St. Petersburg Neighborhoods

Featured Neighborhoods in St. Petersburg

1 Historic Old Northeast

The historic Old Northeast district abuts downtown, and claims nearly 3,000 historic buildings within its boundaries. It also has a pleasant shopping district, restaurants and a number of city landmarks. Housing is a mix of Mediterranean and bungalow styles in a lushly green setting rife with jacarandas, pines, palms, and magnolias. Brick streets and granite curbs add to the charm of the area, which also includes North Shore Park to the east, with its swimming, biking, walking, and playing areas as well as a pretty white sand beach. The area also borders Coffee Pot Bay, famous for its resident manatees. The Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum is another bucolic addition to the community. The Palladium Theater presents eclectic performances in a former church also in the area. The St. Petersburg transit system provides bus service through the neighborhood, and the busy urban nightlife of downtown is just minutes away.

2 Grand Central District

Just west of downtown St Petersburg, the Grand Central District is a bustling entertainment enclave packed with galleries, restaurants, bars and boutique shops. Along Central Avenue, there’s a wide range of cafes, coffee shops and stores. Jannus Live is an outdoor music venue that takes full advantage of Florida’s warm climate. The American Stage Theatre Company is the spot for live regional productions of drama and musicals. While bar hours can run into the wee hours, residential enclaves remain quiet, with plenty of green space around Mirror Lake and Williams Park. The historic Snell Building houses offices in iconic Renaissance style. [Photo courtesy of Grand Central District]

3 Historic Roser Park

This historic neighborhood is home to many private homes with Mediterranean or Spanish style architecture. Within its boundaries are 146 historic buildings, but history isn’t the only draw. Fans of the outdoors head to the park from which this neighborhood takes its name to enjoy royal palms, oaks and lush flower gardens. Booker Creek runs through the area, offering more natural beauty. The Historic Outdoor Museum of Roser Park is an award winning creation of local resident, Ron Motyka, featuring 28 markers that describe the features, homes and historical significance of the neighborhood. It winds along Booker Creek and throughout the neighborhood.

4 Historic Kenwood

Kenwood is a historic St. Petersburg neighborhood filled with charming bungalows and green space. A thriving artist community, galleries, studios and art events fill the brick streets. One of the most popular attractions here are home studios where artists work, teach and sell their artwork. The annual BungalowFest home tour is also a major attraction. In Seminole Park, summer nights find the community gathered to watch an outdoor movie or live musical performance by local jazz artists. An open-air pavilion is also used to stage performance events.

5 Edgemoor

A mix of apartments, triplexes, single-family homes, and condominiums, this neighborhood is also home to shops, parks, a variety of restaurants, galleries and bars. Thai, Cuban and Austrian cuisine are among the options for dining. It’s adjacent to the Mangrove Bay Golf Course, a public par-72 course, and the 9-hole Cypress Links, making it a prime spot for duffers. Puryear Park, at the center of this community, has a feature unique in the U.S.—the nation’s only Jai Alai court. It also has a kayak launch, six tennis courts and racquetball courts. A pond adjoins the park that draws birdwatchers throughout the area.

6 Downtown

Packed with office high rises, including the tallest in town, One Progress Plaza, downtown St. Petersburg is home to the Tampa Bay Times, The Mahaffey Theater complex and the Morean Arts Center. There are also dozens of art galleries, and the renowned Haslam's Bookstore. Other popular attractions include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Salvador Dali Museum, the Florida International Museum and the St. Petersburg Museum of History. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg and a downtown branch of St. Petersburg College are also a part of this lively scene. The waterfront Straub Park offers options walking, biking, and picnicking. Most restaurants and bars are located along Central Avenue or Beach Drive. At the western edge of downtown is Tropicana Field, home base for Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays.

7 Snell Isle

Snell Isle is centered along Snell Isle Boulevard, named for the developer who altered a mangrove island into a residential neighborhood. The lush Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club is in the center of the community, famous for its art deco era Mediterranean design. Perched on Coffee Pot Bayou (where manatees can be observed in a natural habitat), Smacks Bayou and Tampa Bay, Snell Isle is a water enthusiast and nature lover’s paradise with its own harbor. Connected to downtown St. Petersburg by Snell Isle Boulevard, the community is close to the walking paths and open space of Flora Wylie Park, Crisp Park, and Coffee Pot Park a few blocks to the east. [Photo courtesy of The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club]

8 Bayway Isles

Two islands make up this residential neighborhood in southwest St. Petersburg, extending from the Pinellas Bayway causeway to Boca Ciega Bay. This waterfront community is perched on the edge of a pristine aquatic preserve. Open water, great views and water sports are a part of the lifestyle here. The community itself is eclectic, drawing students from adjacent Eckerd College as well as families. Fort DeSoto Park provides more outdoor recreation—on land, instead of by sea. St. Pete Beach is close at hand for sunbathing, swimming, and nature lovers. Even closer: the Isla del Rey Yacht Country Club, perfect for golfing and boating enthusiasts.

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