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November
18

Holiday Events and Markets Near Lafayette

Lafayette Holidays

Are you ready for a helping of holiday cheer? Once again, Lafayette is pulling out all the stops for a bright and festive season. Mark your calendar for these special events and markets that are recommended by our Realtors®.

  • Christmas at Couret Holiday Market - Couret Farms, 300 Flores Ct., Lafayette, LA 70507
    Take in the rich historical ambiance around Lafayette homes for sale when you attend the Christmas at Couret Holiday Market. The stunning grounds of Couret Farms make a beautiful backdrop as you shop for gifts from more than 60 vendors on hand. Products for sale range from clothing and jewelry to delicious baked goods. Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa. When you're ready for a break, enjoy lunch from one of the area's popular food trucks as you listen to live music. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, and admission is free.

  • Dolly's Lemonade Holiday Market - RustiQue Rose Event Centre, 200 Midway St., Lafayette, LA 70506
    While it's not quite as seasonal as hot chocolate, Dolly's Lemonade Holiday Market is as festive as it gets. Dolly makes the best old-fashioned lemonade around, but she'll be sharing center stage with numerous local vendors selling adult and children's clothing, jewelry, bath products, and personal items that make great gifts. Bring your appetite and get your fill of all the tasty food and beverages that will be available as well. The market takes place on Sunday, December 4, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., and admission is free.

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - Heyman Center, 1373 S. College Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Dr. Seuss's beloved holiday classic was turned into an animated TV special and a live-action movie. Now you can experience the magic of Whoville firsthand with How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. The show played to record-setting audiences on Broadway, and now it's taking the stage at the Heyman Center. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. Tickets are $36-$75.

  • A Merry and Bright Holiday Series - Parc International, 200 Garfield St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Brightly-lit trees, caroling, and parades: all the traditional holiday elements are part of A Merry and Bright Holiday Series. Since 2019, Parc International in downtown Lafayette has hosted this series of family-friendly events designed to share the holiday spirit. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, with the Lighting of the Tree Concert. The Christmas Carnival, featuring Santa's parade, takes place the next day at 2 p.m. Candlelight Christmas sing-along is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, while a screening of The Polar Express is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at 3:30 p.m.

  • Fa-La-Lla-Ma Family Day - Painting with a Twist, 107 Energy Pkwy., Suite B, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Don't feel up to fighting the Black Friday crowds? Spend a relaxing and creative afternoon at Fa-La-Lla-Ma Family Day. You and the kids can each put your own spin on a whimsical portrait of a llama wearing a Santa hat and surrounded by holiday lights. The event takes place on Friday, November 25, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is $29 per person.

Lafayette open houses are always in season. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.

November
11

Lafayette Restaurants: Southside District Dining

Lafayette Dining

Lafayette is known for its Creole and Cajun cooking, but that's not the whole story. You can find any world cuisine in Lafayette, and our real estate agents will be glad to introduce you to the best places to sate your cravings. After a day of Lafayette open houses, why not enjoy a refreshing dinner?

From downhome classics to unique fusion concepts, you're only steps away from an unforgettable meal when you choose Lafayette homes for sale. The biggest question is where to begin your culinary journey!

Let's take a look at some of your many dining options in Lafayette's Southside District:

  • The Cajun Table – 4510 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Cajun Table has fresh seasonal seafood that sets a high bar in a place known for it. Platters like the boiled blue point crab or Gulf shrimp are big enough for the whole family to share. Catering is an option when you want to give guests a meal they won't soon forget. Burgers, wraps, salads, and plates run the full gamut of surf and turf. For a classic experience, don't overlook the crawfish etouffee.

  • Chris' Poboys – 703 Robley Drive, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Chris' Poboys is a local mainstay when it comes to the unofficial sandwich of Louisiana. A po'boy is filled with your choice of fried shrimp, oysters, or other local seafood alongside lettuce, tomato, pickles, and roast beef. Piled high on French bread and slathered with your favorite homemade sauce or mayo, it is meant to be a hearty meal you can take almost anywhere.

  • The Churros Boutique – 5725 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Churros Boutique is out to create the best dessert in Lafayette. Its approach? Gourmet churros that you can't get anywhere else. Flavors like "Tropical," "Strawberry Cheesecake," "Cookies n' Cream," and "Rainbow" are just a few of the many lip-smacking selections. You can even get a whole churro cake for special occasions. 

  • Mae Sone Noodle House – 4807 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Mae Sone Noodle House bills itself as one of the first true Asian cuisine restaurants to open its doors in Lafayette. Its Asian fusion menu includes all of your favorite rice and noodle dishes as well as specialty creations of the chef. You can't go wrong with your choice of beef, chicken, fish, seafood, or any of the delicious combinations. It's filling food that will keep you coming back again and again.

  • Masala Indian Kitchen – 2208 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Masala Indian Kitchen is celebrating the recent re-opening of its dining room and welcomes visitors from far and wide. This restaurant lovingly showcases what North Indian cuisine has to offer, from meat to seafood to delectable vegan and vegetarian dishes. Halal and gluten-free options are also represented. A reservation is recommended for this highly popular date spot.

  • Rickey Meche's Donut King – 2605 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Rickey Meche's Donut King is open from 4 a.m. for all of your donut cravings. In addition, it is known for its king cakes, which can be ordered online during Mardi Gras season. With loads of memorable flavors, you won't regret getting up early to enjoy the freshest batch in town. Pair it with your favorite coffee or tea, including hot or iced varieties, and savor a truly sweet start to the rest of your day.

Contact us to find out more about Lafayette, LA, real estate.

October
21

Halloween Decorating Trends for 2022

Halloween Decor

Halloween is just around the corner, so it's time to get your home ready for those ghosts and goblins who will be knocking at your door. With Halloween decorating trends from our Realtors®, you can create an atmosphere where yummy treats and spooky creatures come together for a fun-filled night.

Whether you're planning a Halloween party, a night of scary movies, or just passing out candy, you can make your night more festive with decorations. Take a look at some Halloween decorating ideas that are sure to add an extra layer of spooky fun.

Create a Spooky Yard

Whether you're into fright night or something a little less spooky, start by creating a Halloween atmosphere. It's easy to find a variety of Halloween decorations that you can add to your yard:

  • Paper ghosts

  • Woden bats

  • Fuzzy black spiders

  • Plastic skeletons and skulls

  • Halloween lanterns and string lights

To create an eerie atmosphere, place some foam tombstones in the yard and hook up a fog machine, but be careful not to cause any tripping hazards that can injure little trick-or-treaters.

Invite Goblins to Your Door

To set the stage, hang a Halloween wreath on the front door and black paper bats from the porch ceiling, then place different-sized pumpkins and gourds on the porch, steps, and railings. To dim the light, replace your porch light with a black bulb, then scatter jack-o-lanterns filled with candles around the porch and along the front walkway. For extra fright, buy a life-size skeleton and put him in a rocking chair on the porch, then add a spooky black cat and some scary sound effects.

Make Special Treats

Halloween is meant for kids, so why not give them some special treats with Halloween decorations to take home? You can decorate a special treat bag filled with Halloween candy, favors, toys, and surprises they will love. Along with safely packaged candy, you can add Halloween stickers, fuzzy bats and spiders, finger puppets, and small coloring books to treat bags. If you're creative, you can include a hand-painted burlap trick-or-treat bag they can use next Halloween.

Throw a Spooktacular Party

If you're hosting a Halloween party, get your house ready with decorations that set the mood. First, pick a color palette that works with your home's interior. Choose limited colors like black and white, black and orange, or black and gold, so it's easier to decorate with pumpkins, flowers, candles, plates and napkins, and special Halloween effects.

If your party extends to the backyard, add some comfortable seating, Halloween lanterns, spooky string lights, and spider webs in the bushes. If the weather permits, consider some outdoor games like pumpkin tic-tac-toe, jack-o-lantern can toss, and a candy corn pinata that's sure to top off the night.

Decorate a Halloween Tree

Although it may be a little unconventional, decorating a Halloween tree at home can be a lot of fun. If you have an artificial tree or even a large floor plant, you can create a Halloween tradition this year.

You can decorate the tree with orange lights, black and white ribbons, straw brooms, paper pumpkins, skeletons, spiders, bats, candy, or whatever else you choose to celebrate the season. If you have kids, this is a great way to kick off Halloween with age-appropriate decorations and activities.

If you're thinking about a new home in the Lafayette area, contact us to explore Lafayette homes for sale and Lafayette open houses that fit your schedule.

October
14

Downtown Lafayette Upcoming Events

Lafayette Events

When we have clients looking at Lafayette homes for sale, we always get excited for them. Lafayette is such a wonderful community. One thing we love, in particular, is all of the community events the town holds throughout the year. Here's a look at some of the events coming up in downtown Lafayette this fall. There truly is something for everyone!

  • Boudin Cook-Off and Acadian Bacon Fest: 200 Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Your tastebuds are in for a treat when you attend the Boudin Cook-Off and Acadian Bacon Fest on October 22, 2022, this year. Both festivals are taking place at the same time at Parc International in downtown Lafayette. 

    This event kicks off at 10:00 am. Culinary vendors include Acadian Slice, Bosco's Specialty Bites, Broaddus Burgers, Chop's Specialty Meats, and Kernis Louviere. In addition to great food, there will be carnival games with prizes, a bacon-eating contest, and live music on stage.

    Admission to the Boudin Cook-Off and Acadian Bacon Fest is free. You can purchase food-tasting tickets on-site at a price of 10 for $10. After you sample, you get to rate dishes, and your opinion will be taken into account when the dishes are judged.

  • Movies in the Parc; Wizard of Oz: 200 Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Movies in the Parc 
    is the perfect event for families with kids. On October 29th, gates will open at 4:00 pm at Parc International. You may enter and take a seat on the lawn; bring your own blanket or chairs to sit on. 

    The featured movie on October 29th is The Wizard of Oz, a classic that appeals to all ages. Admission is free, and there will be fun children's activities, including crafts and train rides, before the movie. Costumes are not required but consider dressing up like a character from the movie for some extra fun.

  • Rally for Rozas:  200 Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Take a break from attending Lafayette open houses, and spend a few hours at the Rally for Rozas. This event, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th, is a fundraiser to support Officer Rozas. The officer was injured on the job in late August, and he is currently recovering at home. The funds raised will help pay his medical bills and support his family as he continues to heal.

    Rally for Rozas begins at 10:00 am. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band will take the stage at 12:00 pm, followed by Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie. There will also be lots of delicious gumbo and other Louisiana favorites for sale.

    Tickets for the event are $15 each and include a gumbo tasting. 

  • Movies in the Parc; The Lion King: 200 Garfield St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    On November 12th, there will be another Movies in the Parc event at Parc International. This time, the featured film will be The Lion King. Admission is still free, and the gates open at 3:30 this time, which should allow for plenty of fun before dark.

    As usual, there will be some fun activities for kids before they play the film. Face painting and snacks will be available for an extra charge.

Which one of these events are you most looking forward to? If you're new to the area and are still looking for the perfect house to make your home, contact us soon. Our real estate agents will be happy to help you navigate the market and make an offer.

October
7

National Cookie Month: Lafayette Bakeries

Lafayette Bakeries

In case you missed the news, October is National Cookie Month. As anyone with a sweet tooth would agree, that's a holiday that our Realtors® can definitely get behind!

We also have some truly exceptional bakeries here in the Lafayette, LA, area. Whether your treats of choice are macarons, pralines, or good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies, you'll find plenty of places to enjoy them near Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Keller's Bakery Downtown - 1012 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Before they immigrated to America in the late 1700s, the Keller family were bakers in the Alsace region of France. The family still brings all those generations of experience to Keller's Bakery Downtown, a direct successor to the original Keller's Bakery, which was established in 1895. They offer a dizzying array of sweet baked goods, including classic cookies like oatmeal, shortbread, butter pecan, and sugar cookies.

  • Poupart Bakery Inc. - 1902 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Poupart Bakery, Inc. is an authentic French Bakery that's been in business since 1967. Located a stone's throw from many Lafayette open houses, they offer a wide range of breads, pastries, and cakes (including king cakes, of course). If you're looking for something a little more "bite-sized," their macarons and iced shortbread cookies are simply perfection. You can always count on Puopart Bakery when you need a quick sugar rush!

  • Caroline's Cookies - 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd #124, Lafayette, LA 70508
    You can experience some of the best cookies in Acadiana at Caroline's Cookies, a cozy bakery that focuses entirely on unique and delicious cookies. Caroline's Cookies started as a hobby that grew into a successful home bakery and eventually led to the opening of a brick-and-mortar storefront in Lafayette. The cookies here are thick, fluffy, and decadent, and the menu of seasonal flavors changes every month. 

  • Gambino's Bakery - 3802 Johnston St C, Lafayette, LA 70503
    A family-owned Louisiana bakery since 1946, Gambino's Bakery is arguably best known for their amazing custom wedding cakes and king cakes. But they have an incredible array of other offerings on their menu, including dessert trays loaded with cookies and other bite-size treats like brownies, eclairs, petit fours, and turtles. Gambino's Bakery has also grown to include locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as right here in Lafayette. 

  • Bonne Vie Macarons - 607 Kaliste Saloom Rd Suite A, Lafayette, LA 70508
    You'll find Lafayette's best macarons at Bonne Vie Macaroons, a quaint and cozy shop that offers a welcoming atmosphere as well as decadent desserts. The authentic French Macarons are available in any quantity and combination of flavors, with options ranging from classic vanilla-almond or chocolate ganache to lemon meringue or creme brûlée. And while macarons are certainly the stars of the show, Bonne Vie Macarons also offers other sweet treats, like brownies, mini cream tarts, end even espresso drinks. 

  • Bouki's Baker - 319 N Sterling St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    When you need custom cookies for any occasion, check out Bouki's Baker. A local business founded by cookie artist Robin Bostick, Bouki's Baker offers beautifully decorated custom cookies that truly look almost too good to eat. But rest assured, they're just as tasty as they are pretty! Keep an eye on their calendar too; Robin occasionally teaches cookie decorating classes where you can learn to make your own. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Lafayette area! And be sure to ask us how we can help you find the perfect home for you and your family in Louisiana. 

September
23

Spend the Day at Moncus Park

Parks in Lafayette

If you're looking for a relaxing, fun-filled activity for the whole family, consider taking a trip to Moncus Park. You and your family can enjoy a ton of different activities and events in this well-kept municipal park near our Lafayette homes for sale - and best of all, you'll pay next to nothing for the experience. Let's take a look at what Moncus Park has to offer and how you can plan the ultimate park day trip. 

About the Park

Moncus Park is located at 2913 Johnston Street in Lafayette and is open 7 days a week from 5 AM to 10 PM. The play areas are open from 9 AM to 9 PM.

If you want to access the dog park, your dog will need a special park tag. You can get this tag by submitting your dog's vaccination records to park officials and paying a $13 annual fee. This tag system ensures that all dogs can use the park safely.

Amenities

Moncus Park encompasses several acres of green space crisscrossed by miles of hiking trails and walking paths. These paths take you through the park's open areas and the stunning ravine forest on the far end of the entrance. You're sure to have a great time exploring the area and discovering all the natural beauty of this space. When you're done, you can take a seat on the rolling hills by Lake Reaux to relax and catch your breath. 

Have a furry friend or two in your life? Take them to the Giles Automotive Dog Park, a paradise where you can let your dog off his leash to explore the park's paths, hills, tunnels, and other features. All dogs must have park tags to visit the park, and for safety's sake, small and large dogs are only allowed in the park on specific days. Dogs under 16 inches tall must visit on odd days, while dogs that are taller than that can visit on even days.

Kids will have a great time swinging, climbing, and sliding down the equipment at the state-of-the-art Ochsner Playground. The playground includes activities for kids of all ages, so even the youngest visitors will have no trouble finding something fun to do.  

Programs and Events

Moncus Park is a great place to hang out anytime, but it also hosts a huge roster of programs and events for residents to enjoy. Options include yoga classes, CrossFit training, youth gymnastics classes, sign language classes, children's painting, and storytime sessions, and more. 

One of the park's most popular events is its Food Truck Fridays tradition. Every Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM, a collection of local food truck vendors assembles at the park to serve lunch to hungry residents. The lineup is constantly changing and includes local favorites like Big Belly Sandwiches, Yo Daddy's BBQ and Blues, and Beignet Box. Drop in for a delicious lunch you can eat right there in the park. 

On Saturdays, you can also visit the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. Stationed near the park's entrance, this is the perfect place to pick up some fresh produce or one-of-a-kind gifts!

Ready to move to an area where excellent parks are always nearby? Our Realtors® are here to help! 

Contact us today to talk to our real estate team or sign up for one of our Lafayette open houses – you're sure to love the many properties we have up for sale right now. 

September
16

Budget-Friendly Ways to Update Your Kitchen

Kitchen

If you're looking to update your kitchen but think it would be costly and time-consuming, it may be easier than you think. There are several budget-friendly ways to update your kitchen that will not take long to achieve. They'll help quickly transform the room, so it's more attractive and pleasant to work in.

Our Realtors® suggest the following kitchen updates that won't break the bank:

  • Add a Rug 
    Bring in a rug from another room to give your kitchen a nice dose of color, pattern, and texture. Neutral colors in just one or two variations create a subtle look, while using more colors in more vibrant hues creates a bolder look. This update couldn't be easier, and if you'd like a change, you can always choose another rug from your home or buy one.

  • Paint Your Cabinets
    Giving your kitchen cabinets a new coat of paint gives them a fresh, clean look. Remove the hardware (making sure to number them, so you'll know where everything goes) and clean and sand the cabinets' surfaces. Use two or three coats of self-priming paint, and if you'd like some variation, paint your upper and lower cabinets in contrasting colors.

  • Add Character With Artwork
    Use a poster, painting, or photo to add some color and character to your kitchen. This can be achieved with a large single piece, or you can add some smaller pieces on open shelves or above the kitchen cabinets.

  • Update Your Backsplash
    A dated, dingy tile backsplash can be easily addressed to help modernize and brighten your kitchen. Tile can be painted a bright color and then sealed. Or you can also use peel-and-stick tiles, which can be applied over your existing tile. It's simple to install and can help give your kitchen a more expensive appearance.

  • Swap Out Your Hardware
    Your kitchen hardware may be showing its age, so why not replace it for an easy update? Metal and glass are two popular options, but if you choose metal, use just one finish for everything. You can find a wide variety at a home improvement store, but if you want something more unique, try looking for handles, knobs, and pulls at a flea market.

  • Install New Lighting Fixtures
    New lighting fixtures can make your kitchen more attractive as well as more functional. Swap out your older lighting for brighter hanging lights in an interesting shape, size, and/or style to add more personality to your kitchen. You can also add lower hanging lights, sconces, and other types of lighting to brighten up dark areas of your kitchen, making meal prep easier.

  • Hang New Window Treatments
    A fresh window treatment can add style to your kitchen for under $100. Consider woven shades that can, if you'd like, be layered with drapery panels. Don't cover too much of the window, however, since you'll still want to let natural light shine in.

  • Add Molding
    If your kitchen lacks molding, adding it can add architectural interest to the room. It doesn't have to be complicated or fussy-looking since a simple piece of molding with a single shape, and single depth will achieve what you're looking for.

Contact us if you're ready to find a new home and would like to see Lafayette homes for sale and visit Lafayette open houses. Our firm is the top real estate company in the Gulf South, and we have over a century of proven results. We'd be happy to help you find your new home in the area! 

September
9

Recreation Centers Throughout Lafayette

Lafayette Recreation Centers

Lafayette is such a lovely place to live and grow. The city offers a lot of public resources, including several recreational areas where you can take a walk, have your kids play on the playground, or play a round of disc golf. If you've been busy looking at Lafayette homes for sale lately, we recommend taking a break and visiting one of these local recreational areas.

