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Old 11-01-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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My husband and I are relocating to Shreveport in one week (we've been delayed due to Hurricane Sandy). We're currently living with my family in Long Island, NY, although he's originally from Picayune, MS (just outside of Slidell).

I recently accepted a position with the Shreve Memorial Library, and he's currently in the process of applying for some positions there as well as the area schools. We're hoping to be in the area by the end of next week where we'll be scouting (and, with any luck, finding!) a rental apartment or house. We're hoping to find a 1-3 bedroom/1-2 bath in the $500 to $750 range. We're currently scheduled to view a few homes in Highland (our DREAM location for when we're ready to buy a house) and Broadmoor. We're also scheduled to visit Colonial Plaza, Willows at Wright Island, and United Jewelers. I am awaiting responses from Ashton Pines, Cedar Creek Village, Colony Square, Millbrook, Nantucket Harbor, and Villa del Lago (maybe our first choice?). A walkable community would be ideal, but we're thinking it might be easier to find the right fit once we've had a chance to explore the area a bit more. Any feedback on these options? Suggestions for other housing ideas that might meet our needs?

I'm 30 years old and my husband is 45. We're both professionals with backgrounds in librarianship, and he's also experienced in teaching (HS and College English) while my pre-library work was primarily in government and politics. We're both fans of history, museums, art, and music, which is part of why Shreveport is such an exciting place for us to move! We also really enjoy restaurants, movies (Robinson Film Center looks incredible), and festivals. We're not exactly outdoorsy, although we do enjoy talking walks and I'm trying to entice him into kayaking! Our politics tend to be more left-leaning, but it isn't something that defines us (or our relationships with other people). Tips for things to do? Cheap date nights? Bama-friendly game viewing establishments?

Any feedback, ideas, tips, etc. would be greatly appreciated. We're really eager to make Shreveport our home; while we don't have children (yet), it definitely seems like the type of place where we'd like to base our family. Since we don't really have existing connections there, I'm really hoping to find some acquaintances and make friends ASAP!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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My husband and I are relocating to Shreveport in one week (we've been delayed due to Hurricane Sandy). We're currently living with my family in Long Island, NY, although he's originally from Picayune, MS (just outside of Slidell).


I recently accepted a position with the Shreve Memorial Library, and he's currently in the process of applying for some positions there as well as the area schools. We're hoping to be in the area by the end of next week where we'll be scouting (and, with any luck, finding!) a rental apartment or house. We're hoping to find a 1-3 bedroom/1-2 bath in the $500 to $750 range. We're currently scheduled to view a few homes in Highland (our DREAM location for when we're ready to buy a house) and Broadmoor. We're also scheduled to visit Colonial Plaza, Willows at Wright Island, and United Jewelers. I am awaiting responses from Ashton Pines, Cedar Creek Village, Colony Square, Millbrook, Nantucket Harbor, and Villa del Lago (maybe our first choice?). A walkable community would be ideal, but we're thinking it might be easier to find the right fit once we've had a chance to explore the area a bit more. Any feedback on these options? Suggestions for other housing ideas that might meet our needs?

I'm 30 years old and my husband is 45. We're both professionals with backgrounds in librarianship, and he's also experienced in teaching (HS and College English) while my pre-library work was primarily in government and politics. We're both fans of history, museums, art, and music, which is part of why Shreveport is such an exciting place for us to move! We also really enjoy restaurants, movies (Robinson Film Center looks incredible), and festivals. We're not exactly outdoorsy, although we do enjoy talking walks and I'm trying to entice him into kayaking! Our politics tend to be more left-leaning, but it isn't something that defines us (or our relationships with other people). Tips for things to do? Cheap date nights? Bama-friendly game viewing establishments?

Thanks in advance!
Welcome to Shreveport-Bossier, I hope you find everything you're hoping for. Since you asked, I'll toss in my 2 cents for your consideration and hope it helps you in your pursuits. I live in S. Bossier and recommend it very much but if you're heart is set on Shreveport and in the areas you mentioned, then read on as I am a long-time resident to the area and know it well.

HIGHLAND NEIGHBORHOOD --- It's a mixture of good, bad and ugly, Use boundary streets like FAIRFIELD AVE & LINE AVE & CENTENARY BLVD.(they run N & S) and then STONER AVE. KINGS HWY & SOUTHFIELD (they run E & W). for your grid search. Highland neighborhood does have areas that are nice but the neighborhoods can get ugly real fast a block or so away depending on where you locate. I think the further South you go past KINGS HWY the better but that's just my opinion. I would stay East from Fairfield Ave. as the neighborhood falls apart pretty fast IMHO on the West Side of Fairfield. The closer to Stoner you get, the more iffy it becomes. Some like it but I used to live in the area years ago and it wasn't all that pretty then, hence my move to S. Bossier. The area around Querbes Golf Course is spotty on the West side... you'll know when you see it.

BROADMOOR --- I'd look South of KINGS....and BROADMOOR would be my strongest recommendation if you want to be centrally located.

WEST S'PORT: I wouldn't recommend it. You mentioned Villa del Lago Apts. Years ago these were great but I wouldn't say the same is true today. I had friends who lived there eons ago and they were nice then but in the recent 15 years or so, VDL apts just aren't what they used to be. In fact I really wouldn't recommend West S'port to anyone.

