New Orleans homes for sale are part of a city that's packed with unique history and culture. Between your schedule of New Orleans open houses, it's a wise idea to explore and see everything that the "Big Easy" has to offer. The best way to do that is by foot, and there are plenty of opportunities.
Of all America's most amazing cities, New Orleans tops the charts for the sheer number and diversity of walking tours available every day. Our Realtors® know that many of our customers enjoy these tours and use them to get a better sense of what New Orleans is really all about.
Let's dive in and look at some of the top walking tours in NOLA.
New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours
New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours bills itself among the biggest and oldest walking tour companies here in New Orleans. Tours leave from various locations and usually include small groups. Seven highly experienced tour guides are available to take you on a classic walking tour or one of your own choosing.
If you want to get acquainted with all the top landmarks of New Orleans quickly, a "legendary" walking tour may be your best bet. There are four different tours to choose from and custom packages available.
These packages await at New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours:
Free Tours by Foot
Free Tours by Foot is an alternative online marketplace for booking walking tours, swamp tours, and much more with experienced local guides. As you would expect, it offers tours of the Garden District, French Quarter, and the iconic Ghost Tour. But there are several other options not found elsewhere.
Among these are:
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Our Realtors® never tire of wandering among the vendors at the French Market. There's always a huge selection of food and drink, clothing and jewelry, art and souvenirs waiting to be discovered.
And it's always changing! If you're in town visiting New Orleans open houses, you don't want to miss a trip to the French Market.
History of the French Market
The French Market has existed in something resembling its current form since 1791. Some of the oldest parts of the present-day market were built in 1813. At that time, it was commonly referred to as the Meat Market, as it was the only place in the city where meat was sold.
Over the course of the 19th century, an informal bazaar grew in the space between the Meat Market and the nearby Vegetable Market. A building to house that bazaar was erected in 1872, looking very much like the French Market of today.
The most recent major renovations to the French Market were carried out by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, though many smaller additions and renovations have taken place in the decades since.
French Market Vendors
Most of the vendors at the French Market come here every single day, and many have been set up here for years. But the market still changes from day to day, and you truly never know what you might find.
Although the French Market is seen by some as a tourist spot, it's also a favorite hangout for locals. Plenty of NOLA residents come here every week, not just to see what's new but to pick up their reliable favorites. Some of the things you'll find in the French Market include:
Visit the French Market
The French Market is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. It's sandwiched between the Mississippi River and the French Quarter and is just minutes away from many New Orleans homes for sale.
Although it's changed a lot over the years, the French Market is still a hub for commerce, culture, and community in New Orleans. It belongs on the short list of destinations that no NOLA trip is complete without!
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!
New Orleans is famously identified with the Mississippi River, but that's not the only notable body of water found around the Big Easy. Our real estate agents love making convenient getaways to enjoy these incredible lakes near NOLA.
Riverboat travel is part of the rich historical legacy of New Orleans. Explore NOLA from a new perspective aboard one of these delightful riverboat cruises recommended by our real estate agents.
NOLA's vibrant history is showcased in a wonderful assortment of local museums. While these museums are great to visit during any season, August is New Orleans Museum Month. Throughout this month, if you're a museum member at one of the participating museums you get free admission to all the other local institutions participating in the month-long event.
Join our real estate agents in celebrating New Orleans Museum Month. While the list of participating museums still has yet to be revealed, let's take a look at some of the area's museums to prepare for August.
New Orleans is well known for its hip and happening nightlife. There are dozens of bars in the historic city center, some of which have been around for more than a century. After a full day of scoping out New Orleans homes for sale or attending New Orleans open houses, you can kick back with some bar hopping.
You don't have to wait until Fat Tuesday to party in the Big Easy. Whether you just want to drop in for a quick drink or plan to spend a night meeting with friends old and new, this may just be the best place. Our real estate agents say there's something for everyone!
Let's take a look at just a few of your many exciting options:
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Looking for something new to do this summer? Grab your friends and family and go play a round of disc golf! Disc golf is pretty similar to regular golf. The major difference is players throw a flying disc instead of using balls and clubs, and the objective is to land the disc in a basket instead of a hole.
Our real estate agents have been really getting into this fun summertime activity, so we're up to date on all the best disc golf courses around the great state of Louisiana. You'd be surprised at just how many great courses there are around:
Have fun ringing those disc golf baskets, as it's one of the many fun things to do around Louisiana. If you're in the market for a new home, contact us today.
Looking for restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale where your favorite canine will be welcome to join you? You may not be able to bring Fido to New Orleans open houses, but you're sure to find plenty of places for delicious cuisine where dogs are part of the fun.
Our real estate agents know that finding a great yard for pets is a big driver behind purchases for many of our customers. With that in mind, we've collected a list of some New Orleans eateries that will be glad to show you some hospitality with your pal in tow.
Just remember that New Orleans' pet-friendly restaurants do require dogs to be on leashes!
Let's take a closer look at some of your many options all throughout The Big Easy:
We know both you and your pets will love living in NOLA. Contact us to discover more about New Orleans today.
Looking for something fun and refreshing to enjoy while you check out New Orleans homes for sale or even New Orleans open houses? New Orleans showcases all kinds of cuisine with an international flair. If you're ready for something new, our real estate agents suggest boba tea.
Boba tea, sometimes known as bubble tea, was first made in Taiwan in the 1980s. It combines a sweetened milk tea drink with chewy tapioca balls. Sometimes there are other exotic flavors or additions, such as red bean. You can find this drink at Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants around New Orleans.
In fact, boba tea is so popular that some places focus on it, serving up Cajun, Creole, and classic American snacks alongside. Boba tea is cool, sweet, and invigorating. It's fun to drink and will appeal to both adults and kids. New Orleans is the perfect place to give it a try!
Here, you'll find just a few of the places where you can sample boba tea near New Orleans:
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National Homeownership Month, which is recognized every year in June, is the perfect time to reflect on the meaning of owning a home and the benefits of this investment. Our real estate agents appreciate the value of homeownership, and we've put together 5 reasons to celebrate homeownership this June. Whether you're shopping for New Orleans homes for sale for the first time or are transitioning to a new home, here are a couple of the many reasons to celebrate homeownership.
Find your next home at our New Orleans open houses, or get in touch with our team to learn all of the ways that we can help you sell your current home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
Summer is right around the corner, and with it, all of the typical fun summer activities: swimming, biking, walking, and just in general, spending as much time outside as one possibly can. Of course, what all of these things have in common is plenty of sunshine, so it shouldn't be a surprise that National Safe Sun Week is held the week before Memorial Day to remind us to be safe this summer. Here are a few sun safety tips from our real estate agents to help keep you safe while enjoying your favorite summer activities.
Summer is the best part of the year for many people, with longer days, more sunshine, and lots of fun events. It's also when the real estate market is at its peak, so if you're thinking about buying or selling a house this summer, contact us today or visit one of our New Orleans open houses.
New Orleans homes for sale are located near some of the best Cajun and Creole cooking in the United States. Less famous, but no less satisfying, are the many sweet treats you can discover here in The Big Easy. Our real estate agents want you to know about some of the many options for local ice cream just minutes from some of the city's most attractive homes:
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Summer is a season of celebration in Jefferson Parish, and our real estate agents want you to know all about it!
New Orleans homes for sale are some of the most desirable in Louisiana, and New Orleans open houses fill up many calendar dates. But no matter if you're interested in The Big Easy or one of its beautiful sister cities, Jefferson Parish always has plenty for you to see and do. The summer calendar is especially lively!
Let's look at some of the unforgettable events that are coming to the area this summer:
There's a lot to look forward to during the summer months, especially in the Jefferson Parish area! Contact us to discover more about Jefferson Parish today.
With access to the Mississippi River and a vast maze of bayous and backwaters that empty onto the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is within casting distance of some of the best fishing spots in America. It's just one of the many things our real estate agents love about life in NOLA.
Springtime happens to be one of the best times of year for fishing in New Orleans, providing opportunities to catch fish, ranging from redfish and speckled trout to marlin and red snapper. Here are some of the best fishing charters and guide services in Louisiana.
Contact us today to learn more about the adventures that await 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:
For many of us, access to good coffee in the morning is non-negotiable. For more recommendations, contact us today.
NOLA's incredible culinary scene is thanks to the area's talented chefs! Our team is always excited to try new restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale. Let our real estate agents, who are also ardent foodies, share the 411 on these exciting local chefs.
Indoor rock climbing has become a hot trend in recent years, and climbing gyms are popping up all over the country. That includes several awesome climbing and bouldering gyms right here in Louisiana. While there aren't many mountains to explore in Louisiana, indoor rock climbing gyms allow you to have a similar experience without leaving the state.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana! If you're looking for your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.
New Orleans homes for sale give you the opportunity to live in the middle of a culinary capital of the United States. If you're visiting the Big Easy to take in New Orleans open houses, why not extend the experience by tasting what the city cooks up?
Our real estate agents know the unique history and culture of New Orleans are among the biggest reasons people are drawn here. When you choose cocktail tours in New Orleans, you can enjoy a little bit of everything. And you have plenty to choose from.
Walking tours are a mainstay of historic cities like New Orleans. Adding a cocktail or two from your stops is a great way to sample what local bars and restaurants have to offer. You have the chance to meet people, see the sights, and encounter local watering holes you'll want to return to.
Let's look at just a few of the many tours New Orleans offers:
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Some of the best farmers markets in the Greater New Orleans area are located in Jefferson Parish, a vast area that spans the banks of Lake Pontchartrain to the remote Gulf Coast Islands.
Unsurprisingly, Jefferson Parish is a great place to find locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood. With spring in the air, our real estate agents are excited to highlight some of our favorite markets in Jefferson Parish.
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.
The area around New Orleans is one of America's most beautiful and historically significant sites, and the nearby city of Gretna is no exception. This quiet community is close to many of our New Orleans homes for sale and features many interesting sights for amateur historians to enjoy. Here are a few of the most noteworthy Gretna locations you can visit to experience this city's history.
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Gretna's deep historical roots make it a great place to live, work, and play. Contact us today to learn more from our real estate agents about our current roster of New Orleans properties. Or visit one of our New Orleans open houses to get a better look at your favorites.
Reading can take you so many places! Thanks to Little Free Libraries, there are worlds waiting to be discovered through a variety of books just down the street from New Orleans homes for sale.
What Is a Little Free Libary?
