April 18, 2019

Easter Events along the Space Coast!

A fun Easter Weekend ahead!!! Check out events along the Space Coast for the kiddos, Adults and even for the pups!

Friday, April 19:

Easter Activities - Bass Pro Shops, Palm Bay: 2pm – 8pm

Pawsome Doggie Egg Hunt – South Beach Comm. Center, Melbourne Beach: 3pm – 7pm

Yu Jump’s Annual Eggstravaganza – Yu Jump, Palm Bay: 5pm – 8pm

Movie in the Park: Hop – Kiwanis Island Park, Merritt Island: 6pm – 9pm

Sky Zone’s Glow Easter Egg Hunt – Sky Zone, Rockledge: 7pm – 11pm

 

Saturday, April 20:

Breakfast with the Bunny & Egg Hunt – Ted Whitlock Comm. Center, Palm Bay: 8:30am – 11am

Easter Bunny, Egg Hunt & Hayrides – Riverview Park, Sebastian: 9am

Easter Egg Hunt – Obloy Family Ranch, Merritt Island: 9am – 10am

Eggstravaganza and Breakfast with the Bunny – Kiwanis Island Park, Merritt Island: 9am – 12pm

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – Pelican Beach Park, Satellite Beach: 10am

Easter Family Fun Day – West Melbourne Comm. Park: 10 am – 2pm

Easter at LaPorte Farms – Sebastian: 10am – 3pm

Eco-Egg Hunt – Barrier Island Center, Melbourne Beach: 10am – 4pm

Egg Hunt – DeGroodt Library, Palm Bay: 10am – 12pm

Fun with the Easter Bunny – The Avenue Viera: 10am – 2pm

The Annual Egg Hunt – Canaveral City Park, Cape Canaveral: 10am

Easter Activities – Bass Pro Shops, Palm Bay: 11am – 6pm

Easter Egg Hunt – McLarty Park, Rockledge: 11am – 12pm

Eggcellent Adventure – South Mainland Library, Micco: 11am – 1pm

Rossetter House Easter Egg Hunt – Melbourne: 11am – 12pm

Underwater Eggplosion – Joe Lee Smith Comm. Center, Cocoa: 1pm – 3:30pm

Spring Hunt and Bunny Sighting – Sand Point Park, Titusville: 2pm – 5pm

 

Sunday, April 21:

Eco-Egg Hunt – Barrier Island Center, Melbourne Beach: 10am – 4pm

Easter Activities – Bass Pro Shops, Palm Bay: 12pm – 5pm

Easter Beer Hunt – Playalinda Brewing Company, Titusville: 12pm – 9pm

Easter Eggstravaganza – Pump It Up, West Melbourne: 2pm – 4pm

March 31, 2019

Brevard Zoo Ranks Top 30 in US!


More Great News for Brevard!!!

The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, FL was just named top 10 Zoos in the US!  Of course this is no surprise to us as we love our local Zoo!  Feeding the Giraffe's, watching the Gators or Crocs get fed, enjoying a nice kayak ride or bringing the little ones into the Paws On to cool off or go into the Petting area or better yet play some games in the kids conservation area!  There is so much for the entire family at our local Zoo!

Explore the Brevard Zoo and all the Events at their website: www.BrevardZoo.org

 

Check out the article naming them Top 30 in Brevard!

 

March 30, 2019

Brevard County, FL Market Update for February 2019

Report for Single Family Homes

  • The median sales price for single family homes is exactly the same compared to a year ago
  • Closed sales are down -4% for February 2019 compared to February 2018
  • New pending sales are up 2.1% and new listings are up 2.3%
  • Months supply of inventory is up 33.3% to 3.6 months, an increase from 2.7 months in 2018

Report for Townhouses / Condos

  • The median sales price for townhouses/condos is up 10.9% compared to a year ago
  • Closed sales are down -5.8% for February 2019 compared to February 2018
  • New pending sales are down -13.3% and new listings are down -9.6% Months supply of inventory has increased to 4.2 months in February 2019 from 3.7 months in February 2018
Contact the Coastal Estate Team if you have any questions about the current market value of your home!
Posted in Market Updates
March 29, 2019

Spring Home Maintenance Tip

Dryer Vent Cleaning. Have you ever done it? We all know the importance of cleaning out our lint screen, but how often do you clean your dryer vent? Dirty dryer ducts aren't just gross, they're a major fire hazard. And even if you're not to the fire hazard point yet, dirty dryer ducts can waste time, energy, and money. If your dryer doesn't seem to be working as well as it used to, a dirty vent may be to blame. Okay, so how should we be cleaning our dryer vents, you ask? The Coastal Estate Team is here to help!

Step 1: Locate the Dryer Duct (usually on the outside of your home someplace near the laundry room / wherever your dryer is located)

Step 2: Turn off, unplug, and safely disconnect the dryer. If your dryer is electric, it's a simple task. If your dryer runs on gas, be careful not to disturb the dryer's gas lines too much as you reposition the dryer. The gas hose (usually a flexible steel hose) should stay tightly attached.

