Few states have produced more iconic foods than Louisiana. There are a lot of unique dishes to savor in the Baton Rouge area. One thing you simply can't pass up is an opportunity to try some authentic beignets.
Beignets are a type of deep-fried dough pastry that originated in France before becoming a Louisiana staple. If you're in the area checking out Baton Rouge open houses, be sure to make a pit stop at one of these amazing local beignet shops.
The DIY approach is not only affordable but also gives you more control over your results. At various Baton Rouge open houses, we've seen some lovely DIY remodeling jobs and decor projects. So, how do you ensure your own DIY project goes well and yields beautiful results? Here are a few tips to help you avoid a bad DIY project.
Baton Rouge has an incomparable culinary scene. Just minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale, you'll find world-class restaurants in a medley of styles. Some are known throughout the U.S., while others are local favorites. Our Realtors® can introduce you.
Between Baton Rouge open houses, try these intriguing lunch spots:
Looking for a fun way to test your knowledge, enjoy a night out with friends, and maybe even take home some great prizes in the process? Some of the best bars, burger joints, and pizza parlors near Baton Rouge homes for sale offer regularly scheduled trivia nights where you can compete for prizes while enjoying great specials on your favorite menu items. Our real estate agents have all the details on where to find trivia nights around Baton Rouge.
Looking for a house can be challenging under any circumstances. It's even more difficult when you're looking somewhere far away from the city where you currently live. There are plenty of Baton Rouge homes for sale, but how do you know which one is right for you when you're that far away? Here are a few tips for long-distance house hunting.
Looking for something new to do this summer? Grab your friends and family and go play a round of disc golf! Disc golf is pretty similar to regular golf. The major difference is players throw a flying disc instead of using balls and clubs, and the objective is to land the disc in a basket instead of a hole.
Our real estate agents have been really getting into this fun summertime activity, so we're up to date on all the best disc golf courses around the great state of Louisiana. You'd be surprised at just how many great courses there are around:
Gardening is more than just a relaxing and enjoyable hobby. It's also a great way to improve your yard's appearance and boost your home's curb appeal. Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can put together an amazing garden by choosing plants that are easy for beginners to grow. Here are a few types of plants that our real estate agents recommend, carefully chosen for gardeners of all skill levels.
Mother's Day is around the corner, and now is the time to start planning a special gift for all of the wonderful moms in your life. Fortunately, Baton Rouge is home to some amazing florists that offer everything you need for Mother's Day this year, from simple yet beautiful arrangements to elegant gift baskets that are packed with items that mom is sure to love. Our real estate agents have the details on five local Baton Rouge florists where you're sure to find a great gift for Mother's Day.
When choosing a place to live, easy access to high-quality, locally roasted coffee is always a priority for our real estate agents. When coffee is roasted locally, it's guaranteed to be fresh and flavorful -- and once you start drinking great coffee, it's difficult to accept just any alternative.
One of the many great things about Baton Rouge is our vast number of amazing coffee shops all around town. These shops roast locally and also source the finest beans from all over the world. If you'll only drink the very best coffee in the morning, we recommend checking out some of these Louisiana coffee destinations:
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.
Baton Rouge homes for sale are known for all kinds of advantages. One of them is the amazing dining scene, packed with an array of Creole and Cajun treats. But no matter if you're in the mood for surf, turf, or lighter breakfast fare, you can enjoy it all at a Baton Rouge brunch spot. There are so many to choose from, you will never really run out of options.
When you think of home improvement projects, stressful renovations that cost lots of time and money may come to mind. But many projects that can improve the look and/or function of your home can be completed in just a weekend. You might be surprised at the number of easy projects that can make a big impact with a relatively small investment of time.
Whether you're planning on staying in your home for a while or are planning on listing it soon, our real estate agents suggest the following weekend home improvement projects:
Oysters, crawfish, and po' boy sandwiches are mainstays of Louisiana Creole cuisine, and our real estate agents know just where to find them. Fresh seafood is just one more reason why Baton Rouge homes for sale are so popular.
Here's a handful of local restaurants where the catch of the day is always worth trying:
There's so much to see, do, and experience when you're new to Baton Rouge that it can be hard to decide where to start. So why not let a local expert be your guide? Whether you're interested in history, food, drink, culture, or the great outdoors, there's a local tour with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all the details on some of the best Baton Rouge tours to help you get familiar with your new home city.
If you have a beloved four-legged friend in your house, you know that it's not really your house. It's their house. You just live there... and pay the mortgage.
Our real estate agents know what it's like to share space with a canine or feline companion. We understand the rewards and also the challenges. It's not always easy to create a pet-friendly home that offers everything your pets require.
Whether for exercise, exploration, or your daily commute, Baton Rouge is a bike-friendly city with ample options for getting around on two wheels. There are plenty of bike paths, both paved and off-road, along with a great collection of bicycle clubs that make it easy to connect with other riders. Our real estate agents have the key info on some of the many ways that you can enjoy biking in Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge and live music go hand-in-hand. It's one of the things our real estate agents love most about life in this historic city overlooking the Mississippi River. Baton Rouge has always been at the intersection of American music traditions, and it remains that way today.
These days, the best live music venues in Baton Rouge host everything from national touring acts to promising up-and-comers. You might see a hot new indie rock band or a local blues legend, sometimes on the same stage on the same night.
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.
Whether you're already a dedicated long-distance runner or you're brand new to the sport, here's some news you'll be excited to hear: The Louisiana Marathon will be in town next month. This upcoming event is scheduled for January 15th and 16th. And yes, there will also be a half marathon, quarter marathon, and 5k race for those who aren't big fans of the 26.2-mile distance.
