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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Not All 55+ Communities are created equal: Heritage Isle, Grand Isle and Indian River Colony Club in Melbourne, Florida

There are three 55+ communities in the Viera area of Melbourne, Florida.  They are not all alike and appeal to different people.  Caution...Some of the below is my opinion only.  These communities need to be "experienced." for more than a 30 minute walk through.

Some of the similarities are obvious.
  • 55+ age requirements, 
  • gated, 
  • same general area, 
  • clubhouse, 
  • fitness centers, 
  • tennis, 
  • lawn care included, 
  • exterior painting included, 
  • organized activities and groups, etc.
The differences may not be as obvious.
  • Grand Isle has an automated gate while the other two have a staffed entry 7 days a week.
  • IRCC has its own golf course, while the other two are near golf courses.  
  • IRCC is a non-profit corporation owned by its residents. 
  • IRCC fees are much higher than the others because the community is totally maintenance free. 
  • IRCC reminds me of military officer housing (retired Navy here) while the club house reminds me of the Officers’ Club. (My opinion)
  • Grand Isle appears more reserved and quiet with less club availability [personal observation, plus clubhouse hours are less than Heritage Isle which is open 7 days a week. 
  • Heritage Isle has condos, patio homes as well as single family homes. The others have only single family homes.
There are other differences.  These communities need to be "experienced." for more than a 30 minute walk through.

For information on homes for sale in Melbourne, Florida's 55+ communities, give me a call at 321-693-3850 or email me,

Gary L. Waters PLLC, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida serving Florida's Space Coast including the cities and communities of Melbourne, Viera, Rockledge, Suntree, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and the surrounding region.

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