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West Bank Weekend Events - Mardi Gras 2008 and More! - 01/31/08 08:24 PM
Wow! There are so many things happening in the next few days on the West Bank, I hardly know where to start. Let's jump right in... Algiers Ferry - Mardi Gras ScheduleThe Crescent City Connection has announced the Algiers/Canal Street ferry schedule for Mardi Gras. No vehicles will be allowed after 1 pm through Monday and all day on Mardi Gras day. Gretna Farmer's MarketSaturday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. 301 Huey P. Long Ave at the Gretna Market. Once you have picked up your fresh produce, head on over to... Pawdi GrasThe Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is holding its annual canine parade (12 comments)
New Orleans, LA: Top 20 Places to Work in New Orleans - 01/30/08 01:40 PM
Relocating to a new city is full of challenges and one of the biggest is what job opportunities are available in your field. Are you considering moving to New Orleans, LA? Perhaps your next military relocation is to NAS JRB New Orleans and your spouse will be looking for a job in the area. Or maybe you have visited before, fallen under the magical spell of this historic city and feel her pulling you to return...not as a visitor, but as a resident. Each year, City Business, a well respected New Orleans business periodical, polls employees throughout the metropolitan area to determine (11 comments)
The Residence at Park Avenue: West Bank Neighborhood of the Week - 01/29/08 10:09 PM
The Residence: Luxury Townhouses on the West Bank of New Orleans in Harvey, Louisiana I was lucky enough today to have a chance to visit one of the lovely, luxury townhouses at The Residence at Park Avenue in Harvey, LA. With a great location right off of Manhattan Blvd., this secure and gated community is a hidden gem right here on the West Bank of New Orleans. Drive through the gates and take a tour with me.... Some of the wonderful amenities in this fabulous neighborhood: Restricted and secure gated access Private clubhouse and exercise room Heated pool and hot tub Private courtyards Beautiful (10 comments)
West Bank Mardi Gras Weekend - 01/28/08 04:45 PM
Despite the inclement weather on Friday that postponed the Krewe of Cleopatra, I still got to ride with the Krewe of Choctaw on Saturday. It was cold and misty in the morning as we headed to the breakfast provided by the great folks at Bennigan's in Algiers to fill up on coffee, eggs, grits, bacon and sausage, biscuits and more. The face painter was busy making up the court members for their long awaited ride...
After breakfast, we were off to the parade route to load up the floats and get ready to ride. Controlled chaos best describes the scene (19 comments)
New Orleans West Bank Weekend Events - January 25-27, 2008 - 01/24/08 09:13 AM
It looks like it might be a wet start to the West Bank Carnival season this weekend, so put on your rain coat, bring your umbrella and let the good times roll! Krewe of Cleopatra ParadeCleopatra rolls through Algiers and Terrytown starting at 6:30 pm Friday with the theme Cleopatra's Bits and Pieces of the Past. Following the traditional Algiers/Terrytown route, the all female krewe kicks off the West Bank parade weekend with 21 floats and a dozen marching bands and units. See the entire parade route here. Krewe of Choctaw ParadeIn a return to their traditional parade day, Choctaw will roll on (32 comments)
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Stonebridge: New Orleans West Bank Neighborhood of the Week - 01/22/08 08:28 AM
The West Bank Real Estate spotlight this week is on the Stonebridge subdivision. Stonebridge is a large, limited access community with homes in both Gretna and Harvey, LA. Low association fees of $400 per year support the active home owners association and provide subdivision security patrols. Built around three 9 hole golf courses, Stonebridge offers a wide array of custom built homes with the most desirable locations lining the courses. Entrances on Wall Blvd. in Gretna and Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey make Stonebridge a quick commute to anywhere on the New Orleans West Bank, with nearby shopping, dining, playgrounds, libraries, churches and (5 comments)
After running through the rain to the Gretna Ferry Landing, we boarded the Steamboat Natchez, where it was warm, cozy and dry. The steam tables were filled with jambalaya, red beans and rice, sausage and bread pudding. Of course, the longest lines were at the bar, where the terrific staff was serving up their famous Blood Mary's, which were a meal by themselves with all of the garnishes!
