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Jan. 17, 2018

2018 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule for Baton Rouge and New Orleans

Mardi Gras 2018Mardi Gras season is upon us and soon streets throughout the state of Louisiana will be flowing with bands, floats, beads, celebrities, royalty, and everything the creative mind can imagine. Below is a schedule of many of the parades in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Krewe of Mutts - Downtown, Baton Rouge - Sunday, January 28th, 10:30 AM

Krewe of Artemis - Downtown, Baton Rouge - Friday, February 2nd, 7 PM

Krewe of Mystique - Downtown, Baton Rouge - Saturday, February 3rd, 2 PM

Krewe of Orion - Downtown, Baton Rouge - Saturday, February 3rd, 6:30 PM

Krewe of Southdowns - Southdowns Neighborhood - Friday, February 9th, 7 PM

Krewe of Spanish Town - Downtown, Baton Rouge - Saturday, February 10th, 12 PM 

New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Krewe of Excalibur - Metairie - Friday, February 2nd, 7 PM

Krewe of Barkus - French Quarter - Sunday, February 4th, 2 PM

Babylon - Uptown - Thursday, February 8th, 5:30 PM

Chaos - Uptown - Thursday, February 8th, 6:15 PM

Muses - Uptown - Thursday, February 8th, 6:30 PM

Hermes - Uptown - Friday, February 9th, 6 PM

d'Etat - Uptown - Friday, February 9th, 6:30 PM

Krewe of Morpheus - Uptown - Friday, February 9th, 7 PM

Krewe of Endymion - Mid City - Saturday, February 10th, 4:15 PM

Krewe of Bacchus - Uptown - Sunday, February 11th, 5:15 PM

Krewe of Orpheus - Uptown - Monday, February 12th, 6 PM

Krewe of Zulu - Uptown - Tuesday, February 13th, 8 AM

Rex - Uptown - Tuesday, February 13th, 10 AM

Elks Orleanians - Uptown - Tuesday, February 13th, following Rex

Crescent City - Uptown - Tuesday, February 13th, following Elks Orleanians

Jan. 12, 2018

How to Winterize your Louisiana Home

Preparing Your Louisiana Home for Freezing Temperatures

When weather reaches sustained freezing temperatures, it is important to adequately prepare your home to avoid potential damage. Since these temperatures occur seldom in a given Louisiana year, it is easy to forget everything that needs to be taken care of. Below are a few items that you should note: 

  • Wrap all exposed pipes
  • Run a small trickle of cold water at night
  • Remove/drain your hoses and sprinklers and store away (sometimes if water still resides in the hose, the entire hose will freeze up)
  • Be sure to keep your home heated, even if you are out of town
  • Know where your main water shut-off valve is
  • Drain and cover your swimming pool
  • Cover your water Well if you have one
  • Bring your pets inside your home
  • Help your energy costs by reversing your ceiling fans to swing clockwise to circulate warm air through the room
  • Check your insulation and your furnace filter
  • Check the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keep fire extinguishers handy

FireplaceKeep in mind that more house fires occur in the fall and winter than any other time of year as homeowners increase the usage of their heaters. As mentioned, it is imperative that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly. Avoid overloading electrical circuits and be aware of the candles you light.

Additionally, be careful where you store firewood as it may attract unwanted pests around your house. 

Oct. 4, 2017

Real Estate Market Report -- August 2017

The real estate market reports for the month of August for East Baton Rouge Parish, Ascension Parish, and Livingston Parish have been released. These reports provide a quick glimpse into the numbers of new listings, sales prices, inventory of homes for sale, and days on the market throughout the region. Have questions about what these numbers mean and how they translate to your situation? Contact one of our agents here!

Some key real estate stats for the month of August in the Greater Baton Rouge area include:

  • There was a 22.8% increase in new listings in the area
  • There was a 2.2% decrease in inventory of homes for sale
  • The median sales price was $191,200
  • Days on Market was down 30.4% with the average listing being 48 days

Check out the detailed reports below for the Greater Baton Rouge area as well as each individual parish. 

Ascension Parish August Report:

East Baton Rouge Parish August Report:

Livingston Parish August Report:

The above reports are published monthly by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors.

Sept. 19, 2017

New Real Estate Listings in the Greater Baton Rouge Area

Market Update: New Real Estate Listings and Price Changes

Below is a compilation of our newest listings in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. Feel free to contact the Listing Agent identified below each home to receive more information on the property or to view the home!