Put on your running shoes and experience Baton Rouge in a whole new way! Get to know more about the Louisiana Marathon with the information below and consider signing up for this upcoming event.
Baton Rouge is a vibrant area with plenty to do all year long! This is especially true during the holiday season when so many traditions fill up the calendar. Opportunities abound to explore the neighborhood, feel festive, and maybe even meet new people. Here are five things you'll love about Baton Rouge during the holidays.
Serving baked treats over the holidays is a festive, welcoming touch, but it's hard to find the time to create all the goodies you'd like to offer. And you won't be able to create the variety of flavors and designs you can get at a local Baton Rouge bakery.
Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following bakeries for some sweet holiday treats:
Louisiana is a pretty wild place. From the Gulf Coast to the Bayou Country, it's a state filled with all kinds of unique plants and animals. Many of the most fascinating live below the water's surface, and you don't have to go deep into the wilderness to see them.
Louisiana is home to numerous world-class aquariums and marine life exhibits where you can see sea creatures from all over the world, and from right here in Louisiana. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorites.
Louisiana is famous for its Creole cuisine, beignets, and toe-tapping jazz music. What you might not know is it also has one of the most vibrant craft brewery scenes anywhere in the United States. Our real estate agents will be happy to tell you all about it when you're checking out Baton Rouge homes for sale.
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.
If you're new to the Baton Rouge area, our real estate agents can help you find all the best things to see and do in the area. For instance, the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is a tremendously fun event for both individuals and families, and locals look forward to it.
Last year, the fair was, unfortunately, canceled due to COVID. This year, however, it's back, running Thursday, October 28th through Sunday, November 7th. Anytime you go will be fun, but certain shows and attractions only run on certain days. Here's some of what you can expect, so you can plan your trip to the fair.
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!
Maintaining a clean and healthy household is an important part of homeownership, so our real estate agents always recommend replacing everyday household items on a regular basis. However, keeping track of when things need to be replaced can be challenging as there are so many items we use on a daily basis. To further complicate things, many household items need to be replaced more often than you'd think.
The cooler fall weather means we can turn the air conditioner off in the mornings, fling the windows open, and enjoy some fresh air. What's more, the change of seasons gives homeowners permission to launch some stunning decor changes inside and outside the home.
If you're listing your home among Baton Rouge homes for sale, you might want to look into some decorating ideas to help potential buyers see your home at its best. Welcome the fall season with these decorating tips.
Soft, warm, and hard to replicate, natural light is always better than artificial light. It brings a rich, full-spectrum hue that makes your room feel brighter, bigger, and more welcoming. Natural light also lifts your spirit, improves your wellbeing, and even helps cut down on your utility bills. Our real estate agents run through 5 easy ways to increase the amount of natural light in your home.
No matter how much you love your cat, you have to agree — their litter box is not as cute as they are. Rather than keeping the litter box out in the open, many cat owners turn to various techniques and tactics to hide their litter boxes. Here are some options to keep in mind as you look at Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Everyone has a few tried and true favorites — restaurants you visit again and again because you love them so much. But sometimes, instead of visiting a restaurant you know, it's fun to try something new. Although 2021 has been challenging for the restaurant industry, there are some enticing new places to eat in Baton Rouge. Stop by one of these new restaurants while you're looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale.
It's no secret that design trends come and go. One that was extremely popular in the 1950s was the popcorn ceiling. Since then this trend has fallen by the wayside, or shall we say, popped. If you're ready to update the look of your ceiling, removing a popcorn ceiling is a potential DIY project.
Our real estate agents know that properties without popcorn ceilings appear more updated and attractive to prospective buyers. Here are some helpful tips to assist you with this DIY project.
Late summer and early fall are busy times for special events around Baton Rouge, with a variety of fun, local activities geared toward every taste. Whether you're interested in cooking, art, music, or fun activities that the kids will love, you will always have something fun to look forward to when you live in Baton Rouge. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 5 upcoming Baton Rouge events that you won't want to miss.
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.
There are Baton Rouge homes for sale that can meet all of your needs. However, that doesn't mean you can't still do a bit of work to make your new house your own. If you're a home chef, for instance, you might like to make a few changes to making cooking easier. From minor additions to major renovations, here are a few kitchen updates to consider.
Raised garden beds can be a great way to garden. They are often more successful because of factors like better drainage and soil quality, and they're easier to work in. Plus, they look tidy and attractive, which is an added bonus if you're getting ready to list your home in Baton Rouge homes for sale. Here are a few tips for starting a raised garden bed.
Disc golf has become an increasingly popular sport and is a great way to connect with nature while you get some exercise. Bring a few friends along to compete against as you explore different disc golf courses near Baton Rouge, each of which has its own unique layout and characteristics.
Our real estate agents recommend trying these 5 places to play disc golf near Baton Rouge:
When you've scrimped and saved to buy a house you may be tempted to forgo that three to five hundred dollars for a home inspection. But missing critical flaws in the property can cost you thousands in the long run. Our real estate agents will assure you that a trained observer can spot some of these pitfalls when you might not see them.
Retail therapy is a vibrant way of life around Baton Rouge homes for sale. Thanks to a diverse assortment of boutiques in the area, you can shop 'til you drop and still find fresh new items. Our real estate agents head to these favorite shops when they want to give their credit cards a workout.
Spring is the perfect time to conquer your to-do list and get ahead on your cleaning and household maintenance chores. While you're working, take a few moments to declutter items from your home that you no longer need or use.
Our real estate agents know that decluttering is a simple way to help a home appear larger and more appealing to potential homebuyers. Here are some items to toss as you make your way through your spring cleaning to-do list.
