Southern Louisiana has long been known as a sportsman's paradise. Bayous and marshes all around the Houma area are teeming with both freshwater and saltwater fish. And as our Realtors® are fond of saying, you don't need a boat to enjoy fishing in Houma.
You'll find an abundance of shore fishing access in Houma and throughout Terrebonne Parish. If you're in the area visiting Houma open houses, be sure to check out some of these amazing local fishing spots.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. It's truly a place unlike any other, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Houma and the surrounding areas.
The area around New Orleans is one of America's most beautiful and historically significant sites, and the nearby city of Gretna is no exception. This quiet community is close to many of our New Orleans homes for sale and features many interesting sights for amateur historians to enjoy. Here are a few of the most noteworthy Gretna locations you can visit to experience this city's history.
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Gretna's deep historical roots make it a great place to live, work, and play. Contact us today to learn more from our real estate agents about our current roster of New Orleans properties. Or visit one of our New Orleans open houses to get a better look at your favorites.
Are you ready for crawfish season and don't want to wait for the Lake Charles Crawfish Festival in April? Some of your favorite dining destinations around Lake Charles are ready to help you celebrate with a dish that is always best enjoyed in Louisiana. No matter how you enjoy your crawfish prepared, there's sure to be a local seafood spot ready to serve you. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 great spots to chow down on some crawfish around Lake Charles.
Ready to find your next home close to all of the amazing dining spots around Lake Charles? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lake Charles, LA area or stop by our Lake Charles open houses.
Lake Charles is a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home. In 2007 the Cultural Districts program was formed with a goal to encourage economic growth and tourism to these historic areas. Let our real estate agents be your tour guide to these unique Cultural Districts in Lake Charles!
Nellie Lutcher Cultural District
Named for the legendary R&B and jazz singer who was born in Lake Charles in 1912, the Nellie Lutcher Cultural District encapsulates a vibrant area. It's the newest Cultural District in the city, having been given its official designation by the state of Louisiana in 2016, and is walkable from many Lake Charles homes for sale.
The Nellie Lutcher Cultural District spans Ryan Street and Enterprise Boulevard to the east and west and between 7th Street and Railroad Avenue to the north and south. Landmarks in this district include:
Charlestown Cultural District
Charles Sallier, one of the earliest settlers in Calcasieu Parrish, built his home on the shore of the lake that now bears his name in 1800. The settlement that grew around his homestead became known as "Charles Town" until the name was officially changed to Lake Charles in 1867.
Those early settlements around the shoreline of Lake Charles are now included within the Charlestown Cultural District, which also encompasses the Downtown Ryan Street corridor and Lakeshore Drive from the I-10 bridge to Bord du Lac Drive. Some of this district's most significant landmarks include:
Cottage Shops Cultural District
The unique Cottage Shops Cultural District was established in 2010. Compact and easily walkable, the Cottage Shops Cultural District is centered around Hodges Street between Alamo and 12th Streets and is home to some of Lake Charles' best locally-owned shops and eateries. Some of the special places found in this district include:
Contact us today to learn more about life in Lake Charles. When it comes to finding your dream home in Louisiana, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.
Everyone loves a parade, and Mardi Gras wouldn't be the same without the colorful and festive krewes celebrating every year. Our real estate agents share a preview of some of the highly-anticipated parades scheduled throughout the area.
These are only some of the parades to look forward to this Mardi Gras season. We'll be covering more parades to plan ahead for in our next blog post.
If you're looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you should also pay a visit to the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. It's a great place to bring your family once you move to the area. Here's some of what it has to offer.
About the Museum
It's the goal of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum to provide the public - especially students - with a greater understanding and appreciation of art and science and foster creativity and discovery. The museum is located at 100 River Road South Baton Rouge, LA 70802, in a rebuilt railroad station in the heart of downtown, on the bank of the Mississippi River.
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, the museum is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is $12 for adults or $10 for children and seniors. There are also group rates available, as well as special rates for students, educators, military personnel, and first responders. The first Sunday of every month, admission is free to everyone.
One of the most popular attractions at the museum is the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium - a large, domed theater that shows the wonders of space in crystal clear 4K video and 5.1 surround sound. The planetarium has scheduled a variety of different shows throughout the week, exploring things like Saturn's rings, planets beyond our solar system, and even the inner workings of the human brain.
Apart from the planetarium, the museum has several other space-themed exhibits. The Planet Tower contains enormous scale models of the sun and the planets. The Solar System Gallery displays images from the Hubble Telescope - along with a 239-pound Triceratops skull named Jason. And the Universe Gallery contains the OmniGlobe - a 3D model of the Earth with a digital screen that can demonstrate heliophysics, ocean science, atmospheric conditions, and more.
Space isn't the only place visitors can explore, though. The Ancient Egypt gallery shows artifacts dating back to 323 B.C., including a fully preserved mummy. There's plenty of information in the gallery on the mummy's discovery, as well as on the general time period and what life was like at the time.
Another thing the Art & Science Museum is known for is hands-on exhibits. The Science Station allows children to conduct experiments in sound, light, and motion, as well as demonstrate nanoscale in science and engineering. For younger children, the Discovery Depot has everything from building blocks to train sets to puppets.
Unfortunately, the interactive exhibits are currently closed due to the pandemic. In the meantime, the museum has provided a virtual museum, with a series of activities that children of all ages can do at home, either with their parents or on their own. These activities include printable coloring book pages, crafts like making your own rain stick, experiments in force and motion, and much more. There are also virtual tours available of the galleries that are currently closed to in-person visits.
You can also host your child's birthday party at the museum, which includes a number of hands-on activities, and even a gift registry through the Museum Store. The museum can be booked for grown-up events as well, including wedding receptions and cocktail parties.
The Art & Science Museum is just one of the many cultural and educational institutions you can explore with your family in the Baton Rouge area. Especially if you're in the area for one of our Baton Rouge open houses. Our real estate agents can help you get to know the neighborhood better. Contact us to help you find the perfect home for your needs.
When buyers approach us looking for Lafayette homes for sale, we always get a little excited for them. Lafayette is such a great place to live. Not only does the city have a rich history, but it's full of fun things to do and places to explore. Whether you're already a local, or getting ready to make Lafayette your new home, make sure to check out these Lafayette destinations in 2022.
These are just six of the many amazing things to do in and around Lafayette. Venture out there, and discover the best the region has to offer. If you're still looking for a home in the area, don't hesitate to contact us or stop by one of our Lafayette open houses. We'll tell you how our real estate agents can help.
