Brevard County’s allure rests in its remarkable synthesis of city life mixed with suburbia, fused with a laidback beach town. Simply stated - it’s the best of all worlds. Exemplifying a place that everyone seeks, but few find - Brevard provides residents the luxury of having it all. Its eclectic and pristine communities house unique gems in the form of arts, entertainment and environment. You may think you know Brevard County, but you’ve merely had a taste. Dive in, and find out why scores of homebuyers gravitate to this area, over other parts of the country, to establish residence and feed its tourism industry.
Brevard County is idyllically situated on 72 miles of the Sunshine State’s sandy east coast. The average temperature rests at a comfortable 81 degrees, with the low temperature average at 63 degrees. Nature’s beauty can be captured around every corner, as the area is inundated with stunning barrier islands, wildlife refuges, and sprawling wetlands. Sprinkled with an abundance of appealing water features, vibrant tropical terrain and soft sand beaches, there is no question as to why Brevard County appeals to the masses – the backdrop makes you feel as though you’ve been transported into a picture on a postcard.
Over half a million people call Brevard County home. Appealing to all ages, the area is home to a fusion of inhabitants --from young families to retirees, college students to business professionals. 20% of the population is under 18, and more than 20% is over the age of 65. Whether you’re a laid-back surfer, a country club card holder, retiree, a power player, an art enthusiast, adventure-seeker, the outdoorsy type, have young children, are a student, a foodie, a golfer, nature lover… Brevard County has gone above and beyond to carve out a special niche to please its diverse populace.
Rich in culture and history, there are a bevy of museums and galleries that populate the area, and loads of entertainment options to amuse family and friends. During the day, enjoy the local wildlife preserves or one of the many outdoor sporting options beneath the warm rays of the Florida sunshine. And at night, bask in the mellifluous sounds of a local concert or relish a delectable meal on the water. No need to travel far, as it is all perfectly and conveniently enveloped into this unsurpassed county. Welcome to the good life!
This region is known as The Space Coast, due to its proximity to the world-famous Kennedy Space Center. The area is comprised of a number of diverse cities and communities tailored to satisfy people from all walks of life.
Near Volusia County, Scottsmoor is the northern most community in Brevard. Considered a farming community, it is mostly rural. One of Brevard’s oldest areas, it was settled in 1861.
Mims remains rural, but residential development has been in an upswing over the past few years. The area has become popular with high-end buyers who are in the market for a natural Florida backdrop. Its population is around 10,000 people.
Located on the Indian River, it goes by the nickname “Spacecity, USA” –since it is known as the “gateway to nature and space.” This historical community boasts some of the state’s top-tier establishments: two country clubs (La Cita and Royal Oak), the well-respected Parrish Medical Center, The Great Outdoors (known for its golf and RV parks), and two executive airports: Space Coast Regional Airport and Arthur Dunn Air Park. The historic district and municipal marina are two of the city’s main attractions. There are loads of nature-driven attractions nearby, like the Canaveral National Seashore, Black Point Wildlife Drive, as well as the Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary.
Port St. John
Just west of the Indian River, Port St. John is an unincorporated area located between Titusville and Cocoa. Many that work within the aerospace industry reside here. Port St. John is one of the county’s major family communities.
This beachfront city is situated east of Merritt Island and is separated by the Banana River. Inhabited by many from the space industry, the area has begun to steadily lure in new residents with its assortment of luxury town homes and condos, and its plethora of entertainment alternatives.
Right off the Indian River, this charming town is rich in history and entertainment. Cocoa provides a bevy of beautiful landmarks, old mansions and venues, including: The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, the Porcher House and the gorgeous Riverfront Park. Historic Cocoa Village is dotted with quaint eateries, shops, galleries and antique malls. Cocoa’s largest demographic is the 20-44 age range. They are the largest supplier of water in the county. The area boasts over 150 different species of birds.
Merritt Island is an actual island connected by Crawlerway to the mainland to form a peninsula. It is known for growing some of the state’s best citrus. The majority of the city’s population resides in the central part of this area. The city is home to a nice selection of restaurants, shops and the residential golf community, The Savannahs – one of the most challenging courses in the area. A nature lover’s dream, this city is home to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which occupies 140,000 acres of the northern part of the city.
Situated on the shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon, Rockledge is the oldest incorporated community in Brevard County. Rockledge is primarily a residential, family-oriented community. It is known for their grand riverfront homes and towering oak trees. The bustling city has much to do recreationally – they have the Rockledge Country Club and Turtle Creek Golf Club, the Space Coast Iceplex, and a variety of restaurants and shops.
The well-manicured area of Viera is a family-oriented, master planned community. The residential region is also home to several large organizations and government offices, such as the Brevard County Government Center. There are many venues of entertainment available, including the Brevard Zoo, public golf courses (Viera East and Duran), the Space Coast Stadium and more. Another popular entertainment destination is its highly-frequented open-air mall, The Avenue Viera. This beautiful spot houses a multiplex movie theater, and over 100 restaurants and major retailers.
Suntree is the largest planned, unincorporated city in Brevard. The premier community is punctuated with a variety of appealing housing options, from apartments to townhomes to multi-million-dollar mansions. There are a plethora of restaurants and retail shops conveniently available for residents. The area is known for its recreational retreats, and is sprinkled with a number of parks, as well as The Suntree Country Club-- a full-service country club that boasts two golf courses.
Known as the "Harbor City," most of Melbourne is located on the mainland, with a small area of it resting on a barrier island. The metropolitan area is heavily saturated with culture and vast amounts of entertainment options. Brevard Community College’s Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts is a popular venue that showcases a variety of entertaining performances.
It is also known for its thriving artistic community, and is home to the Eau Gallie Arts District. EGAD is peppered with impressive galleries and is the host of several crowd-garnering art festivals throughout the year. Historic Downtown Melbourne is a hot spot for shopping, dining and entertainment. The area frequently hosts family-oriented festivals and parades for the community.
Since the beginning of 2000, West Melbourne has experienced the highest population growth percentage of any municipality in the county. Its residential construction has seen a substantial upswing in the past few years. West Melbourne is home to the largest mall in South Brevard, Melbourne Square.
Palm Bay has the largest population in Brevard and features a myriad of extraordinary housing choices. The city ranked #11 in Forbes’ list of “America’s Most Innovative Cities” in 2010. The business-oriented community is home to several mid-large technology and manufacturing companies. The booming area does not lack recreational sites by any means --boasting 29 city parks, a 200-acre regional park, the nature reserve: Turkey Creek Sanctuary, and The Majors Golf Club at Bayside Lakes, a full-service public golf course.
Malabar is a quiet community where residents live contentedly with enough land to keep the cattle and horses right next door.