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Old 02-16-2012, 12:41 PM
 
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We're on the inland side of the river - right off of US1. We will be moving as soon as we can find a house. People will tell you that there are tons of houses available but really there are not. Most of the houses on the mls are under contract and being tied up so you can't buy them. There is a hosue that I loved on the mls but it's been under contract for over a year! When something becomes available it usually is under contract within a week. We're hoping to find something and move to beachside, Suntree, or Rockledge/Viera just b/c of the schools. We found a great house in Palm Bay at an amazing price but there is no way we could put our kids in school there so we're focusing on other areas. I am not so sure about the downtown area or Eau Gallie. My husband is focusing on newer homes so we haven't looked much at those areas. There was a subdivision off of Eau Gallie that had some homes but they were all short sales and under contract so we didn't persue them. We're getting frustrated with the lack of inventory here but our real estate agent assures us that Feb/Mar are the months when people tend to list houses here. If all else fails we will build in the Viera area.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:52 PM
 
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We're on the inland side of the river - right off of US1. We will be moving as soon as we can find a house. People will tell you that there are tons of houses available but really there are not. Most of the houses on the mls are under contract and being tied up so you can't buy them. There is a hosue that I loved on the mls but it's been under contract for over a year! When something becomes available it usually is under contract within a week. We're hoping to find something and move to beachside, Suntree, or Rockledge/Viera just b/c of the schools. We found a great house in Palm Bay at an amazing price but there is no way we could put our kids in school there so we're focusing on other areas. I am not so sure about the downtown area or Eau Gallie. My husband is focusing on newer homes so we haven't looked much at those areas. There was a subdivision off of Eau Gallie that had some homes but they were all short sales and under contract so we didn't persue them. We're getting frustrated with the lack of inventory here but our real estate agent assures us that Feb/Mar are the months when people tend to list houses here. If all else fails we will build in the Viera area.
Right now, there's more available in West Melbourne than in Melbourne, unless you're willing to pay a steep HOA fee. I've been tracking properties in both areas via both Trulia and Realtor.com.
For $200k+, you can find a relatively new or brand new home in Suntree or Viera 12 months a year.
If you're looking to buy at a more modest price, the pickings *do* get a little slim from time to time.
I'm not an agent; just a home seeker like you and, at the moment, my "inventory" has been reduced from a high of 44 properties to a current low of 17.
Best of luck to both of us.......
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:16 PM
 
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Yes, good luck!
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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The other persons post is correct. University blvd near MIT in Melbourne is what I was referring to. I am originally from Oyster Bay, LI moved to Howard Beach, queens, now NW Palm Bay. University is like Wyndanch or Hempstead. Eeeh! Unfortunatly, due to the housing crisis here, section 8 is all you need to be able to afford to rent a really nice house in any givin neighborhood, so you have to be careful. Make sure you check who your living next to before you buy. Its a little late now, I am allready locked into this house, but if I had known better, I would have bought in West Melbourne in the Meadow Lane school district. If you have kids, Meadow Lane is a great school in a great neighborhood. Beachside is really nice, but for the price, there is still alot of rif raf, unless you are a millionaire. The Meadowlane section of W. Mel is definatly what I was looking for but missed. It's a Nyers home away from home. Lots of Italian/Irish decent and just good people. Good Luck. Hope this helps : )
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:16 AM
 
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The other persons post is correct. University blvd near MIT in Melbourne is what I was referring to. I am originally from Oyster Bay, LI moved to Howard Beach, queens, now NW Palm Bay. University is like Wyndanch or Hempstead. Eeeh! Unfortunatly, due to the housing crisis here, section 8 is all you need to be able to afford to rent a really nice house in any givin neighborhood, so you have to be careful. Make sure you check who your living next to before you buy. Its a little late now, I am allready locked into this house, but if I had known better, I would have bought in West Melbourne in the Meadow Lane school district. If you have kids, Meadow Lane is a great school in a great neighborhood. Beachside is really nice, but for the price, there is still alot of rif raf, unless you are a millionaire. The Meadowlane section of W. Mel is definatly what I was looking for but missed. It's a Nyers home away from home. Lots of Italian/Irish decent and just good people. Good Luck. Hope this helps : )
We actually have a half dozen or so West Melbourne sub-divisions under consideration.....a few north of 192 and a few more south of 192. Regardless of whether we go Melbourne (north of Post) or West Melbourne, we're determined to stay as far away from US-1 as a precaution. We've had the same neighbors here in Levittown NY for 33 years. We like that kind of stability and hope to find it in FL...if that's possible.
P.S. Our days of looking at school districts are long over (our youngest is close to 30 years of age), but I do find that families that take the time to research the schools are the kind of families who plan to stick around for a while and have solid core values. So, to that extent, we will certainly use the schools as a factor in our decision.

