Founded in 1565, charming St. Augustine claims the status of America's oldest permanently settled European city. The community's blend of old-world charm, national monuments, and unique attractions are enhanced by the majesty of Spanish Renaissance and Colonial Revival architecture. At the same time, the city provides a family-oriented atmosphere and progressive, modern conveniences. Fascinating museums, performing arts, colorful festivals, fine galleries, exclusive boutiques, and outstanding sports and recreational opportunities are part of the St. Augustine culture. Retail centers and shopping malls skirt the town, contrasting high fashion with premier sites like the Spanish Quarter, the Fountain of Youth, and the living history museum represented by Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. The Fountain of Youth Discovery Park is said to mark the place where Ponce de Leon sought everlasting youth, while the Mission of Nombre de Dios commemorates the first steps that Pedro Menendez de Aviles took on Florida's shore in 1565. As you might expect, opportunities to renovate a vintage home is just one of the possibilities for newcomers to St. Augustine.