Baton Rouge, LA Real Estate News

By Chris Hutto
(Louisiana Dream Home Real Estate Group)
My wife Amy and I went out on a date tonight to Drusilla Seafood Restaurant in Baton Rouge.  After a short wait, we were seated by the hostess, who was very cordial.  Our waitress brought us each a glass of water and a dish of hushpuppies for the table.  I am not a hushpuppy fan, but Amy said they were very good.  After looking over the menu, we decided to order the Stuffed Mushrooms as an appetizer.  Amy and I both agree that these were quite possibly the best stuffed mushrooms that we had ever tasted.  The mushrooms were stuffed with a seafood mixture that included both shrimp and crabmeat.  The flavors mingled perfectly; they were excellent!  For our entrée we ordered one of the house specialties - "On the Bayou 'A Taste of Louisiana'" to share.  This entrée is a sampler that include...
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By Chris Hutto
(Louisiana Dream Home Real Estate Group)
After lunch at Mi Padres on Sunday, Amy and I drove to LSU where we spent several hours taking photos of whatever caught our fancy.  These were all taken on campus with an Olympus E-20 camera.To protect my photos from theft, I have placed a slightly visible digital watermark on them and a visible copyright stamp in the bottom right corner of each photo, as well as embedding them with an invisible digital watermark.  Thank you for respecting the copyright on these photographs.  If anyone would like to purchase some of my work, feel free to email me at chrishutto@chrishuttorealestate.comIf you happen to be in the Baton Rouge area, you can see more of my work displayed on the walls of the Baton Rouge Office of Prudential Gardner Realtors.  LSU Memorial Tower  Another View of LSU Memorial T...
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By Chris Hutto
(Louisiana Dream Home Real Estate Group)
For lunch on Sunday, Amy and I ate at Mi Padres Mexican Grill and Cantina on Bluebonnet Blvd. in Baton Rouge with our friends the Elliotts.  The food was very good and the service was friendly.  We were immediately seated, and Amy and I decided to split the medium order of combination fajitas (beef and chicken).  As we were waiting for our entrée, we placed our drink order and dove in to the chips and salsa.  I usually order Dr. Pepper, which they did not have, so I settled for a Coke.  The chips were fresh and the salsa was tasty.  As usual, I added some extra salt to the salsa (which Amy says is sure to send me to an early grave).  In addition to the typical salsa, some bean dip was also brought out with the chips.  The bean dip was average and also needed salt in my opinion.  After a...
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By Dean Fokas
(BloomingHouse Realty)
As Realtors we sell many homes with swimming pools, many of us have swimming pools ourselves. Though many people take safety for granted and disregard the rules that have been embedded in us since we ourselves were children.Safety is of the utmost importance around swimming pools, personally I've seen grown men get hurt terribly during dives and shows when they thought they were being safe.  Safety is never to be taken for granted, we ALL must think about saftey first, especially when children are around.  Here are  few safety rules we should follow: Never run around a pool Never jump in the water behind someone else without making sure that the area is clear Never have glass around the pool, always use plastic Do not push people into the pool Never dive in the shallow end Adequate pool...
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                                                                                                           Southern Business & Development, which annualy "scores" southern states and cites in different categories, has awarded Louisiana the coveted "state of the year" title for the year 2007!  SB&D declared Baton Rouge as the region's top mid-sized market. The magazine says the Capital Region got the nod because of the many exciting and diverse business opportunities that are opening in the area. Some of the companies they cited were Celtic Media and Formosa Plastics projects, along with the bio-diesel and ethanol projects in Port Allen.  SB&Dbase their rankings on a point system based on the number of corporate and industrial job and investment announcements the states and regions have ...
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 Coming soon to the L.S.U. area is Cambrige Place Condominiums.  This exciting condo conversion project is located on the L.S.U. Bus Route in the popular "Tigerland" area.  Cambridge Place will offer lush landscaping and green spaces in a secure and gated complex.Parents:  These condos are eligible for Louisiana State Bond Money!!  What this means to you is; you can buy a condo for your student for less than apartment rent and you may be eligible for the 4% assistance money!  Income limitations do apply but they are much more generous than in the past.  For more information on the condos or details on qualifying please contact Shannon Sims, The Exclusive Buyer's Agent in Baton Rouge at (225)767-1999 or (888)986-1999 or email me at shannon@judyburkett.com. The newly renovated condos are ...
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By Glenda Daughety, She Never Quits!
