The Viera area borders 8 miles along I-95 starting at exit 195 and extending south 3 miles (5 km) beyond exit 191. It encompasses 14,500 acres (5,900 ha). About half of this has been set aside for conservation.
The community consists of 58 neighborhoods in two areas named Viera East (33) and Central Viera (25). Included are three adult communities, Brennity at Melbourne, Grand Isle, and Heritage Isle, along with a military retirement community, Indian River Colony Club.
The neighborhood communities of Central Viera are Addison Village, Arrivas Village, Fairway Lakes at Viera, North Solerno, Sonoma, South Solerno, Stadium Villas, Stoneridge, Summer Lakes, The Highlands, Three Fountains at Viera, Wickham Lakes, and Wyndham at Duran.
In 2014, Addison Village was the newest in Central Viera, with its first community, Strom Park, currently under development then. The North and South Villages of Solerno include Capron Trace, Charolais Estates, Chelford, Colfax Landing, Cortona, Daintree, Eason Landing, Gatwick Manor, Indigo Crossing, Levanto, Ravencliffe, Sunstone, and Terramore.The neighborhood communities of Viera East are Bayhill, Crane Creek, Cross Creek, Fawn Ridge, Hammock Lakes, Hammock Trace, Heritage, Heron’s Landing, Mission Bay, Osprey Landing, Osprey Ridge, Six Mile Creek, The Greens at Viera, The Lakes at Viera East, Viera East Golf Club, and Villages of Viera East.
Viera East Golf Club includes the communities of Aberdeen, Addington, Ashton, Blackheath, Brightwood, Canterbury, Collingtree, Durban Park, Oaklefe, Parkstone, Stratford Place, and Woodhall.Villages of Viera East includes the communities of Auburn Lakes, Bennington, Somerville, Templeton, and Wingate Estates.
The land was developed by the Viera Company, a subsidiary of A. Duda and Sons. On August 4, 1989, ground was broken for the new community of Viera, the name deriving from viera meaning “faith” in the Slovak language in honor of family patriarch Andrew Duda, who emigrated from what became Slovakia in 1912. Starting in 1990, the Duda family has owned the property along I-95 and began turning the Cocoa ranch into a new town with a mix of land uses, including a variety of housing types, offices, medical and industrial parks, shopping centers and recreational facilities. The family has donated a total of 622.7 acres (252.0 ha) of land to various organizations.
Since its inception in 1989, Viera has attracted more than 100 businesses and over 4,000 permanent jobs, including financial services, health care, other professional services and retail establishments.
A. Duda & Sons, Inc. continues to raise cattle on the West Viera property as well as a portion of the River Lakes Conservation Area.
The Avenue Viera, an open-air shopping center, opened in 2004. It contains over 100 shops/restaurants and a multiplex movie theater. There are several nationally known restaurant chains and department stores.
Viera has several organizations, government offices and non-profits, such as the Brevard Zoo and Viera Hospital.
The county’s administration complex is located in Viera 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Interstate 95. The government branches and offices include the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, County Manager, Planning and Development, Housing and Human Services, Public Works, Public Safety, Health Services and Clinic at Viera, Children’s Medical Services, Utility Services, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Justice Center and the Brevard County School Board offices are also located within the administrative complex.
The developer of the property, the Viera Company, hosts a variety of events each year for both the community and for the Central Brevard area. Several main events include the Spring Bunny Hop, the July 4th Great American Celebration and the holiday tree lighting event.