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January Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

January Parades

No one loves a parade more than the New Orleans area, which has elevated these events to an art form. Join our Realtors® by getting in the Mardi Gras frame of mind with these January parades taking place around New Orleans homes for sale

  • Funky Uptown Krewe - Bourrée, 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Appropriately, Funky Uptown Krewe has chosen "Everybody Get Your Funk On!" as the theme for this year's Mardi Gras parade on Friday, January 6. Kick things off with a fresh fruit daiquiri from Bourrée at the pre-party. At 7 p.m., the procession heads out along the St. Charles streetcar line. The Krewe will be tossing bedazzled vinyl records along with cups and koozies while DJ Mannie Fresh spins hot tunes from the streetcar. End up at Fat Harry's around 8:30 p.m. to keep the party going. 

  • Krewe de Joan d'Arc - Bienville & N. Front, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Krewe de Joan d'Arc
    is named for the martyred saint who liberated NOLA's namesake city of Orleans, France. Their annual parade on January 6 serves as a tribute to her birthday as well as a prelude to Mardi Gras. Parade participants and viewers don medieval garb similar to that worn during Joan of Arc's time in the 1400s. The procession pauses at the New Orleans Collection Williams Foundation Building for a celebratory toast, as well as for a sword-blessing ceremony at Saint Louis Cathedral. In conclusion, everyone gathers to sing "Happy Birthday" in front of the Joan of Arc statue on Decatur. Festivities begin at 7 p.m.

  • Phunny Phorty Phellows - S. Carrollton & Willow, New Orleans, LA 70118
    While the Phunny Phorty Phellows, or PPP, made their first appearance in 1878, they lasted only 20 years before reforming in 1981. Satire, the krewe's defining tradition, is reflected in their costumes, which often take aim at current issues. At 7 p.m. on January 6, after making their regular Carnival Countdown, PPP sets out for a lively ride on the St. Charles streetcar. During the trip, the Queen and "Boss" are determined by whoever finds the babies in two king cakes that are passed around. Music is provided by the Storyville Stompers on the streetcar ride, followed by the Coronation Ball with entertainment from Benny Grunch and the Bunch.

  • Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus - St. Claude Ave.  & Homer Plessy Way, New Orleans, LA 70117
    With participants dressed as aliens, superheroes, and Trekkies, the Mardi Gras parade of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus resembles a galaxy far, far away. The krewe's 900 members are organized into more than 150 sub-krewes dedicated to various science fiction, fantasy, and horror themes. Sustainability is a priority, with nearly 100 parade vehicles designed to be pushed, pulled, or pedaled without reliance on fuel. Throws such as bandoliers and pocket shrines are handmade from recycled and upcycled materials. Join in the fun at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, and "Let the Wookiee Win!"

  • Krewe of Nefertiti -  Bullard Ave. & Lake Forest Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70128
    Looking for a parade that the whole family can enjoy? Mark your calendar for 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, when the Krewe of Nefertiti takes to the streets. The all-female krewe serves the NOLA community through volunteer service and fundraising. Kids love the bejeweled throws that are tossed to the crowd from the parade's 14 floats.

After touring New Orleans open houses, a visit to a Mardi Gras parade is a great way to experience community spirit. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.


Where to Go Shore Fishing Near Houma

Houma fishing

Southern Louisiana has long been known as a sportsman's paradise. Bayous and marshes all around the Houma area are teeming with both freshwater and saltwater fish. And as our Realtors® are fond of saying, you don't need a boat to enjoy fishing in Houma. 

You'll find an abundance of shore fishing access in Houma and throughout Terrebonne Parish. If you're in the area visiting Houma open houses, be sure to check out some of these amazing local fishing spots. 

  • Bayou Terrebonne - W 70360, 8226 E Park Ave, Houma, LA 70363
    A historic waterway that has always been essential to shipping and commerce in Louisiana, Bayou Terrebonne is also a great place to do some fishing. The stream flows right through the heart of Houma, and anglers commonly catch largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill from its waters. There's excellent bank access at Houma's Downtown Marina, which offers waterfront boardwalks and picnic tables just minutes from many Houma homes for sale. Fishing is also available on the opposite side of the Bayou, just off Main Street. 

  • Bayou Country Sports Park - 4374 LA-311, Houma, LA 70360
    Fishing is just one of the many attractions at Bayou Country Sports Park, a recreation complex in Houma that includes soccer fields, a baseball and softball complex, and a splash pad. But the highlight of Bayou Country Sports Park is its fishing pond, which has been stocked with bass, catfish, and bluegill (rainbow trout are also stocked during the winter months). The pond's shoreline is entirely open to fishing, and wheelchair-accessible fishing docks have also been provided. 

  • Bayou Dularge - Bayou Dularge Rd, Theriot, LA 70397
    Bayou Dularge flows southward from Houma toward Lake Mechant, Caillou Lake, and, eventually, the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing charters head down the bayou toward the open waters of the lakes to catch redfish and speckled trout in summer, but during the cooler months, many of these fish head up into the bayou itself. There's fishing access all along Bayou Dularge Road, which parallels the bayou from Houma down through Theriot to Jug's Landing.

  • Lake Palourde - 2300 LA-70, Morgan City, LA 70380
    Just a 30-minute drive from Houma, Lake Palourde is known for having some of the best catfish fishing. The lake has produced some truly giant blue catfish and channel cats and also offers fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and alligator gar. Lake End Park is a great place to access the Lake Palourde from shore. The park provides an abundance of bank access, plus fishing piers, campgrounds, and a marina. 

  • Robinson Canal - LA-56, Chauvin, LA 70344
    An outstanding inshore fishing spot about 30 minutes south of Houma, Robinson Canal is one of the best shore fishing spots in the area for red drum, also known as redfish. The best bait options for redfish are cut bait and live baitfish. The period from fall into winter is a great time to fish the canal, which also provides good catches of black drum and sheepshead. There's great fishing access on the Robinson Canal behind Lapeyrouse Seafood, Bar, Grocery and Campground just off LA-56.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. It's truly a place unlike any other, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Houma and the surrounding areas. 


Gretna's Downtown Historic District

Gretna's Historic District

The area around New Orleans is one of America's most beautiful and historically significant sites, and the nearby city of Gretna is no exception. This quiet community is close to many of our New Orleans homes for sale and features many interesting sights for amateur historians to enjoy. Here are a few of the most noteworthy Gretna locations you can visit to experience this city's history.  

  • The Gretna Historical Society Museum - 209 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053
    The Gretna Historical Society Museum features a multitude of exhibits illustrating the district's rich historical roots. Perhaps the most notable of these is the David Crockett Fire House, the oldest continuously active volunteer fire company complete with a horse-drawn steam pumper. Visitors can also stop by the Kitty Strele Creole Cottage, a preserved family home furnished in the style of the 1800s. 

  • Gretna City Hall - 740 2nd St, Gretna, LA 70053
    Gretna's City Hall is much more than a simple civic building. Built in 1907, this striking structure was designed in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. It was originally used as the city's courthouse until 1958 before being renovated and reopened to the public almost a decade later. It now features a vast collection of local mementos on the first floor and a restored turn-of-the-century aesthetic on the second floor. It appears on the National Register of Historic Places and even offers drop-in walking tours for small groups.

  • The Gretna Farmer's Market - 740 2nd Street, Gretna, LA 70053
    The Gretna Farmer's Market is a longstanding local tradition with an enduring place in the city's history. This community market is open every Saturday between 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM, rain or shine. You'll find countless crates of fresh local produce and artisan goods here every week, and local crafts are also available during the market's Art Walk on the second Saturday of each month.

  • The German-American Cultural Center and Museum - 519 Huey P Long Ave, Gretna, LA 70053
    Gretna's German-American Cultural Center and Museum features exhibits on the German immigrant experience in Louisiana from the 1720s through today, including their work and pastimes. The building also has a genealogy and research room where visitors can receive access to church records and other valuable sources of information that would be hard to come by in other settings. 

  • St. Joseph Catholic Church and Gardens -  610 6th St, Gretna, LA 70053
    The St. Joseph Catholic Church is one of Louisiana's oldest places of worship. The church was built in 1857 in the distinctive Spanish Baroque style, and thanks to diligent maintenance from the local community, it is still in excellent condition. Its looming bell tower and lush gardens make this building impossible to miss from any angle, and is a striking example of the time period's architecture.  

Make Gretna Your Home Today

Gretna's deep historical roots make it a great place to live, work, and play. Contact us today to learn more from our real estate agents about our current roster of New Orleans properties. Or visit one of our New Orleans open houses to get a better look at your favorites. 


Celebrate Crawfish Season at These Louisiana Spots


Are you ready for crawfish season and don't want to wait for the Lake Charles Crawfish Festival in April? Some of your favorite dining destinations around Lake Charles are ready to help you celebrate with a dish that is always best enjoyed in Louisiana. No matter how you enjoy your crawfish prepared, there's sure to be a local seafood spot ready to serve you. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 great spots to chow down on some crawfish around Lake Charles.

  • Zydeco Crawfish – 5400 Gerstner Memorial Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70607
    Consistently voted as the best crawfish drive-thru near Lake Charles homes for sale with both steamed, to-go crawfish and live crawfish to cook at home, Zydeco Crawfish is ready to help you celebrate the season. They're moving from their previous location into a brand new building, but you can still expect the same great service. Stop by anytime for a quick, convenient way to satisfy your crawfish craving.

  • Steamboat Bill's – 1004 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    With two locations in Lake Charles along with the Boiling Wagon that you might see at local events, Steamboat Bill's is a local favorite for all sorts of seafood, crawfish included. What started as the dream of a roadside merchant has grown into a popular local chain, where you can always find fresh seafood and good times. They also offer catering for events of all sizes if you're thinking of planning a party this crawfish season.

  • JT's Seafood – 2908 Lake St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Known for a menu that mixes authentic Southern barbecue with fresh seafood favorites, JT's Seafood is always ready to serve you during crawfish season. When you're shopping for fresh ingredients, JT's Seafood is the place to be. Fresh shipments of crawfish, crab, shrimp, and fish arrive regularly. Of course, you can also pick up prepared meals, complete with all the fixings and cooked to order.

  • The Crawfish Stop – 3437 Country Club Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Another excellent drive-thru destination for crawfish, The Crawfish Stop has two locations in Lake Charles for your convenience. This locally owned and operated business is drive-thru only, perfect for picking up some steamed crawfish on the way home from work. Every crawfish meal is served with potatoes, along with sweet corn and a delicious dipping sauce. Order your crawfish by the pound, and let The Crawfish Stop handle all of the cooking for you.

  • Beauxdines' Seafood & Specialty Meat Market – 3013 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Whether you want to pick up some fresh crawfish to steam at home with your own recipe or grab your crawfish hot, fresh, and ready to eat, Beauxdines' Seafood & Specialty Meat Market has you covered. Visit the drive-thru to grab a quick meal, or head inside to shop from an extensive selection of high-quality ingredients. If you stop by on the weekend, you'll often have some live music to enjoy while you dine.

Ready to find your next home close to all of the amazing dining spots around Lake Charles? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lake Charles, LA area or stop by our Lake Charles open houses.


Cultural Districts of Lake Charles

Lake Charles Historic

Lake Charles is a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home. In 2007 the Cultural Districts program was formed with a goal to encourage economic growth and tourism to these historic areas. Let our real estate agents be your tour guide to these unique Cultural Districts in Lake Charles

Nellie Lutcher Cultural District

Named for the legendary R&B and jazz singer who was born in Lake Charles in 1912, the Nellie Lutcher Cultural District encapsulates a vibrant area. It's the newest Cultural District in the city, having been given its official designation by the state of Louisiana in 2016, and is walkable from many Lake Charles homes for sale

The Nellie Lutcher Cultural District spans Ryan Street and Enterprise Boulevard to the east and west and between 7th Street and Railroad Avenue to the north and south. Landmarks in this district include: 

  • ACTS Theatre - 1 Reid St, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Located in a building that once served as a silent movie house, the Artists Civic Theatre and Studio (ACTS) is a vital component of Lake Charles art and culture. ACTS was founded in 1969 and continues to produce stage productions every season. 

Charlestown Cultural District

Charles Sallier, one of the earliest settlers in Calcasieu Parrish, built his home on the shore of the lake that now bears his name in 1800. The settlement that grew around his homestead became known as "Charles Town" until the name was officially changed to Lake Charles in 1867. 

Those early settlements around the shoreline of Lake Charles are now included within the Charlestown Cultural District, which also encompasses the Downtown Ryan Street corridor and Lakeshore Drive from the I-10 bridge to Bord du Lac Drive. Some of this district's most significant landmarks include: 

  • 1911 Historic City Hall - 1001 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Once Lake Charles city hall, the 1911 Historic City Hall building was renovated and reopened in 2004 as an arts and culture center. 

  • Calcasieu Marine National Bank - 104 W Pujo St, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    With its three-story limestone edifice and neoclassical architecture, the building that houses the Calcasieu Marine National Bank was built in 1928 by the noted New Orleans architects of Favrot and Livaudais

Cottage Shops Cultural District

The unique Cottage Shops Cultural District was established in 2010. Compact and easily walkable, the Cottage Shops Cultural District is centered around Hodges Street between Alamo and 12th Streets and is home to some of Lake Charles' best locally-owned shops and eateries. Some of the special places found in this district include: 

  • Agave Tamale - 521 Alamo St, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Louisiana-style hot tamales are their own thing, and you'll get the best in town at Agave Tamale, a cozy takeout spot nestled in a historic building on Alamo Street. 

  • Crave - 2801 Ryan St #100, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Gourmet specialty food and gift baskets are the main attraction at Crave, a local favorite for delicacies ranging from wine and spirits to hot sauces, chocolates, olive oils, and balsamic. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Lake Charles. When it comes to finding your dream home in Louisiana, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 


Mardi Gras Krewes and Parade Routes for 2022

Mardi Gras 2022

Everyone loves a parade, and Mardi Gras wouldn't be the same without the colorful and festive krewes celebrating every year. Our real estate agents share a preview of some of the highly-anticipated parades scheduled throughout the area.

French Quarter 

  • Krewe Bohème 
    True to their name, Krewe Bohème proudly embraces an unconventional spirit. Their parade is headed up by a green fairy that symbolizes absinthe, the anise-flavored liqueur so identified with traditional New Orleans cocktails, and their throws are created by artists in their membership. At 7 p.m. on Friday, February 11, Krewe Bohème starts off at Franklin Ave. near Dauphine St., ending up at the Joy Theater.

  • Krewdelusion
    Irreverent satire is the name of the game for Krewedelusion. Their stated mission is "to save the Universe, beginning at its center, New Orleans," and their parade theme is a closely guarded secret each year until showtime. Krewedelusion follows KdV at approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, proceeding from the corner of Franklin Ave. and Royal St. to D.B.A. on Frenchman St.

  • Krewe of Cork
    It's no surprise that Krewe of Cork is devoted to all things wine. In addition to wine-related costumes and throws featuring a grape logo, their parades include golf cart-driving "wine police" whose motto is, "To serve and pour." Krewe of Cork will head out from Royal St. between St. Peter and Toulouse St. at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 18, finishing up on Conti between Royal and Bourbon St. 

  • Krewe of Barkus
    Krewe of Barkus includes a number of four-legged members, as man's best friend takes the spotlight. Founder Thomas Wood made his own Jo Jo McWood queen of the parade and captain for life, kicking off a tradition that continues today. Join the fun at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, as Krewe of Barkus walks from N. Rampart at St. Ann to Orleans St. 


  • Krewe of Excalibur
    Head back to the swashbuckling times of King Arthur as you watch the antics of Krewe of Excalibur. Members in full knight attire follow animated floats and throw hand-decorated wooden shields out to the crowd. On Friday, February 18, the parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. The procession follows the Metairie Westbound route, starting at Bonnabel Blvd. and Nero St. and finishing at Nero St.

  • Magical Krewe of Mad Hatters
    Making their Mardi Gras debut this year, Magical Krewe of Mad Hatters channels all the whimsy and imagination found in Alice in Wonderland. Watch for some well-known bands on their floats, as well as dazzling lighting effects and spectacular costumes. The festivities start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, as Magical Krewe of Mad Hatters proceeds along the Metairie Westbound route.

These are only some of the parades to look forward to this Mardi Gras season. We'll be covering more parades to plan ahead for in our next blog post.

Let the good times roll in your own New Orleans home. If you're ready to buy or sell a house, contact us at Latter & Blum to get started or stop by one of our New Orleans open houses


Visit the Louisiana Art & Science Museum

Art and Science Musuem

If you're looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you should also pay a visit to the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. It's a great place to bring your family once you move to the area. Here's some of what it has to offer.

About the Museum

It's the goal of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum to provide the public - especially students - with a greater understanding and appreciation of art and science and foster creativity and discovery. The museum is located at 100 River Road South Baton Rouge, LA 70802, in a rebuilt railroad station in the heart of downtown, on the bank of the Mississippi River.

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, the museum is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is $12 for adults or $10 for children and seniors. There are also group rates available, as well as special rates for students, educators, military personnel, and first responders. The first Sunday of every month, admission is free to everyone.


One of the most popular attractions at the museum is the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium - a large, domed theater that shows the wonders of space in crystal clear 4K video and 5.1 surround sound. The planetarium has scheduled a variety of different shows throughout the week, exploring things like Saturn's rings, planets beyond our solar system, and even the inner workings of the human brain.

Apart from the planetarium, the museum has several other space-themed exhibits. The Planet Tower contains enormous scale models of the sun and the planets. The Solar System Gallery displays images from the Hubble Telescope - along with a 239-pound Triceratops skull named Jason. And the Universe Gallery contains the OmniGlobe - a 3D model of the Earth with a digital screen that can demonstrate heliophysics, ocean science, atmospheric conditions, and more.

Space isn't the only place visitors can explore, though. The Ancient Egypt gallery shows artifacts dating back to 323 B.C., including a fully preserved mummy. There's plenty of information in the gallery on the mummy's discovery, as well as on the general time period and what life was like at the time.

Interactive Events

Another thing the Art & Science Museum is known for is hands-on exhibits. The Science Station allows children to conduct experiments in sound, light, and motion, as well as demonstrate nanoscale in science and engineering. For younger children, the Discovery Depot has everything from building blocks to train sets to puppets.

Unfortunately, the interactive exhibits are currently closed due to the pandemic. In the meantime, the museum has provided a virtual museum, with a series of activities that children of all ages can do at home, either with their parents or on their own. These activities include printable coloring book pages, crafts like making your own rain stick, experiments in force and motion, and much more. There are also virtual tours available of the galleries that are currently closed to in-person visits.

You can also host your child's birthday party at the museum, which includes a number of hands-on activities, and even a gift registry through the Museum Store. The museum can be booked for grown-up events as well, including wedding receptions and cocktail parties.

The Art & Science Museum is just one of the many cultural and educational institutions you can explore with your family in the Baton Rouge area. Especially if you're in the area for one of our Baton Rouge open houses. Our real estate agents can help you get to know the neighborhood better. Contact us to help you find the perfect home for your needs.


Explore Lafayette: 6 Places to Visit this Year

Lafayette 2022

When buyers approach us looking for Lafayette homes for sale, we always get a little excited for them. Lafayette is such a great place to live. Not only does the city have a rich history, but it's full of fun things to do and places to explore. Whether you're already a local, or getting ready to make Lafayette your new home, make sure to check out these Lafayette destinations in 2022.

  1. Jefferson Street and University Avenue, Lafayette, LA
    The area around Jefferson Street and University Avenue in downtown Lafayette is one of the best parts of the city to shop, explore, and visit local restaurants. You'll find a little of everything from bridal boutiques to local delis. This area is very walkable. The large, 3D letters that spell out "Lafayette" in Sans Souci Park make for great photo ops!

  2. Vermilionville Historic Village: 3000 Fisher Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    Vermilionville is a historic village consisting of several 18th and 19th-century homes that have been maintained and restored. Here, you can learn about the region's Cajun and Creole history. Take a self-guided tour or join one of the guided tour groups for an additional charge. Vermilionville also offers cooking demonstrations, boat tours, and dance lessons. 

  3. Buck & Johnny's: 100 Berard St., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    Buck & Johnny's
    serves incredible Cajun cuisine all around, but they're really known for their Zydeco Breakfast. At Buck & Johnny's, you can enjoy breakfast while listening to and learning about Zydeco music. Try the Zydeco omelet, the Cajun Boudin Breakfast, or the Troubled Water, which is grits topped with crawfish etouffee. 

  4. Hilliard Art Museum: 710 East St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Hilliard Art Museum
    is an art museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It's open to the public Tuesday - Saturday, and admission is only $7.50 for adults. Notable collections at Hilliard Art Museum include Twenty Years of Marais Press, Universe of the Mind by Master Shen-Long, and Sanctuary: New Work by Linda Alterwitz. The museum offers guided tours, and visitors are welcome to write or sketch in the galleries if desired. 

