Bayboro Community • St. Petersburg, FL

About Us:
We are a small, relatively new community – a mix of families with small children, singles, and college students – in an urban coastal neighborhood on Tampa Bay. We founded this location at a time when we were seeking different expressions of communal living, and being in the South and on the coast is a new experience for us. The students living with us attend various area schools, including the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg; St. Petersburg College; and Pinellas Technical College.

Setting:
We have a large waterfront house that serves as our main accommodation and gathering space. Built in 1905, it features deep porches where we can sit and look at the bay. The lot, which is flat and has beautiful tropical landscaping, has six other smaller buildings. Though our house is on the coast, we are very much a part of our wider urban community.

Connecting with Neighbors:
Friends and neighbors often drop by for visits throughout the week. Each month we help sponsor a meeting for many of the families in our area to discuss neighborhood issues. We reach out to the diverse faith communities here and have lively discussions about faith and how to put it into practice.

Point of Interest:
We get to see a beautiful sunrise every morning, and we enjoy nearly 365 days of sunshine a year. You’ll often find us boating or kayaking on the bay, and we like to catch our own fish and seafood to eat.

Meet some of the members of the Bayboro Community:

Gilda

Gilda: Hi, my name is Gilda (pronounced Jilda) and I live here at the Bayboro House, a Christian community in St. Petersburg, Florida. Our location is right on the water in Tampa Bay. It’s an ideal spot to fish, which I love to do and get out as often as I can.

I first came here in 2010 and shortly after arriving I began learning the cleaning business we run here. I did that work for six years and loved it! In 2016 I moved to New York, and then around various Bruderhof communities large and small for the next four years. I had the chance to do many things such as kitchen work, teaching preschoolers, helping in the workshop, and living in a small community like this one in London, England.

In 2020 just before the lockdown I returned to Bayboro, much to my great joy! Once again I was handed the cleaning business, so I have been hard at it since then. We serve residential homes in the area. Through doing this work we have gotten to know many, many people. 

Walking or biking in the neighborhood is something I love doing, being able to interact with people.  It’s great to visit on various porches, including our own, or to share a meal with friends, neighbors and fellow seekers, and discuss all manner of topics.

BobChristina

Bob & Christina Burnett: Hi, my name is Bob Burnett and I live with my wife of thirty years, Christina, in an intentional Christian community here in St. Petersburg, Florida. We’ve been living here for over two years with twenty other members, and have fallen in love with the hospitality of our neighbors that surround us on three sides. They have welcomed us onto their porches, into their homes and lives, and we’ve gotten to know them – sharing their tears as well as their celebrations. 

On the fourth side of the communal property is Tampa Bay – a piece of extravagant beauty, but also extravagant moods. And as many visitors have told us, I can’t really describe it – you have to experience it! We are still discovering new delights! To live so near the water is a privilege; to be trusted by so many neighbors is a privilege; to wake up each morning and watch the sun pop up out of the glassy, gilded bay is a privilege. But to share a life working together, carrying each other’s burdens and joys, praying together, and having fun together, is by far the biggest privilege of all.

Contact Information

Bayboro
1719 Beach Dr., S.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
United States
Tel: 727-821-6644
Email:  bayboro@bruderhof.com

Established: 2006

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