moving to melbourne
janet

Staten Island, NY

#1 Feb 11, 2012
thinking about moving to melbourne from PA.. can anyone tell me how the area is and where to look for a home and where to stay away from? any input is good. thanks
Jim Bagg

Palm Coast, FL

#2 Feb 11, 2012
Consider another part of Florida. Melbourne is very much a retirement community. Not much to do here. Lots of vacant commercial properties. Very little shopping. Airport only has a handful of flights each day. Everyone always says, "Yeah, but Orlando is only 70 miles away". What a ringing endorsement! Anyway, if you're dead-set on moving here I recommend Suntree or Viera. Please visit the area for 2-3 weeks in July before you move. I have a feeling you will change your mind. Summers are absolutely miserable.
palm bay guy

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#3 Feb 12, 2012
been here since 1978 and love it here. theres plenty to do..it just depends on what you like to do.. The ocean is nearby,,downtown bars are great. people are friendly
mini marcher

Charleston, WV

#4 Feb 12, 2012
My parents are snow birds & have a home in Melbourne. I love it there! There is plenty of shopping & the beach is 4-5 miles away. Don't know about area bars or nightclubs, it's just not my thing. Good luck, I just wish it were me moving!
Jim Bagg

Herndon, VA

#5 Feb 13, 2012
Yes, but have you ever spent an entire summer here? How about TWELVE entire summers? Do you realize that we are stuck indoors a full 9 months of every year - chased there by the oppressive heat and humidity? What a rotten lifestyle that is!! Any place can be nice when one lucks into a well-timed vacation but the person who started this is looking to move here, assumedly on a permanent basis and needs to know more than it's a nice place to visit.
mini marcher wrote:
My parents are snow birds & have a home in Melbourne. I love it there! There is plenty of shopping & the beach is 4-5 miles away. Don't know about area bars or nightclubs, it's just not my thing. Good luck, I just wish it were me moving!
mini marcher

United States

#6 Feb 13, 2012
Jim Bagg wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, but have you ever spent an entire summer here? How about TWELVE entire summers? Do you realize that we are stuck indoors a full 9 months of every year - chased there by the oppressive heat and humidity? What a rotten lifestyle that is!! Any place can be nice when one lucks into a well-timed vacation but the person who started this is looking to move here, assumedly on a permanent basis and needs to know more than it's a nice place to visit.
Oh good grief! I was just offering an opinion. I have other family that has lived in Melbourne their whole lives & not any of them have ever considered moving. I have been there all seasons of the year & I will agree that it's very hot but I still love the area!
Realanswerguy

United States

#7 Feb 13, 2012
Jim Bagg says that Melbourne is boring an unbearably hot. I could not disagree more. If you are uncomfortable in the heat you should not live in Florida. Duh. But if you enjoy an active lifestyle and want to live in paradise this is a wonderful place. Viera and suntree are ok but there are more retirees there than anywhere else in Brevard. I recommend that you look into Indialantic and Melbourne beach. Wonderful people, thriving economy, great schools, beautiful beaches, great places to eat.........I am partial and of coarse biased in how I feel but I really don't think you should take the opinion of someone that doesnt like the outdoors and lives in a place full stuffy, stuck up old people.
Jim Bagg

Herndon, VA

#8 Feb 13, 2012
I am very curious to hear your definition of an active lifestyle. I for one LOVE the outdoors which is why I find Florida so very uncomfortable but alas I am stuck here for reasons that are none of your concern. If you enjoy running or hiking or camping or doing anything truly "active", forget about it except for a few weeks during what passes for winter. And FYI, I happen to live beachside. I offered up Viera/Suntree simply because those communities aren't ancient like the rest of Brevard County.

