Mary E., Home Buyer in Chicago, IL

Pros and cons to purchasing a home in old NE vs old south St. Petersburg? I like older homes (1920's to

Asked by Mary E., Chicago, IL Fri Jun 27, 2008

1940's ). Safety, ability to walk to beaches and parks desirable. Schools not an issue (empty nesters). Thanks much!

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Check out the City of St. Pete's website. They have a breakdown of all the neighborhoods. i think this will be extremely helpful for you!
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Hi Mary,
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.
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As of today there are 23 homes built between 1920 and 1930 available in the NE part of St Petersburg that range from $239K to $1.2M and I could find only one in the SE near what we call the Pink Streets and that is priced at $450K. Based on that I guess the pros are the selection and I can't think of the cons are the lack of selection in the SE.
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I am not a Realtor so I can say this, the Old NE is a better neighborhood - safer - and will have the 1920's homes you seek. Old SE St.Pete has been improving over the years and is getting better. The developers are buying the junk and leveling it - still it borders Jordan Park and the Gettos. The Parks and waterfront is much nicer along the Old NE section. Also you may want to consider Gulfport -
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 21, 2008
You would be likely to get more house for your dollar in the old SE than in the old NE. The homes are very similar. In the NE you are in walking distance to downtown St Pete shops and restaurants but in the SE you are only a few minutes drive to the Gulf and 15 minutes to downtown. So, take your pick. Right now with property prices at a low it is a terrific time to buy in either area.
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we live on the pink streets in south st. pete and love it! nice parks and lovely views of the bay. really nice neighbors...come on down to south st. pete. it's close to downtown, close to the interstate, close to the beach...we love it!
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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
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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.

Good luck,

The "Eckler Team"
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I would definitely say: Old NE to answer your question.It is close to St.Petersburg downtown (entertainment,arts,museums,restaurants) There is beautiful scenic drive/walk right on the water from Old NE to all the way to pier and downtown.Old SE and the southern tip of the County is a bit further from downtown ,you would have to either take a highway or 4th street South and some of the areas in between are not so fancy.Although the lots are generally bigger on southern side (Old SE,Lakewood Estates) and there are some beautiful Mediterranean style homes.
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...
Merle Huber
Keller Williams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2008
Thank you for your responses. Any thoughts on the southern tip of St. Petersburg (e.g. Serpentine Way) compared to old NE? I am interested in older Mediterranean style homes. Are the 2 areas comparable as to safety, curb appeal of surrounding homes, civic pride? Thank you!
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Hi Mary,

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.

Good luck,

The "Eckler Team"
Century 21 Almar and Associates
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2008
Hey Mary! You and me both--I love the character of the historic neighborhoods! I have some good frined (and clients) who live near Mirror Lake--I love going to visit them there, becasue we just walk right downtown, to Baywalk, the Vinoy Basin--it is just beautiful! I would choose that area over the beaches, personally, only because it has more of the classic Old Florida feel--the beaches are nice as well, but more touristy.
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!
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