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August
16

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.

Contact us to discover more about New Orleans.

August
9

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!

August
2

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.

July
11

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.

July
18

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.

July
5

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.

Contact us to find out more or get started with New Orleans real estate opportunities.

June
27

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.

June
20

Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near NOLA

dog friendly places in NOLA

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:

  • New Orleans Creole Cookery Seafood – 510 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    New Orleans Creole Cookery Seafood will dazzle you with an enormous selection of Creole food right in the heart of the French Quarter. The historic surroundings make delectable food even more delightful. If you have a four-footed companion in your party, you will be especially interested in the outdoor patios, which offer ample space and the soothing sounds of sparkling fountains.

  • The Ugly Dog Saloon – 401 Andrew Higgins Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Ugly Dog Saloon welcomes your dog (ugly or otherwise) to one of New Orleans' many 20th-century success stories. Ugly Dog first opened its doors in 1998, right in the Warehouse District. Since then, it has become synonymous with award-winning barbecue that smells and tastes amazing. An array of outdoor seating ensures your pooch will have plenty of room!

  • Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant – 701 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant sits on St. Charles Avenue in one of the most desirable parts of the city. The vision of Chef Donald Link, it opened to the public for the first time in 2000. A James Beard Award winner, its menu is defined by local ingredients that meet in a fresh fusion of French Southern and rustic Italian cooking. The wine list is one of the most expansive in New Orleans.

  • The Bulldog Uptown – 3236 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The Bulldog Uptown is at the crossroads of the Garden District and the entertainment district centered on Magazine Street, making it the ideal way to start or end an evening of excitement. Voted "Best Bar Food" multiple times by local publications, it has nearly 50 draft beers to choose from. Lauded for its spacious patio (one of the largest on Magazine Street), it is a great place to bring your dog.

  • The Crown & Anchor – 200 Pelican Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114
    If you are looking for a classic pub experience right in your own backyard, look no further than The Crown & Anchor. The Crown & Anchor is steeped in history – although first known by that name in 1998, it has been a tavern in one form or another going as far back as 1900 and has been consistently run that way since 1960. Its drinks, snacks, and specials are sure to please you and your pooch.

We know both you and your pets will love living in NOLA. Contact us to discover more about New Orleans today.

June
13

Boba Tea Spots in New Orleans

Boba in NOLA

Looking for something fun and refreshing to enjoy while you check out New Orleans homes for sale or even New Orleans open houses? New Orleans showcases all kinds of cuisine with an international flair. If you're ready for something new, our real estate agents suggest boba tea.

Boba tea, sometimes known as bubble tea, was first made in Taiwan in the 1980s. It combines a sweetened milk tea drink with chewy tapioca balls. Sometimes there are other exotic flavors or additions, such as red bean. You can find this drink at Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants around New Orleans.

In fact, boba tea is so popular that some places focus on it, serving up Cajun, Creole, and classic American snacks alongside. Boba tea is cool, sweet, and invigorating. It's fun to drink and will appeal to both adults and kids. New Orleans is the perfect place to give it a try!

Here, you'll find just a few of the places where you can sample boba tea near New Orleans:

  • Jazmine Cafe – 614 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Jazmine Cafe
    is a full-service Vietnamese restaurant known for its wide range of delectable dishes. You can find all of your favorites here, from classic appetizers and salads to hot soups, spring rolls, and the delightful poke bowls. Specialties of the house are many and varied, from curry chicken to stuffed crepes and "Sweet Heat Noodles." A dozen flavors of boba tea are available every day.

  • Ding Tea NOLA – 1440 Lapalco Boulevard, Harvey, LA 70058
    Ding Tea NOLA
    is near Harvey homes for sale and is a family favorite lauded for its innovative milk tea. Boba flavors change on a seasonal basis, with winter melon, jasmine green tea taro, Thai tea creamsicle, and so much more awaiting. Any boba tea of your choice can be upgraded with the new creme brulee topping, which adds more richness and depth to any combination.

  • Dream House Cafe – 1331 Barataria Boulevard Suite C, Marrero, LA 70072
    Dream House Cafe
    sits just minutes from Marrero homes for sale. If you're in a hurry to get your boba enjoyment on, you can order online for delivery or walk in and receive your order in seconds. Dream House goes "beyond boba" with fresh flavors like caramel, brown sugar, and honey oolong. The shop also offers fruit teas, blended smoothies, and a line of two dozen different macaron flavors – from honey lemon to birthday cake to ube. Rotating flavors mean there's always something new to try.

  • Boba Boba NOLA – 3405 Williams Street, Kenner, LA 70065
    Boba Boba NOLA
    will help you with your boba tea craving near Kenner homes for sale. Billing itself as the home of the best bubble tea in town, Boba Boba has made waves with its strawberry rose black tea coupled with matcha boba. Boba Boba rounds out its drink selections with blended smoothies – you'll be captivated by its creative uses of avocados. Tiger brown sugar tea is the top-selling item on the menu.

  • Mr. Bubbles Sandwich House – 925 Behrman Highway Suite 12, Gretna, LA 70056
    Mr. Bubbles Sandwich House
    is the answer for boba tea convenient to Gretna homes for sale. In addition to its boba tea, it even touts a selection of twelve different types of banh mi, a crisp baguette filled with various savory foods. This Vietnamese mainstay pairs beautifully with sweet beverages. If you want dessert, you can always count on Mr. Bubbles to have high-quality King Cake in season, too.

Contact us to discover more about New Orleans today.

June
6

National Homeownership Month: 5 Reasons to Celebrate Homeownership

homeownership

National Homeownership Month, which is recognized every year in June, is the perfect time to reflect on the meaning of owning a home and the benefits of this investment. Our real estate agents appreciate the value of homeownership, and we've put together 5 reasons to celebrate homeownership this June. Whether you're shopping for New Orleans homes for sale for the first time or are transitioning to a new home, here are a couple of the many reasons to celebrate homeownership.

  1. A Valuable Long-Term Investment
    For so many homeowners, owning a home is one of the most valuable financial investments that you can make in life. While not every home follows the same template, in many cases, a home is an asset that only increases in value over time. That's true because real estate in many markets tends to increase in value over time and also because you continue to build increased equity in your home as you pay down your mortgage. Add it all up, and it's no surprise that so many homeowners are happy with the investment that they've made in their home.

  2. The Freedom to Customize Your Living Space
    When you rent from a landlord or larger company, you typically have very few options for customizing your living space. Sure, you can hang new pictures or purchase new furniture, but making any substantial changes to your living space won't be allowed. Homeownership features no such drawbacks and allows you to unlock your creativity. Whether that means building a new addition to the home to accommodate a growing family, renovating your kitchen, customizing your yard, or just changing paint colors, it's great to have the freedom to customize your home.

  3. Simplifying Your Financial Planning
    For the vast majority of homeowners, owning a home means making a monthly mortgage payment. However, when your rate is locked in, your mortgage payment is the same every month, which makes it much easier to create a consistent budget and plan for your financial future. Compare that to renting a home or apartment, when rent payments can rise at the end of every lease term. Financial planning is simplified when you don't have to factor in the ever-present possibility of increased rent costs.

  4. A Hybrid Home and Workplace
    More than ever, employees in nearly every industry are working from home or working a hybrid schedule. When you own a home, it's so much easier to create a workspace where you can be productive and enjoy your working hours. If you've always dreamed of having your own dedicated office for working from home, homeownership helps you accomplish that goal.

  5. Create Memories That Last a Lifetime
    While the financial benefits of owning a home are important, they're far from the only factor. Owning a home means having a place where you can create the sort of memories that last a lifetime, from decorating a room for your first child to the many family dinners, social gatherings, and fun experiences that follow. Think of the home you grew up in and all of the memories that are tied to that specific place. For many of us, no place holds more personal or emotional significance than home.

Find your next home at our New Orleans open houses, or get in touch with our team to learn all of the ways that we can help you sell your current home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.

May
16

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.

May
9

Where to Order Locally Made Ice Cream in NOLA

Local Ice Cream

New Orleans homes for sale are located near some of the best Cajun and Creole cooking in the United States. Less famous, but no less satisfying, are the many sweet treats you can discover here in The Big Easy. Our real estate agents want you to know about some of the many options for local ice cream just minutes from some of the city's most attractive homes:

  • Creole Creamery – 4924 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Creole Creamery has earned the status of a local legend, led by Chef Bryan Gilmore since back in 2004. Inspired flavors like lavender honey, Creole cream cheese, and Thai basil coconut make Creole Creamery stand out, as does the cheerful 1950s aesthetic evocative of the classic malt shop. Take on the eight scoops of the Tchoupitoulas Challenge to get your face on the Wall of Fame!

  • Piccola Gelateria – 4500 Magazine St #5, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Piccola Gelateria
    is one of the premier New Orleans gelato spots. Gelato, a traditional Italian dessert, has the potential to be smoother and softer than regular ice cream. Delicate, innovative flavors are on display at Piccola Gelateria, with 18 on the menu at any given time. They range from sea salt caramel and tiramisu to local favorites like licorice, rose petal, King Cake, biscotti, and many more.

  • Ice Cream 504 – 2511 Jena Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Ice Cream 504 is the vision of Chef Michael Southall, who crafts his own iconic small batches of ice cream without the use of gum or preservatives. Although its unassuming location may be easy to overlook, Ice Cream 504 is a fan favorite for what its owner calls "sitting on the porch ice cream." Handmade waffle cones round out the experience for even greater satisfaction.

  • Angelo Brocato's – 214 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Angelo Brocato's is a family-owned and operated business with more than a century of history in New Orleans. The flavors, aesthetic, and dedication to craftsmanship all come straight from the Old Country. Scintillating flavors include Sicilian pistachio, chocolate chip, and salted caramel. The menu also features a full assortment of other Italian desserts like spumoni and cannoli.

  • Pandora's SnowBalls – 901 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Pandora's SnowBalls starts, as the name suggests, with its snowballs, round confections that can be rolled in coconut, honey, and more. There are dozens of flavors to choose from, with some of the more popular selections including mango, bubble gum, wedding cake, and sour watermelon. Don't overlook other offerings like soft serve and ice cream sundaes. Pandora's opens between March and October.

  • Aqua S – 1000 Girod Street #4B, New Orleans, LA 70113
    At Aqua S, the premium soft-serve ice cream from Australia makes its way to New Orleans. This acclaimed brand doesn't disappoint, with an imaginative flavor archive that will keep you coming back for more. Top picks include honey lemonade, sweet potato, red velvet, strawberry green tea, and a whole host of others. More than 100 flavors are available at any given time, with frequent rotation.

  • Drip Affogato Bar – 703 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Coffee and ice cream come together like never before at Drip Affogato Bar, a high concept spot that has captivated New Orleans locals and visitors alike. Traditionally, affogato is a dessert made from vanilla ice cream and a shot of espresso. Drip takes the concept a step further with more flavors, delicious pastries, and a dazzling list of tea and juice beverages. Try the "Gelato Rougarou Cookie Monster!"

Contact us today to discover New Orleans.

May
2

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. 

April
18

Fishing Charters Near New Orleans

Fishing Charter

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. 

  • Salty Dog Charters - 3353 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Offering coastal Louisiana fishing just 30 miles from The French Quarter, Salty Dog Charters has been in business since 2007. Their main quarries are usually speckled trout and redfish, though your catch may vary depending on the season. But no matter what time of year you hit the water, the experienced guides at Salty Dog Charters are some of the best near these New Orleans homes for sale

  • Victory Bay Charters - 26204 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
    Most fishing expeditions with Victory Bay Charters ply the rich waters of the Biloxi Marsh and Lake Catherine, which harbor abundant populations of redfish, speckled trout, black drum, and flounder. They offer full-day and half-day trips ranging from just a single person to large groups of five or more. Your catch will be cleaned and bagged at the marina so you can take it home and enjoy it at your leisure. 

  • Southern Fly Expeditions - 156 Millaudon St, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Fly fishing in the waters around New Orleans is a unique experience, and few guides offer greater skill and knowledge than the ones who work for Southern Fly Expeditions. With a focus on light-tackle fly fishing for redfish, trips with Southern Fly Expeditions ensure that every fish is an adventure. Fishing trips depart from the banks of the Mississippi River just minutes from these New Orleans open houses

  • Full Deck Charters - 20240 San Rocco St, New Orleans, LA 70129
    Whether you want to catch redfish and speckled trout in the estuaries or head offshore to fish for red snapper in deeper waters, Full Deck Charters offers guided trips from Lake Ponchartrain to Breton Sound and beyond. Full Deck Charters was named "Best Guide For Kids and Family" by Best of Louisiana Outdoors, and owner/operator Captain Bob has a lifetime of local fishing know-how.

  • Bayou Bowfishing Charters - 2090 Old Spanish Trail, New Orleans, LA 70129
    Fishing with a bow and arrow is a thrilling experience, and for many who book a trip with Bayou Bowfishing Charters, it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Charters take place after dark in St. Bernard, Chef Pass, and Rigolets areas, and anglers have a shot at Redfish, alligator gar, sheepshead, catfish, flounder, and drum. Alligator hunting trips are also available.

  • Blue Mudd Fly Fishing Charters - 3110 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Few fishing experiences are more thrilling than battling a 30-pound redfish on a fly rod to the boat. That's the kind of excitement you can expect at Blue Mudd Fly Fishing Charters, which takes anglers out in pursuit of massive bull redfish in the Mississippi River Delta. You'll learn the skills of sight-fishing for redfish, identifying fish patterns, and how to play a big fish on light tackle under the instruction of your expert fishing guide. 

Contact us today to learn more about the adventures that await in Louisiana. 

April
13

Where to Buy Locally Roasted Coffee

Coffee in Louisiana

When choosing a place to live, easy access to high-quality, locally roasted coffee is always a priority for our real estate agents. When coffee is roasted locally, it's guaranteed to be fresh and flavorful -- and once you start drinking great coffee, it's difficult to accept just any alternative. 

One of the many great things about Baton Rouge is our vast number of amazing coffee shops all around town. These shops roast locally and also source the finest beans from all over the world. If you'll only drink the very best coffee in the morning, we recommend checking out some of these Louisiana coffee destinations:

  • River Road Coffees - 11569 Investor Dr #4261, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    One of our favorite coffee brands is headquartered just down the street from these beautiful Baton Rouge homes for saleRiver Road Coffees sources the finest Arabica beans and roasts them using the perfect temperature while monitoring for the appropriate color. Then, they perform in-house cuppings every Friday for quality assurance. The Baton Rouge blend is one of the most popular choices. You can find River Road Coffee across dozens of local Baton Rouge grocery stores.

  • Congregation Coffee - 240 Pelican Ave, New Orleans, LA 70114
    One of New Orleans' best coffee brands is Congregation Coffee, which roasts high-quality beans at its roastery on Tchoupitoulas Street. You can order coffee online, sign-up for a monthly subscription, or stop by Algiers Point, their flagship cafe. After buying your beans, be sure to swing by these amazing New Orleans home for sale just around the corner. 

  • Flamjeaux Coffee - 2012 Jefferson St, Mandeville, LA 70448
    Named for the flames used during many Mardi Gras parades and celebrations, Flamjeaux roasts all beans locally in Old Mandeville. Order your coffee online or stop by the store to pick up your order and try some samples. If you visit during a roasting, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful smell. If you like the area, you might be interested in exploring some of these Mandeville homes for sale.

  • Orleans Coffee - 3445 Prytania St Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Orleans Coffee has been roasting coffee every morning in New Orleans since 1985. This shop sells dozens of premium blends and often features monthly specials. You can also find tea and other merchandise. Purchases can be made online, or you can stop by their espresso bar, which is located not too far from these Kenner homes for sale

  • Abita Roasting Co. - 1011 Village Walk, Covington, LA 70433
    For some of the best local coffee at a reasonable price, check out Abita Roasting Co. The beans are roasted locally and brewed at their local cafe in Convington, where you'll also find great breakfast foods and a comfortable atmosphere. If you're on the go, you can also head through the drive-thru. After purchasing some beans and enjoying a cup of coffee, make sure to check out these nearby Covington homes for sale

For many of us, access to good coffee in the morning is non-negotiable. For more recommendations, contact us today.

April
11

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. 

April
8

Rock Climbing Gyms in Louisiana

Rock Climbing Louisiana

Indoor rock climbing has become a hot trend in recent years, and climbing gyms are popping up all over the country. That includes several awesome climbing and bouldering gyms right here in Louisiana. While there aren't many mountains to explore in Louisiana, indoor rock climbing gyms allow you to have a similar experience without leaving the state. 

Our real estate agents are excited to share our favorite indoor rock climbing gyms in Louisiana. That includes some great places to climb near these Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Southern Stone Indoor Climbing - 109 Grand Ave, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Lafayette's premier rock climbing facility, Southern Stone Indoor Climbing offers routes for beginners and experienced climbers alike. From bouldering and top roping to auto belays and spot climbing, there are facilities here to support all rock climbing styles. This gym is one of Louisiana's oldest rock climbing facilities, having served Lafayette for 20 years as Rock Haus before re-opening as Southern Stone in 2016. With a convenient location minutes from these Lafayette open houses, it's open to climbers of all ages and experience levels, and walk-ins are always welcome. 

  • Uptown Climbing - 10505 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Louisiana's largest indoor rock climbing gym, Uptown Climbing, is the premier rock gym in Baton Rouge. This place is a giant playground for climbing fanatics, offering a 90-foot long bouldering wall and more than 60 rope stations up to 35 feet tall. This state-of-the-art facility also includes a dedicated sport lead climbing wall, speed wall, and six auto-belay stations. Affordable membership rates are available, and first-timers can also walk in any time and climb with a day pass. 

  • New Orleans Boulder Lounge - 2360 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
    New Orleans Boulder Lounge is an awesome resource for the NOLA area climbing community. It's also a very beginner-friendly gym, with climbing that's suitable for all skill and experience levels. New Orleans Boulder Lounge is open to members and guests, and the friendly and experienced staff is always great when it comes to helping newcomers find their footing. With a sole focus on bouldering, the Boulder Lounge has no ropes or harnesses but instead offers free climbing at shorter heights that require no specialized equipment. 

  • 318 Climb - 731 American Way, Shreveport, LA 71106
    With more 80-plus top rope routes, 60-plus boulder problems, and nine auto belays, it's safe to say that you won't quickly run out of new climbing experiences at 318 Climb. This exciting indoor rock climbing gym in Shreveport also introduces new top rope and boulder routes weekly and often hosts parties and glow-in-the-dark climbing events. 318 Climb also offers climbing classes and private lessons for all ages, including instruction on top rope and belay climbing. Affordable day passes are always available, but consistent climbers can save big with a monthly membership. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana! If you're looking for your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

April
4

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.

March
22

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. 

March
14

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. 

March
7

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

February
21

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.

February
14

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.

February
18

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. 

February
7

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.

Mid-City

  • 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. 

Slidell

  • 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. 

Madisonville

  • 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.

January
28

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. 

Metairie

  • 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

January
18

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.

January
4

National Hot Tea Month: Tea Shops in NOLA

Tea Shops NOLA

Our real estate agents want to invite you to celebrate National Hot Tea Month this January!

Tea is one of the most diverse and storied beverages in human history. Although it is closely associated with the United Kingdom, the finest teas in the world have generally come from China and India.

You can enjoy a delightful cup of tea right in your own Louisiana neighborhood. Around New Orleans and throughout the state, there are dozens of excellent tea shops, coffee shops, and boutiques that can cater to any taste. You'll find some of them only minutes from New Orleans homes for sale.

Let's take a look at some of your options for a National Hot Tea Month treat:

  • Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea – 4641 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 7011
    "Monkey steep, monkey brew" is the motto at Monkey Coffee and Tea, where you can find a hot or cold beverage to perk you up any time of the day. The tea selection includes such favorites as English breakfast, Earl Grey, peach loose-leaf, and chai. Green and herbal teas are also available.

  • Le Salon at Windsor Court Hotel – 300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Le Salon boasts a premium location on the lavish grounds of the Windsor Court Hotel. Tea room staff hold an authentic English afternoon tea service that features 26 fine loose-leaf variety brews. You'll also get to enjoy gourmet tea sandwiches, scones, and fresh-baked desserts.

  • Royal Blend Coffee & Tea – 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005
    Open for dine-in and takeout orders, Royal Blend Coffee & Tea pairs its drinks with an assortment of pastries, hot breakfast, and lunch entrees. Whether you are looking for chai tea, hot tea, or traditional southern iced tea, you will find it and much more within a short drive of Metairie homes for sale.

  • Ding Tea NOLA – 1440 Lapalco Boulevard, Harvey, LA 70058
    Ding Tea NOLA bills itself as a Taiwanese boba tea house. If you've never tried milk tea boba, this will give you a whole new way to appreciate your favorite drink. In addition to various tea types and flavor additions, you'll choose from "popping bubbles" that add an extra flair. Stop by after checking out Harvey homes for sale.

  • The English Tearoom & Eatery – 734 East Rutland Street, Covington, LA 70433
    The English Tearoom & Eatery seeks to reproduce the traditional English tea experience. It is one of the only local teahouses so popular that reservations are recommended – it also serves as an event venue on Sundays. It showcases dozens of teas in 15 major varieties, including its own special "Abbey Road Blend." It's just minutes from Covington homes for sale.

  • The Roosevelt New Orleans – 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
    The Roosevelt New Orleans is a lavish Waldorf Astoria hotel. It has five dining locations, including the famous Rooftop Bar and some of the best room service in the city. For tea, try Teddy's Cafe, which you'll find conveniently located right in the hotel lobby.

Looking for a new home where you can be near your favorite cafes and shops? Contact us to discover more about New Orleans real estate today.

December
20

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.

December
22

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.

December
15

Louisiana Gumbo: Where to Try Gumbo This Winter

Louisiana Gumbo

There's no one way to make gumbo. Cooked with a dark roux, thickened with okra or filé, packed with sausage or shrimp, flavored with the Creole "holy trinity" of celery, bell pepper, and onion, there are endless possibilities. 

Despite its many variations—or perhaps because of them—gumbo is a dish that our real estate agents will never grow tired of. It's the official state dish of Louisiana, and if you want to savor some of the finest gumbo our state has to offer, we recommend these amazing stops. 

  • Luke - 333 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Since opening its doors in 2007, Luke has established itself as an amazing Creole-influenced Brasserie that draws inspiration from French and German cuisine as well as traditional Cajun fare. Their Seafood Gumbo à La Creole is deep and flavorful, with generous portions of andouille sausage and chicken. Luke is located in New Orleans' Central Business District, a stone's throw from these New Orleans homes for sale

  • Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop - 2309 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA 70001
    Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop serves up gumbo by the pint (or by the quart, if you're feeling ambitious). Don't make the mistake of driving right past this place without stopping on your way to check out Metairie homes for sale. They make several types of gumbo, but their flagship specialty—known as "mumbo gumbo"—features filé, chicken, shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, sausage, okra, and tomato. It's on a whole other level. 

  • Poche's - 3015 Main Hwy # A, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    An old-fashioned restaurant and meat market, Poche's has been serving the community of Breaux Bridge since 1962. The establishment has been family-owned since day one, and their traditional Cajun recipes have been handed down through generations. Chicken and sausage gumbo is a seasonal menu item, but when it's available, it's known far and wide as some of the best around. 

