New year, new yoga studio? Yoga offers a great workout that's accessible for everyone, and the start of a new year is the perfect time to embrace this healthy habit. Whether you're already an experienced yogi or you're just getting started on your yoga journey, there are a ton of great yoga studios around Lafayette where you can take the next steps. Our Realtors® have all of the details on 5 of the best yoga studios near Lafayette for you to enjoy in 2023.
Searching for a home near your favorite yoga studio? Our local real estate team is here to help, and we have plenty of Lafayette open houses to help you find the right match. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lafayette, LA, area.
What's better for you than a brisk walk outdoors? How about a walk with your devoted pet? Join our Realtors® in observing Walk Your Dog Month during January. Take a stroll with your beloved pooch at one of these great locations near Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Our Realtors® are passionate about showing off Lafayette homes for sale and holding the best Lafayette open houses. But even a dedicated team like ours needs some interests outside work. Pickleball is one of them – and it's taking the Lafayette area by storm.
Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton, and even ping-pong. It can be enjoyed either indoors or outdoors on a court 44 feet long. The width of the court can vary based on the type of competition. A paddle sport with a plastic ball, pickleball is versatile: It can be played as singles or doubles, and it has very simple rules.
Experts consider pickleball to be the fastest-growing sport in America. It is easily picked up by players of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, including children and seniors. Over the last few years, it's popped up all over Lafayette, too. There are so many opportunities to try it out you might wonder where to start.
Let's get the inside scoop on pickleball in Lafayette.
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Can you believe that the Louisiana Marathon is already around the corner? Whether you've been training to participate in the race or you're looking forward to enjoying the festivities as a spectator, there's so much to look forward to with the Louisiana Marathon this year. Our Realtors® have exciting details on what to expect from the Louisiana Marathon in 2023.
Location: 660 N. 4th St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Dates: January 14-15, 2023
Admission: Free for Spectators, Race Entry Fees Vary by Distance
The full marathon is the cornerstone of the whole race weekend for both spectators and the many runners who've been training for the Louisiana Marathon all year long. The course winds through downtown Baton Rouge, along the river, through the LSU campus, and through some of the most historic neighborhoods near Baton Rouge homes for sale. This marathon is also an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon, boasting one of the highest qualifying rates of any marathon in the country thanks to the flat, fast, and very runner-friendly course. The full marathon kicks off on January 15, 2023, at 7:00 AM.
Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon
If you've been training hard but don't quite feel ready for the full marathon, the Louisiana Marathon offers a variety of other race lengths that offer a fun, inviting challenge while helping you continue to develop your running skills. Both the half and quarter marathons follow similar paths to the main marathon, just shorter in length. The half marathon starts at the same time as the full marathon on Sunday, while the quarter marathon will be on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 8:00 AM.
Louisiana Marathon 5k and Kids "Marathon."
The Louisiana Marathon features something for everyone, including shorter races ideal for newer runners or anyone who wants to get the whole family involved in the fun. Whether you're aiming to set a personal best or you just want to participate in the race weekend while enjoying the atmosphere, the fast, scenic 5k course is sure to please. The kids are sure to love participating in the kid's marathon, a one-mile run that ends with a trip to the fun Kids Zone. The 5k kicks off alongside the quarter marathon on Saturday morning, while the kid's marathon starts right after the 5k ends at 10:15 AM on Saturday.
How to Sign Up or Donate
If you're interested in participating in any of the races that we've covered, there's still time to sign up and secure your spot. You can easily sign up through the Louisiana Marathon website, with registration ending on the day of each race. You can also make a donation on the website toward the charitable causes supported by the Louisiana Marathon.
Spectator Info for the Louisiana Marathon
The Louisiana Marathon is a great event for spectators, too! There's no cost to watch the event, whether you're cheering on a specific participant or supporting every runner who passes by you. Check the course information for the Saturday Races and Sunday Races to find the best spots for spectating on each day, then head out early on race day to get the best views.
Are you searching for a home that allows you to enjoy excellent Baton Rouge events like the Louisiana Marathon all year long? Our local real estate team is here to help you find the perfect match with Baton Rouge open houses and so much more. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA, area.
Louisiana offers endless possibilities for anyone with a taste for adventure and a love of the outdoors. Here in the Alexandria area, our Realtors® are proud to live in a region with such a wealth of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
From lakes and bayous to parks and trails, there are countless ways to spend time in the great outdoors in and around Alexandria. If you're in town checking out Alexandria open houses, be sure to also visit some of these great outdoor attractions!
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana! If you're looking for your dream home, our team is dedicated to helping you find it in the Alexandria area.
Southern Louisiana has long been known as a sportsman's paradise. Bayous and marshes all around the Houma area are teeming with both freshwater and saltwater fish. And as our Realtors® are fond of saying, you don't need a boat to enjoy fishing in Houma.