PS: Your comment about a thriving economy made me chuckle. Several thousand laid off Shuttle workers and a housing market that's among the worst in the nation...
Realanswerguy wrote:
Jim Bagg says that Melbourne is boring an unbearably hot. I could not disagree more. If you are uncomfortable in the heat you should not live in Florida. Duh. But if you enjoy an active lifestyle and want to live in paradise this is a wonderful place. Viera and suntree are ok but there are more retirees there than anywhere else in Brevard. I recommend that you look into Indialantic and Melbourne beach. Wonderful people, thriving economy, great schools, beautiful beaches, great places to eat.........I am partial and of coarse biased in how I feel but I really don't think you should take the opinion of someone that doesnt like the outdoors and lives in a place full stuffy, stuck up old people.
Corgay

Melbourne, FL

#9 Feb 15, 2012
Jim Bagg wrote:
I am very curious to hear your definition of an active lifestyle. I for one LOVE the outdoors which is why I find Florida so very uncomfortable but alas I am stuck here for reasons that are none of your concern. If you enjoy running or hiking or camping or doing anything truly "active", forget about it except for a few weeks during what passes for winter. And FYI, I happen to live beachside. I offered up Viera/Suntree simply because those communities aren't ancient like the rest of Brevard County.
PS: Your comment about a thriving economy made me chuckle. Several thousand laid off Shuttle workers and a housing market that's among the worst in the nation...
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'I am stuck here for reasons that are none of your concern'
AKA 'I still live with my parents and I'm one of those people who constantly complains about melbourne like its the hellraiser of small places that sounds like Australian places but they aren't.'
'Aren't Ancient' Are you kidding? The only retiree place I've seen is Trinity Towers, and I live by the base.
Suntree and Viera are still developing, and really, they're only good if you happen to be going to the community college.
Theres the Avenues for shopping, but its not quite worth it. You might as well move to Palm Bay.
There are some truely gorgeous places here. When you explore, you can find all sorts of tucked away areas. The historic areas have so much character and the art influence here is fantastic.
There are wonderful 80+ year old historic houses forsale down in Downtown, some on the lagoon and some on the river with acres of land for the same price as one of the plywood paneling 'hurricane domino' Mercedes homes up in Viera. ;)
Jim Bagg

Herndon, VA

#10 Feb 16, 2012
Maybe I have aging parents who are in and out of hospitals and like to have me nearby. Anyway, we obviously differ in our opinions and so be it. Reaching back to the very first post on this thread, my flags always go up when someone in Pennsylvania expresses an interest in "moving" to Florida in the middle of winter. I've known too many people who have done just that and then gone back where they came from as soon as the novelty wore off (usually after their first hurricane or 6 months of 90-degree weather). Having said that, I understand that Florida is attractive but I never counsel people to move to Brevard County. The area shows its age and there are simply too many beach bum/transients riding around on rusted bicycles for my liking. Homes and businesses are in disrepair; infrastructure is in disrepair. The only two areas that are somewhat new and fresh are Suntree/Viera. The rest of the county just looks and feels "run down", and it always has. Brevard County should never be high on anyone's list given the numerous better places that Florida has to offer.
Corgay wrote:
<quoted text>
'I am stuck here for reasons that are none of your concern'
AKA 'I still live with my parents and I'm one of those people who constantly complains about melbourne like its the hellraiser of small places that sounds like Australian places but they aren't.'
'Aren't Ancient' Are you kidding? The only retiree place I've seen is Trinity Towers, and I live by the base.
Suntree and Viera are still developing, and really, they're only good if you happen to be going to the community college.
Theres the Avenues for shopping, but its not quite worth it. You might as well move to Palm Bay.
There are some truely gorgeous places here. When you explore, you can find all sorts of tucked away areas. The historic areas have so much character and the art influence here is fantastic.
There are wonderful 80+ year old historic houses forsale down in Downtown, some on the lagoon and some on the river with acres of land for the same price as one of the plywood paneling 'hurricane domino' Mercedes homes up in Viera. ;)
Corgay

