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January Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

January Parades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Holiday Foods to Try in NOLA

New Orleans Holiday

'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.

  • Compère Lapin - 535 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Compère Lapin
    is a mischievous rabbit who is the main character in several Caribbean and Creole folktales. It's also the name of an acclaimed restaurant owned by Nina Compton, winner of multiple James Beard awards. Chef Compton has elevated the simple buttermilk biscuit, a Southern classic, to a new level. These tasty treats are served with honey butter and bacon butter for a sweet and savory combo. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Saturday when closing is 11 p.m.

  • Jack Rose - 2031 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Find out why Emery Whalen and Brian Landry, founders of Jack Rose, were recently named Restauranteurs of the Year by the Louisiana Restaurant Association. A wonderful mix of seasonal and Cajun flavors is showcased in their popular royal red shrimp and fusilli, which is also a staple of their holiday menu. While the dish is perfect for sharing, no one will judge if you keep it all for yourself. Jack Rose is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Brunch is served 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends.

  • Bar Marilou - 544 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    New Orleans proudly displays elements of its French heritage. It's only fitting that Bar Marilou, a colorful spot tucked inside a former library, was designed by Paris-based Quixotic Projects for their first venture in the U.S. The star of the Continental-style small plates menu is the signature, Pommes Marilou. These crispy potatoes are topped with an elegant dollop of crème fraîche and bowfin caviar. Hours are 4 p.m. - midnight Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Tujague's Restaurant - 429 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    NOLA history is alive and well at Tujague's Restaurant, celebrating its 160th birthday in 2018. One of their traditions back in the earlier days was the lavish Butcher's Breakfast, which was the seed that grew into the brunch of today. During the holidays, Tujague's serves a traditional four-course réveillon menu. Customers keep coming back for the pan-roasted Maple Leaf duck, which is a delicious seasonal alternative to beef, chicken, and seafood. Tujague's is open daily from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

  • Antoine's Restaurant - 713 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LO 70130
    What would holidays in New Orleans be without the creative libations the city is known for? Café Brûlot Diabolique, as served at iconic Antoine's Restaurant, is part drink, part theater. The mixture of chicory coffee, cinnamon, Triple Sec, and brandy is set aflame tableside, usually with the lights dimmed to boost the dramatic effect. Although Café Brûlot Diabolique is served year-round, it's particularly appropriate during the holidays, when the festive atmosphere adds to the enjoyment. 

No matter what time of year, we have our fingers on the pulse of the market for New Orleans homes for sale. Whether you're buying or selling, contact us at Latter & Blum to get started.


Plan Ahead for Jingle on the Boulevard

Nola Holiday Parade

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!

Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about New Orleans real estate opportunities.


2022 Holiday Home Tours in New Orleans

Nola Holiday Homes

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.

  • PRC Annual Holiday Home Tour - The Rink Shopping Center, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Since 1974, the Preservation Resource Center has been dedicated to the promotion and preservation of NOLA's historic architecture. After a two-year hiatus, the PRC Annual Holiday Home Tour is back for its 47th year. View six private homes and one bonus property in the iconic Garden District done up in their holiday finery. Live musical performances, along with book signings and design talks, add to the festivities. Be sure to visit the holiday boutique, featuring handmade art, clothing, and other gift items. Tours run from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11. Tickets are $45.

  • Patio Planters Holiday Home Tour - The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 
    There's always something happening in the French Quarter, and the holidays are no exception. Patio Planters Holiday Home Tour offers a delightful glimpse into stunning homes in this historic district. As a volunteer organization focused on the promotion and beautification of the French Quarter, Patio Planters sponsors this self-guided tour. Explore the various architectural and decorating styles found in the featured homes. Proceeds from the tour support the popular Caroling in Jackson Square event that takes place later that evening. Tours run from noon - 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 18. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. 

  • Holiday Traditions and Christmas Tree Lighting - New Orleans Spring Fiesta Headquarters, 826 Saint Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    New Orleans is a true melting pot of various cultures. Learn about their fascinating stories during a courtyard tour of homes with Holiday Traditions and Christmas Tree Lighting. Since food is a beloved part of every holiday, there will also be a tasting of Creole and Cajun dishes. The event is sponsored by the New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association, which, despite the name, promotes NOLA's cultural heritage year-round. Holiday Traditions is scheduled for the weekends of December 3-4, and 9-10 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Admission is $30, with an additional $20 fee for the optional food tasting.

  • 19th-Century Christmas - Gallier House, 1132 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Examining traditions of the past often adds a valuable perspective to the present. Take a trip back in time to a 19th-Century Christmas at Gallier House. Once home to architect James Gallier, Jr. and his family, Gallier House incorporates classic NOLA architecture along with features that were ahead of their time in the 19th century. The centerpiece of the tour is a 19th-century Creole-style Christmas tree. Topics include holiday meals and decorating during the time period. Hermann-Grima House at 820 St. Louis St., the sister museum to Hallier House, will also be spotlighting historic holiday traditions. 19th-Century Christmas is open 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily from November 30 - January 9. Admission is $16 for adults and $13 for ages 8-18. 

New Orleans open houses are a great way to find your own perfect home. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.


Réveillon Tradition: Holiday Dining in NOLA

NOLA Dining

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.

Traditional Réveillon

  • Tujague's - 429 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    It's appropriate that Tujague's, the second-oldest restaurant in NOLA, is offering a traditional réveillon menu. Dine on classic dishes such as gumbo, double-cut pork chops with oyster dressing, and pan-roasted Maple Leaf duck with Louisiana citrus dry cherry demi-glace. Price is $64 for four courses. Dinner is served 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Réveillon is available on Christmas Eve.

  • Court of Two Sisters - 613 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Dine at the French Quarter's largest outdoor courtyard at Court of Two Sisters. Their réveillon menu starts with classic turtle soup and concludes with the spectacular tableside presentation of bananas Foster. Réveillon is served nightly, including Christmas Eve, from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Price is $50 for the four-course meal.

Contemporary Réveillon

  • Commander's Palace - 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse are two of the iconic chefs who made their name at Commander's Palace. While the restaurant has been a NOLA landmark since 1893, they're serving an updated réveillon menu with elegant touches such as whipped duck liver beignets and crispy Gulf oysters with Worcestershire and horseradish demi-glace. The six-course meal is $135. Visit the website for hours.

  • Seaworthy - 630 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As the name implies, seafood plays a major role in the contemporary réveillon menu at Seaworthy. The four-course meal, priced at $65, begins with their popular oyster shooters, and the entrée offers a choice of mussels & fideos, stuffed clams, and a whole branzino for two. Réveillon is served nightly, including Christmas Eve, starting at 4 p.m.

  • The Bower - 1320 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    When you combine modern farm-to-table cuisine with traditional réveillon dining, the result is the holiday menu at The Bower. Dishes such as cabbage and potato waffle, rabbit confit arancini, and mushroom bruschetta are inspired by seasonal ingredients from local farmers and suppliers. Price is $75 for five courses. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

New Orleans open houses are especially festive this time of year. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.


Events at the New Orleans Jazz Museum

Jazz Museum Events

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:

  • Jazz Yoga
    Jazz Yoga is one of the most popular events held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and runs nearly every week – often twice a week. For example, you can catch it on Saturday, November 12, in the morning or Tuesday, November 15 in the afternoon. Participants of all backgrounds are welcome to enjoy jazz, meditation, and mindfulness. To get the most from the experience, bring your own yoga mat.

  • Arrowhead Jazz Band
    Presented by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the Arrowhead Jazz Band will be performing on Tuesday, November 22, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – a truly unique live jazz experience. Arrowhead is made up of a medley of National Park Service Rangers playing alongside other local musicians. In a fun-packed hour, they'll share a lively musical experience of New Orleans jazz, along with blues, gospel, and more.

  • The Ella Project Crescendo Session: Legacy Creating
    A signature program of the New Orleans Jazz Museum that local musicians look forward to each year! The Ella Project Crescendo Session: Legacy Creating will be returning for two hours this Tuesday, November 15. This early evening roundtable will discuss important issues for succeeding as an independent musical artist. The upcoming jam session focuses on managing your publishing catalog, estate planning, and termination of copyrights the right way.

  • The Brain and Miracles of Music
    Do you ever wonder what goes on in the brain during the intense, high-energy improvisation of a jazz riff? Dr. Randy M. Rosenberg, MD, an associate professor at Temple University's Louis Katz School of Medicine, will unveil the mysteries of music creation on Thursday, November 17, starting at 2 o'clock. Admission is free! The Brain and Miracles of Music will also feature live jazz music.

  • Beginner French
    Beginner French is another cornerstone program that's becoming much more frequent at New Orleans Jazz Museum. Led by The Alliance Française de La New Orleans, it will be that organization's first French course in the heart of the French Quarter – and many follow-ups are planned. To join the first session, which will meet for ten weeks, drop in on Saturday, November 19, at 10:00 in the morning.

  • 5th Annual Improvisations Gala
    Kick off the social calendar in December with one of the biggest nights in New Orleans Jazz, the 5th Annual Improvisations Gala. This iconic celebration takes place on Saturday, December 3, from 7 p.m. through to 10 o'clock. Some of the leading names in jazz from the local and national scene will take the stage as guests enjoy fine Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Contact us to find out more about real estate in New Orleans today.


Halloween Fun in the French Quarter

French Quarter Halloween

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.

  • Krewe of Boo - 221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    This exotic and colorful Halloween parade through the downtown area has been a New Orleans tradition since 2007. Running this year on Saturday, October 22nd, it begins at 6:30 pm and goes through the French Quarter to the Warehouse District. Not just a parade but an artistic achievement, Krewe of Boo has intricately designed props and sculptures and elaborately costumed characters that you have to see to believe.

  • Music Box Scare Fair - 4557 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Run by the Music Box Village arts organization, the Music Box Scare Fair is an all-ages Halloween music experience. Taking place in their sonic sculpture garden, check out their musical architecture installations from local artists. Running October 29th from 3-9 pm, tickets are $12 for adults or $5 for children.

  • Creole Death and Mourning Tour - 1132 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Held at Gallier House, a historic 19th-century townhome, the Creole Death and Mourning Tour provides an intimate look at Catholic mourning rituals among Creoles in the Victorian era, showing how the house was laid for mourning and what was done. The tour runs now through November 14th. There are morning and afternoon tours available, but the best are the 7 pm After Dark tours, which include wine afterward in the courtyard.

  • A Journey Through the City of the Dead - 501 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112
    This event runs throughout the year, but Halloween is the perfect time to go! Taking place at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, A Journey Through the City of the Dead is a guided tour through the graves. See the tomb of 19th century "Voodoo Queen" Marie Laveau, as well as the 9-foot Pyramid Tomb owned by Nicolas Cage. The tour shows you the "City of the Dead" up close and tells the stories of its residents. Tours leave every half hour, between 9 am and 3:45 pm.

  • Frenchmen Street Halloween Party
    Frenchmen Street
    is right up there with Bourbon Street when it comes to New Orleans nightlife. And on Halloween night, they host one of the year's biggest parties. There's no specific address for this one - just several thousand people in the street, having a blast. The party starts around 10 pm and continues into the night, with live music, entertainment, costumes, and more.

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: Where to Order Around NOLA

Gumbo in NOLA

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.

  • Gumbo Shop - 630 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    When you name a restaurant after the main attraction, you better deliver, and Gumbo Shop has been bringing the goods since 1948. The dish has won the "Best Gumbo" award in the Best of New Orleans poll for more than 20 consecutive years. Choose from seafood okra, chicken andouille, and vegetarian gumbo z'herbes. For variety, don't miss the full Creole dinner, with your choice of gumbo, main dish, side, and dessert for $29.99. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 11 p.m.

  • Mr. B's Bistro - 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    When Mr. B's Bistro opened in 1979, it came with an impressive pedigree. The restaurant is one of several locations owned and operated by members of the Brennan family, whose other iconic properties include Brennan's and Commander's Palace. Mr. B's was one of the forerunners offering upscale dining in a casual atmosphere. Their dark and smoky Gumbo YaYa quickly became one of the more highly-regarded versions of the dish. Lunch and dinner are served Wednesday through Saturday, while brunch and dinner are served on Sunday. Visit the website for hours.

  • Olde NOLA Cookery - 205 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    With large windows and balcony seating that provide views of Bourbon Street, Olde NOLA Cookery offers people-watching to go with its delicious food. Customers give high praise to the cheerful, attentive staff and family-friendly setting. Order gumbo a la carte or as part of the Taste of New Orleans platter, which also comes with crawfish etouffee, red beans, and rice with smoked sausage. Save room for some bread pudding topped with their signature praline and rum sauce. Olde NOLA Cookery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

  • Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar - 509 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    In a city bursting with incredible architecture, Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar is located in the oldest existing building on Canal Street. While the surroundings are historic, the interior has been updated for relaxed, comfortable dining. A bowl of their chicken and andouille gumbo is big enough to share. Pair it with a Cajun Bloody Mary, mixed with Creole House's homemade spice blend for extra zip. Hours are 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Cajun Seafood - 1479 N. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Don't feel bad if your first visit to Cajun Seafood is intimidating. It takes a while to absorb the sheer variety of options, ranging from boiled and fried seafood to po' boys, chicken, and Asian-inspired yak-ka-mein soup. Food is served cafeteria-style, which keeps the frequent lines moving swiftly, but there is also a selection of made-to-order entrees. Want to whip up your own feast? Fresh raw fish and seafood are sold by the pound. The largest location is in NOLA's Tremé neighborhood, but there are three other spots that make Cajun Seafood a convenient lunch spot when visiting New Orleans open houses. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at 11 a.m. 

Our Realtors® have the inside scoop on all the best dining and entertainment places around NOLA. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.


Oktoberfest in New Orleans


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.

  • Deutsches Haus - 1700 Moss St, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Deutsches Haus is a German cultural center that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. It includes a festival hall and two bars, where they serve 20 different German and craft beers. They're also the main sponsor of Oktoberfest in New Orleans. The Deutsche Haus Bier Musikanten (Deutsche Haus Beer Musicians) will be performing the first two weekends. They're also selling limited edition, German-made, ceramic Oktoberfest steins, which you can pre-order. They're beautifully crafted and a great souvenir. 

    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.

  • Faubourg Brewing Co. - 3501 Jourdan Rd, New Orleans, LA 70126
    Faubourg Brewing Co. hosted their annual Oktoberfest during the traditional celebration time. But that doesn't mean you've missed out on all the fun! Be sure to check out their website for their latest beer offerings, which you can order by the pint, pitcher, or as a part of a flight. Voted Top Craft Brewery by New Orleans Magazine, this brewery is well worth a stop at any point of the year. 