Maybe we're biased, or we're just hungry....but the food in Louisiana can't be beaten. Louisiana food is truly one-of-a-kind and delicious. This certainly includes homemade boudin you can find at local spots. Even better, there's a whole trail dedicated to this fantastic food! When our real estate agents are craving one of the state's iconic foods, they head to the SWLA Boudin Trail and these wonderful shops and restaurants.
Variety is truly the spice of life around Lake Charles. For more information about buying or selling a home in the area, contact us at Latter & Blum.
Coworking spaces have become more popular than ever in recent years, as more and more people choose to work remotely rather than in a traditional office. There are many benefits to coworking spaces, from the amenities available to the chance to connect with other people during your remote workday. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on some of the best coworking spaces around NOLA for 2022.
Searching for a home close to all of the amazing amenities and attractions around NOLA? Let our team help you accomplish your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans, LA area.
No matter your interests, Bayou Country is sure to have an attraction for every member of your family to enjoy. From outstanding outdoor attractions to fun, educational facilities, and of course great food, you'll always have something exciting to explore when you call Bayou Country home. Our real estate agents have all the details on 5 must-do's in Bayou Country that will help you explore local culture and so much more.
Searching for a home close to all of the action in Bayou Country? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Houma, LA area.
Fall is our favorite season in Louisiana. The arrival of autumn starts to take the edge off of the intense summer heat, making it the best time to take an outdoor walking tour in New Orleans.
Fall also offers an opportunity to explore New Orleans at its ghostly best. It's when the tales of the city's ghosts, witches, and vampires really come to life. Our real estate agents recommend these fantastic haunted tours to anyone who wants to experience the spooky side of NOLA!
Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans, Louisiana! It's a truly unique and special place to call home, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your NOLA dream home among the many New Orleans homes for sale.
Houma is the heart of Bayou Country. Surrounded by the meandering wetlands and woodlands of Terrebonne Parish, it's a historic and cultural hub in which every era of Louisiana's wild history can be seen.
Our real estate agents always tell first-time visitors the same thing. If you want to really experience the Houma area at its finest, drive the Wetlands Cultural Byway.
The Wetlands Cultural Byway traverses more than 280 miles of Southern Louisiana, crisscrossing a diverse landscape that includes picturesque small towns, open countryside, seemingly endless bayous, and the wild Gulf Coast. The town of Houma is a prominent feature on the byway, which utilizes several different highways to create a fascinating portrait of Louisiana.
Where to Stop Along the Byway
The Wetlands Cultural Byway includes numerous unique natural, cultural and historical sites, as well as some great opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation. It's enough to keep visitors coming back again and again, but these particular stops along the Byway are truly essential:
Exploring Bayou Country is an experience like no other, and our team is here to help guide you on your journey. Contact us today to learn more about life in Houma, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas.
From relaxing on the water to enjoying the glitz and glamour of multiple casinos, there's never a shortage of things to do in Lake Charles. If you've been exploring Lake Charles homes for sale, you'll want to know a bit more about why this city is affectionately known as "Louisiana's Playground." Here are a few of the amazing amenities this area has to offer.
If you want to live someplace where you'll never get bored, Lake Charles is the perfect location! There's truly something here for everyone. Our real estate agents can help you find your dream home. Contact us today to discuss your home buying goals and get started!
If you're looking at Lafeyette homes for sale, then you've probably noticed: there are a lot of fun and unique things to do in the area. Lafayette is especially well known for its antique stores. Ready to go on an antique treasure hunt? Be sure to stop by these local stores.
New Orleans homes for sale stand out in part thanks to the thrilling outdoor experiences you can have right in your own backyard. But that isn't limited to the historic bayou. Our real estate agents want to remind you about the fun and fresh treats that come from visiting a Louisiana farm near you!
More than 60 different types of produce are grown all throughout Louisiana, including native fruits such as the fig, blueberry, pawpaw, pomegranate, and persimmon. Of these, the fig stands out as the undisputed king of Louisiana fruits. You will find them in all kinds of dishes, from sweet to savory.
Let's look at some of the farms you might visit when you buy a home here in The Pelican State:
Life is good in Louisiana in any season. Contact us to learn more about the best in Louisiana real estate.
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.
Whether you're looking for a quiet evening out on the town or lively entertainment, our real estate agents agree that Downtown Lafayette is the place to be. Have fun exploring these fascinating places and activities, just minutes from Lafayette homes for sale.
Ready to buy or sell a home around Lafayette? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started.
As temperatures rise, you and your kids may find yourself in need of a way to cool off. Pools and splash pads can be the perfect solution. Here are the top choices our real estate agents recommend around the Lake Charles area.
When you're feeling a bit warm this summer, head to one of these pools or splash parks, and let the water cool you off. Contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent to guide your house hunting process.
Have you been searching for the perfect place to retire? Would you like to live in a city that offers countless amenities and attractions, with a cost of living that will make it easier to enjoy your retirement? Lafayette has so much to offer, from outdoor attractions to live entertainment and some of the best food that you'll find anywhere. The many attractions of the city mean that your family will love visiting almost as you love living here. Our real estate agents love Lafayette, and we've got 5 key reasons that retirees love calling the city home.
Are you ready to start shopping for Lafayette homes for sale and retire in a city that you will truly love? Let our experienced, local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Lafayette, LA area.
The craft brewing scene in Lafayette is vibrant and growing, with local breweries creating unique flavors that you won't find anywhere else. Local bars, restaurants, and beer shops are also serving up all of the best brews from throughout the Acadiana region. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a local craft beer in an outdoor dining space and pair your favorite brew with some of the best food that Lafayette has to offer. Our real estate agents have the details on the best places to find delicious local brews around Lafayette.
Ready to find your next home close to all of the delicious drinks, delightful dining, and excellent bars in Lafayette? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us today.
Our real estate agents know NOLA is famous for delicious Creole classics such as gumbo, fried catfish, jambalaya, and the po'boy sandwich. New Orleans homes for sale put you right in the midst of so many unique culinary traditions. Pastries are just as important to the unique flavors of New Orleans and the beignet is the undisputed king.
There are variations of the beignet in practically every culture. It takes the form of a deep-fried pastry sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.
The big difference with the beignet is dough: The classic recipe calls for special pâte à choux, which has only four simple ingredients. Pâte à choux consists of butter, water, flour, and eggs. It does not have a rising agent: Instead, the pastry puffs during the cooking process thanks to its high moisture content developing into steam. The dough and cooking process combine to make the beignet a uniquely delicate pastry.
