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Old 03-24-2015, 04:30 PM
 
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Hello! My family is planning on relocating to Lafayette from Mobile, AL this summer due to my husbands job. We have two girls, ages 8 and 2. I'm looking for the best schools and neighborhoods. We plan on renting at first for awhile and our range would be $1200 - $1500 at the highest. My 8 year old is in the gifted program at her current school and I was hoping she would be in her new school as well. Also, I am an archaeologist and was wondering if anyone knew of any local groups that might need volunteers or employees. We currently live outside the city now and prefer it but may be willing to make a change to experience new things. I have read quite a bit about Lafayette and am really excited to meet the city and get involved! Bayfest in Mobile is never free, I can promise you it never will be! Bookstores and libraries are important to me as well as a soccer group for my daughter. I'm sorry if I'm rambling but I have so many questions! Thank you for any help!!
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Hello! My family is planning on relocating to Lafayette from Mobile, AL this summer due to my husbands job. We have two girls, ages 8 and 2. I'm looking for the best schools and neighborhoods. We plan on renting at first for awhile and our range would be $1200 - $1500 at the highest. My 8 year old is in the gifted program at her current school and I was hoping she would be in her new school as well. Also, I am an archaeologist and was wondering if anyone knew of any local groups that might need volunteers or employees. We currently live outside the city now and prefer it but may be willing to make a change to experience new things. I have read quite a bit about Lafayette and am really excited to meet the city and get involved! Bayfest in Mobile is never free, I can promise you it never will be! Bookstores and libraries are important to me as well as a soccer group for my daughter. I'm sorry if I'm rambling but I have so many questions! Thank you for any help!!
Welcome!

Lafayette is pretty family friendly and a great place to live.
You may want to check out the Broadmoor area right off the bat. Its on the south end of town and contains a catholic church and two schools. Very nice area near everything without being too expensive.
Gifted exists here, and in earlier years kids go to Paul Breaux Middle, and then have the option to go to Lafayette high School for advanced courses. You will be able to find several large bookstores and a brand new library south of the mall in additional to the older public library near downtown. Sports programs are readily available if you search. This city has pretty much anything you would need in a midsized city, with a good amount of entertainment options (a Skyzone trampoline indoor park just opened for example) with new stuff being added frequently. Lots of places to shop and an absolutely ridiculous amount of places to eat of all varieties and prices. Live music downtown, festivals are frequent, and there is a generally positive vibe. If you browse through my older posts I have written a lot about this area and answered a lot of questions so that should help.
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:38 PM
 
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Thank you! I have read through some of your other posts and they are really informative and helpful! I truly am looking forward to moving there and getting my girls settled in. I think I'm most excited about the bookstores! lol. I appreciate your help!
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:18 PM
 
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I was love to see people moving here. It's really a great area :-) The worst thing will be the traffic aha. Lafayette lacks a freeway system and its growing pretty fast so you can imagine. However coming from Mobile I'm sure you have experienced bad traffic. For outside the city I know people recommend Youngsville.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:31 AM
 
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Hello! My family is planning on relocating to Lafayette from Mobile, AL this summer due to my husbands job. We have two girls, ages 8 and 2. I'm looking for the best schools and neighborhoods. We plan on renting at first for awhile and our range would be $1200 - $1500 at the highest. My 8 year old is in the gifted program at her current school and I was hoping she would be in her new school as well. Also, I am an archaeologist and was wondering if anyone knew of any local groups that might need volunteers or employees. We currently live outside the city now and prefer it but may be willing to make a change to experience new things. I have read quite a bit about Lafayette and am really excited to meet the city and get involved! Bayfest in Mobile is never free, I can promise you it never will be! Bookstores and libraries are important to me as well as a soccer group for my daughter. I'm sorry if I'm rambling but I have so many questions! Thank you for any help!!
No significant differences between Mobile and Lafayette.

For $1200-$1500, you can get a very comfortable and great apartment in River Ranch.
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Texas
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River Ranch is an enclave community that is akin to living in a Galleria Generica anywhere in America. It is pretty and it has charm, but there is absolutely no sense of being in South Louisiana there.

Lafayette has an abundance of neighborhoods that are all about South Louisiana, with mature live oaks, dazzling arrays of flowering trees and shrubbery, diverse architecture, nearby parks, yards along coulees.
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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River Ranch is an enclave community that is akin to living in a Galleria Generica anywhere in America. It is pretty and it has charm, but there is absolutely no sense of being in South Louisiana there.

Lafayette has an abundance of neighborhoods that are all about South Louisiana, with mature live oaks, dazzling arrays of flowering trees and shrubbery, diverse architecture, nearby parks, yards along coulees.
Broadmoor?
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:17 AM
 
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River Ranch is an enclave community that is akin to living in a Galleria Generica anywhere in America. It is pretty and it has charm, but there is absolutely no sense of being in South Louisiana there.

Lafayette has an abundance of neighborhoods that are all about South Louisiana, with mature live oaks, dazzling arrays of flowering trees and shrubbery, diverse architecture, nearby parks, yards along coulees.
River Ranch is completely different from many upper scale communities in other cities. It makes me feel like a Louisiana town rather than a Tennessee or Arkansas town at least.
I would recommend this busy couple try River Ranch first because they may move to anywhere else just one or two years later.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:17 PM
 
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I've been considering moving to Lafayette, too. I'm originally from Louisiana. However, I have spent a lot of time looking at what I think is every single house for sale in Lafayette in my price range, and I was very disappointed at what I could get for the money. Since you're young, you may have better luck. There seems to be a lot of houses with no yards to speak of, built close to each other, with people packed into subdivisions like sardines. Some were track houses, and some were better than that.

To get a normal sized yard, I had to look at older houses, but there weren't many normal sized yards with nice houses in city limits. There were a handful (fewer than 5). I guess the houses that are nice with normal yards cost more than I'm going to pay.

But I haven't given up totally. I'm also looking at north of Houston, where I can get much more for the money. But the property taxes are very high there.

Just thought I'd pass that on. Of course, if you go out of city limits, there is more to choose from. I wanted inside city limits, though, because I want the city's high speed internet.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:25 PM
 
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@Innotech ... I'm not familiar with Broadmoor.
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