With 1,350 miles of coastline, Florida ranks second after Alaska when it comes to waterfront real estate in the United States. But not all 1,350 miles are created equal. Some stretches of coast are known for white sand and crystal clear waters, others for the golf courses and others for the charm and tranquility – but few, like the Riomar neighborhood of Vero Beach, can claim to be known for all three.
Riomar is located on a barrier island and has two waterfront promenades – the west side borders the slowly flowing banks of the Indian River and in the east the bright blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean – hence the name Rio-Mar (river-ocean). . While each is different in their own way, they both offer you world-class fishing, boating, and golfing.
Riomar’s charm comes in part from its history as the home of the Riomar Country Club, which was co-founded with the neighborhood in 1919. The golf club and beach club helped lay the foundation for a sociable and hospitable community where people freak out their mailbox flags to let the neighbors know they can stop by for a drink.
“Riomar is very friendly and casual. It’s quaint,” says Matilde Sorensen, co-owner of Dale Sorensen Real Estate and a Vero Beach resident for 40 years. “But it’s also quietly cultivated. Everything may be a little smaller, but Vero Beach still has a museum and a theater with operas and ballets.”
The houses in Riomar. from Vero Beach
Vero Beach’s motto is “Sunrises, Not Skyscrapers,” and Riomar is no exception. The shore is untouched by massive buildings and the long blue horizon can be seen from a distance – almost all residential options are therefore accessible condominiums, single-family houses or settlements.
Those lucky enough to live on either of the two boardwalks enjoy unimpeded access to the water – riverside lots can even include boat docks or docks.
The houses in Riomar, often designed in a Bermuda or Anglo-Caribbean style, are nestled in a landscape full of greenery, from palm trees to large oaks. In many areas, the solitary trees have spread far and wide to form canopy-covered streets, many of which are not paved but lined with sand and seashells.
“People love the sandy streets,” says Sorensen. “Aside from the waterfront, homes away from those sandy roads are some of the most expensive and sought-after.”
Real estate prices in Riomar. from Vero Beach
With a small population and valuable real estate, the average list price of Riomar can vary greatly depending on the offer. According to Realtor.com, the average list price in Riomar in April 2021 was $ 3,500,000 – compared to $ 2,635,000 just three months earlier.
“Lower prices on houses in Riomar are around $ 1.8 million, and for that price you will most likely need to upgrade,” says Sorensen. “Then prices can go up to $ 20,000,000.”
Riverside and oceanfront properties are the most expensive properties in Riomar, although oceanfront homes tend to be more expensive.
Cheaper options can be found for around $ 600,000 and are mostly one- to two-bedroom condos located off the coast.
The mood in the Riomar. from Vero Beach
Although Riomar is almost entirely residential – aside from golf courses and the like – there are plenty of dining and shopping options in the immediate vicinity. Restaurants and shops are so close that many people can use an unorthodox mode of transport.
“Many travel with golf carts,” says Sorensen. “You just go to the village where you can eat or go shopping if you want.”
Many of the most popular restaurants in the area have ocean or river views, such as the Ocean Grill, a landmark that has served gourmet seafood and steaks for over 80 years.
Schools in Riomar. from Vero Beach
Public school students are cared for by the Indian River County School District, which has 15 schools across Vero Beach, including Vero Beach High School and three middle schools.
In addition, there are also many options for private schools such as St. Helen’s Catholic School, the Master’s Academy or the SunCoast School.
St. Edward’s School, a prep school for K-12 students, is one of the few schools on Barrier Island.
Sights and surroundings in Riomar. from Vero Beach
Vero Beach is roughly halfway between Orlando and Miami – the former is about 100 miles northwest and the latter is 150 miles directly along the coast.
In the center of Vero Beach is the Vero Beach Regional Airport with flights throughout Florida and selected flights to the northeastern United States.
About an hour’s drive south along the coast will bring you to West Palm Beach and 15 miles further is Boca Raton.
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