Simply put, Little Free Library is exactly what it sounds like. These book-sharing boxes promote reading and literacy by providing convenient and cost-free access across a range of neighborhoods and communities.
Little Free Libraries operate on the honor system. Anyone may take a book, and while borrowers are not required to return that same book, they are encouraged to drop off a book or two for others to enjoy.
The libraries are generally maintained by the person who installed them. Known as stewards, these people keep the libraries clean and in good repair, but they depend on patrons to provide the books.
The Little Free Library Network
In 2019, Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library on his front lawn in Hudson, WI. Designed to resemble a one-room schoolhouse, the library was intended to be a tribute to his late mother, a schoolteacher and life-long reader.
Sadly, Todd himself later passed away from pancreatic cancer, but his legacy continues with the Little Free Library organization, also based in Hudson. Founded in 2012, the non-profit organization has seen growth that goes far beyond Todd's original goal of 2,510 free libraries, which would surpass the number of libraries established by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Today there are upwards of 125,000 Little Free Libraries located in more than 100 countries around the world. An estimated 42 million books are shared each year, with an average of one book per library per day. The inspiring work of Todd Bol and the Little Free Library has been recognized by the National Book Foundation, the Library of Congress, and Library Journal.
Little Free Libraries Around New Orleans
Libraries purchased through Little Free Library are automatically registered with the organization. "Independent" libraries may also register to receive the organization's support and benefits, including listing on their worldwide map. Here are just a few of the registered Little Free Libraries you can stop at and pick up your next favorite read.
No other river in the U.S. has the majestic mythos of the Mississippi. A 2,340-mile stretch spanning 32 states, it has touched virtually every aspect of American history. If you want to enjoy it in a whole new way just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale, we have a suggestion for you.
Our real estate agents love Kenner's Rivertown – and we think you will, too!
Kenner is a local neighborhood that has been named one of the best places to live in Louisiana. It is home to the ultra-modern Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, as well as the much-loved Pontchartrain Center, an event venue on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
In 2014, Kenner was honored by state officials as the 36th Main Street Community, also called a USA Main Street.
What Is Kenner's Rivertown?
Kenner's Rivertown is a sixteen-block historic district found right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi and is a fun place to visit near Kenner homes for sale. It offers many cultural and family attractions that kids will love. One interesting thing about the Rivertown is its many distinctive attractions surrounding the science of space exploration.
What Can You See in Kenner's Rivertown?
Just about everything that you see in Kenner's Rivertown is steeped in local history, such as the bronze statues commemorating the first-ever World Heavyweight Championship. The boxers are Jem Mace and Tom Allen, whose bout took place in 1870. Allen lost after a hard-fought ten rounds, but both fighters left with a prize of $2,500 – a hefty sum of about $53,000 today!
Of course, there are many other things to see in Rivertown as well:
Kenner's Rivertown and Space
The New Orleans area has long been associated with spaceflight and even hosts some top aerospace manufacturing facilities. Future astronauts of all ages will find plenty of activities to enjoy, including museums with interactive exhibits that will get them excited about the final frontier.
Perhaps most importantly, you won't want to miss:
There are plenty of places near New Orleans homes for sale serving up delicious, fresh oysters. There's even a trail dedicated to this delicacy! When our real estate agents are in the mood for some great seafood, they follow the Louisiana Oyster Trail to these top restaurants in Jefferson Parish.
Louisiana's natural beauty gains additional splendor from March through May, when colorful azaleas bloom throughout the state. When our real estate agents want to see azaleas start to bloom for the spring season, they head to these delightful floral displays.
Mardi Gras features so many fabulous parades that they can't be contained in one post! Here are more of the entertaining krewes that our real estate agents will be watching near New Orleans homes for sale.
Uptown New Orleans
Everyone loves a parade, and Mardi Gras wouldn't be the same without the colorful and festive krewes celebrating every year. Our real estate agents share a preview of some of the highly-anticipated parades scheduled throughout the area.
These are only some of the parades to look forward to this Mardi Gras season. We'll be covering more parades to plan ahead for in our next blog post.
Food halls have become quite common over the past few years. It's so much fun to walk through these halls, admire all of the choices, and order whatever you find most appealing at the time. You can even order an entrée from one vendor and a side dish from another. New Orleans happens to be home to a few different food halls where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Our real estate agents recommend checking out these tasty places when you're in town visiting for New Orleans open houses.
These vibrant food halls are one of the best things about living in New Orleans. If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly, experienced real estate agents will help you consider your options and discover the best homes to suit your needs.
Tea is one of the most diverse and storied beverages in human history. Although it is closely associated with the United Kingdom, the finest teas in the world have generally come from China and India.
You can enjoy a delightful cup of tea right in your own Louisiana neighborhood. Around New Orleans and throughout the state, there are dozens of excellent tea shops, coffee shops, and boutiques that can cater to any taste. You'll find some of them only minutes from New Orleans homes for sale.
Let's take a look at some of your options for a National Hot Tea Month treat:
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Coworking spaces have become more popular than ever in recent years, as more and more people choose to work remotely rather than in a traditional office. There are many benefits to coworking spaces, from the amenities available to the chance to connect with other people during your remote workday. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on some of the best coworking spaces around NOLA for 2022.
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.
There are plenty of Lafayette homes for sale, if you're considering moving to Louisiana, but first, it's important to know what the area is like, and what you can expect while living here. Here's your guide to moving to Louisiana in 2022.
This is just a taste of what Louisiana has to offer. If you're ready to make this state your home, our real estate agents can help you find the perfect home. Contact us, and let us help you make 2022 the year you move to Louisiana.
There's no one way to make gumbo. Cooked with a dark roux, thickened with okra or filé, packed with sausage or shrimp, flavored with the Creole "holy trinity" of celery, bell pepper, and onion, there are endless possibilities.
Despite its many variations—or perhaps because of them—gumbo is a dish that our real estate agents will never grow tired of. It's the official state dish of Louisiana, and if you want to savor some of the finest gumbo our state has to offer, we recommend these amazing stops.
Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Great food and unique culture are just part of what makes Louisiana a truly unique and special place to call home.
After "downsizing" last year to a series of smaller installations, LUNA Fête 2021 is spreading its wings across a spacious new location. What else can you expect from this year's edition? Our real estate agents share the exciting details about one of the more popular annual events around New Orleans homes for sale.
History and Purpose of LUNA Fête
LUNA Fête literally translates to "Moon Party," accenting the magical aura surrounding the festival. In addition, LUNA is an acronym for "Light Up NOLA Arts," which serves as a concise but descriptive mission statement for the event.
Founded in 2014, LUNA Fête blends light, art, and technology in a variety of creative and visionary installations. Original plans called for the festival to be a five-year program, building toward the finale celebrating NOLA's tricentennial in 2018. Thanks to unprecedented success, with more than 50,000 attendees each year, LUNA Fête became an annual event.
Another of the festival's goals is demonstrating the power of art to unite and transform communities. LUNA Fête activities include technical and artistic training opportunities for local artists. Over the past seven years, more than 200 New Orleans artists have participated in this event.
All About the Art
Many of the world's top light- and projection-based artists have participated in LUNA Fête. Lights and sound animate their large-scale, interactive installations, turning them into full sensory experiences.
The real showstoppers are the projection mapping installations. Simply put, this creative technique involves overlaying visual images onto objects. During LUNA Fête, the dramatic architecture of the city's historic buildings is transformed into canvases for artistic expression. Sophisticated technology makes allowances for 3D surfaces, such as columns and balconies, so they are incorporated into the overall image.
Visitors have long been delighted by some of LUNA Fête's memorable installations, including:
What's Happening in 2021?
This year, LUNA Fête proudly debuts its new location at the Convention Center Pedestrian Park. As NOLA's newest public space, the park's 7.5 acres will provide plenty of space for a variety of breathtaking installations.
The 2021 theme, "Celebrating Earth and Space," is anchored by a work from internationally award-winning artist Bart Kresa. The seven-minute piece, exploring the beauty of our planet, will be projected against the Convention Center's Hall D facade at the top of each hour.
As always, LUNA Fête offers a nightly arts market along with food and beverage vendors. Admission is free, but several levels of VIP tickets are available for purchase. Starting at $250, these tickets include perks such as access to the VIP Lounge, a secret speakeasy requiring a password for admission.
LUNA Fête runs from Thursday, December 16 through Sunday, December 19. Hours are 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily.
Immerse yourself in the cultural and creative energy of New Orleans. Contact us at Latter & Blum for help finding your NOLA dream home.
Is there anything more comforting than a beautiful home decorated for the holidays? The New Orleans area has many homes that are architectural wonders, especially when decorated for the holiday season. Our real estate agents highly recommend these holiday home tours in the New Orleans area. Grab a friend or two, and prepare for a memorable, festive day.
Homes throughout the city of New Orleans really come alive when decorated for the holidays. Join one of these tours, and see them for yourself this year. If you're thinking of moving to New Orleans, don't hesitate to contact us. Our helpful real estate agents can guide you through the process.
Louisiana is a pretty wild place. From the Gulf Coast to the Bayou Country, it's a state filled with all kinds of unique plants and animals. Many of the most fascinating live below the water's surface, and you don't have to go deep into the wilderness to see them.
Louisiana is home to numerous world-class aquariums and marine life exhibits where you can see sea creatures from all over the world, and from right here in Louisiana. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorites.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. From amazing animal attractions to the wild landscape all around us, it's a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home.
Like many of you, our real estate agents are extra grateful to share the holidays with family and friends this year. Spend less time cooking and more time socializing with Thanksgiving dinner at these amazing restaurants around New Orleans homes for sale.
Will you welcome the holidays in a new NOLA home? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started.
Louisiana is famous for its Creole cuisine, beignets, and toe-tapping jazz music. What you might not know is it also has one of the most vibrant craft brewery scenes anywhere in the United States. Our real estate agents will be happy to tell you all about it when you're checking out Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Breweries, wineries, and distilleries of all kinds were already developing before the official Louisiana Brewery Trail got started. Since its inception back in 2013, the Louisiana Brewery Trail has grown to become the best in the whole region, showcasing over 30 breweries across the state. New Orleans and the North Shore area of Lake Pontchartrain have the most, but they are also distributed over many towns and cities.
Let's visit some now:
No matter what your tastes are like, there's something on the Louisiana Brewery Trail for everyone. And Baton Rouge is one of the best home bases to explore it all. Contact us to find out more or get started with Baton Rouge real estate.
