in Pinellas County, Fla., provides residents with the comforts of community life, coupled with the convenience of being located just five miles from downtown St. Petersburg. Residents enjoy the close proximity to several shopping and dining options, as well as Long Bayou and Madeira Beach.
in Calais Village include single-family residences, condominiums, townhomes,
and apartments, comfortably surrounded by lush landscapes, parks, and golf courses. From a wide selection of housing options to beautiful scenery to the multiple benefits of tight-knit community living, residents of Calais Village feel right at home in this secure and peaceful neighborhood.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Residents of the Calais Village community have the luxury of living near multiple eateries and nightspots. Many popular options are located within walking distance or just a short ride away, on and around 54th Avenue North and 62nd Avenue North.
If you're looking to enjoy a traditional Chinese meal in a bright, casual dining room, locals highly recommend ABC Seafood Restaurant on 54th Avenue North. With "fresh-picked from the tank" seafood options and signature entrées such as salt and pepper frog and tofu, ABC Seafood provides patrons with an amazing, one-of-a-kind taste experience. Loyal regulars suggest the steamed tilapia with ginger scallion sauce, a hearty portion of fresh tilapia topped with fresh sprouts, scallions and parsley, served in a bowl of savory sauce.
For delicious Austrian-German cuisine, check out Cafe Vienna on 4th Street North, just off of 54th Street North. In business since 1969, Cafe Vienna's got everything from authentic Austrian decor to made-from-scratch strudels that taste like they just came out of the oven. Regular patrons recommend the Curry Wurst, a delicious dish of grilled bratwurst and sauerkraut, served with warm German potato salad and drizzled with curry ketchup.
If you've got a taste for Italian fare, stop by Italia Mia Restaurant on 62nd Avenue North. With a cozy dining room complete with Italian wall art, friendly service and classic dishes such as stuffed shells and baked ziti, you can't go wrong with Italia Mia.
For an evening of drinks, music and lively conversation, check out the Boardwalk Tavern on 54th Avenue North. Boardwalk Tavern provides all the classic bar amenities, from darts and pool to karaoke, as well as a full bar. Locals can't say enough about the friendly staff and excellent customer service. Best of all, patrons can bring in their own food, making the Boardwalk an ideal place for birthday parties and large gatherings.
If you're looking for a fun place to watch the big game or boxing match over tasty appetizers and a few cold beers, check out Franks Sports Bar and Restaurant on 62nd Avenue North. With some of the nicest bartenders in town, coupled with wide-screen televisions and appetizers such as broccoli bites and potato munchers, Franks creates an optimal atmosphere for game night or any other night of the week.
History & Culture
Calais Village is a community in Pinellas County, Fla., a county that houses 13 cities and 13 unincorporated communities, including St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater. The history of Pinellas County dates back to the year 1900, when the area was first inhabited by the Tocobaga chiefdom.
In 1823, Fort Brooke was established in the area by the U.S. Army, and eventually became the city of Tampa. Between 1921 and 1924, the real estate boom resulted in the development of multiple homes, bridges and roads. By 1955, Clearwater had become the most rapidly growing city in the United States.
Pinellas County's Heritage Village living history museum consists of 21 acres, featuring several historic 19th century buildings and homes, as well as a school and a church. Heritage Village also hosts several events, including Holidays at the Village, a family-friendly event in which the historic dwellings feature 19th-century holiday decorations.
While driving tends to be the most common mode of transportation throughout the Calais Village neighborhood, residents also enjoy walking and bike riding, as the sidewalks and residential streets in the area provide secure and durable terrain. When biking outside of the community, cyclists also have access to over 35 miles of bike trails and 75 miles of bike lanes throughout St. Petersburg.
Calais Village residents don't hail taxis, as the vehicles rarely circulate in the residential neighborhoods, however, individuals in need of taxi service can easily schedule rides through Independent Taxi of St. Petersburg. App-based ride services such as Lyft and Uber do not operate in the St. Petersburg/Tampa/Clearwater metro area.
Individuals who ride the bus can board Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) buses from various stop locations within the community, including 16th Street North and 54th Avenue North. When traveling out of the immediate community, drivers have convenient access to the Interstate 275 Freeway via 16th Street North, 54th Avenue and 22nd Avenue South.
Residents and visitors can park for free on certain residential streets, but must only park within the time limits specified on the area's parking enforcement signs. When parking in downtown St. Petersburg, drivers can utilize paid parking meters and parking garages located throughout the area.
The cost of living in the Calais Village community falls approximately 4 percent lower than the cost of living in St. Petersburg, with residents paying an average rental rate of $1,050 for one-bedroom
apartments and condos. Standard bus fare into the city center ranges between $1.25 and $2, with discounted rates for disabled individuals and senior citizens. Calais Village residents typically pay between $2.50 and $4.50 for domestic and imported beers in local pubs and restaurants, but prices may vary depending on the specific establishment. Gas prices in Calais Village/St. Petersburg fall approximately 2 percent lower than the national average.
When it comes to shopping for groceries and specialty items, Calais Village residents don't have to travel far, as an abundance of retailers can be found on and around 34th Street North and 4th Street North.
When shopping for groceries and household items, local shoppers recommend Walmart Supercenter on 34th Street North, as well as Bay Food Mart on 4th Street North. In addition to groceries, Walmart sells clothing, electronics, furniture and more, making it a great option for one-stop shopping.
If you're looking for fresh veggies, fruits, baked goods and hand-crafted items, check out the Farmers Market on 58th Street North in neighboring Kenneth City, open every day between 8:30 and 6:30, as well as City Produce on 4th Street North, also open daily.
While you won't find any high-end luxury shops in the immediate area, Seminole Plaza on Seminole Boulevard houses the popular retailers T.J. Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory. For casual fashions, appliances and home furnishings, stop by Bealls Department Store at the Largo Mall on Ulmerton Road.
Calais Village residents live in close proximity to several free outdoor parks with various amenities, provided by the Pinellas County Parks and Recreation Department and the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department. While all parks are free to enter, residents who wish to reserve picnic space or sports fields for large parties or sporting events typically have to pay rental and deposit fees.
Sawgrass Lake Park
on 25th Street North features a mile-long boardwalk and a dirt trail set along a maple swamp that allow visitors to observe birds, turtles and alligators in their natural habitats. Sawgrass Lake Park also features an education center and picnic area, making it the perfect spot to spend a day with the family.
Sports and fitness
enthusiasts enjoy visiting Jack Puryear Park on Lee Street, as this 58-acre park features multiple playing fields, tennis courts and a wilderness area with walking trails.
If you're looking for a spacious, dog-friendly
area, check out Walter Fuller Park on 26th Avenue North. This 133-acre park features an off-leash dog area and a separate spot for smaller dogs, as well as drinking stations and walking paths. Walter Fuller Park also features amazing amenities for kids and adults alike, including a swimming pool, exercise trail, tennis courts and playground equipment.
Pinellas County hosts multiple community events throughout the year that help to strengthen community ties and celebrate the county's history. Popular events include the Country Jubilee, a day-long festival featuring a crafts market, crafting demonstrations and live music, as well as Farm City Day, a fall event that celebrates Florida agriculture.