One of the things that makes St. Pete special are the unique neighborhoods, each with a unique feel and characteristics. They are diverse and many of them have active communities. Some are driven by voluntary neighborhood associations that promote neighborhood enhancement and community involvement. The sense of community is one of the things that drew me to St. Pete.
Some of the more active neighborhoods have regular social gatherings, events and meetings for residents. “Porch Parties” is the prevalent description for neighborhood parties held by neighborhoods where residents volunteer to open their homes and host gatherings. Porch Parties are predominantly outdoors which is fitting given our fabulous St. Pete weather that allows an outdoor lifestyle all year long. Party goers show up carrying a dish to share and a beverage of choice.
The neighborhoods range in architectural styles from bungalows, craftsman homes, mid-century modern, Victorian, Spanish and Florida style. Many of the homes in St. Pete were built in the 20’s, 40’s and 50’s. New construction is rare (except for the upscale condos downtown). Some neighborhoods are lined with brick streets flanked with mossy oak and palm trees. Many of the neighborhoods have a diverse makeup of styles – not cookie cutter neighborhoods.
The other thing I love about St. Pete is that you have the beach on one side and downtown on the other. Central Avenue runs straight across St. Pete from downtown, which sits on Tampa Bay, to our Gulf Coast Beaches. Heading west on Central Ave., once you leave the mainland, you cross the Treasure Island Causeway. The entire span is approximately 9 miles from downtown to the beach! We have neighborhoods with a beach vibe, a historic atmosphere, and a downtown vibe.
The City of St. Petersburg says it supports more than more than 110 neighborhood and business associations, and the City’s website says, “The city welcomes residents to take part in improving our neighborhoods and quality of life by voicing concerns and pinpointing priorities.” The City also gathers input from neighborhoods for future planning through neighborhood plans submitted by associations. For more information, visit the City’s page on neighborhoods.
Given there are so many neighborhoods in St. Pete, we also have a Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA). CONA’s website lists 86 neighborhoods! The full list below, and the following is a snapshot of just a few:
Historic Old Northeast
Nestled on the north side of downtown and Tampa Bay, development of Old Northeast started in 1911. The makeup of home styles includes Queen Anne, Victorian, Colonial Revival, Spanish Eclectic, Craftsman Bungalow, Prairie and even Italianate. The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association’s website says, “Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 Old Northeast is characterized by waterfront green space, brick streets, granite curbs, hexagon block sidewalks, brick alleys, mature trees and lots of welcoming front porches. The neighborhood is an excellent example of preserving and restoring the best of the past while offering a high quality of living in the present where neighbors possess a strong sense of community identity and pride.” They have a busy event schedule filled with porch parties, parades, holiday events and meetings.
The neighborhood’s boundaries are 5th Avenue N/NE on the south and 30th Avenue N/NE on the north with Tampa Bay and Coffee Pot Bayou its eastern boundary and 4th Street N its western boundary. The neighborhood contains approximately 4,100 households and is home to some 10,000 residents.
Historic Kenwood calls itself “Neighborhood of the Arts.” Located just west of downtown, the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association describes the neighborhood as “is a charming neighborhood filled with historic bungalows and tree-lined brick streets. We enthusiastically embrace the arts, and we actively cultivate an authentic, friendly culture where people are welcoming, diverse, and engaged.
In addition to monthly porch parties, Kenwood events include “Pinot in the Park,” BungalowFest, Founder’s Day and Kenwood Kidz. The section of Central Avenue that borders Kenwood has seen great revitalization in recent years with the opening of trendy restaurants, bars, breweries, boutiques and antique shops.
Central Oak Park
Central Oak Park is where my home is, so I couldn’t leave it out! It is just a couple of miles west of downtown and only 5 miles from the beach. It is one of the largest neighborhoods in St. Pete with 3,900 residences including a few condominium and townhouse communities. The home prices in Central Oak Park are lower than average than other parts of St. Pete and I feel buying a home in Central Oak Park is a sound investment. The neighborhood has a diverse makeup of bungalows, a few craftsman and Spanish style homes and small cottages. There is a good deal of home renovation taking place and the Central Oak Park Neighborhood Association is becoming increasingly active. The neighborhood holds monthly porch parties, a Holiday Party on some of its blocked off brick streets, monthly membership meetings and has other events in the works like a spaghetti dinner and a neighborhood plant and seed swap. The neighborhood spans from 34th St N (US-19) to 49th St N and 13th Ave N to 5th Ave S.
