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August
16

Walking Tours in NOLA

Nola Walking Tours

New Orleans homes for sale are part of a city that's packed with unique history and culture. Between your schedule of New Orleans open houses, it's a wise idea to explore and see everything that the "Big Easy" has to offer. The best way to do that is by foot, and there are plenty of opportunities.

Of all America's most amazing cities, New Orleans tops the charts for the sheer number and diversity of walking tours available every day. Our Realtors® know that many of our customers enjoy these tours and use them to get a better sense of what New Orleans is really all about.

Let's dive in and look at some of the top walking tours in NOLA.

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours bills itself among the biggest and oldest walking tour companies here in New Orleans. Tours leave from various locations and usually include small groups. Seven highly experienced tour guides are available to take you on a classic walking tour or one of your own choosing.

If you want to get acquainted with all the top landmarks of New Orleans quickly, a "legendary" walking tour may be your best bet. There are four different tours to choose from and custom packages available.

These packages await at New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours:

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

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

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

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

Free Tours by Foot

Free Tours by Foot is an alternative online marketplace for booking walking tours, swamp tours, and much more with experienced local guides. As you would expect, it offers tours of the Garden District, French Quarter, and the iconic Ghost Tour. But there are several other options not found elsewhere.

Among these are:

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

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

Contact us to discover more about New Orleans.

August
9

Shop Local Vendors at the French Market

Shop French Market

Our Realtors® never tire of wandering among the vendors at the French Market. There's always a huge selection of food and drink, clothing and jewelry, art and souvenirs waiting to be discovered.

And it's always changing! If you're in town visiting New Orleans open houses, you don't want to miss a trip to the French Market.

History of the French Market

The French Market has existed in something resembling its current form since 1791. Some of the oldest parts of the present-day market were built in 1813. At that time, it was commonly referred to as the Meat Market, as it was the only place in the city where meat was sold. 

Over the course of the 19th century, an informal bazaar grew in the space between the Meat Market and the nearby Vegetable Market. A building to house that bazaar was erected in 1872, looking very much like the French Market of today.

The most recent major renovations to the French Market were carried out by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, though many smaller additions and renovations have taken place in the decades since. 

French Market Vendors

Most of the vendors at the French Market come here every single day, and many have been set up here for years. But the market still changes from day to day, and you truly never know what you might find. 

Although the French Market is seen by some as a tourist spot, it's also a favorite hangout for locals. Plenty of NOLA residents come here every week, not just to see what's new but to pick up their reliable favorites. Some of the things you'll find in the French Market include:

Visit the French Market

The French Market is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. It's sandwiched between the Mississippi River and the French Quarter and is just minutes away from many New Orleans homes for sale

Although it's changed a lot over the years, the French Market is still a hub for commerce, culture, and community in New Orleans. It belongs on the short list of destinations that no NOLA trip is complete without!

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

August
2

Explore These Lakes Near New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans is famously identified with the Mississippi River, but that's not the only notable body of water found around the Big Easy. Our real estate agents love making convenient getaways to enjoy these incredible lakes near NOLA. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
11

Riverboat Cruises in New Orleans

Nola Riverboats

Riverboat travel is part of the rich historical legacy of New Orleans. Explore NOLA from a new perspective aboard one of these delightful riverboat cruises recommended by our real estate agents.

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

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

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

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

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

July
18

New Orleans Museum Month: Get to Know NOLA Museums

NOLA Museums

NOLA's vibrant history is showcased in a wonderful assortment of local museums. While these museums are great to visit during any season, August is New Orleans Museum Month. Throughout this month, if you're a museum member at one of the participating museums you get free admission to all the other local institutions participating in the month-long event.

Join our real estate agents in celebrating New Orleans Museum MonthWhile the list of participating museums still has yet to be revealed, let's take a look at some of the area's museums to prepare for August.

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
5

Bar Hopping in NOLA

Bar hopping nola

New Orleans is well known for its hip and happening nightlife. There are dozens of bars in the historic city center, some of which have been around for more than a century. After a full day of scoping out New Orleans homes for sale or attending New Orleans open houses, you can kick back with some bar hopping.

You don't have to wait until Fat Tuesday to party in the Big Easy. Whether you just want to drop in for a quick drink or plan to spend a night meeting with friends old and new, this may just be the best place. Our real estate agents say there's something for everyone!

Let's take a look at just a few of your many exciting options:

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
27

Disc Golf Courses Throughout Louisiana

 disc golf

Looking for something new to do this summer? Grab your friends and family and go play a round of disc golf! Disc golf is pretty similar to regular golf. The major difference is players throw a flying disc instead of using balls and clubs, and the objective is to land the disc in a basket instead of a hole.

Our real estate agents have been really getting into this fun summertime activity, so we're up to date on all the best disc golf courses around the great state of Louisiana. You'd be surprised at just how many great courses there are around:

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

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

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

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

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

Have fun ringing those disc golf baskets, as it's one of the many fun things to do around Louisiana. If you're in the market for a new home, contact us today.

June
20

Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near NOLA

dog friendly places in NOLA

Looking for restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale where your favorite canine will be welcome to join you? You may not be able to bring Fido to New Orleans open houses, but you're sure to find plenty of places for delicious cuisine where dogs are part of the fun.

Our real estate agents know that finding a great yard for pets is a big driver behind purchases for many of our customers. With that in mind, we've collected a list of some New Orleans eateries that will be glad to show you some hospitality with your pal in tow.

Just remember that New Orleans' pet-friendly restaurants do require dogs to be on leashes!

Let's take a closer look at some of your many options all throughout The Big Easy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
13

Boba Tea Spots in New Orleans

Boba in NOLA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact us to discover more about New Orleans today.

June
6

National Homeownership Month: 5 Reasons to Celebrate Homeownership

homeownership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
16

National Safe Sun Week: 6 Louisiana Sun Safety Tips

Sun Safety Tips

Summer is right around the corner, and with it, all of the typical fun summer activities: swimming, biking, walking, and just in general, spending as much time outside as one possibly can. Of course, what all of these things have in common is plenty of sunshine, so it shouldn't be a surprise that National Safe Sun Week is held the week before Memorial Day to remind us to be safe this summer. Here are a few sun safety tips from our real estate agents to help keep you safe while enjoying your favorite summer activities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer is the best part of the year for many people, with longer days, more sunshine, and lots of fun events. It's also when the real estate market is at its peak, so if you're thinking about buying or selling a house this summer, contact us today or visit one of our New Orleans open houses.

May
9

Where to Order Locally Made Ice Cream in NOLA

Local Ice Cream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact us today to discover New Orleans.

April
18

Fishing Charters Near New Orleans

Fishing Charter

With access to the Mississippi River and a vast maze of bayous and backwaters that empty onto the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is within casting distance of some of the best fishing spots in America. It's just one of the many things our real estate agents love about life in NOLA. 