(RE/MAX First)
Affordable Housing in Baton Rouge  For some, when it comes to searching for a home in Baton Rouge affordable housing is a top priority.  Happily, there are several Baton Rouge communities that offer affordable housing in neighborhoods that are generally clean, quiet and safe. Baton Rouge affordable housing can be found in neighborhoods like Midtown and Melrose Place. Additionally, neighborhoods like the Monticello and Broadmoor Park subdivisions offer reasonably priced Baton Rouge homes.You can find more information about Baton Rouge affordable housing, as well as programs designed to help homebuyers, by visiting the Baton Rouge Community Development Web page.Learn more about Baton Rouge communities and real estate, contact Glenda Daughety.
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By Glenda Daughety, She Never Quits!
(RE/MAX First)
Monticello Subdivision offers good Baton Rouge real estate value, some of the best available.  This community offers a quieter atmosphere.  Homes have usually been well-maintained and are typically a nice size.  This Baton Rouge community features great real estate values in addition to charming homes. The homes are well-priced for their size, and the location offers a piece of quiet living amid the excitement and entertainment options of Baton Rouge's city life.For more on the Baton Rouge Monticello Subdivsion, or to search other Baton Rouge real estate, contact Glenda Daughety.
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OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, July 15pm 2-4pm in Camellia Trace!! Stunning New Home under Construction. Located in a popular, convenient area of south Baton Rouge. Camellia Trace is a gated neighborhood with exclusive low maintenace homes.  This home features high ceilings with an open airy floorplan. Awesome kitchen with a walk-in pantry, stainless appliances, a gas cooktop, cypress cabinets, slab granite countertops. Private master suite and bath with his/her vanities, a garden tub, and a large shower. Double garage, security system. Front yard sodded and landscaped.  This home is located at 7342 Japonica Court in Camellia Trace off of Perkins Road near Essen. At $269,900 this home qualifies for the 6.34% Bond Money with the 4% downpayment assistment!!  Stop by and visit with Shannon Sims, ...
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By Glenda Daughety, She Never Quits!
(RE/MAX First)
Bringing more tourists to Baton Rouge and Louisiana is goalIn order to find a tourism advertising campaign for Louisiana, a bill has been introduced into the state legislature, removing the cap on the amount of funds used for tourism promotion from the sales and use tax.  The Advocate reports on this move:The increased revenue will allow the department to dedicate funds to a national advertising campaign and change the perception across the country that Louisiana remains severely damaged from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, said Ange'le Davis, secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.Increased advertising about the state could also help Louisiana real estate, and Baton Rouge real estate in particular, as more people see the state as a desirable place to live.For more ...
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By Glenda Daughety, She Never Quits!
(RE/MAX First)
In Baton Rouge the anxiously awaited Perkins Roweis finally becoming a reality.  To many Baton Rougeans that pass frequently have noticed the boom in construction over the past few months.  In a recent article in the South Baton Rouge Journal, they tell just what Perkins Rowe will be:    "Perkins Rowe is a 56-acre urban mixed-use project that was planned in three phases, said Tommy Spinosa, owner of JTS, LLC, the development company.  When the project is completed, it will include more than 400,000 square feet of retail space, 375,000 square feet of office space and up to 800 residential units of varying types."Below are a few of the popular retailers of Perkins Rowe:Cinemark TheatresBarnes and NobleBally Total Fitness, Bumble Lane Spa, Nails So HappyCVS DrugstoreThe Fresh MarketFish Ci...
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By Glenda Daughety, She Never Quits!
(RE/MAX First)
Pay less for Baton Rouge real estate in the Spanish Town expansion areaOne of the most interesting and historically vibrant of Baton Rouge communities is Spanish Town.  Spanish Town is located on downtown Baton Rouge real estate, in the Downtown Development District.  Directly north of Spanish Town is the state capital complex.  One of the highlights of this area is the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade, which is one of the biggest festivals in Baton Rouge.Because Spanish Town is receiving a great deal of renovation (tearing down historical homes in Spanish Town Baton Rouge is frowned upon), and because the downtown district is such a desirable location, home values in Spanish Town can be quite high.  However, as you move east in Spanish Town Baton Rouge, the real estate becomes less expen...
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By Glenda Daughety, She Never Quits!
(RE/MAX First)
This East Baton Rouge community offers some good real estate dealsIn many cities, there are communities within the city that have their characters and attractions.  In East Baton Rouge, community character shines in the Beauregard Town Historic District.Old Downtown features the Mississippi River to the West, and includes a downtown business center to the north.  Renovation has considerally picked up, and Baton Rouge real estate in this area is becoming more popular.  It is worth noting that most of the renovations in the Beauregard Town Historic District are sweeping through the residential area, and since some are not completed, the Baton Rouge real estate deals are fairly good.For more Baton Rouge real estate, contact Glenda Daughety.Premier Baton Rouge Real Estate
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By Bridget Fredericks
(Home After Home)
The Children's Miracle Network is a great nonprofit group which makes miracles happen for sick children across the country.  This year the Miracle Mansion being built in Baton Rouge is valued at over $500,000 and you can easily get your chance to win it.  Your ticket will help save children's lives in the Baton Rouge area.  In fact all of the money raised will stay right here for the Children's wing at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.  Additionaly, your ticket is tax deductable.  You have every reason to purchase a ticket or make a donation. Go to http://www.childrensmiraclemansion.org/ to view pictures of the home and to purchase your ticket.Drawing to take place LIVE during the 2007 Children's Miracle Network Broadcast, June 3, 4:45 p.m. on WBRZ-Channel 2. Call OLOL Foundation at 765-50...
