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TigerBen
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Baton Rouge Advice
Hi All,
Brand new poster looking for some advice from Baton Rouge locals. I'll be moving to Baton Rouge in the Fall and wondered if anyone could provide some insights into the areas to avoid. We won't be able to visit before I start at LSU and so I need to be careful about getting a place in a "not so great" location. If it is any help, I have a wife and two kids (3 and 1) and would ideally like to spend less than $3k/month on rent. Thanks in advance!


CoachRay
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El Cid


Neilfish
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You came to the perfect place


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fr33manator
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some insights into the areas to avoid.


Baton Rouge

Try St. George

ETA: one huge pro that Baton Rouge does have is absolutely amazing water. Some of the best in the country, right out the tap.
This post was edited on 6/9 at 11:39 am


0x15E
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Baton Rouge Advice


Turn around


TaderSalad
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No really bad parts of town. You should definitely check out Splash.


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The Pirate King
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I'll be moving to Baton Rouge in the Fall


It’s not too late…turn around and don’t come back.


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HenryParsons
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Brand new poster looking for some advice from Baton Rouge locals.


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need to be careful about getting a place



This should end well...


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skinny domino
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Bayonne Apts -- google it...they have their floor plans and price.


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Goat Rider
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Brand new poster looking for some advice from Baton Rouge locals. I'll be moving to Baton Rouge



Prayers sent


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The Implication
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Rent a house in southdowns


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yaboidarrell
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would ideally like to spend less than $3k/month on rent.
Might as well buy if you're paying that much.


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Daygo85
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You can rent an entire house anywhere in the City for less than 2k a month. End of Brightside by the river is nice but very much a "college" area. If you don't mind driving 30 to 45 minutes each way look to the Praireville area. Or even out in Denham Springs.

One more thing, it may not be the best idea to send your kids to EBR public schools. Good childcare, if you need it full time can cost upwards of 1k a month per kid with a break for the second one.
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member12
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I'll be moving to Baton Rouge in the Fall and wondered if anyone could provide some insights into the areas to avoid.


Generally north of Florida Blvd/south of Baker is pretty rough and very blighted. There are some working class black neighborhoods in there but they are surrounded by some pretty tough apartment homes with a lot of violent crime.

The rest of town is mostly pretty good but very congested. Like all cities, be mindful of your surroundings until you learn the area.


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If it is any help, I have a wife and two kids (3 and 1) and would ideally like to spend less than $3k/month on rent.


You might be interested in one of those newer neighborhoods off Burbank (not on Gardere or GSRI). Most of those seem to be going to grad students or younger faculty at LSU. At least some are rentals.

Spanish Town or Beauregard town are fine now that downtown has grocery stores and pharmacies. It's mostly a safe area with older historic homes. Ideal if you want to be around politically progressive people and want to be in a walkable area. More property crime there than in mid city or south Baton Rouge though.

Capital Heights if you want an older home with lots of mature trees. Not many students anywhere near that area and it's easy to get to almost anywhere in Baton Rouge from there.

The newer neighborhoods off Brightside are fine but there are a lot of undergrads that live there so I'd avoid.

Southdowns is a good option as well and probably within your budget.

Broadmoor or Tara if you want an older, bigger home with a larger yard. It's a little far from LSU though.
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MardiGrasMambo
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TigerBen


Since you have a family, you'll probably want to steer clear of the normal student housing that surrounds LSU. I'd suggest something in Southdowns, the Garden District or off Highland Road south of campus. All three areas are in close proximity of LSU and are family friendly areas.

However, if at all possible, I would try to get someone you know to lay eyes on wherever you decide. Good luck and welcome to Baton Rouge!


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ashy larry
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traffic and schools are the main things you should think about. Is your wife working? if so, what part of town? do you know where your kids are going to school?


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Breauxsif
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Check out Scotlandville. I hear it is full of Scots.


Puddenn32
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Come out the Livingston Parish! Nothing to worry about out where I live


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TigerGrad2011
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This deal won’t last long, but I’ll rent you my place for $2,750 and save you a little. Great house in St. George area close to everything. Let me know where to send the lease.


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kingbob
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With that budget, you should have no issues. If you don’t mind paying for private schools, I would go with the neighborhoods around the LSU Lakes (LSU Avenue, Park, Perkins near the overpass, morning glory, Broussard, Hundred Oaks, etc)

Areas to avoid due to crime:
1. Anywhere north of Florida Blvd except for downtown.
2. Any street named after a president or a state
3. Anywhere between a couple blocks north of the north gate of campus and I-10 from the river to park Avenue
4. The little neighborhoods off staring and gardere lane between nicholson and perkins
5. Valley park (a little neighborhood clustered around the interstate between Acadian and College
6. Neighborhoods between Florida and government street from I-110 to S Eugene

Areas to avoid due to traffic:
Anywhere east of Airline Highway in br
Anywhere southeast of Lee drive in br
Neighborhoods in AP off of LA 42

If you’re sending your kids to public schools, I recommend living in Ascension Parish somewhere around LA 74. Just make sure to check and be sure the property doesn’t flood and that your kids are zoned for Dutchtown rather than EA. 74 to 30 isn’t a bad route to campus.

Central and/or Zachary wouldn’t be awful either.


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