All About St Petersburg

Dated: 12/08/2016

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Sprawling out into the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s West Coast is St. Petersburg, connected by land only north to Clearwater and surrounded by water everywhere else. It makes for an impressive arrival as you take in the view from the highest span of the spectacular Sunshine Skyway, named one of the World’s Top 10 Bridges by The Travel Channel or drive on bridges from Tampa that seem to barely skim the waves.

Long ago known as a place where people from the Midwest came to retire, St. Petersburg and its lively beaches have evolved to a vibrant, artistic, and fun place to live, work, study and retire. In fact, Lonely Planet calls it “Tampa’s more arty and youthful sibling…” Most recently, Tampa Bay Business Journal reported that St. Petersburg has been named to Money magazine’s list of Best Places to Retire.

“The city was praised along with nine other U.S. cities for being affordable, offering access to cultural events, beaches and other activities in addition to close proximity to world-class health care.” Well, my work here is done, but read on to learn more about this wonderful place to live.

Downtown St. Petersburg has experienced an astonishing makeover that turned sleepy streets into colorful avenues of bustling outdoor cafes and new restaurants, boutique hotels, art galleries and storefronts under residential lofts and alongside condominium towers with waterfront views.

From charming beach communities of low-rise condominiums and townhomes, to single-family homes lining canals, to lakefront multi-family developments, St. Petersburg has plenty of waterfront land to enjoy.

Residents love unlimited beach access, lots of boat launches, fishing docks, and lush spacious parks (count ‘em—over 150) that have been designated to remain parks, even those along the valuable waterfront. High fives to members of the Garden Club of St. Petersburg who work their green thumbs to keep St. Petersburg beautiful, fulfilling the club’s mission from the year 1928 still today: “The protection of the beauty given us by nature and creation of new beauty is a noble aim for any organization. We ask your cooperation in fulfilling our aims for St. Petersburg.” In 1961 the City of St. Petersburg formed the City Beautiful Commission to assist and promote the beautification of St. Petersburg and it shows.

St. Petersburg offers a slower pace than most metropolitan cities of comparable size, yet plenty of outdoor sports, including major league baseball, NFL and NHL teams for spectators and cultural offerings so you can be as busy or relaxed as you want to be. Roads are wider and less congested making for a pleasant Sunday afternoon drive. Full-time residents numbering about 250,000 are friendly and eager to serve. The city originated as a resort destination and that environment of southern hospitality continues today.

Combine smiling faces with sun and water and you, too, will blossom in St. Pete, also affectionately known as The Burg.

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Sonny Hotchkiss - Team Lead

As a native of St. Petersburg, Sonny has an intimate knowledge of the Bay Area. He attended University of Florida where he received a BS in Business Administration. Sonny has been working in real est....

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