Thinking of moving to Florida? You’d be remiss to consider one of the best up-and-coming neighborhoods out there: the vibrant and growing community of Melbourne, nestled along the eastern coast of the Sunshine State.
Melbourne is a bustling city of more than 77,000 people, one of the centers of culture on Florida’s east coast. The city is growing steadily in population, with a growth rate of more than eight percent from 2000 through 2013. Situated on Florida’s Space Coast just a stone’s throw from Cape Canaveral, Melbourne offers some of the best vistas for watching rocket launches from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. It’s ideal for any space exploration aficionados in your family, and it’s just one of the perks of living in the Harbor City. Stratospheric delights not your thing? Melbourne isn’t far from the Orlando/Kissimmee region, home to some of the most world-renowned theme parks anywhere; the massive Magic Kingdom complex alone is enough to keep any family busy for months – if not years.
Of course, any discussion of Melbourne and the many advantages of living in the city has to include the amazing beachfront opportunities open to residents. The Indian River, a brackish lagoon that runs for more than 120 miles down the eastern Florida coastline, offers a plethora of water activities including both pier and boat fishing in addition to swimming, kayaking and other water sports. Not one for lagoon or ocean recreation? The nearly limitless number of freshwater rivers and lakes that crisscross Florida are just a short ride away in nearly any and every direction.
Still not convinced? Melbourne isn’t going away anytime soon. However, don’t take too long – as more and more people flock to the community, the real estate market is heating up – while the average home price was only around $134,000 just a few years ago, this highly reasonable price has begun to trend upwards. While the real estate market is cyclical, the overall trend has been upwards over the last decade or so, and it’s not going to be long until this charming community is going to be out of reach for all but the most affluent of homebuyers. Talk to a realtor today while you still can!