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Best Neighborhoods in St. Petersburg for Singles & Young Professionals

Thinking of moving to St. Petersburg? The Sunshine City has plenty to offer, including vibrant art districts, waterfront recreation, and amazing museums—not to mention it’s one of the best cities for job seekers in 2021. Take a look at the five best neighborhoods in St. Pete for singles and young professionals!

Crescent Lake

  • Home Price: $470,000 median purchase price; $2,412 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 21% of Florida cities

Named after Crescent Lake Park in Central St. Pete, Crescent Lake is a great neighborhood for young professionals who want to live in a more residential area near downtown. 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 working on the east side of the city. The calm streets are lined with Cape Cod and Craftsman-style homes, while businesses and restaurants can be found around the border of this St. Petersburg neighborhood. Need to go downtown? Crescent Lake is just a five-minute drive away!

Things to Do in Crescent Lake

Play some tennis at the Huggins Stengel Sports Complex, or take the dogs 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 Sunken Gardens. Join in on the fun with the group fitness programs at F45. 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. Get sushi in St. Petersburg at Hook’s, and be sure to try the Crispy Rice and X-Plosion Nigiri. Stop for brunch at Three Birds Tavern, where you can order Brunch Sliders or a Twisted Benedict paired with a Bloody Mary. Spend the night competing in a billiards tournament and enjoy some of your favorite drinks at The Flamingo Sports Bar.

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Historic Kenwood

  • Home Price: $397,450 median purchase price; $1,707 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 21% of Florida cities

Named the National Neighborhood of the Year, Historic Kenwood located in the middle of St. Pete is a neighborhood anyone would be proud to call home. As one of the most historic neighborhoods in the region, it boasts well-kept bungalows and other home styles outlined by brick streets. There are also plenty of desirable rental options—including stylish townhomes and larger apartment complexes—that make Historic Kenwood an amazing place for singles and young professionals to live. This gay-friendly St. Pete neighborhood is also known for its active association with the LGBTQ community and houses the Metro LGBTQ Welcome Center and several gay-owned businesses. Plus, foodies will love the number of great restaurants scattered down 5th Ave and on the outskirts of this safe St. Petersburg neighborhood!

Things to Do in Historic Kenwood

Test your accuracy, challenge some 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 and amazing showcases for some of the world’s best glass artists at Imagine Museum. Walk through galleries of wall art and talk to the local artist behind the creations at St. Pete ArtWorks. Start your day with a delicious pastry like a Twisty, Apple Fritter, or E-Clair from Fray’s Donut House. Feast on some great BBQ plates like Slow Smoked Pulled Pork while enjoying craft alcohol creations like a Bourbon Sidecar at Urban Brew & BBQ. Grab some Mexican food in St. Petersburg at Casita Taqueria, where you can order homemade Flautas or Carnitas Tacos. Hang out with your pup and other dog lovers while enjoying some drinks at The Dog Bar.

Historic Uptown

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

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  • Home Price: $380,000 median purchase price; $2,042 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 21% of Florida cities

Want to live in an affordable neighborhood near the beach? Check out Historic Uptown! While some of the century-old homes put the “historic” in Historic Uptown, colorful houses share leafy streets with new-construction homes and small apartment buildings, providing a mix of housing options. Active residents will enjoy taking part in the St. Anthony’s Triathlon, and particularly appreciate that the beach at North Shore Park is only five minutes away! And, despite Historic Uptown being so close to Downtown St. Petersburg, this neighborhood provides a true community feel, thanks to friendly neighbors and an active neighborhood association, which puts on popular community events like the Historic Uptown Mardi Gras Block Party.

Things to Do in Historic Uptown

Unwind with a walk around the circular lake or relax in the gazebo at Historic Round Lake Park. Stretch out during one of the several yoga classes at Sun State Yoga. Sign up for cross-fit training programs and work with a nutritionist at Burg Crossfit. Check out one of the oldest antiquarian 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. Try a Bison Bacon Burger or Chicken on a stick paired with a local brew at The Bier Boutique. Take a tour of Flying Boat Brewing Co. and sit down for a glass of the Crescent Lake Pilsner, St. Pete Sunset, or Surfside Blonde. Stop by one of the best seafood restaurants in St. Petersburg, the 4th Street Shrimp Store, and be sure to order the Cod Sandwich, Shrimp Po’Boy, or Fried Oysters.

Old Southeast

  • Home Price: $432,000 median purchase price; $2,156 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 21% of Florida cities

A great St. Pete neighborhood for those who love being outdoors, Old Southeast is a lesser-known gem right off the shore of Tampa Bay. Quiet streets are lined with single and multi-family homes to own or to rent. Beach lovers will enjoy having easy access to the beach via Lassing Park on the eastern side of the neighborhood. 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 who want 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, see a performance, or look at local artwork in The Studio @ 620. Head over to Bartlett Park and shoot some hoops, enroll in tennis lessons, or join a league at the St. Petersburg Tennis Center. Satisfy your green thumb by growing your own produce at the Old Southeast Community Garden. Check out performances from budding local musicians while enjoying food and drinks at The Chattaway. Try a Poke Bowl, Sushi Burrito, or a Jim’s Banh Mi Sandwich at The Old Southeast Market. Sink your teeth into some Cajun crab, shrimp, and conch dishes at Mini Restaurant. Or get other seafood creations like The Big Catch, Gulf Tacos, or Seafood Chowder at The Big Catch.

University Park-South Downtown

  • Home Price: $928,000 median purchase price; $2,539 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 21% of Florida cities

Perhaps the most exciting area in the city, University Park-South Downtown is one of the best neighborhoods in St. Petersburg for singles and young professionals. Home to the coolest block in St. Pete and both the Central Arts District and Waterfront Arts District, it’s not hard to find something to do! Streets are filled with colorful galleries, museums, restaurants, and stores—and broken up by a few attractive apartment buildings, condos to rent or buy, and houses. If that isn’t enough to attract you to University Park-South Downtown, Albert Whitted Airport, professional sports venues, The Mall at Sundial, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay are all within walking distance!

Things to Do in University Park-South Downtown

Take in one of many world-class shows like One Night of Queen or Cinderella at Duke Energy Center For The Arts – Mahaffey Theater. Check out Native American and American West art exhibits at The James Museum. Catch a Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) game at Al Lang Stadium. Run out the clock and get lost in surrealism at The Dali Museum. Stroll by the water or take a boat onto the bay at Demens Landing Park. Walk through the park or check out a live performance at Williams Park. Try some new and experimental wine blends while snacking on some charcuterie and Neapolitan Style Pizza at TRY WINE Bar & Retail Tasting Lab. Head over to The Mill for a Brunchwich, Kimmelweck Beef Sammy, or Squid Ink Risotto. Grab a slice of the Chicken Bacon Ranch or Lasagna Pizza at Top Slice Pizzeria. Spend the evening socializing, catch the big soccer match, or sit down for Happy Hour at MacDinton’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.

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