In a recent Travel Channel episode (April 2018), St. Petersburg was listed as one of the world’s top 10 underrated destinations. Really? Ask anyone who lives, works and plays in St. Petersburg and they will be quick to say there is nothing underrated about it – it’s Number One!
The Transformation of St. Petersburg
Once known as “God’s Waiting Room” where retirees came to live out their final years, St. Petersburg, with its 35 miles of white-sand beaches, has successfully transformed itself into hip, affordable and desirable place to call home. From its walkable downtown, art-centric museums, sports and entertainment venues and active night life, the city is also a haven for entrepreneurial small businesses, foodies and craft beer lovers. Business.org ranked the Greater Tampa Bay Area (Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater) as the number one place for women to start a business. (August 2018)
What Makes St. Petersburg Great
It’s Green: St. Petersburg was the first in Florida to be designated a ‘Green City’ by the Florida Green Building Coalition and lays claim to Florida’s first LEED GOLD certified home. The city has made a clear commitment to sustainability and conservation.
It Feels Young: A well-weighted ranking of Florida cities put St. Petersburg at the top of the best cities for millennials, with its millennial population increasing 6% since 2010. The median age in St. Petersburg is 42.1.
Shopping Is about Staying Local: Forget big box stores. St. Petersburg locals are committed to shopping local. Whether it’s the shops downtown or those along eclectic Central Avenue, you will love the fun of shopping and browsing at affordable boutiques. Can’t forget to mention Haslam’s Book Store – Florida’s largest bookstore and an independent gem in the Amazon age.
Robust Food and Bar Scene: As with shopping, the restaurants in St. Petersburg are all about keeping things local with fresh ingredients sourced from nearby farms and their taps filled with the newest offerings from the city’s 27 breweries. Budweiser? I don’t think so.
Homes: St. Petersburg offers something for everyone. From waterfront mansions to fixer-uppers, you’ll be able to find something that works for you. Be sure to check out its downtown condos as well as its townhomes, historic homes from the early 20th century and new construction. According to Estelia Mesimer, a St. Petersburg’s realtor for more than 20 years, St. Petersburg’s transformation is remarkable and things are only getting better. So if you’re looking for a waterfront city in Florida that has a growing economy and offers an amazing quality of life, St. Petersburg is the place for you!