Would you like to build a custom home in Gulf Stream? If so, don’t delay! Only a little over 9 acres of land is available for development. Named #5 on the list of Best Places to Retire in America (by Niche.com), this suburb of Fort Lauderdale is in high demand. Gulf Stream living consists of 537 acres of residential, public and preserved land. There are no properties zoned for commercial use. This small town is known for its great restaurants, green space and public schools. Call custom home builder Steve Cury Construction to begin your plans today.
Wonderful School and Medical Facilities in Gulf Stream, Florida
Gulf Stream school offers a quality education for up to 250 students from pre-Kindergarten to the eighth grade. Distinguished by its limited size, sense of family and respect for its heritage, this private school empowers students to succeed while inspiring intellectual curiosity. Gulf Stream has both a wonderful and state of the art medical facilities which are two important factors in choosing a location to build your custom home. These are just two of many reasons to allow Steve Cury Construction to build your new custom home in Gulf Stream, FL.
To address high winds along scenic Route 1 which was opened in 1916, Australian Pines were planted along both sides of A1A, from Jacksonville to Miami. The Town of Gulf Stream is the only remaining stretch where the Australian Pine Canopy still remains. As such, it has since been designated as an historic and scenic highway, allowing the Town to protect and cultivate new plants.
During the early 1920s, the land now called Gulf Stream was largely in its raw natural state, with a few cultivated acres leased for farming or grazing. In 1922, Bessemer Properties, a real estate venture controlled by the family of Henry Phipps, Jr. (co-founder with Andrew Carnegie of the company that became U.S. Steel) began to purchase land on both sides of the intracoastal canal for future development. Friends and business associates of the Phipps family saw the roughly 500 acres of property as an ideal location for golf and polo, surrounded by seasonal homes.
In 1925, Bessemer Properties applied to the State of Florida for a charter to incorporate acquired acreage into a town. A cluster of seasonal homes began to be built along the oceanfront. Most were designed by renowned Palm Beach architects under a Phipps maxim that they connote “understated elegance”. Several of these original homes still exist, largely unchanged in appearance from the 1920s.
Initially known as “Phipps Fields”, the Gulf Stream Polo Club opened in early 1927 and almost immediately emerged as the “Winter Polo Capital of the World”. Afternoon matches drew large crowds including royalty, socialites, celebrities, and many local residents.
World War II brought great change to the Town of Gulf Stream. Proximity to the Gulf Stream meant that shipping lanes and German U-boats were only a few miles east. The golf course was closed to members, however remained open for maintenance and limited access to servicemen stationed at nearby military bases. Coast Guard and Navy Sea-Bees patrolled the beaches, many on horseback. The Coast Guard housed their horses in the stables recently occupied by polo ponies. The Gulf Stream Bath & Tennis Club, founded in 1935 by Mrs. Howard Phipps, became a Red Cross U.S.O. center for entertaining troops stationed at Boca Raton aviation training base. Local lore has it that a German spy was discovered in the shuttered Gulf Stream Golf Club, apparently signaling to submarines in Morse Code by flashlight. The agent was never apprehended.
The Town recovered quickly from the War. The polo fields reopened in 1946. As the post-war economy began to escalate, property values in Gulf Stream grew rapidly. The Phipps family decided to sell the fields for residential development in the early 1960s. Over the next few decades, the Town of Gulf Stream continued to grow, while adhering to the principles established by the founding families. A new Town Hall was erected on a corner of the old Polo Fields. Post World War II “cottages” were replaced by larger homes, reflecting changes in lifestyle.
Gulf Stream is exclusively a residential and recreational town. The original Phipps vision of a place providing its residents and visitors an understated elegant experience has been successfully maintained. If you would like to build in what began as a sophisticated winter resort, call Gulf Stream custom home builder, Steve Cury Construction, today.
Gulf Stream, Florida, in 2020 was the 333rd largest city in Florida, growing at a rate of 0.04% annually. Spanning over a mile, Gulf Stream reached a population of 993 in 2021. The average household income is $458, 285 with a poverty rate of 3.91%. The median age in Gulf Stream is 57.2 years. In Gulf Stream, 96.49% of the population is White, 1.80% is Black or African American, Two or more races are 1.14% and 0.57% is Asian.
Index Gulf Stream Florida USA
Cost of Living Index 310.9 102.8 100
Grocery 113.4 102.8 100
Healthcare 98.1 98 100
Housing 762.1 102.6 100
Utilities 96.9 101.3 100
Transportation 129.3 112.6 100
Median Home Cost $1,618,700 $237,100 $231,200
Gulf Stream has a tropical climate with a mean temperature above 64.4 degrees monthly. In general the climate is warm and sunny most of the year. The hottest month is August with an 83 degree average. The coldest month is January with a 67 degree average. If this beautiful climate appeals to you, call Gulf Stream home builder, Steve Cury Construction to discuss your vision of your custom home today!