  • Landry's Cajun Seafood & Steakhouse - 2318 US-90, New Iberia, LA 70560
    Not to be confused with the similarly-named seafood chain, Landry's Cajun Seafood & Steakhouse was founded in 1969 near New Iberia homes for sale, and like so many of the great Cajun food establishments, has been locally and family-owned ever since. They have two gumbos on the menu: seafood and chicken and sausage. Either one will make your day, and if you get there between 11 am and 2 pm, you can make it a soup-and-sandwich combo with a catfish or shrimp po'boy. 

  • T-Coon's - 1900 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    T-Coon's was established in 1993 near Lafayette homes for sale. The restaurant's founder and cook David Billeaud, draws on six generations of Cajun and Creole cooking experience. Chicken and sausage gumbo is available only during the colder months at T-Coon's, but there are always delicious Louisiana specialties on the menu, like crawfish etouffee and catfish courtbouillon. 

  • Parrain's Seafood - 3225 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Baton Rouge has no shortage of great seafood restaurants, but Parrain's Seafood ranks near the top. The seafood specialists here source the freshest seafood imaginable from fishermen far and wide. That effort pays off in dishes like their seafood gumbo, rich, hearty, and packed with flavor. It makes a great appetizer for the iconic "Whole Shebang" seafood platter. Perrain's also has a welcoming rustic ambiance, with a great outdoor patio perfect for visiting after viewing Baton Rouge homes for sale

Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Great food and unique culture are just part of what makes Louisiana a truly unique and special place to call home. 

December
6

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.

November
22

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.

November
10

Aquariums to Visit Around Louisiana

Aquariums in Louisiana

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.

  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - 1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Regularly ranked among the best aquariums in the United States, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is offers a truly remarkable array of marine life. Located alongside the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter and convenient to many New Orleans homes for sale, the aquarium is home to more than 250 species of animals ranging from sharks and stingrays to otters and sea turtles. The African penguins are the undisputed stars of the show, and you can observe the penguin feeding at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm daily.

  • Barn Hill Preserve - 11342 LA-955, Ethel, LA 70730
    The Barn Hill Preserve isn't exactly an aquarium, but one of its animal attractions is so unique that we just couldn't leave it off our list. After all, there aren't many places where you can swim with otters! The preserve houses a group of Asian small-clawed otters who reside in a climate-controlled pool, and visitors have an opportunity to swim with them daily from 2 pm to 5 pm (reservation required). Barn Hill Preserve is located just minutes from these Ethel homes for sale

  • Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery - 615 South Dr, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    While many aquariums display sea creatures that are unique and exotic, the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery focuses on aquatic life that's a lot closer to home. The hatchery raises native fish species like alligator gar to help reestablish wild populations, as well as more common fish like largemouth bass and blue catfish for sport fishing. Located just a few miles from many Natchitoches homes for sale, the hatchery also includes a large aquarium exhibit where you can observe some of Louisiana's most fascinating native fish, reptiles, and amphibians. 

  • Blue Zoo Aquarium - 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd Suite 1123, Baton Rouge, LA 70836
    The main thing that makes Blue Zoo Aquarium stand out is that it offers more than a chance to merely see some interesting sea creatures. The zoo creates an immersive, interactive experience in which you can touch and feed stingrays, birds, and other animals. It's a thrilling experience for kids and adults alike, which makes Blue Zoo the best aquarium near these Baton Rouge homes for sale. The zoo includes dozens of interactive attractions and exhibits, and annual and daily passes are available. 

  • Alexandria Zoological Park - 3016 Masonic Dr, Alexandria, LA 71301
    Originally founded in 1923, the Alexandria Zoological park has been one of Louisiana's top animal attractions for nearly a century. Located a stone's throw from these Alexandria homes for sale, the zoo is home to over 500 animals, including birds, reptiles, mammals, and, of course, fish. Keep an eye out for clownfish—you might recognize them from 'Finding Nemo'—and alligator gar, perhaps Louisiana's most impressive native freshwater fish species. The zoo also includes five species of alligators and crocodiles. 

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. 

November
8

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.

November
3

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.

October
20

Your Guide to Louisiana Distilleries

Louisiana Distilleries

Craft beer may be a relatively new trend, but Louisiana has a long and distinguished tradition of distilling fine liquors perfect for craft cocktails or just sipping. When you're looking for some high-quality rum, whiskey, or vodka, check out these top distilleries that are recommended by our real estate agents.

  • Atelier Vie - 1001 S. Broad St., New Orleans, LA 70125
    According to Jedd Hass, founder of Atelier Vie, "Liquor is art you can drink." It's only appropriate that his distillery has made a name producing absinthe, the exotic, anise-flavored spirit favored by creative types such as Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Edgar Allen Poe. In addition to traditional green absinthe, Atelier Vie produces red absinthe that gets its distinctive color and flavor from hibiscus flowers. Atelier Vie's tasting room, not far from New Orleans homes for sale, is open weekends from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. reservations are required.

  • Baton Rouge Distilling - 11616 Industriplex Blvd., Suite 21, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    A trip to the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky inspired LSU grads Ricci Hull and wife Natacha Krzesaj to open Baton Rouge Distilling, only minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale. Ricci, an electrical engineer by trade, handles the distilling process, while Natacha takes care of the creative side. A 52-gallon pot serves as the testing ground for experimentation, including their debut spirit, Strawberry Brandy. Visit the website or Facebook page for tasting room hours.

  • Bayou Terrebonne Distillers - 8043 Main St., Houma, LA 70360
    It's all in the family at Bayou Terrebonne Distillers, located in a renovated shrimp processing plant near Houma homes for sale. Cousins Noah Lirette, Nick Hebert, and Rodney Lirette opened their distillery in 2017. A century earlier, their grandmother Lily Lirette supported her family by making and selling moonshine. Today, Bayou Terrbonne's small-batch white whiskey is named Contraband in honor of Lily. Bayou Terrebonne is open 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Place an order on the website for pickup by appointment during the week.

  • Sugarfield Spirits Co. - 481 W. Eastbank St., Gonzalez, LA 70737
    Owner Thomas Soltau may be a native of South Carolina, but the liquor produced at Sugarfield Spirits Co. reflects his deep affection for the flavors and traditions of Louisiana. Many of the liquors are distilled with herbs that are grown right outside the building. Stop in for a Daiquiri or Honey Badger after a day of viewing Gonzalez homes for sale. Hours are 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon - 9 p.m. weekends.

  • Wildcat Brothers Distilling - 2601 SE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Wildcat Brothers Distilling maybe just down the street from Lafayette homes for sale, but its reputation extends across international borders. Fans from as far away as France have come to enjoy the award-winning rums, including white Sweet Crude, barrel-aged Noire, and spiced Fifolet. Wildcat Brothers is open Wednesday through Friday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Yellowfin Distillery - 1716 E. Burton St., Sulphur, LA 70663
    A discovered passion for distilling led Jamison Trouth to sell his home and leave his engineering career to start Yellowfin Distillery. Jamison filters, distills, and packages his exquisite vodkas in Yellowfin's HQ, right by Sulphur homes for sale. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday.

Life in Louisiana keeps everyone in high spirits. Whether you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Latter & Blum for all your real estate needs.

October
11

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

October
15

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

October
4

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. 

Origins 

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. 

Attractions 

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. 

September
20

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.

Appetizers

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.

Salads

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.

Desserts

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!

Cocktails

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.

September
3

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.

August
20

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.

November
1

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.

August
9

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. 

August
4

Agent Spotlight: John Schaff

This week's Agent Spotlight shines brightly on John Schaff, a fifth-generation New Orleanian with over two decades of experience in the real estate industry. For over 10 consecutive years, John has achieved Top of the Latter – Latter & Blum's most prestigious honor, awarded annually to the top 30 producing real estate agents across the Gulf South. 

John obtained his real estate license in 1994 and with a background in sales, he immediately had a knack for it and quickly became successful, amassing over $250 million and selling over 700 properties during his career. John attributes his success to setting goals, hard work and remaining committed to achieving those goals. His first year at Latter & Blum he made it his goal to become Top of the Latter, which he achieved within his second year.

John credits his strong sales and negotiating background, patience, and being an empathetic listener attuned to his clients' needs – as the key to his success as a top producing agent.

Offering advice to new real estate agents, John says to just go for it and take the leap! Everyone wants a place to call home and he says it's the most rewarding experience to help someone find their dream house.

Accredited as a residential specialist, John specializes in selling condos, historic homes and investment properties in New Orleans. The area he concentrates mostly on is the "Sliver on the River" area focusing on Uptown to the Bywater in New Orleans. In 2021, John formed a team with Jared Briley – the Schaff Home Krewe – and despite the challenges from the pandemic, they have been helping their clients find their dream homes across Greater New Orleans. 

Interested in buying or selling a house in New Orleans? Visit Schaff Home Krewe or call (504) 343-6683 for all your real estate needs.

August
6

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!

Want to live happily ever after? Contact us at Latter & Blum for the inside track on Lafayette homes for sale.

July
19

Best Materials to Use For Your Patio

Patio Materials

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.

Concrete

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.

Brick

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

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.

Loose Materials

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

  • Crushed stone

  • Decomposed granite

  • Pea gravel

  • Sand

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.

July
12

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.

July
5

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.

July
7

Kitchen Updates to Make Cooking Easier

Kitchen Updates

There are Baton Rouge homes for sale that can meet all of your needs. However, that doesn't mean you can't still do a bit of work to make your new house your own. If you're a home chef, for instance, you might like to make a few changes to making cooking easier. From minor additions to major renovations, here are a few kitchen updates to consider.

  1. An Induction Cooktop
    A regular electric or gas-powered range can work well for your basic needs, but an induction cooktop can make cooking so much easier and more precise. It lets you regulate temperature more accurately, for perfect browning, boiling, and steaming, every time. It's also more energy-efficient than your regular stovetop.

  2. A Warming Drawer
    If you're cooking multiple things at once, the dish you finish first will sit around getting cold while you work on the ones that take longer. A warming drawer lets you get dishes out of the way as soon as you finish them while keeping them warm and ready for serving. If you're a fan of the Great British Baking Show, you can also use your warming drawer as a proofing drawer to let bread doughs rise.

  3. A Produce Washing Station
    You can wash your fruits and vegetables in the sink, but that's the same place where you're putting your dirty dishes. If you happen to drop something, it will end up even dirtier than it was. Consider installing a second, smaller sink off to the side, just for washing produce. It will help keep your prep work separate from your cleanup and keep your food a lot cleaner and more sanitary.

  4. Lighting
    There are three types of light you want in the kitchen. Ambient light is like what you have in every other room - a simple overhead fixture to illuminate the room in general. Accent lighting adds more illumination to a specific area of the kitchen. If you have a kitchen island, you may want a light above it to turn on when the family is sitting around it to eat. Finally, task lighting is a direct light that shines on a particular workspace to help give you a better view of what you're doing. You may have a task light above the counter for when you chop vegetables or above the stovetop to help you see what's on the back burner. 

  5. Storage
    There's nothing more frustrating in the kitchen than having to take apart an entire cupboard to find the one pot or pan you're looking for. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to make container storage more convenient. Install a few sturdy hooks a couple of feet above the stove, and hang your pots and pans from them for easy access. You can add extra shelving to the kitchen walls, too. Try putting in a single shelf, right at eye level, that goes all the way around the kitchen. Use it for herbs, spices, flour, sugar, and other non-perishable ingredients that you want at hand. It will make things easier to find and make cooking easier and quicker.

These are just a few of the ways you can update the kitchen in your new home. Whether you want to add a few finishing touches or a complete remodel, our real estate agents can help you find the best way to make your new kitchen your own. Contact us and let us help you find the perfect house for you.

June
21

Doggy Daycares Throughout NOLA

NOLA Dog DaycaresIf you know you're going to have a busy day, dropping your dog off at a doggy daycare can be a great option. This way, your dog can have a great day going on walks and playing with other dogs while you work through your busy schedule. There are a lot of great doggy daycares throughout the NOLA area. 

  • Mid City Animal House: 4001 Toulouse Street, New Orleans LA, 70119
    Mid-City Animal House
    is a one-stop-shop for dog grooming, boarding, and daycare services. Their doggy daycare service includes a full schedule of play with caregivers and other dogs. There are three playrooms and an outdoor, fenced area for the dogs to use.

    At Mid-City Animal House, you can drop your dog off for a full day or half-day. You can also buy packages of 10 or 20 day passes. Discounted rates are available for owners with two dogs.

  • Dogtopia: 9501 Airline Hwy, New Orleans LA, 70118
    If you have a long day of looking at New Orleans homes for sale, consider dropping your dog off at Dogtopia while you shop. They offer doggy daycare Monday - Friday from 6:30 am - 7:30 pm and on weekends from 10 am - 5 pm.

    Dogtopia's facility is climate-controlled, so your dog will stay comfy in the summer. The indoor playrooms have rubber footing, which is great for sensitive feet and older pups with arthritis. The daycare center even has webcams, so you can check in and watch your dog play throughout the day.

  • Canine Connection: 4920 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans LA, 70115
    Canine Connection
    has been serving the New Orleans area since 2006. They are open 24 hours a day, offering all sorts of playful luxuries, including a doggie swimming pool. With 5 indoor playrooms and 10 outdoor playspaces, there's plenty of space. Owners can check in on their dogs at any time via webcam. 

    Canine Connection also has a retail shop and offers grooming services. So, you can always schedule grooming after you pick your dog up, ensuring they smell and look their best when you bring them home. 

  • Mary Mac's Doggie Retreat: 1470 Annunciation St. New Orleans LA, 70130
    Mary Mac's Doggie Retreat
    aims to foster a friendly, quiet atmosphere that's suitable even for anxious dogs. It's a smaller space and a good choice for dogs who need more individualized attention. The owner has a background in social work and cares for each dog as she would care for her own.

    Mary Mac's offers both full-day and half-day doggy daycare options. They also offer grooming services and overnight boarding. Dogs can play alone or in small groups, depending on owners' preferences.

  • Zeus' Place: 4601 Freret St. New Orleans LA, 70115
    Zeus' Place
    is a place where your dog can play with friends, both indoors and outdoors, while you check in on them via webcam. 

    If your dog has a good time at Zeus' Place, you can buy a package of 10 or 20 days at a discounted rate. Discounts are also available to dog owners with multiple dogs, as long as they can share a space. Zeus' Place also offers grooming and boarding services.

Doggy daycares give your pup a chance to socialize, get rid of extra energy, and relax in a different space. Your canine companion is sure to have a great time at any of these facilities. Contact us if you and your dog are looking for a real estate agent in NOLA.

June
14

Food Trends: Where to Order Bubble Tea in NOLA

Bubble Tea in NOLA

Call it bubble tea, milk tea, or boba. Whatever name you use, this cool beverage is amazing in the summer months. Plus, there are many lovely bubble tea shops in the NOLA area. Here are a few particular ones that our real estate agents recommend. 

  • Vivi Bubble Tea: 3000 Severn Ave. Unit A, Metairie LA, 70002
    If you're in the area looking at Metairie homes for salethen stop by this shop for a bubble tea break. Vivi Bubble Tea offers a lot of creative bubble tea beverages. The Flaming Brown Sugar boba is a great option if you're in the mood for something sweet. If you want something more traditional, try the Signature Fruit Tea. There are tables where you can sit and enjoy your tea, although many customers do take it to-go.

  • Dream House Macarons: 1331 Barataria Blvd., Marrero LA, 70072
    The name might be Dream House Macarons, but this shop's bubble tea is as delicious as their French baked goods. Their brown sugar milk tea is a popular choice, and it comes with plenty of tapioca balls. 

    For something really special, make sure you order some macarons with your boba. The ube caramel ones are delicious, but they offer a big selection of flavors to appeal to all tastes. Stopping here will be a wonderful treat if you're looking at Marrero homes for sale nearby.

  • Mopho: 514 City Park Ave., New Orleans LA, 70199
    If you get hungry while looking at New Orleans homes for sale, then stop by Mopho for some pho and bubble tea. They have an extensive food menu with options like smoky pork pho and beef pho.

    The bubble tea at Mopho comes in tall glasses with colorful straws, making the drinking experience even more fun. Many drinks also have creative names, such as Guns + Roses Boba Tea and Tropic Like It's Hot. 

  • Follow Tea: 3334 Severn Ave., Ste 8, Metairie LA, 70002
    Follow Tea
    offers a high-end bubble tea experience. They make all of their teas with fresh ingredients. Many of the teas come topped with cheese or soy foam, adding an extra level of flavor.

    One favorite at Follow Tea is the Cherry Cheese Tea. If you prefer brewed tea, then try the Jasmine Green Tea or the Oolong Tea. You can add golden boba, crystal bubbles, or coconut to any tea upon request. Their dining area is beautifully decorated and a nice place to sip your beverages. 

  • Smoothie Bubble Tea: 2653 Barataria Blvd Marrero, LA 70072
    For when you can't decide between a smoothie or bubble tea, get a combination of the two at Smoothie Bubble Tea. Flavor options include mango, coconut, peach, and more. Plus, besides the expansive list of flavors, customers can also get food items like Vietnamese poboys and tasty waffles. 

Bubble tea is such a wonderful beverage to enjoy in the summer, especially in a warm climate like New Orleans. It might even make you fall in love with this city even more. If that happens, contact us, and we'll put you in touch with a local real estate agent. 

June
7

Where to Go Ziplining in Louisiana

Zipline Louisiana

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. 

  1. Zip NOLA - 301 Peavine Rd., Laplace, LA 70068
    Swamps are such an iconic part of life in Louisiana, but you've never seen them quite like this. Get the best view around at Zip NOLA, the first swamp zipline near Laplace homes for sale. Skim the tops of cypress trees as you keep an eye out for alligators, waterfowl, and other wildlife that make their home in the bayous. Guides share fascinating facts about swamp ecology that make your trip even more meaningful. Zip NOLA features five ziplines, two suspension bridges, and a spiral tree staircase. Watch their website or follow them on Facebook for information about the grand opening.

  2. LOOP NOLA - 1031 Harrison Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124
    Outdoor activities are a wonderful way for kids to develop their minds and bodies. That's the philosophy of LOOP NOLA, which has a mission of making the outdoors accessible to those in the urban environment around New Orleans homes for sale. One of their more popular programs is the City Park Challenge, a ropes course held in a secluded forest. Challenges are offered with high and low elements to accommodate all age groups and experience levels. Half- and full-day courses are available for groups of five or more, while General Public Days, including individuals, are scheduled in fall and spring. Prices start at $35 per person.

  3. Magnolia Ridge Adventure Park - 11342 LA-955 E., Ethel, LA 70730
    After traveling the world caring for wildlife, John "Gabe" Ligon wanted a way to share some of his experiences with the community by Ethel homes for sale. The result is Magnolia Ridge Adventure Park, where guests can enjoy the natural beauty and native wildlife of Louisiana. Adrenaline junkies can include a Ninja Obstacle Course with their zipline tour for a greater challenge. Hold a baby two-toed sloth and see other wildlife up close when you choose the Zipline/Animal Encounter bundle with a two-hour visit to Barn Hill Preserve, right next door. Ziplines are open to ages 5 and up. Prices start at $58.

  4. Epic Entertainment - 130 N. Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Scott, LA 70583
    Weather putting a damper on your outdoor plans? Take the fun indoors at Epic Entertainment, just minutes from Scott homes for sale. Scale the Clip n Climb wall and try your hand at various vertical activities to challenge kids and adults. Afterward, it's time for a Leap of Faith onto a swinging trapeze. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  5. Zip'N Fun Adventure Park - 17200 - 16th St., Gulfport, MS 39503
    Just across the state line is Zip'N Fun Adventure Park, less than a 90-minute trip from New Orleans. Three different Treetop Adventure Courses incorporate combinations of 50 challenges, including ziplines, sky bridges, and Tarzan jumps. Experience one, two, or all three courses. There's also a Junior Adventure Course for kids between 3-feet and 5-feet tall. 

There's never a dull moment around New Orleans. Join the fun and contact us at Latter & Blum.

May
17

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.

Advantages

  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. 

Disadvantages

  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.

May
10

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.

May
3

NOLA Restaurants Perfect for Mother's Day

NOLA Restaurants

Mother's Day falls on May 9th this year, and if you'd like to take mom out to a New Orleans restaurant, you'll have plenty to choose from! The city is well known for its French-inspired cuisine, so you're sure to find a spot both you and mom will love.
  
Our real estate agents suggest treating mom to one of the following NOLA restaurants that are perfect for Mother's Day:  

  1. Café Degas – 3127 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    Café Degas has a unique setting since it's not only is located on the beautiful, oak-lined Esplanade Avenue, it was also literally built around an oak tree, which grows through the dining room. Mom will love its casual café atmosphere along with its classic French cuisine. Dishes are simple yet artfully executed using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Treat mom to brunch with her choice of dishes, including Grits and Grillades, with braised veal, creole red gravy, and stone-ground grits, or Les Crepes Degas, with creole mustard, cured ham, Swiss, spinach, leek mornay, and a fried egg.
      
  2. Ralph's on the Park – 900 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119  
    Located in the heart of mid-city New Orleans, Ralph's on the Park overlooks huge oak trees and colorful clapboard houses that provide the restaurant with a beautiful view. The food offers a globally-inspired take on local farm-to-table cuisine, including locally sourced seafood, meat, and vegetables. Take mom to brunch and let her choose from dishes including a Mushroom Omelet, Monte Crisco Sandwich, or BBQ Shrimp and Grits. Or dine later in the day and choose from entrees such as Crabmeat Crusted Gulf Fish or a Grilled Strip Steak.
      
  3. Vyoone's – 412 Girod St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Voted best new restaurant in 2018 by New Orleans Magazine, Vyoone's has also been honored by Eater Nola for having the best summer salads. The restaurant is located in a historic warehouse building close to the New Orleans Convention Center. Weekend brunch is served on a beautiful French quarter-style courtyard or in the restaurant's chic interior, either of which Mom is sure to love. Try delicious French dishes such as a lump crab cake covered in mushroom and spinach cream sauce, served over penne pasta and topped with parmesan, or oven-roasted chicken breast topped with mushroom cream sauce and served with a seasonal vegetable medley.
      
  4. Brigsten's – 723 Dante St., New Orleans, LA 70118  
    Award-winning chef Frank Brigsten – who trained for 7 years under internationally renowned chef Paul Prudhomme – prepares inventive dishes that revitalize Creole/Acadian cooking at Brigsten's. His unique menu changes daily so he can incorporate local ingredients into his dishes. Customer favorites include Grilled Drum Fish with Crawfish and Jalapeno Lime Sauce, as well as the Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Pork Debris Sauce.
      
  5. Coquette – 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115  
    Located in the Garden District, Coquette has become a popular neighborhood gathering place and the perfect destination to celebrate a special occasion like Mother's Day. Dishes are in the style of contemporary Southern cuisine, inspired by international cuisine and prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Customers' favorite dishes include Gulf Seafood Stew, prepared with shrimp, crab, drum, and saffron, and Pork Shoulder served with chevre, turnip, cabbage, and dill.  

Contact us if you're interested in seeing New Orleans homes for sale. NOLA is a city like no other, with unique architecture, restaurants, and a rich cultural heritage, and we're sure you'll find a home to love. 

April
30

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. 

April
19

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

April
12

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. 

April
5

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. 

March
15

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.

March
10

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. 

March
2

Eye-Catching Ways to Display Your Books

Book Display Ideas

If you're a heavy reader, chances are you have a relatively large book collection sitting at home collecting dust. Some of our real estate agents really dislike parting with good books after they've finished reading them. Instead of storing them in the attic, why not turn your book collection into a home library? 

