King cake is an important part of any Mardi Gras season, and our Realtors® know plenty of local spots where you can order one!
If you're here to visit New Orleans homes for sale, why not enjoy one of the biggest events of the year: Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday? No Mardi Gras is complete without a king cake, and after a full day of New Orleans open houses, you might just find you want some to keep your energy up.
Luckily, there are hundreds of local bakeries throughout New Orleans and neighboring communities that are glad to help you sate your craving. King cake is a sweet pastry with lots of icing, sprinkles, and luster dust. For a truly authentic king cake, there's no place better than the heart of New Orleans itself.
Let's drop by just a few of the many places you can get real king cake in New Orleans:
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No one loves a parade more than the New Orleans area, which has elevated these events to an art form. Join our Realtors® by getting in the Mardi Gras frame of mind with these January parades taking place around New Orleans homes for sale.
No city does celebrations quite like New Orleans, and with New Year's Eve around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning for the big night. Whether you're looking for a fun, early activity with the kids, a gourmet meal with pairings to match, or a celebration that will still be going well after the clock strikes midnight, you won't have to travel far from New Orleans homes for sale to find it. Our Realtors® have all of the exciting details on some of the best New Year's Eve events in New Orleans this year.
'Tis the season for excellent holiday foods! As maybe the top culinary destination in the country, New Orleans has memorable food in every season. Restaurants actually step up their game during the holidays, when our Realtors® look forward to sampling these delightful treats in between New Orleans open houses.
Our Realtors® know that choosing a home isn't just about the property. New Orleans homes for sale are beautiful, but the community you are becoming a part of is just as important. New Orleans is truly unique, and the holiday season gives you even more opportunities to see why it's so special.
If you're in town for New Orleans open houses, why not stay and sample one of the most beloved local events of the year? It may not be as famous as Mardi Gras, but families look forward to the annual Jingle on the Boulevard Parade every bit as much.
It's a parade like no other, and there's still time to get ready!
Jingle on the Boulevard is Back on December 17 in New Orleans East
Jingle on the Boulevard is a huge holiday parade that attracts visitors from across the state. It's not just big, it's "New Orleans big." And this year, it's back and better than ever. With a route passing through historic Crowder Boulevard, Hayne Boulevard, and Read Boulevard, it is a sight to behold!
You don't have to go to New York City for a one-of-a-kind Christmas: It's right here in New Orleans.
Although this is only the fifth year for Jingle on the Boulevard, it has already become an annual tradition supported by nonprofits and neighbors all over New Orleans.
What Can You Expect to See at Jingle on the Boulevard?
Above all, Jingle on the Boulevard is an event for the kids. Not just the ones who will be watching but those who get to participate. Dance teams and marching bands from all over the city practice all year to be a part of this positive and uplifting event. They are truly the stars of the show!
Participants who arrive early on the parade route will be in the best position for a classic souvenir throw, where they can catch beads and other trinkets. These will be thrown by the bands, the celebrity guests, and no doubt by Old St. Nick himself when he makes an appearance at the end of the parade.
The parade starts at noon, so there's plenty of time to get situated somewhere with a terrific view. In addition to Santa Claus himself, other holiday characters like Santa's elves and reindeer will pay a visit. Holiday hits will be played throughout the parade.
The parade's roster is completely full this year, including dance teams, marching bands, and vehicle sign-ups. You don't have to do anything special to participate as a spectator: Just bring your loved ones and be prepared for fun surprises. You never know who else might turn up!
Jingle on the Boulevard is a community-driven effort led by volunteers. Fees paid by the organizations that participate go in part to benefit The Marine Foundation Toys for Tots. Although applications have closed, you can still bring a toy for charitable drop-off on the day of the parade.
This is just another example of the "can't miss" events you'll only find here in New Orleans. Civic spirit and community pride are alive and well in The Crescent City, and folks here are always ready to welcome a new neighbor. It could be you!
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NOLA's stunning architecture becomes even more impressive during the holidays. Our real estate agents eagerly anticipate the visual delights on display at these holiday home tours taking place around New Orleans homes for sale.
Are you and your family looking for a new holiday tradition to share? Our Realtors® will be skipping the cooking and gathering around the table at these amazing restaurants around New Orleans homes for sale.
What Is Réveillon Dining?
During the 19th century, Europeans celebrated Christmas with a huge holiday feast to mark the end of a day-long fast. Creole families brought this tradition, known as "Réveillon" after the French word for "awakening," along to New Orleans for their post-midnight mass dinner.
Traditional dishes on the réveillon table included chicken and oyster gumbo, game pies, and elaborate desserts. The custom faded out by the 1940s, but interest was sparked again during the 1990s. In a nod to contemporary dining preferences, réveillon is now served at upscale restaurants during more conventional hours.
Where to Find Holiday Réveillon Dinners
Holiday réveillon menus include four to eight courses. Traditional réveillon features ingredients that would have been available to Creole families during the 1800s, while contemporary réveillon incorporates molecular gastronomy, small plates, and other modern culinary techniques.
When you tour New Orleans homes for sale, you're in the midst of one of America's truly unique hubs of culture. With its rich musical heritage, delicious food, and unmistakable French influences, our real estate agents are confident you'll have many reasons to fall in love.
New Orleans is known as the birthplace of jazz. Between New Orleans open houses, you should make time to visit one of the area's foremost institutions: The New Orleans Jazz Museum. Established back in 1961 and occupying the Old U.S. Mint Building, it seeks to conserve and share the history of jazz.
There's always something new to see, hear, and do at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Volunteers and staff keep up a busy calendar of events all through the year, and it's not too late to get in on the action.
Let's visit the museum and see some of its upcoming events:
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If you're looking for fun things to do during the Halloween season, New Orleans is the place to be. The historic French Quarter knows how to party - which means there are tons of events you won't want to miss. After visiting New Orleans open houses, why not experience some of these Halloween events for yourself? Here are our favorite spooky happenings in the French Quarter between now and Halloween.
New Orleans has plenty to see and do year-round. And there are plenty of New Orleans homes for sale that will put you in the center of everything you want to do. If you're ready to make this area your new home, contact us. Our Realtors® will help you find the right house for your needs.
National Gumbo Day is officially celebrated on Wednesday, October 12. But around New Orleans homes for sale, any time is right for this flavorful stew. Treat yourself to some of the finest gumbo around at these great NOLA restaurants.
Finding New Orleans homes for sale is about more than just the house or the neighborhood. It's about the atmosphere and the culture that the area has to offer.
When you live in the New Orleans area, you can expect a busy social calendar full of fun festivals.
If you've spent the week checking out New Orleans open houses, why not spend the weekend experiencing some of that culture for yourself by checking out Oktoberfest? In Germany, Oktoberfest starts in mid-September. But in true NOLA fashion, the party lasts for multiple weekends here!
Here are some of the places in New Orleans where you can experience Oktoberfest for yourself.
The Deutsches Haus hosts its annual Oktoberfest on October 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22 this year. Tickets to the official festival are $10 per day and free for children under 12. The proceedings are steeped in local tradition, featuring a variety of events, from German music and dancing to funny singalongs to a beer stein holding contest, and much more. There's even a children's area with games, arts and crafts, and family-friendly performances.
Oktoberfest is an event that's not to be missed, but New Orleans has plenty to offer its residents all year. If you're ready to make this city your new home, contact us. Our Realtors® will help you find the house that's right for you.
New Orleans homes for sale are surrounded by natural beauty that will inspire you. When you are relaxing after a full day of New Orleans open houses, be sure to take some time to enjoy the many green spaces that The Big Easy has in store.
Our Realtors® know there are plenty of wonderful reasons to make New Orleans your next home: The history, unbeatable music and dining scene, and a lifestyle you simply can't find anywhere else. But you don't have to head out to the Bayou to enjoy Louisiana nature: It's right in your backyard.
New Orleans goes one step beyond the usual municipal park concept with its focus on gardens. Some of them are historic, playing a role in the unfolding story of the city, while others are botanical gardens that encourage research, conservation, or hands-on skill development.
Let's visit some of the most beautiful gardens you can explore in New Orleans:
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When it comes to iconic Cajun and Creole cuisine, oysters stand out as one of the most important components. They can be an ingredient or stand alone as a main course. Our Realtors® know that when you browse New Orleans homes for sale or New Orleans open houses, oysters can make for a great meal.
Let's drop in on some of the most memorable places to get oysters in New Orleans:
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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 days may be getting shorter, but when the seasons start to change, the fun doesn't stop around New Orleans homes for sale. Join our Realtors® and immerse yourself in these lively events taking place over the upcoming weeks.
New Orleans homes for sale are part of a city that's packed with unique history and culture. Between your schedule of New Orleans open houses, it's a wise idea to explore and see everything that the "Big Easy" has to offer. The best way to do that is by foot, and there are plenty of opportunities.
Of all America's most amazing cities, New Orleans tops the charts for the sheer number and diversity of walking tours available every day. Our Realtors® know that many of our customers enjoy these tours and use them to get a better sense of what New Orleans is really all about.
Let's dive in and look at some of the top walking tours in NOLA.
New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours
New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours bills itself among the biggest and oldest walking tour companies here in New Orleans. Tours leave from various locations and usually include small groups. Seven highly experienced tour guides are available to take you on a classic walking tour or one of your own choosing.
If you want to get acquainted with all the top landmarks of New Orleans quickly, a "legendary" walking tour may be your best bet. There are four different tours to choose from and custom packages available.
These packages await at New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours:
Free Tours by Foot
Free Tours by Foot is an alternative online marketplace for booking walking tours, swamp tours, and much more with experienced local guides. As you would expect, it offers tours of the Garden District, French Quarter, and the iconic Ghost Tour. But there are several other options not found elsewhere.
Among these are:
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Our Realtors® never tire of wandering among the vendors at the French Market. There's always a huge selection of food and drink, clothing and jewelry, art and souvenirs waiting to be discovered.
And it's always changing! If you're in town visiting New Orleans open houses, you don't want to miss a trip to the French Market.
History of the French Market
The French Market has existed in something resembling its current form since 1791. Some of the oldest parts of the present-day market were built in 1813. At that time, it was commonly referred to as the Meat Market, as it was the only place in the city where meat was sold.
Over the course of the 19th century, an informal bazaar grew in the space between the Meat Market and the nearby Vegetable Market. A building to house that bazaar was erected in 1872, looking very much like the French Market of today.
The most recent major renovations to the French Market were carried out by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, though many smaller additions and renovations have taken place in the decades since.
French Market Vendors
Most of the vendors at the French Market come here every single day, and many have been set up here for years. But the market still changes from day to day, and you truly never know what you might find.