  • Bratz Y'all Bistro - 617-B Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    If you're looking for authentic German food, Bratz Y'all is a necessary stop on your Oktoberfest journey. Their offerings include everything from beer brats to schnitzel to Bavarian Leberkäse - German meatloaf served with an egg, sunny side up. They also have pretzel dips, apple strudel, and much more. Plus, plenty of German beer! The restaurant has a beautiful outdoor patio and live music that plays not just during Oktoberfest but throughout the year.

  • Cochon Butcher - 930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Throughout the year, Cochon Butcher serves up sandwiches with farm-fresh, artisanal ingredients. In October, they hold their own Oktoberfest celebration that includes a special German-inspired menu throughout the month of Oktober. They serve not just German beer but also German wines and German cocktails - plus small plates of authentic German food, such as fried sauerkraut, bratwurst balls, potato pancakes, and Bavarian pretzels with beer mustard. 

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.


Visit These Gardens in New Orleans

Gardens in NOLA

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:

  • Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden – 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124
    Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is an acclaimed sculpture garden where the work of local and international artists is displayed in harmony with nature. In addition to more than 90 original works in a picturesque landscape, you can see an ever-changing assortment of temporary exhibitions.

  • Longue Vue House and Gardens – 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70123
    Longue Vue House and Gardens is a historic museum that has been lovingly maintained for nearly 100 years. The cornerstone of the estate was laid back in 1921, the grand vision of New Orleans businessman Edgar Bloom Stern and his wife Edith. The gardens have been open to the public since 1968. Today, they attract visitors all year long and host a variety of workshops.

  • New Orleans Botanical Gardens – 5 Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124
    New Orleans Botanical Gardens is the centerpiece of the New Orleans City Park, one of the most vital parts of the New Orleans social scene. There's always something new to see and do here, and it's wise to venture into the botanical garden with each change of season. This garden is replete with more than 2,000 plants from across the globe and has been in operation since all the way back in 1930.

  • Paradigm Gardens – 1131 South Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Billing itself as an "intimate and lush" place for your favorite private events right in the heart of New Orleans, Paradigm Gardens is known for partnering with the top restaurants in the area to produce experiences you'll never forget. It's been the place to go for everything from Goat Yoga to Roots of Music Festival and the signature, seasonal Paradigm Market and Brunch.

  • Press Street Gardens – 7 Homer Plessy Way, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Located on the grounds of the NOCCA Foundation, Press Street Gardens is unique. As an urban farm and outdoor learning lab for visitors of all ages, it's a nonprofit partner of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Fresh fruit, veggies, and herbs are produced all year round here. It's also widely used as the site of birthday parties, weddings, film screenings, and other events.

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Oyster Season in New Orleans

Oyster Season

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:

  • Drago's Seafood Restaurant – 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Drago's Seafood Restaurant may well be the biggest name in oysters in New Orleans and one of the first brands to build a durable franchise around this beloved food. In fact, you can even order a charbroiled oyster kit for delivery. There are three locations and a catering service to choose from.

  • Acme Oyster House – 724 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Coming to you from the heart of the French Quarter, Acme Oyster House is perhaps best known for the oyster po'boy, which can also be made with shrimp and a variety of other seafood. Acme claims to shuck more than one million oysters every year and offers them cooked in all the classic ways as well as raw.

  • Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House – 144 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House is a legendary oyster house. Open daily on historic Bourbon Street, it hosts live music and other events regularly. In addition to having some of the best oysters around, it is the home of the New Orleans Bourbon Society, a free membership organization for appreciating spirits.

  • The Blue Crab – 7900 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
    The Blue Crab is the newest addition to the thriving dining scene in New Orleans' Lakefront District. Overlooking the iconic Lake Pontchartrain, it is owned by locals and serves seafood sourced from coastal waters. Craft cocktails and quality outdoor catering await you in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar – 739 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    With multiple locations throughout New Orleans, you're never far from Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar. The original French Quarter location will thrill you with its delicious oysters as well as live music and a highly sought-after wedding venue. You can even get off-site catering for your next big event.

  • Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar – 4338 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar is one of the leading names in authentic Louisiana seafood, found in the trendy and happening Uptown area of New Orleans. With a convenient location on the historic St. Charles streetcar line (as stop #24), it's easy to work it into any tour of the city.

  • Neyow's Creole Cafe – 3332 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Neyow's Creole Cafe offers a lavish menu in which oysters and other shellfish are just one of the mouth-watering attractions. With a seasonal menu featuring seafood gumbo, crab claws, jazzy wings, southern fried chicken, ribs, pasta, and salads, you can truly have a "surf and turf" experience.

  • The Half Shell on the Bayou – 2517 Bayou Road, New Orleans, LA 70119
    The Half Shell on the Bayou combines comfort food favorites with Louisiana seafood in new and exciting ways. In addition to the oyster platter, you could try the New Orleans red beans and rice, heaping catfish platter, grilled chicken, spaghetti with grilled mackerel, and other chef-led selections.

There's always something new to see and do here in The Big Easy. Contact us to find out more about New Orleans real estate today.


Historic Hotels Near Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Hotels

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 Heidelberg Hotel - 201 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    While it no longer bears its original name, the Heidelberg Hotel still plays a significant role in Baton Rouge's history. Built in 1927, the hotel gained fame as a favored hangout of Huey P. Long, one-time governor and U.S. Senator of Louisiana. Ironically, the Heidelberg became the de facto state capital for Lieutenant Governor Paul Cyr when Long tried to serve as both governor and senator simultaneously. Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, the Heidelberg underwent a $70 million restoration in 2006, when it reopened as the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

  • Watermark Baton Rouge - 150 Third St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    As the city's first skyscraper built in 1927, the Watermark Baton Rouge was a giant step toward creating a modern urban setting. At the time, the Watermark was home to the headquarters of Louisiana Trust & Savings Bank. In a nod to tradition, many locals still affectionately refer to the hotel as the Old Louisiana National Bank building. Celebrate special occasions at The Gregory, the elegant on-site restaurant at the Watermark and one of Baton Rouge's more popular dining destinations. The restaurant is named after local artist Angela Gregory, whose exquisite murals adorn the walls of the dining room.

  • Dauphine Orleans Hotel - 415 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Discover the many attractions of the iconic French Quarter during a stay at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel. The cottage-style guestrooms are located in three historic buildings, including Hermann House, the one-time home of a wealthy New Orleans merchant, and an 18th-century carriage house. Even though you're just steps away from the French Quarter and right down the street from New Orleans homes for sale, the luxurious rooms provide a peaceful oasis where you can relax and recharge. 

  • The Southern Hotel - 428 E. Boston St., Covington, LA 70433
    For much of its existence, dating back to 1907, the Southern Hotel has been deeply woven into the community around Covington homes for sale. The charming hotel has been the site of many special occasions, from wedding receptions and honeymoons to birthday and anniversary parties. Furniture, paintings, and other works by local artists are prominently displayed throughout the building. 

  • The Hotel Bentley - 200 Desoto St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Hotel Bentley was built in 1908, but its philosophy is to "remain faithful to the past while keeping an eye on the future." Legend has it that founder Joseph Bentley, a wealthy lumberman and noted eccentric, built the hotel out of spite when he was refused a room at the Ice House Hotel. The location, just minutes from Alexandria homes for sale, provides convenient dining opportunities at the Bentley's three upscale restaurants.

Touring Baton Rouge open houses? There's no better reason to enjoy a stay at one of these special hotels. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.


Festivals in NOLA this Fall

NOLA Festivals

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. 

  • Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, 1205 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Founded in 2006, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a relative newcomer to the entertainment scene, but the music and food it celebrates have a long and storied tradition in NOLA. Performers scheduled for the two music stages include blues legend Charles Musselwhite, reported to be the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd's character in The Blues Brothers. The newest generation will be represented by Charlie's daughter Layla, an accomplished blues musician in her own right. Festival dates are Friday, October 14, through Sunday, October 16. Admission is free, with VIP passes available for $250.

  • Oak Street Po-Boy Festival - 8316 Oak St., New Orleans, LA 70118
    After a two-year hiatus, NOLA's iconic sandwich is back in the spotlight at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. More than 40 vendors will be offering their take on the po-boy, vying for best-of-fest honors. Fried shrimp, oysters, and catfish are the favorites, but which will it be this year? In addition to live music, a market, and a kids' zone, there will be a number of events and activities focused on the history of the po-boy. The festival takes place on Sunday, November 6, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is free, but a $5 wristband is required to access the food vendors. VIP and fast passes are available for $99 and $20, respectively.

  • Carnaval Latino - Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117
    It's a feast for all senses at Carnaval Latino, which is held in downtown New Orleans every October. The event honors the rich Hispanic culture which has been deeply entwined with the city for nearly three centuries. Festivities kick off on Friday night with a colorful parade, "Desfiles de Las Americas," led by the Krewe of Quetzal. Food, art, and music fill the following day, with local and international performers on hand. Mark your calendar for the parade on Friday, October 7, and Carnaval Latino on Saturday, October 8. Admission is free.

  • New Orleans Film Festival - Various locations
    While NOLA has long been a popular location for moviemaking, the New Orleans Film Festival is so influential that it's become known as "Cannes on the Mississippi." For the last 10 years in a row, MovieMaker Magazine has included the event on its list of "Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee." The festival is known for its diverse programming and the Emerging Voices Mentorship, which pairs up-and-coming filmmakers with film industry leaders for one-on-one guidance. This year's festival is scheduled for November 3-8, with a virtual festival running through November 13. Visit the website for full schedule and pricing.

  • Ghosts in the Oaks - City Park, 5 Victory Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124
    Ghosts in the Oaks, one of NOLA's most beloved holiday events, makes a triumphant return in 2022. Family-friendly activities include arts & crafts, trick-or-treating, and hot dog roasts around a campfire. The fun takes place 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. from Thursday, October 20 through Sunday, October 23. Admission is $25, with early admission at 5 p.m. available for an additional $5. 

Ready to buy or sell a home before the end of the year? Contact us at Latter & Blum for information about New Orleans open houses


Walking Tours in NOLA

Nola Walking Tours

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:

  • Legends & Spirits Cocktail Hour
    New Orleans is packed with myths and legends, stories of larger-than-life characters who helped make the city what it is today. With this tour, you'll visit historic restaurants that will give you a true taste of NOLA's unique cocktail culture – both figuratively and literally. Naturally, this one is for adults only!

  • The French Quarter Tour
    The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Here, you'll get the chance to see all the top examples of its striking French and Spanish architecture. Thanks to its high elevation, the area has maintained a treasure trove of centuries-old buildings preserved and waiting for your visit.

  • New Orleans Ghost Tour
    New Orleans is said to be one of the "Most Haunted" cities in America. Taking place exclusively at night, this tour will give you the chance to revisit real historic events and hear about eyewitness accounts of the unexplained. On your way around New Orleans' "murder mansions," you might just see a ghost!

  • The Garden District Tour
    In a city known for its character, the Garden District stands out as a neighborhood unlike any other. With lavish gardens, tree-lined boulevards, and Southern charm aplenty, it will offer you experiences that stick with you for a lifetime. You'll see celebrity mansions and the storied Lafayette Cemetery.

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:

  • The Voodoo Tour
    This tour will bring you to sites such as Congo Square and others strongly associated with voodoo while explaining its basic ideas and history.

  • Treme
    Treme is the oldest continuously occupied black neighborhood in the United States. As the origin place of jazz and America's soul food traditions, it epitomizes much of what makes New Orleans so special. Tourists will discover the history and see the sights of this historic neighborhood.

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Shop Local Vendors at the French Market

Shop French Market

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!

Contact us today to learn more about all the sights and sounds of New Orleans. If you're on the hunt for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in the New Orleans area!


Explore These Lakes Near New Orleans

New Orleans

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. 

  • Lake Pontchartrain
    Any discussion of lakes around New Orleans homes for sale has to begin with Lake Pontchartrain. Technically, the largest inland body of water in Louisiana is an estuary, which is a mix of freshwater from rivers and saltwater from the ocean. By any definition, Pontchartrain is a prime location for a multitude of activities, from fishing and boating to walking and sightseeing. Crossing the 23-mile Causeway Bridge is an hour-long scenic trip on its own. Visit the New Canal Lighthouse on Lakeshore Drive to learn more about the past, present, and future of Lake Pontchartrain. 

  • Lake Borgne 
    Coastal erosion has turned Lake Borgne into a lagoon of the Gulf of Mexico. Lake Borgne is also the mouth of the Rigolets, which is the strait that connects the Gulf to Lake Pontchartrain. While the larger body of water grabs more of the spotlight, anglers recognize Lake Borgne as a plentiful source of trout, redfish, and catfish. The lake's signature attraction is Fort Proctor, also known as Beauregard's Castle, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in the 1850s to protect local water routes, the fort is now completely surrounded by water and accessible only by a 20-minute kayak or canoe ride. 

  • Lac Des Allemands 
    Lac Des Allemands is named for the German settlers who came to the area in the early 18th century. In 1978, the lake gained national attention thanks to an article in the New York Times about its status as "Catfish Capital of the Universe." According to locals, "little red worms" at the bottom of the lake provide the nourishment that makes the catfish so special. Above ground, Lac Des Allemands is surrounded by cypress tree-lined bayous that are home to great blue herons, alligators, bald eagles, and other wildlife. Swamp boat tours are a popular way to explore the 12,000-acre lake.

  • Lake Martin
    Thanks to its location in Cypress Island Nature Preserve, Lake Martin is one of the best places to view the amazing range of plants and wildlife that are native to the state. In particular, Lake Martin is the site of one of the state's largest colonies of water birds, including great blue herons, snowy egrets, and white ibis. While they're best viewed from a distance, the lake also features a large alligator population. Whether you stroll along the boardwalk or venture out in a canoe or kayak, you're bound to have an incredible experience.

  • Lake Maurepas 
    It may be difficult to think of 15,000 acres as "small," but Lake Maurepas is often referred to as the "little sister" of Lake Pontchartrain. Visitors appreciate the unspoiled beauty around the lake, which makes it a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Stop in for lunch at nearby Middendorf's Restaurant and try their signature thin-fried Maurepas catfish as you relax on the outdoor deck overlooking the lake.

New Orleans open houses are a great way to find your forever home. Contact us at Latter & Blum for up-to-the-minute information on the latest listings.


Riverboat Cruises in New Orleans

Nola Riverboats

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.