You'll find an abundance of shore fishing access in Houma and throughout Terrebonne Parish. If you're in the area visiting Houma open houses, be sure to check out some of these amazing local fishing spots.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. It's truly a place unlike any other, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Houma and the surrounding areas.
New Orleans homes for sale are surrounded by natural beauty that will inspire you. When you are relaxing after a full day of New Orleans open houses, be sure to take some time to enjoy the many green spaces that The Big Easy has in store.
Our Realtors® know there are plenty of wonderful reasons to make New Orleans your next home: The history, unbeatable music and dining scene, and a lifestyle you simply can't find anywhere else. But you don't have to head out to the Bayou to enjoy Louisiana nature: It's right in your backyard.
New Orleans goes one step beyond the usual municipal park concept with its focus on gardens. Some of them are historic, playing a role in the unfolding story of the city, while others are botanical gardens that encourage research, conservation, or hands-on skill development.
Let's visit some of the most beautiful gardens you can explore in New Orleans:
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If you're looking for a relaxing, fun-filled activity for the whole family, consider taking a trip to Moncus Park. You and your family can enjoy a ton of different activities and events in this well-kept municipal park near our Lafayette homes for sale - and best of all, you'll pay next to nothing for the experience. Let's take a look at what Moncus Park has to offer and how you can plan the ultimate park day trip.
About the Park
Moncus Park is located at 2913 Johnston Street in Lafayette and is open 7 days a week from 5 AM to 10 PM. The play areas are open from 9 AM to 9 PM.
If you want to access the dog park, your dog will need a special park tag. You can get this tag by submitting your dog's vaccination records to park officials and paying a $13 annual fee. This tag system ensures that all dogs can use the park safely.
Moncus Park encompasses several acres of green space crisscrossed by miles of hiking trails and walking paths. These paths take you through the park's open areas and the stunning ravine forest on the far end of the entrance. You're sure to have a great time exploring the area and discovering all the natural beauty of this space. When you're done, you can take a seat on the rolling hills by Lake Reaux to relax and catch your breath.
Have a furry friend or two in your life? Take them to the Giles Automotive Dog Park, a paradise where you can let your dog off his leash to explore the park's paths, hills, tunnels, and other features. All dogs must have park tags to visit the park, and for safety's sake, small and large dogs are only allowed in the park on specific days. Dogs under 16 inches tall must visit on odd days, while dogs that are taller than that can visit on even days.
Kids will have a great time swinging, climbing, and sliding down the equipment at the state-of-the-art Ochsner Playground. The playground includes activities for kids of all ages, so even the youngest visitors will have no trouble finding something fun to do.
Programs and Events
Moncus Park is a great place to hang out anytime, but it also hosts a huge roster of programs and events for residents to enjoy. Options include yoga classes, CrossFit training, youth gymnastics classes, sign language classes, children's painting, and storytime sessions, and more.
One of the park's most popular events is its Food Truck Fridays tradition. Every Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM, a collection of local food truck vendors assembles at the park to serve lunch to hungry residents. The lineup is constantly changing and includes local favorites like Big Belly Sandwiches, Yo Daddy's BBQ and Blues, and Beignet Box. Drop in for a delicious lunch you can eat right there in the park.
On Saturdays, you can also visit the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. Stationed near the park's entrance, this is the perfect place to pick up some fresh produce or one-of-a-kind gifts!
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Lafayette is such a lovely place to live and grow. The city offers a lot of public resources, including several recreational areas where you can take a walk, have your kids play on the playground, or play a round of disc golf. If you've been busy looking at Lafayette homes for sale lately, we recommend taking a break and visiting one of these local recreational areas.
Each of these recreation centers has something unique to offer, but they are all lovely places to spend a few hours. Visit a few, and see which one you like best. If you're new to the area and still looking for a home, contact us soon. Our Realtors® are local experts and would love to help.
Lake Charles homes for sale are some of the most sought-after in Louisiana, with those that have actual lake frontage in the greatest demand. While the competition is fierce, the satisfaction is well worth it. And as a part of the Lake Charles community, you don't have to live right on the water to enjoy it.
Let's take a stroll down some of the best beaches near Lake Charles:
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Houma homes for sale are some of Louisiana's best. With the combination of vibrant culture, a strong local economy, and unparalleled outdoor beauty, it's no surprise so many people from outside the state ultimately choose Houma for their next home.
Our Realtors® know that the potential for outdoor adventures is one big driver of interest in Houma. As a resident here, you're just a short drive from a truly unique ecosystem unlike any other in the United States: The Louisiana Bayou.