Craft beer may be a relatively new trend, but Louisiana has a long and distinguished tradition of distilling fine liquors perfect for craft cocktails or just sipping. When you're looking for some high-quality rum, whiskey, or vodka, check out these top distilleries that are recommended by our real estate agents.
Life in Louisiana keeps everyone in high spirits. Whether you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Latter & Blum for all your real estate needs.
Fall is our favorite season in Louisiana. The arrival of autumn starts to take the edge off of the intense summer heat, making it the best time to take an outdoor walking tour in New Orleans.
Fall also offers an opportunity to explore New Orleans at its ghostly best. It's when the tales of the city's ghosts, witches, and vampires really come to life. Our real estate agents recommend these fantastic haunted tours to anyone who wants to experience the spooky side of NOLA!
Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans, Louisiana! It's a truly unique and special place to call home, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your NOLA dream home among the many New Orleans homes for sale.
Louisiana is known for many things—Creole culture, Jazz music, Mardi Gras—but hot sauce definitely belongs on the list. All across America, Louisiana hot sauce is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to zesty, spicy, smoky goodness.
Ask a bunch of folks from Louisiana what the best local hot sauce is, and you'll get a bunch of different answers. Our real estate agents are here to weigh in on the matter and suggest you go on a ghost pepper hunt this October. These are some of our favorite hot sauces that could only come from Louisiana!
New Orleans City Park has been a community landmark for over 100 years, and its storied reputation is well-deserved. Our real estate agents love living in NOLA and all the parks residents have access to. One of the most popular being City Park.
The land on which New Orleans City Park was built was first acquired by the city in 1854, but it was not developed until nearly 40 years later in 1891. Since then, it has been slowly built up in both size and scope.
At 1,300 acres, it is currently almost 50% larger than Central Park in NYC. It is the 20th most-visited public park in the US and a beloved icon of New Orleans.
With the exception of a few past investments in exceptional circumstances, New Orleans City Park has been mostly self-supporting since opening to the public. It recoups the cost of maintenance and operation through user fees and land rents.
Today, the park is a thriving community landmark full of exciting entertainment opportunities and cultural displays. Some highlights include:
Though the park has always been regarded as a local gem, it received its first significant investment as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. The Roosevelt Administration offered $12 million (an estimated value of $128 million today) in funding to develop the park further and turn it into a truly impressive location.
The project employed around 20,000 workers and built critical landmarks like the Tad Gormley Stadium, as well as many of the fountains and roadways that are scattered around the park.
Hurricane Katrina left 95% of the park flooded for weeks and caused an estimated $43 million in damage to the property and its attractions.
While the park was proudly self-sufficient at that time, there were few extra funds available to make the necessary repairs. It took a combination of municipal funding, investment from local organizations, and a lot of volunteer labor to rebuild the park. Eventually, however, it was restored to its former glory.
New Orleans City Park is a special place for the city's residents, simultaneously bursting with fun and steeped in history. In that way, it's a lot like the city itself.
Our real estate agents love everything that New Orleans offers homebuyers. Everything from friendly neighborhoods, outdoor activities, city nightlife, and spicy Cajun cuisine make NOLA a great place to call home.
While the dining scene in NOLA is excellent, you might want to consider cooking up some Cajun recipes from the comfort of your kitchen.
Whether you're a long-term New Orleans homeowner or are looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you'll want to experience the unique flavors of Cajun food. Take a look at some Cajun recipes that you need to try.
Angels on Horseback is the poetic name for Oysters en Brochette, skewered oysters wrapped in bacon. In classic recipes, oysters are often battered and deep-fried, but Cajun recipes usually call for grilled or broiled oysters. Appetizers are traditionally served with toast points, lemon juice, and baby spinach. Some recipes call for mustard vinaigrette as a topping.
Louisiana Sunburst Salad is a famous recipe that's served at the Palace Cafe in New Orleans. Salad greens are a mixture of baby lettuces, spinach, and Spring Mix. Greens are tossed and topped with dried cranberries, toasted almonds, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing. This salad has quite a kick with tangy flavors, and it's great for lunch or dinner.
Soups and Stews
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is a Louisiana favorite. It combines flavors of baked chicken, andouille sausage, hot cooked rice, chopped vegetables, and a variety of Cajun spices. The recipe takes about an hour to prepare and about 3 hours to cook. The result is a flavorful Cajun stew with a hardy, robust flavor that will satisfy your hunger.
Red Bean Soup is a popular New Orleans soup that combines a variety of Cajun flavors. Red beans are a staple used in a variety of Cajun dishes. This soup includes a number of ingredients such as beans, vegetables, chicken stock, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. It will warm you up on a chilly night and makes great leftovers the next day if you make a big pot.
Cajun Chicken Pasta goes from the stovetop to the dinner table in just 20 minutes. It's an easy recipe filled with delicious ingredients, including baked chicken breasts, linguine, sauteed mushrooms, green onions, bell peppers, and a creamy white sauce. It's the perfect blend of Cajun spices and flavors for a quick dinner on a busy evening.
Cajun Parmesan Crusted Salmon is a majestic combination of spices and flavors. Using preferably wild salmon fillets, this dish is broiled in extra-virgin olive oil, butter, and honey then topped with freshly grated Parmesan, lemon juice, and Cajun seasoning. If you like salmon, you have to try this recipe for a true experience with Cajun cuisine.
Praline Cheesecake will make your mouth water. Made with softened cream cheese, sour cream, dark rum, praline liqueur, pecans, and vanilla extract, then topped with a graham cracker crust, this dessert is one that you won't forget. It takes a while to make it, but it's well worth the wait and then some!
Cajun Lemonade Cocktails are a favorite among New Orleans homeowners and visitors. These spicy cocktails are made with Citron or lemon-flavored vodka, light rum, one can of lemonade concentrate, and a dash of hot sauce. During Louisiana summer weather, this cocktail has a kick that will heat you up and cool you down all at the same time.
Searching for the perfect new kitchen for all your culinary adventures? Contact us for available homes with stunning kitchens in New Orleans and surrounding neighborhoods.
The bayou has shaped the culture of Louisiana for generations. A bayou is a slow-moving river at the center of a truly unique ecosystem. New Orleans homes for sale are within a short drive of the bayou, as the state is home to thousands of acres of nature preserves protecting these unique treasures.
Our real estate agents know that, just like its incomparable food culture, outdoor adventures are a big part of why some people choose New Orleans. Whether you prefer a guided group tour or a leisurely journey on your own, check out these kayak rental spots.
Whether you explore NOLA by land or on the river, there's plenty to see and do! Contact us to learn more about New Orleans real estate.
Want a true taste of New Orleans? Our real estate agents have a suggestion or two!
New Orleans homes for sale benefit from the unique culinary culture of "The Big Easy." This blend of French, Creole, and Cajun traditions is like nothing else you will find. Although it might be known for seafood and soul food, there's another element that can make any meal even more memorable: A refreshing cocktail!
A cocktail is an art form in New Orleans. Whether you decide to drop by a happening jazz night spot or mix up something special right in your own wet bar at home, there are some drinks you simply must try.
Let's savor some flavor and take a sip of NOLA's most famous cocktails:
Looking for a new home in NOLA with a bar perfect for whipping up your favorite drinks? Contact us to discover New Orleans real estate.
New Orleans is "The Big Easy," and our real estate agents want to make it easy for you to enjoy!
When you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you know you'll also be getting a heaping helping of culture, cuisine, and fun! This city is one of America's live music capitals. It celebrates its heritage with some of the best down-home jazz jam sessions you'll find anywhere!
But even though jazz is a big part of the story, it's not the whole story.
The city is full of world-class venues to catch a concert, play, ballet, song, or story – something passed down through the ages or full of modern flair. It's all up to you here in New Orleans.
Let's take a closer look at seven local venues that you won't want to miss:
Setting the stage for a move to NOLA? We can help! Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about New Orleans real estate.
NOLA is a foodie paradise, so it can be challenging to take in as much of it as possible. Our real estate agents get the most bang for their buck with these informative and delicious food tours, just minutes away from New Orleans homes for sale.
NOLA is truly a melting pot where anyone can feel at home. Have questions about New Orleans real estate? Contact us at Latter & Blum for friendly, knowledgeable help.
This week's Agent Spotlight shines brightly on John Schaff, a fifth-generation New Orleanian with over two decades of experience in the real estate industry. For over 10 consecutive years, John has achieved Top of the Latter – Latter & Blum's most prestigious honor, awarded annually to the top 30 producing real estate agents across the Gulf South.
John obtained his real estate license in 1994 and with a background in sales, he immediately had a knack for it and quickly became successful, amassing over $250 million and selling over 700 properties during his career. John attributes his success to setting goals, hard work and remaining committed to achieving those goals. His first year at Latter & Blum he made it his goal to become Top of the Latter, which he achieved within his second year.
John credits his strong sales and negotiating background, patience, and being an empathetic listener attuned to his clients' needs – as the key to his success as a top producing agent.
Offering advice to new real estate agents, John says to just go for it and take the leap! Everyone wants a place to call home and he says it's the most rewarding experience to help someone find their dream house.
Accredited as a residential specialist, John specializes in selling condos, historic homes and investment properties in New Orleans. The area he concentrates mostly on is the "Sliver on the River" area focusing on Uptown to the Bywater in New Orleans. In 2021, John formed a team with Jared Briley – the Schaff Home Krewe – and despite the challenges from the pandemic, they have been helping their clients find their dream homes across Greater New Orleans.
Steeped in history and culture, Louisiana is a dream setting for writers in a wide range of genres and specialties. Here's a look at what our real estate agents will be reading to celebrate Book Lovers Day on Monday, August 9.
A home with a patio provides opportunities for relaxation and various outdoor activities with family and friends. Whether you enjoy relaxing in the sun, tending to your garden, or grilling with the kids, a patio creates the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors.
If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you know that the climate changes with the seasons. Our real estate agents can help you find a home with an existing patio or a sizable backyard where you can build your own. With hot summers, cool, windy winters, and year-round rainfall in New Orleans, choosing materials that provide long-term durability and easy maintenance is essential.
In a changing climate, it's hard to find a patio material more versatile than concrete. Made from a mixture of cement, gravel, sand, and water, a concrete patio with proper maintenance can last 20-30 years. For minimal costs, you can build a concrete patio in a variety of shapes and finishes that complement the style of your home.