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Old 03-02-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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we're determined to stay as far away from US-1 as a precaution.
US1 seems to look ok near downtown and parts of palm bay near the water. Are you concerned more about the parts near Eau Gallie?
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:57 AM
 
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US1 seems to look ok near downtown and parts of palm bay near the water. Are you concerned more about the parts near Eau Gallie?
Yes !! For certain, that's a "stay away at all cost" area.
On our last trip, we covered US-1 all the way down from Cocoa Beach, and just think that the area is too "hit or miss". There are some very nice developments, but also some older and not as well maintained subs as well.
When we first started looking at Melbourne, we found that every development and sub-division has its merit, and the number of properties we were considering grew into the dozens. So, we had to set some sort of criteria (albeit arbitrary), or we'd be spending 12 years picking out the perfect place.
From our own observations, and with the help of a lot of good people who frequent this forum and are willing to share their opinions, we can now narrow down our choices to a 'reasonable' number.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:18 PM
 
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Talking Palm Bay/Rockledge Area

Hello,

My husband currently applied for two job positions at Patrick AFB.
We are wondering if Rockledge or Palm Bay area would be good locations to live and continue raising our family.
There is only one working parent in our family,
as I stay home and homeschool our children.
His salary might be aprox. $3,000 per month.

Our top priority is safety. I am hearing impaired, and I need to know that my children will be safe when out of my sight since I cannot hear them very well.
We are looking to move b/c the town we currently live doesn't quite meet our needs. (Rural IL with a pop. of 900.)

Could we afford safe housing for aprox. $70,000 or less?
I also noticed that some people commented that the hospital care is
less then desirable. Is this true?

We are conservative Christians, but we're not "Bible Thumpers" either.
We want to live in a place where new faces are welcomed. Where we can find new friends, acceptance, and fun things to do.

I thank-you in advance for any help that is offered.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:32 AM
 
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Others may disagree with what I say...but, I've been strongly steered away from Palm Bay by nearly everyone we have talked to. We looked at an incredible house at a very good price but we couldn't consider it b/c of schools. I think that most Palm Bay schools are Title 1 schools which means that a very large percentage (like 75% or higher or something) are on free and reduced lunch. I know there are good families in that type of situation, but it wasn't a fit for our kids. If you homeschool that wouldn't be so much of an issue. For us the immediate neighborhood was really nice, but felt isolated to us. It's more of a drive to the beach and just felt "out there" to us.

I've also commented about medical care in the area. I can't speak to the quality of the hospitals, but I do know that having a special needs child is a challenge here. There is a shortage of physical therapists here and finding specialists is difficult. Arnold Palmer hospital offers clinics in the area to bring in specialists but there isn't much choice in healthcare from what I've seen. We are coming from a large city with an amazing children's hospital so we've been spoiled. I am talking my daughter to Shriner's Hospital in Tampa to see a specialist since there aren't many choices here. That type of thing is a big problem for us. We have to go out of the area for most of her needs and can't get therapists easily here. I think if you are generally healthy then you would be o.k. We found a internist and waited for four months to get in to see her. We found a gem. She is the best internist I've ever seen. It's a very different kind of place to live if you're used to a large city and it's ammenities.

As far as culture. I've found the people to be friendly for the most part. You will hear LOTS of New York/New Jersey accents but the people behind the accents have been nice. For fun things to do - we're struggling some. There are lots of outdoor things obviously. Having a handicapped child makes that type of thing a little harder for us, but someday we might be able to do kayaking, hiking, etc. I think you'll feel welcomed here. I think normally if you smile or wave at someone they will do the same.
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Western NY
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Medical care here question by tommyboa: There are pluses and minus on health care. It is hard to get the real high end specialists, at least some kinds, only if you need that. You may only realize this when you have a very specialized medical need and find there may not be that available right here. For basic health care this is an ok place, I'd say better than way more rural counties. The hospitals are very much for profit, essentially in the whole country the idea of a community served hospital is gone let us all face it. All hospitals are for profit at this point even if they register for tax purposes as non-profit. The one mistake not to make is assuming you get better care in Orlando which is dominated by a chain called FL Hospital. My suggestion is to avoid at all costs any referral to FL Hospital in nearby counties, none here though. If you need high end specialists at one time U. FL in Gainesville FL is where you went, now they are overwhelmed and are not the best, just some remember the day when they were the best. I can assure you they no longer are. There are some big names in FL that came from other places, a Mayo, a Cleveland Clinic, etc but this has good and bad stories though I think Mayo is right now doing a bit better if I understand. In Miami, U Miami and all it affliates (Jackson, Bascom Palmer, etc, etc) has nearly every specialist but again they are pinched but I think less so than U. Fl Gainesville.

Well that is some answers on healthcare here in Brevard and FL in general
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