Housing

Whether you’re used to city living, suburban neighborhoods, or relaxing country life, the Capital Region has the perfect spot for you to put down roots.  Browse at your own pace, or select your top priorities and check out the communities that are most likely to be a fit for you.    

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East Baton Rouge Parish

East Baton Rouge Parish is the hub of the Capital Region and home to the city of Baton Rouge. Featuring living options ranging from downtown lofts to sprawling estates, East Baton Rouge has several residential pockets to explore.

Bocage and Old Goodwood

This center-city residential area of Baton Rouge is the perfect mix of local culture and big city amenities. Residents of this pocket are able to enjoy local favorites like the restaurants Beausoleil and Pelican House, while also having easy access to national chains such as Whole Foods, Gap, and Bonefish Grill. New crosswalks being installed make these restaurants, nightspots, and retailers even easier to pop into.

The most prevalent housing options include mid-century neighborhoods, amenity-rich apartment complexes, and newer homes in single-entry or gated communities.

Locals love Bocage and Old Goodwood because:

  • Dozens of boutiques and specialty shops make it easy to grab an outfit, gift, or housewares on the fly.
  • Proximity to downtown, I-10, and I-12 make it easy for commuters to all areas of the region.
  • An abundance of nightlife as well as family-friendly activities make this area idea for any age or any stage of life.
  • Old Goodwood has a neighborhood wine walk event and an annual progressive yard sale with more than fifty stops.

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Central

Central is one of the newest cities in the Louisiana, yet its landmass and population make it a significant residential area in East Baton Rouge Parish.  This quiet town is home to many commuters working downtown and in the northern parishes.  Very affordable housing options and good schools make Central a destination for people looking for a suburban feel just on the outskirts of the city.

The most prevalent housing options include newer homes in single-entry or gated communities, mid-century neighborhoods, traditional neighborhood developments (TNDs), and large homesites or available acreage for development.

Locals love Central because:

  • The top-rated school district is drawing in new residents by the thousands and the uptick in population has brought along branches of several favorite area restaurants and new specialty boutiques.
  • The completion of the Central Thruway has made getting to and from Central much easier during rush hours.
  • The variety in housing makes Central an affordable option for people looking for either new homes or more established residences.

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Downtown, Spanish Town, and Beauregard Town

Life in downtown Baton Rouge is full of energy with an active community of residents and an ever-growing list of amenities.  While the core of downtown offers some loft and recently renovated apartment options, many residents appreciate the charm of the older residential areas just north and south of the central business district. Spanish Town is the northern residential pocket of downtown with close proximity to the capitol and state offices.  Beauregard Town is the southern residential pocket easily walkable to North Boulevard Town Square and the business and city/parish government centers around North Boulevard and Government Street.

The most prevalent housing options include historic homes, small apartment/condo complexes and duplexes, urban lofts or apartments.

Locals love Downtown because:

  • Many of the region’s most popular festivals and parades are held downtown including Live After Five, the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade, and the Red Stick Farmers’ Market.
  • Residents who work and live in downtown frequently walk or bike to work.
  • Downtown currently has two bodega-style grocery stores and is scheduled to get a full-service grocery in fall 2014.

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Garden District and Southdowns

These residential areas surrounding City Park and the Perkins Road overpass area are hopping with new development and day and night activity.  Beautiful oak-canopied streets and charming historic architecture are hallmarks of this popular pocket.  One of the most walkable areas of Baton Rouge, this area boasts grocery stores, restaurants, boutiques, and boutique fitness, to name a few.

The most prevalent housing options include historic homes, mid-century neighborhoods, and small apartment/condo complexes and duplexes.

Locals love the Garden District and Southdowns because:

  • Its proximity to City Park and the lakes makes it optimal for outdoor recreation enthusiasts looking for quick access to golf, walking and running paths, water sports, children’s recreation, or a dog park.
  • The Garden District is home to the annual Wearin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day parade, a day-long event regularly voted one of the best community events in the Capital Region. Southdowns also holds one of the area’s most popular family-friendly Mardi Gras parades, the Krewe of Southdowns Parade.
  • Locally-owned specialty cafés such as City Pork and Magpie Café are mixed in with national retailers like Trader Joe’s and Petco, giving many residents no reason to ever leave the neighborhood.