Although the French Market is seen by some as a tourist spot, it's also a favorite hangout for locals. Plenty of NOLA residents come here every week, not just to see what's new but to pick up their reliable favorites. Some of the things you'll find in the French Market include:
Visit the French Market
The French Market is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. It's sandwiched between the Mississippi River and the French Quarter and is just minutes away from many New Orleans homes for sale.
Although it's changed a lot over the years, the French Market is still a hub for commerce, culture, and community in New Orleans. It belongs on the short list of destinations that no NOLA trip is complete without!
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New Orleans is famously identified with the Mississippi River, but that's not the only notable body of water found around the Big Easy. Our real estate agents love making convenient getaways to enjoy these incredible lakes near NOLA.
Riverboat travel is part of the rich historical legacy of New Orleans. Explore NOLA from a new perspective aboard one of these delightful riverboat cruises recommended by our real estate agents.
NOLA's vibrant history is showcased in a wonderful assortment of local museums. While these museums are great to visit during any season, August is New Orleans Museum Month. Throughout this month, if you're a museum member at one of the participating museums you get free admission to all the other local institutions participating in the month-long event.
Join our real estate agents in celebrating New Orleans Museum Month. While the list of participating museums still has yet to be revealed, let's take a look at some of the area's museums to prepare for August.
New Orleans is well known for its hip and happening nightlife. There are dozens of bars in the historic city center, some of which have been around for more than a century. After a full day of scoping out New Orleans homes for sale or attending New Orleans open houses, you can kick back with some bar hopping.
You don't have to wait until Fat Tuesday to party in the Big Easy. Whether you just want to drop in for a quick drink or plan to spend a night meeting with friends old and new, this may just be the best place. Our real estate agents say there's something for everyone!
Let's take a look at just a few of your many exciting options:
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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.
Looking for restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale where your favorite canine will be welcome to join you? You may not be able to bring Fido to New Orleans open houses, but you're sure to find plenty of places for delicious cuisine where dogs are part of the fun.
Our real estate agents know that finding a great yard for pets is a big driver behind purchases for many of our customers. With that in mind, we've collected a list of some New Orleans eateries that will be glad to show you some hospitality with your pal in tow.
Just remember that New Orleans' pet-friendly restaurants do require dogs to be on leashes!
Let's take a closer look at some of your many options all throughout The Big Easy:
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Looking for something fun and refreshing to enjoy while you check out New Orleans homes for sale or even New Orleans open houses? New Orleans showcases all kinds of cuisine with an international flair. If you're ready for something new, our real estate agents suggest boba tea.
Boba tea, sometimes known as bubble tea, was first made in Taiwan in the 1980s. It combines a sweetened milk tea drink with chewy tapioca balls. Sometimes there are other exotic flavors or additions, such as red bean. You can find this drink at Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants around New Orleans.
In fact, boba tea is so popular that some places focus on it, serving up Cajun, Creole, and classic American snacks alongside. Boba tea is cool, sweet, and invigorating. It's fun to drink and will appeal to both adults and kids. New Orleans is the perfect place to give it a try!
Here, you'll find just a few of the places where you can sample boba tea near New Orleans:
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National Homeownership Month, which is recognized every year in June, is the perfect time to reflect on the meaning of owning a home and the benefits of this investment. Our real estate agents appreciate the value of homeownership, and we've put together 5 reasons to celebrate homeownership this June. Whether you're shopping for New Orleans homes for sale for the first time or are transitioning to a new home, here are a couple of the many reasons to celebrate homeownership.
Find your next home at our New Orleans open houses, or get in touch with our team to learn all of the ways that we can help you sell your current home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
Summer is right around the corner, and with it, all of the typical fun summer activities: swimming, biking, walking, and just in general, spending as much time outside as one possibly can. Of course, what all of these things have in common is plenty of sunshine, so it shouldn't be a surprise that National Safe Sun Week is held the week before Memorial Day to remind us to be safe this summer. Here are a few sun safety tips from our real estate agents to help keep you safe while enjoying your favorite summer activities.
Summer is the best part of the year for many people, with longer days, more sunshine, and lots of fun events. It's also when the real estate market is at its peak, so if you're thinking about buying or selling a house this summer, contact us today or visit one of our New Orleans open houses.
New Orleans homes for sale are located near some of the best Cajun and Creole cooking in the United States. Less famous, but no less satisfying, are the many sweet treats you can discover here in The Big Easy. Our real estate agents want you to know about some of the many options for local ice cream just minutes from some of the city's most attractive homes:
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Summer is a season of celebration in Jefferson Parish, and our real estate agents want you to know all about it!
New Orleans homes for sale are some of the most desirable in Louisiana, and New Orleans open houses fill up many calendar dates. But no matter if you're interested in The Big Easy or one of its beautiful sister cities, Jefferson Parish always has plenty for you to see and do. The summer calendar is especially lively!
Let's look at some of the unforgettable events that are coming to the area this summer:
There's a lot to look forward to during the summer months, especially in the Jefferson Parish area! Contact us to discover more about Jefferson Parish today.
With access to the Mississippi River and a vast maze of bayous and backwaters that empty onto the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is within casting distance of some of the best fishing spots in America. It's just one of the many things our real estate agents love about life in NOLA.
Springtime happens to be one of the best times of year for fishing in New Orleans, providing opportunities to catch fish, ranging from redfish and speckled trout to marlin and red snapper. Here are some of the best fishing charters and guide services in Louisiana.
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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.
NOLA's incredible culinary scene is thanks to the area's talented chefs! Our team is always excited to try new restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale. Let our real estate agents, who are also ardent foodies, share the 411 on these exciting local chefs.
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.
New Orleans homes for sale give you the opportunity to live in the middle of a culinary capital of the United States. If you're visiting the Big Easy to take in New Orleans open houses, why not extend the experience by tasting what the city cooks up?
Our real estate agents know the unique history and culture of New Orleans are among the biggest reasons people are drawn here. When you choose cocktail tours in New Orleans, you can enjoy a little bit of everything. And you have plenty to choose from.
Walking tours are a mainstay of historic cities like New Orleans. Adding a cocktail or two from your stops is a great way to sample what local bars and restaurants have to offer. You have the chance to meet people, see the sights, and encounter local watering holes you'll want to return to.
Let's look at just a few of the many tours New Orleans offers:
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Some of the best farmers markets in the Greater New Orleans area are located in Jefferson Parish, a vast area that spans the banks of Lake Pontchartrain to the remote Gulf Coast Islands.
Unsurprisingly, Jefferson Parish is a great place to find locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood. With spring in the air, our real estate agents are excited to highlight some of our favorite markets in Jefferson Parish.
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The area around New Orleans is one of America's most beautiful and historically significant sites, and the nearby city of Gretna is no exception. This quiet community is close to many of our New Orleans homes for sale and features many interesting sights for amateur historians to enjoy. Here are a few of the most noteworthy Gretna locations you can visit to experience this city's history.
Make Gretna Your Home Today
Gretna's deep historical roots make it a great place to live, work, and play. Contact us today to learn more from our real estate agents about our current roster of New Orleans properties. Or visit one of our New Orleans open houses to get a better look at your favorites.
Reading can take you so many places! Thanks to Little Free Libraries, there are worlds waiting to be discovered through a variety of books just down the street from New Orleans homes for sale.
What Is a Little Free Libary?
Simply put, Little Free Library is exactly what it sounds like. These book-sharing boxes promote reading and literacy by providing convenient and cost-free access across a range of neighborhoods and communities.
Little Free Libraries operate on the honor system. Anyone may take a book, and while borrowers are not required to return that same book, they are encouraged to drop off a book or two for others to enjoy.
The libraries are generally maintained by the person who installed them. Known as stewards, these people keep the libraries clean and in good repair, but they depend on patrons to provide the books.
The Little Free Library Network
In 2019, Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library on his front lawn in Hudson, WI. Designed to resemble a one-room schoolhouse, the library was intended to be a tribute to his late mother, a schoolteacher and life-long reader.
Sadly, Todd himself later passed away from pancreatic cancer, but his legacy continues with the Little Free Library organization, also based in Hudson. Founded in 2012, the non-profit organization has seen growth that goes far beyond Todd's original goal of 2,510 free libraries, which would surpass the number of libraries established by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Today there are upwards of 125,000 Little Free Libraries located in more than 100 countries around the world. An estimated 42 million books are shared each year, with an average of one book per library per day. The inspiring work of Todd Bol and the Little Free Library has been recognized by the National Book Foundation, the Library of Congress, and Library Journal.
Little Free Libraries Around New Orleans
Libraries purchased through Little Free Library are automatically registered with the organization. "Independent" libraries may also register to receive the organization's support and benefits, including listing on their worldwide map. Here are just a few of the registered Little Free Libraries you can stop at and pick up your next favorite read.
No other river in the U.S. has the majestic mythos of the Mississippi. A 2,340-mile stretch spanning 32 states, it has touched virtually every aspect of American history. If you want to enjoy it in a whole new way just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale, we have a suggestion for you.
Our real estate agents love Kenner's Rivertown – and we think you will, too!
Kenner is a local neighborhood that has been named one of the best places to live in Louisiana. It is home to the ultra-modern Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, as well as the much-loved Pontchartrain Center, an event venue on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
In 2014, Kenner was honored by state officials as the 36th Main Street Community, also called a USA Main Street.
What Is Kenner's Rivertown?
Kenner's Rivertown is a sixteen-block historic district found right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi and is a fun place to visit near Kenner homes for sale. It offers many cultural and family attractions that kids will love. One interesting thing about the Rivertown is its many distinctive attractions surrounding the science of space exploration.
What Can You See in Kenner's Rivertown?
Just about everything that you see in Kenner's Rivertown is steeped in local history, such as the bronze statues commemorating the first-ever World Heavyweight Championship. The boxers are Jem Mace and Tom Allen, whose bout took place in 1870. Allen lost after a hard-fought ten rounds, but both fighters left with a prize of $2,500 – a hefty sum of about $53,000 today!
Of course, there are many other things to see in Rivertown as well:
Kenner's Rivertown and Space
The New Orleans area has long been associated with spaceflight and even hosts some top aerospace manufacturing facilities. Future astronauts of all ages will find plenty of activities to enjoy, including museums with interactive exhibits that will get them excited about the final frontier.
Perhaps most importantly, you won't want to miss:
There are plenty of places near New Orleans homes for sale serving up delicious, fresh oysters. There's even a trail dedicated to this delicacy! When our real estate agents are in the mood for some great seafood, they follow the Louisiana Oyster Trail to these top restaurants in Jefferson Parish.
Louisiana's natural beauty gains additional splendor from March through May, when colorful azaleas bloom throughout the state. When our real estate agents want to see azaleas start to bloom for the spring season, they head to these delightful floral displays.