Step 3: Clean with a special dryer vent cleaning kit (you can find these at Home Depot or Lowes). The lint brush and flexible segments can be put together to form a rod that spans about 12 feet. You can begin cleaning from the inside (behind the dryer) or the outside (take off the vent cover). Spin the rod and push it as far as possible down the duct. Expect to remove lots of lint.

Step 4: Clean up and reconnect everything. Step 5: Take it for a trial run. Enjoy the newly regained power and less risk of fire! *It is recommended to clean your dryer vent every 6 months - 1 year

Posted in Home Tips, Just for Fun
March 29, 2019

The Best Places to Live Near the Beach in the U.S.

The secret is out! Our little slice of paradise is officially on the map! Melbourne, Florida was just ranked as NUMBER ONE in U.S. News & World Report's list of "The Best Places to Live Near the Beach in the U.S."

In addition to the local climate and ease of access to the beach, the list factors in the area's affordability, job market, morning commute, and access to quality health care, among other details. Taking all of these elements into consideration, it's easy to see why Melbourne was Voted #1!

 

View the Full Article here

 

Posted in Around Town
March 26, 2019

Our Favorite Foods - Coastal Estate Team

Here at the Coastal Estate Team, we love to talk about food... our favorite recipes, restaurants, healthy snacks... you get the point. We also love hearing about others' favorite foods, so we figured you might want to know about ours. Bon Appetit!

Carolyn: ​I love Italian food - all of it ! So it is difficult to pick just one dish that is my favorite! I would say any homemade pasta with fresh shrimp and amazing sauce. ​

Bridget: My favorite food is sushi - any day, any time. My favorite sushi place is Siam Orchid. ​

Taylor: Pizza!!! Never fails :-) ​

Kellie: I'll try just about any vegan food- but I really love food with a Mexican influence. Nachos, tacos, guacamole, salsa... EatQual is my favorite place and I really wish they would open a restaurant so I didn’t have to stalk their food truck all over Brevard! ​

Jen: Greek Salad!

Sage: Ice cream. I don't eat it often, but if calories didn't count... breakfast, lunch and dinner! I actually worked in an ice cream parlor for 7 years, it was my first job!

March 20, 2019

Blue Origin Plans a Huge Expansion on the Space Coast

More Great News For The Space Coast!!!

The Space Coast continues to grow! Last month we told you about the latest newcomer to the Space Coast, Texas-based Firefly Aerospace. This month's Space Coast news includes an impressive 90-acre expansion by Blue Origin. It was just over one year ago that Blue Origin opened its $205 million, 750,000-square-foot rocket manufacturing facility in Merritt Island at Exploration Park. Blue Origin's expansion will include 90 acres of development at Kennedy Space Center, created to support their commercial space vehicles that are expected to launch sometime in the 2020s. Blue Origin and Firefly Aerospace aren't the only companies moving to and expanding on the Space Coast. Hawthorne, CA-based SpaceX will build its nearly 400-foot tall Starship and Super Heavy rocket at Kennedy Space Center and last year they reported plans for a 67-acre expansion. Additionally, NASA filed plans to build Launch Complex 48 to host small rockets and possibly Boeing's 100-foot tall XS-1 Spaceplane.

March 14, 2019

WELLNESS IN ONE - Dirty Dozen and Clean 15!

"Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen".

Have you heard of these? They are the lists released by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) that indicate which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residue. Needless to say, the produce on the Dirty Dozen list has the most pesticide residue, and the produce on the Clean Fifteen list has the least pesticide residue. To determine the lists, the EWG analyzes the U.S. Department of Agriculture's data on the chemicals found on grocery store produce. Their 2019 list was released earlier this month. It is important to point out that the amount of pesticide residue found was still below safety guidelines. Additionally, many experts in the nutrition field explain that the health benefits of eating produce outweigh any risk from pesticide exposure.

If you're looking to save money on produce, buy conventionally-grown fruits and veggies from the Clean Fifteen list, and spring for organic when buying produce from the Dirty Dozen list (although organic does not mean pesticide free). Ultimately, whether organic or not, the more the better when it comes to fruits and veggies.

March 13, 2019

Favorite Florida Getaways

It's Spring Break time, and although we live in paradise, sometimes it's nice to take a little trip... but not too far from home. Here are some of our favorites:

Carolyn: St. Petersburg - it's beautiful on the Bay and Downtown is thriving with shops, restaurants and bars. Bonus, it's all super walkable

Bridget: Vero Beach, Costa d'Este Beach Resort & Spa, a perfect getaway location that is close to home but you definitely feel like you are on vacation ​

Taylor: South Beach (Miami Beach), and we especially love staying at 1 Hotel South Beach ​​

Kellie: Islamorada - Cheeca Lodge and Spa is our favorite place to stay ​

Jen: Anna Maria Island on the Gulf Coast. We love the laid-back, old Florida feel ​

Sage: The Keys, especially south of Marathon. The water is gorgeous, perfect for boating, diving, fishing, and exploring, and we love to visit Key West

March 13, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Events around Brevard!

Brevard County has lots of great offerings this weekend in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

We've put together this list of St. Patrick's Day events to help you find the perfect way to celebrate the Irish spirit!

If you have any questions or need anything, please reach out to us!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

~Coastal Estate Team

Posted in Around Town