Springtime happens to be one of the best times of year for fishing in New Orleans, providing opportunities to catch fish, ranging from redfish and speckled trout to marlin and red snapper. Here are some of the best fishing charters and guide services in Louisiana. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
11

NOLA Culinary Scene: Local Chefs

Local Chefs

NOLA's incredible culinary scene is thanks to the area's talented chefs! Our team is always excited to try new restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale. Let our real estate agents, who are also ardent foodies, share the 411 on these exciting local chefs. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
8

Rock Climbing Gyms in Louisiana

Rock Climbing Louisiana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
4

Cocktail Tours in New Orleans

Cocktail Tours NOLA

New Orleans homes for sale give you the opportunity to live in the middle of a culinary capital of the United States. If you're visiting the Big Easy to take in New Orleans open houses, why not extend the experience by tasting what the city cooks up?

Our real estate agents know the unique history and culture of New Orleans are among the biggest reasons people are drawn here. When you choose cocktail tours in New Orleans, you can enjoy a little bit of everything. And you have plenty to choose from.

Walking tours are a mainstay of historic cities like New Orleans. Adding a cocktail or two from your stops is a great way to sample what local bars and restaurants have to offer. You have the chance to meet people, see the sights, and encounter local watering holes you'll want to return to.

Let's look at just a few of the many tours New Orleans offers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March
22

Seafood and Farmers Markets in Jefferson Parish

Seafood Markets

Some of the best farmers markets in the Greater New Orleans area are located in Jefferson Parish, a vast area that spans the banks of Lake Pontchartrain to the remote Gulf Coast Islands. 

Unsurprisingly, Jefferson Parish is a great place to find locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood. With spring in the air, our real estate agents are excited to highlight some of our favorite markets in Jefferson Parish. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

March
14

Gretna's Downtown Historic District

Gretna's Historic District

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make Gretna Your Home Today

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

March
7

Little Free Libraries in New Orleans

Libraries NOLA

Reading can take you so many places! Thanks to Little Free Libraries, there are worlds waiting to be discovered through a variety of books just down the street from New Orleans homes for sale.

What Is a Little Free Libary?

Simply put, Little Free Library is exactly what it sounds like. These book-sharing boxes promote reading and literacy by providing convenient and cost-free access across a range of neighborhoods and communities.

Little Free Libraries operate on the honor system. Anyone may take a book, and while borrowers are not required to return that same book, they are encouraged to drop off a book or two for others to enjoy.

The libraries are generally maintained by the person who installed them. Known as stewards, these people keep the libraries clean and in good repair, but they depend on patrons to provide the books. 

The Little Free Library Network

In 2019, Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library on his front lawn in Hudson, WI. Designed to resemble a one-room schoolhouse, the library was intended to be a tribute to his late mother, a schoolteacher and life-long reader. 

Sadly, Todd himself later passed away from pancreatic cancer, but his legacy continues with the Little Free Library organization, also based in Hudson. Founded in 2012, the non-profit organization has seen growth that goes far beyond Todd's original goal of 2,510 free libraries, which would surpass the number of libraries established by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Today there are upwards of 125,000 Little Free Libraries located in more than 100 countries around the world. An estimated 42 million books are shared each year, with an average of one book per library per day. The inspiring work of Todd Bol and the Little Free Library has been recognized by the National Book Foundation, the Library of Congress, and Library Journal.

Little Free Libraries Around New Orleans

Libraries purchased through Little Free Library are automatically registered with the organization. "Independent" libraries may also register to receive the organization's support and benefits, including listing on their worldwide map. Here are just a few of the registered Little Free Libraries you can stop at and pick up your next favorite read.

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

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

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

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

  • Birch Street Library
    8922 Birch
    New Orleans, LA 70118

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
21

Spend the Day at Kenner's Rivertown

Kenner Rivertown

No other river in the U.S. has the majestic mythos of the Mississippi. A 2,340-mile stretch spanning 32 states, it has touched virtually every aspect of American history. If you want to enjoy it in a whole new way just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale, we have a suggestion for you.

Our real estate agents love Kenner's Rivertown – and we think you will, too!

Kenner is a local neighborhood that has been named one of the best places to live in Louisiana. It is home to the ultra-modern Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, as well as the much-loved Pontchartrain Center, an event venue on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.

In 2014, Kenner was honored by state officials as the 36th Main Street Community, also called a USA Main Street. 

What Is Kenner's Rivertown?

Kenner's Rivertown is a sixteen-block historic district found right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi and is a fun place to visit near Kenner homes for sale. It offers many cultural and family attractions that kids will love. One interesting thing about the Rivertown is its many distinctive attractions surrounding the science of space exploration.

What Can You See in Kenner's Rivertown?

Just about everything that you see in Kenner's Rivertown is steeped in local history, such as the bronze statues commemorating the first-ever World Heavyweight Championship. The boxers are Jem Mace and Tom Allen, whose bout took place in 1870. Allen lost after a hard-fought ten rounds, but both fighters left with a prize of $2,500 – a hefty sum of about $53,000 today!

Of course, there are many other things to see in Rivertown as well:

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

Kenner's Rivertown and Space

The New Orleans area has long been associated with spaceflight and even hosts some top aerospace manufacturing facilities. Future astronauts of all ages will find plenty of activities to enjoy, including museums with interactive exhibits that will get them excited about the final frontier.

Perhaps most importantly, you won't want to miss:

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

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

February
14

Jefferson Parish Restaurants on the Louisiana Oyster Trail

Oyster Trail

There are plenty of places near New Orleans homes for sale serving up delicious, fresh oysters. There's even a trail dedicated to this delicacy! When our real estate agents are in the mood for some great seafood, they follow the Louisiana Oyster Trail to these top restaurants in Jefferson Parish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
18

Where to See the Azaleas Bloom in Louisiana

Azaleas Louisiana

Louisiana's natural beauty gains additional splendor from March through May, when colorful azaleas bloom throughout the state. When our real estate agents want to see azaleas start to bloom for the spring season, they head to these delightful floral displays.

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
7

More Mardi Gras Krewes and Parade Routes for 2022

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras features so many fabulous parades that they can't be contained in one post! Here are more of the entertaining krewes that our real estate agents will be watching near New Orleans homes for sale

Uptown New Orleans

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

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

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

Mid-City

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

Slidell

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

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

Madisonville

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

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

January
28

Mardi Gras Krewes and Parade Routes for 2022

Mardi Gras 2022

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

French Quarter 

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

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

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

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

Metairie

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

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

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

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

January
18

Dine at these Food Halls in New Orleans

Food Halls NOLA

Food halls have become quite common over the past few years. It's so much fun to walk through these halls, admire all of the choices, and order whatever you find most appealing at the time. You can even order an entrée from one vendor and a side dish from another. New Orleans happens to be home to a few different food halls where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Our real estate agents recommend checking out these tasty places when you're in town visiting for New Orleans open houses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These vibrant food halls are one of the best things about living in New Orleans. If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly, experienced real estate agents will help you consider your options and discover the best homes to suit your needs.

