Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association
St. Petersburg and The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood
St. Petersburg is...
- One of the seven most beautiful and underrated places in the US (EscapeHere online travel site)
- Top Arts Destination/Mid-Sized Cities (American Style magazine)
- One of 52 Places in the World You Should Visit (New York Times, 2014)
- One of the 10 Best Places in the Country to Retire (Money magazine)
- The prettiest city in Florida…The real attraction here, the first thing that sets the town apart from the rest of Florida [is its neighborhoods]” (Sarasota magazine, 2015)
With our next door proximity to the flourishing downtown—with its museums, shops, theaters and restaurants--and preserved parkland along the bay featuring an aquatic center, tennis courts, beach volleyball, concert and festival venues and with easy convenience to the interstate, The Historic Old Northeast neighborhood continues being appreciated as St. Pete’s jewel on Tampa Bay.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 (and the enclave of Granada Terrace recognized as a Local Historic District), The ONE is characterized by waterfront green space, brick streets, granite curbs, hexagon block sidewalks, brick alleys, mature trees and lots of welcoming front porches. The neighborhood is an excellent example of preserving and restoring the best of the past while offering a high quality of living in the present where neighbors possess a strong sense of community identity and pride.
In their February 2012 issue, This Old House magazine named The ONE as one of that year’s “Best Old House Neighborhoods” in the country and gushed about the brick streets, walkability, “gardener’s paradise” and noted the eclectic mix of architectural styles. It was cited as a neighborhood where homeowners “work hard to keep [its] heritage alive,” appealing to “outdoorsy types” as well as “cultural mavens” and where “cachet and tourist dollars…will drive up interest—and property values.” Sarasota magazine called The ONE “one of the city’s premier neighborhoods...[where] you’ll find several square miles of beautiful—and beautifully maintained—homes from 1915 to 1960.”
Back in 1911 C. Perry Snell and J.C. Hamlett took 600 acres of farmland and wilderness north of a growing downtown and began to develop The ONE as one of the first neighborhoods in the City. The building boom of the early decades of the 1900s brought the construction of homes of various architectural styles such as Queen Anne, Victorian, Colonial Revival, Spanish Eclectic, Craftsman Bungalow, Prairie and even Italianate. But as suburban areas became more attractive to homeowners and the downtown became less so, the neighborhood endured through a transition until a rejuvenation began in the 1990s. The long-shuttered Vinoy Hotel was stunningly restored and re-opened in 1992, the BayWalk (now Sundial) shopping/dining/entertainment complex came into being, the Dali and Chihully museums opened, the historic Sunken Gardens was preserved and enhanced, an outdoor Saturday Morning Market got underway and the expansion of the campus of the University of South Florida/St. Petersburg all contributed to the downtown’s new renaissance. For those attracted to the vibrancy and amenities this offered but desiring nearby residences in a traditional, established neighborhood, the answer was—and remains--The ONE.
The neighborhood’s boundaries are 5th Avenue N/NE on the south and 30th Avenue N/NE on the north with Tampa Bay and Coffee Pot Bayou its eastern boundary and 4th Street N its western boundary. The ONE contains approximately 4,100 households and is home to some 10,000 residents.
The appreciation of community, which characterizes The ONE, includes an active neighborhood association (HONNA) seeking to promote, preserve and protect our unique sense of place. In addition to providing current information of interest to residents through the HONNA website, e-blasts and social media postings on Facebook and NextDoorOldNE, HONNA holds quarterly neighborhood meetings at which neighbors are brought up-to-date on timely issues and share concerns with one another and City officials. HONNA also organizes events and programs open to all including: monthly Porch Parties; an Easter Egg Hunt, 4th of July Parade and Halloween Trunk or Treat for kids; a neighborhood-wide yard sale; Gala fundraiser; Spring Garden Stroll and December Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes.
We invite you to explore our website and, if you’re new to the area, discover for yourself St. Pete and The ONE—a place we think you will find visually appealing and neighborly as well... Please contact us with any questions you may have!