Within walking distance of my hotel is Central Avenue and restaurant row (I think that's what it's called).
Central Ave, St. Pete.org
Apologies for my terrible picture quality- but note the second-level spaces. The architectural style varies a good bit and some spots are prettier than others- but this is exactly the type of small-town place in which I'd love to live. I can envision a great apartment with fabulous deck space and the convenience of popping in to various restaurants for dinner.
There are several other great spots along the water. Below is Frescos, but I think it may be closed?
Little parks galore...
Spa beach (on the bay side)
St. Pete also has numerous museums, including Salvador Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Florida International Museum.
Speaking of art, St. Petersburg has fantastic architecture with a vast array of styles. To me, it also serves as a reminder that there IS history in Florida with several buildings included in the US National Registrar of Historical Places.
Check out this cool building- public restrooms near the marina!
Of course, there is some "modern" architecture. I adore the mediterranean(?) influence here.
Art Deco (you might even think you're on the East Coast of Florida in South Beach.... )
Similarly, there are numerous housing archictural styles, ranging from Arts and Crafts, Georgian, to Spanish/Mediterranean.
FL Architect Fan
This one is a bit of a surprise, here! Love it.