January
4

National Hot Tea Month: Tea Shops in NOLA

Tea Shops NOLA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
20

Working Remote in 2022? Coworking Spaces in NOLA

Coworking Spaces NOLA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
22

2022 Guide to Moving to Louisiana

Louisiana Move

There are plenty of Lafayette homes for sale, if you're considering moving to Louisiana, but first, it's important to know what the area is like, and what you can expect while living here. Here's your guide to moving to Louisiana in 2022.

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

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

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

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

This is just a taste of what Louisiana has to offer. If you're ready to make this state your home, our real estate agents can help you find the perfect home. Contact us, and let us help you make 2022 the year you move to Louisiana.

December
6

Plan Ahead for LUNA Fête 2021

Luna Fete

After "downsizing" last year to a series of smaller installations, LUNA Fête 2021 is spreading its wings across a spacious new location. What else can you expect from this year's edition? Our real estate agents share the exciting details about one of the more popular annual events around New Orleans homes for sale.

History and Purpose of LUNA Fête

LUNA Fête literally translates to "Moon Party," accenting the magical aura surrounding the festival. In addition, LUNA is an acronym for "Light Up NOLA Arts," which serves as a concise but descriptive mission statement for the event.

Founded in 2014, LUNA Fête blends light, art, and technology in a variety of creative and visionary installations. Original plans called for the festival to be a five-year program, building toward the finale celebrating NOLA's tricentennial in 2018. Thanks to unprecedented success, with more than 50,000 attendees each year, LUNA Fête became an annual event.

Another of the festival's goals is demonstrating the power of art to unite and transform communities. LUNA Fête activities include technical and artistic training opportunities for local artists. Over the past seven years, more than 200 New Orleans artists have participated in this event. 

All About the Art

Many of the world's top light- and projection-based artists have participated in LUNA Fête. Lights and sound animate their large-scale, interactive installations, turning them into full sensory experiences. 

The real showstoppers are the projection mapping installations. Simply put, this creative technique involves overlaying visual images onto objects. During LUNA Fête, the dramatic architecture of the city's historic buildings is transformed into canvases for artistic expression. Sophisticated technology makes allowances for 3D surfaces, such as columns and balconies, so they are incorporated into the overall image.

Visitors have long been delighted by some of LUNA Fête's memorable installations, including:

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

What's Happening in 2021?

This year, LUNA Fête proudly debuts its new location at the Convention Center Pedestrian Park. As NOLA's newest public space, the park's 7.5 acres will provide plenty of space for a variety of breathtaking installations.

The 2021 theme, "Celebrating Earth and Space," is anchored by a work from internationally award-winning artist Bart Kresa. The seven-minute piece, exploring the beauty of our planet, will be projected against the Convention Center's Hall D facade at the top of each hour.

As always, LUNA Fête offers a nightly arts market along with food and beverage vendors. Admission is free, but several levels of VIP tickets are available for purchase. Starting at $250, these tickets include perks such as access to the VIP Lounge, a secret speakeasy requiring a password for admission.

LUNA Fête runs from Thursday, December 16 through Sunday, December 19. Hours are 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

Immerse yourself in the cultural and creative energy of New Orleans. Contact us at Latter & Blum for help finding your NOLA dream home.

November
22

Holiday Home Tours Throughout New Orleans

Holiday Home Tours

Is there anything more comforting than a beautiful home decorated for the holidays? The New Orleans area has many homes that are architectural wonders, especially when decorated for the holiday season. Our real estate agents highly recommend these holiday home tours in the New Orleans area. Grab a friend or two, and prepare for a memorable, festive day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homes throughout the city of New Orleans really come alive when decorated for the holidays. Join one of these tours, and see them for yourself this year. If you're thinking of moving to New Orleans, don't hesitate to contact us. Our helpful real estate agents can guide you through the process.

November
3

About the Louisiana Brewery Trail

Louisiana Brewery

Louisiana is famous for its Creole cuisine, beignets, and toe-tapping jazz music. What you might not know is it also has one of the most vibrant craft brewery scenes anywhere in the United States. Our real estate agents will be happy to tell you all about it when you're checking out Baton Rouge homes for sale.

Breweries, wineries, and distilleries of all kinds were already developing before the official Louisiana Brewery Trail got started. Since its inception back in 2013, the Louisiana Brewery Trail has grown to become the best in the whole region, showcasing over 30 breweries across the state. New Orleans and the North Shore area of Lake Pontchartrain have the most, but they are also distributed over many towns and cities.

Let's visit some now:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No matter what your tastes are like, there's something on the Louisiana Brewery Trail for everyone. And Baton Rouge is one of the best home bases to explore it all. Contact us to find out more or get started with Baton Rouge real estate.

October
20

Your Guide to Louisiana Distilleries

Louisiana Distilleries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October
11

NOLA Ghost Tours Perfect for Spooky Season

Ghost Tours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October
4

History of New Orleans City Park

City ParkNew Orleans City Park has been a community landmark for over 100 years, and its storied reputation is well-deserved. Our real estate agents love living in NOLA and all the parks residents have access to. One of the most popular being City Park. 

Origins 

The land on which New Orleans City Park was built was first acquired by the city in 1854, but it was not developed until nearly 40 years later in 1891. Since then, it has been slowly built up in both size and scope.  

At 1,300 acres, it is currently almost 50% larger than Central Park in NYC. It is the 20th most-visited public park in the US and a beloved icon of New Orleans. 

With the exception of a few past investments in exceptional circumstances, New Orleans City Park has been mostly self-supporting since opening to the public. It recoups the cost of maintenance and operation through user fees and land rents. 

Attractions 

Today, the park is a thriving community landmark full of exciting entertainment opportunities and cultural displays. Some highlights include: 

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

Though the park has always been regarded as a local gem, it received its first significant investment as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. The Roosevelt Administration offered $12 million (an estimated value of $128 million today) in funding to develop the park further and turn it into a truly impressive location. 

The project employed around 20,000 workers and built critical landmarks like the Tad Gormley Stadium, as well as many of the fountains and roadways that are scattered around the park.

Hurricane Katrina left 95% of the park flooded for weeks and caused an estimated $43 million in damage to the property and its attractions.  

While the park was proudly self-sufficient at that time, there were few extra funds available to make the necessary repairs. It took a combination of municipal funding, investment from local organizations, and a lot of volunteer labor to rebuild the park. Eventually, however, it was restored to its former glory.  

New Orleans City Park is a special place for the city's residents, simultaneously bursting with fun and steeped in history. In that way, it's a lot like the city itself.

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

September
20

Cajun Recipes You Need to Try

Cajun RecipesOur real estate agents love everything that New Orleans offers homebuyers. Everything from friendly neighborhoods, outdoor activities, city nightlife, and spicy Cajun cuisine make NOLA a great place to call home.

