Finding the right community is as important as finding the perfect house –new neighbors, friendships, or your child’s new school. This is why it is important to find a Realtor who is not only knowledgeable about real estate, but is also a member of the community in which they sell homes. Baton Rouge is our community and we are very proud to be a part of it
About Our Town:
Are you thinking of living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana? Taken from A conversation with Ann Dail, Broker/Owner of Baton Rouge Area Homes, LLC. Guest of Dale Robyn Siegel, Author & Speaker “Diaries of a Mad Mtg.Broker”
The French word Baton-Rouge or “Itta Homma” in Choctaw means “red stick”. The name came in the 1600’s when French explorer Sieur d’Iberville found a reddish color cypress pole marked with animal blood that set the boundary between Houma and Bayou tribal hunting grounds. Thereby the name “red stick” began. Today Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana, home to the state legislature thus a government town. It is the city of Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers and Southern University Jaguars, thus a college town. It is home to Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Cancer center and Baton Rouge General and LSU teaching hospitals, and Women’s hospitals, and Ochsner hospitals, thus a medical town. It is a hub of the industrial and chemical and petroleum industry, thus a manufacturing town. It is situated on both sides of the Mississippi River, thus a shipping town. Baton Rouge is now one of the fastest growing cities in the South in terms of technology with state programs focused on recruiting high tech industries like film-making and sound studios and computer-based companies into the area thus a technology town. In 2010 motion picture productions filming in the Baton Rouge area spent an estimated $196MM. Why some even joke now it’s becoming another “Hollywood” as you might just run into some of the film stars at Perkins-Rowe or Towne Center, two of the “big city” developments and shopping hubs in our town. It is now a metropolitan area encompassing these areas you may recognize: Baker, Central City, Denham Springs and Livingston Parish, Geismer, New Roads, Prairieville and Ascension Parish , St. Francisville and The Felicianas, St. Gabriel, St. James Parish, West Baton Rouge, and Zachary
Baton Rouge is considered to be one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U. S. with population in the metropolitan area over 800,000 putting it in the leagues with cities like Austin, Charlotte, Kansas, City, and Nashville. Baton Rouge is a blend of cultures: Cajun and Creole and native Indians, as well as a sizeable international population including Hispanic and Vietnamese descent.
Two major cultures that historically affected Baton Rouge’s “flavor” are Cajun and Creole. In 1755 when French-speaking settlers of Acadian in Canada were driven into exile by British forces, many took up residence in rural Louisiana around its bayous and waterways. Their plight was immortalized in literature with the poem “Evangeline”. These French settlers became popularly known as “Cajuns”, a French-speaking culture that has enriched and permeated the Baton Rouge culture and entertainment and food. You find French “roux” as the base for sauces in popular dishes like etoufee and gumbos. . And wealthy plantation owners and the slaves that worked their plantations have grandchildren who are radically modern and well-educated compared to than their ancestors. Yet, a rich Creole heritage is present from the slave days of the plantations. Gumbos and creole flavors of tomatoes and spices are wonderful in foods. Living on the bayous these recipes are filled with non-traditional meats like alligator, crawfish, frog legs, deer meat, as well as others more familiar around the U.S. Yummm…I can smell those crawfish now!
The subtropical climate with mild winters and hot , humid summers lends itself to the outdoors. “Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) is the unofficial motto of the state,” U.S.Bureau of Economic Research a 2014 paper released by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, indicates. Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Houma landed on the list of top 10 U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest reported happiness. No other state claimed more than one spot! and Fortune on December 3, 2015, cited a survey by Trulia picking Baton Rouge as one of the 10 best cities to live in using metrics like job growth, affordability, and a young population. Today.com just wrote an article Why people in Louisiana are so happy (and how you can be too) . Relocating here or just visiting? You are in for a treat!! Just a 20 minute drive from Baton Rouge you can go down to Alligator Bayou and enjoy an evening of the Cajun 2-step after you enjoy a boat tour of the swamps. There are festivals like Pennington Balloon festival or Red Stick International Animation Festival or West Baton Rouge Kite Festival to suit any taste featuring local foods, dances, and activities. MardiGars parades have made Louisiana famous. And here we even our dogs join Mardi Gras in the Parade of Mutts. We love sports whether its football or baseball or basketball or tennis. The WhoDat Nation rises up each fall to cheer on our New Orleans Saints. A water park is located south of the City. Fishing and hiking and hunting and touring are big. North, South, East, and West there are a wealth of Old Plantation Homes converted to bread and breakfast resorts. One of the more famous is the “haunted” plantation, The Myrtles, in St. Francisville just north of Baton Rouge. But if you’re from the North and not accustomed to the outdoors, you can enjoy one of the best Symphonies and take in live performances at The Shaw Center for Performing Arts or Baton Rouge Little Theatre. We even have traveling Broadway shows or LSU’s theatre in the round. You could write a book about the variety of restaurants. There is something here for everyone! Whether it’s at the symphony or in the wild outdoor swamps, Baton Rouge Louisiana people work hard and play hard!