  5. Avery Island: Avery Island, LA
    Avery Island
    is a collection of five tiny islands that rise above the water level of the salt marshes about 20 minutes outside Lafayette. It's well worth taking a quick drive to the islands when you have a free Saturday. Avery Island is home to several unique species of birds. You can also visit the Tabasco Brand Factory and Museum and learn how this infamous sauce is made.

  6. Lagniappe Antique Mall: 124 W. Bridge Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    The town of Breaux Bridge is just a 10-minute drive from Lafayette. Here, you'll discover the Lagniappe Antique Mall, an incredible 17,000 square foot shopping center. The place is packed with antiques, collectibles, and local artwork. The Lagniappe Antique Mall is located inside the historic Domingue Motor Co, which was built in the 1920s. It's open to shoppers Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm. This is the perfect place to buy gifts or decor for your new Lafayette home. 

These are just six of the many amazing things to do in and around Lafayette. Venture out there, and discover the best the region has to offer. If you're still looking for a home in the area, don't hesitate to contact us or stop by one of our Lafayette open houses. We'll tell you how our real estate agents can help.


6 Stops Along the SWLA Boudin Trail


Maybe we're biased, or we're just hungry....but the food in Louisiana can't be beaten. Louisiana food is truly one-of-a-kind and delicious. This certainly includes homemade boudin you can find at local spots. Even better, there's a whole trail dedicated to this fantastic food! When our real estate agents are craving one of the state's iconic foods, they head to the SWLA Boudin Trail and these wonderful shops and restaurants.

  1. Leonard's Food Quarters - 1708 Gerstner Memorial Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Leonard's Food Quarters is more than just a business to its namesake founder. After a 30-year career that began in a bowling alley kitchen, Leonard wanted to create a legacy for his children. Every item on the menu, from boudin to salad dressing, is infused with a touch of soul. Call ahead to have your order ready at the convenient pickup window. Leonard's is open weekdays from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  2. Hebert's Specialty Meats - 1140 Country Club Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Boudin does double duty at Hebert's Specialty Meats, which has been serving the community around Lake Charles homes for sale for more than 40 years. Buy boudin by the pound or get it as a stuffing in chicken and turkey. Don't forget to take home some of Hebert's flavorful house seasoning. Hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

  3. Honey B Ham and Deli - 506 E. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Take the stress out of the holiday and special event planning when you leave the food to Honey B Ham and Deli. In addition to boudin dishes and balls that serve 20, Honey B has a full selection of BBQ, turkey, side dishes, pies, and, of course, ham. Need a quick lunch? Grab a sandwich, salad, gumbo, or etouffee. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  4. Sonnier's Boudin - 1217 Mill St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    When you put the name of your product in your business, you're making a statement, and Sonnier's Boudin delivers. Sonnier's isn't content to serve only basic boudin, offering it in various combinations of smoked, spicy, pepper jack, and chicken. Be sure to try their sausages that come in pork, beef, deer, and chicken, with a variety of add-ins such as green onion and jalapeño. Hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

  5. The Boiling Point - 1730 Beglis Pkwy., Sulphur, LA 70663
    Surf meets turf at The Boiling Point, a down-home Cajun seafood restaurant just down the street from Sulphur homes for sale. The Boiling Point has crawfish boudin to go alongside their regular and pepper jack varieties. Boudin also gives the classic burger a whole new dimension. Complement your meal with a side of coleslaw, which many customers declare to be the best in the state. The Boiling Point is open weekdays from 6 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  6. Insane Sausages - 2255 Hwy. 109, Vinton, LA 70668
    Insane Sausages takes boudin south of the border with saucy versions such as pork enchilada and boudin quesadillas. Their sausages are equally creative, with flavors such as bourbon brown sugar chicken and pork and syrup. In October, Insane Sausages was one of the award-winning competitors at the Boudin Cook-Off in Lafayette. Stop in after a day of viewing Vinton homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 

Variety is truly the spice of life around Lake Charles. For more information about buying or selling a home in the area, contact us at Latter & Blum.


Working Remote in 2022? Coworking Spaces in NOLA

Coworking Spaces NOLA

Coworking spaces have become more popular than ever in recent years, as more and more people choose to work remotely rather than in a traditional office. There are many benefits to coworking spaces, from the amenities available to the chance to connect with other people during your remote workday. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on some of the best coworking spaces around NOLA for 2022.

  • The Warehouse – 3014 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70117
    Located in the Bywater neighborhood with easy access from New Orleans homes for sale you will find The Warehouse, a large, flexible coworking space that offers tons of options for remote workers. Rent a permanent desk with lockable storage, choose a modern, beautifully decorated private office space, or just grab a day pass to try it out. All of the usual office amenities are provided, along with a great cafe and some nice extra perks like indoor parking for your bike.

  • Propeller – 4035 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125
    A coworking space geared toward start-ups and small businesses, Propeller is an excellent place to boost your productivity. The facility offers private desks, private offices, event spaces, and common areas where remote workers can gather. What really stands out about this coworking space is its Accelerator program, which offers mentorship and a variety of valuable resources for local businesses.

  • The Station Creative Hub – 3328 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119
    If you're looking for a smaller, more intimate coworking space geared toward creativity and collaboration, The Station Creative Hub is an outstanding option. There are two conference rooms with all of the amenities, large video screens that make it easy to connect remotely, and a private phone booth room for all of those important calls.

  • Club Discovery – 2831 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117
    From one of the smaller coworking spaces in the city, we move on to one of the largest. Club Discovery was once a large dance venue but has since been renovated into one of the most modern coworking spaces in NOLA. There are affordable monthly membership options, along with private desks and offices if you're willing to spend a little more. The space offers all of the modern office amenities you need, along with fun extras like a pool table, arcade games, coffee on tap, and a full kitchen.

  • The Blue House – 1700 S. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70113
    If you've been searching for a coworking space that puts a heavy emphasis on community, The Blue House is one of the best choices in the city. As the name suggests, this is a smaller coworking space that feels more like a home than an office. Rest assured that you will still have all of the amenities you need, along with plenty of opportunities to connect with other remote workers.

  • The Shop – 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located on historic Camp Street, The Shop is a great choice if you're big on atmosphere with your coworking spaces. This tastefully decorated, modern facility features some of the most elegant private offices of any coworking space, and the public working spaces aren't far behind. There's also a kitchen on-site, and plenty of other great places to eat located nearby.

Searching for a home close to all of the amazing amenities and attractions around NOLA? Let our team help you accomplish your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans, LA area.


5 Things to do in Bayou Country

Bayou Country

No matter your interests, Bayou Country is sure to have an attraction for every member of your family to enjoy. From outstanding outdoor attractions to fun, educational facilities, and of course great food, you'll always have something exciting to explore when you call Bayou Country home. Our real estate agents have all the details on 5 must-do's in Bayou Country that will help you explore local culture and so much more.

  • Cajun Dining at Big Al's Seafood Restaurant – 1377 West Tunnel Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
    What could be better than freshly cooked seafood with local Cajun flair? Big Al's Seafood Restaurant is one of the top-rated dining destinations near Houma homes for sale and a great place to experience Bayou Country's cuisine culture. With traditional Cajun recipes and seafood that's as fresh as it gets, it's no surprise that Big Al's is a local favorite. Stop by during lunch for some great weekly specials, or enjoy an outstanding Cajun dinner any night of the week.

  • Educational Fun at LUMCON – 8124 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA 70344
    Learn from a team of educational experts and explore the natural beauty of Bayou Country when you visit the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). This is a place where educators from Louisiana universities come to study local marine life, and it's also open to the public. Take a quiet, tranquil stroll along the boardwalks while you spot local birds and wildlife, explore the aquariums and exhibits to get up close to a wide variety of species, or take a climb up the observation tower to enjoy a unique view of the facilities from above. There are also a variety of courses for adults to enjoy, along with an outstanding collection of fun educational camps for kids.

  • Swamp Tours with Annie Miller's Son's – 3718 Southdown Mandalay Rd., Houma, LA 70360
    Annie Miller was a legendary outdoor expert who hosted swamp tours around Houma, and her son has continued the tradition with Annie Miller's Son's Marsh & Swamp Tours. Each tour lasts around two and a half hours, taking you through the vibrant swamps and marshes that are home to many of the area's most diverse ecosystems. See local wildlife and gorgeous flora in natural habitats while you hear stories of the famous Alligator Annie.

  • Explore Houma with a Unique GeoTour – 21 Locations around Houma
    Looking for an activity that makes it easy to learn more about Bayou Country at your own pace? Houma's GeoTour is a geocaching adventure that will take you to some of the area's most prominent historic sites, natural attractions, and more. It's the only tour of its kind in Louisiana, with 21 geocaches to find all around Houma. If you find all 21 of the geocaches, you can pick up a special, commemorative prize at the Houma Area Visitors Center.

  • Houma Mardi Gras – Historic Downtown Houma
    Experience one of Bayou Country's most famous traditions in a fun, family-friendly setting with Houma Mardi Gras. The parades start rolling in February and continue nearly non-stop through the conclusion of festivities in March. There are at least 12 parades most years in Houma, and local Krewes pull out all of the stops to create a fun, engaging experience. See colorful, beautifully decorated floats, listen to some live music from world-class marching bands, and keep an eye out for unique throws during every Mardi Gras parade.

Searching for a home close to all of the action in Bayou Country? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Houma, LA area.


NOLA Ghost Tours Perfect for Spooky Season

Ghost Tours

Fall is our favorite season in Louisiana. The arrival of autumn starts to take the edge off of the intense summer heat, making it the best time to take an outdoor walking tour in New Orleans.

Fall also offers an opportunity to explore New Orleans at its ghostly best. It's when the tales of the city's ghosts, witches, and vampires really come to life. Our real estate agents recommend these fantastic haunted tours to anyone who wants to experience the spooky side of NOLA!

  • New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tours - 620 Decatur St #600, New Orleans, LA 70130
    One of the first NOLA tour companies to offer haunted tours based on historical fact rather than theatrical frights—you won't see any costumed actors providing jump scares here—New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tours offers some of the most fascinating glimpses into the city's haunted past. This tour company offers haunted pub crawls, voodoo and cemetery tours, and tours of real haunted locations in New Orleans like Lalaurie Mansion and Laffitte's Blacksmith Shop.

  • Gators and Ghosts - 728 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    With a wide range of offerings that include bayou boat tours, plantation tours, and cemetery tours, Gators and Ghosts provides a well-rounded look at what makes Louisiana unique. French Quarter Ghost Tours are some of their most popular packages, including nightly walking tours and bus tours that offer bone-tingling details on the ghostly history of the city. Gators and Ghosts also lead nighttime walking tours of the famous above-ground cemeteries of Canal Street. 

  • French Quarter Phantoms - 718 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    French Quarter Phantoms offers thrilling and exciting New Orleans ghost tours. Their small group walking tours are led by master storytellers who capture the city's spooky ambiance and strange haunted history. In addition to ghost and vampire tours and cemetery tours, one of their most fascinating options is the French Quarter Voodoo Tour, which illuminates its history in New Orleans, beginning at the iconic Congo Square.

  • History Tours - 723 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Arguably the most famous ghost tour operator in New Orleans, Haunted History Tours has been featured on CNN and the Discovery Channel, among others. Take a two-hour stroll through the French Quarter and visit some of its most eerie and infamous locales, and learn the stories of ghosts, witches, and vampires that populate the city's past. Haunted History Tours have been operating in New Orleans for over 20 years, and their tour guides know the ins and outs of every ghostly spot in town.

  • Crawl New Orleans - 1130 Decatur St Suite C, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Contrary to what its name might suggest, Crawl New Orleans offers more than booze-soaked bar crawls (although it does offer those). This tour company also hosts a spooky Haunter Crawl Tour in the French Quarter, which includes stops at the Old Ursuline Convent and Lalaurie Mansion, two of New Orleans' most notorious haunted locations. Rest assured, there are also a couple of bar stops scheduled on the tour!

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans, Louisiana! It's a truly unique and special place to call home, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your NOLA dream home among the many New Orleans homes for sale


Take a Scenic Drive on the Wetlands Cultural Byway

Wetlands Cultural Scenic Byway

Houma is the heart of Bayou Country. Surrounded by the meandering wetlands and woodlands of Terrebonne Parish, it's a historic and cultural hub in which every era of Louisiana's wild history can be seen. 

Our real estate agents always tell first-time visitors the same thing. If you want to really experience the Houma area at its finest, drive the Wetlands Cultural Byway.

The Wetlands Cultural Byway traverses more than 280 miles of Southern Louisiana, crisscrossing a diverse landscape that includes picturesque small towns, open countryside, seemingly endless bayous, and the wild Gulf Coast. The town of Houma is a prominent feature on the byway, which utilizes several different highways to create a fascinating portrait of Louisiana. 

Where to Stop Along the Byway

The Wetlands Cultural Byway includes numerous unique natural, cultural and historical sites, as well as some great opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation. It's enough to keep visitors coming back again and again, but these particular stops along the Byway are truly essential:

  • Mandalay Nature Trail - 3599 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    Located about 5 miles southwest of Houma in Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, the Mandalay Nature Trail offers a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Southern Louisiana's natural landscape without going too far from civilization. This 3/4-mile out-and-back trail offers expansive wetlands views and some great opportunities for bird watching. 

  • Fourchon Beach - Golden Meadow, LA 70357
    The southernmost point on the Wetlands Cultural Byway, Fourchon Beach is a beautiful strip of white sand that's known as Louisiana's only surfing spot. It's popular for fishing as well and offers spectacular views. The beach was re-opened in 2018 after suffering damage from Hurricane Katrina 13 years prior.

  • Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building - 202 Main St, Lockport, LA 70374
    Boatbuilding is anything but a lost art in Louisiana. At the Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building experts in this ancient trade carry on old traditions and show them to the modern world. The museum house historic boats from many different eras—pirogues, skiffs, Native American dugout boats—as well as new boats made in the old styles.

  • St. John's Episcopal Church - 718 Jackson St, Thibodaux, LA 70301
    Tucked among the picturesque homes of Thibodaux, Louisiana, St. John's Episcopal Church and the historic cemetery on its grounds offer a window to the past. The church itself was built in 1843, and the cemetery offers centuries of history. 

  • Chauvin Sculpture Garden - 5337 Bayouside Dr, Chauvin, LA 70344
    There's nothing in the world quite like the Chauvin Sculpture Garden, a vast, immersive folk art experience that includes more than 100 statues. All are the work of reclusive artist Kenny Hill, who depicted his own religious struggles in the handmade sculptures for decades before abandoning the property in 2000. Today, the sculpture garden is open to the public free of charge.

Exploring Bayou Country is an experience like no other, and our team is here to help guide you on your journey. Contact us today to learn more about life in Houma, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas.


Why Lake Charles is Louisiana's Playground

Lake Charles

From relaxing on the water to enjoying the glitz and glamour of multiple casinos, there's never a shortage of things to do in Lake Charles. If you've been exploring Lake Charles homes for sale, you'll want to know a bit more about why this city is affectionately known as "Louisiana's Playground." Here are a few of the amazing amenities this area has to offer.

  • Outdoor Activities
    If you enjoy hunting, fishing, water sports, golfing, or other outdoor activities, you'll love living in Lake Charles. The area has several award-winning golf courses, gorgeous waterfront areas, and even a lazy river with a swim-up bar. There are also abundant opportunities to go shelling along the Gulf beaches and paddleboarding in the area's waterways. Lake Charles is home to the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, where you can see birds, alligators, and tons of other wildlife in its natural habitat. There are also three wildlife refuges in the area, making it the perfect place for nature enthusiasts. 
  • Vibrant Nightlife
    Lake Charles has not one but two world-class casino resorts located right next to each other. The L'Auberge Casino Resort and the Golden Nugget Lake Charles both have a huge array of upscale amenities, including golf courses, restaurants with award-winning chefs, spa facilities, live entertainment, and stunning pool areas. The Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel also has several delicious restaurants and an array of amenities. 
  • Rich History
    The city of Lake Charles has a long history, dating back to the early 1900s. It's full of old historic buildings and landmarks. One building of interest is the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse, which is listed as one of the top ten most haunted places in the United States. The area near the lake is also lined with 100-year-old oak trees and a 170-year-old tree known as the "Calcasieu Manor Tree," making it the perfect backdrop for leisurely walks. 
  • Appreciate the Arts
    There are many theaters and musical groups in the Lake Charles area as well as five different museums. Residents and visitors often enjoy listening to the Lake Charles Symphony, exploring art museums, or visiting the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, where you'll find the world's largest display of Mardi Gras costumes. Lake Charles is also home to more than 75 festivals, including the Louisiana Pirate Festival and the area's family-friendly Mardi Gras. 

If you want to live someplace where you'll never get bored, Lake Charles is the perfect location! There's truly something here for everyone. Our real estate agents can help you find your dream home. Contact us today to discuss your home buying goals and get started! 


Antique Shopping in Lafayette

Lafayette Antique StoresIf you're looking at Lafeyette homes for sale, then you've probably noticed: there are a lot of fun and unique things to do in the area. Lafayette is especially well known for its antique stores. Ready to go on an antique treasure hunt? Be sure to stop by these local stores. 

  • Jenni B's Antiques: 510 Eraste Landry Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506
    Jenni B's Antiques is a small, welcoming antique shop located inside a quaint brick building. They are open Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Inside, you'll find a little bit of everything, from antique silverware to artwork.

    This is a great shop to visit if you're looking for antique flower vases to decorate your table, or for some cookie jars or pitchers for your dining room. They even have some antique luggage, gorgeous wood bookshelves, and a wide array of figurines.

  • Revival Antiques & Etc.: 910 Alfred St., Lafayette, LA 70506
    Revival Antiques & Etc. 
    opened in 2010 and has since become a favorite among antique shoppers in Lafayette. The shop is located in a historic, 1880s building, which gives it an authentic vibe. Their inventory is always growing, with new items added every day.

    This shop has a great selection of antique furniture. You'll find oak chairs, armoires, sideboards, and more. They have a whole section of blue and white china, along with rugs and mirrors. The store is open Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

  • Vintiques: 414 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70503
    is an antique store located inside The Oil Center. They focus on offering antique furniture, but they also carry a lot of decor. Inside, you'll see gorgeous, handmade wooden armoires, framed art, hand-painted china, and more. The store is open Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

    Vintiques has a great selection of lamps and chandeliers. Visitors love the warm and welcoming atmosphere and the high quality of the items. This is the perfect place to visit when furnishing a new home.

  • Lafayette Antique Market: 3108 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Opened in 1993, the Lafayette Antique Market is one of the most popular antique stores in the area. It's a larger store than most on this list and a great place to spend an afternoon browsing. You'll find all sorts of antique dining furniture and china. They carry a lot of Florentine items and blue and white china.

    This shop is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Visitors often comment on how friendly the staff is and how often new treasures are added to the shelves.

  • Reflections of Olde Antique Mall: 700 West Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Reflections of Olde Antique Mall 
    is a larger antique store with several different rooms to explore. One room houses larger tables and other antique furniture. Another room has a lot of artwork, and still another is filled with glassware and figurines.

    Shopping at this antique store can really feel like you're on a treasure hunt. You may find the perfect piece of art for your living room wall or a gift for that special someone. The shop was established in 1999. They are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

If you love shopping for antiques, our real estate agents highly recommend visiting these shops. Contact us if you're looking for a home in the area and need a real estate agent to guide you.


Orchards & Farms to Explore Throughout Louisiana This Fall

NOLA Orchards

New Orleans homes for sale stand out in part thanks to the thrilling outdoor experiences you can have right in your own backyard. But that isn't limited to the historic bayou. Our real estate agents want to remind you about the fun and fresh treats that come from visiting a Louisiana farm near you!

More than 60 different types of produce are grown all throughout Louisiana, including native fruits such as the fig, blueberry, pawpaw, pomegranate, and persimmon. Of these, the fig stands out as the undisputed king of Louisiana fruits. You will find them in all kinds of dishes, from sweet to savory.

Let's look at some of the farms you might visit when you buy a home here in The Pelican State:

  • Brookshire Farms – 8916 Brookshire Road, Abbeville, LA 70510
    Brookshire Farms is famous for chemical-free, pasture-based ways of raising animals. They call it an "artisanal" approach and the results shine through in everything Brookshire has to offer. For those who can't make it to the farm, pickup locations for its various delights are also available all across Louisiana. But when you explore Abbeville homes for sale, you could be within just minutes of the freshest farm products!

  • Windy Hills Farm – 8380 Highway 963, Ethel, LA 70730
    Ethel homes for sale are within a short journey of Windy Hills Farm. Best known in the area for its Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands, it hosts visitors all throughout November and December, typically each Thursday through Sunday. Guests can choose and cut their own tree from throughout the property. They will also have the opportunity to visit with a wide variety of farm animals, fowl, and pets.

