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Old 07-03-2010, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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Here's the situation. Husband was raised in south S'port and I grew up in Mandeville, north of New Orleans. We both went to school in Ruston, got married there, bought a house and had a kid,etc. Then we moved to the rat race in Atlanta to pay off student debt. After 10 yrs of fast pace living, and driving back and forth every holiday to see family, we are wanting to come back to the "promised land." Husband is wanting to go back to the S'Port area, but not city or suburbs. We are thinking more along the lines of rural. I mean, no Walmart or Starbucks or top notch schools. We want acreage to either build a little house on, or something with a historic cottage on it. So I guess my question is where should we look? The only real dealbreaker would be a town with a raging drug problem or a super high crime rate.
On a side note, we have friends with land in Plain Dealing that built on a high hill (probably the only one in Louisiana) and have an incredible night view of S'Port/Bossier. They are about 20 from the nearest decent grocery. I am totally fine with that type of atmosphere.
Husband will most likely work in SPort and will commute- but there is no such thing as a bad commute after living in Metro ATL. Oh, guess I should mention that I don't want to move back to Ruston. We are wanting to start "new."
Thanks for reading this long story.
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:36 PM
 
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"Greenacres" in Caddo/Bossier have gotten scarce over the years. Although the growth of the area hasn't been anything to write home about, there is still quite a bit. Development is rapidly swallowing up former farmlands in both parishes and yes PD may have some available land. So much of rural north La is owned by timber interests and getting good land can be tough.

Have you considered maybe Webster south of I-20? It is about 40min from Shreve and there are a lot of places along there (US hwy 371). Also check around Stonewall area off US hwy 171 which heads south toward Mansfield and ultimately Lake Charles. At least, look in to these areas if you want country. Suburbia now includes Blanchard, Greenwood, Benton, Haughton, etc. Although they are still small towns, there is less open space available surrounding them.

Regarding the high hill, it sounds like where you can see well into Arkansas if thats the one I'm thinking about. Louisiana has no real elevation unlike Georgia, however, there are some scenic places off of I-20. Since I travel north Lousiana daily, I have spotted many. If any of you get a chance, drive down La 146 (aka "White Lightnin' Road"). It runs between Homer and Ruston alhough partly closed now for bridge repair. You would swear you were in the mountains around there. It was a road where bootleggers ran moonshine between Homer and Ruston and all points in between and beyond.
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Old 07-05-2010, 01:39 PM
 
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What about north Bossier parish?
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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"Greenacres" in Caddo/Bossier have gotten scarce over the years. Although the growth of the area hasn't been anything to write home about, there is still quite a bit. Development is rapidly swallowing up former farmlands in both parishes and yes PD may have some available land. So much of rural north La is owned by timber interests and getting good land can be tough.

Have you considered maybe Webster south of I-20? It is about 40min from Shreve and there are a lot of places along there (US hwy 371). Also check around Stonewall area off US hwy 171 which heads south toward Mansfield and ultimately Lake Charles. At least, look in to these areas if you want country. Suburbia now includes Blanchard, Greenwood, Benton, Haughton, etc. Although they are still small towns, there is less open space available surrounding them.

Regarding the high hill, it sounds like where you can see well into Arkansas if thats the one I'm thinking about. Louisiana has no real elevation unlike Georgia, however, there are some scenic places off of I-20. Since I travel north Lousiana daily, I have spotted many. If any of you get a chance, drive down La 146 (aka "White Lightnin' Road"). It runs between Homer and Ruston alhough partly closed now for bridge repair. You would swear you were in the mountains around there. It was a road where bootleggers ran moonshine between Homer and Ruston and all points in between and beyond.
Thanks for responding. I have a friend who moved to Haughton within the last couple of years and told me of the development. I have to get off I-20 and go see it for myself. I just can't believe that this little town is becoming a suburb!
At the moment, we are open to suggestions because we are in the beginning stages of research. Wherever we end up, it will be for a long time so I want to be thorough.
In regards to White Lightnin Road- I've been down it several times and I think it is the prettiest drive in the area. You're right. It's not really mountainous or anything, but hilly and curvy. My Plain Dealing friends live somewhere off of Little Egypt Rd. I couldn't find my way back there if they left bread crumbs. I can't see that becoming a suburb any time soon, especially with the timber land companies hanging onto property. We ran into the timber company problems (Willamette still owns tons of property around there) when we were originally looking for land in Ruston. We will look into Webster Parish because I really hadn't considered it. My first son was born in that hospital in Minden.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:55 PM
 
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Funny that Willamette owns (owned) property that far east, being an Oregon company. I actually live around the corner from one of the heirs of Weyerhauser, although I don't know the condition of either of the companies right now. Last I heard Weyerhauser bought out Willamette. I guess it shouldn't be a big surprise since the stoners chased all the logging out of Oregon that a company named after that state's second largest river would have to go all the way to northern LA to get actual timber. Granted, stoners don't want to work but their parents have to have a way to earn a living, and the powers that be in Oregon have succeeded in chasing the timber industry out, now they're trying to get rid of the farmers. Now Oregon has the second highest unemployment rate in the country and those stoner kids have been evicted since their parents had to move to Washington and Idaho to get jobs! Soon all they'll have is Indian casinos. Anyhow. Just came for info, the advice I've gotten off of this thread helps! Sorry about the rant!
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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Funny that Willamette owns (owned) property that far east, being an Oregon company. I actually live around the corner from one of the heirs of Weyerhauser, although I don't know the condition of either of the companies right now. Last I heard Weyerhauser bought out Willamette. I guess it shouldn't be a big surprise since the stoners chased all the logging out of Oregon that a company named after that state's second largest river would have to go all the way to northern LA to get actual timber. Granted, stoners don't want to work but their parents have to have a way to earn a living, and the powers that be in Oregon have succeeded in chasing the timber industry out, now they're trying to get rid of the farmers. Now Oregon has the second highest unemployment rate in the country and those stoner kids have been evicted since their parents had to move to Washington and Idaho to get jobs! Soon all they'll have is Indian casinos. Anyhow. Just came for info, the advice I've gotten off of this thread helps! Sorry about the rant!
Actually, there used to be a Willamette office in Ruston, behind an old strip mall. My husband worked there for a brief period. The whole area is pine trees, so I see a timber company's interest with the area. Sorry to hear about the conditions in Oregon. Sadly, unemployment is everywhere right now- and so are drugs. Farmers are suffering as the US imports more and more food from China. I love the feel of an agricultural community, but they are becoming a rare thing. Tons of agriculture alive and well in Louisiana and a slower pace of living. Boy, I miss it!!!
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:06 PM
 
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mezzogirl,

Try Haughton, Doyline, Taylortown, Elm Grove, Sibley, Dubberly, Lake Bistineau, Heflin, Ringold, etc… Or, try finding some property along Bellevue Rd north of US 79/80. Also, keep in mind that I-69 is planned to be built south and east of Barksdale AFB and west of the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant. For more information visti here: http://www.i69dotd.com/ProjectNews.htm


I basically grew up in Shreveport-Bossier City and moved away. Specifically, Haughton. I've since lived in several other major US cities (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX; Kansas City, MO; Los Angeles, Ca; Phoenix, AZ; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Washington D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; etc…), so I completely understand the commute thing.
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