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Old 06-13-2010, 01:53 PM
 
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I am a soon to be 29-year-old single guy in Philly. I'm completely sick of this city and I'm seriously considering moving over the next year. One of the finalists for my new destination is Melbourne, FL. (Ideally a nice condo near the beach.)

I'm thinking Melbourne primarily for the beach lifestyle. (It's my favorite place to be.) Also - I love water-parks and outdoor activities. If my nephews / nieces were to visit when they get a little older, a reasonable drive to Orlando where they have some of the best water-parks in the world makes Melbourne very attractive to me.

I run a small business which I can do from my laptop, so getting a new job is not a requirement. But I'm interested in finding out some other things:

--What's the main difference between living in Melbourne versus Melborne Beach? Does anyone have any thoughts? Is the beach 'nicer' in one area?

--I see the median age in Melbourne is around 38. (Compared to Cocoa Beach where it's 55.) Is it safe to say Melbourne is a fairly young city?

--Do you have any other recommendations of cities by the beach for someone like me? (More than likely I'll be going it alone and so meeting some new friends / significant other is definitely high on the to-do list.) But I'm fairly easy to please. Just give me a city that's clean, has a great beach, and has a lot going on (but not over the top.) Being near Orlando doesn't hurt, either. Love those water-parks.


...All thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I'm planning on making the move within the year. Thanks
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Old 06-14-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Sanford, FL
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I am a soon to be 29-year-old single guy in Philly. I'm completely sick of this city and I'm seriously considering moving over the next year. One of the finalists for my new destination is Melbourne, FL. (Ideally a nice condo near the beach.)

I'm thinking Melbourne primarily for the beach lifestyle. (It's my favorite place to be.) Also - I love water-parks and outdoor activities. If my nephews / nieces were to visit when they get a little older, a reasonable drive to Orlando where they have some of the best water-parks in the world makes Melbourne very attractive to me.

I run a small business which I can do from my laptop, so getting a new job is not a requirement. But I'm interested in finding out some other things:

--What's the main difference between living in Melbourne versus Melborne Beach? Does anyone have any thoughts? Is the beach 'nicer' in one area?

--I see the median age in Melbourne is around 38. (Compared to Cocoa Beach where it's 55.) Is it safe to say Melbourne is a fairly young city?

--Do you have any other recommendations of cities by the beach for someone like me? (More than likely I'll be going it alone and so meeting some new friends / significant other is definitely high on the to-do list.) But I'm fairly easy to please. Just give me a city that's clean, has a great beach, and has a lot going on (but not over the top.) Being near Orlando doesn't hurt, either. Love those water-parks.


...All thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I'm planning on making the move within the year. Thanks
I'm also in Philly, and moving to Florida this fall. I'm originally from South Florida and have been doing a ton of research on cities to consider for when I move back. I finally landed on the Tampa Bay area. I would think long and hard about Melbourne. It's nice, but very quiet. The median age is low because there are a lot of families with kids, which lowers the age considerably. There are few singles in the area in your age group. I'd recommend the Tampa Bay area for you as well. South Tampa would probably be your best bet. If you really want to be closer to the beach, check out the extreme south end of St Pete, which offers quick access to beautiful St Pete Beach and Pass-a-Grille Beach (my fave). You're in a major metro area with pro sports and other recreational/social opportunities, AND close to the beach.
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Old 06-20-2010, 01:42 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply. But I'm an Atlantic Ocean guy at heart. After giving it some thought it's just best suited for me, because of the surfing aspect.

I've heard Melbourne is actually quite large with decent shopping, restaurants, attractions, etc. Seems to be the best bet for me. I'll probably take a trip down there soon.

My biggest question is --

What's the main difference between Melbourne and Melbourne Beach? Is one preferable to the other in terms of living?
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