Waterfront Options in Palm Bay & Melbourne Florida
You want to live in Palm Bay or Melbourne & you still want waterfront? I am going to introduce you to 3 tributaries to the Indian River, where you can have a boat and access the intracoastal waterway. These locations are ideal if you will be working at L3Harris, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Embraer, or one of the many companies that are near the Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne Florida or in Palm Bay Florida. See what properties are for sale in these areas https://ericlarkin.chime.me/waterfront-melbourne-palm-bay
Turkey Creek in North East Palm Bay
The Turkey Creek is a tributary of the Indian River located in North East Palm Bay. If you are looking for a home on the Turkey Creek, you will be looking north of Port Malabar Rd, south of Palm Bay Rd near US1. Driving through this area, there is an “old Florida” feel to this area with the big oaks and cabbage palms trees. Homes in this area were built between the early 1900’s to brand new construction. Most of the properties were built in the 1970’s & 1980’s.
This section of Palm Bay is about to get a major facelift too. The city of Palm Bay recently sold the Pelican Harbor Marina to Space Coast Marinas and this area will become the Bayfront Redevelopment District. The 7 acres of land along US 1 and the Turkey Creek will be getting a $10M+ facelift that will include renovating the existing marina, adding a waterfront boardwalk, and bringing in restaurants, retail, and an outdoor entertainment venue.
Crane Creek Melbourne
The Crane Creek enters the Indian River just south of SR192 in Melbourne. More than likely if you are going to live in this area, you will be either be in a townhouse of condo that is on the water or has access to the water. There are condos east of US1 that are either on Crane Creek overlooking the marina or you are on the Indian River. Most of the condos were built in the 1980’s with 2 complexes built in the 2000’s. If the condos do not come with a boatslip, there is the marina nearby. There are townhome options on the north side of Crane Creek. Crane Creek Landing townhomes were built between 2016-2021 and the luxory Watersedge townhomes are being built today that should have occupancy in 2023. The townhomes offer waterviews and access for kayak/SUP. If you have a boat, there are marinas in the area. If you would like to have a house on the crane creek, you will need to be patient because there are only a handful on the 1.5 mile stretch of the Crane Creek between Babcock and the Indian River. The homes range in age from the early 1900’s to the early 2000’s. Most are on acre lots. An added bonus to living on the Crane Creek (especially on the north side) is the location/proximity to Historic Downtown Melbourne and everything that is available within a few blocks of your home.
Eau Gallie River
The Eau Gallie River is located just south of the the Eau Gallie Causeway and Eau Gallie Arts Distict (EGAD). If you live on the east side of US1, you could be in the Ballard Park area on the south side of the Eau Gallie River OR you are one of the few homes near EGAD that is on the north side of the Eau Gallie River. The west side of US 1, your home is on either the north or south side of the Eau Gallie River where you will access your community either from Eau Gallie Causeway or Sarno Road. There’s also 30+/- homes on the Elbow Creek section of the Eau Gallie River between Thomas Barbour Dr and Magnolia Ave south/west of US 1. If you are OK with a condo, there are 2 condos on the water in this area. The Spring Creek condos are on a small creek like section of the Eau Gallie River that you could probably drop a kayak/SUP into the water or you have the Eau Gallie Club condo that overlooks the Eau Gallie Harbor Marina where boat slips can be either rented or purchased.
These are 3 areas that can get you on the water and to the Intracoastal waterways pretty easily. Some things to keep in mind. Bowriders, pontoons, or bass boats would be ideal for these locations. If you choose a home that is on the west side of US1, sailboats or larger power boats (cabin cruisers, hatteras, etc) could be a challenge with water depth getting under the bridges on US1 and the trussel bridges. All 3 areas are ideal for a kayak or paddle board. All 3 areas will give you the opportunity to see a lot of Florida wildlife.
If you arent looking for direct water, but like the idea of living in a waterfront community that has a public boat ramp near by, any of these 3 areas could work too.
If either Palm Bay or Melbourne do not seem like a good fit for you, consider any of the beach towns (Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach or Indialantic) and Merritt Island would be a good place to look too. Keep in mand that these areas are barrier islands and IF/when a storm comes, you are in a mandatory evacuation area.
Bottom line, Brevard county is an amazing place to live if you love the idea of living on the water. No matter where you decide is the right place for you; I am here to help find you find a home. Questions about a move?
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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