Florida’s Space Coast runs along the state’s eastern Atlantic coast, ranging from Titusville in the north to Palm Bay in the south. This stretch of land is known for its natural habitats, breathtaking beaches, and of course the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, for which the region is named. Military and civilian rockets are still launched from the area, even after NASA’s space program ended in 2011.
The space coast provides residents with warm weather, plenty of recreation, wildlife fun, and the white sands and salty surf that you’d expect from the Florida coastline. There’s also affordable 55+ housing with resort-like amenities. Check out some of the best places to live in this 72-mile area.
Alamanda Key – Melbourne, FL
With only 300 single-family and attached homes available at Alamanda Key, the community of active adult residents is able to stay intimate and connected. This cozy community feels lush and tropical, with lakes and walking trails to enjoy throughout the neighborhood. Duplex models are around 1,500 square feet, while single-family homes run a little larger. Two or three bedrooms, garages, and floor plans including dens or office space are available in all models.
Amenities include a clubhouse, a fitness center, and a room dedicated to activities. Some of the clubs residents enjoy include the poker club, exercise club, and bridge. There are potlucks and social events, and the residents have put together a meet & greet event where new homeowners can get to know their neighbors. Alamanda Key’s location puts it close to Melbourne’s best beaches. It’s also accessible to highways and airports, making travel easy.
Heritage Isle – Viera, FL
Viera is desirable a master-planned community on the Space Coast. In it is Heritage Isle, a gated, 55+ community that offers 1,500 homes in every possible style, single-family houses, attached villas, and condos. Condos have a view of the golf course and come in two- or three-bedroom models. Villas, duplexes, and estate homes are also available from reputable builders like Lennar Homes and Tiffany Builders. Properties are available for any lifestyle and budget.
Amenities are a huge part of life at Heritage Isle. There are card clubs, exercise clubs, and a photography club. Join the nature club or take a ceramics class. Activities help residents stay active physically and socially. Enjoy pool parties, movie nights, and music festivals outside of the Heritage Club, a 21,000 square-foot clubhouse. The outdoor pool is large and pristine, and there are courts for tennis, bocce, and shuffleboard. The nearby communities of Viera and Melbourne have museums, the Brevard Zoo, and plenty of opportunities for hiking, golf, fishing, and shopping.
Indian River Colony Club – Melbourne, FL
One of the best places on the Space Coast for golfers to live would be Indian River Colony Club. This 55+ community has a private 18-hole course and 160 acres of property set aside for recreational events and outdoor fun. There are 771 single-family and attached homes with a variety of floor plans available. Many of the homes have enough space for their own swimming pools, and there are also properties with lake views and golf course views.
Amenities start with the At Ease Clubhouse, which includes a fitness center, outdoor pool, and banquet facility. There are art studios, exercise rooms, a putting green, and a driving range. Enjoy the four shuffleboard courts, fish in the lakes, or store your boat or R.V. on site. Residents enjoy a piano bar, ballroom dancing, a book club in the library, and bingo, among other enticing activities. Indian River Colony Club is only 90 minutes from Orlando and a shorter drive to Canaveral National Seashore.