The culinary scene in our corner of Louisiana always impresses! January 20th marks National Cheese Lover's Day and offers the perfect excuse to try out a new restaurant serving up cheesy favorites. Celebrate this delicious occasion with some of the best cheesy dishes in Baton Rouge. Our Realtors® suggest checking out some of these Baton Rouge eateries.
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What's better for you than a brisk walk outdoors? How about a walk with your devoted pet? Join our Realtors® in observing Walk Your Dog Month during January. Take a stroll with your beloved pooch at one of these great locations near Baton Rouge homes for sale.
One of the best things about this season is all of the holiday movies. So many of them have this warming, comforting appeal that makes you want to curl up in your pajamas and snack on sugar cookies. Did you know there's actually a holiday dedicated to watching Christmas movies? National Christmas Movie Marathon Day is December 23rd, 2022. This is the perfect opportunity to host a watch party for your friends and family members. Our Realtors® have some tips to help you plan.
Ready to start your search for a new home where you can host all your holiday gatherings? If you're still looking for a home for the holidays, contact us. Our agents will help you find the best Baton Rouge homes for sale and Baton Rouge open houses to attend.
Our Realtors® are proud to say that Baton Rouge has long been a hub for art and culture in Louisiana. And there's no better way in the city to experience live music and dance than with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre.
For more than 60 years, the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre has been presenting world-class productions and bringing talented artists to Baton Rouge. Let's take a closer look at the theatre's history and what we can expect in the year ahead.
About the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre
The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre was established in 1960 and has been a cultural force in Louisiana ever since. Hundreds of talented local dancers and choreographers have been trained and nurtured by the organization, which has been under the artistic direction of Molly Buchmann and Sharon Mathews since 1976.
Every year, the theatre presents a season of three outstanding stage productions. The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre is also known for its community outreach programs and contributions to dance education.
Most performances of the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre take place at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts or the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Both are beautiful state-of-the-art facilities within minutes of many Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Baton Rouge Ballet 2022-2023 Season
Every year brings new and exciting things to the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. Here's what we can look forward to as the 2022-23 season gets underway:
The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou (December 17-18, 2022)
The original Nutcracker has been delighting audiences since 1892 and become a holiday favorite across generations. The Baton Rouge has created their own spin on this classic production with The Nutcracker - A Tale from the Bayou, which debuted in 1992 and has grown to be a beloved tradition of its own here in Louisiana. This year, the show will be held December 17 and 18 at the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for Performing Arts, and it's a great way to not only celebrate the holidays but also mark the beginning of a great ballet season.
PILOBOLUS Big Five-Oh! (March 4 and 5, 2023)
One of the most renowned dance ensembles in the world, Pilobolus has been touring the globe for a half-century now, performing at events ranging from the Olympics to the Oscars. In 2023, they're touring in celebration of their 50th anniversary, which will include a stop in Baton Rouge for two performances at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts on March 4 and 5.
Dimensions in Dance (March 31, 2023)
The final celebration of the 2022-2023 season, Dimensions in Dance promises to be a thrilling performance that celebrates dance from all angles. The full range of styles, approaches, and moods of contemporary and classical dance will be highlighted on March 31 at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, including a grand performance of Paquita.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Baton Rouge. It's a truly unique place to call home, and if you're looking for the perfect home in Baton Rouge, our real estate agents can connect you with some amazing Baton Rouge open houses.
Is professional hockey ready to make a comeback near Baton Rouge homes for sale? Three showcase games taking place at Raising Cane's River Center may help pave the way. Our Realtors® take a look at hockey's past and future in the Red Stick.
This December, our real estate agents are excited to welcome back Baton Rouge's oldest holiday tradition, the Festival of Lights! There's simply no better way to kick off the holiday season.
If you're in the area checking out Baton Rouge open houses, you'll definitely want to make time to experience all the festivities. Read on to learn more about this year's Festival of Lights celebration!
Festival of Lights 2022
Every year, the Festival of Lights transforms the night sky above baton rouge into a sparkly winter wonderland. The 2022 Festival of Lights takes place on Friday, December 2nd, beginning at 4 pm. The event is open to the public free of charge, and all are welcome to attend.
The festivities take place at North Boulevard Town Square. This spectacular green space lies between North Boulevard and River Road in the heart of Baton Rouge and is a year-round setting for events and festivals just minutes from many Baton Rouge homes for sale.
What to Expect
The Festival of Lights is a little different every year, but each occurrence marks the official start of the holiday season in Baton Rouge. There's always a good time to be had! Here's what you can look forward to:
Contact us today to learn more about celebrating the holidays in Louisiana. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in the Baton Rouge area!
Whether you fancy becoming the next Van Gogh or you're simply looking for an exciting way to engage your creativity, visiting a paint studio is a fun way to spend a day. Baton Rouge offers a wide range of classes for all experience levels and artistic tastes. Our Realtors® have the details on 5 Baton Rouge paint studios that offer fun, creative experiences for you to enjoy.
Fantastic studios are just the start of the many ways that you can exercise your creativity when you call Baton Rouge home, and our local team is here to help with everything from Baton Rouge open houses to closing on your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area.
Our real estate agents are very attached to their dogs. This is why we're always on the lookout for new dog-friendly restaurants and shops around our area. From parks to pet-friendly cafes, you and your pup can easily have a fun day out. Here are some of the best dog-friendly destinations around Baton Rouge:
Life is better with your furry best friend by your side. It's easy to plan a whole day out on the town with your pup, thanks to our wide range of dog-friendly parks, cafes, and restaurants. Contact us today for more information on living in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana has a rich history. One of the best ways to learn all about the state's 300 years of history is to visit one of its two amazing state capitol buildings in Baton Rouge.
The old and new state capitol buildings are two of the most spectacular buildings in the state, and each encapsulates the state's history and culture in different ways. Our Realtors® can spend an entire day touring each building. Here are some of the best ways to explore each one:
The New Capitol Building
The tallest US capitol building is Louisiana's new (and current) state capitol building which has 34 floors and stands 460 feet tall, and holds the capitol chambers for the Louisiana State Legislature. It's a beautiful building, and there are a few different ways to see it:
The Old Capitol Building
Louisiana's former capitol building (also known as Louisiana's Old Capitol) is now a National Historic Landmark and is home to the Old State Capitol Museum of Political History. This building is often referred to as Louisiana's "castle-on-the-river" due to its beautiful Gothic and Victorian architecture. You can experience this building in many ways:
If living near these beautiful buildings sounds appealing, there are some Baton Rouge open houses planned for this weekend.
Louisiana's Old and New State Capitols give you the chance to gain a new appreciation for the culture and architecture of our area. Learning about an area's history can be a lot of fun!
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If you're moving your family to the area, our Realtors® know educational opportunities are around every corner in Baton Rouge.
After a full day of looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale or attending Baton Rouge open houses, your little ones may be hankering for a break. Around here, you'll have plenty of options for an educational outing full of fun and excitement. Some of America's leading kids' museums are just minutes away.
Let's visit just a few of the Baton Rouge museums kids are sure to love:
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Few states have produced more iconic foods than Louisiana. There are a lot of unique dishes to savor in the Baton Rouge area. One thing you simply can't pass up is an opportunity to try some authentic beignets.
Beignets are a type of deep-fried dough pastry that originated in France before becoming a Louisiana staple. If you're in the area checking out Baton Rouge open houses, be sure to make a pit stop at one of these amazing local beignet shops.
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The rich history surrounding Baton Rouge homes for sale extends to many of the local hotels. Whether you're a resident or just visiting, immerse yourself in the city's fascinating past with a visit to one of these great hotels recommended by our Realtors®.
The DIY approach is not only affordable but also gives you more control over your results. At various Baton Rouge open houses, we've seen some lovely DIY remodeling jobs and decor projects. So, how do you ensure your own DIY project goes well and yields beautiful results? Here are a few tips to help you avoid a bad DIY project.
If you follow these tips, you should have better luck with all of your DIY projects. Contact us if you're still looking for a new home to live in. Our Realtors® can help find you a place worthy of your DIY efforts.
Baton Rouge has an incomparable culinary scene. Just minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale, you'll find world-class restaurants in a medley of styles. Some are known throughout the U.S., while others are local favorites. Our Realtors® can introduce you.
Between Baton Rouge open houses, try these intriguing lunch spots:
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The culinary delights of Baton Rouge are legendary, but a number of incredible restaurants fly under the radar. Our real estate agents share the secrets of their favorite hidden gems around the Capital City.
Before you officially become a homeowner, the closing process is one of the last steps in the purchase process. Our real estate agents recommend that homebuyers understand what the closing process consists of so that they know what to expect. Here's what you need to know.
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Looking for a fun way to test your knowledge, enjoy a night out with friends, and maybe even take home some great prizes in the process? Some of the best bars, burger joints, and pizza parlors near Baton Rouge homes for sale offer regularly scheduled trivia nights where you can compete for prizes while enjoying great specials on your favorite menu items. Our real estate agents have all the details on where to find trivia nights around Baton Rouge.
Mid Tap – 660 Arlington Creek Centre Blvd., Ste. D, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
With 48 self-serve taps, a full-service cocktail bar, and a delicious menu of bar bites, Mid Tap offers everything you need to enjoy a night out with your favorite people. There's also a busy lineup of special events every week, starting with an all-day happy hour on Mondays which includes trivia night beginning at 7:30 PM.
City Slice – 124 W. Chimes St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
The team at City Slice is known for serving up some of the best pizzas and craft brews in Baton Rouge. But did you know that they also offer delicious tacos? Tuesday Trivia N' Tacos is a regularly scheduled event at City Slice that kicks off every Tuesday at 6:00 PM. Test your knowledge to compete for City Slice gift cards and enjoy some delicious tacos while you compete.
The Smiling Dog – 4215 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
For the classic Baton Rouge pub experience, it's tough to top the atmosphere at The Smiling Dog. This local pub features pool tables, darts, a dog-friendly patio where you can dine outdoors, and plenty of TVs to watch all of the biggest games. Every Monday at 8:00 PM you can participate in the Pub Olympics, where you will compete in rounds of trivia, darts, and pool to win outstanding prizes.
Pluckers Wing Bar – 4225 Nicholson Dr. #101, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
While it doesn't feature a weekly trivia night like some of the other entries on our list, the Pluckers Wing Bar Facebook page will keep you up to date on all of their latest trivia nights. Past topics at Pluckers Wing Bar trivia nights include Star Wars, HBO, Disney, and Sitcom Night, so this is a great place to visit if you love pop culture trivia.
Burgersmith – 3613 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Another great destination for pop culture trivia is Burgersmith, which features trivia at its Perkins Road location on Tuesday nights, and at its Denham Springs location every Wednesday evening. This summer will feature trivia themes related to some of your favorite classic TV shows, including The Office, Friends, and Seinfeld. Grab a gourmet burger and a cold drink, then let the fun begin.
