Snell Island is located slightly more than a mile from downtown St. Petersburg. Technically not an island, it is surrounded by water on three sides and is known as one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Tampa Bay.
Travel over the Snell Isle Bridge from the south and you will instantly feel as if you're in the quintessential Florida upscale neighborhood. Snell Island Boulevard is lined on both sides by Canary date palms, and the Vinoy Golf Club (a private course affiliated with the resort located in downtown St. Petersburg) covers large swaths of the island.
Landscaping is lush and the water views are fantastic, especially on the south side of the island, where Brightwaters Boulevard boasts some of the most expensive homes in the city.
The island's namesake, C. Perry Snell, was a Kentucky druggist who came south to Florida to develop many of the neighborhoods north of downtown. The development opened in October 1985 and was an immediate hit.
Today the island is known for its massive waterfront homes, its eclectic mix of homes on the interior of the island and for new condos and very well-kept rentals.
Insider knowledge: Though Brightwaters is a great street to live on, part of the boulevard faces a bird sanctuary in the middle of Coffeepot Bayou. While spectacular to look at, the smell from the birds can be daunting on a hot summer day when the wind is blowing just right.
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