Moving From the West Coast to the Gulf Coast | Your PCS to NAS JRB New Orleans

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Crescent City Living LLC Licensed LA RE Commission

A little bird recently put a bug in my ear (yeah, I’m know I’m mixing metaphors or whatever you call them) and told me that there are going to be a good number of military relocations from San Diego to NAS JRB New Orleans in the next couple of months.

If you are amongst those that leaving behind sun, sand and an ocean view, let me welcome you to New Orleans and to the West Bank.

I was recently in San Diego and Newport Beach and I have to say that I was hard pressed to leave. It’s a stunningly beautiful place and the weather is exceptional – it’s no wonder that real estate is so expensive there.

The California Coast and Pacific Ocean

Moving anywhere new always brings at least a little bit of culture shock…from the different weather to the strange local customs and food. Although, I have to say that I think you’ll enjoy our seafood a lot more than we enjoyed what they served in California. No offense, but adding a little seasoning wouldn’t kill anyone there, would it?

Anyway, as you prepare for your move, it’s always a good idea to do a little research about your new city. Since you’ve probably already heard the stories about Mardi Gras and the French Quarter, it’s up to me to let you know a few things you might not have been told.

Jackson Square

  • Despite our reputation for debauchery, New Orleans is a kid friendly community with plenty of fun to be had by families. From the world class zoo and aquarium to the festivals that are held all around the city and in the adjoining parishes, there is always something to do to combat the dreaded “I’m bored….”
  • Culture abounds in New Orleans, with an active arts community including the oldest opera association in the United States.
  • Outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and canoeing are all available in the area when you know where to find them
  • The weather in New Orleans is a far cry from what you are used to in San Diego. While April and October offer some of the most beautiful days in the city, the rest of the months can be a little challenging.
  • When compared to southern California, we have very affordable homes. Before deciding on a housing budget, be sure to check your 2010 BAH Rates.

And, if all else fails, the beach is only a couple of hours away….



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Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

lisa, great job of getting the information out to possible new residents of your city.  they can see you would be the best realtor to choose!

Jan 21, 2010 01:14 AM #1
Sallie Williams
Keller Williams Realty RED STICK PARTNERS - Baton Rouge, LA
REALTOR - MBA, Baton Rouge

Lisa, great post and lots of good links.  New Orleans has so much to offer its residents.  Have a great day!

Jan 21, 2010 01:45 AM #2
Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County

Very nice.  I would choose New Orleans over San Diego any day and I have never been to NOLA! lol!  I hope that those relocating hit you up because you are the NOLA social director/Realtor extraordinaire!

Jan 21, 2010 04:06 AM #3
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Lisa maybe you could explain to them the mosquitoes and what about the love bugs.

Jan 21, 2010 05:50 AM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Lisa, With all the wonderful things there are to do there, I have a feeling they're going to LOVE it and be happy they made the move.  What a great list of events to get them started on!!

Jan 21, 2010 09:17 AM #5
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

John, the mosquitis have moved to Slidell and really are no longer an issue.  Tell them about the fishing!

Lisa, such a great idea! The weather does change from humid to more humid. From hot to hotter.

Geaux Saints, Thanks San Diego for sending us Drew Brees.

Jan 21, 2010 01:25 PM #6
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

Just what people need when they are considering relocation. What a good resource for the military moving to your area.

Jan 21, 2010 02:30 PM #7
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Thanks for the comments, everyone!  I love my hometown, mosquitoes and all :)

Jan 22, 2010 08:19 AM #8
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