Brevard County Real Estate and Community News

April 4, 2017

Best Brevard Farmers Markets

Fresh produce, local honey, handmade crafts - is there anything better than wandering down through the booths of your local farmers market? In the words of Lewis Grizzard, “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” 

As much as I love getting out in the Florida sunshine and supporting our local community, remembering which farmers market is on which day can be tricky to track. That’s why I tossed together this list of some of my favorite spots. 

Downtown Melbourne Farmers Market

Every Saturday & Sunday in Downtown Melbourne from 10am-3pm, over 75 local vendors get together. You’ll find everything from furniture to organic dog treats! If you’re like me and always seem to forget to have cash, they even have an ATM. 

Saturday & Sunday: 10am-3pm 
1900 South Harbour City Blvd. 
Melbourne, FL 32901 
321-759-3713  

Space Coast Farmers Market

One farmers market. Two great locations. You can catch the Space Coast Farmers Market every Saturday in Cocoa Beach from 10am-4pm or every Sunday in Rockledge from 10am-3pm. Make sure to try some unique treats like a slice of the “St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake” or “JJ’s Maple Cotton Candy”! 

Saturday: 10am-4pm
First United Methodist Church 
3300 N Atlantic Ave. 
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 
321-514-8823

Sunday: 10am-3pm
Larry Schultz Park
2560 S. Fiske Blvd. 
Rockledge, FL  32955
321-961-2732

The Market at Rockledge Gardens

Can’t bear to leave your four legged friend at home? Rockledge Gardens is dog friendly! (*leash required please) Every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am-3pm you can pick up some awesome produce from local Florida and North Carolina growers. (Insider tip: The second Saturday of every month is “Farm & Friends Market” which has extra vendors and crafters!) 

Wednesday & Saturday: 10am-3pm 
2153 US-1 
Rockledge, FL 32955
321-636-7662

Titusville Farmers Market

For my North Brevard dwelling friends, check out the Titusville Farmers Market every Sunday & Monday from 10am-4pm. On Sundays the market is outdoors, but on Monday you can beat the heat indoors (by Bealls). 

Sunday & Monday: 10am-4pm 
Searstown Mall
3550 S Washington Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780 
321-615-8183

Satellite Beach Farmers Market

My beachside friends just can’t stop buzzing about the Satellite Beach Farmers Market! Every Thursday from 10am-5pm at Pelican Beach Park you will find specialty “from the ground” products, along with soaps, herbs, olives, and more. If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies I recommend the local raw honey. Ingesting local honey is thought to make you less-sensitive to the pollen resulting in fewer allergy symptoms!  

Thursday: 10am-5pm
Pelican Beach Park
1525 Hwy A1A 
Satellite Beach, FL 32937
321-773-6458

Renninger's Flea and Farmers Market

Okay so maybe Renninger’s is a little more than a farmers market. Operating as “The Space Coast’s Largest Open Air Shopping Attraction” since 1987, Renninger’s Flea and Farmers Market is a Brevard staple. With more than 800 booths covering 2.4 miles, there is something for everyone! You can stop by rain or shine every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday between 9am-4pm. If you’re looking for a little holiday fun, on April 16th between 11am-3pm hop on over and visit the Easter Bunny! 

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 9am-4pm 
4835 West Eau Gallie Blvd. 
Melbourne, FL 32934 
321-242-9124 

Do you know about a hidden gem that I missed! Let me know so I can check it out and spread the word on Facebook

 

Posted in Community News
March 31, 2017

Your Weekend Family Fun Survival Guide

Ahh, you survived! The weekend is here and right about now you probably want to kick up your feet, pour a glass of wine, and become one with your couch cushions…but you know family fun doesn’t plan itself. As great as a Netflix binge might sound, there should be more to weekends than letting everyone remain glued to their devices. How about some heart pumping adventures with the ones you love?

Sky Zone Space Coast

This adventure will be sure to get plenty of laughs and push the kids and yourself to the point of sheer exhaustion. Set the stage for a beautiful afternoon nap for the clan - wink! Located in Rockledge, Sky Zone has wall to wall trampolines, rock climbing, and a ninja warrior style obstacle course. Have fun, get sweaty, work off the pizza, and call it a day! Check their website for specials before you go. It is indeed an experience.