For several years running now, Baton Rouge has distinguished itself as one of the top places to move. Baton Rouge homes for sale are especially popular among first-time homebuyers. In fact, it was recently named one of the Top 10 Metros for First-Time Homeowners.
What's the secret that makes Baton Rouge so attractive? Our real estate agents love the Baton Rouge area because of the following features that make it truly one of a kind:
If your home's decor feels a little generic or looks too sparse for your tastes, consider painting an accent wall. An accent wall lends a pop of color to your space and helps you customize the style of your home. Our real estate agents know that an accent wall is often beneficial for staging your home when you put it on the market. Follow these do's and don'ts when adding an accent wall.
Renovations and keeping your home up-to-date can increase your home's value, not to mention it's a lot more fun to live in an updated house and enjoy those renovations while you live there. But not everyone has money to throw into a renovation, especially if you're planning on moving out afterward. Fortunately, there are many low-budget DIY projects you can do to increase your home's value. Here are a few easy upgrades our real estate agents recommend to get you started.
The journey from caterpillar to butterfly is one of nature's most fascinating and inspiring transformations. On Sunday, March 14, spend some time observing these beautiful insects during National Learn About Butterflies Day. Get an up-close and personal view of these delightful spots around Baton Rouge suggested by our real estate agents.
With all of the streaming options these days, people are making trips to the movie theater less often. Instead, it's common to have a media room or home theater and enjoy the big screen experience with all the comforts of home. Home theaters are a nice feature that we sometimes see in Baton Rouge homes for sale. Here are six tips for improving your home theater system.
Spring, being the time of fresh starts and renewal, just seems like the right time to clean up the home and grounds and get ready for a bright new beginning.
Plus, if you are getting ready for a new beginning and listing your home for sale, spring is a great time to do so!
Here are some tips to help you spring forward as you get ready to list your home among the Lake Charles homes for sale.
Change is frustrating for everyone, and our pets are no exception. The turmoil of construction can be terrifying to them when they just can't understand what's happening! Since our real estate agents may recommend some renovations that will increase the value of your home, we want to provide you with some tips to make your animals more comfortable with the process.
If you love to read, you're in luck! Baton Rouge has several independent bookstores that carry unique selections and are wonderful places to browse before you buy. From comic books to centuries-old collectible titles, you're likely to find what you're looking for at these local bookstores.
Our real estate agents suggest exploring the following bookstores around Baton Rouge:
If you're thinking about buying one of the beautiful Baton Rouge homes for sale, a VA loan is a great option! These loans come with excellent benefits. They offer flexible credit underwriting and low-interest rates. In addition, buyers using a VA loan won't have to come up with a down payment or carry mortgage insurance (PMI).
A portion of these loans is guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). However, the loans are issued by mortgage lenders and banks. Our real estate agents regularly meet with lenders to learn more about any updates to loan programs and how they could impact their clients.
Whether you've just purchased one of the beautiful Baton Rouge homes for sale or you've lived in your current home for years, decorating with houseplants can go a long way towards making your space feel homey. Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can still keep beautiful plants in your home!
The key is selecting plants that are hardy and easy to care for. Here are a few of the best starter plants.
Holiday light displays are a tradition that we look forward to all year round. Each twinkling bulb warms the heart and brings about a sense of awe and wonder no matter how old you are. And if there ever was a year when we could use a little inspiration, kindness, and a reminder of how good life is, it's this year. So, grab your coats and warm up the cocoa, it's Holiday light season again!
The Crescent City loves each holiday, and this time of year is certainly no different.
Just like Mike the Tiger, this season is still roaring with lights.
The Northshore shines just as bright as its big city neighbor during the holidays.
These gorgeous beaches are lit up with the gift of lights all month!
Love classic Louisiana cooking, or interested in sampling our region's many delicacies for the first time? Then you'll feel right at home in Baton Rouge, where local restaurants bring the best of Louisiana to your table every day. From beignets to po'boys, king cakes to gumbo, you'll find it all at the best local dining spots. Our real estate agents are here to help you start your culinary adventure with our guide to 5 local restaurants where you can find classic Louisiana cooking in Baton Rouge.
In our warm region, we're lucky to grow certain types of herbs all year long in a protected place outdoors. However, there is always the risk of a cold snap, when temperatures plunge below freezing. That's why learning the ins and outs of indoor herb gardening is well worth your time -- not to mention, having herbs growing indoors provides an attractive accent to your home when it's listed among Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Are you ready to lace up your running shoes for a 5k in the Baton Rouge area? Then you'll find no shortage of great places to train for your next run! Between beautiful city parks, well-established nature trails, and trails running through popular local attractions, Baton Rouge offers a little bit of everything. Get ready for your next 5k, and enjoy some great natural scenery while you train. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best places to train for a 5k around Baton Rouge.
According to our real estate agents, kitchen updates are one of the top renovations you can do. A kitchen backsplash is, in many ways, the piece that ties together all of your hard-planned renovations. If the kitchen backsplash is too boring or too jarring, it can destroy the entire look. Here are a few tips for picking out a kitchen backsplash that will give your updates the most mileage.
If you've been in the area looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you've probably noticed that there's no shortage of great dining options here! In addition to the huge variety of upscale and casual restaurants, Baton Rouge is also known for its outstanding bakeries.
Our real estate agents often enjoy stopping by their favorite local shops for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. Here are a few that you'll want to check out.
Are you looking for a way to get your kids off the couch? Gathering up the entire family and heading out to some of the area's beautiful nature trails is a great way to get everybody's heart pumping and get some fresh air.
Many of our real estate agents have started spending their weekends visiting local hiking trails with their families. Here are a few of their favorite kid-friendly options you'll want to explore.
