Located just beyond the Old Northeast historic neighborhood <add internal link>, Snell Isle has nearly a century of rich history all its own. What began as a mangrove island and a vision has become an enclave of excellent living just a short distance from downtown St. Pete. The neighborhood features an array of homes in classic Mediterranean and Spanish styles, with over 80% enjoying a waterfront view, and numerous public spaces adorned with Renaissance-style statuary and beautiful gardens.
Snell Isle was the brainchild of C. Perry Snell who developed many of the St. Pete neighborhoods and community institutions we know today, and was the primary force behind Snell Isle’s growth, which began in earnest in the 1920s. He is often credited with introducing the Mediterranean Revival style to St. Pete, now one of the sources of the city’s unique character.
In the late 1920s, Snell gifted the St. Petersburg Women’s Club the land for their building on Snell Isle, in recognition of the organization’s huge contributions to civic life and public service in St. Pete. The building was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1994, and today regularly hosts weddings and other events. The Women’s Club’s spirit of community engagement is carried on today by the Snell Isle Property Owners Association, which is dedicated to keeping residents involved in city life and maintaining the neighborhood’s strong legacy.
The jewel in Snell Isle’s crown is, of course, the Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club, whose striking Middle Eastern style encompasses exotic minarets, frescoes, and a balcony-ringed central tower. The Vinoy has hosted innumerable elegant events since its opening at the end of 1925, with its world-class dining and 18-hole, par 70 golf course making it a destination for visitors from around the corner and around the world.