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Where to Retire in Saint Petersburg and Home Prices

St. Pete, aka "The Sunshine City", has many interesting and historic neighborhoods. Some of those include Grand Central, historic Kenwood, Old Northeast, and Roser Park. Many of these desirable neighborhoods and are near the water. There are many active adult communities in St. Pete (see link at left).  . The real estate market has been hot, more than doubling since 2014. Zillow reports the median home value in St. Pete to be  $232,838 in mid- 2020, and calls it a "very Hot" market at this time. The National Association of Realtors pegs the median sale price to be $280,000 in the Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater area during the 3rdquarter of 2020, up over 12% from a year earlier.   Home insurance in this coastal city can be high, with most new homeowners forced into a state pool.

What is Special about Saint Petersburg

St. Pete offers a pleasant lifestyle near the water with many diversions. There are many interesting neighborhoods and attractions. Having 3 colleges in town is a big plus. The St. Petersburg Pier is a big tourist attraction.  The Tampa Bay Rays have their home in St. Pete.

What is Not Special about Saint Petersburg

Certain parts of St. Pete are high crime areas, particularly some of South St. Pete.

Climate and Physical Environment

St. Pete is located on a peninsula running along the southwest part of Tampa Bay. Clearwater is to the north and Tampa to the east. The western part of town is comprised of barrier islands facing the Gulf of Mexico.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Being home to 3 colleges helps the cultural scene in St. Petersburg.  It also has several interesting museums: the Salvador Dali Museum, the Holocaust Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida International Museum, and a Children's Museum. The Mahaffey Theatre Complex, the Arts Center, Palladium Theatre, and Jannus Center are just some of the cultural outlets. The St. Petersburg Pier always has something going on, and throughout the year many festivals are held. If that is not enough, a quick trip across the Bay will turn up many more events in Tampa.

Crime

Crime in Saint Petersburg is much higher than the national average, but differs greatly by neighborhood.

Medical Facilities

There are at least 3 hospitals in St. Pete and many more in nearby Tampa and Clearwater.  Medical specialists of every description abound.

Transportation

Tampa International, a major airport, is close. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority provides bus service. A trolley runs through the downtown district. I 275 runs through St. Pete and connects to the mainland.  Overall, St. Petersburg is average in walkability  and above average for biking. The downtown neighborhoods are considered quite walkable.

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