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, check it out!
8. The Old Southeast Market
What better way to tie a neighborhood together than to have a locally owned neighborhood market right in the center of it? The Old Southeast Market is a one of a kind place. You can stop in for a bottle of wine, a made to order sandwich, snacks and more.
What makes it interesting is that this market also holds events such as yoga and game nights. What better way to meet your neighbors? Be sure to check out their website here for more information or better yet stop in and say hello.
7. The Old Southeast Community Garden
Did you know gardening is good for your mental health? How great is it that a plot of land is allocated for locals to lease garden space in the Old Southeast neighborhood?
Old Southeast’s sister neighborhood Old Northeast actually has one of these community gardens as well. When I was out taking pictures I met a gentleman tending to the garden and he was more than happy to tell me all about it. This guy was so happy it inspired me to start my own garden. I had heard about the relaxing nature of growing your own garden but I was seeing it first hand learning from this gentleman.
A community garden offers locals to have a shared hobby and become friends. You can share gardening tips, learn from others and maybe barter some fruits for vegetables when harvest season comes. The Old Southeast Community Garden overlooks beautiful Lassing Park.
6. Lassing Park
Lassing Park is another reason to live in Old Southeast. What’s interesting about Lassing is it’s a huge 14 acre waterfront park but it’s not nearly as busy as the waterfront parks you find near Downtown and Old Northeast.
It’s the perfect place to come for a casual stroll, launch a kayak, have a picnic, play some frisbee or really any sort of outdoor activity that requires plenty of space and a beautiful view.
Chattaways is also a one of a kind place that really adds a special touch to this neighborhood. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see a corner property lined with antique bathtubs, which are filled with plants. Turn into the parking lot and you’ll see that the east facing perimeter consists of a music stage, a koi pond and this bridge pictured above which leads into the expansive outdoor patio.
The majority of this restaurant is patio seating. The patio was hand laid by the original owner and it is amazingly complex and impressive, especially when you take into consideration that this was the work of one man.
The food is pretty good too. You’ll find a mix of American and British style entrees. If you ever just have the urge to enjoy some good food and a beer on a nice patio, come check this place out. Also worth noting – they have live music every Sunday night.
OK, Driftwood is technically it’s own neighborhood but it’s many times lumped together with the rest of the Old Southeast area. If you happen to be in the Old Southeast area, it is worth taking a trip through this neighborhood to see what it’s all about.
As you pass underneath the Driftwood sign, you’ll notice a drastic change in the general atmosphere. The temperature drops, the roads get narrower and the vegetation gets thicker. You will feel like you’re in a subtropical jungle where homes happened to be built, but if you look closer you’ll notice that a lot of this vegetation is purposefully landscaped.
3. Proximity To Downtown St. Pete
You’ll notice on this map how close Old Southeast is to Downtown. It’s less than a half mile south with a buffer of marinas and industrial areas in between. This neighborhood is popular for USFSP students who need a place to live but aren’t able to pay the Downtown prices.
It’s a great place to buy both a personal home for yourself or an investment property to rent out to students and other folks that love this area, which brings me to my next point.
2. Homes Zoned For Multi-Family Use
A home zoned legally for multi-family use is typically a duplex, triplex, quadplex or a home that has a rental unit in the back. What better way to supplement your mortgage payment than to have a legal rental unit on your property? You’ll notice this home pictured above has an extra residence above the garage. This is a legal rental unit with a separate entrance.
For whatever reason some neighborhoods have a higher concentration of homes that are zoned for multi-family use. Old Southeast is one of these neighborhoods. You will always have a solid pool of potential renters if you buy an income property here. This is because it’s so close to Downtown but the cost of living right downtown is significantly higher.
1. Thrill Hill!
Thrill Hill is a local treasure. You’ll see it show up on google maps, you’ll see it on bumper stickers, it even has it’s own Facebook Page. So what is it? Thrill Hill is a small but steep overpass that allows cars to travel over a narrow creek. It’s an exhilarating experience even when you drive over it at the speed limit.
If you hit it going any faster, you may get airborne and damage your car. This picture above gives you an idea of what it feels like to hit Thrill Hill at more than 30 mph. You will know you entered The Old Southeast neighborhood from Downtown once you go over Thrill Hill.
Old Southeast is a beautiful and many times overlooked neighborhood. Beautiful, serene, community oriented, and quaint are all words I would use to describe this area. Take one drive or bike ride through and you will realize how charming this area really is. Have any questions about the area? Feel free to reach out to us below or you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text me at 727-307-1111