A Renter's Guide to St. Petersburg, Florida

Whether you’re new to the state of Florida or just new to St. Petersburg, making the decision to move to St. Petersburg, Florida is an excellent decision for many reasons. Check out this guide for everything you need to know about renting in St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • Friday, February 21, 2020

  Ashley Orlowski

  Florida   Tampa   Community   Renter Guides   Renter   St. Petersburg   

Whether you’re new to the state of Florida or just new to St. Petersburg, making the decision to move to St. Petersburg, Florida is an excellent decision. Other than having some of the world’s best beaches, St. Petersburg is a young city with a bright future. From downtown to the beaches, new things are being built, property values are continuing to rise, and downtown St. Petersburg hosts a small European city vibe with great food, entertainment, and shopping year-round. With average temperatures ranging from low 70’s to mid 80’s and endless ocean views, who wouldn’t want to live in paradise?

Here’s everything you need to know for renting in St. Petersburg, Florida:

Major Neighborhoods


Let’s start in the heartbeat of it all- Downtown St. Petersburg. Downtown St. Pete has become an area of major construction in the past few years. We’re talking about everything from condos, apartments, grocery stores, to shopping boutiques. Downtown St. Petersburg is full of young professionals, college students, and anyone else who just wants to be in the center of it all. As with most cities, if you want to live directly downtown, you will be paying more for rent. With downtown being just one square mile in size, you will mostly find condos and apartment buildings as primary residences.

Best Places to Live in Downtown St. Petersburg

Beacon 430

If you’re looking for an upscale apartment living in downtown St. Petersburg, look no further than Beacon 431. Offering 1, 2, and 3 bedroom homes feature granite countertops, abundant storage, vinyl wood flooring, and energy efficient appliances, Beacon 431 is a great luxury apartment community option for anybody looking to live downtown. Luxury features and amenities include lounging by the saltwater pool, enjoying the fire pit, relaxing in the 2-story library, or exercising in the 3000 square foot fitness center.  Nearby you will find the Sundial shopping center and movie theater, local museums, Beach Drive, and many more recreational, shopping, and dining opportunities.

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Fusion 1560

With a 100% tenant satisfaction rate and unparalleled luxury accommodations, Fusion 1560 in downtown St. Petersburg is a great place to live for any from college student to small family. This pet friendly downtown apartment community is located directly across from Tropicana Field where the Tampa Bay Rays place so if you're a baseball fan, there's no better place to live in downtown St. Petersburg. Fusion 1560 offers studio, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom living accommodations. There are endless luxury amenities as well- including 9'-10' ceilings, walk-in closets, rooftop deck with outdoor kitchen, breathtaking pool area, saunas, billiard and recreation room, wine storage room, and even a massive two-story fitness facility.

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Best Restaurants in Downtown St. Petersburg

With endless food options and something to satisfy any taste palate, downtown St. Petersburg is the perfect place for any food lover to indulge. Beach Drive is lined with classy steak and seafood dining locations, Central Avenue is packed full of every type of food you can imagine, and there are plenty of quick stop cafés all around. Let’s look at some of the best dining options downtown St. Petersburg has to offer.

The Mill Restaurant

If you’re looking for the perfect southern food experience with an inventive New American food twist, look no further than The Mill Restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg. Restaurant specialties include delicious and unique craft cocktails in a farmstead-chic surrounding. You’ll leave The Mill Restaurant with a full belly and happy heart, guaranteed!

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Red Mesa Cantina

Next up on our list of must-try restaurants in downtown St. Petersburg, we head to a modern Mexican taqueria and tequila bar where social dining is a celebration for all customers. Enjoy a mix of small plate specials or dine fine at Red Mesa Cantina. Red Mesa Cantina is known for it’s delicious hand-crafted cocktail selection. If you enjoy dining outdoors, be sure to ask for a table on the serene outdoor patio area.