  • New Orleans Steamboat Company - 400 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Board the Riverboat City of New Orleans for a jazz-filled trip along the river from New Orleans Steamboat Company. Daytime and Sunday cruises start off with a calliope concert, followed by a performance from Duke Heitger's Steamboat Stompers Jazz Trio. Evening cruises features a Grammy-nominated jazz trio. A knowledgeable guide is on hand to share information about the port. Optional lunch, brunch, and dinner buffets are available. Prices start at $39 for adults and $16 for kids ages 6-12. 

  • New Orleans Paddlewheels - 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Take a trip back in time near New Orleans homes for sale with New Orleans Paddlewheels. The Creole Queen is a stunning throwback to the days when these classic ships were a regular sight on the river. With three private dining rooms that accommodate 880 passengers, the Creole Queen has the largest indoor capacity of touring vessels in New Orleans. Their signature historic cruise, offered twice daily, includes highlights such as Lafitte National Historic Park and the French Quarters of Treme and Marigny. Other options include jazz, brunch, and holiday cruises, with meals available on all. Prices start at $39 for adults and $15 for kids ages 6-12.

  • New Orleans Pedal Barge - 2651 Paris Rd., New Orleans, LA 70129
    The iconic Mississippi River is a majestic sight, but the swamps and bayous of NOLA have their own unique beauty. While it's not a riverboat like the others on our list, you can take a one-of-a-kind trip along the Bayou Bienvenue River on a New Orleans Pedal Barge. Plus, it's a great option for groups! Cajun Queen and Bayou Boogie seat 18-22 passengers with 12 pedal stations for an interactive experience. Not up to a workout? The barges have backup motors to handle the job. Both boats are equipped with Bluetooth speakers and party lights. Guests can bring their own food and beverages, and fishing is permitted. New Orleans Pedal Barge also offers a 12-person luxury pontoon boat and the Freaky Tiki, which holds up to 25 passengers. Visit the website for information about pricing and reservations.

  • The Riverboat Louis Armstrong - 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Have an unforgettable experience when you book an event at the biggest venue on the Mississippi River. The Riverboat Louis Armstrong offers enough space for 2,500 guests, making it a memorable backdrop for meetings, weddings, and other special events. This space includes four dining rooms and three fully-stocked bars. Unlike other riverboats on this list, this riverboat will remain dockside and only sail under special circumstances. Besides hosting weddings and corporate events, The Riverboat Louis Armstrong also hosts a number of concerts, brunches, and other seasonal events. Keep an eye on their website for the latest information on these upcoming events.

Enjoying a cruise on the river is even easier when you live nearby! New Orleans open houses are a perfect way to find or sell a home. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.


New Orleans Museum Month: Get to Know NOLA Museums

NOLA Museums

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 MonthWhile 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.

  • Contemporary Arts Center - 900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Art spans a wide variety of disciplines, from painting and sculpture to music and dance. Contemporary Arts Center transforms a historic 30,000-square-foot warehouse into a showcase for modern art. The calendar features a wide range of events, programs, and activities with a focus on local and regional artists. CAC is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day but Tuesday.

  • Longue Vue House and Gardens - 7 Bamboo Rd., New Orleans, LA 70124
    Once the family home of philanthropists Edith and Edgar Stern, Longue Vue House and Gardens stands as a fascinating testament to the civic and cultural history of New Orleans during the 20th century. With features such as central air conditioning, a photography dark room, and a below-grade basement, the house was ahead of its time. Noted garden designer Ellen Shipman curated each section of the grounds to provide a unique experience. Twilight at Longue Vue is a series of open-air concerts held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month during daylight savings time. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Lousiana Children's Museum - 15 Henry Thomas Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124
    Solve the kids' summer complaint of, "There's nothing to do!" with an entertaining trip to the Louisiana Children's Museum, conveniently located just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale. Interactive exhibits such as "Dig Into Nature," "Follow that Food," and "Move with the River" might make you wish you were a kid again. Thanks to steel drums, a binocular station, and other activities in the museum's "backyard," there's plenty of outdoor time as well. Themed weekly and monthly programs include Story Time, Plant and Play, and Community Kindness Project. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum - 1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Eating is a topic that's near and dear to just about everyone's heart. The Southern Food & Beverage Museum is a stellar tribute to the unique culinary heritage of New Orleans and the South. SoFAB features an exhibit for each of the Southern states, along with a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen and a sub-museum dedicated to the history of the American cocktail. SoFAB is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • New Orleans Jazz Museum - 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Jazz is deeply embedded in the city's DNA. Another NOLA trademark, the historic Old U.S. Mint, now houses the New Orleans Jazz Museum. In addition to rotating exhibits such as "Drumsville: Evolution of the New Orleans Beat," the museum hosts multiple concerts and festivals throughout the year. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Tour New Orleans homes for sale and start charting the course of your own history. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.


Bar Hopping in NOLA

Bar hopping nola

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:

  • Pal's Lounge – 949 North Rendon Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Pal's Lounge is an ideal place to start if it's your first night ever bar hopping in New Orleans. It has just about everything that distinguishes the NOLA bar scene from all the rest: An excellent location right in a historic neighborhood, the classic "corner bar" and long bar aesthetic, reasonable prices starting around $7 for a specialty cocktail, and plenty of regulars who are ready to welcome new faces to the fold.

  • Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge – 1500 North Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Don't worry: You probably won't run into your mother-in-law at Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge, but many of New Orleans' leading jazz crooners and artists frequent the guest list. Standing out from the pack with a bright and stylish exterior, it is a neighborhood institution founded by local musician Ernie K. Doe. Named for Ernie's #1 hit, the bar features free crawfish boils on Fridays, and the patio hosts lots of live music.

  • Finn McCool's Irish Pub – 3701 Banks Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Finn McCool's Irish Pub comes to you straight from Ireland. Founders Stephen and Pauline Patterson opened their doors in 2002 after extensive travels in the Emerald Isle. McCool's is beloved in the neighborhood because their rebuilding back in 2006 helped catalyze a resurgence of the neighborhood. These days, you can pop over for a beer on tap, pool, darts, and soccer. It's the closest thing to Dublin right in New Orleans and highly popular with the international community.

  • Twelve Mile Limit – 500 South Telemachus Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Twelve Mile Limit is lauded for its beautiful and spacious patio, providing some of the best views in New Orleans. It has also been acclaimed for its innovatively designed house cocktails. Devoted regulars say the flavors stand head and shoulders over the rest, but Twelve Mile Limit is far from pretentious. Its partnership with Que Pasta enlivens the drinks selection by pairing it with a genuine Latin lunch and brunch menu.

  • R Bar – 1431 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    R Bar, also known as the Royal Street Inn, is back and better than ever after a challenging time in 2020. With a friendly neighborhood watering hole on one side and high-quality hospitality in historic digs on the other, you might just find this is your new home away from home. The R Bar itself is an iconic "dive" experience complete with dim lighting and billiards at all hours. It doesn't get more authentic than this.

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Disc Golf Courses Throughout Louisiana

 disc golf

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:

  • Bob Rodgers Memorial Disc Golf - 107 Sutherland Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70611
    Located in Sam Houston Jones State Park, the Bob Rodgers Memorial Disc Golf Course contains 21 challenging wooded holes spread out over 4,353 feet. Fees are $1 per person and loaner discs are available at the park office. The park also contains plenty of camping and rental cabins if you're planning to make a whole weekend out of it.

  • Ward 3 Recreation Disc Golf Course - 3210 Power Center Pkwy, Lake Charles, LA 70607
    This 9-hole, 28-par disc golf course near Lake Charles is great for beginners. Ward 3 Recreation offers a mostly open course with a few obstacles that mostly consist of park amenities (playgrounds, picnic tables, etc.). Certain sections do have a few trees. The course is a lot of fun, and if you like the area, there are some great Lake Charles homes for sale just a few miles away. 

  • City Park Disc Golf Course - 65 Diagonal Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
    This popular disc golf course is 18-holes and contains many obstacles including live oak trees, lagoons, and bridges. The City Park Disc Golf Course is actually the only course in New Orleans. Located in City Park, each hole is a par 3, making it great for players of all skill levels. 

  • LHC Disc Golf Park at Scotlandville 3100 Monte Sano Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70807  
    You'll find a challenging and well-maintained 61-par course at LHC Disc Golf Park with 18 total holes (including two par 5's). It's actually the second-largest course in the state. The terrain is mostly flat, yet you will find your fair share of subtle rolling landscapes. The course is open from sunrise to sunset. 

  • Highland Road Park Disc Golf Course - 14024 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Highland Road Park Disc Golf Course has two basket locations per tee (purple baskets are the short course, gold baskets are the long course). You'll find beautiful hilly and woodsy terrain, as well as a scenic creek that runs right through the course. There is even a tiny pro shop onsite making this location perfect for disc golf fans near Baton Rouge homes for sale

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.


National Safe Sun Week: 6 Louisiana Sun Safety Tips

Sun Safety Tips

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.

  1. Avoid Sun Exposure During Certain Times of the Day
    The worst rays of the sun are from mid-morning until late afternoon, so if you can, stay out of the sun during those times of the day. This is when you'll love having a shaded porch or patio, where you and the kids can be outside without getting direct sun exposure. You'll find outdoor living spaces like these trending right now in many New Orleans homes for sale.

  2. Wear a Hat
    Gardening is one pastime where you can't help being in the sun since sunshine is what the plants need. The skin on your face, your ears, your scalp, and your neck are all extra sensitive to sun exposure but can be covered easily just by wearing a hat. Look for something trendy that you'll wear, but also with a wide brim that will shade as much of your skin as possible.

  3. Wear Lightweight Clothing
    Long pants and sleeves are an excellent way to protect your skin from too much sun exposure. Darker and heavier fabrics are, of course, more effective at this, but even lightweight fabrics will often do the trick and may help keep you cooler as well by reflecting sunlight and heat.

  4. Wear Sunglasses
    Sun exposure is just as bad for your eyes as it is for your skin, if not worse. It can cause damage to the fragile components of your eyes, burning the retina and contributing to the development of cataracts over time. It also can make you squint and contribute to more rapid aging of the skin around your eyes. Look for sunglasses you're comfortable wearing.

  5. Wear Sunblock
    Sometimes it's not possible to stay out of the sun, or to stay covered in the sun, so always wear sunblock whenever the sun exposure is unavoidable. You'll want a high SPF sunblock, applied half an hour before sun exposure to give it a chance to absorb into your skin, and reapplied periodically throughout the day for as long as you're in the sun.

  6. Watch Your Skin for Changes
    If you have a history of too much sun exposure, you will want to keep an eye on your skin for any sign of changes, even if you're now much better about wearing sunblock and taking other precautions. Sun exposure doesn't just cause more rapid aging, such as wrinkles and discoloration. It also can cause skin cancer, which is often first noticed in moles or other spots on the skin that change color, size, or shape.

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.


Summer Events Coming to Jefferson Parish

 summer events

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:

  • The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo – See Website for Location Details, Grand Isle, LA
    The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo bills itself as the oldest fishing tournament in the United States, with a history dating all the way back to 1928. Taking place on the last weekend of July, it lures in anglers from all over the nation. There's plenty of family fun to be had for spectators, with crab racing for the kids, arts and crafts, contests, and all kinds of mouth-watering food options.

  • Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival – 4953 City Park Street, Jean Lafitte, LA 70067
    Hosted at the Jean Lafitte Auditorium, the Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival celebrates an integral part of Louisiana's Cajun and Creole cooking. Taking place on June 10 and 11, it will feature Grammy Award-winning musical performances as well as kayak rentals, carnival rides, swamp tours, and an art walk. And, of course, there'll be plenty of downhome Louisiana cooking for everyone to enjoy! It's a terrific celebration just minutes away from Lafitte homes for sale.

  • Uncle Sam Jam – 3000 Downs Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70003
    Taking place on July 3 as a kick-off to local celebrations of the nation's birthday, Uncle Sam Jam is an annual tradition you won't want to miss. Taking place in beloved Lafreniere Park, the event is known for its outstanding live music. Always 100% free to residents and visitors of all ages, Uncle Sam Jam attracts leading local and national acts. Naturally, it's all topped off with an incredible fireworks show at 9 o'clock! It's just another wonderful reason to choose Metairie homes for sale.

  • Gretna Farmers Market – 739 Third Street, Gretna, LA 70053
    Gretna homes for sale benefit from the Gretna Farmers Market, one of the best places to find vegetables, fruits, and farm goods from the local area. In addition to all the delicious produce, the Market also delights with its Art Walk on the second Saturday of each month. The Market itself is open every Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m., no matter the weather.

  • The Dinner Detective – 2150 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Kenner, LA 70062
    Lauded as "America's largest interactive mystery dinner show," The Dinner Detective takes place within the lavish surroundings of the DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel. With a wide range of showtimes, each taking place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., guests will experience the comedy action firsthand as anyone in the room could be drawn into the plot at any moment!

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. 


NOLA Culinary Scene: Local Chefs

Local Chefs

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. 

  • Emeril Lagasse 
    Are you one of the many devoted followers who have "kicked it up a notch" based on the urging of Emeril Lagasse? Emeril's cooking chops, exuberant personality, and catchphrases such as "BAM!" made him one of the first stars during the early days of Food Network. While Emeril hails from New England, his career flourished in New Orleans, starting in 1982 when he succeeded fellow celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme at the iconic Commander's Palace. His 13 restaurants include three in New Orleans: NOLA, Emeril's, and Meril (which is actually named for his daughter).

  • Leah Chase
    Although she has passed away, no discussion of New Orleans chefs would be complete without Leah Chase, who was true culinary royalty. Not only was Leah known as the "Queen of Creole Cuisine," she was the inspiration for the character of Princess Tiana in the Disney classic, The Princess and the Frog. Leah and her husband, Edgar "Dooky" Chase Jr., turned his family's po'boy shop into a beloved fine-dining restaurant and community gathering spot named Dooky Chase's.

  • Nina Compton
    After graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, St. Lucia native Nina Compton earned her stripes working under renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Scott Conant. Nina then began her love affair with New Orleans while finishing as runner-up and winning Fan Favorite in Season 11 of Top Chef, which was filmed in the city. In 2015, she returned to open Compère Lapin, with a menu that blends Nina's Caribbean roots with the flavors of New Orleans. Success led to the opening of a second restaurant, Bywater American Bistro, in 2018, the same year Nina was named "Best Chef: South" by the James Beard Foundation.

  • Meg Bickford
    Born and raised in Louisiana, Meg Bickford is the latest in a long line of illustrious executive chefs at Commander's Palace. The restaurant hired Meg straight out of John Folse Culinary Institute, recognizing the talent and skills that would serve her well in the fast pace and demanding standards of their kitchen. Meg excelled in roles of increasing responsibility, gaining accolades such as Louisiana Cookin's "Chefs to Watch" along the way. By 2020, Meg had earned the opportunity to become the first female executive chef at Commander's Palace, creating dishes such as Miso & Sugarcane Shrimp-Coated Redfish.

