Melbourne, FL 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

Melbourne is one of the most affordable eastern beachside cities in Central Florida, otherwise known as the Space Coast for its close proximity to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Homebuyers looking for 55+ communities in Melbourne will love the location for its consistently warm weather, coastal location, and historic art community.

Melbourne is one of the most affordable eastern beachside cities in Central Florida, otherwise known as the Space Coast for its close proximity to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Homebuyers looking for 55+ communities in Melbourne will love the location for its consistently warm weather, coastal location, and historic art community.

Melbourne Climate & Geography

Melbourne is located on the eastern coast of central Florida, southeast of Orlando. Residents can expect weather similar to the rest of the state, in line with its humid subtropical climate: humid, wet, and hot summers with semi-frequent rain, and dry and warm winters with no snow or frost. The wet season causes Melbourne to have higher-than-average rainfall, but the city still experiences over 230 sunny days a year.

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment In Melbourne

Residents have plenty of opportunities for water recreation and sports because of Melbourne’s local lakes and coast. Sebastian Inlet State Park, Paradise Beach & Park, and Lake Washington are popular destinations for kayaking, boating, fishing, and swimming. River tours and airboat rides can be found throughout the city.

Melbourne also has a thriving downtown and arts district. Main Street Melbourne is the historic downtown area with local boutiques and restaurants, and Eau Gallie Arts District has many indoor and outdoor galleries, as well as comedy venues and Intracoastal Brewing Company.

Other attractive activities in Melbourne include the Melbourne Arts Festival, the Main Street Fall Festival, and six local golf courses.

Melbourne Cost of Living & Taxes

Melbourne is one of the most affordable coastal cities in Florida, with the overall cost of living far below Florida and the U.S. average. Houses cost less and other budget factors, like utilities, groceries, transportation, and healthcare, are all below the national average.

Florida does not tax income, making it desirable for retirees whose are budgeting around Social Security, pensions, IRAs, and other forms of retirement income. With a sales tax at 7 percent, Brevard County is very similar to the rest of the state. Property taxes are lower in the county, however, which is one of the reasons for such affordable housing.

Health Care In Melbourne

Residents of 55+ communities are part of the Palm Bay metro area which typically ranks well in Gallup’s Well-Being Index. It has placed within the top 100 communities across the country for the past several years.

The area does not have any nationally ranked hospitals, but Melbourne is home to the No. 1 hospital in the metropolitan area, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center. Other local hospitals include Melbourne Regional Medical Center, Kindred Hospital Melbourne, and the high performing Rockledge Regional Medical Center.


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Del Webb at Viera - Melbourne FL

Del Webb at Viera

For Sale
  • Mid $400ks - Low $1Ms
  • 1300 Homes (7 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New Homes Only
  • 2021 - Present
  • No Reviews
Bridgewater at Viera - Melbourne FL

Bridgewater at Viera

For Sale
  • Low $400ks - High $900ks
  • 870 Homes (16 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
  • 2017 - 2023
  • 1 reviews

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Indian River Colony Club - Melbourne, FL

Indian River Colony Club

For Sale
  • Low $200ks - Mid $400ks
  • 777 Homes (6 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New And Resale Homes
  • 1986 - Present
  • 10 reviews
Grand Isle - Melbourne, FL

Grand Isle

For Sale
  • High $400ks - Low $600ks
  • 336 Homes (5 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
  • 2002 - 2006
  • 5 reviews
Alamanda Key - Melbourne, FL

Alamanda Key

For Sale
  • High $300ks - High $500ks
  • 300 Homes (5 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
  • 2005 - 2021
  • No Reviews

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