This article is part of "The Patrick AFB Online Relocation Package".
Many families PCSing to Patrick AFB, end up finding their home in Viera. I think some of the main reasons are that Viera has a lot to offer and it is within a reasonable commute time to the base (15-25 minutes).
Viera is a master plan community that started home building in the early 90's and is still building today. Currently Viera has about 19,000 residents and when it is completed will cover about 22,000 acres. It has a large variety of homes starting just under $100,000 up to $1,000,000+ all within a few miles of each other. The various neighborhoods cater to many different lifestyles and the whole area is anchored by a central commercial / government area. A great amount of green space has been left with interconnecting walking trails, as well as five community parks and a huge 125 acre Viera Regional Park.
Viera doesn't have its own zip code yet, so when looking for homes online, understand the Viera is split in half with the southern part being in Melbourne (32940) and the northern part being in Rockledge (32955).
The schools that service Viera have a great reputation. There are three elementary schools (1st-6th), two middle schools (7th-8th), and Viera High School that opened in 2006.
In 2005 an outdoor shopping complex - The Avenue Viera opened with many national as well as local stores. It's become very popular and is a great place to shop, dine, or see a movie. Viera is also home to two public golf courses and a great local zoo. The Washington Nationals use Space Coast Stadium for thier spring training and the rest of the time it's the home of the Brevard County Manatees (Single A).
Viera has a top notch VA Outpatient Clinic and in 2011 the 100 bed acute care Viera Hospital will open.
The Avenue Viera
Super - Target
Wal-Mart Super Center
As you can see Viera has a lot to offer and is very close to the base, and that is why so many families end up settling here.
VIERA MASTER PLAN