Historic Kenwood

Charming bungalow homes.

Historic Kenwood is a neighborhood near downtown St Petersburg, Florida known for its charming bungalow or craftsman style homes.  The district was designated on August 4, 2003 and is located immediately west of downtown, bounded by 9th Avenue North, 1st Avenue North, 19th Street North (adjacent to I-275) and 34th Street North. It contains 2,238 historic buildings, and Grand Central adjoins the district at its southern boundary. The area has gone through major revitalization and today there are many historic Kenwood homes for sale.

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Neighborhood History & Features

Historic Kenwood developed as a working and middle-class neighborhood in the early twentieth century. The neighborhood was one of the earliest to be developed outside of downtown. It was first platted in 1912, and developed rapidly during the Florida Land Boom of the 1920s, during which time St. Petersburg became a favorite vacation destination. While a few houses were constructed in the 1910s, development reached its peak in the 1920s, due in large part to its location just west of downtown, which could be easily accessed by automobile or streetcar. The streetcar system was once ran down Central Avenue and was quite popular until finally being phased out by 1947.

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The Kenwood Historic District is a 375-acre residential area best known for its historic bungalows. It consists mostly of one-story and two-story single family homes constructed between 1912 and 1945. Historic outbuildings, such as garages and garage apartments, are also common in the neighborhood. There are a variety of residential architectural styles represented in the district, including Frame and Masonry Vernacular, Craftsman Bungalow, Minimal Traditional, Tudor Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Colonial Revival, Ranch, Prairie, American Foursquare, Dutch Colonial Revival, Mission, and International. However, while many styles are evident, bungalows constitute more than 50 percent of the homes. Not all of these homes were built in their current locations: many of these Craftsman/bungalow style homes were relocated to the area in the 1930s from other neighborhoods in the city, helping to cement Historic Kenwood’s bungalow identity is St Petersburg High School. Built in 1926, St Pete High is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in the heart of Historic Kenwood along 5th Avenue North.

Historic Kenwood Schools Zoning:

Elementary School: Woodlawn Elementary (East of 28th St) & Mount Vernon Elementary (West of 28th St)

Middle School: John Hopkins Middle.

High School: Saint Petersburg High School.

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In addition to the large number of historic buildings remaining in the neighborhood, many of the historic landscape and streetscape elements remain. The majority of the avenues, which run in an east-west direction in the district, continue to be made of brick. Hexagonal pavers can still be found comprising many of the sidewalks. The high granite curbs are also still evident along many of the streets, which are lined with large majestic oak trees, as well as jacaranda, palms, and pine trees. Historic Kenwood is located on a plateau about 50 feet above sea level, making it much higher than other neighborhoods in the city.

Another notable feature of Historic Kenwood is Seminole Park. This historic park is rectangular in shape and is bounded by 3rd Avenue North, Burlington Avenue North, 30th Street North, and 29th Street North. The park was donated by Charles R. Hall, one of the City’s first developers and an initial developer of Historic Kenwood. The park features many types of trees, grassy areas, sidewalks, playground equipment, and a modern pavilion in the center constructed in the Craftsman style that blends in with the surrounding historic architecture.

This is one of the most urban neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area: restaurants, retail, office, commercial, two college campuses, several museums, many churches, hotels, plus waterfront parks and great views. More than 5,000 people live here, from young professionals to seniors moving out of big family homes in other neighborhoods: in single-family homes and townhomes, apartments, midrise buildings and luxury highrises.
What others have to drive to (and fight for parking), residents of the Downtown Neighborhood Association walk to: fireworks on July 4, First Night celebrations on Dec. 31, a regular calendar of food, music and arts festivals, a branch library, City Hall, the courthouse, the city’s famous 1917 Open Air Post Office, the wedding-cake Mediterranean Revival architecture of the 1926 Snell Arcade and a thriving Saturday morning greenmarket.
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