NOLA's vibrant history is showcased in a wonderful assortment of local museums. While these museums are great to visit during any season, August is New Orleans Museum Month. Throughout this month, if you're a museum member at one of the participating museums you get free admission to all the other local institutions participating in the month-long event.
Join our real estate agents in celebrating New Orleans Museum Month. While the list of participating museums still has yet to be revealed, let's take a look at some of the area's museums to prepare for August.
The key to a functional, inviting kitchen is organizing it well. A well-organized kitchen will be an enjoyable space, whether you're cooking, snacking, entertaining, or just hosting a no-frills evening at home with your family. Do you feel like your kitchen is a cluttered and intimidating place to cook or relax in? Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for making this space more organized.
Have you outgrown your current home and its kitchen? The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house because of how much waking time you spend there. If you're ready to upgrade your home, contact us today, and we'll help you get your search started.
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.
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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.
Lake Charles is a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home. In 2007 the Cultural Districts program was formed with a goal to encourage economic growth and tourism to these historic areas. Let our real estate agents be your tour guide to these unique Cultural Districts in Lake Charles!
Nellie Lutcher Cultural District
Named for the legendary R&B and jazz singer who was born in Lake Charles in 1912, the Nellie Lutcher Cultural District encapsulates a vibrant area. It's the newest Cultural District in the city, having been given its official designation by the state of Louisiana in 2016, and is walkable from many Lake Charles homes for sale.
The Nellie Lutcher Cultural District spans Ryan Street and Enterprise Boulevard to the east and west and between 7th Street and Railroad Avenue to the north and south. Landmarks in this district include:
Charlestown Cultural District
Charles Sallier, one of the earliest settlers in Calcasieu Parrish, built his home on the shore of the lake that now bears his name in 1800. The settlement that grew around his homestead became known as "Charles Town" until the name was officially changed to Lake Charles in 1867.
Those early settlements around the shoreline of Lake Charles are now included within the Charlestown Cultural District, which also encompasses the Downtown Ryan Street corridor and Lakeshore Drive from the I-10 bridge to Bord du Lac Drive. Some of this district's most significant landmarks include:
Cottage Shops Cultural District
The unique Cottage Shops Cultural District was established in 2010. Compact and easily walkable, the Cottage Shops Cultural District is centered around Hodges Street between Alamo and 12th Streets and is home to some of Lake Charles' best locally-owned shops and eateries. Some of the special places found in this district include:
Contact us today to learn more about life in Lake Charles. When it comes to finding your dream home in Louisiana, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.
Is there anything more comforting than a beautiful home decorated for the holidays? The New Orleans area has many homes that are architectural wonders, especially when decorated for the holiday season. Our real estate agents highly recommend these holiday home tours in the New Orleans area. Grab a friend or two, and prepare for a memorable, festive day.
Homes throughout the city of New Orleans really come alive when decorated for the holidays. Join one of these tours, and see them for yourself this year. If you're thinking of moving to New Orleans, don't hesitate to contact us. Our helpful real estate agents can guide you through the process.
Historic homes offer a step back in time to an era where houses had huge front porches, hand-carved details, and picturesque features. They have cozy rooms filled with charm and character, but they're not for everyone. Purchasing a historic home often comes with upkeep, maintenance, and repairs that can put a dent in your bank account.
Historic homes are not ordinary financial investments in the real estate market. At Latter & Blum, our real estate agents know that historic homes are also emotional investments. When searching for New Orleans homes for sale, clients want to invest in historic properties because they're buying a piece of history. We help them to understand some important factors before they invest.
What is a Historic Home?
In the United States, old homes don't automatically qualify to be historic homes. Since historic homes are placed on the National Register of Historic Places, they must be at least 50 years old and meet certain criteria determined and monitored by the National Park Service. To qualify, homes must meet one out of four criteria:
Connection to significant historical events
Connection to lives of significant people
Representation of a historic style or master craftsman
Provision of important historical information
Currently, there are more than 26,000 homes and buildings listed on the National Register. States and municipalities can also designate historical districts, many found in areas of New Orleans.