Coffee was also introduced to North America right here in New Orleans. The traditional way to serve beignets is in a set of three so that you can enjoy them with your beverage of choice.
Ready to order some in the heart of NOLA? Let's check in with some of New Orleans' top places to find beignets:
There's so many reasons to love New Orleans, and the food is near the top of the list! Contact us at Latter & Blum to discover New Orleans real estate.
Disc golf has become an increasingly popular sport and is a great way to connect with nature while you get some exercise. Bring a few friends along to compete against as you explore different disc golf courses near Baton Rouge, each of which has its own unique layout and characteristics.
Our real estate agents recommend trying these 5 places to play disc golf near Baton Rouge:
Contact us to see homes for sale near Baton Rouge. This area of the country has plenty of natural beauty and recreational opportunities, and we'd love to share more about what makes the Baton Rouge area such a special place to call home.
Lake Charles is a place where history, art, architecture, and culture merge to tell a unique story that continues to evolve to this day. So much of the history of Lake Charles has been preserved to the present day, thanks to the work of local historical organizations and museums. You will also find a living history of the Lake Charles area in the form of historic homes, businesses, and public buildings, many of which are located downtown. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 6 historic sites near Lake Charles that you won't want to miss.
Historic Sites Near Lake Charles
Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center – 1001 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
The Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center is the perfect place to start your historical journey near Lake Charles homes for sale. Part history museum, part art gallery, and part architectural marvel, this museum is one you definitely won't want to miss. It has exhibited works from some of history's greatest artists and also has countless unique artifacts.
Charpentier Historic District – Downtown Lake Charles, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Do you love to explore historic architecture? Then a trip to the Charpentier Historic District, located in downtown Lake Charles, is sure to pique your interest. This is the part of the city where you will find beautifully preserved historic homes, with designs that span a variety of architectural eras. The district covers about 40 blocks, ideal for a driving tour or historic strolls on weekend mornings.
Imperial Calcasieu Museum – 204 W. Sallier St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
Discover what life was like in St. Charles in eras gone by when you visit the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, where history and local artwork hand-in-hand to tell the story of Southwest Louisiana. This museum is packed with historic art from local artists and unique photography that highlights the development of the region over the years.
Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library – 411 Pujo St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
Does your family have a long history in the Lake Charles area? Then a trip to the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library may shed more light on the history of your ancestors in the region. This is a great place to research your own genealogy and learn more about the families that have shaped local history.
Brimstone Museum – 900 S Huntington St., Sulphur, LA 70663
A brief drive west of St. Charles will take you to the Brimstone Museum complex, which is located close to Sulphur homes for sale. The Brimstone Museum tells the story of sulfur mining in the area and showcases the community's history. There are rotating exhibits on display throughout the year, including unique local art that you won't find anywhere else.
Mardis Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu – 809 Kirby St. Ste 229, Lake Charles, LA 70601
A fun, colorful museum filled with unique stories, the Mardis Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu is a must-see historic destination in Lake Charles. Home to the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana, Lake Charles has a long history with Carnival season. The Mardis Gras Museum houses one of the largest collections of costumes in Louisiana, along with a variety of fascinating exhibits on the history of Mardis Gras and the unique traditions that surround Carnival Season.
Ready to create the next chapter of your own story in Lake Charles? Our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lake Charles, LA area.
Retail therapy is a vibrant way of life around Baton Rouge homes for sale. Thanks to a diverse assortment of boutiques in the area, you can shop 'til you drop and still find fresh new items. Our real estate agents head to these favorite shops when they want to give their credit cards a workout.
Ready for the ultimate shopping experience? If you're buying or selling a Baton Rouge home, contact us at Latter & Blum for cheerful and experienced assistance.
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.
In 2021, the Big Easy is poised for an epic comeback with a return to the splashy festivals and celebrations. Our real estate agents are particularly looking forward to these great events coming up in the near future. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events!
Life is always a party when you live in New Orleans. Contact us at Latter & Blum for all your real estate needs.
"La-La Land," referring to a state of bliss, is usually associated with Los Angeles. But our real estate agents believe the term could just as easily apply to Louisiana, thanks to a lifestyle that gave rise to another nickname, "The Big Easy." Consider these nine compelling reasons why you should move to Louisiana in 2021.
Louisiana's rich cultural heritage has brought diverse food and music styles into our communities, but it's also created some of the most unique architectural styles in the country. Walking through some of NOLA's beautiful neighborhoods is like a history lesson in and of itself.
Our real estate agents love New Orleans' architecture and frequently tout it as one of the best parts about living in this city. If you love interesting buildings, below are five residential architectural styles you'll want to be sure to see when visiting New Orleans:
New Orleans has so many beautiful architectural styles that can't be found anywhere else in the country. If you don't believe us, take a look at some of these beautiful New Orleans homes for sale. For more information about what it's like to live in our city, contact us today!
Our real estate agents understand how important a healthy diet is. We're always on the lookout for the best bites around town that are good for the tastebuds and body. Next time your stomach is rumbling, check out these healthy dining options around New Orleans.
The Big Easy has so much to see and do. You could spend years eating and exploring your way through the city. Although there are plenty of attractions worth the price of admission, New Orleans has its share of budget-friendly activities that will delight residents and visitors alike. Our real estate agents encourage you to check out these five free things to do near New Orleans.
Would you love to live in one of NOLA's vibrant communities? We can help you find a place surrounded by the best Crescent City has to offer. Contact us today to schedule tours of our New Orleans homes for sale.
Traditionally, lighthouses serve to guide marine travelers to safety. Just minutes from Houma homes for sale, a special lighthouse acts as a beacon directing visitors to a unique art display that's a favorite destination of our real estate agents. Experience this piece of local history first-hand with a visit to the Chauvin Sculpture Garden.
Planting the Seeds
Dubbed a "magical mystery tour" by one enchanted viewer, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden has an origin story as fascinating as the art itself. All pieces were created by a man named Kenny Hill, a bricklayer by trade who came to Chauvin in 1988, seeking work on construction sites.
A generous landowner offered to let Hill stay on a piece of his property along the banks of the Bayou Petit Caillou. Hill pitched a tent and lived there until he built a simple cabin using materials he salvaged from various spots.
Despite having no formal training, Hill possessed a great deal of natural artistic talent. In 1990, feeling the need for a greater range of creative expression than his day job allowed, Hill began crafting his heartfelt and thought-provoking sculptures.
An Artist's Personal Journey
The Chauvin Sculpture Garden contains more than 100 concrete sculptures, breathtaking in physical size, and thematic scope.
