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    More Live Oak Love – New maintenance to begin soon

    by Kimberly Coffey, GDCA Oak Tree Campaign

    The Garden District Live Oak Love Collective is thrilled to report that tree maintenance work is expected to commence on eight live oaks on Park Blvd, between Magnolia/Broussard and Terrace, within 2-3 weeks time. The folks on Kleinert Ave, between Drehr and St. Rose, are currently raising funds for the eleven trees on their block. Also, the neighbors on Cherokee Ave, between 22nd and Drehr, are preparing for an upcoming fundraising campaign for the eleven trees on their street.

    Learn more or donate here on our website at the Live Oak Collective.

     

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    Jacob LuneauMore Live Oak Love – New maintenance to begin soon
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    Garden District Real Estate: October 2022

    Recent sales in the Garden District have slowed, but not paused. Signals that the market is cooling are present with more sellers contributing towards the buyer’s closing costs and less buyer bidding wars. It’s very likely that the rising interest rates are causing the market to slow.

    The following are figures pulled from within our estimated neighborhood area map. All home sales are based off of the past thirty (30) days (10/12/2022). The figures attached exclude all new construction sales and homes under 20 years old. The following figures are also based on single family detached residential property sales.

    Sold Properties
    Sold properties: 2
    Average days on market: 56
    Average Sold Price Per Square Feet Living: $241.00
    Average Sale Price: $435,000.00

    Active Properties
    Active Properties: 19
    Average Listing Price: $412,000.00
    Average listing price per sqft living: $208.00
    Median Listing Price:$369,000.00
    Median Listing Price per sqft living: $220.00
    Highest Listing Price: $895,000.00
    Highest price per sqft living: $270.00

    Pending Properties
    Pending Properties: 6
    Average Listing Price: $364,000.00
    Average Listing Price Per SQFT Living: $220.00
    Median Listing Price: $355,000.00
    Median Listing Price Per SQFT Living: $220.00
    Highest Listing Price: $500,000.00
    Highest Listing Price Per SQFT Living: $244.00

    To find out what your home is worth or if you are interested in buying a home within our area, please contact your local realtor. If you do not currently have a realtor, please contact :

    Clayton Fields, Keller Williams Realty Premier Partners
    Office: 225.664.1911
    Cell: 504.481.2975
    Email: [email protected]
    291 Veterans Blvd, Denham Springs, LA, 70726
    Each office is independently owned and operated.  Licensed in the state of Louisiana.

    Anne Trap, Century 21, Investment Realty
    Office:225.291.2121
    Cell: 225.933.1633
    Email: [email protected]
    2435 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge, LA, 70809
    Each office is independently owned and operated.  Licensed in the state of Louisiana.

    If you are a realtor living within the Garden District and would like to advertise here, please contact us at [email protected].

    All figures are deemed reliable and may not be 100% accurate. All figures are obtained through the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors MLS Services. These numbers do not include new construction sales.

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    Jacob LuneauGarden District Real Estate: October 2022
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    Garden District Real Estate: September 2022

    The Garden District continues to see strong residential sales growth. Low housing inventory coupled with a strong buyer demand, along with several other key items, are driving the increase in property values in our area. Signs that the market is cooling are beginning to show with more sellers contributing towards the buyer’s closing costs and less buyer bidding wars. 

    The following are figures pulled from within our neighborhood over the last ninety (90) days. These figures attached exclude all new construction sales.  

    15 total home sales
    Median active days on market: 2 days
    Median Sale Price Per Square Feet Living: $213.96
    Median Sale Price: $324,500.00

    To find out what your home is worth or if you are interested in buying a home within our area, please contact your local realtor. If you do not currently have a realtor, please contact :

    Clayton Fields, Keller Williams Realty Premier Partners
    Office: 225.664.1911
    Cell: 504.481.2975
    Email: [email protected]
    291 Veterans Blvd, Denham Springs, LA, 70726
    Each office is independently owned and operated.  Licensed in the state of Louisiana.

    Anne Trap, Century 21, Investment Realty
    Office:225.291.2121
    Cell: 225.933.1633
    Email: [email protected]
    2435 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge, LA, 70809
    Each office is independently owned and operated.  Licensed in the state of Louisiana.

    All figures are deemed reliable and may not be 100% accurate. All figures are obtained through the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors MLS Services. These numbers do not include new construction sales.