Rally Cap Brewing Company – 11212 Pennywood Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Trivia Tuesday is the name of the game at Rally Cap Brewing Company, which hosts trivia every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. It's free to play every week, and the top three teams will win prizes from the bar. Doors open at 3:00 PM, leaving plenty of time to sample the craft brews and tasty food on the menu here.
Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the outstanding food and fun events around Baton Rouge? Our Baton Rouge open houses make it easy to find the right match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area.
Looking for a house can be challenging under any circumstances. It's even more difficult when you're looking somewhere far away from the city where you currently live. There are plenty of Baton Rouge homes for sale, but how do you know which one is right for you when you're that far away? Here are a few tips for long-distance house hunting.
Looking for something new to do this summer? Grab your friends and family and go play a round of disc golf! Disc golf is pretty similar to regular golf. The major difference is players throw a flying disc instead of using balls and clubs, and the objective is to land the disc in a basket instead of a hole.
Our real estate agents have been really getting into this fun summertime activity, so we're up to date on all the best disc golf courses around the great state of Louisiana. You'd be surprised at just how many great courses there are around:
Have fun ringing those disc golf baskets, as it's one of the many fun things to do around Louisiana. If you're in the market for a new home, contact us today.
Since Baton Rouge formed around the Mississippi River, it's no surprise that many of the city's historical sites are close to the waterfront. Immerse yourself in the rich history around Baton Rouge homes for sale at these fascinating locations.
Gardening is more than just a relaxing and enjoyable hobby. It's also a great way to improve your yard's appearance and boost your home's curb appeal. Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can put together an amazing garden by choosing plants that are easy for beginners to grow. Here are a few types of plants that our real estate agents recommend, carefully chosen for gardeners of all skill levels.
Even if you're not an experienced gardener, you can dress up your home's landscaping with easy-to-grow plants like these. For more ideas on boosting your curb appeal before selling your home this summer, contact us today.
Mother's Day is around the corner, and now is the time to start planning a special gift for all of the wonderful moms in your life. Fortunately, Baton Rouge is home to some amazing florists that offer everything you need for Mother's Day this year, from simple yet beautiful arrangements to elegant gift baskets that are packed with items that mom is sure to love. Our real estate agents have the details on five local Baton Rouge florists where you're sure to find a great gift for Mother's Day.
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When choosing a place to live, easy access to high-quality, locally roasted coffee is always a priority for our real estate agents. When coffee is roasted locally, it's guaranteed to be fresh and flavorful -- and once you start drinking great coffee, it's difficult to accept just any alternative.
One of the many great things about Baton Rouge is our vast number of amazing coffee shops all around town. These shops roast locally and also source the finest beans from all over the world. If you'll only drink the very best coffee in the morning, we recommend checking out some of these Louisiana coffee destinations:
For many of us, access to good coffee in the morning is non-negotiable. For more recommendations, contact us today.
Indoor rock climbing has become a hot trend in recent years, and climbing gyms are popping up all over the country. That includes several awesome climbing and bouldering gyms right here in Louisiana. While there aren't many mountains to explore in Louisiana, indoor rock climbing gyms allow you to have a similar experience without leaving the state.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana! If you're looking for your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.
There are a lot of things our real estate agents love about life in Baton Rouge. It's a unique cultural city and the capital of Louisiana, with distinctive music and food scenes. Just as importantly, it's a prime jumping-off point for outdoor adventures.
Providing access to the Mississippi River and several other waterways, Baton Rouge is the perfect place to begin a fishing and boating trip in Louisiana. If you're looking for just the right place to get out on the water, be sure to check out these great boat launches in the Baton Rouge area:
Contact us today to learn more about planning your adventures in the Baton Rouge area! And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find your dream home in Louisiana.
Located at 100 Lafayette Street in the heart of Downtown Baton Rouge, the Shaw Center for the Arts deserves a place on anyone's must-see list. It's one of our real estate agents' favorite spots in the city, and we're excited to shed a spotlight on this unique institution!
About the Shaw Center for the Arts
The Shaw Center for the Arts is a major hub for art, culture, and theater in Baton Rouge. Encompassing 125,000 square feet, this massive museum, venue, and education center first opened its doors in 2005. It received the American Institute of Architects Gulf States Honor Award for architecture the year it opened.
Several unique art spaces and venues collectively make up the Shaw Center for the Arts. Located just minutes from many Baton Rouge homes for sale, these are some of the can't-miss highlights of the Shaw Center:
Dining at the Shaw Center for the Arts
Between visiting Baton Rouge open houses and exploring the Shaw Center for the Arts, there's a good chance you might get a little hungry. Fortunately, there are several great dining options within the Center for the Arts:
Contact us today to learn more about life in Baton Rouge! Our city is the heart of Louisiana art and culture, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge homes for sale are known for all kinds of advantages. One of them is the amazing dining scene, packed with an array of Creole and Cajun treats. But no matter if you're in the mood for surf, turf, or lighter breakfast fare, you can enjoy it all at a Baton Rouge brunch spot. There are so many to choose from, you will never really run out of options.
Let's take a closer look at just a few of the best brunch spots in the Capital City:
Contact us to discover more of what Baton Rouge has to offer.
When you think of home improvement projects, stressful renovations that cost lots of time and money may come to mind. But many projects that can improve the look and/or function of your home can be completed in just a weekend. You might be surprised at the number of easy projects that can make a big impact with a relatively small investment of time.
Whether you're planning on staying in your home for a while or are planning on listing it soon, our real estate agents suggest the following weekend home improvement projects:
Oysters, crawfish, and po' boy sandwiches are mainstays of Louisiana Creole cuisine, and our real estate agents know just where to find them. Fresh seafood is just one more reason why Baton Rouge homes for sale are so popular.
Here's a handful of local restaurants where the catch of the day is always worth trying:
There's so much to see, do, and experience when you're new to Baton Rouge that it can be hard to decide where to start. So why not let a local expert be your guide? Whether you're interested in history, food, drink, culture, or the great outdoors, there's a local tour with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all the details on some of the best Baton Rouge tours to help you get familiar with your new home city.
All About Baton Rouge Tours – 750 Florida St. Unit #4644, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
If you're looking for a diverse selection of different tours close to Baton Rouge homes for sale, then All About Baton Rouge Tours is the perfect place to start. They offer a tour for every interest, with expert guides who will take you to see some of the city's most fascinating destinations.
Enjoy Baton Rouge Walking Tours – Baton Rouge, LA 70802
All you need to participate in Enjoy Baton Rouge Walking Tours is your own two feet and a desire to explore the city. Food tours tend to be the most popular offerings from this tour company, but they also offer plenty of other ways to experience Baton Rouge. Try a historical tour, an art tour, or take a sightseeing tour to get acquainted with local landmarks. Enjoy Baton Rouge Walking Tours has no physical location, but you can easily schedule your tour in advance online.
Three Roll Estate Distillery Tour – 760 Saint Philip St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Three Roll Estate Distillery is an award-winning producer of fine spirits located in the heart of Baton Rouge. You can enjoy the Three Roll Estate Distillery Tour every Thursday through Sunday to learn more about how the distillery creates its spirits from sugarcane that's grown and pressed on-site. The tour includes a look behind the scenes at the distilling process from start to finish and ends with a tasting.
Tin Roof Brewery Tour – 1624 Wyoming St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Known for its taproom, outdoor dining space, and commitment to producing some of Louisiana's most distinctive craft brews, Tin Roof Brewing Co. is more than worth the trip for any beer enthusiast. Every Friday, the team here hosts the Tin Roof Brewery Tour. During the tour, you'll get to see the art and science that goes into creating every unique beer at Tin Roof.
If you have a beloved four-legged friend in your house, you know that it's not really your house. It's their house. You just live there... and pay the mortgage.
Our real estate agents know what it's like to share space with a canine or feline companion. We understand the rewards and also the challenges. It's not always easy to create a pet-friendly home that offers everything your pets require.
One of the most common things our clients always ask for when they're looking for Baton Rouge homes for sale is a place that's pet-friendly. Here's what to look for in a pet-friendly home and how you can make your place more accommodating.
Explore Pet-Friendly Homes in Baton Rouge
Check out these exciting upcoming Baton Rouge open houses to explore your next pet-friendly paradise in Louisiana. Baton Rouge also has a reputation as an amazingly pet-friendly city, with numerous dog parks, doggy daycares, pet-friendly restaurants, and top-notch veterinarians.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Baton Rouge, and be sure to ask out real estate agents about how we can find your pet's next great home. Don't worry, you can live there too.
Whether for exercise, exploration, or your daily commute, Baton Rouge is a bike-friendly city with ample options for getting around on two wheels. There are plenty of bike paths, both paved and off-road, along with a great collection of bicycle clubs that make it easy to connect with other riders. Our real estate agents have the key info on some of the many ways that you can enjoy biking in Baton Rouge.
Ready to find a home that makes it easy to explore your favorite city on two wheels? Our local real estate team is here to help. Visit one of our Baton Rouge open houses or contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.
Baton Rouge and live music go hand-in-hand. It's one of the things our real estate agents love most about life in this historic city overlooking the Mississippi River. Baton Rouge has always been at the intersection of American music traditions, and it remains that way today.
These days, the best live music venues in Baton Rouge host everything from national touring acts to promising up-and-comers. You might see a hot new indie rock band or a local blues legend, sometimes on the same stage on the same night.
Looking for more information about life in Baton Rouge? Our real estate agents are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about finding your dream home and living life to the fullest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
There's no one way to make gumbo. Cooked with a dark roux, thickened with okra or filé, packed with sausage or shrimp, flavored with the Creole "holy trinity" of celery, bell pepper, and onion, there are endless possibilities.
Despite its many variations—or perhaps because of them—gumbo is a dish that our real estate agents will never grow tired of. It's the official state dish of Louisiana, and if you want to savor some of the finest gumbo our state has to offer, we recommend these amazing stops.
Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Great food and unique culture are just part of what makes Louisiana a truly unique and special place to call home.
Whether you're already a dedicated long-distance runner or you're brand new to the sport, here's some news you'll be excited to hear: The Louisiana Marathon will be in town next month. This upcoming event is scheduled for January 15th and 16th. And yes, there will also be a half marathon, quarter marathon, and 5k race for those who aren't big fans of the 26.2-mile distance.
Put on your running shoes and experience Baton Rouge in a whole new way! Get to know more about the Louisiana Marathon with the information below and consider signing up for this upcoming event.
Baton Rouge is a beautiful city, and our real estate agents know that running the Louisiana Marathon is a great way to experience this beauty. If you decide you want to move here, contact us to learn about our real estate services.