Standing above it all is the 45-foot-tall lighthouse made with 7,000 bricks. The vividly-colored structure features an eclectic assortment of characters, including cowboys, musicians, children, and angels, clinging to the sides in a desperate search for safety.
Remarkably, Hill himself appears in a number of these tableaux. His distinctive long-haired and bearded image seems to act as a guide, silently drawing viewers' attention to particularly significant points.
Not surprisingly, Hill's venture began garnering public interest. He resolutely refused to talk to the media, giving only the cryptic comment that the garden was a "story of salvation" for residents. While Hill allowed some of his curious neighbors to visit, he steadfastly avoided publicizing the garden.
Preserving Hill's Vision
Sadly, when Hill's benefactor and landlord passed away, he abandoned his project in 2000 after being evicted by the local parish for lack of upkeep. Would this incredible work of art end up overcome by the forces of nature?
The story had a happy ending when Dennis Sipiorski, an art professor at Nicholls State University in nearby Thibodaux, contacted the Kohler Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving folk art. Kohler purchased the property and donated it to NSU.
In 2002, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden was opened to the public with an official dedication ceremony. The site is also home to the NSU Folk Art Studio, where visitors may purchase books, local artwork, and various souvenirs.
Location and Hours
Visit the Chauvin Sculpture Garden at 5337 Bayouside Dr. Hours are dawn to dusk daily, with bilingual guided tours offered on the weekends. Admission is free for all guests.
The Bayou Region is an exhilarating blend of culture, scenery, and entertainment. Learn more about local real estate opportunities when you contact us at Latter & Blum.
Are you ready to lace up your running shoes for a 5k in the Baton Rouge area? Then you'll find no shortage of great places to train for your next run! Between beautiful city parks, well-established nature trails, and trails running through popular local attractions, Baton Rouge offers a little bit of everything. Get ready for your next 5k, and enjoy some great natural scenery while you train. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best places to train for a 5k around Baton Rouge.
Milford Wampold Community Park – 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Located on LSU lake with beautiful views of the water, Milford Wampold Community Park is a lovely place to train for a 5k close to Baton Rouge homes for sale. There are paved trails running throughout the park, along with a sandy beach that allows you to add a different type of surface to your training.
Highland Road Community Park – 14024 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
With more than 144 acres to explore that include paved trails and activities for family members of all ages, Highland Road Community Park makes it easy to fit some 5k training into a full day of outdoor family fun at the park. In addition to a variety of connected trails, the park features athletic fields of all types, a playground, picnic pavilions, a boat launch, and an air-conditioned indoor gymnasium.
Baton Rouge Downtown Greenway – Downtown Baton Rouge, LA 70802
The Baton Rouge Downtown Greenway connects with a number of downtown parks, outdoor attractions, and existing trail systems with views of the Mississippi River all around you, making it a great way to mix some variety into your 5k training. Currently, the loop connects the levee bike path, town square, and Brooks Park, with even more trails expected to be added in the future.
Comite Park Trail – 8900 Hooper Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818
Looking for a trail that will allow you to put your training to the test? The Comite Park Trail is an excellent choice, with elevation changes that will add a little spice to your next run. This trail rates as moderate by popular hiking standards, with a 4.9-mile loop along the river that offers beautiful views while you run.
Dawson Creek Trail – 7122 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Located at the well-lit Perkins Road Community Park, the Dawson Creek Trail offers a convenient, paved running trail that can still be enjoyed even after the sun goes down. The trail runs for just over four miles with offshoots into the woods where you can extend your run, while the park also features a rock climbing wall, skate park, BMX bike trails, and a playground perfect for entertaining younger visitors.
Living in Baton Rouge means that your next outdoor adventure is never far from your front door, and our team is here to help you find your next home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.
No matter what types of art you adore, New Orleans is sure to have many art galleries that you will love to explore. In a city with such a special blend of cultures, that's no surprise! The art galleries of New Orleans come in many shapes and sizes, with a shared goal of showcasing the city's vibrant culture through art. But with so many art galleries, where do you start? Our real estate agents have you covered with five local art galleries where you can begin your exploration of the New Orleans art scene.
Kako Gallery – 536 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Like many art galleries located close to New Orleans homes for sale, you'll find that Kako Gallery doesn't just focus on one type of art. Instead, it showcases art in many mediums from artists who live and work in the New Orleans area. If you're looking for a gallery with affordable, local art that you can purchase to decorate your own home or you're interested in browsing an eclectic collection, Kako Gallery is well worth a visit. You'll find an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, and outdoor art here.
Windsor Fine Art – 221 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
When you're in the mood to see work from some of history's greatest artists, Windsor Fine Art is the place to be. Windsor Fine Art features artwork spanning five centuries, including original works from legends like Dali and Rembrandt. Browse an expansive collection arranged by artistic movement, touching on the most popular movements from the last 500 years. Windsor Fine Art also features an exceptional collection of sculptures from both historical and contemporary artists.
Sutton Galleries – 519 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
A family-owned gallery serving New Orleans for more than 100 years, Sutton Galleries has long been a must-see stop for art lovers on Royal Street. Whether you're looking to add to your existing collection, start collecting art for the first time, or browse the work of talented contemporary artists, you'll find a warm welcome and plenty of help from the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Sutton Galleries.
Gallery Orange – 819 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116
In the mood for contemporary art? Be sure to check out Gallery Orange, which features a constantly updated collection of art created by artists worldwide. While Gallery Orange doesn't focus on a specific type of art, it favors original, unconventional, and energetic works. This gallery strives to sell art for fair market prices, making it a great place to shop if you're looking to bring home something special for your own walls.
Cole Pratt Gallery - 3800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
For more contemporary fine art, be sure to check out Cole Pratt Gallery on historic Magazine Street. Founded in 1993 by Cole Pratt, the gallery's mission is to showcase art from Southern artists. Their exhibitions are curated monthly to feature new artists. For the latest updates on the artists and work featured in their gallery, check out their website.
Art and culture are simply part of the unique package of living in New Orleans, and we're here to help you find a home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans, LA area.
Looking for a chance to get away from it all? What could be better than a cabin?
How about a cabin that's just a short hop from the best New Orleans homes for sale?
In recent months, our real estate agents have gotten more questions from buyers who want to relax and unwind with a refreshing New Orleans weekend getaway.
Although a true "log cabin" is rare in New Orleans, the area offers its own spin: The Creole cottage.
Preserved historic cottages dating to the 1800s are testaments to New Orleans' vivacious culture and style. Many of these unique properties are rented directly by the owner, so you can expect authentic southern hospitality to flavor a memorable visit. It's the ideal way to rest and recharge.
