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Old 05-29-2011, 08:11 AM
 
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We will be relocating from New England to the New Orleans area in a few months and are looking for a good, safe neighborhood for our young family. I have noticed a lot of beautiful and affordable houses for sale in LaPlace, but it almost seems too good to be true. Am I missing something?
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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I would not buy a house in Sugar Ridge, New Era or in Cambridge. Belle Terre is a better area.
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:02 PM
 
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Aside from the long drive into town? and the closeness to the chemical refineries on the river? nothing much else wrong.
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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We will be relocating from New England to the New Orleans area in a few months and are looking for a good, safe neighborhood for our young family. I have noticed a lot of beautiful and affordable houses for sale in LaPlace, but it almost seems too good to be true. Am I missing something?
Be very careful where you purchase in La Place. A lot of crime and the schools are not that good. You would do much better finding a place in St. Charles Parish.

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Old 05-30-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Welcome to New Orleans. In today's housing market you will have a good selection of homes for sale, from which to choose. So what's the rush? Perhaps you might rent for a year while you become familiar with the area. At least, that is what I would suggest.
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:38 AM
 
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Welcome to New Orleans. In today's housing market you will have a good selection of homes for sale, from which to choose. So what's the rush? Perhaps you might rent for a year while you become familiar with the area. At least, that is what I would suggest.
Great idea!
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:34 PM
 
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Default dont be a fool...check out the schools!

The schools tell the tale here.. St.Charles is much nicer with almost no crime. There are nice area's in Laplace but you will most likely not like the generally mostly run down neighborhoods in Laplace. Also, St. Charles has the 2nd best schools in the state.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:22 AM
 
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Thanks, we have started looking at rentals in Covingt
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Hither and thither
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Oh come on, LaPlace isn't that bad. 75% of LaPlace is the mega-subdivision Belle Terre, which runs from solid middle class to quite ritzy in some parts. I'd say Belle Terre is generally pretty nice, and there are other nice areas too--just a bit more scattered. Other parts of St. John the Baptist Parish may not be so great--Garyville in particular comes to mind. Reserve is okay.

However, the public schools are nothing great in LaPlace, as others have mentioned--most people with money send their brood to the Catholic schools in the area, which are above average even by the standards of SE Louisiana. The drive is also farther to New Orleans, and proximity to Norco could result in some smelly days (though Norco is actually in St. Charles Parish, if I recall correctly).
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:06 AM
 
Location: slidell, la
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I have noticed that people are obsessed with private schools around here(like 15% according to a local newspaper) and some million $$$ homes were built in worst performance school area, like it's not a matter at all.

we are new comer too and school rating (I use greatschools.org)seems to be the index for us to choose area. we live in east slidell where all school ratings are 9~10/10 in the state of LA but lots of families in the neighborhood are still sending their kids to private schools K~12.
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