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kingbob
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I would not call Westminster "out of the way." I think it's the best location in town. Just a couple minutes away from I-10, I-12, Airline, Bluebonnet, Essen.


I'd forgotten about it at first and inserted it into the wrong part of the post after the fact.






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HNTIGER1980
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re: neighborhoods in Baton Rouge for young married couple


What's your race?






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Paul Allen
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Cedarcrest





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LSUguerilla
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re: neighborhoods in Baton Rouge for young married couple


If you think you will be moving again in a few years my advice as a 5 time BR home owner would be to get in a neighborhood with older homes where there is less parity between houses. New subdivisions with very similar styles and plans tend to pit houses against each other and hurt sales and property value growth. Even if you are the type that will fix up and maintain your house.
Good Luck.






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AutoYes_Clown
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Wife and I (non BR native) are looking in same price range and looking to start a family. We've been looking for a few months and have watched closely. The one thing that really stuck out to me when viewing homes was that the houses in bad "public" elementary school districts have stayed on the market for months, and not a one of those kept asking price up for very long. Viewing these houses, everyone clearly had kids age 1-5ish. Thats pretty damn coincidental. The homes in Shenandoah & Parkview sell within weeks if asking price is normal and nothing unusual is wrong with the house.

Whether you choose private or public, (resale of) houses in that price ranges, in my opinion, are heavily influenced by the school district. I would tell your friend/wife to research schools in EBR and to look up attendance zones here: LINK I believe some of the boundaries are getting shifted for 2014, but I have no info at the moment.

My opinion of Springlake (was first neighborhood heavily suggested to us, so we looked a lot): Buyer beware. It is a sidewalked neighborhood of good size with rec area, and the homes are the more modern "open" plans with garages... and thats about as far as it gets. I could tell a lot of the houses were not under contract when built, which means construction was overseen by builder alone (the one trying to maximize profit margin). Cheap/quick construction was the name of the game I'm afraid. Many of the homes are cookie cutter, exact same as the neighbor. A lot of the A/C units are grossly undersized and the absolute cheapest on the market. Roofing appeared to be sub par as well. Even my wife (completely home/construction ignorant) says that she can tell the homes we're looking at built in 70/80s, feel like they are built better than the Springlake homes. Also about the area around Springlake: the Casino right down the street is sink or swim. It was supposed to bring in a new Walmart and it would bring other retailers that would bring up the area. The casino is now open and not only owes money to contractors/vendors/etc, but is late making payments when it does. Hopefully that isnt a sign of things to come. Also, the casino has driven away the average Christian middle aged white couple. Call that what you will, but it has in my opinion, hurt resale. Also, there is a ton of new construction going up next to Springlake, but from what I can tell, they are micro lots with tiny crammed together houses/townhomes/apartments. It is just too risky.







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Drop4Loss
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re: neighborhoods in Baton Rouge for young married couple


Old Jefferson and Broadmoor ya gotta be kiddin

Southdowns, Univ Gardens, Pollard, older homes 8 ft ceilings... megA LOT/site location value

Stay in 70806, 70808 or 70810 with a few exception areas.






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ProudLSUMom
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The homes in Shenandoah & Parkview sell within weeks if asking price is normal and nothing unusual is wrong with the house.


This reminded me of when we bought a house in Shenandoah in the late 80's. My children were not allowed to attend Shenandoah Elem. but the black children across the street were allowed to attend. We were told the majority/minority ratios didn't allow my children to attend.

My children, had we chosen public school, would have been bused across town to Dufrocq Elem. I have no idea if there are still issues like this in EBR, but just wanted to let you know of my experience.






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Wooly
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i know everyone says buy an old house, i wouldnt want to live in a cookie cutter home. but how old are we talking? built in the 90's? 80's? 70's? earlier?





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AbsolutTiger
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8 ft ceilings


This is my problem with a lot of older houses. I feel closed in.






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ThisWayChad
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What is the board's opinion of Riverbend? It seems like a nice neighborhood with a lot of really nice homes, but is there concern about how rundown Tigerland and the area around Alvin Dark have become?





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Cold Cous Cous
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old houses

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built in the 90's? 80's?

Ah, Baton Rouge.






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Wooly
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Ah, Baton Rouge.


i know.. thats old here. its sad






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Catman88
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baton rouge for them to buy a home and start a family.


Do they expect to send their kid to private school already or plan to leave before the child starts school?






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Catman88
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It was supposed to bring in a new Walmart and it would bring other retailers that would bring up the area.








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sapo504
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Do they expect to send their kid to private school already or plan to leave before the child starts school?


This is key. If you are planning to send to private Broadmoor should be considered a solid option. Wife and I have lived in Prairieville in a starter home, newer cookie cutter house at Old Jefferson/Highland, and now we're in Broadmoor and really like it.

For the same price home I had in Old Jefferson/Highland area I was able to get an extra 1200 sq/ft living and a pool (that we wanted). The key for us was our kids go to daycare, preschool, and private school in this neighborhood and I work from home. I have had 0 problems with crime (2+ years). There are many families with kids similar ages as well and we've loved it. Not to mention I have a dedicated office now as well. Also, can get a large house/yard for a decent price and solid location - likely will need a lot of updates.

We're off in a isolated part of the subdivision but homes here can still be sold by word of mouth before they even go on the market as my neighbors just was last month.

My 2 cents - I am sure others will warn against Broadmoor, but that has been my experience.







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dewster
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If you are planning to send to private Broadmoor should be considered a solid option. Wife and I have lived in Prairieville in a starter home, newer cookie cutter house at Old Jefferson/Highland, and now we're in Broadmoor and really like it.


Lived right there until 2011 and never had an issue other than traffic on Airline. I was within 5 minutes of an independent grocer, a gym, and I-12. I could get to Whole Foods and the buisnesses on Corporate in less than 15 minutes.

I have several good friends that live in Broadmoor (both north and south of Goodwood), and they love it. The lots are bigger, the houses are well built, and there's a bike lane right through the middle of it all the way past Sherwood.



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TigerRob20
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[quote]What is the board's opinion of Riverbend?[/quote

We almost bought a house in there, but the traffic on Lee and Brightside turned us away. Just bought in Pollard and it is really nice. Still lots of traffic on Perkins, but at least there are other ways around than just two lanes down Lee.

FWIW, were a young couple and they neighborhood is starting to turn over.



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Politiceaux
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i know.. thats old here. its sad
What? You asked a question and then presumed the answer before calling it sad. No, 90's houses aren't old in Baton Rouge. Neither are 80's. They are just outdated cookie cutter shite.






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LSUBCILUVTHEM
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I love the feel of the area between Goodwood and Jefferson. I'm from New Orleans and it's the closest to the mid city area I grew up in NOLA. So I suggest, Old Goodwood, Lasalle, Capitol Heights. It is convenient and beautiful area but mostly older homes.

I also would recommend Westminister and Pine Park. Very convenient and the neighborhood has held up nicely. They are smaller subdivisions that connect and I like that too. Jefferson Terrace is a great convenient area and they have some newer filings that may fall in this price range but also have older homes with decent yards.

Good luck.






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Kreg Jennings
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neighborhoods in Baton Rouge for young married couple


Kennilworth, area around Lee Drive (behind Place Du Plantier)....I would have said off Enselmo (close to Assoc Grocers) but I'm not sure what will become of that area after OLOL fills the void for Earl K Long...

Also, don't rule out Port Allen. It's just right across the river and most can literally see Downtown BR from their front porch. Get a lot of bang for your buck for being so close to Downtown, LSU etc.



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