Baton Rouge was ranked one of the “Top 10 Places for Young Adults” in 2010 by Portfolio Magazine. In 2009 CNN ranked it as the 9th best place to start a new business. It is one of the top 20 cities in North America for economic strength by Brookings .
Baton Rouge enjoys a strong economy. It is home to a Fortune 500 Company and a Fortune 1000 company. Top employers are the State of Louisiana, Turner Industries, Exxon Mobile Chemical, The Shaw Group, Our Lady of the Lake and Baton Rouge General hospitals, and LSU and our schools. There are service providers like banks and utilities and communications and restaurants to support the 800,000 population. But a wealth of new jobs exists in the high tech fields in smaller innovative technology businesses. And the Mayor of Baton Rouge and Governor of Louisiana support education to train our workforce in these high tech occupations. Out of state companies like Costco are opening operations in Baton Rouge to serve our growing population.
While Baton Rouge has also been affected the last 3 years by the economy, it has not suffered like much of our country. Prices of homes have held firm, not enjoying the appreciation of past years, but also not losing value as some have suffered. And sellers are getting close to their asking price, though they must exercise more patience with longer times on the market, and must put effort into making their homes attractive to buyers who have a large inventory to choose from. Finally, Baton Rouge has suffered lower unemployment rates compared to the U.S. Unemployment rates with an influx of new companies and population growth.
Baton Rouge’s future looks bright. While there will always be a need for manufacturing and distribution from the river and railroads, the emphasis in Baton Rouge is embracing change to our new automated world. Everyone’s life has been changed in the past 10 years with computers and Face Book and high technology. Baton Rouge wants to be on the forefront of that development wave. The mayor is developing a FUTUREBR plan officially released February 2011 that encompasses the entire metropolitan area addressing transportation and housing. It is “aimed at creating a strong economic environment that attracts and retains quality jobs, revitalizes employment centers and provides a quality of life that supports the workforce.” The isolated sugar cane and rice plantation culture is being replaced by young energy as evident on weekends in downtown at Friday night’s “Alive Five” activities.
I relocated to Baton Rouge over 15 years ago when my husband was transferred here. At the time cell phones were expensive and a novelty. We had one. My husband’s company paid for it. Having lived in Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and California, I was skeptical about the move, My background is chemistry with masters level studies in communications and information and I transitioned from that into being a real estate broker. Technology has impacted our real estate business just like all businesses. Not only are cell phones “smart” now and everyone has one, but I work from a mobile office going to my customer’s office or home instead of making them drag their children to my office or meet me in precious hours off work. Most work is done online. I work on a tablet pc where we can download contracts and sign right on the screen. Paper ads are being replaced by internet ads. Our emphasis is on technology and reaching the consumer on the internet, as over 85% start there looking for property. This places us, like Baton Rouge, with a bright future. Today I am glad I made that move to Baton Rouge and proud to be part of a company and city and state embracing the changing world around us just as we are also doing at Baton Rouge Area Homes, LLC.Use the links below to further explore the City of Baton Rouge Site or the East Baton Rouge official site where you can pay traffic tickets, get subdivision maps, voting information, or contact your representative. learn about communities in our area, or visit other information rich sites about what’s going on in and around Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge City and Parish Official Site! (Pay tax and traffic tickets here)
Baton Rouge 225 People Entertainment Style for Baton Rouge Events, Dining, nightlife, Music, Movies, Arts, Sights,
History of Baton Rouge A blog on Baton Rouge history
Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce Jobs and Parish Guide