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Old 04-26-2015, 08:08 PM
 
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I've lived in this area my entire life, born and raised in Brevard County so any visitors needing help or wanting advice on a location feel free to private message me and I'll give you a full review of the street your moving to and the surrounding areas , I know this area like the back of my hand due to me spending all nineteen years of my life here. Don't listen to any senior citizen posters that just moved here three years ago for retirement, listen to me! I'm here to help you.

First let me give you some information on myself:
I've lived in both Palm Bay and West Melbourne in about six different locations total, I'm a white male, community college student, handsome individual now currently living in an upper middle class community in West Melbourne.

Now let me give you some basic information on each city:

Viera
I'll start with Viera because it's probably the easiest to review. If you want an upper middle to upper class town, with good schools, squeaky clean crime rate and probably the best area to raise a family this is the town for you. I would almost go to the lengths of saying that the majority of the people living here are a bit conceited. A very nice new outdoor mall just recently opened it's doors about a year ago. Anywhere West and North (in the picture provided) from Wickham Rd is Viera and the description above.


Rockledge
I'll admit I don't know much about this part of town and have never lived here but have driven though almost all of it. People say Rockledge is more of a higher crime part of town but from what I've noticed is it's just more rundown. Sorry for the short review but that's really all I have to say about "The Rock".

West Melbourne
It's Viera but not as wealthy or conceited. It's very low in crime and has some nice schools. See map below for more details on this area - http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/3078/westmelbourne.jpg (broken link)
Anywhere from Eber Blvd north to Fell Road is upper middle class neighborhoods with zero crime, elementary schools and middle schools along Wingate Blvd and nothing really to do otherwise, this is mainly residential housing. The only place that's not upper middle class is a lower class trailer park that's located on the south west part of this map just off of Eber Blvd on the streets Buddy Drive and American Drive. Carriage Gate is a community that's cut off on the map, if you look just south of I-95 you'll see "Carri" and then the rest cut off, it continues to run along I-95, all I will say is you better have stacks of money piled up if you want to live in there. This map is outdated because Florida Ave continues to Hollywood Blvd and a new intersection is there, just a note.

Melbourne
Overall for a young adult the stories you will hear about this town are true and that is this place is not called "Melboring" for no reason.

Anywhere from Sarno Rd North (Until you run into Viera) is all used car dealerships and older homes that I would label as lower middle class, just north of Lake Washington Rd along Harbor City Blvd is a part of town I wouldn't necessarily recommend along with the south east part of this map around S Harbor City Blvd, the reason for that is there is a good amount of prostitution that goes on and that leads to other types of crimes.

Just about five streets south of the area that is labeled as Melbourne in bold lettering is downtown Melbourne, here you will find the one strip of Sports Bars, Coffee Shops and live music this town has to offer, it's my favorite part of town mainly because of Meg O Malley's Melbourne Square Mall and Andretti Thrill Park are the only real attractions this town has to offer.

Ellis Rd located on the far West part of this map (above) is all Industrial Businesses same with W Nasa Blvd which has many military related Industrial Businesses.

Anywhere East of 192 and Eau Gallie Blvd is Beach Side which is all very relaxed and nice.

Palm Bay
Anyone who says that Palm Bay is "hood" or "high in crime" could not be further from the truth. While there are some spots that are slightly questionable compared to other cities this place is very soft and very cuddly.

It's probably the most diverse part of town even though people with a Caucasian background probably still make up a good 75% of the town.



The map is 90% residential housing. Palm Bay rd and Malabar Rd NE are the only exceptions.

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Like I said if you have anymore question about these areas I am here to help. I can promise you I will give you the most accurate description of this area that you will find on these boards. There really is not much to say about Brevard County because it is a boring place but still like I said I'll tell you about the street/area you are moving to and could even give you a picture or video if you like. Pleas ignore any grammar or spelling mistakes made in this post
Anybody have a 2015 update to this original post? Family of 4 with two young kids looking to move to Brevard in 2016. Thanks.

Last edited by JasonS1222; 04-26-2015 at 08:09 PM.. Reason: Spelling error
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Old 04-27-2015, 02:30 AM
 
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Anybody have a 2015 update to this original post? Family of 4 with two young kids looking to move to Brevard in 2016. Thanks.
I would say Viera and West Melbourne are still two good options for a family as well as Merritt Island.
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Old 04-27-2015, 06:47 AM
 
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I would say Viera and West Melbourne are still two good options for a family as well as Merritt Island.
And any of the towns on the beach, big areas of Melbourne, Palm Bay and Titusville.
It depends on what the newcomer is looking for....whether they are single, have a family, or retired.