624 Barnes Blvd 
Rockledge, FL 32955
321-265-5867

Galaxy Skateway

Hop into your time machine, strap on the skates, and hit Galaxy! Get SILLY! Every Saturday in Galaxy Skateway offers a variety of family activities including a “Family of 5” admission. You can indulge in old school cheesy fun and still remain totally current by capping the outing off with a stop at Chez Quan’s (located just up the road) for some delicious Thai & Latin cuisine. Chez Quan’s has been a local Facebook darling with hoards of gleaming word of mouth reviews! 

1488 Aurora Rd
Melbourne, FL 32935 
321-242-0789

On The Edge Rock Climbing

Test yourself and see how daring your children really are! Located in Melbourne, On The Edge boasts ample climbing walls including a Bouldering Cave, Top-Rope, and Lead climbing wall. With over 10,000 square feet of climbing space, there is plenty of room for your little monkeys to climb to their hearts content. 

200 West Dr
Melbourne, FL 32904
321-724-8775

Treetop Trek Aerial Adventures

Been to the Brevard Zoo lately? The bodies you might have noticed zipping above are the “Trekkers”. It is a hoot. People watching and adrenaline combined! Trekkers can “zip, climb, and crawl” through a Florida landscape with an aerial view of zoo critters below. There are three different zipline levels to choose from as well as a “Chutes & Ladders” option for little ones 4-8 years old. (*12 and under require a chaperone.) 

8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940
321-254-9453 ext. 253 

What is some other noteworthy heart pumping family fun in Brevard? We don’t want to miss the scoop. Let us know and we will spread the word on Facebook

Posted in Community News
March 25, 2017

Central Florida Spring Cleaning Checklist

The sun is shining, birds are singing, flowers are blooming - ah yes, spring is here! In the Space Coast we are fortunate enough to enjoy gorgeous sunny weather year round, but this time of year is still my favorite. Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, it feels good to slow down a little.

Since I have a little more free time in the spring, I like to freshen up my home. Whether you spend a weekend fully focusing on your “spring cleaning” or prefer to spread out your tasks throughout the month, nothing feels better than a clean house. 

Here are some of my “Live Love Melbourne” go-to spring cleaning tasks: 

INDOORS:

  • A great place to start is by dusting - EVERYTHING! Don’t just hit the usual places, now is the time to wipe down ceiling fans, baseboards, and anywhere else you might normally neglect.
  • After all of the holiday foot traffic, your floors could probably use a little love. I usually opt for hiring a professional to come give my floors a deep cleaning. If that is not an option I do it myself by making sure to move and clean under all of my furniture.
  • While I have the vacuum out I like to give all upholstered furniture a nice vacuum detail as well, paying extra attention to pillows and under cushions.
  • Your bed goes through a lot of nightly wear and tear. Vacuum and flip your mattress. You can even sprinkle your mattress with baking soda (leave on for an hour or two) before vacuuming for an extra clean. Now is also the time to clean any bedding such as comforters and pillows (check care label for instructions).  
  • Your closet could probably use a refresh. Sort clothes to keep, donate, and repair. Then reorganize in a way that makes sense to you. The Container Store offers all kinds of storage maximizing solutions to keep your closet clean!
  • Clean out your kitchen by tossing any expired food items in your refrigerator and pantry. Wipe down all shelves and reorganize.
  • While you’re at it, turn your oven to “self-clean”. Just make sure to clean any big spills ahead of time.
  • Give your bathroom some extra love. Cover your shower or tub with ample amount of cleaner and let it sit while completing other tasks. Then circle back and get scrubbing!
  • You’ve probably recently filed your taxes, so now is the perfect time to organize your important documents. Clean up your home office by tossing any papers you no longer need, and file away important documents like your tax return information. 

OUTDOORS:

  • Freshen up your garden and landscaping. The University of Florida has a great "Florida Gardening Calendar" with recommendations on what to plant depending on your region and time of year. 
  • Wash away that window grim! Between the salt air and seasonal pollen, your windows could probably use a good scrub. Start by washing the windows (inside & out). Make sure to also rinse your screens and wipe down the window sills. 
  • Now that your windows are sparkling, check all windows and doors for gaps. Note any peeled paint (this could indicate water leaks). Re-seal any gaps between the frame and wall.
  • When is the last time you cleaned your trash can? It’s probably been awhile! Get rid of germs by hosing down your cans inside and out, spraying the inside and handle with disinfectant, and rinsing. (Flip upside down to dry).
  • Refresh your patio or pool area by giving your outdoor furniture a spruce. Usually mild dishwashing detergent is great for most fabrics, but make sure to check your care labels. Now is also a great time to sweep away any debris or cobwebs. 