Plus, you might get inspiration for your own New Orleans home!
Start with this list to see if anything catches your eye:
From the historic to the modern, New Orleans has something to appeal to every taste. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about local real estate.
When new residents come into the Lafayette area, our real estate agents love showing them around and making sure they know about all the best local traditions. This includes highlighting area restaurants to enjoy the official state soup -- a steaming bowl of gumbo!
There are many variations of this tasty dish, which is why it's so much fun to try each chef's unique take on it. If you're in pursuit of the perfect bowl of gumbo, you're in luck. Here's a round-up of our favorite places to find great gumbo in the Lafayette area.
The great food is just one of the many things to love about living in Lafayette. If you're ready to find your dream home here, we can help. Contact us today to get started.
The Big Easy has a reputation for food that is delicious, decadent, and down-right devourable. While there are a number of new eateries evolving the NOLA food scene, some of the best places to grab a bite to eat are those which have been in operation for centuries. Our real estate agents encourage you to try these seven New Orleans restaurants that are over 100 years old!
Cajun Country is scenic no matter how you choose to explore it, and riding the trails is a great way to see the area from a different perspective. Whether you're an experienced rider looking for a challenging trail or you're searching for a scenic, leisurely trail to ride on a Sunday afternoon, Cajun Country offers a little bit of everything. Of course, the best trails also feature plenty of places to stop for food and fun along the way. Our real estate agents know Cajun Country, and we've got 6 biking routes that you won't want to miss.
Houma to Cocodrie – Winn Dixie Shopping Center at Hwy 24 and Prospect Blvd., Houma, LA 70517
Beginning in Houma, the Houma to Cocodrie route lasts for 31 miles, with a variety of entry/exit points throughout the route. See Houma homes for sale from a whole new perspective! The scenery really picks up around the 5-mile mark of the route, if you start from the Winn Dixie Shopping Center. You'll travel along the waterfront, where you'll see fishing boats in action, then make a trip through quiet, peaceful marshes before ending your ride in Cocodrie.
Lafayette to Opelousas – North University Ave., Lafayette, LA 70506
The Lafayette to Opelousas route actually consists of three separate routes, with varying distances, scenery, and terrain. For a shorter ride, try the 20-mile red route, which travels along North University Ave. through Lafayette, before heading north to Opelousas. The blue route is a bit longer at 30 miles, while the green route checks in at a healthy 50 miles.
Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail – 1050 Henderson Levee Rd., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
With more than 50 miles of trails to ride along the top of the levee, the Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail features outstanding scenery and plenty of room to stretch your legs. The first half of the trail is paved, and the rest is gravel. There are no cars or trucks allowed on this trail, so it's a great place for a long, relaxing ride.
Houma to Thibodaux Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
Looking to explore nature while you ride? The 50-plus mile Houma to Thibodaux Loop will take you past a historic cypress swamp, and passes a variety of local museums where you can learn more about Cajun Country. Wildlife Gardens is an especially popular stop for nature lovers.
Chicot State Park – 3469 Chicot Park Rd., Ville Platte, LA 70586
Open year-round with more than 6,000 acres to explore, the Chicot State Park trail is one of the best spots on our list for natural scenery. The trail travels around Lake Chicot, where you can stop to fish or simply enjoy the view. The terrain is easier to navigate in dry conditions but requires the right equipment when the weather is wet.
Bayou Black Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
Beginning at the same point as the Houma to Thibodaux Loop, the Bayou Black Loop is another favorite for Houma residents. If you're riding this loop, be sure to bring your appetite. There are many great places to stop for a meal along the way, whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood or classic Cajun cooking.
Still searching for your next home in Cajun Country? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Houma, LA area.
Brunch is often considered a weekend treat, but in New Orleans, where les bon temps always roulez, you can find brunch any day of the week. When only brunch will do, our real estate agents head to these great spots just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale.
With equal parts history, culture, tradition, food, and entertainment, the New Orleans lifestyle is second to none. Whether you're buying or selling a NOLA home, contact us for all your real estate needs.
Want to spend some time outdoors to relax after comparing the best Lafayette homes for sale?
Our real estate agents enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to rock climbing. We know that sometimes you just want to stop and smell the roses – or other flowers. Luckily, the natural beauty of Lafayette will never let you down. There are plenty of places to see brilliant flowers in bloom. One of them could be your own backyard!
If you need other ideas, we have them. Lafayette and the surrounding cities are filled with a variety of botanical gardens, arboretums, parks, and many more. Let's drop in for a quick visit to some of the best gardens in Lafayette and the neighboring communities.
Here are just a few of your options for local gardens and nature centers:
Lafayette is in bloom, and there's never been a better time to see it for yourself. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about the local or for help with your real estate questions.
When it comes to New Orleans homes for sale, there are plenty of reasons to choose the "Big Easy" for your next home. New Orleans culture is truly unique, from the cuisine to the music to the unbeatable annual festivals like Mardi Gras. Education soars, too, thanks to terrific museums!
Our real estate agents are confident that no matter what your interests are, you'll have a chance to find something great here in New Orleans.
In fact, New Orleans even has its own thriving museum district. You'll find many of the most notable local museums centered within a short distance of each other in the inimitable City Park.
Let's take a closer look at some of the area's top museums:
Amazing museums are one more reason to make New Orleans your home. Contact us to learn more or get started.
Are you looking for a way to get your kids off the couch? Gathering up the entire family and heading out to some of the area's beautiful nature trails is a great way to get everybody's heart pumping and get some fresh air.
Many of our real estate agents have started spending their weekends visiting local hiking trails with their families. Here are a few of their favorite kid-friendly options you'll want to explore.
Beautiful scenery and plenty of outdoor adventures are just a few of the reasons why so many people love living here! If you're looking for your dream home in the Baton Rouge area, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
Thinking about a move to Lafayette? Get ready to enjoy some great Cajun and Creole cuisine, southern hospitality, and a variety of live entertainment. In addition to a unique culture, The Hub City also has a good local economy and low housing costs, which make it a great place to settle down and start a family. Our real estate agents compiled the top 7 things that love about living in Lafayette.
Lafayette is a unique, beautiful place to live, but the best way to experience it is to see for yourself. While you're visiting the area, be sure to check out some of these beautiful Lafayette homes for sale. For more information on what it's like to live in the Hub City, contact us today!