While the dining scene in NOLA is excellent, you might want to consider cooking up some Cajun recipes from the comfort of your kitchen.

Whether you're a long-term New Orleans homeowner or are looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you'll want to experience the unique flavors of Cajun food. Take a look at some Cajun recipes that you need to try.

Appetizers

Angels on Horseback is the poetic name for Oysters en Brochette, skewered oysters wrapped in bacon. In classic recipes, oysters are often battered and deep-fried, but Cajun recipes usually call for grilled or broiled oysters. Appetizers are traditionally served with toast points, lemon juice, and baby spinach. Some recipes call for mustard vinaigrette as a topping.

Salads

Louisiana Sunburst Salad is a famous recipe that's served at the Palace Cafe in New Orleans. Salad greens are a mixture of baby lettuces, spinach, and Spring Mix. Greens are tossed and topped with dried cranberries, toasted almonds, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing. This salad has quite a kick with tangy flavors, and it's great for lunch or dinner.

Soups and Stews

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is a Louisiana favorite. It combines flavors of baked chicken, andouille sausage, hot cooked rice, chopped vegetables, and a variety of Cajun spices. The recipe takes about an hour to prepare and about 3 hours to cook. The result is a flavorful Cajun stew with a hardy, robust flavor that will satisfy your hunger.

Red Bean Soup is a popular New Orleans soup that combines a variety of Cajun flavors. Red beans are a staple used in a variety of Cajun dishes. This soup includes a number of ingredients such as beans, vegetables, chicken stock, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. It will warm you up on a chilly night and makes great leftovers the next day if you make a big pot.

Main Entrees

Cajun Chicken Pasta goes from the stovetop to the dinner table in just 20 minutes. It's an easy recipe filled with delicious ingredients, including baked chicken breasts, linguine, sauteed mushrooms, green onions, bell peppers, and a creamy white sauce. It's the perfect blend of Cajun spices and flavors for a quick dinner on a busy evening.

Cajun Parmesan Crusted Salmon is a majestic combination of spices and flavors. Using preferably wild salmon fillets, this dish is broiled in extra-virgin olive oil, butter, and honey then topped with freshly grated Parmesan, lemon juice, and Cajun seasoning. If you like salmon, you have to try this recipe for a true experience with Cajun cuisine.

Desserts

Praline Cheesecake will make your mouth water. Made with softened cream cheese, sour cream, dark rum, praline liqueur, pecans, and vanilla extract, then topped with a graham cracker crust, this dessert is one that you won't forget. It takes a while to make it, but it's well worth the wait and then some!

Cocktails

Cajun Lemonade Cocktails are a favorite among New Orleans homeowners and visitors. These spicy cocktails are made with Citron or lemon-flavored vodka, light rum, one can of lemonade concentrate, and a dash of hot sauce. During Louisiana summer weather, this cocktail has a kick that will heat you up and cool you down all at the same time.

Searching for the perfect new kitchen for all your culinary adventures? Contact us for available homes with stunning kitchens in New Orleans and surrounding neighborhoods.

September
3

Kayaking in NOLA: Kayak Rental Spots

NOLA KayakingThe bayou has shaped the culture of Louisiana for generations. A bayou is a slow-moving river at the center of a truly unique ecosystem. New Orleans homes for sale are within a short drive of the bayou, as the state is home to thousands of acres of nature preserves protecting these unique treasures.

Our real estate agents know that, just like its incomparable food culture, outdoor adventures are a big part of why some people choose New Orleans. Whether you prefer a guided group tour or a leisurely journey on your own, check out these kayak rental spots.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whether you explore NOLA by land or on the river, there's plenty to see and do! Contact us to learn more about New Orleans real estate.

August
20

Your Guide to NOLA Cocktails

NOLA CocktailsWant a true taste of New Orleans? Our real estate agents have a suggestion or two!

New Orleans homes for sale benefit from the unique culinary culture of "The Big Easy." This blend of French, Creole, and Cajun traditions is like nothing else you will find. Although it might be known for seafood and soul food, there's another element that can make any meal even more memorable: A refreshing cocktail!

A cocktail is an art form in New Orleans. Whether you decide to drop by a happening jazz night spot or mix up something special right in your own wet bar at home, there are some drinks you simply must try.

Let's savor some flavor and take a sip of NOLA's most famous cocktails:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for a new home in NOLA with a bar perfect for whipping up your favorite drinks? Contact us to discover New Orleans real estate.

November
1

Catch a Show at These Theaters in NOLA

NOLA TheaterNew Orleans is "The Big Easy," and our real estate agents want to make it easy for you to enjoy!

When you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you know you'll also be getting a heaping helping of culture, cuisine, and fun! This city is one of America's live music capitals. It celebrates its heritage with some of the best down-home jazz jam sessions you'll find anywhere!

But even though jazz is a big part of the story, it's not the whole story.

The city is full of world-class venues to catch a concert, play, ballet, song, or story – something passed down through the ages or full of modern flair. It's all up to you here in New Orleans.

Let's take a closer look at seven local venues that you won't want to miss:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
9

Food Tours You Can Take Around NOLA

 

Food Tour NOLA

NOLA is a foodie paradise, so it can be challenging to take in as much of it as possible. Our real estate agents get the most bang for their buck with these informative and delicious food tours, just minutes away from New Orleans homes for sale.

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

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

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

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

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

NOLA is truly a melting pot where anyone can feel at home. Have questions about New Orleans real estate? Contact us at Latter & Blum for friendly, knowledgeable help. 

August
6

Book Lovers Day: Books Set in Louisiana

Books in LA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
12

6 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors Near New Orleans

New Orleans Outdoors

New Orleans is a city where outdoor scenery and adventure await you around every turn, with endless natural beauty to explore. The city park system is robust with well-equipped parks that feature attractions for every member of the family to enjoy, the Mississippi River offers some of the most beautiful views that you'll find anywhere, and the swamps outside the city are ideal for eco-friendly tours. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 different ways that you can enjoy the outdoors around New Orleans.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready to find your next home near the outstanding outdoor attractions of New Orleans? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.

July
5

Dine at These French Quarter Restaurants

French Quarter RestaurantsRestaurants in NOLA's French Quarter combine historical architecture with world-class cuisine for a dining experience that's unmatched anywhere in the country. Our real estate agents love living near amazing restaurants like these five, just down the street from New Orleans homes for sale.

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

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

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

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

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

Life in New Orleans is truly a new experience every day. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about buying and selling a home in this unique city.

June
21

Doggy Daycares Throughout NOLA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
7

Where to Go Ziplining in Louisiana

Zipline Louisiana

Think you've seen all that nature has to offer in Louisiana? Our real estate agents say you're in for a treat when you take in the glorious sights from up high with an aerial adventure at one of these top locations around New Orleans. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
17

What You Need to Know When Buying a Historic Home

Historic Homes

Historic homes offer a step back in time to an era where houses had huge front porches, hand-carved details, and picturesque features. They have cozy rooms filled with charm and character, but they're not for everyone. Purchasing a historic home often comes with upkeep, maintenance, and repairs that can put a dent in your bank account.