  • The Party Farm – 6001 North Market Street, Shreveport, LA 71107
    The Party Farm offers family-friendly events not far from Shreveport homes for sale. Kids love the petting zoo as well as the friendly riding ponies. Birthday parties and other bookings also include two hours of rental for the barn. Cows, goats, sheep, pigs, and many more are residents of The Party Farm always eager to greet guests and make new human friends. It's the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime!

  • Kemp Farms – 38511 Weiss Road, Denham Springs, LA 70706
    Nothing says "fun at the farm" like a good old-fashioned hayride, and that's the centerpiece of a visit to Kemp Farms. Kids and teens love Kemp for its wide range of activities suitable for all age groups, including group tours, birthday parties, animal visits and petting, horseback riding, and all kinds of games. It is the ideal family farm experience for any new resident settling into their choice of Denham Springs homes for sale.

  • Eddie Romero's Orchard – 5119 Freetown Road, New Iberia, LA 70560
    Eddie Romero's Orchard is the place to go when you want some of the best fresh heirloom tomatoes anywhere in Louisiana. A quick jaunt from some wonderful New Iberia homes for sale, Eddie Romero's is an experience well worth repeating every season of the year. Blackberries, blueberries, peaches, and figs are just a few of the treats grown here, along with all kinds of local citrus varieties.

Life is good in Louisiana in any season. Contact us to learn more about the best in Louisiana real estate.


Book Lovers Day: Books Set in Louisiana

Books in LA

Steeped in history and culture, Louisiana is a dream setting for writers in a wide range of genres and specialties. Here's a look at what our real estate agents will be reading to celebrate Book Lovers Day on Monday, August 9.

  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
    Anne Rice has become so identified with New Orleans that her former home in the Garden District remains a popular tourist stop. NOLA is the perfect setting for Interview with the Vampire, the classic novel that turned Rice into a literary sensation. The story of vampires who inhabit the French Quarter depicts these creatures of the night as complex characters, with many of the same emotions and insecurities as humans. Lestat, the novel's mesmerizing antihero, became the focus of a series of books known as The Vampire Chronicles.

  • Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts
    NOLA's reputation as a haven for all things supernatural infuses Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts, a renowned author of contemporary romance novels who also writes crime procedurals under the pseudonym J.D. Robb. In Midnight Bayou, a young attorney named Declan Fitzgerald becomes obsessed with Manet Hall, a once-grand mansion in New Orleans that has fallen into disrepair. After buying the home, Declan begins channeling visions from the past that eventually reveal why he has felt so drawn to this particular house.

  • The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little
    The dynamic of mother-daughter relationships is a timeless theme explored to great effect in The Healing Spell. Livie is a 12-year-old tomboy living in the bayou who has always felt more comfortable with her dad than with her mom and sisters. When her mother falls into a coma after an accident, Livie's secret guilt starts her on a quest for healing that teaches her about love, family, and redemption.

  • Cane River by Lalita Tademy
    Throughout the years, the resiliency of the human spirit has been a significant part of the story of New Orleans. Cane River traces four generations of African American women, each one determined to escape the constraints of their times and create a fulfilling life of their own. With fragments of real-life stories woven into the novel, Cane River provides a realistic look at rural Louisiana from the Civil War years up to the edge of the Civil Rights era.

  • Midnight on Julia Street by Ciji Ware
    Romance in the Big Easy reaches across the centuries in Midnight on Julia Street. When ambitious TV reporter Corlis McCullough joins forces with King Duvallon to stop a developer from destroying historic Canal Street buildings, she finds herself strangely drawn to her one-time college rival. Even more surprising, the pair travel back in time and learn how the lives of their ancestors have shaped their present-day relationship.

  • The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale
    Friendship and food, two enduring elements of life in the South, come together in The Secret to Hummingbird Cake. As childhood friends Carrigan, Laine, and Ella Rae reach the age of 30, they help each other navigate illness, infidelity, and other pitfalls of life played out against the backdrop of a small town in Louisiana called Bon Dieu. And yes, you WILL learn the secret promised in the title!

Want to live happily ever after? Contact us at Latter & Blum for the inside track on Lafayette homes for sale.


Your Guide to Downtown Lafayette

Downtown Lafayette

Whether you're looking for a quiet evening out on the town or lively entertainment, our real estate agents agree that Downtown Lafayette is the place to be. Have fun exploring these fascinating places and activities, just minutes from Lafayette homes for sale

  • ArtWalk
    Immerse yourself in the boundless creative energy of Acadiana at ArtWalk. On the second Saturday of each month, Downtown Lafayette's museums, galleries, and studios stage events designed to showcase local artists and performers. 2021 brings two new participants to the festivities. Lafayette Arts & Fleas will have a market in Parc de Lafayette, while Louisiana Crafts Guild is hosting Marché Sans Souci along East Vermilion Street. ArtWalk is a delightful outing for couples, families, and anyone who appreciates art. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., while Marché Sans Souci opens at 2 p.m.

  • Alexandre Mouton House- 1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The long and distinguished history of Alexandre Mouton House dates back to the turn of the 19th century when it was built by Jean Mouton, one of the area's first settlers. From 1825 to 1836, the home was occupied by his son Alexandre, who later became the first Democratic governor of Louisiana. Today, Les Vingt-Quatre Club maintains the home as a museum featuring historical and cultural artifacts that tell the story of Lafayette's past. Alexandre Mouton House is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

  • Children's Museum of Acadiana - 201 E. Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Learning doesn't have to be dull. The Children's Museum of Acadiana combines the entertainment factor of games with knowledge- and skill-building in a number of valuable areas. Kids have a blast "designing" structure in Architecture Alley, caring for stuffed animals in Happy Paws Hospital, and running their own news show in Le TV des Enfants. Check the museum calendar for information about programs such as S.T.E.A.M. Kids Sundays. Admission is $7 and must be reserved online. The museum is open every day but Monday. Visit the website for times.

  • Rock 'n' Bowl - 905 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Bowling to a musical backdrop has become a popular pastime, but this activity takes on some Lafayette flair at Rock 'n' Bowl. Live music from top local zydeco, blues, swamp pop, and country performers keeps the party going. Fuel up beforehand with dinner at Ye Olde College Inn, only steps away from Rock 'n' Bowl. The menu ranges from fried oysters and cheeseburgers to pan-seared duck breast and crawfish Delacroix. Bowling alley and restaurant hours are 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with Ye Olde College Inn closing at 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday.

  • The Wurst Biergarten - 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Wurst Biergarten might best be described as a culinary amusement park. This family- and the pet-friendly open-air venue has food trucks along with a wide assortment of local and regional craft beers. Between live music, open mic comedy, and trivia, there's always something special going on. You're also likely to find pop-up craft booths selling vintage and unique items. The Wurst Biergarten is open 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Thursday, noon - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-midnight Sunday. Times may change due to weather, so check Instagram or Facebook.

Ready to buy or sell a home around Lafayette? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started. 


Pools and Splash Pads Near Lake Charles

 Lake Charles Pools

As temperatures rise, you and your kids may find yourself in need of a way to cool off. Pools and splash pads can be the perfect solution. Here are the top choices our real estate agents recommend around the Lake Charles area. 

  1. Prien Lake Park: 3700 West Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Prien Lake Park 
    is a 29-acre park overlooking Indian Bay. In addition to picnic pavilions and playgrounds, the park offers a SprayGround water park, which is great for kids. They can splash around in the spraying water, which tends to be safer for little kids than swimming in a pool.

    WiFi is available throughout Prien Lake Park, so if you need to send an email or check in with work during your visit, you can. There are also walking paths with distance markers, making it easy to squeeze a workout in between splashing sessions.

  2. Sulphur Parks & Recreation: 933 W. Parish Rd., Sulphur, LA 70663
    Sulphur Parks & Recreation 
    has a beautiful aquatic center that opened in 2005. Inside, there is an Olympic size pool with a zero-depth ramp entrance. The facility is open Monday - Friday from 5:00 am - 8:00 pm, Saturday from 8 am - 2 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm.

    Swimming lessons are also available in the aquatic center. There are classes for adults and for kids of all ages. 

  3. Lake Charles Ward Aquatic Center: 1100 2nd Ave., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    This aquatic center is a good place to stop for a swim when you're looking at Lake Charles homes for sale. The Lake Charles Ward Aquatic Center offers open swimming between 1 pm and 6 pm Monday - Saturday, and the fee is only $1 per person.

    Water aerobics classes are also available Monday - Friday at 6:30, again for a fee of only $1. Or, if you prefer, you can take a swimming lesson. There are options for adults and kids of all ages, and the specific schedule is listed on the website. 

  4. River Bluff Park: 747 Theriot Rd., Moss Bluff, LA 70611
    River Bluff Park
    is a lovely park with a lot of amenities for kids. There's a large splash area with lots of fun, colorful features that spray and dump water. The rubber footing helps prevent scrapes and other injuries.

    This park sits on the bank of a river, and there is a boat launch, exercise area, family restrooms, and a quarter-mile walking path you can enjoy during your visit. When your kids are done splashing, let them play on the playground, which has separate areas for 2 -5-year-olds and 5 - 12-year-olds.

  5. Adventure Cove Park: 3210 Power Center Pkwy., Lake Charles, LA 70615
    Adventure Cove Park is another great choice for kids. In fact, it is specifically designed to meet the meets of kids with varied abilities. The spray grounds are open all summer long and have plenty of fountains for kids to cool off in.

    Adventure Cove Park also has rubber footing for safe running and jumping. The paths are wide and wheelchair-accessible, and the play areas are created for various age groups' needs.

When you're feeling a bit warm this summer, head to one of these pools or splash parks, and let the water cool you off. Contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent to guide your house hunting process.


5 Things Retirees Will Love About Living in Lafayette

Lafayette Retirees

Have you been searching for the perfect place to retire? Would you like to live in a city that offers countless amenities and attractions, with a cost of living that will make it easier to enjoy your retirement? Lafayette has so much to offer, from outdoor attractions to live entertainment and some of the best food that you'll find anywhere. The many attractions of the city mean that your family will love visiting almost as you love living here. Our real estate agents love Lafayette, and we've got 5 key reasons that retirees love calling the city home.

  1. Local Trails to Enjoy Nature
    Living in the city doesn't have to mean being far from nature, and Lafayette's robust trail system makes it easy to enjoy the city's natural beauty at any time. Walking the trails is a great way to stay fit, stay healthy, and spend time in nature. Trails are also perfect places for anyone who loves watching birds and seeing native wildlife in its natural environment. When you live in Lafayette, your next outdoor adventure is never far from your front door.

  2. A Low Cost of Living Means Your Retirement Budget Goes Further
    Lafayette is such a vibrant, exciting place to retire, but that doesn't mean that you'll have to pay a premium to live there. In fact, the cost of living in Lafayette is more than 12 percent below the national average, and housing costs are even more affordable compared to the rest of the country. Enjoy all of the perks of living in a modern city, with a cost of living that leaves plenty of money for enjoying all that Lafayette has to offer.

  3. Endless Outdoor Attractions to Enjoy
    Do you dream of spending your days exploring the great outdoors and experiencing the unique ecosystems that help make Lafayette such a vibrant place to call home? Outdoor attractions are always waiting for you in Lafayette, whether you love camping, hiking, fishing, or a little bit of everything. Paddling through the swamps is an incredible experience, with countless bird species to spot from your canoe or kayak.

  4. Fun Festivals and Fantastic Food for Every Season
    Variety is the spice of life, and there's always something new to experience when you call Lafayette home. The city's packed lineup of amazing festivals spans the whole calendar, with events to suit every taste and interest. Whether you love food, music, film, culture, or all of the above, there's a festival with your name on it in Lafayette. The world-famous Festival International de Louisiane is a highlight every spring, while Lafayette's family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations provide something to look forward to every winter.

  5. Live Sports and Entertainment All Year Long
    Whether you love live sports, live music, or live theater, you'll find it all when you call Lafayette home. The University of Louisiana is located in the city, and the Ragin' Cajuns athletic teams offer excellent entertainment for sports fans all year long. With so many great bars, historic performance venues, and even outdoor performance spaces in the city, you can find live music every day of the week. So the festivals in Lafayette are amazing, but you won't have to wait for the big events to enjoy live entertainment.

Are you ready to start shopping for Lafayette homes for sale and retire in a city that you will truly love? Let our experienced, local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Lafayette, LA area.


Where to Find Local Brews in Lafayette

Lafayette BreweryThe craft brewing scene in Lafayette is vibrant and growing, with local breweries creating unique flavors that you won't find anywhere else. Local bars, restaurants, and beer shops are also serving up all of the best brews from throughout the Acadiana region. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a local craft beer in an outdoor dining space and pair your favorite brew with some of the best food that Lafayette has to offer. Our real estate agents have the details on the best places to find delicious local brews around Lafayette.

  1. Parish Brewing Co. – 229 Jared Dr., Broussard, LA 70518
    For a fantastic local brew from a truly local source, make the quick trip to Parish Brewing Co. and get ready to treat your taste buds to something special. The beer lineup here includes flagship brews like Ghost in the Machine, Parish Pilsner, and Reve Coffee Stout, along with dozens of other selections. Stop by to enjoy a drink in the art-filled taproom or to pick up your favorites to enjoy at home.

  2. The Tap Room – 201 Settlers Trace Blvd. #4001, Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Tap Room 
    is one of the most popular bars near Lafayette homes for sale, and one look at their list of local craft brews will show you why that's the case. This local bar also has an eclectic dining menu that's packed with unique hot dogs that are loaded with toppings and delicious flatbread pizzas that pair perfectly with all of your favorite brews.

  3. Marcello's Wine Market – 2800 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Looking to stock your own fridge with some of the best brews that Acadiana has to offer? Then don't let the name of Marcello's Wine Market fool you. While this is certainly a great place to shop for local wine, it's also well-stocked with a huge variety of local craft beer, including some hard-to-find brews that aren't available at every shop.

  4. Wurst Biergarten – 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Food, music, and local craft brews are always on the menu at Wurst Biergarten, which features a large outdoor dining area that's perfect for enjoying a pleasant spring night on the town. This venue is both dog and child-friendly, with a rotating selection of food vendors that is sure to offer something for every taste. There are also fun-themed nights that offer live music, open mic comedy, and trivia contests.

  5. Social Southern Table & Bar – 3901 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    A chic, modern bar with a fantastic selection of craft brews, Social Southern Table & Bar, offers an upscale dining and drinking experience ideal for celebrating the special days in your life. The award-winning menu here is filled with fresh, farm-to-table takes on your favorite Southern dishes, with a rotation of local beers on tap and a long lineup of craft cocktails.

Ready to find your next home close to all of the delicious drinks, delightful dining, and excellent bars in Lafayette? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us today.


All About Beignets and Where to Order Them

New Orleans Beignets

Our real estate agents know NOLA is famous for delicious Creole classics such as gumbo, fried catfish, jambalaya, and the po'boy sandwich. New Orleans homes for sale put you right in the midst of so many unique culinary traditions. Pastries are just as important to the unique flavors of New Orleans and the beignet is the undisputed king.

There are variations of the beignet in practically every culture. It takes the form of a deep-fried pastry sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.

The big difference with the beignet is dough: The classic recipe calls for special pâte à choux, which has only four simple ingredients. Pâte à choux consists of butter, water, flour, and eggs. It does not have a rising agent: Instead, the pastry puffs during the cooking process thanks to its high moisture content developing into steam. The dough and cooking process combine to make the beignet a uniquely delicate pastry.

Coffee was also introduced to North America right here in New Orleans. The traditional way to serve beignets is in a set of three so that you can enjoy them with your beverage of choice.

Ready to order some in the heart of NOLA? Let's check in with some of New Orleans' top places to find beignets:

  1. Café Du Monde – 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Café Du Monde bills itself as "The Original French Market Coffee Stand Since 1862." It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and closes only for Christmas Day and weather emergencies. Any time you visit, you can expect a traditional coffee shop experience anchored by the combination of fresh, warm beignets and coffee spiced with chicory. This makes for a striking flavor emblematic of French heritage in North America.

  2. Beignet, Done That – 4141 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Beignet, Done That will wake you up with a full selection of espresso drinks, house coffee, and specialty coffee. You can also pair your order of crispy, sweet beignets with iced or frozen drinks, including Vietnamese iced coffee. The specialty "Bowl of Soul" includes cafe au lait, caramel, whipped cream, and cinnamon.

  3. Cafe Beignet – 622 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    With four locations around New Orleans, including all-new Canal Street, Cafe Beignet is a happening place known for its takeout service. The robust food menu includes selections for breakfast and specialty sandwiches on croissants. New Orleans specialties include red beans, gumbo, muffuletta, and roast beef po'boy.

  4. Luca Eats – 7329 Cohn Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Luca Eats is a family-owned restaurant around since 2016. Its carefully handcrafted menu reflects the foods that owners Darryl and Ellen do best. Salads, soups, and "New Orleans' best-pressed sandwiches" are on order every day. For a new twist, try out the Oreo Beignets, or dunk your beignets in the hot chocolate.

  5. Street Car Cafe – 312 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Led by a team of restaurateurs with over 10 years of experience, Street Car Cafe boasts a tantalizing breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu to go with its beignets. Seafood is the star here, with dishes like the fried shrimp po'boy, grilled salmon, blackened redfish, and crab cake burger, but there are meaty and veggie options, too.

There's so many reasons to love New Orleans, and the food is near the top of the list! Contact us at Latter & Blum to discover New Orleans real estate.


5 Places to Play Disc Golf Near Baton Rouge

Disc Golf Baton Rouge

Disc golf has become an increasingly popular sport and is a great way to connect with nature while you get some exercise. Bring a few friends along to compete against as you explore different disc golf courses near Baton Rouge, each of which has its own unique layout and characteristics.

Our real estate agents recommend trying these 5 places to play disc golf near Baton Rouge:

  1. Highland Road Park Disc Golf Course – N. Amiss Rd. and Bullrush Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70810 
    Highland Road Park Disc Golf Course, located near Baton Rouge homes for sale, has an 18-hole disc golf course, and each hole is equipped with a short course (purple) basket and a long course (gold) basket. Tees are marked with orange-painted bricks in the ground. Disc golfers report that length and accuracy are key to doing well on the Highland Park courses. Pick up a scorecard at the park's Tennis Center before starting and navigate your way up and down gently rolling hills and wide, grassy fairways. A creek also runs through the course, further adding to its natural beauty.

  2. Scotland Parkway Disc Golf Course – 3200 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70813 
    Reviewers describe Scotland Parkway Disc Golf Course as a fun, challenging course with a unique design. The course's tee pads, baskets, and signage are all praised. It's lightly wooded, with a deep, wide creek in play on half the holes. Since a few fairways are close to one another, be on the lookout for errant drives.

  3. LHC DiscGolfPark at Scotlandville – 3100 Monte Sano Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70807  
    The first disc golf course in Louisiana and the third in the country, LHC DiscGolfPark at Scotlandville, is known for its natural beauty. The holes weave through oak trees and rolling hills as well as Monte Sano Bayou. It's the second-longest course in the state, coming in at 7,610 feet. LHC at Scotlandville is also a very challenging course with fairways that are lightly wooded. The baskets are very easy to spot since they have bright yellow bands.

  4. Flanacher Park Disc Golf Course – 864 E. Flanacher Rd., Zachary, LA 70791 
    Located on a flat, secluded course just around the corner from Zachary homes for sale, Flanacher Park Disc Golf Course has a variety of open/wooded fairways. Due to its seclusion, it has a serene atmosphere that makes you feel as though you're getting away from the hustle and bustle. Several turns are 90 degrees or more and add to the course's difficulty, and since some fairways are very narrow, accuracy is more important than distance. Be sure to keep an eye on your disc since an errant throw could leave you fishing it out of the bordering woods.

  5. Pelican Park Disc Golf Course – 63350 Pelican Dr., Mandeville, LA 70448  
    Located on the Northshore near Mandeville homes for sale, Pelican Park Disc Golf Course is long and spread out and has alternate pin placements on each hole, with blue designating short and gold designating long. It's characterized by open fields, although some holes are more heavily wooded. If you live in the district and don't have your own disc, you can take your driver's license to the Castine Center park office and borrow one for free.

Contact us to see homes for sale near Baton Rouge. This area of the country has plenty of natural beauty and recreational opportunities, and we'd love to share more about what makes the Baton Rouge area such a special place to call home. 


Historic Sites Near Lake Charles

Lake Charles Historic Sites

Lake Charles is a place where history, art, architecture, and culture merge to tell a unique story that continues to evolve to this day. So much of the history of Lake Charles has been preserved to the present day, thanks to the work of local historical organizations and museums. You will also find a living history of the Lake Charles area in the form of historic homes, businesses, and public buildings, many of which are located downtown. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 6 historic sites near Lake Charles that you won't want to miss.

