Melbourne, Florida, is one of the coastal communities that comprise the "Space Coast," just south of Cape Canaveral and the John F. Kennedy Space Center. Located 30 miles southeast of Orlando, this vibrant community offers young families, professionals of all ages and retirees homes ranging from apartments and condominiums to multi-million dollar residences with ocean-front views.
Melbourne’s coastline consists of narrow barrier islands and white sand beaches dotted with palm trees. Inland, the topography consists of farmland, marshy areas and lakes. Residents enjoy the amenities of living in a city with access to the beauty of the coastline and its natural resources. Unsurprisingly, prime real estate is located along the coast, in the area of East Eau Gallie Boulevard. More moderately-priced deals can be found in areas along the western and northern parts of the city, while the lowest-priced options are located in the city center. Melbourne’s residents are a diverse population, which includes retirees, professionals, and young families. They enjoy the city’s Eau Gallie Arts District and its historic downtown. Water-based activities are a leading source of recreation among the locals, in addition to local golf courses. Melbourne is within driving distance to the Kennedy Space Center, the Orlando theme parks and other attractions in Central Florida.
Melbourne’s proximity to the Kennedy Space Center provides its residents with access to jobs in high technology. Aside from NASA, many defense and technology firms are located in the area. Top employers include DRS Technologies, General Electric, Harris Corporation and Northrop Grumman. Jobs are also available in health care, hospitality, tourism and retail trade. Other leading employers include Community Health Systems, Petsmart and Home Depot. The Melbourne International Airport, located 1.5 miles northwest of downtown Melbourne, is another employer in the area. Residents are also within commuting distance of employment opportunities in communities such as Palm Bay, Rockledge, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa.