Where can you find a vibrant, artsy downtown replete with shopping districts, museums, cultural centers, restaurants, nightlife, architecture, major-league sports and beautiful bay views — all within a 15-minute drive to Sunset Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? You guessed it: St. Petersburg, Florida. Cosmopolitan without a shred of big-city stuffiness, downtown St. Petersburg offers housing options that include high-rise condos to waterfront townhomes and more.
Prices in St. Petersburg continue to rise in the wake of an impressive market turnover. Demand is high, as city residents and new transplants are discovering the joys of an urban area that offers a beach-town feel. In fact, CBS News recently cited the Tampa and St. Petersburg area as a sweet-spot city, where residents working in the health care space can find good pay and affordable homes. Low-rise condos, soaring high-rises, single-family waterfront homes, multifamily developments and urban loft properties are among the city’s many housing options.
A day living in downtown St. Petersburg can mean a farmers market in the morning, a Segway tour in the afternoon and a museum event in the evening. Whether you’re strolling to the grocery store, the coffee house, the gallery or one of the city’s many parks, walkability is a major perk here. But don’t forget to rest up for the football, baseball or hockey game the next day. There are three professional teams to see in the area — the Tampa Bay Rays, who call St. Petersburg home, as well as the Lightning and the Buccaneers, who play in nearby Tampa.
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Arts abounds here, from the world-renowned Dali Museum in the Waterfront Arts District to the indie spoils of the Central Arts District. Foodies will find a host of options, and they don’t have to cost a fortune, either. Case in point: the delicious discount eats of the famed Taco Bus, where you can grab two tacos for $6 or a burrito for $8. Craft cocktails can be had throughout the neighborhood, but one of the beautiful things about living in downtown St. Petersburg is that the beach is a quick drive. You can grab a gulf-side martini at the glamorous Loews Don CeSar Hotel and be back downtown for local fare at the FarmTable Kitchen.
Getting Around Outdoors
Although the neighborhood itself is walkable, much of the area (downtown St. Pete especially) is bike-friendly. Coast Bike Share means you don’t even need a bicycle of your own. Pricing starts at $8 per hour for visitors, but residents can find great value in one of the company’s monthly-plan options. The city itself is crisscrossed with bike trails, so this is a fantastic resource to take advantage of. In fact, St. Petersburg is the southern culmination of the 38-mile Pinellas Trail, which stretches all the way to Tarpon Springs in the north end of the county.
Despite the demand for waterfront real estate, St. Petersburg planners have made a smart choice in preserving large portions of land as parks. Residents enjoy the beautiful year-round temps in places like Downtown Waterfront Park and Straub Park, which bookend the Museum of Fine Arts. Both feature recreation trails and stunning bay views.
Downtown St. Petersburg offers cosmopolitan living that’s spitting distance from one of the most sought after strands in the world. Think this might be the place you’re looking to settle? Visit Owners.com, and start the search for your dream home today.
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