Mardi Gras features so many fabulous parades that they can't be contained in one post! Here are more of the entertaining krewes that our real estate agents will be watching near New Orleans homes for sale.
Uptown New Orleans
Everyone loves a parade, and Mardi Gras wouldn't be the same without the colorful and festive krewes celebrating every year. Our real estate agents share a preview of some of the highly-anticipated parades scheduled throughout the area.
These are only some of the parades to look forward to this Mardi Gras season. We'll be covering more parades to plan ahead for in our next blog post.
Food halls have become quite common over the past few years. It's so much fun to walk through these halls, admire all of the choices, and order whatever you find most appealing at the time. You can even order an entrée from one vendor and a side dish from another. New Orleans happens to be home to a few different food halls where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Our real estate agents recommend checking out these tasty places when you're in town visiting for New Orleans open houses.
These vibrant food halls are one of the best things about living in New Orleans. If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly, experienced real estate agents will help you consider your options and discover the best homes to suit your needs.
Tea is one of the most diverse and storied beverages in human history. Although it is closely associated with the United Kingdom, the finest teas in the world have generally come from China and India.
You can enjoy a delightful cup of tea right in your own Louisiana neighborhood. Around New Orleans and throughout the state, there are dozens of excellent tea shops, coffee shops, and boutiques that can cater to any taste. You'll find some of them only minutes from New Orleans homes for sale.
Let's take a look at some of your options for a National Hot Tea Month treat:
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Coworking spaces have become more popular than ever in recent years, as more and more people choose to work remotely rather than in a traditional office. There are many benefits to coworking spaces, from the amenities available to the chance to connect with other people during your remote workday. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on some of the best coworking spaces around NOLA for 2022.
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There are plenty of Lafayette homes for sale, if you're considering moving to Louisiana, but first, it's important to know what the area is like, and what you can expect while living here. Here's your guide to moving to Louisiana in 2022.
This is just a taste of what Louisiana has to offer. If you're ready to make this state your home, our real estate agents can help you find the perfect home. Contact us, and let us help you make 2022 the year you move to 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.
After "downsizing" last year to a series of smaller installations, LUNA Fête 2021 is spreading its wings across a spacious new location. What else can you expect from this year's edition? Our real estate agents share the exciting details about one of the more popular annual events around New Orleans homes for sale.
History and Purpose of LUNA Fête
LUNA Fête literally translates to "Moon Party," accenting the magical aura surrounding the festival. In addition, LUNA is an acronym for "Light Up NOLA Arts," which serves as a concise but descriptive mission statement for the event.
Founded in 2014, LUNA Fête blends light, art, and technology in a variety of creative and visionary installations. Original plans called for the festival to be a five-year program, building toward the finale celebrating NOLA's tricentennial in 2018. Thanks to unprecedented success, with more than 50,000 attendees each year, LUNA Fête became an annual event.
Another of the festival's goals is demonstrating the power of art to unite and transform communities. LUNA Fête activities include technical and artistic training opportunities for local artists. Over the past seven years, more than 200 New Orleans artists have participated in this event.
All About the Art
Many of the world's top light- and projection-based artists have participated in LUNA Fête. Lights and sound animate their large-scale, interactive installations, turning them into full sensory experiences.
The real showstoppers are the projection mapping installations. Simply put, this creative technique involves overlaying visual images onto objects. During LUNA Fête, the dramatic architecture of the city's historic buildings is transformed into canvases for artistic expression. Sophisticated technology makes allowances for 3D surfaces, such as columns and balconies, so they are incorporated into the overall image.
Visitors have long been delighted by some of LUNA Fête's memorable installations, including:
What's Happening in 2021?
This year, LUNA Fête proudly debuts its new location at the Convention Center Pedestrian Park. As NOLA's newest public space, the park's 7.5 acres will provide plenty of space for a variety of breathtaking installations.
The 2021 theme, "Celebrating Earth and Space," is anchored by a work from internationally award-winning artist Bart Kresa. The seven-minute piece, exploring the beauty of our planet, will be projected against the Convention Center's Hall D facade at the top of each hour.
As always, LUNA Fête offers a nightly arts market along with food and beverage vendors. Admission is free, but several levels of VIP tickets are available for purchase. Starting at $250, these tickets include perks such as access to the VIP Lounge, a secret speakeasy requiring a password for admission.
LUNA Fête runs from Thursday, December 16 through Sunday, December 19. Hours are 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily.
Immerse yourself in the cultural and creative energy of New Orleans. Contact us at Latter & Blum for help finding your NOLA dream home.
Is there anything more comforting than a beautiful home decorated for the holidays? The New Orleans area has many homes that are architectural wonders, especially when decorated for the holiday season. Our real estate agents highly recommend these holiday home tours in the New Orleans area. Grab a friend or two, and prepare for a memorable, festive day.
Homes throughout the city of New Orleans really come alive when decorated for the holidays. Join one of these tours, and see them for yourself this year. If you're thinking of moving to New Orleans, don't hesitate to contact us. Our helpful real estate agents can guide you through the process.
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.
Like many of you, our real estate agents are extra grateful to share the holidays with family and friends this year. Spend less time cooking and more time socializing with Thanksgiving dinner at these amazing restaurants around New Orleans homes for sale.
Will you welcome the holidays in a new NOLA home? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started.
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.
Fall is our favorite season in Louisiana. The arrival of autumn starts to take the edge off of the intense summer heat, making it the best time to take an outdoor walking tour in New Orleans.
Fall also offers an opportunity to explore New Orleans at its ghostly best. It's when the tales of the city's ghosts, witches, and vampires really come to life. Our real estate agents recommend these fantastic haunted tours to anyone who wants to experience the spooky side of NOLA!
Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans, Louisiana! It's a truly unique and special place to call home, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your NOLA dream home among the many New Orleans homes for sale.
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!
New Orleans City Park has been a community landmark for over 100 years, and its storied reputation is well-deserved. Our real estate agents love living in NOLA and all the parks residents have access to. One of the most popular being City Park.
The land on which New Orleans City Park was built was first acquired by the city in 1854, but it was not developed until nearly 40 years later in 1891. Since then, it has been slowly built up in both size and scope.
At 1,300 acres, it is currently almost 50% larger than Central Park in NYC. It is the 20th most-visited public park in the US and a beloved icon of New Orleans.
With the exception of a few past investments in exceptional circumstances, New Orleans City Park has been mostly self-supporting since opening to the public. It recoups the cost of maintenance and operation through user fees and land rents.
Today, the park is a thriving community landmark full of exciting entertainment opportunities and cultural displays. Some highlights include:
Though the park has always been regarded as a local gem, it received its first significant investment as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. The Roosevelt Administration offered $12 million (an estimated value of $128 million today) in funding to develop the park further and turn it into a truly impressive location.
The project employed around 20,000 workers and built critical landmarks like the Tad Gormley Stadium, as well as many of the fountains and roadways that are scattered around the park.
Hurricane Katrina left 95% of the park flooded for weeks and caused an estimated $43 million in damage to the property and its attractions.
While the park was proudly self-sufficient at that time, there were few extra funds available to make the necessary repairs. It took a combination of municipal funding, investment from local organizations, and a lot of volunteer labor to rebuild the park. Eventually, however, it was restored to its former glory.
New Orleans City Park is a special place for the city's residents, simultaneously bursting with fun and steeped in history. In that way, it's a lot like the city itself.
Our real estate agents love everything that New Orleans offers homebuyers. Everything from friendly neighborhoods, outdoor activities, city nightlife, and spicy Cajun cuisine make NOLA a great place to call home.
While the dining scene in NOLA is excellent, you might want to consider cooking up some Cajun recipes from the comfort of your kitchen.
Whether you're a long-term New Orleans homeowner or are looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you'll want to experience the unique flavors of Cajun food. Take a look at some Cajun recipes that you need to try.
Angels on Horseback is the poetic name for Oysters en Brochette, skewered oysters wrapped in bacon. In classic recipes, oysters are often battered and deep-fried, but Cajun recipes usually call for grilled or broiled oysters. Appetizers are traditionally served with toast points, lemon juice, and baby spinach. Some recipes call for mustard vinaigrette as a topping.
Louisiana Sunburst Salad is a famous recipe that's served at the Palace Cafe in New Orleans. Salad greens are a mixture of baby lettuces, spinach, and Spring Mix. Greens are tossed and topped with dried cranberries, toasted almonds, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing. This salad has quite a kick with tangy flavors, and it's great for lunch or dinner.
Soups and Stews
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is a Louisiana favorite. It combines flavors of baked chicken, andouille sausage, hot cooked rice, chopped vegetables, and a variety of Cajun spices. The recipe takes about an hour to prepare and about 3 hours to cook. The result is a flavorful Cajun stew with a hardy, robust flavor that will satisfy your hunger.
Red Bean Soup is a popular New Orleans soup that combines a variety of Cajun flavors. Red beans are a staple used in a variety of Cajun dishes. This soup includes a number of ingredients such as beans, vegetables, chicken stock, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. It will warm you up on a chilly night and makes great leftovers the next day if you make a big pot.
Cajun Chicken Pasta goes from the stovetop to the dinner table in just 20 minutes. It's an easy recipe filled with delicious ingredients, including baked chicken breasts, linguine, sauteed mushrooms, green onions, bell peppers, and a creamy white sauce. It's the perfect blend of Cajun spices and flavors for a quick dinner on a busy evening.
Cajun Parmesan Crusted Salmon is a majestic combination of spices and flavors. Using preferably wild salmon fillets, this dish is broiled in extra-virgin olive oil, butter, and honey then topped with freshly grated Parmesan, lemon juice, and Cajun seasoning. If you like salmon, you have to try this recipe for a true experience with Cajun cuisine.
Praline Cheesecake will make your mouth water. Made with softened cream cheese, sour cream, dark rum, praline liqueur, pecans, and vanilla extract, then topped with a graham cracker crust, this dessert is one that you won't forget. It takes a while to make it, but it's well worth the wait and then some!
Cajun Lemonade Cocktails are a favorite among New Orleans homeowners and visitors. These spicy cocktails are made with Citron or lemon-flavored vodka, light rum, one can of lemonade concentrate, and a dash of hot sauce. During Louisiana summer weather, this cocktail has a kick that will heat you up and cool you down all at the same time.
Searching for the perfect new kitchen for all your culinary adventures? Contact us for available homes with stunning kitchens in New Orleans and surrounding neighborhoods.
The bayou has shaped the culture of Louisiana for generations. A bayou is a slow-moving river at the center of a truly unique ecosystem. New Orleans homes for sale are within a short drive of the bayou, as the state is home to thousands of acres of nature preserves protecting these unique treasures.
Our real estate agents know that, just like its incomparable food culture, outdoor adventures are a big part of why some people choose New Orleans. Whether you prefer a guided group tour or a leisurely journey on your own, check out these kayak rental spots.