Poured or Stamped – A poured concrete patio is quick and easy to install as long as you have a flat surface. For $6 to $13 per square foot, you can create a patio in square, rectangular, oval, or curved shapes to complement the style of your home. Concrete can be colored as well as textured by using stamps that create a variety of patterns.
Pavers – Concrete pavers are manufactured stones that come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Unlike poured slabs, pavers are placed individually. They offer better drainage and less damage from cracks. Although pavers cost $13 to $20 per square foot, they can last 50-100 years with minimal maintenance.
Made from clay fired at high temperatures, bricks provide durability and classic appeal for formal and rustic homes and landscapes. Brick patios cost $14 to $20 per square foot, but salvaged bricks can be purchased as a cheaper, eco-friendly option. If full-sized bricks create structural concerns, thinner, lighter brick pavers can be laid in a variety of patterns. Brick patios can last up to 100 years with proper maintenance. Bricks are strong but porous, so cleaning with bleach and a scrub brush 3-4 times a year is recommended to prevent mildew and moss growth during rainy weather.
Flagstone is a beautiful material that's available in various stones and colors. Large, flat slabs of stone quarried from the ground are usually 1-3 inches thick. Irregular shapes and distinct colors enhance visual interest, and rough surfaces provide good traction when wet. Popular flagstones include Bluestone, Limestone, Sandstone, and Quartzite. When building a patio, flagstones should be at least 1 ½ inches thick and laid directly on soil or sand. Thinner slabs should be laid in concrete or wet mortar to prevent cracking. A flagstone patio will cost $14 to $28 per square foot, but it can last 100 years or more with proper care.
Once considered a choice only for small side yards, loose materials are now popular options for patios, especially in drought-prone areas. Many homeowners are replacing thirsty lawns with more water-wise alternatives that are inexpensive and easy to use. Options include:
Bark and rubber mulch
At an average cost of $6 to $10 per square foot, loose materials can last many years and easily be replaced, but borders or edging may be needed to keep materials in place.
Still looking for a home perfect for relaxing on the patio? If you're interested in New Orleans properties, contact us for a tour of available homes in desirable communities that fit your lifestyle and financial needs.
New Orleans is a city where outdoor scenery and adventure await you around every turn, with endless natural beauty to explore. The city park system is robust with well-equipped parks that feature attractions for every member of the family to enjoy, the Mississippi River offers some of the most beautiful views that you'll find anywhere, and the swamps outside the city are ideal for eco-friendly tours. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 different ways that you can enjoy the outdoors around New Orleans.
Ready to find your next home near the outstanding outdoor attractions of New Orleans? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
Restaurants in NOLA's French Quarter combine historical architecture with world-class cuisine for a dining experience that's unmatched anywhere in the country. Our real estate agents love living near amazing restaurants like these five, just down the street from New Orleans homes for sale.
Life in New Orleans is truly a new experience every day. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about buying and selling a home in this unique city.
There are Baton Rouge homes for sale that can meet all of your needs. However, that doesn't mean you can't still do a bit of work to make your new house your own. If you're a home chef, for instance, you might like to make a few changes to making cooking easier. From minor additions to major renovations, here are a few kitchen updates to consider.
These are just a few of the ways you can update the kitchen in your new home. Whether you want to add a few finishing touches or a complete remodel, our real estate agents can help you find the best way to make your new kitchen your own. Contact us and let us help you find the perfect house for you.
If you know you're going to have a busy day, dropping your dog off at a doggy daycare can be a great option. This way, your dog can have a great day going on walks and playing with other dogs while you work through your busy schedule. There are a lot of great doggy daycares throughout the NOLA area.
Doggy daycares give your pup a chance to socialize, get rid of extra energy, and relax in a different space. Your canine companion is sure to have a great time at any of these facilities. Contact us if you and your dog are looking for a real estate agent in NOLA.
Call it bubble tea, milk tea, or boba. Whatever name you use, this cool beverage is amazing in the summer months. Plus, there are many lovely bubble tea shops in the NOLA area. Here are a few particular ones that our real estate agents recommend.
Bubble tea is such a wonderful beverage to enjoy in the summer, especially in a warm climate like New Orleans. It might even make you fall in love with this city even more. If that happens, contact us, and we'll put you in touch with a local real estate agent.
Think you've seen all that nature has to offer in Louisiana? Our real estate agents say you're in for a treat when you take in the glorious sights from up high with an aerial adventure at one of these top locations around New Orleans.
There's never a dull moment around New Orleans. Join the fun and contact us at Latter & Blum.
Historic homes offer a step back in time to an era where houses had huge front porches, hand-carved details, and picturesque features. They have cozy rooms filled with charm and character, but they're not for everyone. Purchasing a historic home often comes with upkeep, maintenance, and repairs that can put a dent in your bank account.
Historic homes are not ordinary financial investments in the real estate market. At Latter & Blum, our real estate agents know that historic homes are also emotional investments. When searching for New Orleans homes for sale, clients want to invest in historic properties because they're buying a piece of history. We help them to understand some important factors before they invest.
What is a Historic Home?
In the United States, old homes don't automatically qualify to be historic homes. Since historic homes are placed on the National Register of Historic Places, they must be at least 50 years old and meet certain criteria determined and monitored by the National Park Service. To qualify, homes must meet one out of four criteria:
Connection to significant historical events
Connection to lives of significant people
Representation of a historic style or master craftsman
Provision of important historical information
Currently, there are more than 26,000 homes and buildings listed on the National Register. States and municipalities can also designate historical districts, many found in areas of New Orleans.
If a home is located within a historic district, owners are restricted to making certain changes to the property. Districts with historic properties must preserve certain features, so permits are required before any work can occur on the home's exterior. In some cases, ordinary homes located in historic districts may face certain renovation restrictions as well.
Purchasing a Historic Home
Before purchasing a historic home or a home in a historic district, you should know the advantages and disadvantages. You should be prepared to deal with special circumstances that may impact your lifestyle and budget.
If you're interested in buying or selling a New Orleans home, contact us for more information and help with properties in the area.
Our real estate agents know NOLA is famous for delicious Creole classics such as gumbo, fried catfish, jambalaya, and the po'boy sandwich. New Orleans homes for sale put you right in the midst of so many unique culinary traditions. Pastries are just as important to the unique flavors of New Orleans and the beignet is the undisputed king.
There are variations of the beignet in practically every culture. It takes the form of a deep-fried pastry sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.
The big difference with the beignet is dough: The classic recipe calls for special pâte à choux, which has only four simple ingredients. Pâte à choux consists of butter, water, flour, and eggs. It does not have a rising agent: Instead, the pastry puffs during the cooking process thanks to its high moisture content developing into steam. The dough and cooking process combine to make the beignet a uniquely delicate pastry.
Coffee was also introduced to North America right here in New Orleans. The traditional way to serve beignets is in a set of three so that you can enjoy them with your beverage of choice.
Ready to order some in the heart of NOLA? Let's check in with some of New Orleans' top places to find beignets:
There's so many reasons to love New Orleans, and the food is near the top of the list! Contact us at Latter & Blum to discover New Orleans real estate.
Mother's Day falls on May 9th this year, and if you'd like to take mom out to a New Orleans restaurant, you'll have plenty to choose from! The city is well known for its French-inspired cuisine, so you're sure to find a spot both you and mom will love.
Our real estate agents suggest treating mom to one of the following NOLA restaurants that are perfect for Mother's Day:
Contact us if you're interested in seeing New Orleans homes for sale. NOLA is a city like no other, with unique architecture, restaurants, and a rich cultural heritage, and we're sure you'll find a home to love.
There may be some debate over exactly when jazz began, but few dispute that this rich musical genre originated in New Orleans. In honor of International Jazz Day on Friday, April 30, our real estate agents take a look at the history of Louisiana's iconic sound.
What Is Jazz?
While jazz is a distinctly American form of music, its influences reach around the globe. African-Americans melded their own musical traditions with elements such as Caribbean syncopation and European folk, adding improvisation for a unique sound. Some historians believe jazz has its roots in New Orleans Congo Square.
First Man of Jazz: Buddy Bolden
While the term didn't come into use until after his time, cornet player Charles "Buddy" Bolden is generally considered to be the father of jazz. Bolden's intuitive ear for music led him to adapt ideas from other classic American musical styles, such as gospel and blues.
Dancing was a popular form of entertainment in New Orleans, but until the turn of the 20th century, most dance bands played a more sedate form of music that relied on string instruments. Bolden formed his own band in 1895 and developed an avid following by playing looser, more lively dance tunes in which brass instruments were front-and-center.
Louis Armstrong and the Rise of the Solo Artist
Despite Buddy Bolden's prominence, jazz remained primarily identified with bands. Thanks to traveling groups, which began migrating to Chicago and other major cities, the New Orleans sound was becoming acclaimed throughout the country.
Another jazz artist who headed to Chicago in search of fame was a trumpeter named Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. His brilliant playing was at a level far above any other musicians at the time and led to a shift from the conventional ensemble style of jazz to an emphasis on solo performers.
Jazz in the Modern Era
During the 1950s, the popularity of jazz began to wane as rock and roll captured the attention of the listening public. When Larry Borenstein opened his new art gallery in the French Quarter, just minutes from Houma homes for sale, he realized it left him little time to attend his beloved jazz concerts, which had become few and far between.
Borenstein's solution was to invite the musicians to perform "rehearsal sessions" at his gallery, Associated Artists. Thus began the saga of Preservation Hall, which became the standard-bearer for classic New Orleans jazz. The venue officially took on the name when Borenstein passed the operations on to the family of Allan and Sandra Jaffe.
As part of the effort to revive national interest in jazz, Allan Jaffe organized the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. After a successful tour of the Midwest, the band eventually began appearing in venues around the world.
Jazz is the heartbeat of Louisiana: exciting, entertaining, and unpredictable. There are many venues across the state where you can listen to talented jazz musicians.
Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about buying and selling local homes near some of the best jazz music venues.
Living in New Orleans, one thing our real estate agents never take for granted is the city's incredible abundance of one-of-a-kind buildings.
Get ready to explore the streets of NOLA and keep your eyes peeled for these famous buildings.
Walkable neighborhoods provide a wide variety of benefits to residents and visitors alike. They offer convenience by allowing you to stroll rather than drive or use public transportation and also let you exercise in an attractive setting. If you live in one of these neighborhoods, you'll have a strong sense of community as you meet and mingle with neighbors and local business people when you get out and about and explore.
