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Old 07-02-2016, 10:01 AM
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
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Florida is truly a state in search of an identity. Except for Tampa Bay, the more south you go from Southern Florida, towards Georgia, the more Southern and conservative it gets.

If you are looking for a more cosmopolitan, artsy, progress, yet very affordable place to relocate...look at the gem of a neighborhood called Historic Kenwood.

Historic Kenwood has evolved into an art district destination. There are 2 major art districts abutting each other along Central Ave below 34th Street (US19) to the pier.

The neighborhood is now designated as a Art Enclave, so residents can have art studios in their home they can sell from.

There is the Grand Central Art District which runs from 34th Street to the 1st Street along Central. These are Mom and Pop small business galleries, eateries, services, art instruction, LGBTQ Welcome Center and thrift shop. Each store is so unique and funky fun. Very affordable and really an adventure to walk. But if you prefer, every other Friday Night is a free Art Walk with a Free Trolley car shuttle service to everything. Most galleries and shops have a wine and cheese style table set up and its like attending 100 openings. Very friendly, VERY CREATIVE and very affordable.

Abutting the Grand Central Art District is the Edge Warehouse Art District south of Central) These are industrial buildings turned into working studios for artists.

For more info visit Historic Kenwood | Neighborhood of the Arts.

Housing has gone up in price since the 2008 RE bust but absolutely no where near what a similar trendy neighborhoods would cost in Greenwich Village, SOHO NYC or SFO or LAX.

I have lived in all of the neighborhoods above. Historic Kenwood has the same charm progressiveness, LGBTQ friendly and devotion to the arts, at affordable costs, no traffic, sunny weather and friendlier people. No snooty "art gallery" attitudes.

Sarasota is still wonderful. Also check out the quaint artsy waterfront town of Gulfport less than 2 miles away. Also historic and quaint.
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