BONUS ROUND: 

  • Sometimes a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond for some new essentials is in order. Whether it’s new bedding, fresh towels, that fancy espresso maker you’ve been wanting, or a new lounger for your pool - little home additions can really freshen up your space.
  • You can also make some inexpensive changes to your home by swapping out faucets or door knobs, adding fresh paint, installing new light fixtures, and more! 

Did I miss something? What’s on your spring cleaning “to-do list”? 

Posted in Community News
March 17, 2017

Best Brevard Pet Boarding Options For Spring Break

With Spring Break right around the corner, many Brevard County families have started finalizing their vacation plans! Whether you’re planning on taking a short staycation or flying around the world, spring break is a great excuse to getaway. But what do you do if your furry family members can’t tag along for your adventures? 

As an animal lover myself, I’ve experienced some of the best pet boarding options along the Space Coast: 

Dog Spot Hotel



You won’t find any kennels at Dog Spot Hotel in Melbourne just south of Pineda Causeway. Boasting 77 “suites”, a hypoallergenic grass play yard, and relaxing music, you can rest easy knowing your four legged family members are well taken care of. Dog Spot Hotel has space for both dogs and cats. Plus, you can even treat your friend to special add-ons like individual playtime & ice cream

5080 Industry Drive
Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 757-7684

Paradise Luxury Dog Resort



Are you a dog lover? Paradise Luxury Dog Resort in Palm Bay might be the perfect place for you. Located on 12 acres with large outdoor play yards and two big ponds to splash in, your pup is sure to have a good time. They also offer “day play” passes. Plus, at Paradise Luxury Dog Resort, they will never cage your pets.

1465 Cypress Ave 
Melbourne, FL 32935
(321) 255-9663

Ohana Pet Resort

Another great cage free zone, Ohana Pet Resort is a great spot in Merritt Island. All boarding includes Doggy Daycare featuring wading pools, play equipment, toys, hypoallergenic grass, and a few hours of supervised play time. Feline friends are also welcome. 

25 N Grove St
Merritt Island, FL 32953
(321) 806-4421

Riverview Pet Spa

Family owned and operated in Melbourne since 2004, Riverview Pet Spa is a community staple. The owners Kristine and Richard genuinely adore animals ensuring the best care for your furry pals. They also offer competitive pricing, and 10% OFF for military, police, and firefighters.

6455 Anderson Way
Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 752-9323

South Patrick Animal Hospital



If you live beachside, South Patrick Animal Hospital is a great boarding option. This full service veterinary facility is conveniently located in Indian Harbour Beach.  Their facility is extremely clean and their trained staff will keep your pets safe and sound. 

1761 S Patrick Dr , 
Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937 
(321) 773-3111

Best Friends Pet Care



If you’re theme park bound, Orlando offers many great animal boarding options. However, there is none better than the Best Friends Pet Care at Walt Disney World Resort. Whether you just need someone to watch your furry friends while you play in the parks, or require overnight boarding, Best Friends Pet Care has you covered. You can even treat Fido to a 226 square foot VIP Luxury Suite that includes 2 potty walks, 2 playgroups, a flat-screen TV, webcam, bedtime story, and after a 3-day stay, a bath! 

2510 Bonnet Creek Pkwy
Walt Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista FL, 32830
(407) 209-3126

Care.com



Pet boarding not your thing? Care.com can connect you with tons of local pet sitters in your area. You also might be able to find someone who can help look after pets including hamsters, fish, horses, and more! 

No matter what your pet care needs are, it’s nice knowing your fuzzy friends are taken care of. If you’re in the market for a new four legged friend, make sure to check out our local adoption centers! Plenty of pets still need to find their “fur-ever” home! 

Posted in Community News
March 14, 2017

The $450 Question: Should I get Flood Insurance?

The $450 Question: Should I get Flood Insurance?

The majority of Brevard County is not in a “flood zone”. No Flood Zone = No Required Flood Insurance. However, flooding is one of nature’s most common natural disasters. As a result I’m frequently asked if homeowners should purchase flood insurance anyway. My answer: “If the average cost is $450 per year or less, it’s not a bad idea for total peace of mind.” 

