One of St. Petersburg’s oldest and most desirable neighborhoods is the historic Old Northeast. With many brick-paved streets, towering oaks, a mix of historic and new construction, and easy access to St. Pete’s famous waterfront parks, the Old Northeast continually earns recognition locally and nationwide as a very desirable place to live. Being within biking and walking distance of downtown St. Petersburg only adds to the appeal.
Old Northeast encompasses the land from 4th Street North on the west, Tampa Bay on the east, 5th Avenue North on the south, and 30th Avenue North on the north. Within this area are single- and multi-family housing options, with individual home prices ranging from $200,000 to $1 million or more. Today this community is home to 9,000 people living in 5,300 residential units (houses, apartments, and condominiums).
While not all homes are waterfront , many enjoy privately owned docks along Coffee Pot Bayou. Anyone can enjoy the mile-long walk along Coffee Pot Boulevard, known for its manatee and dolphin sightings and the historic Snell Isle Bridge. Another lovely feature of Old Northeast is North Shore Park, an active 33-acre public space with a large public pool, tennis courts, a baseball field, bike trails, and a children’s playground Bordering the park is a walking and running trail where you can enjoy the Bay and its white beaches. There you can also catch a volleyball game almost every day of the week.
Granada Terrace, a compact neighborhood just north of Old Northeast, was designated a historic district in 1988. It’s known for its stucco Spanish- and Italian-style architecture, large concrete monuments and well, which form the area’s nucleus. Because of its status as both a National Historic District and a Local Historic District, Granada Terrace homes are subject to deed restrictions; Old Northeast homes are part of the vicinity’s National Register of Historic Places, but are not subject to deed restrictions. Neither neighborhood is gated.
Both neighborhoods originated in the early 1900s, with the historic Old Northeast Neighborhood becoming St. Petersburg’s first established neighborhood after development by C. Perry Snell and J.C. Hamlett. By the 1960s the land was completely developed, endowing the shady streets with a legacy of older construction’s charm. Many of the original homes still exist, showcasing architecture dominated by a mix of Mediterranean Revival, Colonial Revival, Bungalow Styles, Prairie, Williamsburg, and vernacular style homes. It seems as if every home can boast of some interesting feature, such as large front porches, horizontal wood siding, large casement windows, columns, white picket fences, fireplaces with large chimneys, and steeply-pitched roofs. And d espite being located right next to Tampa Bay, both areas are located on higher ground and therefore do not require flood insurance.
This area’s history, charm, convenience, and beauty make it one of St. Petersburg’s most well-known showplace neighborhoods. If you’re moving to or relocating within the city of St. Petersburg, be sure to give these neighborhoods a tour.