Historic Sites Near Lake Charles

  1. Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center – 1001 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

    The Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center is the perfect place to start your historical journey near Lake Charles homes for sale. Part history museum, part art gallery, and part architectural marvel, this museum is one you definitely won't want to miss. It has exhibited works from some of history's greatest artists and also has countless unique artifacts.

  2. Charpentier Historic District – Downtown Lake Charles, Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Do you love to explore historic architecture? Then a trip to the Charpentier Historic District, located in downtown Lake Charles, is sure to pique your interest. This is the part of the city where you will find beautifully preserved historic homes, with designs that span a variety of architectural eras. The district covers about 40 blocks, ideal for a driving tour or historic strolls on weekend mornings.

  3. Imperial Calcasieu Museum – 204 W. Sallier St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Discover what life was like in St. Charles in eras gone by when you visit the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, where history and local artwork hand-in-hand to tell the story of Southwest Louisiana. This museum is packed with historic art from local artists and unique photography that highlights the development of the region over the years.

  4. Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library – 411 Pujo St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Does your family have a long history in the Lake Charles area? Then a trip to the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library may shed more light on the history of your ancestors in the region. This is a great place to research your own genealogy and learn more about the families that have shaped local history.

  5. Brimstone Museum – 900 S Huntington St., Sulphur, LA 70663

    A brief drive west of St. Charles will take you to the Brimstone Museum complex, which is located close to Sulphur homes for sale. The Brimstone Museum tells the story of sulfur mining in the area and showcases the community's history. There are rotating exhibits on display throughout the year, including unique local art that you won't find anywhere else.

  6. Mardis Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu – 809 Kirby St. Ste 229, Lake Charles, LA 70601

    A fun, colorful museum filled with unique stories, the Mardis Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu is a must-see historic destination in Lake Charles. Home to the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana, Lake Charles has a long history with Carnival season. The Mardis Gras Museum houses one of the largest collections of costumes in Louisiana, along with a variety of fascinating exhibits on the history of Mardis Gras and the unique traditions that surround Carnival Season.

Ready to create the next chapter of your own story in Lake Charles? Our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lake Charles, LA area.


Baton Rouge Boutiques for Your Next Shopping Trip

Beton Rouge BoutiquesRetail therapy is a vibrant way of life around Baton Rouge homes for sale. Thanks to a diverse assortment of boutiques in the area, you can shop 'til you drop and still find fresh new items. Our real estate agents head to these favorite shops when they want to give their credit cards a workout.

  1. Lulu & Bean - 2935 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Lulu & Bean knows that kids want to be stylish too. They benefit customers and the environment by carrying both new and gently-used clothing from top apparel brands. Personalize your selection with monogramming from their embroidery service. The shop also offers a number of eco-friendly toys, gifts, and accessories. Get cash on the spot for your high-end baby and children's items in good condition. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or shop their online store.

  2. Merci Beaucoup - 7539 Corporate Blvd., Suite 150, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Walk into Merci Beaucoup and leave with a complete outfit, from clothing and footwear to jewelry and accessories. The locally-owned shop features vinyl monogramming and engraving services to add your personal touch to your selections. Brides who register at Merci Beaucoup receive a 15 percent discount on all purchases by the entire bridal party. Shop online or visit the store from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

  3. Mothers and Daughters Gift Shoppe - 215 N. Range Ave., Denham Springs, LA 70726
    Shopping for a friend? You won't be able to resist picking up something for yourself as well at Mothers and Daughters Gift Shoppe. The charming apparel, accessories, and home decor items give the boutique a delightful shabby-chic vibe. Follow them on Facebook for notifications about the arrival of new merchandise as well as exciting sales and promotions. Mothers and Daughters is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  4. Kiki - 1660 Lobdell Ave. #101, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    The mother-daughter team behind Kiki has a goal to bring global designer flair to Baton Rouge. Located in the fashionable arts district of Studio Park, Kiki features a stark, minimalist decor that keeps the focus on high-end jewelry, clothing, and accessories. On a typical visit, you might find a Proenza Schouler handbag, Tom Ford fragrance, and Eileen Fisher dress. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or you can visit their convenient online shop.

  5. Swap Boutique - 7643 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Your shopping habit can pay for itself at Swap Boutique. The shop accepts consignment items in good condition from names and brands such as Marc Jacobs, J. Crew, and BCBG. Receive a competitive commission rate or store credit, or pay it forward and donate your earnings to the non-profit organization of your choice. Swap is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 5 p.m., while their online shop is open 24/7.

  6. The Foyer - 3655 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Is your home in need of a little TLC? Updating the decor is the easiest way to transform a house, and The Foyer is the perfect place to jump-start your creativity. More than 75 merchants and artists are represented in the shop's comprehensive selection of furnishings, lighting, accessories, and artwork. Recharge with a light lunch of salads and sandwiches at the onsite cafe. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Ready for the ultimate shopping experience? If you're buying or selling a Baton Rouge home, contact us at Latter & Blum for cheerful and experienced assistance.


Famous Buildings Throughout New Orleans

New Orleans Skyline

Living in New Orleans, one thing our real estate agents never take for granted is the city's incredible abundance of one-of-a-kind buildings.

Get ready to explore the streets of NOLA and keep your eyes peeled for these famous buildings.

  • St. Louis Cathedral - 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Stunning inside and out, St. Louis Cathedral was built in 1789, replacing a previous structure that was lost to the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788. The church has some of New Orleans' most iconic spires, as well as stained glass windows and frescoes painted by the great Erasmus Humbrecht.

  • Pontalba Buildings - 500 St. Ann Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Overlooking Jackson Square, the matching brick apartment buildings at 500 St. Ann Street and 500 St. Peter Street is collectively known as the Pontalba Buildings. Each of these instantly-recognizable 1840s Parisian-style row house buildings stretches an entire block in the French Quarter. They are—at least according to legend—the oldest apartment buildings in America. 

  • New Canal Lighthouse - 8001 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
    Overlooking Lake Pontchartrain at the north end of the New Basin Canal, the New Canal Lighthouse was built in 1939. This unique red and white structure is open daily for guided tours. The lighthouse was restored in 2013 after being heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Rita. 

  • Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop - 941 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    One of New Orleans' oldest and most haunted locations, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop isn't really a blacksmith shop. It's a bar, and it's been serving drinks since the 1700s. The building was built between 1722 and 1732, and according to some accounts, was owned for a time by the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte. It's one of a select few structures that vie for the title of Oldest Bar in America. 

  • New Orleans Lakefront Airport - 6001 Stars and Stripes Boulevard #219 Suite 204, New Orleans, LA 70126
    The New Orleans Lakefront Airport was considered an architectural masterpiece when it was first built in the 1930s. Today it serves only small-scale flights (it was replaced as NOLA's primary airport by Louis Armstrong Airport in 1946) but is still a striking example of the Art Deco style of the time. 

  • Degas House - 2306 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
    The one-time home of French Impressionist master Edgar Degas, the Degas House was built in the 1850s and is located a stone's throw from Bourbon Street. A picturesque house with white columns and handsome wrought-iron balcony railings, it is now operated as a museum and bed-and-breakfast. 

  • The Cabildo - 701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Cabildo was built between 1795 and 1799 and is one of the most historically significant buildings in America. Now a museum, the Cabildo was once the seat of the Spanish colonial government and is where the Louisiana Purchase transfer ceremonies took place in 1803. 

  • Doullut Steamboat Houses - 400 Egania St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    In 1905, steamboat captain Paul Doullut built a house for his family that looked just like a steamboat. In 1913, he built another one a few hundred yards away for his son. To this day, the two neighboring 9th Ward homes known as the Doullut Steamboat Houses are among the most charming historic homes in New Orleans.

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans or to start looking at New Orleans homes for sale


NOLA Events Happening in 2021

NOLA Events

In 2021, the Big Easy is poised for an epic comeback with a return to the splashy festivals and celebrations. Our real estate agents are particularly looking forward to these great events coming up in the near future. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events! 

  1. New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - Various locations
    With its Cajun, Creole, and French influences, New Orleans cuisine is a world-famous tradition all its own. 2021 marks the 29th anniversary of the popular New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, with all proceeds supporting local culinary education. Take part in wine tastings, dinners, and interactive events showcasing dishes from top chefs and more than 1,000 wines from around the world. This year's event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 9, through Sunday, June 13. Visit the website for schedule and ticket information.

  2. Hogs for the Cause - 333 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, LA 70037
    What's summer in the South without BBQ? Hogs for the Cause is moving its annual two-day event to a roomy, 15-acre outdoor grassy space in Belle Chasse, just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale. Kick back with some tasty ribs, mac & cheese, pulled pork sandwiches, and dozens of other specialty items as you listen to top musical acts such as Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Proceeds benefit patients and families battling pediatric brain cancer. Dates are Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5. Tickets start at $69.

  3. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70119
    Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel from around the globe to attend the iconic New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, affectionately known as Jazz Fest. This tribute to the food, music, and culture of the Crescent City is too much to be contained a couple of days, so it will be held the weekends of October 8 and October 15. Musical lineups at past events have included stellar names from all genres, such as Pitbull, Van Morrison, Aaron Neville, Elton John, Snoop Dogg, and Lady Gaga. Admission starts at $70, and tickets from the postponed April dates may be exchanged.

  4. French Quarter Fest - 600 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Another traditional New Orleans celebration pivots from spring to fall as the French Quarter Fest moves to Thursday, September 30 to Sunday, October 3. While other festivals incorporate an eclectic approach to one extent or another, the French Quarter Fest proudly showcases local food, music, and culture. The opening day parade kicks off the family-friendly weekend that includes several activities for kids. While admission to the festival is free, you can purchase VIP tickets that provide access to perks such as elevated viewing stands, private bars and restrooms, a hospitality lounge, and complimentary snacks.

  5. Tales of the Cocktail - Virtual
    As the story goes, a 19th-century pharmacist in New Orleans was attempting to treat an upset stomach. The result, according to legend, was the first cocktail ever mixed. In honor of this proud tradition, the first Tales of the Cocktail event in 2002 was a walking tour of local bars. Today, Tales of the Cocktail has expanded to a global industry networking and education event that includes several activities for the public. This year's event will be held online to allow safe participation for all attendees. Dates are Monday, September 20 through Thursday, September 23.

Life is always a party when you live in New Orleans. Contact us at Latter & Blum for all your real estate needs. 


9 Reasons You Should Move to Louisiana in 2021

Move to Louisiana 2021

"La-La Land," referring to a state of bliss, is usually associated with Los Angeles. But our real estate agents believe the term could just as easily apply to Louisiana, thanks to a lifestyle that gave rise to another nickname, "The Big Easy." Consider these nine compelling reasons why you should move to Louisiana in 2021.

  1. Party All the Time
    In Louisiana, everything is worthy of celebration. With literally hundreds of annual events paying tribute to food, music, and holidays, Louisiana has more than earned the nickname, "Festival Capital of America." Mardi Gras, the most iconic party in the country, draws nearly 1.5 million visitors worldwide. 

  2. Sports Fan's Paradise
    Are you ready for some football? People in Louisiana love their Saints, one of the elite teams in the NFL, along with perennial college powerhouse Louisiana State University. If you prefer roundball, pro basketball is represented by the Pelicans.  

  3. The Sound of Music
    While Nashville is the king of country music and Detroit has Motown soul, New Orleans is the beating heart of jazz in America. Names like Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, and Harry Connick Jr. are all synonymous with the city's rich musical heritage. Louisiana is also responsible for popularizing niche musical genres such as Zydeco, Cajun, and Creole.

  4. Food, Glorious Food
    Decades before Food Network, Louisiana's Paul Prudhomme became one of the first celebrity chefs and put the state on the culinary map with his inventive Creole and Cajun cooking. Plentiful access to fresh seafood, generous use of spices, and regional traditions led to popular dishes such as gumbo, boudin, and beignets.

  5. Breathtaking Architecture
    Louisiana is known for its numerous stunning, French-influenced homes. But you may be surprised to know that Louisiana leads all states in the number of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the former and current state capital buildings in Baton Rouge. The French Quarter in New Orleans has long been admired for its architectural style that has remained relatively intact since the 1800s.

  6. Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Trolley
    San Francisco's got nothing on New Orleans, which is the only other city with a streetcar line designated as a National Historic Landmark. Stretching just over 13 miles, the St. Charles line runs 24 hours a day.

  7. Higher Education
    Colleges and universities in Louisiana are more than just an excuse for sports. Tulane University is in the top 50 of the prestigious national university rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Other highly-regarded schools include Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech, Loyola University, and Grambling State.

  8. Hit the Beaches
    Louisiana has many scenic white-sand beaches that rival better-known ones in California and Florida. In addition to the so-called Cajun Riviera, sun worshippers head to North Beach on Lake Charles, the only inland white-sand beach on the Gulf Coast. 

  9. The Wheels Go 'Round
    A wide variety of terrains and some beautiful scenery make Louisiana a popular destination for mountain bikers. Top-rated trails include family-friendly Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston and the challenging Beast in St. Francisville. 

Start out 2021 from your wonderful new home in Louisiana. Contact us at Latter & Blum for dedicated and experienced help with Lafayette homes for sale.


Architecture Styles You Can Find in NOLA

NOLA Architecture

Louisiana's rich cultural heritage has brought diverse food and music styles into our communities, but it's also created some of the most unique architectural styles in the country. Walking through some of NOLA's beautiful neighborhoods is like a history lesson in and of itself. 

Our real estate agents love New Orleans' architecture and frequently tout it as one of the best parts about living in this city. If you love interesting buildings, below are five residential architectural styles you'll want to be sure to see when visiting New Orleans:

  1. Creole Cottages
    A staple of New Orleans architecture, Creole Cottages are single-story homes built between 1790 and 1850. These beautiful homes are frequently found throughout the French Quarter and neighboring parts of town. These homes typically sit on the front of the property line, have four small square rooms and a steep roof. The architectural design is largely influenced by French Canadian design, but also has a bit of Caribbean style. 

  2. Shotgun Houses
    Shotgun houses get their name from the idea that if you fired a shotgun through the front door, the bullet could fly through every room of the house. These unique homes are usually about 12 feet wide and have classic Victorian embellishments. Some historians believe these homes originated in the Creole suburbs of New Orleans, but today you can find them all over the city.

  3. American Townhouse
    One of our favorite styles of New Orleans homes is the classic American townhouse. The Central Business District is full of these slim three-story buildings, which are usually made of brick. They're fairly asymmetrical and are easy to spot because they have beautiful second-story balconies that extend to the front of the property line. 

  4. Double Gallery House
    A close relative to the American townhouse, the double gallery houses are a common architectural style found in New Orleans. These buildings also have a grand second-story balcony supported by multiple columns. However, they tend to be wider than American townhouses and usually sit back from the property line. 

  5. California Style Bungalow
    Built in the early 20th century, California bungalows can be found throughout many popular NOLA neighborhoods. These homes have a low facade and frequently appear to be more horizontal than vertical. They're usually only one to one and a half stories tall and have sloping roofs with unenclosed rafters. They also often have a brick facade with wood siding and distinguishable columns that support the overhanging roof.

New Orleans has so many beautiful architectural styles that can't be found anywhere else in the country. If you don't believe us, take a look at some of these beautiful New Orleans homes for sale. For more information about what it's like to live in our city, contact us today!


Healthy Dining Options You Can Find in NOLA

Our real estate agents understand how important a healthy diet is. We're always on the lookout for the best bites around town that are good for the tastebuds and body. Next time your stomach is rumbling, check out these healthy dining options around New Orleans.

  1. City Greens — 5001 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The freshest greens are always within reach in NOLA at City Greens. Though they're offering a take-out-only menu, you can still scoop up your favorites. The B.Y.O Salad or Wrap is always a win, mixed with your choice of greens, four additional veggies, dressing, and extra proteins like chicken or turkey. Of course, no one can go wrong with a BBQ Chicken Wrap or Thai Peanut Shrimp Wrap.

  2. Max Well — 6101 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Get well at Max Well. Located on Magazine Street, Max Well creates all of their menu options with the planet, the people, and the animals in mind. All of their items are plant-based and fresh from the farm to your table. Small bites like Gyoza and Stuffed Avocados are just as tasty and filling as Bonita Bowls, Beet Wellington, and Tomato Chickpea Soup. Stop in for lunch or grab one of their house-made juices to go.

  3. Café Minh — 4139 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Send your stomach on a trip to the other side of the world with the Saigon's Southern Vietnamese flavors at Café Minh. Incorporating American and French influences into their Vietnamese cuisine, all unique items are made with fresh, local ingredients. Classic cups of pho are served alongside exciting options like Vietnamese BBQ Catfish, Minh's Bouillabaisse, and Slow Braised Asian Short Ribs. Skip the standard salads and sandwiches for some of Café Minh's creative flavors.

  4. The Salad Station — 618 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Salad Station brings family and farming together to introduce a pay by the pound concept. Build your perfect salad without worrying about under-eating or overpaying. Hit the salad bar first to fill your plate with greens, proteins, legumes, fruits, nuts, and other toppings. Then move onto the gourmet hot and soup bar for baked potatoes, chili, and other warm dishes. When you're finished, you can build a second salad to take home and continue your healthy eating streak.

  5. Seed — 1330 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Plant-based dining is on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Seed. You'll love the unique flavor combinations using a variety of diverse ingredients with a little dash of New Orleans style cooking. Mushroom Gumbo, Eggplant Shawarma, Korean Fired Cauliflower, and Tofu "Pork Belly" Bao are just a few of the menu's tasty items. If you could use a mid-day pick me up, their mocktails will hit the spot.

Are you looking for a new kitchen with enough pantry room for the freshest ingredients? We can help. Contact us today to schedule tours of our charming New Orleans homes for sale.


5 Free Things to do Near New Orleans

Free Things to do in New Orleans

The Big Easy has so much to see and do. You could spend years eating and exploring your way through the city. Although there are plenty of attractions worth the price of admission, New Orleans has its share of budget-friendly activities that will delight residents and visitors alike. Our real estate agents encourage you to check out these five free things to do near New Orleans.

  1. New Orleans Museum of Art – 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
    NOMA, the New Orleans Museum of Art, is a favorite destination for many locals. Their rotating exhibitions and extensive collections can't be missed! However, if you're looking for a free way to appreciate art, head behind NOMA to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, where you can stroll the tree-lined paths and admire over 60 sculptures created by world-famous artists. Admission is free all year, except holidays.

  2. The Canal Street Ferry – Near 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Get a new view of New Orleans by taking a ride on the Canal Street Ferry. Also known as the Algiers Ferry, this boat takes you down the Mississippi for the best views of the city. It will cruise you from the French Quarter to Algiers Point, where you can enjoy Confetti Park, stroll the Algiers Bike Path, or visit the many bars, cafes, and shops around. The Canal Street Ferry operates seven days a week, with the first ferry departures launching between 6 AM and 10:45 AM and ending between 9:30 PM and 11:45 PM.

  3. Explore Uptown & The Garden District
    One of the best free things to do in New Orleans is to explore the city on foot. The vibrant communities hold hidden gems for wanderers who don't mind venturing off the beaten path. Two of the coolest neighborhoods to explore are Uptown and the Garden District. Uptown is a wonderful place to shop and admire historic architecture while the Garden District hosts mansions where you can also take a self-guided walking tour of the area.

  4. St. Louis Cathedral – 615 Pere Antoine Alley, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116
    The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France overlooks bustling Jackson Square. It is the United States' oldest Catholic Cathedral that continues to operate. Take a step back in history by visiting the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, or stop by St. Mary's Church next door, which actually predates St. Louis Cathedral.

  5. Crescent City Farmers Markets/Market Umbrella – 200 Broadway St., Suite 107, New Orleans, LA 70118
    If you want to explore the city, surround yourself with local goods, and get to know your neighbors, a stop at the Crescent City Farmers Markets/Market Umbrella is ideal. These local markets sprout up around town, including in Uptown Square, Bucktown Harbor, and Parkway Bakery and Tavern. Check their schedule to see which vendors, musical guests, and specials will be at each market from week to week.

Would you love to live in one of NOLA's vibrant communities? We can help you find a place surrounded by the best Crescent City has to offer. Contact us today to schedule tours of our New Orleans homes for sale.


Take a Trip to the Chauvin Sculpture Garden

Chauvin Sculpture Garden

Traditionally, lighthouses serve to guide marine travelers to safety. Just minutes from Houma homes for sale, a special lighthouse acts as a beacon directing visitors to a unique art display that's a favorite destination of our real estate agents. Experience this piece of local history first-hand with a visit to the Chauvin Sculpture Garden.

Planting the Seeds

Dubbed a "magical mystery tour" by one enchanted viewer, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden has an origin story as fascinating as the art itself. All pieces were created by a man named Kenny Hill, a bricklayer by trade who came to Chauvin in 1988, seeking work on construction sites.

A generous landowner offered to let Hill stay on a piece of his property along the banks of the Bayou Petit Caillou. Hill pitched a tent and lived there until he built a simple cabin using materials he salvaged from various spots.