Gulfport is technically its own City due to incorporation, but with approximately 12,000 residents it’s around the same size as other St. Pete neighborhoods. Gulfport homes are a mix of small cottages and bungalows. Gulfport has an appealing water front downtown with thriving restaurants and indecently owned shops. Gulfport holds regular artwalks. The annual GeckoFest is a costumed festival featuring themed live music, vendors, strolling and stationary street performers, a quirky walking parade, colorful costume contests, and the ever-popular end-of-the-day dueling street dances
This fabulous video best describes Crescent Lake.
List of St. Petersburg Neighborhood Associations as listed on the Council of Neighborhood Associations’ website:
1. 22nd St Business, Historical & Cultural District
2. Allendale Terrace Neighborhood Association
3. Americana Cove
4. Azalea Homes Community Association
5. Bahama Shores Homeowner’s Association
6. Barcley Estates Home Owner’s Association
7. Bartlett Park Neighborhood Association
8. Bayou Highlands Neighborhood Association
9. Bayway Isles Homeowners Club, Inc.
10. Brighton Bay Neighborhood
11. Broadwater Civic Association
12. Casler Heights Neighborhood Association
13. Causeway Isles Neighborhood Association
14. Central Oak Park Neighborhood Association
15. Clam Bayou Neighborhood Association
16. Childs Park Neighborhood Association
17. Coquina Key Property Owner’s Association
18. Crescent Heights Neighborhood Association
19. Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association, Inc.
20. Crossroads Area Homeowners Association
21. Disston Heights Civic Association
22. Downtown Neighborhood Association
23. Driftwood Property Owners Association
24. Eagle Crest Civic Association
25. Eden Isle Civic Association, Inc.
26. Edgemoor Neighborhood Association
27. Euclid Heights Neighborhood Association
28. Euclid-St. Paul Neighborhood Association
29. Fossil Park Neighborhood Association
30. Fruitland Heights Neighborhood Association
31. Gateway Neighborhood & Crime Watch Association
32. Grand Central District
33. Greater Grovemont Neighborhood Association
34. Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association
35. Greater Woodlawn Neighborhood Association
36. Harbordale Neighborhood Association
37. Harbor Isle Homeowners Association
38. Harris Park Neighborhood Association
39. Highland Oaks Neighborhood Association
40. Historic Kenwood Association
41. Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association
42. Historic Park Street Neighborhood Association
43. Historic Roser Park Neighborhood Association
44. Historic Uptown Neighborhoods, Inc.
45. Holiday Park Home Owner’s Association
46. Isla Del Sol Owners Association
47. Jungle Prada Neighborhood Association
48. Jungle Terrace Civic Association
49. Lake Euclid Neighborhood Association
50. Lake Maggiore Park Neighborhood Association
51. Lake Maggiore Shores Neighborhood Association
52. Lakewood Estates Civic Association
53. Lakewood Terrace Neighborhood Association
54. Live Oak Neighborhood Association
55. Magnolia Heights Neighborhood Association
56. Maximo Civic Association
57. Meadowlawn Neighborhood Association
58. Mel-Tan Heights Neighborhood Association
59. Methodist Town Neighborhood Association
60. Northeast Park Neighborhood Association
61. Northeast Terraces Neighborhood Association
62. North Kenwood Neighborhood Association
63. Old Southeast Neighborhood Association
64. Pasadena Bear Creek Neighborhood Association
65. Palmetto Park Neighborhood Association
66. Pasadena Golf Club Estates
67. Perry Bayview Neighborhood Association
68. Point Brittany Community Association
69. Placido Bayou Community Association
70. Ponce De Leon Neighborhood Association
71. Renaissance Neighborhood Association
72. Riviera Bay Civic Association
73. Riviera Bay Subdivision Homeowners Association
74. Shore Acres Civic Association, Inc.
75. Snell Isle Property Owner’s Association, Inc.
76. Thirteenth Street Heights Neighborhood Association
77. Thirty-First Street Neighborhood Association
78. Tropical Shores Neighborhood Association
79. Venetian Isles Homeowner’s Association, Inc.
80. Westminster Heights Neighborhood Association
81. West Shore Village Neighborhood Association
82. Wildwood Heights Neighborhood Association
83. Winston Park Neighborhood Association
84. Caya Costa Neighborhood Association
85. Garden Manor Neighborhood Association
86. Grand Central District
87. Ling-A-Mor Neighborhood Association
88. St. Pete Heights