Shopping for Homes: Louisiana Neighborhoods You HAVE to Consider

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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The perfect home in the perfect neighborhood is waiting. If you’re ready to discover a place you can truly fall in love with, take a quick tour of a few dreamy Louisiana neighborhoods you just have to explore for yourself.

1. The Garden District in Baton Rouge

Mid-city in Baton Rouge, the stunningly beautiful Garden District occupies the area from Government Street south to Broussard Street. Graced with colonnades of live oaks and one- and two-story residences, it’s actually three historic districts rolled into one — Roseland Terrace, Drehr Place and Kleinert Terrace. Each has its own character with late-19th century Queen Anne Colonial Revival homes, charming Southern bungalows built during the 1920s and 30s, and stately homes constructed in the mid century.

Named an American Planning Association Top 10 “Great Neighborhood,” the Garden District is both walkable and bikeable, with easy access to City-Brooks Community Park and a six-mile recreational perimeter loop. Other amenities include a tennis center, art gallery, coffee shop, pet clinic and nine-hole public golf course. Trendy shops and restaurants are within convenient walking distance.

Median sale price for a home is $335,000.

2. Sherwood Forest in Baton Rouge

Often called Broadmoor, Sherwood Forest is one of East Baton Rouge Parish’s oldest and largest established neighborhoods. It occupies the area between Florida Boulevard and Old Hammond Highway between Sharp Road and South Flannery Road. Single-family rambling brick ranches on generous lots line established streets, but planned development is slowly adding new-construction luxury homes, townhomes and condominiums.

The area is both walkable and bikeable and home to Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School. Other amenities include The Legacy at Bonne Esperance, with a golf driving range, tennis center, banquet hall, and bar and grill; Celebration Station, a family fun center with batting cages, bumper cars, go-karts and miniature golf; the Christa McAuliffe Center for adult education; and the Fairwood Branch Library. St. Thomas More Catholic Church and School hosts a festival each spring.

Median sale price for a home is $157,000.

3. The Historic Highland Road Area in Baton Rouge

Extending south from Louisiana State University and University Lake, the prestigious Highland Road neighborhoods are an eclectic mix situated between Duplanier and Fountain Bayous. Near LSU, campus-oriented housing mixes with the modest, traditional and historic. The oldest homes tend to be in the stately tree-lined area between Lee Highway and Kenilworth Parkway. With its position, this is some of the most desirable property in the parish. Farther south, Woodstone Estates and Highland Hills offer traditional yet upscale single-family homes with lush yards and cul-de-sacs.

With LSU so close, the neighborhoods have easy access to everything—plenty of educational opportunities, entertainment and activities as well as nearby shops, restaurants and Baton Rouge’s medical corridor. For another academic plus, Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School is nearby. The Highland Road area is easily walkable, joggable and bikeable, with plenty of mature trees and shade.

Home prices range from the $300,000s to several million.

4. The Lakefront Area in Mandeville

Originally a jazz resort area of lake shore pavilions and vacation homes, Mandeville’s lakefront neighborhood sits between the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and Castine Bayou to the east. Florida Street forms a natural boundary dividing residential versus more commercial areas. Southern bungalows sit next to Victorian-era two-stories with porches while interspersed are elegant plantation-style homes—many homes built new, post-Katrina. Nostalgic wrought-iron fences and live oaks are the style, but the shore also has the occasional beach home, condo or modern establishment.

The harbor marina anchors the Pontchartrain Causeway as it comes ashore from New Orleans, and nearby are a yacht center and a lakefront splash park. A bit farther inland, the Mandeville Trailhead is a public park with a splash pad, local museum and farmer’s market — all along a rails-to-trails paved 31- mile-long bike path. You can swim, sail, bike or just relax and dine. You’d never have to leave the neighborhood.

Median sale price for a home in Mandeville is $254,000, but homes or lots closer to the water start near $500,000.

5. Anandale in Alexandria

Alexandria’s southernmost suburb, Anandale is a quiet slice of home between the Robert and Willow Bayous, with farmland to the south. The quiet, relaxing community fans out on neat, tree-lined streets of Southern brick ranches graced with porches and garages. Pecan Drive has lovely two-stories set back amid gardens and trees. Condos are situated near the elementary school. The devoted residential areas and interconnecting streets make for the perfect neighborly bike ride or morning run route.

Amenities are just across the bayou in Alexandria proper and include everything a well-developed town would have: shopping, restaurants and hotels as well as a convention center, performing arts center, riverfront amphitheater, zoo, art museum, collegiate league baseball field, international airport and medical complex. Interstate 49 gives easy access to Shreveport, Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans for day trips or weekend adventures.

Median sale price for a home is $120,000.

6. St. Francisville

With an undeniably historic feel, St. Francisville sits on a bluff by the Mississippi, just 20 miles north of Baton Rouge. Old plantations still stand, many of them either historic inns or must-sees on the St. Francisville historical tours. Residential areas cluster in and around the town, each with its own era and style. Royal Street, Ferdinand Street and their offshoots hold historical homes. For newer construction, north of the town along Highway 61, small subdivisions are scattered between the plantations. Some favor traditional Southern brick ranches while others raise a hip roof for a modern second story.

The town is focused on tourism and preservation of its history and culture. Rosedown Plantation, for example, was built in 1835 and still stands, as do the 18th century Myrtles Plantation and a number of others. Afton Villa Gardens is one of several antebellum gardens that burst with life each spring. Nevertheless, St. Francisville has the amenities of a small rural town—a small hospital, library, shops and restaurants.

Median sale price for a home is $288,000.

7. Downtown Historic Natchitoches

Natchitoches was the oldest European settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, and it still has the oldest general store in all of Louisiana. Situated along Cane River Lake—the old Red River—the town’s historic district has the colonnade shops and sidewalks characteristic of Louisiana as well as spacious Southern cottages, bungalows, center-hall colonials and the occasional Victorian.

Just opposite the historical district is east Natchitoches and the regional medical center. South of downtown’s historic district are the city park and Northwestern State University, known for nursing, business education and the crew teams often seen on the river. A regional airport is nearby. Meanwhile, the historical district offers a walkable lifestyle with plenty to see and enjoy.

Median sale price for a home is $141,000.

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