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Pacific Counter

With a 5/5 Yelp.com rating, Pacific Counter is the top spot in downtown St. Petersburg for sushi and poke bowl lovers. Pacific Counter boasts ridiculously fresh fusion of chef-inspired cuisines and cultures, serving up a mainland mix of coastal classics. They specialize in crafting the most beautiful Poke Bowls, and rolling the biggest Sushi Burritos! Pole-to-bowl, hook-to-hand, or farm-to-face, Pacific Counter invites you to come in and craft your own cuisine in an environment that inspires healthy eating, drinking, thinking, and being!

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Nightlife in Downtown St. Petersburg

If there’s anywhere in St. Petersburg to have a fantastic nightlife experience, it’s 100% downtown St. Petersburg. Downtown St. Petersburg nightlife offers something fun for everyone. Regardless of age, St. Petersburg nightlife has every crowd covered.


One Night Stand

While One Night Stand isn’t the classiest of establishments, it will get the job done for anyone looking for cheap drinks, country and top hit music, and just an overall fun night. They even have a mechanical bull. Saddle up!

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As one of the most popular gay clubs in downtown St. Petersburg, Enigma is a totally fun and unique experience for anyone. They have delicious drink offerings, a fun and friendly atmosphere, and some of the greatest bartenders serving up drinks.

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Jannus Live

Jannus Live is one of the best music venues in all of the greater Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg area. This outdoor venue offers a large courtyard with a ton of room for watching your favorite band, courteous staff and bartenders, and just an overall fun experience for experiencing live music and sipping on your favorite drink outdoors in gorgeous St. Petersburg, Florida weather.

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Historic Kenwood

Just a few miles from downtown St. Petersburg, you will historic bungalow style homes planted on brick-lined streets. This neighborhood is called Historic Old Northeast and it’s packed full of historic charm, gorgeous homes, and very quiet streets just minutes from downtown. Because Historic Old Northeast has held strong through the years against putting up big apartment buildings, you will need to search for a home to rent. Many of the homes in Historic Old Northeast have a smaller carriage house/pool house in the back which makes for the perfect place to rent and keeps the cost more affordable.

Best Restaurants in Historic Kenwood

Cappy’s Pizzeria

If you’re a fan of brick oven style pizza, you’ll want to give Cappy’s in Historic Kenwood a try. This small bungalow home-turned local pizza joint is a favorite of locals and kid friendly. Pets are welcome to enjoy outdoor seating and enjoy the gorgeous St. Petersburg weather.

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This rustic vibe restaurant with tons of outdoor seating for customers offers delicious homemade BBQ dishes, craft beer, sides & desserts that will leave you wanting to come back ASAP. The laid back and cozy feeling atmosphere makes this spot a great spot for everyone.

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Casita Taqueria

Craving authentic Mexican food? Look no further than Casita Taqueria in Kenwood. Specialties include homemade tortillas & salsa, ice cold beer and sangria, and the freshness of the ingredients used here cannot be beat!

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Historic Old Northeast

Similar to Historic Kenwood, Historic Old Northeast is packed full of gorgeous historic homes. Again, with the historic roots of this neighborhood so close to downtown St. Petersburg, your best bet for a rental property would be a home or smaller home/garage rental unit. Because the houses in Historic Old Northeast tend to be a bit larger, closer to downtown, and closer to the water, rental costs will likely be higher. If budget isn’t an issue and you’d like to be as close as possible to downtown St. Petersburg without living in an apartment community or high-rise building, Historic Old Northeast is your best bet.

Best Restaurants in Historic Old Northeast

Old Northeast Pizza

Do you love a New York slice of pizza? What about an entire pizza filled with delicious New York style pizza slices? Look no further than Old Northeast Pizza. From the outside, Old Northeast Pizza appears to be a tiny pizza joint in a small brick-lined strip with just a couple of shops, surrounded by beautiful homes. On the inside you will find friendly staff serving up cold beers and delicious food.