  • Corneaux Recreation Center: 411 W. Bluebird Dr., Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Corneaux Recreation Center is one of the largest in the area, offering both indoor and outdoor facilities. Outdoors, you can play with your dog in the dog park, play a game of soccer, practice in the batting cages, or walk on the track. There are also covered picnic areas and restrooms.

    Inside the Corneaux Recreation Center, there is a gym and workout area with instructor-led classes like Zumba and Aerobics. There are even karate lessons taught on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights. The Youth Volleyball and Basketball programs are very active, too.

  • Heymann Recreation Center: 1500 South Orange Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    The Heymann Recreation Center offers everything you need for a productive indoor workout. There's a weight room and gymnasium inside with free-play basketball Monday - Friday. 

    If you prefer to be outdoors, the 0.5 mil jogging track at Heymann is a fun choice. Or, you could toss some discs around the 18-hole disc golf course. 

  • Girard Recreation Center: 500 Girard Park Dr., Lafayette, LA 70501
    If you're in the area attending Lafayette open houses, stop by the Girard Recreation Center for some fun activities. This center offers a lot of indoor activities, which are perfect for the cooler fall and winter months. Take square dancing lessons, enroll in karate classes, or play basketball.

    Outside, the Girard Recreation Center has a 1.25-mile jogging track, tennis courts, a fishing pond, and a kids' playground. There's even a special needs playground on-site, along with a splash pad where kids can cool off on hot days.

  • Bowels Activity Center: 120 Dawn St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Bowles Activity Center
    is a good place to hold a community meeting or group activity. There are activity rooms you can rent to suit your needs. This center also has a large outdoor area with a lit soccer field and an 18-hole disc golf course. 

    The playground equipment at Bowles Activity Center is modern and a favorite with kids. There's also a full-size pavilion, which is great for hosting birthday and graduation parties, plus other celebrations. 

  • Martin Luther King Recreation Center: 309 Cora St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Martin Luther King Recreation Center is home to the Butler Memorial Library. Here, you can check out books, DVDs, and other materials to bring home. The library also offers free WiFi and public computers. 

    In addition to the library, this center has a weight room and an indoor game room. There are aerobics classes for seniors Monday - Wednesday, and piano lessons Monday - Friday. Outside, a 15-acre park offers an array of amenities, including a ball park, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a jogging trail. The children's playground area has equipment for all ages.

Each of these recreation centers has something unique to offer, but they are all lovely places to spend a few hours. Visit a few, and see which one you like best. If you're new to the area and still looking for a home, contact us soon. Our Realtors® are local experts and would love to help.

August
19

About the EatLafayette Passport

EatLafayette Passport

If you haven't spent much time in Lafayette, you might find the city's incredible wealth of restaurants and eateries a bit overwhelming. How do you pick just a few places to eat at during your time in the city?

Our Realtors® are excited to see a program drawing more attention to Lafayette's excellent restaurant scene. Here are a few more details about this passport program showcasing Lafayette's local restaurants and the benefits you get from using it when you dine out. 

What is the EatLafayette Passport? 

The EatLafayette passport is your access key to the EatLafayette program and is available through the city's official website. To sign up, simply enter your name, email address, phone number, and a few other personal details. You will then receive a link to your passport via email or text message.

Tap the link to download it, then save it to your home screen. You can then use it to check which restaurants are participating in the EatLafayette program and check in to each when you arrive there for a meal. 

Participating eateries offer all kinds of different dishes, including seafood, burgers, pizza, fine dining, and even macarons. You'll find many of Lafayette's best restaurants on the passport list, including Judice Inn and Charley G's Seafood Grill. It's an excellent resource for tourists and newcomers to the area near our Lafayette homes for sale, and its additional benefits only make it more worthwhile. Be sure to check their website for the full official list of participating restaurants.

Save On Your Restaurant Bill

In addition to gaining prize drawing entries, the EatLafayette passport also offers a more immediate benefit: discounts. Some of the restaurants involved in the program are offering special perks to people who participate, including reduced prices on specific menu items, discounts you can apply to your whole order, or freebies you can enjoy with a purchase. 

Not all of the eateries participating in the passport program are also offering these perks. Be sure to check your passport to find out what you can expect at each restaurant you plan to visit. You'll find the relevant details included under each restaurant's listing. You'll also need to check in before you can get access to the offer, so remember to do that right away when you arrive. 

Get a Taste of Louisiana's Best

So many great restaurants are just waiting to be tried in the Lafayette area! Lafayette's world-class food is worth savoring, and the EatLafayette passport gives you a great excuse to sample more of it. If you move into a home in the area, it will all be right outside your front door. Contact us today to learn more about any of our Lafayette open houses and find out just how easy it can be to settle down near your favorite Lafayette restaurants.

August
12

Moving Tips: Should You Utilize a Storage Unit?

Lafayette Moving Tips

Moving definitely has its ups and downs. You spend weeks attending Lafayette open houses before finally finding the one. You get all excited to move in and set the home up the way you like. But then your start scheduling your move, and you realize how much there is to do. If you're like most people, you are looking for ways to simplify the process. Renting a storage unit is a good option. Here are some reasons to rent a storage unit during your move.

  • Get Delicate Items Out of the Way
    You might have some delicate items, such as paintings and special china, that you want to move yourself. You don't want these items to end up damaged when you're moving furniture and boxes all around them. Rent a storage unit, and you'll have a safe space to stash them until you're otherwise moved in, and life has calmed down.

  • Store Large Items Until You Know What Will Fit
    Do you have any large sofas, sectionals, or entertainment units that you're not sure will fit in your new home? Instead of selling them, you can store them in your storage unit until you're able to get into the new home and measure. Or, you might move in and realize you don't have space for these large items. Then, you can sell them directly out of the storage unit.

  • Stash Out-of-Season Items
    Chances are, you have some boxes or totes of seasonal items, such as sporting goods or holiday decor. These take up a lot of storage space in any home. If you rent a storage unit, you can move your seasonal items straight into it. You can keep the items there until you need them, at which point you can bring them into your new, freshly organized home.

  • Get a Head Start
    Once you find the perfect place for you among the Lafayette homes for sale, you can't wait to get started with the move. But it may still be a few weeks before you close on the sale and can get into the home. If you rent a storage unit, you can get a head start. Start packing things you use less often into boxes. Then, move them to the storage unit where they're out of the way. When you're ready to move in, you can easily take the boxes from storage to your new home.

  • Declutter
    Moving gives you the perfect opportunity to declutter. And if you are listing your current place for sale, decluttering helps you better stage the space to appeal to buyers. If you decide to rent a storage unit, you can place items you don't immediately need in there. That way, potential buyers won't see all your stuff. Instead, they'll just see a perfectly staged home!

  • Reduce Moving Costs
    Renting a storage unit and moving some of your items into it pre-move means you can get away with renting a smaller moving truck. Or, if you hire movers, they will have less to move. Either way, this approach can help keep your moving costs lower. You can move items from storage to your new home a few at a time in your own vehicle, which is more affordable.

Contact us if you're still looking for the perfect home to purchase. Our Realtors® can help you find a unique and enjoyable space in the New Orleans area.

August
5

7 Reasons Why You'll Love Living in Lafayette

Acadiana

Moving to a new city often includes equal parts of excitement and apprehension. But Our Realtors® know the Lafayette area is truly something special. Here are just some of the reasons people move to this area.

  1. Diverse Population and Culture
    Lafayette embodies the modern-day version of the "melting pot" ethic that formed the foundation of our country. Niche, the noted site that reviews cities based on a wide range of criteria, ranks Lafayette as the most diverse place to live in its namesake parish. 

  2. Pleasant Weather
    No need to be a snowbird in Lafayette. According to Best Places, the city averages zero inches of snow per year versus the U.S. average of a whopping 28 inches. While Louisiana's humid summers are well-known, the other seasons make up for it. Spring and fall temperatures usually sit comfortably in the upper 70s and lower 80s, and even winter temperatures are relatively mild in the 40s.

  3. Low Cost of Living
    Your hard-earned dollar goes further in Lafayette. On a scale of 100, which represents the national average, Best Places calculates Lafayette's cost of living at 87.7. The city ranks considerably lower than average nearly across the board, with the biggest savings in the categories of groceries, healthcare, and utilities.

  4. Affordable Housing
    Housing is the biggest item in nearly everyone's budget, and Lafayette delivers great values. The median home cost is $180K-$190K, about $100K less than the national average. The property tax rate is roughly half the national average, which adds to the attractiveness of homeownership. In addition, there's a neighborhood in Lafayette to suit everyone, featuring historic homes and urban apartments, quiet suburban areas, and rural properties. 

  5. Family-Friendly
    Niche also recognizes Lafayette as a great place to raise a family, awarding the city a B+ grade in "Good for Families" and B- in "Public Schools." Many local attractions, such as Vermillionville and the Children's Museum of Acadiana, provide a mix of entertainment and education. Families can also enjoy outdoor fun with opportunities for paddling, fishing, camping, and hiking in the city known as the "Sportsman's Paradise." Acadiana Park Nature Station is a particular favorite for its programs and activities, including night hikes, nature talks, and Young Naturalist Clubs.

  6. Year-Round Festivals
    Festivals are a great way to meet people and learn what makes a community special. Lafayette loves to party, as evidenced by the full calendar of festivals. The headliner is the Festival International de Louisiane, which has been held each spring for 37 years. Other popular events include fall's Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, along with countless festivals celebrating Lafayette's food, culture, and history.

  7. Eclectic Food Scene
    It goes without saying that Cajun and Creole food reign supreme in Lafayette, but the restaurant scene has a surprisingly diverse representation of cuisines. In July, Food Network named Johnson's Boucaniere to their list of "50 States of Barbecue," applauding their flavorful brisket and pulled pork, while the Lafayette Daily Advertiser turned a spotlight on the city's robust offering of tacos and Mexican street food

Need any more reasons to visit Lafayette open houses? Get the inside scoop when you contact us at Latter & Blum.

July
22

Drive-Thru Daiquiri Stands in Lafayette

daiquiri stands

Many first-time visitors to Louisiana are shocked when they see their first drive-thru daiquiri stand. Our real estate agents always get a kick out of watching people's reactions! 

You might just pass a daiquiri stand or two if you're out visiting Lafayette open houses. Understandably, you might want to learn a little more about this uniquely Louisiana phenomenon.

How is This Possible?

To make a long story short, there's a particular loophole to Louisiana's open container law that allows frozen alcoholic beverages to be kept (but, importantly, not consumed) inside a moving vehicle, as long as the container is unopened. 

In the case of daiquiris, the word "unopened" is generally defined as having the lid intact and no straw protruding out of it. Locally, daiquiris are usually sold with tape over the straw hole to show that it's "closed". 

Best Daiquiri Stands in Lafayette

The upshot of all this is that drive-through daiquiris in Louisiana are not only wildly popular but also completely legal. That's why we're eager to share our favorite daiquiri stands near these Lafayette homes for sale:

  • Cupid's Daiquiri - 109 Louisiana Ave, Lafayette, LA 70501
    You can choose from well over 100 varieties of daiquiri at Cupid's Daiquiri, which has been serving the Lafayette area since 2007. Their signature drink is the Mary Jane, which is a bold, piña-colada flavored concoction made with melon liquor, spiced rum, coconut rum, and blue curaçao. 

  • Daiquiri Depot - 241 Donlon Ave, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Although it has recently re-opened in a new location (the former Wendy's on Donlon Avenue), Daiquiri Depot is actually the oldest drive-thru daiquiri establishment in Lafayette. Owner Heather Louvierre was forced to move after the original location on the Evangeline Thruway, open since 1984, was damaged by fire. Luckily, they still serve up the same delicious daiquiris and excellent boiled seafood. 

  • New Orleans Original Daiquiris - 5601 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    A beloved local chain that now has dozens of locations across the state of Louisiana, New Orleans Original Daiquiris is certainly one of the most recognizable drive-thru daiquiri stands out there. The Lafayette location serves up all their classic flavors, like Jungle Juice, Crawgator, Margarita, and Banana Banshee. 

  • Daiquiris Supreme - 4680 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Whether you want to grab daiquiris through their drive-through window or sit and sip awhile in their indoor bar area, Daiquiris Supreme has some great options. In addition to classic flavors like piña colada and margarita, they also offer some high-octane choices like "Blue Diesel," which is made with Everclear 190, tequila, vodka, and blue curaçao.

  • Frankie's BEST Daiquiris - 110 14th St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Does Frankie's BEST Daiquiris make the best daiquiris in Lafayette? It's hard to say, but they put the word "BEST" right their in their name in all-caps, so we're not going to argue. They serve up to 60-plus flavors and are best known for their weekly gallon-sized daiquiri special for "Wild Wednesday," and for offering a free Jell-O shot with every order. 

  • Mandez's Seafood Bar & Grill - 110 Doucet Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Unsurprisingly, Mandez's Seafood Bar & Grill is a seafood establishment first and foremost. They serve up some excellent po'boys, shrimp tacos, and fried fish, and are a popular Lafayette lunch spot. But Mandez's also makes tasty daiquiris for either dine-in or to-go, and their rotating monthly specials always offer unique and tasty flavor combinations. 

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. 

July
14

Where to Order Sushi in Lafayette

Lafayette Sushi

Louisiana is known for Cajun and Creole cooking, but the local restaurant scene includes a number of international cuisines. Our real estate agents get their sushi fix at these incredible restaurants near Lafayette homes for sale

  • Tsunami Sushi - 421 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Get ready for a wave of fresh flavor when you visit Tsunami Sushi. This funky yet fancy restaurant honors Japanese cuisine while adding a touch of Southern flair. The house specialties are as much a treat for the eyes as for the taste buds. Try box-style sushi, pressed in a mold for a unique shape, or sashimi tuna in ponzu sauce arranged in a sunflower pattern. Side dishes include fusions such as collard greens with kimchee and sweet potato hash with bok choy and shiitake mushrooms. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, and noon - 11 p.m. Saturday.

  • Rock-n-Sake - 107 Stonemont Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    Looking for a party? Head over to Rock-n-Sake, where the tunes are pumping, the sake is delicious, and the fresh sushi "swims to your plate." Supplement your sashimi and rolls with creative small plates such as sushi deviled eggs, topped with tuna tartare and black tobiko, or beef tataki, thinly-sliced flat iron steak with five-spice seasoning. Save room for some tempura cheesecake, a customer favorite. Rock-n-Sake is open for lunch Thursday and Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Kirin Sushi Steak House - 3366 Verot School Rd. #102, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Dining with friends or family members who aren't adventurous eaters? Keep everyone happy at Kirin Sushi Steak House. In addition to a fabulous selection of nigiri, sashimi, and rolls, the menu features hibachi-prepared seafood, steak, and chicken. Those with bigger appetites go for the combo dinners, such as chicken & filet mignon or shrimp & scallops. Customers give Kirin high marks for cleanliness and friendly service. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 10:30 p.m. 

  • Tokyo House - 1505 Bonin Rd., Suite 200, Broussard, LA 70518
    You've been viewing some great Broussard homes for sale, and you're ready for a break. Tokyo House has a fantastic lunch special that can't be beaten. Choose two from a list of nearly three dozen sushi rolls for only $8. Add a third roll for just $3 more. Dinner is equally budget-friendly, with combos that serve one to four people for approximately $15 per person. Don't be surprised to find the owner among the cheerful staff offering a gracious welcome. Tokyo House is open Monday through Saturday. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and dinner hours are 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Osaka - 2809 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    The beautiful sushi dishes, considered some of the best presentations in town, are certainly enough reason to visit Osaka. But if you need more, Osaka is also the only restaurant in Lafayette serving authentic Korean food. The menu features japchae, a beloved dish of stir-fried sweet potato noodles, veggies, and your choice of protein, and bibimbap, the classic rice bowl topped with chili sauce and a fried egg. Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday hours are noon - 10 p.m., and Sunday hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Ready to work up an appetite touring Lafayette open houses? Get up-to-the-minute info when you contact us at Latter & Blum.

July
8

Tips for Buying a Historic Home

Historic Home Tips

If you're searching for a home with character and historical significance, a historic home is an excellent option.

A historic home is a property that retains a significant amount of the original construction and design, is at least 50 years old (potentially less if an event of historical significance happened on the property), and is connected to events that are historically important. 

However, there are a few things that make owning a historic home different from owning a typical home. Our real estate agents suggest following these tips when buying a historic home to ensure it's a great fit for your needs and budget. 

  • Realize That Historic Homes are Ideal for Buyers Interested in Preserving the Home
    If you want a home that you can modernize or make a lot of structural changes to, a historic home isn't the right fit for your design preferences. When you purchase a historic home, there are typically guidelines that specify what changes you can make to the property. As the owner, you're expected to maintain the original charm and design of the home. There are countless properties that you can renovate or redesign, but a historic home should be accepted as is. When you're checking out Lafayette homes for sale, look for a property that has a layout and design that meets your family's needs. For example, historic homes tend to have multiple small rooms rather than an open floor plan. If you want space for gathering with your family, you might look for a layout with multiple small rooms in close proximity to one another. You can then use each room for a specific function. 
  • Embrace the Uniquely Distinct Architecture and Charm of a Historic Home
    Purchasing a historic home often ensures that your home has a style and design that stands out from other homes in your area. This historic, authentic charm simply can't be replicated by more modern homes; many historic homes even experience higher than average appreciation in their property values thanks to the distinctiveness of the craftsmanship and features. 
  • Know That Updates to the Home Will be More Expensive
    You'll need to make occasional updates and maintenance repairs to the home that adhere to the original design. This means that you might spend more money on home maintenance and renovation than you would on a newer home. A historic home often requires specific materials and specialized labor to ensure that the repairs are as authentic as possible. To help cover the cost of the repairs, you can utilize a federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. There are also state programs that assist with defraying the expenses associated with maintaining a historic property. 
  • Explore Financing Programs Designed for Historic Homes
    A historic home can be a terrific investment, but it can also be difficult to procure financing through traditional mortgage programs. This is especially common if the home requires a lot of repairs or has structural problems. Fortunately, there are programs available that offer financial resources for restoring and caring for historic homes.

Ready to check out historic homes that you can call your home? Contact us today to get started!

June
24

Helpful Tips for Finding Your Decor Style

home decor

Worried that your home's furnishings don't complement one another? It's time to figure out your decor style!

While there's no rule that says you have to consistently stick to a specific decor style, it's usually easier to find pieces for your home when you know what style you find most appealing. Your home will also look more cohesive and put together. Our real estate agents suggest following these tips to help you determine your decor style. 

  • Use Your Current Home's Architecture
    Take a cue from our home's architecture to learn more about your decorative preferences. For example, if your home is a craftsman with a simple design that seems to blend in with nature, you'll likely prefer minimalist, nature-inspired decor or rustic furnishings. Or, if your home has a more flashy Queen Anne design with steep roofing, towers, vertical windows, and numerous decorative features, your decor style may lean towards traditional pieces (think classical, elegant items) or even art decor that embraces ornate home furnishings. 
  • Take a Home Decor Style Quiz
    A fast, effective way to learn your preferred home decor is to take an online quiz. Then, your results will tell you what your preferred decor style is. 
  • Flip Through Magazines
    Another way to determine your ideal home style is to flip through magazines. Don't look for anything in particular; instead, flip through the magazine and mark any rooms or pieces that are appealing to you. Go back through the pages you saved to get a better idea of why style you tend to gravitate towards. 
  • Check Out Other Homes
    Drive around your town, and make a note of any homes with an exterior that you instantly love. When you go to Lafeyette open houses, look for rooms or homes that you find appealing. Seeing specific decor styles in real life can assist you with narrowing down your home decor tastes. 
  • Examine Your Wardrobe
    Your wardrobe offers a lot of insight as to what style you tend to prefer. Are most of your clothes neutral, or do you tend to gravitate towards cheery prints and bright colors? Does your clothing have clean, straight lines, or do you prefer flowy, romantic pieces? If you like a specific style for your wardrobe, you're likely to prefer pieces with a similar style in your home. 
  • Take a Tour Through Your Home for Inspiration
    Go through each room in your home, and look for pieces that you like and would select again for your home. Use these furnishings and decorative items to figure out what they have in common and help you get a better sense of your style. You can also use these items to help you stage your home's rooms before adding it to the list of Lafayette homes for sale

Finding your home decor style can be tricky, but once you know your stylistic preferences, it's easier to find items that fit your aesthetic preferences and budget.