Whether you explore NOLA by land or on the river, there's plenty to see and do! Contact us to learn more about New Orleans real estate.
Want a true taste of New Orleans? Our real estate agents have a suggestion or two!
New Orleans homes for sale benefit from the unique culinary culture of "The Big Easy." This blend of French, Creole, and Cajun traditions is like nothing else you will find. Although it might be known for seafood and soul food, there's another element that can make any meal even more memorable: A refreshing cocktail!
A cocktail is an art form in New Orleans. Whether you decide to drop by a happening jazz night spot or mix up something special right in your own wet bar at home, there are some drinks you simply must try.
Let's savor some flavor and take a sip of NOLA's most famous cocktails:
Looking for a new home in NOLA with a bar perfect for whipping up your favorite drinks? Contact us to discover New Orleans real estate.
New Orleans is "The Big Easy," and our real estate agents want to make it easy for you to enjoy!
When you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you know you'll also be getting a heaping helping of culture, cuisine, and fun! This city is one of America's live music capitals. It celebrates its heritage with some of the best down-home jazz jam sessions you'll find anywhere!
But even though jazz is a big part of the story, it's not the whole story.
The city is full of world-class venues to catch a concert, play, ballet, song, or story – something passed down through the ages or full of modern flair. It's all up to you here in New Orleans.
Let's take a closer look at seven local venues that you won't want to miss:
Setting the stage for a move to NOLA? We can help! Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about New Orleans real estate.
NOLA is a foodie paradise, so it can be challenging to take in as much of it as possible. Our real estate agents get the most bang for their buck with these informative and delicious food tours, just minutes away from New Orleans homes for sale.
NOLA is truly a melting pot where anyone can feel at home. Have questions about New Orleans real estate? Contact us at Latter & Blum for friendly, knowledgeable help.
This week's Agent Spotlight shines brightly on John Schaff, a fifth-generation New Orleanian with over two decades of experience in the real estate industry. For over 10 consecutive years, John has achieved Top of the Latter – Latter & Blum's most prestigious honor, awarded annually to the top 30 producing real estate agents across the Gulf South.
John obtained his real estate license in 1994 and with a background in sales, he immediately had a knack for it and quickly became successful, amassing over $250 million and selling over 700 properties during his career. John attributes his success to setting goals, hard work and remaining committed to achieving those goals. His first year at Latter & Blum he made it his goal to become Top of the Latter, which he achieved within his second year.
John credits his strong sales and negotiating background, patience, and being an empathetic listener attuned to his clients' needs – as the key to his success as a top producing agent.
Offering advice to new real estate agents, John says to just go for it and take the leap! Everyone wants a place to call home and he says it's the most rewarding experience to help someone find their dream house.
Accredited as a residential specialist, John specializes in selling condos, historic homes and investment properties in New Orleans. The area he concentrates mostly on is the "Sliver on the River" area focusing on Uptown to the Bywater in New Orleans. In 2021, John formed a team with Jared Briley – the Schaff Home Krewe – and despite the challenges from the pandemic, they have been helping their clients find their dream homes across Greater New Orleans.
Steeped in history and culture, Louisiana is a dream setting for writers in a wide range of genres and specialties. Here's a look at what our real estate agents will be reading to celebrate Book Lovers Day on Monday, August 9.
A home with a patio provides opportunities for relaxation and various outdoor activities with family and friends. Whether you enjoy relaxing in the sun, tending to your garden, or grilling with the kids, a patio creates the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors.
If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you know that the climate changes with the seasons. Our real estate agents can help you find a home with an existing patio or a sizable backyard where you can build your own. With hot summers, cool, windy winters, and year-round rainfall in New Orleans, choosing materials that provide long-term durability and easy maintenance is essential.
In a changing climate, it's hard to find a patio material more versatile than concrete. Made from a mixture of cement, gravel, sand, and water, a concrete patio with proper maintenance can last 20-30 years. For minimal costs, you can build a concrete patio in a variety of shapes and finishes that complement the style of your home.
Poured or Stamped – A poured concrete patio is quick and easy to install as long as you have a flat surface. For $6 to $13 per square foot, you can create a patio in square, rectangular, oval, or curved shapes to complement the style of your home. Concrete can be colored as well as textured by using stamps that create a variety of patterns.
Pavers – Concrete pavers are manufactured stones that come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Unlike poured slabs, pavers are placed individually. They offer better drainage and less damage from cracks. Although pavers cost $13 to $20 per square foot, they can last 50-100 years with minimal maintenance.
Made from clay fired at high temperatures, bricks provide durability and classic appeal for formal and rustic homes and landscapes. Brick patios cost $14 to $20 per square foot, but salvaged bricks can be purchased as a cheaper, eco-friendly option. If full-sized bricks create structural concerns, thinner, lighter brick pavers can be laid in a variety of patterns. Brick patios can last up to 100 years with proper maintenance. Bricks are strong but porous, so cleaning with bleach and a scrub brush 3-4 times a year is recommended to prevent mildew and moss growth during rainy weather.
Flagstone is a beautiful material that's available in various stones and colors. Large, flat slabs of stone quarried from the ground are usually 1-3 inches thick. Irregular shapes and distinct colors enhance visual interest, and rough surfaces provide good traction when wet. Popular flagstones include Bluestone, Limestone, Sandstone, and Quartzite. When building a patio, flagstones should be at least 1 ½ inches thick and laid directly on soil or sand. Thinner slabs should be laid in concrete or wet mortar to prevent cracking. A flagstone patio will cost $14 to $28 per square foot, but it can last 100 years or more with proper care.
Once considered a choice only for small side yards, loose materials are now popular options for patios, especially in drought-prone areas. Many homeowners are replacing thirsty lawns with more water-wise alternatives that are inexpensive and easy to use. Options include:
Bark and rubber mulch
At an average cost of $6 to $10 per square foot, loose materials can last many years and easily be replaced, but borders or edging may be needed to keep materials in place.
Still looking for a home perfect for relaxing on the patio? If you're interested in New Orleans properties, contact us for a tour of available homes in desirable communities that fit your lifestyle and financial needs.
New Orleans is a city where outdoor scenery and adventure await you around every turn, with endless natural beauty to explore. The city park system is robust with well-equipped parks that feature attractions for every member of the family to enjoy, the Mississippi River offers some of the most beautiful views that you'll find anywhere, and the swamps outside the city are ideal for eco-friendly tours. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 different ways that you can enjoy the outdoors around New Orleans.
Ready to find your next home near the outstanding outdoor attractions of New Orleans? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
Restaurants in NOLA's French Quarter combine historical architecture with world-class cuisine for a dining experience that's unmatched anywhere in the country. Our real estate agents love living near amazing restaurants like these five, just down the street from New Orleans homes for sale.
Life in New Orleans is truly a new experience every day. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about buying and selling a home in this unique city.
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.
If you know you're going to have a busy day, dropping your dog off at a doggy daycare can be a great option. This way, your dog can have a great day going on walks and playing with other dogs while you work through your busy schedule. There are a lot of great doggy daycares throughout the NOLA area.
Doggy daycares give your pup a chance to socialize, get rid of extra energy, and relax in a different space. Your canine companion is sure to have a great time at any of these facilities. Contact us if you and your dog are looking for a real estate agent in NOLA.
Call it bubble tea, milk tea, or boba. Whatever name you use, this cool beverage is amazing in the summer months. Plus, there are many lovely bubble tea shops in the NOLA area. Here are a few particular ones that our real estate agents recommend.
Bubble tea is such a wonderful beverage to enjoy in the summer, especially in a warm climate like New Orleans. It might even make you fall in love with this city even more. If that happens, contact us, and we'll put you in touch with a local real estate agent.
Think you've seen all that nature has to offer in Louisiana? Our real estate agents say you're in for a treat when you take in the glorious sights from up high with an aerial adventure at one of these top locations around New Orleans.
There's never a dull moment around New Orleans. Join the fun and contact us at Latter & Blum.
Historic homes offer a step back in time to an era where houses had huge front porches, hand-carved details, and picturesque features. They have cozy rooms filled with charm and character, but they're not for everyone. Purchasing a historic home often comes with upkeep, maintenance, and repairs that can put a dent in your bank account.
Historic homes are not ordinary financial investments in the real estate market. At Latter & Blum, our real estate agents know that historic homes are also emotional investments. When searching for New Orleans homes for sale, clients want to invest in historic properties because they're buying a piece of history. We help them to understand some important factors before they invest.
What is a Historic Home?
In the United States, old homes don't automatically qualify to be historic homes. Since historic homes are placed on the National Register of Historic Places, they must be at least 50 years old and meet certain criteria determined and monitored by the National Park Service. To qualify, homes must meet one out of four criteria:
Connection to significant historical events
Connection to lives of significant people
Representation of a historic style or master craftsman
Provision of important historical information
Currently, there are more than 26,000 homes and buildings listed on the National Register. States and municipalities can also designate historical districts, many found in areas of New Orleans.
If a home is located within a historic district, owners are restricted to making certain changes to the property. Districts with historic properties must preserve certain features, so permits are required before any work can occur on the home's exterior. In some cases, ordinary homes located in historic districts may face certain renovation restrictions as well.
Purchasing a Historic Home
Before purchasing a historic home or a home in a historic district, you should know the advantages and disadvantages. You should be prepared to deal with special circumstances that may impact your lifestyle and budget.
If you're interested in buying or selling a New Orleans home, contact us for more information and help with properties in the area.
Our real estate agents know NOLA is famous for delicious Creole classics such as gumbo, fried catfish, jambalaya, and the po'boy sandwich. New Orleans homes for sale put you right in the midst of so many unique culinary traditions. Pastries are just as important to the unique flavors of New Orleans and the beignet is the undisputed king.
There are variations of the beignet in practically every culture. It takes the form of a deep-fried pastry sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.
The big difference with the beignet is dough: The classic recipe calls for special pâte à choux, which has only four simple ingredients. Pâte à choux consists of butter, water, flour, and eggs. It does not have a rising agent: Instead, the pastry puffs during the cooking process thanks to its high moisture content developing into steam. The dough and cooking process combine to make the beignet a uniquely delicate pastry.
Coffee was also introduced to North America right here in New Orleans. The traditional way to serve beignets is in a set of three so that you can enjoy them with your beverage of choice.
Ready to order some in the heart of NOLA? Let's check in with some of New Orleans' top places to find beignets:
There's so many reasons to love New Orleans, and the food is near the top of the list! Contact us at Latter & Blum to discover New Orleans real estate.
Mother's Day falls on May 9th this year, and if you'd like to take mom out to a New Orleans restaurant, you'll have plenty to choose from! The city is well known for its French-inspired cuisine, so you're sure to find a spot both you and mom will love.
