Whether you are looking for a waterfront home or condo, a Mediterranean revival style home from the 1920s, Florida ranch, Craftsman-style or contemporary, St. Petersburg has an option to fit every lifestyle.
With just over 265,000 people, the City of St. Petersburg has earned its nickname the “Sunshine City” because of its beautiful weather. Add to the mix award winning beaches, highly rated restaurants, great parks, craft breweries, a farmer’s market and remarkable cultural experiences and you have a great place to call home.
St. Petersburg has a broad and diverse set of neighborhoods (about 100, many of which are represented by Neighborhood Associations.
With over 20 plus years in real estate sales, RE/MAX Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer can tell you all about them. Estelia has seen trends come and go, neighborhoods change and the value of properties increase and decrease. Here is a list of some of the most popular neighborhoods.
Bayway Isles is a private neighborhood comprising of two islands in the southwestern part of St. Petersburg. It extends southward from the Pinellas Bayway Causeway into the waters of southern Boca Ciega Bay. It is gated and deed restricted. Architectural design is varied; styles range from Mediterranean Revival to Florida Modern. Open water, great views and a boater’s dream come true make this a highly sought after neighborhood.
Snell Isle was developed during the 1920s. It is known for its waterfront mansions along Brightwaters Boulevard and unique statues of panthers and lions that stand guard on many street corners. Snell Isle is home to the Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club and the St. Petersburg Woman’s Club.
Venetian Isle, developed in the late 1960s and 70s, is an upscale, deed-restricted neighborhood of 518 homes reachable by bridge. It has deep-water canals to accommodate powerboats or sailboats of any size.
Allendale Terrace can best be described as an upscale community with a suburban feel. It is home to about 3,500 residents – a blend of young professionals, families and retirees. Median list price of a home is $758,000. You’ll find plenty of parks, coffee shops and stately homes, many built in the 1920s and 1930s. Known for its tree-lined brick streets, Allendale Terrace is considered to be one of the finest areas that is not located on the water.
The Crescent Lake neighborhood wraps itself around the 52-acre Crescent Lake Park, which offers lighted tennis courts, a dog park, playground, and basketball half court. It is a great place for families and features Art Deco, Tudor, Prairie and Mediterranean Revival style homes.
Kenwood is where you will find the largest collection of American bungalow architecture in Florida. Its brick streets are lined with classic craftsman-style homes with large front porches. Monthly porch parties are a staple as well as guided walking tours given by St. Petersburg Preservation.
The Old Northeast was established in 1911 as St. Petersburg’s first residential subdivision, it is perhaps the best known neighborhood with a mix of property styles – Prairie, bungalow, colonial and Mediterranean- revival mansions. It has brick-paved streets, mature trees and charm galore.
The Old Southeast was established in the 1950s, this trendy neighborhood is located south of downtown. It is famous for its quaint houses, Lassing Park and colored hexagon block sidewalks. The Bayboro House, a bed & breakfast on Beach Drive, SE, is a city designated historical landmark. Many artists call the Old Southeast home.
The history of Jungle Terrace dates back to Native Americans who once had a thriving village along the banks of the Boca Ciega Bay. It features many waterfront mansions, as well a wide variety of homes built from the 1920s up to the current day. A portion of the Pinellas Trail and the Jungle Prada boat ramp are also located in this unique neighborhood.
Often described as having a small New England town feel, this charming neighborhood offers a range of homes built from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Bottom Line: The way to choose the right neighborhood for your needs and your budget requires research, some soul-searching about your priorities and working with a trusted realtor like Estelia Mesimer.
St. Petersburg Communities
Greater Pinellas Point
Historic Old Northeast
Historic Roser Park
Isla del Sol
If you’re interested in any of these of communities or live in one and are thinking of selling, talk to The Mesimer Team.