Showing off your book collection is such a great way to add a touch of elegance to any room of your house. In fact, there are so many creative ways to put your books on display that you may never want to get rid of another book again! Below are some ideas on how to turn your collection into a stylish display.

  1. Line the Fireplace
    If you want to create a classic literary vibe in your living room, consider lining your fireplace mantle with your favorite books. You can group them into sections, separate them with decorations or photos, or organize them by color. Depending on the size of your collection, you may have limited space so be sure to select the titles that you really want to show off.
  2. Put Them in the Fireplace
    If you have a non-working fireplace that isn't being used for any other purpose, use it for book storage! Sorting your books into piles and stashing them inside your fireplace is a great way to create a chic, sophisticated Brooklyn vibe. 

  3. Fill-up a Dead Corner
    If you just can't figure out what to do with an empty corner, use it to show off your books. Add floating shelves or a sturdy bookcase to construct the ultimate corner library. If the room is large enough, you could even add a chair and some lighting to create a cozy reading nook.

  4. Build a Coffee Table
    Pick your sturdiest books, compile them into four even piles, and then find a strong flat surface to create the ultimate literary DIY coffee table. Not only is this a practical way to store your books, but it can also serve as a great conversation piece. Just be sure to include interesting titles. 

  5. Group By Color or Size
    If you have a truly large collection, there are many ways you can creatively show them off on a shelf. Forget alphabetizing -- instead, try creating interesting patterns with color or height. You can also alternative vertical groups with horizontal stacks. Your goal is to create a tidy, visually appealing bookshelf instead of an old stuffy look.

  6. Try Floating Cabinets
    We especially like this idea for a home office. Try adding some floating wall cabinets that are large enough to store a decent number of books. Alternate horizontal groups and vertical stacks, and be sure to break them up with some decorative elements. 

  7. Create A Gallery Wall
    If you have a lot of heavy, coffee table books that make for great conversation pieces, consider showing them off with a wall gallery. Just simply install a wall shelf with a decent-sized ledge and prop your books up against the wall. Be sure to pick the best books in your collection!

The owners of these New Orleans homes for sale are always looking for new ways to show off their book collections. Doing it the right way can create a unique, intelligent vibe. If you need advice on interior design, don't hesitate to contact us today!

February
19

7 Home Organization Apps You'll Enjoy Using

Home Organization Apps

Overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home? Or, are you struggling to get your roommates or family members to do their chores in a timely manner? Let technology give your efforts a boost!

There are numerous home organization apps that can help you get a handle on your to-do list. Our real estate agents know that a tidy, uncluttered home shows better than one that's overrun with stuff. Here are some apps that you'll enjoy. 

  1. Tody
    Find that you can't remember the last time you cleaned out your fridge or decluttered your bathroom cabinets? Keep track of when your chores and home organization tasks were last done with Tody. Tody lets you set due dates for your to-dos so that you can see when a task is overdue.
  1. OfferUp
    If it's time to get rid of some items in your home, use OfferUp to quickly list them for sale. This app lets you create a quick listing with a photo of your item and the essential details. OfferUp then makes your listings available to other users in your area. The app makes it possible to handle all communication through OfferUp so that you don't have to give your phone number to a stranger. Lafayette homes for sale that have been decluttered usually show better and look larger than those full of stuff. 
  1. Cozi Family Organizer
    Cozi Family Organizer is an excellent choice for busy households. Use Cozi to keep everyone up-to-date on your household's schedule, chore list, and grocery list. If someone makes a change (like marking off a chore or adding items to the grocery list), everyone else in the household will see these changes. 
  1. TaskRabbit
    If you find yourself facing a task that's outside your capabilities, use TaskRabbit to hire a pro to tackle the job. TaskRabbit can offer assistance with a slew of home tasks, such as completing home repairs, handling home maintenance chores, repairing plumbing problems, cleaning, decluttering, and setting up an organizational system. With TaskRabbit, you can search for help based on the details of your project, or you can view popular projects in your area. Before adding your home to the inventory of New Orleans homes for sale, it's best to complete basic home repairs and maintenance tasks, so your home is as attractive as possible. 
  1. LastPass
    Want a better way to keep track of all your usernames and passwords? Check out LastPass. LastPass lets you save all your log-in info in a single spot. You then access your info using a master password. If necessary, you can grant access to a friend or family member.
  1. Closet+
    Closet+ makes it easy for you to take control of your wardrobe. After uploading pictures of your clothing to the app, you can put pieces together to make different outfits. Use Closet+ to keep track of when you've last worn an item or what other pieces you like to wear it with. 
  1. Evernote
    Have a lot of inspiration for your home's decor and organizational systems? Use Evernote to keep track of everything in a single location. With Evernote, you can upload images, notes, and tasks. If you're in the middle of a project and discover that you need to pick up a few more things or want to further divide your tasks, Evernote will help you keep track of your progress. 

Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today!

February
8

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.

February
1

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. 

January
25

Your Guide to Louisiana's State Parks

Louisiana State Parks

Our real estate agents love Louisiana in the winter. With mild days and a hint of chill in the night air, it's the perfect time to head into the great outdoors in search of adventure. 

And with 38 state parks, historic sites, and preservation areas across the state, there's plenty of adventure waiting to be found. These are some of our favorites, and we hope to see you out there living life to the fullest in these Louisiana State Parks this season!

  1. Fontainebleau State Park - 62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA 70448
    Overlooking the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, Fontainebleau State Park is a great destination for outdoor activities. The 2,800-acre park offers hiking and biking trails, a beach and campground, wildlife-rich wetland areas, and the crumbling ruins of a 19th-century sugar plantation. Fontainebleau is the closest Louisiana State Park to New Orleans and is minutes from these Mandeville homes for sale.

  2. Grand Isle State Park - 108 Admiral Craik Dr, Grand Isle, LA 70358
    Nestled on Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle State Park is great for anyone seeking relaxed beachy vibes. Offering a fishing pier, swimming area, and picturesque beachfront campground, this is the perfect park to drift away to the sound of the waves rolling in off the Gulf. Nearby wetlands harbor a diverse marine bird population, and the park's hiking trail is perfect for bird watching.

  3. South Toledo Bend State Park - 120 Bald Eagle, Anacoco, LA 71403
    Toledo Bend Reservoir is a massive man-made lake that straddles the border between Louisiana and Texas. One of the best fishing destinations in either state, countless anglers flock to South Toledo Bend State Park every year to wet a line for bass, catfish, and bream. The park also offers camping, boat launch facilities, and bike paths. 

  4. Palmetto Island State Park - 19501 Pleasant Dr, Abbeville, LA 70510
    One of Louisiana's newest state parks, Palmetto Island State Park offers a genuine, wild South Louisiana experience. The park overlooks the Vermillion River and is known for fishing, kayaking, and pristine palmetto forest habitat. In addition to a campground, the park also has six vacation cabins, each with a screened porch and fireplace, making them perfect for winter stays. Palmetto Island State Park is also close to these beautiful Abbeville homes for sale.

  5. Lake D'Arbonne State Park - 3628 Evergreen Rd, Farmerville, LA 71241
    Nestled among the rolling hills of Northern Louisiana, Lake D'Arbonne State Park offers a great balance between primitive landscapes and modern amenities. With woodsy hiking trails and beautiful lakeside vistas, the park is also home to a disc golf course, swimming pool, and tennis courts. The park's centerpiece is 15,250-acre Lake D'Arbonne, a prime destination for boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

  6. St. Bernard State Park - 501 Saint Bernard Parkway, Braithwaite, LA 70040
    St. Bernard State Park is only a few miles from New Orleans but represents a tranquil respite from city life. Overlooking the Mississippi River, and a short drive from many New Orleans homes for sale, the park provides a glimpse into Louisiana's natural beauty, with nature trails, picnic areas, and lagoons. Campsites are also available, and the park is close to many nearby historic sites, including Chalmette National Historic Park and Jackson Barracks.

From the Bayou to the Big Easy, there's always something to explore and experience in Louisiana. Contact us to learn more about life in Louisiana, and talk to our team about finding your dream home today. 

January
18

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.

January
13

Grab Dinner at These Restaurants in the Warehouse District

Warehouse District Restaurants

Who's hungry for some delicious NOLA cooking? One of the reasons our real estate agents love living in the Big Easy is that we're mere footsteps away from some of the country's best dishes. From classic Cajun and Creole cuisine to innovative takes on international fare, New Orleans always has something good cooking. Next time you're headed out for dinner, check out these restaurants in the Warehouse District.

  1. NOLA Caye — 898 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Get a taste of the Caribbean without even crossing the expressway at NOLA Caye. Coconut shrimp, red beans and yellow rice, jerk chicken, and crispy plantains are among the menu items that showcase the Caribbean's diverse flavors. Many of these cultures influenced New Orleans' identity, and NOLA Caye honors the city's history by serving up authentic representations.


  2. Meril — 424 Girod St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    You haven't truly dined out in New Orleans unless you've eaten at one of Emeril Lagasse's restaurants. His fourth establishment in the city, Meril is a casual spot where you can enjoy cocktails and creative dishes. Order up or take home plates signed-off on by Emeril himself, including French onion dip, smoked Gulf fish dip, and turkey and sausage gumbo with steamed rice.


  3. Compère Lapin — 535 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Every New Orleans restaurant serves something special, but when you step into the James Beard Award-winning Compere Lapin, you can expect an unforgettable experience. Savor small bites like conch croquettes and spiced pig ears before slurping down some cow heel soup. Devour curried goat or scialatielli, then finish the night off with soursop cheesecake or roasted banana zeppoles.


  4. Briquette — 701 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    The old Rodd Brothers Molasses Refinery from two centuries ago is now home to Briquette, a casual, contemporary restaurant featuring coastal cuisine. Seafood lovers will have trouble deciding between caramelized sea scallops, oysters Bienville en casserole, lump crabcake Napoleon, and steamed Prince Edward mussels. Bring a few friends so you can try as many as possible…and have a little fun drinking your way through their extensive wine list.


  5. Herbsaint — 701 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Head over to historic St. Charles Avenue and treat your taste buds to the upscale dining at Herbsaint. Consistently voted one of the top ten restaurants in the city, you'll never regret making reservations at Herbsaint. Cornmeal fried oysters, Muscovy duck leg confit, and Louisiana shrimp and fish ceviche are waiting for you. For dessert, choose between flourless chocolate cake, vanilla pot de crème, and banana brown butter tarts that will send you home with a full stomach and a wide grin.


  6. Peche Seafood Grill — 800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Rustic ambiance, local craft beers, and a stacked raw bar make Peche Seafood Grill a can't-miss restaurant in the Warehouse District. The chefs create their menus using ingredients from local farmers and fishers. Order up a seafood platter from the raw bar to share or snack on hushpuppies and smoked tuna dip as you wait for a plate of jumbo shrimp to swim onto your table.   

Would you love to live within walking distance of the best restaurants in the Warehouse District? We can help. Contact us today to see a full menu of the latest New Orleans homes for sale that have just hit the market.

January
6

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!

December
18

How to Maintain Your Sanity During a Move

New Orleans Moving Tips

Moving is a very stressful event as you struggle to get everything done in time, make sure nothing falls through the cracks, and manage the physical demands of the task. Good thing all it takes is a bit of planning to make the process go smoothly. 
  
Our real estate agents suggest the following ways to help you maintain your sanity during a move:  

  • Decide whether you need professional movers  
    Consider how much time and effort it will take to move your belongings and how far away they'll need to be moved. Based on these answers, decide to either ask friends for help or hire professional movers. If you ask friends, go ahead and firm up a date with them, and if you need professional movers, get written estimates from three different companies.
      
  • Keep good records
    Get a binder or notebook to keep track of your moving timeline as well as your paperwork. Check items off your timeline as you complete them and keep paperwork such as your contract with the movers and your lease agreement or documents related to the sale of your home.
      
  • Budget for your move  
    It may be tempting to prioritize saving for furnishings or other items for your new home, but that's not what should come first. Instead, make sure you've budgeted for the costs of your move, including any supplies you may need to buy, renting a moving truck, or the cost of a professional mover.
      
  • Go through your belongings and purge what you don't need  
    There's no need to move items you no longer want into your home, so before you start to pack your belongings, sort through them and keep only what you truly need or enjoy or what holds sentimental value.
      
  • Start to pack – but do it in the right order  
    Start packing the belongings you don't frequently use, such as seasonal clothing and décor. The very last things to pack include your personal documents, any pet-related items, and essentials such as toiletries. Label each box with a description of its contents as well as the room you'll be putting it in at your new home.
      
  • Transfer your insurance and utilities   
    Make sure you have insurance arranged for your new home and set a cut-off date for utilities at your current home. Also, arrange for utilities to be turned on at your new home before your arrival.
      
  • Have your address changed  
    Fill out change of address forms at the Post Office to have your mail forwarded to your new home. You'll also need to change your address with agencies such as the Social Security Administration and the IRS.
      
  • Arrive at your new home before the movers   
    Get to your new home before the movers arrive so you can make sure all your belongings are accounted for. This also lets you direct the movers to ensure that boxes are put in the correct rooms, which makes it much easier to unpack and organize your belongings.  

Contact us at Latter & Blum if you're interested in looking at New Orleans homes for sale. We'd be happy to help you find your dream home! 

December
14

7 Tips for Applying for a Mortgage When You're Self Employed

Self Employed Mortgage Tips

Have you been looking at beautiful New Orleans homes for sale and dreaming of calling one your own? Homeownership is a wonderful thing! However, if you're self-employed, you may find the mortgage approval process to be a maze.

Luckily, though, it's not impossible. In fact, our real estate agents work with self-employed buyers all the time! Here are a few of the smartest tips they've learned along the way.

  1. Manage Your Credit Score
    Regardless of whether you're a W-2 employee or you're self-employed, your credit history and credit score will play a major role in whether you're approved for a mortgage. When you first start thinking about buying a home, pull copies of your credit reports, and make sure they're accurate. If you find mistakes, initiate the process of correcting them right away. Make sure you pay all your bills on time! If possible, pay down some of your debts, so you have a more favorable credit utilization ratio. Also, try not to request any new credit before you apply for a mortgage, as doing so can lower your score.
  1. Organize Your Your Information
    Your lender will need to examine your financial records before they're willing to approve you for a mortgage loan. You'll have an easier time with your application if you gather all your information ahead of time. Some of the things you'll need include:
  • Personal and business federal tax returns (past 2 years)
  • Personal and business bank statements (2-3 most recent)
  • Year-to-date profit and loss statement including revenue, expenses, and net income
  • Copy of your business registration/license
  • Proof that you've been in business for at least 2 years
  1. Save Some Extra Cash
    Sometimes, if a lender is on the fence about approving your loan, having a larger-than-required down payment can tip the scales in your favor. It's a great idea to save as much cash as you can before applying for your loan. If you don't need it for the down payment, you can use it to create an emergency fund.
  1. Keep Your Books Clean
    Mixing business and pleasure is a big mistake when it comes to your credit cards. Many business owners use their personal credit cards to cover business expenses. However, if this causes you to carry high balances, it can hurt your credit score. You'll have the best chances of being approved for a loan if you keep your personal income and expenses completely separate from your business.
  1. Show Steady Income
    This is easier said than done, but if you can keep your business income fairly steady, you'll have a better chance of being approved for a mortgage loan. You'll need to show at least two years of business income and may also need to provide a list of your assets and debts. Ideally, you'll want to show that your business income is increasing or at least staying steady year-over-year. If your business is fairly new, some lenders will accept one year of business income and one year of W2 income. In this case, though, you'll want to show that your business is making as much or more than you were making when working for your previous employer.
  1. Explore Your Options
    You should be eligible for all types of mortgage loans as long as you meet the requirements above. However, you may find that some loan options are better for your circumstances than others. If you're having trouble getting approved for a traditional mortgage, you may also want to try applying for a non-conforming loan or even a personal loan.
  1. Don't Give Up
    If your loan application is denied, don't give up! The first thing you'll want to do is find out the reason for your denial. In most cases, you can take some steps to resolve the problem and apply again after you do.

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Taking these simple steps will help you set yourself up for success when applying for a mortgage. Now that you know how to prepare, you're ready to start exploring some of the great homes for sale. We would love to show you around and help you find your dream home. Contact us today to get started! 

December
9

5 Color Options for Your Front Door

Nothing improves curb appeal quite like your home's front door, which is why our real estate agents always recommend adding a fresh coat of paint before you put your property on the market. Think of your front door as a chance to make a great first impression with potential buyers when they tour your home. It's a good idea to use it to your advantage to create a welcoming effect for visitors. Plus, painting your front door is a cost-effective and easy home improvement project to complete! 

Before your head to the store to stock up on a new shade of paint, consider these five color options that could really bring out the best in your home's exterior. 

  1. Deep Plum
    If you're looking for a great door color option to compliment a white or house, consider a deep plum. This royal color will add a nice contrast to any bright colored house. Purple colored doors are often thought of as a sign of creativity and open-mindedness. Deep plum is a great way to make a subtle statement without taking things over the top.

  2. Plain White
    You can never go wrong with a traditional, freshly painted white front door — especially if your home is a darker color. White front doors have been a timeless trend, and the best part is, you won't risk putting off potential buyers with a neutral choice like white. In fact, many of the best New Orleans homes for sale have a bright white door. Just add a fresh coat of paint to really help it shine.

  3. Cobalt Blue
    Depending on your home's color and material, a cobalt blue door can really create a nice effect. It works especially well with brick homes or with colors like red and brown. Consider topping it off with a thick, white exterior door frame.

  4. Bright Red
    No color elicits a welcoming feeling and a sense of hospitality quite like a bright red door. This color choice has been popular for centuries, and it matches both light and dark colored facades. Red doors have several positive meanings across different cultures — including safety, wealth, and luck. We found that a couple of these Baton Rouge homes for sale have beautiful bright red doors that really help their homes stand out.

  5. Shades of Green
    While green doors can be a bit on the bolder side, certain darker shades can really match well with white homes. Dark green doors can signal comfort and peace. If you're really looking to make a statement and create an eye-catching facade, then a bright green door might be the better option.

Not only does a front door say a lot about you and your home, but the color you choose can actually impact your property value. For more tips on how to boost your home's curb appeal, contact us today!

December
7

Healthy Dining Options You Can Find in NOLA

Our real estate agents understand how important a healthy diet is. We're always on the lookout for the best bites around town that are good for the tastebuds and body. Next time your stomach is rumbling, check out these healthy dining options around New Orleans.

  1. City Greens — 5001 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The freshest greens are always within reach in NOLA at City Greens. Though they're offering a take-out-only menu, you can still scoop up your favorites. The B.Y.O Salad or Wrap is always a win, mixed with your choice of greens, four additional veggies, dressing, and extra proteins like chicken or turkey. Of course, no one can go wrong with a BBQ Chicken Wrap or Thai Peanut Shrimp Wrap.

     
  2. Max Well — 6101 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Get well at Max Well. Located on Magazine Street, Max Well creates all of their menu options with the planet, the people, and the animals in mind. All of their items are plant-based and fresh from the farm to your table. Small bites like Gyoza and Stuffed Avocados are just as tasty and filling as Bonita Bowls, Beet Wellington, and Tomato Chickpea Soup. Stop in for lunch or grab one of their house-made juices to go.

     
  3. Café Minh — 4139 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Send your stomach on a trip to the other side of the world with the Saigon's Southern Vietnamese flavors at Café Minh. Incorporating American and French influences into their Vietnamese cuisine, all unique items are made with fresh, local ingredients. Classic cups of pho are served alongside exciting options like Vietnamese BBQ Catfish, Minh's Bouillabaisse, and Slow Braised Asian Short Ribs. Skip the standard salads and sandwiches for some of Café Minh's creative flavors.

     
  4. The Salad Station — 618 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Salad Station brings family and farming together to introduce a pay by the pound concept. Build your perfect salad without worrying about under-eating or overpaying. Hit the salad bar first to fill your plate with greens, proteins, legumes, fruits, nuts, and other toppings. Then move onto the gourmet hot and soup bar for baked potatoes, chili, and other warm dishes. When you're finished, you can build a second salad to take home and continue your healthy eating streak.

     
  5. Seed — 1330 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Plant-based dining is on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Seed. You'll love the unique flavor combinations using a variety of diverse ingredients with a little dash of New Orleans style cooking. Mushroom Gumbo, Eggplant Shawarma, Korean Fired Cauliflower, and Tofu "Pork Belly" Bao are just a few of the menu's tasty items. If you could use a mid-day pick me up, their mocktails will hit the spot.

Are you looking for a new kitchen with enough pantry room for the freshest ingredients? We can help. Contact us today to schedule tours of our charming New Orleans homes for sale.

November
16

5 Places that Opened this Year in New Orleans

New Orleans New Restaurants

When you think of New Orleans, you probably think of classic Creole cuisine.

While nothing says New Orleans like soulful Creole comfort food, our real estate agents want you to know there's even more to try. The Big Easy is a city with a remarkable food culture. 

The city sees the introduction of more than a dozen new restaurants each year. While a lot of these are headed by newcomers, world-famous chefs have also made New Orleans home. From hearty home cooking to fusion cuisine and even the most experimental eateries, this place truly has it all.

Here's a selection of just a few of the latest restaurants to open their doors in New Orleans:

  1. Peewee's Crabcakes On-The-Go – 4500 Old Gentilly Road, New Orleans, LA 70126
    Peewee's Crabcakes On-The-Go is the work of chef and owner Charles Armstrong, whose culinary career has dotted New Orleans with pop-up restaurants and other successful ventures. This new space represents a more permanent home for Peewee's. Satisfying signature crab cakes come along with seafood platters and a variety of Creole mainstays. Everything has that special touch local foodies have come to expect!
  2. Alma Cafe – 800 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Alma Cafe features authentic Honduran cuisine by chef Melissa Araujo. Now settled into the spot formerly held by Paloma Cafe, she is best known for rich, robust breakfast and lunch menus featuring all the flavors of her ancestral home. Visitors love to pair the dark, flavorful coffee with a variety of meals and small plates. Shrimp dip, ceviche, and mushroom toast spice up a full list of bowls and sandwiches.
  3. Mr. Potato – 2800 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Not to be confused with a certain beloved children's toy, Mr. Potato is a new restaurant descended from one of the city's most popular food trucks. Now, it's a specialty joint known all around Louisiana for its generously stuffed baked potatoes and loaded fries. Don't underestimate the concept, as you can choose from seafood, steak, cheese, vegetables, and much more. It's a delightful (and filling) time.
  4. Union Ramen Bar – 1837 Magazine Street Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Union Ramen Bar brings one of the most iconic Japanese dishes to New Orleans as executive chef Nate Nguyen returns to the ramen game after more than five years. In addition to the lip-smacking ramen bowls, most of them based on chicken broth, you can sample poke and Vietnamese small plates. Confit oyster mushrooms, watermelon belly salad, and barbecue stuffed shrimp await your discerning palate.
  5. Cho Thai – 3218 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Cho Thai is descended from a family-owned West Bank Thai restaurant with a storied past and strong local following. In its new Magazine Street location, it serves up delectable Thai delicacies in a comfortable and modern space. Some of the top offerings include spicy clams, pork rolls, and chili basil crab claws. Looking for a new twist on the familiar? Don't miss out on the Louisiana crab fried rice.

