If you seek a quaint neighborhood that offers authentic “old Florida” charm, Snell Isle—near downtown St. Petersburg, Florida—may suit you to a tee. Located just minutes from downtown St. Pete and connected to the city via a lovely bridge spanning Coffee Pot Bayou, Snell Isle is a great place to call home.
The neighborhood’s history dates back to 1898 when C. Perry Snell, a soon-to-be prominent developer of St. Petersburg as we know it, first set eyes on the area during his honeymoon. Apparently, Snell was a man who could turn his visions into reality. He eventually developed Crescent Lake and Mirror Lake. He also built the intriguing Snell Arcade building, in downtown Saint Petersburg.
Snell returned to St. Petersburg in 1899 and purchased a swatch of land where Northshore Park is now located. Around 1911, Snell bought more land (or what could just pass as land) and began the long process of filling the marshy area that would become Snell Isle. Lots were up for sale by 1925.
Driving through the neighborhood, you can still get a sense of what Snell envisioned for his creation – a tropical paradise with a European flair. Snell’s travels to Europe provided inspiration for the European-style homes and the many statues that dot the neighborhood. Among the island’s treasures is the St. Petersburg Women’s Club, always a popular spot for weddings and receptions, which occupies a pink-hued Mediterranean Revival building near the island’s entrance. We can thank the club’s 1920′s era members for replacing Coffee Pot Bayou’s ancient, wooden bridge with the ornate arch that stands today.