Our real estate agents know how walkable a neighborhood is can be attractive to some buyers, and can show you homes in the following local communities – as well as others – that are perfect for traveling around New Orleans on foot.
In 2021, the Big Easy is poised for an epic comeback with a return to the splashy festivals and celebrations. Our real estate agents are particularly looking forward to these great events coming up in the near future. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events!
Life is always a party when you live in New Orleans. Contact us at Latter & Blum for all your real estate needs.
Nighttime in New Orleans is full of glittering lights, and the most spectacular ones blanket the city from above. Get a fresh perspective on NOLA with an evening of stargazing at one of these fascinating spots recommended by our real estate agents.
Looking for a New Orleans home close to some of the best stargazing spots? Our agents can help!
Contact us today to get started.
Pi Day is celebrated every year on March 14 to represent the first three digits of pi. Sure, it's a math reference, but you can also use the day as a great excuse to head to one of the fantastic bakeries or restaurants in New Orleans to enjoy a slice of pie.
Our real estate agents suggest indulging in some sweet or savory pie at one of the following locations:
Contact us if you're interested in buying a home in New Orleans, where you can visit bakeries and restaurants that have a truly unique local flavor.
If you're a heavy reader, chances are you have a relatively large book collection sitting at home collecting dust. Some of our real estate agents really dislike parting with good books after they've finished reading them. Instead of storing them in the attic, why not turn your book collection into a home library?
Showing off your book collection is such a great way to add a touch of elegance to any room of your house. In fact, there are so many creative ways to put your books on display that you may never want to get rid of another book again! Below are some ideas on how to turn your collection into a stylish display.
Put Them in the Fireplace
If you have a non-working fireplace that isn't being used for any other purpose, use it for book storage! Sorting your books into piles and stashing them inside your fireplace is a great way to create a chic, sophisticated Brooklyn vibe.
Fill-up a Dead Corner
If you just can't figure out what to do with an empty corner, use it to show off your books. Add floating shelves or a sturdy bookcase to construct the ultimate corner library. If the room is large enough, you could even add a chair and some lighting to create a cozy reading nook.
Build a Coffee Table
Pick your sturdiest books, compile them into four even piles, and then find a strong flat surface to create the ultimate literary DIY coffee table. Not only is this a practical way to store your books, but it can also serve as a great conversation piece. Just be sure to include interesting titles.
Group By Color or Size
If you have a truly large collection, there are many ways you can creatively show them off on a shelf. Forget alphabetizing -- instead, try creating interesting patterns with color or height. You can also alternative vertical groups with horizontal stacks. Your goal is to create a tidy, visually appealing bookshelf instead of an old stuffy look.
Try Floating Cabinets
We especially like this idea for a home office. Try adding some floating wall cabinets that are large enough to store a decent number of books. Alternate horizontal groups and vertical stacks, and be sure to break them up with some decorative elements.
The owners of these New Orleans homes for sale are always looking for new ways to show off their book collections. Doing it the right way can create a unique, intelligent vibe. If you need advice on interior design, don't hesitate to contact us today!
Overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home? Or, are you struggling to get your roommates or family members to do their chores in a timely manner? Let technology give your efforts a boost!
There are numerous home organization apps that can help you get a handle on your to-do list. Our real estate agents know that a tidy, uncluttered home shows better than one that's overrun with stuff. Here are some apps that you'll enjoy.
Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today!
Mardi Gras may look different in 2021 than it ever has before, but there's still plenty to be excited about during Carnival season this year. In fact, this is the perfect year to join the celebration from the comfort of home, and one enterprising krewe is even creating an app that will allow you to enjoy authentic Mardi Gras traditions no matter where you're located. With a mix of technology and tradition, you can create your own Mardi Gras celebration at home. Our real estate agents have some exciting tips, tricks, and ideas to help you celebrate Mardi Gras virtually this year.
The "Throw Me Something Bacchus!" App Brings Mardi Gras to You
The Krewe of Bacchus was not about to let Carnival season pass without a celebration, so they created an app that allows you to participate in their parade whether you live near New Orleans homes for sale or far away. The Throw Me Something Bacchus app is available for free on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. There will be activities every day throughout Carnival season, culminating with a big, virtual parade on Mardi Gras day.
Trade Throws Virtually, Follow the Krewe, and Enjoy the Parade
The Throw Me Something Bacchus app allows you to participate in the festivities leading up to Mardi Gras by trading throws virtually and even redeeming some of those virtual throws for the real throws that the Bacchus Krewe gives out at the parade. You can even follow the krewe members through the app to keep up with all of the latest Mardi Gras happenings. On the big day, the Krewe of Bacchus will be putting on a virtual parade with music, floats, and more, which you can enjoy live on the app.
Set the Mood with Green, Purple, and Gold
Looking to take your virtual Mardi Gras celebration to the next level? Whether you're decorating your home, dressing up for the celebration, or both, a little bit of green, purple, and gold go a long way! Those are the official colors of Mardi Gras, so they're perfect for setting the mood for your virtual celebration. Of course, there are also tons of Mardi Gras-themed decorations, beads, party favors, and more available online to help you capture that festive feeling.
Enjoy a Taste of New Orleans with a King Cake
No virtual Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without some great food to enjoy, so why not add some traditional treats to the menu? Start with a traditional King Cake, which you can bake at home with simple ingredients. The king cake is traditionally served only during Carnival season in New Orleans, so it's the perfect sweet treat for a virtual Mardi Gras celebration. And if you want an authentic King Cake straight from the city, some New Orleans bakeries will ship a cake anywhere in the country.
DIY Masks for Family Fun
The masquerade is an important part of Mardi Gras and a tradition that dates back centuries. Creating masks at home is a fun way to get the whole family in the Mardi Gras spirit and involve your kids in your celebration. Just pick up some simple paper masks, along with some beads, glitter, and some colorful feathers, then get busy creating your own Mardi Gras mask.
Searching for a home, you'll love so much that every day will feel like a party? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
One of the most gratifying new experiences we've had in the past year has been learning to cook. Luckily, we live in New Orleans, home to some of the world's most vibrant flavors and most talented chefs. Learn some of their tricks from the comfort and safety of your own home with these virtual cooking classes:
Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans. It's one of America's most unique and diverse cities, and it's a truly special place to call home. When you're ready to find your dream home in New Orleans, our team is here to help.
Our real estate agents love Louisiana in the winter. With mild days and a hint of chill in the night air, it's the perfect time to head into the great outdoors in search of adventure.
And with 38 state parks, historic sites, and preservation areas across the state, there's plenty of adventure waiting to be found. These are some of our favorites, and we hope to see you out there living life to the fullest in these Louisiana State Parks this season!
From the Bayou to the Big Easy, there's always something to explore and experience in Louisiana. Contact us to learn more about life in Louisiana, and talk to our team about finding your dream home today.
There's a lot to love about New Orleans, and our real estate agents can spend days showing you everything the city has to offer. New Orleans is a city full of neighborhoods as diverse as our people, culture, and history. Delicious food, interesting landmarks, and relaxing green spaces sit on both sides of the Mississippi River, making visitors and residents alike fall in love with the city. With so much to explore, here's a short guide to the local neighborhoods and why we love them!
The Big Easy, Crescent City, the Paris of the South — New Orleans is known by many names, but the best thing to call NOLA is "home." Contact us today to browse our New Orleans homes for sale in the best neighborhoods around the city.
Who's hungry for some delicious NOLA cooking? One of the reasons our real estate agents love living in the Big Easy is that we're mere footsteps away from some of the country's best dishes. From classic Cajun and Creole cuisine to innovative takes on international fare, New Orleans always has something good cooking. Next time you're headed out for dinner, check out these restaurants in the Warehouse District.
Would you love to live within walking distance of the best restaurants in the Warehouse District? We can help. Contact us today to see a full menu of the latest New Orleans homes for sale that have just hit the market.
Louisiana's rich cultural heritage has brought diverse food and music styles into our communities, but it's also created some of the most unique architectural styles in the country. Walking through some of NOLA's beautiful neighborhoods is like a history lesson in and of itself.
Our real estate agents love New Orleans' architecture and frequently tout it as one of the best parts about living in this city. If you love interesting buildings, below are five residential architectural styles you'll want to be sure to see when visiting New Orleans:
New Orleans has so many beautiful architectural styles that can't be found anywhere else in the country. If you don't believe us, take a look at some of these beautiful New Orleans homes for sale. For more information about what it's like to live in our city, contact us today!
Moving is a very stressful event as you struggle to get everything done in time, make sure nothing falls through the cracks, and manage the physical demands of the task. Good thing all it takes is a bit of planning to make the process go smoothly.
Our real estate agents suggest the following ways to help you maintain your sanity during a move:
Have you been looking at beautiful New Orleans homes for sale and dreaming of calling one your own? Homeownership is a wonderful thing! However, if you're self-employed, you may find the mortgage approval process to be a maze.
Luckily, though, it's not impossible. In fact, our real estate agents work with self-employed buyers all the time! Here are a few of the smartest tips they've learned along the way.
Start Your Home Search Today!
Taking these simple steps will help you set yourself up for success when applying for a mortgage. Now that you know how to prepare, you're ready to start exploring some of the great homes for sale. We would love to show you around and help you find your dream home. Contact us today to get started!
Nothing improves curb appeal quite like your home's front door, which is why our real estate agents always recommend adding a fresh coat of paint before you put your property on the market. Think of your front door as a chance to make a great first impression with potential buyers when they tour your home. It's a good idea to use it to your advantage to create a welcoming effect for visitors. Plus, painting your front door is a cost-effective and easy home improvement project to complete!
Before your head to the store to stock up on a new shade of paint, consider these five color options that could really bring out the best in your home's exterior.
Not only does a front door say a lot about you and your home, but the color you choose can actually impact your property value. For more tips on how to boost your home's curb appeal, contact us today!
Our real estate agents understand how important a healthy diet is. We're always on the lookout for the best bites around town that are good for the tastebuds and body. Next time your stomach is rumbling, check out these healthy dining options around New Orleans.
When you think of New Orleans, you probably think of classic Creole cuisine.
While nothing says New Orleans like soulful Creole comfort food, our real estate agents want you to know there's even more to try. The Big Easy is a city with a remarkable food culture.
The city sees the introduction of more than a dozen new restaurants each year. While a lot of these are headed by newcomers, world-famous chefs have also made New Orleans home. From hearty home cooking to fusion cuisine and even the most experimental eateries, this place truly has it all.