Move to Crescent City, and you can enjoy some of the South's most delicious food right in your own neighborhood. Contact us to learn more about Louisiana real estate.

November
9

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.

November
2

5 Free Things to do Near New Orleans

Free Things to do in New Orleans

The Big Easy has so much to see and do. You could spend years eating and exploring your way through the city. Although there are plenty of attractions worth the price of admission, New Orleans has its share of budget-friendly activities that will delight residents and visitors alike. Our real estate agents encourage you to check out these five free things to do near New Orleans.

  1. New Orleans Museum of Art – 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
    NOMA, the New Orleans Museum of Art, is a favorite destination for many locals. Their rotating exhibitions and extensive collections can't be missed! However, if you're looking for a free way to appreciate art, head behind NOMA to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, where you can stroll the tree-lined paths and admire over 60 sculptures created by world-famous artists. Admission is free all year, except holidays.


  2. The Canal Street Ferry – Near 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Get a new view of New Orleans by taking a ride on the Canal Street Ferry. Also known as the Algiers Ferry, this boat takes you down the Mississippi for the best views of the city. It will cruise you from the French Quarter to Algiers Point, where you can enjoy Confetti Park, stroll the Algiers Bike Path, or visit the many bars, cafes, and shops around. The Canal Street Ferry operates seven days a week, with the first ferry departures launching between 6 AM and 10:45 AM and ending between 9:30 PM and 11:45 PM.


  3. Explore Uptown & The Garden District
    One of the best free things to do in New Orleans is to explore the city on foot. The vibrant communities hold hidden gems for wanderers who don't mind venturing off the beaten path. Two of the coolest neighborhoods to explore are Uptown and the Garden District. Uptown is a wonderful place to shop and admire historic architecture while the Garden District hosts mansions where you can also take a self-guided walking tour of the area.


  4. St. Louis Cathedral – 615 Pere Antoine Alley, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116
    The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France overlooks bustling Jackson Square. It is the United States' oldest Catholic Cathedral that continues to operate. Take a step back in history by visiting the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, or stop by St. Mary's Church next door, which actually predates St. Louis Cathedral.


  5. Crescent City Farmers Markets/Market Umbrella – 200 Broadway St., Suite 107, New Orleans, LA 70118
    If you want to explore the city, surround yourself with local goods, and get to know your neighbors, a stop at the Crescent City Farmers Markets/Market Umbrella is ideal. These local markets sprout up around town, including in Uptown Square, Bucktown Harbor, and Parkway Bakery and Tavern. Check their schedule to see which vendors, musical guests, and specials will be at each market from week to week.

Would you love to live in one of NOLA's vibrant communities? We can help you find a place surrounded by the best Crescent City has to offer. Contact us today to schedule tours of our New Orleans homes for sale.

October
19

Art in New Orleans: 5 Art Galleries to Visit

Art Galleries in New Orleans

No matter what types of art you adore, New Orleans is sure to have many art galleries that you will love to explore. In a city with such a special blend of cultures, that's no surprise! The art galleries of New Orleans come in many shapes and sizes, with a shared goal of showcasing the city's vibrant culture through art. But with so many art galleries, where do you start? Our real estate agents have you covered with five local art galleries where you can begin your exploration of the New Orleans art scene.

  1. Kako Gallery – 536 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    Like many art galleries located close to New Orleans homes for sale, you'll find that Kako Gallery doesn't just focus on one type of art. Instead, it showcases art in many mediums from artists who live and work in the New Orleans area. If you're looking for a gallery with affordable, local art that you can purchase to decorate your own home or you're interested in browsing an eclectic collection, Kako Gallery is well worth a visit. You'll find an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, and outdoor art here.

  2. Windsor Fine Art – 221 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    When you're in the mood to see work from some of history's greatest artists, Windsor Fine Art is the place to be. Windsor Fine Art features artwork spanning five centuries, including original works from legends like Dali and Rembrandt. Browse an expansive collection arranged by artistic movement, touching on the most popular movements from the last 500 years. Windsor Fine Art also features an exceptional collection of sculptures from both historical and contemporary artists.

  3. Sutton Galleries – 519 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    A family-owned gallery serving New Orleans for more than 100 years, Sutton Galleries has long been a must-see stop for art lovers on Royal Street. Whether you're looking to add to your existing collection, start collecting art for the first time, or browse the work of talented contemporary artists, you'll find a warm welcome and plenty of help from the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Sutton Galleries.

  4. Gallery Orange – 819 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116

    In the mood for contemporary art? Be sure to check out Gallery Orange, which features a constantly updated collection of art created by artists worldwide. While Gallery Orange doesn't focus on a specific type of art, it favors original, unconventional, and energetic works. This gallery strives to sell art for fair market prices, making it a great place to shop if you're looking to bring home something special for your own walls.

  5. Cole Pratt Gallery - 3800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

    For more contemporary fine art, be sure to check out Cole Pratt Gallery on historic Magazine Street. Founded in 1993 by Cole Pratt, the gallery's mission is to showcase art from Southern artists. Their exhibitions are curated monthly to feature new artists. For the latest updates on the artists and work featured in their gallery, check out their website. 

Art and culture are simply part of the unique package of living in New Orleans, and we're here to help you find a home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans, LA area.

October
16

Agent Spotlight: Brigitte Fredy

 

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.

October
12

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.

October
5

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.

September
21

6 Places to Order Brunch in New Orleans

Brunch NOLA

Brunch is often considered a weekend treat, but in New Orleans, where les bon temps always roulez, you can find brunch any day of the week. When only brunch will do, our real estate agents head to these great spots just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale

  1. Stanley of New Orleans - 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Thanks to a prime location on Jackson Square, guests at Stanley of New Orleans enjoy beautiful downtown views while dining on signature dishes such as Eggs Stanley, with smoked Canadian bacon, cornmeal-crusted oysters, and Creole Hollandaise. Prefer dessert for breakfast? Indulge your sweet tooth with housemade ice cream desserts from the retro-style soda fountain. Stanley serves all-day breakfast and brunch Thursday through Sunday.

  2. Jimmy J's Café - 115 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    A satisfied customer sums up the appeal of Jimmy J's Café: "Very small place, but BIG on taste." Jimmy J's menu features eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and bagels, French toast, and other classic brunch items made with a tasty Cajun twist. A customer favorite is the blueberry French toast, stuffed with creamy Brie and topped with an elegant brandy glaze. 

  3. FullBlast Brunch - 139 S. Cortez St., New Orleans, LA 70119
    When piloting the boat on fishing trips with his dad, Chris Belou would ask if he could open up the throttle "fullblast." Today, as owner/chef at FullBlast Brunch, Chris still goes all-out in everything he does. From the aptly-named Simply Breakfast of eggs, bacon, grits, and toast to iconic chicken and waffles, there's something for everyone. Since it's not brunch without mimosas, go "fullblast" with the mimosa flight of orange juice, cranberry juice, and mango juice. Get your brunch on beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday through Monday.

  4. Monty's on the Square - 801 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Rustic-chic decor enhanced by plenty of natural light creates the ideal ambiance for the Southern bayou-influenced cuisine of Monty's on the Square. Benedicts come in half-a-dozen varieties, including Big Easy with fried green tomatoes and Creole Hollandaise sauce. Be sure to start with an order of beignet fries or cinnamon-filled King Cake beignets. 

  5. Two Chicks Café - 901 Convention Center Blvd., Ste. 109, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Two Chicks Café is not a reference to the source of eggs, but rather two BFFs who decided to turn their shared love of food into a business. Menu items include popular brunch dishes along with healthier options such as homemade chia pudding, yogurt parfait, and fresh juices and smoothies. Two years ago, the "chicks" opened a second location at 920 Gravier St. Both cafés are open 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily, with Convention Center closed Monday and Gravier St. closed Tuesday.

  6. Biscuits & Buns on Banks - 4337 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119
    Travel website Only in Your State put Biscuit & Buns on Banks at the top of their "9 Quirky Restaurants in New Orleans You Simply Can't Ignore." Maybe it's because of the shotgun house setting, or menu subtitles like, "Eggoholics R Us." In any case, come for the novelty and stay for the great food, such as hot sausage hash cakes, and fried chicken on brioche. Oh, and did we mention it's BYOB? Hours are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends.

With equal parts history, culture, tradition, food, and entertainment, the New Orleans lifestyle is second to none. Whether you're buying or selling a NOLA home, contact us for all your real estate needs.

September
14

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.

September
7

As Seen on TV: NOLA Restaurants that Have Been Featured on TV

NOLA Restaurants

If you've set foot within New Orleans city limits even for a moment, it shouldn't shock you that The Big Easy is frequently featured on TV. Our culture is so unique and engaging that it's often emulated around the world. However, there's no place quite like NOLA and there's no food quite like ours either. From local broadcasts to global programming, our restaurants, bars, and cafes always receive great exposure on the tube. Next time you're hungry, our real estate agents invite you to check out these New Orleans eateries that have been featured on TV.

  • Red Fish Grill – 115 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    As Seen On: Food Paradise

    New Orleans is a food paradise, so it's no surprise that Food Paradise paid a visit to the Red Fish Grill. During the "Iconic Eats" episode, Food Paradise took a look at NOLA's iconic Cajun gumbo, as prepared by the chefs at Red Fish Grill. You've obviously got to try their gumbo, but honestly, you can't go wrong with any of their casual New Orleans seafood dishes.

  • Palace Café – 605 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As Seen On: Delicious Destinations

    Although you're probably very familiar with the amazing meals at Palace Café, Delicious Destinations surely brought the spotlight to this Creole café on a larger scale. This restaurant has been winning awards since it opened in 1991 and continues to be among the top destinations for Creole food in the French Quarter. From smoked catfish dip and turtle soup to shrimp Tchefuncte and chicken and waffles, you're sure to find a great meal at the Palace Café.

  • Acme Oyster House – 724 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As Seen On: Man v. Food

    Whenever Adam Richman comes to town with Man v. Food, a normal restaurant turns into a battle between The Eater and The Eaten. Adam took on Acme Oyster House's challenge to down 15 dozen oysters. Adam was successful and joined the "15 Dozen Club", but the question is, can you conquer the challenge as well? Head into Acme Oyster House and find out!

  • Mike Serio's Po-Boys & Deli – 133 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    As Seen On: Throwdown with Bobby Flay

    Po-boys and muffulettas are staples of New Orleans cuisine, so much so that they brought renowned chef Bobby Flay to town. Throwdown with Bobby Flay placed the Food Network star again Mike and Jack Serio to see who could make the best muffuletta. Spoiler alert: the hometown heroes took the chef down! Come in and taste a muffuletta that even Bobby Flay can't beat at Mike Serio's Po-Boys & Deli.

  • The Sazerac Bar – 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
    As Seen On: The Layover

    If there's one person in the world you can trust to lead you to a great bar, it's Anthony Bourdain. The late-chef made it a point to stop at The Sazerac Bar during one of us quick trips to NOLA for The Layover. Located within The Roosevelt hotel, the Sazerac Restaurant is a landmark of the city named after what is considered to be the world's first mixed drink. 

Are you searching for a house within walking distance to the best restaurants NOLA has to offer? We can help! Contact us today to tour our New Orleans homes for sale.

August
24

New Orleans Dog Parks Your Pup Will Love

New Orleans Dog Parks

If you're a pet owner, one of the first questions you ask when you move to a new city is, "will my pet be happy?" Here in New Orleans, our real estate agents are happy to report that we live in an amazingly pet-friendly city, with plenty of options for your four-legged friends! Be sure to check out these amazing dog parks in the NOLA area!

  • NOLA City Bark Dog Park - 10 Magnolia Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
    One of the most popular dog parks in New Orleans, NOLA City Bark Dog Park spans just over 4.5 acres, with plenty of space for you and your four-legged friends to run free. Located just minutes from these New Orleans homes for sale, the park offers open meadows, separate play areas for large and small dogs, water play areas, benches, pavilions, and paved walking paths. Be sure to check up on current restrictions due to COVID-19 before visiting. 

  • Crescent Park Dog Run - 3800-3898 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Crescent Park is a 20-acre, 1.4-mile linear park that stretches along the Mississippi Riverfront and connects some of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods. It's a favorite spot among cyclists, joggers, and dog walkers, with spectacular views and lovely native landscaping. One of the park's best features is a dog run where canines can run free off the leash while their humans enjoy the view. 

  • Wisner Playground and Dog Run - 4877 Laurel St, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Tucked away in New Orleans' West Riverside neighborhood, Wisner Playground and Dog Run is a great place for kids and pups alike to enjoy some playtime. The park may appear small, but it's deceptively spacious, with separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs, along with water fountains and doggie bags. A lot of locals bring their dogs here, so you're always likely to find a playmate.

  • NOLA Bark Market - 3041 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    You'll find just about everything you and your pup need at NOLA Bark Market, a staple of New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood. It's a pet shop, doggie daycare and dog park all rolled into one. Their dog park spans a quarter acre, and it's the only true dog park in Downtown New Orleans. You'll need a membership to take advantage of it, but we consider it a worthy investment!

  • Levee Dog Park - 1 Walnut St, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Sometimes referred to as the dog levee, Levee Dog Park has gained a reputation among locals in the know as the best 'unofficial' off-leash dog park in New Orleans. A spacious and hilly open meadow tucked in behind the Audubon Zoo, Levee Dog Park is a great place to let your pooch off the leash to run free. There are no facilities, but the views are great. There's plenty of shade and open space, and you can count on meeting some other friendly dogs. Be aware that the meadow isn't fenced in, so make sure you're confident that your pup won't make a break for it. 

New Orleans is a fun place to live for dogs, and it's not bad for humans either! Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in New Orleans. 

August
14

Decluttering with Kids: 6 Tips for Making it Easier

Decluttering Tips

As minimalist living continues to increase in popularity, owners of many of these beautiful New Orleans homes for sale have taken a "less is more" approach to their interior design and lifestyle. However, for many parents, decluttering with kids in the house may seem far beyond the realm of possibility. Luckily, our real estate agents have shared several tips for how you can make decluttering with kids possible today:

  1. Start the Process When the Kids Aren't Around
    When you first start the decluttering process, it's best to begin when the kids are at school or staying with grandma. Decluttering with the kids at home can be highly unproductive as they'll likely have a tough time giving up certain toys, books, or clothing. You'll get the best results if you do the initial sweep on your own.
  2. Avoid Excuses
    Let's face it, it might be tough for you to part with your kid's belongings. After all, many of these items have a tremendous amount of sentimental value. Hanging onto items simply because they were a gift or are connected to good memories is simply going to lead to more clutter. If you're struggling to let things go, just remind yourself of the joy these items can bring to kids in need.
  3. Broken Toys Must Go
    Any toys that are broken, missing a piece, or falling apart should go straight to the trash without a second thought. Do a quick evaluation of all the toys in the house and find the ones that are broken. Your kids may ask for you to fix them, but it's important to resist the urge to hang on to any broken items.
  4. Organize Everything Into Categories
    After the old junk is gone, organize the remaining toys into categories such as stuffed animals, action figures, dolls, or vehicles. You can then store the most commonly used groups of toys in an accessible location in the bedroom while placing the less commonly-used toys in the basement or attic. Kids often forget about the toys that are out of sight.
  5. Don't Hang on to Clothes
    Once the toys are taken care of, it's time to move on to the clothes. It may be tempting to hold onto clothing for sentimental reasons, but you must resist! Comb through drawers and closets and make a pile of items that no longer fit or are never worn. These items can be taken to a local clothing drive. Starting a donation bin is also a great way to declutter overtime. 
  6. Teach Your Kids the Value of Decluttering
    It's important for your kids to understand the value and benefits of decluttering. Teach your kids about the importance of donating unused items so that other children can benefit and find joy in them. By showing your kids the importance of decluttering at a young age, they are more likely to develop positive habits that last a lifetime. 

Kids can certainly make the decluttering process more challenging, but by establishing some simple guidelines and teaching your kids the value of simplicity and organization, it can be done. Contact us today for more tips on how to declutter your home.

August
10

Where to Find Fantastic BBQ in NOLA

BBQ in NOLA

New Orleans is a foodie town like no other. With so many cultures influencing what's on our plate, it should come as no surprise that NOLA has tasty barbeque joints that rival the pits of Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your appetite and a bib so you can devour the finest meats that these five fantastic New Orleans barbeque spots have to offer.

  1. Blue Oak BBQ – 900 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    Get your barbeque fix at Blue Oak BBQ, purveyors of St. Louis-style ribs, Alabama-style pulled pork and Texas-style brisket. Their krewe is ready to serve you pit plates loaded with pulled pork, beef brisket, spare ribs, BBQ beans, roasted garlic mac n cheese, and ginger sesame slaw. Grab a few items ala carte or bring the whole crew in for an affordable family-style serving that is sure to leave you with full stomachs, wide smiles, and dirty napkins.

  2. Moe's Original Bar B Que – 3150 Calhoun St., New Orleans, LA 70125
    A Southern soul food revival, Moe's Original Bar B Que is more than just sweet and savory barbeque. With locations all around the country, Moe's brings its unique Alabama-style barbeque to neighboring Louisiana. Dive into classic NOLA eats like Southern Fried Catfish, a Southern Fried Shrimp Moe Boy, or a heaping platter of whatever just came out of the smoker. Sides like cornbread, banana pudding, and marinated slaw are made better with their Haul-It-Home options. Order up a whole smoked bird, rack o' ribs, or a Triple Wide Family Pack so you can savor leftovers for days.

  3. The Joint – 701 Mazant St., New Orleans, LA 70117
    If you stroll through the Historic Baywater District, you'll see that The Joint is always smoking. After featuring on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, The Joint earned national recognition as one of the best barbeque joints around. Get ready to load up a plate of ribs, brisket, burnt ends, chicken, and sausage. Their Down-Home Sides like mac n cheese, baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw are so good, they're worthy of a plate on their own!

  4. Frey Smoked Meat Co. – 4141 Bienville St., Ste 110, New Orleans, LA 70119
    The Frey family has been providing the people of New Orleans with the finest meats since the 1860s. Frey Smoked Meat Co. aims to give you a taste of old New Orleans with a barbeque twist. Their traditional barbeque lunch offerings are tasty, but we insist that you stop by for brunch. Order up BBQ Grits, a BBQ Benedict, or satisfy your empty stomach with The Cure, Texas toast topped with brisket chili, home fries, fried eggs, cheese, and southern white gravy that drips with deliciousness.

  5. Walker's Southern Style BBQ – 10828 Hayne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127
    Rated one of the top BBQ spots in New Orleans, Walker's Southern Style BBQ has earned national acclaim on the Food Network and The Travel Channel for its famous Cochon de Lait Poboy. A favorite of the Jazz Fest, the Cochon de Lait Poboy joins other tasty smoked meats, salads, and sandwiches on their menu. If you're visiting Walker's, a southern-style barbeque poboy is a must!

Are you hungry for a home close to NOLA's finest restaurants? Let us show you our listing of New Orleans homes for sale. Contact us today to begin your search!

July
21

Cool Down with an Iced Coffee at These New Orleans Cafes

New Orleans Iced Coffee

New Orleans is famous for a lot of unique food and drink—chicory, beignets, sazerac, gumbo—but doesn't always get the credit it deserves for its coffee scene. NOLA is home to some truly exceptional local roasters and coffee shops.

With summer in full swing and the temperature rising, our real estate agents love ordering iced coffee as a way to cool down. Here's where to get one in New Orleans:

  1. Spitfire Coffee - 627 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    A cozy urban nook in the French Quarter, Spitfire Coffee is known for making excellent espresso and spectacular pour-over coffees from small roasters. They do great iced coffee drinks too (especially the iced latte) and are within walking distance of some truly lovely New Orleans homes for sale. It's a great place to stop early in the morning before heading out to explore. 

  2. Mammoth Espresso - 821 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Mammoth Espresso offers meticulously crafted beverages in New Orleans' Warehouse District. You can taste the attention to detail in each of their drinks, especially their iced coffees. If it's a hot day, head straight for their menu of signature iced coffee drinks. 

  3. Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea - 4641 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    With a fun, funky atmosphere and lots of room to relax, Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea is a reliable place to get great coffee, whether you want it hot or cold. On a really hot day, the Granita is the way to go. It's concentrated cold brew coffee, whole milk, and simple syrup, frozen to slushy perfection. They also offer a select menu of pastries and small bites made in-house, as well as a wide selection of teas, available both hot and iced. 

  4. Cafe Beignet - 600 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Cafe Beignet has four locations in and around the French Quarter, but we love the spot on Decatur Street. It's great for people-watching, and it's great for snacking on coffee and the city's favorite baked goods. And if you can't decide between an iced coffee and a bloody Mary, don't worry. Cafe Beignet serves both coffee and cocktails. 

  5. French Truck Coffee - 4536 Dryades St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    French Truck Coffee established itself quickly as one of the most recognizable roasters in NOLA. From its original walk-up coffee bar in the Garden District, French Truck has grown to include locations all around the city. Our favorite is the spot on Dryades Street known as the French Truck Cafe. In addition to all the great hot and cold coffee drinks you'd expect, they have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, and plenty of indoor and outdoor space to enjoy it. 

  6. HiVolt Coffee - 1829 Sophie Wright Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130
    HiVolt Coffee has always been a popular spot to sip espresso drinks. It's also a great place to order up a cold brew or iced Americano and savor it slowly as you stroll down the oak-shaded streets of the Garden District. Be sure to check out their selection of pastries and baked goods as well!

New Orleans is a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home, and we can't wait to show you around. Contact us today to learn more about eating, drinking, and living life to the fullest in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

July
6

Best Picnic Spots in the New Orleans Area

Picnic in New Orleans

Our real estate agents know many of our clients are on the lookout for safe and fun ways to get outdoors this summer. Parks throughout New Orleans are beginning to welcome guests again, and the weather is right to take the family picnic you've been dreaming of.

New Orleans has balanced its development with green spaces so wherever you journey in the Big Easy, you'll never be far from a hiking trail, bicycle trail, or a dog park. Picnic spots abound!

Consider these sites for your next picnic excursion: 

  1. Audubon Park – 6500 Audubon Park Trail, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Audubon Park is one of the centerpieces of beautiful uptown New Orleans. Ideal for a picnic, it has attracted visitors for more than a century. It features picturesque ancient oaks, a jogging path of nearly two miles, a lagoon, playgrounds, and a number of picnic shelters and sports fields.
  2. Coliseum Square Park – 1708 Coliseum Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Coliseum Square Park dates back to an 1806 vision for a sparsely populated neighborhood in a natural setting that would enable a Greek-style revival right in New Orleans. Now a three-acre park, Coliseum Square offers picnic spaces in the shade of water oaks planted at that very same time.
  3. Magnolia Bridge on Bayou St. John – Harding Drive, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Built in 1908, Magnolia Bridge is a must-see stop on any tour of the Bayou St. John area. Solely for pedestrians and bicyclists since the 1970s, it is recognized as one of the city's endangered historic treasures. Picnic areas welcome you on both sides of the bridge. It's also a great urban hike.
  4. City Park – 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
    Iconic New Orleans City Park is a 1,300-acre oasis offering a number of playgrounds, non-contact sports courts, the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, and spaces for dog owners. Just about all of its facilities are open now with reduced hours and lower capacity.
  5. Crescent Park – 1 Crescent Park Trail, New Orleans, LA 70117
    A part of the French Market District, Crescent Park packs plenty of picnic fun into a 1.4-mile space. This 20-acre linear park provides some of the best New Orleans views. Bike paths, dog runs, and free fitness classes are just some attractions along with free, multi-use picnic pavilions.
  6. Lafayette Square – South Maestri Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Considered one of the most famous locations in New Orleans, Lafayette Square has been busy for more than 150 years. It sits across the former City Hall, now a beloved live music venue known for jazz concerts. 
  7. Jackson Square – 751 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70181
    Jackson Square is the place to go for a picnic right in the heart of the French Quarter. A 2.5-acre park, it is indispensable to the local social scene. About two million visitors come to the Square each year. Local artists visit it regularly for open-air exhibitions of their latest works.