A bayou is a slow-moving creek or a swampy stretch within a river or lake. The Louisiana Bayou stretches across two states (the other one is Arkansas) to a length of 375 miles. Home to over 100 kinds of fish, it's the biggest bayou out there. And exploring it is a local pastime you might just love.
Let's drop in on some of the leading bayou tour providers around Houma:
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New Orleans is famously identified with the Mississippi River, but that's not the only notable body of water found around the Big Easy. Our real estate agents love making convenient getaways to enjoy these incredible lakes near NOLA.
After a full day checking out Lake Charles homes for sale, it only makes sense to get out and have some fun. You are sure to find outdoor dining options for you, no matter what your favorite cuisine might be.
Our real estate agents are often asked about the best restaurants in Lake Charles. While the city has something for everyone, one topic comes up again and again, thanks to the area's natural beauty: Outdoor dining. Always popular in Lake Charles, it has really taken off in recent years.
Let's look at just a few of your many Lake Charles outdoor dining options:
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.
Louisiana is home to many different ecosystems. If you'd like to spend a day admiring the area's natural wonders, Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to do so since it has many unique species of plants and animals. Our real estate agents often recommend that newcomers visit the refuge to learn more about local wildlife. Plan your visit with the information below.
If you spend an afternoon at the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, you're sure to fall in love with the region's natural wonders. If you love it enough that you decide to move here, don't hesitate to contact us. Our talented real estate agents will help you find the perfect place to call home.
Looking for something new to do this summer? Grab your friends and family and go play a round of disc golf! Disc golf is pretty similar to regular golf. The major difference is players throw a flying disc instead of using balls and clubs, and the objective is to land the disc in a basket instead of a hole.
Our real estate agents have been really getting into this fun summertime activity, so we're up to date on all the best disc golf courses around the great state of Louisiana. You'd be surprised at just how many great courses there are around:
Have fun ringing those disc golf baskets, as it's one of the many fun things to do around Louisiana. If you're in the market for a new home, contact us today.
Looking for restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale where your favorite canine will be welcome to join you? You may not be able to bring Fido to New Orleans open houses, but you're sure to find plenty of places for delicious cuisine where dogs are part of the fun.
Our real estate agents know that finding a great yard for pets is a big driver behind purchases for many of our customers. With that in mind, we've collected a list of some New Orleans eateries that will be glad to show you some hospitality with your pal in tow.
Just remember that New Orleans' pet-friendly restaurants do require dogs to be on leashes!
Let's take a closer look at some of your many options all throughout The Big Easy:
We know both you and your pets will love living in NOLA. Contact us to discover more about New Orleans today.
Since Baton Rouge formed around the Mississippi River, it's no surprise that many of the city's historical sites are close to the waterfront. Immerse yourself in the rich history around Baton Rouge homes for sale at these fascinating locations.
During a hot Louisiana summer, a pool can be extra relaxing and provide a nice break from the heat!
Having a pool installed is a pretty big project, but if you do your work upfront, it's entirely manageable. Here are some things to know and consider before you add a pool to your property.
Once your pool is in place, all that's left to do is enjoy it! If you're still looking for the perfect home among our Lafayette homes for sale, with or without a pool, contact us soon. Our real estate agents will be happy to help.
Go to Lafayette open houses, and you'll be only a few minutes away from some of the best driving ranges and golf courses in the state of Louisiana. Most driving ranges are associated with professionally sized golf courses, and many offer classes to help you boost your skills even further.
Let's take a closer look at some of the places around Lafayette to perfect your golf swing:
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An outdoor kitchen is an excellent addition for maximizing your home's exterior spaces. Our real estate agents know that an outdoor kitchen is also an attractive feature to potential homebuyers. Here are a few outdoor kitchen trends that we expect to see take center stage this summer.
Ready to purchase a home with additional space for your outside kitchen? Contact us today to get started!
Louisiana is home to some of the most remarkable birds in the entire country. The Lake Charles area is no exception in this regard. There are more top-notch birding spots around our Lake Charles homes for sale than we can count. We've listed some of the best ones below.
These diverse biomes are truly a birdwatcher's paradise. You can enjoy countless opportunities to observe gorgeous birds by moving closer to the action. Contact us today for more information on our listings or to attend one of our Lake Charles open houses.
Summer is right around the corner, and with it, all of the typical fun summer activities: swimming, biking, walking, and just in general, spending as much time outside as one possibly can. Of course, what all of these things have in common is plenty of sunshine, so it shouldn't be a surprise that National Safe Sun Week is held the week before Memorial Day to remind us to be safe this summer. Here are a few sun safety tips from our real estate agents to help keep you safe while enjoying your favorite summer activities.
Summer is the best part of the year for many people, with longer days, more sunshine, and lots of fun events. It's also when the real estate market is at its peak, so if you're thinking about buying or selling a house this summer, contact us today or visit one of our New Orleans open houses.
