Hutchinson Island is a barrier island located in Martin County about 45 miles north of West Palm Beach. Hutchinson Island real estate spans about 24 miles from north to south and is located on the east side of the Intracoastal waterway from the mainland. Known for its picturesque beaches, single family homes, and luxury condominiums, Hutchinson Island caters to all lifestyles. Larry Pettit has extensive experience working with Hutchinson Island communities and the surrounding waterfront areas. Contact Larry Pettit for more information on Hutchinson Island homes and condos for sale.
Hutchinson Island Real Estate History
Named after James Hutchinson who was given a land grant by the Spanish Governor of Florida in 1803. Hutchinson started a plantation on the island, using Hutchinson Island as a barrier from invading Indians. Hutchinson island was also inhabited by pirates during these early years. Pirates used the higher elevations on the island as a lookout to spot passing ships and steal their cargo. The pirates also pillaged Hutchinson’s plantation and crops. He attempted to resolve these issues by visiting the Governor and asking for help in September 1808, however during his return he drowned tragically at sea in a violent storm.
Throughout the majority of the 1800’s the island remained uninhabited. The United States acquired Florida from Spain in 1827 and the Hutchinson Island grant was acknowledged by the U S Congress. The first survey of the island was completed in June of 1845.
The very first structure on the island was built in 1876, and called the House of Refuge located at 301 SE MacArthur Blvd. Originally built for people who were passing through or needed help, the House of Refuge remains today and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In around 1900 Edward “Ned” Hutchinson a descendant of James Hutchinson built a permanent home on Hutchinson Island where he maintained a bean farm. For several years after this, many other people farmed beans, and some farmed beehives for honey production.
On January 17, 1924, construction began on a 1.2-mile bridge in Jensen located about a half mile from the business district. The wooden bridge spanning the Indian River was completed in May 1926. Now Hutchinson Island was connected to the mainland for the 1st time. The bridge was just wide enough for 2 cars to pass alongside each other. A hand operated draw situated in the deepest part of the river permitted boat travel up and down the waterway. The bridge now provided easy access to the island fostering a growing attraction to beaches, especially with tourists and visitors.
With limited population the island lacked modern conveniences such as phone and electrical service. Hutchinson Island from Ft. Pierce to the St Lucie inlet remained one of the last undeveloped sections of ocean frontage along the southeast coast of Florida. However finally in mid-1953 Florida Power and Light installed a marine power cable across Indian River to Hutchinson Island which then connected to 18 power poles on Hutchinson Island.
Immediately benefiting were the Sand Club resort hotel, Sandpiper Inn and one private residence, already built on Hutchinson Island. Doris Collins the operator of the Sandpiper Inn was given the honor of “throwing the switch” after having long endured preparing food without electrical service. However, there were still several other residences to the south on Hutchinson Island who would have to wait for their electrical service. Today Hutchinson Island remains on of the most prestine and natural beach areas in al of South Florida, for all to enjoy.
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