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Old 08-21-2018, 08:03 AM
 
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Hello All.

It's time to start a new chapter in life and that includes relocation for me.

After quite a bit of internet research, Louisiana is looking promising. Before heading down for a visit I was hoping for some input on selecting an area to focus on. I will need to be close enough to civilization to work, but appreciate a rural lifestyle. I absolutely love saltwater fishing so hopefully I can find a place in proximity to good opportunities if they exist.

I don't know what other details to include in an initial post- ask away!

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:18 AM
 
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Can you give us a little more info.? I assume you want to be in the southern part of the state. Where is work located?
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:28 AM
 
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What job do you have? What price range are you looking at?
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:54 AM
 
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Yes, I think the southern part of the state would be best for my hobbies. As far as cities go, Lafayette looks promising.

My background is in water treatment & distribution and wastewater treatment and collection systems. I am also a licensed laboratory technician and have a STEM degree and a graduate certificate in management.

As far as price range, I would like something dirt cheap for a cash purchase to start as opposed to renting and then find the right spot when I have a better feel for the area.
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:56 AM
 
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Yes, I think the southern part of the state would be best for my hobbies. As far as cities go, Lafayette looks promising.

My background is in water treatment & distribution and wastewater treatment and collection systems. I am also a licensed laboratory technician and have a STEM degree and a graduate certificate in management.

As far as price range, I would like something dirt cheap for a cash purchase to start as opposed to renting and then find the right spot when I have a better feel for the area.
I'm not one who cares much for Lafayette. The city is very illogically laid out. IMO, the nicest area in LA is the Northshore (New Orleans), but probably should be eliminated because of housing prices. It has been 'discovered'.
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Old 08-21-2018, 03:05 PM
 
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Lafayette is very nice. If you want real cheap land go west of Lafayette to Jennings or Welsh. Real cheap land, open spaces.

Both Lake Charles and Lafayette have many water treatment facilities but I don't know about hiring in those fields.
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Old 08-22-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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Have a trailer and 3 acres for sale in Jennings area. We're wanting to move north.
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Old 08-22-2018, 02:41 PM
 
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Send These People Your Resume Please!

Waste Management Job Opportunities: Sulphur, LA, Texas City, Port Neches, TX


Recreation:

1) Lake Charles is a great location for salt water fishing because North of the city is our saltwater barrier, which leaves the whole southern section of Calcasieu River open for brakish fishing.


2) Calcasieu Parish also has plenty of public game hunting areas too. Also have an outbreak of feral hogs if you like exploring rural areas with a few of us land owners.


3) Golden Nugget & L'auberge casinos bring in great entertainment opportunities, fine dining and concerts. Oh, and we park our fishing boats at the Nugget for a nice afternoon lunch after fishing.


SUMMARY:
If you like to work and play outdoors then Lake Charles could always use a few more good folks!
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Old 08-23-2018, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Chasing horses and watching circuses in Atropia.
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After quite a bit of internet research, Louisiana is looking promising.
I've lived here twice.

Why?

This place is hotter than hell and more humid than I don't know what. It takes 10 years after a hurricane to replace the blue tarps on the roofs regardless of when the insurance payout was, has an absurdly high sales tax, and the public paved roads are among the worst I have encountered in 45 years living in multiple states and countries. It is also the dirtiest state I have lived in, absolutely filthy as if nobody is civilized enough to not throw trash out of their cars or leave the old washing machine in the ditch next to the highway. Dirtiest city goes to El Paso, so ya'll are safe there.

Due to the sales tax issues here, I try to spend most of my money out of the state.

That said, I like it. Land is dirt cheap and the locals(outside of the cities) are great folks. Food is good and gas station lunch is a real thing. Fishing is OK, but you're limited to fresh water and the gulf. Hunting is pretty good-deer aren't huge, but they're tasty. Bunches of turkey around too.
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Old 08-24-2018, 04:43 AM
 
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Thank you for the replies. All of these things sound great, even the semi-negative review!

Why?

"Land is dirt cheap and the locals(outside of the cities) are great folks. Food is good and gas station lunch is a real thing. Fishing is OK, but you're limited to fresh water and the gulf. Hunting is pretty good-deer aren't huge, but they're tasty. Bunches of turkey around too."

The sales tax is lower than where I've been living for the past decade and the homestead exemption is huge!

I will definitely look at Lake Charles as well, it sounds fantastic.
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