Homes for Sale in Melbourne, FL: What to Know

Mary Goodwill


While we have all heard of Orlando, and many Americans are familiar with the Space Coast of Florida (so named for the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral), the town of Melbourne, Florida – located near Orlando and a part of the Space Coast – isn’t nearly as well known.

Lakes of Melbourne

This lack of notoriety might be a good thing if you are lucky enough to reside in this affordable, waterfront town or even if you’re looking for a home for sale in Melbourne, FL. Just ask residents of Lakes of Melbourne, a 55+ community of custom built manufactured homes surrounded by three lakes. Within the community, there are social events, a pool, fitness center and clubhouse, but the greater community is also a big draw for retirees in Melbourne. Read on to discover why.

Top attractions in Melbourne, FL for Retirees

  1. Indian River Lagoon

Valued for its vast biodiversity, the Indian River Lagoon is actually made up of three bodies of water stretching over 150 miles. Visitors and locals enjoy living near this natural wonder where wildlife abounds including dolphins, manatees and a wide variety of fish and birds. Walk along miles of paths and beaches, take advantage of the fishing, relax at one of the many waterfront dining options or simply enjoy the view.

  1. Golf Courses

Golf enthusiasts will be pleased to discover over a dozen golf courses in Melbourne and within easy driving distance. One of the most popular golf courses in Brevard County, Duran Golf Club, is known for its forgivingly wide open course. Crane Creek, another public golf course, is located conveniently in Melbourne. Golfers enjoy an 18-hole course on a beautiful fairway, as well as the affordability of a community course. After a game, relax in the popular lounge with food and drinks. 

  1. Beaches

One primary attraction for retirees in Florida is the natural beauty of living near the ocean and gorgeous sandy beaches. There’s a popular boardwalk at Barrier Island Center, the historic Melbourne Beach pier and lounging or swimming at Melbourne Beach (where parking is free for locals). With so many options, Melbourne residents can choose their favorite spot or enjoy the wide variety of wide open spaces the city has to offer. 

  1. Downtown Melbourne

Historic downtown Melbourne is a destination for locals and visitors alike. You’ll find unique shopping, entertainment and over twenty dining options to choose from. Main street is the primary attraction and free parking makes it easy to come often and explore at your own pace. In addition, downtown Melbourne hosts community events all year round. From their annual Christmas parade to their food and wine fest – there’s always something to do!

  1. Location

First and foremost, retirees are attracted to the year-round warmth and sunshine of the Space Coast of Florida. The opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and open water attracts those looking to relocate somewhere they can enjoy and where family want to come to visit. Close to beaches and golf courses as mentioned above, the city of Melbourne also gives easy access to stores, restaurants and medical facilities. Located on the east coast, only 72 miles from Orlando, but with a suburban feel,  it offers the best of all worlds. If you’re ready to learn, more check out homes for sale in Melbourne, FL

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