Melbourne, FL

#11 Feb 16, 2012
Jim Bagg wrote:
Maybe I have aging parents who are in and out of hospitals and like to have me nearby. Anyway, we obviously differ in our opinions and so be it. Reaching back to the very first post on this thread, my flags always go up when someone in Pennsylvania expresses an interest in "moving" to Florida in the middle of winter. I've known too many people who have done just that and then gone back where they came from as soon as the novelty wore off (usually after their first hurricane or 6 months of 90-degree weather). Having said that, I understand that Florida is attractive but I never counsel people to move to Brevard County. The area shows its age and there are simply too many beach bum/transients riding around on rusted bicycles for my liking. Homes and businesses are in disrepair; infrastructure is in disrepair. The only two areas that are somewhat new and fresh are Suntree/Viera. The rest of the county just looks and feels "run down", and it always has. Brevard County should never be high on anyone's list given the numerous better places that Florida has to offer.
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Its nice you take care of your parents, alot of people would sooner send them to a retirement community and leave it at that.
I don't think you realize a good chunk of Florida is in the same condition. To avoid it, you'd have to be in a gated community, in fear of the low class, driving a 60k automobile with your kids to the nearest private school.
I've lived in this state for the majority of my life, with some years inbetween I lived overseas and south of the border. The 'age' of Brevard is what has its character. Newer places just don't have that character. The newer buildings are cheaply made with little effort to give it a bit of personality.
Beachside, yes, bums on bicycles, This is everywhere. Homeless people are everywhere. Recession = homeless, Might just be me but allowing someone on the streets, without food, convince you to avoid the area just seems morally inconsiderate.
The 1880s - 1960s areas of brevard are still in good shape. The old suit factory in downtown that real estate companies had said was in severe disrepair is currently being renovated. As it turns out, the foundation is still just fine with the exception of the top floor, south end, which has already been repaired.
This building has been standing for close to 84 years, left abandoned, survived the full throttle of hurricanes without a soul in it.
Being someone who purposely goes looking for abandoned, historic buildings, there really is slim pickings around here. People want old places here. People want to antiques and historic buildings. The places were built to last and thats just what they do, Viera-esque panel houses, however, were not. They aren't built to accomdate hurricanes. Being the highlight of a forty-year cycle of hurricanes in the gulf stream, those houses are standing dominoes.
My parents moved down here from virginia, they fell in love with the beachside. They were snowbirds turned true natives, but thats what happens.
you just Know when you Have to be somewhere.
Though if you'd like to tell me about some abandoned places, I'd adore it. I've been itching to take some photography lately.
mini marcher

Charleston, WV

#12 Feb 16, 2012
Jim Bagg wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe I have aging parents who are in and out of hospitals and like to have me nearby. Anyway, we obviously differ in our opinions and so be it. Reaching back to the very first post on this thread, my flags always go up when someone in Pennsylvania expresses an interest in "moving" to Florida in the middle of winter. I've known too many people who have done just that and then gone back where they came from as soon as the novelty wore off (usually after their first hurricane or 6 months of 90-degree weather). Having said that, I understand that Florida is attractive but I never counsel people to move to Brevard County. The area shows its age and there are simply too many beach bum/transients riding around on rusted bicycles for my liking. Homes and businesses are in disrepair; infrastructure is in disrepair. The only two areas that are somewhat new and fresh are Suntree/Viera. The rest of the county just looks and feels "run down", and it always has. Brevard County should never be high on anyone's list given the numerous better places that Florida has to offer.
Disrepair?? You should see the town I live in! Everyone has an opinion & I happen to love Melbourne & would move there in a heartbeat if I didn't have a good paying job here and I just bought a house. Take care of your folks, wish them & you well!
Jim Bagg

Herndon, VA

#13 Feb 29, 2012
Not saying this can't happen anywhere else, but there does seem to be an awful lot of white trash activity in Brevard county.
http://www.cfnews13.com/article/news/2012/feb...

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