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Old Northeast Tavern

A few doors down from Old Northeast Pizza, you will find Old Northeast Tavern. This casual vibe bar has an extensive menu packed with tasty food items and a wide range of alcohol. Old Northeast Tavern is the perfect hidden bar spot away from the busy atmosphere of downtown St. Petersburg to grab a drink and watch the game on TV or just have a casual meal with friends.

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Just off of the Howard Frankland Bridge and the first exit heading into St. Petersburg from Tampa, you’ll find a massive strip of hidden apartments along 4th Street. This perfectly placed area along the water is called the Gateway area of St. Petersburg. 

Allure @ 4th


The Allure @ 4th in St. Petersburg, FL is a luxury apartment community offering 1 and 2 bedroom apartments situated perfectly between Tampa and St. Petersburg with easy access to the Gandy and Howard Frankland bridges, providing a shorter, more relaxing commute for busy professionals. Luxurious amenities at Allure @ 4th are designed with renters in mind. Enjoy the convenience of stainless steel appliances, gourmet kitchens, private balconies, and spacious walk-in closets. Take a dip in the pristine, resort-style pool or relax under the covered cabana as you warm up next to our oversized fireplace.

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Madison Gateway


Madison Gateway is located next to Carillon Park and offers an array of unique and spacious floor plans ranging from studio to 3 bedroom apartments with upscale finishes such as designer kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, ceramic tile and crown molding, to name a few.  Living in the community feels like you are living in a Mediterranean Villa Resort, rich with color and brimming with luxury. You can enjoy a carefree swim in the expansive pool, have brunch in the Bell Tower Lounge, or workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center. With its lush offerings, your new villa feels like you stepped into a dream. 

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Epic at Gateway


From the moment you drive through the gates, you realize The Epic at Gateway is different than any other community. The Epic was planned around you. In this busy world, your home should be your oasis, and The Epic delivers. From exquisitely appointed interiors to on-site amenities that only hotels and resorts boast, you can be sure that no matter what your day brings, coming home will be worth it all.


Best Restaurants in Historic Old Northeast

Noble Crust

Tucked away on 4th St N. in St. Petersburg, you will find the delicious restaurant Noble Crust. Noble Crust is the perfect combination of southern soul food and classy delectable dishes. The amazing chefs at Noble Crust are constantly updating their menu with the freshest ingredients for hearty meals and homemade desserts. 

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Cafe Cibo


Conveniently located on 4th St. N. in St. Petersburg and just minutes away from I-275 you will find Cafe Cibo. Cafe Cibo is an Italian hidden gem serving up authentic Italian dishes that will make you feel like you’re eating at a small restaurant in the heart of Italy.

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Paul’s Chicago Pizza

Looking for the best Chicago style deep dish pizza in town? Look for further than Paul’s Chicago Pizza. Tucked away in a grocery story strip mall, you will find Paul Chicago Pizza. Whether you’re a strictly cheese type of person or want to indulge in BBQ pizza, Paul’s Chicago Pizza hits the mark on delicious and satisfying pizza pies for the whole family.

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Save Money With a Roommate with VerticalRent Community

Ready to move to St. Petersburg, Florida? With so many amazing neighborhoods from downtown to historic hidden gems, you are sure to find something you love.

Need a roommate to split rent with? Check out VerticalRent’s Roommate Finder. The free tool allows you to search legitimate renter profiles, send private messages, and more. You can even use the tool to execute a roommate agreement. Then, once you move into your new rental, you can use the tool to split bills and more.

Pick your ideal neighborhood, choose a place, and find a roommate. Then, you’ll be ready to move into the rental of your dreams without going over your budget.


About the author

Ashley Orlowski is the Digital Marketing Analyst for VerticalRent. She has a passion for writing with both landlords and renters in mind. She strongly believes enrolling and utilizing VerticalRent and VerticalRent Community can greatly benefit all parties involed and help encourgage better landlord/renter dynamics and stronger roommate relationships.

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