  • Isaac Toups
    While Isaac Toups is another Top Chef alum, making it to the final round of Season 13 and winning Fan Favorite, the bayou is in his blood. His family's roots in South Louisiana go back more than three centuries, and his first job in the industry was working for Emeril Lagasse. In 2012, Isaac and wife Amanda opened Toups' Meatery, adding his sophisticated technique to rustic dishes such as smoked duck cassoulet and veal schnitzel. Isaac credits both of his grandmothers for their influence on his unique "born and braised" style of cooking.

Treat yourself to an incomparable meal at one of these restaurants after a day of viewing wonderful New Orleans open houses. For more information, contact us at Latter & Blum. 


Cocktail Tours in New Orleans

Cocktail Tours NOLA

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:

  • Nowaer Tours – 518 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Owned by a New Orleans native, Nowaer Tours is a boutique tour company that lifts the curtain on the colonial history and diverse culture of New Orleans. The highly popular French Quarter tours bring you right through the culinary heart of New Orleans and provide plenty of opportunities for a sip on the way.

  • Nightly Spirits – 410 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Nightly Spirits is a combination of two New Orleans favorites, the cocktail tour, and the classic ghost tour. Yes, New Orleans has more haunted attractions than almost any other U.S. city, and you don't have to wait until Halloween to see them or hear the unforgettable stories behind them!

  • Drink & Learn – 1019 Desire Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Drink & Learn is there to help when "your brain gets thirsty." Themed interactions and presentations from trained tour guides will enlighten you on everything unique about New Orleans – including the variety of cocktails that were first developed here, some of which are truly unique in the world.

  • New Orleans Culinary History Tours – 4648 Lafaye Street, New Orleans, LA 70122
    Operating since 2004, New Orleans Culinary History Tours is the original culinary history walkabout within the Crescent City. Its tours focus on the oldest and most storied restaurants, including Antoine's (established in 1840) and Tujaque's (established in 1856). 

  • The Old New Orleans Rum Distillery – 2815 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70122
    The Old New Orleans Rum Distillery is the oldest operating rum distillery in the continental United States. Tour participants will get to see its load-out of custom distilling equipment and hear all about its unique distilling approaches. A convenient shuttle can get you to the tour site from the French Quarter.

  • WeVenture – 1340 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    WeVenture provides private and custom tours in New Orleans that let you explore the fascinating French Quarter or anywhere else in the city that interests you. Tours can be tailored to your needs and might include special features for a birthday party, bachelor party, family reunion, and much more.

  • Gray Line New Orleans – 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Starting from the famous Gray Line "Lighthouse" ticket booth in Woldenberg Park, Gray Line New Orleans is an attractive first stop for visitors who want to know about all the best places to visit during their trip. The 150-minute talking tour always starts with a complimentary NATCHEZ Jazz Punch!

Ready to learn more about what NOLA has to offer? Contact us to find out more today.


Seafood and Farmers Markets in Jefferson Parish

Seafood Markets

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. 

  • Gretna, Louisiana Farmers Market - 300 Huey P Long Ave, Gretna, LA 70053
    The Gretna Farmers Market is a year-round open-air market that is one of the best places around to find fresh produce and homemade goods near Gretna homes for sale. The Gretna Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, rain or shine, under the market pavilion between 3rd Street and 4th Street. Every other week September through December and March through May, the market happens in conjunction with the Gretna Art Walk. 

  • Farmers Arts Metairie Market - 2713 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001
    The Old Metairie Garden Club holds various events throughout the year, and the Farmers Arts Mataire Market is a perennial favorite. The market is held at Bayou Metairie Park, just minutes from many New Orleans homes for sale. Although it doesn't happen as often as some other markets in the area, it always brings an amazing array of vendors, including produce, live music, crafts, and kids' activities. Upcoming dates are always posted online so you can plan ahead before you visit Metairie homes for sale.

  • Westwego Shrimp Lot - 100 Westbank Expy, Westwego, LA 70094
    Jefferson Parish locals know that the Westwego Shrimp Lot is the best place around to get fresh-caught seafood. This iconic market has been a staple of the area since 1978 and features various vendor stalls that are all independently owned by fishermen and seafood companies. The Westwego Shrimp Lot spans 10 acres and offers everything from fish and shrimp to crab and oysters. It's also open year-round, rain or shine, and includes Market Wego, where you'll find the best Cajun food around. All within a short drive of Westwego homes for sale.

  • Lafreniere Park Farmers Art Market - 3000 Downs Blvd, Metairie, LA 70003
    You'll find all things local and delicious at the Lafreniere Park Farmer's Market. This reliable weekly outdoor market features dozens of vendors offering fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, eggs, pickles, preserves, and ready-to-eat specialties ranging from tamales to crawfish pies. The market takes place every Wednesday from 2 pm to 7 pm at Lafreniere Park, which is convenient to many upcoming New Orleans open houses. The 2022 season runs from January to November.

  • AJ & Sheron Fabre Market - 920 Jean Lafitte Blvd, Jean Lafitte, LA 70067
    Gulf Coast seafood is the star of the show in the community of Jean Lafitte, home to the Jules Nunez Seafood Pavilion and AJ & Sheron Fabre Market. With a picturesque location overlooking Bayou Barataria, this market was put on hold in 2020 but has returned in a big way. In addition to fresh-caught shrimp, fish, and other seafood, it's a great place to find local produce, arts and crafts, and other unique goods. The Seafood Pavilion also features booths for local restaurants, where you enjoy a great meal like softshell shrimp pasta, boiled crawfish, or seafood gumbo. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Greater New Orleans area. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Louisiana. 


Gretna's Downtown Historic District

Gretna's Historic District

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make Gretna Your Home Today

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


Little Free Libraries in New Orleans

Libraries NOLA

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.

  • Peace Center
    2837 Broadway St.
    New Orleans, LA 70125

  • New Orleans Marigny Triangle
    2001 Dauphine St.
    New Orleans, LA 70116

  • The Three Amigos
    5889 Sylvia Dr.
    New Orleans, LA 70124

  • Little Free Library
    2338 Lake Oaks Pkwy.
    New Orleans, LA 70122

  • Birch Street Library
    8922 Birch
    New Orleans, LA 70118

  • Little Free Library
    616 General Taylor St.
    New Orleans, LA 70115

  • Edna Karr High School Bus Stop
    3332 Huntlee Dr.
    New Orleans, LA 70131
    This library is aimed at providing materials for students and public transportation users to read during their commutes.

  • NOLA City Bark
    1 Palm Dr.
    New Orleans, LA 70124 
    Situated in New Orleans' first official dog park, this library features fiction and non-fiction books about our furry friends for readers of all ages.

  • Liz's Children's Library
    1221 Desire St.
    New Orleans, LA 70117

  • Beth's Book
    5121 Clara St.
    New Orleans, LA 70115

  • Angelle Ruppert
    2736 Orchid St.
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    This library is a true family affair. It was built by Angelle Ruppert's husband as her anniversary gift, and their daughter chose the theme of "pets." 

Why not pick up a book after a visit to one of our great New Orleans open houses? For more information, contact us at Latter & Blum to speak with one of our real estate agents


Spend the Day at Kenner's Rivertown

Kenner Rivertown

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:

  • Rivertown Theater for the Performing Arts – 325 Minor Street, Kenner, LA 70062
    Rivertown Theater for the Performing Arts offers an astonishingly diverse array of live entertainment, with the best in musicals, comedies, and children's theater happening live from its storied stage. In past years, it has also been known for its summer camps, bringing musical theater fun to younger talent.
  • Kenner Italian Heritage Festival – See Website for Location Information in Kenner, LA
    Also known as Festa Italiana, Kenner Italian Heritage Festival will be celebrating its 21st year in 2022. It offers an in-person event running the weekend of April 8-10. As in past years, it is sure to include food, fun, and live music commemorating the rich Italian heritage that has so enriched the city of Kenner.

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:

  • Kenner Planetarium and Space Science Complex – 2020 Fourth Street, Kenner, LA 70062
    Kenner Planetarium and Space Science Complex is known far and wide for its 50-foot domed "Megadome" Cinema with 118 stadium-style seats, the perfect place to learn about the cosmos. Elsewhere in the Planetarium, you'll find a complete prototype of the International Space Station.

Contact us today to learn more about great homes and neighborhoods throughout Louisiana or visit one of our New Orleans open houses.


Jefferson Parish Restaurants on the Louisiana Oyster Trail

Oyster Trail

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.

  • Acme Oyster House - 3000 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, LA 7002
    At Acme Oyster House, "Life's more fun with seafood," and they've been proving it since the first location opened in the French Quarter in 1910. Customers keep returning for Acme's signature chargrilled oysters, prepared with a delicate crust of Parmesan cheese. Another favorite is the Fried Peace Maker Po-Boy, with oysters, shrimp, and Tabasco-infused mayonnaise. Acme Oyster House is open daily from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. except for Friday and Saturday, when hours are extended to 11 p.m.

  • Deanie's Seafood - 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, LA 70005
    Deanie's Seafood doesn't need to rely on a clever name to get its message across. What you get is just straight-up, fresh, well-prepared seafood. Located in historic Bucktown, right down the street from Metairie homes for sale, Deanie's has been pleasing customers and food writers since 1961. Can you conquer their legendary giant seafood platter, loaded with fresh shrimp, oysters, catfish, softshell crabs, and crawfish dressing balls? Stop by the adjacent market and take home seafood, prepared dishes, and salads. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Vincent's Italian Cuisine - 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, LA 70006
    Italy meets the bayou at Vincent's Italian Cuisine. In 1989, native New Orleanian Vincent Catalanotto opened his namesake restaurant. The menu of traditional Italian dishes with a focus on seafood was inspired by the food prepared by his Sicilian parents. People flocked to the "little Italian place on the side street" for sautéed Italian oysters, seafood-stuffed pork chops, and shrimp fettucine. Vincent's is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and dinner 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Perino's Boiling Point - 3754 Westbank Expressway, Harvey, LA 70058
    When Sam Perino opened his first restaurant in 1972, it was a modest place serving only boiled seafood and oysters on the half shell. When business outgrew Sam's expectations, Perino's Boiling Point moved to a larger and newly remodeled spot, not far from Harvey homes for sale. The restaurant remains family-owned, with Sam's daughter Vicky running the operation, while the menu has also expanded to include fried seafood, salads, and sides. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Cafe 615 - 615 Kepler St., Gretna, LA 70053
    Despite its current name, Cafe 615 will always be thought of around Gretna homes for sale as "Home of Da Wabbit." The name is a throwback to the restaurant's original incarnation as a drive-in, featuring its iconic Bugs Bunny sign that still stands. The rabbit theme also appears in a number of specialty cocktails, including the signature drink, Jose's Wabbit Wita. As a full-service restaurant, Cafe 615 has replaced the drive-in menu with upscale dishes such as fried calamari, Mahi Mahi with crab meat, and shrimp etouffee. Cafe 615 is open weekdays from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday.

Want to get the first notice about New Orleans open houses? Get the inside scoop from our helpful real estate agents when you contact us at Latter & Blum.


Where to See the Azaleas Bloom in Louisiana

Azaleas Louisiana

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.

  • Wild Azalea Trail - Kisatchie National Forest, 352-398 Castor Plunge Rd., Woodworth, LA 71485 
    With more than 600,000 acres stretching across seven parishes, Kisatchie National Forest is one of the largest pieces of natural landscape open to the public. Located in the forest's Calcasieu Ranger District, not far from Woodworth homes for sale, the Wild Azalea Trail is just under 24 miles of floral bliss. The pet-friendly trail passes through hardwood forests and over gently rolling hills. Don't be intimidated by the length! Several access points make the trail suitable for hikes of any length. Wild Azalea Trail is open 24/7 with no entrance fee.

  • New Orleans Botanical Garden - 1 Palm Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124
    Azaleas are one of more than 2,000 plants showcased at the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Enjoy the sense of serenity as you stroll the winding paths through the Zemurray Azalea and Camellia Garden, including stunning magnolias. Still not enough azaleas? Walk the grounds of New Orleans City Park, right down the street from New Orleans homes for sale, which surrounds the Botanical Garden. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 3-12. 

  • Historic Azalea Trail - 132 Oakview Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70503
    What better way to view Lafayette homes for sale than to follow the spectacular Historic Azalea Trail? This exquisite blossom is so ubiquitous that the General Lafayette Azalea was proclaimed the official city flower in the 1950s. In 2016, Lafayette earned the Azalea City Certification from the Azalea Society of America. Stretching approximately 25 miles from start to finish, the Historic Azalea Trail travels through downtown and several historic districts and the university and oil center. 

  • Houmas House - 40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, LA 70725
    Known as the "crown jewel of Louisiana's River Road," stately Houmas House has undergone numerous remodels to accommodate each owner's specific taste. The lush 38-acre grounds are designed to showcase the specific flowers and plants of each season, including azaleas in the spring. The popular pet-friendly attraction, near Darrow homes for sale, is open daily from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Visit the web for pricing and reservations.

  • Briarwood Nature Preserve - 216 Caroline Dormon Rd., Saline, LA 71070
    In 1888, Caroline Dormon was born in her family's summer home on what is now Briarwood Nature Preserve. Caroline went on to become a noted botanist and the first woman to be hired by the United States Forest Service. Briarwood, just minutes from Saline homes for sale, remained Caroline's home for most of her life, and today it's a place where people can view azaleas and other wildflowers in their natural habitat. In March, April, and May, Briarwood is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Lafayette open houses are a great way to find the home of your dreams. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more. 


More Mardi Gras Krewes and Parade Routes for 2022

Mardi Gras

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

  • Krewe of Cleopatra
    The exotically-named Krewe of Cleopatra celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2012 by becoming the first all-female organization on the Uptown route. In honor of their namesake, the krewe's motto is, "Her beauty is timeless, her age is now ...  forever!" Starting off at the intersection of Napoleon Ave. and Prytania St. at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 18, the krewe will follow the queen's barge to the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Poydras St.

  • Krewe of Ponchartrain
    Named for the area's iconic lake, the Krewe of Ponchartrain pays whimsical tribute to all things aquatic around New Orleans. Their memorable floats include Mr. Mudbug, the world's largest crawfish, as well as a giant fish called the Super Grouper. An eclectic list of celebrities, such as Allen Toussaint, Bart Simpson, and Irma Thomas, have served as grand marshals. The krewe's parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 19.