Flooding can occur anywhere, anytime. Even if you are not required to have flood insurance, you should still give serious consideration as to whether you should still purchase it. Homeowners insurance may cover fire and wind damage, but it almost never covers damage from flooding. Damages associated with floods can easily total $25,000 or more! (Sometimes MUCH more.) 

A flood insurance policy can cover: 

Flood debris cleanup 

Structural damages (walls, ceilings, floors, stairways, etc.) 

Household appliances/utilities damaged by floodwater 

Wall to wall carpeting, tile, and other flooring surfaces

Added coverages may also be available for dislocation expenses such as rent, hotel stays, meals, etc. 

Brevard County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which means all residents qualify to apply for NFIP flood insurance. Without flood insurance, losses must be covered out of pocket. Some limited relief might be obtainable through government aid, but government assistance is not automatically available. It is only offered when the President makes an official disaster declaration. (Less than half of flooding events are “declared disasters”.) 

Additionally, property owners living in lower risk areas may qualify for a “preferred risk” policy which provides coverage averaging around $450 per year.

Fortunately, there are many great insurance agents along the Space Coast! Over the years, I have loved working with Angel Huff at Allstate.  She is very responsive, answers all of my “dumb” questions quickly, and her quotes are the most competitive pricing I have seen! Give her a call: 321-254-6829 

Curious if a house you are considering requires flood insurance? Just put the address in here.

 

 

March 6, 2017

Just Listed: Melbourne Beach Vacation Condo

 

 

1950 Atlantic Street #223 Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Are you a “snow bird” looking for the perfect vacation condo? Or maybe you are a Florida native looking for a beach pad to call home? Newly listed Unit #223 at 1950 Atlantic Street in Melbourne Beach might just be the place for you! 

 

This 2 bedroom, 2 bath abode offers 1,215 square feet of living space directly across the street from the beach. This condo would make a great vacation spot, but it is still roomy enough to be used as a primary home. Just imagine enjoying the cool ocean breeze from your screened in balcony while sipping your morning coffee.

 

1950 Atlantic Street #223 Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

 

Conveniently located between the shops and restaurants of Ocean Avenue and the Melbourne Beach Publix Shopping Plaza you’ll never be bored. Plus, a quick stroll across the street will place you right at a beach access. From May to December evening beach walks might even bring you face to face with the sea turtles who nest along our shoreline. 

 

Melbourne Beach Florida Sea Turtles

 

Currently, this is the only unit for sale in the complex. It comes with one deeded garage space, but there is lots of additional parking for a second vehicle or guests. 

 

The kitchen has also been redone with beautiful stainless steel appliances. 

 

1950 Atlantic Street #223 Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

 

At Live Love Melbourne we don’t just get you a great deal on a house, we help you find a home that is meaningful to you alone. 

 

Learn more about 1950 Atlantic Street Unit #223, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951 here or search our Space Coast database here. Happy house hunting! 

Posted in Real Estate News
Feb. 16, 2017

7 Best Brevard Healthy Eats

Are you still working on your “get healthy” New Year resolution? Getting back on the bandwagon after all of that Valentine’s Day chocolate can be a struggle! Fortunately, eating healthier doesn’t have to mean giving up social engagements like brunch with the girls or romantic date nights. 

In Brevard there are lots of great spots serving up fresh, healthy alternatives that won’t break the bank - or your waistline! Check out some of my favorites: 

Happy Healthy Human 

Happy Healthy Human

A beachside favorite! Located in Indian Harbour Beach, Happy Healthy Human is a raw vegan cafe and market serving everything from Acai Bowls to cold-pressed juice. Their market also offers fresh organic produce and healthy house specialties like “onion bread”. 

1869 S Patrick Dr
Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
(321) 779-0077

The Jungle 

The Jungle

The Jungle Organic Restaurant & Market has been serving up healthy eats since 2003! At the market you can find a large selection of gluten free offerings, organic groceries, homeopathic remedies, and even organic beer. They also have a great Sunday Brunch

2500 N Hwy A1A
Indialantic, FL 32903
(321) 773-5678

DOCCS Kitchen 

DOCCS Kitchen

DOCCS Kitchen might be the new kid on the block in Melbourne, but their health conscious menu has caused quite a stir. Open daily from 10am-8pm their menu offers a variety of yummy eats and smoothies. They also offer catering for your event needs. 

