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Communities of St. Petersburg

  • Pockets of city define its differences
  • A quick guide of the neighborhoods
  • Placido Bayou
  • North Shore
  • Lakewood
  • Harshaw
  • Gateway
  • Driftwood
  • Campbell Park
  • Bahama Shores
  • Azalea

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    By Times Staff Writer

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published July 1, 2001

    North Shore

    North Shore is a neighborhood that houses everything from lower-income apartments to mansions, but its heart is the Old Northeast, one of the oldest sections of St. Petersburg with brick streets, old oak trees, traditional houses and some of the most expensive real estate in the city.

    Placido Bayou

    One of the few gated communities in St. Petersburg, Placido Bayou is populated mostly by affluent young families who prize its quiet streets, security and location in the northeast part of St. Petersburg, which offers them private schools, upscale dining and shopping, and a low crime rate.


    A tiny enclave on Big Bayou, historic and whimsical Driftwood savors it secrets behind towering oaks and winding lanes.


    Lakewood, an eclectic blend of majestic Mediterranean-style houses, sprawling ranches and modest single-family properties, is known for its multicultural flavor.

    Hugging Tampa Bay to the east and nudging Fourth Street to the west, Bahama Shores attracts a range of residents from young families to retirees.


    Gateway boasts a thriving shopping center, apartment complexes, single-family homes and an expanding business district.

    Bahama Shores

    Bahama Shores has large homes that hug the waterfront and wide, tree-lined streets.


    Azalea took root half a century ago in the then-hinterlands of the city. Its trees often are big and old enough to shade entire yards.

    Campbell Park

    Next to Tropicana Field, Campbell Park is a place to play for residents of the its namesake neighborhood, who often feel they have to fight for what they get.


    Middle class and in the middle of it all, Harshaw draws many from Middle America. When it was new, it was semirural and the downtown skyline was vague and distant.

    Communities of St. Petersburg