There are a lot of things to consider when moving to the Tampa Bay area. Affordability, night life, walkability, safety, etc. Maybe you’re thinking of moving from Hillsborough to Pinellas or from out of state and now all that’s left to pick is the area. Well, these are the best neighborhoods in St. Pete, according to locals.

We were browsing on the St. Pete reddit thread the other day when someone was curious about the perks and positive experiences of different neighborhoods in St. Pete. Local redditors weren’t afraid to voice their opinions. What’s nice is it seems like most of the chatter was positive, which is a pretty rare thing to see when talking about how Tampa/St. Pete has changed over the years.

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Why move to St. Pete?

Locals and transplants can find common ground on why Tampa is such a great place to live. There are lots of reasons why people save all year just to visit. The year-round warm weather is a big selling point for those relocating from colder states. We have some of the best beaches in the country, a melting pot of foodie culture, soon to have a stellar baseball stadium and across the bridge we have championship winning sports teams.

Of course, with all major cities, you’ll run into a few cons as well. Many complain about growing homeless population, cost of living, HOA’s among others.

Before we get into the best neighborhoods in St. Pete (according to locals), we need to include these honorary mentions. These are great neighborhoods that a few people pointed out in the reddit thread:

  • St. Pete Beach – the only con here is that it’s so expensive, but what do you expect when you live on the water?
  • Historic Kenwood – again, beautiful neighborhood and it’s centrally located. But unless you’re a multi-millionaire, good luck finding a house.
  • Euclid-St. Paul – great neighborhood for families, bikeable but not walkable.

Here Are The 5 Best Neighborhoods In St. Pete (According To Locals)

  • Jungle Prada

    This was the most common St. Pete neighborhood shouted out on the reddit thread. But not for the reasons you may think. Everyone seems to love this area because of all the peacocks grazing around the lake.

    ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 08: A peafowl crosses a resident's walkway with peachicks on June 8, 2021 in Arcadia, California. Peacocks have recently become a nuisance to some residents in the region where they roam free after a peafowl relocation program was halted during the pandemic. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is preparing a vote on an ordinance that would ban the intentional feeding of any peafowl with a fine of $1000 or up to six months in prison.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Driftwood

    Driftwood, located on Big Bayou just south of 22nd Avenue South. Many homes in the neighborhood were designed during the 1930s-40s and still remain. They have a very tropical features with jungle-like landscaping. We hope they never start to govern the overgrown greenery because that’s what makes the area so special.

  • Old Northeast

    Historic Old Northeast is just a stone throw away to Downtown St. Pete and includes the North Shore Park. It claims to have 3,000 historic buildings within its boundaries. The area also borders Coffee Pot Bay, famous for its resident manatees. Some redditors also mentioned this is the neighborhood to check out during the holidays because they go all out. But again, good luck finding a house that sells less for $1 million in this area.

  • Greater Woodlawn

    Centrally located but not too loud/busy. Residents say there’s more space and larger lots than Old Northeast and Euclid, less expensive than Crescent Heights, no flood zone, and just a 6 minute bike ride to the water and a 10 minute bike ride to northeast park by Vinoy.

  • Historic Roser Park

    This was the first residential subdivision in Downtown St. Pete. It’s filled with a wide variety of architectural styles like Bungalow, Prairie, Foursquare, Craftsman, Mediterranean Revival, Colonial Revival, Neoclassical, and Tudor Revival.

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