You love the idea of living near the beach and you are trying to decide which beach town is right for you? This post is all about the 10 things you need to know about Melbourne Beach and living in the 32951.
Melbourne Beach is a tiny little beach town located south of SR 192 and the town of Indialantic Florida which is only 1.4 square miles with a population of 3,225. The 32951 zip code is for the town limits and unincorporated Melbourne Beach that stretches south to Sebastien Inlet Park, is approximately 17 miles long…is merely 8.1 square miles with a total population of 10,673. Looking at the map, you will see sections of the 32951 that are narrow…really narrow…less than 600’ of land between the ocean and the river in some spots.
The town of Melbourne Beach fights very hard to stay a small town. You will not find any chain restaurants or stores in the city limits. There is a concentration of shops & restaurants inside the city limits near Ocean Ave. This is where you will find the library, the post office, the police station, and the fire department. Heading south on A1A towards Sebastian Inlet, there is a Publix, 7/11, various restaurants, and bait & tackle shops too.
If you are considering this section of Brevard County, it is one of the more secluded sections of the county. Pockets of development surrounded by acres of natural Florida scrub palms and pines. It’s almost rustic in sections. Because of all the natural, undeveloped land, you will probably see some Florida wildlife. Definitely, the various birds that are known in our area (pelicans, seagulls, herons, ibis, etc). During turtle nesting season, you will at least see the tracks along the beaches. Maybe get lucky enough to see a mama turtle coming ashore and making a nest or a hatchling making their first journey back to the sea. Since there is so much natural terrain…you could come across a coyote or a bobcat (or at least see their tracks)
Even though there is a lot of undeveloped land in the 32951, Melbourne Beach has some beautiful parks.
Ryckman Park is the Town Hall & community center that offers tennis, bocce, and basketball courts. There are pavilions, a playground, and the Melbourne Beach Pier.
Ocean Park offers beach access, volleyball, picnic tables, rinse showers, and free beach parking.
The boat ramp at 6th ave offers access to the Indian River.
The Flutie Athletic Complex has baseball fields, a T-ball field, lighted tennis courts, and pavilions.
Spencer Holland Beach Park with free beach parking, beach access, & showers.
Coconut Point Park has free beach parking and beach access.
Ponce De Leon park with free beach parking, beach access & pavilions.
Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.
South Beach Community & Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park.
Long Point Park
And of course…Sebastian Inlet State Park.
Do you like to golf? Play a round at the Spessard Holland par 67 executive golf course. You can also play a round at the Aquafina Country Club located within the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.
If schools are important to you, here are the schools for Melbourne Beach and the 32951.
Elementary School: Gemini
Middle School: Hoover
High School: Melbourne High
Property Taxes-If you are in the city limits of the town of Melbourne Beach, the millage rate is 15.5532 and outside city limits is 11.7011
Last year there were 286 property sales in the 32951. (Jan 1 through Dec 31 2022) Here is the breakdown
Single-family homes made up most of the sales with 156 sales ranging in price from $395K to $5.3M. Half of the sales were in an HOA. Half of the sales were on septic. ⅔ of the sales were on city water. ⅓ of the sales were over $1M. They were built from the 1940’s to new construction. They were dry lots, canal front, riverfront, & ocean front. There were a couple that are river to ocean estates.
There were 68 condo sales ranging from $187K to $2.68M. They were built from 1979 to new construction. They were oceanfront, dry lots, or riverfront. Most were on city water and sewer.
There were 52 townhome sales ranging from $275K to $1.8M. They were built between 1979 & 2006.
If you would like to see what’s for sale today in the Melbourne Beach area, please visit the website https://www.ericlarkin.com/melbourne-beach
If you are looking for a small beach town that offers pristine beaches without the crowds of other beach towns across Florida, you should definitely consider living in Melbourne Beach. If you have any questions about Melbourne Beach or an upcoming move; let me know how I can help. Contact Eric Larkin with Real Broker, LLC by completing the form below.
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