You may have seen the Living Local series videos of local neighborhoods pop up on Facebook in the past year or so. The city commissioned professional videographers to create candid videos of local neighborhoods, interviewing residents and providing a quick snapshot of the super local culture in these areas. What I also noticed is that these videos are really well done but don’t get the attention they deserve! Our website is one of the first sites to pop up when you search for neighborhoods in St. Pete so I figured it would be great for us to feature these videos and give our opinion on these neighborhoods as well. The neighborhood residents in these videos briefly touch on what makes their area special to them and I will also be expanding on their opinions from my point of view.
8. The Historic Homes
The vast majority of homes in St. Pete were built in either the 1920’s or 1950’s. Most times you’ll notice that many of the homes in a neighborhood were built around the same time period. Euclid/St. Paul actually has a pretty eclectic mix of homes built between the 1920’s and 1950’s. This variety of home styles makes this neighborhood special. I used to live in the Woodlawn neighborhood right next to Euclid/St. Paul and I’d often ride my bike through the area. I remember always noticing this house pictured above and loving it’s style. This area is the opposite of a cookie cutter neighborhood – You’ll be able to buy a unique home and appreciate all the other interesting homes in the area.
7. Brick Roads
One of the things that really adds charm to this neighborhood and St. Pete in general is the brick roads throughout the city. It’s pretty amazing when you think about how all of these bricks were laid by hand back in the day. Unlike regular asphalt or concrete roads, these brick streets have lasted over a century now with very limited signs of deterioration. It took them 4 years to lay these brick roads between 1909 and 1913. The only downside is that some of these roads are very uneven from cars driving over them for so long. The silver lining here is that you more than likely won’t see anyone speed through your neighborhood unless they want to tear up the bottom of their car.
6. Non-Flood Zone
Being in a flood zone may become a bigger issue as flood insurance loses it’s government subsidies. A flood insurance policy already can double your yearly insurance premiums however they are still currently subsidized by the government to keep the costs down for the public. What happens when these subsidies run out? You may end up paying a lot more for insurance than you originally thought. Luckily Euclid / St. Paul is at one of the highest elevations in Pinellas County. As we found out in 2017, it’s pretty unsettling when a major hurricane is coming in our direction. Living at a higher elevation can mitigate the potential damage from a major storm coming through. I always recommend buying a block construction home in a non-flood zone. This keeps insurance and maintenance costs down and minimizes your chances of devastation during a major storm.
I mentioned earlier that I used to bike through this neighborhood when I first moved here. I didn’t know anyone when I first moved here so I would routinely jump on my bike and go explore. Euclid/ St. Paul was the first historic neighborhood I experienced. I had moved from the Florida Panhandle which was very bland, mostly neighborhoods with new construction homes and trailers mixed together. It was a city that consisted of a huge military base, tourism attractions and basically all the corporate owned franchises that cater to these transient populations. There was not any shaded, brick lined, peaceful historic neighborhoods like this. I would always start my bike ride by crossing the road from my Woodlawn apartment and entering this gorgeous neighborhood.
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4. Proximity To Crescent Lake & Woodlawn Park
The city of St. Pete put’s a lot of work into maintaining it’s many parks. We have a lot of green space in this city and it really adds to the overall quality of life that residents here experience. I used to live just north of Woodlawn park which I would jog around and sometimes play softball at. This park was nice to live next to when I was in the mood for a quick jog however if I had a little bit more time I would prefer to go down the street to Crescent Lake. There’s something nice about being right next to water and wild life when you go walk your dog or go for a run. There is also a nice dog park, tennis courts and a couple of baseball diamonds that are used by local leagues. I would love to see them put two things in this park to make it better – volleyball courts and a public bathroom.
3. Proximity To Downtown St. Pete
Downtown St. Pete at night
It is really nice to be close enough to Downtown that you can choose whether you want to drive, bike or walk there. The weather will most likely determine which mode of transportation you end up using. In the summertime you will most likely be soaked by the time you walk to Downtown whether it’s from the summer storms or the heat and humidity. However you choose to get there, you’ll be happy that you did once you’re downtown. What is better than being able to live in a peaceful neighborhood while also living down the street from a bustling mini-metropolis? I truly believe that living in a quiet neighborhood close to Downtown is the best of both worlds.
2. Local Shops on Martin Luther King Street
There are some really great local cafes, restaurants, fitness centers, grocery stores and more right along MLK street. The business district on MLK is often overshadowed by the dense amount of commercial businesses on 4th street. I enjoy this part of MLK because the establishments here are a little less busy and a little more relaxed. Banyan Cafe for example is an amazing little cafe serving made to order breakfast food and coffee with a relaxed environment. I sometimes stop by here to sit at the counter, get a cup of coffee and do work on my laptop. Trip’s Diner right up the road is definitely a more popular spot with a line always out the door. The wait is definitely worth it because their breakfast food is top notch. Although there is most always a line, their restaurant is run like a well oiled machine with plenty of wait staff to attend to all customers quickly. I’ve been here more than a few times the morning after a night on the town.
If you’re looking for groceries, Rollin’ Oats is a great place to shop for organic food and other naturally made products. They also have a food bar in the back where you can pick out a few different things and then have a seat on their back patio to enjoy your lunch. St. Pete Yoga is also located in the same building right above this grocery store. As 4th street becomes overcrowded with new businesses, I believe MLK (which is 9th street) will be the next frontier for commercial development. This could be great for local business owners. I just hope they keep zoning regulations to only allow local businesses rather than chains and franchises so this area maintains it’s charm.
1. The Proximity to I-275
If you commute to work it’s pretty important to be close to the main highway that connects most of Pinellas County to Tampa and the Sarasota area. I-275 is the only interstate in Pinellas County which runs North and South connecting Downtown St. Pete to Tampa to the north and the Sarasota/Bradenton area to the south.
Euclid St. Paul is a quiet neighborhood that has maintained it’s historical charm. Unlike some other historic neighborhoods closer to Downtown, this area is not quite as established yet. You can buy a very nice renovated home, or you can find a house that needs work. This will always be a desirable place to live considering it’s proximity to everything in St. Pete, it’s historic nature and it’s high elevation.