Our real estate agents suggest treating mom to one of the following NOLA restaurants that are perfect for Mother's Day:
Contact us if you're interested in seeing New Orleans homes for sale. NOLA is a city like no other, with unique architecture, restaurants, and a rich cultural heritage, and we're sure you'll find a home to love.
There may be some debate over exactly when jazz began, but few dispute that this rich musical genre originated in New Orleans. In honor of International Jazz Day on Friday, April 30, our real estate agents take a look at the history of Louisiana's iconic sound.
What Is Jazz?
While jazz is a distinctly American form of music, its influences reach around the globe. African-Americans melded their own musical traditions with elements such as Caribbean syncopation and European folk, adding improvisation for a unique sound. Some historians believe jazz has its roots in New Orleans Congo Square.
First Man of Jazz: Buddy Bolden
While the term didn't come into use until after his time, cornet player Charles "Buddy" Bolden is generally considered to be the father of jazz. Bolden's intuitive ear for music led him to adapt ideas from other classic American musical styles, such as gospel and blues.
Dancing was a popular form of entertainment in New Orleans, but until the turn of the 20th century, most dance bands played a more sedate form of music that relied on string instruments. Bolden formed his own band in 1895 and developed an avid following by playing looser, more lively dance tunes in which brass instruments were front-and-center.
Louis Armstrong and the Rise of the Solo Artist
Despite Buddy Bolden's prominence, jazz remained primarily identified with bands. Thanks to traveling groups, which began migrating to Chicago and other major cities, the New Orleans sound was becoming acclaimed throughout the country.
Another jazz artist who headed to Chicago in search of fame was a trumpeter named Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. His brilliant playing was at a level far above any other musicians at the time and led to a shift from the conventional ensemble style of jazz to an emphasis on solo performers.
Jazz in the Modern Era
During the 1950s, the popularity of jazz began to wane as rock and roll captured the attention of the listening public. When Larry Borenstein opened his new art gallery in the French Quarter, just minutes from Houma homes for sale, he realized it left him little time to attend his beloved jazz concerts, which had become few and far between.
Borenstein's solution was to invite the musicians to perform "rehearsal sessions" at his gallery, Associated Artists. Thus began the saga of Preservation Hall, which became the standard-bearer for classic New Orleans jazz. The venue officially took on the name when Borenstein passed the operations on to the family of Allan and Sandra Jaffe.
As part of the effort to revive national interest in jazz, Allan Jaffe organized the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. After a successful tour of the Midwest, the band eventually began appearing in venues around the world.
Jazz is the heartbeat of Louisiana: exciting, entertaining, and unpredictable. There are many venues across the state where you can listen to talented jazz musicians.
Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about buying and selling local homes near some of the best jazz music venues.
Living in New Orleans, one thing our real estate agents never take for granted is the city's incredible abundance of one-of-a-kind buildings.
Get ready to explore the streets of NOLA and keep your eyes peeled for these famous buildings.
Walkable neighborhoods provide a wide variety of benefits to residents and visitors alike. They offer convenience by allowing you to stroll rather than drive or use public transportation and also let you exercise in an attractive setting. If you live in one of these neighborhoods, you'll have a strong sense of community as you meet and mingle with neighbors and local business people when you get out and about and explore.
Our real estate agents know how walkable a neighborhood is can be attractive to some buyers, and can show you homes in the following local communities – as well as others – that are perfect for traveling around New Orleans on foot.
In 2021, the Big Easy is poised for an epic comeback with a return to the splashy festivals and celebrations. Our real estate agents are particularly looking forward to these great events coming up in the near future. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events!
Life is always a party when you live in New Orleans. Contact us at Latter & Blum for all your real estate needs.
Nighttime in New Orleans is full of glittering lights, and the most spectacular ones blanket the city from above. Get a fresh perspective on NOLA with an evening of stargazing at one of these fascinating spots recommended by our real estate agents.
Looking for a New Orleans home close to some of the best stargazing spots? Our agents can help!
Contact us today to get started.
Pi Day is celebrated every year on March 14 to represent the first three digits of pi. Sure, it's a math reference, but you can also use the day as a great excuse to head to one of the fantastic bakeries or restaurants in New Orleans to enjoy a slice of pie.
Our real estate agents suggest indulging in some sweet or savory pie at one of the following locations:
Contact us if you're interested in buying a home in New Orleans, where you can visit bakeries and restaurants that have a truly unique local flavor.
If you're a heavy reader, chances are you have a relatively large book collection sitting at home collecting dust. Some of our real estate agents really dislike parting with good books after they've finished reading them. Instead of storing them in the attic, why not turn your book collection into a home library?
Showing off your book collection is such a great way to add a touch of elegance to any room of your house. In fact, there are so many creative ways to put your books on display that you may never want to get rid of another book again! Below are some ideas on how to turn your collection into a stylish display.
Put Them in the Fireplace
If you have a non-working fireplace that isn't being used for any other purpose, use it for book storage! Sorting your books into piles and stashing them inside your fireplace is a great way to create a chic, sophisticated Brooklyn vibe.
Fill-up a Dead Corner
If you just can't figure out what to do with an empty corner, use it to show off your books. Add floating shelves or a sturdy bookcase to construct the ultimate corner library. If the room is large enough, you could even add a chair and some lighting to create a cozy reading nook.
Build a Coffee Table
Pick your sturdiest books, compile them into four even piles, and then find a strong flat surface to create the ultimate literary DIY coffee table. Not only is this a practical way to store your books, but it can also serve as a great conversation piece. Just be sure to include interesting titles.
Group By Color or Size
If you have a truly large collection, there are many ways you can creatively show them off on a shelf. Forget alphabetizing -- instead, try creating interesting patterns with color or height. You can also alternative vertical groups with horizontal stacks. Your goal is to create a tidy, visually appealing bookshelf instead of an old stuffy look.
Try Floating Cabinets
We especially like this idea for a home office. Try adding some floating wall cabinets that are large enough to store a decent number of books. Alternate horizontal groups and vertical stacks, and be sure to break them up with some decorative elements.
The owners of these New Orleans homes for sale are always looking for new ways to show off their book collections. Doing it the right way can create a unique, intelligent vibe. If you need advice on interior design, don't hesitate to contact us today!
Overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home? Or, are you struggling to get your roommates or family members to do their chores in a timely manner? Let technology give your efforts a boost!
There are numerous home organization apps that can help you get a handle on your to-do list. Our real estate agents know that a tidy, uncluttered home shows better than one that's overrun with stuff. Here are some apps that you'll enjoy.
Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today!
Mardi Gras may look different in 2021 than it ever has before, but there's still plenty to be excited about during Carnival season this year. In fact, this is the perfect year to join the celebration from the comfort of home, and one enterprising krewe is even creating an app that will allow you to enjoy authentic Mardi Gras traditions no matter where you're located. With a mix of technology and tradition, you can create your own Mardi Gras celebration at home. Our real estate agents have some exciting tips, tricks, and ideas to help you celebrate Mardi Gras virtually this year.
The "Throw Me Something Bacchus!" App Brings Mardi Gras to You
The Krewe of Bacchus was not about to let Carnival season pass without a celebration, so they created an app that allows you to participate in their parade whether you live near New Orleans homes for sale or far away. The Throw Me Something Bacchus app is available for free on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. There will be activities every day throughout Carnival season, culminating with a big, virtual parade on Mardi Gras day.
Trade Throws Virtually, Follow the Krewe, and Enjoy the Parade
The Throw Me Something Bacchus app allows you to participate in the festivities leading up to Mardi Gras by trading throws virtually and even redeeming some of those virtual throws for the real throws that the Bacchus Krewe gives out at the parade. You can even follow the krewe members through the app to keep up with all of the latest Mardi Gras happenings. On the big day, the Krewe of Bacchus will be putting on a virtual parade with music, floats, and more, which you can enjoy live on the app.
Set the Mood with Green, Purple, and Gold
Looking to take your virtual Mardi Gras celebration to the next level? Whether you're decorating your home, dressing up for the celebration, or both, a little bit of green, purple, and gold go a long way! Those are the official colors of Mardi Gras, so they're perfect for setting the mood for your virtual celebration. Of course, there are also tons of Mardi Gras-themed decorations, beads, party favors, and more available online to help you capture that festive feeling.
Enjoy a Taste of New Orleans with a King Cake
No virtual Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without some great food to enjoy, so why not add some traditional treats to the menu? Start with a traditional King Cake, which you can bake at home with simple ingredients. The king cake is traditionally served only during Carnival season in New Orleans, so it's the perfect sweet treat for a virtual Mardi Gras celebration. And if you want an authentic King Cake straight from the city, some New Orleans bakeries will ship a cake anywhere in the country.
DIY Masks for Family Fun
The masquerade is an important part of Mardi Gras and a tradition that dates back centuries. Creating masks at home is a fun way to get the whole family in the Mardi Gras spirit and involve your kids in your celebration. Just pick up some simple paper masks, along with some beads, glitter, and some colorful feathers, then get busy creating your own Mardi Gras mask.
Searching for a home, you'll love so much that every day will feel like a party? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
One of the most gratifying new experiences we've had in the past year has been learning to cook. Luckily, we live in New Orleans, home to some of the world's most vibrant flavors and most talented chefs. Learn some of their tricks from the comfort and safety of your own home with these virtual cooking classes:
Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans. It's one of America's most unique and diverse cities, and it's a truly special place to call home. When you're ready to find your dream home in New Orleans, our team is here to help.
Our real estate agents love Louisiana in the winter. With mild days and a hint of chill in the night air, it's the perfect time to head into the great outdoors in search of adventure.
And with 38 state parks, historic sites, and preservation areas across the state, there's plenty of adventure waiting to be found. These are some of our favorites, and we hope to see you out there living life to the fullest in these Louisiana State Parks this season!
From the Bayou to the Big Easy, there's always something to explore and experience in Louisiana. Contact us to learn more about life in Louisiana, and talk to our team about finding your dream home today.
There's a lot to love about New Orleans, and our real estate agents can spend days showing you everything the city has to offer. New Orleans is a city full of neighborhoods as diverse as our people, culture, and history. Delicious food, interesting landmarks, and relaxing green spaces sit on both sides of the Mississippi River, making visitors and residents alike fall in love with the city. With so much to explore, here's a short guide to the local neighborhoods and why we love them!
The Big Easy, Crescent City, the Paris of the South — New Orleans is known by many names, but the best thing to call NOLA is "home." Contact us today to browse our New Orleans homes for sale in the best neighborhoods around the city.
Who's hungry for some delicious NOLA cooking? One of the reasons our real estate agents love living in the Big Easy is that we're mere footsteps away from some of the country's best dishes. From classic Cajun and Creole cuisine to innovative takes on international fare, New Orleans always has something good cooking. Next time you're headed out for dinner, check out these restaurants in the Warehouse District.
