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Old 06-23-2009, 08:09 PM
 
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Hi All,
Stumbled upon this forum, and it looks like a lot of good information. My husband and i are moving from out of town to Baton Rouge, and we are trying to get as much info about apartments & neighborhoods beforehand. I'll be a student at LSU, he'll be looking for work as we're relocating for me to finish my degree.

Would be grateful if you could offer your insights on the following:

We were looking at Teakwood Apts on Gardere Lane. Is this the same bad Gardere that everyone is posting about?

Also, a house on West McKinley, close to LSU...

Also, Lake Towers.

Does anyone know of any other apartment complexes or houses for rent close to Spanish Town?

Many thanks,
Hayat
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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West McKinley I would say is a no-go. Teakwood Village is way to close to the bad, bad part of Gardere for my personal comfort. Lake Towers is on the edge of Spanish Town, which is generally a safe area, but I don't have experience with the complex itself.

Out of the three, I would pick Lake Towers.

What is your price range, there may be other options that we can suggest. There are several very safe complexes on Jefferson Highway. Some are fairly expensive, though. A little far from campus, too, but very safe.
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Hi All,
Stumbled upon this forum, and it looks like a lot of good information. My husband and i are moving from out of town to Baton Rouge, and we are trying to get as much info about apartments & neighborhoods beforehand. I'll be a student at LSU, he'll be looking for work as we're relocating for me to finish my degree.

Would be grateful if you could offer your insights on the following:

We were looking at Teakwood Apts on Gardere Lane. Is this the same bad Gardere that everyone is posting about?

Also, a house on West McKinley, close to LSU...

Also, Lake Towers.

Does anyone know of any other apartment complexes or houses for rent close to Spanish Town?

Many thanks,
Hayat
To answer your questions (and welcome to BR! )

(1) Yes, this is the same bad Gardere. And even on the stretch of Gardere where Teakwood is, you have rundown apartments/condos that sat for years. In fact, I had a friend whose brother BACK IN THE 80s had a battery stolen from his truck when he lived at the Teakwood.
(2) Don't bother with McKinley or nearly anything north of LSU on Highland/Nicholson.
(3) Spanish Town is iffy - it has charm like the Garden District does, but both neioghborhoods are bordering slums.

Out of curiosity, do you HAVE to live north of LSU ? There are plenty places to choose from along Burbank, Brightside, Nicholson south of LSU, and in Tigerland of varying price ranges that are safer (IMO) than the areas you listed.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:21 AM
 
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Hi All,
Thanks for your responses & the insight.
No, we don't have to live in any particular area... it's just all quite confusing when looking at it from a map. Trying to figure it out from afar has been a little challenging. i visited LSU in April, but was there so briefly that i couldn't tell one neighborhood from another.

We could live anywhere... were just hoping to try and live within biking / LSU busline distance to the university for the first year. But we are open to whatever works. Our price range is a little stingy though... we are looking to spend not much more than $800 a month for the first year till we get settled and find new jobs, etc...

Thanks again, any info is much appreciated!
AlHayat
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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$800/month gives you a lot of options. Since proxomity to LSU and price are issues, I'd advise you to look within the following geographic area - Where Bayou Duplantier drains into University Lake, draw a line along the bayou to Lee Drive. Then draw a line from Lee Drive/Bayou Duplantier all the way to the Mississippi River (along the way, Lee Drive becomes W Lee Drive then Brightside). At the Miss River, draw a line from Brightside to South Stadium Drive.

This region (give or take a street or two) should provide you with a decent selection of apartments to choose from within your budget.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Actually Lake Towers there in Spanish Town isn't a bad option now. I checked it out a few months back and was impressed. But that's also because I know how they used to be, almost trashy. That's not to say they will never go that way again, but the new management has taken care of the property and cleaned it up. Rent was running around $655-$700 for a one br.

Other than that, no i would not live in a house north of LSU. No way. And Teakwood isn't much better.
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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$800 here should be able to get you something safe. A few weeks ago I was doing some research for one of my nephews who was considering a job in BR. I ran across an $800 one bedroom house and a large $650 one bedroom apartment, both in the heart of spanish town.

I went down Brightside as well, and was overwhelmed by all the "for rent" and "for lease" signs at the front gates of all the condo complexes. There was just no way to call every single one of those numbers. lol But I imagine out of all of those there would have to be at least some that would fit your price range.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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Cool!
Thanks for your help. Will let you know how i make out with the map.

Just another question. Seems a lot of mention about crime in Baton Rouge on this board... What kind of crime are we talking about? Like an occasional car theft or assault (like in any city)? Or are we talking like Detroit crime or Newark, New Jersey crime with gangs and drugs and shootings?

Also, i read mentioned somewhere "slums"... Is this to say like a low-income or rundown neighborhood? Or slums as in, people throwing garbage out their windows and limited city sanitation pick-up, slow police response in emergencies, etc...

Sorry... was just wondering. A little nervous...
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Cool!
Thanks for your help. Will let you know how i make out with the map.

Just another question. Seems a lot of mention about crime in Baton Rouge on this board... What kind of crime are we talking about? Like an occasional car theft or assault (like in any city)? Or are we talking like Detroit crime or Newark, New Jersey crime with gangs and drugs and shootings?

Also, i read mentioned somewhere "slums"... Is this to say like a low-income or rundown neighborhood? Or slums as in, people throwing garbage out their windows and limited city sanitation pick-up, slow police response in emergencies, etc...

Sorry... was just wondering. A little nervous...
There are alot of shootings in North Baton Rouge and Gardere. Most of it is thuggery and drug related. Murder really isn't something you sould lose sleep over depending on your lifestyle. Car theft, burglary, etc. are present as well.

I would call these neighborhood ghettos before I would call them slums.
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Also, i read mentioned somewhere "slums"... Is this to say like a low-income or rundown neighborhood? Or slums as in, people throwing garbage out their windows and limited city sanitation pick-up, slow police response in emergencies, etc...

Sorry... was just wondering. A little nervous...
It's a mixture of low income rundown, lots of garbage in the street (moreso than the rest of BR - we're a littering kind of town ), broken windows, and chest high uncut grass. The Sheriff HAS established a presence in Gardere FWIW, but it's a crappy part of town that didn't have to be that way.
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