Palm Bay Florida 5 Things You Need To Know

Palm Bay Florida 5 things you need to know

If you are planning a move to the Melbourne area or somewhere on the Space Coast or Brevard County Florida, I am certain that Palm Bay keeps popping up on the radar. In this post, I will let you know the 5 things I point out to every buyer I am working with that is considering a move to Palm Bay Florida.

YouTube video 5 things you need to know about Palm Bay Florida
  1. Palm Bay is the largest city in Brevard County Florida.

Palm Bay is the largest city in the county and the city website has a population of 118,568 (BEBR April 2020). This puts Palm Bay in the top 20 largest cities in the state of Florida (number 17 according to the world population review https://worldpopulationreview.com/states/cities/florida 

screenshot of the citiy of palm bay's website showing the cities population
Screenshot of the city of Palm Bay’s website showing the population at 118,568

2) Palm Bay 4 Quadrants

If you are just starting your research on Palm Bay Florida, you might notice the letters at the end of every street address….I will use the different Palm Bay Publix as the example

4711 Babcock St NE, 3450 Bayside Lakes Blvd SE, or 1150 Malabar Rd SE…The city of Palm Bay is set up on a simple grid and once you know the quadrants, it will be a lot easier to find things and get around town. 

The North & South line in Palm Bay is Malabar Road. The East & West line is Minton Rd or DeGroodt Rd once you are south of Jupiter Blvd. This sets up the quadrants for Palm Bay and you will see either NE, NW, SE, or SW on any of the addresses in the city of Palm Bay Florida.

google map view of Palm Bay showing where they seperate the north from the south and the east from the west.
Palm Bay’s 4 quadrants

3) Getting around town

Now that you understand the Quadrants, you need to know the major roads that run through & connect Palm Bay. 

Every time I am in Palm Bay, I am on one of these 4 roads: I-95, US1, Palm Bay Road & Malabar Rd

map view of palm bay showing the 4 roads I travel on often: I-95, US 1, Palm Bay Rd and Malabar Rd
4 roads I travel every time I am in Palm Bay

Besides being two of the exits of 95, Palm Bay Road and Malabar Road are two of the main thoroughfares connecting the city from East to West. Both start on US1 (the eastern border of Palm Bay). Malabar Rd is the only roadway that runs the entire width of the city from East to West connecting with all of the major north & south roadways (US1, I95, Minton, St Johns Parkway) St John’s Parkway will be a future major roadway once the belt is completed. Right now it is one of the newest exits off 95 (Exit 166) and the location of the up-and-coming area Emerald Lakes in Palm Bay. Here is a little info on Emerald Lakes https://gaume.us/emerald-lakes-something-for-palm-bay-to-look-forward-to/ 

Other roads you should be familiar with:

Emerson Rd snakes through the NW, NE, and SE sections of Palm Bay. 

Jupiter is almost like a southern beltway through NW, SW, and SE Palm Bay

San Filippo and DeGroodt are a southern beltway for Palm Bay.

Americana connects NE to NW.

Minton is also Wickham Rd if you are coming from Melbourne or West Melbourne.

This is a basic overview of the streets of Palm Bay. Google Maps or your favorite GPS software will be your friend until you are familiar with the city. Just know that Palm Bay Rd near I-95 between Minton Rd & Babcock is probably the busiest section of town right behind Malabar Rd near I-95. Give yourself some time if you are driving through either area. 

4) Utilities at your home.

The good news is every home has electricity and you have options for your internet, cable, and/or cell phone coverage. Not every home has access to city water. Here are your choices for water & sewer for the city. There are three options available in Palm Bay and it depends on where the property is at to see what the home will have for water and sewer. You could have city water and sewer at the home. You could have city water and septic at the home. OR you could have well water and septic at the home. The central part of Palm Bay is more than likely to have city water & sewer along with the newer subdivisions (Bayside Lakes, Waterstone, Brentwood Lakes). The city of Palm Bay is working on extending its sewer lines throughout the community along with the city water too. They have a great interactive map to show you where the utilities are at and expanding to as well. Here is the link https://gis.palmbayflorida.org/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=71ec29150c0b469ea3e70abeb332944c

Map view showing the newer communities in Palm Bay that have city water and sewer
The newer subdivisions in Palm Bay all have city water and sewer

5) What to live in

In 2021, there were 3455 residential sales through our MLS for the city of Palm Bay. 93 were condos. 123 were townhomes. 124 were manufactured or mobile homes. 3115 were single-family homes. SO, even though there are other options, you are probably going to be living in a house if you are looking to move to Palm Bay.

map view of the single family home sales in Palm Bay for 2021
Most of the residential sales in Palm Bay are single family homes

Average sales price in 2021 $266,952

Median sales price in 2021 $259,000

Average year built 2000

Most of the new home sales happened in the city of Palm Bay

If you are looking for a house on the river, Palm Bay has limited options. If you want a home built in the last 20 years, Palm Bay has options. If you want a brand new house, Palm Bay has the most options in Brevard County. 

Palm Bay home sales in 2021. average price $266952. Median price $259000. Average home year built was 2000.
Sales info was found in the SCAR MLS and was pulled on 4.6.2022

If you are curious to see what is currently available for sale in Palm Bay, this link will take you to the coming soon and active listings https://ericlarkin.chime.me/palm-bay If you have any questions about the Palm Bay area, an upcoming move, or you are considering selling your home; you can call/text Eric Larkin with Real Brokers at 321-795-1854 or send me your information and questions below.


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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