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

June
10

Driving Ranges Near Lafayette

Driving Range Lafayette

Go to Lafayette open houses, and you'll be only a few minutes away from some of the best driving ranges and golf courses in the state of Louisiana. Most driving ranges are associated with professionally sized golf courses, and many offer classes to help you boost your skills even further.

Let's take a closer look at some of the places around Lafayette to perfect your golf swing:

  • North University Golf Center2305 North University Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70507
    As part of the Wetlands Golf Course, North University Golf Center is a convenient place to putt, chip, and drive minutes from a full eighteen holes. The Center is well known for its professional staff and its attention to detail, with modern facilities in a beautiful setting. To warm-up for the day or test out new clubs, you are invited to the driving range – where you can learn directly from friendly golf professionals.

  • Lafayette Golf Academy2231 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Lafayette Golf Academy is a top-rated local driving range with full educational courses to help golfers of any background to take their game to the next level. Adults, teens, and kids can get in on the action with classes divided by age. There are also special events that take place on a regular basis.

  • Cane Row Golf Club – 500 Darby Lane, New Iberia, LA 70560
    If you are looking for the fun and excitement of golf near New Iberia homes for sale, then you will not want to overlook Cane Row Golf Club. Formerly known as Squirrel Run Golf Club, this course stands by its long-time mission of offering you golf the way it was meant to be played. You can enjoy lessons at the driving range, get supplies at the complete pro shop, dine at the clubhouse, and even try out local food trucks that stop nearby.

  • Farm d'Allie Golf Club – 1235 Beau Bassin Road, Carencro, LA 70520
    With nearly 20 years in business, Farm d'Allie Golf Club is a haven for spending time on the links out by Carencro homes for sale. Golf clinics are available for men, women, juniors, and corporations. Detailed instruction helps you master the individual facets of the game, like short game and full swing. There's even an outdoor club fitting service for amateurs through professional players.

  • Muni Lafayette Golf Course1121 Mudd Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Muni Lafayette Golf Course (also called Herbert Municipal Golf Course) is a gorgeous and conveniently located golf course that frequently plays hosts to charitable events. The course was originally completed all the way back in 1926, but it enjoyed a major renovation in 2010. You can book a tee time right from the website or even join the official "e-Club" for the latest information on happenings near Lafayette homes for sale.

Contact us to find out more about what Lafayette has to offer.

May
20

7 Tips for Updating Your Smart Home Tech

Smart Home Tech

Smart home technology has made everyday life so much simpler. A decade or two ago, you probably could not have imagined asking your digital assistant to dim the lights or checking your security camera remotely while on vacation. But smart home technology is continually evolving, and it's important to ensure your home is up-to-date. Our real estate agents are excited to share 7 tips for updating your smart home tech.

  1. Start with the Thermostat
    If you don't already have a smart thermostat, this is the first smart appliance to invest in. A smart thermostat will allow you to adjust your home's temperature while you're away. It will also help you more closely monitor your energy consumption. This one upgrade can yield significant savings on your energy bill and pay for itself in no time.

  2. Add a Second Smart Camera
    If you don't already have a smart camera or video doorbell at your main door, then this is an important upgrade to make. Video doorbells give you so much security. You'll never have to guess who's on the other side of the door. 

    If you do already have a video doorbell at your front door, consider adding a second one at your side or back door. This will help you make sure nobody tampers with these entrances while you're away.

  3. Install a Smart Toilet
    Smart toilets keep themselves clean. They also have heated seats, deodorizer sprayers, and low-flush technology. 

  4. Keep Cool With Smart Shades
    In Louisiana, summers get hot. But you can keep your home cooler with smart shades. These automated shades roll up when it's dark out and down when it's sunny. They keep the heat outside where it belongs. You can control the shades remotely with your smartphone and set unique opening and closing schedules for each day of the week.

  5. Add WiFi-Compatible Lights
    WiFi-compatible lights are awesome because they're energy-efficient, but they're also a lot of fun. You can set these lights to flicker like a strobe light when you're having a party. Dim them down for a romantic evening, or turn them up when you're reading. You can even turn the lights on remotely to make it look like someone's home while you're away. 

  6. Install Smart Locks
    How many times have you pulled into the parking lot at work, then realized you forgot to lock your house? If you have smart locks, this won't be a concern. You can just pull out your phone and lock your home remotely. Smart locks are an incredible investment for busy parents. They also make it easy to unlock your home to let a guest inside. You won't have to hand out spare keys anymore.

  7. Invest in Smart Irrigation Systems
    There are several types of smart irrigation systems that make watering your plants so much easier. Self-watering pots are nice for potted herbs and flowers. If you have a larger flower bed, you may want to have a landscaper install smart sprinklers. You can even install smart sprinklers throughout your lawn, so your grass stays nice and green with less effort. We've seen these at some Lafayette open houses, and they're very convenient.

With the tips above, you can easily raise your smart home's IQ! If you're still looking for the perfect house to make your home, contact us. Our experienced real estate agents will happily guide you through the buying process and help you search Lafayette homes for sale

May
13

Local Shopping: Lafayette Boutiques

Local Shopping

Shopping local is a great way to boost the local economy and invest in your community, and it couldn't be easier in Lafayette. We take shopping seriously -- our area has so many glamorous boutiques and fun shops where you're sure to find your favorite new outfit. In fact, you could easily spend an entire weekend rummaging through all the trendy clothes and accessories our local shops have to offer.

Our real estate agents are always in tune with the latest deals. After all, local shopping is one of our favorite weekend past times. Here is a quick list of some of the best local boutiques:

  • Glamour Chic Boutique - 216 E Willow St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    You're sure to find some glamorous clothes, shoes, accessories, and more at Glamour Chic Boutique. This small local shop features unique apparel, and they also have one of the best curvy selections in town. If you're planning to head out with friends this weekend, Glamour Chic is a great place to grab an outfit.  If you like shopping here, you might be interested to know there are some beautiful Lafayette homes for sale just down the street.

  • Jewelies Boutique - 407 Rena Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
    You never know what fun dresses and accessories you'll find at Jewelies Boutique. This large, local independent shop makes it a goal to help women find their own unique style. Shop tops, bottoms, dresses, curvy, and even baby clothes. Most items are casual and contemporary. New products arrive daily, and there are always new deals, so you'll always want to check back frequently or checkout their website. 

  • Elle Rae - 125 Arnould Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506
    Need a new party dress or swimsuit? Find it and more at Elle Rae Clothing. Located in The Boulevard Shopping Center, this cute store offers a huge collection of high-quality boutique styles. They also have plenty of plus-size options. Need help finding something? The friendly staff can help you locate the perfect item. Shop in-store or online.

  • Swoon Lafayette - 1700 Kaliste Saloom Rd building 1 suite 100a, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Swoon
    is the perfect little shop to find the perfect spring outfit. Shop dresses, jumpsuits, tops, jackets, sweaters, and more -- they have such a creative, unique collection and great prices. With a huge collection, you can really find something for everyone. Check out their website to see what's on sale or swing by the store to shop in person.

  • Marcella - 201 Settlers Trace Blvd Suite 3010, Lafayette, LA 70508
    You'll find on-trend, cute clothing and accessories at this downtown women's boutique. Marcella's inventory always includes new, versatile pieces that are high quality, stylish, and affordable. Make sure to stop by for $20 Tuesday, where you'll find a number of great items on sale. Prices are reasonable, and in-store shopping, curbside pick-up, and delivery options are all available.

No matter your style, you can find something trendy and on point at one of our amazing local boutiques. For more recommendations on Lafayette businesses, contact us today.

May
6

Try Lafayette's Crawfish with a Crawfish Passport

Crawfish Louisiana

Take your taste buds on a delicious journey just minutes from Lafayette homes for sale. Sign up for a Crawfish Passport and plan your travels to these delicious restaurants and shops along the way.

  • Café 20.3 on the Bayou - 1500 General Mouton Ave., Lafayette, LA 70501
    At Café 20.3 on the Bayou, the owners and staff urge their guests to "Eat, Drink, Chill." Get your fill of boiled crawfish from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call ahead to place your order for dine-in or carryout. Start your meal with a hearty bowl of chicken & sausage gumbo or seafood bisque. Hours are 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except weekends when doors open at 7 a.m.

  • Chez Francois Seafood & Specialty Meats - 139 Tissington St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    For nearly half a century, Chez Francois Seafood & Specialty Meats has been selling the freshest crawfish, shrimp, fish, crabs, and oysters straight from local waters. Each day, crawfish are graded by size and boiled, peeled, and packaged in their own on-site processing plant. The tails are available both fresh and flash-frozen. Hot boiled crawfish is also sold in-season by three- or five-pound orders. Chez Francois is open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.

  • Crawfish Connection - 405 Duhon Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506
    Too tired to cook? Pick up dinner without leaving your car from the convenient drive-thru window at Crawfish Connection. Depending on your appetite, choose from three-, four-, and five-pound crawfish meals with two potatoes and tangy, housemade crawfish dipping sauce. If you prefer, purchase crawfish by the pound along with a la carte sides. Crawfish Connection is open seven days a week from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Krazy Klaws - 3221 W. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    With its whimsical name and colorful cartoon character, Krazy Klaws is sure to be a standout. Customers rave about the balanced seasoning and the generous portions. Be sure to try the hearty Sailor's Special, which includes three pounds of crawfish, a half-pound of shrimp, two potatoes, two ears of corn, and two dips. Enough to feed a pair, but you don't have to share! Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

  • Prejean's Restaurant - 3480 NE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA 70507
    Crawfish and Cajun cooking go hand-in-hand, and no one does it better than Prejean's Restaurant. Under the new family ownership, the dining room has received an upgrade, but they're still serving up the same classic Cajun flavors that date back more than 40 years. The menu includes traditional favorites such as crawfish etouffee, gumbo, and po'boys. Crawfish takes on some global flavor in enchiladas, pasta, and bon temps rolls, which are a take on Asian egg rolls. Prejean's is open 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Work up an appetite touring some amazing Lafayette open houses. Get the latest information from our real estate agents when you contact us at Latter & Blum. 

April
22

Lafayette Patios for Outdoor Dining

Lafayette Dining

Outdoor dining has become much more popular in recent years, but it has always been a big part of the experience of dining in Lafayette. Named after the famed French officer who played a decisive role in the Revolutionary War, beautiful Lafayette homes for sale are a celebration of Louisiana's second city.

When you drop in to attend Lafayette open houses, the natural next step is to enjoy one of the city's many amazing restaurants. You will never be short of choices in Lafayette. Options range from your classic Cajun and Creole cuisine to sophisticated fusion concepts.

The mild weather and beautiful surroundings of Lafayette mean that almost every restaurant that has the opportunity provides at least a few tables for outdoor seating. Our real estate agents are confident you will find places to suit anything you have a craving for. Let's visit some of Lafayette's leading outdoor dining spots:

  • Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant – 900 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant is known for some of the best burgers in Louisiana. Be warned – it doesn't take reservations, so you may want to show up early to this hopping local mainstay. As you'd expect from some of the best of Lafayette, the menu is also bursting with delicious seafood.

  • Half Shell Oyster House – 109 Old Camp Road Suite #114, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Perfect for those who know what they want, Lafayette's own Half Shell Oyster House provides you with the freshest bivalves at great prices. The iconic oysters anchor a chef-led menu also featuring seafood pasta, crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, Lafayette quesadillas, and a range of gumbos.

  • Bon Temps Grill – 1211 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, Bon Temps Grill promises its guests good food and fun times. It is also lauded for its weekend brunch selection. A down-to-earth lunch menu is replete with comfort food like the meatloaf po'boy sandwich, French dip, and smoked Cuban sandwich.

  • Social Southern Table & Bar – 3901 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    The multiple award-winning Social Southern Table & Bar has a strong claim to some of the best organic food in Louisiana and pairs it all with an expansive drinks menu. Available for lunch, brunch, dinner, and catering, it is the place to celebrate any special occasion.

  • Drago's Seafood Restaurant Lafayette – 3151 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Drago's Seafood Restaurant Lafayette is one of the biggest regional names in seafood and bills itself as the home of the original charbroiled oyster. It also stands out as it is among the few restaurants serving a full half-dozen or dozen raw oysters on the half shell, along with robust gumbos and surf and turf specials.

  • Tsunami Sushi Lafayette – 412 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    In a region synonymous with seafood, you can hardly get fresher than sushi. Tsunami Sushi Lafayette is the local answer to the Japanese classic, with creative rolls that put a local spin on a delightfully flavorful experience. Baked salmon and diverse small plates are also available.

Contact us to discover more about Lafayette today.

April
15

Should You Steam Clean Before a Showing?

Steam Cleaning Tips

When selling your home, you need to make sure your home is ready for the market. While other activities like making repairs and updates are important, cleaning is the essential and cheapest step in getting your home ready. Besides killing germs, allergens, and pet odors, steam cleaning also helps make your home appear (and smell) new again. Our real estate agents know that a clean home makes a great first impression when potential buyers come to visit. If you're considering steam cleaning before your next showing, keep in mind these things.

  • Buyers Will Notice Your Flooring
    Chances are you don't pay much attention to your flooring at the moment. But potential buyers certainly will. The first impression a potential homebuyer gets about your home significantly contributes to their purchasing decision. If your carpet or floors appear stained or discolored, your potential buyers will notice, and that could negatively affect their first impression.

    A popular belief is that steam cleaners are only ideal for carpeted flooring. However, you can use a steam cleaner for your floors. A steam cleaner is highly effective, especially for hard-to-access corners around your house
    .

  • Steam Cleaning is a Cost-Effective Option
    You would like your home to attract a potential buyer, but what do you do when you are on a tight budget and cannot afford to replace the carpet? Steam clean it. Steam cleaning changes the look of your carpet, making it appear new.

    It maximizes the value of your home while minimizing expenses. Besides, it helps eliminate the need to get a new carpet since steam cleaning helps achieve the same objective.


  • Helpful When Repainting Your Home
    As you prepare your home for sale, ensure the house is well painted. If a year has gone by since you last painted your home, the house might need some touching up. Repainting or touching up paint can help make your home appear new.

    If you have wallpaper that you need to remove before painting, you can remove it using a steam cleaner. Some wallpapers use glue that comes off with paint, forcing you to repaint the entire wall. Using a steam cleaner helps you remove wallpaper quickly and effectively without damaging the wall.


  • Say Goodbye to Pet Odor
    Although you love your four-legged companion, you shouldn't assume your potential buyer loves pets. Therefore, you need to eliminate pet odor, and the best way to do so is by steam cleaning. Steam cleaning removes urine odors from any carpet or upholstery around your home. It ensures the house is clean, smelling fresh, and ready for your next showing. Make sure to target the spaces your pet normally lounges throughout the day!

Are you looking to sell your home or buy a dream home? Go through these Lafayette homes for sale. You can also stop and view our Lafayette open houses or contact us to learn more about the local real estate market.

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. 

March
25

What Makes the Perfect Kitchen?

Kitchen Tips

The kitchen is the heart of today's home, especially with many of us spending more time at home than we used to, so it's important for it to have all of the qualities that will help you love your kitchen. While what makes the perfect kitchen is subjective to you and your family's needs, there are several features most people will appreciate in this space. Fortunately, our real estate agents are here to take some of the guesswork out of it, so that you have a list of specific things to look for in your housing search or when you go to remodel.

  • Functional Layout
    A kitchen that is well laid out will have a nice flow to the casual observer, but more importantly, the layout should be functional, so that everything you need is close at hand while you cook. Avoid crowded-looking or maze-like kitchens. Instead, look for a kitchen with storage cabinets, spice racks, pantries, prep space, cooktop, and a sink that are all easy to access while you cook.

  • Layered Lighting
    Lighting is important everywhere in the house, but especially in the kitchen. The ideal kitchen should have several layers of lighting, such as overall lighting that lights the entire room, plus focused task lighting that brightly illuminates your prep spaces in the kitchen.

  • Traditional Touches
    Many of the most popular trends right now in Lafayette homes for sale, in kitchens as well as in the rest of the house, pull in vintage and traditional aspects to soften the cleaner, more modern look we're accustomed to. This eclectic style tends to look more warm, homey, and comforting, which fits well in a room that doubles as a gathering place for family and friends.

  • Multi-Functional
    If your kitchen is to serve several different functions in your home, from a food prep space to a gathering spot, it's important that it's designed to accommodate the different kinds of traffic. In addition to food prep areas being laid out for the cook's convenience, there should also be places where family and friends can gather, such as an island with seating, usually close to food prep areas.

  • Minimalism
    While traditional and vintage touches have become trendy, homeowners and buyers may still prefer a clean, uncluttered space. This means cabinetry that provides easy storage for hiding appliances such as coffee machines and toaster ovens. Appliance cupboards can be installed with roll-up doors and power receptacles, so that you can easily access your appliances and still hide them when they're not in use, preserving the simple lines of a clean counter space.

  • Smart Appliances
    As kitchens get more simple and minimalistic, they're also becoming more complex, but in ways that simplify our lives. Smart appliances can track the contents of your fridge, add items to your grocery list before they run out, and even allow you to run the dishwasher, preheat the oven, or make sure you turned everything off from your phone.

Finding a house with the perfect kitchen might seem impossible, but it's totally doable once you understand what goes into making a kitchen "perfect." Not to mention, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, since it's a multifunctional space that is responsible not only for feeding the entire family but bringing everyone together, family and friends alike. For more information on what homebuyers want in a kitchen, contact us today or stop by one of our Lafayette open houses.

March
18

5 Furniture Interior Design Trends

Furniture Trends

Spending more time at home has created a strong desire for interior spaces with visual interest, creative energy, and stylish features. Our real estate agents are noticing some special interior design trends regarding furniture in 2022.

  1. Return to Traditional Style
    In 2022, you can expect to see a return to a traditional design style. Look for traditional furniture elements like English rolled-arm sofas, wing-back chairs, and accent pieces with elaborate details. Organic materials including real wood, stone, marble, and wool will make a strong statement on floors, walls, countertops, window treatments, and upholstery. The days of "buy it and throw it away" are gone. Homeowners want lasting, quality furnishings that are beautiful, unique, and good for the environment.

  2. Mindful Spaces
    Homeowners are designing interiors that promote a healthy lifestyle. Interior spaces will reflect the owner's personality and personal interests. Many Lafayette homes for sale offer personalized spaces such as:

    • Home Gyms – Rooms dedicated to physical fitness are big design trends. Spare bedrooms, garage spaces, attics, guest homes, and outdoor sheds are being filled with home gyms and fitness equipment for homeowners who want to stay in shape.

    • At-Home Spas – Homeowners are investing big bucks in features that promote well-being and relaxation. Many homes now have outdoor spas, hot tubs, saunas, and lap pools, as well as bathroom features like walk-in jacuzzi tubs and rain showers that promote relaxation.

    • Wine Rooms – Current design trends show a big demand for dedicated wine tasting rooms and storage spaces. With more people entertaining at home, elaborate wine tasting rooms with cold storage and comfortable seating areas for tasting parties are big business.

  1. Bold Color Palettes
    Bold colors and patterns with rich textures are trending. Homeowners are stepping out of their comfort zones and taking risks with bold paint colors and wallpapers that inspire creativity. You can expect to see this trend impact furniture as well! If bold colors are a bit much for you, try using them on accent walls in larger spaces.

