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The saying, "it can't get much better than this," definitely rings true for residents of the Weedon Island Preserve community who enjoy the best of waterfront living. This peaceful island neighborhood lies comfortably nestled between the tranquil waters of the Riviera Bay and the islands of the Port Tampa Channel, surrounded by beaches, parks and lush greenery.

The Weedon Island Preserve community provides residents with the comfort and security of small town-living, with the additional benefit of being located just 8 miles from downtown St. Petersburg. Housing options include single-family homes, apartments and condominiums.

In addition to living just a short drive away from downtown, residents also appreciate living within minutes of shopping, restaurants and local attractions within their own community. One of the most popular attractions is the historic Weedon Island Preserve, an archaeological area that dates back to 1000 B.C.E. The preserve features a 3,000-foot boardwalk, kayaking trails and an observation deck that provides amazing views of Tampa Bay.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Saint Petersburg, FL is $889 for one bedroom, and $1,203 for two bedrooms. Apartment rent in Saint Petersburg has decreased by -0.7% in the past year.

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29 Walk Score® Car-Dependent
31 Transit Score® Some Transit
51 Bike Score® Bikeable

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Restaurants

Weedon Island Preserve residents have convenient access to a nice variety of eateries and night spots within their community, with many well-known establishments located along Gandy Boulevard North and 4th Street North. With options ranging from authentic Italian fare and seafood to classic pub burgers and fries, everyone can find something that suits their individual tastes here.

For tasty Italian food served in a cozy dining room, locals recommend Cafe Cibo on 4th street North. In business since 1999, this family-owned establishment utilizes authentic Sicilian family recipes sure to satisfy your taste buds. Regular patrons rave over Cafe Cibo's hand-tossed, stone-baked pizzas and highly suggest the Alberto, a delicious combination of proscuitto, mozzarella, onions and tomato sauce atop a crispy homemade crust.

For fresh seafood, check out the Crab Shack on Gandy Boulevard. With a casual atmosphere and outdoor seating, Crab Shack patrons feel right at home when indulging in signature specialty blue crabs soaked in garlic butter or surf-n-turf meals of snow crab and steak. Locals suggest saving at least a little room for dessert as you can't miss out on some of the best Key lime pie in St. Petersburg.

When locals crave authentic Mexican cuisine, they head over to Red Mesa Restaurant on 4th Street North. With a casual rustic dining room, impeccable service and signature menu items such as duck enchiladas served with raspberry chipotle cream sauce, you can't go wrong with this place when it comes to delectable food and atmosphere. In addition to Red Mesa's one-of-a-kind menu items, regulars highly recommend the signature sangria, sure to satisfy your thirst.

For an entertaining evening of drinks in a beachy waterfront setting, locals head over to Kahuna's Bar and Grill on Gandy Boulevard North. With outdoor seating, weekly drink specials and classic pub fare such as wings, fries and jalapeno poppers, Kahuna's makes a great place to let your hair down and have some fun.

For an ideal spot to watch the game and enjoy some tasty drinks and food, local sports fans suggest visiting Babalu on 4th Street North. Babalu features an extensive food menu as well as a full bar, complete with a wide-screen television for your sports-viewing pleasure. Menu items include classic hamburgers, grilled grouper sandwiches, wings, fries and more. In addition to heading to Babalu on game night, locals recommend visiting this popular neighborhood establishment on Sundays to partake in its fabulous Sunday brunch and bloody mary bar.

History

The Weedon Island Preserve community resides on Weedon Island, an area with a history dating back to 5000 B.C.. During this time, early humans inhabited the island, living off of fish, plants and wetland mammals. Referred to as the early Weedon Island Culture, these inhabitants remained in the area for over 800 years.

In 1886, Captain W.B. Henderson purchased the island. When Henderson's daughter Blanche married Leslie Weedon, he gave them the island as a wedding gift. In 1923, Weedon sold most of the island to land developers. Homes, bridges, businesses and the Grand Central Airport were constructed, and the island continues to thrive today.

The Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center features artwork of local artists along with a digital exhibit of Weedon Island Culture artifacts. The center also hosts the annual Archeology Works Expo every first Saturday in March.

Transportation

The streets and sidewalks within the Weedon Island Preserve community make for safe walking and biking, and the nearby state preserve features several nature trails. Additionally, cyclists have access to 35 miles of biking trails and 75 miles of on-street biking lanes throughout the city of St. Petersburg.