  • Krewe of Muses
    Taking a cue from their namesakes, the daughters of Zeus who provided artistic inspiration, the Krewe of Muses supports creative endeavors. Their signature throws are hand-decorated high-heeled shoes, and each year they host a design contest for local students, with the winning design featured on a throw cup. Krewe of Muses will be parading along the Uptown route at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 24.


  • Krewe of Endymion
    Krewe of Endymion is nearly as famous as Mardi Gras itself. During early morning hours, devoted followers begin staking out their spots, so they don't miss this "Super-Krewe" with 3,200 riders and 81 floats. Past grand marshals have included noted celebrities such as Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa, and Carrie Underwood. On Saturday, February 26, save your place for a 4:15 p.m. start at the corner of City Park and Orleans, with the parade winding down at the Caesars Superdome. 


  • Krewe of Poseidon
    The spirit of Greek gods carries on through the Krewe of Poseidon, named after the god of the sea, earthquakes, and horses. With 700 riders, they're one of the larger krewes on the Northshore. During their parade, members are known for tossing keepsakes such as tridents, doubloons, and medallion beads. This year's procession begins at the intersection of Berkley St. and Spartan Dr. at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, ending up at the intersection of Gause and Kensington Blvd.

  • Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne
    Looking for a parade where you can bring your best friend along? Put Fido's leash on and head out to see the Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne. Centered at Café du Bone Dog Bakery and Boutique, the krewe's dogs don festive attire and ride along the route in shopping carts, wagons, and strollers. Parade time is 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 19, beginning at the intersection of Ciruti and Robert St. and finishing on Carey St. 


  • Krewe of Tchefuncte
    The fun spills out onto the water when the Krewe of Tchefuncte launches their parade. All boaters are welcome on a first-come basis for a nominal registration fee. Set sail at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, in front of Salty's Marina. The route passes south to the Maritime Museum, where it loops around and ends on the north side of the Madisonville Bridge.

In NOLA, the fun and sense of community continues 365 days a year. Contact us at Latter & Blum for all your real estate needs or stop by one of our New Orleans open houses.


Mardi Gras Krewes and Parade Routes for 2022

Mardi Gras 2022

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

French Quarter 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Dine at these Food Halls in New Orleans

Food Halls NOLA

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

  • Pythian Market: 234 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Pythian Market is a bustling food hall in downtown New Orleans. It's open Monday - Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sundays for breakfast and lunch. Along with various food vendors, you'll find a few retailers selling locally made arts and crafts. 

    There are 11 different vendors inside Pythian Market. 14 Parishes serves incredible Caribbean cuisine, including vegetarian and vegan options. You can grab a cocktail at Bar 1908, or enjoy a poke bowl at Kais. Ma Momma's House of Cornbread, Chicken, & Waffles is another tasty option, especially for breakfast or brunch. And of course, you can power up for the day with a coffee from Lattes on Loyola. 

    Pythian Market is located inside the historic Pythian Building, which was built in 1908.

  • St. Roch Market: 2381 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112
    St. Roch Market is a smaller food hall that focuses on chef-made, local foods, and beverages. They offer counter-side service, and you can even dine on their patio during nice weather. This food hall has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure.

    One of the vendors at St. Roch Market is Buttermilk, which serves fried chicken and other southern treats. You can also enjoy Mediterranean cuisine from Dolma or oysters from Elysian Seafood. Wash it all down with a seasonal craft cocktail from The Mayhaw.

  • Auction House Market: 801 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Auction House Market opened in 2018 and has quickly become a favorite among locals. The hall has a beautiful aesthetic; it's decorated with green plants and white marble.

    The Mayhaw also has a bar located inside Auction House Market, and they host Happy Hour Monday - Fridays from 4 - 7 pm. For food, one great choice is Asianlicious, which serves sushi and noodle dishes. If you're in the mood for Mexican cuisine, Trippy Tacos is the place to go. You can even order ahead online for convenience. 

  • French Market: 1008 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    French Market is a bit different from your typical food hall. It's an outdoor, open-air market that dates back to 1791! French Market is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm, making it the perfect place to stop for a workday lunch.

    One of the top restaurants in this market is Cafe Pontalba, which serves New Orleans' classics. Corner Oyster House Bar & Grill serves American dishes like seafood platters and burgers. If you're in the mood for something sweet, visit Holy Crepes, which offers vegan and gluten-free options.

    While you're at French Market, make sure you also browse the accompanying flea market for crafts, artwork, and more.

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.


Working Remote in 2022? Coworking Spaces in NOLA

Coworking Spaces NOLA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2022 Guide to Moving to Louisiana

Louisiana Move

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.

  • Climate
    Louisiana is situated near the Gulf of Mexico, which gives it warm, moist air and a subtropical climate. This means warm, humid summers and mild winters. In the northern part of the state, temperatures can get down to the 30s, but around Lafayette, it averages in the 60s, making it perfect for enjoying the outdoors all year long!

  • Natural Beauty
    Another thing people tend to think of in connection with Louisiana is the bayou. Lafayette has Lake Martin, a beautiful piece of swampland, which contains the Cypress Island Preserve. The area is a haven for all sorts of wildlife, but particularly birds. There you can find snowy egrets, great blue herons, white ibises, spoonbills, and much more. There are also plenty of trails for hiking, plus boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities. If you like hiking, you'll also want to check out Driskill Mountain, the highest peak in Louisiana, at 535 feet above sea level. It's a fun hike and not too difficult, and the trail isn't too steep. Finally, Kisatchie National Forest is great for camping, hunting, kayaking, swimming, hiking, and more. There are a variety of trails for all different preferences and skill levels, and most of the campgrounds can be used without prior reservation.

  • Food
    One of the biggest perks of living in Louisiana is that it's home to some of the most amazing food on the planet. Most famous for Cajun cuisine, there's a wide variety of seafood available, from crabs to oysters to crawfish to shrimp. The state is also home to amazing pastries, like beignets - deep-fried fritters, covered in powdered sugar - and king cake - a hybrid of coffee cake and cinnamon rolls, topped with multi-colored icing and often filled with fruit or cream cheese.

  • Music
    There's a musical tradition in Louisiana that's easily as rich as its culinary tradition. Some of the best jazz in the country has come from here - particularly since it's been home to a variety of musical legends, from Louis Armstrong to Fats Domino to Harry Connick Jr. You can hear great music all year round, in clubs, bars, and concerts. Plus, 2022 will see the return of many of Louisiana's favorite music festivals. New Orleans' French Quarter even has street musicians that you can hear for free. In April and May, you can catch the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which celebrates great jazz music and attracts some of the most talented musicians currently performing.

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.


Plan Ahead for LUNA Fête 2021

Luna Fete

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:

  • The inaugural event in 2014 set the tone by transforming iconic Gallier Hall, NOLA's one-time city hall, into a backdrop for fascinating images of Louisiana sights interspersed with swirling graphics.
  • DATAField, which premiered in 2017, was a groundbreaking work that explored public awareness, urban spaces, and place-making. This exhibit continues to be shown around the world, including a run at the European Cultural Center in Venice.

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.


Holiday Home Tours Throughout New Orleans

Holiday Home Tours

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.

  • Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour: Locations Throughout NOLA
    The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans is dedicated to the historic architecture and culture throughout the city. Their annual Holiday Home Tour is a favorite and Latter & Blum is sponsoring one of the spectacular homes that will be featured. This year, the format will be a little different. Instead of touring the interior of homes, participants will get to admire 5 decorated landscapes and 2 private gardens. The featured homes are spread out through the French Quarter, Uptown, and Faubourg St. John.

    The PRC Holiday Home Tour is scheduled for December 11 - 12, 2021. Tickets can be purchased online for $40 (non-members) or $35 (members).

  • Patio Planters Holiday Home Tour: Locations Throughout the French Quarter
    Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre is presenting their holiday home tour on December 19th, 2021. The tour will feature four homes in the French Quarter. Each is uniquely decorated with holiday decor that suits its architectural style.

    The Patio Planters Holiday Home Tour is a self-guided walking tour, so you can stroll along at your own pace. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance or $25 on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free.

  • Cabildo Creole Christmas Holiday Home Tour: Locations Throughout the French Quarter
    Celebrate New Orleans' Creole heritage at this holiday home tour in the French Quarter. The tour begins at the 1850 House Museum Store and takes you to five decorated homes. When you're finished touring the homes, be sure to browse the decor and furnishings for sale inside the store.

    Organized by Friends of the Cabildo, the Creole Christmas Holiday Home Tour is scheduled for December 28 - 29, 2021. Tickets are $40 for adults, $25 for students, and $25 for members.

  • Holiday Tree Lighting, Courtyard, and Home Tour: 826 Saint Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    This holiday event is suitable for all ages and includes a tree lighting ceremony to get you in the festive spirit. You'll also enjoy a tour of a Greek revival home dating back to 1844, which has been decorated for the holidays. 

    The Holiday Tree Lighting, Courtyard, and Home Tour are scheduled for December 4th, 2021, between 5 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are available for $40 per adult and $20 per child.

  • Free Tours By Foot Holiday Tour: Locations Throughout the French Quarter
    If you're looking at New Orleans homes for sale, this tour is easy to schedule around your visits. A tour guide will lead you through the French Quarter, sharing interesting tidbits about history and holidays along the way. You'll walk through Jackson Square and past the St. Louis Cathedral. Of course, you'll also tour the Gallier House and Beauregard Keyes House.

    Register for the Free Tours By Foot Holiday Tour online. You'll meet your guide and the rest of the group on the steps of St. Louis Cathedral. Tours are available at 7:00 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Payment is not required, but donations are appreciated.

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.


NOLA Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving

NOLA Thanksgiving

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

  • Brennan's - 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Brennan's may have undergone a facelift in 2014, but its upscale food and gracious service have been French Quarter traditions since 1946. Their three-course Thanksgiving Day menu offers a choice of six different entrées, including Eggs Hussarde, one of the iconic dishes created at Brennan's. Thanksgiving Day dinner is served from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and the price is $75.

  • Josephine Estelle - Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Family reigns supreme at Josephine Estelle, located in the Central Business District at the Ace Hotel. The restaurant is named after the daughters of the owners/chefs, whose cuisine is inspired by recipes passed down for generations. On Thanksgiving, they'll serve a four-course prix fixe menu for $65 that offers a vegan option of roasted acorn squash. If you prefer dining at home, order dinner to-go for pickup on November 24 or 25. Thanksgiving Day hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

  • Mister Mao - 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    America is a melting pot, so celebrate Thanksgiving with the global cuisine of Mister Mao. Savor the international flavors of Thanksgiving menu items such as Balinese Tuna Tataki, Turkey Tikka Masala, and cioppino. Three-course meals are $65, with optional wine pairings for $30. Seatings are available at noon, 2:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Advance ticket purchases are required.

  • Jack Rose - Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Once you pass through the front door at Jack Rose, you know you're in for a special event. Guests come for the ambiance as much as the food. Thanksgiving menu items such as duck gumbo, grilled octopus, and stuffed roast turkey are filled with the Creole flavors Jack Rose is known for. Save room for their signature Mile High Pie. Thanksgiving Day hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Luke Restaurant - 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    While turducken has become popular throughout the country, the turkey-duck-chicken combo has its roots right here in New Orleans. Turducken with wild mushroom giblet gravy is the star of the Thanksgiving menu at Luke Restaurant. Complete your dinner with a choice of two classic sides, such as oyster dressing and sweet potato casserole. The three-course meal for $35 is served from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Mr. B's Bistro - 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    The authentic regional cuisine of Mr. B's Bistro has been recognized by Travel + Leisure, Bon Appetit, and other major national publications. In addition to traditional Thanksgiving dishes, choose from Mr. B's favorites such as wood-grilled fish, shrimp & grits, and gumbo. For a true NOLA experience, raise a toast to family and friends with a Sazerac. Mr. B's is open from 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Will you welcome the holidays in a new NOLA home? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started.


About the Louisiana Brewery Trail

Louisiana Brewery

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:

  • Tin Roof Brewing Company – 1624 Wyoming Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    The brainchild of owner Charles Caldwell, Tin Roof Brewing Company was designed to bring craft brewing lessons of the American West home to the South. Joined by award-winning brewmaster Tom Daigrepont, Tin Roof now offers three year-round beers and a slew of rotating seasonal specials.

  • Port Orleans Brewing Company – 4124 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Port Orleans Brewing Company started with a bang in 2017 near New Orleans homes for sale. Within months of opening its doors for the first time, it was running on a 30-barrel system with more than 100 taps. As you enjoy its eight flagship and many seasonal brews, you can snag a taco from Avo Taco, found right in-house.

  • Red River Brewing Company – 1010 Marshall Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
    Red River Brewing Company is Shreveport's first hometown brewery in more than a century. Three friends started this nanobrewery together and then went commercial in 2013. Brewmaster Robert McGuire is a science teacher by trade and applies his knowledge to this new craft.

  • Broken Wheel Brewery – 109 Tunica Drive E., Marksville, LA 71351
    Broken Wheel Brewery is one of the most popular stops on the Louisiana Brewery Trail and has had a noteworthy jump in business. You'll find it on the grounds of the Fresh Catch Bistreaux, allowing you to pair its lagers, stouts, and more with classic Creole cuisine all within a short drive of Marksville homes for sale.

  • Abita Brewing Company, LLC – 21084 Highway 36, Covington, LA 70433
    Near Covington homes for sale, you'll find Abita Brewing Company, LLC. Unique among area breweries, it uses water from nearby springs. It's had plenty of time to perfect its flavor profile, getting started well before the craft brewing craze, in 1986.

  • Gnarly Barley Brewing Company – 1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, LA 70403
    Gnarly Barley Brewing Company started with one of owner Zac Caramonta's other passions, skateboarding. Now Zac and wife Cari have brought two visions to life, with one of the area's leading craft breweries sitting not far from one of its top skate parks, benefiting both communities. Plus it's close to Hammond homes for sale.

  • Flying Tiger Brewery – 506 North Second Street, Monroe, LA 71201
    Flying Tiger Brewery has a winning combination of flavorful, personality-packed brews alongside some fascinating World War II history. James Earl Simpson and Robert Brewer have created a curated menu of brews in a taproom using a WWII-era fighter plane motif and honoring local hero Gen. Claire Chennault. 

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.


NOLA Ghost Tours Perfect for Spooky Season

Ghost Tours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ghost Pepper Hunting: Louisiana-Made Hot Sauces

Louisiana Hot Sauce

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! 

  • Crystal Hot Sauce
    Made in New Orleans since 1923, Crystal Hot Sauce (or, more properly, "Louisiana's Pure Crystal Hot Sauce") has been Louisiana's premier hot sauce for close to a century. With a flavor profile that puts the hot peppers front and center, Crystal Hot Sauce packs a punch but is never overwhelming. It's great for splashing on eggs or adding some kick to a bloody Mary. Crystal also makes several variations on their classic recipe, including an "Extra Hot" version for those who demand a little more heat. 