If a home is located within a historic district, owners are restricted to making certain changes to the property. Districts with historic properties must preserve certain features, so permits are required before any work can occur on the home's exterior. In some cases, ordinary homes located in historic districts may face certain renovation restrictions as well.
Purchasing a Historic Home
Before purchasing a historic home or a home in a historic district, you should know the advantages and disadvantages. You should be prepared to deal with special circumstances that may impact your lifestyle and budget.
If you're interested in buying or selling a New Orleans home, contact us for more information and help with properties in the area.
After a year of uncertainty and wide-swinging emotions, the arrival of New Year's Eve means all sorts of good things: Celebration, Closure, the distinctive Clink of Champagne glasses. Although it's been hard to find a silver lining this year, if there's one good thing that's come from being quarantined, it's the fact that we are being forced to slow down, reflect and get reacquainted with our homes. With that in mind, Latter & Blum Realtors share the hottest home decorating trends to ring in the New Year.
High Style Accessories
For living rooms, we are seeing comfortable, plush seating with rich tones and layered styling. Thanks to all of the virtual meetings while working from home, your home background is now more important than ever and accessorizing and styling are finally getting the credit they deserve. We see accessorizing becoming bolder, more artful and more personal in 2021.
– Cindy Bailey, Latter & Blum Realtor
Workspaces have drastically changed this year and more people are opting to take back wasted space in their home offices. A closet can easily be combined with an office, since both spaces are able to disappear behind doors when not in use. A flexible workspace and fashion-forward decor help to blend these two functions seamlessly into a space that is both inspiring and productive.
– Erynn Patania, Latter & Blum Realtor
Biophilia first hit the headlines back in 2018 and is one trend that's here to stay, especially when more people are inclined to stay home in 2021. Propelled by the sustainable living movement, homeowners have been upping their eco-credentials by filling their homes with an eclectic assortment of trailers, climbers and bloomers. From macramé pot holders to vertical gardens, biophilia is one trend that's here to stay. If you don't have time for watering, go faux.
– Lisa Thomas, Latter & Blum Realtor
Bold Colors Mixed With Neutrals
While neutral tones are still popular, bold colors are on the rise in 2021. In fact, Pantone Color chose not just one but two colors of the year for 2021 – the neutral "Ultimate Grey" paired with a lovely yellow called "Illuminating". This marriage of bold and neutral colors conveys a message of strength, warmth and hopefulness that is uplifting during these times.
– Vickie Karamales, Latter & Blum Realtor
Let's be honest, it's been a rough year, and we could all use a little light relief from the stresses of 2020. Little wonder then that one of this year's top trends is wellness spaces – rooms designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. From soothing neutral palettes to cozy bouclé blankets, this trend has got you covered even in the most stressful of times.
– Team Right Side, Latter & Blum
Looking to buy or sell a home in 2021? Visit www.latter-blum.com for all your real estate needs.
Brigitte Fredy has made a name for herself in the New Orleans residential market over the last 30+ years, and it's clear to see why. With her passion and dedication to her career, she has built an expansive network of happy clients and earned herself Top of the Latter for decades – Latter & Blum's most prestigious award presented annually to the top-producing real estate agents across all markets.
Born in Paris, France – Brigitte has always had an eye for beautiful architecture, which naturally led her to specialize in historic properties in downtown, uptown and the French Quarter of New Orleans. Licensed in 1983, Brigitte started off her real estate career with Latter & Blum and is still with the company to this day as one of the top-producing agents. From helping clients buy their first home, second home and even third home, more of Brigitte's wide-ranging specialties include home staging, luxury condos and investment properties. Trilingual in English, French and Spanish, Brigitte's background and decades of expertise in historical properties allows her to help prospective home buyers and sellers from all walks of life.