  2. Comfortable Smart Beds
    Emotional health is on everyone's mind, so it's no surprise that quality sleep and comfortable beds are in the design spotlight. Homeowners can now choose from a variety of smart bed designs that raise and lower mattress areas, sense movements while sleeping; adjust mattress firmness and support; adjust heating and cooling for body temperatures, and track sleep quality throughout the night. Queen and king beds have split mattresses and dual controls so two sleepers can easily program their side of the bed without affecting the other sleeper.

  3. Something Old, Something New
    In 2022, interior designers are predicting a renewed interest in antique and vintage furnishings and accessories. Design trends are showing old antique rugs, draperies with tassels and fringe, and upholstery with tufting and buttons. To keep things fresh, antique and vintage furnishings are mixed with modern light fixtures, colorful paintings, black-and-white photography, sculpture, and accessories. Emphasis is placed on natural lighting, natural ventilation, and fresh greenery.

Contact us to see available properties that match your lifestyle and financial needs or to learn more about Lafayette open houses.

March
11

New Restaurants in the Lafayette Area

Lafayette Restaurants

In Louisiana, food is more than just sustenance. It's embedded deep in the local culture. When our real estate agents are ready to relax after one of their Lafayette open houses, they head to one of these wonderful new restaurants making their mark in the community.

  • Catalon Legacy Food Truck Park - 8105 Maurice Ave., Maurice, LA 70555
    One of the hottest culinary trends comes to Lafayette in a big way with Catalon Legacy Food Truck Park. The family-owned spot is also a tribute to patriarch Eldridge Catalon, who in 1947 opened his grocery store on the same land where the food truck park now stands. The rotating list of participating trucks includes Nina Creole, Mouthful of Goodness, and G&G Quality Catering. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for information about hours and truck lineup, especially if you'll be in the area looking at Maurice homes for sale.

  • LUNA Bar and Grill - 533 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    While LUNA Bar and Grill is new to downtown Lafayette, the pet-friendly, celestial-inspired restaurant already has a stellar reputation. For years, the original LUNA has been a popular gathering spot in downtown Lake Charles. Chef/owner Dave Evans isn't messing with success, bringing the same casual ambiance and first-class food and drinks. Don't miss the Remoulade Trio, a zesty mix of crab, crawfish, and shrimp, and the Anthony Bourdain, a wedge salad topped with shrimp, pickled red onions, chopped bacon, and goat cheese. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • Poppa's Fried Chicken - 810 SE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Do the words "too much-fried chicken" exist around Lafayette homes for sale? Not when the food is as tasty as Poppa's Fried Chicken. Serving up homestyle cooking in a fast-food setting, Poppa's is no one-trick pony. Customers love the burgers and sandwiches such as the Mac Tsunami, a double-patty burger covered with mac & cheese. If you can't make it to the restaurant, check out their food truck at 1416 Moss St. Restaurant hours are 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day but Sunday.

  • Vestal - 555 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Looking for a new spot for date night or a special occasion? Located in a historic building in downtown Lafayette, Vestal has an intimate ambiance and upscale menu that will make any night memorable. Named after Vesta, the Roman goddess of hearth and home, the restaurant features a stunning 14-foot fireplace where food is cooked over the open flame. In addition to high-quality steaks and seafood, Vestal offers a delicious raw menu that includes ceviche, Crudo, and tartare. Vestal's kitchen is open 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, while the oyster and cocktail bar stays open until 11 p.m. and midnight, respectively.

  • Priya's J&J Indian Foods - 4807 Johnston St., Suite L, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Spice up your dining experience with the bright flavors of Priya's J&J Indian Foods. Priya Joseph is already a beloved figure in the community since selling her homemade food at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. Now customers can enjoy her samosas, curries, and signature Better Butter Chicken at the cozy and colorful brick-and-mortar restaurant. Lunch is served weekdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and dinner hours are 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

There's always something new to see and do around Lafayette. Contact us at Latter & Blum for the latest news and information about the real estate market.

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
11

Historic Oak Trees Throughout Lafayette

Oak Trees Louisiana

Louisiana's live oak trees are special. They're more than just trees. They're tangible links to the past. Living history. Our real estate agents never get tired of gazing up through their majestic canopies. 

Some of the oldest and largest trees in Louisiana are these monumental live oaks in Lafayette. 

  • St. John Cathedral Oak - 515 Cathedral St, Lafayette, LA 70501 
    The tree known as the St. John Cathedral Oak is inarguably the most famous tree in Lafayette. One of the largest live oaks in the United States, it's estimated to be around 500 years old. The Cathedral Oak stands approximately 126 feet high and has a spread of 210 feet across. Measurements of its circumference vary but typically come in around 29 feet. You can see this awe-inspiring tree near Downtown and minutes away from many Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Twentieth Century Oaks - 104 E University Ave, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Dr. Edwin Stephens, the first president of what is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, planted 18 live oaks on the university grounds on New Year's Day, 1901. He nicknamed them the Twentieth Century Oaks for their origin at the start of a new century, and they're still a fixture of campus. Located near the university entrance at the intersection of University Avenue and Johnson Street, they're neither the largest nor the oldest live oaks in town but are among the most celebrated. Be sure to stop and pay them a visit if you're in town visiting Lafayette open houses.

  • Evangeline Oak - 121 S New Market St, St Martinville, LA 70582
    The tree known as the Evangeline Oak has been the most-visited site in St. Martinville—a small city 15 miles southeast of Lafayette—since the late nineteenth century. It could very well be the most famous tree in Louisiana, despite not being particularly old or particularly large (at least by live oak standards). The tree gets its name from Evangeline, the 1847 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in which the titular character and her lover Gabriel are reunited. According to a combination of history and myth, the Evangeline Oak is the tree under which the characters' real-life counterparts once sat, inspiring Wordsworth's Poem. 

  • The Cleveland Oaks - Jefferson Island Rd, New Iberia, LA 70560
    Joseph Jefferson was an actor and comedian in the mid-19th century, and he was about as famous as a 19th-century comedian and actor could get. So much so that president Grover Cleveland—a fan and admirer of Jefferson—visited him on his property in Louisiana in 1892. While touring the areas that are now known as Jefferson Island and Avery Island, Cleveland noticed two majestic oaks that Jefferson later nicknamed in his honor. Today, the two Cleveland Oaks are still standing. Both trees are a short drive from many New Iberia homes for sale.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette, Louisiana. From rich history and incredible architecture to wild landscapes and outdoor adventures, it's a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Acadiana.

January
21

Features First-Time Buyers Want in 2022

Buyers 2022

First-time buyers are looking forward to becoming homeowners in 2022, and like all potential buyers, they have their list of preferences. Making a list of "must-haves" and "want to haves" is, after all, an important early step to take before you actually start to look at homes. In some cases, what they're looking for may differ from what other buyers prioritize.
  
Our real estate agents share some of the features first-time buyers want in 2022:

  • Large Backyards
    Many first-time homebuyers put large backyards at or near the top of their list of most-desired features. This can help extend their living space by creating a comfortable area in part of the backyard where friends and family can spend time together. And if the buyers have children or plan to have them in the near future, a large backyard offers them a safe, convenient place to play.

  • Garages  
    Garages help keep cars safer and warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They also provide added storage space for items like sporting goods and lawn equipment. After all, when first-time buyers find a home with a big backyard, they're going to need to store a mower and other tools to care for it.

  • Open Floor Plan
    Open floor plans still appeal to many buyers, including those buying their first homes. This type of layout creates a more spacious and multi-functioning space. It allows for better traffic flow and makes it easier to communicate with family and guests if, for example, you're preparing a meal and they're in the adjacent space.

  • Updated Kitchen
    The kitchen is one of the most important rooms, and first-time buyers want a modern, updated look. This can include a neutral color scheme, modernized lighting, and stainless steel appliances.

  • Walk-In Closets
    They may not be the first thing homebuyers think of when it comes to features they're looking for, but walk-in closets are important to first-time buyers. No matter what square footage they're looking at, more storage space that's easy to keep organized is always a good thing.

  • Eco-Friendly Materials and Appliances  
    First-time buyers love to see sustainable materials used in a home and Energy Star appliances that will help lower their energy costs month after month. Solar panels are also a big plus. These features are important to many buyers, but they're generally more important to first-time buyers than to others.

  • Quiet Location  
    As the old adage says, the three most important things in real estate are location, location, and location. For first-time buyers, that means a quiet location where they can relax and not have to worry about the sounds of traffic or noisy neighbors.

  • Updated Bathrooms
    Current bathroom trends include floating vanities, large-format wall tiles, quartz countertops, back-lit mirrors and medicine cabinets, and wood-look flooring. Smart toilets are also popular, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. They have self-closing lids and touch-free flushing, which reduces contact with germy surfaces. 

  • Guest Room  
    First-time buyers prefer homes that have guest rooms, which can be used for different functions depending on the buyers' preferences. Some may want a traditional guest room as a bedroom for friends or family to stay in overnight, while others may want to repurpose the space into a home office or gym.

Contact us to see Lafayette homes for sale or visit one of our Lafayette open houses. We love to work with first-time buyers to help them achieve their real estate goals, and if you're selling your home, we can suggest some ways that you can appeal to this set of buyers. 

January
14

Explore Lafayette: 6 Places to Visit this Year

Lafayette 2022

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.

  1. Jefferson Street and University Avenue, Lafayette, LA
    The area around Jefferson Street and University Avenue in downtown Lafayette is one of the best parts of the city to shop, explore, and visit local restaurants. You'll find a little of everything from bridal boutiques to local delis. This area is very walkable. The large, 3D letters that spell out "Lafayette" in Sans Souci Park make for great photo ops!

  2. Vermilionville Historic Village: 3000 Fisher Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    Vermilionville is a historic village consisting of several 18th and 19th-century homes that have been maintained and restored. Here, you can learn about the region's Cajun and Creole history. Take a self-guided tour or join one of the guided tour groups for an additional charge. Vermilionville also offers cooking demonstrations, boat tours, and dance lessons. 

  3. Buck & Johnny's: 100 Berard St., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    Buck & Johnny's
    serves incredible Cajun cuisine all around, but they're really known for their Zydeco Breakfast. At Buck & Johnny's, you can enjoy breakfast while listening to and learning about Zydeco music. Try the Zydeco omelet, the Cajun Boudin Breakfast, or the Troubled Water, which is grits topped with crawfish etouffee. 

  4. Hilliard Art Museum: 710 East St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Hilliard Art Museum
    is an art museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It's open to the public Tuesday - Saturday, and admission is only $7.50 for adults. Notable collections at Hilliard Art Museum include Twenty Years of Marais Press, Universe of the Mind by Master Shen-Long, and Sanctuary: New Work by Linda Alterwitz. The museum offers guided tours, and visitors are welcome to write or sketch in the galleries if desired. 

  5. Avery Island: Avery Island, LA
    Avery Island
    is a collection of five tiny islands that rise above the water level of the salt marshes about 20 minutes outside Lafayette. It's well worth taking a quick drive to the islands when you have a free Saturday. Avery Island is home to several unique species of birds. You can also visit the Tabasco Brand Factory and Museum and learn how this infamous sauce is made.

  6. Lagniappe Antique Mall: 124 W. Bridge Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    The town of Breaux Bridge is just a 10-minute drive from Lafayette. Here, you'll discover the Lagniappe Antique Mall, an incredible 17,000 square foot shopping center. The place is packed with antiques, collectibles, and local artwork. The Lagniappe Antique Mall is located inside the historic Domingue Motor Co, which was built in the 1920s. It's open to shoppers Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm. This is the perfect place to buy gifts or decor for your new Lafayette home. 

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.

January
7

New Year's Resolution: How to Make a Cleaning Schedule

Cleaning Schedule

Trying to think of a New Year's resolution for your home? Making a cleaning schedule helps you keep your home extra tidy all year long. Plus, if you are getting ready to sell your home, a cleaning schedule can help ensure your home is ready for any showings. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents to help you set a successful cleaning schedule for 2022. 

  • Make a Master Task List
    Part of the problem with keeping your house clean is forgetting how many things you actually have to do. It's easy to get into a routine of keeping the kitchen clean, and then next thing you know, you've got dust piling up on all your surfaces. Sit down and make a comprehensive list of all the things you need to clean regularly in order to keep your house clean, noting the frequency of each task on the list. If you need to do a deep cleaning of anything, for instance, before your house joins other Lafayette homes for sale, put that on the list too.

  • Pick Your Cleaning Style
    There are a few different approaches to cleaning the house. For instance, are you the type who likes to do a little every day to avoid lengthier cleaning days? Or do you prefer to get it done all at once? One approach to a daily cleaning schedule is to focus on speed cleaning everything lightly every day to prevent the need for deep cleaning. Alternatively, you can set a timer every day for 30, 60, or 90 minutes, and when the timer goes off, you're done for the day. For those who like a more rigid approach, you can actually schedule all of your tasks on a monthly calendar. Or, if you're an all-in-one-day kind of person, pick a day each week or every couple of weeks where you have the time to devote an entire day to cleaning.

  • Assign Tasks
    Once you've figured out how you'd like to schedule your cleaning, it's simply a matter of assigning tasks to fill in the time. If you're speed cleaning daily or doing timed cleaning, pressing or frequent tasks come first, and other tasks from your master list can be added as time allows. If you're the calendar type, fill in your cleaning calendar with tasks throughout the month according to how often they need to be done to stay on top of a clean house. If you're a one-big-cleaning-day type of person, do the regular tasks first, and fill in with an alternating schedule of less frequent tasks where you have time.

  • Regroup as Needed
    The biggest problem with New Year's resolutions is that people often don't reassess and adjust their original goals. Try out your new cleaning schedule, and if it obviously isn't working, change it! Do you have busy days where you don't have time to clean? Does something need to be cleaned more often? Can something else be cleaned less often to make life easier on you? Change what needs to be changed, and don't be hard on yourself when you don't get something done. Just pick it back up next time.

Most people don't love cleaning, so setting a schedule can help you stay on top of it. If you're planning to sell your house soon, on the other hand, you may need to devote time to a more thorough cleaning. For more information on what should be cleaned to stage your home for sale, contact us today.

December
22

2022 Guide to Moving to Louisiana

Louisiana Move

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
15

Louisiana Gumbo: Where to Try Gumbo This Winter

Louisiana Gumbo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
17

How Our Team Can Help With Your 2022 Real Estate Goals

2022 Louisiana

If your 2022 plans include buying a home, our real estate agents know that working with an experienced agent will make a positive difference in your buying experience.

Here are a few of the ways our team can help with your 2022 real estate goals. 

  • We'll Negotiate a Deal with Better Terms
    We'll negotiate with the seller to get the best possible terms for your new home. Our team knows when a home isn't priced fairly, and we'll advocate on your behalf for a better price. Price isn't the only detail of your purchase. Other items that need to be negotiated include your closing date, any contingencies for your deal, and what items remain with the home. Our real estate agents will work to secure the terms that you need. 
  • Our Agents Have Access to the MLS Listings
    The MLS is a comprehensive collection of homes for sale, regardless of what realtor or agency is handling the property. It's much more efficient to use MLS listings to search for Lafayette homes for sale than trying to monitor multiple real estate businesses for potential homes. Access to MLS listings can reduce the amount of time that it takes you to find your ideal home and provide early notifications about open houses, new listings, and price reductions.
  • Our Team Knows How to Make Tactful Requests
    There's a good chance that your home inspection report will include a few items that need repairs. Some sellers balk at doing any repairs, and it can be tricky trying to save the deal. Our agents know what repairs are important and which ones aren't necessarily worth losing the home over. We can make a tactful request for the seller to complete the repairs that are necessary for you to purchase the home. Or, if there's a disagreement about what repairs should be completed, we'll help you come to a resolution with the seller. 
  • We'll Work to Get Everything Done Before Your Closing Date
    For the deal to close, there are a few things that have to be done, like an appraisal and property inspection. There is a lot of paperwork going back and forth, and it's easy for a document to be misplaced by the various companies involved in your purchase. We know how to locate missing documents and what to do if something has to be replaced. We'll also assist with scheduling the necessary appointments for your closing to happen. Or, if a problem arises (such as an issue with the title search or the home not appraising for the needed amount), we have the experience to efficiently deal with these problems. We also know when a problem is a minor roadblock and when it's a potential dealbreaker.
  • We Know A Lot About Neighborhoods and Communities
    When you're purchasing a home, you're buying more than the structure. You're also buying the neighborhood and community where the home is located. Our agents have a lot of market knowledge about potential neighborhoods and communities. We'll help you locate a home in an area that's perfect for your lifestyle and preferences.

Ready to start working on your 2022 goals? Contact us today!

December
10

Gift Ideas From Local Lafayette Shops

Lafayette Local Shops

Running out of ideas for meaningful gifts? Our real estate agents are always inspired by the many independent small businesses in our community. Take a break from viewing Lafayette homes for sale for some holiday shopping at these delightful shops.

  • Lagniappe Records - 311-B Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Vinyl has made a big comeback in recent years. Treat the audiophile on your list to some classic discs from Lagniappe Records. Part of the fun of shopping at Lagniappe Records is that old-school thrill of flipping through albums in search of a hidden gem. If you need some help, the husband-and-wife owners are friendly and knowledgeable. Hours are noon - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

  • The Bougie Bar - 403-B S. Buchanan St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    "Bougie" is a French term for "candle," and this unique shop is a great source for DIY gifts. Make your own custom-blended candle while sipping on your favorite wine at one of The Bougie Bar's classes. Sign up for an existing session or assemble a group of friends for a private party. Cost is $40 per person, which includes all materials and a souvenir wine glass, and a 15 percent discount on retail purchases.

  • Pavy Art + Design Studio - 100 E. Vermilion St., Suite 108, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Share Louisiana pride with a special gift from Pavy Art + Design Studio. The shop's pillows, prints, jewelry, and accessories are based on "Pavicons," the visual vocabulary and iconic imagery of local artist Francis X. Pavy. As an accomplished artist who has worked in ceramics, painting, block-printing, and mixed media, Pavy draws inspiration from music, folklore, and other elements of Cajun and Creole culture. Pavy Studio is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Deuxième Vie Creative - 549 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Do you have a friend or family member who's an avid crafter? Maybe you want to nurture a child's imagination and creativity. Deuxième Vie Creative, which translates to "Second Life," offers a wide range of craft kits that incorporate repurposed materials. The recipient of your gift will have fun making a wall hanging from an old 45 record or a wind chime with colorful beads. If you prefer, pick up a ready-made gift at their on-site boutique. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • Beausoleil Books - 302-A Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    In this digital age, there's still nothing like the comforting feel of holding an actual book. Head to Beausoleil Books for a thoughtfully curated selection of best-sellers, classics, and special-interest titles. It's also a good excuse to spend time in the Whisper Room, the cozy adjoining lounge that offers wine and cocktails, charcuterie, and desserts. Relax with a glass of wine and a plate of cheese while diving into a new book. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Genterie Supply Co. - 408 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Genterie Supply Co.
    may have an industrial sound, but the "supplies" are actually stylish clothing, accessories, and home decor products. Follow them on Instagram for updates on all the latest arrivals. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 3 p.m.

Gift yourself and your family with a beautiful home in Lafayette. Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started on your search.

November
26

Cajun & Creole Holiday Events 2021

Holiday Events

Lafayette is known for its Cajun and Creole influences. In the winter months, these traditions really come alive with many festive celebrations. In fact, there are several Cajun and Creole holiday events that are well worth attending if you're in the area looking at Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Merry & Bright: Downtown Lafayette
    Merry & Bright is a collection of Christmas and holiday activities taking place in downtown Lafayette throughout the month of December. There will be more than 500 trees decorated for the public to view, and many of them will feature Creole-inspired decorations. Decorated wreaths will also be hung throughout the downtown area.

    Stroll along the sidewalk, admiring the decorations as you go, and don't forget to snap a few photos.