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana Appraisers Study Shows An Increase of 12% Pre To Post Hurricane Katrina In Jefferson Terrace Subdivision Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  William D. Cobb, a home appraiser with Accurate Valuations Group in the Greater Baton Rouge, LA market, is pleased to announce a gain in average home prices within Jefferson Terrace Subdivision.  Based on data obtained from The Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors, the gain in average homes prices within Jefferson Terrace Subdivision Pre to Post Hurricane Katrina has been $20,939 or 12.33%. The median price has increased $26,000 or 17%.  The average price per square foot has increased $16.91/sf or 15%.This is the Market Summary in Jefferson Terrace from 1/1/2005 to 8/28/2005 PRE HURRICANE KATRINA:  The average sale price was...
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By Bill Cobb Appraiser, Greater Baton Rouge's Home Appraiser
(Accurate Valuations Group, LLC)
Baton Rouge Real Estate Appraisers Appraisal Study Reports on Country Club of Louisiana Subdivision Located in Baton Rouge, LouisianaSIGN  William D. Cobb, a home appraiser with Accurate Valuations Group in the Greater Baton Rouge, LA market, reports on the market summary from 4/1/2006 to 4/19/2007 for Country Club of Louisiana Subdivision.   The average sale price was $739,868.   The median sold price was $579,075.   The average price per sq. ft. sold was $182.89/sf.   The average number of days on the market was 88.  The total # of listings were 36.  The low sales price was $338,900.  The high sales price was $2,5500,000. ENTRANCELUXURY HOME IN CCLAData Used With The Permission Of The Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors.   This data generally excludes REO/Bank Owned or Foreclosure S...
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Baton Rouge Real Estate Appraisers Appraisal Study Shows An Increase of 26.5% Pre To Post Hurricane Katrina In Oak Hills Subdivision Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana  William D. Cobb, a home appraiser with Accurate Valuations Group in the Greater Baton Rouge, LA market, is pleased to announce a gain in average home prices within Oak Hills Subdivision.  Based on data obtained from The Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors, the gain in average homes prices within Oak Hills Subdivision Pre to Post Hurricane Katrina has been $57,148 or 26.5%. The median price has increased $66,100 or 33.23%.  The average price per square foot has increased $11.47/sf or 12.19%.This is the Market Summary from 1/1/2005 to 8/28/2005 PRE HURRICANE KATRINA:  The average sale price was $215,692.   The median sold...
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Baton Rouge Real Estate Appraisals - Accurate Valuations Group Appraiser William D. Cobb Study Shows Park Forest Subdivision in Zip Code 70814 Pre To Post Hurricane Katrina Increases 21%William D. Cobb, a home appraiser with Accurate Valuations Group in the Greater Baton Rouge, LA market, is pleased to announce a gain in average home prices within Park Forest Subdivision.  Based on data obtained from The Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors, the gain in average homes prices within Park Forest Subdivision Pre to Post Hurricane Katrina has been 20.93%. The median price has increased 20.20%.  The average price per sq. ft. has increased 20.38%.Market Summary 1/1/2005 to 8/28/2005 PRE HURRICANE KATRINA:Avg Sold: $118,812Median Sold: $122,500Avg $/SF: $68.25/sfAvg Days on the Market: 47Total...
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Baton Rouge Real Estate Appraisers - Accurate Valuations Group Appraiser William D. Cobb Study Shows Monticello Subdivision in Zip Code 70814 Pre To Post Hurricane Katrina Increases 13%William D. Cobb, a home appraiser with Accurate Valuations Group in the Greater Baton Rouge, LA market, is pleased to announce a gain in average home prices within Monticello Subdivision.  Based on data obtained from The Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors, the gain in average homes prices within Monticello Subdivision Pre to Post Hurricane Katrina has been 13.11%. The median price has increased 14.41%.  The average price per sq. ft. has increased 22.61%.Market Summary 1/1/2005 to 8/28/2005 PRE HURRICANE KATRINA:Avg Sold: $132,749Median Sold: $134,471Avg $/SF: $74.42/sfAvg Days on the Market: 44Total# L...
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