201 N Wickham Rd 
Melbourne, FL 32935
321-752-7101

The Green Room Cafe 

The Green Room Cafe

The Green Room Cafe is an organic restaurant best known for their Acai Bowls! Located in Cocoa Beach, their house specialties include sandwiches, wraps, salads, real fruit smoothies, tasty vegetarian and vegan choices, wheat- and gluten-free alternatives (including desserts), homemade soups, and healthy children’s meals. 

222 1st Street North
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
(321) 868-0203

Grapevine Cafe

Grapevine Cafe

Located inside of the Green Turtle Market, Grapevine Cafe is one of my favorite gourmet lunch spots. They have some delicious salads and tons of great vino (hey - everything in moderation right?!). 

855 E. Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
(321) 773-2001

The Nomad Cafe

The Nomad Cafe

What started out as an abandoned gas station, is now a delicious farm to table fresh cafe! With locally sourced seafood, fresh lunch, and new local gourmet selections every week, The Nomad Cafe has become a popular Melbourne spot. As an added bonus they are gluten free, vegan, and allergen friendly!  

2002 S Harbour City Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901 
(321) 327-2996

Haru Sushi Bar & Grill 

Haru Sushi Bar & Grill

Okay so maybe you can get in a little trouble here (tempura anyone?), but sushi can be a great healthy option when you’re trying to stick to a diet. Located along the beachline in Indialantic, Haru is a great place for date night or even takeout.  

1500 North A1A
Indialantic, FL 32903
(321) 725-6100

 

Did I miss your favorite healthy spot? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook! I’m always looking to try new places. :) 

Posted in Community News
Feb. 9, 2017

Your Ultimate Valentine's Day Pampering Guide

Roses are red, violets are blue, at Live Love Melbourne, we are wishing a special Valentine’s Day to you! 

Ahhh Valentine’s Day. Is there anything better than love in the air? To help you celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite places to relax and get pampered. Whether you need to get ready for a hot date, spoil your special someone, get together with the girls for a spa day, have some “Mommy & Me” time, or escape on a romantic staycation, I’ve got the perfect recommendation for you. 

Essentials Medispa & Salon 

 Essentials Medispa & Salon

A Melbourne favorite! Essentials Medispa & Salon offers a wide range of classic spa and salon services, health coaching, medical weight loss, facial rejuvenation, and more. Personally, I love their relaxation room. It’s the ultimate place to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea! If you’re ever needing an impromptu spa day, make sure to check out their last minute deals.  

 

1705 Beglund Lane Ste. 101 
Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 722-2860

Sunburst Tan

Sunburst Tan

Need to get glowing fast? Located beachside in Indian Harbour Beach, Sunburst Tan has been serving up flawless tans for over 17 years! With 4 levels of tanning and a VersaSpa spray booth, they’ll get you looking perfectly sun-kissed in no time. To get glowing by Valentine’s Day, their “Tour of Tans” special lets you try every level of tanning + 1 spray tan for only $29! ($110 value. Offer expires 2/12/17). 

 

981 E Eau Gallie Blvd Ste D
Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
(321) 779-3040

Kinna Blow Dry Bar

Kinna Blow Dry Bar

It doesn’t get much sweeter than signature blowouts with names like New York Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, and Crème Brûlée. Cut the date night drama and trust the professionals to make sure your hair and makeup are picture perfect. Kinna Blow Dry Bar is located at The Avenues in Viera, so you can even pick up a special outfit while you’re at it.

 

2261 Town Center Ave Suit 139
Viera, FL 32940
(321) 436-0008

Imperial Salon & Spa

Imperial Salon & Spa

With two locations and tons of Valentine’s Day specials, Imperial Salon & Spa has your pampering covered. Are you looking for the perfect “Sweethearts Escape” for your special someone? Or perhaps you need to get ready for a big date with their “Roses Are Red” special? Or maybe you want to have the ultimate “All The Single Ladies” spa party with your favorite gals? No matter how you plan to spend Valentine’s Day, Imperial has something for everyone.

 

3 Suntree Pl
Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 254-4432
 
205 E Eau Gallie Blvd 
Melbourne, FL 32937
(321) 777-4242

Shades Salon

Shades Salon

Shades is one of Brevard’s best kept secrets, styling hair since 2004. Whether you need the perfect cut, color, facial, or mani/pedi - the ladies at Shades can hook you up! It’s a little off the beaten path, but oh so worth it! Located in the warehouse behind Long Doggers on South Patrick Drive, Shades has a super cool, industrial feel. 

