St Petersburg, Florida has more than 100 neighborhoods within its city limits. The oldest neighborhood downtown is known as the Old Northeast, with
its first homes being built in 1905. In the 1920’s most of the homes built were in the Mediterranean Revival style or as they were advertised back then as
“Spanish Castles” coming in various sizes & painted in a variety of colors. Many of these homes are located on the waterfront making it ideal for boating & fishing. The neighborhood is very eclectic with some red brick streets and an abundance of tropical foliage & trees.
One of the biggest building booms in Florida & St Petersburg, in particular, took place during this period. Some of the buildings included the Vinoy
Park Hotel (opening on New Year’s Eve 1925), the Municipal Pier (rebuilt in 1926), the St Petersburg Yacht Club (1917) and the Coliseum (1924). The New
York Yankees moved their spring training to St Pete in 1925 and so Babe Ruth spent 10 springs living & playing here. Babe Ruth lived at several hotels
& homes in the Old Northeast, including a 1928 built 7800 sq ft beautiful waterfront Italian-style estate. Both he & Lou Gehrig lived in the Flori-de-Leon, a co-op built in 1925, but, of course, Ruth rented the penthouse.
The Old Northeast is within walking distance to parks, including the Palm Arboretum, the water front, the Vinoy Park Hotel, the Municipal Pier,
several museums including the Chihuly, Fine Arts & Dali. A variety of excellent restaurants & shops dot the palm tree lined street overlooking the yacht basin and tree filled park.
Today, there more than 4,000 homes with the prices starting at $80,000 for a 900 sq ft short sale bungalow to $2 million for a 6000 sq ft on the water. It is still one of the most desirable areas in St Petersburg. The people living there are very active in the community and display some of the
best Halloween & holiday decorations in the Tampa Bay area.