, a stone's throw from the festival. After the festival, enjoy a relaxing day at Hobe Sound Beach, or a drive along the famous coastline. Home to golfers Tiger Woods and Greg Norman, Jupiter Island's secluded drive along A1A is breathtaking. Blowing Rocks Preserve is toward the south end and is a great place for photos or a walk. It's easy to make a day of it with the festival and a drive. This February event has free admission.

Under The Oaks, Vero Beach

Under the Oaks vero Beach

A personal favorite is Under The Oaks in Vero Beach. World-class artists with amazing, high quality pieces among huge live oak trees in Riverside Park on Vero's barrier island (Orchid Island). This March event is a stage set for success. Advance tickets, $10, $15 at the door. Children under ten enter free.

Sunfest Music Festival, West Palm Beach


Held rain or shine, Sunfest Music Festival along the intracoastal waterway in West Palm Beach, draws 150,000+ people annually. This family-friendly four day event has tickets available beginning at $152 for a single day. Previous performers have included Keith Urban, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Tears For Fears to name a few. The schedule is packed with back-to-back performances for hours... and days! 

Sunfest is typically held in late April. Along Flagler, between Banyan Blvd and Lakeview Ave., you'll enjoy food and wine pairing events, floating bars, the battle of the bands, a 5k event, and plenty of shopping. Fireworks are on the agenda too. 

Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival 

Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival

The Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival has become a local tradition with live entertainment, art and scheduled events. Named for the pineapple plantations that covered the landscape 100 years ago, there's fun for everyone. This 30+ year old November event has concerts, arts, crafts, street performers, bands and a midway. A delegation from the island of Eleuthra, Bahamas brings the heart-pounding sounds of Junkanoo to the festival.

Several other Stuart area festivals and art shows take place in this idyllic location including ArtsFest. Located in Memorial Park, this festival boasts culinary delights, beautiful fine art. This well-attended event began in 1988 and has grown each year.  Art in the Park, a November event is another great fine art show. Admission for either is $10.

Okeechobee Events

Okeechobee Speckled Perch Festival and Parade

Okeechobee Speckled Perch Festival

The Speckled Perch Festival and Parade is one of my favorites. If you Southern cooking, this is a fun and delicious way to spend a day. There's lots to see at this March event, including beautiful beading, leatherworks and more. The speckled perch is outstanding, and you better get there early because they've been known to run out.  

This event dates back to 1965 and is in honor of the fishing industry for the livelihoods they provided. It's in Flagler Park and you can almost feel the history. Check it out... easy day trip from anywhere on the Treasure Coast.

Top of the Lake Art Fest

Top of the Lake Art Fest hosts some amazing artisans. The quality of the works will keep you craning into each booth. This juried event has some real talent. Usually, this is a February art festival. 

As your Treasure Coast Insider blogger, Mona Leonard would love your feedback. She can be reached at 772.53.6131

Posted in Local Events
Aug. 8, 2019

5 Stuart Area Public Golf Courses

Mona Leonard Reviews Trump National Doral Golf Club


5 Stuart Area Public Golf Courses

These 5 Stuart area public golf courses, open year round, each have unique qualities, challenges and benefits. No matter what your skill level, you'll enjoy playing golf in the beautiful surroundings of any and all of these 5 Stuart area public golf courses.

Eagle Marsh Golf Course

The first of the 5 Stuart area public golf courses is Eagle Marsh. Considered one of the most challenging courses in the area. Located in beautiful Jensen Beach, and with a signature 18th hole that has two separate greens to choose from, Eagle Marsh is nestled directly next to the breathtaking Savannahs. Enjoy the full-service bar and restaurant after your game. Priced competitively. The rest of the five Stuart area public golf courses I'm reviewing are below. 

Mona Leonard Reviews Eagle Marsh Golf Club

Palm Cove Golf Course

Beginners and seasoned players alike can improve their game at Palm Cove, in the heart of Palm City. The greens are typically reachable in regulation and the narrow fairways discipline even scratch golfers. Palm Cove is affordable with a pleasant staff that’s attentive to your needs.

Heritage Ridge Golf Course

Heritage Ridge in Hobe Sound is our third pick of five Stuart area public golf courses. With a more forgiving course,  wider fairways and fewer obstacles, Heritage Ridge is reasonably priced and favored by many seniors. If you love playing golf year round, enjoy the great summer rates.

Martin Downs Golf Course

Martin Downs Country Club is in beautiful Palm City. Near Florida’s Turnpike entrance on SR 714, this gated community has a forgiving course. The open fairways are relatively obstacle-free for your next time out. Opening at 11 am, the full service restaurant and bar will hit the spot! Good summer rates too.

Champion Turf Club at St. James Golf Course

Champion Turf Club (at St. James) sports a full-service bar, snacks and limited pro shop. With lightning fast greens and open fairways, this north Port St Lucie course has long par 4’s and is considered challenging. Competitively priced. 

Mona Leonard Realtor Reviews Champion at St James


As a Treasure Coast Insider (that includes you) feel free to contact Mona Leonard for additional information on these and other Treasure Coast courses. Mona is always happy to share Treasure Coast Insider information.