 

1227 S Patrick Dr, Unit 121
Satellite Beach, Florida
(321) 779-9177

Serenity Spa by B 

Serenity Spa by B

Specializing in massage, facials, and waxing, Serenity Spa by B has lots of ways to help you unwind. Call to book their $99 Valentine’s Day Spa Special which includes a 1 hour Vitamin C Facial and 1 hour Swedish Massage. 

 

1804 Riverview Dr
Melbourne, FL 32904
(321) 693-2550

The Salon Experience 

The Salon Experience

This salon is super convenient for my Satellite Beach friends. With an adorable interior and friendly staff, this is a great place to freshen up your hairstyle. Plus, it’s located right next to Starbucks! Venti Latte & a blowout anyone? 

 

1904 Highway A1A
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
(321) 610-1600

Four Seasons Resort Orlando 

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Okay so maybe the Four Seasons isn’t in Brevard, but when it comes to luxury it simply can’t be beat. Located within the Walt Disney World gates, Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers the perfect escape for a romantic weekend. The Four Seasons Resort Orlando Spa is hands down the best spa I’ve ever experienced, boasting a 13,000 square foot sanctuary inspired by the Florida Everglades. Their salon even offers fun for your favorite kiddos with magical princess or prince makeovers (there’s even a “Mommy & Me” option). Can’t swing a full staycation? Non-resort guests can still take advantage of the adult-only pool, family pool, lazy river, and water slides for the day with the purchase of any 80-minute spa treatment! 

 

10100 Dream Tree Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836
(407) 313-6868
Posted in Community News
Feb. 3, 2017

Space Coast Strawberry Patches

Space Coast Strawberry Patches

What did one strawberry say to the other? “If you weren’t so fresh, we wouldn’t be in this jam!” 

Okay, okay - bad jokes aside, it’s currently sunny and 75 degrees! The perfect summer weather, or in our case the perfect Florida winter weather! That also means it’s strawberry picking season in Central Florida! 

Along the Space Coast, strawberry season starts in late December and continues all the way until early June. However, prime season is usually during March and April. Personally, I like to get a head start and beat the heat. Plus, who doesn’t love fresh strawberries?!

Whether you’re looking for a fun family afternoon, want to get outside to enjoy some fresh air, or even plan a unique Valentine’s Day date (strawberries and champagne anyone?), strawberry picking fits the bill. In Brevard, we are fortunate enough to have some great farms within an hour or less making strawberry picking an easy day trip. 

Before you embark on your farm adventure, there are a few things you should remember for a successful day of strawberry picking. First, remember to apply sunscreen and bug spray before you go. Second, bring cash - it’s worth noting that some farms don’t take credit cards. You also might want to pack a few snacks and drinks - especially if you are planning on bringing little ones who might become cranky. Most importantly, make sure you contact the farm in advance to make sure there are strawberries available and to confirm operating hours. 

Below are some of my favorite strawberry patch farms near Brevard. Happy picking! :)  

Countryside Citrus

Countryside Citrus

Stop on by the Countryside Strawberry Patch between 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Saturday. Their strawberries are usually priced at $3/lb. Countryside Citrus is conveniently located in Vero Beach just north of the Fairgrounds! 

 
6325 81st St.
Vero Beach, FL 32967 
(321) 581-0999

Sledd’s U Pick

Sledd's U Pick

The best thing about Sledd’s is that it is family owned and operated. I usually go about twice a year, and I’m always made to feel welcomed when greeted with a friendly face. Strawberries are usually $2.50/lb, but they have other fruits and veggies as well. 

 
Burkholm Road and Dixie Way
Mimis, FL 32754 
(321) 268-8978
(321) 537-7003 

Pappy’s Patch

Pappy's Patch

Located in Oviedo near Orlando, Florida, Pappy’s Patch is a “must visit” for most Central Floridians. Strawberries are $3/lb from December - April, and blueberries are $4/lb from April-June.  (Cash only.) 

