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Old 11-17-2019, 03:42 PM
 
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My husband & I are looking to move from out of state possibly to FL. Looking at a few different counties, the 10 places in Brevard on our list currently are:

Indialantic
Melbourne Beach
Merritt Island
Micco
Mims
Palm Shores
Satellite Beach
Sharpes
South Patrick Shores
West Melbourne

Trying to narrow if down & plan a trip to visit soon. Looking for any advice on these neighborhoods...the good & bad from those who live there.

Would like to preferably be within walking distance to the beach, at most a 10 min drive.

Looking for safe areas with walkability / things to do / family (& dog :-) ) friendly


thanks!!
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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Pretty much all the places you listed are within a 10 minute drive or walkable to a beach.
Best to come down and visit to see which fits your needs the best. Just too many variables so it will help to have a knowegable realtor, a car tank full of gas and at least a week to start narrowing down the choices. Newer vs. older housing, your budget, need of a good school, city sewer and water vs septic. Proximity to particular stores, medical facilities, etc. The list goes on. The good news, most of the areas you chose have great sections within, so you should find something in Brevard that will work.
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:18 PM
 
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thanks! actually septic is definitely something we want to avoid. any knowledge on / or of resources you are aware of to determine if some places are septic only?

Budget wise we are looking at about 2 grand a month including mortgage, home insurance, & taxes (after 20% down); which in some areas we have been looking prior usually is about 350-400k max.

Proximity to good medical facilities also important.

Ideal would be the ability to get around without a car, whether by public transportation or walking & ability to walk to a dog friendly beach.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Satellite Beach
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If school age children, Satellite Beach. For 350-400K, you wont have any problems at all finding a house walking distance to the beach, probably with a pool. All schools in Satty stay Beachside, so no busing to mainland will have to happen. South Patrick Shores has some good deals on fixer-uppers. Probably best deals going on right now if you want to get in on a budget. If you want rural, you'll go Sharpes, Mims, Micco, West Melbourne.
Mel Beach is a bit more remote, less crowds. Merritt Island is a whole world unto itself. Some great areas, some bad areas.
I'm in Satellite Beach, Love it.
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:24 AM
 
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Many years of observation tell me that a 10 minute drive is no different than a 30 minute drive in terms of how often you'll make it. Being walking distance to the beach will greatly increase the frequency of your beach visits. Your money will buy a bigger, newer house across the river but no matter your intentions, you probably won't get to the beach as often as you think.
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:02 PM
 
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Many years of observation tell me that a 10 minute drive is no different than a 30 minute drive in terms of how often you'll make it. Being walking distance to the beach will greatly increase the frequency of your beach visits. Your money will buy a bigger, newer house across the river but no matter your intentions, you probably won't get to the beach as often as you think.
thanks ive been hearing this from alot of people & i think i am going to take that advice. which of these are not walking distance to the beach?

Indialantic
Melbourne Beach
Merritt Island
Micco
Mims
Palm Shores
Satellite Beach
Sharpes
South Patrick Shores
West Melbourne
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:06 PM
 
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If school age children, Satellite Beach. For 350-400K, you wont have any problems at all finding a house walking distance to the beach, probably with a pool. All schools in Satty stay Beachside, so no busing to mainland will have to happen. South Patrick Shores has some good deals on fixer-uppers. Probably best deals going on right now if you want to get in on a budget. If you want rural, you'll go Sharpes, Mims, Micco, West Melbourne.
Mel Beach is a bit more remote, less crowds. Merritt Island is a whole world unto itself. Some great areas, some bad areas.
I'm in Satellite Beach, Love it.
Thanks dor the info! Are there issues w/ sewer leakage in Satellite Beach still? I had read some articles about it being an issue in April?
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:45 PM
 
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Anything NOT beachside is not going to be walkable to the beach. These would include Mims, Merritt Island, Micco, Palm Shores, Sharpes, and West Melbourne.


Why are Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral not on your list? While we went for a condo, not SFH, we found Cocoa Beach to be everything we want as far as walkability (we are very close to 520) and beach access. Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral also has a very nice bike lane all the way up Ocean Beach Blvd, so you can avoid the traffic of A1A, at least going north from our place.
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Old 11-18-2019, 04:56 PM
 
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Thank you! I think that I was thinking Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral had a mostly older population? Not as many kids/families? (We are planning on having children).

Also thanks for clarification on proximity to beach...what keeps confusing me i think when i look at a map is places on the coast, but I guess thats river not beach (like Mims / Sharpes etc)
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Old 11-19-2019, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Satellite Beach
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Thanks dor the info! Are there issues w/ sewer leakage in Satellite Beach still? I had read some articles about it being an issue in April?
Yes, some of the sewer lines are old and need to be replaced. It shouldn't hold you back from looking into Satellite Beach.

While Cocoa Beach has some excellent schools, I wouldn't recommend moving there if you're planning on having kids. While walk ability is great and bike lanes are great, you'll want to live in a place that is a little less touristy and stable. South Cocoa Beach has some neighborhoods like this, but you'll eventually run into the school problem. I wouldn't recommend Cape Canaveral or Titusville to move (planning to have kids). Some good areas, yes, but over all, no.

Mims, Sharpes and Micco are like rural. Same with Grant/Valkaria. You can get some affordable land and such, but you want to be near the beach, not the river.

Indian Harbor Beach, Satellite Beach and Indialantic is where you should start and then move on outward if you are considering having kids. They have the best schools and near the beach. Prices are still ridiculously affordable, but it wont last long. If you want all the new bells and whistles and new construction, but not near the beach, check out Viera. A lot of people are moving there.

Last edited by Florida Paul; 11-19-2019 at 07:11 AM..
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