5004 Shenandoah Lane Place • Baton Rouge, LA

• List Price: $425,000

• 4 Bed, 3.5 Bath

• Shenandoah Lane subdivision

• For more information or to view the home, contact the Listing Agent, Kai Smith, here.

16192 N Galvez Ave • Prairieville, LA

• List Price: $210,000

• 3 Bed, 2 Bath

• Villa Galvez subdivision

• For more information or to view the home, contact the Listing Agent, Kai Smith, here.

213 Lucky St • Plattenville, LA

• List Price: $160,000

• 3 Bed, 2 Bath

• Lucky Hit subdivision

• For more information to to view the home, contact the Listing Agent, Shari Jacobson, here.

45335 Penny Duplessis Rd • St Amant, LA

• List Price: $119,500

• 3 Bed, 2 Bath

• Penny Place subdivision

• For more information to to view the home, contact the Listing Agent, Cathy Chifici, here.

*LAND • Moody Dixon Rd • Prairieville, LA

• List Price: $59,900

• Multiple lots available

• 1/2 Acre each lot

• Rural Tract (no subdivision)

• For more information, contact the Listing Agent, CaBrena Roberts, here.

Real Estate Price Reductions in the Greater Baton Rouge Area

Prices have recently been reduced in these listings in Ascension and Livingston Parishes. Click the addresses below to view more information on these properties!

View all of the most recent HOUSE and CONDO listings by clicking the links below.

View all of the most recent listings for LAND in the Greater Baton Rouge Area by clicking the links below! 

Have questions about the home buying process? Check out our Home Buying Frequently Asked Questions or contact one of our real estate agents!

Sept. 6, 2017

Tips for Hurricane Preparation

It is imperative to be as prepared as possible if a tropical system threatens your home. Scroll below for an excellent guide from the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness with a detailed emergency supply checklist, wind and flood preparation, evacuation routes, sheltering information, and much more useful data. 

Things to do before a storm hits:

  • Run your generator to make sure it works smoothly
  • Consider sandbags
  • Choose windowless interior room in case of high winds/tornado and rid room of potential projectiles that could fly off shelves/topple
  • Gather important documents and place them in waterproof container/bag (birth certificates, social security cards, insurance, bank info, etc.)
  • Consider communication options in case of power, phone service, and internet outages
  • Fill vehicle gas tanks and gas cans for generator
  • Maintain full battery charge on phones and electronics in case of power outage
  • If home is in danger of flooding, locate an axe for puncturing attic/roof if you need to get to higher ground
  • Secure outdoor items that wind could project through windows or neighbors' yards (trampolines, dog houses, etc.)

Supplies you may need in case of power outages or area storm damage:

  • Water (for drinking and sanitation)
  • Nonperishable food items
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Phone and electronics chargers (car chargers if power goes out)
  • Radio (battery powered or hand crank)
  • Moist towelettes and garbage bags
  • Gasoline (vehicle and generator)
  • Portable fans
  • Baby supplies (formula, diapers, etc.)
  • Pet food
  • Cash (in case of power outage at local stores/restaurants)
  • Important ID cards/forms, insurance forms, bank account forms, etc. in waterproof pouch


Aug. 9, 2017

The Sanctuary at Juban Crossing in Denham Springs, LA

The Sanctuary at Juban Crossing: New Residential Development in Denham Springs

map location of The Sanctuary at Juban Crossing in Denham SpringsThe Sanctuary at Juban Crossing is a new subdivision being developed in Denham Springs, LA. The subdivision, developed by Alvarez Construction, will consist of 139 single-family homes ranging from 1800 to 2040 square feet. Within the subdivision you will find a beautiful large lake and green spaces. Homeowners will enjoy their close proximity to the Juban Crossing commercial development which hosts a movie theatre and a multitude of dining and shopping establishments (scroll below to view a map image of everything Juban Crossing has to offer). The Sanctuary at Juban Crossing is also a very short drive away from Interstate-12 and the large public North Park. This new Denham Springs neighborhood lies in the high performing Livingston Parish School District. 100% Rural Development financing is available in this subdivision.

Directions to The Sanctuary at Juban Crossing

Traveling East on I-12, take Exit 12 and turn left onto Hwy 1026 (Juban Rd). Take a right onto Hwy 190 (Florida Blvd) and the subdivision will be on the left hand side after passing Barnett Rd. The map location of the subdivision is depicted in the image above. 