Would you love to live within walking distance of the best restaurants in the Warehouse District? We can help. Contact us today to see a full menu of the latest New Orleans homes for sale that have just hit the market.
Louisiana's rich cultural heritage has brought diverse food and music styles into our communities, but it's also created some of the most unique architectural styles in the country. Walking through some of NOLA's beautiful neighborhoods is like a history lesson in and of itself.
Our real estate agents love New Orleans' architecture and frequently tout it as one of the best parts about living in this city. If you love interesting buildings, below are five residential architectural styles you'll want to be sure to see when visiting New Orleans:
New Orleans has so many beautiful architectural styles that can't be found anywhere else in the country. If you don't believe us, take a look at some of these beautiful New Orleans homes for sale. For more information about what it's like to live in our city, contact us today!
Moving is a very stressful event as you struggle to get everything done in time, make sure nothing falls through the cracks, and manage the physical demands of the task. Good thing all it takes is a bit of planning to make the process go smoothly.
Our real estate agents suggest the following ways to help you maintain your sanity during a move:
Have you been looking at beautiful New Orleans homes for sale and dreaming of calling one your own? Homeownership is a wonderful thing! However, if you're self-employed, you may find the mortgage approval process to be a maze.
Luckily, though, it's not impossible. In fact, our real estate agents work with self-employed buyers all the time! Here are a few of the smartest tips they've learned along the way.
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Taking these simple steps will help you set yourself up for success when applying for a mortgage. Now that you know how to prepare, you're ready to start exploring some of the great homes for sale. We would love to show you around and help you find your dream home. Contact us today to get started!
Nothing improves curb appeal quite like your home's front door, which is why our real estate agents always recommend adding a fresh coat of paint before you put your property on the market. Think of your front door as a chance to make a great first impression with potential buyers when they tour your home. It's a good idea to use it to your advantage to create a welcoming effect for visitors. Plus, painting your front door is a cost-effective and easy home improvement project to complete!
Before your head to the store to stock up on a new shade of paint, consider these five color options that could really bring out the best in your home's exterior.
Not only does a front door say a lot about you and your home, but the color you choose can actually impact your property value. For more tips on how to boost your home's curb appeal, contact us today!
Our real estate agents understand how important a healthy diet is. We're always on the lookout for the best bites around town that are good for the tastebuds and body. Next time your stomach is rumbling, check out these healthy dining options around New Orleans.
When you think of New Orleans, you probably think of classic Creole cuisine.
While nothing says New Orleans like soulful Creole comfort food, our real estate agents want you to know there's even more to try. The Big Easy is a city with a remarkable food culture.
The city sees the introduction of more than a dozen new restaurants each year. While a lot of these are headed by newcomers, world-famous chefs have also made New Orleans home. From hearty home cooking to fusion cuisine and even the most experimental eateries, this place truly has it all.
Here's a selection of just a few of the latest restaurants to open their doors in New Orleans:
Move to Crescent City, and you can enjoy some of the South's most delicious food right in your own neighborhood. Contact us to learn more about Louisiana real estate.
Did your college diploma come with a healthy portion of debt? If so, you're not alone. According to Forbes, approximately 45 million Americans are paying on student loans, for a cumulative debt total higher than that of credit cards and auto loans.
Fortunately, student loans don't mean you have to give up your dream of homeownership. Use these valuable tips from our real estate agents to buy one of the great New Orleans homes for sale, even if you have student loan debt.
Whether you're shopping for your first home or looking for a retirement nest, our cheerful and experienced real estate agents at Latter & Blum can guide you every step of the way. Contact us to learn more.
The Big Easy has so much to see and do. You could spend years eating and exploring your way through the city. Although there are plenty of attractions worth the price of admission, New Orleans has its share of budget-friendly activities that will delight residents and visitors alike. Our real estate agents encourage you to check out these five free things to do near New Orleans.
Would you love to live in one of NOLA's vibrant communities? We can help you find a place surrounded by the best Crescent City has to offer. Contact us today to schedule tours of our New Orleans homes for sale.
No matter what types of art you adore, New Orleans is sure to have many art galleries that you will love to explore. In a city with such a special blend of cultures, that's no surprise! The art galleries of New Orleans come in many shapes and sizes, with a shared goal of showcasing the city's vibrant culture through art. But with so many art galleries, where do you start? Our real estate agents have you covered with five local art galleries where you can begin your exploration of the New Orleans art scene.
Kako Gallery – 536 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Like many art galleries located close to New Orleans homes for sale, you'll find that Kako Gallery doesn't just focus on one type of art. Instead, it showcases art in many mediums from artists who live and work in the New Orleans area. If you're looking for a gallery with affordable, local art that you can purchase to decorate your own home or you're interested in browsing an eclectic collection, Kako Gallery is well worth a visit. You'll find an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, and outdoor art here.
Windsor Fine Art – 221 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
When you're in the mood to see work from some of history's greatest artists, Windsor Fine Art is the place to be. Windsor Fine Art features artwork spanning five centuries, including original works from legends like Dali and Rembrandt. Browse an expansive collection arranged by artistic movement, touching on the most popular movements from the last 500 years. Windsor Fine Art also features an exceptional collection of sculptures from both historical and contemporary artists.
Sutton Galleries – 519 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
A family-owned gallery serving New Orleans for more than 100 years, Sutton Galleries has long been a must-see stop for art lovers on Royal Street. Whether you're looking to add to your existing collection, start collecting art for the first time, or browse the work of talented contemporary artists, you'll find a warm welcome and plenty of help from the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Sutton Galleries.
Gallery Orange – 819 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116
In the mood for contemporary art? Be sure to check out Gallery Orange, which features a constantly updated collection of art created by artists worldwide. While Gallery Orange doesn't focus on a specific type of art, it favors original, unconventional, and energetic works. This gallery strives to sell art for fair market prices, making it a great place to shop if you're looking to bring home something special for your own walls.
Cole Pratt Gallery - 3800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
For more contemporary fine art, be sure to check out Cole Pratt Gallery on historic Magazine Street. Founded in 1993 by Cole Pratt, the gallery's mission is to showcase art from Southern artists. Their exhibitions are curated monthly to feature new artists. For the latest updates on the artists and work featured in their gallery, check out their website.
Art and culture are simply part of the unique package of living in New Orleans, and we're here to help you find a home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans, LA area.
Brigitte Fredy has made a name for herself in the New Orleans residential market over the last 30+ years, and it's clear to see why. With her passion and dedication to her career, she has built an expansive network of happy clients and earned herself Top of the Latter for decades – Latter & Blum's most prestigious award presented annually to the top-producing real estate agents across all markets.
Born in Paris, France – Brigitte has always had an eye for beautiful architecture, which naturally led her to specialize in historic properties in downtown, uptown and the French Quarter of New Orleans. Licensed in 1983, Brigitte started off her real estate career with Latter & Blum and is still with the company to this day as one of the top-producing agents. From helping clients buy their first home, second home and even third home, more of Brigitte's wide-ranging specialties include home staging, luxury condos and investment properties. Trilingual in English, French and Spanish, Brigitte's background and decades of expertise in historical properties allows her to help prospective home buyers and sellers from all walks of life.
With all of her success, Brigitte didn't get where she is today on accident. She credits her hard work, patience and flexibility as the key to her success and what helped shape her into the top-producing real estate agent she is today. Offering advice to new real estate agents, Brigitte says it's important to start as early as you can, being a successful Realtor requires a lot of time, energy and work. Her favorite part of the job? Having the flexibility to create her own work schedule, which in turn creates a good balance in her life.
When Brigitte isn't basking in the thrill of navigating a successful real estate transaction, you can probably find her cooking some delicious cuisine in her downtown condo, exercising or entertaining clients and friends. She also owns an apartment in Paris, perks of all her hard work and dedication.
In the market for a home in New Orleans? Contact Brigitte for all your real estate needs.
Looking for a chance to get away from it all? What could be better than a cabin?
How about a cabin that's just a short hop from the best New Orleans homes for sale?
In recent months, our real estate agents have gotten more questions from buyers who want to relax and unwind with a refreshing New Orleans weekend getaway.
Although a true "log cabin" is rare in New Orleans, the area offers its own spin: The Creole cottage.
Preserved historic cottages dating to the 1800s are testaments to New Orleans' vivacious culture and style. Many of these unique properties are rented directly by the owner, so you can expect authentic southern hospitality to flavor a memorable visit. It's the ideal way to rest and recharge.
Plus, you might get inspiration for your own New Orleans home!
Start with this list to see if anything catches your eye:
From the historic to the modern, New Orleans has something to appeal to every taste. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about local real estate.
The Big Easy has a reputation for food that is delicious, decadent, and down-right devourable. While there are a number of new eateries evolving the NOLA food scene, some of the best places to grab a bite to eat are those which have been in operation for centuries. Our real estate agents encourage you to try these seven New Orleans restaurants that are over 100 years old!
Brunch is often considered a weekend treat, but in New Orleans, where les bon temps always roulez, you can find brunch any day of the week. When only brunch will do, our real estate agents head to these great spots just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale.
With equal parts history, culture, tradition, food, and entertainment, the New Orleans lifestyle is second to none. Whether you're buying or selling a NOLA home, contact us for all your real estate needs.
When it comes to New Orleans homes for sale, there are plenty of reasons to choose the "Big Easy" for your next home. New Orleans culture is truly unique, from the cuisine to the music to the unbeatable annual festivals like Mardi Gras. Education soars, too, thanks to terrific museums!
Our real estate agents are confident that no matter what your interests are, you'll have a chance to find something great here in New Orleans.
In fact, New Orleans even has its own thriving museum district. You'll find many of the most notable local museums centered within a short distance of each other in the inimitable City Park.
Let's take a closer look at some of the area's top museums:
Amazing museums are one more reason to make New Orleans your home. Contact us to learn more or get started.
If you've set foot within New Orleans city limits even for a moment, it shouldn't shock you that The Big Easy is frequently featured on TV. Our culture is so unique and engaging that it's often emulated around the world. However, there's no place quite like NOLA and there's no food quite like ours either. From local broadcasts to global programming, our restaurants, bars, and cafes always receive great exposure on the tube. Next time you're hungry, our real estate agents invite you to check out these New Orleans eateries that have been featured on TV.
If you're a pet owner, one of the first questions you ask when you move to a new city is, "will my pet be happy?" Here in New Orleans, our real estate agents are happy to report that we live in an amazingly pet-friendly city, with plenty of options for your four-legged friends! Be sure to check out these amazing dog parks in the NOLA area!
New Orleans is a fun place to live for dogs, and it's not bad for humans either! Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in New Orleans.