Here's a selection of just a few of the latest restaurants to open their doors in New Orleans:
Move to Crescent City, and you can enjoy some of the South's most delicious food right in your own neighborhood. Contact us to learn more about Louisiana real estate.
Did your college diploma come with a healthy portion of debt? If so, you're not alone. According to Forbes, approximately 45 million Americans are paying on student loans, for a cumulative debt total higher than that of credit cards and auto loans.
Fortunately, student loans don't mean you have to give up your dream of homeownership. Use these valuable tips from our real estate agents to buy one of the great New Orleans homes for sale, even if you have student loan debt.
Whether you're shopping for your first home or looking for a retirement nest, our cheerful and experienced real estate agents at Latter & Blum can guide you every step of the way. Contact us to learn more.
The Big Easy has so much to see and do. You could spend years eating and exploring your way through the city. Although there are plenty of attractions worth the price of admission, New Orleans has its share of budget-friendly activities that will delight residents and visitors alike. Our real estate agents encourage you to check out these five free things to do near New Orleans.
Would you love to live in one of NOLA's vibrant communities? We can help you find a place surrounded by the best Crescent City has to offer. Contact us today to schedule tours of our New Orleans homes for sale.
No matter what types of art you adore, New Orleans is sure to have many art galleries that you will love to explore. In a city with such a special blend of cultures, that's no surprise! The art galleries of New Orleans come in many shapes and sizes, with a shared goal of showcasing the city's vibrant culture through art. But with so many art galleries, where do you start? Our real estate agents have you covered with five local art galleries where you can begin your exploration of the New Orleans art scene.
Kako Gallery – 536 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Like many art galleries located close to New Orleans homes for sale, you'll find that Kako Gallery doesn't just focus on one type of art. Instead, it showcases art in many mediums from artists who live and work in the New Orleans area. If you're looking for a gallery with affordable, local art that you can purchase to decorate your own home or you're interested in browsing an eclectic collection, Kako Gallery is well worth a visit. You'll find an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, and outdoor art here.
Windsor Fine Art – 221 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
When you're in the mood to see work from some of history's greatest artists, Windsor Fine Art is the place to be. Windsor Fine Art features artwork spanning five centuries, including original works from legends like Dali and Rembrandt. Browse an expansive collection arranged by artistic movement, touching on the most popular movements from the last 500 years. Windsor Fine Art also features an exceptional collection of sculptures from both historical and contemporary artists.
Sutton Galleries – 519 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
A family-owned gallery serving New Orleans for more than 100 years, Sutton Galleries has long been a must-see stop for art lovers on Royal Street. Whether you're looking to add to your existing collection, start collecting art for the first time, or browse the work of talented contemporary artists, you'll find a warm welcome and plenty of help from the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Sutton Galleries.
Gallery Orange – 819 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116
In the mood for contemporary art? Be sure to check out Gallery Orange, which features a constantly updated collection of art created by artists worldwide. While Gallery Orange doesn't focus on a specific type of art, it favors original, unconventional, and energetic works. This gallery strives to sell art for fair market prices, making it a great place to shop if you're looking to bring home something special for your own walls.
Cole Pratt Gallery - 3800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
For more contemporary fine art, be sure to check out Cole Pratt Gallery on historic Magazine Street. Founded in 1993 by Cole Pratt, the gallery's mission is to showcase art from Southern artists. Their exhibitions are curated monthly to feature new artists. For the latest updates on the artists and work featured in their gallery, check out their website.
Art and culture are simply part of the unique package of living in New Orleans, and we're here to help you find a home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans, LA area.
Brigitte Fredy has made a name for herself in the New Orleans residential market over the last 30+ years, and it's clear to see why. With her passion and dedication to her career, she has built an expansive network of happy clients and earned herself Top of the Latter for decades – Latter & Blum's most prestigious award presented annually to the top-producing real estate agents across all markets.
Born in Paris, France – Brigitte has always had an eye for beautiful architecture, which naturally led her to specialize in historic properties in downtown, uptown and the French Quarter of New Orleans. Licensed in 1983, Brigitte started off her real estate career with Latter & Blum and is still with the company to this day as one of the top-producing agents. From helping clients buy their first home, second home and even third home, more of Brigitte's wide-ranging specialties include home staging, luxury condos and investment properties. Trilingual in English, French and Spanish, Brigitte's background and decades of expertise in historical properties allows her to help prospective home buyers and sellers from all walks of life.
With all of her success, Brigitte didn't get where she is today on accident. She credits her hard work, patience and flexibility as the key to her success and what helped shape her into the top-producing real estate agent she is today. Offering advice to new real estate agents, Brigitte says it's important to start as early as you can, being a successful Realtor requires a lot of time, energy and work. Her favorite part of the job? Having the flexibility to create her own work schedule, which in turn creates a good balance in her life.
When Brigitte isn't basking in the thrill of navigating a successful real estate transaction, you can probably find her cooking some delicious cuisine in her downtown condo, exercising or entertaining clients and friends. She also owns an apartment in Paris, perks of all her hard work and dedication.
In the market for a home in New Orleans? Contact Brigitte for all your real estate needs.
Looking for a chance to get away from it all? What could be better than a cabin?
How about a cabin that's just a short hop from the best New Orleans homes for sale?
In recent months, our real estate agents have gotten more questions from buyers who want to relax and unwind with a refreshing New Orleans weekend getaway.
Although a true "log cabin" is rare in New Orleans, the area offers its own spin: The Creole cottage.
Preserved historic cottages dating to the 1800s are testaments to New Orleans' vivacious culture and style. Many of these unique properties are rented directly by the owner, so you can expect authentic southern hospitality to flavor a memorable visit. It's the ideal way to rest and recharge.
Plus, you might get inspiration for your own New Orleans home!
Start with this list to see if anything catches your eye:
From the historic to the modern, New Orleans has something to appeal to every taste. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about local real estate.
The Big Easy has a reputation for food that is delicious, decadent, and down-right devourable. While there are a number of new eateries evolving the NOLA food scene, some of the best places to grab a bite to eat are those which have been in operation for centuries. Our real estate agents encourage you to try these seven New Orleans restaurants that are over 100 years old!
Brunch is often considered a weekend treat, but in New Orleans, where les bon temps always roulez, you can find brunch any day of the week. When only brunch will do, our real estate agents head to these great spots just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale.
With equal parts history, culture, tradition, food, and entertainment, the New Orleans lifestyle is second to none. Whether you're buying or selling a NOLA home, contact us for all your real estate needs.
When it comes to New Orleans homes for sale, there are plenty of reasons to choose the "Big Easy" for your next home. New Orleans culture is truly unique, from the cuisine to the music to the unbeatable annual festivals like Mardi Gras. Education soars, too, thanks to terrific museums!
Our real estate agents are confident that no matter what your interests are, you'll have a chance to find something great here in New Orleans.
In fact, New Orleans even has its own thriving museum district. You'll find many of the most notable local museums centered within a short distance of each other in the inimitable City Park.
Let's take a closer look at some of the area's top museums:
Amazing museums are one more reason to make New Orleans your home. Contact us to learn more or get started.
If you've set foot within New Orleans city limits even for a moment, it shouldn't shock you that The Big Easy is frequently featured on TV. Our culture is so unique and engaging that it's often emulated around the world. However, there's no place quite like NOLA and there's no food quite like ours either. From local broadcasts to global programming, our restaurants, bars, and cafes always receive great exposure on the tube. Next time you're hungry, our real estate agents invite you to check out these New Orleans eateries that have been featured on TV.
If you're a pet owner, one of the first questions you ask when you move to a new city is, "will my pet be happy?" Here in New Orleans, our real estate agents are happy to report that we live in an amazingly pet-friendly city, with plenty of options for your four-legged friends! Be sure to check out these amazing dog parks in the NOLA area!
New Orleans is a fun place to live for dogs, and it's not bad for humans either! Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in New Orleans.
As minimalist living continues to increase in popularity, owners of many of these beautiful New Orleans homes for sale have taken a "less is more" approach to their interior design and lifestyle. However, for many parents, decluttering with kids in the house may seem far beyond the realm of possibility. Luckily, our real estate agents have shared several tips for how you can make decluttering with kids possible today:
Kids can certainly make the decluttering process more challenging, but by establishing some simple guidelines and teaching your kids the value of simplicity and organization, it can be done. Contact us today for more tips on how to declutter your home.
New Orleans is a foodie town like no other. With so many cultures influencing what's on our plate, it should come as no surprise that NOLA has tasty barbeque joints that rival the pits of Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your appetite and a bib so you can devour the finest meats that these five fantastic New Orleans barbeque spots have to offer.
New Orleans is famous for a lot of unique food and drink—chicory, beignets, sazerac, gumbo—but doesn't always get the credit it deserves for its coffee scene. NOLA is home to some truly exceptional local roasters and coffee shops.
With summer in full swing and the temperature rising, our real estate agents love ordering iced coffee as a way to cool down. Here's where to get one in New Orleans:
New Orleans is a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home, and we can't wait to show you around. Contact us today to learn more about eating, drinking, and living life to the fullest in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Our real estate agents know many of our clients are on the lookout for safe and fun ways to get outdoors this summer. Parks throughout New Orleans are beginning to welcome guests again, and the weather is right to take the family picnic you've been dreaming of.
New Orleans has balanced its development with green spaces so wherever you journey in the Big Easy, you'll never be far from a hiking trail, bicycle trail, or a dog park. Picnic spots abound!
Consider these sites for your next picnic excursion:
Please remember to practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines while out in public.
From New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Lafayette to Lake Charles, Latter & Blum is here to help you reach your real estate goals. For personalized advice about New Orleans homes, contact us.
June is National Homeownership Month – and there's never been a better time to find out more about the home-buying process!
Our real estate agents know that getting started on your very first home search can seem like a tall order. Luckily, we have the resources to make the whole process easier and enjoyable!
Latter & Blum employs the best real estate agents in the business. Our experienced team is with you every step of the way. Our residential real estate services have been helping clients just like you since 1916 with unbeatable expertise and customer care as our hallmarks.
Our 25 branch offices make us the largest independently owned real estate company in Louisiana and the 29th largest nationwide. No matter what kind of home you're looking for, our network of more than 1,200 dedicated agents offers the help you need.