  • D.a.T. Sauce
    A family-owned hot sauce company based in Morgan City, Louisiana, D.a.T. Sauce is a twist on classic hot sauce, made from a secret family recipe. It's the kind of sauce you can put on just about anything. And while D.a.T. Sauce certainly has some heat to it, it's not blow-the-doors-off hot. It's more about flavor, with a balance of garlic, onion, and tomato along with a generous dose of red pepper. 

  • Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce
    Famous for its cheeky name, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce is an all-around solid hot sauce that offers a balance of peppery punch and salty, savory goodness. A few drops of it adds a little heat to a slice of pizza or a plate of eggs and home fries. Slap Ya Mama also makes a killer Cajun seasoning blend, as well as some tasty Jalapeno hot pepper sauce. 

  • Tabasco Pepper Sauce
    The Tabasco Brand is arguably the most famous Louisiana hot sauce, the one that's spread far beyond state lines to become ubiquitous pretty much everywhere. There's a good reason for that. Tabasco sauce is perfect in its simplicity, with just the right level of heat. They make about a dozen varieties at this point, but the Original Tabasco Red Pepper Sauce is still king. It's also still made right here in Louisiana using red pepper, vinegar, salt... and that's it. 

  • Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Sauce
    Cajun Power's original Garlic Sauce doesn't have much spice at all (but it's great on barbecued shrimp). But thanks to popular demand, the folks at Cajun Power introduced a version with more kick. Their Spicy Garlic Sauce adds some satisfying red pepper heat to the traditional garlic-centric flavor profile, and the result is a spicy sauce that's great for marinating, grilling, or dipping. It's also perfect for chicken wings with a punchy Cajun twist. 

Contact us today to learn more about all the things that make Louisiana unique. It's a special place to call home, and our team is here to help you find the perfect Lafayette homes for sale


History of New Orleans City Park

City ParkNew 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: 

  • Tad Gormley Stadium, a major event space used for sports, concerts, and public events. 
  • Storyland, a themed trail where children can visit life-sized statues of their favorite storybook characters. 
  • Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, home of one of the few antique handcrafted carousels left in the country. 
  • Café Du Monde, where you can purchase regional treats like beignets and café au lait. 
  • New Orleans Botanical Garden, where you'll find over 2,000 varieties of lovingly cultivated regional plants. 
  • Grow Dat Youth Farm, a small campus where youngsters can explore the farming process and learn more about where their food comes from. 
  • The New Orleans Museum of Art, a peerless exhibition space filled with international works of art. The building also has an attached 5-acre outdoor sculpture garden to house additional works. 
  • The Festival Grounds, a wide-open 50-acre space where visitors can enjoy sports, biking, wetland exploration, and more. 
  • A full 18-hole golf course, as well as several mini-golf courses 
  • Paddleboat rentals to help you explore Big Lake in a fun and engaging way. 
  • Fishing spots in 11 different lagoons full of prime local fish. 

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.

Contact us to learn more about our New Orleans homes for sale and take the first steps toward becoming a homeowner in one of the most beautiful cities in America. 


Cajun Recipes You Need to Try

Cajun RecipesOur 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.

Main Entrees

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.


Kayaking in NOLA: Kayak Rental Spots

NOLA KayakingThe 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.

  • Bayou Paddle Sports – 1101 Florida Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Bayou Paddle Sports is a great way to learn all about Louisiana paddle sports and enjoy them with friends or family – even if you have no experience. You can rent a kayak, paddleboard, or a tandem canoe for a visit of two hours out on the water. Whether you are looking for a group kayaking escapade or a fun day outdoors with the kids, the "Family Day," "Night Paddle," or "Dog Days" events are sure to hit the spot.

  • New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours – 405 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Touting some of the best kayak tours in NOLA, New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours is the premier option for when you want to see the unexpected. No matter which of the six curated tour experiences you choose, you'll learn and have fun in memorable natural surroundings.

  • Wheel Fun Rental – Big Lake Trail, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
    Wheel Fun Rental operates out of New Orleans City Park on Big Lake, one of the Big Easy's most beloved and storied public parks. Wheel Fun has become well-known for its pedal-based swan boat rentals equipped with LED lights that have popularized Swan Boat Night Rides. Traditional kayaks and canoes are readily available. This is also a popular place to embark on the New Orleans self-guided bicycle tour.

  • NOLA Paddleboards – See Website for Location Details, Throughout New Orleans, LA
    NOLA Paddleboards is one of the original paddle sports rental companies in New Orleans. Experienced guides will help guests of any skill level enjoy Lake Pontchartrain. Launching from an exclusive historic waterfront site thanks to its partnership with The Pontchartrain Conservancy, NOLA Paddleboards provides all equipment for groups of up to eight, typically for 90 minutes on the water. Private lessons can be booked separately.

  • Crescent City Kayak – 437 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Crescent City Kayak provides full kayak swamp tours complete with transportation to the launch site. The most popular offering is the Manchac Swamp Tour, an ideal way for beginners to sight the iconic Louisiana cypress trees and local wildlife. Want to witness the majesty of one of America's least-altered river swamps? The Honey Island Swamp Tour may be your best pick, thanks to its 70,000 protected natural acres.

  • Canoe & Trail Adventures at The Chimes Restaurant – 19130 West Front Street, Covington, LA 70433
    Canoe & Trail Adventures at The Chimes Restaurant launches its epic expeditions from one of Covington's top eateries. With affordable prices and rentals ranging from one to five hours, guests are encouraged to paddle at their own pace along the sandy-bottomed Bogue Falaya River. For a highly popular three-hour tour, you can choose the Flavor of the Bayou Tour. It's all surprisingly close to top Covington homes for sale.

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.


Your Guide to NOLA Cocktails

NOLA CocktailsWant 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:

  1. Sazerac
    The Sazerac is the official drink of New Orleans! It was most likely invented by the Creole apothecary Antoine Peychaud in 1838 and was marketed as a medicinal elixir. It comes in two forms, using either Cognac or rye whiskey. To make one, grab a cocktail mixing glass and stir together absinthe, a sugar cube, Peychaud's bitters, and either Cognac, rye whiskey, or both. Don't use a shaker for this one, as it would dilute the drink.

  2. Hurricane Cocktail
    This cocktail with tropical flair was invented by New Orleans bar owner Pat O'Brien back in the 1940s. It was originally served up in a hurricane lamp. To make this NOLA original yourself, you'll need dark and light rum, orange juice, lime juice, passion fruit syrup, and grenadine. Start with the ingredients in a shaker with a few handfuls of ice. Then strain the drink into a hurricane glass and garnish with a cocktail cherry and orange slice.

  3. Ramos Gin Fizz
    Tasting like a lemon meringue pie, this drink appeared in 1888, courtesy of New Orleans bartender Henry Ramos of Imperial Cabinet Saloon. You'll need gin, fresh lemon and lime juice, simple syrup, heavy cream, orange blossom water, egg whites, and soda water. Dry shake the ingredients for 15 seconds without ice, then add ice and shake again for 30 seconds. Strain into a glass and garnish. Back in 1888, this took 12 minutes to prepare!

  4. Grasshopper
    A favorite for its glowing green hue and its bright mint chocolate flavor, the classy after-dinner Grasshopper, was the brainchild of Philip Guichet, owner of Tujague's, in 1918. Invented for a cocktail contest, it is now a New Orleans mainstay. You'll need crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and heavy cream. Simply stir the ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass or blend with two scoops of ice cream in place of heavy cream for the frozen variant.

  5. Vieux Carre
    Looking for a complex flavor to enjoy with a slow sipper? The answer may well be the Vieux Carre ("French Quarter"), invented around 1937 by bartender Walter Bergeron of the Hotel Monteleone. It features two types of bitters (Peychaud's and Angostura) with rye whiskey, Cognac, benedictine, and sweet red vermouth. Stir the ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass without a shaker. It only takes five minutes to make!

  6. La Louisiane
    This cousin to the Sazerac came about sometime between 1880-1912 and boasts a more complex flavor. It was originally the house cocktail of New Orleans' Restaurant La Louisiane. It contains rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, benedictine, absinthe, and Peychaud's bitters. Just like a Sazerac, it can be made by stirring all the ingredients together directly in a cocktail mixing glass, no shaker required.

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.


Catch a Show at These Theaters in NOLA

NOLA TheaterNew 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:

  • The Music Box Village – 4557 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
    The Music Box Village is a large-scale community art project conceived by members of New Orleans Airlift, a New Orleans nonprofit led by local artists. Reflecting the DIY skills and imagination of dozens of local creators, its interactive "musical houses" are the perfect place to catch a musical or dramatic performance.

  • The Stage Door Canteen – 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located within the National World War II Museum, The Stage Door Canteen pays homage to the original venue by that name used to entertain troops. Visitors can see it all in evening and matinee performances: Big bands, dancing, vintage-style vocals, and theatrical shows harkening back to The Stage Door's rich history.

  • Ashé Cultural Arts Center – 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Ashé Cultural Arts Center provides exhibits, slam poetry, speakers' series, and (of course) dramatic productions celebrating the rich diversity and cultural heritage of New Orleans. It is a spectacular way to connect, learn, and experience community.

  • The Orpheum Theater – 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
    The Orpheum Theater recently celebrated its centennial anniversary. Productions range from classic jazz to modern alternative, one-man (and one-woman!) shows, and off-Broadway originals. There's always something new going on at The Orpheum.

  • UNO Lakefront Arena – 6801 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122
    On the campus of the University of New Orleans, UNO Lakefront Arena is a centerpiece of the beloved college's music and drama programs. It also invites star-studded performances from around the world: Everything from the family-friendly Paw Patrol Live! to the Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival.

  • The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park – 916 North Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is a living tribute to the long history of New Orleans Jazz. Music is always a part of the learning and fun at this park. Famous for its children's programs and activities, it also has permanent exhibits on every era of the New Orleans Jazz tradition.

  • Dixon Concert Hall at Tulane University – 104 Dixon Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Dixon Concert Hall at Tulane University seats 1,000 and will thrill you with its concert series. Ensembles from throughout Tulane's music and theater departments showcase their best work here on a regular basis, inviting supporters and the public.

Setting the stage for a move to NOLA? We can help! Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about New Orleans real estate.


Food Tours You Can Take Around NOLA


Food Tour NOLA

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.

  • Destination Kitchen Tour - 600 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 
    Whether you're a visitor or a long-time resident, you're bound to learn something on the Destination Kitchen Tour. Visit some of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans, including the home of a champion from Food Network's Chopped, while hearing fascinating tales about the history and culture of the city. Along the way, you'll taste iconic dishes such as a muffuletta sandwich featured in USA Today and pralines featured on Good Morning America. Tickets for the three-hour tour are $69.50.

  • Doctor Gumbo Tours - 823 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 
    Doctor Gumbo, aka New Orleans native Dylan O'Donnell, has eaten and conducted tours at various locations around the globe. When Dylan and his family returned home after Hurricane Katrina, he put his experience to use, developing entertaining and educational tours of the city he loves. Three-hour tours cover local food or beverage for $70, and a four-hour combo tour is available for $130. 

  • Bon Moment - 3159 Chippewa St., New Orleans, LA 70115 
    New Orleans has a rich historical and cultural heritage unlike that of any other American city. Bon Moment, which translates to "good time," conducts food and beverage tours that explore specific neighborhoods, focusing on what makes them special. Enjoy a sweet dessert after viewing stately mansions and cemeteries in the Garden District, or savor some German-NOLA fusion in the trendy Bywater neighborhood. Beginning in October, Bon Moment will offer a nightlife tour of Frenchman Street. Tours are three hours long, and the price is $95, or you can choose an option with non-alcoholic drinks for $75.

  • New Orleans Urban Adventures - 1340 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Getting away from the traditional tourist destinations is often the best way to experience the heart of a city. Take a deep dive into NOLA food and culture with an epic five-and-a-half-hour excursion from New Orleans Urban Adventures. Ride the famous St. Charles streetcar on your way to sampling gumbo, beignets, and other Cajun Country favorites. Tickets are $109 for adults and $104 for kids.

  • Nightly Spirits - 410 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Looking to dine someplace with a side of spooky? The New Orleans Ghost Tour Pub Crawl from Nightly Spirits lets you sample cocktails alongside things that go bump in the night. A costumed tour guide leads you through some notably haunted bars and buildings while sharing stories of voodoo, ghosts, and spirits. Tickets are $25, and the purchase of alcoholic beverages is optional. 

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. 


Book Lovers Day: Books Set in Louisiana

Books in LA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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6 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors Near New Orleans

New Orleans Outdoors

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.

  • Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden – 1 Collins Dbl. Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
    One of the most popular public art installations near New Orleans homes for sale, the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a great place to combine your love of art and the outdoors. The garden was recently expanded by 6 acres, with tons of new trees planted and 26 new public works of art to enjoy. The garden is free to visit for all and open 7 days per week.

  • Paradigm Gardens – 1131 S. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70113
    In addition to supplying fresh, local produce to some of the best restaurants in the city, Paradigm Gardens is an urban farming facility that also hosts a wide variety of fun, outdoor events. Plan a trip to enjoy yoga in the garden, hear some amazing music during the concert series, or book your own private event to have the whole garden to yourself.

  • City Park Bike Rentals – Big Lake Trail at City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
    New Orleans is a very bicycle-friendly city, so renting a bike is the perfect way to explore some of the city's most popular parks and green spaces. City Park Bike Rentals is located within the very large City Park, which is home to tons of attractions that families love. This conveniently located rental shop also offers boat rentals, allowing you to explore the park from a new perspective.

  • Lost Lands Tours – 625 Pine St., Unit 4, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Travel just a short bit outside of New Orleans, and you will find gorgeous, ancient swamps that offer some of the most abundant outdoor beauty in the region. Lost Lands Tours provides environmentally-friendly tours to nearby swamps, where you can explore nature, discover fascinating ecosystems, and learn more about efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the region.

  • Equest Stables – 1001 Filmore Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124
    We've mentioned that the New Orleans park system is a great place to find outdoor adventures, and facilities like Equest Stables are great examples of why that's the case. Whether you're an experienced rider or you want to learn for the first time, Equest Stables offers lessons for all experience levels at City Park. Enjoy an individual lesson, or schedule a group lesson that every member of the family will enjoy.

  • Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Golf Course – 6514 Congress Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126
    The city parks of New Orleans are also home to two excellent municipal golf courses, including the par-72 Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Golf Course. This is a beautifully maintained public golf course with affordable greens fees and a fun, challenging course layout that will appeal to golfers of all experience levels.