Despite having no formal training, Hill possessed a great deal of natural artistic talent. In 1990, feeling the need for a greater range of creative expression than his day job allowed, Hill began crafting his heartfelt and thought-provoking sculptures.

An Artist's Personal Journey

The Chauvin Sculpture Garden contains more than 100 concrete sculptures, breathtaking in physical size, and thematic scope. 

Standing above it all is the 45-foot-tall lighthouse made with 7,000 bricks. The vividly-colored structure features an eclectic assortment of characters, including cowboys, musicians, children, and angels, clinging to the sides in a desperate search for safety.

Remarkably, Hill himself appears in a number of these tableaux. His distinctive long-haired and bearded image seems to act as a guide, silently drawing viewers' attention to particularly significant points.

Not surprisingly, Hill's venture began garnering public interest. He resolutely refused to talk to the media, giving only the cryptic comment that the garden was a "story of salvation" for residents. While Hill allowed some of his curious neighbors to visit, he steadfastly avoided publicizing the garden.

Preserving Hill's Vision

Sadly, when Hill's benefactor and landlord passed away, he abandoned his project in 2000 after being evicted by the local parish for lack of upkeep. Would this incredible work of art end up overcome by the forces of nature?

The story had a happy ending when Dennis Sipiorski, an art professor at Nicholls State University in nearby Thibodaux, contacted the Kohler Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving folk art. Kohler purchased the property and donated it to NSU. 

In 2002, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden was opened to the public with an official dedication ceremony. The site is also home to the NSU Folk Art Studio, where visitors may purchase books, local artwork, and various souvenirs.

Location and Hours

Visit the Chauvin Sculpture Garden at 5337 Bayouside Dr. Hours are dawn to dusk daily, with bilingual guided tours offered on the weekends. Admission is free for all guests.

The Bayou Region is an exhilarating blend of culture, scenery, and entertainment. Learn more about local real estate opportunities when you contact us at Latter & Blum.


Where to Train for a 5k in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Running Trails

Are you ready to lace up your running shoes for a 5k in the Baton Rouge area? Then you'll find no shortage of great places to train for your next run! Between beautiful city parks, well-established nature trails, and trails running through popular local attractions, Baton Rouge offers a little bit of everything. Get ready for your next 5k, and enjoy some great natural scenery while you train. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best places to train for a 5k around Baton Rouge.

  1. Milford Wampold Community Park – 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

    Located on LSU lake with beautiful views of the water, Milford Wampold Community Park is a lovely place to train for a 5k close to Baton Rouge homes for sale. There are paved trails running throughout the park, along with a sandy beach that allows you to add a different type of surface to your training.

  2. Highland Road Community Park – 14024 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810

    With more than 144 acres to explore that include paved trails and activities for family members of all ages, Highland Road Community Park makes it easy to fit some 5k training into a full day of outdoor family fun at the park. In addition to a variety of connected trails, the park features athletic fields of all types, a playground, picnic pavilions, a boat launch, and an air-conditioned indoor gymnasium.

  3. Baton Rouge Downtown Greenway – Downtown Baton Rouge, LA 70802

    The Baton Rouge Downtown Greenway connects with a number of downtown parks, outdoor attractions, and existing trail systems with views of the Mississippi River all around you, making it a great way to mix some variety into your 5k training. Currently, the loop connects the levee bike path, town square, and Brooks Park, with even more trails expected to be added in the future.

  4. Comite Park Trail – 8900 Hooper Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818

    Looking for a trail that will allow you to put your training to the test? The Comite Park Trail is an excellent choice, with elevation changes that will add a little spice to your next run. This trail rates as moderate by popular hiking standards, with a 4.9-mile loop along the river that offers beautiful views while you run.

  5. Dawson Creek Trail – 7122 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

    Located at the well-lit Perkins Road Community Park, the Dawson Creek Trail offers a convenient, paved running trail that can still be enjoyed even after the sun goes down. The trail runs for just over four miles with offshoots into the woods where you can extend your run, while the park also features a rock climbing wall, skate park, BMX bike trails, and a playground perfect for entertaining younger visitors.

Living in Baton Rouge means that your next outdoor adventure is never far from your front door, and our team is here to help you find your next home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.


Art in New Orleans: 5 Art Galleries to Visit

Art Galleries in New Orleans

No matter what types of art you adore, New Orleans is sure to have many art galleries that you will love to explore. In a city with such a special blend of cultures, that's no surprise! The art galleries of New Orleans come in many shapes and sizes, with a shared goal of showcasing the city's vibrant culture through art. But with so many art galleries, where do you start? Our real estate agents have you covered with five local art galleries where you can begin your exploration of the New Orleans art scene.

  1. Kako Gallery – 536 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    Like many art galleries located close to New Orleans homes for sale, you'll find that Kako Gallery doesn't just focus on one type of art. Instead, it showcases art in many mediums from artists who live and work in the New Orleans area. If you're looking for a gallery with affordable, local art that you can purchase to decorate your own home or you're interested in browsing an eclectic collection, Kako Gallery is well worth a visit. You'll find an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, and outdoor art here.

  2. Windsor Fine Art – 221 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    When you're in the mood to see work from some of history's greatest artists, Windsor Fine Art is the place to be. Windsor Fine Art features artwork spanning five centuries, including original works from legends like Dali and Rembrandt. Browse an expansive collection arranged by artistic movement, touching on the most popular movements from the last 500 years. Windsor Fine Art also features an exceptional collection of sculptures from both historical and contemporary artists.

  3. Sutton Galleries – 519 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    A family-owned gallery serving New Orleans for more than 100 years, Sutton Galleries has long been a must-see stop for art lovers on Royal Street. Whether you're looking to add to your existing collection, start collecting art for the first time, or browse the work of talented contemporary artists, you'll find a warm welcome and plenty of help from the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Sutton Galleries.

  4. Gallery Orange – 819 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116

    In the mood for contemporary art? Be sure to check out Gallery Orange, which features a constantly updated collection of art created by artists worldwide. While Gallery Orange doesn't focus on a specific type of art, it favors original, unconventional, and energetic works. This gallery strives to sell art for fair market prices, making it a great place to shop if you're looking to bring home something special for your own walls.

  5. Cole Pratt Gallery - 3800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

    For more contemporary fine art, be sure to check out Cole Pratt Gallery on historic Magazine Street. Founded in 1993 by Cole Pratt, the gallery's mission is to showcase art from Southern artists. Their exhibitions are curated monthly to feature new artists. For the latest updates on the artists and work featured in their gallery, check out their website. 

Art and culture are simply part of the unique package of living in New Orleans, and we're here to help you find a home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans, LA area.


Weekend Getaway: Cabins You Can Stay in Near New Orleans

Cabins Near New Orleans

Looking for a chance to get away from it all? What could be better than a cabin?

How about a cabin that's just a short hop from the best New Orleans homes for sale?

In recent months, our real estate agents have gotten more questions from buyers who want to relax and unwind with a refreshing New Orleans weekend getaway. 

Although a true "log cabin" is rare in New Orleans, the area offers its own spin: The Creole cottage.

Preserved historic cottages dating to the 1800s are testaments to New Orleans' vivacious culture and style. Many of these unique properties are rented directly by the owner, so you can expect authentic southern hospitality to flavor a memorable visit. It's the ideal way to rest and recharge.

Plus, you might get inspiration for your own New Orleans home!

Start with this list to see if anything catches your eye:

  1. Audubon Cottages – 509 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Looking for a selection steeped in history? Audubon Cottages has it! You can choose from a variety of one- and two-bedroom suites with private, guest-only access to a saltwater pool said to be the oldest pool in New Orleans. The secluded surroundings give you a sense of serenity even right in the midst of the delightful French Quarter.
  2. Greatmen Cottage Vacation Rental Home – 3421 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Greatmen Cottage Vacation Rental Home is a historic Creole-style cottage built in 1838, offering three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the heart of the French Quarter. Every inch of the property drips with New Orleans architectural flair, but happy guests talk most about the airy terrace, garden, and fountain. Modern amenities have been added, and the neighborhood is a hub of delectable dining.
  3. The Cabins at Jean Lafitte Harbor – 4932 Kenal Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067
    About 45 minutes from downtown New Orleans you'll find The Cabins at Jean Lafitte Harbor, a cluster of five cabins with a rustic and homey feel. Located a little way from family-friendly attractions like the Audubon Zoo and Mardi Gras World, each cabin features hardwood floors and country-style furnishings. They're one more marvelous reason to choose Lafitte homes for sale.
  4. Four Cypress Acadian Cabin – 4980 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390
    Four Cypress Acadian Cabin is peaceful and romantic. Offering a fully air-conditioned cabin and a traditional porch for outdoor relaxation, it sits on five unspoiled acres. Guests can book their own Louisiana swamp tour or simply spend their time luxuriating in the fresh air. It's less than an hour from New Orleans – and only a quick drive to Napoleonville homes for sale and beautiful Lake Verret.
  5. Bayou Log Cabins – 200 West Kass Lane, Port Sulphur, LA 70083
    Want to get out deep into the bayou? Bayou Log Cabins has you covered less than an hour south of New Orleans. You'll get a classic experience that includes renting a log cabin – on high stilts – in a 200-year old fishing village. And terrific Port Sulphur homes for sale are nearby! Whether you decide to rent your own boat or go out on a charter expedition, anglers will love the chance to pursue trout and redfish catches.

From the historic to the modern, New Orleans has something to appeal to every taste. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about local real estate.


Where to Find Great Gumbo Near Lafayette

Gumbo in Lafayette

When new residents come into the Lafayette area, our real estate agents love showing them around and making sure they know about all the best local traditions. This includes highlighting area restaurants to enjoy the official state soup -- a steaming bowl of gumbo!

There are many variations of this tasty dish, which is why it's so much fun to try each chef's unique take on it. If you're in pursuit of the perfect bowl of gumbo, you're in luck. Here's a round-up of our favorite places to find great gumbo in the Lafayette area. 

  1. Charley G's: 3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Famous for their smoked duck and andouille gumbo, Charley G's has been a longtime favorite among Lafayette locals. In fact, they've been serving up this incredible dish for over 30 years! They've listed the recipe on their website, but we recommend heading over there for the chef-prepared version. While you're there, you can also enjoy their fresh Louisiana seafood and grilled aged beef, both of which are cooked over southern hardwoods. Spending some time in this relaxing and welcoming restaurant is the perfect way to end a long day of exploring Lafayette homes for sale. 
  1. Dooky Chase's Restaurant: 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    If you've been looking at New Orleans homes for sale, you know that there's no shortage of great restaurants here. Dooky Chase's Restaurant is no exception! This family-owned and operated establishment has been serving up delicious food since 1941. It's truly a New Orleans treasure. On Tuesday through Friday, they serve a delicious lunch buffet that features many New Orleans staples, like hot sausage and beans and rice. You'll have to order the gumbo separately, but it's well worth it! Friday nights they have a regular menu with favorites like chicken creole, stuffed shrimp, and shrimp Clemenceau. 
  1. Prejean's: 3480 North Evangeline Throughway, Lafayette, LA 70507
    If you want to enjoy award-winning Cajun cuisine, look no further than Prejean's. This fun and friendly local restaurant has been pleasing residents for over 40 years. Their chicken and sausage gumbo is a three-time world champion! They also offer a delicious seafood gumbo made with shrimp, crawfish, and crabmeat and a gumbo made with smoked dixie duck and Acadiana andouille. When you've finished your gumbo, you'll want to enjoy some of their other amazing menu items, like fried green tomatoes, a crawfish enchilada, or the incredibly popular Prejean's Poboy. 
  1. Don's Seafood: 4309 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 7050
    A Cajun tradition in Lafayette since 1934, Don's Seafood has some of the best gumbo around. You'll want to try both the chicken and andouille sausage gumbo and the delicious seafood gumbo made with shrimp and crab meat. We recommend pairing your gumbo with some charbroiled oysters and a side of hush puppies or adding a cup of gumbo to the Seafood Combo. This amazing dish comes with stuffed shrimp, fried catfish, fried shrimp, fried oysters, shrimp étouffée, french fries, and coleslaw. It's a feast that's truly one to remember! 

The great food is just one of the many things to love about living in Lafayette. If you're ready to find your dream home here, we can help. Contact us today to get started. 


New Orleans Staples: 7 of the Oldest Restaurants in NOLA

NOLA Restaurants

The Big Easy has a reputation for food that is delicious, decadent, and down-right devourable. While there are a number of new eateries evolving the NOLA food scene, some of the best places to grab a bite to eat are those which have been in operation for centuries. Our real estate agents encourage you to try these seven New Orleans restaurants that are over 100 years old!

  1. Café Du Monde – 800 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 | 1862
    Café Du Monde
    is one of the most iconic restaurants in all of New Orleans. Opened in 1862, this 24-hour coffee stand is located in the first French Market building. It's a popular destination for locals and tourists alike thanks to its French-style beignets and coffee mixed with chicory. Whether you're on a coffee run before you head to work or love to sit and sip a cup of joe while the sunsets on Jackson Square, Café Du Monde is the place to be.

  2. Antoine's Restaurant – 713 St Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130 | 1840
    Café Du Monde may be world-famous but Antoine's Restaurant holds the claim as the oldest restaurant in New Orleans. Established way back in 1840, famous guests from far and wide have visited this restaurant over its long history. Many also claim that it was within Antoine's Restaurant walls where classic dishes such as Eggs Sardou and Oysters Rockefeller were invented. 

  3. Tujague's Restaurant – 823 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 |1856
    Second, only to Antoine's Restaurant in terms of the longest operating history in New Orleans is Tujague's Restaurant. Opened in 1856, this restaurant serves up classic French dishes like shrimp remoulade and boiled brisket. They prepare traditional meals without the bells and whistles of newer establishments, ensuring that you get a hearty, authentic plate of French cuisine every time.

  4. Napoleon House – 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 | 1914
    This building was constructed in 1794 as the private residence for New Orleans' mayor before transitioning into a public restaurant in 1914. Today, Napoleon House serves up a menu full of New Orleans staples like muffulettas and the Pimm's Cup.

  5. Galatoire's – 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70112 | 1905
    Located on bustling Bourbon Street, you shouldn't be surprised to see a line out the door for Galatoire's restaurant. Cooking up French Creole cuisine, Galatoire's rarely changes their culinary customs yet constantly influences the evolution of the New Orleans' dining scene. If you're headed over for dinner, make sure you come early to grab a drink next door at Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak.

  6. Commander's Palace – 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 | 1893
    When talking about the best fine dining in New Orleans, Commander's Palace will always be the subject of conversation. Opened as a small saloon in 1893, Commander's Palace has become a culinary legend in the city. It's won six James Beard Foundation Awards and has churned out world-renowned chefs like Emeril Lagasse. 

  7. Broussard's – 819 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70112 | 1920
    Celebrating its centennial this year, Broussard's serves up old-world Louisiana and Creole cooking inside of a charming setting. A favorite fixture in New Orleans, this lovely restaurant is a perfect place for dinner, brunch, or simply have a drink surrounded by exceptional architecture and décor.

Would you like to live close to these amazing, century-old NOLA restaurants? We can help. Contact us today to tour our charming New Orleans homes for sale.


Biking Routes and Trails in Cajun Country

Biking Routes

Cajun Country is scenic no matter how you choose to explore it, and riding the trails is a great way to see the area from a different perspective. Whether you're an experienced rider looking for a challenging trail or you're searching for a scenic, leisurely trail to ride on a Sunday afternoon, Cajun Country offers a little bit of everything. Of course, the best trails also feature plenty of places to stop for food and fun along the way. Our real estate agents know Cajun Country, and we've got 6 biking routes that you won't want to miss.

  1. Houma to Cocodrie – Winn Dixie Shopping Center at Hwy 24 and Prospect Blvd., Houma, LA 70517
    Beginning in Houma, the Houma to Cocodrie route lasts for 31 miles, with a variety of entry/exit points throughout the route. See Houma homes for sale from a whole new perspective! The scenery really picks up around the 5-mile mark of the route, if you start from the Winn Dixie Shopping Center. You'll travel along the waterfront, where you'll see fishing boats in action, then make a trip through quiet, peaceful marshes before ending your ride in Cocodrie.

  2. Lafayette to Opelousas – North University Ave., Lafayette, LA 70506
    The Lafayette to Opelousas route actually consists of three separate routes, with varying distances, scenery, and terrain. For a shorter ride, try the 20-mile red route, which travels along North University Ave. through Lafayette, before heading north to Opelousas. The blue route is a bit longer at 30 miles, while the green route checks in at a healthy 50 miles.

  3. Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail – 1050 Henderson Levee Rd., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    With more than 50 miles of trails to ride along the top of the levee, the Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail features outstanding scenery and plenty of room to stretch your legs. The first half of the trail is paved, and the rest is gravel. There are no cars or trucks allowed on this trail, so it's a great place for a long, relaxing ride.

  4. Houma to Thibodaux Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
    Looking to explore nature while you ride? The 50-plus mile Houma to Thibodaux Loop will take you past a historic cypress swamp, and passes a variety of local museums where you can learn more about Cajun Country. Wildlife Gardens is an especially popular stop for nature lovers.

  5. Chicot State Park – 3469 Chicot Park Rd., Ville Platte, LA 70586
    Open year-round with more than 6,000 acres to explore, the Chicot State Park trail is one of the best spots on our list for natural scenery. The trail travels around Lake Chicot, where you can stop to fish or simply enjoy the view. The terrain is easier to navigate in dry conditions but requires the right equipment when the weather is wet.

  6. Bayou Black Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
    Beginning at the same point as the Houma to Thibodaux Loop, the Bayou Black Loop is another favorite for Houma residents. If you're riding this loop, be sure to bring your appetite. There are many great places to stop for a meal along the way, whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood or classic Cajun cooking. 

Still searching for your next home in Cajun Country? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Houma, LA area.


6 Places to Order Brunch in New Orleans

Brunch NOLA

Brunch is often considered a weekend treat, but in New Orleans, where les bon temps always roulez, you can find brunch any day of the week. When only brunch will do, our real estate agents head to these great spots just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale

  1. Stanley of New Orleans - 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Thanks to a prime location on Jackson Square, guests at Stanley of New Orleans enjoy beautiful downtown views while dining on signature dishes such as Eggs Stanley, with smoked Canadian bacon, cornmeal-crusted oysters, and Creole Hollandaise. Prefer dessert for breakfast? Indulge your sweet tooth with housemade ice cream desserts from the retro-style soda fountain. Stanley serves all-day breakfast and brunch Thursday through Sunday.

  2. Jimmy J's Café - 115 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    A satisfied customer sums up the appeal of Jimmy J's Café: "Very small place, but BIG on taste." Jimmy J's menu features eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and bagels, French toast, and other classic brunch items made with a tasty Cajun twist. A customer favorite is the blueberry French toast, stuffed with creamy Brie and topped with an elegant brandy glaze. 

  3. FullBlast Brunch - 139 S. Cortez St., New Orleans, LA 70119
    When piloting the boat on fishing trips with his dad, Chris Belou would ask if he could open up the throttle "fullblast." Today, as owner/chef at FullBlast Brunch, Chris still goes all-out in everything he does. From the aptly-named Simply Breakfast of eggs, bacon, grits, and toast to iconic chicken and waffles, there's something for everyone. Since it's not brunch without mimosas, go "fullblast" with the mimosa flight of orange juice, cranberry juice, and mango juice. Get your brunch on beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday through Monday.

  4. Monty's on the Square - 801 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Rustic-chic decor enhanced by plenty of natural light creates the ideal ambiance for the Southern bayou-influenced cuisine of Monty's on the Square. Benedicts come in half-a-dozen varieties, including Big Easy with fried green tomatoes and Creole Hollandaise sauce. Be sure to start with an order of beignet fries or cinnamon-filled King Cake beignets. 

  5. Two Chicks Café - 901 Convention Center Blvd., Ste. 109, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Two Chicks Café is not a reference to the source of eggs, but rather two BFFs who decided to turn their shared love of food into a business. Menu items include popular brunch dishes along with healthier options such as homemade chia pudding, yogurt parfait, and fresh juices and smoothies. Two years ago, the "chicks" opened a second location at 920 Gravier St. Both cafés are open 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily, with Convention Center closed Monday and Gravier St. closed Tuesday.

  6. Biscuits & Buns on Banks - 4337 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119
    Travel website Only in Your State put Biscuit & Buns on Banks at the top of their "9 Quirky Restaurants in New Orleans You Simply Can't Ignore." Maybe it's because of the shotgun house setting, or menu subtitles like, "Eggoholics R Us." In any case, come for the novelty and stay for the great food, such as hot sausage hash cakes, and fried chicken on brioche. Oh, and did we mention it's BYOB? Hours are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends.

With equal parts history, culture, tradition, food, and entertainment, the New Orleans lifestyle is second to none. Whether you're buying or selling a NOLA home, contact us for all your real estate needs.