Baton Rouge is a vibrant area with plenty to do all year long! This is especially true during the holiday season when so many traditions fill up the calendar. Opportunities abound to explore the neighborhood, feel festive, and maybe even meet new people. Here are five things you'll love about Baton Rouge during the holidays.
This is just a taste of what Baton Rouge has to offer during the holidays. Our real estate agents can help you get familiar with the area and show you where some of the other fun events are this season. Contact us if you're ready to make Baton Rouge your new home, and let us help you find your dream house in time for the holidays.
Serving baked treats over the holidays is a festive, welcoming touch, but it's hard to find the time to create all the goodies you'd like to offer. And you won't be able to create the variety of flavors and designs you can get at a local Baton Rouge bakery.
Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following bakeries for some sweet holiday treats:
Local businesses are one of the many features that make life in Baton Rouge extra sweet, especially during the holiday season! Contact us to see Baton Rouge homes for sale or to sell your home in the area, and we'll put our skills, expertise, and market insights to work for you!
Louisiana is a pretty wild place. From the Gulf Coast to the Bayou Country, it's a state filled with all kinds of unique plants and animals. Many of the most fascinating live below the water's surface, and you don't have to go deep into the wilderness to see them.
Louisiana is home to numerous world-class aquariums and marine life exhibits where you can see sea creatures from all over the world, and from right here in Louisiana. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorites.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. From amazing animal attractions to the wild landscape all around us, it's a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home.
Louisiana is famous for its Creole cuisine, beignets, and toe-tapping jazz music. What you might not know is it also has one of the most vibrant craft brewery scenes anywhere in the United States. Our real estate agents will be happy to tell you all about it when you're checking out Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Breweries, wineries, and distilleries of all kinds were already developing before the official Louisiana Brewery Trail got started. Since its inception back in 2013, the Louisiana Brewery Trail has grown to become the best in the whole region, showcasing over 30 breweries across the state. New Orleans and the North Shore area of Lake Pontchartrain have the most, but they are also distributed over many towns and cities.
Let's visit some now:
No matter what your tastes are like, there's something on the Louisiana Brewery Trail for everyone. And Baton Rouge is one of the best home bases to explore it all. Contact us to find out more or get started with Baton Rouge real estate.
Craft beer may be a relatively new trend, but Louisiana has a long and distinguished tradition of distilling fine liquors perfect for craft cocktails or just sipping. When you're looking for some high-quality rum, whiskey, or vodka, check out these top distilleries that are recommended by our real estate agents.
Life in Louisiana keeps everyone in high spirits. Whether you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Latter & Blum for all your real estate needs.
If you're new to the Baton Rouge area, our real estate agents can help you find all the best things to see and do in the area. For instance, the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is a tremendously fun event for both individuals and families, and locals look forward to it.
Last year, the fair was, unfortunately, canceled due to COVID. This year, however, it's back, running Thursday, October 28th through Sunday, November 7th. Anytime you go will be fun, but certain shows and attractions only run on certain days. Here's some of what you can expect, so you can plan your trip to the fair.
The first thing to know is how much a trip to the fair will cost you. Due to the nature of many of the rides at the fair, admission is based on height. Anyone under 48 inches gets in free. For fairgoers 48 inches and above, it's $5 Monday through Thursday, or $10 Friday through Sunday. Parking is free.
Once inside, however, in order to go on the rides, you'll need ride coupons, which are sold separately from admission tickets. Ride coupons are $1 each, but some rides may require multiple coupons to get on. Or, you can purchase a wristband for $25, which allows you unlimited rides on any attraction at the fair. Being that the fair has over 40 rides for all different age groups if thrills are your thing, this is probably the best option.
All stage shows, concerts, and other non-ride attractions at the fair are included in the price of admission.
Many of the shows and attractions will be at the fair every day. Magician Tim Spinosa performs hand magic with a variety of everyday items, though his skills at illusion and charisma in front of an audience ensure that no two shows are alike. Meanwhile, Washboard Willy performs unique rhythm and music, with the help of his audience. There's also a petting zoo, piglet racing, and more.
There are also a few concerts you'll have to plan ahead for. Bands like Careless Whisper, Old Sole Band, Justin McCain Project and Groupon Sensacion will be playing on the first weekend. Blue Crab Redemption, Rusty Yates Band, and others will be performing on different days throughout the week.
One of the biggest draws at any fair is the food! The GBRSF has a variety of food stands and food trucks to choose from. Corky Westmoreland has rolled ice cream and slushies in two locations around the fair, while Jeremy Westmoreland has funnel cakes, nachos, corn dogs, and more, in three locations. And Roger Westmoreland has all the decadent fair food you've come to love and expect, from deep-fried Snickers, Twinkies, and pecan pie to turkey legs, pork chops on a stick, and more.
If you want to check out the food trucks, Smokin' Like Ya Like It has barbecue sandwiches, wraps, tamales, and their brand new Smokin' Spaghetti. Allo Girls Catering has golden chicken, hurricane fries, and banana pudding. And Jambalaya by Shake has gumbo, boudin balls, etouffee, and more!
And that's just a taste of the different food items the fair has to offer this year.
Louisiana is known for many things—Creole culture, Jazz music, Mardi Gras—but hot sauce definitely belongs on the list. All across America, Louisiana hot sauce is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to zesty, spicy, smoky goodness.
Ask a bunch of folks from Louisiana what the best local hot sauce is, and you'll get a bunch of different answers. Our real estate agents are here to weigh in on the matter and suggest you go on a ghost pepper hunt this October. These are some of our favorite hot sauces that could only come from Louisiana!
Maintaining a clean and healthy household is an important part of homeownership, so our real estate agents always recommend replacing everyday household items on a regular basis. However, keeping track of when things need to be replaced can be challenging as there are so many items we use on a daily basis. To further complicate things, many household items need to be replaced more often than you'd think.
To keep a clean, safe, and healthy home, we recommend replacing these household items at regular intervals throughout the year:
No household item lasts forever, but the ones listed above need to be replaced relatively frequently to keep your home clean and healthy. For more tips on home maintenance, or to start searching Baton Rouge homes for sale, contact us today.
The cooler fall weather means we can turn the air conditioner off in the mornings, fling the windows open, and enjoy some fresh air. What's more, the change of seasons gives homeowners permission to launch some stunning decor changes inside and outside the home.
If you're listing your home among Baton Rouge homes for sale, you might want to look into some decorating ideas to help potential buyers see your home at its best. Welcome the fall season with these decorating tips.
Soft, warm, and hard to replicate, natural light is always better than artificial light. It brings a rich, full-spectrum hue that makes your room feel brighter, bigger, and more welcoming. Natural light also lifts your spirit, improves your wellbeing, and even helps cut down on your utility bills. Our real estate agents run through 5 easy ways to increase the amount of natural light in your home.
Looking for Baton Rouge homes for sale with inviting natural light? Planning to get your home ready to sell shortly? Whatever your real estate needs are, our experts at Latter & Blum are here to help you navigate the housing market and make things easier for you. Contact us today!
No matter how much you love your cat, you have to agree — their litter box is not as cute as they are. Rather than keeping the litter box out in the open, many cat owners turn to various techniques and tactics to hide their litter boxes. Here are some options to keep in mind as you look at Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Cats are lovely pets, but their litter boxes aren't fun to deal with. When you don't want your litter box displayed out in the open, then one of these clever hiding techniques is sure to come in handy. Contact us if you and your kitty are still looking for a house to call home. Our real estate agents are ready to help guide your search.
Everyone has a few tried and true favorites — restaurants you visit again and again because you love them so much. But sometimes, instead of visiting a restaurant you know, it's fun to try something new. Although 2021 has been challenging for the restaurant industry, there are some enticing new places to eat in Baton Rouge. Stop by one of these new restaurants while you're looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale.
There are always fun and delicious new restaurants opening in Baton Rouge. It's one of the reasons our real estate agents love the area so much. Contact us if you're moving to Baton Rouge and need a real estate agent to guide your home search.
It's no secret that design trends come and go. One that was extremely popular in the 1950s was the popcorn ceiling. Since then this trend has fallen by the wayside, or shall we say, popped. If you're ready to update the look of your ceiling, removing a popcorn ceiling is a potential DIY project.
Our real estate agents know that properties without popcorn ceilings appear more updated and attractive to prospective buyers. Here are some helpful tips to assist you with this DIY project.
Late summer and early fall are busy times for special events around Baton Rouge, with a variety of fun, local activities geared toward every taste. Whether you're interested in cooking, art, music, or fun activities that the kids will love, you will always have something fun to look forward to when you live in Baton Rouge. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 5 upcoming Baton Rouge events that you won't want to miss.
Local Events to Check Out in Baton Rouge
Are you searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the amazing events in Baton Rouge all year long? Let our local real estate team help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.
If you're anything like our real estate agents, you can't resist a plate of savory chicken wings. Order to your heart's content on Thursday, July 29 as you celebrate National Chicken Wing Day at one of these favorite restaurants near Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Incredible restaurants are just one benefit of living in Baton Rouge. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.
Storage is one thing we never seem to have enough of, which is probably why closet space is usually such a big selling point for homebuyers. If you feel like you're in cramped quarters, here are six suggestions from our real estate agents for adding to your closet space, ranging from minor adjustments to major renovations.
Storage is an ongoing issue for many households, and there's a reason why storage is often toward the top of our clients' wish lists. If you've outgrown your current space and you're ready to move onto something bigger and better, contact us today.
There are Baton Rouge homes for sale that can meet all of your needs. However, that doesn't mean you can't still do a bit of work to make your new house your own. If you're a home chef, for instance, you might like to make a few changes to making cooking easier. From minor additions to major renovations, here are a few kitchen updates to consider.
These are just a few of the ways you can update the kitchen in your new home. Whether you want to add a few finishing touches or a complete remodel, our real estate agents can help you find the best way to make your new kitchen your own. Contact us and let us help you find the perfect house for you.
Raised garden beds can be a great way to garden. They are often more successful because of factors like better drainage and soil quality, and they're easier to work in. Plus, they look tidy and attractive, which is an added bonus if you're getting ready to list your home in Baton Rouge homes for sale. Here are a few tips for starting a raised garden bed.
With a couple of raised garden beds and a trip to the nursery for some plants to fill them with, your yard will be transformed. For more ideas to improve your curb appeal before selling your home, contact us today.
Does summer vacation mean cries of, "Mom, there's nothing to do?" Our real estate agents share some great summer programs around Baton Rouge homes for sale where kids can participate in fun activities and even learn a few things along the way.
Every season of the year is a wonderful time to be in Baton Rouge. Contact us if you're ready to buy or sell a home.
You looked at Baton Rouge homes for sale and found the perfect house for your family. You're getting ready to make your offer and are considering going over the asking price. Should you? Our real estate agents encourage you to consider these things.