Living in The Sanctuary at Juban Crossing places you only minutes away from shopping, dining, and entertainment. The map below highlights many of the options available in this large commercial development. More establishments are expected to open in Juban Crossing in the coming months. 

Juban Crossing restaurants, shopping, and businesses

Nearby Destinations to The Sanctuary at Juban Crossing Subdivision

  • Juban Crossing Development / Movie Tavern Theatre: ~1.8 miles, 4 minutes driving
  • Bass Pro Shops: ~4.6 miles, 8 minutes driving
  • Mall of Louisiana: ~17 miles, 19 minutes driving
  • LSU Campus: ~18 miles, 22 minutes driving
  • Southeastern Louisiana University: ~32 miles, 33 minutes driving
  • New Orleans: ~82 miles, 1 hour 21 minutes driving

Looking for homes available in The Sanctuary at Juban Crossing? Click the button below! 

Click here to contact one of our seasoned real estate agents for more information on The Sanctuary at Juban Crossing subdivision or view other subdivisions in Denham Springs, LA by clicking here.

Posted in New Subdivisions
June 20, 2017

Top 10 Things To Do in Louisiana in the Summer

Searching for something in Louisiana for you and the kids to enjoy this summer? Check out this list of entertainment and attractions found throughout the state! 

Lion in zoo1. Global Wildlife – This is an unbelievable experience in Robert, LA, especially if you have children. The largest totally free-roaming wildlife preserve of its kind in the country and home to over 4,000 exotic, endangered, and threatenedanimals from all over the world.

2. Blue Bayou Water Park/Dixie Landin' Amusement Park or Liberty Lagoon – Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin' are located off of Highland Rd just off I-10. http://www.bluebayou.com/ Liberty Lagoon is located near Independence Park at Florida Blvd and Lobdell in Baton Rouge.

3. USS Kidd Tour – Great experience for all. Walk through the ship self paced. It even has a recommended walking route to take so that you cover the entire ship.

4. World War II Reenactment on July 4th – You will not want to miss this! The USS Kidd battles enemy fighter planes on the river. Very loud but an awesome display to see. Kid friendly and a good time.

5. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center - Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is a 103-acre facility dedicated to conservation, education, recreation, and tourism. http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/park/detail/19

6. Baton Rouge Zoo - Located in Baker, this is a great place to take the family. Awesome tiger exhibit and a train to ride around the park.

7. Any of the Plantation Homes - There's Magnolia Mound, Nottoway and Houmas House. Very relaxing places with beautiful scenery.

8. Perkins Rowe - Awesome setting with a ton of things to do. Barnes and Noble, restaurants, shopping, and a movie theater all near to each other.

9. Bass Pro Shop - Shooting gallery for the kids, good food, and great place to visit. Located off of I-12 in Denham Springs.

10. Bowling at Premier Lanes in Gonzales– Great place to visit for the day. Bowling, arcade, and much more!


March 8, 2017

Which Items Stay With The Home I Just Purchased?

picture of tableOne of the many questions buyers have when purchasing a home is what will remain on the property when the sale is complete. Below is a general list of items that are categorized into staying with the home or leaving with the homeowner. Keep in mind that this is a general list and many of the below items may be negotiable. Check with your realtor concerning items you have questions about.

Items that will stay with the home:

  • Wired alarm systems
  • Smoke detectors & interior sprinkler systems
  • Grounded landscaping & trees
  • TV antennas and satellite dishes
  • Built-in items such as bookcases, shelves, and benches 
  • Light fixtures and chandeliers
  • Blinds and curtain rods
  • Upgraded knobs unless you install replacements before move-out
  • Ceiling fans and window units
  • Items/decor that may disfigure wall, porch, fence, ceiling, etc. upon removal
  • Mounted TV brackets, installed surround sound systems
  • Attached items

Items that the homeowner may take with them:

  • Non built in appliances (a refrigerator is considered a non built in appliance)
  • Swings and play sets
  • Patio/porch table, chairs, etc.
  • Furniture
  • Decor items such as rugs, curtains and rods, etc.
  • Specialty light fixtures (if attached in home, make sure this is negotiated on the purchase agreement)
  • Unattached items

Have more questions about the home buying process? Check out our home buying frequently asked questions by clicking here.

