History of the Historic Old Northeast

“New England style with tropical sensibility” is how the New York Times described the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood in 2007. Touted as the first residential neighborhood in St. Petersburg, the Old Northeast was developed by Perry Snell and J.C. Hamlett in 1911 from 600 acres of farmland and wilderness north of the growing downtown area.  With the building boom of the early 1900s, the Old Northeast incorporated many architectural styles including Queen Anne, Victorian, Colonial Revival, Spanish Eclectic, Craftsman Bungalow, Prairie, and Mediterranean Revival. Most of the neighborhood building was completed by the 1950’s and 60’s but the majority of the homes especially in the southern portion of the neighborhood were built in the 1920’s and 30’s. Today many of those architectural styles peak out from the canopy of the mature foliage as one turns any corner of the brick-lined neighborhood streets that are ubiquitous in the Old Northeast.

Florida’s west coast typically attracts Midwestern buyers but over the years the Old Northeast Neighborhood has appealed more and more to buyers from the Northeastern seaboard states. A large neighborhood bounded by 5th Avenue North/Northeast to the south, 4th Street North to the west, 30th Avenue North/Northeast to the north, and Coffee Pot Bayou to the east is home to approximately 10,000 residents in 4,000-5,000 residential households. History, architecture and a quiet lifestyle converge in this pocket of the Burg. Strolling through this unique neighborhood is a must do when visiting St. Petersburg. Manatee may often be seen feeding in the shallow waters of Coffee Pot Bayou and porpoises can be seen in Tampa Bay. The Old Northeast boasts the classic Florida outdoor lifestyle with a large public pool, tennis courts, baseball field, bike trails, parks/sidewalks, and a white sand beach.

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