Few Florida cities boast St. Petersburg's enviable mix of culture, cuisine, nightlife, and history -- along with a seven mile water park that fronts the Tampa Bay's turquoise sparkle, attracting visitors from around the world with renowned, pristine sandy white beaches moments away.
Residents jog along the waterfront, walk their dogs, bike or stop to linger at myriad cafes to sip a frothy cappuccino, and enjoy the town's nearly 360 days of sunshine.
Or cheer the Honda Grand Prix on its wild ride through downtown streets each Spring.
Take a look at the Tampa Bay Times Weekend section, says Lori Famiglietti, a luxury marketing specialist with KW Luxury Homes International. "St Petersburg is the biggest small downtown there is; with almost limitless choices of things to do in a weekend, from arts festivals, antiquing, dining, music venues, attending plays to museum hopping."
A bastion of peace and luxury just minutes from downtown is Snell Isle, where quiet streets are lined with massive palms and immaculately manicured gardens surround magnificent Spanish and European-styled homes, most dating to the 1920s.
Of the premier locations on this splendid isle, Brightwaters Boulevard is the most admired. "It's where the who's who choose to live," says Famiglietti. "It's our Palm Beach."
A home to covet is Famiglietti's new listing at 925 Brightwaters Boulevard, a supremely private, Mediterranean-styled villa with a classic red-tiled roof and a grand circular drive that leads to a splashing fountain at the splendidly columned portico.
Set on more than a quarter acre, this botanical paradise of royal palms and tropical blossoms, features an enormous seaside pool, surrounded by travertine decking, and grounds that wander down to a dock and boat lift for deep water fishing.
Listed at $1.6 million, the nearly 4,000 square foot home features expansive living and entertaining spaces and French doors opening to the pool area and breezy covered lanai.
Two of the home's six bedrooms are on the main level, being utilized as a media room and office, and are also perfectly suited for a guest or in-law wing.
Hovering above it all, the fabulous second floor master suite is a world unto itself, with a beautiful private deck offering sweeping water views.
"At a great investment price of only 1.6M to be on Brightwaters Blvd", says Famiglietti, "you could love it here full-time and forever or as a second home to come and play in our cultured paradise!
Interested buyers can contact Famiglietti at 727-539-9111.