If you're a pet owner, one of the first questions you ask when you move to a new city is, "will my pet be happy?" Here in New Orleans, our real estate agents are happy to report that we live in an amazingly pet-friendly city, with plenty of options for your four-legged friends! Be sure to check out these amazing dog parks in the NOLA area!
New Orleans is a fun place to live for dogs, and it's not bad for humans either! Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in New Orleans.
Who's ready for a quick road trip close to home? Our real estate agents sure are! We're ready to stretch our legs, load up the car full of snacks, and explore everything that Louisiana has to offer. If you're looking for a few days out of the house, consider spending a weekend getaway without venturing too far from Lafayette.
Now that the state is starting to open back up, we're all excited to get out of the house and get some fresh air! While things may not be quite back to "normal" yet, there are plenty of ways for you to start enjoying yourself once again.
Not sure where to go? Take a look at these ideas!
If you're looking to buy or sell property in Houma, we're here to help! Whether you're ready to start going out or you're more comfortable doing things virtually, we can accommodate your needs. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
Finding it hard to occupy your time these days? Our real estate agents have some ways to stay active nourishing the soul and brightening someone else's day. Keep busy with these simple but powerful random acts of kindness that enrich the community around Baton Rouge homes for sale.
In good times and bad, Latter & Blum is proud to support the vibrant Baton Rouge community. Contact us for help with all your real estate questions.
A melting pot of French, African, and American influences, New Orleans offers a rich history and vibrant culture, unlike any other city. At its heart is the French Quarter, a 300-year-old neighborhood that's also a National Historic Landmark.
Our REALTORS® are grateful to call such a unique city home, and we're excited to share some fun facts about the French Quarter!
Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans. Our team of REALTORS® has helped countless families find their dream homes in the Crescent City, and we can't wait to help you find yours!
The holiday season is bound for the bayou, and our REALTORS® want to tell you about all of the uniquely NOLA festivities happening around town. Here are few family-friendly Cajun holiday events to put on your schedule.
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.
Even if you've never visited the city before, you've likely heard a thing or two about why New Orleans is such an amazing place to call home. Thanks to its strong sense of community and storied history, New Orleans has developed a ton of traditions and characteristics. Our REALTORS® love helping you get to know New Orleans, and we've put together 10 traditions only NOLA locals understand.
Life Here Moves at Its Own Pace
Calling New Orleans home means taking time to stop and smell the roses, and locals wouldn't have it any other way. The pace of life here may be a bit different from what you're used to, but locals know New Orleans moves at its own speed.
You Don't Always Need a Car to Explore the City
NOLA is a city of neighborhoods, with few steep inclines and plenty of room to maneuver on a bicycle. You don't need a car to see the city, and traveling by bike is often the perfect way to explore your neighborhood.
Festival Season Never Ends
Did you miss the last big festival in New Orleans? Don't worry! Festival season never ends in the city, and there's always another big event coming up.
Some of the Best Performances Happen on the Street
New Orleans is home to legendary bars and performance venues, but they're not the only place you'll see live performances. Street performers are all around in New Orleans, and you never know what you'll see.
A Sno-ball Is the Perfect Treat on a Summer Day
Looking for the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day? Head to a local stand to try a New Orleans sno-ball, a sweet, icy treat to keep you cool when the weather turns toasty.
Every Home and Building Tells a Story
When you're shopping for New Orleans homes for sale, you're sure to have plenty of interesting options to choose from in the city. New Orleans is filled with unique, historic homes loaded with character and inspired architecture.
You Can Spend a Lifetime Exploring the Local Dining Scene
New Orleans has always been a cultural melting pot, and that diverse cultural mix has created one of the world's best culinary scenes. There's no end to the local Creole, Cajun, and soul food spots you can explore.
Everyone's a Saints Fan During Football Season
You don't have to love football to live here, but you may find yourself cheering for the Saints on fall Sundays all the same. The city loves its NFL team, and every Sunday is a party.
A Compass Isn't Very Useful in New Orleans
New Orleans is a large city, with curved, winding streets and a layout that doesn't lend itself to giving typical directions. You'll rely less on the cardinal directions, and more on local landmarks to navigate.
Parades Aren't Just for Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras is, of course, a fantastic time to live in New Orleans, but you don't have to wait for Mardi Gras season to enjoy a parade. From Second Line parades to weddings, there's always a fun, festive parade happening.
While there are many different local traditions to enjoy in New Orleans, there's one thing everyone agrees on – this is a great place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA, area.
Do you dream of going to college in one of the best cities in the world? In addition to its many other charms, New Orleans happens to be an excellent place to go to school. The city's history, attractions, cultural diversity, weather, and frequent festivities make it a popular place to attend college, drawing students from around the world. Whether you're looking for a large, public university or a small, specialized private school, you'll find a college close to home in New Orleans. Our REALTORS® have all the details on five top colleges and universities around New Orleans.
Tulane University – 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
Tulane University is a great place to start if you're looking for an excellent college close to New Orleans homes for sale. The school was established in 1834 as a medical college and has since grown to become one of the country's best research institutions. Today, students at Tulane enjoy a diverse selection of learning and research opportunities, from science to local history and culture. The student population typically numbers less than 9,000, which makes for small class sizes and plenty of opportunities to connect with the faculty.
Southern University at New Orleans – 6400 Press Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126
Looking for a smaller school close to all that New Orleans has to offer? Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has seen extensive growth in recent decades, with new buildings for social work, arts, humanities, and social sciences. SUNO is part of the Southern University network and has a student population of around 2,300 which allows everyone to get the individual attention they need to succeed.
The University of New Orleans – 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70148
With a scenic campus, affordable tuition, and a wide selection of subjects to study, it's no surprise The University of New Orleans draws a diverse student base from New Orleans and beyond. The University of New Orleans is known for its forward-looking class offerings, on topics like robotics, urban planning, hospitality, film, finance, and everything in between. It's all located on a vibrant, local campus with easy access to all of the attractions, culture, and history that New Orleans has to offer.
Loyola University New Orleans – 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
Loyola University New Orleans was established in 1904 as a Jesuit university and has since grown into one of the city's most respected learning institutions. Loyola focuses on providing each student with the resources they need to succeed, with a 10:1 student to faculty ratio and a diverse group of students from a wide range of backgrounds. Educators at Loyola focus on shaping students as people while providing all of the tools that they need to succeed academically.
Xavier University of Louisiana – 1 Drexel Dr., New Orleans, LA 70125
Xavier University of Louisiana holds a unique position as the country's only Historically Black and Catholic university and has a reputation for providing excellent education in STEM fields. The historic Xavier campus is home to a student population of around 3,300 and offers a wide range of majors. The College of Pharmacy is an especially popular choice and graduates many new pharmacists every year.