Don't feel like cooking, but you're not in the mood to dine out either? Food trucks offer portable restaurant-quality food that can be eaten outdoors or back home. Feed yourself or the whole family with delicious food from these great trucks near Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Today's real estate industry presents you with many options when it comes to buying and selling Baton Rouge homes for sale. Our REALTORS® want your real estate transaction to be as swift, smooth, and successful as possible. Before you choose to hire a broker or simply conduct the property sale with only an escrow agent, we encourage you to discover the many ways that working with a REALTOR® can benefit you.
As the nation begins to open up, it's clear that social distancing and other basic precautions are going to be the "new norm," at least for a while. If you've been craving a sit-down meal at a restaurant but are worried about safety, you may want to consider visiting one of the many local restaurants with outdoor patio seating.
Our real estate agents have been gathering a list of their favorites, and now we're ready to share it with you. We guarantee you'll have trouble deciding which of these local hot spots to visit first.
Louisiana has a wonderful climate, but temperatures can soar over the summer. Fortunately, residents of our area have learned some tips and tricks that can help make you more comfortable. Our real estate agents suggest the following seven ways to beat the Louisiana heat this summer:
Get ready to strike a pose – a yoga pose that is! Sunday, June 21st, is International Yoga Day, and our real estate agents are looking forward to finding zen in a peaceful, uplifting yoga session. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and has gained popularity around the globe. If you're looking for a place where you can strengthen your mind, body, and soul, check out these yoga studios around Baton Rouge.
Of the many volunteers who generously donate their kindness to society, blood donors are a group of heroes that save lives with each precious drop of blood that they give. Believe it or not, a single hour spent donating blood can save up to three lives. Not only do these blood donations preserve the wellbeing of those in our own Baton Rouge community, but they also safeguard the health of men, women, and children around the world.
To honor these individuals and continue raising awareness for the dramatic need for blood, the World Health Organization created World Blood Donor Day. This event is celebrated around the globe and applauds the selfless service of donors while highlighting the importance of consistent blood donations. Now in its 16th year, World Blood Donor Day continues to remind us that, although all of us have blood, more than half of us are actually unable to donate. In fact, only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate. This becomes more concerning when you realize that every two seconds, someone in the United States is in desperate need of a blood donation.
Blood is not a resource that can be artificially manufactured or taken without permission. Blood donations rely on the kindness and consent of donors to keep blood banks stocked around the world. Donor blood is used for more than blood transfusions. It is also used to treat a number of diseases and is used for research to combat other life-threatening health conditions. Nearly 80 countries around the globe use voluntary blood donations to stock 90 to 100 percent of their blood supply. By donating even just once, you're immediately improving the lives of individuals around the world.
World Blood Donor Day is on June 14th and we can't think of a better way to celebrate these volunteers than by doing our part to help those who need it most in our world. If you are interested and able to donate blood, our real estate agents encourage you to please consider visiting these blood donation centers around Baton Rouge.
Of course, these are not the only locations where you can donate blood around Baton Rouge. There are many facilities and mobile blood donation drives occurring throughout the year. We encourage you to reach out to these additional resource to learn more about upcoming opportunities to donate blood around the Baton Rouge area:
Finding it hard to occupy your time these days? Our real estate agents have some ways to stay active nourishing the soul and brightening someone else's day. Keep busy with these simple but powerful random acts of kindness that enrich the community around Baton Rouge homes for sale.
Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies. If you've never tasted fresh vegetables straight from the garden, you'll be amazed by the vibrant textures and sweet, juicy flavors. For many, however, starting a garden can feel completely overwhelming at first, but it doesn't have to be. The most important element is a willingness and commitment to learn and try. The rest will fall into place.
Our real estate agents are avid gardeners and have broken down the process into six easy steps to guide you into your gardening adventure.
A home improvement project doesn't need to last weeks or even months. There are numerous projects you can tackle in a single weekend that will have a huge impact on the look and feel of your home. Whether you're ready to add your home to the inventory of Baton Rouge homes for sale or just want to spruce up your space, check out these weekend-friendly home improvement projects.
There's history on every corner in Louisiana. Much of that history converges on the magnificent corners of the Louisiana State Capitol Building. When the building was first envisioned in 1928, it was the physical manifestation of the state's spirit. Today, it remains one of the most beautiful and storied buildings in the country, and there are seven facts about the structure that our REALTORS® think you just might be interested in knowing.
At Latter & Blum, our REALTORS® have worked hard to protect the safety of our clients and co-workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are following all social distancing and safety guidelines issued throughout Louisiana.
The measures affect all Lafayette homes for sale and New Orleans homes for sale as well as properties elsewhere in the state. In addition to state and federal guidelines, real estate associations have issued industry-specific guidance for protecting clients.
In light of all the available information, Latter and Blum is doing our part to flatten the curve with the following measures:
Recent data indicates that the Baton Rouge metropolitan area is a hit with Gen Z homebuyers. Though exact date ranges vary, the Gen Z label usually refers to someone born between the years of 1995 and 2010. Those early Gen Zers are the ones starting to emerge in the Baton Rouge market with purchase power.
Besides the obvious factor of age, there are several other noticeable differences between Gen Z and other types of buyers. This includes the prices of the homes they purchase and what attracts them to a potential property.
The average purchase price for a property bought by a Gen Z buyer is $160,600. This is significantly less than the $256,500 average purchase price of a property purchased by a millennial homebuyer. On average, listing prices for homes that Gen Z buyers purchase are 25 percent less than the national median asking price. Gen Zers are forgoing the conventional 20 percent downpayment; instead, the average downpayment for a Gen Z homebuyer is only five percent of the home's purchase price.
