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Old 11-19-2010, 11:12 PM
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Possibly moving to LC. Can't find rental home listings. Checked Craigslist.org but not many homes, mostly apartments. Where do locals post ads? Also, need suggestions of enjoyable family friendly neighborhoods. We have pets and two young children (preschool/kindergarten.) Thanks for your help.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:38 PM
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
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I would check with a realtor about that. They do have some rental homes in the area. The south side of Lake Charles tends to have the newer subdivisions with the younger families. They say the schools are better in that part of the city, but don't quote me on that.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:46 PM
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Thank you. Are you from LC? What do you think of the area? Is it growing? How are the down town revitalization plans coming along?
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:39 PM
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There really aren't many rental homes to be had in Lake Charles....decent ones go very quickly, and they come on the market rarely. We lived there for 4 years, and just recently moved our daughter into a rental home there, but it took a long time to find her a suitable place. Many rentals are run down or in not-great neighborhoods. The apartments are also hard to find in decent areas....nicest ones are the Charlestonian, River Oaks or Nelson Pointe. All three are in south Lake Charles and in the Barbe school system, which is the one everyone tries to get their kids into. The local paper is Lake Charles American Press. You'll see a lot of ads for rental housing, but most of them, trust me, you really would not want to rent. Schools are actually decent, we were surprised, and we were transplanted Northerners. There are rental companies that can email you a list of rental homes...Redd Properties, Briken, etc...but again...we visited every single one of these homes for weeks, and didn't find ONE that I'd have lived in or even spent a night in....we finally found a decent rental in the paper posted by the owner, and snatched it up right away once we saw it was in reasonable shape....there were folks lining up in the driveway in cars to see it after us if we hadn't taken it. Good luck, but an apartment or a townhouse might be the way to go till you find something suitable...I believe Nelson Pointe is pet friendly and has short term leasing.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:13 PM
Location: Southwest Louisiana
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Lake Charles is coming up, the revitalization plans are coming along now, the promenade is open and I see a levee, and a couple of buildings being built. There are some town houses being built by st patricks hospital (Maison Du Lac) that look like they are pretty nice. Also check out the three apartment complexes mentioned by zarabeth. There are also low and moderate income housing popping up throughout the city. If you are more of a country person, you'd want to move to the southside of Lake Charles and look in the paper for a trailer to rent. Or if you want to live in a surrounding area, look into Iowa, Sulphur, Westlake, Mossville, Lebleu Settlement(between Lake Charles and Iowa), and Moss Bluff which is the fastest growing suburb of the Lake area.

If you decide to settle into the city look into up and coming neighborhoods such as Providence or Waterside. The former being off of country club road on pecan acres rd and the latter being off of highway 14 on the southeast part of the city, heading towards LA 397. If you are into golf, you could relocate to Graywood.

Okay off topic lol, but look for a trailer or an apartment. In addition to Nelson Point, River Oaks, and the Charlestonian apartments, there are some villas being build off of weaver road, as well as some nice apartments off of elliot road(not far from St. Johns elementary school). Good luck!
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