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Old 01-12-2020, 11:00 AM
 
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Hi all,

It is looking very likely that my husband will be getting a job in Melbourne and we will be relocating. We have a few questions that we would love to have feedback on.

We are a liberal family of 4 and are concerned about moving to a conservative area, as we now live in a liberal area of NC. We would plan to live beachside, probably in Indialantic or Melbourne Beach. Are people laid back or in your face about politics? We are live and let live but don't want to feel like we can't be ourselves in our own neighborhood.

Are the schools good in the above areas? We will have a 3rd grader and 6th grader when we move.

How religious is the area? We are not religious, and growing up in the South I was always asked where I go to church, have I been saved, etc. Will my kids be asked that regularly by their friends and friends' parents?

We've spent a few days there and unfortunately we don't have much time to make our decision. We don't want to be insulting and aren't trying to stir up controversy but we're just trying to get a general feel for the area.

Thanks!
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Old 01-12-2020, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Titusville, FL
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I moved to Titusville, just up 95 from Melbourne in July of 2015 and I have never been asked where I go to church. SC, NC, GA and AL are more bible belt than Central Florida.


As to politics, nobody has been in my face about politics. You will be fine.
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Old 01-12-2020, 04:25 PM
 
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Both sides of the spectrum in Brevard although it definitely skews red. Still mild imo as you are moving to the biggest purple state in the nation. The peninsula tends to be more liberal than the panhandle
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Old 01-13-2020, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Satellite Beach
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Beachside is laid back. It is Red, but not in the Southern way you're thinking. If anything it sides on liberal in terms of environmental issues. Brevard is a Red County, but no one will mess with you unless you mess with them. A lot of military and defense jobs here. You'll be able to be "yourselves" in Brevard. Brevard is a good mix of politics, as it should be.

Beachside-- all of the schools are good. You'll run into a problem with middle and high school getting bused to mainland, but that will depend on where you live and the school zone.

No one will ask you about church in an aggressive way.
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Old 02-03-2020, 12:46 PM
 
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Melbourne Beach, and Indiatlantic are very laid back areas, surfer beach town. Small town vibe, that offers a nice touch of fun, entertainment and a growing social scene especially in the Eau gillie art district. The area isn't overly religious, and i doubt you would have to worry about kids asking about that. I haven't found that to be the case. I would love to help answer any questions you have, share contacts if you need any specific trade work, or are looking for trainers, realtors, doctors, contractors etc. Brevard county has been my home for 14 years now, as the surrounding areas begins to grow, and expand both in business and the unique culture currently being created, this small beach town has charm and character, its an exciting time to be living here.[mod cut - advertising not allowed]

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Old 05-11-2020, 06:25 AM
 
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Well Jane green, if you are willing, then I have a few things to ask about the area. First a bit about my family...

My user name makes it obvious. Been in the metro area my whole life, work in NYC. 58, wife and mid 20's daughter. We are all sick of the northeast, have been for a few years, and this Covid thing has put it over the top. Tired of the extreme liberal way (and being outcast for being a republican, but not an extreme conservative, just favor the republican view), and can't stand 6 months of gray cold winter. I make a good living, but would never be able to fully retire. Have plenty of equity in the house, and would be able to very comfortably afford up to $400,000. This has just been coming for quite a while. Many trips to family down in in Brevard county has finalized this decision.

With that said, we like the Melbourne/Viera area. Will be working in the Space Coast and Orlando area. Don't want to live on the beach, would rather be mainland side... just not too far from the beach, which is why that area is appealing to us. Have been doing our research for about a year or so, other than traveling down there, and we are about 6 months to a year from the move. Safety is the biggest thing to us, number 1.

We have found a particular area that we like more than others because it seems that while it appears to have a very low crime rate, it also give more bang for the buck, and a little bit more land. That is south of 404. Two areas from there... east of N. Wickham Rd down to Forest Run drive, and west of N. Wickham Rd down to Aurora Rd.

Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated. We have out countdown calendar to when this house goes up for sale. We need a change, and we can't wait.
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Old 05-12-2020, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Indialantic
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Hi @barnabyapp. Congratulations on the job offer!

I live in Indialantic, so I am very familiar with the in and outs of both here and Mel. Beach. I wouldn't say people are in your face about politics. If you're looking to start an argument and are aggressive you can certainly find someone who will oblige, but being live and let live I'm sure that won't be a problem for you. There's definitely a mixture of conservative and liberal here. You'll find your tribe, and it will likely contain people from both groups. Local town politics are what people seem to get most upset about.

