Located 45 minutes East of Orlando, Merritt Island in Brevard County, is a great place to call home. It is surrounded by water from the Indian River Lagoon to the Banana River with Sykes Creek and Newfound Harbor in between. If you are looking to live in tropical paradise look no further. The island is an hour from Orlando's theme parks and attractions and a mere 5 minutes from the ocean. Visit Cape Canaveral for a seafood dinner and an evening on a casino ship. Play in the sand and then shop at Ron Jon's Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.
Merritt Island offers all the conveniences of a city, such as the Merritt Square Mall complete with movie theatre and major retail chain stores, including Circuit City, Home Depot, Office Depot, TJ Maxx, Toys R Us, Target and Walmart, without city taxes. The area is a haven for wildlife including dolphins, manatees, alligators, bald eagles, ospreys, sea turtles, bobcats and even the elusive Florida panther. And if you, like my husband and I, enjoy boating you can either find a home with a boat dock or house your boat at a local marina.
Many of our local neighborhoods with modest homes on the water were built to accommodate NASA engineers working at the JFK Space Center in the late 60's and early 70's. A few of my personal favorite, moderately priced neighborhoods built around canals include Villa de Palmas, Waterway Manor and Diana Shores. There are also lovely, moderately priced river front homes all along North Banana River Drive. According to City-Data.com the population of Merritt Island exceeded 40,000 in July 2007.
Currently there are 576 active single family listings in our local MLS, 82 of these are listed as canal navigational and 90 are listed as river front. The canal navigational homes listed start at US$180,000 with the highest priced listed for $1,299,000, approximately half of those listings are under $350,000. Over the last 90 days 16 canal navigational homes sold between $180,000 and $460,000. Over the last 90 days 4 river front homes were sold for $310,000, $464,500, $925,000 and $1,350,000.
If you are considering a move to Merritt Island, Florida check out this list of links for information on schools, parks, the Chamber of Commerce and more. Please call me for additional information on homes in Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbor Beach and surrounding areas.
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