Please remember to practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines while out in public.

From New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Lafayette to Lake Charles, Latter & Blum is here to help you reach your real estate goals. For personalized advice about New Orleans homes, contact us.

June
15

National Homeownership Month: How Latter & Blum Can Help

Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month – and there's never been a better time to find out more about the home-buying process!

Our real estate agents know that getting started on your very first home search can seem like a tall order. Luckily, we have the resources to make the whole process easier and enjoyable!

Latter & Blum employs the best real estate agents in the business. Our experienced team is with you every step of the way. Our residential real estate services have been helping clients just like you since 1916 with unbeatable expertise and customer care as our hallmarks.

Our 25 branch offices make us the largest independently owned real estate company in Louisiana and the 29th largest nationwide. No matter what kind of home you're looking for, our network of more than 1,200 dedicated agents offers the help you need.

Our Family of Companies Provides Everything You Need for to Buy a Home

Navigating the home-buying process can seem very complex. There are many complex steps when purchasing a home, from choosing the right mortgage to obtaining homeowner's insurance. Fortunately, Latter & Blum gives you the opportunity to have all your needs met within the same network of companies! Even your mortgage loan can be handled within our business family. From beginning to end, you'll work only with people who care about you.

Our partner organizations include:

  1. Essential Mortgage Company has been helping Louisiana clients through the mortgage loan process since 1998. These local mortgage pros see you as a person, not just a credit score. It's faster and easier than ever to qualify, apply, and seek approval for the mortgage loan you want. You can get help with down payments, closing costs, and all the other topics buyers should know.
  2. Latter & Blum Insurance Services rounds out the full suite of homebuyer services you need. The local, independent team takes the mystery out of insurance products. Homeowners insurance has never been simpler. Fire insurance, flood insurance, and much more are also available. Protecting your home and property really can be a simple, streamlined process.

You May Be Entitled to Assistance Under the CARES Act

This year, National Homeownership Month is being recognized under the most extraordinary circumstances in decades. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, adopted into law on March 27, 2020, authorizes direct cash relief to many Americans. It also provides a wide range of other benefits including mortgage payment relief. Remember, if you or someone you know is having difficulty with mortgage payments as a result of coronavirus, help is available.

Read more from the U.S. Treasury: The CARES Act.

Reach Out to Latter & Blum this National Homeownership Month!

We want to help you achieve your real estate goals. You can find the right home for you in Lafayette, Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Central Louisiana, Bayou Region, or Lake Charles!

For expert assistance, contact us today. We look forward to helping you!

June
8

5 Golf Courses in NOLA to Check Out This Father's Day

Golf in Nola

Known for smooth jazz, delicious food, and a lively culture — New Orleans is a destination unlike anywhere else in the country. Plus, avid golfers will love the links surrounding the Crescent City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your clubs and take your dad to one of these five challenging NOLA golf courses for Father's Day.

  1. Audubon Park Golf Course — 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Discover an oasis just minutes from downtown at Audubon Park Golf Course. Located in Audubon Park, this 18-hole Denis Griffiths-designed course features Bermuda fairways and Tif-Eagle greens. Audubon Park's par 62 course is convenient for any business travelers or visitors who want to get a quick round in without leaving the metropolitan area.

  2. Joseph M. Bartholomew, Sr. Municipal Golf Course — 6514 Congress Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126
    After a renovation and renaming in 1979, Joseph Bartholomew Golf Course has continued to be one of the best places for year-round golf in the city. This 18 hole, par 72 golf course features a double-ended driving range, fully stocked pro shop, two practice greens, and discounts for senior, youth, and late-night golfers.

  3. Bayou Oaks at City Park — 1040 & 1051 Filmore Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124
    Looking for a weekend golf getaway? Then head over to Bayou Oaks at City Park, where 36 holes of golf await you and your group. The North Course, opened in 1969, was reopened in 2008 after it was restored from damage sustained during Hurricane Katrina. The South Course was also restored and reestablished in 2017, to accommodate players of all skill levels. As the only 36-hole golf course in New Orleans, Bayou Oaks at City Park is the ultimate destination to play the links in NOLA.

  4. Lakewood Golf Club — 4801 General Degaulle Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131
    This award-winning golf course located in NOLA is undergoing a rebirth that will delight locals and visitors alike. Lakewood Golf Club has been updated and improved to offer unique enhancements like a world-class practice facility, 444-yard "Fire in the Hole" sand bunkers dedicated to the New Orleans firefighters, and a brand-new clubhouse that is currently under construction. This facility also has an award-winning junior golf program, weekly clinics for kids, and junior summer camps, making Lakewood Golf Club a great course for families to grow the game.

  5. English Turn Golf and Country Club — 1 Clubhouse Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131
    Discover unmatched beauty and luxury at the English Turn Golf and Country Club. Located on the historical bend of the Mississippi River known as the English Turn, this spectacular golfing community boasts 1200 acres of gorgeous greenery and a massive 43,000 sqft clubhouse with world-class amenities. As elegant and timeless as the city itself, English Turn is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design 18-hole par 72 Championship Golf Course ready to spoil you with serene scenery and undulating greens.  

Are you ready to work on your short game in NOLA? Contact us today to browse New Orleans homes for sale within a short drive from the best golf courses in the city.

June
1

National Doughnut Day: Doughnut Shops in New Orleans

New Orleans Doughnuts

Sprinkled. Glazed. Powdered. Filled. It doesn't matter how you take it. In fact, it doesn't matter if you spell it "donut" or "doughnut," our real estate agents just want you to enjoy National Doughnut Day to its fullest potential!

National Doughnut Day takes place on Friday, June 5th and you'd better believe that we're going to be first in line for hot and fresh doughnuts! New Orleans is home to many wonderful bakeries and doughnut shops! Be sure to check out these awesome doughnut shops around New Orleans and pick up a dozen on National Doughnut Day.

  1. Bakers Dozen – 3305 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA 70121
    Start your day with a Bakers Dozen, literally and figuratively! Once you get a look at all of their specialty themed doughnuts, you'll want to grab a box for the road. Of course, they also have the classic glazed and mixed favorites that you've grown to love. With prices starting as low as one dollar for a doughnut, these delicious treats won't break the bank.

  2. Daddy's Donuts – 2051 Caton St., New Orleans, LA 70122
    If you thought momma made the best doughnuts, then you clearly haven't tried Daddy's Donuts. When you roll into Daddy's Donuts, you're treated like family and treated to some of the tastiest doughnuts this side of town. Just make sure you don't leave without one of their signature bacon-maple frosted bars. These scrumptious treats are breakfast game changers!

  3. District Donuts Sliders Brew – 5637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    The Purveyors of Deliciousness, District Donuts & Coffee Bar make everything from scratch, including their sprinkles! What makes them unique is that they also sell awesome sliders, which means you can order carryout for lunch or dinner and enjoy a doughnut with your meal! 

  4. The Donut Bakery – 6701 Tara Ln., New Orleans, LA 70127
    The Donut Bakery
    is one of our favorite stops for satisfying our sweet tooth, and we're not alone. NOLA residents rave that they're the best doughnuts in the city, and we challenge you to prove them wrong. One bite of their Mardi Gras doughnut, and you'll be hooked!

  5. Blue Dot Donuts – 4301 Canal St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
    Venture over to Canal Street and check out the scrumptious pastry case over at Blue Dot Donuts. Local favorites include the maple bacon doughnut, iced coffee, and the cinnamon sugar doughnut holes. Be sure to call ahead or stop in early because they do sell out! 

Just like New Orleans doughnuts, our New Orleans homes for sale are available to suit your tastes. Contact us today to schedule a safe private showing or a convenient virtual tour.

May
18

Plan Ahead for GiveNOLA Day

GiveNOLA Day

Every year since 2014, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has held GiveNOLA Day to support hundreds of local non-profits that make a positive impact on life in New Orleans. Each edition of the event has raised millions of dollars from both donors and sponsors, with the total growing every year. The 2020 edition of GiveNOLA Day comes at an especially important time, as so many local non-profits provide support for the people and communities impacted by COVID-19. Our real estate agents have all the details on the impact of GiveNOLA Day, and how you can contribute this year.

The Event: GiveNOLA Day 2020

When: June 2, 2020

  • Learn More about the History of GiveNOLA Day
    The Greater New Orleans Foundation has long provided support for local non-profits, through fundraising, leadership guidance, and community events. GiveNOLA Day has been one of the biggest days of the year for the Greater New Orleans Foundation since the first edition of the event in 2014, and it takes place entirely online so that you can donate no matter your location. Thanks to the donations of countless individuals and the support of local sponsors, the total raised by GiveNOLA Day has gone up every year.

    Funds raised by GiveNOLA day go to hundreds of registered non-profits located in the 13-parish area, with more than 750 local non-profits receiving donations in 2019. Any non-profit located in the area can register for a free profile from GiveNOLA, and the number of organizations receiving donations has grown every year. In addition to donations, extra funds are provided through awards for the non-profits that raise the most money and have unique donors on GiveNOLA Day.

  • How to Get Involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020
    This year's edition of the event has been moved to June 2, 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19, and takes place entirely online. Donating is easier than ever, and all you have to do to get started is to visit the GiveNOLA Day 2020 website. You choose how much you want to donate, and which non-profits you would like to support. If you don't have a specific charity in mind, you can learn more about participating local non-profits on the GiveNOLA website.

    Every penny of your donation, minus small costs for processing, goes directly to the organizations that you choose to support. The minimum donation is $10, and there is no maximum. And you don't have to wait until June 2 to make your contribution! Scheduled donations have already started, allowing you to schedule a donation early for the big day.

  • Local Sponsors Provide a Little Something Extra to Boost Donations
    Some of your favorite businesses located near New Orleans homes for sale are also getting involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020, by throwing their financial support behind this worthy event. For every donation made to the cause, those sponsors will add some lagniappe, or "a little something extra," to boost the financial impact of each donation. The 2019 edition of GiveNOLA Day raised $5.9 million for more than 750 New Orleans non-profits when you add up the contributions from both donors and sponsors.

If you want to live in a city that knows how to support its own through charity and community involvement, then New Orleans should be at the top of your list. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.

May
15

Phase 1 Reopening in Louisiana: The Impact on Real Estate Services

Reopening Louisiana

Following established guidelines, Louisiana will begin Phase 1 of the opening plan on Friday, May 15th. Although this reopening is a bright beacon of hope, we must not forget that we are not fully free of the shadow of COVID-19. As we revive our sense of normalcy, our real estate agents want to assure you that we are collectively doing our part to safely serve our community as responsibly as possible.

FAQ About Louisiana Phase 1 Coronavirus Reopening

When will Louisiana reopen?
The state will enter Phase 1 of a three-phase reopening plan, as suggested by the federal government, on May 15th.

What businesses and services will be reopened in Phase 1?
Phase 1 of the reopening plan includes the opening of many services and businesses, such as barbershops/hair salons, bars that serve food, churches, funeral services, gyms and fitness centers, malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and many other non-essential businesses. However, many of these locations are only allowed to open if they follow strict guidelines dictating the number of individuals permitted to occupy the space and how employees, visitors, and customers must interact while following social distancing/PPE guidelines.

How long will Phase 1 last?
Currently, Louisiana is scheduled to operate under Phase 1 guidelines for 21 days, and into Phase 2 on June 15th. However, as we've seen over the last few months, the coronavirus situation can change quickly. While these dates are hopeful, they are not guaranteed and may be adjusted at any time.

How does this impact real estate services?
We want all of our associates and clients to know that Latter & Blum considers the safety and health of our community a number one priority. As essential personnel, our agents can continue to serve our community as safe, securely, and responsibly as possible. To do so, we have asked that all Latter & Blum agents follow these guidelines:

  • Reduce the number of physical showings by only touring homes with buyers who are prequalified for properties that meet their search criteria (for example, size, price, style, wish list, location, etc.)

  • All agents should conveniently provide documents describing floor plan, property amenities, flood information, home improvements, termite contracts, and other relevant information on the MLS listing. Furthermore, agents should also execute any paperwork electronically when possible.

  • Agents should practice social distancing by remaining six feet apart from others when possible and by limiting showings to a maximum of five people at once. Agents should also drive to each property in separate vehicles from the buyers.

  • All agents are encouraged to wear a mask in public places, including during property viewings, wear gloves, and wash their hands when entering and exiting the property. All agents should also sanitize any surface that they touch and open/close all doors, cabinets, and other property elements for the buyers

Although these guidelines are not forced upon the agents or buyers, many of our agents are voluntarily taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 out of respect to our friends, family members, and neighbors throughout the community.

If you are ready to purchase or sell property, we're ready to help. Contact us today to get started!

May
4

Where to Donate Homemade Masks in New Orleans

Homemade Masks in New Orleans

As COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, continues to sweep through our nation many of our daily activities have been put on hold. 

If you have a necessary reason to leave your homes — such as an important doctor's visit or a trip to the grocery store — the World Health Organization has suggested that all individuals practice social distancing and wear masks that cover their noses and mouths.

Our REALTORS® want you to be as informed as possible. Here are a few answers to questions frequently asked about the coronavirus, including why masks are helpful, how you can make your own, and where you can donate handmade masks.

Why do masks help protect against the spread of the coronavirus?

The molecules of the virus itself are microscopic, and unfortunately, can pass through even the smallest of pores in a mask. However, the coronavirus molecules often attach themselves to water molecules in the nose and mouth. By wearing adequate covering around the nose and mouth, these water droplets are less likely to be spread.

How can I make a homemade mask?

Making an adequate homemade mask is surprisingly simple. You don't even need to make a mask if you have a bandana or other clothing item that will fully cover your face. For those with sewing talents, you can print out a mask template and follow the directions. For those who are unable to sew, you can follow alternate directions to make a mask out of fabric, t-shirts, or other pieces of cloth. Ideally, you'll need a thicker fabric like cotton. It's recommended that you create a mask with two layers protecting the face, being sure that the mask fits snuggly without preventing you from breathing or speaking properly.

Where can I donate homemade masks in New Orleans? 

We admire the generosity of anyone who has the time and supplies to make masks for others in the community. The following organizations are in need of masks and other medical supplies:

  • Rapides Regional Medical Center Critical Care Unit

  • Serenity Home Care

  • Dr. Kirk Leblanc

  • West Bank Cardiology

  • Colonial Manor and Rehab 

  • AMEDISYS Home Health

  • The Center for Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

  • Tensas Community Health 

If there's one city that comes together as a community to overcome adversity, it's the Crescent City. We encourage anyone who can to make masks and donate them to our family members, friends, neighbors, and front-line service personnel in need. If you would like to schedule a virtual tour or private showing of New Orleans homes for sale, please contact us today.

April
20

7 Fun Facts About the French Quarter

French Quarter Facts

A melting pot of French, African, and American influences, New Orleans offers a rich history and vibrant culture, unlike any other city. At its heart is the French Quarter, a 300-year-old neighborhood that's also a National Historic Landmark. 

Our REALTORS® are grateful to call such a unique city home, and we're excited to share some fun facts about the French Quarter!

  1. It Was Once the Whole City
    The French Quarter still occupies the same 6×13 block area laid out in 1718 by French Canadian naval officer Jean Baptiste Bienville. At the time, the 70 squares within this area made up the entire French settlement of Nouvelle-Orléans, the original City of New Orleans.
  2. It Was the 'Spanish Quarter' for a While
    Although New Orleans was founded under French Rule, ownership was transferred by France's Louis XV to Charles III of Spain in 1762. Spanish Rule lasted just four decades but left a lasting mark on the city, especially its architecture. The semi-fortified streetscapes, plastered brick houses, wrought-iron balconies, walled courtyards, and curvilinear hinges and locks are all remnants of Spanish influence.
  3. It Has the Most Bars Per Capita in America
    The 'most bars per capita' statistic refers to New Orleans as a whole, but many of the city's most treasured watering holes are nestled in the French Quarter. Bars in the Quarter range from high-end establishments to dim hole-in-the-wall joints. From crafty cocktails at Bar Tonique to brews and live music at Fritzel's, there's a bar to suit every mood.
  4. It's One of America's Oldest Residential Communities
    Few neighborhoods in the U.S. can claim to have been lived in for 300 years straight, but the French Quarter can. Today, the Quarter is home to around 4,000 people, and it's where you'll find some of the most beautiful New Orleans homes for sale. Many of them are hundreds of years old. The oldest surviving residence in New Orleans is Madame John's Legacy, built-in 1789.
  5. Bourbon Street Isn't Named for Whiskey
    Bourbon Street isn't named for the drink that flows freely in its many bars and clubs. The street gets its name from the Bourbon Dynasty, who ruled France at the time of New Orleans' founding. In all likelihood, Bourbon (the drink) was also named after the Bourbon dynasty, but exactly how this happened is lost to history. 
  6. It's Very, Very Haunted
    Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you'll hear plenty of ghost stories in the French Quarter, most of them rooted in genuine history. The LaLaurie Mansion is one of the Quarter's most famously ghostly sites, but many hotels and bars are also said to be haunted, including Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, the oldest bar in New Orleans. You can learn more—if you dare—on a Haunted New Orleans Tour
  7. It's Weathered Many Storms
    The French Quarter has seen it all. Massive fires in 1788 and 1794 destroyed 80 percent of the Quarter's buildings. The city withstood both the Battle of New Orleans and the American Civil War. The French Quarter saw decline and resurgence in the 19th and 20th centuries and narrowly escaped the flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The French Quarter is one of America's most resilient neighborhoods. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans. Our team of REALTORS® has helped countless families find their dream homes in the Crescent City, and we can't wait to help you find yours!

April
13

6 Tips for Buying Commercial Property

Commercial Properties New Orleans

If you've ever played Monopoly, you know the benefits of owning commercial property. Ready to skip Park Place and the fake money and become an investor in real life? Our REALTORS® share six useful tips to get you started on the road to becoming a successful commercial property owner.

  1. Know Yourself
    Buying commercial real estate is different from buying a residential property, where the main criteria is finding something you like. Before investing in commercial properties, ask yourself serious questions about why you're doing this, what's your risk tolerance and how much time, money and work are you willing to put into the venture. 

  2. Narrow Your Focus
    "Commercial real estate" is an umbrella term encompassing a wide range of choices. Start with deciding what type of property you want to buy, such as retail or multi-family. The next major consideration is location. Do you want something nearby, or are you open to being a long-distance landlord? Finally, think about the future. Is it possible you'll want to renovate or expand the property? If so, will the property accommodate such changes, both structurally and legally?

  3. Learn the Lingo
    Do you know the difference between usable and rentable square footage? What does "ad valorem" mean? What is cash-on-cash return? Commercial real estate has its own vocabulary. If you try to bluff your way through, at a minimum it could cost you untold amounts of money. At worst, it could end your real estate journey before it even begins.

  4. Determine Your Financing
    This is one element residential and commercial real estate have in common: it all comes down to the money. But financing commercial property does offer a greater number of creative options allowing you to use other people's money. In addition to traditional loans, possibilities include private or hard money lenders, seller financing and short sales. As with home buying, you should have financing in place before looking for commercial property.

  5. Assemble a "Dream Team"
    No matter how much homework you do, there's no substitute for experience. There are many professionals in the New Orleans area that can help you with the buying process. Look for REALTORS®, mortgage brokers, accountants and lawyers whose specialized knowledge can help you navigate the deep waters of commercial real estate transactions and remain in compliance with all legal regulations. Just like you would for residential real estate, ask for recommendations from friends or family members! 

  6. Make an Offer
    This is the step where outside assistance is invaluable. Make sure you're covered with a contingency clause allowing you to back out if the property doesn't pass inspection. Then comes due diligence, where you double- and triple check to ensure everything is in order. This includes securing insurance, ordering a land survey and finding an escrow officer. Don't sign anything without having your lawyer review it first.

Looking for New Orleans homes for sale to live in or rent? Whatever your goal, Latter & Blum can help you achieve it. Many of our commercial and residential properties have virtual tours available for you to learn more from the comfort of your home. Contact us for more information.

April
6

How to Support Local Restaurants in New Orleans

New Orleans Restaurants

The New Orleans dining scene is legendary, which remains true even as residents, restaurant owners, and our REALTORS® adjust to life in the city while COVID-19 precautions are in effect. Many restaurants that were only dine-in in the past are now adapting to offer takeout and delivery options, while others are offering gift cards that can be used when restaurants reopen. Remember that restaurant staff have also been forced to adapt, and any tip you can leave with your order goes a long way toward providing support for those workers. While the communal, social aspect of meeting your favorite people at local restaurants may be on hold, there are still many ways to support your favorite restaurants during these unusual times.

  • Mid City
    Every neighborhood where you can shop for New Orleans homes for sale offers its own set of excellent restaurants, and Mid City is no exception. Blue Oak BBQ is still serving up all of your favorites for curbside pickup during lunch and dinner, with happy hour deals available every day. Fresh seafood is on the menu every day at Zasu, where the whole menu is available for takeout orders. Katie's has you covered for seafood and BBQ favorites, along with new family meals available for pickup and delivery.

  • French Quarter
    While the French Quarter may look a little different without the usual crowds, restaurants from this corner of the city are cooking up all of the favorites that you know and love. Doris Metropolitan is still offering its full menu for pickup and delivery, along with butcher service, fresh bread, and spirits. The Italian Barrel is also offering its full menu and has added some delicious sandwiches to the list for takeout service. If you're in the mood for bar bites or some of the best-frozen cocktails that you'll find anywhere, Manolito is still serving all of your favorites for takeout every evening.

  • Uptown
    The team at Boucherie has whipped up a special pickup/delivery menu while dine-in service is closed, featuring all of your steak and seafood staples. If you're craving your brunch fix, Live Oak Cafe has you covered with a brunch/lunch menu in the afternoon and dinner in the evening. Saffron Nola has added a curbside pickup to its many charms, with a full menu of delicious Indian cuisine and a special, family-oriented menu.

  • Lower Garden District
    Hankering for some authentic Creole goodness? The Munch Factory is still serving all of your favorites. Call ahead to order. Popular new spot Blue Giant is offering all of its high-end spins on classic Chinese dishes for pickup, so if you haven't tried it yet, now is the time. When you're in the mood for plant-based food, Seed has you covered with pickup and free delivery within a five-mile radius of the restaurant.

  • Bayou St. John
    Get your Mediterranean fix from 1000 Figs, which is offering a modified menu for curbside pickup and delivery every day from Wednesday through Sunday. Popular French bistro Cafe Degas, which has been serving the neighborhood for more than 30 years, is also offering takeout and delivery, including special wine deals when you order for curbside pickup. 

New Orleans is a city that knows how to support its own, and grabbing a meal from your favorite restaurants is a great way to show your support for the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.

April
3

COVID-19 Update From Our Agents

COVID-19 Update

At Latter & Blum, our REALTORS® have worked hard to protect the safety of our clients and co-workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are following all social distancing and safety guidelines issued throughout Louisiana.

