Nestled between Melbourne and Palm Bay, West Melbourne is a booming city off heavily traveled U.S. Highway 192. With Melbourne Square Mall and numerous other business and restaurants, West Melbourne is a hot spot of activity in Brevard County. While it was incorporated in 1959, West Melbourne only now begins to be developed to its fullest, with new neighborhoods and developments being built and planned. Due to the fact that there’s no city real estate tax, West Melbourne is a popular place for developers and homeowners alike. Almost 14,000 people call West Melbourne home.
However, there’s more to West Melbourne than busy New Haven Avenue. Its easy access to Interstate 95 allows for residents to travel to all areas of the county. There’s plenty of outdoor recreational activities, including an 18-hole municipal golf course close by. Local parks include Max K. Rodes Park and Erna Nixon Park – a beautiful 52-acre wildlife preserve features a winding boardwalk through hammocks and pine flatwoods.
Because of its excellent shopping and dining opportunities, lack of property taxes, nature settings, and pleasant neighborhoods, West Melbourne has become a popular place for visitors and locals alike.
Residents of West Melbourne are among two distinct lifestyles – senior living and new families. Living in some of the more established neighborhoods, senior citizens generally rank high for savings and investments. Most own their homes and in in either single-family or manufactured housing.
At the other spectrum are new families. The influx in development of businesses and residential neighborhoods has brought young families into the area. This group generally lives on a two-person income structure, rents or holds a mortgage, and participates in activities such as youth sports and family entertainment.
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