Ready to start shopping for a home close to all of the educational and cultural attractions of New Orleans? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
Yakamein, also known as "Old Sober" or simply "Yock," is a distinctly New Orleans dish featuring a mash-up of Asian and African-American flavors. While it originated as a street food served in a styrofoam cup, yakamein has found its way onto the menus of several local restaurants.
Discover the joys of yakamein at one of these locations near New Orleans homes for sale.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Down in Louisiana, we love our crawfish. Some folks love their crawfish baked. Others prefer it prepared in an etouffee. However, if you ask any native Louisianian, they may tell you there is no other way to eat this crunchy crustacean than from a good, old-fashioned crawfish boil. There are too many crawfish spots in our city to name them all, so our real estate agents compiled this list of six eateries in the Crescent City to dine on this local delicacy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At 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!
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.
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.
New Orleans homes for sale are some of the most enticing you'll find anywhere in the United States. Our real estate agents not only work here in the New Orleans area, but we also live here. That means we understand the ins and outs of what makes the community (and the market!) tick.
One of the most fascinating things about our area is how the jazz sound is so central to the "Nawlins" soul. Generations of musicians, from folk Creole to zydeco, have contributed to the music scene – but New Orleans jazz continues to be the local anthem. There's a simple reason why: Jazz was born right here in New Orleans.
When you visit historic areas of the city, you'll find many landmarks to jazz and its most famous pioneers. In fact, some of the clubs that gave rise to the jazz sound still stand today.
Today, you can soak up wonderful jazz from old masters and new pioneers on any evening. But if you want to delve deep into the past, present, and future of jazz, there's one place you need to go: New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. It is an interactive educational experience that will give you a whole new appreciation for jazz.
Drop by the visitor center as you arrive in the park and you can embark on an 11-stop audio tour of the jazz universe – an immersive, self-guided experience that will spark your imagination.
When you're hankering for more, check out the park's ever-changing roster of ranger-led events. You can sit back and learn or even participate in live demonstrations.
Speaking of "live," there are plenty of musical performances right there on stage in the park. From Tuesday through Sunday, the park hosts visiting musicians who explore the origin and development of New Orleans' unique flavor of jazz.
Kids love jazz, too, and New Orleans Jazz National Park gives children of all ages and skill levels the chance to explore what makes the genre special.
Family-Friendly Fridays in the French Market make up a cornerstone of the park's youth programs, with a kid-friendly performance geared for pre-K through 3rd-grade kids. There's also a Jazz Junior Ranger program with activities for pre-K through 3rd and for 4th through 8th-grade kids.
Naturally, members of the community are encouraged to get involved all year around. Even if you can't play a lick of jazz, you can still volunteer! And if you are a musician, you might find yourself a brand new audience of eager learners.
Jazz is a glittering, glamorous part of the heritage of New Orleans, but it's only a start to what you'll find waiting for you. New Orleans is also home to some of the best dining, shopping, education, and employers anywhere in the country: It truly has the total package.
Choosing a trusted real estate agent is your key to experiencing the true heart of New Orleans.
At Latter & Blum, our team combines years of experience with unparalleled customer service. We'll support you every step of the way with expert advice and responsive customer care. That leaves you making informed decisions and feeling confident all the way to closing day.
To discover more about New Orleans homes, contact us today.
New Orleans is a city known for many charms, including world-class dining and an excellent nightlife scene. Needless to say, there is no shortage of great spots in the city to grab a nightcap while you're out on the town. Whether you're looking for a quiet, elegant bar, a cozy spot with craft cocktails, or a bar connected to a famed local restaurant, you'll have no trouble finding a spot that's just right for you at the award-winning bars of New Orleans. Our REALTORS® know New Orleans, and we've got the details on seven fantastic spots for a nightcap in the city.
Carousel Bar - Hotel Monteleone – 214 Royal St., New Orleans
Looking for a truly unique way to cap off a great evening? The Carousel Bar, located at Hotel Monteleone, is the only revolving bar in New Orleans, making it a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Enjoy an elegant atmosphere, comprehensive cocktail menu, and some of the best people watching in the city with views of Royal Street.
CellarDoor – 916 Lafayette St., New Orleans
New to the scene compared to some of the other entries on our list, CellarDoor opened in 2014 and has quickly become one of the city's favorite spots for a drink. Located in the Swoop-Duggins House, CellarDoor is known for its contemporary Southern cuisine and extensive cocktail menu with unique spins on all of your favorite classic drinks.
CURE – 4105 Freret St., New Orleans
New Orleans homes for sale put you close to countless excellent bars and restaurants, including CURE, winner of the prestigious James Beard Award for its creative cocktail program. CURE has been serving up some of the best cocktails in New Orleans for many years, in an elegant, inviting atmosphere.
Erin Rose – 811 Conti St., New Orleans
Searching for a fun, casual spot to enjoy a nightcap? Erin Rose, one of the city's most popular Irish bars, is exactly what you need. With a focus on creating a friendly, inviting local atmosphere, the cast of characters at Erin Rose will have you coming back again and again.
French 75 – 813 Bienville St., New Orleans
Connected to the famed Arnaud's Restaurant on Bienville Street, French 75 is an award-winning bar with a well-earned reputation for excellence. French 75 is dedicated to creating craft cocktails with only the very best ingredients, and that simple philosophy has earned the bar a reputation as one of the best in the whole country.
Latitude 29 – 321 N. Peters St., New Orleans
Quirky, fun, and unlike anything else in the city, Latitude 29 is a destination you won't soon forget. Proprietor Jeff Berry has been traveling the world for more than two decades to uncover unique and lost cocktail recipes. The result is a bar with a fun atmosphere and a truly unique menu of cocktails.
The Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt New Orleans – 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans
If it's elegance you're after, it's hard to top the experience at the Sazerac Bar, located at the Roosevelt New Orleans hotel. The Sazerac Bar exudes the elegance of old New Orleans, with gorgeous decorating, local murals, and a menu packed with classic cocktails to enjoy.
Still searching for the perfect New Orleans home, so you can enjoy all of the cuisine, culture, and cocktails that the city has to offer? Contact us to buy, sell, and learn about real estate throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
The James Beard Foundation is an organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the best chefs in the world, so it's no surprise that New Orleans is home to quite a few James Beard Award winners. Dining culture in New Orleans is second to none, with many of the city's most popular chefs and restaurants earning distinctions from the James Beard Foundation. If great food is one of your passions, you won't find a better place than New Orleans to call home. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on eight James Beard Award winners in New Orleans where you can enjoy a world-class meal.
