Are you tired of driving through the neighborhood and seeing the same things: identical houses block to block, grey roads with obvious signs of wear and tear, and the scattered, boring strip malls? Maybe it’s time to talk to your local realtor® and make a little change! Here are some of the artsiest neighborhoods in St. Petersburg and Clearwater:


Experience one of the quirkiest neighborhoods in the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area! Gulfport is known for its hippie vibe, the abundant arts community, and their motto, “Keep Gulfport Weird”.  

The popular art walk, which is on the first and third Saturday of every month, showcases glass-blown art, metalwork, and lampwork. Visit in late August to experience the essence of “Keep Gulfport Weird” at the GeckoFest.

Looking for a cute place to stay? Sea Breeze Manor is an adorable, old school bed and breakfast with home-styled rooms. Best of all, it has a direct waterfront!

Tarpon Springs

Just 20 minutes north of Clearwater is Tarpon Springs, a beautiful, historic waterfront neighborhood! Step out of Florida and into a Grecian coastal village! Tarpon Springs was inhabited by Greek sponge divers in the early 1900s and quickly developed it into a hotspot for the natural sponge industry.

Take a stroll down the Sponge Docks and visit the many restaurants and stores. Some of these restaurants are internationally recognized! Enjoy the sun at Fred Howard Park and Sunset Beach.


Another historic beauty in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is Dunedin. As one of the oldest towns in West Coast Florida, Dunedin celebrates its heritage with annual Scottish celebrations and other symbols of Celtic history.

Visit the Dunedin Historical Museum, a restored railroad station, to learn about the town’s development. Celtic Shop of Dunedin has gifts, apparel and food from Scotland, Ireland and Wales! Not into history?

Experience Caladesi Island State Park, which is only accessible by boat. There are also ample amounts of hiking trails, as Dunedin is a hot spot on the Pinellas Trail.

Safety Harbor

Conveniently located close to the Tampa Bay and St Petersburg areas is Safety Harbor. This neighborhood emanates an old-school vibe with the brick-lined streets and old oaks covered in moss.

Walk down Main Street to enjoy the assortment of boutiques and restaurants. Spend days in the picturesque Philippe Park, which offers acres of hardwood trees, Native American ceremonial monuments, hiking trails, kayaking, and more! Stay at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, a U.S. Historic Landmark, Florida Heritage Landmark, and Historic Hotel of America!

All of these artsy neighborhoods are unique and have different things to offer. If you need help paring down your search or want to know about your favorite area, consult Effective Agents and get in contact with a top-selling realtor® for a personalized buying experience. 

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