I live and work downtown St. Petersburg. The majority of my listings are historic homes in old NE. I have read through the answers and see that originally you asked about the difference b/n the Old SE and Old NE. Some of the answers referred to Pinellas Point but this is not 'Old SE'. The Old SE is beautiful, especially with Lassing Park running right off into Tampa Bay. However, if you want something 'walking distance' to downtown, Old NE is more likely a good fit and as one realtor pointed out, there are more choices.
To answer your second question - a comparable area to Serpintine Way... have you heard of Bahama Shores or looked in the Pink Streets in Pinellas Point? Both of these are GREAT neighborhoods that typically have oversized yards for the area. You will find some Mediterranean styles but mainly 1950-1960 homes beautifully renovated on great shady lots. Also, you might look at Snell Isle.
Hope this was helpful.
I am a resident in NE St. Petersburg and my children happen to go to school in SE St. Petersburg. We had also looked at the SE before settling in the Old NE. I would vote hands down for the Old NE. The parks, events and shopping you can walk to is outstanding. We are close to the Interstate for commuting and you do not drive though areas that are less than desirable to get home. This is just one persons opinion. At the moment there are many homes available so you should be able to find a good buy no matter where you select your home. Regards and Happy House Hunting
A word of caution. In addition to your identified concerns, buyers of historical homes need to take great concern with the inspection. Since most of these homes are not on a slab and the floor is an elevated wood construction, these areas need special attention.
The "Eckler Team"
I a pretty familiar with older homes in the area because I am working at the time with a client who is relocating from MN and she also loves the mediterranean style older homes ...So I have toured quite few of them...
I also used to live on Snell Isle which is small island in Old NE.
Hope this helps and please feel free to contact me if I can answer any other questions...
Keller Williams Realty
We love older homes also and applaud your interest in preserving and being a part of history.
Generally, historical homes are located in a desirable location relative to convenience to beaches and center town activity.
On a negative side, rooms are usually smaller an storage is a major issue. These homes are also difficult to retro-fit should you decide to make floor plan adjustments. Another important considration is its resale. To sell the property you need to be able to attract a very unique buyer(such as yourself) which can be difficult.
The "Eckler Team"
Century 21 Almar and Associates
It really comes down to what YOUR priorities are--you really need to weigh your own preferences--would you rather walk to places to eat, shop, go to movies, or do you like to have beach sunsets within walking distance? The Gulfport community is very artsy, as is much of the downtown/Old Northeast area, and there are restaurants in walking distance there as well--not sure if that's where you were referring to when you say "Old South".
I have some videos posted on my blog (below)--feel free to browse, and give me a call if you'd like more input!