Contact us for expert guidance in the real estate market and start your search for the perfect home.
The Baton Rouge food scene is on point, so it's no surprise that one of the hottest food trends is popping up around town. Our real estate agents have become fans of eating birria tacos served at these great restaurants around Baton Rouge.
When you call Baton Rouge home there are many local restaurants to enjoy! If this sounds like the setting of your dream home, contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.
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:
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.
When you've scrimped and saved to buy a house you may be tempted to forgo that three to five hundred dollars for a home inspection. But missing critical flaws in the property can cost you thousands in the long run. Our real estate agents will assure you that a trained observer can spot some of these pitfalls when you might not see them.
Retail 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.
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.
Spring is the perfect time to conquer your to-do list and get ahead on your cleaning and household maintenance chores. While you're working, take a few moments to declutter items from your home that you no longer need or use.
Our real estate agents know that decluttering is a simple way to help a home appear larger and more appealing to potential homebuyers. Here are some items to toss as you make your way through your spring cleaning to-do list.
Feel like your family needs more space? Contact us today to check out your options!
For several years running now, Baton Rouge has distinguished itself as one of the top places to move. Baton Rouge homes for sale are especially popular among first-time homebuyers. In fact, it was recently named one of the Top 10 Metros for First-Time Homeowners.
What's the secret that makes Baton Rouge so attractive? Our real estate agents love the Baton Rouge area because of the following features that make it truly one of a kind:
Ready to own your first home in the Baton Rouge area? Contact us today at Latter & Blum to find out more about real estate opportunities in the Baton Rouge area.
If your home's decor feels a little generic or looks too sparse for your tastes, consider painting an accent wall. An accent wall lends a pop of color to your space and helps you customize the style of your home. Our real estate agents know that an accent wall is often beneficial for staging your home when you put it on the market. Follow these do's and don'ts when adding an accent wall.
Interested in a home with more space? Contact us today to start your search!
Renovations and keeping your home up-to-date can increase your home's value, not to mention it's a lot more fun to live in an updated house and enjoy those renovations while you live there. But not everyone has money to throw into a renovation, especially if you're planning on moving out afterward. Fortunately, there are many low-budget DIY projects you can do to increase your home's value. Here are a few easy upgrades our real estate agents recommend to get you started.
Making a few choice updates can make a surprising difference in your home's value. Contact us today, and one of our agents will help you decide what DIY projects to focus on.
The journey from caterpillar to butterfly is one of nature's most fascinating and inspiring transformations. On Sunday, March 14, spend some time observing these beautiful insects during National Learn About Butterflies Day. Get an up-close and personal view of these delightful spots around Baton Rouge suggested by our real estate agents.
Create Your Own Butterfly Garden
Another fun option is to create your own butterfly garden! It's a family-friendly activity that benefits the environment and boosts the curb appeal of your home.
When it comes to "cocooning," there's no place better than a home of your own around Baton Rouge. Contact us at Latter & Blum for help from our cheerful and experienced real estate agents.
With all of the streaming options these days, people are making trips to the movie theater less often. Instead, it's common to have a media room or home theater and enjoy the big screen experience with all the comforts of home. Home theaters are a nice feature that we sometimes see in Baton Rouge homes for sale. Here are six tips for improving your home theater system.
Of course, the best reason to install a home theater is so that you can enjoy it yourself, but if you're handy with DIY projects and have the time to invest in it, a well-planned home theater can generate interest with buyers who love the features but wouldn't want to put one in themselves. For more information about the draw of a well-executed home theater system or other home improvement projects, contact us today.
Spring, being the time of fresh starts and renewal, just seems like the right time to clean up the home and grounds and get ready for a bright new beginning.
Plus, if you are getting ready for a new beginning and listing your home for sale, spring is a great time to do so!
Here are some tips to help you spring forward as you get ready to list your home among the Lake Charles homes for sale.
Change is frustrating for everyone, and our pets are no exception. The turmoil of construction can be terrifying to them when they just can't understand what's happening! Since our real estate agents may recommend some renovations that will increase the value of your home, we want to provide you with some tips to make your animals more comfortable with the process.
If you love to read, you're in luck! Baton Rouge has several independent bookstores that carry unique selections and are wonderful places to browse before you buy. From comic books to centuries-old collectible titles, you're likely to find what you're looking for at these local bookstores.
Our real estate agents suggest exploring the following bookstores around Baton Rouge:
If you're thinking about buying one of the beautiful Baton Rouge homes for sale, a VA loan is a great option! These loans come with excellent benefits. They offer flexible credit underwriting and low-interest rates. In addition, buyers using a VA loan won't have to come up with a down payment or carry mortgage insurance (PMI).
A portion of these loans is guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). However, the loans are issued by mortgage lenders and banks. Our real estate agents regularly meet with lenders to learn more about any updates to loan programs and how they could impact their clients.
There have been some changes to VA loans that go into effect in 2021. Here's what you need to know.
Benefits for National Guard Members
The biggest change affects National Guard members. Previously, VA loans were not available to members who did not have at least 90 days of active service.
Beginning in 2021, all Guard and Reserve members who have at least 90 days of service are eligible for a VA home loan, even if the service wasn't active. However, there is one caveat. At least 30 of the days of the service must be consecutive.
Increased Loan Limits
As of 2020, service members with "full entitlement" are not subject to a VA loan limit. You'll have full entitlement if you've never used a VA loan benefit, have paid off a VA loan and then sold the property, or had a foreclosure or short sale and repaid the VA in full.
However, if you have "remaining entitlement," you are subject to a limit. This can occur for several different reasons. The most common is that you have an active VA loan, they're still paying back.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that the upper limit for their loans was increasing in 2021. VA loans follow these guidelines, so all VA loans closing after January 1st, 2021 also have increased loan limits. The new limit for a single-family home located in the lower 48 states is $548,250. This is an increase of 7.4% compared to 2020.
In Alaska or Hawaii, the upper limit is now $822,375. If you're buying a home in a high-cost county, you might also have some extra wiggle room. These areas will have their own limits, which are set on a local basis. This limit may be anywhere from $548,250 and $822,375.
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Whether you're planning on using a VA loan or another type of financing, now is a great time to buy a new home. There are many beautiful options on the market, and we would love to help you find the perfect one. Contact us today to get started!
Whether you've just purchased one of the beautiful Baton Rouge homes for sale or you've lived in your current home for years, decorating with houseplants can go a long way towards making your space feel homey. Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can still keep beautiful plants in your home!
The key is selecting plants that are hardy and easy to care for. Here are a few of the best starter plants.
Raise your hand if you could use a tall glass of wine right now. Our real estate agents understand that this year has been unlike any other. Raise a glass to the end of 2020 with a drink from one of these Baton Rouge wine bars.
Would you like to stay in and have a drink in your own cozy home bar? Let us help you find the perfect space to display your wine collection. Contact us today to tour our latest Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Holiday light displays are a tradition that we look forward to all year round. Each twinkling bulb warms the heart and brings about a sense of awe and wonder no matter how old you are. And if there ever was a year when we could use a little inspiration, kindness, and a reminder of how good life is, it's this year. So, grab your coats and warm up the cocoa, it's Holiday light season again!
The Crescent City loves each holiday, and this time of year is certainly no different.
Just like Mike the Tiger, this season is still roaring with lights.
The Northshore shines just as bright as its big city neighbor during the holidays.
These gorgeous beaches are lit up with the gift of lights all month!
Love classic Louisiana cooking, or interested in sampling our region's many delicacies for the first time? Then you'll feel right at home in Baton Rouge, where local restaurants bring the best of Louisiana to your table every day. From beignets to po'boys, king cakes to gumbo, you'll find it all at the best local dining spots. Our real estate agents are here to help you start your culinary adventure with our guide to 5 local restaurants where you can find classic Louisiana cooking in Baton Rouge.
Rue Beignet – 18135 E Petroleum Dr. Suite H, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
A sweet, simple treat made from fried dough and a generous sprinkling of confectioner sugar, a beignet pairs perfectly with your morning coffee. The team at Rue Beignet starts baking before the sun rises, and you'll be greeted by the welcoming smell of warm, fresh beignets before you even walk through the door. Everything is made with old-fashioned recipes and the freshest ingredients, with a wide variety of toppings available. Of course, the coffee is always hot, fresh, and delicious as well.
Best Po'Boy and Seafood – 9330 Greenwell Springs Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814
The po'boy is a Louisiana staple, and it's so much more than just a sandwich. As you'll see, when you peruse the menu at Best Po'Boy and Seafood, a po'boy can feature a truly diverse range of ingredients, sandwiched between warm, fresh French bread. Best Po'Boy and Seafood is conveniently located close to Baton Rouge homes for sale and serves some of the best sandwiches in the city. Order yours with fresh, fried seafood or delicious roast beef, then grab the perfect Louisiana side dish.
Anthony's Italian Deli – 5575 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Brought to Louisiana by some of the early Italian immigrants to the area, muffuletta refers to both a sandwich style and the type of Italian bread that it's served on. The sandwich is made with a loaf of muffuletta bread, served with ham, salami, a mix of Italian cheeses, and a special olive salad that ties the whole delicious creation together. Stop by Anthony's Italian Deli for some of the best muffuletta in Baton Rouge, and be sure to try the toasted version for an extra treat.
Ambrosia Bakery & Deli – 8546 Siegen Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Especially popular during Carnival season but also available to satisfy your sweet tooth year-round, the king cake is a classic Louisiana dessert that comes with some unique traditions. Many bakeries will bake a small, plastic baby into the cake, and whoever finds the baby brings the king cake for the next celebration. You can find king cakes and so much more at Ambrosia Bakery & Deli. The bakery here is fantastic, and the deli churns out delicious sandwiches that are perfect for enjoying before your cake.
Rice and Roux – 2158 O'neal Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Gumbo is a classic Louisiana soup that is also our state's official cuisine. It can include many different ingredients but almost always relies on a base of roux, bell peppers, onions, and celery, along with meat or shellfish. When you're in the mood for gumbo, Rice and Roux has you covered with delicious Cajun cooking in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.
Do you dream of delicious Louisiana delicacies waiting outside your front door in Baton Rouge? Then it's time to find your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.
In our warm region, we're lucky to grow certain types of herbs all year long in a protected place outdoors. However, there is always the risk of a cold snap, when temperatures plunge below freezing. That's why learning the ins and outs of indoor herb gardening is well worth your time -- not to mention, having herbs growing indoors provides an attractive accent to your home when it's listed among Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Further, growing plants indoors can help clean the air, which is oh-so-important when your home is shut up tight during the cold season. It's also lovely to have culinary herbs within snipping distance for cooking.
Here's what you'll need to get started.