  • Carencro Country Christmas: 5115 N. University Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70506
    This Christmas festival is organized by the Carencro Business Association and is scheduled for December 4th, 2021. It will last from 9 am - 3 pm, featuring various holiday crafts for sale, tasty treats, and performances by local choirs. There's sure to be some Cajun and Creole-inspired music performed.

    This is a great low-key event to attend if you have older loved ones in your family, or if you just want to listen to some holiday music in a quiet atmosphere.

  • Christmas in the Park: 2913 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70506
    Christmas in the Park is an annual Christmas festival held in Moncus Park. This year, it is scheduled for December 16th - 29th. Activities will take place daily between 5:00 and 10:00 pm.

    At Christmas in the Park, you can see live reindeer, enjoy a visit with Santa, and shop at an artisan's market featuring local vendors. There are also a few specialty events scheduled throughout the festival. A Teddy Bear Tea is scheduled for December 18th, and there are several kids' fun runs that take place with characters like Rudolph and Buddy the Elf.

  • Deck the Halls: 412 Travis St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Deck the Halls - A Christmas Home Tour is a magnificent performance by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music. It's scheduled for Sunday, December 5th between 5:00 and 8:00 pm this year. Tickets are available for $45 per adult and $10 per child. Proceeds go to benefit the Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra.

    At Deck the Halls, you get to see some of Lafayette's most stunning Cajun architecture, all lit up for the holidays. You'll join a group and stroll from home to home, listening to symphony performances along the way. There will be treats and snacks at some of the homes and fun kids' activities at others. 

Lafayette really comes alive during the holiday season. Each of these local events has something wonderful and unique to offer. If you're thinking of moving to Lafayette or the surrounding areas, contact us soon. Our real estate agents can help you find the perfect home.

November
5

National Recycling Day: Tips for a Sustainable Home

Sustainable Home

As environmentally conscious Americans look toward a more sustainable lifestyle, it quickly becomes evident that recycling is a critical part of the equation; so much so that we have recognized National Recycling Day on November 15th since 1997. Our real estate agents would like to point out some of the ways you can make your home more sustainable and how we can use recycling to improve our lives as well as the health of the planet. 

  • Recycled Building Materials
    These fall into two main categories: reusing existing materials and products made from recycled materials. Many Lafayette homes for sale have been repaired or remodeled with reclaimed materials. Supplies reclaimed from tear-down sites often find their way into barbecue pits, fences, and walls. A frugal shopper can find useable materials in donation outlets such as Habitat for Humanity Restore. Online sites such as Craigslist and Offer Up are also great resources for materials while protecting local landfills. Barn wood is a perfect option for a decorative material thanks to its unique weathered appearance. Even old blue jeans make excellent insulation material. Recycled materials that are transformed into entirely new products are newspaper wood, ecobricks made from waste plastic, and glass bricks made from recycled glass. All it takes is a little creativity! 
  • Household Products
    Homeowners can support recycling by purchasing goods made from recycled materials. Some items you use every day are made from recycled materials. The most common are paper products. Look for the recycled symbol on copy paper, facial tissue, toilet paper, and paper towels. While in their earlier days, some of these items were inferior to products made from new materials, production processes have improved dramatically over the years and you will find it difficult to recognize which is which. That's why it's important to read the labels to make sure you support the companies that give materials a second life. Plus, when possible opt for products that are reusable compared to disposable ones. This adds up over time and can save you money in the long run! 
    • Refurbished Furniture
      You don't have to feel guilty about hating that old dining room table your grandmother gave you when you got your first apartment. You can find some items like that new homes simply by putting a "free" sign on them and setting them in the front yard (Do check HOA regulations first!) or consider donating your old furniture when possible. Prefer to keep your old furniture and take on a DIY project? You can also have couches reupholstered, refinish dressers and chests of drawers, and so much more. Get creative!
    • Explore DIY Options Before Buying New
      Whether you need a birdbath for the backyard, a headboard for the bed, or more storage in the den, you can find do-it-yourself ideas on the internet. Very few require significant carpentry skills. A little spray paint may be all you need to turn an old tv stand into attractive storage. Prop your feet up on your beautiful new ottoman made by padding an old coffee table. 

    Looking for a home with eco-friendly features? If you're in the market for a new home, contact us. There are plenty of gorgeous options in Lafayette, waiting just for you!

    October
    22

    Housewarming Gift Ideas That First-Time Homeowners Will Love

    Gift IdeasOur real estate agents know that a housewarming gift is a fantastic way to congratulate a first-time homeowner on their new purchase. When selecting a gift, you want to choose something that the recipient will find useful. Here are some housewarming gift ideas that new homeowners are sure to love. 

    1. A Bottle of Wine in a Wine Cooler Bag
      If the new homeowners enjoy wine, gift them a bottle in a wine cooler bag. A wine cooler bag is one of those items that you don't realize how useful it actually is until you own one. Wine cooler bags are produced using water-resistant materials that provide insulation. They make it easy to transfer a chilled bottle of wine without worrying about the bottle sweating or getting warm during your travels. Thanks to the similarity in the size of their bottles, you can often use a wine cooler bag to transport a chilled fifth-sized bottle of liquor. 
    1. A Weighted Blanket
      Using a weighted blanket is an excellent way to encourage a more restful night of slumber, decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, reduce anxiety, and improve restless leg syndrome. Some individuals even like to use them when they're lounging and relaxing. Consider gifting a weighted blanket with a removable cover. This makes it easy to handle spills and drips without having to launder the weighted portion of the blanket. 
    1. A Letter and Key Holder
      Make sure that the new homeowners never misplace their keys by gifting them a letter and key holder. The hooks are perfect for keeping keys and pet leashes in a designated location, while the mail holder portion provides a place to stow mail so that it doesn't pile up on a table or counter. 
    1. A Folding Step Stool
      Unfortunately, there are likely to be areas within their new home that the homeowners simply can't access on their own. A folding step stool gives them the lift they need to reach light fixtures and the top shelves of cabinets. When the stool isn't needed, they can fold and store it. 
    1. An Indoor Plant
      An indoor plant is a gift that suits nearly any style of home decor and improves the air quality inside the home. Individuals who are adding their homes to the list of Lafayette homes for sale are even encouraged to add a couple of plants because they've been shown to freshen the air and enhance the overall appearance of a room. Succulents, cactuses, aloe vera plants, spider plants, snake plants, and orchids are a few low-maintenance options. 
    1. A Video Doorbell
      A video doorbell is a versatile selection that makes their new home feel more safe and secure. They can see who's at the door before they answer it, and they're handy for remotely keeping an eye on front porches and driveways (serving as a potential deterrent to porch pirates). 
    1. A Gift Card to a Local Restaurant
      The new homeowners likely have some busy days ahead as they unpack boxes and organize their new home. Make it easy for them to have a delicious dinner, even when their schedule is full, and their budget is maxed out, with a gift card to a local restaurant. To make the gift card even more convenient to use, look for a restaurant that delivers. 

    Ready to become a first-time homeowner? Contact us today to get started!

    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
    15

    Ghost Pepper Hunting: Louisiana-Made Hot Sauces

    Louisiana Hot Sauce

    Louisiana is known for many things—Creole culture, Jazz music, Mardi Gras—but hot sauce definitely belongs on the list. All across America, Louisiana hot sauce is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to zesty, spicy, smoky goodness. 

    Ask a bunch of folks from Louisiana what the best local hot sauce is, and you'll get a bunch of different answers. Our real estate agents are here to weigh in on the matter and suggest you go on a ghost pepper hunt this October. These are some of our favorite hot sauces that could only come from Louisiana! 

    • Crystal Hot Sauce
      Made in New Orleans since 1923, Crystal Hot Sauce (or, more properly, "Louisiana's Pure Crystal Hot Sauce") has been Louisiana's premier hot sauce for close to a century. With a flavor profile that puts the hot peppers front and center, Crystal Hot Sauce packs a punch but is never overwhelming. It's great for splashing on eggs or adding some kick to a bloody Mary. Crystal also makes several variations on their classic recipe, including an "Extra Hot" version for those who demand a little more heat. 

    • D.a.T. Sauce
      A family-owned hot sauce company based in Morgan City, Louisiana, D.a.T. Sauce is a twist on classic hot sauce, made from a secret family recipe. It's the kind of sauce you can put on just about anything. And while D.a.T. Sauce certainly has some heat to it, it's not blow-the-doors-off hot. It's more about flavor, with a balance of garlic, onion, and tomato along with a generous dose of red pepper. 

    • Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce
      Famous for its cheeky name, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce is an all-around solid hot sauce that offers a balance of peppery punch and salty, savory goodness. A few drops of it adds a little heat to a slice of pizza or a plate of eggs and home fries. Slap Ya Mama also makes a killer Cajun seasoning blend, as well as some tasty Jalapeno hot pepper sauce. 

    • Tabasco Pepper Sauce
      The Tabasco Brand is arguably the most famous Louisiana hot sauce, the one that's spread far beyond state lines to become ubiquitous pretty much everywhere. There's a good reason for that. Tabasco sauce is perfect in its simplicity, with just the right level of heat. They make about a dozen varieties at this point, but the Original Tabasco Red Pepper Sauce is still king. It's also still made right here in Louisiana using red pepper, vinegar, salt... and that's it. 

    • Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Sauce
      Cajun Power's original Garlic Sauce doesn't have much spice at all (but it's great on barbecued shrimp). But thanks to popular demand, the folks at Cajun Power introduced a version with more kick. Their Spicy Garlic Sauce adds some satisfying red pepper heat to the traditional garlic-centric flavor profile, and the result is a spicy sauce that's great for marinating, grilling, or dipping. It's also perfect for chicken wings with a punchy Cajun twist. 

    Contact us today to learn more about all the things that make Louisiana unique. It's a special place to call home, and our team is here to help you find the perfect Lafayette homes for sale

    October
    8

    Fall Festivals Coming to the Lafayette Area

    Lafayette FestivalsFall is here! Our real estate agents are looking forward to it. Are you?

    Crisp weather, colorful foliage, and hot cocoa are just a few of the reasons to enjoy fall. When you're in the Lafayette area, there are plenty more to discover. Lafayette is known for a busy social calendar that combines Cajun cuisine and family-friendly entertainment into a fall you won't soon forget! And it's not just about Halloween – in Lafayette, folks get creative with their events.

    There's so much to see and do, let's dive in and take a look at some of Lafayette's top fall festivals:

    • Spooktacular Fall Fest – 817 Albertson Parkway Suite H, Broussard, LA 70518
      Sponsored by Saketini Sushi and Hibachi, the annual Spooktacular Fall Fest brings fun and excitement to the scary season. Kids in costume can enjoy trick or treating and the costume contest. Adults can visit plenty of booths by local artists and artisans. At the end of the night, Saketini will be offering free kids' hibachi with adult purchase. It might just become your favorite near Broussard homes for saleTo be first in line, be there at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 23!

    • Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon Fest – 200 Garfield Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
      The Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon Fest is your chance to get familiar with boudin, a beloved Cajun-cooked sausage dish made from pork meat, rice, vegetables, and seasonings. Now entering its thirteenth year, this is considered the premier boudin event and attracts chefs from Louisiana and Texas. Sample, vote, and enjoy, all for free on Saturday, October 16 between 10 a.m. and 4! Plus, it's a short drive from Lafayette homes for sale.

    • Gulf Brew 2021 – See Website for Location Details, Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
      The biggest fundraiser led by Acadiana Center for the Arts all year round, Gulf Brew 2021 is the largest and oldest craft beer festival in the area. On Saturday, October 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., tasters will get to visit with dozens of breweries and enjoy more than 200 beers, filling out their "Brew Book" along the way. Visit local shops and restaurants as you go, knowing that your contribution makes a difference for a true community institution!

    • Gumbo Festival – Bouligny Plaza, 102 West Main Street, Lafayette, LA 70506
      Where else would you go for America's most iconic Gumbo Festival than Lafayette? Running on October 12 and 13, this family-friendly shindig includes the Cajun Creole Foodfest, Roux Run, and Meanest Beans Cookoff on Saturday, capped off with the Youth Gumbo Cookoff. Sunday brings the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff itself. You won't want to miss a second of the fun, friends, and delicious food!

    • International Rice Festival – 303 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526
      The International Rice Festival is the biggest agricultural festival in Louisiana and has a long and storied history dating back to 1937. Held to honor the rice industry and all those who contribute to it, it now doubles as one of the biggest live musical events in the state. Featuring two sound stages plus a Classic Car Show and Fiddle and Accordion Contest, it's all happening between October 14-17, minutes from Crowley homes for sale.

    Contact us at Latter & Blum today to discover Lafayette real estate.

    September
    24

    Antique Shopping in Lafayette

    Lafayette Antique StoresIf 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. 

    • Jenni B's Antiques: 510 Eraste Landry Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506
      Jenni B's Antiques is a small, welcoming antique shop located inside a quaint brick building. They are open Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Inside, you'll find a little bit of everything, from antique silverware to artwork.

      This is a great shop to visit if you're looking for antique flower vases to decorate your table, or for some cookie jars or pitchers for your dining room. They even have some antique luggage, gorgeous wood bookshelves, and a wide array of figurines.

    • Revival Antiques & Etc.: 910 Alfred St., Lafayette, LA 70506
      Revival Antiques & Etc. 
      opened in 2010 and has since become a favorite among antique shoppers in Lafayette. The shop is located in a historic, 1880s building, which gives it an authentic vibe. Their inventory is always growing, with new items added every day.

      This shop has a great selection of antique furniture. You'll find oak chairs, armoires, sideboards, and more. They have a whole section of blue and white china, along with rugs and mirrors. The store is open Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

    • Vintiques: 414 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70503
      Vintiques 
      is an antique store located inside The Oil Center. They focus on offering antique furniture, but they also carry a lot of decor. Inside, you'll see gorgeous, handmade wooden armoires, framed art, hand-painted china, and more. The store is open Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

      Vintiques has a great selection of lamps and chandeliers. Visitors love the warm and welcoming atmosphere and the high quality of the items. This is the perfect place to visit when furnishing a new home.

    • Lafayette Antique Market: 3108 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
      Opened in 1993, the Lafayette Antique Market is one of the most popular antique stores in the area. It's a larger store than most on this list and a great place to spend an afternoon browsing. You'll find all sorts of antique dining furniture and china. They carry a lot of Florentine items and blue and white china.

      This shop is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Visitors often comment on how friendly the staff is and how often new treasures are added to the shelves.

    • Reflections of Olde Antique Mall: 700 West Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Reflections of Olde Antique Mall 
      is a larger antique store with several different rooms to explore. One room houses larger tables and other antique furniture. Another room has a lot of artwork, and still another is filled with glassware and figurines.

      Shopping at this antique store can really feel like you're on a treasure hunt. You may find the perfect piece of art for your living room wall or a gift for that special someone. The shop was established in 1999. They are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

    If you love shopping for antiques, our real estate agents highly recommend visiting these shops. Contact us if you're looking for a home in the area and need a real estate agent to guide you.

    September
    17

    What to Ask When Interviewing Real Estate Agents

    Interview Real Estate Agents

    When you're listing your home for sale, you'll have your choice of many real estate agents to do business with. Before signing a contract, take the time to interview a few, so you understand exactly what they'll be doing to sell your home and to ensure you have a good rapport with them.
      
    Our real estate agents suggest asking the following questions when you're interviewing agents:

    • What's included in your services?  
      Real estate agents typically list your home on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), complete with an accurate listing description and appealing photos. They should also help you price your home based on a comparative market analysis of similar homes in your area. 

    • How would you market my home?
      A real estate agent should be able to explain how your home will be marketed. How will photographs and videos of your home be handled? Will other marketing strategies, like direct mail, be used?

    • What steps will be taken to prepare your home for sale?
      You'll need to know what to do to prepare your home before it goes on the market, and a real estate agent's experience and expertise should be able to guide you. They may, for example, suggest improvements that will make your home more attractive to prospective buyers. If that's the case, the agent should be able to tell you what improvements are most popular with buyers in your area and which are likely to earn the highest return on your investment.

    • What type of experience do you have?
      Ideally, an agent will have experience in selling homes that are in the same neighborhood or area as yours. They should also have experience in selling the type of home you have, such as a starter home, home with acreage, or a historic home.

    • Can you help connect me with other professionals? 
      Selling your home often requires the help of professionals such as home inspectors and title companies. And if you're making repairs and improvements to your home, you may need recommendations for painters, plumbers, and other similar tradespeople. A real estate agent should have good relationships with these contacts and be able to recommend those who perform their jobs with honesty and skill.

    • What sets you apart from other agents?  
      Marketing your home is important, but an agent also needs to be able to successfully market themselves to you. Do they pride themselves on their experience or a successful track record? Are they particularly good at being available when you need them? They should be able to answer this question in a way that makes you want to do business with them.

    • How well do you know the area?
      Although agents who are new to the area can often do a great job, it's an extra advantage to have an agent who has lived around the area for a long time. That way, they'll understand the local market, know what's important to buyers in the area, be aware of all the amenities near your home, and more.  

    Contact us today to put your home on the market with other Lafayette homes for sale or to visit homes for sale in the area. Our agents pride themselves on knowing the local market and making your real estate transaction experience an easy and pleasant one. 

    September
    7

    Explore Public Art Spots in Downtown Lafayette

    Public Art Lafayette

    What would our cities look like without public art? We've been fortunate to have some truly gifted artists contribute to our city's growing collection of murals and sculptures. If you're looking for the best of Lafayette's public art, our real estate agents are happy to provide this handy guide!

    • Downtown Reawakening - 121 E. Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501
      One of Lafayette's oldest murals, Downtown Reawakening was completed in 1984. It's the work of local artist and gallery owner Tanya Falgout and depicts a birds-eye view of the city as it appeared in the early '80s. It's a fitting place to start your tour of Lafayette's public art and is located within walking distance of many Lafayette homes for sale. The Downtown Reawakening Mural is tucked away just inside the entrance to Parc Auto du Centre-Ville parking garage. 

    • Fields of Study Mural - 433 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
      The mural known as Fields of Study is located on an exterior wall of the Lafayette Science Museum, and what could be a more fitting place? Completed in 2016 by artist Chris Pavilk, Fields of Study is really a series of murals depicting the many disciplines contained within the museum—everything from dinosaurs and undersea life to geology and outer space. 

    • Bicycle Sculptures - 201 E. Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Pat Juneau's whimsical Bicycle Sculptures add a splash of color to Lafayette's Vermillion Street. Perched high atop a series of light poles, the metalwork sculptures are also a great reminder that Lafayette is an amazingly bike-friendly city. Juneau is one of Louisiana's foremost metalsmiths, and he's also responsible for the Dinosaur Pole Sculptures at the Lafayette Science Museum. 

    • Horizon Mural - 200 W. Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Horizon is the work of acclaimed mural artist Robert Dafford. Completed in 1988, it's a tribute to Louisiana's landscape as well as its musical heritage. This mural is also part of Dafford's "Flying Violin" series of murals, which includes similar murals in locations around the globe, including Ottawa, Canada, and Suresnes, France.

    • Thalassa - 113 Clinton St, Lafayette, LA 70501
      The eye-catching Thalassa mural at Basin Arts spans two stories and is the work of local multimedia artist Susan David. The mural is a dramatic depiction of Thalassa, a primeval spirit of the sea in Greek mythology. It was created in 2016, and its painter has been responsible for several great public art projects around town. 

    • McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Living Legends Wall - 713 LA 728-8, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Completed in 2016 by artist Adrian Fulton, the McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Living Legends Wall is a loving tribute to nine members of the local community who have made great contributions to education, government, culture, and activism in Lafayette. The mural is on the side of Kirk's U-Needa-Butcher Shop, a reminder that great art can be anywhere.

    A hub for art and culture in Louisiana, Lafayette is a one-of-a-kind place to call home. Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette!

