“The Sunshine City” . . . “The Healthiest Place on Earth” . . . no wonder St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area are both one of America’s most popular tourist destinations and one of the most popular for luxury homes as well.
The healthiest place on earth? That’s what was reported at the 1885 American Medical Convention.
St. Petersburg — the largest city in the Tampa Bay area — is perched on a picturesque peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The “Sunshine City” average 360 days a year of sunshine!
Tampa Bay is a large, natural harbor and estuary along the Gulf of Mexico on the west central coast of Florida. Everyone knows what a great retirement site the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area is. But in recent years, the population has taken a decided shift to a more youthful direction. American Style magazine ranked St. Pete (as it is fondly known) as its “Top Mid-Size City” — the result, the magazine wrote, “of its vibrant arts scene.” The Salvador Dali Museum houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside of Europe
St. Petersburg itself was a finalist in the National Civic League’s “All-America City Award.” Tampa Bay area’s ideal weather, incredible views, friendly people and exciting entertainment and shopping venues make St. Pete (as it is fondly known) and its surrounds a mecca for those who can afford (and who demand) the very best, according to Top Tampa Bay Realtor Michael Green.
A steadily growing affluent population is reflected in the epicurean cuisine, lavish shopping, and excellence in education throughout the area. St. Pete also has the distinction of not having been struck by a hurricane since 1921.
Inc magazine also ranks St. Petersburg as one of the “Top 25 Large Cities for Doing Business in America.” Home to six Fortune 1000 companies, the Tampa Bay area is where Wikipedia was founded in 2007.
It probably comes as no surprise that St. Pete was named after the famous Russian city, beloved childhood home of the city’s founder. His partner wanted to name it Detroit (after his birthplace) but lost a coin flip. However, his Detroit Hotel still exists downtown (as a condominium).
This area has been inhabited off and on since long before recorded time but really took off after that “The Healthiest Spot on Earth” report.
Treasured neighborhoods abound, from Historic Kenwood with its artistic community and eclectic architecture to the stately homes of Roser Park. Thanks to the year-round pleasant weather, festivals abound, especially those that honor arts and culture.
For most residents and visitors, however, the incredible beaches so easily accessed from around Tampa Bay are one of the greatest sources of pride and enjoyment. Fort De Soto was rated “#1 Beach in America” by both Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor. St. Petersburg is ranked as “One of America’s Most Livable Cities.”
Numerous tropical microclimates are dotted around the Tampa Bay area, where royal and coconut palms and other tropical plants grow to full maturity (not a common sight so far north!). Mangrove-blanked islands support the most diverse colonial waterbird nesting colonies in North America, annually hosting 40,000 pairs of 25 different species of birds.
More than 100 tributaries flowing to Tampa Bay, more than 200 species of fish including the popular snook, redfish and spotted sea trout. It is truly a sportsman’s paradise, both on, in and out of the water. St. Pete is the one of the most popular destinations now for kiteboarding, with such notable legends of that sport, Billy Parker and Alex Fox, in residence. And the Pinellas Trail, a 47-mile hiking/biking trail connecting St. Petersburg with Central and north Pinellas County, is the longest urban linear trail in the eastern United States.
The Tampa-St. Petersburg area is represented by teams in four major professional sports (soccer, football, baseball, and hockey). The Tampa Bay Devil Rays bring major league excitement to Tropicana Field. The city also hosts the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Other sports notables who hail from, or live in, the area include Ronald “Winky” Wright, Jeff Lacy, Ernest Givins, Stacey Simmons, William Floyd, Pat Terrell, Shaun King, Marquell Blackell, Aveion Cason, Darren Howard, Tim Carter, to name just a few.
Other celebrities who call (or called) the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area home include Angela Bassett, Al Capone, Megan Fox, Nicole Haislett, Jack Kerouac, John Loftus and Spencer Chamberlain. A Tampa Bay plaque marks the spot where Billy Graham felt the call to the ministry.
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