What You'll Need
The greatest challenge for growing indoor plants is giving them the 6-8 hours of sunlight they need. If you have a big window, that may be enough light for a healthy garden. Otherwise, you may need to supplement it with a grow light.
You'll obviously need containers, so think about how many herbs you want to grow and what your indoor garden will look like. Kits are available that make it easy to grow three or so seeds or seedlings. If space is limited, you might acquire a multi-tiered plant stand that will hold pots.
Pots can be plastic or clay, but some pros lean toward today's higher quality plastics. They last longer, without worries about chipping and breaking, and they hold in water quite well, so there's less worry about drying out. Always look for recyclable plastic. Further, plastic is lighter and easier to move around. Containers should have a hole in the bottom to allow water to drain.
If you don't opt for a kit, you will need potting soil, plants, or seeds (buying seedlings will get you going faster unless you love growing plants from seeds), fertilizer, a watering can, and some mat or drip tray to keep water off the floor.
What to Grow?
If you're an indoor gardening novice, you might want to start with herbs that are easy to grow. The following are some culinary herbs that you're probably used to using in recipes.
Mint: Grown outdoors, mint will take over, but indoors, it's likely to be a little better contained. Grow mint from seed, cuttings, or store-bought container plants. It's used in cooking, to make cocktails and other drinks, to freshen breath, and for an upset stomach.
Basil: One of the easiest herbs to grow, basil is used in Italian cooking, particularly pesto. Start it from seed with ease. It's also pleasingly aromatic.
Chives: Chives are quite easy to grow; plus, they can be frozen for later use. They're often added to soups and dips and are a well-known addition to sour cream when served with potatoes.
Parsley: Sow parsley directly from seed in the container you are going to grow it in. Grow it in the brightest light possible. Add parsley to soups and salads. It's rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
Rosemary: Rosemary will start as a fragrant herb you can snip but will turn into a woody plant. The key to growing rosemary is sandy soil in the container. And refrain from overwatering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to our real estate agents, kitchen updates are one of the top renovations you can do. A kitchen backsplash is, in many ways, the piece that ties together all of your hard-planned renovations. If the kitchen backsplash is too boring or too jarring, it can destroy the entire look. Here are a few tips for picking out a kitchen backsplash that will give your updates the most mileage.
The kitchen is one of the most central rooms of a home, so having one you love is important. If you're in the market for a home, contact us today to discuss what you're looking for and to tour Baton Rouge homes for sale.
If you've been in the area looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you've probably noticed that there's no shortage of great dining options here! In addition to the huge variety of upscale and casual restaurants, Baton Rouge is also known for its outstanding bakeries.
Our real estate agents often enjoy stopping by their favorite local shops for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. Here are a few that you'll want to check out.
Are you looking for a sweet deal on a new home? There are a lot of great options on the market right now. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
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.
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.
Don't feel like cooking, but you're not in the mood to dine out either? Food trucks offer portable restaurant-quality food that can be eaten outdoors or back home. Feed yourself or the whole family with delicious food from these great trucks near Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Are you focusing more on healthy eating these days? Start with quality ingredients for meals that are good for your body and taste buds. Find fresh fruit, vegetables, and more at these great farmers markets, just minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Today's real estate industry presents you with many options when it comes to buying and selling Baton Rouge homes for sale. Our REALTORS® want your real estate transaction to be as swift, smooth, and successful as possible. Before you choose to hire a broker or simply conduct the property sale with only an escrow agent, we encourage you to discover the many ways that working with a REALTOR® can benefit you.
As the nation begins to open up, it's clear that social distancing and other basic precautions are going to be the "new norm," at least for a while. If you've been craving a sit-down meal at a restaurant but are worried about safety, you may want to consider visiting one of the many local restaurants with outdoor patio seating.
Our real estate agents have been gathering a list of their favorites, and now we're ready to share it with you. We guarantee you'll have trouble deciding which of these local hot spots to visit first.
The great dining options are just one of the many things to love about living in the Baton Rouge area. Want to explore some of the local neighborhoods? Contact us today! We would love to show you around and help you find your dream home.
Louisiana has a wonderful climate, but temperatures can soar over the summer. Fortunately, residents of our area have learned some tips and tricks that can help make you more comfortable. Our real estate agents suggest the following seven ways to beat the Louisiana heat this summer:
Contact us if you're looking to sell your home or would like to find out about Baton Rouge homes for sale in the area. Our real estate agents have a great deal of experience buying and selling homes in Louisiana and can help you sell your existing home and find the right one for you!
Get ready to strike a pose – a yoga pose that is! Sunday, June 21st, is International Yoga Day, and our real estate agents are looking forward to finding zen in a peaceful, uplifting yoga session. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and has gained popularity around the globe. If you're looking for a place where you can strengthen your mind, body, and soul, check out these yoga studios around Baton Rouge.
Of the many volunteers who generously donate their kindness to society, blood donors are a group of heroes that save lives with each precious drop of blood that they give. Believe it or not, a single hour spent donating blood can save up to three lives. Not only do these blood donations preserve the wellbeing of those in our own Baton Rouge community, but they also safeguard the health of men, women, and children around the world.
To honor these individuals and continue raising awareness for the dramatic need for blood, the World Health Organization created World Blood Donor Day. This event is celebrated around the globe and applauds the selfless service of donors while highlighting the importance of consistent blood donations. Now in its 16th year, World Blood Donor Day continues to remind us that, although all of us have blood, more than half of us are actually unable to donate. In fact, only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate. This becomes more concerning when you realize that every two seconds, someone in the United States is in desperate need of a blood donation.
Blood is not a resource that can be artificially manufactured or taken without permission. Blood donations rely on the kindness and consent of donors to keep blood banks stocked around the world. Donor blood is used for more than blood transfusions. It is also used to treat a number of diseases and is used for research to combat other life-threatening health conditions. Nearly 80 countries around the globe use voluntary blood donations to stock 90 to 100 percent of their blood supply. By donating even just once, you're immediately improving the lives of individuals around the world.
World Blood Donor Day is on June 14th and we can't think of a better way to celebrate these volunteers than by doing our part to help those who need it most in our world. If you are interested and able to donate blood, our real estate agents encourage you to please consider visiting these blood donation centers around Baton Rouge.
Of course, these are not the only locations where you can donate blood around Baton Rouge. There are many facilities and mobile blood donation drives occurring throughout the year. We encourage you to reach out to these additional resource to learn more about upcoming opportunities to donate blood around the Baton Rouge area:
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.
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.
Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies. If you've never tasted fresh vegetables straight from the garden, you'll be amazed by the vibrant textures and sweet, juicy flavors. For many, however, starting a garden can feel completely overwhelming at first, but it doesn't have to be. The most important element is a willingness and commitment to learn and try. The rest will fall into place.
Our real estate agents are avid gardeners and have broken down the process into six easy steps to guide you into your gardening adventure.
A home improvement project doesn't need to last weeks or even months. There are numerous projects you can tackle in a single weekend that will have a huge impact on the look and feel of your home. Whether you're ready to add your home to the inventory of Baton Rouge homes for sale or just want to spruce up your space, check out these weekend-friendly home improvement projects.
Need more advice on preparing your home to sale? Contact us today.
There's history on every corner in Louisiana. Much of that history converges on the magnificent corners of the Louisiana State Capitol Building. When the building was first envisioned in 1928, it was the physical manifestation of the state's spirit. Today, it remains one of the most beautiful and storied buildings in the country, and there are seven facts about the structure that our REALTORS® think you just might be interested in knowing.
At Latter & Blum, our REALTORS® have worked hard to protect the safety of our clients and co-workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are following all social distancing and safety guidelines issued throughout Louisiana.
The measures affect all Lafayette homes for sale and New Orleans homes for sale as well as properties elsewhere in the state. In addition to state and federal guidelines, real estate associations have issued industry-specific guidance for protecting clients.
In light of all the available information, Latter and Blum is doing our part to flatten the curve with the following measures:
What to Know About All-New Virtual Tours
A virtual tour is the next best thing to being there! It's safe, convenient, and even fun.
During a virtual tour, you will have the opportunity to walk through a property with the help of your real estate agent. You can ask questions and get them answered in real-time. Our smart mobile technology gives you a clear view of every area of the home.
For your convenience, we are leading appointment-only virtual tours with the most popular telepresence software. Our agents are experienced in FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom. All you need to do is set an appointment time and then wait for our call. Tours last less than an hour.
Here's how to get set up on these convenient platforms:
You can use the above software on your favorite smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even on a desktop computer. For questions about how to best enjoy your virtual tour, contact your agent directly.
Latter & Blum is Here for You in This Difficult Time
If you decide not to buy or sell right now, that's okay! Latter & Blum will be here when you need us, and so will the right Louisiana home for you. We care about you and your family's health and safety.
Remember, we are all in this together. If you have any questions for our team, don't hesitate to contact us.
Recent data indicates that the Baton Rouge metropolitan area is a hit with Gen Z homebuyers. Though exact date ranges vary, the Gen Z label usually refers to someone born between the years of 1995 and 2010. Those early Gen Zers are the ones starting to emerge in the Baton Rouge market with purchase power.
Besides the obvious factor of age, there are several other noticeable differences between Gen Z and other types of buyers. This includes the prices of the homes they purchase and what attracts them to a potential property.
The average purchase price for a property bought by a Gen Z buyer is $160,600. This is significantly less than the $256,500 average purchase price of a property purchased by a millennial homebuyer. On average, listing prices for homes that Gen Z buyers purchase are 25 percent less than the national median asking price. Gen Zers are forgoing the conventional 20 percent downpayment; instead, the average downpayment for a Gen Z homebuyer is only five percent of the home's purchase price.
The markets that Gen Zers are attracted to tend to have affordable housing options that make the dream of homeownership an attainable reality.
Most Gen Z homebuyers are early in their careers and don't have the purchasing power of other generations who have had time to grow their salaries. They're drawn to affordable housing markets in part due to necessity.
Since it appears Gen Z homebuyers are comfortable making smaller down payments, this enables them to become homeowners sooner rather than later. As a whole, Gen Z tends to value individual expression. They are willing to purchase a more affordable home that allows them to customize the property to their unique needs and stylistic preferences.
The Baton Rouge metropolitan area ranks as the tenth top housing market for Gen Z buyers. Baton Rouge is a growing area that has a median age of 36. Approximately 46.52 percent of people who reside in the Baton Rouge area are under 34 years of age. Baton Rouge boasts a median home value of $156,400, making it a top choice for budget-conscious Gen Zers.
There are a lot of other traits that make Baton Rouge homes for sale a hit with Gen Zers. Baton Rouge has a lot of fantastic restaurants and attractions, and it's a highly walkable city. Gen Zers looking to live an eco-conscious lifestyle or lower their vehicle-related expenses appreciate housing that enables them to walk to their job and favorite hangouts.