Our Family of Companies Provides Everything You Need for to Buy a Home
Navigating the home-buying process can seem very complex. There are many complex steps when purchasing a home, from choosing the right mortgage to obtaining homeowner's insurance. Fortunately, Latter & Blum gives you the opportunity to have all your needs met within the same network of companies! Even your mortgage loan can be handled within our business family. From beginning to end, you'll work only with people who care about you.
Our partner organizations include:
You May Be Entitled to Assistance Under the CARES Act
This year, National Homeownership Month is being recognized under the most extraordinary circumstances in decades. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, adopted into law on March 27, 2020, authorizes direct cash relief to many Americans. It also provides a wide range of other benefits including mortgage payment relief. Remember, if you or someone you know is having difficulty with mortgage payments as a result of coronavirus, help is available.
Read more from the U.S. Treasury: The CARES Act.
Reach Out to Latter & Blum this National Homeownership Month!
We want to help you achieve your real estate goals. You can find the right home for you in Lafayette, Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Central Louisiana, Bayou Region, or Lake Charles!
For expert assistance, contact us today. We look forward to helping you!
Known for smooth jazz, delicious food, and a lively culture — New Orleans is a destination unlike anywhere else in the country. Plus, avid golfers will love the links surrounding the Crescent City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your clubs and take your dad to one of these five challenging NOLA golf courses for Father's Day.
Sprinkled. Glazed. Powdered. Filled. It doesn't matter how you take it. In fact, it doesn't matter if you spell it "donut" or "doughnut," our real estate agents just want you to enjoy National Doughnut Day to its fullest potential!
National Doughnut Day takes place on Friday, June 5th and you'd better believe that we're going to be first in line for hot and fresh doughnuts! New Orleans is home to many wonderful bakeries and doughnut shops! Be sure to check out these awesome doughnut shops around New Orleans and pick up a dozen on National Doughnut Day.
Every year since 2014, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has held GiveNOLA Day to support hundreds of local non-profits that make a positive impact on life in New Orleans. Each edition of the event has raised millions of dollars from both donors and sponsors, with the total growing every year. The 2020 edition of GiveNOLA Day comes at an especially important time, as so many local non-profits provide support for the people and communities impacted by COVID-19. Our real estate agents have all the details on the impact of GiveNOLA Day, and how you can contribute this year.
The Event: GiveNOLA Day 2020
When: June 2, 2020
Learn More about the History of GiveNOLA Day
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has long provided support for local non-profits, through fundraising, leadership guidance, and community events. GiveNOLA Day has been one of the biggest days of the year for the Greater New Orleans Foundation since the first edition of the event in 2014, and it takes place entirely online so that you can donate no matter your location. Thanks to the donations of countless individuals and the support of local sponsors, the total raised by GiveNOLA Day has gone up every year.
Funds raised by GiveNOLA day go to hundreds of registered non-profits located in the 13-parish area, with more than 750 local non-profits receiving donations in 2019. Any non-profit located in the area can register for a free profile from GiveNOLA, and the number of organizations receiving donations has grown every year. In addition to donations, extra funds are provided through awards for the non-profits that raise the most money and have unique donors on GiveNOLA Day.
How to Get Involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020
This year's edition of the event has been moved to June 2, 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19, and takes place entirely online. Donating is easier than ever, and all you have to do to get started is to visit the GiveNOLA Day 2020 website. You choose how much you want to donate, and which non-profits you would like to support. If you don't have a specific charity in mind, you can learn more about participating local non-profits on the GiveNOLA website.
Every penny of your donation, minus small costs for processing, goes directly to the organizations that you choose to support. The minimum donation is $10, and there is no maximum. And you don't have to wait until June 2 to make your contribution! Scheduled donations have already started, allowing you to schedule a donation early for the big day.
Local Sponsors Provide a Little Something Extra to Boost Donations
Some of your favorite businesses located near New Orleans homes for sale are also getting involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020, by throwing their financial support behind this worthy event. For every donation made to the cause, those sponsors will add some lagniappe, or "a little something extra," to boost the financial impact of each donation. The 2019 edition of GiveNOLA Day raised $5.9 million for more than 750 New Orleans non-profits when you add up the contributions from both donors and sponsors.
If you want to live in a city that knows how to support its own through charity and community involvement, then New Orleans should be at the top of your list. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.
Following established guidelines, Louisiana will begin Phase 1 of the opening plan on Friday, May 15th. Although this reopening is a bright beacon of hope, we must not forget that we are not fully free of the shadow of COVID-19. As we revive our sense of normalcy, our real estate agents want to assure you that we are collectively doing our part to safely serve our community as responsibly as possible.
FAQ About Louisiana Phase 1 Coronavirus Reopening
When will Louisiana reopen?
The state will enter Phase 1 of a three-phase reopening plan, as suggested by the federal government, on May 15th.
What businesses and services will be reopened in Phase 1?
Phase 1 of the reopening plan includes the opening of many services and businesses, such as barbershops/hair salons, bars that serve food, churches, funeral services, gyms and fitness centers, malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and many other non-essential businesses. However, many of these locations are only allowed to open if they follow strict guidelines dictating the number of individuals permitted to occupy the space and how employees, visitors, and customers must interact while following social distancing/PPE guidelines.
How long will Phase 1 last?
Currently, Louisiana is scheduled to operate under Phase 1 guidelines for 21 days, and into Phase 2 on June 15th. However, as we've seen over the last few months, the coronavirus situation can change quickly. While these dates are hopeful, they are not guaranteed and may be adjusted at any time.
How does this impact real estate services?
We want all of our associates and clients to know that Latter & Blum considers the safety and health of our community a number one priority. As essential personnel, our agents can continue to serve our community as safe, securely, and responsibly as possible. To do so, we have asked that all Latter & Blum agents follow these guidelines:
Although these guidelines are not forced upon the agents or buyers, many of our agents are voluntarily taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 out of respect to our friends, family members, and neighbors throughout the community.
If you are ready to purchase or sell property, we're ready to help. Contact us today to get started!
As COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, continues to sweep through our nation many of our daily activities have been put on hold.
If you have a necessary reason to leave your homes — such as an important doctor's visit or a trip to the grocery store — the World Health Organization has suggested that all individuals practice social distancing and wear masks that cover their noses and mouths.
Our REALTORS® want you to be as informed as possible. Here are a few answers to questions frequently asked about the coronavirus, including why masks are helpful, how you can make your own, and where you can donate handmade masks.
Why do masks help protect against the spread of the coronavirus?
The molecules of the virus itself are microscopic, and unfortunately, can pass through even the smallest of pores in a mask. However, the coronavirus molecules often attach themselves to water molecules in the nose and mouth. By wearing adequate covering around the nose and mouth, these water droplets are less likely to be spread.
How can I make a homemade mask?
Making an adequate homemade mask is surprisingly simple. You don't even need to make a mask if you have a bandana or other clothing item that will fully cover your face. For those with sewing talents, you can print out a mask template and follow the directions. For those who are unable to sew, you can follow alternate directions to make a mask out of fabric, t-shirts, or other pieces of cloth. Ideally, you'll need a thicker fabric like cotton. It's recommended that you create a mask with two layers protecting the face, being sure that the mask fits snuggly without preventing you from breathing or speaking properly.
Where can I donate homemade masks in New Orleans?
We admire the generosity of anyone who has the time and supplies to make masks for others in the community. The following organizations are in need of masks and other medical supplies:
If there's one city that comes together as a community to overcome adversity, it's the Crescent City. We encourage anyone who can to make masks and donate them to our family members, friends, neighbors, and front-line service personnel in need. If you would like to schedule a virtual tour or private showing of New Orleans homes for sale, please contact us today.
A melting pot of French, African, and American influences, New Orleans offers a rich history and vibrant culture, unlike any other city. At its heart is the French Quarter, a 300-year-old neighborhood that's also a National Historic Landmark.
Our REALTORS® are grateful to call such a unique city home, and we're excited to share some fun facts about the French Quarter!
Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans. Our team of REALTORS® has helped countless families find their dream homes in the Crescent City, and we can't wait to help you find yours!
If you've ever played Monopoly, you know the benefits of owning commercial property. Ready to skip Park Place and the fake money and become an investor in real life? Our REALTORS® share six useful tips to get you started on the road to becoming a successful commercial property owner.
Looking for New Orleans homes for sale to live in or rent? Whatever your goal, Latter & Blum can help you achieve it. Many of our commercial and residential properties have virtual tours available for you to learn more from the comfort of your home. Contact us for more information.
The New Orleans dining scene is legendary, which remains true even as residents, restaurant owners, and our REALTORS® adjust to life in the city while COVID-19 precautions are in effect. Many restaurants that were only dine-in in the past are now adapting to offer takeout and delivery options, while others are offering gift cards that can be used when restaurants reopen. Remember that restaurant staff have also been forced to adapt, and any tip you can leave with your order goes a long way toward providing support for those workers. While the communal, social aspect of meeting your favorite people at local restaurants may be on hold, there are still many ways to support your favorite restaurants during these unusual times.
Every neighborhood where you can shop for New Orleans homes for sale offers its own set of excellent restaurants, and Mid City is no exception. Blue Oak BBQ is still serving up all of your favorites for curbside pickup during lunch and dinner, with happy hour deals available every day. Fresh seafood is on the menu every day at Zasu, where the whole menu is available for takeout orders. Katie's has you covered for seafood and BBQ favorites, along with new family meals available for pickup and delivery.
While the French Quarter may look a little different without the usual crowds, restaurants from this corner of the city are cooking up all of the favorites that you know and love. Doris Metropolitan is still offering its full menu for pickup and delivery, along with butcher service, fresh bread, and spirits. The Italian Barrel is also offering its full menu and has added some delicious sandwiches to the list for takeout service. If you're in the mood for bar bites or some of the best-frozen cocktails that you'll find anywhere, Manolito is still serving all of your favorites for takeout every evening.
The team at Boucherie has whipped up a special pickup/delivery menu while dine-in service is closed, featuring all of your steak and seafood staples. If you're craving your brunch fix, Live Oak Cafe has you covered with a brunch/lunch menu in the afternoon and dinner in the evening. Saffron Nola has added a curbside pickup to its many charms, with a full menu of delicious Indian cuisine and a special, family-oriented menu.
Lower Garden District
Hankering for some authentic Creole goodness? The Munch Factory is still serving all of your favorites. Call ahead to order. Popular new spot Blue Giant is offering all of its high-end spins on classic Chinese dishes for pickup, so if you haven't tried it yet, now is the time. When you're in the mood for plant-based food, Seed has you covered with pickup and free delivery within a five-mile radius of the restaurant.