We sailed up and down the Mississippi (23 comments)
New Orleans, LA West Bank Rental Market - January, 2008 - 01/18/08 02:57 PM
I have received several calls recently from people who are weighing whether to put their New Orleans West Bank home on the market to sell or to list it as a rental property. Before you decide between selling your home and becoming a landlord, you may want to check the 2007 sales statistics for your West Bank neighborhood. A look back at history gives you a starting point before jumping into the real estate market. I can tell you personally, though, that since the 1st of the year, my phone has been ringing more! Potential buyers for West Bank homes, agents setting (7 comments)
The Best Kept Secret of Mardi Gras - 01/14/08 09:04 PM
We've heard the songs again and again, since childhood. Carnival Time, The Second Line, Mardi Gras Mambo. We know the words and sing along. We've seen the mega parades. Bacchus, Endymion, Orpheus. We line the streets of uptown and downtown and hope that the crowds aren't 15 people deep if we are stuck in the middle. We know the only appropriate colors to wear if not masking during the season are purple,green and gold.
There exists a Mardi Gras tradition that only a few are aware of or have participated in. A tradition set atop the currents of the Mississippi River, with the city (17 comments)
Bank Owned and Foreclosed Properties for Sale: New Orleans, LA West Bank - 01/14/08 02:38 PM
Bank owned properties are currently available in Algiers, Gretna, Belle Chasse, Harvey, Marrero, Westwego and Avondale, LA. These foreclosed properties can be a good value when purchasing a home and will sometimes provide instant equity at closing depending on the purchase price. Foreclosed and bank owned homes in excellent and very good condition are generally ready to move into, while homes in lesser condition may need some repair or updating. The cost of making updates and repairs is typically reflected in the list price of the property. Foreclosures are sold in "as is" condition, meaning the selling institution will not make repairs to the (3 comments)
Barkley Estates: West Bank Neighborhood of the Week - 01/14/08 10:44 AM
Are you looking for your next home on the West Bank of New Orleans? Before you decide, be sure to take a look at Barkley Estates, in Harvey, Louisiana. Located off of Lapalco Blvd., Barkley Estates is a gated, private, deed restricted community on the West Bank of New Orleans. 416 home sites, along with walking and jogging trails and community parks make up this great West Bank neighborhood. What does Barkley Estates have to offer home owners?Active community association Community website Active neighborhood watch program Garden of the month awards Annual Easter egg hunt Annual block party Annual Night Out Against (2 comments)
Louisiana Home Inspections: Ranked #1 in the Nation - 01/13/08 06:38 PM
Louisiana doesn't get to be first for a lot of things, so I was very excited to find out that the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) recently ranked our state #1 in the nation for our home inspection regulations. Why is this exciting? Because it means that the state is doing an excellent job of protecting the tax paying consumer! Since January 1, 2001, the Louisiana legislature has required all persons performing home inspections or claiming the title "home inspector" to be licensed by the state. The Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors (LSBHI) governs all home inspectors throughout the (12 comments)
5 Dos and Don'ts for Home Sellers in 2008 - 01/12/08 04:07 PM
I spent an entire day this week with a potential buyer. He had a particular area in mind for his new home and we scheduled appointments to see all of the available homes in one of the subdivisions he is interested in. There are 10 homes for sale in the area we were touring, all priced within a few thousand dollars of each other. At the end of the day, one listing made the short list...that's right, only one. There are still other areas that my buyer wants to look in, but if he decides on the first subdivision for his (27 comments)
What's Behind the Gates? - 01/10/08 09:29 PM
