St. Petersburg is a great place to visit – and to live

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With its walkable and vibrant cultural scene, St. Petersburg is one of the top 10 “big cities” to visit in the country, according to the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. This year, for the first time, St. Petersburg appears on the list with nine other cities over 250,000 people, including Washington, D.C., Nashville, New York, San Diego, and New Orleans.

“This kind of recognition is what we set out to achieve nearly seven years ago. Elevating St. Pete nationally and internationally was a priority and I think we’ve succeeded,” Mayor Rick Kriseman told The St. Pete Catalyst.

Conde Nast Traveler called St. Pete “perfect for a weekend getaway,” and the story highlighted a number of things that residents love as they live here all or part of the year. Among them:

St. Petersburg Top Features:

1. The Cultural Arts Scene in St. Petersburg

The cultural arts scene. “The number of performers, writers, and visual artists who have moved to this area has increased by more than 50 percent in 10 years. We’ve found ourselves with one of the largest concentrations of artists in the Southeast,” John Collins, executive director of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, told Atlanta Magazine. From an annual mural festival to the robust theatre scene, St. Pete’s art scene is diverse and booming.

2. The Dalí Museum

The Dalí Museum. Completed in 2011, the Dalí Museum is an architectural stunner. Its glass “geodesic bubble” is mesmerizing, especially when you consider the whole structure is hurricane-proof. The art inside the building is incredible, too. The largest collection of Dalí’s work outside of Europe resides in St. Pete, including eight of his masterworks. Taking a docent-guided tour or listening to the audio guide is a must, as the surrealist’s works are much more than meets the eye.

3. The St. Petersburg Pier

The St. Pete Pier. The 26-acre Pier District opened in 2020, and is now a hub of activity. There are five restaurants at the Pier, including options for families hopping in and out of the splash pad and folks looking for a sit-down, fine dining experience. Grab a create-your-own pizza and gaze at the water, snag a cocktail and watch the sunset at the Pier Teaki, or enjoy a conch beignet at the rooftop restaurant, Teak. The Pier is already a popular site for community activities, and it will surely continue to be a (socially distanced) gathering place in the future.

The Julia

The Julia will be a short walk from all this, with 15 unique residences that offer serenity and privacy within the units, combined with easy access to all that downtown St. Petersburg has to offer. For more information, send an email to, or call 727-234-1311.



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