Historic homes are not ordinary financial investments in the real estate market. At Latter & Blum, our real estate agents know that historic homes are also emotional investments. When searching for New Orleans homes for sale, clients want to invest in historic properties because they're buying a piece of history. We help them to understand some important factors before they invest.

What is a Historic Home?

In the United States, old homes don't automatically qualify to be historic homes. Since historic homes are placed on the National Register of Historic Places, they must be at least 50 years old and meet certain criteria determined and monitored by the National Park Service. To qualify, homes must meet one out of four criteria:

  • Connection to significant historical events

  • Connection to lives of significant people

  • Representation of a historic style or master craftsman

  • Provision of important historical information

Currently, there are more than 26,000 homes and buildings listed on the National Register. States and municipalities can also designate historical districts, many found in areas of New Orleans.

If a home is located within a historic district, owners are restricted to making certain changes to the property. Districts with historic properties must preserve certain features, so permits are required before any work can occur on the home's exterior. In some cases, ordinary homes located in historic districts may face certain renovation restrictions as well.

Purchasing a Historic Home

Before purchasing a historic home or a home in a historic district, you should know the advantages and disadvantages. You should be prepared to deal with special circumstances that may impact your lifestyle and budget.

Advantages

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

Disadvantages

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

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

May
10

All About Beignets and Where to Order Them

New Orleans Beignets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
3

NOLA Restaurants Perfect for Mother's Day

NOLA Restaurants

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

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

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

April
30

International Jazz Day: A Brief History of Jazz in Louisiana

Jazz in Louisiana

There may be some debate over exactly when jazz began, but few dispute that this rich musical genre originated in New Orleans. In honor of International Jazz Day on Friday, April 30, our real estate agents take a look at the history of Louisiana's iconic sound.

What Is Jazz?

While jazz is a distinctly American form of music, its influences reach around the globe. African-Americans melded their own musical traditions with elements such as Caribbean syncopation and European folk, adding improvisation for a unique sound. Some historians believe jazz has its roots in New Orleans Congo Square.

First Man of Jazz: Buddy Bolden

While the term didn't come into use until after his time, cornet player Charles "Buddy" Bolden is generally considered to be the father of jazz. Bolden's intuitive ear for music led him to adapt ideas from other classic American musical styles, such as gospel and blues.

Dancing was a popular form of entertainment in New Orleans, but until the turn of the 20th century, most dance bands played a more sedate form of music that relied on string instruments. Bolden formed his own band in 1895 and developed an avid following by playing looser, more lively dance tunes in which brass instruments were front-and-center.

Louis Armstrong and the Rise of the Solo Artist 

Despite Buddy Bolden's prominence, jazz remained primarily identified with bands. Thanks to traveling groups, which began migrating to Chicago and other major cities, the New Orleans sound was becoming acclaimed throughout the country.

Another jazz artist who headed to Chicago in search of fame was a trumpeter named Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. His brilliant playing was at a level far above any other musicians at the time and led to a shift from the conventional ensemble style of jazz to an emphasis on solo performers.

Jazz in the Modern Era

During the 1950s, the popularity of jazz began to wane as rock and roll captured the attention of the listening public. When Larry Borenstein opened his new art gallery in the French Quarter, just minutes from Houma homes for sale, he realized it left him little time to attend his beloved jazz concerts, which had become few and far between.

Borenstein's solution was to invite the musicians to perform "rehearsal sessions" at his gallery, Associated Artists. Thus began the saga of Preservation Hall, which became the standard-bearer for classic New Orleans jazz. The venue officially took on the name when Borenstein passed the operations on to the family of Allan and Sandra Jaffe.

As part of the effort to revive national interest in jazz, Allan Jaffe organized the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. After a successful tour of the Midwest, the band eventually began appearing in venues around the world. 

Jazz is the heartbeat of Louisiana: exciting, entertaining, and unpredictable. There are many venues across the state where you can listen to talented jazz musicians.

Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about buying and selling local homes near some of the best jazz music venues. 

April
19

Famous Buildings Throughout New Orleans

New Orleans Skyline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
12

Walkable Neighborhoods in New Orleans

Walkable New Orleans Neighborhoods

Walkable neighborhoods provide a wide variety of benefits to residents and visitors alike. They offer convenience by allowing you to stroll rather than drive or use public transportation and also let you exercise in an attractive setting. If you live in one of these neighborhoods, you'll have a strong sense of community as you meet and mingle with neighbors and local business people when you get out and about and explore.
  
Our real estate agents know how walkable a neighborhood is can be attractive to some buyers, and can show you homes in the following local communities – as well as others – that are perfect for traveling around New Orleans on foot.

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

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

April
5

NOLA Events Happening in 2021

NOLA Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March
15

Stargazing Spots Near New Orleans

Stargazing Near New Orleans

Nighttime in New Orleans is full of glittering lights, and the most spectacular ones blanket the city from above. Get a fresh perspective on NOLA with an evening of stargazing at one of these fascinating spots recommended by our real estate agents

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for a New Orleans home close to some of the best stargazing spots? Our agents can help!

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March
2

Eye-Catching Ways to Display Your Books

Book Display Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February
19

7 Home Organization Apps You'll Enjoy Using

Home Organization Apps

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

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

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

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February
8

Mardi Gras Online: How to Celebrate Virtually

Mardi Gras Online

Mardi Gras may look different in 2021 than it ever has before, but there's still plenty to be excited about during Carnival season this year. In fact, this is the perfect year to join the celebration from the comfort of home, and one enterprising krewe is even creating an app that will allow you to enjoy authentic Mardi Gras traditions no matter where you're located. With a mix of technology and tradition, you can create your own Mardi Gras celebration at home. Our real estate agents have some exciting tips, tricks, and ideas to help you celebrate Mardi Gras virtually this year.

  1. The "Throw Me Something Bacchus!" App Brings Mardi Gras to You
    The Krewe of Bacchus was not about to let Carnival season pass without a celebration, so they created an app that allows you to participate in their parade whether you live near New Orleans homes for sale or far away. The Throw Me Something Bacchus app is available for free on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. There will be activities every day throughout Carnival season, culminating with a big, virtual parade on Mardi Gras day.

  2. Trade Throws Virtually, Follow the Krewe, and Enjoy the Parade
    The Throw Me Something Bacchus app allows you to participate in the festivities leading up to Mardi Gras by trading throws virtually and even redeeming some of those virtual throws for the real throws that the Bacchus Krewe gives out at the parade. You can even follow the krewe members through the app to keep up with all of the latest Mardi Gras happenings. On the big day, the Krewe of Bacchus will be putting on a virtual parade with music, floats, and more, which you can enjoy live on the app.