With all of her success, Brigitte didn't get where she is today on accident. She credits her hard work, patience and flexibility as the key to her success and what helped shape her into the top-producing real estate agent she is today. Offering advice to new real estate agents, Brigitte says it's important to start as early as you can, being a successful Realtor requires a lot of time, energy and work. Her favorite part of the job? Having the flexibility to create her own work schedule, which in turn creates a good balance in her life.
When Brigitte isn't basking in the thrill of navigating a successful real estate transaction, you can probably find her cooking some delicious cuisine in her downtown condo, exercising or entertaining clients and friends. She also owns an apartment in Paris, perks of all her hard work and dedication.
In the market for a home in New Orleans? Contact Brigitte for all your real estate needs.
There's history on every corner in Louisiana. Much of that history converges on the magnificent corners of the Louisiana State Capitol Building. When the building was first envisioned in 1928, it was the physical manifestation of the state's spirit. Today, it remains one of the most beautiful and storied buildings in the country, and there are seven facts about the structure that our REALTORS® think you just might be interested in knowing.
There's nothing quite like the beauty of a Victorian-style home! Many people fall in love with these homes for their one-of-a-kind details and charm.
Do you have your eye on a stunning Victorian-style house among the Baton Rouge homes for sale? Here are some helpful remodeling and decorating tips to update a Victorian home incorporating your taste while maintaining its original beauty and charm.
Baton Rouge is a place where you will find history around every corner, and that's especially true when you're exploring the city's historic downtown. As you travel through downtown Baton Rouge, you'll have the opportunity to visit historic businesses, tour historic buildings, view beautiful residential structures from a wide variety of eras, and experience the history of the city first-hand.
The Tessier Building, located in downtown Baton Rouge, is one of the city's oldest existing structures, and a great example of the history you'll find throughout the city. Our real estate agents have the details on what to know about the historic Tessier Building in downtown Baton Rouge.
The Attraction: The Tessier Building
Location: 342 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
The Tessier Building is among the oldest structures still standing in Baton Rouge and ranks as the oldest structure in the city's downtown area. The earliest recorded date for construction of the building is in 1820, though it's possible that part of the building was constructed as early as 1762. Built in the Colonial style, the Tessier Building is a shining example of the history of residential structures in Baton Rouge.
Judge Charles Tessier of Baton Rouge purchased the property in 1820 and soon set out to expand it from its original size by adding another building. The property was mostly used for residential purposes during this time, and Tessier owned the building until his passing in 1854. It is the only remaining example in Baton Rouge of the urban townhouse style that was once extremely popular in the city.
Around the turn of the 20th century, part of the Tessier Building was zoned for commercial use. The property was purchased by local lawyer Jules Landry in 1958, and she converted the building into a lawyer's office, as well as an art and antique gallery. The outside of the structure remains true to its original form, and today the Tessier Building is privately owned. The building was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1978 and remains an excellent example of the historic architecture you'll find in Baton Rouge.
Every historical structure has a story, and the story of the Tessier Building starts with Judge Charles R. Tessier, who purchased the building in 1820. Charles Tessier was a well-known citizen in his era, serving as the first judge in Baton Rouge after his time in the military under Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. Tessier was also the commander of the Baton Rouge militia, and the First Worshipful Master of the L'Etoile Flamboyante Masonic Lodge in Baton Rouge. It is fitting that one of the oldest remaining structures in Baton Rouge was owned for so long by someone who made such a profound impact on the city.
Are you searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale, so that you can enjoy all of the history and culture that Louisiana has to offer? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge area.
In Baton Rouge, you don't have to look far to find spectacular historic architecture. Our real estate agents are proud to call Baton Rouge home, and we think you will be too. From Magnolia Mound Plantation to Louisiana's State Capitol, the buildings of Baton Rouge represent countless cultures spanning hundreds of years of history. Still, few structures hold more significance or inspire greater awe than St. Joseph Cathedral.
