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Old 08-25-2009, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Milpitas, CA
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Hi,

We are a married couple in our early forties. We have two small children and we are really looking in these two areas. I do have family in Merritt Island but I don't want that to be the deciding factor for us since they are not far from each other. We are looking for low crime, good schools and friendly neighbors. Stores close by and activities to keep the kids busy. We are looking for a home around $250-300k.

Thanks for your input
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:24 PM
 
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Melbourne and Merritt Island are very different places. Melbourne is an average surburban environment with some element of sprawl. If shopping is a critical consideration there are more businesses and shopping in the Melbourne area. Schools are not bad but the closer you get to NASA (ie Merritt Island), the better the ratings on the schools. Merritt island has many opportunities for water sports etc. It is a mixed community with some people working at NASA, others commuting to Orlando and another group leading a simpler lifestyle. It is also close to the beaches. Merritt has less of the suburban sprawl. Hope that helps.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Milpitas, CA
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Melbourne and Merritt Island are very different places. Melbourne is an average surburban environment with some element of sprawl. If shopping is a critical consideration there are more businesses and shopping in the Melbourne area. Schools are not bad but the closer you get to NASA (ie Merritt Island), the better the ratings on the schools. Merritt island has many opportunities for water sports etc. It is a mixed community with some people working at NASA, others commuting to Orlando and another group leading a simpler lifestyle. It is also close to the beaches. Merritt has less of the suburban sprawl. Hope that helps.

Thanks, that does help as far as whether we want to be in a suburb or not. Do you know anything about the crime in each area and which area has the friendlier bunch. I appreciate your help.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:30 PM
 
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Thanks, that does help as far as whether we want to be in a suburb or not. Do you know anything about the crime in each area and which area has the friendlier bunch. I appreciate your help.
I looked up the statistics. I was surprised to see the crime rate was slightly higher on Merritt Island compared to Melbourne. Although I can't prove it, there are likely to be more retirees in Melbourne with a number of large developments there. This may account for the crime stats. Having said that, both areas have always felt safe to me. I never felt threatened in either place. I would consider Merritt Island to have a "friendlier feel" It is still a big place, population around 39K. Overall there seems to be more of a sense of community there. It would be a great place to raise a family on the water.

Hope that helps.
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