Drivers can park on the residential streets for free, but it's imperative to only park within the time limits specified on the residential parking enforcement signs to avoid parking tickets and potential fines. In areas with heavier traffic such as downtown Petersburg, drivers can also utilize standard parking meters wherever available.

Commuters can access the Interstate 275 Freeway via Gandy Boulevard North as well as catch Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) buses at various stop locations throughout the city, including 1st Street Northeast and 9th Avenue North. Taxicabs don't commonly circulate through residential areas for easy hailing. However, you can easily schedule rides through Bay and Beach Taxi of St. Petersburg. Alternative ride services such as Uber and Lyft don't operate in St. Petersburg.

Cost

Residents of the Weedon Island Preserve community pay approximately 1 percent less in living costs than residents of Central St. Petersburg. One-bedroom rentals in the Weedon Island Preserve community cost approximately $870 per month. Discounted bus fares into the city range between $1 and $1.25, with standard rates ranging between $2 and $3. Weedon Island Preserve locals typically pay between $2.50 and $4.50 for beers at local pubs and restaurants. Gas costs in the Weedon Island Preserve community fall approximately 2 percent lower than the national average.

Shopping

Residents living in the Weedon Island Preserve community don't have to venture far to find a wide selection of grocery stores and retail shops. An abundance of popular establishments reside along 37th Avenue North and just off of U.S. Highway 19 North, allowing for convenient access to groceries and affordable merchandise.

When shopping for food and household items, Weedon Island Preserve residents suggest Walmart Neighborhood Market on U.S. Highway 19 North as well as Publix Super Market at the Northeast Park Shopping Center on 37th Avenue North. Fresh veggies and fruits can be found at Pinellas Park Fresh Produce Market on 49th Street North as well as at the Little House Farmers Market on 62nd Avenue North.

While the Weedon Island Preserve community doesn't house any high-end retailers within the immediate vicinity, locals have access to a variety of popular retailers and department stores. Bealls Department Store on Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Street North features affordable fashions, beach wear, housewares and appliances. The Home Shopping Network Retail Outlet on Starkey Road features a vast selection of "as seen on TV" merchandise such as jewelry, cookware, apparel and home decor items.

For unique swimwear and beach fashions, check out the Swim Boutique on Gulf Boulevard. From bikinis and one-pieces to attractive pullovers and wraps, Swim Boutique has everything you need for a perfect day at the beach.

For the perfect outfit or gift at an affordable price, stop by TJ's Unique Boutique on Seminole Boulevard. From quality consignment fashions to gifts such as picture frames, candles and wall art, TJ's has something for every occasion.

Parks

In addition to the historical Weedon Island Preserve, the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department provides community residents with several free parks within the area.

For the perfect exercise spot, Riviera Bay Park on Macoma Drive Northeast has got you covered. With an exercise zone, tennis courts and walking trails, this park definitely guarantees a great workout.

For quality time with the family, stop by Meadowlawn Park on 14th Street North. This 3-acre park features playground equipment, a wilderness area and plenty of open grass for a nice outdoor picnic.

If your puppy is eager for some playtime, pay a visit to Kenwood Dog Park on 20th Street North. With a separate area for smaller dogs, water fountains and a dog wash, Kenwood Dog Park makes for a great day out with your best friend.

The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department oversees multiple annual events throughout the year that help to strengthen community ties and celebrate the city. One of the most favored events of the year is the Autumn Harvest, an annual celebration with hayrides, arts and crafts, butter churning demonstrations and a farmers market.

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Peridot Palms
10601 Gandy Blvd N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
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$1,335 - 2,620 1-3 Bed Available Now
727-565-0024
Tortuga Pointe
10475 Gandy Blvd N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
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$1,030 - 2,140 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
727-565-2298
Vantage Point Condominiums
10200 Gandy Blvd N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
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$795 - 1,225 1-2 Bed Available 08/21/17
866-548-7081
Peridot Palms
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1180 Gandy Crest Dr NE
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
$2,395 Townhome for Rent Available Now
727-228-8794
Snug Harbor
12000 Gandy Blvd N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
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Pinewood Village
10968 Poplar St NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33716
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Twin City Park
10636 Gandy Blvd N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
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Apartments for Rent in Weedon Island Preserve, Saint Petersburg, FL

The saying, "it can't get much better than this," definitely rings true for residents of the Weedon Island Preserve community who enjoy the best of waterfront living. This peaceful island neighborhood lies comfortably nestled between the tranquil waters of the Riviera Bay and the islands of the Port Tampa Channel, surrounded by beaches, parks and lush greenery.

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