The markets that Gen Zers are attracted to tend to have affordable housing options that make the dream of homeownership an attainable reality.
National Take a Walk in the Park Day is observed every year on March 30. What better time to take a stroll through one of Baton Rouge's many beautiful parks? You'll find each park to be unique with amenities such as sand beaches, fishing ponds, rock climbing walls, and more!
Our REALTORS® suggest going for a stroll in the following 6 Baton Rouge parks:
Whether it's an attic, basement, or extra room in your home, you don't need to spend big bucks on a full renovation to make it a warm, welcoming space. Lots of people searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale look for additional space like an attic room or finished basement. Below, Our REALTORS® share some helpful tips on how to make unfinished spaces livable and lovable.
While some areas mark the arrival of spring by robin sightings or flowers blooming, people in Baton Rouge eagerly await the beginning of crawfish season. March is prime time to enjoy Louisiana's iconic treat at these popular seafood restaurants and markets that are favorites with our REALTORS®.
Even with all the home improvement shows out there, getting started on your own home improvement project for the first time can be intimidating.
Our REALTORS® know home improvement can be especially frightening for new homeowners! Make sure to follow these six tips if you are working on your first-ever home improvement project.
Start with a Plan
You should take the time to go around your new house to make a note of any potential improvements you wish to complete. Consider what order these items should be completed in and a potential timeline. For example, you may decide you want to replace windows before you paint a room to make sure you like that color with your new style of windows.
Also, make sure you are realistic with your timeline. It's always best to assume a project will run over on time or money.
Any move - even if it's just down the street - requires a great deal of time and organization. But when you're moving to a new state, your list of things to do becomes longer and more complicated.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following seven tips to help you make your move to another state as smooth as possible:
Home is where the heart is, and there's a lot to love about Baton Rouge. In honor of Valentine's Day, our REALTORS® share the top features that make Baton Rouge such a lovable place to live.
When Our REALTORS® bring potential homebuyers out to explore Baton Rouge homes for sale, there are always a few details that can make or break the buying decision. The design and layout of the kitchen is one of them.
Whether you're thinking about putting your home on the market soon or you're planning to stay for years, a kitchen remodel is almost always a great investment. However, if you're not well-prepared, this is the type of project that can take on a life of its own.
The following tips will help you make sure that creating your dream kitchen doesn't turn into a real nightmare.
If you're selling your home, you want to price it reasonably, so it doesn't languish on the market, but you don't want to price it for less than you could sell it for. Our REALTORS® use research, knowledge, and experience to determine your home's value. The following are some ways we can determine this value:
The New Year has arrived, and our REALTORS® want you to kick off the decade with a bang! As we move into the 2020s, make a resolution to learn a new skill. From dancing and cooking to art classes and more, here are a few of our favorite places around Baton Rouge, where you can fall in love with a new hobby!
You only get one chance to make a first impression! Today's homebuyers do most of their decision making before they see the property in person. Photos of a home for sale, in most cases, will be the first impression buyers will get of your property. So staging for these photos is crucial!
Our real estate agents have gathered these tips to help you stage your home like a pro:
2019 was a fantastic year around Baton Rouge. Whether you are celebrating a new job, new family member, or still searching for the best of the best Baton Rouge homes for sale to settle into, there are plenty of reasons to party.
Living in Baton Rouge means you're never far from some excellent shopping. Local small businesses are a big part of what makes the city such a popular place to call home. With Shop Small Saturday around the corner, this is the perfect time to get out and explore all the Baton Rouge small businesses in the area. We've got the details on some great Baton Rouge businesses to visit on Shop Small Saturday!
Bella Bella – 3064 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Baton Rouge homes for sale allow you to visit so many unique local businesses, like the Bella Bella women's clothing shop. Bella Bella stocks all of the latest styles, allowing you to keep up with the latest trends and find the perfect gift for anyone on your list who loves fashion. There's a huge selection of shoes, along with excellent looks for both formal occasions and everyday wear.
We count our blessings every day, and one of them is to get to call Baton Rouge home! From its vibrant culture and rich history to fun-filled summers and blissfully warm winters, Baton Rouge a fantastic place. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now seems like a good time to consider some of the things we're most thankful for here in Baton Rouge.
Saving up for a down payment can seem like a daunting challenge at first. However, with a little planning and some adjustments in your spending patterns, you can save up for a down payment using these tips from our REALTORS®.
There's nothing quite like the beauty of a Victorian-style home! Many people fall in love with these homes for their one-of-a-kind details and charm.
Do you have your eye on a stunning Victorian-style house among the Baton Rouge homes for sale? Here are some helpful remodeling and decorating tips to update a Victorian home incorporating your taste while maintaining its original beauty and charm.
A home on the lake is the perfect place to spend quiet evenings with family and fun weekends with friends. Some of the finest Baton Rouge homes are no more than a stone's throw from the most beautiful lakes in Louisiana. However, a waterfront home requires routine maintenance. The following are some maintenance tasks you will have to tend to on your waterfront property.
Take Care of the Dehumidifier
Every waterfront home in Louisiana should have a reliable dehumidifier. This will help protect wood and other elements in the home from the buildup of moisture. You should plan to clean the dehumidifier every couple of weeks to ensure effectiveness and extend the unit's operational lifespan.
Secure the Dock & Boat Lift
Most waterfront homes in Louisiana have a dock or a boat lift. Be sure that any floating debris is removed from around the structure. If you have a floating dock, be sure that it is properly tied down. When cold spells are brewing, it is a good idea to remove the dock from the water.
We also provide clients with strategies to get to closing day faster and easier.
Buying a home can seem complicated, and it's an exceptionally tall order for those who've never done it before. Luckily, we have some steps to improve your odds of buying your dream home.
