Who We Are
Venetian Isles is a tranquil deed restricted community with approximately 533 waterfront homes. Venetian Isles is coveted for its beautifully manicured grounds, tropically landscaped properties, deep sailboat-depth water, and close proximity to downtown St. Petersburg. This highly sought-after neighborhood is a favorite among executives, business professionals, active & retired military personnel, and growing families. In fact, a few famous sports stars call Venetian Isles home too!
Venetian Isles offers waterfront homes with private docks and beautiful water views. The deep-water canals were designed for both powerboat and sail boat access. The beautiful waterfront homes of Venetian Isles are built on a man-made islands connected by a series of bridges. Venetian Isles is bordered to the west by Tampa Bay and located just north of the popular neighborhoods of Shore Acres and Snell Isle. Venetian Isles is an ideal location for commuters. The community enjoys convenient access to both downtown St. Petersburg and all of the major arteries leading to Tampa.
Originally developed in the 1960s, the majority of the homes in Venetian Isles have been renovated in recent years. Newly constructed homes are popping up across the neighborhood now too. The home styles in Venetian Isles range from modest Florida ranch-style homes to luxury mid-sized Mediterranean residences. While elegant mansions line Tampa Bay along Carolina Avenue at the end of the community.
Since Venetian Isles is a deed restricted community, the homes were all built to comply with the following: minimum size living areas, concrete block construction with tile roofs, on minimum lot sizes, no fences except chain link and wrought iron/aluminum and all homes had to have sodded lawn yards. Sibley Homes, Tessier Homes and Rutenberg Homes were the original builders of all the homes.
The Venetian Isles Homeowners Association is very active in preserving the quality of life and providing many amenities for the residents such as: a hospitality committee for new residents, a beautification committee to preserve and enhance the entrances and common areas, a dredging and seawall committee to protect the waterways and insure they are navigable by even the largest of boats, block parties, community golf and fishing events and membership and communications committees.
Venetian Isles Homeowners Association is chartered to enhance and preserve the beauty of Venetian Isles and its property values by enforcing deed restrictions while providing a pleasant, social life for the residents. As such, it has a committee to manage and maintain the deed restrictions, publishes communications and news to its residents and a yearly directory of all residents. Voluntary membership dues are currently $120 per year.
Mr. George R. Davis, a major developer on the Suncoast in the 1950s, was a “spark plug” in the development of Venetian Isles. Venetian Isles was billed as the area’s largest and most costly waterfront project in 1958. At one time, Mr. Davis directed the operations of eight major developments up and down the Suncoast simultaneously. One of the more significant events of the Venetian Isles development was obtaining the deed to the submerged waters of Tampa Bay that would become 60% of Venetian Isles.
In 1959, Florida Governor Leroy Collins, signed the submerged land rights to Venetian Isles Development Corporation for $34,412.50. Due to problems of filling the submerged lands, building seawalls and bankruptcy proceedings involving the various developers of Venetian Isles between 1959 and 1963, actual development of homes did not start until 1968. In the early 1970s, Sibley Homes took over the remaining lots from the Robert H. Lee Corporation of South Carolina and went on to build on all of the lots. He then transferred the authority and responsibility of maintaining and enforcing the deed restrictions to the newly formed Venetian Isles Homeowners Association., Inc. in 1970.
Venetian Isles was developed as a submerged water landfill project and, as such, was built at an elevation of approximately 5-7 feet above the natural shoreline. This natural shoreline is now known as the development called “Shore Acres” which borders Venetian Isles on two sides. Venetian Isles residents have been spared the flooding problems of the past 19 hurricanes that have hit Florida since 1950. Hurricanes Agnes in 1972 and Elena in 1985, which caused extensive damage in Pinellas County, did damage some outlying homes in Venetian Isles that face the Skyway Bridge, but no flooding problems occurred to any of the other homes.
Homes in Venetian Isles range in price from $500,000 to $2,000,000.