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Old 04-23-2009, 11:04 AM
 
Location: lafayette, la (broadmore)
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i know there are threads like this, but i wanted to get some advice tailored to my situation. any help is appreciated.

i will be moving to shreveport in a month or two because of a promotion at work. my shop will be directly east of hyde park, brookwood, southern hills area off of flournoy lucas road. so i'm having to move to an area where i can get to the shop fairly quickly at any time.

i have heard some so-so and not so good things about southern hills area, but when i looked up and down the streets on google street view (i know its not that up to date) it seems like a normal, clean suburb of the type i live in now. (i live in the broadmore area of south lafayette, la) any advice or comments about this area?

i was planning on looking in the broadmore area of shreveport also, but its kind of far from the shop even though i know its the most desirable area to live in. would it take me long to get to that shop area from broadmore with traffic?

basically, i live in a quiet, clean suburb right now, and i have to go to shreveport, so im not looking to downgrade. im looking to rent a house (3br at least, over 1100sq.ft.) for awhile first, then probably buy. im looking to stay under 1200 a month for rent. i have a wife and a son, and we have 3 cats and 2 parrots, so i have to get a house, and the pet deposit will probably kill me (my current landlord was very forgiving about this.

any advice you all can give me (except the ones where posters scream DONT MOVE THERE) will be appreciated. like i said, i have a promotion that i have to take, so im going, i just need to find a decent place not any worse than where i live. also, its really hard finding rent houses from down here. i plan on going up there in a few days to drive around and look for for rent signs, but would appreciate help on rental home resources you may know of. (thrifty nickle? local papers? rental home realtors?, etc)

thanks for reading,
brandon
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: lafayette, la (broadmore)
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also, i noticed there isn't a whole foods or fresh market there, which seems strange since shreveport is larger than lafayette. is there a store there that is similar, like an upscale grocery store with organic stuff thrown in?
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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also, i noticed there isn't a whole foods or fresh market there, which seems strange since shreveport is larger than lafayette. is there a store there that is similar, like an upscale grocery store with organic stuff thrown in?
(This is based on conditions when I left Shreveport 7 months ago, so things could have changed) The lack of an upscale grocer is one of Shreveport's huge faults if you're a foodie like me, but there are some surprisingly decent "normal" grocery stores in Shreveport. The Super Target is shockingly decent, although you won't find much organic. The meat selection, while limited, is good and the produce is very decent. I did almost all my shopping there, and even the wine selection is good. The Kroger just down the street on Youree has excellent produce, but the meat is just so-so. Brookshire's is a mixed bag and varies greatly by location.

For good meats, try Maxwell's Market. It's overpriced but the steaks are excellent. For produce, check out the farmer's market. Best produce around, though comes from the back of pickup trucks.

As for Southern Hills, the area itself isn't terrible, especially the area along Crabapple (which turns into Flournoy Lucas). I grew up on Oleander Dr. and my family owned a business nearby for more than a decade. My brother still lives on Oleander with kis wife and kids. Ideal areas in Southern Hills I'd say are south of Mt. Zion and West of Linwood. Anything just off Kingston and south of Bert Kouns will generally be nice. The area isn't terribly diverse. It's mostly white, lots of pickup trucks, everybody loves Jesus, but I'm not saying it's a bad thing. The people are generally nice.

Access to Flournoy from Broadmoor isn't as bad as you'd think, depending on where in Broadmoor you're coming from. Broadmoor has MUCH better schools (Byrd and Captain Shreve for High Schools). If you're working on the east side of Flournoy, there's a "backroad" way to get there that's very quick. Take E. Kings all the way down behind LSUS and it hits Flournoy. You'll avoid Youree and Bert Kouns traffic altogether.

Also, look into the Southern end of Youree Drive near Flournoy, just south of LSUS. The Apartment complexes aren't so hot, but there are some neighborhoods back there that are quite nice. Depending on how quickly you need to be able to get to work, keep in mind that the Inner Loop hits Flournoy now, which in turns hits 49. I love the Highland area and still own a home there that I rent out.

Hit up Craigslist to find a rental. I know a good landlord that has multiple rent properties and know that one is coming available soon, but I can't post because mods might consider it advertising. Direct Message me is you're interested.
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
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In spite of what you may have heard, Shreveport really isn't a bad place to live. No, we're not New Orleans and no, we're not Dallas. Shreveport has an inferiority complex due to the fact that we're so close to those cities, but not large enough to compete with them. There really is, however, a lot to do here for a city its size...metro area of about 350,000.

You'll find that the South Highland area is very nice as well as most of southeast Shreveport...which includes Broadmoor. There are great schools in that area as well as great shopping and restaurants. The downside to it is that traffic is horrible during rush hours! Southern Hills is a nice area also, but no so much as Youree Dr. and E. 70th area. The only place I would say you definitely do not want to live, is in north Shreveport. Across the river, north Bossier City is nice and growing very fast...however, it's about a 30 minute drive to the area you're working in. I agree that Craigslist and the Shreveport Times are good places to search for rentals.

To be quiet honest, I really think you'll enjoy Shreveport. It really is a pretty city with nice parks and many festivals. The people here are pretty religious (I think there are more churches than there are people!) but really nice and helpful. Another good thing is that it hasn't been hit hard by the economy like most of the nation has.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:59 PM
 
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I agree with beau99 that you should like it. I moved here 6 years ago and it has been perfect. Bossier city is over-rated and overpriced. It used to be the safe haven but not anymore. They have had quite a bit of happenings like theft, homocides, and even layoffs of fire and policemen. the sad part is that all the new homes and subdivisions are in flood zones. you will like the Southeast Shreveport area. With I 49 you can get where you need to pretty quick.
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