Gardening is more than just a relaxing and enjoyable hobby. It's also a great way to improve your yard's appearance and boost your home's curb appeal. Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can put together an amazing garden by choosing plants that are easy for beginners to grow. Here are a few types of plants that our real estate agents recommend, carefully chosen for gardeners of all skill levels.
Even if you're not an experienced gardener, you can dress up your home's landscaping with easy-to-grow plants like these. For more ideas on boosting your curb appeal before selling your home this summer, contact us today.
Mother's Day is around the corner, and now is the time to start planning a special gift for all of the wonderful moms in your life. Fortunately, Baton Rouge is home to some amazing florists that offer everything you need for Mother's Day this year, from simple yet beautiful arrangements to elegant gift baskets that are packed with items that mom is sure to love. Our real estate agents have the details on five local Baton Rouge florists where you're sure to find a great gift for Mother's Day.
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With spring finally here, it's time to start choosing plants and items like edging and fountains to spruce up your garden. You'll be able to find the items you're looking for - along with expert advice and excellent customer service - at Alexandria gardening stores and greenhouses.
Our real estate agents suggest shopping at the following locations for your gardening needs:
Contact us if you're looking for a home to buy and would like to see Alexandria homes for sale. We've been helping people in the Gulf South buy and sell real estate since 1916 and understand that finding the right home is much more than a business transaction. It's an essential part of having a happy, prosperous life, and we'd love to help you find the right home for you.
With access to the Mississippi River and a vast maze of bayous and backwaters that empty onto the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is within casting distance of some of the best fishing spots in America. It's just one of the many things our real estate agents love about life in NOLA.
Springtime happens to be one of the best times of year for fishing in New Orleans, providing opportunities to catch fish, ranging from redfish and speckled trout to marlin and red snapper. Here are some of the best fishing charters and guide services in Louisiana.
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There are a lot of things our real estate agents love about life in Baton Rouge. It's a unique cultural city and the capital of Louisiana, with distinctive music and food scenes. Just as importantly, it's a prime jumping-off point for outdoor adventures.
Providing access to the Mississippi River and several other waterways, Baton Rouge is the perfect place to begin a fishing and boating trip in Louisiana. If you're looking for just the right place to get out on the water, be sure to check out these great boat launches in the Baton Rouge area:
Contact us today to learn more about planning your adventures in the Baton Rouge area! And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find your dream home in Louisiana.
Are you ready for an outdoor adventure you won't forget? Our real estate agents have a suggestion!
One of the many reasons Alexandria homes for sale are so in demand is because of their proximity to the Kisatchie National Forest. Kisatchie is the only designated national forest in the state of Louisiana. It sprawls across 604,000 acres, with forested pine hills set across seven different parishes.
Things to Do in Kisatchie National Forest
With so much space to explore, just about any outdoor activity you can name is provided for within the bountiful nature of Kisatchie. It has a blend of developed and backcountry areas for you to choose from. You could spend weeks there and only see a small fraction of what there is to experience.
Let's take a closer look at what you can expect in and around the forest:
There are no cabins anywhere within the Kisatchie National Forest. However, camping is welcome and encouraged. There are campsites for RVs and tent camping. Some tent camping sites are designed for groups of 10 or more. Finding the right campground for you may take some planning!
The area is divided into five ranger districts, and each one has its own campgrounds. There are dozens of different areas where camping support is provided. Bear in mind that some are intended for daytime use only. Before you visit, find the district closest to your entry point and decide on a site.
Because there are so many campgrounds available, reservations are not taken for the majority of sites in Kisatchie National Forest. However, you can call ahead to the ranger station to inquire about RV camping since RV hookups are in limited supply.
Kisatchie Bayou fishing is one of the biggest attractions and draws anglers from all around the region in the spring and summer. Kisatchie Bayou stands out for its white sandbars, its rocky outcroppings, and even a number of pristine waterfalls. Fish you can encounter include bream and bass.
Other bodies of water throughout the Kisatchie are home to catfish and crappie. The most popular of all fishing spots within the forest is Saline Bayou, which crosses 20 miles of hardwood bottomland. You may also find dozens of other ponds and streams, many of them undisturbed throughout most of the year.
129-mile long Dugdemona River is a great starting point for most anglers. A popular place to gather is Beaver Dam, which you'll find along the upper shore of Caney Lake. No matter what you choose, it is sure to be exciting.
Other Water Sports
Various ponds and rivers throughout the National Forest support kayaking. Beware that not all channels are navigable. Watch out for posted signage about entry points and proper equipment before you begin.
