Pinellas Point Homes & Condos For Sale
Pinellas Point is one of the earliest developed neighborhoods of St. Petersburg, well known for it’s “Pink Streets” because yes, some of the streets are actually pink! Located at the southernmost tip of St Petersburg and Pinellas County, this neighborhood is surrounded by water and features a beautiful waterfront park. Homes here typically range from the $200,000’s to $3,000,000’s. We consider this a little known area of St. Pete to find a waterfront home at a value – prices are generally lower here than in northern parts of St. Petersburg.
So you may be wondering – why are some of the streets pink? Back in the 1920′s, the Pinellas Point Pink Streets development was created by George Cook. Cook’s Murok Development Company envisioned an upscale neighborhood that would be grander than any other development in the area, and ordered the pink streets because – well – no one else had them. Legend has it they were originally laid out to form a skeleton. They were thought very chic and caused a sensation. Actually, Cook’s plans for the Pinellas Point neighborhood were much more grandiose than what actually was built. An old plat map of his development shows the existing streets and neighborhood, but also shows proposed additions, made up of fill that was to have extended out a third of a mile past the current waterfront, out into Tampa Bay. There would have been canals and a lot more homes, probably looking something like what Venetian Isles is today. In 1926, the St. Petersburg boom period was over, and not only was the additional fill never completed, but much of the Pink Streets development area sat empty for years. Many of the early investors in the Pink Streets who purchased lots fell into bankruptcy, but over the years, many different styles of homes were built in the Pink Streets giving it the diversity of architecture we see today.Residents here have always loved the Pink Streets, the giant old oak trees in the neighborhood, the winding roads, the feeling of being different from the rest of the city. In the 1980′s, when the old pink streets were so badly cracked that you risked your car’s health to even drive on them, it’s not surprising that residents pushed the city to ensure that, when it came time to repave their streets, they’d be paved in pink concrete again. And so they did. The street’s pink color really helps to avoid the sun’s glare and reflection and absorbs heat too.
The Pink Streets neighborhood runs between 10th Street and 21st Street, just south of Pinellas Point Drive South. Some of the roads dead-end with a view overlooking the bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. There are some gorgeous older homes, along with some jaw dropping new construction as well. It’s a nice drive if you’d like to check out a waterfront community you perhaps didn’t even know was there – and it’s really only 10 minutes from Downtown St. Pete on 275 – we’ve clocked it.