New Orleans was little more than a French trading camp when it was first founded in 1718, growing over time to become an established colony, with a grid of streets running parallel and perpendicular to the Mississippi River. At its heart was a one-block common area called the Place d'Armes.
Today, those original city blocks are known as the French Quarter, and the former Place d'Armes at their center, overlooking the river, is called Jackson Square. If you happen to be in town looking at New Orleans homes for sale, this iconic spot at the heart of the city is a must-visit.
From the very beginning, Place d'Armes was the central hub of life in New Orleans. Footsteps from the river port, the governor's mansion and the church now known as St. Louis Cathedral, the square was used as an open-air market, public square, and military parade ground. It was the epicenter of shipping and commerce in the young city.
In the wake of the Battle of New Orleans in 1814, Place d'Armes was redesigned, with new public benches for sitting, iron fences, beautiful formal gardens, and public walkways. It was renamed Jackson square in honor of Andrew Jackson, who had risen to hero status after achieving victory in the Battle of New Orleans, effectively ending the war of 1812. A bronze statue of Jackson was erected at the center of the square, where it remains to this day.
New Orleans has always been, paradoxically perhaps, a city in a constant state of change, and yet seemingly linked to the past in a way that few places are. Jackson Square and the French Quarter are a perfect example. Despite reminders of the 21st century all around you, exploring this area can feel like stepping back in time.
For locals and visitors alike, Jackson square remains a central gathering place and favorite haunt in the heart of the city. A thriving open-air artist colony has made its home here for over a century, with artists displaying their work, often moments after its completion, on the iron fences of the square. The streets surrounding Jackson Square were transformed into a pedestrian mall in the 1970s, making it easier than ever to explore the square and nearby attractions. Be sure to check out some of these iconic destinations within walking distance of Jackson Square:
No city in the U.S. offers a richer history or more diverse culture than New Orleans, and our real estate agents are grateful to call it home. Contact us at Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS® today to learn more about life in New Orleans, and get started on the road to finding your dream home in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.
There's no place in America quite like New Orleans, and there certainly isn't a place where past and present are so completely inseparable. A melting pot of cultures and ideas long before the United States of America was even a twinkle in the founding fathers' eyes, New Orleans continues to be a place ever-changing, yet uniquely tied to the past.
It's possible that the Warehouse District is the New Orleans neighborhood where this merging of past and present is most clearly visible. Our real estate agents have come to know the Warehouse District well, and have watched its transformation into one of the cities most vital neighborhoods.
Also known as the New Orleans Arts District, the Warehouse District wasn't always the hub of art, culture, and life that it is today. The area gets its name from the warehouses and manufacturing industry that once thrived in the section of New Orleans between south of Poydras Street and adjacent to the Mississippi River. Like so many places across the country, changing times in the mid-20th century brought industrial decline – but not for long.
The arrival of the World's Fair in New Orleans in 1984 brought renewed attention to the Warehouse District, with its vast array of 19th-century factories and warehouses – many of them vacant for decades – ripe for revitalization. It's been a slow process, but over the past 30 years, the Warehouse District has been transformed into a thriving neighborhood, with the brick warehouses that once held cotton, grain, and coffee for shipping now housing art galleries, restaurants, hotels, studios, and living spaces.
The New Orleans Warehouse District has been compared to SoHo or the Meatpacking District in New York. It's a hub for artists, and the hundred-year-old brick walls display a dizzying array of street art, alongside weathered signs advertising products and services from decades and even centuries past. Step inside those walls, and you'll find some of the city's best bars, eateries, breweries, bakeries, coffee shops, art galleries, and boutiques.
You could spend years exploring every nook and cranny of the Warehouse District, but if it's your first time, you'll definitely want to hit a few essential spots:
Of course, one of the factors that have made the Warehouse District one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the city is its affordability. In fact, like much of the rest of New Orleans, the Warehouse District remains a very affordable place to live, especially compared to other American cities that have experienced a similar boom in popularity. It's a place where owning a home is still a realistic goal for almost anyone.
Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans, and talk to our team about what makes this city such a uniquely special place to call home. We're proud to offer New Orleans homes for sale that match any price range and are committed to helping you find your dream home.
As a newcomer to a major city, you're likely looking for the best eats, drinks, and history en route to discovering everything that's great about that town. If history is your focus, visiting a city's cemeteries is a gateway to its past. One such destination is Lafayette Cemetery #1 located in New Orleans' Garden District, specifically the above-ground tombs immortalizing the families that helped make New Orleans great. Our real estate agents share all the details.
Lafayette Cemetery #1 was established in 1833 in what once was known as Lafayette City on land formerly occupied by the Livaudais Plantation. Burials at the site act predated the establishment of the cemetery by nine years (1824). Burial records, however, only go back to 1843 although the cemetery had been in use for nearly two decades prior.
Today, Lafayette Cemetery #1 is one of New Orleans' most visited cemetery attractions. With over 1,100 family tombs and an estimated 7,000-10,000 interred, there is plenty to see in Lafayette.
Lafayette Cemetery #1 commands an entire city block of the Garden District of New Orleans. Just north of a bend in the Mississippi River, the cemetery is easily accessible by the New Orleans Streetcars which makes for an even more authentic experience.
One block southeast of St. Charles street lies the cemetery bordered on all four sides by Washington, Pyrtania, Sixth, and Coliseum Streets. To access the cemetery, you can hop on the nearest NOLA Streetcar and get off at St. Charles at Sixth Street stop. A quick stroll down Sixth Street will get you to one of the cemetery's two entrances; the second entrance is off of Washington Street.
Sometimes, discovering cities on your own can be the best way to learn about its culture. Lafayette Cemetery is an excellent option for the DIY traveler. With so much to see and thousands of tombs, you can spend hours on the uneven paths and trails meandering through old magnolia trees and oaks discovering this gem on your own.
To plan your visit to Lafayette Cemetery, check out the Free Tours by Foot website. You can even download a GPS audio tour with their app!
Just as you can discover unexplored parts of cities on your own, sometimes taking a guided tour with a local tour guide gives you a behind the scenes look from a local.
Free Tours by Foot offers guided tours too with options that combine the historic Garden District area as well as the cemetery.
New Orleans is full of history and is a very enchanting city. If you're looking for Garden District homes for sale, then contact us at Latter & Blum REALTORS®. Our agents have the experience in the New Orleans housing market to find your perfect home.