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Best Neighborhoods in St. Petersburg for Singles & Young Professionals in 2024

Moving to St. Petersburg? The ‘Burg is the perfect choice for those wanting a city with vibrant art districts, waterfront recreation, amazing museums, and more. Check out the five best neighborhoods in St. Petersburg for singles and young professionals!

Crescent Lake

  • Home Price: $725,000 median purchase price; $3,060 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 20% of Florida cities

Named after Crescent Lake Park in the heart of St. Pete, Crescent Lake is a great neighborhood for young professionals who want to live in a more residential community near Downtown St. Pete. While excitement isn’t far away, Crescent Lake is one of the quieter neighborhoods in the area, making it a desirable home for young families. The neighborhood’s safe, calm streets are lined with Cape Cod, Tudor, and Craftsman-style homes, with businesses and restaurants all along the neighborhood’s borders. Crescent Lake is also highly walkable, meaning you can get in plenty of exercise and time outdoors.

Things to Do in Crescent Lake

Break out your tennis racket for a match at the Huggins Stengel Sports Complex. Take your furry friends to the dog park on the south side of Crescent Lake Park. Visit the oldest living museum in St. Petersburg and stroll through pathways lined with indigenous tropical plants at the St. Pete Sunken Gardens. Join in on fun, heart-pumping group fitness programs at F45. Or check out Contemporary creations from international artists at ARTicles gallery. Sit down for a Bistro Burger, Potato Crusted Snapper, or Duck Confit at The Left Bank Bistro. Stop in for Brunch Sliders or a Twisted Benedict paired with a Bloody Mary at Three Birds Tavern. Get your sushi fix with delicious dishes like Crispy Rice or X-Plosion Nigiri at Hook’s. Or spend the night competing in a billiards tournament while sipping beer or cocktails at The Flamingo Sports Bar.

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Downtown St. Petersburg

  • Home Price: $684,500 median purchase price; $3,229 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 20% of Florida cities

Downtown St. Pete is near all the action with a bustling nightlife, making it one of the best neighborhoods in St. Petersburg for singles and young professionals—plus, it’s easily accessible on foot, so you don’t have to worry about battling traffic! In this Sunshine City area, you’ll find affordable single-family homes, townhomes, apartments, and even luxury high-rise condos available across multiple budgets. If you’re considering higher education, Downtown St. Petersburg is also home to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the downtown branch of St. Petersburg College.

Things to Do in Downtown St. Petersburg

View rotating exhibits of work by surrealist artist Salvador Dalí at the Dali Museum. Catch a show at the American Stage Theatre Company, the Tampa Bay area’s longest-running and most critically-acclaimed theatre company. Don’t miss great live music including concerts, DJs, and other year-round events at Jannus Live. Find a variety of fun things to do in St. Pete, like visiting shops and restaurants, attending outdoor concerts, and more at the St. Pete Pier. Find delicious seafood in St. Pete like East Coast Oysters, Florida Grouper Oscar, and Coconut Shrimp at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House. If you’re looking for a great Italian restaurant in St. Pete, order Stuffed Gnocchi alla Vodka, Trattoria Chicken Parmesan, or Pappardelle Bolognese at BellaBrava. End the night with drinks on the rooftop, like a Frozen Espresso Martini, Blueberry Thyme Collins, Mango Margarita, or Cucumber On Over at the Birchwood Canopy.

Historic Kenwood

  • Home Price: $549,000 median purchase price; $2,143 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 20% of Florida cities

Once given the honor of National Neighborhood of the Year, Historic Kenwood is one of the best neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, FL to call home. This historic neighborhood boasts well-kept Spanish-Revival and Mediterranean-style bungalows and ranches—in addition to desirable rental options like townhomes and apartment complexes. Foodies love the number of great restaurants scattered down 5th Ave and on the outskirts of this safe St. Petersburg neighborhood! Also known for its support of the LGBTQ community, this St. Pete neighborhood is home to the Metro LGBTQ Welcome Center.