    August
    18

    7 Tips for Picking the Right Real Estate Agent

    Real Estate Agent Tips

    Choosing a real estate agent is an important part of ensuring your next real estate transaction is successful and as stress-free as possible. Before you consider buying or selling a home in the area, you want to make sure you find the right person to help you every step of the way. Our real estate agents suggest these 7 tips for finding the perfect fit.

    1. Ask for Recommendations
      The best place to start is to ask for recommendations from your friends, family, neighbors, and others you know personally. It's an easy way to launch your search and it's a good way to find local, trustworthy agents with a positive track record.

    2. Look for Local Specialists
      Especially if you are buying or selling in a hot neighborhood, it's important to look for an agent who specializes in your neighborhood. This agent will be knowledgeable of sales in your neighborhood, which for a seller means a better listing and pricing. For a buyer, it means they'll be able to alert you faster to new listings.

    3. Visit Open Houses in your Area
      One of the best ways to find an agent who specializes in your area is to visit an open house in the same neighborhood. Check listings of Lafayette homes for sale close to your home or in the neighborhood where you wish to move, and find out when their open houses will be. Dropping in during the open house will give you an opportunity to chat with the agent face-to-face, so you can get a feel for their approach, their experience with your neighborhood, and how well your personalities click.

    4. Check Reviews
      It can't be overlooked that online reviews are an excellent way to research an agent. Look for reviews that provide lots of detail and feedback about things like how effectively an agent markets a home, how skilled they are at negotiation, and how easy they are to get in touch with. 

    5. Interview Multiple Agents
      Every agent isn't going to be right for you, even if they were recommended by someone you know and trust. That's why it's important to interview a number of agents before signing with one. Meeting with agents takes a lot of time, though, so do your research first and narrow your list down to three or so agents to interview.

    6. Discuss Marketing Strategy
      One of the most important things you'll want to discuss with a potential agent when you interview them is their marketing strategy. Some agents might not want to do an open house, for example, while others don't give a lot of guidance for staging your home. Use this opportunity to ask about the agent's marketing strategies, discuss your communication preferences, ask about contract terms, and mention anything else you are hoping to get from this partnership.

    7. Trust Your Instincts
      If you find yourself particularly drawn to one agent, there's probably a good reason for it. Chemistry is an important consideration when choosing a real estate agent because you're more likely to work well with someone with whom you just click. If one agent appeals to you more than the others, go with your gut!

    We understand that choosing an agent is a big decision! To set up a time to chat with one of our agents, contact us today.

    August
    13

    Build or Buy a Home?

    Build or Buy a Home

    If you're purchasing your first home or ready to upgrade your existing residence, you're likely wondering if it's better to buy or build a home. Our real estate agents know that there is no "correct" answer to this quandary; the final answer depends on your specific needs and situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you make your decision. 

    1. Your Moving Timeline
      While it takes an average of 7.7 months to build a new home, it isn't uncommon for the process to take more than a year. When you buy a home, once you locate a property that fits your needs and the seller accepts your offer, it takes an average of 56 days to officially close the deal. If your goal is to complete your move as quickly as possible, buying a home is definitely the quicker alternative. However, if you're not on a strict schedule and are more interested in having a home that's created specifically for your preferences, building a home may be the better option. 
    1. Your Budget for the Home and Overall Financial Situation
      In general, it's cheaper to purchase an existing home than it is to build a comparable property. It's often difficult to precisely estimate the exact cost of building a home, as the prices for labor and building materials can quickly change. Running utilities to land without the infrastructure in place is often expensive. The financing process for building a home is a little different than when you buy a home. First, you have to procure approval for a land loan to purchase the land for the home. Securing approval for a land loan requires excellent credit and available funds for a down payment. Then, you need to take out a construction loan to build your property. Once the property is complete, you'll consolidate both the land loan and construction loan into a traditional mortgage. If you don't have a ton of extra cash or stellar credit, you may have trouble securing the required financing to build a house.
    1. Your List of Must-Haves
      When you purchase a home, it's tricky finding everything that you like in a single property. A lot of Lafayette homes for sale will have most of the characteristics you want, and you can always renovate your home so that it's a better fit for your wants. However, if you have a specific floorplan in mind or want your home to have your ideal aesthetic from the day you move in, building a home lets, you accomplish these goals. When you build a home, you can customize every single detail about the property. Some homebuyers find the number of decisions overwhelming, while others value the opportunity to make a home completely their own. You even have the ability to personalize the setup and details of your home's landscaping and yard structures. 
    1. Your Tolerance for Stress
      Due to the longer timeline and many decisions to make and tasks to complete, building a home is typically viewed as more stressful than purchasing a home. There's a lot of time, effort, and money involved with building a home. You'll also have to manage the details to make sure everything is completed according to your wishes.

    Ready to start the homebuying process? Contact us to begin your search!

    August
    2

    What to Pay Attention to When Your Neighbors Sell Their Home

    Selling Your Home

    With the current rise in real estate prices, many homeowners are putting their homes on the market to take advantage of big profits. If you're considering the same thing, our real estate agents at Latter & Blum have professional expertise that can help you get a great return on your investment.

    If you're noticing a lot of New Orleans homes for sale in your area, you may be wondering if it's time to sell while sales prices are up, inventory is down, and interest rates are at an all-time low. Before following your neighbors' actions, it's important to do some research.

    Pay Attention to the Local Market

    Before you list your home for sale, you should research local market trends that may impact your listing price. Neighborhoods often take on personalities of their own by attracting more singles, young families, or retirees. Although listing prices may play a role in demographic trends, neighborhood attractions like transportation services, shopping malls, movie theaters, schools, and parks also play a role in attracting certain types of buyers.

    If for-sale signs are popping up in your neighborhood, take a closer look at the listings through online real estates sites or talk to a real estate agent for more information. By researching available properties online, you can investigate important information about the property:

    1. Scroll through the interior and exterior photos

    2. Compare the home's total square footage

    3. Check for home upgrades and amenities

    4. Check the age of the home

    5. Find out how long the home has been on the market

    Go to Open Houses

    If your neighbor is hosting an open house, take the time to stop by. As you tour the home, make mental notes of valuable upgrades such as new flooring; new plumbing and fixtures; new kitchen cabinets and appliances; bathroom whirlpools and soaking tubs; interior and exterior lighting; property landscaping; and home security systems. If your home doesn't have all of these amenities, you likely won't get the same price as your neighbor.

    If you still want to list your home, you may need to drop your price or work out discounts for the buyer, rather than sinking money into home upgrades and repairs. Buyers who like the home and the area are more likely to work out some type of agreement with discount incentives so they don't lose the home, especially when other neighborhood listings are priced much higher or over the buyer's budget.

    Investigate the Time on the Market

    In today's real estate market, properties can sell overnight or sit on the market for months before they sell. If your neighbor's house recently sold, investigate how long it was listed on the market prior to the sale. Most online real estate listings tell you the number of days a house has been on the market. If you notice that your neighbor's house was on the market for 6 months or longer when other homes in the area sold right away, there's likely a good reason. Common reasons include:

    • Roofing with signs of damage, leaks, or mold

    • Showers, tubs, and sinks with leaks and low water pressure

    • Heating and AC systems that don't heat or cool property

    • Lack of interior upgrades or repairs

    • Lack of outdoor maintenance and sprinklers

    • No home security system

    Before you decide to list your home, contact us for professional guidance on ways to quickly sell your home for maximum profits in a seller's market.

    July
    14

    How to Add More Closet Space to Your Home

    Closet Space Tips

    Storage is one thing we never seem to have enough of, which is probably why closet space is usually such a big selling point for homebuyers. If you feel like you're in cramped quarters, here are six suggestions from our real estate agents for adding to your closet space, ranging from minor adjustments to major renovations.

    1. Get Creative
      Not all storage spaces have to be tucked away into a closet. There are plenty of creative storage options you can use to make more storage space out of nothing. For example, reclaim that lost space under your bed by getting a bed frame with under-bed storage drawers or shelves, or check out furniture such as storage ottomans, cube shelves, and freestanding wardrobes.

    2. Maximize Current Closet Space
      Sometimes the issue isn't really a lack of storage space, but under-used closet space. The traditional approach of a single clothing bar with a shelf above it tends to leave a lot of wasted space. Look into organizational design options to customize and make full use of your closet space, from recessed nooks to the backs of the doors. Consider installing custom shelving, drawers, or a second clothing bar to utilize your unused spaces. Closet upgrades like these always make a good impression in Baton Rouge homes for sale.

    3. Install Open Closets
      The concept of open closets might seem unappealing, but you may already have some of these spaces without realizing it. For example, a mudroom setup with coat hooks, a bench, and cubbies with bins represents an open closet design that is a popular and attractive part of many homes. You can build similarly designed open closets in bathrooms that lack linen storage or in craft rooms for supply storage.

    4. Find Unused Spaces
      Houses often have unused spaces in them that can be given new life as reconverted closet spaces. For instance, you might have unused space under your stairs. It's often easier and requires less remodeling to convert those spaces into closets than building closets from scratch. Another option is to convert a small bedroom into a walk-in closet and dressing room. This can easily be turned back into a bedroom when it comes time to sell the house.

    5. Build a Closet
      If you've exhausted all the creative options available to you and still find yourself pressed for storage space, it might be time to consider building a closet or expanding on an existing one. This does mean more involved renovations and may cut into the size of the room where you're adding the closet space. In some cases, however, you may find that it's worth the expense.

    6. Declutter
      When all else fails, remember that much of the stuff we keep and store we don't really need. Make it a habit of going through your closets regularly, getting rid of things you don't need or haven't used in a while, and reorganizing to make the best use of the space. This is especially important if you're getting ready to sell your home! 

    Storage is an ongoing issue for many households, and there's a reason why storage is often toward the top of our clients' wish lists. If you've outgrown your current space and you're ready to move onto something bigger and better, contact us today.

    July
    16

    Your Guide to Downtown Lafayette

    Downtown Lafayette

    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

    • ArtWalk
      Immerse yourself in the boundless creative energy of Acadiana at ArtWalk. On the second Saturday of each month, Downtown Lafayette's museums, galleries, and studios stage events designed to showcase local artists and performers. 2021 brings two new participants to the festivities. Lafayette Arts & Fleas will have a market in Parc de Lafayette, while Louisiana Crafts Guild is hosting Marché Sans Souci along East Vermilion Street. ArtWalk is a delightful outing for couples, families, and anyone who appreciates art. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., while Marché Sans Souci opens at 2 p.m.

    • Alexandre Mouton House- 1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      The long and distinguished history of Alexandre Mouton House dates back to the turn of the 19th century when it was built by Jean Mouton, one of the area's first settlers. From 1825 to 1836, the home was occupied by his son Alexandre, who later became the first Democratic governor of Louisiana. Today, Les Vingt-Quatre Club maintains the home as a museum featuring historical and cultural artifacts that tell the story of Lafayette's past. Alexandre Mouton House is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

    • Children's Museum of Acadiana - 201 E. Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Learning doesn't have to be dull. The Children's Museum of Acadiana combines the entertainment factor of games with knowledge- and skill-building in a number of valuable areas. Kids have a blast "designing" structure in Architecture Alley, caring for stuffed animals in Happy Paws Hospital, and running their own news show in Le TV des Enfants. Check the museum calendar for information about programs such as S.T.E.A.M. Kids Sundays. Admission is $7 and must be reserved online. The museum is open every day but Monday. Visit the website for times.

    • Rock 'n' Bowl - 905 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Bowling to a musical backdrop has become a popular pastime, but this activity takes on some Lafayette flair at Rock 'n' Bowl. Live music from top local zydeco, blues, swamp pop, and country performers keeps the party going. Fuel up beforehand with dinner at Ye Olde College Inn, only steps away from Rock 'n' Bowl. The menu ranges from fried oysters and cheeseburgers to pan-seared duck breast and crawfish Delacroix. Bowling alley and restaurant hours are 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with Ye Olde College Inn closing at 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday.

    • The Wurst Biergarten - 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      The Wurst Biergarten might best be described as a culinary amusement park. This family- and the pet-friendly open-air venue has food trucks along with a wide assortment of local and regional craft beers. Between live music, open mic comedy, and trivia, there's always something special going on. You're also likely to find pop-up craft booths selling vintage and unique items. The Wurst Biergarten is open 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Thursday, noon - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-midnight Sunday. Times may change due to weather, so check Instagram or Facebook.

    Ready to buy or sell a home around Lafayette? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started. 

    July
    9

    5 Places to Take Your Kids This Summer in Lafayette

    Lafayette Kids Activities

    There comes a point in every summer when the fun starts to wind down, and the return to school is just around the corner. Fortunately, we're not quite there yet! There's still a lot of adventure waiting in the Lafayette area.

    If you're looking for fun ways to spend time with your kids in Louisiana this summer, our real estate agents have more than a few ideas. These are our favorite places for family fun and excitement in Lafayette!

    • Children's Museum of Acadiana - 201 E Congress St, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Offering hands-on exhibits and entertaining educational programs for kids of all ages, the Children's Museum of Acadiana is a great resource for parents in the Lafayette area. A real highlight of the museum's summertime schedule is their weekly Camp STEAMOLOGY events. These immersive summer camps are held on Sundays throughout the summer and give kids an opportunity to explore STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) through firsthand experience. The museum is located just minutes from many Lafayette homes for sale.

    • Kart Ranch - 508 Youngsville Hwy, Lafayette, LA 70508
      Kart Ranch Family Fun Center is the place to go for a good time in Lafayette. They offer a full range of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, from go-karts and laser tag to miniature golf and arcade games. They also have a kiddie train ride and inside playground for younger kids, and a water war zone for cooling off on hot summer days. Kart Ranch also hosts birthday parties and other events. 

    • Clayfish Bisque: A Pottery Painting Place - 5520 Johnston St F, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Kids of all ages can express their artistic side at Clayfish Bisque: A Pottery Painting Place. This local pottery painting studio embraces creativity, and hosts groups as well as individuals. It's also a great place to schedule a birthday party or play date. Walk-ins are welcome at this locally owned studio, but you can also reserve a table at Clayfish Boutique online. 

    • Kid's World Indoor Play Arena -110 Production Dr, Lafayette, LA 70508
      For younger kids, it doesn't get much more fun than Kid's World Indoor Play Area. With a two-story indoor playground structure spanning 1,700 square feet, Kid's World is a great place to let kids (and their imaginations) run wild. With classic features like obstacle courses, slides, swings, and ball pits, the play area is built big enough for parents to play along. There's a separate play area for toddlers as well. Kid's World also has a great selection of kid-approved snacks, like popcorn, pizza, and ice cream. 

    • Acadiana Park Nature Station - 1205 E Alexander St, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Outdoor adventure in Lafayette begins at the Acadiana Park Nature Center! Spanning 150 acres of rich wetlands and forests, the park offers abundant opportunities for kids and grown-ups alike to reconnect with the natural world. Activities include camping, kayaking, and hiking, with more than 6 miles of trails and boardwalks to explore. Acadiana Park also offers guided hikes and hosts annual Young Naturalist Club programs every summer for kids of various age groups. 

    Lafayette and the surrounding communities offer limitless potential for summer fun and adventure. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Lafayette area, and be sure to ask our team about finding your Louisiana dream home!

    June
    25

    Helpful Tips for Installing a Sprinkler System

    Sprinkler SystemIn-ground automatic sprinklers play an important role in maintaining a high-quality lawn. Evenly distributing water across your landscaping at certain intervals throughout the day helps promote healthy grass, great-looking shrubs, and beautiful flowers. Using a sprinkler system is much more efficient than manually watering your plants each day. However, installing sprinkler systems isn't always easy. If you're planning to install your own system, below are some tips to help guide you through the process.

    1. Mark Your Pipe And Sprinkler Heads 
      The first step is determining your ideal irrigation plan. The right distribution of water at the proper intervals is critical for maintaining a healthy lawn. If you need some guidance, our real estate agents can refer a number of professional landscapers that can help.

      Once you've determined your plan, you'll need to mark the locations of your planned sprinklers with stakes or flags. Then, use string to mark the locations of your pipes.

    2. Dig Trenches
      After you've mapped out your pipe and sprinkler heads, you'll need to dig trenches 6 to 12 inches deep. The actual size will depend on the size of your pipe. Make sure to allow for more than enough room as you don't want to end up with exposed pipes in your yard. When digging trenches, we recommend placing soil on one side and sod on the other. It's usually easiest to rent a power trencher as digging manually can take quite some time.

    3. Connect Your Water System
      The next step is hooking up your sprinkler system to your water supply. The easiest thing to do is to connect your system directly to a spigot (you can also connect to your main water line if necessary, but this work may be best suited for a plumber). When connecting to a spigot, you'll need to shut off your water supply. Then, swap out the original spigot with a brass tee. After that, you'll need to match the outlets with the faucet and irrigation pipe and connect them by fitting the short pipe with threads into the tee stem. 

    4. Install Valve Manifold and Lay The Pipe
      Next, in order to install the valve manifold, create a hole that is just big enough to hold the valve manifold box. Then, attach the water supply to one end of the manifold. Afterward, lay your PVC pipe along your trenches and your sprinkler heads at the designated markers.

    5. Assemble Your Pieces
      Begin at your first sprinkler and assemble your pipes and pieces (except for the sprinkler heads). Connect the parts at each sprinkler location. It's easy for dirt to find its way into your pipes, so you'll want to adequately flush your pipes by turning your water on and opening up each value. Be sure to close each valve before moving on to the next one. After you've flushed out the entire system, you can attach your sprinkler heads.

    6. Connect The Wiring
      Lastly, place the programmable timer on the wall and wire the connection box. If you're not experienced working with wires or electricity, it's a good idea to consult an electrician. You'll need to attach your 24-volt wires to the timer terminal. After the wiring is set up, you can set the timer to match your desired irritation plan.

    After you've connected the wiring, then you can test your system and fill your trenches.

    Many owners of these Lafayette homes for sale use a good sprinkler system to maintain beautiful-looking lawns. For more lawn care tips, contact us today.

    June
    18

    Where to Stock up in Lafayette For Your Summer Grilling

    Lafayette Butcher Shops

    Grilling season is upon us, and our real estate agents are here for it! And we don't want to brag, but down here in Louisiana, we happen to know a thing or two about grilling. 

    Whether you're starting the day-long adventure of smoking a whole hog in your barbecue pit or just throwing a few burgers on the grill, one thing is for sure: you need quality meat. Here's where to get it in the Lafayette, LA area.

    • Took's Market - 3103 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
      The folks at Took's Market have more than 30 years of experience in the meat business. Their specialty is deboned stuffed chicken, but you'll find an incredible variety here, from bacon-wrapped filet mignon and stuffed pork chops to 14 varieties of sausage, all made fresh in-house. With a location convenient to many Lafayette homes for sale, Took's also offers a wide variety of side dishes, as well as pre-made lunch plates and a weekly Sunday BBQ if you don't feel like cooking.

    • Kirk's U Need a Butcher - 713 LA 728-8, Lafayette, LA 70501
      All your grilling needs are covered at Kirk's U Need a Butcher. They offer an incredible variety, from beef short ribs and pork steaks to whole chickens and house-made sausage. If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, just ask. Kirk's also offers various smoked and pre-marinated meats, along with their own brand of special seasoning. 

    • Little Veron's - 403 Rena Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Little Veron's first opened their doors in 1962, making them one of Lafayette's longest-running specialty grocers. Bringing nearly 50 years of experience to the table, they offer a fantastic selection of custom-cut meat, fresh seafood, pork, and poultry. And although Little Veron's is famous for their meat and deli counter, the store has grown over the years to include a dairy section, fresh produce, a wine and liquor shop, and home goods of all kinds. They also carry all your BBQ essentials, from lighter fluid and charcoal to ice and paper plates.