CLYDE-FANT PARKWAY :

This is perfectly located in terms of drive-times, parkway access, etc. Any of the newer apt complexes south of Preston Rd on the CF Prkway would be ideal for newcomers. Apts North of Preston Rd have had their share of issues...not all but some. Not to scare you but a few years back there was an ugly drug -related shooting at Pelican Landing that left 3 people dead. So ask these questions before you sign a lease.

BAMA-FRIENDLY FOOTBALL !! You have got to be kidding. 'nuff said.

LEFT-LEANING POLITICS: Oy Vey.... you are in a very RED STATE. Very conservative, very right-leaning and very religious. Not knocking it...but as I've told friends who've thought about moving here. I tell 'em if you like LSU football, hunting / fishing... think GW Bush was a great president and hate Obama and the Affordable Healthcare Act, you'll fit right in. Sure, there's pockets of progressives and some moderates but the demographics here are mostly older, grayer and conservative. So be forewarned.

HOME RENTALS:
Your $500-$750 range for what you want is going to be tough. While not impossible, a lot depends on the condition of the home and neighborhood. For better zip codes, you are probably looking at $1,000 - $1,200 a month for a 3 BR/2 BTH free-standing house. Apartments / Townhouses / Condos will be slightly lower...but $750 would be do-able depending on location, etc.

THINGS TO DO:
The area has plenty depending on your lifestyle interests. We have Opera, Symphony, The Strand Theater has a good season of shows, local community theaters of good consistencies, some good restaurants (we could use more independent types but that's just me). Live music is a mixed bag depending on your tastes. I don't go for live music hardly because they areas they have it include second-hand smoke. Although there is a no-smoking ordinance, that doesn't apply to bars & nightclubs or casinos.

IN SUMMARY:
Don't ignore the Bossier City side of things. There's less crime overall and arguably better police & fire / emergency services. Some may disagree but having lived on both sides of the river, that's been my experience. The housing is good and the infrastructure is better IMHO, Shreveport has a major-major issue with sewer, drainage and roads. Highland neighborhood has it's share of problems with this as a lot needs replacement. I'd pull up a crime indices map by neighborhood if I were you and check for incident reports in the areas you're interested in checking out.

I've lived here and moved away and came back and I'm looking to move again in a few years. The area has it's pluses and minuses, what you may find shiny and new, I see as "old-hat" to me and so I'm not much into the festivals anymore. Same ol' ..same ol' ...year in and out.

Good luck and take things with a grain of salt. Rent before buying and get to know the area before you plunk down on a house. There's a lot of Kool-Aid to be had and I'd be slow to embrace the local propaganda from those bureaucrats who make a living from promoting Shreveport as the next great City of the South.

Good Luck to you both.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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Yeah...

Summer might be a little tough on you.

Our summers tend to be about 20 degrees warmer than NY summers, but also with high humidity--so you feel every degree. Invest in a place with really good AC. Anyway, librarians are always nice as they spread knowledge around for everyone. Might see a little bit of me since I write fiction and sell it.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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Most excellent post. This is a very good guide for a newcomer to our area.

To the OP: One thing to keep in mind, however, is that even though this area is generally right-leaning, Caddo Parish (the Shreveport side of the river) tends to be more left-leaning than Bossier Parish (the Bossier City side of the river).

Racial tension is high here, so that will always be an issue, but things, at least in my opinion, seem more harmonious in Bossier Parish when it comes to matters regarding race.

Good luck!
P.S. I wasn't going to bring up the racial issues but Shreveport is very segregated compared to Bossier. Could be that more prior-military retired and active duty types from all over the country have come to call Bossier City home. Folks in Shreveport live in their clusters and while that's not unusual, it does tend to be obvious. Shreveport's majority population is Af-American but the neighborhoods are quite segregated...not all but drive around and if you pay attention you'll pick up on that. My neighborhood is quite varied with diversity of military retirees of different ethnic make-up as well as middle-aged folks looking for better schools, lower crime and more stable neighborhoods.

Let me be clear: every area has it's white flight areas....Bossier has often been considered White flight from S'port for better crime stats, fire & police, property standards, etc. Bossier Parish is one of the fastest growing in the state whereas the same can't be said for Caddo parish. But for the past 12 years or so I've noted it's more of a "middle-income flight" than anything else. Shreveport is losing its middle-class to Bossier for many more reasons than I've mentioned. So I'd keep Bossier on your radar. Besides... it takes only 15 to 25 minutes to get anywhere in Shreveport-Bossier unless you get stopped by a RR crossing, car wreck or rush-hour traffic.

Good luck
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:19 AM
 
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And after you're all settled in, you can look forward to November - April dodging the regular tornado outbreak. Haughton, Benton, northern S'pot and Bossier usually get nailed with seriously nasty weather. Even the southern areas are at risk. Central so far seems to miss most of it.

Watch the weather channel regularly during those months before moving there and note how regularly that big red tornado warning swatch pulls from north to south of n/w Shreveport/Bossier.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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This may help.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/556857700996584/

It is a real estate group in Shreveport/bossier designed to give non-scammer information that you find on Facebook.

Thanks to BTDT for his gracious assistance.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:01 PM
 
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FWIW: The OP was made in November 2012.
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