Most areas in the county are safe, clean, built since 1980s and 1990s with some older pockets of homes when the towns all had less than 20,000 in the 70s. Schools are all in the same district so have the same curriculum and goals. Some schools are magnet schools and students can apply to go to them for certain programs like science,math, law, the arts, etc, . Each has private schools religious affiliated or not. if you have special needs children look to the public schools because not all private or charter schools have the classes or extra personel to help them. Each area has charter schools but look closeley to see how the charters are doing. some have had to close because of money issues or really low testing grades since we started having them. Some do really good.

Since the original post was written lots has changed. Downtown Melbourne is a draw for people from other areas for the nightlife on weekends. We have some really good festivals and one of the biggest Country concerts in the state each year.
Many of our tech businesses are expanding, new businesses scheduled to come in. We are launching more rockets. Looked at the job market and many seem to be looking for various types of engineers. Not many post salary but saw one listed for #90,000. Houses and subdivisions are going up almost everywhere. Only mobile homes seem to be listing for the $50-$60,000 instead of the homes built in 2007 like they were in 2010. Our underwater houses are now selling for closer or more than what we paid for them in most areas so looking better for those wanting to sell.
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Old 04-27-2015, 03:08 PM
 
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And any of the towns on the beach, big areas of Melbourne, Palm Bay and Titusville.
It depends on what the newcomer is looking for....whether they are single, have a family, or retired.

Most areas in the county are safe, clean, built since 1980s and 1990s with some older pockets of homes when the towns all had less than 20,000 in the 70s. Schools are all in the same district so have the same curriculum and goals. Some schools are magnet schools and students can apply to go to them for certain programs like science,math, law, the arts, etc, . Each has private schools religious affiliated or not. if you have special needs children look to the public schools because not all private or charter schools have the classes or extra personel to help them. Each area has charter schools but look closeley to see how the charters are doing. some have had to close because of money issues or really low testing grades since we started having them. Some do really good.

Since the original post was written lots has changed. Downtown Melbourne is a draw for people from other areas for the nightlife on weekends. We have some really good festivals and one of the biggest Country concerts in the state each year.
Many of our tech businesses are expanding, new businesses scheduled to come in. We are launching more rockets. Looked at the job market and many seem to be looking for various types of engineers. Not many post salary but saw one listed for #90,000. Houses and subdivisions are going up almost everywhere. Only mobile homes seem to be listing for the $50-$60,000 instead of the homes built in 2007 like they were in 2010. Our underwater houses are now selling for closer or more than what we paid for them in most areas so looking better for those wanting to sell.
Great Summary.
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:13 PM
 
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Thanks all, great to hear. Best schools in the area? Will have two kiddos under 5, but since we want our next move to be our last, really want to do our homework for the future.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:55 PM
 
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I'm interested in the schools as well. I will have one in high school, another in middle school, and one toddler. Thanks!
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:47 PM
 
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As I. My family and I are planning a move to Brevard county sometime within the next 18 months to 2 years. I will have 2 middle schoolers by then. Looking at W. Melbourne or Viera at this point but exploring all options. Any other areas in Brevard that are safe and family friendly?
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:46 PM
 
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As I. My family and I are planning a move to Brevard county sometime within the next 18 months to 2 years. I will have 2 middle schoolers by then. Looking at W. Melbourne or Viera at this point but exploring all options. Any other areas in Brevard that are safe and family friendly?
Rockledge and Merritt Island.
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:54 AM
 
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Rockledge and Merritt Island.
Don't forget beachside areas... cocoa beach, satellite beach, indian harbor beach, indialantic, Melbourne beach
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:58 AM
 
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Don't forget beachside areas... cocoa beach, satellite beach, indian harbor beach, indialantic, Melbourne beach
Thank you for the area advice though I think the beach areas might be a little on the expensive side for us. We are looking to rent a single family home at least for the first year and stay under $1100.00/month. Do any of those areas that you listed as well as West Melbourne and Viera have areas where the homes might have a little more yard than just the .20 acres I keep seeing. It would be nice to have a 1/2 acre to an acre...lol
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