St. Petersburg Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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In 1875, General John Williams of Detroit bought 2,500 acres on Tampa Bay. In his mind's eye was a grand city with graceful parks and broad streets, which are indeed the trademark of today's city. Thirteen years later, on June 8, 1888, the railroad arrived. Carrying one passenger (a shoe salesman from Savannah), the Orange Belt Railway steamed into the city, which Demens named after his birthplace in Russia.

In 1924, the state's first big growth boom led to the opening of the Gandy Bridge. The bridge cut travel time to Tampa by more than half. St. Petersburg was poised to become Pinellas County's largest city, and a mecca for sun lovers, young and old alike. The list of attractions in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area is renowned and long.

From gulf fishing adventures to championship golf to the Dali Museum, from the performing arts at the Mahaffey Theater to spectator sports at Tropicana Field, there is almost no limit to the social and cultural amenities of the region. For the outdoor enthusiast and nature lover, there are the botanical sunken gardens, the city's oldest living museum, now more than 100 years old. Birdwatchers and sailing enthusiasts, those who don't live in St. Petersburg year round, return season after season for the sparkling Gulf waters and sightings of bald eagle, great herons, ospreys, and hundreds of other species.

Real Estate in St. Petersburg

Finding property in St. Petersburg's neighborhoods and the surrounding communities is a challenge, however. From Pinellas Point on Tampa Bay to Isla de Sol to Ponce de Leon and beyond, they each offer a slightly different character but the same warm sunshine, tree-lined streets, and welcoming hospitality. The first step is to find a local realtor, sit down and work through a wish list and a must-have list. You'll find properties ranging from $90,000 to well over $1 million for a two or three bedrooms, whether condominium, townhouse, or single-family home.

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