Magnificent estate homes, brick-paved streets, and a beautiful canopy of old oaks are the features you would mention describing Allendale Terrace. This unique neighborhood is located between 9th and 16th Streets and 42nd and 46th Avenues North. This part is called Monticello Park but locals commonly refer to it as Allendale. There’re also sections east of 9th Street around Allendale Park and between Haines Road and 9th which are part of Allendale Terrace. The winding and slightly sloping Monticello Boulevard is probably on the most attractive streets in this community. It has a unique feel, unusual for our flat-roads Florida.
Many homes here were built in the 20’s and 30’s and were designed in Mediterranean, Old Bungalow and French Château styles. Later some mid-century modern and traditional (60’s, 70’s and 80’s) inspired homes were brought to Allendale.
Seventy-four homes were built prior to World War II. There were 186 built from the beginning of the war to 1960, and 50 homes since then. There are over 60 homes with pools, nearly a 100 have fireplaces. Many of the estate homes feature over 3,000 square feet of living space. Allendale Terrace is considered by many to be one of the finest non-waterfront neighborhoods of St. Petersburg.
According to some historians, Allendale Terrace can trace its roots to a 1920s hurricane. A picture of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club underwater, publicized in the St. Petersburg Times, dampened some of the interest in waterfront property that Snell was developing at that time. Cade B. Allen purchased 160 acres of high ground bound to the east by 7th Street North, to the west by 12th Street, to the south by 34th Avenue, and to the north by 42nd Avenue. Haines Road, a major road to downtown St. Petersburg, was part of the southwestern edge of Allendale Terrace.
Ninth Street, then known as Euclid Boulevard, and now also named after Martin Luther King Jr. was the major street in the development and the first houses built faced it. A trolley line ran from downtown to 34th Avenue North and then turned east to Locust Street NE. It was more for sightseeing than it was for transportation since there were few houses and no businesses along the route.