Things to Do in Historic Kenwood

Test your accuracy, challenge friends, or even join an axe-throwing league at Hatchet Hangout. Take your furry friend to play and meet other dog owners at Kenwood Dog Park. Check out a variety of colorful glass creations from some of the world’s best glass artists at the Imagine Museum. Walk through galleries of wall art or network with local artists at St. Pete ArtWorks. Start your day with a delicious pastry like a Twisty, Apple Fritter, or E-Clair from Fray’s Donut House. Grab some of the best Mexican food in St. Petersburg like homemade Flautas or Carnitas Tacos at Casita Taqueria. Hang out with your pup and other dog lovers while enjoying some drinks at The Dog Bar. Or get a taste of St. Petersburg nightlife with drinks like a Blood Orange Belgian Ale or one of the 7 Deadly Sins specialty drinks at The Saint speakeasy.

Historic Uptown

Modern Single-Family Home in Historic Uptown, St Petersburg, FL. Photo by Instagram user @spitzerrutland

Photo via @spitzerrutland

  • Home Price: $600,000 median purchase price; $2,544 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 20% of Florida cities

If you want to live in an affordable neighborhood near the beach, check out Historic Uptown! While colorful century-old homes put the “historic” in Historic Uptown, you can also find newly built homes and small apartment buildings in this area. This neighborhood provides a true community feel, thanks in part to an active neighborhood association that puts on popular community events like the Mardi Gras Block Party. Active residents enjoy taking part in the St. Anthony’s Triathlon and particularly appreciate that North Shore Park beach is only five minutes away!

Things to Do in Historic Uptown

Unwind with a walk around the lake or relax in the gazebo at Historic Round Lake Park. Stretch out during one of the yoga classes offered at Sun State Yoga. Sign up for cross-fit training programs or work with a nutritionist at Burg CrossFit. Check out one of the oldest antique bookstores in the United States at Wilson’s Book World. Get your day started right with a Frittata Of The Day or a Scone & Gravy at Uptown Eats. Find great brunch in Downtown St. Pete with an Acai Smoothie Bowl, Breakfast Burrito, or Smashed Avocado Toast at Flatbread & Butter. Expand your palate with Bacalhau Com Queijo Da Serra, Polvo Na Cacarola, or other dishes at Fado Portuguese Cuisine. Or stop by for a Cod Sandwich, a Shrimp Po’Boy, or Fried Oysters at 4th Street Shrimp Store, one of the best seafood restaurants in St. Petersburg!

Old Southeast

An art deco home in Old Southeast, St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by Instagram user @oh_lorelei.

Photo via @oh_lorelei

  • Home Price: $1,125,000 median purchase price; $2,691 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 20% of Florida cities

A great St. Pete neighborhood for the outdoorsy, Old Southeast is a lesser-known gem right off the shore of Tampa Bay, minutes from Lassing Park on the eastern side of the neighborhood. Prospective homeowners and renters can choose from single-family Bungalows and American Foursquare homes on beautiful red brick streets, with well-maintained yards and lush vegetation. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg can be found to the north across the Bayboro Harbor, making this St. Petersburg neighborhood ideal for students and university faculty wanting to live close to campus. Just be sure you don’t take Thrill Hill too quickly on your way in and out of Old Southeast!

Things to Do in Old Southeast

Stroll down the beach, bait some fish, or fly a kite in the 14.2 acres of green space at Lassing Park. Watch a film screening, performance, or browse local artwork at The Studio @ 620. Shoot some hoops, enroll in tennis lessons, or join a league with the St. Petersburg Tennis Center at Bartlett Park. Satisfy your green thumb by growing your own produce at the Old Southeast Community Garden. Check out performances from budding local musicians while enjoying a Beyond Burger or BBQ Pork Sandwich at The Chattaway. Try a Poke Bowl, Sushi Burrito, or Jim’s Banh Mi Sandwich at The Old Southeast Market. Sink your teeth into Southern-style crab, shrimp, or conch dishes at Mini Restaurant. Or chow down on other seafood creations like The Big Catch, Gulf Tacos, or Seafood Chowder at The Big Catch.

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About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.