The measures affect all Lafayette homes for sale and New Orleans homes for sale as well as properties elsewhere in the state. In addition to state and federal guidelines, real estate associations have issued industry-specific guidance for protecting clients.

In light of all the available information, Latter and Blum is doing our part to flatten the curve with the following measures:

  1. All of Our Real Estate Offices Are Currently Closed
    Social distancing is the most important step most people can take to ensure the well-being of family, friends, and neighbors. With this in mind, all Latter & Blum offices throughout our service area are closed. We are still working every day and remain available by phone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.
  2. Virtual Open Houses Are Now Available to Buyers
    In-person open house events are suspended for the foreseeable future. Our agents have been implementing Virtual Open House technology. We recommend Virtual Open Houses and showings be conducted by appointment only.
  3. New Home Search Technologies Are Being Introduced
    Latter & Blum will be rolling out cutting-edge technologies to make every aspect of buying and selling easier in this challenging time. That includes virtual showings, high-definition video tours, and 3D tours of new listings, digital document signing, and online transaction management.
  4. We Are Updating Current Listings With Safety Precautions
    Real estate agents around the country have been developing best practices for health and safety. We will update all of our current listings to request that visitors to homes maintain a safe distance from countertops, door handles, appliances, and lighting, and refrain from using bathrooms.
  5. We Recommend Screenings for Clients Who Want to See a Home
    Our agents will be asking buyers and sellers some simple questions to assess health risks. Please let us know if you are experiencing any symptoms, have been exposed to an infected person or have one in your care, or have recently traveled to areas with high coronavirus risk.

What to Know About All-New Virtual Tours

A virtual tour is the next best thing to being there! It's safe, convenient, and even fun.

During a virtual tour, you will have the opportunity to walk through a property with the help of your real estate agent. You can ask questions and get them answered in real-time. Our smart mobile technology gives you a clear view of every area of the home.

For your convenience, we are leading appointment-only virtual tours with the most popular telepresence software. Our agents are experienced in FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom. All you need to do is set an appointment time and then wait for our call. Tours last less than an hour.

Here's how to get set up on these convenient platforms:

You can use the above software on your favorite smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even on a desktop computer. For questions about how to best enjoy your virtual tour, contact your agent directly.

Latter & Blum is Here for You in This Difficult Time

If you decide not to buy or sell right now, that's okay! Latter & Blum will be here when you need us, and so will the right Louisiana home for you. We care about you and your family's health and safety. 

Remember, we are all in this together. If you have any questions for our team, don't hesitate to contact us.

March
30

5 Landscaping Trends for Your Home This Spring

Landscaping in New Orleans

While being stuck at home, gardening is the perfect activity for enjoying the Louisiana sunshine. Our REALTORS® always keep up on the latest trends in outdoor living and landscaping. Whether you're an experienced gardener, or you're looking for a new hobby, these landscaping trends are perfect for sprucing up your yard! 

  1. Taking Interior Design Outside
    Natural stone, ceramic tile, and design patterns like the chevron, basketweave, lattice, and waves are all hot both indoors and out right now. You can see them in patios, walkways, stairs and retaining walls, to name a few. Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces are still all the rage. This spring, people are going for sleek, modern, and simple water features, fireplaces, and sculptures. Neutral, contemporary colors like gray, slate and even white are also making it outside these days. And don't forget the furniture—comfy couches, chairs, and cushions all have a place on the patio.
  2. Vertical Gardening
    Lots of New Orleans homes for sale feature small yards or courtyards. Perfect for small spaces, versatile vertical gardens can include flowers, edible plants, herbs, and more. Adding a trellis or arbor helps draw the eye upward, creating the illusion of more space. Climbing roses, ivy, and even tomatoes and pole beans can create a colorful, practical oasis you'll love. Potted herbs can be placed on shelving or by using wall hanger or other hanging mechanisms. Vertical gardening is also a great way to cover walls or fences that aren't visually appealing.
  3. Going High-Tech Outside
    Smart technology has become super popular in the home, so why not outdoors, too? Sleek, minimalist LED lighting with fixtures built into the hardscaping to keep them hidden from view is a trend that probably won't go away anytime soon. Programmable irrigation systems use just the right amount of water, so watering your plants can be a total no-brainer. Best of all, these lighting and irrigation systems can be controlled remotely online or by using a smartphone app. As technology improves and becomes more popular, the price is also dropping.  
  4. Low-Maintenance Landscaping
    Homeowners are interested in keeping it simple, and for many, that means moving away from a traditional lawn. Synthetic turf, sedge, and low-growing sod are becoming ever-popular, and reduce or even eliminate the need for mowing. Cobblestone paths and patios, rock gardens, shrubs, and trees with colorful foliage and perennial flowers that attract birds and pollinators will keep your yard vibrant while requiring very little maintenance.
  5. Feeling Blue?
    PPG, Sherwin-Williams, and Pantone all named different blue hues as their colors of the year, so blue is where it's at in 2020. This cool shade is a key component of our environment, so it naturally helps to create a relaxing vibe. Whether it's a water feature, hydrangea, an outdoor rug, or cushions, incorporating different shades of blue into your outdoor space can bring the beauty of the sky down to earth.

Ready to find the New Orleans home of your dreams? Our experienced team of real estate professionals can help. Contact us today to get started.

March
16

National Puppy Day: Animal Shelters in NOLA

Animal Shelters in NOLA

National Puppy Day is Monday, March 23rd, and it is the perfect time to find a furry roommate! Rather than running to the pet store or calling up a local breeder, consider adopting one! There are thousands of pups living in animal shelters who are waiting for their forever home! Below are animal shelters in the New Orleans area:

  1. Southern Animal Foundation - 1823 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located in the heart of New Orleans, the Southern Animal Foundation goes to great lengths to extend a helping hand to pets in need in the community. Their adoption process is one of the most thorough in the region, and they strive to help prospective owners find the perfect pet for their family and living situation.
  2. Zeus Rescues - 2520 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
    At Zeus Rescues, they may not be able to conjure lighting or control the seas, but they can help you find the most loving, caring, sweetest pet for your family. From Yorkshire Terriers to Chihuahuas and Labs, they have plenty of pets who are eager to snuggle and cuddle up with a new family.
  3. Villalobos Rescue Center - PO Box 771127, New Orleans, LA 70177
    Pitbulls get a bit of a bad rap by the media, and it is one reason that the Villalobos Rescue Center has plenty of pups waiting to find good homes. The amazing staff at the center go to great lengths to care for these pups and help them find caring homes for them to move into. Featured on Pitbulls and Parolees, many of the dogs you will find in the shelter have celebrity status, and you'll find they have a demeanor that's far sweeter and gentler than what you expect.
  4. Humane Society of New Orleans - 4734 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The Humane Society of New Orleans takes in thousands of dogs each year. Some have medical conditions; some are survivors of abusive owners; some are simply wanderers who meandered into town from parts unknown. While their backgrounds and needs, ages, and breeds are all different, one thing they all share is the need for love and affection. If you want to find a new best friend, you will find plenty to choose from when you drop by for a visit.
  5. Louisiana SPCA - 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70114
    The Louisiana SPCA always has dozens of pups who are looking for someone to play with on a lazy day. When you bring one of their tiny little residents home with you, the party will never end, and you'll always have a reason to head to the park, throw a ball, or snuggle up and watch TV.  

While you might not be able to adopt right now, you might want to consider helping these shelters by fostering a pet. Fostering helps prevent shelters from getting over-crowded, plus helps the dogs get acclimated to family life. Talk to these shelters about their fostering requirements. Not only will you be helping a shelter dog, but you'll also get some company while social distancing! 

Adopting a pet is a big decision. It comes with unique challenges, and sometimes requires a little extra TLC. Don't worry about what you don't know, because each of these fabulous shelters is staffed with remarkable people who will help guide you through the ins and outs of how to help your new friend settle in and feel right at home.

Contact us for more information about pet-friendly communities in New Orleans. Our REALTORS® will help you find a home near parks, lakes, and other attractions that your family and furry friends will love to visit.

Searching for a home? Check out New Orleans homes for sale

March
2

Remodeling Cost vs. Value 2020 - For New Orleans Homes

Remodeling New Orleans Cost

Remodeling projects and room additions can be great ways to add value to your home, but as with any investment, it pays to do your research before you get started. Our REALTORS® rely on the data to make sound remodeling decisions, and today we're going to give a peek behind the curtain of the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report to help you choose the right projects for your home,

Projects for Maximum ROI

  • Siding Replacement
    Curb appeal is crucial when you're competing with other New Orleans homes for sale, so it's no surprise that exterior remodels often lead the value charts. If the home's siding looks old and worn, that will impact how buyers perceive the rest of the home. 
  • Roofing Replacement – Asphalt Shingles
    Any discerning buyer knows that a healthy roof is key to the overall quality of the home, so replacing shingles has both aesthetic and dollars-and-cents value. Opting for asphalt shingles is usually best because metal roofing has a lower ROI.
  • Garage Door Replacement
    Another area where form and function meet, the garage door is one part of the home that you always want to look its best. Replacing the garage door has minimal cost compared to other projects while adding meaningful value to the home.
  • Window Replacement – Vinyl
    Old windows can be a major drain on energy efficiency and often look out of place in an otherwise modern home. Replacing windows can be a big project, but it's ultimately worth the cost.

Choosing the Best Rooms to Remodel

  • Master Suite Addition
    The master suite is a significant attention-grabber in any home, but a master suite addition ranks as one of the most expensive projects on our list. The good news is that it's also one of the top projects for recouping your investment.
  • Bathroom Addition or Remodel
    Most buyers will take a long look at bathrooms, both for aesthetics and for seeing how well the home has been maintained. A mid-range level bathroom remodel or addition costs significantly less than doing the same for a kitchen or master suite, while offering similar value.
  • Minor Kitchen Remodel
    If you're planning to refresh your kitchen, a minor remodel is often the way to go. A minor remodel will often have around half the cost of a major one, with both options allowing you to recoup a similar percentage of your investment.
  • Deck Addition
    You won't be surprised to learn that outdoor decks are a very popular feature for New Orleans homes, and adding a deck is a relatively low-cost way to add a perk that most buyers will love. For maximum value, choose a wood deck over composite.

Remodeling Projects with Lower ROI

  • Upscale Room Remodels
    When you're remodeling a room, projects with a higher cost often offer lower overall return on investment, because not every high-end shopper will want the same things from their bathroom or master suite.
  • Grand Entrance
    While curb appeal is a big deal, a full remodel of the area around your front door is not always a necessity. By the numbers, it offers a lower ROI than any other project on our list.

No matter which projects you choose to add value to your home, the right real estate team makes all the difference in getting your home sold. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans area.

February
24

Housewarming Party Etiquette Tips

housewarming party etiquetteNow that you've bought a home and have moved in, you'll want to be able to show it off to your friends and family. Many will be curious about what it looks like, and hosting a housewarming party is the perfect way to have fun socializing and give them the grand tour. In other cases, you may be the guest who's helping celebrate at a friend's housewarming party.

Whether you're the host or a guest at a housewarming party, our REALTORS® offer the following etiquette tips:

For the Host

  1. Expand your Guest List 
    Instead of limiting your guest list to only friends and family, consider expanding it to include a few of your new neighbors. You don't need to invite the whole neighborhood, but consider inviting the next-door neighbors on each side. It's a great way to introduce yourself.

  2. Ask for RSVPs 
    Ask your invitees to RSVP so you'll have a reasonable estimate of the number of guests you can expect. You'll then be able to plan your menu accordingly.

  3. Don't Ask for Gifts
    Think of your housewarming party as a chance to spend time with your friends in your new home. Many people may bring a gift, but they shouldn't feel obligated to do so. If you do choose to register for gifts - and some people find this inappropriate - don't put this information on the invitation, and don't publicize it unless a guest specifically says they're bringing a gift and wants suggestions.

  4. Keep the Food Simple  
    Since you're probably still busy getting your household in order, consider keeping the food you serve simple. With this option, however, make sure your party is held outside of normal lunch or dinner hours, so guests don't expect a full meal. Serve bite-size hors d'oeuvres and buy some pre-cut and arranged platters of fruit, cheese, meat, and other goodies. You can also use disposable paper plates and other products to make your post-party cleanup more manageable.

For the Guest

  1. RSVP
    If you receive an invitation, let your host know whether you'll be able to participate in the party. That way, they'll be able to accurately plan for how much food and drink they'll need.

  2. Don't Arrive too Early or Stay too Late 
    Be on time for the housewarming party instead of arriving early, when your hosts may be getting themselves or their home ready. And make sure to leave by the time the party's breaking up, so you don't overstay your welcome.

  3. Bring a Gift 
    Although the hosts won't always expect one, it's polite to bring a gift. Ask your host what they'd like, but if they don't have any specific suggestions, you'll need to come up with an idea on your own. Good options include a gift card to a home improvement store, a plant, a bottle of wine, or a monogrammed gift.

  4. Be Respectful
    Treat your host's home as if it were your own. Make sure to clean up after yourself, and if you'd like a tour of the home, ask the host. Don't simply wander into rooms that aren't being used for the party.

Contact us if you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale. We'll help you find one that suits your wants, needs, and budget so you'll soon be planning your own housewarming party!

February
17

New Orleans Mardi Gras 2020 What to Expect

New Orleans Mardi Gras

Carnival season is upon us! Whether you're attending Mardi Gras for the first time or looking forward to repeat performances from your favorite krewes, there's no doubt this is one of the best examples of why New Orleans is such a special place to call home. Our REALTORS® are ready for the celebrations, and we've put together a guide for what to expect from Mardi Gras 2020.

  • Get in Touch with Mardi Gras History
    History is never far from your front door with New Orleans homes for sale, and Mardi Gras is certainly no exception. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," which marks the final day of the weeks-long Carnival season and takes place on February 25, 2020. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. It's a tradition that dates back centuries featuring the world's best parades, music, dancing, parties, costumes, and performances. Parades take place all around the city, but many roll Uptown or in the French Quarter. For some people, it's a yearly occasion, while it's a way of life for others!

  • Learn the Lingo 
    Throughout Carnival season, the parades and events you see are planned by local organizations called "krewes," who put together the costumes, themes, music, and of course, the elaborate floats that you see on parade. Each krewe has unique "throws," or small items that they toss to parade watchers. Throws can be anything from a simple set of plastic beads to an ornate trinket representing the krewe's theme. Learning about local krewes is a great way to plan for which parades you want to see most.

  • Get to Know the Krewes
    Many krewes organize parades throughout New Orleans and in other nearby cities. Typically the most established krewes hold their parades on Mardi Gras itself, but there are amazing parades to see every day of Carnival season. The irreverent, sci-fi Krewe of Chewbacchus is always a hit, while the Krewe of Cork is dedicated to wine and revelry. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is one of the largest all-female krewes, while the Krewe of Elks-Orleans is the oldest truck float krewe. There are krewes of every shape and size, so everyone has their own favorites. It's wise to plan ahead to see your favorites because parade routes fill up fast.

  • There's So Much to See and Do at Mardi Gras 2020
    Mardi Grasis like a big party, but the Carnival season is also about history, culture, music, and celebrating the unique sense of community in New Orleans. Krewes often raise money for charity throughout the year and host elaborate balls during the Carnival season.

    There are also kid-friendly parades and plenty of events throughout the season for families to enjoy. You'll even find parades dedicated to dogs, so your four-legged friend can get in on the fun! Mardi Gras is never just one thing. It means something special to everyone who attends because you get to create your own experience each year.

The unique blend of music, dance, performance, history, and revelry that characterize Mardi Gras are on display all year long when you call New Orleans home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans area!

February
17

7 Tips for Moving to a New State

Moving to a New StateAny move - even if it's just down the street - requires a great deal of time and organization. But when you're moving to a new state, your list of things to do becomes longer and more complicated.

Our REALTORS® suggest the following seven tips to help you make your move to another state as smooth as possible:

  1. Start with a Checklist
    Keep an ongoing checklist of what needs to be done and give each item a deadline. Add to your list as you think of additional tasks, so you'll stay organized and focused on what you need to do and when you need to do it by.

  2. Do Your Research
    Find out everything you can about your new home before you move. You'll be able to learn what the average high and low temperatures are, how much in taxes you'll pay, the quality of local schools, and places you may frequent, such as shops and restaurants. This research will help you feel at home more quickly after you make your move.

  3. Find a New Home
    A real estate agent in your new state can help you find a home before you make your big move. He or she will know the area well and have inside knowledge of its housing market. This can help your home search go more quickly and will leave you more time to take care of all your other moving tasks. Also, when you make your move, you'll get to know your neighbors and will get to explore what your new community has to offer.

  4. Secure a New Job
    If you don't already have a job lined up out of state, search job sites and contact any friends and family already in the area to try to secure employment. This can take a massive weight off your shoulders and give you a way to quickly meet people and become a part of your new state. It can also make your finances more stable after you move.

  5. Let Your Friends Know
    Send an email to your friends sharing news of your move, also including your new address. You can also post your plans on social media, text them, or go old school and mail cards containing the pertinent information.

  6. Understand New Requirements
    States often give you a certain amount of time after you become a new resident to get a new driver's license and license plate. The requirements vary by state, so you'll need to check their Department of Motor Vehicles website or give them a call to see what documentation you'll need and how much time you'll have to get your new license and car tag.

  7. Hire a Reputable Moving Company
    Ask friends, co-workers, and family members for moving company recommendations. Depending on your budget and on how much of the move you'd like to take care of yourself, you can hire help for large items or for everything in your home. 

Contact us if you're moving to Louisiana and are looking for Baton Rouge homes for sale. Our knowledge and experience can help make your move go as smoothly as possible as you become a Louisiana resident. 

February
10

What to Look for When Buying a Condo

Buying a Condo

If you want to own your space, but don't want the upkeep associated with a single-family home, a condo is a terrific alternative. A condo is a single unit property that shares walls and structural aspects with other units. Condos have minimal exterior upkeep, and you often have access to a slew of convenient amenities. Here are a few things you need to look for when buying a condo to make sure it's a great fit for your needs:

Check That the Condo is Right for Your Lifestyle

An advantage of buying a condo is that there's a slew of different options that fit some various lifestyles. Before you contact one of our agents, take a few moments to contemplate the lifestyle that you live or want to live.

Perhaps you like to live an active lifestyle and want a unit in a complex with walking trails, a dog park, and a fitness center. You should look for a unit that fits your preferred lifestyle. Conversely, maybe you don't value a lot of extra amenities or don't need them. In this situation, you don't want to pay for amenities that you're unlikely to use. 

Research the Effectiveness of the Condo Association

The condo association is responsible for maintaining the condo complex. This includes the complex's exterior, shared areas, and on-site amenities. You want a proactive condo association that promptly deals with resident complaints and potential issues in the complex.

Ask for minutes from the condo association meetings so you can see how the association responds to resident complaints. If the same resident complaints regularly appear at multiple association meetings, this is a potential sign that the association is lax at handling the residents' concerns. 

Get a Full Breakdown of Costs 

When you purchase a condo, in addition to the monthly principal and interest on your mortgage, you'll pay a monthly condo association fee. This fee covers the costs required to maintain the condominium complex's exterior and shared areas as well as expenses necessary to operate the complex's amenities. Make sure that you ask for the unit's monthly condo dues before making an offer so that you can ensure it's not too expensive for your monthly budget. Note that condo association fees aren't tax-deductible. 

Learn More About the Condo Association Fee

Though a lower condo association fee sounds attractive, the amount of the fee shouldn't be excessively low. If the fee is too low, it won't cover the actual costs associated with maintaining and caring for the complex. Should this happen, there will eventually be a readjustment of the fee, and it will go up to account for this shortfall.

Instead of facing a future shortfall, look for a unit with a fee that's sufficient to cover the complex's expenses. Ask for more info about the condo complex's financials. The complex should have a repair fund that's being funded adequately based on the age of the complex and any anticipated repairs. This will prevent the residents from being hit with a huge increase in their monthly association fees. 

Feel like a condo might be the right fit for you? Call one of our REALTORS® today to set up an appointment or search New Orleans homes for sale!

February
3

Sellers: Make Your Home Smarter in 2020

Smart Home Features

The idea of smart home technology is no longer limited to the technologically-inclined or the uber-wealthy. Homeowners have embraced technology and up to 81% of homes are considered "smart." If you're interested in selling your home in 2020, here are the top smart home features that our real estate agents think you should install in order to appeal to buyers.

  • Smart Security Systems
    When it comes to smart home features, home security systems are at the top of a home's buyer's wish list. Everyone wants to feel safe and secure in their homes. Many buyers want to see the system in place before they make the purchase. The home security system integrates well with other home devices, including door locks, smart lights, and smart thermostats. Since the security system can connect to different devices, you can easily connect and access it on-the-go. Whether you need to lock your doors or view your security cameras, you can do anything from anywhere. Also, these systems can send alerts if suspicious movements are detected.
  • Smart Thermostats
    Many of these app-enabled smart home devices "learn" your family's daily habits when it comes to temperature regulations. Some smart thermostats use motion sensors to determine if you're at home and automatically adjust the temperature for you. This helps make your home more comfortable temperate wise and can help you save money on your electric bill. Also, thermostat settings can be adjusted with remote access as long as it's connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.
  • Smart Lighting Systems
    Buyers are looking for better lighting systems. Smart lighting is changing how homeowners control lighting, improve security and conserve energy with home connectivity and simple voice commands. Installing LED lights is great, but what about being able to control all the lights in the home directly from your smartphone? For instance, it can be costly to leave lights on in several rooms when you're on vacation because you don't want anyone to know you're not around. Smart lighting systems allow you to switch the lights on and off in various rooms and at various times. In addition, they easily connect to other IoT devices, helping property owners create energy-efficient smart home environments.
  • Smart Appliances
    Homebuyers are not content with home appliances being simply energy-efficient. They want more. How about a smart fridge that lets you search for recipes online, create a grocery list, control the temperature, and even listen to music while you cook. Or an oven that allows you to download preprogrammed recipes so your food comes out perfect each time. You can even watch a movie or enjoy the pool while checking on your dinner directly from your smartphone.

With the added protection, ease of use, and convenience, you will not be disappointed when you add these smart home features before you put your house on the market. Contact us to learn more about our New Orleans homes for sale.

January
21

What You Need to Do Before Listing

Before Listing Figuring out which steps to take before putting your home on the market can be daunting. If you're unsure about how to prepare, our real estate agents can provide the guidance you need to get your home ready for listing. 

