Seminole, Florida is a desirable community located on the western side of Pinellas County minutes away from some of the top beaches in the world.
The city of Seminole has always lived in the shadow of bigger cities like Clearwater/Clearwater Beach and St. Petersburg. It makes a lot of sense that it could be easily dismissed as it only covers a little over 5 square miles of land.
In this article I’m going to give you the inside scoop on Seminole and the nicest neighborhoods in this amazing city I call home.
That’s right… I own a home in this city and it’s one of the best choices I’ve made. You see, over the years I’ve lived here I’ve discovered how to get the most out of residing in a destination millions of people visit every year.
The secret is to explore! I moved here in 2010 and I’ve barely scratched the surface on experiencing all the different events, venues, and activities our area has to offer. What I love about Seminole is the central location. I’m about 10 minutes away from the beach and I can reach every city in Pinellas County in around 30-40 minutes.
While other cities all have their advantages, you may be less inclined to make a trip if it’s going to take you an hour getting through traffic to drive from one end of the county to the other.
Let’s go ahead and dive into some of the nicest neighborhoods in Seminole, FL. If you want to learn even more about the city of Seminole check out the Ultimate Seminole, FL Real Estate Guide I wrote.
Before I start listing off neighborhoods I want to give you a little insight into how this list is prepared. I don’t just pick the most expensive neighborhoods or the cheapest.
The focus of the list is to give you what I believe are the nicest neighborhoods in Seminole, Florida for the dollar. As you read this article it will be divided into categories based on price ranges for the year 2020.
I understand that everyone is not working with the same budget so I wanted to make sure you are able to get the most out of this read by dividing it into those categories.
While you read this, if you see a neighborhood or features that you are attracted to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to help!
The city of Seminole is full of amazing neighborhoods that won’t make this list so don’t feel limited by these recommendations as we can always help you find similar style neighborhoods.
Without further adieu let’s jump into the Top 5 Nicest Neighborhoods in beautiful Seminole, FL! The list will be ordered from the neighborhoods that have the most expensive homes to the least expensive.
5. Thurston Groves (Average price: $750,000 – $1,000,000)
Thurston Groves is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Seminole, FL. It also has the best looking neighborhood sign in the city. If you are moving from out of state this is a nice way to show off that you are living in Florida and aren’t coming back.
The orange grove sign gets it’s inspiration from the history of the neighborhood. Originally the site of one of the largest remaining orange groves in Pinellas County, a developer by the name of Bruce Hall purchased and developed the land in 2001. Bruce has really good taste and helped create a 38 acre neighborhood site that is in one of the best locations in Seminole.
While Thurston Groves is certainly more expensive than the average neighborhood, it’s not the most expensive subdivision in Seminole and it’s not even close to the most expensive in Pinellas County.
You receive a generous amount of home for the dollar compared to other cities in the Tampa Bay area. The average home layout ranges from 3,000 to 5,000 heated square feet.
If you like the idea of owning a pool you’ll be glad to know that many of the homes in Thurston Groves have in-ground swimming pools.
If you are looking for a more modern look, you’ll really appreciate living in Thurston Groves. Homes in this neighborhood were built in the early 2000’s all the way to present day. These executive luxury homes feature contemporary influences and St Augustine inspired architecture.
According to the FEMA Flood Maps the homes are listed in a Non-flood zone. Some of the homes even have water views in their back yard facing a pond called Thurston Lake by the residents.
Thurston Groves is considered to be an immaculate prestigious community. It’s close to parks, the Pinellas trail, Seminole City Center (a popular outdoor mall in our area), the Gulf beaches, and Country Day Montessori Schools.
The neighborhood is governed by a Home Owners Association with deed restrictions. If you want to find out more information on their governing documents annual hoa/deed restrictions check out their website.
4. West Ridge (Average Price: $600,000 – $650,000)
West Ridge is the smallest neighborhood on the list with only 14 homes in the entire subdivision. Located off of Ridge Road, this tiny subdivision features newer construction homes built in 2014 and 2015.
While new construction is available in Pinellas County, it tends to be on the rarer side especially in Seminole. Often times subdivisions that are built past 2010 don’t get the best of options for locations. West Ridge in my opinion is the exception to this rule.
I live on the other side of Ridge Road in a neighborhood called Ridgewood Groves (another neighborhood featured on my list). One of the advantages of living off Ridge Road is you aren’t dealing with nearly the amount of traffic you would deal with if you were on or right off 113th Street or Seminole Boulevard.
The block construction homes in this neighborhood average 2600 to 3500 heated square feet. Depending on the home they range from 3 bedrooms to 5 bedrooms.
It is an HOA/Deed-Restricted community so there will be some bylaws you’ll want to get familiar with. Some of the residences have pools while others do not.
One of the things I love about this neighborhood is how convenient it is to everything. You could walk to Seminole City Center mall, there are tennis courts less than 3 miles away located at Seminole Tennis Club Park and there’s a really nice park called Seminole City Park that’s a few minutes away down Ridge Road.
This exclusive enclave was developed by Gulfwind Homes which has a really good reputation in the area. The homes are not in a flood zone and each home has a lot size that averages a fifth (.20) to a quarter (.25) of an acre.
Another great part of living in this neighborhood is you’ll pick up on being very close to many community events. You can walk into the back entrance of The Seminole Rec Center which is less than a mile away and also enjoy the many events hosted every year. One of the best ones is the Seminole Pow Wow Festival and Parade which is the oldest and largest event in Seminole.
