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Best Neighborhoods in St. Pete Everyone Should Know About-But Doesn’t

Best Neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, Fl

St. Petersburg, Fla. made The New York Times list of top 52 destinations in the world to see in 2014, and Tbo.com reported that St. Pete is gaining global fame as a hip destination.  The city is vibrant with restaurants, quaint shopping, and cultural events almost every day of the week. Home buyers are now looking south of Downtown St. Pete as prices have become out of reach for many in the heart of downtown.

There are many neighborhoods just south of Downtown that are still affordable, yet, most people have never heard of them.  Banyan Bay Townhomes are located in the small community of Bayou Highlands. The neighborhood is in one of the best locations, only 5 minutes from Downtown St. Pete and just steps from the historic neighborhood called the “Pink Streets.”

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What makes this unique waterfront community one of St. Petersburg’s best neighborhoods?

Let’s start with a little history. The land that makes up this waterfront enclave of townhomes was once owned by a famous Banker, Hubert Rutland. He and his family purchased the property in the 1930’s and lived there for about 50 years. The original Rutland mansion is 10,000 sf and was situated on 14 acres of waterfront land . In 2005 D.R. Horton built Banyan Bay Townhomes which is now located on 10 acres of the original parcel overlooking Little Bayou.

There are literally dozens of Banyan trees surrounding this majestic property.  These enormous historical Banyan trees are not only breathtaking, they also represent eternal life and are considered sacred in many cultures.

BEST NEIGHBORHOODS ST. PETERSBURG, FLOn the opposite side of this luxury gated development, there’s a 1.7 acre conservation area, as well as, Lake Vista Park. Other nearby parks include Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, The Nation’s Best State Park and beach- Fort DeSoto 10 minutes away, Top-rated St. Pete Beach 10 minutes away, Maximo Park and Boat Marina 5 minutes.

The Spanish-style homes – 27 duplex units – have barrel-tile roofs, stucco exteriors, two-car garages, covered lanais, and balconies. Every unit is an end-unit! Unique features of this unit include: One of the best and largest back yards, extra long paver driveway, hardwood flooring on first floor and custom blinds.  The community has a first come boat slip available for short-term docking. Why pay an extra 100k for a deeded slip? Have a kayak? There’s even free kayak storage on site! Community has recently been painted and meticulously maintained.

Come see what you’ve been missing and what you can get for the money by exploring one of St. Pete’s best neighborhoods! Schedule your appointment today!

Here’s a list of Downtown St. Petersburg homes, condos and townhomes for sale.

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Written by Rae Catanese, Realtor

Licensed Realtor since 2002, Tampa Bay’s own Rae Catanese regularly gives expert advice and insider tips about the Tampa Bay real estate market via her blog, The Tampa Real Estate Insider. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater areas-then this blog is for you. I typically post articles once a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe here! Have a real estate question? Email me here!

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