Hiking and Trail Riding
There are many different trails winding their way through the Kisatchie, such as the 36-mile Sandstone Trail winding through the Kisatchie Hills. You'll find hundreds of miles of marked trails. Markers include information on trail length, terrain, difficulty, and estimated time of completion.
Altogether, there are trails suitable for hiking, mountain biking, all-terrain vehicles, and horse riding. Be advised that the ranger station has designated some trails as "sunrise to sunset" only, so it is crucial to plan out your journey to return before nightfall.
There is so much to see and do throughout Louisiana. Contact us to learn more or get started with Louisiana real estate.
Geocaching is essentially a global treasure hunt. It's an activity that involves using GPS coordinates to find "caches" that have been hidden at specific locations all over the world. Here in Houma, it also happens to be a great way to get to know the local area.
To date, 21 geocaches have been hidden in the Houma, Louisiana area. Finding them all constitutes an official GeoTour of the region. It's one of only around 50 such tours that have been established worldwide.
How Does Geocaching Work?
You only need a GPS device or GPS-enabled smartphone to get started, along with the Geocaching App (it's free). Caches usually consist of boxes or containers of various sizes, with unique and mysterious "treasures" hidden inside.
Many caches have been hidden at parks, local businesses, and other landmarks in the Houma area. Download the Geocaching app, get your GPS ready, and join our real estate agents on a GeoTour of Houma, Louisiana! These are just some of the places where you can find hidden treasure:
Contact us today to learn more about life in Houma, Louisiana. It's the heart of Bayou Country, and it's a truly unique place to call home. Be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find your dream home in the Houma area.
Louisiana's live oak trees are special. They're more than just trees. They're tangible links to the past. Living history. Our real estate agents never get tired of gazing up through their majestic canopies.
Some of the oldest and largest trees in Louisiana are these monumental live oaks in Lafayette.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette, Louisiana. From rich history and incredible architecture to wild landscapes and outdoor adventures, it's a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Acadiana.
Whether for exercise, exploration, or your daily commute, Baton Rouge is a bike-friendly city with ample options for getting around on two wheels. There are plenty of bike paths, both paved and off-road, along with a great collection of bicycle clubs that make it easy to connect with other riders. Our real estate agents have the key info on some of the many ways that you can enjoy biking in Baton Rouge.
Ready to find a home that makes it easy to explore your favorite city on two wheels? Our local real estate team is here to help. Visit one of our Baton Rouge open houses or contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.
Do you love camping so much that you hate to put away your gear when winter arrives? You don't have to! Louisiana's warm climate keeps temperatures high enough to allow you to camp comfortably throughout the winter season.
Many of our real estate agents are nature enthusiasts who don't let chillier temperatures keep them from enjoying the great outdoors. Here are some of their favorite spots to spend a winter night under the stars across Lousiana.
Want to experience all that this only state has to offer? Let us help you find a Louisiana home to call your own. Contact us today to take the first step toward settling down in this rich bastion of culture, history, and natural splendor.
Louisiana is a pretty wild place. From the Gulf Coast to the Bayou Country, it's a state filled with all kinds of unique plants and animals. Many of the most fascinating live below the water's surface, and you don't have to go deep into the wilderness to see them.
Louisiana is home to numerous world-class aquariums and marine life exhibits where you can see sea creatures from all over the world, and from right here in Louisiana. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorites.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. From amazing animal attractions to the wild landscape all around us, it's a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home.
Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge has played a vital role in conserving Louisiana's biodiversity since it was first established in 1988. This beautiful location is fortunately open to the public, and it is one of the first places our real estate agents recommend when clients ask about green spaces and nature trails around Lake Charles.
Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge was the first conservation area established under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. It is located approximately 25 miles away from Lake Charles. The refuge serves as the headquarters for Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex and is comprised of two units: the Gibbstown Unit and the East Cove Unit.
Both units are carefully managed by a team of conservationists to preserve the habitats that the local plants and animals need to thrive. Visitors are asked to be respectful of these efforts and follow the rules while they are in this space.
Some of the many activities you can partake in at the wildlife refuge include:
One of the most compelling reasons to visit Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge is its diverse array of birds, mammals, reptiles, and other creatures.
The refuge is primarily intended to protect the area's waterfowl, so it's no surprise that it has healthy populations of birds like Northern pintail, ring-necked ducks, and snow geese.
Graceful wading birds like ibis and herons are also common sights. One of the most distinctive of these birds is the roseate spoonbill, a small wading bird with striking flamingo pink plumage. Visitors can even observe a wide range of raptors at the refuge, including merlins, kestrels, and peregrine falcons.
There are also plenty of land animals to observe within the conservation area's bounds. Swamp rabbits and cottontail rabbits are both abundant, as are other relatively common indigenous species such as opossums and mink. Majestic white-tailed deer can sometimes be seen grazing in far-off fields. Although they are not native to the area, nutria were introduced to the refuge in the 1930s for unknown reasons and have thrived there.