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Kenilworth and Magnolia Woods

These popular neighborhoods off of historic Highland Road are perfect for families looking for a starter home or a more permanent place to settle down.  The increase of restaurants and local shopping in this pocket gives residents more grab-and-go options than ever before.  Local favorites Matherne’s Supermarket and Sammy’s Grill draw in neighborhood residents as well as patrons from around the region for their unique and locally-sourced offerings.

The most prevalent housing options include historic homes and mid-century neighborhoods.

Locals love Kenilworth and Magnolia Woods because:

  • Proximity to the medical corridor makes it ideal for employees of Our Lady of the Lake, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, or Baton Rouge General.
  • Family-friendly events and amenities such as the annual Fourth of July Parade, art hops, and Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park give families recreational options right in their backyard.
  • Small local gift shops, boutique fitness locations, and restaurants make this area almost feel like a small town within the big city.
  • The Red Stick Farmers’ Market makes a visit to this area every Thursday on the grounds of Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

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Mid City and Capital Heights

The renaissance underway in Mid City offers residents an array of restaurant and shopping options.  Neighborhoods such as Capital Heights and Ogden Park are within walking distance of beautiful BREC parks and local schools.  Easy access to downtown and LSU makes this pocket popular for commuters to those areas.

The most prevalent housing options include historic homes, mid-century neighborhoods, and small apartment/condo complexes and duplexes.

Locals love Mid City because:

  • Its designation as an official Louisiana Cultural District means that all original artwork purchased in the area is state tax free.  This status has led to the establishment of several art hop events throughout the area such as White Light Night in the Fall and Hot Art Cool Nights in the Spring.
  • For a centrally-located pocket of the city, Mid City has some very affordable housing options, particularly for those in the market for a DIY project.
  • The Mid City Redevelopment Alliance is available to assist first-time homebuyers and other special-circumstance homebuyers with their purchase and/or renovation.
  • Capital Heights has a free live music event called Summer Beat every Friday in June – August

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North Baton Rouge, Baker, and Scotlandville

The area just north of downtown Baton Rouge and south of Zachary houses the communities of Baker and Scotlandville and the residential pocket of North Baton Rouge.  Major employers in the area include ExxonMobil and Turner Industries, offering ample career opportunities in the industrial and petrochemical sectors with very short commutes.

The most prevalent housing options include historic homes, mid-century neighborhoods, and small apartment/condo complexes and duplexes

Locals love North Baton Rouge, Baker, and Scotlandville because:

  • Close proximity to the airport is helping to drive new businesses to the area such as a new surgical hospital and several restaurants.
  • Long-time area favorites Tony’s Seafood and Sugarbelle Bakery are right down the road.
  • Southern University, located in Scotlandville, brings a surge of visitors and activity every fall with thousands of fans flocking to the campus to enjoy football and the famous “human jukebox” Southern marching band.

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Shenandoah

This hidden gem situated near the booming Sherwood Forest Boulevard/Coursey Boulevard area as well as I-12 has a “city within a city” feel because of its strong neighborhood community vibe.  Many area residents send their children to the neighborhood elementary schools and enjoy being in the vicinity of dining and shopping options while still avoiding much of the city hustle and bustle.

The most prevalent housing options include newer homes in single-entry or gated communities, mid-century neighborhoods, and small apartment/condo complexes and duplexes.

Locals love Shenandoah because:

  • The family-friendly nature of the area makes it perfect for young families looking for a neighborhood community in which to raise their children.
  • Proximity to Livingston Parish make this an ideal area for families with working adults in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes.
  • Some of the region’s top private schools are in this pocket, including Episcopal, Runnels, and St. Michael’s.

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South Baton Rouge – Bluebonnet, Highland, Siegen, U Club, Santa Maria, and CCL

City sprawl has exponentially boosted the residency and amenities of this pocket of the region over the past decade.  Beautiful new neighborhoods, movie theaters, medical offices, and shopping centers abound in this area on the edge of the parish.  Residents looking for a newer home, neighborhood pool, or golf course living will have trouble choosing among the high-quality options here.

The most prevalent housing options include amenity-rich apartment complexes, urban lofts or apartments, and newer homes in single-entry or gated communities.

Locals love South Baton Rouge because:

  • Luxury and golf course neighborhoods such as Country Club of Louisiana (CCL), University Club (U Club), Settlement at Willow Grove, Santa Maria, and Lexington Estates offer single-family and garden style homes, neighborhood club houses, and even neighborhood restaurants.
  • Proximity to Ascension Parish makes this an ideal area for families with working adults in East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes.
  • Neighborhoods with active neighborhood associations and amenities range from home prices in the $300,000s to $1 million plus.

