Summer is now in full swing here...just saw an empty sunscreen display at the local drugstore. We all know that the period of June through September is the price one pays to live in the pleasant October through May months in Florida.
Summer in Florida starts before summer elsewhere and lasts a bit longer. Of course along with the summer heat comes the common afternoon thunderstorms with frequent lightening. Sometimes there is even a hurricane that threatens Florida although it has been a while since one visited us in Brevard County!
If one is considering a move to Brevard County, Florida then deciding where to live will be the first hurdle. Geographically Brevard County is about 80 miles north to south and runs along the Atlantic coast.
In terms of real estate there really are four distinct geographical areas in Brevard County. Not surprisingly, price varies by geography as well. It is true what they say - it is all about location!
The northern extremes in the Titusville and Mims areas are less densely populated with more rural options.
At the southern extreme of the county the population is most dense (Palm Bay area) with prices being more affordable.
Then there are the "beach side" areas. This includes "the island" better known as Merritt Island. I like to tell folks that if there is a causeway to be crossed there will be a higher price to pay. I know that is a generalization!
Still, the closer one gets to water, the higher the price. Of course, some water is much more costly like ocean front and riverfront. There is a slight drop if one opts for a navigable canal property.
And yes, even the man made lakes (retention ponds) command a higher price.
Lastly, the fourth general area is central Brevard County. The most attractive and newest area is the planned unit development of Viera. Homes in Viera range from re-sales (1990s upwards) to new construction. Prices range from the lower $200,000s to over a million dollars. This is not New York or California so a million dollar home is high end!
The most popular home type in this area is the plain old detached single family home (concrete block construction with stucco exterior). Older homes, particularly 1970s and 1980s built properties are commonly wood frame with stucco exteriors.
As for home owner association, expect one if your choice is recent construction. Newer construction is almost always in an area with a homeowner association. If one is looking to avoid home owner associations then Viera and Suntree.
If you are considering a move to Brevard County, Florida, here are some articles which may be helpful.
- How to be a buyer in a seller's market.
- Buying a house in Florida - A Language of Its Own!
- When Do You Talk to the Mortgage People?
- Buying a Home in Florida - Contract to Close in Twenty Steps!
- Buying a Home in Florida - Due Diligence is a Buyer Responsibility.