The refuge is also home to some more dangerous aquatic creatures. Both units are known to be excellent places to observe Louisiana's alligators in their natural habitat. They will generally keep to themselves when humans are around but don't get too close! The same goes for the snapping turtles that also inhabit the area. Some of them can be difficult to see, so be very careful when traveling through the marshy areas of the refuge.
Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge is an immensely valuable ecological project that Lake Charles residents get to enjoy alongside the animals that live there. If you want to visit this site more often, why not move to a home in the area? Contact us for more information on our Lake Charles homes for sale or to arrange a viewing of any of the properties we are currently representing in this area.
You can tear up some trail any time in Louisiana, but fall is a particularly great time to be out ATV-ing.
Here in the Alexandria area, we're lucky to have truly awesome ATV trails right at our doorstep. We asked our real estate agents to share their favorite places to go off-roading in the Alexandria area, and these are their top picks:
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. It's a great place for anyone who loves the outdoors, whether your activity of choice is hunting, fishing, hiking, or ATV riding.
New Orleans City Park has been a community landmark for over 100 years, and its storied reputation is well-deserved. Our real estate agents love living in NOLA and all the parks residents have access to. One of the most popular being City Park.
The land on which New Orleans City Park was built was first acquired by the city in 1854, but it was not developed until nearly 40 years later in 1891. Since then, it has been slowly built up in both size and scope.
At 1,300 acres, it is currently almost 50% larger than Central Park in NYC. It is the 20th most-visited public park in the US and a beloved icon of New Orleans.
With the exception of a few past investments in exceptional circumstances, New Orleans City Park has been mostly self-supporting since opening to the public. It recoups the cost of maintenance and operation through user fees and land rents.
Today, the park is a thriving community landmark full of exciting entertainment opportunities and cultural displays. Some highlights include:
Though the park has always been regarded as a local gem, it received its first significant investment as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. The Roosevelt Administration offered $12 million (an estimated value of $128 million today) in funding to develop the park further and turn it into a truly impressive location.
The project employed around 20,000 workers and built critical landmarks like the Tad Gormley Stadium, as well as many of the fountains and roadways that are scattered around the park.
Hurricane Katrina left 95% of the park flooded for weeks and caused an estimated $43 million in damage to the property and its attractions.
While the park was proudly self-sufficient at that time, there were few extra funds available to make the necessary repairs. It took a combination of municipal funding, investment from local organizations, and a lot of volunteer labor to rebuild the park. Eventually, however, it was restored to its former glory.
New Orleans City Park is a special place for the city's residents, simultaneously bursting with fun and steeped in history. In that way, it's a lot like the city itself.
The bayou has shaped the culture of Louisiana for generations. A bayou is a slow-moving river at the center of a truly unique ecosystem. New Orleans homes for sale are within a short drive of the bayou, as the state is home to thousands of acres of nature preserves protecting these unique treasures.
Our real estate agents know that, just like its incomparable food culture, outdoor adventures are a big part of why some people choose New Orleans. Whether you prefer a guided group tour or a leisurely journey on your own, check out these kayak rental spots.
Whether you explore NOLA by land or on the river, there's plenty to see and do! Contact us to learn more about New Orleans real estate.
A home with a patio provides opportunities for relaxation and various outdoor activities with family and friends. Whether you enjoy relaxing in the sun, tending to your garden, or grilling with the kids, a patio creates the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors.
If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you know that the climate changes with the seasons. Our real estate agents can help you find a home with an existing patio or a sizable backyard where you can build your own. With hot summers, cool, windy winters, and year-round rainfall in New Orleans, choosing materials that provide long-term durability and easy maintenance is essential.
In a changing climate, it's hard to find a patio material more versatile than concrete. Made from a mixture of cement, gravel, sand, and water, a concrete patio with proper maintenance can last 20-30 years. For minimal costs, you can build a concrete patio in a variety of shapes and finishes that complement the style of your home.
Poured or Stamped – A poured concrete patio is quick and easy to install as long as you have a flat surface. For $6 to $13 per square foot, you can create a patio in square, rectangular, oval, or curved shapes to complement the style of your home. Concrete can be colored as well as textured by using stamps that create a variety of patterns.
Pavers – Concrete pavers are manufactured stones that come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Unlike poured slabs, pavers are placed individually. They offer better drainage and less damage from cracks. Although pavers cost $13 to $20 per square foot, they can last 50-100 years with minimal maintenance.