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Zachary

Zachary continues to garner accolades year after year for its family-friendly living and top-rated schools.  Situated just twenty minutes north of downtown Baton Rouge, Zachary is a popular home for employees working in downtown, at LSU, and at the north Baton Rouge chemical plants.  Once a sleepy, rural suburb, Zachary residents now have the benefit of many retail and restaurant options freeing them from the need to come back into the city after work.

The most prevalent housing options include newer homes in single-entry or gated communities, mid-century neighborhoods, traditional neighborhood developments (TNDs), and amenity-rich apartment complexes.

Locals love Zachary because:

  • The Zachary Community School District has consistently been rated the top school district in the State of Louisiana for several years.
  • An abundance of land has allowed for the development of upscale neighborhoods such as the TND Americana and golf course neighborhood Copper Mill.
  • The drive out of the city of Baton Rouge gives Zachary residents a true sense of suburban living, fully leaving the city at the end of the day to retire to this small town community for the evening.

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Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish stretches across approximately three hundred square miles of plantation country between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Residential development is surging because of Ascension Parish’s ideal location, fruitful business climate, and top-rated school system.  The two major population centers in Ascension Parish are Prairieville and Gonzales, which each have unique offerings to residents.

Gonzales

Gonzales is the largest municipality in Ascension Parish and serves as a commercial hub directly on Interstate 10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.  Home of the Tanger Outlet Mall and a Cabela’s outdoor superstore, Gonzales draws tourists and shoppers from around the region.

The most prevalent housing options include recently-built homes in single-entry or gated communities, amenity-rich apartment complexes, and historic homes.

Locals love Gonzales because:

  • It has more retail and dining options than many other suburbs in the Capital Region.
  • Two of the most anticipated festivals in the region are held in Gonzales every year, the Jambalaya Festival and the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship.

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Prairieville

Prairieville is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state due in large part to its highly rated schools and affordable housing.  Prairieville is a popular residential area for people working in the industrial sector in Ascension Parish, as well as for many professionals working in the business hub of East Baton Rouge Parish.

The most prevalent housing options include recently-built homes in single-entry or gated communities, historic homes, and mid-century neighborhood homes.

Locals love Prairieville because:

  • The recent population boom has led to an increase in housing options, including newly constructed apartment complexes and single family housing to fit any budget.
  • Its next-door proximity to the city of Baton Rouge makes it very convenient to access the resources of the hub city.  Urban sprawl from Baton Rouge has been trending to the east, bringing amenities such as Woman’s Hospital, Home Depot, and an abundance of fast food and fine dining options closer to Prairieville.

East Feliciana Parish

East Feliciana Parish is a beautiful, rural region in which live oaks and stately pines are scattered over rolling hills. Located thirty miles north of Baton Rouge, East Feliciana is a quintessential representation of southern history and charm.

The most prevalent housing options include historic homes and large homesites or available acreage for development.

Locals love East Feliciana Parish because:

  • The expansive available land provides ample opportunity for homeowners seeking a country lifestyle or property for agriculture or livestock.
  • The towns of Clinton and Jackson are charming small towns where the local wineries and historic museums are the top area attractions.

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Iberville Parish

Iberville Parish is home to countless waterways and bayous, timeless antebellum homes, and is a regional hub for the petrochemical industry because of its ideal location on the Mississippi River. Outdoor enthusiasts, including golfers and fishermen, flock to Iberville for its world-class golf courses and access to the 800,000 acre Atchafalaya Basin.

The most prevalent housing options include historic homes, mid-century neighborhoods, and large homesites or available acreage for development.

Locals love Iberville Parish because:

  • The city of Plaquemine features a downtown historic district, which includes an arts and crafts market and the Bayou Waterfront Park, and is home to the new Westside Campus of Baton Rouge Community College.
  • St. Gabriel residents, on the east side of the parish and minutes from LSU, have a brand new $4 million community center, which includes a fitness complex, a heated indoor pool, a large auditorium, and other indoor and outdoor amenities.

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Livingston Parish

Livingston Parish is approximately twelve miles east of downtown Baton Rouge. The northern part of the parish consists of rolling terrain covered by dense pine and hardwood forests. The southern part of the parish boasts lush cypress forests and marshes, which border Lake Maurepas and the Amite River.  With a top-five school district, a flourishing business climate, low crime rates, and booming residential pockets, Livingston Parish is a community in which people can raise their families and have high-quality lives.

