Snell Isle is St. Petersburg’s best-known upscale neighborhood, and for good reason. A unique combination of relaxed waterfront living, classic European architecture, and charming history – which is still very much alive on the island – make its 275 acres hard to resist for those looking for a new home in St. Petersburg. Those acres lie in the area bounded by Snell Isle Bridge, Shore Acres Bridge, the shorelines of Eden Isle and Snell Isle Estates, and along 34th Avenue and Locust Street to Coffee Pot Bayou.
The neighborhood contains private homes, ranging in price from $140,000 to $3.5 million, residing alongside quiet apartment communities, two churches, two schools, and an adorable shopping plaza. Many homes on Snell Isle have direct water access, including those on Monterey Blvd., Coffee Pot Blvd., Eden Isle Drive, Bayview Drive, Brightwaters Blvd. near Snell Harbor, Cordova Blvd., and some on Snell Isle Blvd. itself. Residents have easy access to their properties as the neighborhood is not gated, and the close proximity to the water dictates that flood insurance is required.
A mix of 20th century homes and newer construction, Snell Isle can boast that it has manicured lawns, winding, tree-lined streets, and many of its original 1920s homes. Isle architecture is a blend of classic European and Spanish design among the older homes, and 21st century conveniences in new construction.
The neighborhood got its start in 1911 when Kentucky pharmacist C. Perry Snell – for whom the isle is named – moved to St. Petersburg and acquired 600 acres of land along Coffee Pot Bayou. The first homes constructed were nine residences of classic European architecture in Brightwaters Bayou, which Snell decorated with over $1 million in statuary, tiles, and ornaments. Another of Snell’s gifts to his beloved isle is the St. Petersburg Women’s Club, which lies on land donated by Snell in 1928.
Today you can enjoy the fruits of Snell’s vision with a home on Snell Isle. From there you can walk or bike to all of downtown and the waterfront parks in 30 minutes or less, then take a pedalcab or horse-drawn carriage home. Or drive – it’s all just five minutes away!