Ready to make the move to Baton Rouge? Our REALTORS® can help clients find great homes that span a variety of price points. Contact us today to learn more about homes that fit your budget and have the traits that you're searching for.
National Take a Walk in the Park Day is observed every year on March 30. What better time to take a stroll through one of Baton Rouge's many beautiful parks? You'll find each park to be unique with amenities such as sand beaches, fishing ponds, rock climbing walls, and more!
Our REALTORS® suggest going for a stroll in the following 6 Baton Rouge parks:
Contact us to learn about the many advantages of living in the Baton Rouge area. Whether you're buying a home, selling a home, or both, we can help. Want to view properties in the Baton Rouge market? Check out Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Whether it's an attic, basement, or extra room in your home, you don't need to spend big bucks on a full renovation to make it a warm, welcoming space. Lots of people searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale look for additional space like an attic room or finished basement. Below, Our REALTORS® share some helpful tips on how to make unfinished spaces livable and lovable.
Whether you're looking to buy or sell a home in Baton Rouge, our knowledgeable real estate professionals can help. Contact us to learn more and get started on finding your new Louisiana home.
While some areas mark the arrival of spring by robin sightings or flowers blooming, people in Baton Rouge eagerly await the beginning of crawfish season. March is prime time to enjoy Louisiana's iconic treat at these popular seafood restaurants and markets that are favorites with our REALTORS®.
Jambalaya, crawfish pie, filé gumbo, you'll have big fun on the bayou living in Baton Rouge. Contact us for experienced help with all your real estate needs.
Even with all the home improvement shows out there, getting started on your own home improvement project for the first time can be intimidating.
Our REALTORS® know home improvement can be especially frightening for new homeowners! Make sure to follow these six tips if you are working on your first-ever home improvement project.
Start with a Plan
You should take the time to go around your new house to make a note of any potential improvements you wish to complete. Consider what order these items should be completed in and a potential timeline. For example, you may decide you want to replace windows before you paint a room to make sure you like that color with your new style of windows.
Also, make sure you are realistic with your timeline. It's always best to assume a project will run over on time or money.
Consider a Budget
Speaking of money, a budget will help you visualize your finances so you don't overspend. Once you have a plan for improving your home, a budget will help you account for the specific items and supplies you'll need to complete your tasks. Keep in mind what projects you want to allocate more of your budget for. Maybe you'd like to save money on painting your rooms by DIYing but would like to splurge on smart appliances. It's completely up to you and your budget!
Do One Part of the Home at a Time
Simple, right? Pick one part of your home that is on your plan and work on it to your satisfaction. If you are planning on a bathroom and kitchen remodel, wait until the one is completed to start the other project. You don't want to overwhelm yourself and bite off more than you can chew physically and financially.
Always Look for Inspiration
Remember those home improvement shows we mentioned? Watching them can serve as great inspiration for your bathroom or kitchen remodel. Seeing how nice dark cabinets look after a remodel of someone's home on TV might be one of the reasons you opt for a darker hue for your new cabinets.
Plus there are many ideas you can find online on sites such as Pinterest. Most of them will even provide tips for completing the project.
Another good source of inspiration could be your family and friend's homes. If you've had a friend recently complete a remodel in their home ask them for tips, what they DIYed, and if they used a contractor for certain aspects of their project.
Improve to Increase Value
If you just moved in, you might not be thinking of your resale value at the moment. But, if you work on home improvement projects that are known to increase value, you'll thank yourself later if you end up listing it among the other Baton Rouge homes for sale. Projects that are known for increasing value are energy-efficient updates, new windows, or adding a bathroom.
Looking for more home improvement tips or help finding your first home in the Baton Rouge area? Contact us today!
Any move - even if it's just down the street - requires a great deal of time and organization. But when you're moving to a new state, your list of things to do becomes longer and more complicated.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following seven tips to help you make your move to another state as smooth as possible:
Contact us if you're moving to Louisiana and are looking for Baton Rouge homes for sale. Our knowledge and experience can help make your move go as smoothly as possible as you become a Louisiana resident.
Home is where the heart is, and there's a lot to love about Baton Rouge. In honor of Valentine's Day, our REALTORS® share the top features that make Baton Rouge such a lovable place to live.
Contact us and let us help you find the home you'll love in the Baton Rouge area.
When Our REALTORS® bring potential homebuyers out to explore Baton Rouge homes for sale, there are always a few details that can make or break the buying decision. The design and layout of the kitchen is one of them.
Whether you're thinking about putting your home on the market soon or you're planning to stay for years, a kitchen remodel is almost always a great investment. However, if you're not well-prepared, this is the type of project that can take on a life of its own.
The following tips will help you make sure that creating your dream kitchen doesn't turn into a real nightmare.
Have you decided that it's time to make a change? Whether you're thinking about buying or selling a home, we can help make it a smooth and pleasant experience. Contact us today.
If you're selling your home, you want to price it reasonably, so it doesn't languish on the market, but you don't want to price it for less than you could sell it for. Our REALTORS® use research, knowledge, and experience to determine your home's value. The following are some ways we can determine this value:
The New Year has arrived, and our REALTORS® want you to kick off the decade with a bang! As we move into the 2020s, make a resolution to learn a new skill. From dancing and cooking to art classes and more, here are a few of our favorite places around Baton Rouge, where you can fall in love with a new hobby!
You only get one chance to make a first impression! Today's homebuyers do most of their decision making before they see the property in person. Photos of a home for sale, in most cases, will be the first impression buyers will get of your property. So staging for these photos is crucial!
Our real estate agents have gathered these tips to help you stage your home like a pro:
If you're thinking about listing your home, don't go it alone! Contact us today to get started.
2019 was a fantastic year around Baton Rouge. Whether you are celebrating a new job, new family member, or still searching for the best of the best Baton Rouge homes for sale to settle into, there are plenty of reasons to party.
Our REALTORS® encourage you to contact us for more information about the many sights, attractions, and events you can enjoy around Baton Rouge. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you discover the many reasons residents celebrate living in this jewel of the South.
Living in Baton Rouge means you're never far from some excellent shopping. Local small businesses are a big part of what makes the city such a popular place to call home. With Shop Small Saturday around the corner, this is the perfect time to get out and explore all the Baton Rouge small businesses in the area. We've got the details on some great Baton Rouge businesses to visit on Shop Small Saturday!
Bella Bella – 3064 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Baton Rouge homes for sale allow you to visit so many unique local businesses, like the Bella Bella women's clothing shop. Bella Bella stocks all of the latest styles, allowing you to keep up with the latest trends and find the perfect gift for anyone on your list who loves fashion. There's a huge selection of shoes, along with excellent looks for both formal occasions and everyday wear.
The Market at Circa 1857 – 1857 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Searching for one-of-a-kind art and amazing antiques? Visit The Market at Circa 1857 to shop for home décor and so much more. Part art gallery, part antique shop, this unique local destination is a fantastic place to grab items for your own home or someone else.
Little Cajun Village – 6490 Hwy 22, Sorrento, LA 70778
Interested in exploring history and culture as you shop for unique items? The Little Cajun Village will take you back to another era, with great shopping and plenty of fun surprises. This little village features restored Acadian homes, each with a shop inside. You can pick up crafts, spices, artwork, hand-made decorations, and so much more. There's also a delicious little dining spot located on-site.
Mid City Craft Wine and Brew – 711 Jefferson Hwy, Suite 1C, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Whether you're stocking up for holiday parties or shopping for the perfect gift, Mid City Craft Wine and Brew has precisely what you need. This local bottle shop stocks a massive selection of craft beer, both local and national, as well as craft wine. Stop by for a weekly tasting, and experience what Mid City has to offer. If you're looking for flavors you won't find anywhere else, this is the place to be.
Red Stick Spice Co. – 660 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Preparing to cook your own holiday meals, or looking for the perfect gift for the amateur chef on your list? Red Stick Spice Co. has you covered. This shop stocks nearly every spice under the sun, along with a selection of teas from around the world.
Cottonwood Books – 3054 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
If you love books both new and old, then Cottonwood Books is more than worth a visit on Small Business Saturday. Cottonwood Books may be a small business, but it has an unmatched selection of books from across eras. There are more than 40,000 books in stock, including many rare finds. The team is also happy to help you order any books.
Shop Small Saturday is a great chance to visit the many local small businesses that make Baton Rouge such a unique place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.
We count our blessings every day, and one of them is to get to call Baton Rouge home! From its vibrant culture and rich history to fun-filled summers and blissfully warm winters, Baton Rouge a fantastic place. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now seems like a good time to consider some of the things we're most thankful for here in Baton Rouge.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Baton Rouge. We've helped countless families find their dream homes in the Baton Rouge area, and we're committed to helping you find yours.
Saving up for a down payment can seem like a daunting challenge at first. However, with a little planning and some adjustments in your spending patterns, you can save up for a down payment using these tips from our REALTORS®.
There's nothing quite like the beauty of a Victorian-style home! Many people fall in love with these homes for their one-of-a-kind details and charm.
Do you have your eye on a stunning Victorian-style house among the Baton Rouge homes for sale? Here are some helpful remodeling and decorating tips to update a Victorian home incorporating your taste while maintaining its original beauty and charm.
A home on the lake is the perfect place to spend quiet evenings with family and fun weekends with friends. Some of the finest Baton Rouge homes are no more than a stone's throw from the most beautiful lakes in Louisiana. However, a waterfront home requires routine maintenance. The following are some maintenance tasks you will have to tend to on your waterfront property.
Take Care of the Dehumidifier
Every waterfront home in Louisiana should have a reliable dehumidifier. This will help protect wood and other elements in the home from the buildup of moisture. You should plan to clean the dehumidifier every couple of weeks to ensure effectiveness and extend the unit's operational lifespan.
Secure the Dock & Boat Lift
Most waterfront homes in Louisiana have a dock or a boat lift. Be sure that any floating debris is removed from around the structure. If you have a floating dock, be sure that it is properly tied down. When cold spells are brewing, it is a good idea to remove the dock from the water.
If you have a boat lift, you will want to inspect the electrical components and wiring at least once per month. During your inspection, be sure to check all gears, pulleys, and cables for proper lubrication.
Tend to the Sewage System
If the home has an aerated treatment system or septic system, you will need to clean it properly, pump it out (every 3-5 years) and chlorinate the system. You will also want to prepare it for when the temperature starts to drop. In the fall, make sure it is properly insulated and be sure to run warm water into the system if you see signs that it is starting to freeze.
Look out for Radon
Radon is more prevalent around waterfront properties. You should make sure your home is properly monitored and should take any abatement steps required if radon exposure rises above safe levels.