Made from clay fired at high temperatures, bricks provide durability and classic appeal for formal and rustic homes and landscapes. Brick patios cost $14 to $20 per square foot, but salvaged bricks can be purchased as a cheaper, eco-friendly option. If full-sized bricks create structural concerns, thinner, lighter brick pavers can be laid in a variety of patterns. Brick patios can last up to 100 years with proper maintenance. Bricks are strong but porous, so cleaning with bleach and a scrub brush 3-4 times a year is recommended to prevent mildew and moss growth during rainy weather.
Flagstone is a beautiful material that's available in various stones and colors. Large, flat slabs of stone quarried from the ground are usually 1-3 inches thick. Irregular shapes and distinct colors enhance visual interest, and rough surfaces provide good traction when wet. Popular flagstones include Bluestone, Limestone, Sandstone, and Quartzite. When building a patio, flagstones should be at least 1 ½ inches thick and laid directly on soil or sand. Thinner slabs should be laid in concrete or wet mortar to prevent cracking. A flagstone patio will cost $14 to $28 per square foot, but it can last 100 years or more with proper care.
Once considered a choice only for small side yards, loose materials are now popular options for patios, especially in drought-prone areas. Many homeowners are replacing thirsty lawns with more water-wise alternatives that are inexpensive and easy to use. Options include:
Bark and rubber mulch
At an average cost of $6 to $10 per square foot, loose materials can last many years and easily be replaced, but borders or edging may be needed to keep materials in place.
Still looking for a home perfect for relaxing on the patio? If you're interested in New Orleans properties, contact us for a tour of available homes in desirable communities that fit your lifestyle and financial needs.
Our real estate agents know that a stylish outdoor space is a valuable addition to your home. A well-planned exterior space provides a place for al fresco dining, gathering around the firepit with a refreshing beverage, or enjoying your favorite TV show or podcast. Making sure your outdoor spaces are well illuminated ensures that you can enjoy them and helps add an extra level of safety and security. Here are a few ways you can enhance the overall effect of your outdoor lighting.
Want a home with more space for your outdoor activities? Contact us today to get started!
New Orleans is a city where outdoor scenery and adventure await you around every turn, with endless natural beauty to explore. The city park system is robust with well-equipped parks that feature attractions for every member of the family to enjoy, the Mississippi River offers some of the most beautiful views that you'll find anywhere, and the swamps outside the city are ideal for eco-friendly tours. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 different ways that you can enjoy the outdoors around New Orleans.
Ready to find your next home near the outstanding outdoor attractions of New Orleans? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
As temperatures rise, you and your kids may find yourself in need of a way to cool off. Pools and splash pads can be the perfect solution. Here are the top choices our real estate agents recommend around the Lake Charles area.
When you're feeling a bit warm this summer, head to one of these pools or splash parks, and let the water cool you off. Contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent to guide your house hunting process.
Raised garden beds can be a great way to garden. They are often more successful because of factors like better drainage and soil quality, and they're easier to work in. Plus, they look tidy and attractive, which is an added bonus if you're getting ready to list your home in Baton Rouge homes for sale. Here are a few tips for starting a raised garden bed.
With a couple of raised garden beds and a trip to the nursery for some plants to fill them with, your yard will be transformed. For more ideas to improve your curb appeal before selling your home, contact us today.
Think you've seen all that nature has to offer in Louisiana? Our real estate agents say you're in for a treat when you take in the glorious sights from up high with an aerial adventure at one of these top locations around New Orleans.
There's never a dull moment around New Orleans. Join the fun and contact us at Latter & Blum.
Ask ten local fishermen to name their favorite fishing spot, and you're bound to get ten different answers. But just about all Louisiana anglers agree on one thing: the Lake Charles area is a pretty great place to fish.
We have many unique fishing opportunities here in Lake Charles, from the waters of our namesake lake to the meandering Calcasieu River and the mighty waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Join our real estate agents at some of our favorite Lake Charles fishing spots!
Be sure to pick up a Louisiana fishing license before you go. And if you're new to the area, consider booking a trip with a local fishing guide like Bayou Charters or Louisiana Fins Guide Service. There's nothing like an experienced local guide who can show you right where the fish are!
With summer well on its way, the fishing season on Lake Charles and the surrounding areas has just begun. Contact us today to learn more about outdoor adventures in Lake Charles, and be sure to ask our team about how we can help you find your dream home in Louisiana.
You hate throwing away all that kitchen waste: coffee grounds and tea bags, apple and potato peels, tops of strawberries, outer layers of an onion, and more. Most of it probably goes in the waste bin, right?
But what if you could turn that waste into good garden soil by composting it? Let's take a look at what's involved with composting and how to get started.
Disc golf has become an increasingly popular sport and is a great way to connect with nature while you get some exercise. Bring a few friends along to compete against as you explore different disc golf courses near Baton Rouge, each of which has its own unique layout and characteristics.
