Old Northeast

Dated: 03/27/2017

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Old Northeast has long been considered one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods for year-round residents,, but it is desired by empty nesters and semiretired buyers who see it as a good investment.

Old Northeast runs from Fifth to 30th Avenues and Fourth Street to Tampa Bay. Created in 1911 by the land developers C. Perry Snell and J. C. Hamlett, the neighborhood features mostly single-family houses in a range of styles like colonial revival, Mediterranean and Craftsman-style bungalows.

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The lay of the land

With Tampa Bay, and the adjacent North Shore Park at neighborhood’s eastern border, Old Northeast appeals to joggers, bikers and dog walkers.

The tightly knit community has the reputation for playing by its own rules — closing off roads for a street hockey game or a block party, and especially at Halloween.

With its eclectic architecture, brick streets, picket fences and lush foliage, the neighborhood offers an odd blend of New England style and tropical sensibility. Despite its residential nature, it is just north of St. Petersburg’s downtown, making it convenient to the city’s booming cultural and entertainment scene. It also offers easy access for out-of-towners, since it is just 20 minutes from Tampa International Airport

Real Estate

With the prices on the most luxurious new condominiums downtown climbing as high as $6 million, properties in Old Northeast, and the more exclusive Snell Isle just across Coffee Pot Bayou, could still be considered relative bargains. Bungalow-style houses in the southern end of the district can list for as low as $400,000. More typical is a 1925 Mediterranean-style stucco house with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms listed at $774,900.

The more expensive houses are found on and near Beach Drive and Coffee Pot Boulevard or on Snell Isle, where a much photographed house, a 4,500-square-foot Spanish-style house built in 1928, is on the market for $3.35 million.

The lot sizes here are relatively small, either 60 feet by 110 feet or 50 feet by 127 feet. From bungalows to two-story homes, the average house size ranges from 1,800 to 2,400 square feet. Scattered among the older homes is a small selection of condominiums, from studio and one-bedroom apartments in renovated older buildings

POPULATION About 7,800 residents live in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood, according to the city. St. Petersburg’s overall population is estimated at about 249,000 by the Census Bureau.

SIZE About 700 acres, according to the city.

WHO’S BUYING Unlike much of Florida’s west coast, which traditionally draws from the Midwest, St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast tends to attract buyers from the Northeast. The neighborhood also draws buyers from the Carolinas, Atlanta and other cities in Florida.

Thanks to the New York times for the information about this sweet St Pete neighborhood. 

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