Feb. 15, 2017

Point Andrew Subdivision in Gonzales, LA

Point Andrew - New Construction Subdivision in the Heart of Gonzales

Point Andrew subdivision logoPoint Andrew is a new subdivision under construction in Gonzales, LA, by developer Doug Diez of Ascension Parish. The 34-acre development will feature 3 and 4 bedroom homes ranging from 1300 square feet to 1566 square feet. Lot dimensions will be an average of 70'x120' and no flood insurance will be required. The subdivision will be lined with sidewalks and all utilities will be underground. Home prices start in the $160k range with four different floor plans to choose from. Rural development financing is available for homes in this subdivision. 

Point Andrew will provide homeowners with convenient access to a multitude of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options including a theatre, bowling alley, Tanger Outlet Stores, Cabela's, and much more. Furthermore, Point Andrew is near Interstate-10, linking the subdivision to the nearby cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The subdivision also sits in an excellent school district as part of the high performing Ascension Parish schools. 

Homes for sale in Point Andrew subdivision in Gonzales, LA

The subdivision is located to the east of Airline Hwy off of Churchpoint Rd. The approximate location is depicted by the star in the map below. 

Google map location of Point Andrew subdivision

Directions to Point Andrew Subdivision in Gonzales, LA

Traveling South on Airline Hwy, take a left onto Churchpoint Rd. Point Andrew subdivision will be on the left hand side before you reach Mr Scat Dr.

Nearby Destinations to Point Andrew Subdivision

  • East Ascension High School: ~ 2 miles; 5 minutes driving
  • LSU Campus: ~ 23 miles; 30 minutes driving
  • River Parishes Community College: ~ 5.5 miles; 12 minutes driving
  • Tanger Outlet Shopping/Restaurants: ~ 5.4 miles; 15 minutes driving
  • Mall of Louisiana: ~ 17 miles; 23 minutes driving
  • Premier Lanes Bowling Alley & Entertainment: ~ 0.6 miles; 2 minutes driving
  • L'Auberge Casino & Hotel: ~ 20 miles; 31 minutes driving
  • New Orleans: ~ 57 miles; 1 hour driving

Looking for more information on nearby attractions, school information, and local dining, shopping, and entertainment options? Check out our blog post detailing the many services Ascension Parish provides.

Click here to contact one of our seasoned real estate agents for more information on Point Andrew subdivision or view other subdivisions in Gonzales, LA by clicking here.

Posted in New Subdivisions
Feb. 6, 2017

Oaks On The Bluff Subdivision in Prairieville, LA

entrance of Oaks on the Bluff subdivision in Prairieville, LAOaks On The Bluff is one of the premier subdivisions in Prairieville, LA. Located off of Bluff Rd, Oaks On The Bluff is known for its abundance of beautiful live oak trees throughout the subdivision and its homeowners enjoy the sidewalks, lake views, and walking paths around the lakes that the subdivision has to offer. Oaks On The Bluff subdivision is quiet and secluded despite having excellent interstate access via Highway 73, which helps provide limitless dining, shopping, and entertainment options for its residents. As detailed below, the subdivision is also very near to the high performing schools of Ascension Parish. Prices of homes start in the upper $300k range and HOA dues are approximately $400 per year. Subdivision restrictions, by-laws, and plat map are available via the subdivision website here

homes for sale in Oaks on the Bluff subdivision in Prairieville, LA

Near Oaks On The Bluff Subdivision in Prairieville, LA

  • LSU Campus: ~18 miles; 26 minutes driving time
  • River Parishes Community College: ~9.1 miles; 12 minutes driving time
  • Tanger Outlet Stores & Restaurants: ~6.4 miles; 12 minutes driving time
  • Blue Bayou Water Park / Dixie Landin' Amusement Park: ~6.2 miles; 9 minutes driving time
  • Interstate-10 (via Hwy 73): ~4.4 miles; 9 minutes driving time
  • Prairieville Park: ~4.6 miles; 11 minutes driving time
  • Dutchtown High School: ~2 miles; 5 minutes driving time

View more nearby attractions in Prairieville and Ascension Parish by checking out our blog post detailing a number of dining, entertainment, and shopping options as well as local festivals and events in the area.

Directions to Oaks On The Bluff Subdivision in Prairieville, LA

Traveling East on Interstate-10, take Exit 173 and turn Right onto Hwy 73 and then take an immediate Right onto C Braud Rd. Turn Right onto Bluff Rd when it dead ends. In half a mile, take a Right onto Oak Park Ave into Oaks On The Bluff subdivision. 

The exact location of Oaks On The Bluff is depicted by the star in the map below.

 Click here to contact one of our seasoned real estate agents for more information on Oaks On The Bluff or view other subdivisions in Prairieville, LA by clicking here.

Posted in Subdivisions