As minimalist living continues to increase in popularity, owners of many of these beautiful New Orleans homes for sale have taken a "less is more" approach to their interior design and lifestyle. However, for many parents, decluttering with kids in the house may seem far beyond the realm of possibility. Luckily, our real estate agents have shared several tips for how you can make decluttering with kids possible today:
Kids can certainly make the decluttering process more challenging, but by establishing some simple guidelines and teaching your kids the value of simplicity and organization, it can be done. Contact us today for more tips on how to declutter your home.
New Orleans is a foodie town like no other. With so many cultures influencing what's on our plate, it should come as no surprise that NOLA has tasty barbeque joints that rival the pits of Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your appetite and a bib so you can devour the finest meats that these five fantastic New Orleans barbeque spots have to offer.
New Orleans is famous for a lot of unique food and drink—chicory, beignets, sazerac, gumbo—but doesn't always get the credit it deserves for its coffee scene. NOLA is home to some truly exceptional local roasters and coffee shops.
With summer in full swing and the temperature rising, our real estate agents love ordering iced coffee as a way to cool down. Here's where to get one in New Orleans:
New Orleans is a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home, and we can't wait to show you around. Contact us today to learn more about eating, drinking, and living life to the fullest in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Our real estate agents know many of our clients are on the lookout for safe and fun ways to get outdoors this summer. Parks throughout New Orleans are beginning to welcome guests again, and the weather is right to take the family picnic you've been dreaming of.
New Orleans has balanced its development with green spaces so wherever you journey in the Big Easy, you'll never be far from a hiking trail, bicycle trail, or a dog park. Picnic spots abound!
Consider these sites for your next picnic excursion:
Please remember to practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines while out in public.
From New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Lafayette to Lake Charles, Latter & Blum is here to help you reach your real estate goals. For personalized advice about New Orleans homes, contact us.
June is National Homeownership Month – and there's never been a better time to find out more about the home-buying process!
Our real estate agents know that getting started on your very first home search can seem like a tall order. Luckily, we have the resources to make the whole process easier and enjoyable!
Latter & Blum employs the best real estate agents in the business. Our experienced team is with you every step of the way. Our residential real estate services have been helping clients just like you since 1916 with unbeatable expertise and customer care as our hallmarks.
Our 25 branch offices make us the largest independently owned real estate company in Louisiana and the 29th largest nationwide. No matter what kind of home you're looking for, our network of more than 1,200 dedicated agents offers the help you need.
Our Family of Companies Provides Everything You Need for to Buy a Home
Navigating the home-buying process can seem very complex. There are many complex steps when purchasing a home, from choosing the right mortgage to obtaining homeowner's insurance. Fortunately, Latter & Blum gives you the opportunity to have all your needs met within the same network of companies! Even your mortgage loan can be handled within our business family. From beginning to end, you'll work only with people who care about you.
Our partner organizations include:
You May Be Entitled to Assistance Under the CARES Act
This year, National Homeownership Month is being recognized under the most extraordinary circumstances in decades. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, adopted into law on March 27, 2020, authorizes direct cash relief to many Americans. It also provides a wide range of other benefits including mortgage payment relief. Remember, if you or someone you know is having difficulty with mortgage payments as a result of coronavirus, help is available.
Read more from the U.S. Treasury: The CARES Act.
Reach Out to Latter & Blum this National Homeownership Month!
We want to help you achieve your real estate goals. You can find the right home for you in Lafayette, Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Central Louisiana, Bayou Region, or Lake Charles!
For expert assistance, contact us today. We look forward to helping you!
Known for smooth jazz, delicious food, and a lively culture — New Orleans is a destination unlike anywhere else in the country. Plus, avid golfers will love the links surrounding the Crescent City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your clubs and take your dad to one of these five challenging NOLA golf courses for Father's Day.
Sprinkled. Glazed. Powdered. Filled. It doesn't matter how you take it. In fact, it doesn't matter if you spell it "donut" or "doughnut," our real estate agents just want you to enjoy National Doughnut Day to its fullest potential!
National Doughnut Day takes place on Friday, June 5th and you'd better believe that we're going to be first in line for hot and fresh doughnuts! New Orleans is home to many wonderful bakeries and doughnut shops! Be sure to check out these awesome doughnut shops around New Orleans and pick up a dozen on National Doughnut Day.
Every year since 2014, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has held GiveNOLA Day to support hundreds of local non-profits that make a positive impact on life in New Orleans. Each edition of the event has raised millions of dollars from both donors and sponsors, with the total growing every year. The 2020 edition of GiveNOLA Day comes at an especially important time, as so many local non-profits provide support for the people and communities impacted by COVID-19. Our real estate agents have all the details on the impact of GiveNOLA Day, and how you can contribute this year.
The Event: GiveNOLA Day 2020
When: June 2, 2020
Learn More about the History of GiveNOLA Day
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has long provided support for local non-profits, through fundraising, leadership guidance, and community events. GiveNOLA Day has been one of the biggest days of the year for the Greater New Orleans Foundation since the first edition of the event in 2014, and it takes place entirely online so that you can donate no matter your location. Thanks to the donations of countless individuals and the support of local sponsors, the total raised by GiveNOLA Day has gone up every year.
Funds raised by GiveNOLA day go to hundreds of registered non-profits located in the 13-parish area, with more than 750 local non-profits receiving donations in 2019. Any non-profit located in the area can register for a free profile from GiveNOLA, and the number of organizations receiving donations has grown every year. In addition to donations, extra funds are provided through awards for the non-profits that raise the most money and have unique donors on GiveNOLA Day.
How to Get Involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020
This year's edition of the event has been moved to June 2, 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19, and takes place entirely online. Donating is easier than ever, and all you have to do to get started is to visit the GiveNOLA Day 2020 website. You choose how much you want to donate, and which non-profits you would like to support. If you don't have a specific charity in mind, you can learn more about participating local non-profits on the GiveNOLA website.
Every penny of your donation, minus small costs for processing, goes directly to the organizations that you choose to support. The minimum donation is $10, and there is no maximum. And you don't have to wait until June 2 to make your contribution! Scheduled donations have already started, allowing you to schedule a donation early for the big day.
Local Sponsors Provide a Little Something Extra to Boost Donations
Some of your favorite businesses located near New Orleans homes for sale are also getting involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020, by throwing their financial support behind this worthy event. For every donation made to the cause, those sponsors will add some lagniappe, or "a little something extra," to boost the financial impact of each donation. The 2019 edition of GiveNOLA Day raised $5.9 million for more than 750 New Orleans non-profits when you add up the contributions from both donors and sponsors.
If you want to live in a city that knows how to support its own through charity and community involvement, then New Orleans should be at the top of your list. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.
Following established guidelines, Louisiana will begin Phase 1 of the opening plan on Friday, May 15th. Although this reopening is a bright beacon of hope, we must not forget that we are not fully free of the shadow of COVID-19. As we revive our sense of normalcy, our real estate agents want to assure you that we are collectively doing our part to safely serve our community as responsibly as possible.
FAQ About Louisiana Phase 1 Coronavirus Reopening
When will Louisiana reopen?
The state will enter Phase 1 of a three-phase reopening plan, as suggested by the federal government, on May 15th.
What businesses and services will be reopened in Phase 1?
Phase 1 of the reopening plan includes the opening of many services and businesses, such as barbershops/hair salons, bars that serve food, churches, funeral services, gyms and fitness centers, malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and many other non-essential businesses. However, many of these locations are only allowed to open if they follow strict guidelines dictating the number of individuals permitted to occupy the space and how employees, visitors, and customers must interact while following social distancing/PPE guidelines.
How long will Phase 1 last?
Currently, Louisiana is scheduled to operate under Phase 1 guidelines for 21 days, and into Phase 2 on June 15th. However, as we've seen over the last few months, the coronavirus situation can change quickly. While these dates are hopeful, they are not guaranteed and may be adjusted at any time.
How does this impact real estate services?
We want all of our associates and clients to know that Latter & Blum considers the safety and health of our community a number one priority. As essential personnel, our agents can continue to serve our community as safe, securely, and responsibly as possible. To do so, we have asked that all Latter & Blum agents follow these guidelines:
Although these guidelines are not forced upon the agents or buyers, many of our agents are voluntarily taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 out of respect to our friends, family members, and neighbors throughout the community.
If you are ready to purchase or sell property, we're ready to help. Contact us today to get started!
As COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, continues to sweep through our nation many of our daily activities have been put on hold.
If you have a necessary reason to leave your homes — such as an important doctor's visit or a trip to the grocery store — the World Health Organization has suggested that all individuals practice social distancing and wear masks that cover their noses and mouths.
Our REALTORS® want you to be as informed as possible. Here are a few answers to questions frequently asked about the coronavirus, including why masks are helpful, how you can make your own, and where you can donate handmade masks.
Why do masks help protect against the spread of the coronavirus?
The molecules of the virus itself are microscopic, and unfortunately, can pass through even the smallest of pores in a mask. However, the coronavirus molecules often attach themselves to water molecules in the nose and mouth. By wearing adequate covering around the nose and mouth, these water droplets are less likely to be spread.
How can I make a homemade mask?
Making an adequate homemade mask is surprisingly simple. You don't even need to make a mask if you have a bandana or other clothing item that will fully cover your face. For those with sewing talents, you can print out a mask template and follow the directions. For those who are unable to sew, you can follow alternate directions to make a mask out of fabric, t-shirts, or other pieces of cloth. Ideally, you'll need a thicker fabric like cotton. It's recommended that you create a mask with two layers protecting the face, being sure that the mask fits snuggly without preventing you from breathing or speaking properly.
Where can I donate homemade masks in New Orleans?
We admire the generosity of anyone who has the time and supplies to make masks for others in the community. The following organizations are in need of masks and other medical supplies:
If there's one city that comes together as a community to overcome adversity, it's the Crescent City. We encourage anyone who can to make masks and donate them to our family members, friends, neighbors, and front-line service personnel in need. If you would like to schedule a virtual tour or private showing of New Orleans homes for sale, please contact us today.
A melting pot of French, African, and American influences, New Orleans offers a rich history and vibrant culture, unlike any other city. At its heart is the French Quarter, a 300-year-old neighborhood that's also a National Historic Landmark.
Our REALTORS® are grateful to call such a unique city home, and we're excited to share some fun facts about the French Quarter!
Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans. Our team of REALTORS® has helped countless families find their dream homes in the Crescent City, and we can't wait to help you find yours!
If you've ever played Monopoly, you know the benefits of owning commercial property. Ready to skip Park Place and the fake money and become an investor in real life? Our REALTORS® share six useful tips to get you started on the road to becoming a successful commercial property owner.