Shore up the Seawall
You should rigorously remove plant growth from seawalls and regularly spray them with herbicides to keep roots from causing damage. It is also vital to make sure weep holes don't clog up. At a minimum, you should inspect your seawall at least once per month and promptly repair any cracks or damage you discover.
Guard Against Pests
Louisiana is home to termites, alligators, snakes, and bugs of all shapes and sizes. If you are not careful, these pests will move into your home. Keeping landscaping properly trimmed, repairing damaged foundations and siding, caulking holes in woodwork, and removing debris from around the property will help keep these pests at bay. It is also vital to remove any pools of standing water or they become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Multiple layers of legislation protect wetlands in Louisiana. You will want to make sure you have the appropriate permits and adhere to all coastal use guidelines. Failure to comply with all applicable regulations can result in significant fines.
Contact us for more information about waterfront living in Louisiana. Our REALTORS® can answer your questions and help you find the waterfront property where you can fish, swim, and boat to your heart's content.
We also provide clients with strategies to get to closing day faster and easier.
Buying a home can seem complicated, and it's an exceptionally tall order for those who've never done it before. Luckily, we have some steps to improve your odds of buying your dream home.
Here are seven habits of highly successful home buyers:
No Matter What Stage of Buying You're In, Expert Advice is Essential
For first-time buyers, navigating real estate can be like wandering a hall of mirrors.
Even if you're months away from being ready to make an offer on a home, don't hesitate to reach out to your friendly local real estate agents. Expert advice can get you on track, dispel worrisome real estate myths, and save you time in the long run.
Contact us to find out more.
Grab your favorite mug and get ready to fill it to the brim with caffeinated goodness. National Coffee Day is September 29th and our REALTORS® are excited to head out around Baton Rouge to spend a little time at our favorite cafés. Whether you're grabbing a quick cup before work or if you have the time to relax and sip in serenity, we invite you to celebrate National Coffee Day at one of these great cafés in and around Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Would you like to find your dream house near the best Baton Rouge coffee shops? Contact us today and we'll show you plenty of great homes in and around the Baton Rouge area!
National Drink Beer Day is on September 28th and our REALTORS® want to raise a glass to the Baton Rouge breweries that set the bar high for Louisiana brews! The Bayou State has plenty of delicious homebrewed beer selections, and Baton Rouge isn't without its own acclaimed brewhouses. See what's on tap at one of these five awesome breweries where you can have rounds of fun on National Drink Beer Day!
Looking for a great Baton Rouge home near one of these fantastic breweries? Contact us today and we will show you everything the Baton Rouge real estate market has on tap!
When our REALTORS® show clients Baton Rouge homes for sale, they're often asked about the area's social scene. We could spend all day talking about the great dining and entertainment options in Baton Rouge, but one of our favorites is the Live After 5 Concert Series.
This free, family-friendly event is guaranteed fun plus a great way to get to know your new neighbors. Here's everything you need to know so you can make the most of it.
Live After 5 is a community event sponsored by the Downtown Business Association. It's held for six weeks every spring and fall and is the largest free concert series in the city. The event attracts over 5,000 people every weekend. The crowd always enjoys unwinding after a long week, and you can expect to see lots of singing, dancing, and smiles.
In addition to great music, you'll also find local food, adult beverages, art vendors, and a kid's area complete with an obstacle course. Bring a blanket or chairs so you can relax and enjoy the evening, but leave your pets, coolers, and tents at home.
Live After 5 is held at North Boulevard Town Square on Friday nights from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. There's plenty of free street parking in the area.
The fall season will begin on September 20th and continues each Friday through November 1st. If the last season is any indication, we're in for a treat! It featured popular performers including Chase Tyler Band, Werewolf, Rebirth Brass Band, and River City Hit Squad.
The Downtown Business Association of Baton Rouge is a nonprofit organization funded by members. It's the only organization that represents all downtown businesses. Their mission is to encourage economic growth and cultivate downtown's community culture. The Live After 5 Concert Series supports this goal by attracting thousands of visitors both from the city of Baton Rouge and nearby areas.
The DBA also provides members with support in a variety of ways, including sponsoring business networking events throughout the year.
We know that the community you live in is just as important as the home itself. While we're helping you find your dream home, we'll also introduce you to some of the best things to do nearby. Contact us to get started touring some of the best Baton Rouge homes for sale in our area.
Once you move into one of the wonderful Baton Rouge homes for sale, meeting your neighbors is the next step in putting down your roots. Mister Rogers greeted his "neighbors" with a musical invitation, but in real life, the singing ability is not required.
Use these simple but effective tips to meet your new neighbors and begin establishing a positive presence.
"Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart." ~ Eleanor Rosevelt
August 1st is National Girlfriends' Day, and it's the perfect time to celebrate that special relationship you share with your best friends. Our girlfriends are always there for us through thick and thin, and there's no better way to show them how much you care than by planning a day filled with fun adventures in Baton Rouge.
Whether you're in the area searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale or you've made your way here for a weekend getaway, there's no shortage of great things for you and your friends to do together. From the moment you wake up until it's time for bed, our REALTORS® have planned out the perfect day for you!
Once you've spent some time exploring Baton Rouge with your besties, you'll quickly see why so many people love living here. Are you ready to start looking for your dream home in Baton Rouge? Contact us today to get started.
Buyers often wonder: Is it challenging to get to closing on such valuable property?
Typically, waterfront properties command a premium. A home by the water provides amenities others don't, from a beautiful view to a cool breeze that can take the edge off hot summers. Listings for waterfront property can be competitive.
Here's what you need to know to be successful buying waterfront property in Baton Rouge:
Contact us to find out more about waterfront property near Baton Rouge. We're here to help.
Our REALTORS® stay current with all the exciting developments going on in Baton Rouge. Because of community organizations like the Downtown Development District, buyers of Baton Rouge homes for sale benefit from a thriving economy, a diverse list of employers, and a downtown like nothing else you've ever seen.
The Downtown Development District – "DDD" to just about everyone – sponsors cultural events, business initiatives, and resident get-togethers aimed at benefiting the community. It's one of the most active community associations in the entire United States.
The DDD is a political subdivision of the state with a focus on fostering business and community partnerships in Historic Spanish Town, Beauregard Town, the Central Business District, Capitol View North, and Downtown East.
The DDD is a forum where residents, business owners, and civic leaders talk and work together. It helps locals get the most of Baton Rouge's 20 entertainment venues, eight art museums, and many green spaces. It also coordinates with out-of-town visitors, like movie studios.
Key players in the community are always soliciting feedback, and locals are always welcome to make their voices heard. That's a significant reason why Baton Rouge has one of the fullest social calendars of any big city. There's always something to see and do around here!
Its original goal was to fight urban sprawl, but it has done so much more.
Operating for more than 30 years, the Downtown Development District is known for lots of things. It presents a monthly award to local businesses, recognizing unique contributions to the Downtown area. It supports and publicizes events, and helps steward the city's natural resources.
Some of its proudest achievements include:
That's not all: In the next few years, more than 500 new housing units are expected to become available in downtown Baton Rouge. If you want to live in a forward-looking city where things are always getting better, there's never been a better time to plan your move.
To make the most of Baton Rouge, you need real estate experts with true local insight. Contact us today to find out more.
One of the best things about choosing from Baton Rouge homes for sale is knowing that you'll be living in one of the music capitals of the south.
Baton Rouge is the stomping grounds of top musicians from a number of genres. Ranging from hip hop to Dixieland to blues to country, you can find just about everything in Baton Rouge.
Our REALTORS® love to introduce clients to the music scene here. On any given afternoon or evening, you can choose from a wide range of live music venues. They run the gamut all the way from the biggest auditoriums to cozy local bars where karaoke night is always on tap.
Let's look at some of the best places to catch live music throughout Baton Rouge:
Ready to rock out in Baton Rouge? Contact us to learn about the local real estate opportunities!
Our REALTORS® love a good catfish fry-up ... and we think you will, too!
June 25 is National Catfish Day, and there's no better place to celebrate it than right here in the middle of all the action, Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is the epicenter of Cajun cooking, and there are few bigger stars in that culinary tradition than the catfish.
Not surprisingly, you'll find that the streets of Baton Rouge are dotted with famous catfish restaurants. Today, we'll help you pick out some of the very best.
If you want to experience true flavor, check out these Baton Rouge restaurants featuring catfish on their menus:
Catfish isn't the only thing unique about Baton Rouge. With sage advice from an expert real estate agent, you can tap into all Baton Rouge's great real estate opportunities. No matter your budget, style, or timeline, our team supports you with reliable knowledge and attentive customer service. It has never been easier to find Baton Rouge homes for sale that are right for you ... and get to closing the easy way.
Contact us to find out more today. We look forward to meeting you.
Sunday, June 16 is one of the biggest days of the year: Father's Day!
Our REALTORS® decided to take a little break from showing the best Baton Rouge homes for sale to compile a short list of things you can do to celebrate Dad on Father's Day. When you explore the historic city of Baton Rouge, you'll find something for every type of father.
Let's look at five of the best ways to enjoy Father's Day in Baton Rouge this year:
Spend a little time in Baton Rouge and the city is sure to grow on you. With a little help from us, Dad could be spending Father's Day 2020 doing DIY projects in the home he's always wanted.
Contact us to find out more. The best Baton Rouge real estate awaits!
Our REALTORS® know that your home is a reflection of your personal style.
When you go looking for Baton Rouge homes for sale, we will help you find one that fits you like a glove. Unfortunately, gloves (and other articles of clothing) aren't quite what they used to be. Off-the-rack clothing can never fit quite as well as something made just for you. June 5 is National Tailors Day, and now is the best time to discover just how great custom-tailored articles can be. Although every tailored piece is a bit more expensive, they will also have a tendency to last much longer. Plus, an experienced tailor will make every item look more flattering.
Whether you're in the mood for a custom suit or just a simple alteration, a good tailor is hard to find. Demand is growing and expertise is shrinking ... but not here in beautiful Baton Rouge.
In honor of National Tailors Day, let's meet local tailors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:
Are you ready to find a home in Baton Rouge that will truly be a perfect fit?
Contact us to get started. We look forward to helping you.
Louisiana is a state unlike any other. From our food and wildlife to our people and our culture, life among the swamps and bayous is something special. Baton Rouge homes for sale are always getting scooped off the market because of their proximity to the adventure and fun that the surrounding wetlands offer. Next time you're browsing homes in the area, our REALTORS® insist that you check out these five great attractions.
Take a break from searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale and spend a day enjoying our lively community. There are many places to grab a bite, learn something new, or just enjoy a pretty day outside. Our REALTORS® have these tips on how to spend a day in Baton Rouge.
Once you've gotten to know Baton Rouge and are ready to buy a home, contact us and we will be happy to guide you in finding just the right place.