 
700 Florida Ave 
Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 366-8512 

Avalon Hydroponics 

Avalon Hydroponics

Located right in Melbourne, Avalon Hydroponics is the perfect spot for some weekend berry picking (they also have other fruits and veggies). Official hours are from 9:30am-2:30pm every Saturday and Sunday. You can also stay up to date with the info on their Facebook page

 
930 John Rhodes Blvd. 
Melbourne, FL 32904 
(844) 920-9156  

Remember - wherever you decide to go, call first to make sure they are not picked out. I’d love to see your strawberry picking photos! Feel free to share them with me on Facebook. (@HollyMaddenRealtor). 

Posted in Community News
Jan. 27, 2017

10 Brevard Burger Joints You Have To Try

Some nights cooking dinner is just not going to happen, but I don’t really feel like getting dressed up and “going out” either. The first thing that comes to my mind on those types of nights is, “Let’s go for a BURGER”. To me, burgers have always invoked the image of comfy clothes, a casual atmosphere, a big icy Coca-Cola...or maybe even a big icy mug of beer! 

Having worked and played in Melbourne Beach for many years, I’ve tried my fair share of burger spots. I’ve decided to put that knowledge to good use by offering up my 10 favorite  burger joints in Brevard. Fine dining is great, cooking at home is rewarding, and fast food can be convenient - but sometimes you just really crave a nice juicy burger! Whether you prefer a gourmet burger creation, or just some good old backyard grill flavor - I’ve got the spot just for you!

1. Too Cool Café

This local favorite is serving up delicious burgers with seriously laid back style. My personal favorite is the Goat Cheese burger. So yummy! If burgers aren’t your thing you can also opt for their brunch menu which features bottomless mimosas and eggs bennie

2051 S Patrick Dr
Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

2. The Burger Place

The Burger Place

In addition to their 100% ground beef burgers, The Burger Place serves up fresh homemade buns cooked on site. Make sure to try one of their milkshakes too! You won’t be disappointed. 

811 E New Haven Ave
Melbourne, FL 32901

3. Chef Larry’s

Chef Larry's

This is not your average burger place. At Chef Larry’s, reservations strongly encouraged. The best thing about their burger is the mix of different types of beef and Chef Larry’s special spice. Truly outstanding!

1111 S. Washington St.
Titusville, FL 32780

4. Cabana Shores Tiki Bar & Grill

Need to get on island time? Look no further than Cabana Shores! Between their two unique cooking styles, happy hour specials, and sports channel TV’s, Cabana Shores is certainly a fun time. Additionally, all active duty Police, Fire, Military, and Retired Vets receive 10% OFF food and drinks. 

5240 N US-1
Palm Shores, FL 32940

5. Bianco's Big League Eatery

Bianco's Big League Eatery

On the hunt for a massive gourmet burger? Bianco’s Big League Eatery has you covered! Boasting an extensive list of 10oz specialty burgers, there’s something for every palette. 

563 Barton Boulevard #1, 
Rockledge, FL 32955
 

6. The Burger Inn

This little burger shack is an oldie but goodie! With a retro nod to the classic 1950’s diner, you’d be hard pressed not to fall in love with this spot. Besides, you simply can’t go wrong with a plain old burger with a side of fried shroom’s! 

1819 N Harbor City Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32935

7. Burger 21

You didn’t think a major chain would make the list? Well than you’ve never tried Burger 21! The owners of The Melting Pot created Burger 21 as a “fast casual” spinoff that has been serving up some tasty burgers since 2009!

7171 Lake Andrew Dr, Ste 102
Melbourne, FL 32940

8. Ichabod’s Bar & Grille

With 2 great locations, Ichabod’s is the perfect spot whether you are beachside or riverside. If you’re looking for a burger, sandwich, or great seafood Ichabod’s hits the mark.

Beachside 

2320 N Highway A1a
Indialantic, FL 32903

Dockside

2210 Front St 
Melbourne, FL 32901

9. Harbor City Diner

Who knew Greek's could make such a great burger? This no frills eatery will surely make your tastebuds (and wallet) very happy. If you’re unsure what to try, go for the Knockout Burger! You won’t regret it! 

1630 S Wickham Rd
Melbourne, FL 32904

10. Apollo Diner

This family style Greek diner serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner! However, my personal favorite is the mushroom, bacon, cheddar burger. Take $5 OFF your dinner with this coupon.

201 W Hibiscus Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32901

Which burger joint is your favorite? Did I miss a hidden gem? Let me know in the comments! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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