    • Billy's Boudin and Cracklin - 523 Apollo Rd, Scott, LA 70583
      Unique specialty meats are the name of the game at Billy's Boudin and Cracklin. Looking for spinach and pepper jack-stuffed chicken breasts? How about marinated pork tenderloins stuffed with crawfish and wrapped in bacon? You'll find those and dozens of other delicious Cajun goodies at this bare-bones establishment near Scott homes for sale, which is so popular among locals that there's often a line out the door. 

    • Chops Specialty Meats - 1019 Albertson Pkwy, Broussard, LA 70518
      Family-owned and operated for 13 years, Chops Specialty Meats is your one-stop shop when you need food for the grill in Broussard, LA. The folks at Chops offer just about every cut of beef and pork you can think of, along with poultry and a lot of cool specialty meats (elk, buffalo, rack of lamb, frog legs, the list goes on). You'll also find prime grill-ables, including seasoned beef patties, marinated chicken, and 15 varieties of sausage. They cater too, and their in-store deli is a popular lunch spot near Broussard homes for sale.

    Contact us today to learn about life in Lafayette and the surrounding area. We're proud to call it home, and we can't wait to help you find your dream house in Louisiana!

    June
    11

    5 Things Retirees Will Love About Living in Lafayette

    Lafayette Retirees

    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.

    1. Local Trails to Enjoy Nature
      Living in the city doesn't have to mean being far from nature, and Lafayette's robust trail system makes it easy to enjoy the city's natural beauty at any time. Walking the trails is a great way to stay fit, stay healthy, and spend time in nature. Trails are also perfect places for anyone who loves watching birds and seeing native wildlife in its natural environment. When you live in Lafayette, your next outdoor adventure is never far from your front door.

    2. A Low Cost of Living Means Your Retirement Budget Goes Further
      Lafayette is such a vibrant, exciting place to retire, but that doesn't mean that you'll have to pay a premium to live there. In fact, the cost of living in Lafayette is more than 12 percent below the national average, and housing costs are even more affordable compared to the rest of the country. Enjoy all of the perks of living in a modern city, with a cost of living that leaves plenty of money for enjoying all that Lafayette has to offer.

    3. Endless Outdoor Attractions to Enjoy
      Do you dream of spending your days exploring the great outdoors and experiencing the unique ecosystems that help make Lafayette such a vibrant place to call home? Outdoor attractions are always waiting for you in Lafayette, whether you love camping, hiking, fishing, or a little bit of everything. Paddling through the swamps is an incredible experience, with countless bird species to spot from your canoe or kayak.

    4. Fun Festivals and Fantastic Food for Every Season
      Variety is the spice of life, and there's always something new to experience when you call Lafayette home. The city's packed lineup of amazing festivals spans the whole calendar, with events to suit every taste and interest. Whether you love food, music, film, culture, or all of the above, there's a festival with your name on it in Lafayette. The world-famous Festival International de Louisiane is a highlight every spring, while Lafayette's family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations provide something to look forward to every winter.

    5. Live Sports and Entertainment All Year Long
      Whether you love live sports, live music, or live theater, you'll find it all when you call Lafayette home. The University of Louisiana is located in the city, and the Ragin' Cajuns athletic teams offer excellent entertainment for sports fans all year long. With so many great bars, historic performance venues, and even outdoor performance spaces in the city, you can find live music every day of the week. So the festivals in Lafayette are amazing, but you won't have to wait for the big events to enjoy live entertainment.

    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.

    May
    21

    Where to Find Local Brews in Lafayette

    Lafayette BreweryThe 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.

    1. Parish Brewing Co. – 229 Jared Dr., Broussard, LA 70518
      For a fantastic local brew from a truly local source, make the quick trip to Parish Brewing Co. and get ready to treat your taste buds to something special. The beer lineup here includes flagship brews like Ghost in the Machine, Parish Pilsner, and Reve Coffee Stout, along with dozens of other selections. Stop by to enjoy a drink in the art-filled taproom or to pick up your favorites to enjoy at home.

    2. The Tap Room – 201 Settlers Trace Blvd. #4001, Lafayette, LA 70508
      The Tap Room 
      is one of the most popular bars near Lafayette homes for sale, and one look at their list of local craft brews will show you why that's the case. This local bar also has an eclectic dining menu that's packed with unique hot dogs that are loaded with toppings and delicious flatbread pizzas that pair perfectly with all of your favorite brews.

    3. Marcello's Wine Market – 2800 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
      Looking to stock your own fridge with some of the best brews that Acadiana has to offer? Then don't let the name of Marcello's Wine Market fool you. While this is certainly a great place to shop for local wine, it's also well-stocked with a huge variety of local craft beer, including some hard-to-find brews that aren't available at every shop.

    4. Wurst Biergarten – 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
      Food, music, and local craft brews are always on the menu at Wurst Biergarten, which features a large outdoor dining area that's perfect for enjoying a pleasant spring night on the town. This venue is both dog and child-friendly, with a rotating selection of food vendors that is sure to offer something for every taste. There are also fun-themed nights that offer live music, open mic comedy, and trivia contests.

    5. Social Southern Table & Bar – 3901 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
      A chic, modern bar with a fantastic selection of craft brews, Social Southern Table & Bar, offers an upscale dining and drinking experience ideal for celebrating the special days in your life. The award-winning menu here is filled with fresh, farm-to-table takes on your favorite Southern dishes, with a rotation of local beers on tap and a long lineup of craft cocktails.

    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.

    May
    14

    Start Composting This Summer with These Tips

    Composting Lafayette

    You hate throwing away all that kitchen waste: coffee grounds and tea bags, apple and potato peels, tops of strawberries, outer layers of an onion, and more. Most of it probably goes in the waste bin, right? 

    But what if you could turn that waste into good garden soil by composting it? Let's take a look at what's involved with composting and how to get started.

    1. What Can You Compost?
      You can compost most vegetable scraps, grass clippings, leaves (it's better if big, tough leaves have been cut up first by a lawnmower), and even eggs shells (wash them first). Avoid adding cooked or oily food, meat, so-called compostable bags and wipes, and bones. Protein and oily foods can attract rodents. Store compostable bits in the fridge or freezer in a bag until you're ready to add them to the mix.

    2. Choose Your Composting Site Carefully
      A backyard compost site should be in at least partial sun so that it will "cook" faster. But the compost may also dry out faster, so be sure to wet it now and then. Beware of starting a compost pile in the backyard if you have a dog.

      Or buy a compost bin, where you can add the compostable stuff, and if it's the turnable type, mix it up a couple of times a day. Another method is to place the compostable material in a sealable container with some Bokashi mix, which is a colony of bacteria that ferments food scraps.

    3. Add Your Greens and Browns
      There are two types of material to compost. Green material is nitrogen-rich and includes fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, grass clippings -- all crucial for microbial growth.

      But you also need browns to provide carbon. Typical sources are paper, such as egg cartons and newspaper, dried leaves, and other dried plant material.

      Greens are wet, and browns are dry. You generally should have more browns than greens, with browns layered on the bottom and greens on top. Typically layers are 2 inches each, and you continue to create new layers as you go so that aeration can take place between them and break the material down. If it doesn't break down, you will have a stagnant mess. Stir the compost or toss it after a time with a pitchfork. If you're using a compost bin, give it a turn a couple of times a day.

    4. How Long Does it Take?
      In cold weather, it could take six months or so for compost to break down, but in hot weather, compost can break down in two months.

      Be mindful of the smell of your compost. If it starts to stink -- like a landfill or a dumpster -- you may need to add brown material. Compost, when finished, should smell woody and earthy and may have a sweet or even somewhat sour smell -- but never rotten. When you've achieved fluffy compost, then it's ready to put in your garden or even to donate to a community garden.

    Need more tips on improving your property to get it ready to sell among the Lafayette homes for sale? Our real estate agents can help. Contact us today. 

    May
    7

    National Shrimp Day: Where to Order Seafood Near Lafayette

    Lafayette Seafood

    Monday, May 10th is National Shrimp Day. And as we're sure you know, Louisiana is a pretty great place to be if you're a seafood lover. Our local waters from the Gulf to the Bayou produce some of America's freshest, tastiest seafood. 

    So if you're looking for great places to dine in celebration of National Shrimp Day, our real estate agents have a few ideas. Be sure to check out these incredible seafood restaurants in the Lafayette, Louisiana area!

    1. Lagneaux's - 445 Ridge Rd, Lafayette, LA 70506
      A Lafayette favorite for more than 40 years, Lagneaux's is known for its generous seafood platters and deep Cajun roots. In addition to a fish market where you can pick out all your favorites to cook at home—including 5-pound boxes of shrimp—Lagneaux's offers a warm, welcoming sit-down dining experience in a laid-back setting. They have an amazing Cajun seafood buffet that includes crab, crawfish, and shrimp. Plus, they're just minutes from many Lafayette homes for sale

    2. Drago's Seafood Restaurant - 3151 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Drago's Seafood has become so popular that they now have several locations, and it's not hard to see why. They serve some of Lafayette's best seafood, from shrimp and corn chowder to seared tuna and avocado salad. Their specialty is smoky, savory char-broiled oysters straight off the grill. If you really want to try something you can't get anywhere other than Louisiana, try the blackened alligator tacos. 

    3. Fiery Crab - 2330 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
      With a name like The Fiery Crab, it's a safe bet that you're going to get some serious Louisiana seafood. Their menu does not disappoint, with locally sourced seafood including shrimp, crawfish, oysters, mussels, snow crabs, and blue crabs. The folks at the Fiery Crab specialize in 'Low Country Boil' style cooking, with bold flavors and complex spice blends handed down through generations. Your seafood of choice is served with corn, potatoes, and sausage, with the seasoning and spice level of your choice. 

    4. Louisiana Crawfish Time - 2019 Verot School Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
      As much as we love shrimp, we have to show some love to Louisiana's other favorite crustacean: the crawfish. They're the star of the show at Louisiana Crawfish Time, a home-style crawfish joint in the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin. Whether you order boiled crawfish, shrimp, or a half-and-half combo plate, you're in for an unforgettable meal. This place gets packed during crawfish season, and they even also have a drive-through window if you're in a hurry! You can also buy shrimp and crawfish by the pound if you'd rather have your own seafood boil at home. 

    5. Dwight's Restaurant - 4800 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Dwight's Restaurant has a diner-like vibe and serves truly next-level seafood. From Gulf shrimp and local crawfish to amazing fried catfish, you simply can't go wrong. And if you don't happen to be in a seafood mood, they make a mean meatloaf and some killer barbecue as well. Dwight's offers different lunch specials every day of the week, so you'll definitely want to stop back in more than once. 

    From its rich history and vibrant musical heritage to its one-of-a-kind cuisine, Louisiana is a very special place to call home. Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in the Lafayette area. 

    April
    23

    Why Lafayette is Known as the Happiest City in America

    Lafayette Happiest City

    When folks call Lafayette the happiest city in America, it's not just a marketing slogan meant to drum up tourism. It's the real deal. 

    Our real estate agents don't need statistics and data to tell you that Lafayette is a happy city filled with happy people (although it is nice to get some national recognition). Here's how we can tell that living in Lafayette makes people happy:

    It's a Foodie Dream

    If you're looking for a rich culinary scene, you'll definitely find it in Lafayette. We happen to be home to some of Louisiana's most legendary Cajun and Creole restaurants, like T-Coon's, Poor Boy's Riverside, and Cafe Vermilionville. And contrary to what you may have heard, it's not all crawfish and barbecue. We have cuisine from all over the world, along with great options for anyone looking for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine. And for everyday fare, check out the Hub City Diner, one of the best retro '50s diners in America.

    Lafayette is Affordable

    One thing that surely cheers people up in Lafayette is that we have a very low cost of living. Based on a national average of 100, the cost of living in Lafayette comes in at 87.7, according to Best Places. Everything from groceries and utilities to Lafayette homes for sale cost less here than in most places around the country. The median cost of a home in Lafayette is just $159,100, compared to the $231,200 national average.

    Your Dog Will Love It

    It's a proven fact that dogs make people happy, and we have it on good authority that dogs are happy in Lafayette. For starters, we have two great dog off-leash dog parks at Brown Memorial Park and Beaullieu Park, plus awesome on-leash trail adventures at the Acadiana Park Nature Station. Many of our local restaurants—Taco Sisters, Central Pizza, and Borden's Ice Cream in particular—also go out of their way to accommodate pooches (and their humans). 

    Some Like it Hot

    If you like warm weather, we have good news for you. In Lafayette, the average day in January has a high of 61°F and a low of 43°F. Granted, the summers get pretty toasty (July has an average high of 91°F and an average low of 74°F). But for those of us who thrive in warm climates, we find plenty of ways to beat the heat. For example, Lafayette has some pretty awesome pools and splash pads

    Big City Amenities, Small Town Charm

    Lafayette has everything you would expect in a major city. It has a vibrant nightlife and a rich music scene, along with endless shopping and dining options. But Lafayette also has small-town charm and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. It's easy to make connections and get to know each other here. Plus, Lafayette is a stone's throw from some of America's most wild and beautiful landscapes, including incredible opportunities for fishing, camping, paddling, hiking, and bird watching.

    Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. Our team can't wait to help you find your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas. 

    April
    16

    8 Interview Questions to Ask Before Hiring Contractors

    Contractor Questions

    Whether you're tackling a home renovation or building a new home from the ground up, working with a good contractor is essential for a good outcome. At Latter & Blum, our real estate agents understand what it takes to create beautiful Lafayette homes for sale with features that attract buyers. Before you hire a contractor, it's important to ask questions that separate the pros from the rest of the pack.

    1. Are you a licensed contractor?
      Most states require licensed general contractors to register with the state where they do business. A license shows that the contractor has passed certain tests that examine state laws and building requirements. In Louisiana, you can search online for licensed contractors on the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors website.

    2. How long have you been in business?
      The number of years in business equates to professional experience and a good track record with clients. Contractors who lack work skills, experience, and satisfied clients don't stay in business very long. A long list of clients and a successful track record indicates a contractor who listens to clients, gets jobs finished on time and stays within the budget.

    3. Are you insured?
      Generally, a professional licensed contractor carries liability insurance, as well as workers' compensation insurance for workers. During an interview, ask for proof of insurance to verify coverage and liability limits. If a contractor isn't properly insured, you could be liable for accidents and injuries that occur on your property, as well damage if something goes wrong on your project.

    4. How much will my project cost?
      Prior to starting your home project, you should have a discussion with your contractor to clarify project tasks, details, and costs. A professional contractor should give you a written proposal that outlines work to be done, material costs, and labor costs. Read the proposal carefully before signing it, because it will serve as a legal agreement between you and the contractor.

    5. How long will my project take?
      The timeline of a home project from start to finish is important, because you may not be able to access certain areas while construction in underway. It's especially important if you have a busy household with children and pets or work from home on a regular basis. To ensure the timeline is met, ask your contractor to note a start date and completion date in your proposal agreement.

    6. What is your payment schedule?
      To properly budget for your project, talk to your contractor about payment terms and schedules before construction begins. The Better Business Bureau advises against paying in full upfront, and reputable contractors should not ask. Typically, an upfront payment is 30% to 50% of the project costs with additional payments in bi-weekly or monthly amounts until completion.

    7. How will you handle clean-up?
      A professional contractor will make sure that his/her crew takes care of daily clean-up duties such as removing trash and debris, putting away tools, and leaving areas in the house clean and clutter-free. If tools or equipment need to be stored on your property, a designated area should be discussed.

    8. What's the best way to reach you?
      At the beginning of your project, make sure you get your contractor's contact information including a business address, business or cell phone number, and normal work hours. If a contractor is hesitant to give you contact information, look elsewhere for someone who's more professional.

    If you're interested in buying or selling in the area, contact us for more information. We can help you with your real estate needs and make sure your results are successful.

    April
    9

    Best Paint Color Options for Your Home Office

    Home Office

    Choosing paint colors for your home office is about more than just aesthetics and interior decor. The colors you choose can actually have an impact on your work habits. Whether you spend just a few hours a week in your home office or work from home regularly, set yourself up for success with the right decor. Here are a few common home office colors we see in Lafayette homes for sale and how they can benefit your work habits.

    1. Blue 
      Blue is famous for being a soothing color, so if you struggle with anxiety during your workday, try combating that with lots of blue. The shade of blue you choose can range from a low-distraction blue-gray to an intensely introspective dark blue. Choose a shade that works well with your goals when you work from home.

    2. Pinks and Reds
      You may have heard that red is an energizing color, but the truth goes somewhat deeper than that. They may seem like an unlikely choice for your office walls, but shades of pink, coral, peach, and red can boost creativity. If you work at a creative job from your home office, painting your walls in one of these shades may lend energy and inspiration to your day.

    3. Yellow 
      Another color that seems unlikely due to how bright it is, yellow can actually help you work by energizing you. Yellow is a cheerful color that may help to brighten a difficult workday or invigorate your work mood. Yellow also comes in various shades, from colors so pale that they're almost cream to bright, bold tones.

    4. Gray
      If staying focused is your struggle, opt for a soft neutral such as gray. Grays can lean toward bluish tones, which will also help to soothe, or brighter grays for energy, depending on the mood you want to strike in your home office. Gray is also a great neutral color, which our real estate agents recommend if you are planning on selling the house soon.

    5. White
      While it might seem overly sterile in the rest of the house, white can actually create a better workspace by minimizing distractions around you while you work. It also mimics the feel of a corporate office, helping you stay focused and providing a place to put whiteboards and other tools to aid you in your work. This is also a good neutral tone to use if you're planning to sell the house soon.

    The color you paint your home office walls can impact how you work, but it can also affect how your house sells, so it's important to know your goals before picking up a paintbrush. Buyers tend to gravitate toward neutral tones because they can more easily imagine themselves living in a home that isn't decorated with someone else's favorite colors. For painting tips and other easy ideas for making your house stand out, contact us today.

    March
    26

    Staging Tips for Your Living Room

    Houma Staging

    Before putting your house on the market, you want to ensure it will make a great first impression when potential buyers come to take a look. Chances are the first room that will be seen is the living room. For this room, it is not enough to just clean and tidy up. You need to go the extra mile and stage it. Set the stage for a great first impression by following these living room staging tips. 

    1. Declutter
      Before you start cleaning, it's important to declutter. Start with one wall in the living room and take down some decor items. Or consider removing furniture from the room and storing it in a storage unit until you move. The goal is to present an airy, spacious, light-filled living room. 

    2. Fix it up
      Look around and make a list of items you'll need to repair. It may be holes on a wall where you have taken down a painting or other wall art, a cracked floor or wall tile, or a broken window pane. Fix what you can or hire a professional to help tackle larger issues. 

    3. Remove and Replace
      There be some items that are in bad shape and you are wondering how to handle them. For instance, perhaps your sofa is worn out with faded, sunk cushions. It is true that the buyer will move in with their own furniture so the state of yours shouldn't matter. However, keep in mind that what you are doing is staging your living room for the sole purpose of making a sale. For the sake of presenting it in the best light possible, consider renting a sofa and maybe other pieces to make a good impression. Look at it as an investment that will pay off when you get a buyer. If you plan to keep the sofa or other older items, consider repairing it or reviving it with new upholstery or a new coat of paint.

    4. Fresh Coat of Paint
      When everything has been decluttered and fixed, consider painting the living room walls and doors. Go for neutral, soft colors and leave it to the buyer to pick their own color. 

    5. Deep Clean
      Lastly, you can get down to cleaning. If you can, bring in the professionals to clean your sofa and carpet. Not only will this help prevent odors in your home, but you will also be a step ahead with getting ready to move once your house does sell. Do a thorough clean of every space including the walls, doors, and light fixtures which sometimes might get overlooked in your cleaning routine. Going the extra mile will pay off when buyers come over to view the space.

    If you are looking for Houma homes for sale, leave it to Latter & Blum to find you your dream home. If you are looking to sell, our real estate agents can also guide you through making a sale including home staging tips. Contact us today.

