With a Walk Score of 90.9, Downtown St. Petersburg is among the nation’s most walkable neighborhoods, and the city itself ranks 3rd most walkable in the state of Florida. A walk score of 90 to 100 translates into a walker’s paradise! No car required for daily errands.
Walkability and the Price of Real Estate
More than just a pleasant amenity, the walkability of cities translates directly into increases in home values. Homes located in more walkable neighborhoods, such as those with a mix of common daily shopping and social destinations within a short distance, command a price premium over otherwise similar homes in less walkable areas.
Walkability and Health
- Walkability offers surprising benefits to your health, the environment, and finances.
- Residents of walkable neighborhoods weigh on average 6-10 pounds less
- Walking has important social benefits as well; more people walking on the streets is a signal that an area is safe and interesting
- 87% of CO2 emissions come from burning fossil fuels; fewer cars on the road means less smog and less traffic
- Research shows that 1 point of Walk Score is worth $3,250 in home value. Additionally, cars are the second largest household expense
- Overall, the more walkable a community, the happier residents say they are with their quality of life.
3 Most Walkable Neighborhoods in St. Petersburg
Downtown St. Petersburg is alive with art galleries, craft breweries, unique restaurants and music venues, such as Jannus Live, State Theater, Morean Arts Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Dali Museum as well as plenty of unique shops that appeal to all tastes. It hosts a fantastic number of annual events including the St. Pete Pride Parade, St. Petersburg Grand Prix, and Mainsail Art Festival; its Saturday Morning Market is one of the largest in the state.
Historic Old Northeast is one of the St. Petersburg’s most desirable neighborhoods. It is perhaps best known for its mix of property styles – Prairie, bungalow, colonial and Mediterranean- revival mansions. It has brick-paved streets, mature trees, charm galore and its very own dog park! You can walk, bike, roller blade and jog along its waterfront park where the waterviews are spectacular any time of day.
Historic Kenwood has seen a resurgence in the past few years and is now one of the trendiest, safest neighborhoods to live and walk. It is where you will find the largest collection of American bungalow architecture in Florida; monthly porch parties are a staple as well as guided walking tours given by St. Petersburg Preservation. It’s a great place for young families, artists, professionals and walkers of all ages to call home!
With 56% of millennials and 46% of baby boomers reporting they prefer to live in more walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, RE/MAX Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer says, walkable communities are becoming the latest trend in real estate. Properties located in convenient communities are commanding increases in the per-foot price of both commercial and residential spaces compared to those in neighborhoods where residents do not have amenities close to where they live.
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St. Petersburg Communities
If you’re interested in any of these of communities or live in one of them and are thinking of selling, call Estelia today!
Greater Pinellas Point
Historic Old Northeast
Historic Roser Park
Isla del Sol