Here are seven habits of highly successful home buyers:
No Matter What Stage of Buying You're In, Expert Advice is Essential
For first-time buyers, navigating real estate can be like wandering a hall of mirrors.
Even if you're months away from being ready to make an offer on a home, don't hesitate to reach out to your friendly local real estate agents. Expert advice can get you on track, dispel worrisome real estate myths, and save you time in the long run.
Contact us to find out more.
Grab your favorite mug and get ready to fill it to the brim with caffeinated goodness. National Coffee Day is September 29th and our REALTORS® are excited to head out around Baton Rouge to spend a little time at our favorite cafés. Whether you're grabbing a quick cup before work or if you have the time to relax and sip in serenity, we invite you to celebrate National Coffee Day at one of these great cafés in and around Baton Rouge homes for sale.
National Drink Beer Day is on September 28th and our REALTORS® want to raise a glass to the Baton Rouge breweries that set the bar high for Louisiana brews! The Bayou State has plenty of delicious homebrewed beer selections, and Baton Rouge isn't without its own acclaimed brewhouses. See what's on tap at one of these five awesome breweries where you can have rounds of fun on National Drink Beer Day!
When our REALTORS® show clients Baton Rouge homes for sale, they're often asked about the area's social scene. We could spend all day talking about the great dining and entertainment options in Baton Rouge, but one of our favorites is the Live After 5 Concert Series.
Once you move into one of the wonderful Baton Rouge homes for sale, meeting your neighbors is the next step in putting down your roots. Mister Rogers greeted his "neighbors" with a musical invitation, but in real life, the singing ability is not required.
Use these simple but effective tips to meet your new neighbors and begin establishing a positive presence.
"Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart." ~ Eleanor Rosevelt
August 1st is National Girlfriends' Day, and it's the perfect time to celebrate that special relationship you share with your best friends. Our girlfriends are always there for us through thick and thin, and there's no better way to show them how much you care than by planning a day filled with fun adventures in Baton Rouge.
Whether you're in the area searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale or you've made your way here for a weekend getaway, there's no shortage of great things for you and your friends to do together. From the moment you wake up until it's time for bed, our REALTORS® have planned out the perfect day for you!
Buyers often wonder: Is it challenging to get to closing on such valuable property?
Typically, waterfront properties command a premium. A home by the water provides amenities others don't, from a beautiful view to a cool breeze that can take the edge off hot summers. Listings for waterfront property can be competitive.
Here's what you need to know to be successful buying waterfront property in Baton Rouge:
Contact us to find out more about waterfront property near Baton Rouge. We're here to help.
Our REALTORS® stay current with all the exciting developments going on in Baton Rouge. Because of community organizations like the Downtown Development District, buyers of Baton Rouge homes for sale benefit from a thriving economy, a diverse list of employers, and a downtown like nothing else you've ever seen.
The Downtown Development District – "DDD" to just about everyone – sponsors cultural events, business initiatives, and resident get-togethers aimed at benefiting the community. It's one of the most active community associations in the entire United States.
The DDD is a political subdivision of the state with a focus on fostering business and community partnerships in Historic Spanish Town, Beauregard Town, the Central Business District, Capitol View North, and Downtown East.
One of the best things about choosing from Baton Rouge homes for sale is knowing that you'll be living in one of the music capitals of the south.
Baton Rouge is the stomping grounds of top musicians from a number of genres. Ranging from hip hop to Dixieland to blues to country, you can find just about everything in Baton Rouge.
Our REALTORS® love to introduce clients to the music scene here. On any given afternoon or evening, you can choose from a wide range of live music venues. They run the gamut all the way from the biggest auditoriums to cozy local bars where karaoke night is always on tap.
Let's look at some of the best places to catch live music throughout Baton Rouge:
Our REALTORS® love a good catfish fry-up ... and we think you will, too!
June 25 is National Catfish Day, and there's no better place to celebrate it than right here in the middle of all the action, Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is the epicenter of Cajun cooking, and there are few bigger stars in that culinary tradition than the catfish.
Not surprisingly, you'll find that the streets of Baton Rouge are dotted with famous catfish restaurants. Today, we'll help you pick out some of the very best.
If you want to experience true flavor, check out these Baton Rouge restaurants featuring catfish on their menus:
Sunday, June 16 is one of the biggest days of the year: Father's Day!
Our REALTORS® decided to take a little break from showing the best Baton Rouge homes for sale to compile a short list of things you can do to celebrate Dad on Father's Day. When you explore the historic city of Baton Rouge, you'll find something for every type of father.
Let's look at five of the best ways to enjoy Father's Day in Baton Rouge this year:
Our REALTORS® know that your home is a reflection of your personal style.
When you go looking for Baton Rouge homes for sale, we will help you find one that fits you like a glove. Unfortunately, gloves (and other articles of clothing) aren't quite what they used to be. Off-the-rack clothing can never fit quite as well as something made just for you. June 5 is National Tailors Day, and now is the best time to discover just how great custom-tailored articles can be. Although every tailored piece is a bit more expensive, they will also have a tendency to last much longer. Plus, an experienced tailor will make every item look more flattering.
Whether you're in the mood for a custom suit or just a simple alteration, a good tailor is hard to find. Demand is growing and expertise is shrinking ... but not here in beautiful Baton Rouge.
In honor of National Tailors Day, let's meet local tailors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:
Louisiana is a state unlike any other. From our food and wildlife to our people and our culture, life among the swamps and bayous is something special. Baton Rouge homes for sale are always getting scooped off the market because of their proximity to the adventure and fun that the surrounding wetlands offer. Next time you're browsing homes in the area, our REALTORS® insist that you check out these five great attractions.