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.


Dine at These French Quarter Restaurants

French Quarter RestaurantsRestaurants 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.

  • Pat O's Courtyard Restaurant - 624 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Pat O's Courtyard Restaurant
    brings some luck o' the Irish to the French Quarter. Opened in 1996, the restaurant is an offshoot of legendary Pat O'Brien's Bar. Relax at a fountain side table and enjoy one of the specialty drinks with a burger, jambalaya, or alligator bites. Hours are 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

  • The Court of Two Sisters - 613 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Originally built as an elegant private home, The Court of Two Sisters became a notions shop in 1886. Bertha and Emma Camors served tea and cakes to their upscale clientele, a tradition that's carried on today. Two Sisters is renowned for their daily brunch buffet, served from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy classics like eggs Benedict, turtle soup, and corn macque choux while listening to a live jazz band. The dinner menu, available from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., includes a three-course chef's menu with your choice of starter, entrée, and dessert.

  • Manolito - 508 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Laid-back island vibes meet the energy of the Big Easy at Manolito. The Cuban-influenced spot has gained national attention from major publications such as GQ and Food & Wine. Manolito was founded as a tribute to Havana's El Floridita, one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite watering holes. Bartenders put on a show with their display of "throwing" cocktails from one glass to another. The food menu includes the classic Cuban sandwich along with arroz con pollo and cheese arepas. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday, while the bar is open until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Sylvain - 625 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Where else but New Orleans could you celebrate with champagne and French fries? This combo embodies the playful sense of humor that resonates throughout Sylvain. On a budget? Replace the champagne with a six-pack of Miller High Life. Customer favorites include the crispy pork belly with Filipino lechon sauce and the tamari and calamansi-glazed short ribs with bone marrow soubise. Sylvain is open 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday,  and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Brennan's - 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    While dinner is usually the main event at most restaurants, breakfast at Brennan's is a longstanding tradition in New Orleans. Start your day with brioche French toast, Mississippi fried rabbit, or pastrami hash at this iconic restaurant that invented Bananas Foster and popularized tableside dining. Be sure to visit the 10 turtles living in the courtyard fountain, affectionately dubbed "the slowest second line on Earth." Brennan's is open Thursday through Sunday, with breakfast and lunch served 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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.


What You Need to Know When Buying a Historic Home

Historic Homes

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.


  1. A Good Return on Your Investment
    Buyers looking for historic properties are willing to spend a significant amount on their investment. In many areas of New Orleans, homes in historic districts are in demand, and buyers are spending big money to live in historic homes.
  2. Financial Assistance for Renovations
    Many historic homes provide loans or grants to first-time homebuyers for renovation costs. Available through the State Historic Preservation Office in Louisiana, homebuyers in New Orleans can get special assistance through the state for home renovations.
  3. Community Preservation
    Homeowners who live in historic districts join together to form groups that maintain the history, character, and culture of the district. 


  1. Strict Regulations
    In some historic districts, properties are closely monitored and reviewed for historic appeal and compatible architectural features. Some restrictions can be even more confining than restrictions by homeowners' associations. If you're interested in a historic home, do your research on restrictions.
  2. Costly Renovations
    Homeowners in historic districts are required to get permits for any additions, alterations, and renovations. If you're required to use authentic materials, you may be looking at costly products that put a dent in your renovation budget.
  3. Difficult Financing
    In some cases, it can be more difficult to schedule an appraisal and get through the loan process. Lenders and insurance companies sometimes back away from historic homes because renovations and upgrades can be very costly.

If you're interested in buying or selling a New Orleans home, contact us for more information and help with properties in the area.


All About Beignets and Where to Order Them

New Orleans Beignets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


International Jazz Day: A Brief History of Jazz in Louisiana

Jazz in Louisiana

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. 


Famous Buildings Throughout New Orleans

New Orleans Skyline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Walkable Neighborhoods in New Orleans

Walkable New Orleans Neighborhoods

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.

  1. French Quarter
    It's no surprise that the French Quarter is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in New Orleans. Founded in 1718, it's the city's oldest and well-known neighborhood. You'll find a great variety of interesting sites to see and things to do in the French Quarter, from Bourbon Street's nightlife to art galleries and historic churches. Stop in one of the area's famous restaurants before heading on your way to see more landmarks and partake in some of the fun that has made the French Quarter so famous.
  2. Marigny
    The Faubourg Marigny neighborhood – usually just shortened to Marigny – is located just down the river from the French Quarter. The hip area is a popular spot for locals to celebrate Mardi Gras and has become well known for its live music on Frenchmen Street and its restaurants, coffee shops, and bed and breakfasts. Marigny also has an Opera House as well as a nighttime Art Market complete with sidewalk musicians who create a festive atmosphere.
  3. Lower Garden District   
    Sometimes shortened to "LGD," the Lower Garden District has beautiful oak-lined streets dotted with stately mansions along with restaurants, pubs, cafes, coffee shops, and boutiques. The neighborhood has an artistic feel and is also known for its two parks – Coliseum Square and Annunciation Square. Take a break at Annunciation Square to visit the picnic area with a meal from one of the neighborhood's restaurants and relax under mature canopy trees. Or enjoy your picnic under some of Coliseum Square's shade trees and near one of its fountains.
  4. Touro
    The Touro neighborhood is located in Uptown New Orleans in between Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue. It has plenty of historic homes, many of which are over 100 years old. You'll be able to walk to bars, restaurants, shops, and the St. Charles streetcar line, and you're likely to spot residents out and about walking their dogs and enjoying the neighborhood.
  5. Irish Channel
    Named for Irish immigrants who came to the area in the 1830s, the Irish Channel is a mainly residential neighborhood and has plenty of homes with Victorian millwork and details. It's often described as a quaint area and has many popular destinations – such as breweries and restaurants – within a short walk.
  6. East Riverside
    East Riverside is a lively neighborhood populated with colorful homes and many cafes and microbreweries you can walk to. You'll also be able to make your way on foot to Tipitina's, a popular live music venue that's housed in a converted warehouse. Known for its Cajun dancing, Tipitina's adds to the neighborhood's local character.  

Contact us to see New Orleans homes for sale. We can help you find a neighborhood that you'll feel at home in and that offers the atmosphere and amenities that are important to you. 


NOLA Events Happening in 2021

NOLA Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Stargazing Spots Near New Orleans

Stargazing Near New Orleans

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

  1. City Park - 1 Palm Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124
    The stars have been shining down on City Park since 1854, making it one of the oldest urban parks in the country. One of the features that draw millions of visitors each year is Couturie Forest, the world's largest stand of live oaks. Surrounded by majestic trees under a canopy of stars, it's hard to believe you're only minutes from New Orleans homes for sale. Dog-friendly City Park is open seven days a week, from 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset.

  2. Audubon Park - 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Named for the iconic naturalist, Audubon Park is part of a network of 10 museums and parks devoted to environmental education and preservation. During the day, explore Bird Island, home to hundreds of birds in species ranging from snowy egrets to double-crested cormorants. At night, the park's intimate setting away from the city provides a great backdrop for stargazing. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily. 

  3. Gretna Observatory - 1 Copernicus St., Gretna, LA 70053
    Learn all you can about the night sky over at Gretna Observatory. Get a clear view of stars, planets, the moon, and other astronomical wonders through the observatory's computer-controlled Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. The SCT is housed in a traditional aluminum dome, 16 feet in diameter, that rotates a full 360 degrees. Gretna Observatory is open to the public free of charge on Monday and Wednesday evenings, weather permitting. 

  4. Lake Pontchartrain Lakefront - 7637 Breakwater Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 
    Despite its name, Lake Pontchartrain is actually an estuary that connects to the Gulf of Mexico. But at 630 square miles, Lake Pontchartrain is the second largest inland saltwater body in the United States. The 24-mile causeway spanning the lake is the longest continuous bridge over water in the world. Secluded areas along the lakefront, such as Breakwater Park and West End Park, afford stunning views of the water by day and prime stargazing opportunities by night.

  5. Fontainebleu State Park - 62883 Hwy. 1089, Mandeville, LA 70448
    Just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, close to Mandeville homes for sale, sits Fontainebleu State Park, located on the site of a 19th-century sugar mill. Today, the 2,800-acre grounds are a favorite getaway due to miles of trails, boating and fishing, and an abundance of wildlife. Admission is $3 for all visitors over the age of 3. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

  6. Kenner Planetarium - 2020 Fourth St., Kenner, LA 70062
    Enjoy an unobstructed view of the heavens, rain or shine, at Kenner Planetarium, right down the street from Kenner homes for sale. Astronomy features and laser light shows are presented in the theater with a 50-foot domed screen and 118 stadium-style seats. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for kids. The planetarium is open from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. every Saturday. 

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: New Orleans Bakeries You'll Want to Try

New Orleans Pie

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:

  1. Boucherie – 8115 Jeannette St., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Boucherie is named for a southern Louisiana tradition that involved a community feast and is now recognized by individual families as well as through festivals. The fine-dining restaurant serves contemporary Southern food in an approachable atmosphere located just around the corner from New Orleans homes for sale. It has excellent entrees on the menu, including pan-seared redfish, but is also well known for its deliciously decadent desserts such as Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, Thai Chili Chocolate Chess Pie, and Chocolate Ganache Terrine. 
  2. Emeril's New Orleans – 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130  
    Emeril Lagasse is one of the most well-known celebrity chefs, and his food is closely associated with New Orleans. He has several restaurants in the Crescent City, including Emeril's New Orleans, where you can enjoy some delicious desserts inspired by the city. They include selections from New New Orleans as well as Classic New Orleans. On the classic side, try Emeril's Pecan Pie, which is topped with smoked cinnamon ice cream. Of course, you can't go wrong with any of the new selections either, including the Creole Cream Cheesecake with lemon curd, candied lemon peel, and pistachio bark.

  3. Noodle & Pie – 741 Slate St. (at Magazine St.), New Orleans, LA 70118
    You'll find Japanese ramen, creative small plates – and last, but not least, amazing pies at Noodle & Pie, all of which are made fresh daily. Try the Coconut Key Lime Pie, made with a graham crust, vanilla chantilly ice cream, and toasted coconut. Or order the Vietnamese Iced Coffee Pie made with iced coffee gelatin and an iced coffee cream layer. Whichever choice you make will be a deliciously different pie that's a far cry from what you'll usually find on a bakery or restaurant menu.
  4. Adrian's Bakery – 4710 Paris Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122
    Adrian's Bakery is family-owned and operated and has become a popular spot for University of New Orleans students and others to satisfy their craving for sweets. The shop has been in business for more than 15 years, and each treat is made fresh daily. Try one of the bakery's cakes, cinnamon rolls, praline pound cakes, king cakes, cupcakes, or other popular desserts.

  5. Windowsill Pies – 4714 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    As the name implies, it's all about the pies at Windowsill Pies! You'll be able to order sweet and savory versions as well as breakfast pies, all of which are available by the slice or the whole pie. Stop by and select something fresh from the case, or order something off the menu.

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. 


Mardi Gras Online: How to Celebrate Virtually

Mardi Gras Online

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


New Orleans Cooking: Learn the Tricks with These Cooking Classes


Louisiana Cooking Classes

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:

  1. New Orleans School of Cooking - 524 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Family-owned since 1980, the New Orleans School of Cooking has established itself as the Crescent City's number one destination for cooking classes over than last 40 years. In the wake of the pandemic, they've shifted their focus more toward hosting virtual cooking classes via Zoom. Book a class today and learn to make NOLA staples like gumbo, shrimp and grits, and Jambalaya from the school's talented teachers.

  2. Langlois Culinary Crossroads - 1710 Pauger St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Langlois Culinary Crossroads is a Cajun kitchen where guests take cooking classes and dine on the finished products. They're located mere minutes from these New Orleans homes for sale, but you can now take Langlois' classes virtually. Their chefs create a fun, entertaining environment and will pass along some skills to take your home cooking to the next level. These classes make for a perfect New Orleans date night or virtual dinner party. 

  3. New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute - 1519 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    One of Louisiana's leading not-for-profit culinary schools, the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) is an amazing resource for aspiring chefs. Their focus is on educating a diverse community and increasing access, and minimizing barriers to careers in the culinary arts. Their live stream cooking classes are great for getting groups of people from all corners of the globe together in the same virtual space, where they can all enjoy preparing meals like New Orleans BBQ shrimp, chicken and andouille Jambalaya, and fish meunière. 

  4. Southern Food & Beverage Museum - 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Getting the next generation interested in cooking is the name of the game at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Their online cooking classes for kids are great fun, and they teach youngsters the foundational skills to become great future cooks. The teachers are friendly and charismatic, and the classes are fun and engaging. Most of them revolve around making simple, kid-friendly staples like pizza, tacos, and blueberry pancakes. 

  5. The Mardi Gras School of Cooking - 519 Wilkinson St Suite 101, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Mardi Gras School of Cooking is a premier culinary school, and they now offer virtual classes so that you can learn from the masters from the comfort of your own kitchen. Their classes change with the seasons, but they usually focus on a classic New Orleans dish or cooking technique. You might learn how to create a roux—the foundation of many great Cajun dishes—or discover the secret to baking the perfect New Orleans King Cake. 

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. 


Explore New Orleans Neighborhoods with this Guide

New Orleans Neighborhoods

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 French Quarter
    When many visitors think about New Orleans, their minds go straight to the French Quarter. Even though Bourbon Street's nightlife is world-famous, there's so much more to this neighborhood. The spirit of NOLA surrounds you at every turn, from the European-style architecture of the historic buildings to the performers filling the street with music and laughter. Hungry? Grab a bite at a café or restaurant that's over a century old. Thirsty? There are dozens upon dozens of bars and lounges full of cold drinks and live music.  

  • Uptown
    The French Quarter definitely boasts New Orleans' charm, but most will agree that the true beauty of the city can be found in Uptown. This area of town contains the popular neighborhoods of the Garden District, Carrollton, and Central City. Like most neighborhoods in NOLA, Uptown is not without hundreds of places to dine on delicious food, but we come to Uptown first and foremost for the shopping. Magazine Street has miles of boutiques featuring one-of-a-kind antiques, artwork, and locally-made goods. Shopaholics will find hours of retail therapy browsing the jewelry, clothing, books, crafts, and accessories throughout Uptown.
  • Central Business District (Downtown)
    If you're looking for the hustle and bustle of Crescent City, you'll find it in the Central Business District downtown. You may already be familiar with one of downtown's most popular locals, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints, but you don't need to be a sport's fan to enjoy it! Downtown also features the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Orpheum Theater, and the Smoothie King Center. Do you fancy a little relaxation during your visit? Then lay back and soak up some much-needed rest at The Spa at Windsor Court, The Waldorf Astoria Spa, Serenity Spa, or the Relax Center.

