Live on the water and live near the beach

Spoil yourself. Not only can you live in one of our great beach communities here on the Space Coast…you can also live on the river or canal and enjoy all the waters that surround our barrier islands. If you own a boat (or just like the idea of living on the river/canal/water) and you also want to be near the beach…Brevard County has options from Cape Canaveral south to Melbourne Beach. Here is a breakdown of where you should be looking and potential options that are available.

Cape Canaveral

The north end of our barrier island is Cape Canaveral Florida. This beach community is known as the Gateway to the Space Coast. Located just south of Port Canaveral, The Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Kennedy Space Center; this nickname is perfect. This small beach town has a population of just over 10,000, lots of beach access points and has the Banana River as its boundary to the west. Even though Cape Canaveral has several miles on the Banana River, they only have a couple of sections with homes on the river that offer river access. The best places for you to find a riverfront home is near W Central Blvd/Manatee Bay at the north end of town and off Holman Rd closer to the Cocoa Beach border.  What I like about this section of the Banana River is you are closest to Port Canaveral and getting ocean access. You are also close to the Barge Canal that connects the Banana River to the Indian River (aka the intracoastal river) 

Map view of Cape Canaveral Florida showing the two communites that have river front homes. Also shown is proximity to the Canaveral Locks and the Barge Canal.
There are two areas of Cape Canaveral that offer river front homes

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Melbourne Beach

The south end of our barrier island is Melbourne Beach. This beach community is the southern border for Brevard County. Most of the homes with river access are direct Indian River homes with canal front homes in Crystal Lake, Sunnyland Beach, or Harbor East subdivisions. If you are looking for an estate that is ocean to river or a house that has access to both the ocean and the river; Melbourne Beach is the area of Brevard County to consider. If you like the idea of being on the Intracoastal, being close to Sebastian Inlet and having access to the ocean; Melbourne Beach is a great option. Keep in mind if you are looking for an area you can walk to the store and area restaurants, Melbourne Beach might not be the area for you. The further south you are from 192 (especially from the Publix at 3830 S Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951) the more secluded the homes seem to be. More than likely, if you are looking for a quieter area of Brevard County, it is certainly worth a little drive to pick up groceries or to have a nice dinner out.

Fishing boat coming through the Sebastian Inlet. The jetty in Sebastian Inlet is in the background
Like the idea of living closer to the Sebastian Inlet? Melbourne Beach is a great option.

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Located between the Eau Gallie Causeway and just south of the Melbourne Causeway is the beachtown of Indialantic. Riverside Dr offers some amazing direct river homes with a few subdivisions that have canal access to the Indian River. You can find a modest home on the river (1700SqFt) to a massive estate home (most are over 3000SqFt) Besides the easy access to the intracoastal, most of the homes are just a couple of minutes from either the Eau Gallie Causeway or the Melbourne Causeway, so driving to wherever you need to go is easy. You have a couple Publix to choose from, you have an amazing selection of restaurants, and the beach is close too.

Mid afternoon view of the Indian River from Indialantic Florida. Rocks line the shoreline in the photo with a dock stretching out into the intracoastal river. In the distance is the Melbourne Causeway.
Indialantic Florida

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Indian Harbour Beach

Indian Harbour Beach is a little beach town located just north of the Eau Gallie Causeway. Indian Harbour Beach has 4 options for waterfront (not counting the ocean). You can live directly on the Indian River just south of Mathers Bridge. You can live directly on the Banana River in Lansing Island. You can live on the Grand Canal in Lansing Island, Harbor Lights, and Windward Cove subdivisions. You can also live on a few other canals that will connect you to either the Banana River or the Indian River. All these options are within two miles of each other too. The beauty of this section of the riverways of Brevard is how close you are to Mathers Bridge and access to the intracoastal.

Map view of Indian Harbour Beach. The Eau Gallie Causeway connects this barrier island to the mainland. Indian Harbour Beach is also connected to Merritt Island via Mather's Bridge.
Indian Harbour Beach connects to South Merritt Island Florida thanks to the Mather’s Bridge.

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Satellite Beach

Satellite Beach has a lot of waterfront options in this section of Brevard County. North end of town, you have the Waterway subdivision that has canal front homes leading to the Grand Canal and the Banana River along with a few other communities along S Patrick Drive. You have direct riverfront homes in either Tortoise Island or Lansing Island. If you are just looking for a canal front home that is perfect for a kayak or paddleboard, there are homes on Berkley St that are on the east side of S Patrick Dr that will connect you to the Grand Canal & Banana River via a little tunnel under SPD. SInce you are located south of the Pineda Causeway, you don’t really need to worry about bridge height if you have a sailboat!

The entry to Tortoise Island in Satellite Beach. This development offers 24 hour guarded entry to the community and home options on the Banana River and on the Grand Canal.
Tortoise Island & Lansing Island offer beautiful estate homes that are on the Banana River and on the Grand Canal.

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Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach, in my opinion, has the most options for having a home on the river or canal that is also close to the beach. There are homes north of 520 & N Banana River Blvd that are on the canal & river. There are homes on the water behind Publix off S Banana River Blvd. There are the North Cocoa Isles streets (Antigua, Bahama, Jamaica, and Bimini) There is June Dr, Esther & Holiday Lane. You have the Cocoa Isles subdivision and Convair Cove. All the streets off Minutemen Causeway & 4th St South have canal & riverfront homes. You have a lot of riverfront options in Snug Harbor and the south streets in Cocoa Beach too. I love all the mangrove and spoil islands to explore that are throughout the Banana River south of 520 to about Snug Harbour. The only thing you need to be aware of with the waterways in the Cocoa Beach area is the bridge height if you have a sailboat. All three bridges you need to get under for the intracoastal or the ocean are 43’.

Map view showing the location of Cocoa Beach Florida that also points out the causeway bridges on SR528, SR520, and the 404. These bridges have a maximum height of 43'.
Cocoa Beach offers the most variety on waterfront homes on the A1A corridor. Be mindful of the bridge heights on the 404, 520, and 528 causeways. If you have a saliboat with a mast over 40′, you could have difficulty with the bridges.

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As you can see, there are plenty of options for you to consider if you are interested in living near the beach AND having a home on the river or canal. If you have any questions about any of these beach towns or want to speak to someone about making the move, you can call or text Eric Larkin with Real Broker, LLC at 321-795-1854 or leave your comment here 

About the author:

Eric Larkin is a Broker Associate with Real Broker, LLC. He lives, works, and plays in the Cocoa Beach area. If you have questions about moving or relocating to Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast, let me know! I get calls, texts, direct messages & comments on my posts every day about the real estate market and things that are happening in Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast that I love answering. Ask me your questions on moving, relocating here, or anything about the community. I am here to help. I have been helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs since becoming a real estate agent in 2003. My focus is always on helping, answering your questions, and doing everything possible to make certain you have a smooth transaction from beginning to end.

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