Today's home buyers have become more security conscious, they often have a desire to become more involved in their neighborhood activities and they are more keenly aware of the affects of a neighbor's property condition on their home value. These factors have led to an increase in the demand for West Bank homes in gated communities with a strong Home Owners Association. A true gated subdivision or community limits access to the neighborhood through the use of an electronic gate, on site security, or, in some areas, a combination of the two. For some buyers, it offers peace of mind. For (15 comments)
New Orleans, LA West Bank: Our Golf Communities Are Up to Par - 01/08/08 03:15 PM
When most people think about living in a golfing community, they picture themselves in Florida, California, Arizona or the Carolinas, which for years have had established golf communities. They don't think about moving to the New Orleans area, where golf is a year round activity with our sub-tropical environment. If you are a golfer relocating to the New Orleans West Bank or even looking for a great place to purchase a second or vacation home, check out these courses and communities that would be perfect for you. English TurnLocated in Algiers, LA, English Turn is a Jack Nicklaus designed, 18 hole course, (15 comments)
You Want Culture? New Orleans Has Got It! - 01/07/08 08:52 PM
Are you considering a vacation way down yonder to New Orleans? Or perhaps you are being relocated to the Big Easy. Maybe, just maybe, you've lived in the city for awhile but haven't taken the time to fully explore it yet. Well, leave Bourbon Street, the bars and the casino behind and check out some of these amazing things to do in New Orleans, Louisiana. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra In addition to regular performances, the LPO offers programs designed to introduce children to the orchestra. Open rehearsal dates are listed on the website - for only $5 your middle or high school (19 comments)
New Orleans, LA West Bank Home Sales: 2007 Year in Review - 01/07/08 10:14 AM
After a sales boom in the post Katrina real estate market, 2007 was a year of declining home sales on the West Bank of New Orleans. While prices held steady or even showed slight increases in some areas, the real story is the number of closed home sales. As the number of homes for sale continued to increase from Algiers to Avondale, the actual number of homes sold dropped throughout the year. Many cities on the West Bank showed the lowest sales volume recorded in more than 5 years and the supply of homes for sale has reached the point that (6 comments)
Louisiana Military Reservists - Do You Know About the Military Family Assistance Fund? - 01/06/08 08:08 PM
When military reservists are called to active duty, they not only leave behind their families, but their jobs as well. Although some large companies may continue to pay a salary and benefits, most do not. When military pay falls short of a reservist's civilian salary, how does a family cope with this financial loss? The State of Louisiana has a Military Family Assistance Fund that provides help for activated reservists and their family members to assist with the costs of food, housing and medical services. Eligible families may receive up to $10,000 per year in assistance from the Louisiana Department of Social (6 comments)
New Orleans, LA West Bank: Bank Owned Properties and Foreclosures For Sale - 01/06/08 07:37 PM
Bank owned properties in Algiers, Gretna, Belle Chasse, Harvey, Marrero, Westwego and Avondale, LA can be a good value when purchasing a home and will sometimes providing equity at closing depending on the purchase price. Foreclosed and bank owned homes in excellent and very good condition are usually ready to move into, while homes in lesser condition may need some repair or updating. The cost of making updates and repairs is generally reflected in the list price of the property. Foreclosures are sold in "as is" condition, meaning the selling institution will not make repairs to the property. Before shopping for a (4 comments)
New Orleans West Bank Weekend Events - January 4-6, 2008 - 01/04/08 05:45 PM
It's a new year with a whole new slew of West Bank events taking place this weekend! Making your plans? Here are some great places to start: King Cake Kick Off PartyTrinity Lutheran Church, 438 Olivier St. in Algiers Point will be holding its annual kick off for the Mardi Gras season. Food, drinks, king cake...and Benny Grunch and the Bunch will perform. Sunday, 1/6/08 starting at noon. Gretna Carnival Kickoff ParadeSunday, 1/6/08, starting at 1 pm. Hosted by the Krewe of Alla, the start of the West Bank Mardi Gras parade season will begin at the base of the CCC at Franklin (27 comments)