The schools for beachside are A-rated, which is based on test scores. We all know there's a lot more to a school than how students test but it's a good start. There are also exceptional choice schools in the Brevard County area where the entrance is determined via a lottery, rather than your address.
Three of the options are Freedom 7, Melbourne School of Science & Westshore. There's also an IB program at Melbourne High which you have to apply for. The lottery for the next school year is closed but you can enter next January if you decide it's a good fit for your child(ren).

Florida is as far south as you can go in the US, yet it isn't "southern". There are definitely people with strong religious roots here, but your child won't likely be asked regularly about their religion.

If you have any other questions feel free to shoot me a PM.

Good luck with your move and finding your piece of paradise!
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Old 09-26-2020, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, FL
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You seem concerned more about politics and religion. People of conviction will talk about their views wherever they are. It doesnt matter if its San Francisco or Missisipi. Fortunately most people are live and let live. But also you wont be able to stop people of faith from sharing their religion. I think the media sensationalizes everything.
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Old 09-26-2020, 04:56 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, FL
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Well Jane green, if you are willing, then I have a few things to ask about the area. First a bit about my family...

My user name makes it obvious. Been in the metro area my whole life, work in NYC. 58, wife and mid 20's daughter. We are all sick of the northeast, have been for a few years, and this Covid thing has put it over the top. Tired of the extreme liberal way (and being outcast for being a republican, but not an extreme conservative, just favor the republican view), and can't stand 6 months of gray cold winter. I make a good living, but would never be able to fully retire. Have plenty of equity in the house, and would be able to very comfortably afford up to $400,000. This has just been coming for quite a while. Many trips to family down in in Brevard county has finalized this decision.

With that said, we like the Melbourne/Viera area. Will be working in the Space Coast and Orlando area. Don't want to live on the beach, would rather be mainland side... just not too far from the beach, which is why that area is appealing to us. Have been doing our research for about a year or so, other than traveling down there, and we are about 6 months to a year from the move. Safety is the biggest thing to us, number 1.

We have found a particular area that we like more than others because it seems that while it appears to have a very low crime rate, it also give more bang for the buck, and a little bit more land. That is south of 404. Two areas from there... east of N. Wickham Rd down to Forest Run drive, and west of N. Wickham Rd down to Aurora Rd.

Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated. We have out countdown calendar to when this house goes up for sale. We need a change, and we can't wait.

Welcome to Melbourne, great to have you here. The areas you described I would consider them to be the safest from crime and hurricanes.


Maybe you could consider West Melbourne too, its just older.
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Old 09-26-2020, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Tehachapi, CA
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Well Jane green, if you are willing, then I have a few things to ask about the area. First a bit about my family...

My user name makes it obvious. Been in the metro area my whole life, work in NYC. 58, wife and mid 20's daughter. We are all sick of the northeast, have been for a few years, and this Covid thing has put it over the top. Tired of the extreme liberal way (and being outcast for being a republican, but not an extreme conservative, just favor the republican view), and can't stand 6 months of gray cold winter. I make a good living, but would never be able to fully retire. Have plenty of equity in the house, and would be able to very comfortably afford up to $400,000. This has just been coming for quite a while. Many trips to family down in in Brevard county has finalized this decision.

With that said, we like the Melbourne/Viera area. Will be working in the Space Coast and Orlando area. Don't want to live on the beach, would rather be mainland side... just not too far from the beach, which is why that area is appealing to us. Have been doing our research for about a year or so, other than traveling down there, and we are about 6 months to a year from the move. Safety is the biggest thing to us, number 1.

We have found a particular area that we like more than others because it seems that while it appears to have a very low crime rate, it also give more bang for the buck, and a little bit more land. That is south of 404. Two areas from there... east of N. Wickham Rd down to Forest Run drive, and west of N. Wickham Rd down to Aurora Rd.

Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated. We have out countdown calendar to when this house goes up for sale. We need a change, and we can't wait.
Hi there Sick of Jersey,

Both of my daughters live in FL for work. One is in West Melbourne and one in Indialantic. They both love their locations. We are looking to move there in 2 years when my husband retires. I noted that you said that safety is your first concern, as would be mine. I know exactly the location with regard to N. Wickham Rd. Did you choose this location based on interpreted safety from the hurricanes? What have you discovered re: increase in temps and humidity in the last couple of years. Will be following your posts to absorb your research information.

Best,
Reddog53
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