Nestled in the heart of Downtown a stone's throw from some of our most beautiful, historical Baton Rouge homes for sale, St. Joseph Cathedral is as integral to the city today as it was the day it first opened its doors. A place for all to gather in times of celebration and times of loss, the cathedral's past is interwoven with the history of the city itself to the point that today the two are inseparable.
Designated the mother church of the Diocese of Baton Rouge by Pope John XXIII in 1961, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1990, St. Joseph Cathedral casts a long shadow across the city. It's the oldest church in Baton Rouge, and certainly the most historically significant. St. Joseph Cathedral was built between 1853 and 1856 on the site previously occupied by the smaller St. Joseph Church, which had been built in 1792. At that time it was known as the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores, before the Louisiana Purchase of 1903 brought Baton Rouge into the United States, and English became the more widely accepted language.
St Joseph Cathedral survived Union bombardments during the Civil War, and despite postwar repairs and a handful of renovations over the years, still looks much like it did in 1856. Its Victorian Gothic architecture appears perhaps even more spectacular now than it did then, and additions in the early 20th century – beautiful stained glass windows from Germany, mosaic stations of the cross from Italy – have only added to the building's grandeur.
Truly a special place, St. Joseph Cathedral is open to all. Whether you're visiting for Sunday mass (8:30 am and 10:30 am every week), attending any number of special events, or simply visiting during off-hours to experience the splendid architecture, St. Joseph Cathedral is ever welcoming. And if you're new to Baton Rouge, it's an essential stop in your tour of Downtown. Other historic sites, including the current and former State Capitol buildings, the Old Bogan Fire Station, the State Library of Louisiana, and the LSU Museum of Art are all mere blocks away.
Contact us today to learn more about the history and culture of this vibrant place, and get started on the road to home ownership in this beautiful city on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.
Louisiana's colorful past is unmatched by most of the other 49 states. Much of its history and tradition has centered around Baton Rouge, which became the state's capital in 1849.
The Louisiana State Capitol Building is both a literal and symbolic embodiment of significant events and influences that shaped the 18th state admitted to the Union. Our real estate agents share the factors that make the State Capitol Building such a popular destination for residents and visitors alike.
What we recognize today as the State Capitol Building is not the original structure. When the designation of state capital was transferred from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, the city donated a $20,000 parcel of land for construction of a State Capitol Building.
The Old Statehouse, designed in the Gothic Revival architectural style, stood on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. In 1973 the building received National Historic Landmark designation. It has since been restored and serves as the home of the Museum of Political History.
As wear and tear took its toll on the Old State Capital Building, plans for a replacement were drawn up in the 1920s but never came to fruition. During his successful 1928 run for governor, Huey P. Long made construction of a new Capitol Building a major part of his platform.
Long's vision became a reality, and the Louisiana State Capitol Building was officially dedicated as part of the inauguration ceremony of new Governor Oscar K. Allen. Ironically, Long was unable to witness his triumph in person as he was in Washington, D.C. serving as a U.S. senator.
The 450-foot tall, 34-story State Capitol Building is truly an impressive sight befitting the seat of Louisiana government. In addition to being the tallest landmark in Baton Rouge, the structure is the tallest State Capitol Building in the United States.
The State Capitol Building is one of the leading examples of the distinctive and influential Art Deco style seen in many other famous skyscrapers of the 1920s and 1930s, such as New York's Chrysler Building and Detroit's Guardian Building.
Notable features of the building's design include:
Visitors flock to the viewing platform on the 27th floor to take in sweeping views of Baton Rouge and the Mississippi River. The building is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except for major holidays. Admission is free.
Tragically, Huey P. Long's story came to an end at the building that was such an indelible part of his legacy. At the conclusion of a legislative session in 1935, Long was assassinated by local physician Dr. Carl Weiss.
After Long's death on September 10, he was buried on the grounds of State Capitol Park. In 1940, a bronze statue of the politician was erected to mark the site.
Baton Rouge is an ideal place to create your own family traditions. Our agents are ready to show you Baton Rouge homes for sale that match your wish list. Contact us today to get your home search started.