St. Pete’s ‘Old Northeast’ named best neighborhood in Florida

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The place of my birth — Old Northeast, St. Petersburg, Florida — is now getting national attention from This Old House magazine, recognizing it as “the best old-house neighborhood in Florida.” I agree.

From Spanish-inspired 1920s architecture to quaint bungalows and craftsman-style homes—some complete with wrap-around porches—many local historic homes have been preserved, upgraded and remodeled to modern-day standards while maintaining their timeless charm. All this work and charm has not gone unnoticed.

You can wind through the beautiful streets of Snell Isle and gawk at the majestic homes along Coffee Pot Bayou while traveling along old-style brick roads, and it is obvious to see what the magazine’s judges found so alluring about this spot.

In addition to Old Northeast being the best old-house neighborhood in Florida, This Old House also named it the sixth best in the country and the best neighborhood for gardening.

Personally knowing many gifted gardeners in town along with many home-owners who pay top dollar for professional gardeners to keep their curb-side appeal stellar, this is no surprise to this native St. Petersburg-ian.

This Old House reported of the neighborhood, “[This is] the kind of lush, tropical landscape that put the Sunshine State on the map.”

According to an article posted on, “The magazine featured 61 neighborhoods, including 10 in Canada, in its list. It considered such criteria as architectural diversity, craftsmanship of the homes and preservation momentum, as well as safety, community and walkability.”

Additionally, the neighborhood, of course, is enhanced by all of those things that make St. Petersburg such a great city overall. This includes its exceptional museums, such as the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts and the Salvador Dali, entertainment venues like the Mahaffey Theatre and St. Petersburg College’s Palladium, and a thriving downtown complete with great restaurants, galleries and shops along with events such as First Night, First Fridays, and many food, art and music festivals. There is no doubt that Old Northeast neighborhood residents are never lacking in things to do.

Thank you, Old Northeast residents, for making your community one of the best in the nation and helping to promote St. Petersburg as the great city it is.

Via Daphne Street.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.