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As many have already discovered, Florida is one of the nation’s premiere residential meccas, and for reasons which extend far beyond the beauty of the state. Melbourne, Florida and her surrounding communities are no exception. No matter who you are or where your interests lie there is something for everyone in scenic Melbourne. Filled with opportunities and beauty that is beyond compare, it is no wonder that Melbourne, Florida has not only become such a popular vacation and tourist destination, but that it has also turned into home for those who love and cannot deny the charm and unique feel of the city and her surrounding destinations. Take a look, and you too just may find that Melbourne could be a place that you would like to call home.
Melbourne, also known affectionately as The Harbor City, is located along Florida’s famed Space Coast, about one hour’s drive south from the Kennedy Space Center. At the heart of one of the southeast’s leading high tech development areas, Melbourne presents her residents with ample opportunities for work and play. The job market in the area has been strong and steady, even amid the recent economic downturn, and has not experienced the hurt that many other regions along the Florida coast have seen. What’s more, not only does this make it an idyllic place to make a home, it also offers residents more than enough recreational opportunities as well.
Of course one of the things that always draws people in is the proximity of Melbourne to the beaches of the tranquil Atlantic Ocean. Many of Florida’s most serene coastal areas, such as Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, and Indian Harbor Beach, all make up the greater Melbourne metropolitan area. And along with the peace and tranquility of the beach comes family friendly fun too. The swimming, tennis, golf, and other recreational venues that the city provides is just part of the appeal. Melbourne prides itself as consistently being named as one of the top rated places to live in the country- just one visit and you too will see why just so many people choose to call this oceanfront community home.
The greater Melbourne, Florida area, which boasts of a population of around 80,000, has numerous attractive neighborhoods and suburbs in which you can discover your dream home. Be it in one of the economically revitalized areas of the city or within a private golf community, there are options for every homeowner, no matter your age or your dream.
Golf has always been an integral part of the central Florida image, and the communities which can be located within Melbourne are no exception to the rule. Public and private, residential and vacation oriented, there is something for everyone. The private communities though, are the ones which tend to really stand out, catering to families of all backgrounds and needs. No matter whether you are searching for what is to be your first home or one which you and your family can retire to, Melbourne, Florida has a little something special for everyone.
Stop dreaming about it and make the dream of living the Florida lifestyle a part of your future; make it your reality. There is no better time than right now to discover your perfect home, and Melbourne is certainly the place to make the move to. A friendly and open community, filled with exciting events, beautiful scenery, and a fun experience for the whole family, Melbourne is the place to raise a family and call home. Look around and you will see that right now and well into the future, Melbourne is the place to be.
Melbourne was named in 1880 when homesteader Harry Goode's 8-year-old daughter drew its name on the longest of three broom straws. Melbourne was incorporated in 1888 and merged with Eau Gallie in 1969.
Today, the City is approximately 35.4 square miles in size, with about 75% of that land in use. The population is growing by about 2% each year, and currently stands at approximately 77,351.
Melbourne International Airport, which consists of approximately 2,800 acres, serves the county with six airlines providing service to more than 500,000 passengers per year.
Cultural and recreational opportunities abound, with places of interest including: Florida Institute of Technology Botanical Gardens, Space Coast Science Center, King Center for the Performing Arts, Brevard Community College, Melbourne Square Mall and Brevard Art Center & Museum. Historic Downtown Melbourne offers quaint restaurants, galleries, antiques shops, and is the site of many craft shows and special events.
Melbourne takes full advantage of its climate and location, which make it ideal for pursuing outdoor activities. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy tennis, golf, boating, swimming, and the numerous parks and nature trails year-round.
Residents of Melbourne typically live in two-income households. Most are homeowners in suburban neighborhoods or in condominium complexes. A portion of the population lives in multi-family structures.
For entertainment, residents of this city enjoy golfing, fishing, boating, sports, and may participate in youth sports and family outings.
Population in July 2008: 77,351. Population change since 2000: +8.4%
Males: 37,539 (48.5%)
Females: 39,812 (51.5%)
Median resident age: 39.8 years
Florida median age: 38.7 years
Estimated median household income in 2008: $39,598 (it was $34,571 in 2000)
Estimated per capita income in 2008: $24,212
Estimated median house or condo value in 2008: $175,100 (it was $80,300 in 2000)
Mean prices in 2008:
All housing units: $190,266
Detached houses: $200,156
Townhouses or other attached units: $143,163
In 2-unit structures: $89,000
In 3-to-4-unit structures: $325,865
In 5-or-more-unit structures: $162,379
Mobile homes: $20,007
Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $23,639
Median gross rent in 2008: $856.
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2008: 14.5%
Houses: 33,678 (30,796 occupied: 19,108 owner occupied, 11,688 renter occupied)
% of renters in Melbourne: 38%
Housing density: 1115 houses/condos per square mile
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2008 in this state: $303,747.
Median contract rent in 2008: $745 (lower quartile is $578, upper quartile is $883)
Housing units in Melbourne with a mortgage: 11,307 (1,356 second mortgage, 864 home equity loan, 25 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 4,862
Eau Gallie High School
1400 Commodore Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32935
Melbourne High School
74 Bulldog Blvd., Melbourne
Westshore Junior/Senior High
250 W. Brevard Drive, Melbourne
Central Middle School
2600 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne
Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School
2155 Croton Rd., Melbourne
Stone Middle School
1101 University Blvd., Melbourne
Westshore Junior/Senior High
250 W. Brevard Drive, Melbourne
Roy Allen Elementary School
2601 Fountainhead Blvd., Melbourne
Dr. W. J. Creel Elementary
2000 Glenwood Dr., Melbourne
1449 Croton Rd., Melbourne
Harbor City Elementary
1377 Sarno Rd., Melbourne
4290 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne
8751 Trafford Drive, Melbourne
1401 Wickham Rd., Melbourne
2541 Post Rd., Melbourne
University Park Elementary
500 W. University Blvd., Melbourne