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The American Homesteading Foundation maintains Melbourne Village’s 52 acres
of park land and its amenities, including the community pool.
“I lived in another place for 20 years and didn’t
know my next-door neighbor,” Seiler said.
“Here, your neighbors become your friends.”
As traffic and sprawl swirl around it,
Melbourne Village remains content to bask in
its glorious scenery and delighted to retain its
“My dad always said that nothing ever
changes in Melbourne Village,” Jones said.
Old Florida is alive and well in the verdant
nooks and crannies of Melbourne Village.
“You can’t willy-nilly cut trees down,” said Seiler.
A community garden harkens back to the village’s
“Everyone contributes to its care and on Saturdays
anything that is ready is shared,” Seiler said.
It is not surprising property sells so quickly, for
Melbourne Village’s commitment to all things
green, coupled with a deep sense of community,
make an appealing combination.
It’s all about life on the slow lane at Melbourne Village, where a footbridge over Crane
Creek invites taking time to enjoy the scenery.
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