Planning a move to Melbourne Florida? Here are some things you need to know about Melbourne.
Melbourne Florida is the 2nd largest city in Brevard county right behind its neighbor to the south Palm Bay Florida. The 2020 census shows the population of Melbourne to be 84,678. Melbourne is broken down into 5 zip codes, 32940, 32935, 32934, 32901, and 32903. Most of the city limits of Melbourne are in the 32934, 32935, 32901, & 32903. All of 32940 is considered unincorporated Melbourne & is the zip code for Suntree, Baytree, & most of Viera. 32903 is actually a little sliver beachside just south of the Eau Gallie Causeway.
Melbourne is bordered by the city of Rockledge to the north, the city of Palm Bay to the south, the Indian River to the east, and the St John’s river to the west. Originally the city was named Crane Creek and was renamed to Melbourne in honor of Cornthwaite John Hector, the 1st Postmaster an Englishman who had spent much of his life in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Melbourne is great if you want to live near the beach but not on the beach. The Melbourne Causeway, Eau Gallie Causeway, & Pineda Causeway puts you on the beach in minutes. Do you want to live on the Intracoastal or on the water? Melbourne offers new construction, historic/turn-of-the-century homes, and everything in between. If you want to live in an HOA, no problem. Do you prefer no HOA? That’s OK too. Looking for space/acreage? Do you have horses? Goats & chickens?
If you are looking to get out of the area, Melbourne has 5 exits on I-95. Besides the 3 causeways that connect you to the beaches are also exits on I-95, you also have the Viera Blvd ramp and the new ramp at Ellis Rd which is an easy way to get to/from the Melbourne international airport. The Melbourne Causeway/192 will also connect you to the St Cloud/Kissimmee area if you continue heading west! You also have US 1 that runs North & South that will take you all the way south to Miami or north toward Jacksonville.
Melbourne is home to Brevard County’s international airport located just north of 192. Currently, there are 4 carriers flying from Melbourne that include Allegiant, American, Delta, and Tui. The city of Melbourne is also working hard to be the Brevard County stop on the Brightline high-speed train that will connect South Florida to Orland & eventually Tampa. Melbourne is leveraging their international airport while the city of Cocoa is leveraging its proximity to Port Canaveral. Time will tell who wins this one.
Melbourne is known for its high-tech/aerospace/engineering jobs. Embraer has been building planes in Melbourne since 2011. Other well-known corporations in the area include L3Harris, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. Patrick Space Force Base is very close to Melbourne with easy access from the Pineda Causeway. Working at the Space Center is an option BUT you will be pushing an hour or more to commute to the main gate of KSC.
Most cities are lucky enough to have one vibrant downtown area. Melbourne has two! Historic downtown Melbourne off 192 near US1 offers some great shops, restaurants, and entertainment at the Henegar Center. The Eau Gallie Arts District (aka EGAD) is the second offering more shopping, restaurants, and establishments for an adult beverage. EGAD is also home to some amazing murals and architecture. The 3rd entertainment section of Melbourne has been recently announced with the construction of Margaritaville along the Indian River just north of 192. Margaritaville is slated to be a 7-story, 146-room hotel, with a 221-slip marina, and a 10,000-square-foot restaurant. This is slated to open in November 2024. https://floridayimby.com/2022/10/compass-landing-by-margaritaville-planned-for-melbourne-florida.html
Are schools important to you? According to GreatSchools.org, Melbourne has some of the best in Brevard County. Suntree, Longleaf, and Quest elementary schools are considered above average. Westshore Jr/Sr high school is considered above average. Melbourne High and Lyndon B Johnson Middler are considered average. See how the other schools in Melbourne rank https://www.greatschools.org/florida/melbourne/schools/?gradeLevels%5B%5D=h&gradeLevels%5B%5D=m&view=list
If you believe a great city needs to have parks for everyone to enjoy, you will love what Melbourne has to offer. There are 40+ parks throughout the city that offer the things you expect-playgrounds, tennis, basketball, and pavilions. The city of Melbourne offers 2 municipal golf courses off 192 or Lake Washington Rd. They also have the crown jewel of parks, Wickham Park; which is really a county park BUT it’s in Melbourne….Wickham Park is over 390 acres & they offer campsites, horse trails & an equestrian park, pavilions, frisbee golf, horseshoe pits, volleyball, archery, 2 lakes to swim in, a dog park, and a plethora of events throughout the year that include the Space Coast Lightfest, Melbourne Strawberry-fest, and the Melbourne Art Show.
Cost to live in Melbourne. Since it is the county’s 2nd largest city AND there are 5 zip codes…here is a breakdown of home costs based upon the area. Sales are between January 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022.
32901 sold 180 single-family homes ranging in price from $65K to $620K with a median sales price of $310K. Homes sold were built between 1939 and 2021 with the median year built of 1986
32934 sold 133 single-family homes ranging in price from $225K to $1.2M with a median sales price of $499K. Homes sold were built between 1916 and 2022 with the median year built of 1994
32935 sold 314 single-family homes ranging in price from $109K to $2.6M with a median sales price of $299K. Homes sold were built between 1910 and 2022 with the median year built of 1966
32940 sold 437 single-family homes ranging in price from $205K to $4.4M with a median sales price of $505K. The homes sold were built between 1977 and 2022 with the median year built-in 2002.
32903 is a tiny piece of Melbourne located beachside and the data wasn’t very accurate (a lot of the listings were listed as Indialantic and not Melbourne)
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