Looking for New Orleans homes for sale to live in or rent? Whatever your goal, Latter & Blum can help you achieve it. Many of our commercial and residential properties have virtual tours available for you to learn more from the comfort of your home. Contact us for more information.
The New Orleans dining scene is legendary, which remains true even as residents, restaurant owners, and our REALTORS® adjust to life in the city while COVID-19 precautions are in effect. Many restaurants that were only dine-in in the past are now adapting to offer takeout and delivery options, while others are offering gift cards that can be used when restaurants reopen. Remember that restaurant staff have also been forced to adapt, and any tip you can leave with your order goes a long way toward providing support for those workers. While the communal, social aspect of meeting your favorite people at local restaurants may be on hold, there are still many ways to support your favorite restaurants during these unusual times.
Every neighborhood where you can shop for New Orleans homes for sale offers its own set of excellent restaurants, and Mid City is no exception. Blue Oak BBQ is still serving up all of your favorites for curbside pickup during lunch and dinner, with happy hour deals available every day. Fresh seafood is on the menu every day at Zasu, where the whole menu is available for takeout orders. Katie's has you covered for seafood and BBQ favorites, along with new family meals available for pickup and delivery.
While the French Quarter may look a little different without the usual crowds, restaurants from this corner of the city are cooking up all of the favorites that you know and love. Doris Metropolitan is still offering its full menu for pickup and delivery, along with butcher service, fresh bread, and spirits. The Italian Barrel is also offering its full menu and has added some delicious sandwiches to the list for takeout service. If you're in the mood for bar bites or some of the best-frozen cocktails that you'll find anywhere, Manolito is still serving all of your favorites for takeout every evening.
The team at Boucherie has whipped up a special pickup/delivery menu while dine-in service is closed, featuring all of your steak and seafood staples. If you're craving your brunch fix, Live Oak Cafe has you covered with a brunch/lunch menu in the afternoon and dinner in the evening. Saffron Nola has added a curbside pickup to its many charms, with a full menu of delicious Indian cuisine and a special, family-oriented menu.
Lower Garden District
Hankering for some authentic Creole goodness? The Munch Factory is still serving all of your favorites. Call ahead to order. Popular new spot Blue Giant is offering all of its high-end spins on classic Chinese dishes for pickup, so if you haven't tried it yet, now is the time. When you're in the mood for plant-based food, Seed has you covered with pickup and free delivery within a five-mile radius of the restaurant.
Bayou St. John
Get your Mediterranean fix from 1000 Figs, which is offering a modified menu for curbside pickup and delivery every day from Wednesday through Sunday. Popular French bistro Cafe Degas, which has been serving the neighborhood for more than 30 years, is also offering takeout and delivery, including special wine deals when you order for curbside pickup.
New Orleans is a city that knows how to support its own, and grabbing a meal from your favorite restaurants is a great way to show your support for the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
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.
While being stuck at home, gardening is the perfect activity for enjoying the Louisiana sunshine. Our REALTORS® always keep up on the latest trends in outdoor living and landscaping. Whether you're an experienced gardener, or you're looking for a new hobby, these landscaping trends are perfect for sprucing up your yard!
Ready to find the New Orleans home of your dreams? Our experienced team of real estate professionals can help. Contact us today to get started.
National Puppy Day is Monday, March 23rd, and it is the perfect time to find a furry roommate! Rather than running to the pet store or calling up a local breeder, consider adopting one! There are thousands of pups living in animal shelters who are waiting for their forever home! Below are animal shelters in the New Orleans area:
While you might not be able to adopt right now, you might want to consider helping these shelters by fostering a pet. Fostering helps prevent shelters from getting over-crowded, plus helps the dogs get acclimated to family life. Talk to these shelters about their fostering requirements. Not only will you be helping a shelter dog, but you'll also get some company while social distancing!
Adopting a pet is a big decision. It comes with unique challenges, and sometimes requires a little extra TLC. Don't worry about what you don't know, because each of these fabulous shelters is staffed with remarkable people who will help guide you through the ins and outs of how to help your new friend settle in and feel right at home.
Contact us for more information about pet-friendly communities in New Orleans. Our REALTORS® will help you find a home near parks, lakes, and other attractions that your family and furry friends will love to visit.
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Remodeling projects and room additions can be great ways to add value to your home, but as with any investment, it pays to do your research before you get started. Our REALTORS® rely on the data to make sound remodeling decisions, and today we're going to give a peek behind the curtain of the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report to help you choose the right projects for your home,
Projects for Maximum ROI
Choosing the Best Rooms to Remodel
Remodeling Projects with Lower ROI
No matter which projects you choose to add value to your home, the right real estate team makes all the difference in getting your home sold. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans area.
Now that you've bought a home and have moved in, you'll want to be able to show it off to your friends and family. Many will be curious about what it looks like, and hosting a housewarming party is the perfect way to have fun socializing and give them the grand tour. In other cases, you may be the guest who's helping celebrate at a friend's housewarming party.
Whether you're the host or a guest at a housewarming party, our REALTORS® offer the following etiquette tips:
Carnival season is upon us! Whether you're attending Mardi Gras for the first time or looking forward to repeat performances from your favorite krewes, there's no doubt this is one of the best examples of why New Orleans is such a special place to call home. Our REALTORS® are ready for the celebrations, and we've put together a guide for what to expect from Mardi Gras 2020.
Get in Touch with Mardi Gras History
History is never far from your front door with New Orleans homes for sale, and Mardi Gras is certainly no exception. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," which marks the final day of the weeks-long Carnival season and takes place on February 25, 2020. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. It's a tradition that dates back centuries featuring the world's best parades, music, dancing, parties, costumes, and performances. Parades take place all around the city, but many roll Uptown or in the French Quarter. For some people, it's a yearly occasion, while it's a way of life for others!
Learn the Lingo
Throughout Carnival season, the parades and events you see are planned by local organizations called "krewes," who put together the costumes, themes, music, and of course, the elaborate floats that you see on parade. Each krewe has unique "throws," or small items that they toss to parade watchers. Throws can be anything from a simple set of plastic beads to an ornate trinket representing the krewe's theme. Learning about local krewes is a great way to plan for which parades you want to see most.
Get to Know the Krewes
Many krewes organize parades throughout New Orleans and in other nearby cities. Typically the most established krewes hold their parades on Mardi Gras itself, but there are amazing parades to see every day of Carnival season. The irreverent, sci-fi Krewe of Chewbacchus is always a hit, while the Krewe of Cork is dedicated to wine and revelry. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is one of the largest all-female krewes, while the Krewe of Elks-Orleans is the oldest truck float krewe. There are krewes of every shape and size, so everyone has their own favorites. It's wise to plan ahead to see your favorites because parade routes fill up fast.
There's So Much to See and Do at Mardi Gras 2020
Mardi Grasis like a big party, but the Carnival season is also about history, culture, music, and celebrating the unique sense of community in New Orleans. Krewes often raise money for charity throughout the year and host elaborate balls during the Carnival season.
There are also kid-friendly parades and plenty of events throughout the season for families to enjoy. You'll even find parades dedicated to dogs, so your four-legged friend can get in on the fun! Mardi Gras is never just one thing. It means something special to everyone who attends because you get to create your own experience each year.
The unique blend of music, dance, performance, history, and revelry that characterize Mardi Gras are on display all year long when you call New Orleans home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans area!
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.
If you want to own your space, but don't want the upkeep associated with a single-family home, a condo is a terrific alternative. A condo is a single unit property that shares walls and structural aspects with other units. Condos have minimal exterior upkeep, and you often have access to a slew of convenient amenities. Here are a few things you need to look for when buying a condo to make sure it's a great fit for your needs:
Check That the Condo is Right for Your Lifestyle
An advantage of buying a condo is that there's a slew of different options that fit some various lifestyles. Before you contact one of our agents, take a few moments to contemplate the lifestyle that you live or want to live.
Perhaps you like to live an active lifestyle and want a unit in a complex with walking trails, a dog park, and a fitness center. You should look for a unit that fits your preferred lifestyle. Conversely, maybe you don't value a lot of extra amenities or don't need them. In this situation, you don't want to pay for amenities that you're unlikely to use.
Research the Effectiveness of the Condo Association
The condo association is responsible for maintaining the condo complex. This includes the complex's exterior, shared areas, and on-site amenities. You want a proactive condo association that promptly deals with resident complaints and potential issues in the complex.
Ask for minutes from the condo association meetings so you can see how the association responds to resident complaints. If the same resident complaints regularly appear at multiple association meetings, this is a potential sign that the association is lax at handling the residents' concerns.
Get a Full Breakdown of Costs
When you purchase a condo, in addition to the monthly principal and interest on your mortgage, you'll pay a monthly condo association fee. This fee covers the costs required to maintain the condominium complex's exterior and shared areas as well as expenses necessary to operate the complex's amenities. Make sure that you ask for the unit's monthly condo dues before making an offer so that you can ensure it's not too expensive for your monthly budget. Note that condo association fees aren't tax-deductible.
Learn More About the Condo Association Fee
Though a lower condo association fee sounds attractive, the amount of the fee shouldn't be excessively low. If the fee is too low, it won't cover the actual costs associated with maintaining and caring for the complex. Should this happen, there will eventually be a readjustment of the fee, and it will go up to account for this shortfall.
Instead of facing a future shortfall, look for a unit with a fee that's sufficient to cover the complex's expenses. Ask for more info about the condo complex's financials. The complex should have a repair fund that's being funded adequately based on the age of the complex and any anticipated repairs. This will prevent the residents from being hit with a huge increase in their monthly association fees.
The idea of smart home technology is no longer limited to the technologically-inclined or the uber-wealthy. Homeowners have embraced technology and up to 81% of homes are considered "smart." If you're interested in selling your home in 2020, here are the top smart home features that our real estate agents think you should install in order to appeal to buyers.
With the added protection, ease of use, and convenience, you will not be disappointed when you add these smart home features before you put your house on the market. Contact us to learn more about our New Orleans homes for sale.
Figuring out which steps to take before putting your home on the market can be daunting. If you're unsure about how to prepare, our real estate agents can provide the guidance you need to get your home ready for listing.
Are you ready to buy or sell your home in the New Orleans area? Contact us to get started.
If you've been to NOLA, you know that birthday cakes and wedding cakes don't hold a candle to our celebrated King Cakes. Each year, the King Cake Festival takes over Champions Square and offers up samples of the finest King Cakes from around the city. If you're looking for a local bakery where you can grab your own to take home, our REALTORS® got you covered.
No place throws a party like New Orleans, especially on New Year's Eve! Ring in 2020 the NOLA way when you plan ahead for these local events.
Year in and year out, our REALTORS® offer elite services to help you buy or sell your New Orleans home. If one of your New Year's resolutions is a new home in the area, contact us. Our team can help make that goal a reality!