Lafayette in Bloom: Botanical Gardens to Visit

Lafayette Botanical Garden

Want to spend some time outdoors to relax after comparing the best Lafayette homes for sale?

Our real estate agents enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to rock climbing. We know that sometimes you just want to stop and smell the roses – or other flowers. Luckily, the natural beauty of Lafayette will never let you down. There are plenty of places to see brilliant flowers in bloom. One of them could be your own backyard!

If you need other ideas, we have them. Lafayette and the surrounding cities are filled with a variety of botanical gardens, arboretums, parks, and many more. Let's drop in for a quick visit to some of the best gardens in Lafayette and the neighboring communities.

Here are just a few of your options for local gardens and nature centers:

  1. Acadian Village and Gardens – 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506
    Acadian Village and Gardens is found right in Lafayette and boasts a historic experience that brings you back to an 1800s-era village. It sits on ten acres of land that has been lovingly restored with all kinds of period houses, shops, and more. Dotted throughout the property, you'll find a number of gardens that use actual historic methods for cultivation. They look particularly lovely this time of year!
  2. Ira S. Nelson Horticulture Center – 2206 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Located on the campus of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, the Ira S. Nelson Horticulture Center houses a whole rainbow of ornamental plants. As you venture over the land, you'll have the opportunity to visit about 24,000 square feet of greenhouses dedicated to research and conservation. It's a wonderful way to learn more about the flowers and plants here in Louisiana.
  3. Rip Van Winkle Garden – 5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia, LA
    The Rip Van Winkle Gardens are found not far from some enticing New Iberia homes for sale. Only a few minutes from Lafayette, these gardens are named in honor of an actor who once played the iconic slumbering character. A semi-tropical garden and preserve, the estate sprawls across 25 lush acres beside beautiful Lake Peigneur. It is also known as Live Oaks Garden.
  4. Windrush Gardens – 4600 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Located on the campus of Louisiana State University, Windrush Gardens is a true sight to behold. A little further afield in Lafayette's sister city, known for remarkable Baton Rouge homes for sale, the garden is a refreshing oasis. With winding paths across 25 acres, every inch has been landscaped to underscore the beauty of hardy plants that create a sensory experience through their striking forms and textures.

Lafayette is in bloom, and there's never been a better time to see it for yourself. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about the local or for help with your real estate questions.


Museum Tour in New Orleans: All About NOLA Museums

NOLA Museums

When it comes to New Orleans homes for sale, there are plenty of reasons to choose the "Big Easy" for your next home. New Orleans culture is truly unique, from the cuisine to the music to the unbeatable annual festivals like Mardi Gras. Education soars, too, thanks to terrific museums!

Our real estate agents are confident that no matter what your interests are, you'll have a chance to find something great here in New Orleans. 

In fact, New Orleans even has its own thriving museum district. You'll find many of the most notable local museums centered within a short distance of each other in the inimitable City Park. 

Let's take a closer look at some of the area's top museums:

  1. The National World War II Museum – 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The National World War II Museum is one of the most recognizable of the nation's monuments to "the war to end all wars," featuring exhibits that uplift the stories of real people on the Western Front, the Eastern Front, and the homefront. The D-Day Invasion exhibit is the most popular year-round.
  2. New Orleans Museum of Art – 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124
    As the name suggests, the New Orleans Museum of Art is the city's premier art museum and the oldest in New Orleans. Explore the permanent collection of about 40,000 items, and don't miss the breathtaking pieces in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
  3. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum – 514 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Four minutes from the beloved Jackson Square sits the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Formerly an actual apothecary operating in the 1820s, it is packed with historical examples of early medicines and cure-alls. It also hosts lectures, live events, and the occasional wedding.
  4. Mardi Gras World – 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Prepare to be astonished! Mardi Gras World is the stellar place to experience "Fat Tuesday" at any time of year. This massive workshop and storage unit is the spot where floats are fabricated for the big day. It occupies a prime position on the Mississippi, beside Morial Convention Center.
  5. Louisiana Children's Museum – 15 Henry Thomas Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
    The award-winning Louisiana Children's Museum features 30,000 square feet of exciting exhibits, many of them interactive. Some of its top attractions include a climbing wall and an art studio. Kids of all ages from tots to teens have the opportunity to explore self-paced experiences on fascinating topics.
  6. New Orleans Jazz Museum – 400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Saving the best for last, the New Orleans Jazz Museum pays homage to one of the most iconic parts of New Orleans' unique identity. Located in the New Orleans Mint, it has exhibits that explore the growth of the New Orleans sound and showcase art that arose in the city's golden age of jazz.

Amazing museums are one more reason to make New Orleans your home. Contact us to learn more or get started.


5 Kid-Friendly Hiking Trails Near Baton Rouge

Hiking Trails Baton Rouge

Are you looking for a way to get your kids off the couch? Gathering up the entire family and heading out to some of the area's beautiful nature trails is a great way to get everybody's heart pumping and get some fresh air. 

Many of our real estate agents have started spending their weekends visiting local hiking trails with their families. Here are a few of their favorite kid-friendly options you'll want to explore. 

  1. Learning Tree Trail: LSU Botanical Gardens Steele Forest - 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Learning Tree Trail is a super-easy trail. It's a half-mile loop that sees moderate foot traffic. Here you'll find lots of beautiful wildflowers and opportunities for birdwatching and spotting other wildlife. The wildlife placards located throughout the trail are a great way to combine education and exercise. The kids are sure to love stopping to learn more about some of the animals they may see.  
  1. Black Swamp Trail: LSU Botanical Gardens Steele Forest - 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    The Black Swamp Trail is located near the interstate right in the heart of Baton Rouge. This makes it a great place to explore after spending the morning looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale. It's a 2.2-mile out-and-back trail that offers plenty of shade, crushed rock paths, and a wooden bridge that goes through a swamp. This trail also has plenty of placards for the kids to read and benches to sit and rest if you want to take a break. 
  1. Barton Arboretum Loop: LSU Botanical Arboretum Loop - 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    The 2.3-mile Barton Arboretum Loop is an easy trail with light traffic. It's well-kept and very shaded. There's a lake along the trail and a wide variety of plant life. Your kids will enjoy this "storytime trail" that allows them to read a book as they walk around. The little chapel with a pulpit and benches offers an unexpected surprise that everyone is sure to enjoy. 
  1. Arrowwood Trail: Kendalwood Conservation Area - 24700 Kendalwood Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    If you want to get some substantial exercise, gather up the family and head out to the 3.0-mile Arrowwood Trail. This loop is lightly trafficked. It features a river and is great for catching a glimpse of wildlife, including plenty of banana spiders and a few snakes. Despite the length, it's an easy trail to walk with minimal elevation. This makes it a perfect adventure for the entire family.
  1. Hardwood Forest Loop Trail: Frenchtown Road Conservation Area - 17819 Frenchtown Rd, Greenwell Springs, LA 70739
    Perfect for nature trips and bird watching, Hardwood Forest Loop Trail features a river, forest, and plenty of beautiful wildflowers. This 2.1-mile loop is moderately trafficked and the perfect length for when you only have an hour or so to enjoy your hike. The dirt trail runs through a fairly dense forest. Along the way, you'll come across an interesting section of giant bamboo. There's also two rivers, a beach area, and a swamp. Your kids may also enjoy getting a look at the train, which often passes by. 

Beautiful scenery and plenty of outdoor adventures are just a few of the reasons why so many people love living here! If you're looking for your dream home in the Baton Rouge area, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 


7 Things We Love About Living in Lafayette

Living in Lafayette

Thinking about a move to Lafayette? Get ready to enjoy some great Cajun and Creole cuisine, southern hospitality, and a variety of live entertainment. In addition to a unique culture, The Hub City also has a good local economy and low housing costs, which make it a great place to settle down and start a family. Our real estate agents compiled the top 7 things that love about living in Lafayette. 

  1. The Warm Weather
    If you dislike cold weather, then Lafayette is the place for you. Those who enjoy the great outdoors can bike, hike, boat, or camp nearly all year round. Summers can be a bit steamy, but fall, winter, and spring can often be very comfortable. While summer is hurricane season, Lafayette is far enough from the coast that it can usually avoid the most severe impacts from large storms.
  2. Trying New Restaurants
    If you're a fan of Cajun food, you'll never run out of new restaurants to try in Lafayette. Cajun restaurant food tours will give you the best opportunity to experience a number of the best, most authentic Cajun, and Creole restaurants in the area. Not only will you get to taste authentic gumbo to fresh seafood, but you'll also have a chance to learn more about the area's rich history. 
  3. It's Bike-Friendly 
    Over the last 10 years, biking has become an increasingly popular way to get around town. Many major city streets are now equipped with bike lanes, and the Atakapa-Ishak Trail connects Lafayette to many nearby towns and neighborhoods.
  4. Strong Job Market
    Lafayette has a strong local economy, which makes it a great place for young professionals to establish a career. Oil & gas, healthcare, and education are some of the city's leading industries, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Lafayette Regional Medical center are two of the area's largest employers.
  5. Rich, Deep-Rooted Culture
    There is no shortage of art and culture in Lafayette. The must-see Vermilionville Historical Village is a 23-acre park dedicated to the history of Cajun, Creole, and indigenous culture. The Acadiana Center for the Arts is one of the top art and culture centers in the area, while the Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana is a great place to see work from both local and international artists. The Lafayette Science Museum & Planetarium also offers a variety of exhibits and a completely digital planetarium. 
  6. Live Music is Everywhere
    Live music and dancing are deeply ingrained in the southern Louisiana culture. With live music at so many restaurants, bars, and venues across the city, you won't have to travel far to hear a wide variety of live performances. The city also hosts the Festival Internationale de Louisiane, a free four-day music festival with great music and the best Cajun food.
  7. Experience Mardi Gras
    New Orleans isn't the only Louisiana city that knows how to celebrate Mardi Gras. Lafayette's celebrations include up to five days' worth of parades. Masked balls and parties are commonly held throughout the season in various neighborhoods across the city.

Lafayette is a unique, beautiful place to live, but the best way to experience it is to see for yourself. While you're visiting the area, be sure to check out some of these beautiful Lafayette homes for sale. For more information on what it's like to live in the Hub City, contact us today!


New Orleans Dog Parks Your Pup Will Love

New Orleans Dog Parks

If you're a pet owner, one of the first questions you ask when you move to a new city is, "will my pet be happy?" Here in New Orleans, our real estate agents are happy to report that we live in an amazingly pet-friendly city, with plenty of options for your four-legged friends! Be sure to check out these amazing dog parks in the NOLA area!

  • NOLA City Bark Dog Park - 10 Magnolia Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
    One of the most popular dog parks in New Orleans, NOLA City Bark Dog Park spans just over 4.5 acres, with plenty of space for you and your four-legged friends to run free. Located just minutes from these New Orleans homes for sale, the park offers open meadows, separate play areas for large and small dogs, water play areas, benches, pavilions, and paved walking paths. Be sure to check up on current restrictions due to COVID-19 before visiting. 

  • Crescent Park Dog Run - 3800-3898 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Crescent Park is a 20-acre, 1.4-mile linear park that stretches along the Mississippi Riverfront and connects some of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods. It's a favorite spot among cyclists, joggers, and dog walkers, with spectacular views and lovely native landscaping. One of the park's best features is a dog run where canines can run free off the leash while their humans enjoy the view. 

  • Wisner Playground and Dog Run - 4877 Laurel St, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Tucked away in New Orleans' West Riverside neighborhood, Wisner Playground and Dog Run is a great place for kids and pups alike to enjoy some playtime. The park may appear small, but it's deceptively spacious, with separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs, along with water fountains and doggie bags. A lot of locals bring their dogs here, so you're always likely to find a playmate.

  • NOLA Bark Market - 3041 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    You'll find just about everything you and your pup need at NOLA Bark Market, a staple of New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood. It's a pet shop, doggie daycare and dog park all rolled into one. Their dog park spans a quarter acre, and it's the only true dog park in Downtown New Orleans. You'll need a membership to take advantage of it, but we consider it a worthy investment!

  • Levee Dog Park - 1 Walnut St, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Sometimes referred to as the dog levee, Levee Dog Park has gained a reputation among locals in the know as the best 'unofficial' off-leash dog park in New Orleans. A spacious and hilly open meadow tucked in behind the Audubon Zoo, Levee Dog Park is a great place to let your pooch off the leash to run free. There are no facilities, but the views are great. There's plenty of shade and open space, and you can count on meeting some other friendly dogs. Be aware that the meadow isn't fenced in, so make sure you're confident that your pup won't make a break for it. 

New Orleans is a fun place to live for dogs, and it's not bad for humans either! Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in New Orleans. 


Vacation Close to Home: Weekend Getaways in the Lafayette Area

Lafayette Weekend Getaways

Who's ready for a quick road trip close to home? Our real estate agents sure are! We're ready to stretch our legs, load up the car full of snacks, and explore everything that Louisiana has to offer. If you're looking for a few days out of the house, consider spending a weekend getaway without venturing too far from Lafayette.

  1. Maison D'Memoire Bed & Breakfast Cottages – 8450 Roberts Cove Rd., Rayne, LA 70578
    Approximately 20 minutes from Lafayette
    Experience award-winning Southern hospitality at Maison D'Memoire. This lovely bed and breakfast is just 20 minutes north of Lafayette and offers unrivaled charm. Voted a Best Romantic Getaway, the town of Rayne immerses you in tranquility with the heart of Cajun Country. Book a spacious cottage with a full kitchen and two-person tub for a weekend of pure bliss.

  2. Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast – 2727 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Approximately 2 hours from Lafayette
    New Orleans is known for its excitement and colorful culture, but don't forget that The Big East is also one of the best places in the state to kick back and relax. The Grand Victorian is a historic bed and breakfast on the majestic St. Charles Avenue. This Garden District home is located in the Garden District, just minutes from the French Quarter. Voted one of the best bed and breakfast spots in the city, the Grand Victorian will treat you to a lavish experience.

  3. The Fairfield Place – 2221 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport, LA 71104
    Approximately 4 hours from Lafayette

    Indulge in luxury at The Fairfield Place. With two properties on the grounds, the Fairfield Manor and Fairfield Place both offer the highest standard of hospitality. Although the property is close to Shreveport's dining, shopping, and entertainment, you'll feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while inside Fairfield. As one of the oldest surviving homes on the street, the Fairfield Place invites you to relax in the courtyard without a care in the world.

  4. Cajun Country Cottages – 1138 Lawless Tauzin Rd, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    Approximately 25 minutes from Lafayette
    Take a step back in time and relish a renewal of spirit in Breaux Bridge. Cajun Country Cottages are nestled away on a secluded property to provide you with the R&R you desire. Lose track of time fishing in the lake, strolling the property, or reading a book on the porch swing. The five cottages offer plenty of privacy, making it the perfect little weekend getaway for Lafayette residents.

  5. Samuel Guy House Bed and Breakfast – 309 Pine St, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Approximately 2.5 hours from Lafayette

    Fall in love with the elegance of the Samuel Guy House. This lovely bed and breakfast was restored to its original grandeur and relocated to peaceful Natchitoches in 2004. With comfortable rooms inside and a serene garden outside, you'll spend hours without a worry on your mind. Their gracious hospitality is only rivaled by their delicious Praline French Toast. After you stay at this historic house once, you'll want to return time and time again.

Looking for a new place in Lafayette? We can make it effortless! Contact us today to browse our charming Lafayette homes for sale.


Get Some Fresh Air in Houma: Nature Trails and Beaches to Explore

Houma Nature Trails

Now that the state is starting to open back up, we're all excited to get out of the house and get some fresh air! While things may not be quite back to "normal" yet, there are plenty of ways for you to start enjoying yourself once again. 

When our real estate agents aren't busy showing buyers the best Houma homes for sale, they love visiting the area's nature trails and beaches. 

Not sure where to go? Take a look at these ideas!

  • Grand Isle Beach: Grand Isle, LA 70358
    We are lucky to live near one of the most popular beaches in Louisiana! Grand Isle Beach offers seven miles of soft, white sand where you can spend the day enjoying sunny, salty fun. The area also features a public fishing pier, excellent spots for bird-watching, a state park where you can camp, crab, and fish, and a nature trail. So, whatever you're into, you're sure to enjoy your time here. 
  • LUMCON Boardwalk: 8124 Highway 56 Chauvin, LA 70344
    The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) boardwalk is open to the public and is an excellent place to get some exercise, enjoy the fresh air, and keep your eyes peeled for many different species of birds. You're likely to see great egrets, roseate spoonbills, great blue herons, green herons, and pelicans. Take a look down in the ponds, and you may also catch some sailfin mollies, sheepshead, speckled kingsnakes, fiddler crabs, blue crabs, otters, and maybe even an alligator.  
  • The Marguerite Moffett Audubon Sanctuary: 7032 Little Caillou Rd, Chauvin, LA 70344
    If you enjoy nature, and, in particular, birding, you'll want to pay a visit to The Marguerite Moffett Audubon Sanctuary. This 108-acre protected marshland features a 700-foot long boardwalk that winds its way through the marsh and ends at an overlook-observation platform. Not only will you see many different birds, like sea sparrows and marsh wren, but you'll also enjoy an incredible view of Lake Quitman.
  • Lockport Elevated Wetlands Board Walk: 6419 LA-308, Lockport, LA 70374
    The fairly new Lockport Trail offers visitors the chance to enjoy a 440-feet boardwalk that winds through a cypress swamp dotted with large trees. The boardwalk ends at a gazebo where you can stop to rest and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. 
  • Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge Nature Trail: 3599 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    The 4,419-acre Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge nature trail features a cypress-tupelo swamp and freshwater marsh. This walk will take you approximately 45-minutes round-trip and will give you the chance to see many different kinds of birds and even some alligators up-close. 

If you're looking to buy or sell property in Houma, we're here to help! Whether you're ready to start going out or you're more comfortable doing things virtually, we can accommodate your needs. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 


Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do in Baton Rouge

Random Acts of Kindness Baton Rouge

Finding it hard to occupy your time these days? Our real estate agents have some ways to stay active nourishing the soul and brightening someone else's day. Keep busy with these simple but powerful random acts of kindness that enrich the community around Baton Rouge homes for sale

  1. Adopt a Pet - Friends of the Animals, 8476 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Sadly, more animals than usual are finding themselves displaced at a time when people need companionship. Over its first decade in operation, Friends of the Animals has placed more than 5,000 dogs and puppies in forever homes. While the center is currently closed, you can view available pets on the website or Facebook page and submit an online adoption application. If you want to offer support but can't currently take in a pet, donations are gratefully accepted.

  2. Send Letters to Healthcare Facilities - Flannery Oaks Guest House, 1642 N. Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815
    Residents in healthcare facilities have to forgo visitation that's a crucial element of their physical and emotional well-being. Flannery Oaks Guest House cares for people who have short- or long-term health issues requiring skilled medical attention. Imagine how much a thoughtful card or note would mean to them. Contact Flannery Oaks or the healthcare facility of your choice to confirm their preferred procedure for sending letters.

  3. "Chalk Your Walk"
    Do you have kids who are going stir-crazy? Join residents from NYC to Oahu and "Chalk Your Walk" with pictures, words of encouragement, and other visual images demonstrating solidarity with your Baton Rouge neighbors when you're finished, post pictures of the completed work on the project's Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.

  4. Feed a Family - Isabella's Pizzeria, 10330 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    With inventory levels strained to the limit, grocery shopping can be unreliable, making mealtime a challenge. Surprise a family member, friend, or neighbor and support small business one night with dinner delivered to their door. Pizza is relatively inexpensive, feeds several people, and satisfies just about anyone. Isabella's Pizzeria is open daily from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. for delivery or curbside pickup. You can also pay it forward by purchasing gift cards from your favorite restaurant and distributing them for use now or later.

  5. Run Errands
    After watching the news one day, British freelance writer Becky Wass was inspired to create a clever way of letting her neighbors know she was willing and able to provide help. Becky and her husband shared her ingenious postcard template online, with the sensible instructions to "wash your hands" before printing and distributing.

  6. Thank Essential Workers
    Essential workers have been supporting the Baton Rouge area, and it's time to show them your appreciation. A simple thank you while in the checkout aisle can mean the world. Tell them how much you value the work they do for the community. Being kind goes a long way! 

In good times and bad, Latter & Blum is proud to support the vibrant Baton Rouge community. Contact us for help with all your real estate questions.


7 Fun Facts About the French Quarter

French Quarter Facts

A melting pot of French, African, and American influences, New Orleans offers a rich history and vibrant culture, unlike any other city. At its heart is the French Quarter, a 300-year-old neighborhood that's also a National Historic Landmark. 

Our REALTORS® are grateful to call such a unique city home, and we're excited to share some fun facts about the French Quarter!

