St. Petersburg has one of the most exciting and dynamic mid-sized downtowns in the U.S. Living here gives you access to world-class museums, shopping, and dining, as well as an exploding craft brew scene, plenty of arts events, educational resources – and of course, some of the most striking natural waterfront in the world.
Downtown’s many museums and galleries help define not just the neighborhood, but the entire city. The world-famous Dali museum holds the largest collection of the surrealist’s work outside of Europe. The Dali’s building is nearly as striking as the art, and frequently hosts special events, screenings, and speakers. The Museum of Fine Arts, with its deep historical collection, the Dale Chihuly Glass Museum and the remembrances of the Holocaust Museum are major highlights of the neighborhood. The University of South Florida – St. Petersburg Campus is also downtown, and offers frequent educational events open to the public.
Downtown’s shopping and dining have taken a leap forward with development on Beach Drive, home to a half dozen world-class restaurants that offer fine-dining quality and relaxing views of the waterfront parks. The recent opening of the Sundial shopping center features high-end boutiques and a multiplex. The world class St Pete Yacht Club is also located downtown.
Central Avenue has become a collection of creative galleries, restaurants, and breweries. The Morean Arts Center anchors the 600 Block stretch of galleries, offering monthly shows of creative artists and daily glass blowing demonstrations for the public. Central is also a great place to get a taste of Tampa Bay’s nationally recognized craft brew scene, with Green Bench Brewing Co. and Cycle Brewing within a few short blocks of each other.
Most homes for sale in downtown St. Pete are high-rise condos with spectacular waterfront views that will put you within walking distance of these great attractions. If you’re interested in being close to downtown’s amenities, but need a little more space to stretch your legs, you might also explore the historic homes of the nearby Old Northeast neighborhood.