Bayou St. John
Get your Mediterranean fix from 1000 Figs, which is offering a modified menu for curbside pickup and delivery every day from Wednesday through Sunday. Popular French bistro Cafe Degas, which has been serving the neighborhood for more than 30 years, is also offering takeout and delivery, including special wine deals when you order for curbside pickup.
New Orleans is a city that knows how to support its own, and grabbing a meal from your favorite restaurants is a great way to show your support for the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
At Latter & Blum, our REALTORS® have worked hard to protect the safety of our clients and co-workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are following all social distancing and safety guidelines issued throughout Louisiana.
The measures affect all Lafayette homes for sale and New Orleans homes for sale as well as properties elsewhere in the state. In addition to state and federal guidelines, real estate associations have issued industry-specific guidance for protecting clients.
In light of all the available information, Latter and Blum is doing our part to flatten the curve with the following measures:
What to Know About All-New Virtual Tours
A virtual tour is the next best thing to being there! It's safe, convenient, and even fun.
During a virtual tour, you will have the opportunity to walk through a property with the help of your real estate agent. You can ask questions and get them answered in real-time. Our smart mobile technology gives you a clear view of every area of the home.
For your convenience, we are leading appointment-only virtual tours with the most popular telepresence software. Our agents are experienced in FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom. All you need to do is set an appointment time and then wait for our call. Tours last less than an hour.
Here's how to get set up on these convenient platforms:
You can use the above software on your favorite smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even on a desktop computer. For questions about how to best enjoy your virtual tour, contact your agent directly.
Latter & Blum is Here for You in This Difficult Time
If you decide not to buy or sell right now, that's okay! Latter & Blum will be here when you need us, and so will the right Louisiana home for you. We care about you and your family's health and safety.
Remember, we are all in this together. If you have any questions for our team, don't hesitate to contact us.
While being stuck at home, gardening is the perfect activity for enjoying the Louisiana sunshine. Our REALTORS® always keep up on the latest trends in outdoor living and landscaping. Whether you're an experienced gardener, or you're looking for a new hobby, these landscaping trends are perfect for sprucing up your yard!
Ready to find the New Orleans home of your dreams? Our experienced team of real estate professionals can help. Contact us today to get started.
National Puppy Day is Monday, March 23rd, and it is the perfect time to find a furry roommate! Rather than running to the pet store or calling up a local breeder, consider adopting one! There are thousands of pups living in animal shelters who are waiting for their forever home! Below are animal shelters in the New Orleans area:
While you might not be able to adopt right now, you might want to consider helping these shelters by fostering a pet. Fostering helps prevent shelters from getting over-crowded, plus helps the dogs get acclimated to family life. Talk to these shelters about their fostering requirements. Not only will you be helping a shelter dog, but you'll also get some company while social distancing!
Adopting a pet is a big decision. It comes with unique challenges, and sometimes requires a little extra TLC. Don't worry about what you don't know, because each of these fabulous shelters is staffed with remarkable people who will help guide you through the ins and outs of how to help your new friend settle in and feel right at home.
Contact us for more information about pet-friendly communities in New Orleans. Our REALTORS® will help you find a home near parks, lakes, and other attractions that your family and furry friends will love to visit.
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Remodeling projects and room additions can be great ways to add value to your home, but as with any investment, it pays to do your research before you get started. Our REALTORS® rely on the data to make sound remodeling decisions, and today we're going to give a peek behind the curtain of the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report to help you choose the right projects for your home,
Projects for Maximum ROI
Choosing the Best Rooms to Remodel
Remodeling Projects with Lower ROI
No matter which projects you choose to add value to your home, the right real estate team makes all the difference in getting your home sold. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans area.
Now that you've bought a home and have moved in, you'll want to be able to show it off to your friends and family. Many will be curious about what it looks like, and hosting a housewarming party is the perfect way to have fun socializing and give them the grand tour. In other cases, you may be the guest who's helping celebrate at a friend's housewarming party.
Whether you're the host or a guest at a housewarming party, our REALTORS® offer the following etiquette tips:
Carnival season is upon us! Whether you're attending Mardi Gras for the first time or looking forward to repeat performances from your favorite krewes, there's no doubt this is one of the best examples of why New Orleans is such a special place to call home. Our REALTORS® are ready for the celebrations, and we've put together a guide for what to expect from Mardi Gras 2020.
Get in Touch with Mardi Gras History
History is never far from your front door with New Orleans homes for sale, and Mardi Gras is certainly no exception. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," which marks the final day of the weeks-long Carnival season and takes place on February 25, 2020. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. It's a tradition that dates back centuries featuring the world's best parades, music, dancing, parties, costumes, and performances. Parades take place all around the city, but many roll Uptown or in the French Quarter. For some people, it's a yearly occasion, while it's a way of life for others!
Learn the Lingo
Throughout Carnival season, the parades and events you see are planned by local organizations called "krewes," who put together the costumes, themes, music, and of course, the elaborate floats that you see on parade. Each krewe has unique "throws," or small items that they toss to parade watchers. Throws can be anything from a simple set of plastic beads to an ornate trinket representing the krewe's theme. Learning about local krewes is a great way to plan for which parades you want to see most.
Get to Know the Krewes
Many krewes organize parades throughout New Orleans and in other nearby cities. Typically the most established krewes hold their parades on Mardi Gras itself, but there are amazing parades to see every day of Carnival season. The irreverent, sci-fi Krewe of Chewbacchus is always a hit, while the Krewe of Cork is dedicated to wine and revelry. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is one of the largest all-female krewes, while the Krewe of Elks-Orleans is the oldest truck float krewe. There are krewes of every shape and size, so everyone has their own favorites. It's wise to plan ahead to see your favorites because parade routes fill up fast.
There's So Much to See and Do at Mardi Gras 2020
Mardi Grasis like a big party, but the Carnival season is also about history, culture, music, and celebrating the unique sense of community in New Orleans. Krewes often raise money for charity throughout the year and host elaborate balls during the Carnival season.
There are also kid-friendly parades and plenty of events throughout the season for families to enjoy. You'll even find parades dedicated to dogs, so your four-legged friend can get in on the fun! Mardi Gras is never just one thing. It means something special to everyone who attends because you get to create your own experience each year.
The unique blend of music, dance, performance, history, and revelry that characterize Mardi Gras are on display all year long when you call New Orleans home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans area!
Any move - even if it's just down the street - requires a great deal of time and organization. But when you're moving to a new state, your list of things to do becomes longer and more complicated.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following seven tips to help you make your move to another state as smooth as possible:
Contact us if you're moving to Louisiana and are looking for Baton Rouge homes for sale. Our knowledge and experience can help make your move go as smoothly as possible as you become a Louisiana resident.
If you want to own your space, but don't want the upkeep associated with a single-family home, a condo is a terrific alternative. A condo is a single unit property that shares walls and structural aspects with other units. Condos have minimal exterior upkeep, and you often have access to a slew of convenient amenities. Here are a few things you need to look for when buying a condo to make sure it's a great fit for your needs:
Check That the Condo is Right for Your Lifestyle
An advantage of buying a condo is that there's a slew of different options that fit some various lifestyles. Before you contact one of our agents, take a few moments to contemplate the lifestyle that you live or want to live.
Perhaps you like to live an active lifestyle and want a unit in a complex with walking trails, a dog park, and a fitness center. You should look for a unit that fits your preferred lifestyle. Conversely, maybe you don't value a lot of extra amenities or don't need them. In this situation, you don't want to pay for amenities that you're unlikely to use.
Research the Effectiveness of the Condo Association
The condo association is responsible for maintaining the condo complex. This includes the complex's exterior, shared areas, and on-site amenities. You want a proactive condo association that promptly deals with resident complaints and potential issues in the complex.
Ask for minutes from the condo association meetings so you can see how the association responds to resident complaints. If the same resident complaints regularly appear at multiple association meetings, this is a potential sign that the association is lax at handling the residents' concerns.
Get a Full Breakdown of Costs
When you purchase a condo, in addition to the monthly principal and interest on your mortgage, you'll pay a monthly condo association fee. This fee covers the costs required to maintain the condominium complex's exterior and shared areas as well as expenses necessary to operate the complex's amenities. Make sure that you ask for the unit's monthly condo dues before making an offer so that you can ensure it's not too expensive for your monthly budget. Note that condo association fees aren't tax-deductible.
Learn More About the Condo Association Fee
Though a lower condo association fee sounds attractive, the amount of the fee shouldn't be excessively low. If the fee is too low, it won't cover the actual costs associated with maintaining and caring for the complex. Should this happen, there will eventually be a readjustment of the fee, and it will go up to account for this shortfall.
Instead of facing a future shortfall, look for a unit with a fee that's sufficient to cover the complex's expenses. Ask for more info about the condo complex's financials. The complex should have a repair fund that's being funded adequately based on the age of the complex and any anticipated repairs. This will prevent the residents from being hit with a huge increase in their monthly association fees.
The idea of smart home technology is no longer limited to the technologically-inclined or the uber-wealthy. Homeowners have embraced technology and up to 81% of homes are considered "smart." If you're interested in selling your home in 2020, here are the top smart home features that our real estate agents think you should install in order to appeal to buyers.
With the added protection, ease of use, and convenience, you will not be disappointed when you add these smart home features before you put your house on the market. Contact us to learn more about our New Orleans homes for sale.
Figuring out which steps to take before putting your home on the market can be daunting. If you're unsure about how to prepare, our real estate agents can provide the guidance you need to get your home ready for listing.
Are you ready to buy or sell your home in the New Orleans area? Contact us to get started.
If you've been to NOLA, you know that birthday cakes and wedding cakes don't hold a candle to our celebrated King Cakes. Each year, the King Cake Festival takes over Champions Square and offers up samples of the finest King Cakes from around the city. If you're looking for a local bakery where you can grab your own to take home, our REALTORS® got you covered.
No place throws a party like New Orleans, especially on New Year's Eve! Ring in 2020 the NOLA way when you plan ahead for these local events.
Year in and year out, our REALTORS® offer elite services to help you buy or sell your New Orleans home. If one of your New Year's resolutions is a new home in the area, contact us. Our team can help make that goal a reality!
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.
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!
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.
We have extensive experience smoothing out any bump in the road to your real estate goals. Contact us to learn more!
For 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.