Our real estate agents recommend trying these 5 places to play disc golf near Baton Rouge:
Contact us to see homes for sale near Baton Rouge. This area of the country has plenty of natural beauty and recreational opportunities, and we'd love to share more about what makes the Baton Rouge area such a special place to call home.
Lake Charles is a place where history, art, architecture, and culture merge to tell a unique story that continues to evolve to this day. So much of the history of Lake Charles has been preserved to the present day, thanks to the work of local historical organizations and museums. You will also find a living history of the Lake Charles area in the form of historic homes, businesses, and public buildings, many of which are located downtown. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 6 historic sites near Lake Charles that you won't want to miss.
Historic Sites Near Lake Charles
Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center – 1001 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
The Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center is the perfect place to start your historical journey near Lake Charles homes for sale. Part history museum, part art gallery, and part architectural marvel, this museum is one you definitely won't want to miss. It has exhibited works from some of history's greatest artists and also has countless unique artifacts.
Charpentier Historic District – Downtown Lake Charles, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Do you love to explore historic architecture? Then a trip to the Charpentier Historic District, located in downtown Lake Charles, is sure to pique your interest. This is the part of the city where you will find beautifully preserved historic homes, with designs that span a variety of architectural eras. The district covers about 40 blocks, ideal for a driving tour or historic strolls on weekend mornings.
Imperial Calcasieu Museum – 204 W. Sallier St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
Discover what life was like in St. Charles in eras gone by when you visit the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, where history and local artwork hand-in-hand to tell the story of Southwest Louisiana. This museum is packed with historic art from local artists and unique photography that highlights the development of the region over the years.
Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library – 411 Pujo St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
Does your family have a long history in the Lake Charles area? Then a trip to the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library may shed more light on the history of your ancestors in the region. This is a great place to research your own genealogy and learn more about the families that have shaped local history.
Brimstone Museum – 900 S Huntington St., Sulphur, LA 70663
A brief drive west of St. Charles will take you to the Brimstone Museum complex, which is located close to Sulphur homes for sale. The Brimstone Museum tells the story of sulfur mining in the area and showcases the community's history. There are rotating exhibits on display throughout the year, including unique local art that you won't find anywhere else.
Mardis Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu – 809 Kirby St. Ste 229, Lake Charles, LA 70601
A fun, colorful museum filled with unique stories, the Mardis Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu is a must-see historic destination in Lake Charles. Home to the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana, Lake Charles has a long history with Carnival season. The Mardis Gras Museum houses one of the largest collections of costumes in Louisiana, along with a variety of fascinating exhibits on the history of Mardis Gras and the unique traditions that surround Carnival Season.
Ready to create the next chapter of your own story in Lake Charles? Our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lake Charles, LA area.
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.
The city of Lafayette is a great place to spend some quality time in the great outdoors. With beautiful parks and endless streets lined with historic buildings, there's always something new to discover.
And if you have a four-legged friend along for the journey? So much the better. These are our real estate agents' favorite places to take your dog for a walk in the Lafayette area.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette, Louisiana. It's a truly unique and special place for you and man's best friend to call home.
Nighttime in New Orleans is full of glittering lights, and the most spectacular ones blanket the city from above. Get a fresh perspective on NOLA with an evening of stargazing at one of these fascinating spots recommended by our real estate agents.
Looking for a New Orleans home close to some of the best stargazing spots? Our agents can help!
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The journey from caterpillar to butterfly is one of nature's most fascinating and inspiring transformations. On Sunday, March 14, spend some time observing these beautiful insects during National Learn About Butterflies Day. Get an up-close and personal view of these delightful spots around Baton Rouge suggested by our real estate agents.
Create Your Own Butterfly Garden
Another fun option is to create your own butterfly garden! It's a family-friendly activity that benefits the environment and boosts the curb appeal of your home.
When it comes to "cocooning," there's no place better than a home of your own around Baton Rouge. Contact us at Latter & Blum for help from our cheerful and experienced real estate agents.
Eager for a taste of the great outdoors? Our real estate agents can help!
At Latter & Blum, our real estate experts spend hours every week exploring the best Lafayette homes for sale. But every now and then, even we feel the call of the wild. Louisiana's iconic bayous have shaped culture and history here for centuries, and they promise adventure for new residents and long-time locals.
What better time to reconnect than during National Day of Unplugging?
National Day of Unplugging is an awareness campaign that provides 24 hours of rest away from technology on the first Friday in March.
There are all kinds of outdoor escapes to choose from around Lafayette!
Let's look at a few of them now:
Living in Lafayette puts you at the crossroads of natural wonders. Imagine all that and the history, culture, and cuisine of one of America's most beloved cities. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn about Lafayette real estate opportunities.