Take a break from searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale and spend a day enjoying our lively community. There are many places to grab a bite, learn something new, or just enjoy a pretty day outside. Our REALTORS® have these tips on how to spend a day in Baton Rouge.
Once you've gotten to know Baton Rouge and are ready to buy a home, contact us and we will be happy to guide you in finding just the right place.
Wine lovers, mark your calendars! Saturday, May 25 is National Wine Day, and our REALTORS® have some great ideas about how you can celebrate the occasion in and around Baton Rouge. Be sure to check out these incredible Louisiana wineries and vineyards.
Grab your boots, pull on your jeans, and mark your calendar for a weekend of no shirt, no shoes, no problems. For ten years, Bayou Country Superfest has brought together some of the biggest names in country music over Memorial Day weekend. This year SuperFest returns to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, after spending two years in the New Orleans Superdome. It's events like Superfest that make shopping for Baton Rouge homes for sale a great idea.
For two fabulous days, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line will be joined by Kane Brown, Chase Rice, and Cassadee Pope among others. Chesney is sure to fill Tiger Stadium with songs from the 20 albums he has recorded over his storied career. He has sung his way to the Top Ten Singles 40 times with 29 of those songs reaching number one, including Til It's Gone, Wild Child, and of course, No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems. Chesney's live shows regularly sell out, so Saturday's SuperFest crowd is in for a fantastic night.
You found the perfect house to start your homeownership journey. It has a spacious kitchen, fenced back yard, and the cutest patio sitting in the afternoon sun. You are ready to make an offer, but in this competitive Baton Rouge real estate market, how can you make sure you have the advantage to seal the deal?
A real challenge when you're ready to buy one of our Baton Rouge homes for sale is competing with all-cash home buyers. All-cash buyers typically have greater leverage because of sellers like not having to navigate the added steps that come with working with a lender.
Here are some tips from our real estate agents on how to compete with all-cash home buyers:
The beauty of the bayou and the rolling waves of the mighty Mississippi are Louisiana's most famous sights. Located not much more than a stone's throw from anywhere in Baton Rouge, these natural landmarks seem magical.
For generations, the bayous and rivers that course through the region have provided plenty of grist for the writer's mill. They have served as a powerful force driving the state's economy forward. These realities are never far from the minds of the folks at Louisiana Earth Day, Inc. and our real estate agents who make their own homes in the region.
Louisiana--including our locals in Baton Rouge--loves crawfish. Historically, from February through mid-May it's crawfish eating time! These freshwater crustaceans have long been a culinary staple in Louisiana--a traditional food that symbolizes the Cajun culture of the state. Crawfish have been designated as the state's official crustacean, and have become an important industry in Louisiana, which provides most of the crawfish consumed throughout the United States.
While you may be able to get crawfish all over the country these days, there is nowhere better to sit down to a plateful of authentic Cajun crawfish than Louisiana. If you're in town looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale during crawfish season, you won't want to miss the opportunity. Local folks will tell you that peak crawfish season is in the spring, from late February through May. That's when wild-caught crawfish are largest, most succulent and most abundant. So where do Louisianians eat crawfish in Baton Rouge?
When our real estate agents take a break from showing clients the best Baton Rouge homes for sale, they love to relax and unwind while enjoying the city's excellent live music scene. Every spring, locals, and visitors flock to downtown Baton Rouge to attend the area's premier seasonal music event series, Live After Five.
The free concerts, which are hosted by the Downtown Business Association, draw crowds of over 5,000 music lovers every week. The 2019 spring series kicks off on Friday, April 5th from 5 to 8 p.m. in North Boulevard Town Square. The lineup has just been released, and it might be the best one ever! Here's a round-up of this year's incredible talent.
Tips for Getting There
When you come to the event, make sure to bring your dancing shoes and leave your pets, tents, and coolers at home, as they're not allowed. The event is located at City Hall Plaza Crest Stage, 100 North Blvd. in Baton Rouge. Look for street parking or grab a spot at the Third St. garage.
Are you interested in learning more about what makes Baton Rouge a great place to live and work? We would love the opportunity to show you around! Contact us today to schedule a meeting.
Are you ready to celebrate the start of spring in Baton Rouge? Kick off the season in style by celebrating National Take a Walk in the Park Day, which takes place every year on March 30th, at one of the many vibrant parks and green spaces located throughout Baton Rouge. From BMX tracks to secluded trails and astronomical observatories, the parks and green spaces of Baton Rouge truly feature something for every member of the community to enjoy. The outdoor spaces of Baton Rouge are popular during every season, and spring is the perfect time to explore the city. Our real estate agents have the local perspective, with a guide to enjoying Take a Walk in the Park Day at six beautiful Baton Rouge parks and green spaces.
Searching for the perfect home close to all of the outdoor attractions in the city? Our local team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.
Your home may have the most fantastic kitchen and the cutest back porch, but if potential buyers don't get past the curb, they may not get to enjoy the delightful breeze on the porch. If yours is one of our Baton Rouge homes for sale, it is essential to make sure its curb appeal is top-notch. Start by standing on the curb yourself and making a fair assessment of what needs upgrading. Then tackle these six steps to boost your curb appeal.
Whether you've just found your dream home among Baton Rouge homes for sale or are still shopping for the perfect one, chances are good you'll be in the market for a few things related to home furnishing and décor in the near future.
If you're partial to antiques, that means you'll want to know where locals go when they're shopping for just the right pieces for their own homes. To help you get started, here are seven favorite Baton Rouge antique shops:
Whether you're buying or selling a home in Baton Rouge, you'll likely hear discussions about "real estate agents" and "REALTORS®" as if they're one and the same. While their primary functions overlap, there are specific differences between designations.