  3. Set the Mood with Green, Purple, and Gold
    Looking to take your virtual Mardi Gras celebration to the next level? Whether you're decorating your home, dressing up for the celebration, or both, a little bit of green, purple, and gold go a long way! Those are the official colors of Mardi Gras, so they're perfect for setting the mood for your virtual celebration. Of course, there are also tons of Mardi Gras-themed decorations, beads, party favors, and more available online to help you capture that festive feeling.

  4. Enjoy a Taste of New Orleans with a King Cake
    No virtual Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without some great food to enjoy, so why not add some traditional treats to the menu? Start with a traditional King Cake, which you can bake at home with simple ingredients. The king cake is traditionally served only during Carnival season in New Orleans, so it's the perfect sweet treat for a virtual Mardi Gras celebration. And if you want an authentic King Cake straight from the city, some New Orleans bakeries will ship a cake anywhere in the country.

  5. DIY Masks for Family Fun
    The masquerade is an important part of Mardi Gras and a tradition that dates back centuries. Creating masks at home is a fun way to get the whole family in the Mardi Gras spirit and involve your kids in your celebration. Just pick up some simple paper masks, along with some beads, glitter, and some colorful feathers, then get busy creating your own Mardi Gras mask.

Searching for a home, you'll love so much that every day will feel like a party? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.

February
1

New Orleans Cooking: Learn the Tricks with These Cooking Classes

 

Louisiana Cooking Classes

One of the most gratifying new experiences we've had in the past year has been learning to cook. Luckily, we live in New Orleans, home to some of the world's most vibrant flavors and most talented chefs. Learn some of their tricks from the comfort and safety of your own home with these virtual cooking classes:

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

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

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

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

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

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans. It's one of America's most unique and diverse cities, and it's a truly special place to call home. When you're ready to find your dream home in New Orleans, our team is here to help. 

January
18

Explore New Orleans Neighborhoods with this Guide

New Orleans Neighborhoods

There's a lot to love about New Orleans, and our real estate agents can spend days showing you everything the city has to offer. New Orleans is a city full of neighborhoods as diverse as our people, culture, and history. Delicious food, interesting landmarks, and relaxing green spaces sit on both sides of the Mississippi River, making visitors and residents alike fall in love with the city. With so much to explore, here's a short guide to the local neighborhoods and why we love them! 

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


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


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


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

The Big Easy, Crescent City, the Paris of the South — New Orleans is known by many names, but the best thing to call NOLA is "home." Contact us today to browse our New Orleans homes for sale in the best neighborhoods around the city.

January
13

Grab Dinner at These Restaurants in the Warehouse District

Warehouse District Restaurants

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

January
6

Architecture Styles You Can Find in NOLA

NOLA Architecture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
18

How to Maintain Your Sanity During a Move

New Orleans Moving Tips

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

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

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

December
14

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

Self Employed Mortgage Tips

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

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

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

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! 

October
12

Weekend Getaway: Cabins You Can Stay in Near New Orleans

Cabins Near New Orleans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
20

7 Fun Facts About the French Quarter

French Quarter Facts

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

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

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

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

April
6

How to Support Local Restaurants in New Orleans

New Orleans Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March
2

Remodeling Cost vs. Value 2020 - For New Orleans Homes

Remodeling New Orleans Cost

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

Projects for Maximum ROI

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

Choosing the Best Rooms to Remodel

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

Remodeling Projects with Lower ROI

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

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

February
24

Housewarming Party Etiquette Tips

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

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

For the Host

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

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

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

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

For the Guest

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

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

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

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

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

February
10

What to Look for When Buying a Condo

Buying a Condo

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

Check That the Condo is Right for Your Lifestyle

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

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

Research the Effectiveness of the Condo Association

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

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

Get a Full Breakdown of Costs 

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

Learn More About the Condo Association Fee

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

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

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

December
9

How to Sell Your Home During the Winter Months

Sell During Winter Months

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

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

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

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

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

October
21

7 Tips for Selling a Vacant Home

Selling a Vacant Home

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

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

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

2. Keep the Utilities on.

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

3. Weatherize the Home.

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

4. Secure the Home.

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

5. Schedule a Virtual Staging. 

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

6. Clean the Home and Maintain the Landscape.

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

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

September
30

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

Relocation 101

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
26

Where to Get the Best Yakamein in New Orleans

Yaka Mein New Orleans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
19

2019 Southern Decadence Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
22

New Orleans' Red Dress Run

Red Dress Run

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
8

Hottest Food Trucks in New Orleans

New Orleans Food Truck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
10

Living in New Orleans Faubourg Marigny Neighborhood

New Orleans homes for sale and Marigny area homes for sale are some of the top real estate finds here in Louisiana. Although living anywhere in "The Big Easy" is a treat, the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood is something unique: It has a rich history as New Orleans' second suburb.

Let's visit and take a look at this wonderful place to live in New Orleans.

When You Think "New Orleans," Think of Marigny

New Orleans is known for its history, music, and food – and Marigny has it all.

Outside of the French Quarter itself, you're unlikely to find a more iconic expression of the true New Orleans. It has developed into a cosmopolitan and singles-friendly neighborhood while still retaining the authentic flair that harkens back to its roots in the 1800s.

A flight of residents left Marigny quiet in the 1950s, but the Creole and Classic Revival-style cottages that were left behind are now being restored in record numbers. Historic businesses, such as bakeries and general stores, have also been repurposed as homes.

The Arts Scene is Flourishing in This Historic Neighborhood

Meanwhile, larger spaces – such as warehouses – have been transformed into artists' studios and performance spaces. Today's Marigny has a lively and vibrant art scene that draws on the area's past. When you visit, you'll see the difference in doing New Orleans as the locals do.

That's right: You don't have to hit Bourbon Street to enjoy Creole cuisine and jazz. The jazz clubs in and around Marigny tend to have a more intimate atmosphere. You can find a show and a delicious dinner any day of the week, but it's easy to take things at your own pace at the same time.

Long story short, you will always feel welcome here!

Faubourg Marigny is at the Crossroads of Everything

The watchword of real estate is "location, location, location" ... and Marigny has it!

The Marigny neighborhood is relatively small, about seven by ten blocks in all, bordered in the south by Crescent Park and the Mississippi River. That means you'll only be a short walk from the French Quarter on one side and the Bywater neighborhood on the other.

A word deserves to be said about Bywater, which is often spoken of in the same breath as the Marigny area. It is known as a thrilling place to explore thanks to its remarkable trove of traditional architecture. New meets old thanks to the trendy and experimental bars and eateries.

And, of course, the French Quarter needs no introduction. The heart of New Orleans history is also one of the most legendary tourist districts in the whole United States. When you want to sample the revelry and bon vivre of this "crown jewel," it'll always be available to you.