Military Relocations to NAS JRB New Orleans - 01/03/08 05:27 PM
Welcome to New Orleans! Moving into a new area is always a bit of a challenge, especially when you don't have the luxury of a lot of time to decide on a new home. As a military transferee with orders in hand, you are faced with deciding where to live rather quickly. Most people who have never been to the New Orleans area don't know much about us except for what they've seen on TV. Speaking as a native, I can tell you that there is a whole lot more to the city than Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street. A little about (18 comments)
Recycle Your Christmas Tree by Kicking It to the Curb! - 01/02/08 08:42 PM
All of us are aware of the efforts being made at restoring the Louisiana coastline and wetlands. Did you know that something as simple as your Christmas tree can help? It can! Recycled Christmas trees are a big part of a project at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. The trees will be used to rebuild sediment traps and help create natural habitats for shore and wading birds, along with alligators. The rebuilding of these traps improves the health of the marsh habitat and benefits our local wetlands. How can you help?This weekend residents of Algiers and unincorporated areas of Jefferson Parish can place (16 comments)
Harvey and Marrero, LA: 2007 Home Sales Market Report - 01/02/08 02:42 PM
As we close the calendar on 2007 and enter a new year, take a look back at the historical trends for home sales in Harvey and Marrero, LA. Harvey and Marrero East of Barataria Blvd.428 homes were sold in 2007, a decrease of over 44% from the number of homes sold in 2006. This puts the number of home sales in the same range as the 2004 market. 73% of the homes sold in 2007 had a list price of less than $200,000.Days on market for homes sold was an average of 73 daysAs of 1/2/2008, there are 265 active listings (0 comments)
Gretna LA: 2007 Home Sales Market Report - 01/02/08 12:50 PM
As we close the calendar on 2007 and enter a new year, take a look back at the historical trends for home sales in the City of Gretna, zip code 70053. Some highlights worthy of mention: 99 homes were sold in 2007, a decrease of over 21% from the number of homes sold in 2006. This marks the smallest number of home sales in the area in 5 years. 87 (88%) of the homes sold in 2007 had a list price of less than $200,000. Days on market for homes sold was an average of 56 days As of 1/2/2008, there are (2 comments)
Algiers LA 2007 Neighborhood Market Reports - 01/01/08 11:23 PM
Within Algiers we have so many diverse neighborhoods that a general state of the market report may be misleading to some. Here are some of the most popular neighborhoods in the area, along with their 2006 and 2007 sales statistics. It must be noted that 2006 was a boom year for real estate sales on the West Bank, due to the large number of people relocating after Hurricane Katrina. With our reduced population in the metro area, that sales volume could not be sustained over a long period of time, and decreases in volume were to be expected. The higher sales prices (6 comments)
Algiers LA Market Update 2007 (zip code 70114) - 01/01/08 09:48 PM
As we close the calendar on 2007 and enter a new year, take a look back at the historical trends for home sales in Algiers, zip code 70114. Some highlights worthy of mention: 99 homes were sold in 2007, a decrease of 33% from the number of homes sold in 2006. This marks the smallest number of home sales in the area in 9 years. 71 (72%) of the homes sold in 2007 had a list price of less than $200,000. Days on market climbed to an average of 102 days, up 59% from 2006. As of 1/1/2008, there are 98 active (0 comments)
Algiers LA Market Update, 2007 - 01/01/08 08:00 PM
As we close the calendar on 2007 and enter a new year, take a look back at the historical trends for home sales in Algiers, zip code 70131. Some highlights worthy of mention: 311 homes were sold in 2007, a decrease of 39% from the number of homes sold in 2006. This marks the smallest number of home sales in the area in 14 years. 213 (68%) of the homes sold in 2007 had a list price of less than $200,000. Days on market climbed to an average of 95 days, up 56% from 2006. As of 1/1/2008, there are 198 active (4 comments)
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