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Old 01-02-2011, 10:53 PM
 
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My husband and I will be relocating to BR from NOLA in order for him to attend LSU starting in August 2011. We are looking to purchase a home for our tenure in Baton Rouge. Our dilemma is that we will lose his salary while he's in school, limiting our budget. What neighborhoods with starter homes would be worth researching? (Price range $120-$150). Thanks for the tips!

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Old 01-02-2011, 11:45 PM
 
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Short of getting a condo or a fixer-upper in an older neighborhood near LSU.. Cedarcrest, perhaps might be an option if you want a house in decent shape for that price.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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Would Prairieville be an option? It is not that far from the LSU campus and they have some decent sub-divisions in that price range.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:44 PM
 
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We are open to any area. Our utmost priority is to feel safe. After that we want to make do our best to be in a neighborhood that will appreciate in value for sale after he's done with school. Can you recommend specific neighborhoods in PR or older areas in BR? Thanks.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:22 PM
 
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You can get a condo downtown for less than $100k and take the bus to LSU. As far as actual homes go, Priarieville is a "nice" area, but is pretty expensive, imo. It all depends on how nice of a house you want it in terms of condition, size of house, and size of yard.

The ideal situation I think would be to find a place just under $150k in the Garden District near Acadian Blvd. Many of these homes are expensive but some of them are small and dated so they're in your price range. Sometimes you just have to wait around for someone to put one up for sale and then you have to act quickly.

2nd choice would be on the west side of Park Ave, across from the Garden District. West Chimes St./College Park usually has some old homes for sale in your range. There's obviously shady activity around but there's also a ton of college students.

My advice is to stay out of Gardere.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:39 PM
 
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Yeah, I keep hearing about this Gardere place and how I would be better off avoiding the area. Is the Meadow Bend area too close? What about Country Manor? Thanks again for the input.
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Yeah, I keep hearing about this Gardere place and how I would be better off avoiding the area. Is the Meadow Bend area too close? What about Country Manor? Thanks again for the input.
Meadow Bend is at the fringes of Gardere, and has some questionable apartments at its doorstep. Plus, the Staring widening is practically going through the neighborhood. And it's on the low side of Bayou Fountain. Nasty flood in 1989 affected that neighborhood.

Country Manor is nowhere close to Gardere, although you have (1) Coursey traffic, (2) some so so apartments along Stumberg at your doorstep.
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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What roads enclose Gardere?
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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And what about the Boardmore/Sherwood Forest Area? I've heard good and bad. Thanks again!!
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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What roads enclose Gardere?
The nexus of the "bad" area is along Gardere from Bayou Fountain almost all the way to Nicholson. As is GSRI from on either side of Gardere.
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