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St. Petersburg, the fourth-largest city in Florida, was founded in 1888 and now has 248,000 residents. Set on Tampa Bay, this city has an average temperature in the mid-70s and an active population year-round. Founded by a Russian aristocrat and named for his hometown of St. Petersburg, Russia, St. Pete’s quickly became home to spring baseball and to snowbirds looking to escape the northern cold by wintering in the Florida sunshine.
As the city grew, its neighborhoods flourished. Today St. Petersburg is a network of historic and architecturally significant neighborhoods, each with its own unique personality and almost all with a link to the parks that make this a real city-by-the-bay.
Let Source Real Estate be your St Pete team! For buyers, we are highly familiar with most if not all of the St Pete neighborhoods and for sellers we have established relationships in the local area that will help give you the exposure you need to sell your home.
- Crescent Lake Area
Crescent Lake is located one mile north of St.Petersburg’s central business district. Its 35 square blocks is made up of approximately 550 residences and includes a 56 acre public park.
Crescent Lake lies at the center of the neighborhood. East of the lake is the “Great Banyan Tree which is featured on the neighborhood logo. The area also includes Huggins-Stengel Field, former Spring Training home for the New York Yankees. Next to it is a 1923 water tower, repainted as a giant salt water aquarium by local muralist, Tom Stovall.
The 550 residences lie on the east and west sides of the park. The neighborhood’s boundaries are 4th Street North to the east and Dr. Martin Luther King Street (9th Street North) to the west. Both streets have restaurants, shops, and businesses that have turned the area into a social and shopping hotspot.
- Historic Old Northeast
425 acre Old Northeast encompasses nearly 2% of the city of Saint Petersburg. Founded in 1911, it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Homes range from cottages to some of the largest estates in the city. Old Northeast includes a garden district called Granada Terrace which features monuments and landscaping in the medians of the streets. All buildings are Mediterranean style architecture. The city of Saint Petersburg designated this neighborhood a local historic district in 1988; and in 2003, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places
- Historic Old Southeast
Old Southeast was established in the mid-1950s by developer C.A. Harvey. It’s bordered on the east by 12.5 acre Lassing Park This residential park offers fishing, games, walking, and a spectacular view of Tampa Bay. The original land for the park was donated to the city by Judge Robert B. Lassing in 1924, with the condition that all structures erected in it be for park use only. The neighborhood is famous for its colored hexagon-block sidewalks.
- Historic Roser Park
The first designated historic district in St. Petersburg, this area is centered by Roser Park. Running throughout the district is Booker Creek. The neighborhood is known as “The Neighborhood a Cookie Built” after Charles M. Roser sold his Fig Newtons to the National Biscuit Company and settled in St. Petersburg. Each home is unique and reflects the northern influences of the residents who flocked to St. Petersburg in the teens and 1920s. Historic Roser Park is home to the State Geological Department, the Nationally Registered Studebaker Building, and the Old Florida Power Plant.
- Historic Kenwood
The Kenwood Historic District was designated a U.S.historic district on August 4, 2003. The district is located immediately west of Downtown, It contains 2203 historic buildings, including Grand Central.
Although the 375-acre residential area is best known for its historic bungalows, it also contains a variety of residential architectural styles including Frame and Masonry Vernacular, Craftsman Bungalow, Minimal Traditional, Tudor Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Colonial Revival, Ranch, Prairie, American Foursquare, Dutch Colonial Revival, Mission, and International.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St Petersburg High School which was constructed in 1926, sits in the heart of Historic Kenwood along 5th Avenue North. A neighborhood revival in both Historic Kenwood and the Grand Central District began in the early 1900’s and continues today.
- Historic Uptown & Round Lake
Other Traditional Communities
- Snell Isle
Snell Isle is named after local developer C. Perry Snell who moved to St. Petersburg in 1900 from Kentucky and began buying properties which he developed into upscale residential neighborhoods, commercial buildings, and public parks. Originally a muddy mangrove island, the neighborhood opened its doors in 1925 with only 39 of 275 acres above the tide line. Even so, Snell quickly sold over seven million dollars worth of lots.
The Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club and Resort is located here. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A memorial to Mr Snell is located in Snell Isle Park. Snell Isle is also home to St. Petersburg Woman’s Club.
- Tropical Shores
Tropical Shores is a peninsular waterfront community on Tampa Bay. Its yacht basin is deep enough for sailboats yet protected from the southeast bay winds. Some of the most beautiful views of Tampa Bay’s Skyway Bridge and downtown St. Petersburg can be enjoyed here. Tropical Shores prides itself as one of St. Petersburg’s best kept secrets. Tropical Shores boasts the lowest crime rate in the city.