  1. It Was Once the Whole City
    The French Quarter still occupies the same 6×13 block area laid out in 1718 by French Canadian naval officer Jean Baptiste Bienville. At the time, the 70 squares within this area made up the entire French settlement of Nouvelle-Orléans, the original City of New Orleans.
  2. It Was the 'Spanish Quarter' for a While
    Although New Orleans was founded under French Rule, ownership was transferred by France's Louis XV to Charles III of Spain in 1762. Spanish Rule lasted just four decades but left a lasting mark on the city, especially its architecture. The semi-fortified streetscapes, plastered brick houses, wrought-iron balconies, walled courtyards, and curvilinear hinges and locks are all remnants of Spanish influence.
  3. It Has the Most Bars Per Capita in America
    The 'most bars per capita' statistic refers to New Orleans as a whole, but many of the city's most treasured watering holes are nestled in the French Quarter. Bars in the Quarter range from high-end establishments to dim hole-in-the-wall joints. From crafty cocktails at Bar Tonique to brews and live music at Fritzel's, there's a bar to suit every mood.
  4. It's One of America's Oldest Residential Communities
    Few neighborhoods in the U.S. can claim to have been lived in for 300 years straight, but the French Quarter can. Today, the Quarter is home to around 4,000 people, and it's where you'll find some of the most beautiful New Orleans homes for sale. Many of them are hundreds of years old. The oldest surviving residence in New Orleans is Madame John's Legacy, built-in 1789.
  5. Bourbon Street Isn't Named for Whiskey
    Bourbon Street isn't named for the drink that flows freely in its many bars and clubs. The street gets its name from the Bourbon Dynasty, who ruled France at the time of New Orleans' founding. In all likelihood, Bourbon (the drink) was also named after the Bourbon dynasty, but exactly how this happened is lost to history. 
  6. It's Very, Very Haunted
    Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you'll hear plenty of ghost stories in the French Quarter, most of them rooted in genuine history. The LaLaurie Mansion is one of the Quarter's most famously ghostly sites, but many hotels and bars are also said to be haunted, including Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, the oldest bar in New Orleans. You can learn more—if you dare—on a Haunted New Orleans Tour
  7. It's Weathered Many Storms
    The French Quarter has seen it all. Massive fires in 1788 and 1794 destroyed 80 percent of the Quarter's buildings. The city withstood both the Battle of New Orleans and the American Civil War. The French Quarter saw decline and resurgence in the 19th and 20th centuries and narrowly escaped the flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The French Quarter is one of America's most resilient neighborhoods. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans. Our team of REALTORS® has helped countless families find their dream homes in the Crescent City, and we can't wait to help you find yours!


Holiday Events in NOLA You Don't Want to Miss

NOLA Holiday Events

The holiday season is bound for the bayou, and our REALTORS® want to tell you about all of the uniquely NOLA festivities happening around town. Here are few family-friendly Cajun holiday events to put on your schedule.

  1. Jingle Bugs — Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118 | Dec 14
    At the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, there are plenty of creatures to celebrate the season. Their Jingle Bugs event features a Gumdrop Scavenger Hunt, holiday treats, face painting, magic shows, a visit from Pupa Noel, and storytime with Santa Claus. These wonderful kid's activities are included with general admission and present an interactive, educational holiday experience for little ones.

  2. Teddy Bear Tea — The Roosevelt New Orleans 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112 | Dec 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19 - 24
    Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Roosevelt for Teddy Bear Tea. Elves will have delicious food and pastries ready for kids, as well as a few special drinks for parents. Seats will surely fill up for this elegant celebration, so be sure to buy your tickets soon!

  3. New Orleans The Polar Express Train Ride — Union Passenger Terminal 1001 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113 | Dec 9 – Jan 1
    The Polar Express is a classic Christmas story, and now families in New Orleans can hop aboard this magical train ride throughout December. Children will relive the Polar Express story with a read-along accompanied by cookies and hot chocolate. Santa and his helpers will then hop aboard the train for caroling and photographs.

  4. Cajun Holiday Tea With Papa Noel — Spanish Plaza Wharf 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130 | Dec 14 – 15
    Instead of jumping on Santa's sleigh, join Papa Noel on the Creole Queen Steamboat for holiday tea atop the Mississippi. This Cajun cruise is filled with children's activities like magic shows, storytime, and face painting. Kids and adults alike can enjoy festive treats and teas with Papa Noel— and even hold a live alligator! Celebrate the season the Cajun way with Papa Noel's two-hour-long cruises.

  5. Candyland Christmas Show & Breakfast With Santa — Deanie's Seafood Restaurant French Quarter 841 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70112 | Dec 7 - 8 and 14 - 15
    The Candyland Christmas Show hosted by Deanie's Seafood Restaurant is a holiday celebration you'll only find in NOLA. Take a fun visit to Candyland for face painting, arts and crafts, and sing-alongs. Kids can take their photos with Santa Claus and Deanie's Pincher, the Crawfish. With a full breakfast buffet and adult beverages available, this playful morning celebration will easily become your next family tradition.

Would you like to spend every holiday in NOLA? Contact us today, and we'll show you the best New Orleans homes for sale.  


7 Tips for Selling a Vacant Home

Selling a Vacant Home

You've moved out and moved on, now you just need to sell your old place. Selling a vacant home doesn't have to be a challenge. With some planning and preparation, the following tips from our REALTORS® can make it a straightforward procedure. 

1. Set Your Thermostat to Between 60-70 Degrees.

While you don't have to worry too much about pipes freezing in New Orleans, you do have to worry about the damage excessive heat can cause. Moreover, if the home is too hot, prospective buyers won't want to spend too much time looking around.

2. Keep the Utilities on.

Keep paying the electric, water, and gas bill. This will help protect the home from damage and will make it easier for prospective buyers in New Orleans to test fixtures, faucets, and appliances when they inspect the home. Of course, you can unplug appliances and only keep critical systems, including the air conditioner, furnace, and lights connected.

3. Weatherize the Home.

Make sure to fix any air leaks in the insulation, around doors/windows, around siding, etc. You should use the appropriate weather stripping, caulk, etc. to conduct any required repairs. Performing this chore will save you a little money on your utility bills, deter pest intrusions, and make the home more appealing to prospective buyers.

4. Secure the Home.

A vacant home is a beacon to squatters and thieves eager to steal everything from the light fixtures to the copper pipes in the bathrooms. To keep intruders away, make sure you properly secure all doors, windows, and entry points. If your home has a home security system, you will want to keep this connection until the property is sold and the keys have changed hands. Finally, notify your neighbors that the home will be vacant. Astute neighbors can let you know if they see something amiss. 

5. Schedule a Virtual Staging. 

A vacant home is a blank slate. While this can be advantageous, the reality is not everyone can imagine the way a room will appear when it is filled with furnishings. Virtual staging makes it possible to create a digital reference without the need to rent furniture or leave your furniture behind when you move out. Conversely, you can choose to stage the home and take professional photographs before moving out.

6. Clean the Home and Maintain the Landscape.

Thoroughly clean the home and repair any minor damage you come across. Carpets, tiles, wood floors, etc. should look as close to new as possible. Similarly, make sure the trees, grass, flowerbeds, etc. are properly trimmed and maintained until the house is sold. This will help deter pests and ensure the home looks its best during showings. If you live nearby, you can take care of the cleaning and landscaping. If you are moving out of the area, consider investing in professional services to take care of these chores once per month. 

Contact us to discuss the methods we use to market vacant homes. It is our pleasure to tell you the strategies we recommend when adding your property to the list of New Orleans homes for sale. 


Distinctly New Orleans - 10 Traditions Only NOLA Locals Understand

Distinctly New Orleans

Even if you've never visited the city before, you've likely heard a thing or two about why New Orleans is such an amazing place to call home. Thanks to its strong sense of community and storied history, New Orleans has developed a ton of traditions and characteristics. Our REALTORS® love helping you get to know New Orleans, and we've put together 10 traditions only NOLA locals understand.

  1. Life Here Moves at Its Own Pace
    Calling New Orleans home means taking time to stop and smell the roses, and locals wouldn't have it any other way. The pace of life here may be a bit different from what you're used to, but locals know New Orleans moves at its own speed.

  2. You Don't Always Need a Car to Explore the City
    NOLA is a city of neighborhoods, with few steep inclines and plenty of room to maneuver on a bicycle. You don't need a car to see the city, and traveling by bike is often the perfect way to explore your neighborhood.

  3. Festival Season Never Ends
    Did you miss the last big festival in New Orleans? Don't worry! Festival season never ends in the city, and there's always another big event coming up.

  4. Some of the Best Performances Happen on the Street
    New Orleans is home to legendary bars and performance venues, but they're not the only place you'll see live performances. Street performers are all around in New Orleans, and you never know what you'll see.

  5. A Sno-ball Is the Perfect Treat on a Summer Day
    Looking for the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day? Head to a local stand to try a New Orleans sno-ball, a sweet, icy treat to keep you cool when the weather turns toasty.

  6. Every Home and Building Tells a Story
    When you're shopping for New Orleans homes for sale, you're sure to have plenty of interesting options to choose from in the city. New Orleans is filled with unique, historic homes loaded with character and inspired architecture.

  7. You Can Spend a Lifetime Exploring the Local Dining Scene
    New Orleans has always been a cultural melting pot, and that diverse cultural mix has created one of the world's best culinary scenes. There's no end to the local Creole, Cajun, and soul food spots you can explore.

  8. Everyone's a Saints Fan During Football Season
    You don't have to love football to live here, but you may find yourself cheering for the Saints on fall Sundays all the same. The city loves its NFL team, and every Sunday is a party.

  9. A Compass Isn't Very Useful in New Orleans
    New Orleans is a large city, with curved, winding streets and a layout that doesn't lend itself to giving typical directions. You'll rely less on the cardinal directions, and more on local landmarks to navigate.

  10. Parades Aren't Just for Mardi Gras
    Mardi Gras is, of course, a fantastic time to live in New Orleans, but you don't have to wait for Mardi Gras season to enjoy a parade. From Second Line parades to weddings, there's always a fun, festive parade happening.

While there are many different local traditions to enjoy in New Orleans, there's one thing everyone agrees on – this is a great place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.


Top of the Class - Universities & Colleges Around New Orleans

New Orleans Universities

Do you dream of going to college in one of the best cities in the world? In addition to its many other charms, New Orleans happens to be an excellent place to go to school. The city's history, attractions, cultural diversity, weather, and frequent festivities make it a popular place to attend college, drawing students from around the world. Whether you're looking for a large, public university or a small, specialized private school, you'll find a college close to home in New Orleans. Our REALTORS® have all the details on five top colleges and universities around New Orleans.

  1. Tulane University – 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Tulane University
    is a great place to start if you're looking for an excellent college close to New Orleans homes for sale. The school was established in 1834 as a medical college and has since grown to become one of the country's best research institutions. Today, students at Tulane enjoy a diverse selection of learning and research opportunities, from science to local history and culture. The student population typically numbers less than 9,000, which makes for small class sizes and plenty of opportunities to connect with the faculty.

  2. Southern University at New Orleans – 6400 Press Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126
    Looking for a smaller school close to all that New Orleans has to offer? Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has seen extensive growth in recent decades, with new buildings for social work, arts, humanities, and social sciences. SUNO is part of the Southern University network and has a student population of around 2,300 which allows everyone to get the individual attention they need to succeed.

  3. The University of New Orleans – 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70148
    With a scenic campus, affordable tuition, and a wide selection of subjects to study, it's no surprise The University of New Orleans draws a diverse student base from New Orleans and beyond. The University of New Orleans is known for its forward-looking class offerings, on topics like robotics, urban planning, hospitality, film, finance, and everything in between. It's all located on a vibrant, local campus with easy access to all of the attractions, culture, and history that New Orleans has to offer.

  4. Loyola University New Orleans – 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Loyola University New Orleans
    was established in 1904 as a Jesuit university and has since grown into one of the city's most respected learning institutions. Loyola focuses on providing each student with the resources they need to succeed, with a 10:1 student to faculty ratio and a diverse group of students from a wide range of backgrounds. Educators at Loyola focus on shaping students as people while providing all of the tools that they need to succeed academically.

  5. Xavier University of Louisiana – 1 Drexel Dr., New Orleans, LA 70125
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    holds a unique position as the country's only Historically Black and Catholic university and has a reputation for providing excellent education in STEM fields. The historic Xavier campus is home to a student population of around 3,300 and offers a wide range of majors. The College of Pharmacy is an especially popular choice and graduates many new pharmacists every year.

Ready to start shopping for a home close to all of the educational and cultural attractions of New Orleans? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.


Where to Get the Best Yakamein in New Orleans

Yaka Mein New Orleans

Yakamein, also known as "Old Sober" or simply "Yock," is a distinctly New Orleans dish featuring a mash-up of Asian and African-American flavors. While it originated as a street food served in a styrofoam cup, yakamein has found its way onto the menus of several local restaurants.

Discover the joys of yakamein at one of these locations near New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Meauxbar - 942 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Meauxbar is an elegant French bistro adding its own upscale twist to yakamein. Chef John Bel tweaks the classic recipe by using short ribs or rib-eye instead of stew beef and adding crispy bits of fried chicken skin for texture. Meauxbar opens for dinner at 5 p.m. daily, while brunch is served from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends. Yaka-main is offered on both menus.

  • Capt. Sal's Seafood and Chicken - 3168 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117
    Traditional New Orleans seafood recipes handed down from family members form the foundation of the menu at Capt. Sal's Seafood and Chicken. But they have also incorporated some popular Chinese dishes, and as one Yelp user described it, the yakamein at Capt. Sal's is "a physically and spiritually curative experience." Veggies like bok choy, carrots and bell peppers make this yakamein a bit lighter than other versions. Capt. Sal's is open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

  • Prime Example Jazz Club - 1909 N. Broad, New Orleans, LA 70119
    What's better than a hearty bowl of yakamein? How about enjoying your soup over the smooth sounds of live music at Prime Example Jazz Club? True to her New Orleans roots, chef Germaine Gains also prepares popular Creole dishes such as gumbo, red beans, and rice and fried or grilled catfish. Prime Example opens at 4 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Red Rooster - 2801-1/2 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Indulge your craving for two New Orleans originals at Red Rooster, which opened in 1977 as a stand selling snowballs. This sweet hot-weather treat is made with fine, fluffy shaved ice and a variety of flavored cane sugar syrup. As Red Rooster expanded from seasonal to year-round, they added a number of dishes including yakamein. Red Rooster is primarily a take-out window, but they have added some covered outdoor seating. Hours are 10:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. every day but Sunday.

  • Rampart Food Store - 1700 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Ask locals about "the orange place" and they'll direct you to Rampart Food Store, a citrus-colored convenience store with a take-out counter in the back. Rampart uses ramen noodles instead of the traditional spaghetti noodles in their yakamein and adds texture with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Rampart is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m daily except for Sunday, when they close at 7 p.m.

  • The Yaka-Mein Lady - Various locations
    No list of top yakamein purveyors in New Orleans would be complete without Linda Green, aka the Yaka-Mein Lady. Linda gained iconic status in the local culinary community on the strength of her near-perfect yakamein, which has been called "the gold standard." National publications and TV networks such as the New York Times, Food Network and Travel Channel have also sung Linda's praises. Linda's yakamein can be found at every major New Orleans festival and as a regular fixture at After Hours, the Wednesday night entertainment series at Ogden Museum. Planning a party or special event? The Yaka-Mein Lady also offers catering services.

New Orleans is a city full of literal and figurative flavor like no place else. Contact us and let our REALTORS® provide experienced help buying or selling your New Orleans home.


Living in New Orleans Faubourg Marigny Neighborhood

New Orleans homes for sale and Marigny area homes for sale are some of the top real estate finds here in Louisiana. Although living anywhere in "The Big Easy" is a treat, the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood is something unique: It has a rich history as New Orleans' second suburb.

Let's visit and take a look at this wonderful place to live in New Orleans.

When You Think "New Orleans," Think of Marigny

New Orleans is known for its history, music, and food – and Marigny has it all.

Outside of the French Quarter itself, you're unlikely to find a more iconic expression of the true New Orleans. It has developed into a cosmopolitan and singles-friendly neighborhood while still retaining the authentic flair that harkens back to its roots in the 1800s.

A flight of residents left Marigny quiet in the 1950s, but the Creole and Classic Revival-style cottages that were left behind are now being restored in record numbers. Historic businesses, such as bakeries and general stores, have also been repurposed as homes.

The Arts Scene is Flourishing in This Historic Neighborhood

Meanwhile, larger spaces – such as warehouses – have been transformed into artists' studios and performance spaces. Today's Marigny has a lively and vibrant art scene that draws on the area's past. When you visit, you'll see the difference in doing New Orleans as the locals do.

That's right: You don't have to hit Bourbon Street to enjoy Creole cuisine and jazz. The jazz clubs in and around Marigny tend to have a more intimate atmosphere. You can find a show and a delicious dinner any day of the week, but it's easy to take things at your own pace at the same time.

Long story short, you will always feel welcome here!

Faubourg Marigny is at the Crossroads of Everything

The watchword of real estate is "location, location, location" ... and Marigny has it!

The Marigny neighborhood is relatively small, about seven by ten blocks in all, bordered in the south by Crescent Park and the Mississippi River. That means you'll only be a short walk from the French Quarter on one side and the Bywater neighborhood on the other.

A word deserves to be said about Bywater, which is often spoken of in the same breath as the Marigny area. It is known as a thrilling place to explore thanks to its remarkable trove of traditional architecture. New meets old thanks to the trendy and experimental bars and eateries.

And, of course, the French Quarter needs no introduction. The heart of New Orleans history is also one of the most legendary tourist districts in the whole United States. When you want to sample the revelry and bon vivre of this "crown jewel," it'll always be available to you.

Explore Faubourg Marigny for Yourself with Help from Our Team

Our real estate agents are waiting for the opportunity to help with your New Orleans journey.

With our blend of local experience and unbeatable customer service, we make real estate easy for you. From finding your dream home to a successful closing day, we'll be there for you.

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6 Spots for Boiled Crawfish in New Orleans

New Orleans Crawfish
Down in Louisiana, we love our crawfish.  Some folks love their crawfish baked.  Others prefer it prepared in an etouffee.  However, if you ask any native Louisianian, they may tell you there is no other way to eat this crunchy crustacean than from a good, old-fashioned crawfish boil.  There are too many crawfish spots in our city to name them all, so our real estate agents compiled this list of six eateries in the Crescent City to dine on this local delicacy.

  1. Bevi Seafood, Mid City, New Orleans, 236 N. Carrollton Ave.
    Some of the best places to get a good crawfish boil are seafood companies like Bevi. They know good crawfish and start with that as the base of their boil. Bevi adds crabs, oysters, and shrimp to their boils, so you get extra ocean goodness.  Along with seriously good crawfish, you can also get authentic Po-boys, softshell crabs, and fried green tomatoes.  
  2. Grand Isle Restaurant, Warehouse District, 575 Convention Ctr Blvd.
    Calling itself a "fancy fishing camp," Grand Isle Restaurant offers fresh out of the Gulf seafood in its boils, oyster specials, and redfish on the half shell. Grab a chair on the patio, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and enjoy half-price drink specials and 75 cent oysters on the half shell.  
  3. Deanie's Seafood, French Quarter, 841 Iberville Street
    Casual in the atmosphere, but elite in taste, Deanies has been recognized as one of NOLA's top seafood restaurants. Here their crawfish also comes in an etouffee', on a pizza, or in a silky, smooth bisque. This is a wonderful place to sit outside in their traditional Vieux Carre courtyard, enjoy a warm night, and hot seafood.  
  4. Mid City Yacht Club, Mid City, 440 S. St Patrick Street
    Since seafood and beer go together like shrimp and grits, a classic bar with great food can be just the right way to suck the heads and pinch the tail. Mid City Yacht Club got its start as a bar in the back of a grocery store and gained its current personality and owners just after Hurricane Katrina. Its owners bought the flooded establishment just after the hurricane and used wood from their own damaged house to rebuild. Now, it's a great place to gather some friends, order a pitcher, and dig into plates of steaming, oh so fresh seafood.  
  5. Captain Sal's Seafood and Chicken, Bywater District - 3168 St. Claude Avenue
    Just like good barbeque, some of the best seafood comes from less than fancy buildings. Captain Sals won't bust your budget, but we can't promise it won't burst your belly. Serving up rich, buttery crawfish with spicy corn and potatoes, this place makes sure the Creole and Cajun heritage shines through. You can also get gumbo, jambalaya, fried seafood, and in a twist, Chinese food. 
  6. BOIL Seafood House, Garden District - 3340 Magazine Street
    Started by a family of Louisana fishermen, BOIL Seafood House offers buckets, literal buckets, of seafood in a variety of flavors and spice levels. Like your crawfish Cajun style with a medium heat level? No problem; BOIL has you covered. In addition, they step away from traditional seafood house fare with their Asian inspired chargrilled oysters, Tuna Tataki, and Vietnamese Shrimp Cake.  

