The city of Melbourne is Brevard County’s second largest city, with just over 43 square miles in area, and located in the southern portion of the County. Melbourne is located approximately 60 miles southeast of Orlando and is accessible via I-95 and many State roads. Melbourne is a relatively small city by many standards but offers charm, many cultural organizations and activities, a brisk historic downtown area loaded with shops and restaurants, several colleges and universities, and a number of notable defense and technology companies such as L3Harris, DRS, Northrup Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Embraer and more. Although a small town environment, Melbourne offers many big town services. Melbourne plays host to several cultural events including the annual IndiaFest, Founder’s Day, Greek Festival, the Melbourne Arts Festival, Main Street Festival, Oktoberfest and more. The Brevard Symphony Orchestra performs in The King Center, located on the campus of Eastern Florida State College, but is headquartered in the historic Winchester Symphony House in Melbourne.
Melbourne also is home to nearly 5 square miles of waterfront on the Indian River Lagoon and has over 554 acres of city park land including 17 community parks, 13 neighborhood parks and 5 smaller city parks. Other amenities include a city marina, museums, historic buildings and the Brevard Zoo. A small area of Melbourne is located across the causeway on a barrier island. With three causeways in the city of Melbourne, access to the beaches is quick and easy.
The city of Melbourne’s economy is based on tourism, high tech industries, the military (Patrick AFB is in Brevard County) and health care services.
Homes for Sale in Melbourne are as Diverse as it Gets
The city of Melbourne is spread over a fairly vast area which leads to many choices in real estate. Home buyers can find, riverfront estate homes, historic homes, single family homes, townhomes and duplexes, riverfront and non riverfront condos, downtown condos, mobile homes and new construction Real Estate prices range from around $50,000 for mobile homes to over $1,000,000 for luxurious waterfront homes and condos, estate homes, country estates and new construction homes. Melbourne has seen a significant amount of new construction with the influx of defense and technology companies along with their expansion.
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Evidence of the presence of Paleo-Indians were uncovered in Melbourne starting in 1920. A number of human and animal bones, charcoal, and a hand honed spear point are among some of the finds.
After the Civil War, pioneer families arrived, and Melbourne was founded in 1867. The city was given its name after its postmaster who had spent much of his life in Melbourne, Australia. The town had a population of 70 people by 1885. In 1942 the Naval Air Station was established as a training site for newly commissioned Navy and Marine pilots for World War II. That land that occupied the Naval Air Station is now where the Melbourne International Airport sits. Since the 1950s, Melbourne’s growth has been influenced by the space complex at Cape Canaveral and associated aerospace industries. Eau Gallie, once its own city, merged with Melbourne in 1969.