Another of St. Petersburg’s older areas, Crescent Lake has seen several waves of residents with the oldest dating back to a Native American presence from the 1500s. The 1870s and 1880s saw European settlers using the land for agriculture until 1914, when the installation of a street car line made the area valuable suburban property. Over the last century the neighborhood’s appeal hasn’t waned a bit; today homes range in size from two to four bedrooms with prices spanning $140,000 to $260,000 or more. The homes’ historical relevance and close proximity to downtown St. Pete, I-275, and nationally-recognized hospitals make the area a highly-desirable location.
The major thoroughfares bordering Crescent Lake shape the neighborhood into a perfect rectangle bounded by 9th Avenue North to the south, 22nd Avenue North to the north, 4th Street to the east, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street (also known as 9th Street) to the west. Fourth and Ninth Streets contain a plethora of businesses including restaurants, antique shops, grocery stores, and boutiques.
The neighborhood’s 0.37 square miles include about 550 residences in 35 square blocks, including single family homes, garage apartments, and small multi-family buildings. The centerpiece of the neighborhood is Crescent Lake Park, a 56 acre public park that includes a dog park, tennis courts, a well-equipped playground, a baseball field, and a lengthy walking path that takes joggers and walkers around the lake and past a decades-old giant banyan tree. The very south of the park is home to the neighborhood’s most visible landmark, the 1923 water tower painted by well-known muralist Tom Stovall.
Homes in Crescent Lake don’t require flood insurance and have no deed restrictions. The neighborhood is not gated and doesn’t have water access. It does, however, boast an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Foursquare, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco, Tudor, Minimal Traditional, Postwar, and Ranch – in short, something for every taste.
Crescent Heights is situated just north of Crescent Lake Park, giving it convenient access to both I-275 and downtown St. Petersburg. Homes in the neighborhood, ranging in price from $150,000 to $475,000, line streets bordered by shady live oak trees and paved with the original 1910s and 1920s red clay bricks from Augusta, GA.
The tidy neighborhood weighs in at almost 162 acres, which are bordered by 22nd Avenue North to the south; 30th Avenue North to the north; 4th Street to the east; and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street (9th Street) to the west. Most of the homes have two to four bedrooms and were built prior to 1950; of those about half would qualify for historical landmark status.
The most popular feature of Crescent Heights is Crescent Lake Park. Located on the south side of 22nd Avenue North, this park boasts a 20-plus-acre spring fed lake with resident geese; a playground for the little folks; tennis courts; a dog park; and several large open fields for soccer games and kite flying. Other draws include close proximity to St. Pete’s museums, waterfront parks, and downtown hub.
Crescent Heights is land locked, which means no water access – but none of the properties require flood insurance, either. The non-gated, non-deed-restricted community showcases excellent examples of several architectural styles, including Florida Bungalow, Frame Vernacular, Colonial Revival, and Mediterranean Revival. Homes have superb curb appeal with large eaves and inviting front porches, and unique features like oak flooring and built-in cabinets are easy to fall in love with. Because of these increasingly rare aspects of the homes in Crescent Heights residents have adopted the NDR (Neighborhood Design Review) mandate in conjunction with the City of St. Petersburg to help ensure the preservation of the neighborhood’s profile.