Explore Faubourg Marigny for Yourself with Help from Our Team

Our real estate agents are waiting for the opportunity to help with your New Orleans journey.

With our blend of local experience and unbeatable customer service, we make real estate easy for you. From finding your dream home to a successful closing day, we'll be there for you.

Contact us to find out more today.

May
6

A Local's Guide to New Orleans Neighborhoods: Mid-City

New Orleans Neighborhood

When you are shopping for New Orleans homes for sale and are a little less laissez les bon temps rouler and a little more taking it easy in the Big Easy, Mid-City might be the perfect landing spot for you.

Mid-City Is Not Your Everyday Neighborhood

Eclectic and unpretentious, Mid-City offers family-friendly living with enough quirkiness to still feel like you live in New Orleans. Its location just beyond the French Quarter doesn't attract as many tourists and welcomes neighbors, giving you a feeling of belonging right from the start. 

Tradition Abounds

Part of living in Crescent City is soaking up the tradition that makes New Orleans unique. Mid-City doesn't lose that. Here you can stroll the streets to your favorite restaurant that makes a shrimp po' boy just the way you like it. Or you can catch the Endymion, a Mardi Gras parade that is one of the few remaining that doesn't go down the famed St. Charles Avenue.

Kids will love the playground called Storyland, based on fairy tale characters, or the Carousel Amusement Park complete with a merry-go-round that's over 100 years old. Both of these are found in City Park, a 1300-acre urban park that is home to a large stand of stately live oaks, including one that is over 800 years old. There's also a fun free music festival on the Bayou St. John in May called Bayou Boogaloo which, along with amazing music, features local and regional art, 300 food vendors, and activities for kids.

For some visitors and residents alike, New Orleans' best feature is found among the dead. Visiting cemeteries as a tourist is a thing here, and Mid-City has its share of ghostly offerings. Scruffy Holt Cemetery lets visitors get to know its residents' personalities because this is where less fortunate people are often buried, and so, instead of ornate grave markers, family members leave personal mementos at each unadorned graveside.

New Offerings

While Mid-City's charm comes from the history and slightly worn around the edges vibe, some more modern additions make living here bon temps. Along with traditional snow-ball shops, you can now visit one of the micro-breweries for pub food and craft beers. Or if being in the outdoors is your Zen time, you will love the new greenway that runs between Basin Street to Carrollton Avenue.  The 2.6 mile Lafitte Greenway is excellent for walkers, runners, and cyclists, and features bioswales and native plant meadows. 

Whether traditional sites attract you or it's the new things waiting to become a tradition that turns your head, this part of New Orleans makes for a great place to live. So, when you are ready to find your perfect Mid-City home, contact us and let our real estate agents show you the beauty of Mid-City. 

April
22

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Begins April 25

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

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

The Jazz Fest Lasts for Two Long Weekends

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

Jazz Legends Join Forces with Top 40 Superstars

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

Louisiana Cuisine and Culture Take Center Stage

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

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

April
15

Celebrating Easter in New Orleans

Easter in NOLA

New Orleanians celebrate Easter Sunday much the same way we do everything else--in a big way and with style.

Easter in New Orleans is a special time in our city.  For many families, the day begins with traditional church services. Then, the day's celebrations move on to food, fun, and, of course, Parades.

Our REALTORS® are here with highlights about where to attend Easter mass, enjoy brunch, hunt Easter eggs, and watch parades when you buy one of our New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Easter Sunday Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans 70116-3291
    Do you want to step into colonial Catholic history and observe Easter Sunday the traditional way? At St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, Roman Catholic Easter celebrations last for nine whole days. Attend Mass in this historic church any day during Holy Week, which kicks off with the Blessing of Palms at 5 PM on April 13 and culminates with the Mass of the Risen Christ at 9 AM, 11 AM, and 12:30 PM on April 21.

  • Easter Brunches
    Dining out for Easter brunch is a common tradition across the country, but our restaurants in the Big Easy elevate it to new heights.  New Orleans restaurants showcase choices ranging from waffles in a whiskey sauce to omelets overflowing with shrimp--or even crawfish.  Check out this insider's guide for the best places in the city to make a reservation.

  • Bunnyfest 2019, Lafreniere Park 3000 Downs Blvd. Metairie 70003
    The Rotary Club of Metairie Sunrise hosts its spring festival for families and children.  It is sure to be jam-packed with food, fun, and bunny rabbits!  Come to Lafreniere Park, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana on Friday, April 19th from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday, April 20th from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm for egg hunts, balloon art, a bunny hop sack race, face painting, games and more.

  • Easter Parades
    Historic French Quarter Easter Parade, New Orleans
    From Antoine's Restaurant (713 St. Louis St) to St. Louis Cathedral (615 Pere Antoine Alley)

    Around 11:00 am on Easter Sunday, costumed revelers start their parade down the famous French Quarter. This annual event includes mule-drawn carriages, old convertibles, and marching bands. Stick around at 1:00 pm to see festive floats full of Krewes and local businesses.

    Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade
    From the corner of St. Louis and Royal to St. Louis and Royal Street at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
    Entertainer Chris Owens slips into the role of Grand Duchess and leads Easter paraders through the historic French Quarter. The festivities begin at 11:00 am at Omni Royal Orleans Hotel Ballroom with a Hat Contest, Silent Auction, and Entertainment. In true New Orleans tradition, the parade comes complete with colorful floats, brass bands, bead throws, and Easter trinkets.

    The Gay Easter Parade, 828 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Organized by the city's LGBT community, The Gay Easter Parade is an annual New Orleans tradition where all are invited to attend raising money for Food for Friends.  The parade begins at 4:30 pm on Easter Sunday as horse-drawn carriages, floats, and revelers in everything from seersucker suits and Easter bonnets to colorful costumes and leather parade through the French Quarter during the evening. 

Relocating to New Orleans? At Latter & Blum, our real estate agents know how important it is to find a home you'll love. Contact us to turn your egg hunt with a house hunt.

April
8

New Orleans Events: French Quarter Festival April 11

New Orleans French QuarterAt Latter & Blum, our real estate agents make it easy for you to find the perfect New Orleans homes for sale. We understand what makes New Orleans homes – and our unique community – valuable to the people we serve.

It's not just about New Orleans' world-class amenities: It's also about its welcoming people and rich history. There's no other place in the United States quite like New Orleans, and when you visit us, we'll show you why.

Thanks to its unique French roots, New Orleans has long been a center of culture. Those seeking the authentic Creole sound will want to visit us this coming April. The French Quarter Festival is coming this April 11, and it's like nothing you've ever experienced before!

The French Quarter Festival Will Give You a True Taste of New Orleans

Street festivals, music, food, and fun are all things associated with New Orleans, and rightly so! The convivial French spirit that permeates all things "Nawlins" has been centuries in the making.

