Northeast St. Petersburg, Florida contains just two gated, planned communities: Placido Bayou and Caya Costa. Both deed restricted communities were developed in the 1980s and enjoy the privacy that accompanies having a manned security gate and being surrounded on three sides by water and nature preserves. Because both are situated near mangrove forests and the water they live in, each requires homeowners to carry flood insurance.
Placido Bayou lies on 362 acres divided into 11 neighborhoods containing a total of 636 homes. These are comprised of condominiums, townhomes, and single family homes priced between $140,000 and $1,000,000. While there is no direct water access the community offers ten 10 ponds totaling 26 acres, each stocked with fish and frequented by resident otters and swans. Monthly home owners association fees include lawn maintenance, exterior paint, and roofs.
Caya Costa is a smaller 75-acre development with 230 two- to five-bedroom single family homes ranging in price from $280,000 to $1.5 million. Many homes have waterfront access to Riviera Bay; others sit on the interior lake. Homeowners association fees cover yard maintenance for all and exteriors and roofing on some homes. Residents can enjoy the community clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, private boat launch, and dock, which also serves as a fishing pier.
If your vision of a perfect Florida life includes privacy and close proximity to natural surroundings you’ll definitely want to visit these two neighborhoods.