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Old 07-16-2023, 02:53 PM
Location: Merritt Island, Fl
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Best to come down and see for yourself. Visit for a week or more. Check the evenings on weekends and during the week to see what vibe you prefer. My condo sits north of the Pier and it is "slower" in that part, just before your get to Cape Canaveral. Some sleezy strip bars too that may attract a bit of night merchants, but I have never seen anything worth worrying about. South Cocoa Beach does have a different vibe than central Cocoa Beach. Definetly worth checking out. Multiple times if possible so you can see when tourits are more heavily present and when they are not.
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Old 07-17-2023, 04:08 PM
Location: Indialantic
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Hi @mjd2014,
Renting for five years will allow you to explore and really narrow down which are feels like home to you.
I own a rental in Cocoa Beach and live in Indialantic. I love both areas but they are VERY different.
Although Nance Park does get full of people traveling from the mainland to Indialantic, there are crossovers with no parking at nearly every street S. of 12th ST. or there abouts. Our beach is nearly empty the majority of the time & the people who are there are locals. Indialantic only allows short-term rentals in a very small strip East of A1A so most people in the area a locals.
Cocoa Beach is more lively than Indialantic, which I actually appreciate. Cocoa Beach does allow short-term rentals and there are many tourists staying in homes for as little as one night. There are still plenty of friendly locals though.
I would say accessing the beach is relatively easy in either place since both areas are not very wide and have MANY crossovers.
Satellite Beach is also a good alternative, and as you've noticed more cost effective than either of the two above. They also only allow vacation rentals in a small area, but it's only enforced if neighbors complain so there are many active rentals.
Rent is very expensive throughout Brevard County. We had a lot of great tech jobs created in our area, so the price of rent and purchasing a home increased.
I personally do not see prices appreciation slowing much more than it already has done, barring an unexpected event so a house in five years many have gone up significantly compared to today. if you find the place you love I'd consider buying prior to the end of 5 years, but you know what's best for you and your family.
Good Luck!
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