The French Quarter Festival harkens back to those roots. It is the #1 showcase of Louisiana music in the world. Top local acts, as well as pioneers in Louisiana-style music from around the nation, show up to strut their stuff: That means 1,700 musicians are playing more than 400 hours of live, free music!

With 23 stages spread out all across the French Quarter, you'll have a chance to enjoy amazing acts and see the sights all at the same time. As you journey about, you'll also indulge in the "Culinary Lineup" – special festival food booths operated by favorite local restaurants.

The French Quarter Festival is 100% free to all visitors and has traditionally attracted music aficionados of all ages and their families. It all begins with the French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade early on Thursday, April 11.

The Surprises Never End at the French Quarter Festival

Each day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy special events. One interesting option is the dance lessons that will take place daily: They include traditional jazz, Charleston, swing, Cajun jitterbug, and zydeco. All classes are free and taught by professionals.

Some special events have been set aside for the younger crowd as well.

For example, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for the Children's STEM Zone on the Waterfront. Interactive exhibits lead to fascinating fun for children of all ages.

On the flip side, those who want to go on a "Sentimental Journey" with the music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s will find it during Dancing at Dusk, which happens from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. exclusively on Sunday, April 14.

Admission to the French Quarter Festival does not require a ticket. Still, you'll want to do some advance planning to ensure you've got everything you need for a fun week of festival-going

To find out more about amazing real estate opportunities in New Orleans, contact us today.

March
11

French Quarter Festival April 11

French Quarter Festival
At Latter & Blum, our REALTORS® make it easy for you to find the perfect New Orleans homes for sale. We understand what makes New Orleans homes – and our unique community – valuable to the people we serve.

It's not just about New Orleans' world-class amenities: It's also about its welcoming people and rich history. There's no other place in the United States quite like New Orleans, and when you visit us, we'll show you why.

Thanks to its unique French roots, New Orleans has long been a center of culture. Those seeking the authentic Creole sound will want to visit us this coming April. The French Quarter Festival is coming April 11, and it's like nothing you've ever experienced before!

The French Quarter Festival Will Give You a True Taste of New Orleans

Street festivals, music, food, and fun are all things associated with New Orleans, and rightly so! The convivial French spirit that permeates all things "Nawlins" has been centuries in the making.

The French Quarter Festival harkens back to those roots. It is the #1 showcase of Louisiana music in the world. Top local acts, as well as pioneers in Louisiana-style music from around the nation, show up to strut their stuff: That means 1,700 musicians are playing more than 400 hours of live, free music!

With 23 stages spread out all across the French Quarter, you'll have a chance to enjoy amazing acts and see the sights all at the same time. As you journey about, you'll also indulge in the "Culinary Lineup" – special festival food booths operated by favorite local restaurants.

The French Quarter Festival is 100% free to all visitors and has traditionally attracted music aficionados of all ages and their families. It all begins with the French Quarter Festival Second-Line Kickoff Parade early on Thursday, April 11.

The Surprises Never End at the French Quarter Festival

Each day, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy special events. One interesting option is the dance lessons that will take place daily: They include traditional jazz, Charleston, swing, Cajun jitterbug, and zydeco. All classes are free and taught by professionals.

Some special events have been set aside for the younger crowd as well.

For example, you'll want to keep your eyes peeled for the Children's STEM Zone on the Waterfront. Interactive exhibits lead to fascinating fun for children of all ages.

On the flip side, those who want to go on a "Sentimental Journey" with the music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s will find it during Dancing at Dusk, which happens from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. exclusively on Sunday, April 14.

Admission to the French Quarter Festival does not require a ticket. Still, you'll want to do some advance planning to ensure you've got everything you need for a fun week of festival-going

You can get more information at the official French Quarter Festival website.

To find out more about amazing real estate opportunities in New Orleans, contact us today.

February
25

A Taste of New Orleans at Nonna Randazzo's Bakery

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

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

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

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

King Cakes Are a Randazzo Family Specialty

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

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

Share Randazzo's King Cakes With Friends New & Old

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

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

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

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

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

February
18

New Orleans Living: Mardi Gras 2019

Mardi Gras 2019While Christmas lovers around the world lament the end of the holiday season, residents of New Orleans eagerly await our favorite time of the year — Mardi Gras! Though this European Carnival celebration dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries, no place on Earth has a Mardi Gras party quite like The Big Easy!

Our real estate agents at Latter & Blum don't want you to miss a minute of Mardi Gras action. That's why we've created this helpful guide to answer all of your questions and point you in the direction of unforgettable fun!

New Orleans Locals Mardi Gras

What is Mardi Gras?

If you've heard of Mardi Gras but aren't sure what it is, here's the short of it: Mardi Gras is an annual celebration signifying the start of Lent on the Christian calendar. Since the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, begins a long period of fasting until Easter Sunday, the Tuesday prior was traditionally spent loading up on fatty food in preparation for this abstinence. Mardi Gras literally means "Fat Tuesday" in French.

When is Mardi Gras 2019?

This year's Mardi Gras falls on March 5.

Why is Mardi Gras in New Orleans different from the rest of the world?

Aside from the fact that everything in New Orleans is quite different, Mardi Gras in this city is a very special time. Instead of celebrating just as a single day, we celebrate an entire season! From January 6th until March 5th, the streets come alive with parades and parties. Our city has been participating in this month-long celebration since the 1730s so believe us when we say New Orleans knows a thing or two about amazing Mardi Gras festivities.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade

When is the Mardi Gras Parade?

One of the best reasons to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans is that there's no single holiday parade. In fact, we host so many exciting parades that you won't be able to see them all! Each parade is organized, designed and conducted by a "krewe." Here are a few of our favorites that we believe you should consider on Mardi Gras Day itself:

  • Krewe of Rex: The King of the Carnival, the Rex Organization, has helped define Mardi Gras as New Orleans knows it since 1872. The parade begins at the corner of Napoleon Ave. and S. Claiborne Ave. in Uptown at 10 a.m. The Krewe of Rex should definitely be at the top of your list!
  • Krewe of Lyra: Those celebrating in the Covington area should head to North Columbia St. and Jefferson St. for the 10 a.m. Krewe of Lyra parade. This newer krewe is less than ten years old, and their coed parade raises awareness for their allies in the National Alliance for Mental Illness.
  • Krewe of Argus: If you find yourself at the intersection of Veterans Blvd and Houma Blvd in Metairie at 10 a.m., you should definitely find a comfortable spot to observe the Krewe of Argus parade. Join over a million people as you watch this family-friendly krewe of nearly 500 make their way through Jefferson Parish.

What else can I do during Mardi Gras?

What can't you do is a better question! New Orleans comes alive in exciting ways throughout the season, and there is an infinite number of ways to enjoy it. Whether you're looking for great food, lively bars or family-friendly hangouts, contact us and let us help you plan your Mardi Gras celebration. For help searching for New Orleans homes for sale or to sell your current property, trust Latter & Blum for all of your real estate needs! 

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