It’s very much like the fair and not only can you watch the parade walking from your house but you can also easily walk to and from the festival from your home. My family and I did this the past few years and we have really enjoyed the festivities and how it brings the community together.
So if you want a newer home that’s in a small quaint neighborhood with easy access to events, the beaches, the mall, and so much more, West Ridge might be the perfect neighborhood for you!
3. Crossing At The Narrows (Average Price: $450,000 – $600,000)
If you are looking for a serene and quiet neighborhood that has easy access to the beach, Crossing At The Narrows may be your next neighborhood! What I really love about this Seminole neighborhood is there are a variety of custom built homes. Most of the homes in this neighborhood will have flood insurance however in most cases they aren’t as pricey as insurance rates on the beach and some of the homes are even built on stilts to further reduce premiums.
Homes range from being built in the mid 1980’s to late 1990’s with an average of 1,900 to 3,500 heated square feet. There are many executive style homes that have large garages and every home in the neighborhood is a 5 to 10 minute walk over the bridge to Indian Shores or Redington Shores.
There are sidewalks outside of the neighborhood that will help you cross the bridge to the beaches and the streets of the neighborhood are heavily lined with trees offering nice shade for walks or bike rides.
Some of the homes even have views of acres of mangroves and can see the water in the distance from their backyard. If you are looking for a non-HOA peaceful neighborhood, this subdivision might be the best match!
2. Boca Ciega Ridge (Average Price: $300,000 – $450,000)
I was first introduced to Boca Ciega Ridge when I helped some friends of mine from Rochester, NY purchase their home there. They even own the neighborhood sign in their yard which I thought was pretty cool!
The neighborhood is right near a community of schools including Bauder Elementary, Seminole Middle School, Seminole High School, and Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School.
When we first started looking in that area we would run into people that lived in the community and ask them questions. I’ll never forget running into someone that had a young daughter that went to Bauder Elementary. He really liked the school and he was proud that he could walk his daughter to and from school without having to take a car.
Boca Ciega Ridge is a large neighborhood south of 86th Avenue North that has 100’s of homes. Some sections of the neighborhood have sidewalks where some do not depending on where you are located.
One thing I gathered from touring homes there and visiting my friends is the neighborhood is extremely walkable. You don’t have a lot of traffic other than from residents that live there which is nice especially if you have kids like me.
Most of the homes were built in the early 1950’s all the way to 1981. The average heated square feet ranges from 1,000 to 2,800 sqft.
Homes are typically 2 to 4 bedrooms but there have been a few 5 and 6 bedrooms that have popped up. Most of the properties are single-story ranch-style homes but there are some 2 story homes located there as well.
So why might Boca Ciega Ridge be a good fit for you? If you like the idea of living in an affordable home a couple miles from the beaches, close to nice schools and having easy access to restaurants and shopping at Seminole City Center and other outlets.
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1. Ridgewood Groves (Average Price: $200,000 – $300,000)
Ridgewood Groves is the neighborhood I live in. I wrote a blog post about it in 2018 as one of the best upcoming neighborhoods in Seminole. I still hold that belief today.
Here’s why: Ridgewood Groves is located directly across 113th Street to the west of Seminole City Center. A lot of the value of this neighborhood has been driven by the construction and prosperity of this trendy outdoor mall.
What’s great is the mall is still young, just a few years old as of 2020 and all the storefronts haven’t been filled. Some businesses will make it and some won’t but getting first row seats to new places we can literally walk across the street to is pretty nice.
Other driving forces are easy access to several of Seminole’s best features. You can walk or ride your bike to Seminole Recreation Center which has both adult and youth programs with a wide variety of activities from athletics – Swimming, Soccer, Basketball, Archery, and more! On top of that they host lots of events for the community so it’s nice to not need to always drive to get to the action.
On top of that you are only 5-10 minutes from the beaches. Ridgewood Groves has gone through periods of rehabs where flippers have come in and updated properties.
That has helped bring up neighborhood value and provided the blueprint for others to renovate their own homes. The vast majority of the properties are single family ranch-style homes but you may see a few 2 stories that have constructed additions.
Many of the homes in this neighborhood were built in the 1950’s and 1960s but there are a few that were constructed in the 1970’s through 1990’s. Heated square footage on average ranges from 800-3,200 square with the average being 1,000-1,500 sqft.
Homes range from 2 to 4 bedrooms and while the neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, the city has installed speed bumps along the roads to deter fast moving traffic.
Ridgewood Groves residents also live next to the greatest grocery store in the world – PUBLIX, and that’s worth it’s weight in gold OR chicken tender subs.
Seminole is a really great area to live and I’ve had the pleasure of introducing a lot of my clients to all the benefits of our small town. Seminole has many great neighborhoods that didn’t make this list so here a few other bonus areas to consider.
BONUS SEMINOLE NEIGHOBORHOODS:
Whispering Pines Forest – (Average Price: $400,000 – $550,000) – If you are looking for a Northern-Feel in Pinellas County, this neighborhood is a hidden gem featuring many 2 story and 3 story homes. The neighborhood is peaceful and quaint with great walkability.
Bay Haven – (Average Price: $300,000 – $650,000) – Located next to the Intracoastal Waterway, residents can easily access the bridge and walk right over to the beach.
Seminole Grove Estates – (Average Price: $200,000 – $450,000) – Many of these 1970’s and 1980’s ranch style homes are open concept with easy access to great schools.
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