  • Research the Value of Your Home
    It's vital to do your homework to determine the value of your home. Check out listings of comparable New Orleans homes for sale in your neighborhood. Make sure you are comparing homes similar to yours in size, location, and features. Save this list of comparables and discuss them with your real estate agent.
  • Find a Real Estate Agent
    One of the best ways to find a good real estate agent is by word of mouth. Ask friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors if they've worked with someone they'd recommend. Interview a few agents and ask them about their experience selling homes in your area, the steps they'll take to sell your home, and how many homes they've sold. Don't be afraid to ask for references from former clients as well.
  • Make Minor Repairs
    Replacing hardware like knobs, drawer pulls, towel racks, light switches, and lighting fixtures is an easy and inexpensive way to make your home look updated. If any major repairs need to be done, talk with your real estate agent about the most effective way to take care of them.
  • Paint
    A fresh coat of paint throughout the house does wonders for its appeal. You don't have to do anything fancy—make sure you choose neutral colors like taupe, beige, or greige. Depending on the condition of the outside of your house, you may want to consider having it professionally painted.
  • Declutter & Depersonalize
    Clearing clutter and depersonalizing your home will make it more appealing to buyers, and you'll have less stuff to move when you're ready to go. A good rule of thumb is to donate, sell, or pitch items you haven't used or worn within the last year. Packing up family photos, books, knick-knacks, and other personal items makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize living there. 
  • Clean
    You'll be surprised at what a difference a deep cleaning can make when it comes to the look and smell of your home. Shampooing rugs and carpets helps get rid of stains and odors. Make sure to get windows and trim sparkling clean. If you don't have the time or desire to DIY, hire a professional cleaning company to come in and clean it for you.
  • Stage Your Home
    Staging your home can help it sell faster at a higher price. Take out any excess furniture and create cozy sitting areas in spaces like the living room. Remove all small appliances from the counters in the kitchen, take any magnets off the fridge, and accessorize with fresh, new tea towels. The same thing goes for the bathrooms—remove or hide away all toiletries and invest in new rugs and towels. And don't forget the outside— curb appeal is the first thing that draws potential buyers in. Make your yard, landscaping, and your home's exterior look neat and tidy. 

Are you ready to buy or sell your home in the New Orleans area? Contact us to get started.

January
14

Cathy Cusimano - Million in a Month December 2019

January
6

Where to Get King Cake in New Orleans

King Cake in New Orleans

If you've been to NOLA, you know that birthday cakes and wedding cakes don't hold a candle to our celebrated King Cakes. Each year, the King Cake Festival takes over Champions Square and offers up samples of the finest King Cakes from around the city. If you're looking for a local bakery where you can grab your own to take home, our REALTORS® got you covered. 

  1. Angelo Brocato — 214 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    For over a century, the family of Angelo Brocato has churned out the best ice cream in the French Quarter. It's only natural that they bake up an equally delectable King Cake to sit alongside their custard-based gelato. Don't take our word for it — stop by and celebrate the King Cake Festival, your birthday, or simply the fact that you live in one of the tastiest cities in the country with a King Cake all to yourself!

  2. Manny Randazzo King Cakes — 3515 N. Hullen St., Metairie, LA 70002
    How amazing are the King Cakes at Manny Randazzo's? They're so good that their award-winning Pecan Praline King Cake was dubbed the "King Cake King" in 2012. Exclusively baking King Cakes, Manny Randazzo's has a line around the corner every season as hundreds of locals and visitors eagerly anticipate sinking their teeth into one of these renowned King Cakes. Trust us, these King Cakes are worth the wait! Pick one up after looking at Metairie homes for sale.

  3. Adrian's Bakery — 4710 Paris Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122
    Adrian's Bakery delivers a taste of New Orleans so scrumptious, you'll be thankful that this sweet shop sells goodies throughout the year. Their savory King Cake is certainly one of the highlights of their menu. If you're cruising by the University of New Orleans, stop by to sample one of their fresh pastries.

  4. Bywater Bakery — 3624 Dauphine St., Bywater, LA 70117
    Straight from the Culinary Institute of America, Bywater Bakery's chef Chaya brings her talents to NOLA to share her love of baking beautiful food. Bywater Bakery is a fantastic place for breakfast and lunch, as well as a reliable source for specialty catering, but her cakes are her signature staple. As the bakery's name suggests, this location is close to Bywater homes for sale. Order up a King Cake and one of her famous Chantillies — there's no such thing as too much cake!

  5. Breads on Oak — 8640 Oak St., Ste. A., New Orleans, LA 70118
    The artisan bakers at Breads on Oak aren't just pastry chefs and bread bakers — they studied the Old World French bread techniques that made New Orleans one of the greatest bread cities in the country nearly a century ago. These bakers put just as much study and effort into every made-from-scratch King Cake they create. Don't fill up on King Cake alone, though —Breads on Oak also has an amazing menu of all-vegan, made-by-hand dishes like sandwiches, pastries, soups, and more.

  6. Dong Phuong's Bakeshop — 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., New Orleans, LA 70129
    DP Bakeshop
    invites your taste buds to experience New Orleans cooking with Vietnamese flair. As one of the first Vietnamese bakeshops in the city, DP's experimental take on New Orleans' classics is unlike anything you've had in the bayou. We promise you won't be disappointed!

New Orleans is a sweet place to call home, and not just because of the King Cake! If you'd like assistance buying New Orleans homes for sale, contact us today.

December
23

New Year's in New Orleans - Where to Ring in 2020

New Years in New Orleans

No place throws a party like New Orleans, especially on New Year's Eve! Ring in 2020 the NOLA way when you plan ahead for these local events. 

  • Big Night New Orleans - Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans 70113
    Just how big is Big Night New Orleans? More than 3,000 guests ring in the new year with a night of multiple themed party areas offering something for everyone. Musical entertainment is provided by eight acts and DJs, headlined by rapper Petey Pablo. There will also be a burlesque show, mock casino and party favors with a huge midnight celebration. Big Night is Tuesday, December 31, from 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Tickets range from $94.99 to $239.99 and include all beverages along with a food menu for each option.

  • Bourbon Street Balcony Party - 241 Bourbon St., New Orleans 70130
    Take in the holiday festivities at one of New Orleans' most iconic locations during the Bourbon Street Balcony Party. Enjoy the scene from high above the crowds in a private perch, including an open premium bar, light refreshments, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast. Hours are 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31. Tickets are $220.

  • New Year's Eve at the Cannery - 3803 Toulouse St., New Orleans 70119
    Celebrate 2020 at New Year's Eve at the Cannery. The evening kicks off with premium food and drinks along with dancing to music from The Wiseguys, building to the spectacular highlight of midnight fireworks viewed from the rooftop. Party time starts at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31. All-inclusive tickets are $100.

  • Zoo Year's Eve - Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans 70118
    Looking for a family-friendly way to usher in the new year near New Orleans homes for sale? Zoo Year's Eve at Audubon Zoo provides fun and entertainment for all ages. Music, games, and prizes lead up to a countdown and Pepsi toast at noon. Outside food and beverages are permitted, so bring your portable chairs and blankets for a holiday picnic. Zoo Year's Eve takes place Tuesday, December 31, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is included with general admission to the zoo. Prices are $29.95 for adults and $17.95 for kids aged 2-12. Purchase tickets online and save $3 each.

  • Roaring Back to the 20's - Southern Hotel, 428 E. Boston St., Covington 70433
    Turn back the clock around Covington homes for sale to the time of hot jazz and cool flappers at Roaring Back to the '20s. Brush up on the Charleston and dance to the music of the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra. There will also be an open bar and 1920s-inspired cold supper before a pine cone drop and a champagne toast at midnight. Guests are encouraged to dress according to the theme. Doors open at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31. General admission is $175, and two tickets are included with any room reservation for the evening.

Year in and year out, our REALTORS® offer elite services to help you buy or sell your New Orleans home. If one of your New Year's resolutions is a new home in the area, contact us. Our team can help make that goal a reality!  

December
9

How to Sell Your Home During the Winter Months

Sell During Winter Months

It's no secret that fewer people are looking at New Orleans homes for sale once the seasons change. After all, most buyers aren't excited about home shopping or moving taking up time in their holiday schedule. 

However, if you're thinking about selling your home soon, not all hope is lost! Our REALTORS® sell homes all year long and know exactly what you need to do to make your home more appealing during the winter months. If you follow these tips, you have a great chance of selling your home well before the spring thaw. 

  1. Crank Up the Cozy
    Play up the winter season and make your house extra cozy and appealing. Remember, though, that the goal is to keep the house warm and comfortable without being stifling. If it's a colder day, make sure the heat is on, but not in an overwhelming way. You want to prove to buyers that the heating unit works when it needs to. 
  1. Add Some Sound
    The ambiance is critical for making your home feel welcoming, and the right type of music can make a big difference. Play some festive holiday tunes, light jazz, or soothing classical sounds. Just be sure to keep the volume low enough, so it's not disruptive. 
  1. Pay Attention to Lighting
    Short, dreary winter days are your enemy when it comes to selling a home. Combat this by making sure all light fixtures are clean and working correctly and switching to brighter bulbs. Also, open curtains and blinds to let the natural light come in.

    Don't forget about outdoor lighting. Since it gets dark out early, there's' a good chance buyers will come by the home during twilight hours. Make sure the front porch is well-lit and consider adding some landscape lighting for an easy boost to your curb appeal. 
  1. Keep Things Simple
    It's fine to get into the holiday spirit, but when you're trying to sell your home, less is more. Avoid putting up a tree that takes up half the living room or Griswald-style outdoor lights. As much fun as this may be for you and your family, it can be a turnoff for some potential buyers. Keep your holiday decor small, simple, and understated. 
  1. Spruce Up Your Online Listing
    Most buyers begin their journey by looking at homes online. During the winter months, it's even more likely that buyers will rule out a home based on the internet listing without ever going to see it in person. Make sure your listing stands out by using a great photographer and ensuring the home is staged appropriately. 

Don't let the holidays hold you back from looking into selling your home. If you're thinking about listing your home, there's no time like the present. Contact us today to learn how we can help! 

November
18

Avoid Home Appraisal Issues with these Tips

Avoid Home Appraisal Issues

Through your eyes, your home may be priceless and perfect! However, buyers and appraisers view your home a little differently. Data from the National Association of Realtors indicates 25 percent of delays on real estate closings are due to appraisal issues.

There is no magic formula to predict appraisal results, but these useful tips will help you avoid appraisal problems.

  1. Understand the Difference Between Appraisal and Inspection
    While home sales generally involve both appraisals and inspections, they serve different purposes. An inspection is a detailed report about the physical condition of a house with a particular focus on structural problems, safety issues, and building code violations. While an appraisal takes these factors into account, it's intended to provide an objective opinion on the value of the home.

  2. Study the Market
    What are the going sale prices for similar homes in your area? These comparable properties, or comps, are useful in setting the asking price for your home. Our real estate agents are a valuable source of information on this subject.

  3. Finish the "To-Do" List
    Cosmetic imperfections are not necessarily safety risks, but they create a shabby appearance. Now is the time to secure that loose handrail, repair broken doorknobs, touch up chipped paint and remove clutter. You may want to consider using a professional cleaning service and a stager to optimize the home's look.

  4. Check Curb Appeal
    Appraisers consider the total package, which includes the home's exterior and yard. According to Consumer Reports, curb appeal can bump a home's value three to five percent. Are the lawn and hedges overgrown? Is the mailbox dated and decrepit? Do the gutters need to be cleaned? Even seemingly minor changes such as new door hardware and house numbers can boost curb appeal.

  5. Ask About Buyer's Financing
    Lenders want appraisals to ensure a home is truly worth the amount they're financing. Smaller down payments create greater exposure for lenders, leaving less margin for error in the appraisal. Also, FHA mortgages have more stringent appraisal requirements than conventional mortgages.

  6. Present Your Offers
    If you've received multiple offers on your home, this is evidence of the perceived value that an appraiser will take into consideration.

  7. Know Your Options
    So despite your best efforts, the appraisal comes in significantly lower than you anticipated. The first step is to review the report for accuracy. You then have the option of submitting an appeal. Be prepared to offer reliable, logical, and unemotional reasons why the appraised value should be higher. You may be able to negotiate a solution, whether it's lowering the price, splitting the difference or making agreed-upon upgrades.

We have extensive experience smoothing out any bump in the road to your real estate goals. Contact us to learn more!

November
4

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.

November
25

New Orleans Nonprofits to Support This Giving Tuesday

New Orleans Nonprofits

New Orleans may be a large city, but it also shares many similarities with small communities. Residents love giving back to local causes, by volunteering, providing funds, and donating needed items to non-profits. Giving Tuesday is the perfect chance to get involved with local charities by donating money, time, or both. There are so many local causes to choose from, and our real estate agents have the details on New Orleans non-profits that you can support on Giving Tuesday.

  1. Animal Rescue New Orleans – 271 Plauche St., New Orleans, LA 70123
    Animal Rescue New Orleans is a local organization is focused on rescuing abandoned and homeless pets in the city, then finding them a new, happy home. Animal Rescue New Orleans is always in need of financial donations to support the cause, and you can also volunteer your time at the shelter.

  2. Green Light New Orleans – 8203 Jeannette St., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Dedicated to green living and helping households become more energy-efficient, Green Light New Orleans is a great place to give back to the community. Green Light creates a healthier New Orleans by providing homeowners with efficient solutions for lighting, irrigation, gardening, and home energy use. You can donate your time, provide needed items to help with energy efficiency, or donate funds.

  3. Community Visions Unlimited – P.O. Box 24821, New Orleans, LA 70184
    Do you believe in the power that art has to help rebuild communities? Then consider contributing to Community Visions Unlimited on Giving Tuesday this year. Community Visions Unlimited partners with local communities to revitalize neighborhoods with unique public art. Your donation helps carry on the rich tradition of public art in New Orleans.

  4. Rebuilding Together – 923 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    With a focus on revitalizing communities by improving the quality of life for low-income homeowners, Rebuilding Together does excellent work throughout New Orleans. Rebuilding Together is all about helping homeowners with tough maintenance tasks, from scraping and applying paint to drywall work, cleaning, tiling, landscaping, and even installing appliances. This organization is always seeking financial donations and volunteers for projects around the city.

  5. Healthy Gulf – P.O. Box 2245, New Orleans, LA 70176
    Love spending time on the waterfront, or exploring local wetlands? Healthy Gulf is dedicated to keeping those spaces healthy and beautiful for future generations to enjoy. This organization works on a wide range of tasks, including defending wetlands, protecting local water sources, conserving marine life, resisting dirty energy sources, and sustaining coastal communities.

  6. High Voltage Youth Camp – P.O. Box 4224, New Orleans, LA 70178
    High Voltage Youth Camp
    is a local non-profit serving the New Orleans area for more than 25 years by providing educational and recreational programs for kids in need. These camps offer a safe, empowering environment where kids can learn, play, and connect with their community. Even a small donation makes a big difference.

Giving back to the community is a priority for so many residents, which is one more reason why New Orleans is such a fantastic place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout New Orleans.

November
11

Tips for Improving the Interior of Your Home

Improving Your Home's Interior

Whether you're looking to sell your home, update existing features, or browsing New Orleans homes for sale, you can be your own interior designer. It may be as simple as adding or removing a piece of furniture or artwork, or as complex as transforming the entire color scheme of your home. The following tips are sure to improve your home's appearance aesthetically and, more importantly, your comfort level.

Determine Your Style

Decluttering is a great place to start when improving the interior of your home, but you may not have a lot of extra storage space to do so. Consider investing in some wall-hanging cabinets to add storage shelves and your possessions out of eyesight, while still keeping them close by for convenience purposes.

Decorative mirrors can give added depth perception to a room while making it feel like more of an open space. Painting one or more rooms will make your home more pleasing to the eye, or perhaps wood paneling may accommodate your flooring.

A few other ideas to consider are:

  • Lay down area rugs to make the room feel more inviting to guests
  • Paint bookcases or other furniture to match the color scheme of the room
  • Add plants and pictures to enhance the vibrant qualities of the room

Making Significant Changes to Your Home's Interior

Significantly alter the landscape of your home by removing a wall to open up more space. You could do this to make use of an unused room or combine your kitchen and dining room into one generously-sized space without having a barrier.

You might also consider eliminating kitchen cabinet space by installing open shelving that hangs from your ceiling. You could store pots and other cooking utensils this way, and it will give the room a more rustic look.

Remodeling to add a study or a game room will give your home a more sophisticated look and will be more welcoming to your family and their guests. Other ideas for you to consider may include:

  • Installing track lighting for better ambiance
  • Repairing or replacing molding throughout the home
  • Updating bathroom appliances and fixtures
  • Replacing existing furniture with colorful accent furniture

These options may be more time-consuming and costly, but they still won't drain your bank account to achieve the results you're seeking.

Your home is where you should feel most comfortable. Improving upon it with your personal touch will only add to that comfort level. If you're house hunting and looking for something you can customize, our real estate agents can you assist you every step of the way. Contact us, and we will work with you to get you into the perfect home for you and your family.

October
29

The Psychology Behind Selling Your Home

Psychology of Selling a Home

If you want to find the best value for your home, then you need to understand how buyers think.

The psychological side of selling your home plays an important role in attracting a buyer. Understanding that part of the process can help you find the right buyer quickly. Our REALTORS® understand the psychology of selling your home, and we've put together a guide to help you navigate the process with confidence.

  • Hit the Sweet Spot on Home Pricing
    Let's say a shopper is looking for New Orleans homes for sale in the neighborhood where you're selling your home. Your real estate agent can give you an idea of what comparable homes in the neighborhood have sold for. Unless your home is exceptional, you don't want to have the highest price on the block. If other sellers nearby are asking for the moon, then your home will look all the more attractive to buyers if you pick a middle ground for pricing.

  • Buyers Form Opinions on Homes in a Matter of Seconds
    While it's different for every person, most buyers form a strong opinion of a home very quickly once they visit. Some buyers know in seconds whether they're truly interested in a home. As a seller, this means you need to make your first impression count. Curb appeal, in addition to a clean, inviting, attractively staged home, are huge keys to making sure the buyer's first impression is positive. 

  • Buyers Want to Picture Their Life in the Home
    While staging the home and embracing curb appeal are great for attracting buyers, there's more you can do to make them feel like your home is the right choice. Depersonalizing is a great way to allow buyers to envision themselves in your home. The more the buyer dreams about their life in the home, the better chance you have a closing the deal.

  • Be Careful with Scents When Selling Your Home
    You certainly want your home to smell pleasant when buyers come to visit, but overwhelming scents can be a big psychological turn-off. If a buyer thinks you're hiding something unpleasant, they may become less interested in the home.

  • Small Maintenance Issues Matter
    Some buyers will look for a reason to fall in love with a home. While others will scour for any tiny issue indicating the home isn't worth their investment. Be sure to fix minor maintenance issues, in addition to tackling the big stuff.

Are you ready to work with a real estate agent who understands what buyers want, and how to take advantage of the psychology of selling your home? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.

October
21

7 Tips for Selling a Vacant Home

Selling a Vacant Home

You've moved out and moved on, now you just need to sell your old place. Selling a vacant home doesn't have to be a challenge. With some planning and preparation, the following tips from our REALTORS® can make it a straightforward procedure. 

1. Set Your Thermostat to Between 60-70 Degrees.

While you don't have to worry too much about pipes freezing in New Orleans, you do have to worry about the damage excessive heat can cause. Moreover, if the home is too hot, prospective buyers won't want to spend too much time looking around.

2. Keep the Utilities on.

Keep paying the electric, water, and gas bill. This will help protect the home from damage and will make it easier for prospective buyers in New Orleans to test fixtures, faucets, and appliances when they inspect the home. Of course, you can unplug appliances and only keep critical systems, including the air conditioner, furnace, and lights connected.

3. Weatherize the Home.

Make sure to fix any air leaks in the insulation, around doors/windows, around siding, etc. You should use the appropriate weather stripping, caulk, etc. to conduct any required repairs. Performing this chore will save you a little money on your utility bills, deter pest intrusions, and make the home more appealing to prospective buyers.

4. Secure the Home.

A vacant home is a beacon to squatters and thieves eager to steal everything from the light fixtures to the copper pipes in the bathrooms. To keep intruders away, make sure you properly secure all doors, windows, and entry points. If your home has a home security system, you will want to keep this connection until the property is sold and the keys have changed hands. Finally, notify your neighbors that the home will be vacant. Astute neighbors can let you know if they see something amiss. 

5. Schedule a Virtual Staging. 

A vacant home is a blank slate. While this can be advantageous, the reality is not everyone can imagine the way a room will appear when it is filled with furnishings. Virtual staging makes it possible to create a digital reference without the need to rent furniture or leave your furniture behind when you move out. Conversely, you can choose to stage the home and take professional photographs before moving out.

6. Clean the Home and Maintain the Landscape.

Thoroughly clean the home and repair any minor damage you come across. Carpets, tiles, wood floors, etc. should look as close to new as possible. Similarly, make sure the trees, grass, flowerbeds, etc. are properly trimmed and maintained until the house is sold. This will help deter pests and ensure the home looks its best during showings. If you live nearby, you can take care of the cleaning and landscaping. If you are moving out of the area, consider investing in professional services to take care of these chores once per month. 

Contact us to discuss the methods we use to market vacant homes. It is our pleasure to tell you the strategies we recommend when adding your property to the list of New Orleans homes for sale. 

October
14

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Energy Efficient Home

Our REALTORS® know there are many ways to increase the value of a home. One of the most valuable ways for New Orleans residences to increase the value of their home is by improving energy efficiency.

Energy-efficient home improvements benefit you, the environment, and future homeowners. "Green" renovations can also help you financially with lower bills and in some cases, get you a tax rebate.

However, you don't have to buy an entire set of solar panels to move forward on your energy goals. Some of the most effective changes you can make are small, costing a few hundred dollars. 

Let's take a look at some of the best ways to increase your energy efficiency:

  1. Replace or Update Your Thermostat
    The thermostat serves as the brains of your air conditioning and heating system. As it begins to age, it no longer registers the temperature accurately, leading to poor performance – for example, running too long or cycling on and off. A programmable thermostat is a modern alternative.
  2. Seal or Upgrade the Windows
    Windows gradually become warped over time and lose their seal. If you've never replaced the windows before, then it's probably time. Glazing your existing windows can be inexpensive. To maximum energy savings, consider special insulating glass.
  3. Improve Attic Insulation
    Over time, the insulation in an attic deteriorates. This affects the natural flow of heat throughout the home, making it hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. Hire a trusted roofer to replace the insulation and check on the health of your roof.
  4. Replace Your Existing Roof
    If you have a larger budget, you might want to consider replacing your roof. Traditional shingle roofs can be made with energy-saving composite shingles. You can also consider residential metal roofing, which can keep your home cool by reflecting up to 80% of solar radiation.
  5. Invest in Air Conditioner Maintenance
    New Orleans is hot, hot, hot ... in more ways than one! The air conditioner is the biggest user of electricity in many homes. Instead of buying a new unit, have a certified technician make your existing AC more efficient by replacing worn-out components.
  6. Update Your Hot Water Heater
    A hot water heater is another common culprit when it comes to electricity use. Energy-efficient water heaters do not usually run constantly, but they are still able to provide hot water on demand.
  7. Update or Move Your Refrigerator
    The refrigerator can be a huge energy hog. If you haven't checked out the latest fridges in more than five years, there's probably an efficient model available. If you are not in the market to buy a new refrigerator, move your current refrigerator to a cooler spot in the room to lower energy consumption.

Instead of renovating your kitchen or bathroom, make a lasting impression on buyers and update your home with energy-efficient improvements that will help buyers and the environment.

Our team at Latter & Blum can help you come up with even more smart ways to create value in your home. Contact us to find out more!

September
30

Relocation 101: Tips for Buying a Home in a Different State

Relocation 101

Buying a home in another state comes with its share of unique challenges, but it's possible to find the right home from a distance if you have a plan in place. The biggest obstacle, of course, is that you won't easily be able to scout local homes and neighborhoods like you would when shopping for a home nearby. Fortunately, with a combination of technology, research, and the right real estate agent, you can find a home you'll love. Our REALTORS® know what it takes to make a long-distance move, and we've got proven tips to simplify the process of buying a home in another state.