Wine lovers, mark your calendars! Saturday, May 25 is National Wine Day, and our REALTORS® have some great ideas about how you can celebrate the occasion in and around Baton Rouge. Be sure to check out these incredible Louisiana wineries and vineyards.
From local wineries and breweries to incredible restaurants and vibrant nightlife, we think Baton Rouge is a great place to call home, and our team of dedicated REALTORS® are committed to helping you find your dream house here. Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!
Grab your boots, pull on your jeans, and mark your calendar for a weekend of no shirt, no shoes, no problems. For ten years, Bayou Country Superfest has brought together some of the biggest names in country music over Memorial Day weekend. This year SuperFest returns to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, after spending two years in the New Orleans Superdome. It's events like Superfest that make shopping for Baton Rouge homes for sale a great idea.
For two fabulous days, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line will be joined by Kane Brown, Chase Rice, and Cassadee Pope among others. Chesney is sure to fill Tiger Stadium with songs from the 20 albums he has recorded over his storied career. He has sung his way to the Top Ten Singles 40 times with 29 of those songs reaching number one, including Til It's Gone, Wild Child, and of course, No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems. Chesney's live shows regularly sell out, so Saturday's SuperFest crowd is in for a fantastic night.
Sunday, Jason Aldean will take the stage. Known for songs like Big Green Tractor, When She Says Baby, and Tonight Looks Good On You, Aldean boasts 19 number one hits, with eight others reaching the top ten. He has been named the ACM Entertainer of the Year in 2016, 2017, and 2018. His latest album, Rearview Town, debuted in 2018.
Other artists featured over the weekend also promised to bring a Stetson-worthy show.
To make the weekend complete, make time to go to Fan Fest where fun and food come together to create a huge tailgating experience. If you like to take your home on the road, your RV is welcomed at Bayou Country Superfest as well. There's RV parking in Touchdown Village, and special parking passes for those wishing also to bring a car. For hotel options and travel packages, check out the event's website.
After a fun-filled weekend, it may be time to make Baton Rouge your home. Our REALTORS® are experts at putting all the notes together that will have you two stepping your way through the buying process. Contact us to start your search for Baton Rouge homes for sale.
You found the perfect house to start your homeownership journey. It has a spacious kitchen, fenced back yard, and the cutest patio sitting in the afternoon sun. You are ready to make an offer, but in this competitive Baton Rouge real estate market, how can you make sure you have the advantage to seal the deal?
A real challenge when you're ready to buy one of our Baton Rouge homes for sale is competing with all-cash home buyers. All-cash buyers typically have greater leverage because of sellers like not having to navigate the added steps that come with working with a lender.
Here are some tips from our real estate agents on how to compete with all-cash home buyers:
Buying a house through a traditional lender might put you at a disadvantage against all-cash buyers, but with a few steps, you might swing the deal your way. When you are ready to take the plunge into homeownership here in Baton Rouge, contact us and we will help guide you on the journey.
The beauty of the bayou and the rolling waves of the mighty Mississippi are Louisiana's most famous sights. Located not much more than a stone's throw from anywhere in Baton Rouge, these natural landmarks seem magical.
For generations, the bayous and rivers that course through the region have provided plenty of grist for the writer's mill. They have served as a powerful force driving the state's economy forward. These realities are never far from the minds of the folks at Louisiana Earth Day, Inc. and our real estate agents who make their own homes in the region.
This year's celebration will take place at the LSU Parker Coliseum on April 28 from 1 pm to 5 pm. It is free to attend, and plenty of parking is available. There will be ample food and lots of fun activities for everyone in the family to enjoy. This Earth Day at LSU is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn about the region's ecology.
Earth Day is an opportunity to discover more about the many critters and creatures that depend on the health of the habitats around Baton Rouge. You can discover what to do when you are toe-to-toe with the four-toed salamander or learn how to spot a submerged manatee. Event organizers promise plenty to learn and something for everyone to enjoy.
Louisiana is battered by hurricanes and bruised by pollution. There are numerous environmental issues facing the state as the 21st century moves forward. Sea levels are rising, the shoreline is eroding, and garbage is flowing through the Mississippi. Over the past 100 years, nearly 2,000 square miles of coastline have vanished beneath the waves. The loss of coastline poses enormous challenges and has changed the disposition and distribution of nutrients, sediments, and freshwater within the wetlands and bayous.
Legislators aren't sitting on their laurels as Louisiana slips beneath the waves. In 2012, the legislature passed the "Master Plan." This plan will inject tens of billions of dollars in funding to repair the coastline and protect regional habitats. As the plan enters the next phase, these efforts are showing positive results.
In all, there are more than 100 projects which are scheduled to receive more than $50 billion in funding over the next 50 years. These projects include funding for the EPA Superfund Program in Louisiana. This program aims to clean up toxic sites. The plan also addresses the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone which threatens the regional fishing economy.
When you celebrate Earth Day 2019 at LSU, the staff of Louisiana Earth Day, Inc. will tell you all about the plan to brighten Louisiana's future. They are eager to discuss the things you can do at home to help preserve the delicate balance between progress and environmental protection.
Our real estate agents invite you to contact us to learn more about the beauty of Baton Rouge and to schedule showings of the fabulous Baton Rouge homes for sale awaiting you. It would be our pleasure to answer your questions and help you discover the many reasons that Baton Rouge is the perfect home for your family.
Louisiana--including our locals in Baton Rouge--loves crawfish. Historically, from February through mid-May it's crawfish eating time! These freshwater crustaceans have long been a culinary staple in Louisiana--a traditional food that symbolizes the Cajun culture of the state. Crawfish have been designated as the state's official crustacean, and have become an important industry in Louisiana, which provides most of the crawfish consumed throughout the United States.
While you may be able to get crawfish all over the country these days, there is nowhere better to sit down to a plateful of authentic Cajun crawfish than Louisiana. If you're in town looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale during crawfish season, you won't want to miss the opportunity. Local folks will tell you that peak crawfish season is in the spring, from late February through May. That's when wild-caught crawfish are largest, most succulent and most abundant. So where do Louisianians eat crawfish in Baton Rouge?
This is just a small sampling of the many great local spots where Louisianians eat crawfish in Baton Rouge. If you're looking for more recommendations or have any other questions about the local area, contact us. Our real estate agents are a font of knowledge about all things Baton Rouge, and we're always happy to help.
When our real estate agents take a break from showing clients the best Baton Rouge homes for sale, they love to relax and unwind while enjoying the city's excellent live music scene. Every spring, locals, and visitors flock to downtown Baton Rouge to attend the area's premier seasonal music event series, Live After Five.
The free concerts, which are hosted by the Downtown Business Association, draw crowds of over 5,000 music lovers every week. The 2019 spring series kicks off on Friday, April 5th from 5 to 8 p.m. in North Boulevard Town Square. The lineup has just been released, and it might be the best one ever! Here's a round-up of this year's incredible talent.
Tips for Getting There
When you come to the event, make sure to bring your dancing shoes and leave your pets, tents, and coolers at home, as they're not allowed. The event is located at City Hall Plaza Crest Stage, 100 North Blvd. in Baton Rouge. Look for street parking or grab a spot at the Third St. garage.
Are you interested in learning more about what makes Baton Rouge a great place to live and work? We would love the opportunity to show you around! Contact us today to schedule a meeting.
Are you ready to celebrate the start of spring in Baton Rouge? Kick off the season in style by celebrating National Take a Walk in the Park Day, which takes place every year on March 30th, at one of the many vibrant parks and green spaces located throughout Baton Rouge. From BMX tracks to secluded trails and astronomical observatories, the parks and green spaces of Baton Rouge truly feature something for every member of the community to enjoy. The outdoor spaces of Baton Rouge are popular during every season, and spring is the perfect time to explore the city. Our real estate agents have the local perspective, with a guide to enjoying Take a Walk in the Park Day at six beautiful Baton Rouge parks and green spaces.
Searching for the perfect home close to all of the outdoor attractions in the city? Our local team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.
Your home may have the most fantastic kitchen and the cutest back porch, but if potential buyers don't get past the curb, they may not get to enjoy the delightful breeze on the porch. If yours is one of our Baton Rouge homes for sale, it is essential to make sure its curb appeal is top-notch. Start by standing on the curb yourself and making a fair assessment of what needs upgrading. Then tackle these six steps to boost your curb appeal.
Whether you've just found your dream home among Baton Rouge homes for sale or are still shopping for the perfect one, chances are good you'll be in the market for a few things related to home furnishing and décor in the near future.
If you're partial to antiques, that means you'll want to know where locals go when they're shopping for just the right pieces for their own homes. To help you get started, here are seven favorite Baton Rouge antique shops:
The Pink Elephant Antiques - 2648 Government Street
The Pink Elephant is a collective made up of more than 35 dealers. It's a top spot in Baton Rouge for all things antique and vintage, with an ever-changing selection of items to peruse.
Fireside Antiques - 14007 Perkins Road
You'll find a lovely selection of 18th, 19th and 20th century French, English, Italian and Continental antiques at Fireside Antiques. Each piece is expertly restored before being placed for sale in their 18,000 square foot showroom.
Vintage Soul - 12455 S Harrells Ferry Road
A multi-vendor mall full of antiques and vintage items, Vintage Soul carries a bit of everything. You'll find furniture, home décor items, vintage dishes, Pyrex, linens, and tools, along with many one-of-a-kind items. They also carry a great selection of Orleans Candle products and their own line of chalk paints.
The Royal Standard - 16016 Perkins Road
A fixture in Baton Rouge, The Royal Standard carries a number of products for the home. From home dinnerware to table linens, glassware to silverware, bedding to window treatments, you'll find what you need to make your new house a home.
The Market at Circa 1857 - 1857 Government St.
The Market is more than just an antique shop; it's a popular local destination. It has more than 50 unique vendors, each with their own tastes and styles. You'll find a vast selection of antiques, vintage items and artwork, along with a variety of services offered onsite, such as upholstery, interior decorating and graphic design.
Central City Antiques - 8857-D Sullivan Road
A premier Baton Rouge shop, Central City Antiques has a lot going on. You'll find a great selection of vintage items, including furniture, décor items, jewelry, and collectibles.
The Foyer - 3655 Perkins Road
With more than 75 merchants spread over 8,000 square feet, The Foyer offers a lovely selection of antiques, artwork, lighting, furnishings, accessories, and gifts.
If you need more information on where to shop for antiques in Baton Rouge or have any other questions about our area, please feel free to contact us. Our REALTORS® are your "go-to source" for all things Baton Rouge, and we're always happy to help.
Whether you're buying or selling a home in Baton Rouge, you'll likely hear discussions about "real estate agents" and "REALTORS®" as if they're one and the same. While their primary functions overlap, there are specific differences between designations.