Neighborhood Tour
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areas are known for bungalow, craftsman, Greek revival and late Victorian style homes. Beauregard Town boasts historic homes of former governors and judges and the Old Louisiana Governor’s Mansion. Many are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Several homes in Beauregard Town have been renovated and converted into law offices. Spanish Town includes a diverse community of artists, writers, attorneys, musicians, teachers, and politicians. Spanish Town annually hosts the largest Mardi Gras parade in Baton Rouge and floats and themes are sometimes sarcastic and raunchy, usually poking fun at local or national public figures. The pink flamingo is the unofficial mascot of the entire neighborhood.

Garden District

The Garden District is located in Baton Rouge’s Mid-City area between Government and Park Boulevard. The district is a conglomerate of three historic districts defined by the Louisiana National Register of Historic Places: Roseland Terrace, Drehr Place, and Kleinert Terrace. The homes are largely upscale with sidewalks and mature trees lining the streets.

Preservationists have continued to maintain the neighborhood’s beauty and appeal.


Southdowns is located between Perkins Road and Bayou Duplantier, between University Lake and Pollard Estates.

Southdowns hosts one of Baton Rouge’s family friendly and well-attended Mardi Gras parades on the Friday night before Mardi Gras.


Downtown is usually a place where one works, but Baton Rouge’s downtown has shaped up to be a great place to live.

Within recent years, downtown Baton Rouge has seen a surge in upscale residential properties, creating an exciting, new housing genre for the city. New housing opportunities with redeveloped and new units, like the Commerce Building, Maritime One Building, the Onyx Residences, and 438 Main Street have made apartment living a convenient option. Bike and pedestrian corridors and sidewalks, a downtown YMCA, Matherne’s Market on North 3rd Street and Main Street Market all make an urban lifestyle possible in the heart of the city’s art and entertainment district possible, and there’s a silver lining — no more traffic on the commute to work — everything is in walking distance.


Located off Perkins Road, early in its development Wimbledon was intended to be a tennis community; hence, the streets feature names of professional tennis players. The neighborhood is close to tennis courts at Manship YMCA and BREC Highland Road parks and is home to the Dunham School.

Audubon Terrace

Audubon Terrace sits close to Siegen Lane and I-10, accessible from Perkins Road, directly across from Siegen Marketplace. The street names “Goldfinch,” “Tanager,” and “Kinglet” feature songbirds channeling the naturalist and bird portrait artist John James Audubon. The close-knit community is in walking distance to St. George Church and school.

Magnolia Woods

The developers of Magnolia Woods were determined to keep as many trees, including the native magnolias, as possible so residents could enjoy the park-like atmosphere and abundant wildlife.

Accessible from Highland Road past Chandler Drive to Kimbro Drive next to Staring Lane, families in Magnolia Woods have walked to Magnolia Woods Elementary School and enjoyed the community swimming and pool clubhouse for recreation over the years.

Country Club of Louisiana

Developed in 1985, the custom homes, Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course, and Louisiana plantation clubhouse with tennis and swimming facilities are located in one of Baton Rouge’s first gated communities.

Located a quarter mile off Interstate 10 near the Highland Road/Perkins Road exit, luxury and seclusion are tantamount for homeowners in this community.


Reminiscent of Henry Thoreau’s Walden Pond, Walden subdivision is tucked away from nearby businesses off Kenilworth Parkway. Homes are located on cul-de-sacs with views of three lakes, fountains, cypress trees and home to numerous water birds and other wildlife. A neighborhood clubhouse is enjoyed by residents for hosting private parties or small community events.


Riverbend is located off Brightside Lane, just south of LSU, between River Road and Nicholson Drive. It was developed as a subdivision for people who want to live closer to downtown or LSU. As you drive through the entrance designed by Baton Rouge’s beloved architect, A. Hays Town, you’ll see stately custom-built homes in varied architectural styles located on deep lots lining the boulevard.

Rouzan Village

One of Baton Rouge’s newer subdivisions, Rouzan includes a combination of single and multifamily homes, with a clubhouse, church and school, along with a mixed-use village center.

The development, still under construction, fronts Perkins Road, but stretches back behind Southdowns. The location makes it easily accessible to businesses, shops and restaurants.

The Settlement at Willow Grove

Located on Perkins Road between Siegen and Bluebonnet, the Settlement at Willow Grove is another new subdivision touting the new urban living in a traditional neighborhood development. Here, tree-lined sidewalks, green spaces, and neighbors on porches will enable community camaraderie.

Close proximity to upscale retail shops and restaurants make this a desirable new neighborhood.