Melbourne Village is a bit like Brigadoon. You can feel it as soon as you turn onto Dayton Boulevard. You start to decompress. You leave the bustling 21st century world where you work and shop, and return to the slow-paced, peaceful, small town from a bygone era. There you will find your real life. The part of your life that REALLY matters.
Why Melbourne Village?
A tight knit community...
Welcome to Mayberry...I mean Melbourne Village. We are a diverse community of friendly people who support and take care of each other. Preserving the character of the Village is as important to us as protecting the ancient oak hammock and abundant wildlife. It's not uncommon as you stroll down the tree-lined winding roads, that neighbors will wave, you'll hear peals of laughter from barefoot children fishing in a creek, be greeted by a woman walking her horse, and pass by a sign for fresh eggs for sale - on the honor system! Whether you're raising a family or heading for retirement, you'll find no better place than Melbourne Village.
...with lots of opportunity!
Melbourne Village might seem like a world away, but it is less than 3 miles from the high-tech and aerospace companies - like Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Embraer, DRS Technologies, Rockwell-Collins, United Launch Alliance, and GE to name a few - that employ more than 12% of Brevard County workers. Walk or cycle to shopping, dining, movie theater, and schools. Drive in minutes to Melbourne International Airport, Historic Downtown Melbourne, Henegar Center for the Performing Arts, boat launches, a marina and beaches. An hour to Orlando attractions and airport, Kennedy Space Center, and Port Canaveral.
Melbourne Village was founded by three women in 1946 who moved here from Ohio with the intention of creating a self-sufficient community of homesteaders. They formed a not for profit corporation called The American Homesteading Foundation (AHF), purchased the land, and divided it into large lots between 1/3 and 3 acres, with winding roads, and parkland. To make sure that all property owners shared their vision they reserved a right of first refusal, and required buyers to become members of the AHF and subscribe to its By-Laws which are upheld by an elected 8 member Board of Trustees. The AHF still owns the 52 acres of parkland, Village Hall, and swimming pool and is managed entirely by resident volunteers and a small staff. Year round events include Movie Nights, Game Nights, Children’s Summer Camp, 4th of July Parade, Halloween Carnival, Holiday Craft Fair, Holiday Dinner, Fall Flea Market, Mahjongg Club, Bridge Club, Art Club, Community Vegetable Garden, Coffee Socials, and more. The AHF is NOT an HOA and places no restrictions on homeowners. Membership is voluntary but encouraged so you can fully experience life in MV. Lifetime membership is $2000 then $125 per year.
The Town of Melbourne Village (TMV) is the governing body which has its own 24/7 police department, elected commissioners and mayor, maintenance crew, and town clerk. TMV handles permitting and inspections, sets millage rate for taxes, and maintains road right-of-ways. We love our trees in MV and protect them with our Tree Ordinance that requires a permit to cut any tree less than 4 inches around at chest height, and replacement of larger trees that are cut. We also want to preserve the look and feel of our community with the help of our 2012 Ordinance which limits the impermeable surface allowed on each lot. Chickens, sheep, goats, and other small farm animals are allowed and in fact are kept by many Villagers. Call the TMV directly to find out more about any ordinances.
A recent survey of MV residents found that a tight knit sense of community is the thing most valued followed by the parkland and wildlife. There are more than 30 households in Melbourne Village that are related to each other, plus 2nd and 3rd generation Villagers who grew up here and now raise their children and grandchildren here. The turnover rate of home sales is much lower than in neighboring communities (less than 4% a year). There is a wide variety of home ages, sizes, and price ranges compared to other communities and property values are somewhat higher.