  • Treme
    History and culture fill the city, but Treme is perhaps the best place to find the soul of New Orleans. This neighborhood features the oldest African-American Catholic parish in the nation, the African American Museum, and the Backstreet Cultural Museum. Spend your time in Treme savoring authentic Creole food while listing to live jazz. This easily walkable neighborhood is a treat for lovers of music, history, and cuisine.  

  • Mid-City
    Tucked between the history of Treme and the upscale digs of Uptown is Mid-City, an eclectic, homey neighborhood where you'll find NOLA with a twist. Mid-City is home to a number of hip, contemporary restaurants, and bars. When you're not outside exploring the beautiful botanical gardens and above-ground cemeteries, you'll likely pop in and out of the cozy bookstores, bakeries, and boutiques around the neighborhood.

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.


Architecture Styles You Can Find in NOLA

NOLA Architecture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Buying a Home with Student Loan Debt: What You Need to Know

Student Loan Debt

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.

  1. Optimize Your Debt-to-Income Ratio
    When evaluating mortgage applications, lenders look for the ability to pay above all other considerations. The actual amount of your student loan debt is less significant than its proportion to your total income. Reducing overall debt is important, but you can also improve your DTI (debt-to-income) score by increasing your income, whether it's by asking for a raise, taking a second job, or doing freelance work.

  2. Polish Your Credit Score
    A high credit score pays off in two ways. Not only does it make you an attractive borrower overall, but it can help you qualify for better interest rates. Payment history accounts for a full third of your score, so be sure you're making payments on time. Avoid applying for additional credit cards or loans during this time, as each request can ding your score.

  3. Change Your Payment Plan
    New student loan programs, such as extended repayment and income-driven plans, can create a more manageable monthly payment and improve your DTI ratio. But stay away from deferments, which are agreements to repay your loan at a later date. Your monthly payments will be temporarily eliminated, but lenders see deferments as red flags signifying trouble.

  4. Research First-Time Homebuyer Programs
    Buying a home has become harder for today's twenty-somethings than it was for previous generations. For that reason, several federal and state agencies offer assistance to first-time homebuyers in the form of favorable interest rates, lower down payments, and other benefits.

  5. Ask for Help
    If you have parents or other close relatives who are in a comfortable financial position, they may be able to contribute to a down payment or serve as co-signers on a mortgage application. Even if that's not possible, you may qualify for a second mortgage, matched savings program, or other assistance with down payments and closing costs.

  6. Understand Loan Types
    Mortgages generally fall under one of two categories. Conventional loans are issued by banks, credit unions, and other private lenders. Government loans, such as FHA and VA, are insured by the federal government. Since they carry less risk, government loans are easier to obtain if you have a higher DTI ratio or less money to put toward a down payment.

  7. Get Pre-Approved
    When buying a home, especially when it's your first one, anything you do to demonstrate stability and serious intent will work in your favor. Getting pre-approved involves submitting much of the same information that will be required for the final mortgage application. As a result, you'll have a solid idea of how much you can afford, and sellers will know you're serious about buying.

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.


Weekend Getaway: Cabins You Can Stay in Near New Orleans

Cabins Near New Orleans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


New Orleans Staples: 7 of the Oldest Restaurants in NOLA

NOLA Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Museum Tour in New Orleans: All About NOLA Museums

NOLA Museums

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

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

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

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

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

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


New Orleans Spotlight: Bayou Classic

Bayou ClassicFor New Orleans, Thanksgiving weekend means one thing — the Bayou Classic! This annual college football game is a New Orleans tradition dating back to 1974. This is much more than a yearly football game — it is an event celebrating community and culture within Crescent City.

The Bayou Classic originally started in 1974, but the rivalry between Grambling State University and Southern University goes back to the 1930s. As these two schools went head to head each year, their competition was elevated to the field of Tulane Stadium for the first annual Bayou Classic.

Having these two college teams featured on this platform was a significant achievement for the players, whose rivalry was routinely overshadowed by LSU and Tulane. To celebrate this first game, the city organized a week filled with festivities leading up to the game. Today, the Jaguars versus Tigers game is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Our real estate agents invite you to attend the week full of activities leading up to 2019's Bayou Classic!

46th Annual Bayou Classic Schedule of Events

  • Bayou Classic Press Conference — Monday, November 25th, 2019
    Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

    Kick the week off with the Bayou Classic Press Conference live from the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Get the latest updates, news, and predictions for the big game. Turn on your TV at 10 am for coverage or head down to Gate A to see it live!

  • Coaches Luncheon — Friday, November 29th, 2019
    Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113

    If you're lucky enough to receive an invitation, you'll be treated to a delicious lunch at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans with the coaches.

  • Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge — Friday, November 29th, 2019
    Hyatt Regency New Orleans 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113

    Business ideas are put to the test at Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge. This fun and educational program invites undergraduate and graduate students from select universities to learn how to solve real-world problems with technology-based products and services. 

  • Greek Show & Battle of the Bands — Friday, November 29th, 2019
    Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

    Come rock out and watch a musical battle of the bands from Grambling State University and Southern University. The schools' fraternities and sororities will join the rivalry as well for the Greek Show.

  • Doc Griggs 2X Around the Dome — Saturday, November 30th, 2019
    Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

    Ride a bike or walk around the Superdome twice in a celebration of health then partake in a variety of other fun activities.

  • Bayou Classic Parade — Saturday, November 30th, 2019 Parade begins at Elysian Fields Ave./N. Peters St. and ends at Loyola Ave./Perdido St.
    Grab a great spot downtown and wave to parade floats, marching bands and other talented performers turning the streets of New Orleans into a party.

  • Fan Festival — Saturday, November 30th, 2019
    Champions Square Lasalle St., New Orleans, LA 70112

    Party like a champion at this free event featuring food and live music.

  • The 46th Annual Bayou Classic — Saturday, November 30th, 2019
    Mercedes Bez Superdome 1500 Sugarbowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112

    The biggest game to come to NOLA every year — the Bayou Classic. Choose a side, choose a seat, and get ready for an unforgettable night!

Do you want to be within walking distance to all of the Bayou Classic festivities every year? Contact us and let us show you our great New Orleans homes for sale.


NOLA Pralines - A Sweet Tie to New Orleans History


Pralines New Orleans5 Places in New Orleans for the Perfect Pralines

While most people think of Mardi Gras and King Cakes when they hear the words New Orleans, visitors soon learn that we take our pralines pretty seriously here too! If you've been touring New Orleans homes for sale, it's time to start thinking like a local. Get started today by learning about these decadent sweet treats made of sugar, milk, butter, and pecans. 

Not only are pralines the city's signature candy, but they have a  deep, rich history dating back to the early 1900s. While you can find pralines in almost every tourist shop, grocery store, and convenience store, they are definitely not all created equally.

National Praline Day is on June 24th, and you need to be prepared! Check out these five sweet spots while you explore the city pursuit of the perfect praline. 

  1. Southern Candymakers: 334 Decatur St. New Orleans, LA 70130
    Arguably the most famous praline shop in NOLA, Southern Candymakers has been making fresh confections every day for over 25 years. Voted "Best Candy Pralines" at the Atlanta Gourmet Show, the original flavor is a must-have. They're hand-made the old fashioned way, using marble slabs and only the finest ingredients.

    Unlike many other praline makers, Southern Candymakers uses jumbo pecan halves instead of crushed pieces. If you're feeling adventurous, our real estate agents recommend trying the rum flavor! You can also choose from chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, and sweet potato pralines. 
  1. Aunt Sallys: 810 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    An iconic local brand, Aunt Sallyshistory of making Creole pralines dates all the way back to 1935. The original family recipe is poured thin, creating a slightly crisp candy. The newer recipe, produced since 2000, is thicker and creamier with a more fudge-like texture. Sallys also makes a chewy version of the praline that's designed to appeal to those who love caramel and nuts. No matter which kind you try, you won't be disappointed! 

  2. Loretta's Authentic Pralines: 2101 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    A quaint corner shop with a homey feel, Loretta's Authentic Pralines has been serving up pralines made with a family recipe for over 35 years. Choose from an array of flavors including original, chocolate, rum, peanut butter, coconut. Don't care for pecans? No problem! Loretta's serves up pralines without them as well. 

  3. Leah's Pralines: 714 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    For over 70 years, Leah's Pralines has been satisfying both locals and visitors with the delicious pralines made from Leah Johnson's family recipes. Choose from traditional, creamy, or chocolate. Better yet, try them all! Leah's sells a Creole sampler and a praline sampler, so it's easy to taste to your heart's content. 

  4. Laura's Candies:  331 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Established in 1913, Laura's Candies is the oldest candy shop in New Orleans. They make their Creole pralines by hand daily and are famous both original and crispy pralines. Laura's is also one of the only candy shops serving up maple pralines, which is a must-try flavor! 

New Orleans is a city that's rich with history and culture. If you want to learn more about living in New Orleans, we can help! Contact us today to get started. 


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Begins April 25

Jazz Festival
Jazz was born in New Orleans, and that musical heritage continues every day in the streets, bars, and stages of our vibrant city. But once a year, it all comes together in one place, along with hundreds of thousands of locals and lucky visitors. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been a NOLA tradition for half a century, and this year's 50th-anniversary festival promises to be another must-see, must-hear, multi-stage spectacle. As you browse New Orleans homes for sale, browse the festival lineup too to learn exactly why NOLA is the only place for a music lover to live.

Do you have your tickets yet? Here's what you need to know about the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival:

The Jazz Fest Lasts for Two Long Weekends

Can't make the first weekend of Jazz Fest? Don't worry; you have ten whole days of music and culture to experience. The festival starts on Thursday, April 25, and runs through the weekend before starting back up on Thursday, May 2, for another four-day weekend of fun. Each day features rotating lineups on one of several music stages throughout the Fair Grounds Race Course, as well as designated tents for gospel, blues, and even kids.

Jazz Legends Join Forces with Top 40 Superstars

These days, Jazz Fest isn't just about the jazz. While the best of the best local and international jazz musicians will be on stage every day, the headliners also include a who's who of pop, rock, R&B, rap, bluegrass, and folk superstars. From Herbie Hancock and Mavis Staples to Katy Perry and Jimmy Buffet, this year's lineup truly embraces the anniversary theme, bringing together decades' worth of hits from different genres and places.

Louisiana Cuisine and Culture Take Center Stage

NOLA's cultural heritage is the real star of Jazz Fest, and some of our most beloved traditions revolve around food and fun. During Jazz Fest, stop by the Louisiana Folklife Village to watch locals sculpt Mardis Gras floats, forge iron balconies, knit shrimp nets, and more. After soaking up a few centuries' worth of proud NOLA traditions, fill up on gumbo, crawfish, and frozen drinks at one of the festival's many food and beverage areas. While you're at Jazz Fest, there's never a good reason to be bored, hungry, or thirsty.

Ready to sell or buy a home in New Orleans? Our real estate agents are ready to help. Contact us today to learn more about finding an agent, listing your property, or buying a new home that will have you hearing music every day.


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

Jazz National Historical Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A Taste of New Orleans at Nonna Randazzo's Bakery

Nonna Randazzo
Mardi Gras season means one thing — King Cake!

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this magical Mardi Gras treat, you should first know that the King Cake is one New Orleans tradition that you'll look forward to year after year. To get a sense of this tasty slice of culture, picture an oval-shaped baked good that looks like a cross between a traditional French pastry and a coffee cake. Now decorate it with green, gold and purple colors and voila — you have yourself a King Cake.

This traditional treat has been part of New Orleans history since the late 1800s. Every year, families and friends gather together to celebrate Mardi Gras Day by sharing a King Cake. Within each cake is a small prize, usually a small plastic baby or coin. If your piece of cake contains the prize is dubbed the "King" for the day. They are now bound by tradition to host the following year's Mardi Gras Day party and supply the King Cake.

The King Cake is a delicious treat, and King Cakes from Nonna Randazzo's Bakery are hard to beat. As many New Orleans locals can tell you, there are a number of Randazzo bakeries throughout our nearby communities.  And for a good reason--Randazzo bakeries are steeped in a long line of family history as well as baking traditions..

King Cakes Are a Randazzo Family Specialty

Nonna Randazzo's Bakery only uses the finest quality products in all of their bread, pastries and, of course, King Cakes.  Nonna Randazzo's Bakery is owned and operated by Felix and Joel Randazzo Forjet. Joel is the daughter of Lawrence Randazzo, who in 1965 with his brothers, Manuel and Anthony, and their father, Sam, started the Randazzo's Hi Lan Bakery in St. Bernard Parish. Since then, their family has provided New Orleans residents and visitors with renowned King Cakes every year.

Whether the New Orleans property you buy is one of our Ponchatoula homes for sale or a residence in a nearby neighborhood, a Randazzo family bakery may be around the corner.

Share Randazzo's King Cakes With Friends New & Old

Our real estate agents are fans of just about everything having to do with New Orleans, and Nonna Randazzo's Bakery is no exception.  When you move to our fair city, we're sure you will love Nonna Randazzo's Bakery too! The good news is Nonna's has four fantastic locations throughout New Orleans which means you're never far from their traditional King Cakes.

Next time you're searching for Mandeville homes for sale make an appointment with one of our REALTORS® to view these fabulous properties. Perhaps we can meet for a sweet treat at Nonna Randazzo's Mandeville location at 22022 Marshall Road.

If you'd like to expand your search and check out other great homes in Covington, Chalmette or Ponchatoula, or any other New Orleans homes for sale, you won't go wrong with fresh pastries at one of Nonna Randazzo's nearby locations:

  • 2033 US-190 F, Covington, LA
  • 925 E Judge Perez Dr, Chalmette, LA
  • 1625 Ste A, US-51 BUS, Ponchatoula, LA
  • 22022 Marshall Rd, Mandeville, LA

The hardworking team at Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS® will help you find the perfect Covington, Ponchatoula or Chalmette homes. Whether you're new to town or are looking for the next place where your family can grow, our real estate agents are ready to make your dream home a reality. Contact us today to learn more about buying or selling your New Orleans area home. 


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

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

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

A Piece of Living History

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

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

Exploring Jackson Square

New Orleans Jackson Square

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

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

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

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


New Orleans Culture: The Lafayette Cemetery #1

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

All About Lafayette Cemetery

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

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

Getting to Lafayette Cemetery

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

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

Take a Self-Guided Walking Tour

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

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

Take a Guided Tour

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

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

Consider Buying in NOLA

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

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