    March
    19

    Where to Take Your Dog for a Walk in Lafayette

    Lafayette Dog Walking Trails The city of Lafayette is a great place to spend some quality time in the great outdoors. With beautiful parks and endless streets lined with historic buildings, there's always something new to discover.

    And if you have a four-legged friend along for the journey? So much the better. These are our real estate agents' favorite places to take your dog for a walk in the Lafayette area. 

    1. Acadiana Park Nature Station - 1205 E Alexander St, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Spanning 110 acres and offering 6 miles of trails, Acadiana Park Nature Station offers a rich landscape that's ripe for exploration. The trails meander through a diverse landscape of forests, meadows, and creek bottoms, all of which harbor an amazing variety of plant and animal life. Located just minutes from these Lafayette homes for sale, the trails and nature station are open daily, free of charge, from dawn until dusk. Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times. 

    2. Beaulieu Park Dog Park - 411 W Bluebird Dr, Lafayette, LA 70508
      One of Lafayette's newest dog parks, the Beaulieu Park Dog Park, was unveiled in 2019 and quickly became a favorite local destination for dogs and their humans. The park provides a large, fully fenced-in area where dogs can run freely, along with features like benches, a shady pavilion, and canine agility and exercise equipment. 

    3. Chicot State Park - 3469 Chicot Park Rd, Ville Platte, LA 70586
      Less than an hour from Lafayette, Chicot State Park is like a giant, 6,400-acre outdoor playground. In addition to being a well-known destination for camping and fishing, the park's greatest feature may be its 18-mile hiking trail, which completely encircles Lake Chicot and offers a handful of primitive backcountry campsites along the way. The trail is open to hikers and cyclists, and leashed pets are permitted. 

    4. Brown Memorial Dog Park - 1234 E. Pont des Mouton Road, Lafayette, LA 70507
      Offering great opportunities to let Fido run free off-leash, the dog park at Brown Memorial Park is a popular spot among Lafayette Locals and their pets. The dog park provides a large, fenced-in grassy area that is generally mowed, well-kept, and free of bare, muddy patches. Dogs are also welcome throughout the surrounding 50-acre park, as long as they are kept on a leash. 

    5. Girard Park - 500 Girard Park Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Girard Park is nestled in the heart of Downtown, not far from the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Encompassing 33 acres, the park's picnic areas, shady lawns, and picturesque walking trails are popular places to enjoy the cool spring breeze, preferably with a furry friend. Dogs must be leashed, but they're welcome throughout the park. Girard Park is also home to a rec center and fishing pond and hosts numerous local events and festivals throughout the year. 

    6. Moncus Park - 2913 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
      A lovely green space in the heart of Lafayette, Moncus Park is a work in progress that promises to be a perfect spot to take Fido for a long walk. The park offers wide-open fields, towering shade trees, and a 2.5-mile walking trail. Leashed pets are welcome throughout, and there's also a fenced-in dog park with artificial turf where dogs can run off-leash.

    Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette, Louisiana. It's a truly unique and special place for you and man's best friend to call home. 

    March
    12

    Go For a Bike Ride on These Lafayette Trails

    Lafayette Mountain Biking

    Louisiana's wild natural beauty is no secret, but you miss a lot when you travel by car. To really get a sense of what Lafayette and the surrounding areas are all about, the best way to explore is by bicycle. 

    Fortunately, there are a lot of great bike trails in the Lafayette area. Our real estate agents are delighted to share some of their favorites, from smooth cycling paths to rugged mountain biking trails. 

    1. Acadiana Park - E Alexander St & Lajaunie Road, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Lafayette's go-to destination for mountain biking, Acadiana Park is home to a meandering network of singletrack mountain bike trails that provide a thrilling and challenging ride. At present, 1.8 miles are completed, with more in development. Expect to tackle berms, bridges, jumps, and quick descents, all in a beautiful, wooded setting. Located just minutes from many Lafayette homes for sale, Acadiana Park also offers hiking, camping facilities, picnic areas, and the Acadiana Park Nature Center. 

    2. Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail - 1050 Henderson Levee Road Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
      The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest wetland in the United States, and it's truly one of Louisiana's most fiercely beautiful landscapes. Exploring it by bicycle is an unforgettable experience. You can do just that on the Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail, a multi-use hike and bike trail that follows the Mississippi River levee for 55 miles. The Bayou Amy Boat Landing in Breaux Bridge, LA, marks the beginning of the trail and offers parking and restrooms. There are numerous additional access points before the trail reaches its endpoint in Bayou Teche. 

    3. Atakapa-Ishak Trail - 201 E Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501
      The Atakapa-Ishak Trail is a work in progress, but don't let that deter you from exploring it. Named for the Atakapa-Ishak Indian Tribe who once inhabited this area of Louisiana, the trail will one day stretch over 100 miles and connect cities and towns throughout the region, seldom encountering roads along the way. For the time being, the completed section of the trail begins in Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette and takes cyclists on a picturesque ride to Beaver Park in Vermilionville. This initial section utilizes off-road sections as well as some roadways and shared bike lanes. 

    4. Chicot State Park - 3469 Chicot Park Rd, Ville Platte, LA 70586
      A little under an hour from Lafayette, Chicot State Park is a splendid destination for outdoor adventures of all kinds. Beloved by hikers, campers, bird watchers, and fishermen alike, Chicot State Park's greatest feature is an 18-mile trail that completely encircles Lake Chicot. The trail is open to mountain biking and hiking and offers a wild landscape ripe for exploration. Fall and winter are the best times to ride the trail, as the area can get a bit waterlogged in spring. 

    5. Wild Azalea Trail - 9363 Hwy. US165 South, Woodworth, LA 71485
      Marked by yellow blazes and open to bike and foot traffic only, the Wild Azalea Trail is a 31-mile pathway that offers great scenery and a richly varied view of southern and central Louisiana's pine hills and hardwood bottomland forests. The trail begins at Town Hall in Woodworth, LA, a little over an hour from Lafayette. From there, it meanders in a generally northwestern path, ending at Valentine Lake Recreation Area. The trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail.

    Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. Our team is here to help you find your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas.

    March
    5

    National Day of Unplugging: Outdoor Retreats in Lafayette

    Outdoor Retreats Lafayette

    Eager for a taste of the great outdoors? Our real estate agents can help!

    At Latter & Blum, our real estate experts spend hours every week exploring the best Lafayette homes for sale. But every now and then, even we feel the call of the wild. Louisiana's iconic bayous have shaped culture and history here for centuries, and they promise adventure for new residents and long-time locals.

    What better time to reconnect than during National Day of Unplugging?

    National Day of Unplugging is an awareness campaign that provides 24 hours of rest away from technology on the first Friday in March. 

    There are all kinds of outdoor escapes to choose from around Lafayette!

    Let's look at a few of them now:

    1. Avery Island – 30 Miles South of Lafayette, See Website for Location Details
      Avery Island is one of the area's five salt domes, striking features formed over thousands of years. It was settled in the 1800s by the Avery family and became the birthplace of Tabasco hot pepper sauce. Your visit will include the 170-acre Jungle Gardens, a protected botanical garden rich with local plants and wildlife that is open seven days a week. You can go on a five-mile scenic drive or explore the walking trail.

    2. White Lake Woods Conservation Area – Southwestern Louisiana, See Website for Location Details
      White Lake Woods Conservation Area was donated to the state of Louisiana in 2002. About 75% of the land is freshwater marsh. The rest consists of farmland, wetlands, wooded areas, and camping grounds. Waterfowl, shorebirds, and even alligators dwell in the freshwater marsh. Fishing, boating, birding, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. A two-mile nature trail wraps the north side of the wetlands.

    3. LARC's Acadian Village200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506
      LARC's Acadian Village sits on 32 acres of land administered by the LARC nonprofit, which provides support to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Village highlights the pioneer lives of the area's early settlers. The early 1800s recreation centers around a number of authentic period buildings, including the home of the first resident dentist in Lafayette. The village is a popular place for school field trips and weddings.

    4. Acadiana Park Nature Station – 1201 East Alexander Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Not far from Acadiana Park's beautiful campgrounds, you'll find the Acadiana Park Nature Station. This 150-acre facility is wheelchair accessible and incorporates a six-mile trail system. Since 1974, it has been known in the region for its Fourth Grade Environmental Education Program. Public tours are available every day of the year and guided Night Hikes on the last Saturday of each month.
       
    5. Atchafalaya Swamp Base – 2266 South College Road Suite E, Lafayette, LA 70508
      Created in 2010 as a national conservation site and "high adventure recreation base," Atchafalaya Swamp Base has a history intertwined with the local Boy Scouts. The Swamp encompasses an astounding 1.4 million acres, and the Swamp Base offers an accessible entry point. Its two iconic "treks," which consist of canoeing up to 75 miles, are regularly undertaken by experienced Scouts and guides. Weekend paddling trips are also available.

    Living in Lafayette puts you at the crossroads of natural wonders. Imagine all that and the history, culture, and cuisine of one of America's most beloved cities. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn about Lafayette real estate opportunities.

    February
    12

    Lafayette Restaurants Perfect for Your Valentine's Day Plans

    Valentine's Day Restaurants Lafayette

    No matter if you plan to dine in or carry out, our real estate agents know Lafayette restaurants will delight with memorable dishes.

    Through a rough 2020, the community has banded together to support the restaurants that give Lafayette and the surrounding area so much character. Many of the most iconic restaurants are making their dining rooms available for limited guest parties. 

    Let's look at some of the most popular Valentine's date spots all around beautiful Lafayette:

    1. The Cajun Table – 4510 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Suite D, Lafayette, LA 70508
      The Cajun Table delights with the best dishes from the heart of Cajun country. Its story started in 2015 with a food truck promising good food and a good time. Embraced by the people of Lafayette, it is now a local culinary institution in its own right. You'll enjoy zydeco tunes and the invigorating scents of authentic Cajun cuisine as you chow down on entrees such as boiled crawfish, Cajun nachos, fried pickles, and fried crab claws.

    2. Blu Basil Wine & Grill – 5451 Johnson Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
      Blu Basil Wine & Grill blends Vietnamese roots with culinary ideas from around the world in a healthy and flavorful fusion that suits every taste. The menu runs the gamut from signature rice entrees and noodle soups to salads, stir fry, and the inimitable hot pot. There's even a dessert selection featuring fresh cheesecake and a kid's menu with rice, kimchee, lo mein, and chicken nuggets. Everyone will feel welcome at Blu Basil.

    3. Veronica's Cafe – 302 Hector Connoly Road, Carencro, LA 70520
      Veronica's Cafe bills itself as the place for comfort food in Carencro. Familiar American dishes meet home-cooked Creole and Cajun specialties here. Be on the lookout for such taste sensations as the grilled shrimp salad, barbecue pork steaks, and the crawfish etouffee. You can finish off your meal with a specialty cake baked fresh right on the premises. It's all just a few minutes from some of the most desirable Carencro homes for sale.

    4. Yoka Japanese Sushi Bar & Steak House – 930 Rees Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
      Yoka Japanese Sushi Bar & Steak House draws sushi aficionados from all over Louisiana to Breaux Bridge. The chefs at Yoka have made it easy to order your favorites for dine-in and pickup. The all-day menu is packed with sushi bar classics, but there's also a full suite of hibachi entrees including chicken, salmon, shrimp, New York strip steak, and much more. It's one more fantastic reason to look at Breaux Bridge homes for sale.

    5. Pamplona Tapas Bar – 631 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
      Pamplona Tapas Bar is open for dinner on Tuesday through Saturday, with lunch available on Friday afternoon. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's love for Pamplona, Spain, the bistro-style surroundings offer small plates of the most succulent seasonal products, as well as fresh seafood and meats. Popular entrees include the grilled Gulf fish, duck breast, paella, and wagyu steak. Flan, churros, and truffles are some of the top dessert offerings.

    This is just a sample of the many amazing restaurants that await in Lafayette. To find out more or get started with your home search, contact us at Latter & Blum.

    February
    5

    National Pizza Day: Where to Order a Pie Near Lafayette

    Louisiana Pizza

    National Pizza Day is on February 9th, so spend part of your day enjoying a slice at a restaurant around Lafayette. Whether you're looking for traditional toppings and crust or variations like a gluten-free crust or upscale toppings, you'll be able to find what you love at the local shops and pizzerias.

    Our real estate agents suggest paying a visit to one of the following restaurants on National Pizza Day and keeping the rest in mind for another time: 

    1. La Pizzeria Lafayette – 3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503  
      La Pizzeria Lafayette has served the area delicious handmade pizzas for 25 years. In addition to a 10 or 14-inch pie made with a traditional crust, you can also choose a gluten-free low-carb cauliflower crust. Choose your own toppings, or order from a creative specialty pizza that's listed on the menu, such as Crab Amore, with lump crab meat in a white wine sauce with mushrooms, onions, and cheddar cheese topped with fresh diced green onion. 
        
    2. Alesi Pizza House – 4110 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
      Alesi Pizza House
      has kept ownership in the family since its opening in 1957, and their tradition of homemade sauces has continued over the years. Order a 12 or 14-inch pie with your choice of toppings, or try a specialty pizza like Pizza Alesi, which is topped with cheese, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, and bacon. If you'd like to nosh on something other than pizza, the restaurant serves a long list of Italian favorites, including several types of fettuccine and veal dishes. 
        
    3. Pizza Village – 2340 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508 and 1935 Moss St., Lafayette, LA 70501   
      Pizza Village
      has served up pizza to the Lafayette area for nearly 50 years, specializing in a thin crust that's very crispy. They make their own sauce daily and are committed to using high-quality ingredients, such as cheese made to the restaurant's specifications in Wisconsin and delivered to them directly from the dairy. Order an 8, 11, 13, or 16-inch pizza, or try one off the menu like the Dupe Special, topped with hamburger, shrimp, and crispy pepperoni.
        
    4. Bread & Circus Provisions – 258 Bendel Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503 
      If you'd like to try wood-fired Neapolitan pizza with uniquely upscale ingredients, Bread & Circus Provisions is definitely worth visiting. You'll find ingredients that are a step up from what you'll usually see, such as grated Reggiano, chopped clams, spicy German-style smoked ham, and burnt garlic oil. The restaurant also has a nice selection of sharables to start your meal with, including chicken skins and eggplant hummus.
        
    5. Pizzaville USA – 1540 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503 and A Derek Plaza Dr., Carencro, LA 70520   
      Pizzaville USA
      has been a popular family-friendly destination near Lafayette and Carencro homes for sale for 40 years. Their pizzas are baked with a crispy crust and come in themed pies like Uncle Sam's Special, which is topped with shrimp, Canadian bacon, jalapenos, extra mozzarella, and pineapple (upon request). And if the crust isn't your favorite part of the pizza, order a crustless version of a pizza in which sauce, cheese, toppings, and more cheese are layered in a souffle dish and then baked.

    Contact us to find out more places to visit in Lafayette or to see Lafayette homes for sale. We'd love to help you make the area your home!

    January
    15

    9 Reasons You Should Move to Louisiana in 2021

    Move to Louisiana 2021

    "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.

    1. Party All the Time
      In Louisiana, everything is worthy of celebration. With literally hundreds of annual events paying tribute to food, music, and holidays, Louisiana has more than earned the nickname, "Festival Capital of America." Mardi Gras, the most iconic party in the country, draws nearly 1.5 million visitors worldwide. 

    2. Sports Fan's Paradise
      Are you ready for some football? People in Louisiana love their Saints, one of the elite teams in the NFL, along with perennial college powerhouse Louisiana State University. If you prefer roundball, pro basketball is represented by the Pelicans.  

    3. The Sound of Music
      While Nashville is the king of country music and Detroit has Motown soul, New Orleans is the beating heart of jazz in America. Names like Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, and Harry Connick Jr. are all synonymous with the city's rich musical heritage. Louisiana is also responsible for popularizing niche musical genres such as Zydeco, Cajun, and Creole.

    4. Food, Glorious Food
      Decades before Food Network, Louisiana's Paul Prudhomme became one of the first celebrity chefs and put the state on the culinary map with his inventive Creole and Cajun cooking. Plentiful access to fresh seafood, generous use of spices, and regional traditions led to popular dishes such as gumbo, boudin, and beignets.

    5. Breathtaking Architecture
      Louisiana is known for its numerous stunning, French-influenced homes. But you may be surprised to know that Louisiana leads all states in the number of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the former and current state capital buildings in Baton Rouge. The French Quarter in New Orleans has long been admired for its architectural style that has remained relatively intact since the 1800s.

    6. Clang, Clang, Clang Went the Trolley
      San Francisco's got nothing on New Orleans, which is the only other city with a streetcar line designated as a National Historic Landmark. Stretching just over 13 miles, the St. Charles line runs 24 hours a day.

    7. Higher Education
      Colleges and universities in Louisiana are more than just an excuse for sports. Tulane University is in the top 50 of the prestigious national university rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Other highly-regarded schools include Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech, Loyola University, and Grambling State.

    8. Hit the Beaches
      Louisiana has many scenic white-sand beaches that rival better-known ones in California and Florida. In addition to the so-called Cajun Riviera, sun worshippers head to North Beach on Lake Charles, the only inland white-sand beach on the Gulf Coast. 

    9. The Wheels Go 'Round
      A wide variety of terrains and some beautiful scenery make Louisiana a popular destination for mountain bikers. Top-rated trails include family-friendly Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston and the challenging Beast in St. Francisville. 

    Start out 2021 from your wonderful new home in Louisiana. Contact us at Latter & Blum for dedicated and experienced help with Lafayette homes for sale.

    January
    5

    Your Guide to Making Your Home Smarter This Year

    Smart Home 2021Our real estate agents want you to close your eyes and think about the home of the future. Do you envision full tech integration, voice commands to operate everything, and special features so dazzling that you'd think you were living in 3021? Well, open your eyes to the tech of the future, available in your home today! Smart home automation brings state-of-the-art technology right into your living spaces. From the kitchen to the living room, bedroom, and even bathroom, you can outfit your home with advanced software and hardware that dynamically changes the way you live. Here's how to make your home smarter this year in five easy steps:

    1. Consider Your Needs
      Before you make any decisions, you must first consider whether smart home technology is right for you. There are endless options for upgrading your home, but your lifestyle may not benefit from the inclusion of certain systems. Ask yourself questions, such as if voice-controlled lighting, enhanced video security, or theater-quality AVL builds are right for your home.


    2. Learn About Smart Home Technology
      Now that you're able to identify which areas of your lifestyle would benefit from smart home integration, it's time to learn about the many options. Technology changes rapidly, so much so that even your neighbor's smart home tech may already be a little outdated. It's best to first discover what the top smart home tech upgrades are for the current year. For instance, if you're interested in smart home security, find out which systems are most popular and offer the most reliable software.


    3. Create A Budget
      Don't buy that cool piece of smart home tech just yet! It's always wise to create and stick to a budget when making any home modifications. Because smart home technology can become outdated even within a year, it's essential that you make sure your investment is as solid as possible. If needed, consult a professional, smart home automation technician to help you gauge how much equipment and setup charges would be for various installations. Then compare that to the DIY cost and determine which integrations will fit into your budget.


    4. Plan for the Future
      Again, technology is ever-changing, so you want to outfit your home with tech that can be easily upgraded or modified if necessary. Consider integrating smart tech that doesn't require extensive installation, such as smart hubs. If you're serious about heavy installation, consider consulting a real estate agent for advice, especially if you're planning to sell your home soon. You'll want to choose the smart home tech that adds the most resale value to your home.


    5. Enjoy Your Smart Home
      Finally, sit back and enjoy your new smart home. Seriously, use it. You'd be surprised how many homeowners have trouble breaking old habits. With so much integration available to control from your smartphone, you can enjoy your smart home without ever leaving the couch.

    Would you like to live in a new house that's already equipped with smart home technology? We can help. Contact us today to tour our Lafayette homes for sale.

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