Lauren Augustin

A Real Estate Agent at Lauren of Lousiana Real Estate

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Lauren Augustin

Lauren of Lousiana Real Estate

A Real Estate Agent based in Lafayette, LA

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Nightlife

Nightlife

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During the week nightlife in Lafayette is not very popular, but bars and sports bars are open for locals to watch a game or enjoy a few drinks with friends after a day of work. On the weekends the Downtown Lafayette area livens and dance clubs and sports bars open their bars to hundreds of locals and tourists for live entertainment, dancing, drinks, and great food. Bolt Club and Karma are the two most popular places for people to go dancing and the sports bars are located all over the downtown area. However you like to spend your nights out, Lafayette will have something for you to enjoy.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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As the center for Cajun culture in the United States, Lafayette is famous for its Cajun cuisine and unique restaurants. The Blue Dog Cafe is the most famous Cajun and Creole restaurant and is known for their duck dishes and their crawfish meals and soups. Prejean’s is known for their large portions, crab meals, fried alligator and crawfish and alligator sausage. Jolies Louisiana Bistro has excellent service, environment, and drinks and is known for their more modern twist on classic cajun cuisine while still maintaining cajun authenticity.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are hundreds of restaurants in the Shreveport area, but the restaurants in the downtown district are plentiful and serve excellent food. Fumblebrewski’s Sports Bar & Grill is a favorite among residents and is a great place to watch any game, get great food, and enjoy great drinks--all at an affordable price. Monsour’s is a higher end restaurant that is over 100 years old and serves pastas, steaks, seafood, poboys, and other Louisiana favorites. Lastly, if you’re looking for some classic southern cuisine, then Smokey Joe’s Cafe is the place to go with excellent and authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Shreveport is an excellent place to rent if people are looking for a place with short and easy commute to work. Nearly 80% of the people that live in the city also work in the city and have a very short commute since the city isn’t that big and is traversed by I-220, I-20, and I-49. The average commute is only about 15 minutes for those that are travelling within the city or just outside the city. Since there are three interstates that pass through the city and a number of other highways and expressways, traffic within the city can be a hassle and during rush hour times it can be very heavy, especially since the majority of the people are travelling within the city. During the day the traffic isn’t horrible, but getting on and off the interstate to access parts of the city can be annoying.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Even though Baton Rouge is the capital of the state, most Southerners connect the city with its famous school, Louisiana State University, or more specifically, its football program. LSU has almost 30,000 students, the majority of which are in Baton Rouge. Because of this, there’s a strong college community in the city, and while I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a “college town” like others do, the college definitely has a presence. Additionally, there are a total of 25 universities or post-secondary campuses in the city.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Baton Rouge may not be as well-known as New Orleans, but the capital of Louisiana has a lot going for it. The culture here is just as distinct as The Big Easy’s, with flourishing visual and performance art scenes, important historical and cultural districts, and annual events like Mardi Gras. Of course, there are the career opportunities that come with the city being the capital, and some of the best sporting events in the South courtesy of LSU. This is a great city to rent in, and with the market opening up, there is a lot of variety to choose from.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Prices on apartments in the New Orleans area are usually cheaper than the U.S. average, which is $950/month. For example, living in the city (NO) will run you about $797 on average. Kenner is around the same price, but it depends entirely on what you’re looking for. You can find places that are what people would call “fixer uppers,” to use a popular euphemism in the industry, that are incredibly cheap. Other recently renovated, upscale apartments can even exceed the national average by hundreds of dollars per month. If you contact a real estate agent (I can help you find rentals in the area if you’re looking) then you can get help with your search and find something for what you’re specifically looking for (price, quality, a certain number of bed/baths, etc).

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Kenner has one of the only few casinos in the New Orleans metropolitan area, the Treasure Chest Casino, and it’s a very popular place among residents and visitors. If you’re not into gambling, there’s the Esplanade Mall, which is one of the largest in the area. Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center is a convention center that hosts trade shows, sporting events, concerts, and conventions. There’s usually always something going on there. The city also maintains around 20 recreational facilities for the public, ranging from playgrounds to gyms to tennis courts, etc. You won’t have to go to New Orleans to find something fun to do if you live here.

 
Weather

Weather

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Marrero has a subtropical climate, which has very hot summers and mild winters. Winter lows usually stay in the 40s, but the highs shoot up to the 60s and sometimes 70s. In the summer the highs stay around 90. It’s incredibly hot during that time, and it would be tough to get comfortable without air conditioning, so keep that in mind during your rental search.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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If you work in New Orleans then Marrero is an easy commute. It’s only 10 miles southwest of NO, which can take anywhere from 15 minutes if the roads are clear to 30 minutes in heavy traffic. If you live in Marrero and want to spend the weekend relaxing, Lake Cataouatche is also ten miles away (to the south), and Lake Salvador is twelve miles south. The ocean is also a close drive. The location of Marrero is convenient for both work and play.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The Jefferson Parish Public School System has jurisdiction over the public schools in Metairie, and there are around 20 of them. It’s pretty surprising that there are actually seven more private schools, 27, than public. Most of the private schools have a religious affiliation; the majority of them are Catholic. Metairie also has two magnet schools, which are institutions with focused, or specialized, curricula. These two, the Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies and the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Math Academy, have received great praise -- if you start renting in the area and have kids, you should check them out.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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New Orleans -- or actually, Louisiana as a whole -- is known for its incredible restaurant, especially those that specialize in Southern or Cajun dishes. And Metairie is a New Orleans community that has some of the best offerings for these types of food. The Creole Grill & Bar, the R&O Pizza Place, Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop, and Zeke’s Restaurant will serve up some of the best Cajun food you’ve ever had in your life, and with some southern hospitality too. However, don’t think that these are the only types of restaurants around. If you don’t like Cajun, it’s not a big deal, there are plenty of other cuisines to keep any foodie happy.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The 2010 Housing Occupancy Statistics show that New Orleans is a very rent friendly city. It says that 51% of the occupied units in NO are rented, and comparatively 39% are owned. For vacant housing, 36% of the market is for rent and 10% is for sale. These stats show that not only is NO above the national average for occupied/available rental properties, but that there are far less properties that are owned. Because of Katrina, New Orleans had to rebuild, and like any other upstart city it’s growing very quickly. Now is a great time to rent, because as the city continues to flourish apartments will be more expensive and harder to come by.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Public transit has been an integral part of the city’s history. It has the oldest streetcar line in the country, and each of the cars has been named a historical landmark. You can’t say that you rode a historical landmark to work in many other cities! Buses are also serviced by the city’s RTA, and trains by Amtrak. More residents are also bicycling more than ever, and the city ranks 6th in percentage of bike commuters. Numerous bike paths have been added or restored recently, including almost 50 miles of bicycle routes.

 

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