If you are looking for New Orleans homes for sale, don't forget to investigate the neighborhood seafood options. Contact us to help you find a home that fits you as well as crawfish fits a boil.


A Local's Guide to New Orleans Neighborhoods: Mid-City

New Orleans Neighborhood

When you are shopping for New Orleans homes for sale and are a little less laissez les bon temps rouler and a little more taking it easy in the Big Easy, Mid-City might be the perfect landing spot for you.

Mid-City Is Not Your Everyday Neighborhood

Eclectic and unpretentious, Mid-City offers family-friendly living with enough quirkiness to still feel like you live in New Orleans. Its location just beyond the French Quarter doesn't attract as many tourists and welcomes neighbors, giving you a feeling of belonging right from the start. 

Tradition Abounds

Part of living in Crescent City is soaking up the tradition that makes New Orleans unique. Mid-City doesn't lose that. Here you can stroll the streets to your favorite restaurant that makes a shrimp po' boy just the way you like it. Or you can catch the Endymion, a Mardi Gras parade that is one of the few remaining that doesn't go down the famed St. Charles Avenue.

Kids will love the playground called Storyland, based on fairy tale characters, or the Carousel Amusement Park complete with a merry-go-round that's over 100 years old. Both of these are found in City Park, a 1300-acre urban park that is home to a large stand of stately live oaks, including one that is over 800 years old. There's also a fun free music festival on the Bayou St. John in May called Bayou Boogaloo which, along with amazing music, features local and regional art, 300 food vendors, and activities for kids.

For some visitors and residents alike, New Orleans' best feature is found among the dead. Visiting cemeteries as a tourist is a thing here, and Mid-City has its share of ghostly offerings. Scruffy Holt Cemetery lets visitors get to know its residents' personalities because this is where less fortunate people are often buried, and so, instead of ornate grave markers, family members leave personal mementos at each unadorned graveside.

New Offerings

While Mid-City's charm comes from the history and slightly worn around the edges vibe, some more modern additions make living here bon temps. Along with traditional snow-ball shops, you can now visit one of the micro-breweries for pub food and craft beers. Or if being in the outdoors is your Zen time, you will love the new greenway that runs between Basin Street to Carrollton Avenue.  The 2.6 mile Lafitte Greenway is excellent for walkers, runners, and cyclists, and features bioswales and native plant meadows. 

Whether traditional sites attract you or it's the new things waiting to become a tradition that turns your head, this part of New Orleans makes for a great place to live. So, when you are ready to find your perfect Mid-City home, contact us and let our real estate agents show you the beauty of Mid-City. 


New Orleans Events: French Quarter Festival April 11

New Orleans French QuarterAt Latter & Blum, our real estate agents make it easy for you to find the perfect New Orleans homes for sale. We understand what makes New Orleans homes – and our unique community – valuable to the people we serve.

It's not just about New Orleans' world-class amenities: It's also about its welcoming people and rich history. There's no other place in the United States quite like New Orleans, and when you visit us, we'll show you why.

Thanks to its unique French roots, New Orleans has long been a center of culture. Those seeking the authentic Creole sound will want to visit us this coming April. The French Quarter Festival is coming this April 11, and it's like nothing you've ever experienced before!

The French Quarter Festival Will Give You a True Taste of New Orleans

Street festivals, music, food, and fun are all things associated with New Orleans, and rightly so! The convivial French spirit that permeates all things "Nawlins" has been centuries in the making.

The French Quarter Festival harkens back to those roots. It is the #1 showcase of Louisiana music in the world. Top local acts, as well as pioneers in Louisiana-style music from around the nation, show up to strut their stuff: That means 1,700 musicians are playing more than 400 hours of live, free music!

With 23 stages spread out all across the French Quarter, you'll have a chance to enjoy amazing acts and see the sights all at the same time. As you journey about, you'll also indulge in the "Culinary Lineup" – special festival food booths operated by favorite local restaurants.

The French Quarter Festival is 100% free to all visitors and has traditionally attracted music aficionados of all ages and their families. It all begins with the French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade early on Thursday, April 11.

The Surprises Never End at the French Quarter Festival

Each day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy special events. One interesting option is the dance lessons that will take place daily: They include traditional jazz, Charleston, swing, Cajun jitterbug, and zydeco. All classes are free and taught by professionals.

Some special events have been set aside for the younger crowd as well.

For example, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for the Children's STEM Zone on the Waterfront. Interactive exhibits lead to fascinating fun for children of all ages.

On the flip side, those who want to go on a "Sentimental Journey" with the music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s will find it during Dancing at Dusk, which happens from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. exclusively on Sunday, April 14.

Admission to the French Quarter Festival does not require a ticket. Still, you'll want to do some advance planning to ensure you've got everything you need for a fun week of festival-going

To find out more about amazing real estate opportunities in New Orleans, contact us today.


New Orleans Jazz Past, Present & Future: New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Jazz National Historical Park

New Orleans homes for sale are some of the most enticing you'll find anywhere in the United States. Our real estate agents not only work here in the New Orleans area, but we also live here. That means we understand the ins and outs of what makes the community (and the market!) tick.

One of the most fascinating things about our area is how the jazz sound is so central to the "Nawlins" soul. Generations of musicians, from folk Creole to zydeco, have contributed to the music scene – but New Orleans jazz continues to be the local anthem.  There's a simple reason why: Jazz was born right here in New Orleans.

When you visit historic areas of the city, you'll find many landmarks to jazz and its most famous pioneers. In fact, some of the clubs that gave rise to the jazz sound still stand today.

Today, you can soak up wonderful jazz from old masters and new pioneers on any evening. But if you want to delve deep into the past, present, and future of jazz, there's one place you need to go: New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.  It is an interactive educational experience that will give you a whole new appreciation for jazz.

Tour the Rich History of Jazz at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Drop by the visitor center as you arrive in the park and you can embark on an 11-stop audio tour of the jazz universe – an immersive, self-guided experience that will spark your imagination.

When you're hankering for more, check out the park's ever-changing roster of ranger-led events. You can sit back and learn or even participate in live demonstrations.

Speaking of "live," there are plenty of musical performances right there on stage in the park. From Tuesday through Sunday, the park hosts visiting musicians who explore the origin and development of New Orleans' unique flavor of jazz.

Kids love jazz, too, and New Orleans Jazz National Park gives children of all ages and skill levels the chance to explore what makes the genre special.

Family-Friendly Fridays in the French Market make up a cornerstone of the park's youth programs, with a kid-friendly performance geared for pre-K through 3rd-grade kids. There's also a Jazz Junior Ranger program with activities for pre-K through 3rd and for 4th through 8th-grade kids.

Naturally, members of the community are encouraged to get involved all year around. Even if you can't play a lick of jazz, you can still volunteer! And if you are a musician, you might find yourself a brand new audience of eager learners.

Jazz is Only the Beginning of What New Orleans Has to Offer

Jazz is a glittering, glamorous part of the heritage of New Orleans, but it's only a start to what you'll find waiting for you. New Orleans is also home to some of the best dining, shopping, education, and employers anywhere in the country: It truly has the total package.

Choosing a trusted real estate agent is your key to experiencing the true heart of New Orleans.

At Latter & Blum, our team combines years of experience with unparalleled customer service. We'll support you every step of the way with expert advice and responsive customer care. That leaves you making informed decisions and feeling confident all the way to closing day.

To discover more about New Orleans homes, contact us today.


7 Spots for a Nightcap in New Orleans

New Orleans NightcapNew Orleans is a city known for many charms, including world-class dining and an excellent nightlife scene. Needless to say, there is no shortage of great spots in the city to grab a nightcap while you're out on the town. Whether you're looking for a quiet, elegant bar, a cozy spot with craft cocktails, or a bar connected to a famed local restaurant, you'll have no trouble finding a spot that's just right for you at the award-winning bars of New Orleans. Our REALTORS® know New Orleans, and we've got the details on seven fantastic spots for a nightcap in the city.

On the Town: 7 Great Spot for a Nightcap in New Orleans

  1. Carousel Bar - Hotel Monteleone – 214 Royal St., New Orleans
    Looking for a truly unique way to cap off a great evening? The Carousel Bar, located at Hotel Monteleone, is the only revolving bar in New Orleans, making it a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Enjoy an elegant atmosphere, comprehensive cocktail menu, and some of the best people watching in the city with views of Royal Street.

  2. CellarDoor – 916 Lafayette St., New Orleans
    New to the scene compared to some of the other entries on our list, CellarDoor opened in 2014 and has quickly become one of the city's favorite spots for a drink. Located in the Swoop-Duggins House, CellarDoor is known for its contemporary Southern cuisine and extensive cocktail menu with unique spins on all of your favorite classic drinks.

  3. CURE – 4105 Freret St., New Orleans
    New Orleans homes for sale put you close to countless excellent bars and restaurants, including CURE, winner of the prestigious James Beard Award for its creative cocktail program. CURE has been serving up some of the best cocktails in New Orleans for many years, in an elegant, inviting atmosphere.

  4. Erin Rose – 811 Conti St., New Orleans
    Searching for a fun, casual spot to enjoy a nightcap? Erin Rose, one of the city's most popular Irish bars, is exactly what you need. With a focus on creating a friendly, inviting local atmosphere, the cast of characters at Erin Rose will have you coming back again and again.

  5. French 75 – 813 Bienville St., New Orleans
    Connected to the famed Arnaud's Restaurant on Bienville Street, French 75 is an award-winning bar with a well-earned reputation for excellence. French 75 is dedicated to creating craft cocktails with only the very best ingredients, and that simple philosophy has earned the bar a reputation as one of the best in the whole country.

  6. Latitude 29 – 321 N. Peters St., New Orleans
    Quirky, fun, and unlike anything else in the city, Latitude 29 is a destination you won't soon forget. Proprietor Jeff Berry has been traveling the world for more than two decades to uncover unique and lost cocktail recipes. The result is a bar with a fun atmosphere and a truly unique menu of cocktails.

  7. The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt New Orleans – 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans
    If it's elegance you're after, it's hard to top the experience at the Sazerac Bar, located at the Roosevelt New Orleans hotel. The Sazerac Bar exudes the elegance of old New Orleans, with gorgeous decorating, local murals, and a menu packed with classic cocktails to enjoy.

Still searching for the perfect New Orleans home, so you can enjoy all of the cuisine, culture, and cocktails that the city has to offer? Contact us to buy, sell, and learn about real estate throughout the New Orleans, LA area.


NOLA Dining: 8 James Beard Award Winners in Your Neighborhood

NOLA Dining
The James Beard Foundation is an organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the best chefs in the world, so it's no surprise that New Orleans is home to quite a few James Beard Award winners. Dining culture in New Orleans is second to none, with many of the city's most popular chefs and restaurants earning distinctions from the James Beard Foundation. If great food is one of your passions, you won't find a better place than New Orleans to call home. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on eight James Beard Award winners in New Orleans where you can enjoy a world-class meal.

NOLA Dining: Eight James Beard Award Winners in Your Neighborhood

  1. Arnaud's Restaurant – 813 Bienville St., New Orleans
    Located just off Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, Arnaud's Restaurant celebrates classic Creole cuisine in an elegant setting. Arnaud's has been delighting diners since it opened its doors in 1918 and is also home to the popular, award-winning French 75 Bar.

  2. Commander's Palace Restaurant – 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans
    New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy fantastic dining spots like the Commander's Palace Restaurant. With a menu full of Creole cuisine and unique spins on modern New Orleans dining, Commander's Palace Restaurant is a great place to sample the flavors of the city.

  3. Compère Lapin – Old No. 77 Hotel 535 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans
    With a focus on simplicity and pure flavors, this popular dining spot delivers an experience unlike anything else in the city. Stop by for lunch or dinner, enjoy a delightful Sunday brunch, and try new spins on your favorite classic meals.

  4. Cure – 4905 Freret St., New Orleans
    Cure is a New Orleans restaurant with an excellent dining experience and an even better bar. With a James Beard Award for its creative cocktail program, Cure is one of the best spots in the city for both dining and drinks, with a craft cocktail to suit every taste.

  5. Dong Phuong – 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans
    Searching for something sweet, or itching to try some of the best bread in New Orleans? Dong Phuong Bakery is a Vietnamese bakeshop with worldwide influences, and you'll understand why the bakery is a James Beard Award winner as soon as you bite into Dong Phuong's signature French bread.

  6. Dooky Chase's Restaurant – 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans
    Looking to settle in with some classic Creole cuisine, or satisfying soul food? Operated by renowned chef Leah Chase, Dooky Chase's Restaurant regularly ranks among the best in New Orleans. Enjoy delicious dining in a cozy setting packed with local art. 

  7. Galatoire's – 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans
    If you're searching for an elegant spot with a full bar and excellent atmosphere, look no further than Galatoire's on Bourbon Street. Galatoire's has been serving up French cuisine since 1908, with traditional cooking brought straight from France to New Orleans. While the restaurant has been in business for more than a century, you can still enjoy all of the items from the original menu.

  8. Shaya – 4213 Magazine St., New Orleans
    Serving modern Israeli cuisine and some of the best baked goods in the city, Shaya has more than earned its status as a James Beard Award winner. Stop by for a meal, or pick up one of Shaya's legendary King Cakes.

Still searching for the right home close to all of the delicious dining in the city? Our REALTORS® have you covered. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.


A Newcomer's Guide to New Orleans French Quarter & Jackson Square

Guide to French QuarterNew Orleans was little more than a French trading camp when it was first founded in 1718, growing over time to become an established colony, with a grid of streets running parallel and perpendicular to the Mississippi River. At its heart was a one-block common area called the Place d'Armes.

Today, those original city blocks are known as the French Quarter, and the former Place d'Armes at their center, overlooking the river, is called Jackson Square. If you happen to be in town looking at New Orleans homes for sale, this iconic spot at the heart of the city is a must-visit.

A Piece of Living History

From the very beginning, Place d'Armes was the central hub of life in New Orleans. Footsteps from the river port, the governor's mansion and the church now known as St. Louis Cathedral, the square was used as an open-air market, public square, and military parade ground. It was the epicenter of shipping and commerce in the young city. 

In the wake of the Battle of New Orleans in 1814, Place d'Armes was redesigned, with new public benches for sitting, iron fences, beautiful formal gardens, and public walkways. It was renamed Jackson square in honor of Andrew Jackson, who had risen to hero status after achieving victory in the Battle of New Orleans, effectively ending the war of 1812. A bronze statue of Jackson was erected at the center of the square, where it remains to this day. 

Exploring Jackson Square

New Orleans Jackson Square

New Orleans has always been, paradoxically perhaps, a city in a constant state of change, and yet seemingly linked to the past in a way that few places are. Jackson Square and the French Quarter are a perfect example. Despite reminders of the 21st century all around you, exploring this area can feel like stepping back in time.

For locals and visitors alike, Jackson square remains a central gathering place and favorite haunt in the heart of the city. A thriving open-air artist colony has made its home here for over a century, with artists displaying their work, often moments after its completion, on the iron fences of the square. The streets surrounding Jackson Square were transformed into a pedestrian mall in the 1970s, making it easier than ever to explore the square and nearby attractions. Be sure to check out some of these iconic destinations within walking distance of Jackson Square:

  • Wander around the French Market, open seven days a week, where you'll find an ever-changing selection of arts, crafts, local food, flea market items and handmade goods of all kinds. 
  • Snack on beignets from the legendary Cafe du Monde, open since 1862.
  • Explore the historic buildings surrounding Jackson Square, including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere, and Cabildo (Louisiana State Museums).
  • Take in a sweeping view across the Mississippi River at Washington Artillery Park.
  • Stroll down Pirate's Alley, the historic pirate hangout next to St. Louis Cathedral, said to have been frequented by legendary local privateer Jean Lafitte. 
  • Have your portrait painted by one of the Jackson Square artists
  • Experience any number of colorful local events and festivals that are centered around Jackson Square, including the French Quarter Festival, which takes place every April. 

No city in the U.S. offers a richer history or more diverse culture than New Orleans, and our real estate agents are grateful to call it home. Contact us at Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS® today to learn more about life in New Orleans, and get started on the road to finding your dream home in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. 


Getting to Know The Warehouse District New Orleans

New Orleans Warehouse District
There's no place in America quite like New Orleans, and there certainly isn't a place where past and present are so completely inseparable. A melting pot of cultures and ideas long before the United States of America was even a twinkle in the founding fathers' eyes, New Orleans continues to be a place ever-changing, yet uniquely tied to the past.

It's possible that the Warehouse District is the New Orleans neighborhood where this merging of past and present is most clearly visible. Our real estate agents have come to know the Warehouse District well, and have watched its transformation into one of the cities most vital neighborhoods.

The History of the Warehouse District

Also known as the New Orleans Arts District, the Warehouse District wasn't always the hub of art, culture, and life that it is today. The area gets its name from the warehouses and manufacturing industry that once thrived in the section of New Orleans between south of Poydras Street and adjacent to the Mississippi River. Like so many places across the country, changing times in the mid-20th century brought industrial decline – but not for long. 

The arrival of the World's Fair in New Orleans in 1984 brought renewed attention to the Warehouse District, with its vast array of 19th-century factories and warehouses – many of them vacant for decades – ripe for revitalization. It's been a slow process, but over the past 30 years, the Warehouse District has been transformed into a thriving neighborhood, with the brick warehouses that once held cotton, grain, and coffee for shipping now housing art galleries, restaurants, hotels, studios, and living spaces. 

Explore the Warehouse District

The New Orleans Warehouse District has been compared to SoHo or the Meatpacking District in New York. It's a hub for artists, and the hundred-year-old brick walls display a dizzying array of street art, alongside weathered signs advertising products and services from decades and even centuries past. Step inside those walls, and you'll find some of the city's best bars, eateries, breweries, bakeries, coffee shops, art galleries, and boutiques. 

You could spend years exploring every nook and cranny of the Warehouse District, but if it's your first time, you'll definitely want to hit a few essential spots:

Of course, one of the factors that have made the Warehouse District one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the city is its affordability. In fact, like much of the rest of New Orleans, the Warehouse District remains a very affordable place to live, especially compared to other American cities that have experienced a similar boom in popularity. It's a place where owning a home is still a realistic goal for almost anyone. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans, and talk to our team about what makes this city such a uniquely special place to call home. We're proud to offer New Orleans homes for sale that match any price range and are committed to helping you find your dream home. 


New Orleans Culture: The Lafayette Cemetery #1

Lafayette CemeteryAs a newcomer to a major city, you're likely looking for the best eats, drinks, and history en route to discovering everything that's great about that town. If history is your focus, visiting a city's cemeteries is a gateway to its past. One such destination is Lafayette Cemetery #1 located in New Orleans' Garden District, specifically the above-ground tombs immortalizing the families that helped make New Orleans great. Our real estate agents share all the details.

All About Lafayette Cemetery

Lafayette Cemetery #1 was established in 1833 in what once was known as Lafayette City on land formerly occupied by the Livaudais Plantation.  Burials at the site act predated the establishment of the cemetery by nine years (1824).  Burial records, however, only go back to 1843 although the cemetery had been in use for nearly two decades prior.  

Today, Lafayette Cemetery #1 is one of New Orleans' most visited cemetery attractions.  With over 1,100 family tombs and an estimated 7,000-10,000 interred, there is plenty to see in Lafayette.  

Getting to Lafayette Cemetery

Lafayette Cemetery #1 commands an entire city block of the Garden District of New Orleans.  Just north of a bend in the Mississippi River, the cemetery is easily accessible by the New Orleans Streetcars which makes for an even more authentic experience.  

One block southeast of St. Charles street lies the cemetery bordered on all four sides by Washington, Pyrtania, Sixth, and Coliseum Streets.  To access the cemetery, you can hop on the nearest NOLA Streetcar and get off at St. Charles at Sixth Street stop.  A quick stroll down Sixth Street will get you to one of the cemetery's two entrances; the second entrance is off of Washington Street.

Take a Self-Guided Walking Tour

Sometimes, discovering cities on your own can be the best way to learn about its culture.  Lafayette Cemetery is an excellent option for the DIY traveler.  With so much to see and thousands of tombs, you can spend hours on the uneven paths and trails meandering through old magnolia trees and oaks discovering this gem on your own.

To plan your visit to Lafayette Cemetery, check out the Free Tours by Foot website.  You can even download a GPS audio tour with their app!

Take a Guided Tour

Just as you can discover unexplored parts of cities on your own, sometimes taking a guided tour with a local tour guide gives you a behind the scenes look from a local.

Free Tours by Foot offers guided tours too with options that combine the historic Garden District area as well as the cemetery. 

Consider Buying in NOLA

New Orleans is full of history and is a very enchanting city.  If you're looking for Garden District homes for sale, then contact us at Latter & Blum REALTORS®. Our agents have the experience in the New Orleans housing market to find your perfect home.

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