How do you decide which type of real estate professional will best fit your needs? Let our REALTORS® remove some of the confusion between the two and help you make an informed choice.
One thing Baton Rouge residents are known for is they can make holidays special with fun festivals and parades. This St. Patrick's Day, you'll want to take a break from checking out Baton Rouge homes for sale long enough to meet your potential new neighbors and indulge in some Louisiana-style revelry.
Whether you're into early morning fun, wholesome family events, or late-night partying, something is happening this St. Paddy's Day that's right up your alley. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
If you've been looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you've probably already gotten a taste of the city's unique vibe and diverse culture. This becomes even more apparent during historic Spanish Town's famous Mardi Gras celebration.
While the center of the Mardi Gras revelry occurs in New Orleans, Spanish Town residents put their own eclectic spin on things during their annual Mardi Gras parade. This year's parade will be held on March 2nd, and the preparations are already well underway. Here's some information about what to expect during the celebration, so you can make the most of your experience.
Our real estate agents love coffee. How about you?
Before a full day of helping customers like you explore the best Baton Rouge homes for sale, there's nothing quite like a steaming cup of java. Much like brews and teas, there are so many different kinds of coffee to enjoy, the fun and discovery never have to stop.
When you visit or relocate to Baton Rouge, you'll find top-quality coffee on practically every street corner. Our local cafes are the perfect way to get started in the morning, get in the zone for creative work, or get social with others who crave a cup of Joe.
To celebrate this romantic occasion with the one you love, Baton Rouge offers many romantic dining choices that promise to keep any relationship humming. For newcomers currently searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale, take a break from your quest by visiting one of the many top romantic Baton Rouge restaurants.
When you think about moving to Louisiana, you might envision New Orleans at Mardi Gras or imagine the sweet succulence of a Lafayette crawfish boil. However, what you should never do is discount what buying a home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana's capital city can bring to your life.
Baton Rouge (better known as the Red Stick to locals) is known for its food scene, historical landmarks, and nonstop attractions.
Baton Rouge, the second largest city in Louisiana, is a modern, thriving community of nearly 250,000 residents. As a dynamic business environment and the home of world-class Louisiana State University, Louisiana capital city offers something for everyone.
Our real estate agents are here with nine things you need to know about Baton Rouge when you're buying a home.
Baton Rouge is a place where you will find history around every corner, and that's especially true when you're exploring the city's historic downtown. As you travel through downtown Baton Rouge, you'll have the opportunity to visit historic businesses, tour historic buildings, view beautiful residential structures from a wide variety of eras, and experience the history of the city first-hand.
The Tessier Building, located in downtown Baton Rouge, is one of the city's oldest existing structures, and a great example of the history you'll find throughout the city. Our real estate agents have the details on what to know about the historic Tessier Building in downtown Baton Rouge.
The Attraction: The Tessier Building
Location: 342 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
The Tessier Building is among the oldest structures still standing in Baton Rouge and ranks as the oldest structure in the city's downtown area. The earliest recorded date for construction of the building is in 1820, though it's possible that part of the building was constructed as early as 1762. Built in the Colonial style, the Tessier Building is a shining example of the history of residential structures in Baton Rouge.
In Baton Rouge, you don't have to look far to find spectacular historic architecture. Our real estate agents are proud to call Baton Rouge home, and we think you will be too. From Magnolia Mound Plantation to Louisiana's State Capitol, the buildings of Baton Rouge represent countless cultures spanning hundreds of years of history. Still, few structures hold more significance or inspire greater awe than St. Joseph Cathedral.
Nestled in the heart of Downtown a stone's throw from some of our most beautiful, historical Baton Rouge homes for sale, St. Joseph Cathedral is as integral to the city today as it was the day it first opened its doors. A place for all to gather in times of celebration and times of loss, the cathedral's past is interwoven with the history of the city itself to the point that today the two are inseparable.
Louisiana's colorful past is unmatched by most of the other 49 states. Much of its history and tradition has centered around Baton Rouge, which became the state's capital in 1849.
The Louisiana State Capitol Building is both a literal and symbolic embodiment of significant events and influences that shaped the 18th state admitted to the Union. Our real estate agents share the factors that make the State Capitol Building such a popular destination for residents and visitors alike.
While exploring the many great Baton Rouge home for sale, potential homebuyers often ask our real estate agents about the area's entertainment and nightlife scene. Although there are plenty of great options to choose from, The Texas Club is widely considered the area's best venue for live entertainment.
Whether you're already a Baton Rouge resident, or you're considering moving to the area, you'll definitely want to add a night at the Texas Club to your "to do" list. Here's everything you need to know so you can make the most of your experience.
From the storied campus of Louisiana State University to one of the most delicious dining scenes in the South, Baton Rouge is a unique city to call home. There are so many reasons to love living in Baton Rouge, and the many new residents flocking to the region quickly learn that Baton Rouge lives up to the hype. There's excellent food, an affordable cost of living, and attractions for every interest. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on why so many love moving to the city, with six things that you'll love about calling Baton Rouge home.
Baton Rouge is a thriving and beautiful city, and there is no shortage of reasons to choose the area when purchasing your next home. If you're considering Baton Rouge homes for sale during your house hunt, take a closer look at the Garden District, one of the city's favorite neighborhoods, and you might find yourself feeling right at home. From gorgeous historic homes to ample dining and recreational opportunities, the Garden District offers something for everyone. Our REALTORS® are here to share why Baton Rouge locals love the Garden District.
No matter your housing preference, our Garden District boasts a wide selection of homes in a friendly and welcoming community. Three historic districts comprise the area, each with its own personality and style.