  • Identify the Right Buyer's Agent
    If you're shopping for New Orleans homes for sale, then finding a real estate agent who knows the area should be your first step. With a little digging, you can find a qualified agent who specializes in helping people move across state lines. The right agent will have an in-depth knowledge of the market where you're shopping, from local real estate trends to potential target homes that match your needs.

  • Use Online Research to Scout Neighborhoods and Shop for Homes
    Online research will be a key source of information on your new community, and the more research you can do when buying out of state, the better. Use online research to learn about the most appealing neighborhoods in your target community, local attractions, important services, and of course, homes. When looking at online listings, remember that listing photos don't always tell the whole story. A virtual tour can give you a better impression of a property, but ideally, you'll see homes first-hand.

  • Plan a Scouting Trip to Your New City
    While there's plenty you can learn from a distance thanks to technology, there's still no substitute for seeing your new community first-hand. An in-person visit can confirm what you learned online, and reveal things that you'd never be able to see from a distance. Scouting homes is likely to be a priority, but be sure to take time to look at neighborhoods, too. Finding the right neighborhood is a big key in being happy with your new home.

  • Research Local Services, Utilities, and Property Restrictions
    When you move to your new home, you want to be able to hit the ground running. Prepare in advance by researching the local services you'll need, as well as the utilities that you'll need in your new home. Take time to learn about local property restrictions, too, so that you'll know what you can do with your new home.

  • Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions about the Sales Process
    The rules and regulations for buying a home in a new state may be different from the rules in your current location. Don't be shy about asking questions about the real estate sales process in your new state. Your real estate agent should be an excellent resource for these questions, and anything else you need to know about your new market.

No matter where you're moving from, our local real estate team can help you find the perfect New Orleans home to call your own. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.

September
23

The Largest Beer Fest in Louisiana! - NOLA on Tap

NOLA on Tap

New Orleans celebrated Oktoberfest a bit early this year. NOLA on Tap, the largest beer fest in Louisiana, returned to the city for its 10th year of hop-filled fun, September parties. The festival featured a stacked lineup of music, more than 400 craft beers from around the country, great food, carnival games, prizes, and so much more. It's a great place to learn about the craft brewing scene in New Orleans, and sample unique flavors brewed from coast to coast. Our REALTORS® love local events, and we've recapped NOLA on Tap in 2019 and what you can expect for next year.

Date/Time: September 21, 2019 

Location: New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds – 4 Friedrichs Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124

  • Sample the Best Craft Brews and Fantastic Food at NOLA on Tap
    NOLA on Tap offered the perfect place for locals to explore craft beers from around the country, with more than 400 local and national brews available on-site. Attendees got to sample the best that NOLA has to offer, from home-brewed creations to products from local craft breweries. There were also many local food vendors serving up all of your favorites, and a few dishes new to the festival.
  • A Full Lineup of Live Music 
    Beer? Check. Great food? Check. Now, all that's left is dancing! There was plenty of live music to enjoy all day long. Shows were all free with admission to the festival and took place on outdoor stages. Performances included local and national artists throughout the day.
  • Fun Festival Games and Prizes
    Attendees had the opportunity to participate in fun festival games and win some great prizes. There were also a variety of competitions during the festival, where you could win some new gear to take home.
  • Explore the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds
    New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to visit a variety of excellent local parks, and the New Orleans Park Festival Grounds are a great example of why that's the case. This large, open park is the perfect place for big festivals, with beautiful, tree-lined fields and tons of space for NOLA's biggest parties. Events like NOLA on Tap are part of what makes life in the city so special, and they wouldn't be possible without an amazing city park system.
  • NOLA on Tap Is a Dog-Friendly Festival
    This event was a completely dog-friendly festival, and you'll find plenty of friendly pups hanging with their owners around festival grounds. Dogs could even participate in the Barktoberfest competition at NOLA on Tap. Proceeds from the festival benefited the Louisiana SPCA, so this is an animal-friendly event all around.

Fun festivals and delicious drinks are simply part of life in New Orleans, and now is the perfect time to shop for a home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.

September
18

10 Ways to Ramp Up Your Fall Curb Appeal

Fall Curb Appeal

Catching the attention of potential buyers starts at the curb, and you don't want to miss your chance to make a positive first impression. Curb appeal is an important factor in selling your home no matter the season, and fall is no exception. As the weather turns cooler and the leaves change colors, there's plenty you can do to make sure your home looks its best. Our REALTORS® are here to assist, with ten fall curb appeal tips that will help get your home sold.

  1. Keep Your Lawn Cut and Maintained
    If you want your home to stand out from other New Orleans homes for sale, it pays to start with the basics. Make sure your lawn is cut, edged, and healthy throughout the fall season so your home will always be ready when buyers arrive.

  2. Clear Out Leaves and Debris
    Fall foliage is beautiful and can add to the look of any property... but only when it's still hanging on the trees. Keep your property looking clean by regularly clearing out fallen leaves and other debris.

  3. Trim Trees and Shrubs
    Autumn provides the perfect opportunity to trim trees and shrubs, which is an easy way to boost curb appeal. Make sure nothing is looking overgrown, and all plant life is tastefully trimmed.

  4. Fall Flowers Add a Splash of Color
    With your yard looking clean and well-maintained, now is the perfect time to add a splash of color. Consider adding some fall flowers, like mums, pansies, aster, or chrysanthemums for a fresh look.

  5. Clean the Exterior of Your Home
    With trees trimmed and leaves falling, the exterior of your home will be taking center stage in the fall. Make sure it's looking great by cleaning windows, and pressure washing the outside of your home. If the paint on the exterior of your home has seen better days, a fresh coat can work wonders for the property's curb appeal.

  6. Make Sure Your Front Door Is Looking Its Best
    While you're reviewing the outside of your home, pay special attention to the front door. Check that the entrance to your home is clean, the paint is looking great, and all fixtures are at their best.

  7. Clean Out Gutters
    No buyer wants to see a home with overflowing gutters, so take time to clean out the gutters around the home. If you don't like spending time on a ladder, a pro can handle this task for you.

  8. Keep Holiday Decorations Simple
    While there's nothing wrong with decorating for the holidays when selling your home, it's best to keep your decorating simple. You want buyers to be able to imagine their own lives in the home, and too much outdoor clutter makes that process more difficult.

  9. Add Exterior Lighting
    Curb appeal doesn't stop when the sun goes down! Exterior lighting can add a ton to outdoor spaces around your home, and solar lighting is easy to install. Use exterior lighting to highlight walkways and shed light on all the things that make the home special.

  10. Porch and Patio Decor
    While you don't want to overdo outdoor furnishings, you also don't want to present buyers with an empty porch or patio. Clean, attractive outdoor furniture and small, tasteful decorations can add plenty of life to any porch or patio.

Searching for a real estate team that will help get your home sold fast, no matter the season? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans and Gulf South area.

September
9

Top of the Class - Universities & Colleges Around New Orleans

New Orleans Universities

Do you dream of going to college in one of the best cities in the world? In addition to its many other charms, New Orleans happens to be an excellent place to go to school. The city's history, attractions, cultural diversity, weather, and frequent festivities make it a popular place to attend college, drawing students from around the world. Whether you're looking for a large, public university or a small, specialized private school, you'll find a college close to home in New Orleans. Our REALTORS® have all the details on five top colleges and universities around New Orleans.

  1. Tulane University – 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Tulane University
    is a great place to start if you're looking for an excellent college close to New Orleans homes for sale. The school was established in 1834 as a medical college and has since grown to become one of the country's best research institutions. Today, students at Tulane enjoy a diverse selection of learning and research opportunities, from science to local history and culture. The student population typically numbers less than 9,000, which makes for small class sizes and plenty of opportunities to connect with the faculty.

  2. Southern University at New Orleans – 6400 Press Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126
    Looking for a smaller school close to all that New Orleans has to offer? Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has seen extensive growth in recent decades, with new buildings for social work, arts, humanities, and social sciences. SUNO is part of the Southern University network and has a student population of around 2,300 which allows everyone to get the individual attention they need to succeed.

  3. The University of New Orleans – 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70148
    With a scenic campus, affordable tuition, and a wide selection of subjects to study, it's no surprise The University of New Orleans draws a diverse student base from New Orleans and beyond. The University of New Orleans is known for its forward-looking class offerings, on topics like robotics, urban planning, hospitality, film, finance, and everything in between. It's all located on a vibrant, local campus with easy access to all of the attractions, culture, and history that New Orleans has to offer.

  4. Loyola University New Orleans – 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Loyola University New Orleans
    was established in 1904 as a Jesuit university and has since grown into one of the city's most respected learning institutions. Loyola focuses on providing each student with the resources they need to succeed, with a 10:1 student to faculty ratio and a diverse group of students from a wide range of backgrounds. Educators at Loyola focus on shaping students as people while providing all of the tools that they need to succeed academically.

  5. Xavier University of Louisiana – 1 Drexel Dr., New Orleans, LA 70125
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    holds a unique position as the country's only Historically Black and Catholic university and has a reputation for providing excellent education in STEM fields. The historic Xavier campus is home to a student population of around 3,300 and offers a wide range of majors. The College of Pharmacy is an especially popular choice and graduates many new pharmacists every year.

Ready to start shopping for a home close to all of the educational and cultural attractions of New Orleans? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.

August
26

Where to Get the Best Yakamein in New Orleans

Yaka Mein New Orleans

Yakamein, also known as "Old Sober" or simply "Yock," is a distinctly New Orleans dish featuring a mash-up of Asian and African-American flavors. While it originated as a street food served in a styrofoam cup, yakamein has found its way onto the menus of several local restaurants.

Discover the joys of yakamein at one of these locations near New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Meauxbar - 942 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Meauxbar is an elegant French bistro adding its own upscale twist to yakamein. Chef John Bel tweaks the classic recipe by using short ribs or rib-eye instead of stew beef and adding crispy bits of fried chicken skin for texture. Meauxbar opens for dinner at 5 p.m. daily, while brunch is served from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends. Yaka-main is offered on both menus.

  • Capt. Sal's Seafood and Chicken - 3168 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117
    Traditional New Orleans seafood recipes handed down from family members form the foundation of the menu at Capt. Sal's Seafood and Chicken. But they have also incorporated some popular Chinese dishes, and as one Yelp user described it, the yakamein at Capt. Sal's is "a physically and spiritually curative experience." Veggies like bok choy, carrots and bell peppers make this yakamein a bit lighter than other versions. Capt. Sal's is open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

  • Prime Example Jazz Club - 1909 N. Broad, New Orleans, LA 70119
    What's better than a hearty bowl of yakamein? How about enjoying your soup over the smooth sounds of live music at Prime Example Jazz Club? True to her New Orleans roots, chef Germaine Gains also prepares popular Creole dishes such as gumbo, red beans, and rice and fried or grilled catfish. Prime Example opens at 4 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Red Rooster - 2801-1/2 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Indulge your craving for two New Orleans originals at Red Rooster, which opened in 1977 as a stand selling snowballs. This sweet hot-weather treat is made with fine, fluffy shaved ice and a variety of flavored cane sugar syrup. As Red Rooster expanded from seasonal to year-round, they added a number of dishes including yakamein. Red Rooster is primarily a take-out window, but they have added some covered outdoor seating. Hours are 10:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. every day but Sunday.

  • Rampart Food Store - 1700 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Ask locals about "the orange place" and they'll direct you to Rampart Food Store, a citrus-colored convenience store with a take-out counter in the back. Rampart uses ramen noodles instead of the traditional spaghetti noodles in their yakamein and adds texture with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Rampart is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m daily except for Sunday, when they close at 7 p.m.

  • The Yaka-Mein Lady - Various locations
    No list of top yakamein purveyors in New Orleans would be complete without Linda Green, aka the Yaka-Mein Lady. Linda gained iconic status in the local culinary community on the strength of her near-perfect yakamein, which has been called "the gold standard." National publications and TV networks such as the New York Times, Food Network and Travel Channel have also sung Linda's praises. Linda's yakamein can be found at every major New Orleans festival and as a regular fixture at After Hours, the Wednesday night entertainment series at Ogden Museum. Planning a party or special event? The Yaka-Mein Lady also offers catering services.

New Orleans is a city full of literal and figurative flavor like no place else. Contact us and let our REALTORS® provide experienced help buying or selling your New Orleans home.

August
19

2019 Southern Decadence Festival

Southern Decadence
Every year on Labor Day weekend, New Orleans shows its pride with one of the biggest parties on the planet. The Southern Decadence Festival is the largest annual LGBTQ event in the city, with a fantastic weekend of events for all to enjoy. There will be dancing, drinks, live music, and great times all weekend long, with tons of parties at popular LGBTQ spots throughout the city. The Southern Decadence Parade, which takes place on Sunday afternoon, is the keystone event, and it's one party you definitely won't want to miss. Our REALTORS® have all the details on what to expect from the Southern Decadence Festival in 2019.

Location: The French Quarter, New Orleans
Date/Time: Thursday, August 29 through Sunday, September 2, 2019
Admission: Free Events on the Street – Weekend Passes Available for Nightly Parties Indoors

  • The History of the Southern Decadence Festival
    The Southern Decadence Festival has become one of the city's biggest, best-known events, and it started from humble beginnings. In 1972, a group of friends living just outside the French Quarter organized a costumed going-away party for a member of their group. There were 40 or 50 people at the first event, and it was a huge hit. Over time, the festival became more organized and attracted a larger audience. Today, it's the biggest gay party in New Orleans and an event that's known around the world.

  • Free Events on the Street
    Put on your most decadent costume and head for the streets to enjoy a weekend of fun with friends new and old. Most of the festival takes place on the streets of the French Quarter and is free to attend. There will be food, drink, live music, dancing, and much more all weekend long. Saturday evening features a free outdoor concert on Bourbon Street, with Deborah Cox, Jennifer Holliday, and Jeanie Tracy all taking the stage.

  • Nightlife at Southern Decadence
    This is NOLA, so you won't be surprised to learn that Southern Decadence is an around-the-clock party. Head from the streets to the most popular nightlife spots in the French Quarter for a weekend of unforgettable events. Dance the night away, enjoy your favorite drinks, participate in truly unique contests, listen to sets from the best local DJs, and enjoy special guest DJs from around the world.

  • The Southern Decadence Parade
    While the whole weekend is one big party, there's no doubt that the Southern Decadence Parade is one of the biggest highlights of the festival. Don your decadent gear and head to the starting point at the Golden Lantern. The parade is lead by Grand Marshalls, who may follow the planned route but have been known to take a few detours. This decadent, fun-filled parade is a fantastic event, whether you're watching from the streets or participating in the parade yourself.

  • A Full Weekend of Fun
    New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy every minute of the festival. The fun at Southern Decadence starts on Thursday at midnight with the Welcome Party and continues throughout the weekend. While most of the festivities are free, there are some paid events at local nightlife spots during the evenings. You can pick up tickets to individual events, or grab a Weekend Pass to ensure that you won't miss a thing.

The Southern Decadence Festival is one of the biggest parties in New Orleans every year, and a fantastic example of the inclusivity and community that all residents of the city enjoy. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.

July
22

New Orleans' Red Dress Run

Red Dress Run

No matter where you see it or who's wearing it, a red dress always has a way of catching the eye. So surely you might notice when thousands of people hit the French Quarter for a day of running, music, and drinks wearing red dresses. And the event would stand out even more if half of the people wearing those dresses were men! Well, that's the idea behind the annual Red Dress Run in New Orleans, hosted by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers. The Red Dress Run is one big party that supports great causes, and our REALTORS® have the details on how you can get involved in this unique NOLA event this year.

The Event: Red Dress Run
Date: August 10, 2019
Location: Crescent Park – Crescent Park Trail, New Orleans, LA 70117

  • Hit the Streets in Your Finest Red Dress
    Or any red dress, really. The Red Dress Run is a full day of outdoor fun, with drinking, dancing, and even a bit of running, so it's good to wear something comfortable. That goes for the men, too! Running is optional, but a red dress is not. Everyone participating in the Red Dress Run will be rocking a red dress, so don't be surprised when you see guys shopping in the dress section. Veteran runners suggest skipping sequins, and anything else that would make a dress uncomfortable on a hot summer day.

  • The Fun Starts at Crescent Park
    New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy the run, which starts at Crescent Park and continues through the French Quarter in a sea of red. While the run includes thousands of participants, you won't find too many people actually running at full speed. Most people keep a comfortable pace in the general direction of the finish line, with a focus on not spilling the drink in their hand. You'll find plenty of fantastic, local beer along the route, and the party continues long after you cross the finish line. Best of all, your registration entitles you to unlimited food, beer, and music all day long.

  • Raise Money for Charities at the Red Dress Run
    The Red Dress Run is the perfect opportunity to have some fun in the city and to raise money for charitable causes. The run has raised more than $1 million over the years for local causes, and you can choose to make a tax-deductible donation when you sign up. All proceeds from the run also go to charity.

  • Excitement for Participants and Spectators Alike
    The Red Dress Run is a fun event for spectators, too! Even if you're not participating, you can stake out a prime spot along the route, grab a cold drink, and watch the action. Cheer on the runners, and enjoy a party that lasts all day long.

  • Learn More about the New Orleans Hash House Harriers
    Participant in the Red Dress Run can run, walk, or dance their way to the finish line, with the organizers encouraging participants to enjoy the festivities on their own terms. That fits the outlook of the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, who bill themselves as a "drinking club with a running problem." You're welcome to try for a personal best or wander your way to the finish line with a cold drink in hand.

The Red Dress Run is a fantastically fun event, and it's just one taste of the unique experiences awaiting you in New Orleans all year long. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.

July
15

Satchmo SummerFest Celebrates New Orleans Native Louis Armstrong

Louis ArmstrongSummerFest Takes Place August 2 - 4

In a city with more than its share of local legends, there's no doubt that Louis Daniel Armstrong – aka Satchmo – owns a special place in New Orleans history. Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential people in the history of jazz, as a trumpeter, composer, and dynamic live performer. That's why every year in the heart of summer New Orleans honors Armstrong's many cultural contributions with Satchmo SummerFest, one of the most anticipated events of the year. Our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate Satchmo, and we've got all the info you need to enjoy Satchmo SummerFest this year.

The Event: Satchmo SummerFest
Dates: August 2 – 4, 2019
Location: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint – 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116

  • Three Days of Live Music
    New Orleans homes for sale make it easy to enjoy live music anytime, but even by NOLA standards, Satchmo SummerFest features a ton of great music. The festival includes three packed days of live music, from local, national, and international artists. Performances start around noon each day and last well into the evening. There will be three stages open throughout the festival, so you can stake out all of the action at one stage or bounce around to catch your favorite artists.

  • Fantastic Food and Delicious Drinks at Satchmo SummerFest
    Spending the day exploring, dancing, and singing along is sure to help you work up an appetite, and you won't have to go far to sample some great local cuisine. Satchmo SummerFest features food from some of the most popular spots in the city, with Cajun cooking, comfort food, and so much more. Of course, there will also be plenty of drinks to enjoy, including cocktails, wine, and beer from some of the biggest names in New Orleans.

  • Family Fun at Pop's Playhouse
    Satchmo SummerFest is designed to be an event that the whole family can enjoy, and Pop's Playhouse is the perfect place to keep younger members of the crowd entertained. At Pop's Playhouse, families will find opportunities to create art, experiment with musical instruments, participate in STEM activities, create decorations, and learn more about the legacy of Louis Armstrong. If you're looking for Pop's Playhouse, head to the second floor of the Jazz Museum throughout Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

  • Satchmo Salute Second Line Parade
    It wouldn't be a Satchmo celebration without a proper second line parade, and the Satchmo Salute Second Line Parade is always one of the highlights of SummerFest. Experience a true New Orleans tradition, starting with a Jazz Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church. The parade starts after the mass, proceeding from the church to Armstrong Park, before heading toward the festival. Walk the route with your favorite crew, or pick the perfect spot to watch the parade go by.

  • History and Learning at the Satchmo Legacy Stage
    While music, drinks, and dancing are always a priority at Satchmo SummerFest, learning is never far behind. At the Satchmo Legacy Stage, you'll have the chance to learn from some of the most prominent Louis Armstrong scholar in the world. The stage features three full days of discussions on a wide range of topics, including Satchmo's influences, roots, music, and history as a composer.

Still searching for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the unique history, culture, and music of New Orleans? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.  Our team is here to help.

July
8

Hottest Food Trucks in New Orleans

New Orleans Food Truck

After a busy day of showing the best New Orleans homes for sale, you'll sometimes find our REALTORS® grabbing a bite to eat from some of the most iconic restaurants in the city.

But you won't find these famous eateries in a shopping center or tucked away in a fancy hotel. No, the best-kept secret in the New Orleans culinary world is our food trucks.

Over the last decade or so, food trucks have taken New Orleans by storm – and we're not the only ones. A thriving food truck scene is popping up in America's top cities from coast to coast.

The story of the food truck industry began overseas, where they can be glimpsed offering hot food 24 hours a day in many of Europe's bustling university cities. The last few years have seen a huge surge in quirky, creative food truck concepts by entrepreneurs right here in America.

Let's visit with seven of the top New Orleans food trucks you won't want to miss:

  1. Rollin' Fatties – 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Rollin' Fatties is the talk of New Orleans: With dozens of raving reviews, its fans call it the best burrito in NOLA. Stuff a big, affordable burrito with beef, pulled chicken, tofu, or fish and chow down! Tacos and nachos are also available.
  2. Food Drunk Food Truck – 1205 North Al Davis Road, New Orleans, LA 70123
    Food Drunk Food Truck is on a never-ending journey to provide hearty lunchtime fare to workers and visitors in the Central Business District. It's so popular, you can even phone in your order. The intrepid truck stocks ribs, burgers, chicken, and more.
  3. Crepes a La Cart – 1039 Broadway Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Crepes a La Carte is a snazzy New Orleans take on the classic French pastry. Sweet and savory crepes are available in abundance: There are more than 50 varieties. Major categories include vegetarian, smoked salmon, sweet, and savory specials like the Monte Cristo crepe.
  4. La Cocinita Food Truck –  1719 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113 
    La Cocinita brings contemporary Venezuelan-inspired street food to New Orleans. Chef Benoit Angulo has cooked up Venezuelan specialty dishes since childhood. Now, La Cocinita features arepas, tacos, and bowls with your choice of braised chicken, braised pork, or vegetables.
  5. Bonafried – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Southern fried chicken sandwiches are the specialty at Bonafried, a local success story that's a fixture at music festivals. The truck is out for lunch every day, so check Facebook for where to get your Classic, Special with "sweet heat" glaze, or Tennessee Hot chicken sandwich.
  6. Taceaux Loceaux – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Serving up lunch and dinner at rotating locations every day, Taceaux Loceaux may be the biggest name in food trucks in NOLA. The menu here is all about gourmet specialty tacos: You'll find everything from prawn to brisket to the vegetarian-friendly fried cauliflower.
  7. Mamita's Original Hot Tamales – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Mamita's is one of the longest-running food trucks in New Orleans, with a special recipe said to date back to 1923. Beef, corn, and chicken tamales are always in demand and wow, do they go fast! You can get as many as a dozen fresh or frozen. Check its Facebook for weekly locations.

Fantastic street food is just one of many pleasant surprises waiting for you here in the Big Easy. Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS® will help you find the perfect home so you can enjoy everything New Orleans has in store. Contact us to learn more.

June
24

4th of July in New Orleans