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Top Reasons to Live in Melbourne FL

  • Founded in 1867 by a group of former slaves, the coastal city of Melbourne, Florida, was named in honor of the city's first postmaster, Cornthwaite John Hector, who had lived in the Australian city of the same name. The city's historical buildings include William H. Gleason House on Pineapple Avenue and the Florida Power and Light Company Ice Plant, which is just about the only icy thing in the city, at S Harbor City Blvd.

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  • Housing Statistics 1 in 10 residential properties in Melbourne are currently vacant, with 38% being rented and only 52% being owned. As more people choose to rent to own, this number should increase. The number of house sales from May-July 2013 was 707, which was an increase of 26.5% when compared to the same time last year. The median sales price also increased by 13.4% to $151,900. There are always new homes appearing on the market with a substantial residential turnover rate of 17%.
  • Transportation 9 out of 10 Melbourne residents either drive or carpool to work, and it takes on average just under 21 minutes. Despite the subsidization of two bus routes for Melbourne residents, very few people take public transport to work - a higher percentage of people choose to walk. Meanwhile the Florida East Coast Railway follows the direction of U.S. 1, providing public transportation up and down the coast.
  • Local Sports The Florida Institute of Technology fields a team in a number of sports at NCAA Division II level. Known as the Panthers, the school competes in 11 sports each for men and women, including basketball, track and field, and football. While sporting success has tended to elude the school, Dniela Iacobelli did win the NCAA Division II Woman's Golf Championship in 2007. Meanwhile, minor league baseball team the Brevard County Manatees are based not far north of the city in Viera at the Space Coast Stadium. They also had success in 2007, winning their division.
  • Arts and Culture Cinema lovers will particularly enjoy the yearly Melbourne Independent Filmmakers' Festival, which shines the spotlight on new talent every November, while April signals the arrival of the Melbourne Arts Festival. With over 50,000 visitors attending the festival, it's also an important commercial event for the city, with artists selling original work at their booths. Some people might question whether the beer-centric Oktoberfest can accurately be described as a cultural event, but of course it can, it's European. Now drink up.
  • Nightlife The high student population and location on the coast means that Melbourne can boast a much better nightlife scene than some other similarly sized cities. Of the dance clubs, Levelz Nightclub on W Newhaven Ave is one of the most popular, with DJs that know how to work an easily excitable crowd and a spacious dance floor that leaves people cool enough to keep moving. The Gallery meanwhile plays a different mix of music depending on the night. So whether you're into hip hop, dubstep or even Latin music, you should find something that gets your feet tapping. If you care more about the drinks than the music, head to Karma Bar on E New Haven, which specializes in cocktails that are just perfect for rounding off a day on the beach.