St. Petersburg Real Estate

St. Petersburg

St Petersburg has a rich history. It has recently celebrated its centennial. Many good things were happening in St Pete. In 1918 it gained title to the remaining waterfront holdings. In 1920 Perry Snell would donate a mile of waterfront property north of the Vinoy Park Hotel. The city planning dept foresight would set the stage for the growth of the city in the 1920's the land boom began and lasted till 1925.

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The population had exploded to 26,000 people. 10 new major hotels were built. In 1924 the Gandy Bridge was built and it cut travel time to Tampa in half. The real estate boom crashed between 1926 and 1927, the good and bad times paralleled the rest of the United States. The tourists were still coming until 1930. Then the great depression would take its toll.

In 1940 Harry Playford would built the Tides at Redington Beach. Until recently the Tides was an active place to go for fun. Then the population rose to 60,812.

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War restictions were imposed after Pearl Harbor and it destroyed tourism. St. Petersburg was saved from complete disaster for a period of 18 months beginning in mid 1942 when empty hotels such as the Soreno, Vinoy, Princess Martha and almost every room in the city was turned into military barracks. Between 1942 and 1943 more than 100 military units passed through St Petersburg. It was home to the U.S. Coast Guard as a training base. Find St. Petersburg Listings Here

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The St Petersburg area grew rapidly after the 2nd World War. Many of the men that served in the Armed Forces came back with their families to live. Also the retirees started to immigrate to the area. By 1960 St Petersburg had established it reputation as a retirement haven. St. Petersburg Real Estate

In 1954 the first phase of the Sunshine Skyway started and connected Manatee county with Pinellas County. In 1962 The Pinellas Bayway connected St. Petersburg with the beaches. The 1960s brought into existence The Municipal Marina, The Museum of Fine Art, the Main Library, and the Bay front Center.

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Since about 1998 downtown St Petersburg has taken on a new look. Many beautiful new condominiums sit overlooking the waterfront. The downtown area has tons and tons of new shops, restaurants, cafés and coffee shops, antique art shops and galleries, there is Culture everywhere. Whatever you are looking for, you can find it here. If you can not find it here, it is only minutes away from Tampa….And by the way the famous Detroit Hotel still exists down town. It was the first hotel built in the area.

This is a great place to raise your kids. It reminds me of Chicago on a smaller scale. I love it here and I know that you will love it too! Homes for Sale in St. Petersburg
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