The most prevalent housing options include recently-built homes in single-entry or gated communities, amenity-rich apartment complexes, and historic homes.

Locals love Livingston Parish because:

  • Denham Springs, the largest city in the parish, is a thriving community with high-end living options at affordable price points.  Denham Springs is home to major national retailers such as Bass Pro Shops and Sam’s Club and is anxiously anticipating the opening of the Juban Crossing retail center which will feature TJ Maxx, Ulta, and Belk to name a few.
  • Recently expanded interstate access into the city of Baton Rouge makes living in Livingston Parish and commuting to other parts of the region much easier.

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Pointe Coupee Parish

Pointe Coupee Parish is located thirty-five miles west of Baton Rouge on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is nestled in the heart of Creole French plantation country. The parish’s agriculture industry, boasting thousands of acres of pecan orchards and sugar cane fields, provides economic resources in addition to uniquely beautiful Louisiana scenery.  Pointe Coupee is a hot spot for outdoor recreation, such as boating and fishing on the False River and Old River. In this rural parish, residents enjoy a cozy community that holds some of Louisiana’s most unique treasures.

The most prevalent housing options include historic homes and large homesites or available acreage for development.

Locals love Point Coupee Parish because:

  • The thirty-five mile commute into downtown Baton Rouge takes only about forty-five minutes, making this an ideal location to own a lakefront, country home while still taking advantage of business opportunities in the city.
  • It is ideal for families who have one spouse commuting into Baton Rouge and one commuting into Lafayette.
  • Some of the best restaurants in the region are tucked away off of Point Coupee’s country highways and waterways.  Satterfield’s and My Mamma’s Kitchen are two of the area’s best kept secrets.

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St. Helena Parish

St. Helena Parish is one of the eight Florida Parishes, areas that were once part of western Florida. St. Helena Parish is home to many interesting attractions, such as the Old Parish Jail, Pine Grove Area Hunting Preserve, and the beautiful Amite and Tickfaw Rivers.  The timber industry, cattle industry, and dairy farming are primary economic drivers along with Southland Steele, the area’s largest private employer. St. Helena Parish is a rural area that offers a calm, peaceful lifestyle.

The most prevalent housing options include historic homes and large homesites or available acreage for development.

Locals love St. Helena Parish because:

  • The absence of any traffic lights and the parish’s proximity to Interstates 55 and 12, make commuting to Baton Rouge, New Orleans, or Hammond easily accessible.
  • The expansive land available makes farm or river-front living a viable option for any resident.

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West Baton Rouge Parish

West Baton Rouge Parish is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, a short drive across the bridge from the city of Baton Rouge. It primarily consists of four small communities including Addis, Brusly, Erwinville, and Port Allen, the seat of parish government and home to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. This parish has seen significant development in the petrochemical industry, yet also maintains a strong tie to agriculture with cattle, crawfish, and various native crops being farmed throughout the parish.

The most prevalent housing options include recently-built homes in single-entry or gated communities, amenity-rich apartment complexes, and large homesites or available acreage for development.

Locals love West Baton Rouge Parish because:

  • The boom of industry in the parish has provided ample employment opportunities, while its proximity to downtown Baton Rouge makes it an affordable option for employees commuting to the central business district in the region.
  • The education system has seen a steady incline in student achievement and test scores over the past six years giving parents in the area quality public school options.
  • Each of the municipalities within the parish maintains a small town community feel while consistently bringing in more amenities for residents.

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West Feliciana Parish

West Feliciana Parish is located thirty miles northwest of Baton Rouge in the rolling Tunica Hills. It is home to the town of St. Francisville, the place in which John James Audubon painted over eighty of the masterpieces in his Birds of America collection. St. Francisville is also home to grandiose antebellum plantation homes and a serene historic downtown area.  Excellent schools, beautiful scenery, and a secure economy make West Feliciana Parish a high quality place to call home.

The most prevalent housing options include historic homes, recently-built homes in single-entry or gated communities, and large homesites or available acreage for development.

Locals love West Feliciana Parish because:

  • The school district is consistently rated “A” by the state board of education, ranking in the top-five districts in the state.
  • The beautiful scenery and easy commute to downtown Baton Rouge make St. Francisville a top choice for business commuters looking to get out of the hustle and bustle at the end of the workday.

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