LOUISIANA

Moving to Louisiana?

Moving to Louisiana can be an exciting adventure and a great chance to immerse yourself in the rich and diverse culture that is native to the state. Most of this unique heritage originates from the famous port city of New Orleans with its intriguing French/Spanish history.

We are here to help you find your own little taste of this Cajun culture by guiding you along the journey to find the perfect home to call yours. We can provide invaluable information and an extensive listing of homes that will guide you through the many options of neighborhoods, condos, houses, and other rentals available.

Choosing a Location

Louisiana is shaped like a boot and has two distinct parts. The southern part, or "foot of the boot," along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, has a very unique culture heavily spiced with Cajun flair. This area is especially famous for its jazz and zydeco music, the large swamps, its booming seafood industry and its wide array of spicy and flavorful food.

The northern part of the state, or the "shaft of the boot," is more rural and sparsely populated with only a few medium-sized cities, such as Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe. It is noted for its bountiful deer, rabbit, and duck hunting. This, combined with the booming fishing industry in the south, has caused Louisiana to be dubbed the "Sportsman's Paradise."

Attractions and Events

Mardi Gras is a huge cultural event happening each February and drawing thousands of tourists to New Orleans from all over the country to join in a time of feverish partying. It has become such a large event that in 1875 it was declared an official state holiday. Another large attraction is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival held each spring.

This festival is a celebration of the music native to Louisiana. It is a great way to get a taste of the local music, foods, cultures, and other traditions that make up the state's unique attributes. Some other notable events are the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, which is a visual and performing arts festival, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, and the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival in Opelousas.

Being an Informed Renter

Before renting and relocating to Louisiana, it is a good idea to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a renter in Louisiana. A copy of the Louisiana Landlord and Tenant Duties can be accessed online at http://www.ag.state.la.us/Shared/ViewDoc.aspx?Type=3&Doc=220 and will serve as reference to make sure you have the best rental experience possible.

Renter Resources

1. To learn more about the types of public transportation systems Louisiana has to offer, visit http://www.apta.com/resources/links/unitedstates/Pages/LouisianaTransitLinks.aspx
2. For voter registration information in Louisiana, visit http://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/457/default.aspx
3. For information on Louisiana taxes, see http://www.rev.state.la.us/
4. Since Louisiana is subject to hurricanes periodically, it is advisable to know the hurricane evacuation route nearest to your home. That can be accessed by zip code at http://gisweb.dotd.la.gov/evacuationroute/desktop.html

Get your Move On!

So, break out the Mardi Gras masks and get ready to sample Louisiana's famous crawfish and oysters. We'll bring you a comprehensive list of duplexes, condos and houses for rent in Louisiana to make that choice easy. All that's left for you to do is which famous Louisiana food you want to sample first.