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    Jacob LuneauGarden District Real Estate: September 2022
  • Metro Council Considers Regulations to Baton Rouge Short Term Rentals

    The City is currently in the process of drafting regulations for Short-Term Rentals (STR). Currently, there is no ordinance in place governing STRs, however, a study has been completed and DRAFT regulations have been created. To learn more, see info from the City’s website here (See Section 9.3.6 of the report): https://www.brla.gov/2714/Short-Term-Rental-Study 

    The GDCA understands that the residents’ quality of life and property values are extremely important. We have stressed to the City’s Short-Term Rental Committee the significance of making sure the public, neighborhood associations, renters, and owners of STRs are informed of new rules associated with these rental properties. Once the ordinance is approved, the GDCA will ensure that neighbors know how to address any issues that arise related to STRs. 

    At the most recent meeting of the STR Committee, the GDCA shared this statement:

    “The Garden District Civic Association appreciates the Short-term Rental Committee’s hard work to write this draft ordinance. We recognize that rules governing the STRs are extremely important for neighborhood residents’ quality of life and property values and look forward to having an ordinance in place. While the protocols involved in the enforcement have not yet been designed, we would like to stress how important it will be to make sure the public, neighborhood associations, renters and the owners of the short-term rentals are informed of what the rules are and how the chain of command involved in enforcement will proceed from the owners and renters being made aware of the rules to the neighbors knowing what to do if there are problems and being able to track any follow-up.”



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    Jacob LuneauMetro Council Considers Regulations to Baton Rouge Short Term Rentals
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    Recent Local Crime: Stay Vigilant

    As many of you may already know, last week an LSU student was attacked and killed while waiting for the train to pass on Government Street. The members of the Garden District Board were horrified to learn about this crime committed during the early morning of September 16th. The proximity of the crime to the Garden District is troubling, and the sense that this was a “wrong place, wrong time” crime further heightens anxieties in the community. Like everyone, we hope that the perpetrator(s) are caught quickly and brought to justice.

    Members of our community are the eyes and ears of BRPD, so if you or your neighbors have any information about this crime, please report it to the police immediately. BRPD encourages anyone who may have witnessed or has evidence (security footage) of this event or any others to contact Detective Justin Becnel (Cell: 225-413-8998; Office: 225-389-3848). Any information can be helpful to ensure the suspects are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Importantly: if you are a victim or witness to any crime, please contact or stay in contact with BRPD. 

    Additional advice/notes from BRPD:

    • Stay vigilant. Most armed robbery suspects target distracted victims. 
    • High-quality residential surveillance video can be vital in solving a case. 
    • Vehicle burglars often transition to armed robbers when confronted. 
    • Cooperate as much as possible with armed suspects. Nothing you own is worth your life or serious injury.

    Beyond this, we encourage residents to be proactive in terms of your own safety practices and behaviors. You may ask yourself:

    • Are we doing a good job of securing our homes?
    • Do we communicate regularly with our neighbors, and are we watching out for one another?
    • Are we locking our car doors consistently and not leaving things in plain view to tempt criminals?
    • Do we maintain good situational awareness (ie. not glued to our phones) as we move throughout the world?

    Currently, about half of our annual membership dues go toward security patrols for the neighborhood. It’s important to keep your membership current and to encourage your neighbors to become members of the GDCA because the more dues paying members we have, the more security efforts we can fund. Stay safe out there!

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    Jacob LuneauRecent Local Crime: Stay Vigilant
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    New Tree Median Selected for the GDCA Oak Tree Campaign!

    by Kimberly Coffey, GDCA Oak Tree Campaign

    The GDCA Board has voted to make the tree median on Kleinert Ave between Drehr and St. Rose the next block we’re targeting for tree maintenance! Maintenance includes removing dead limbs, lifting the tree canopy to permit unobstructed vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and selective interior pruning to highlight the architectural majesty of the trees.

    To gain a before-and-after perspective on oak tree maintenance, drive north on Dalrymple into the Garden District. The first block of Park Blvd, between Broussard/Magnolia and Terrace, provides a “before” picture – this block has not been serviced. The next block on Park Blvd, between Terrace and Perkins, was serviced in February of this year. Residents on this block report a host of benefits associated with this work.

    The Kleinert Ave block between Drehr and St. Rose was nominated by a resident of the block and contains 11 trees. We’ll be looking to raise $11,000 over the upcoming months to perform this work (= $1,000/tree). You can learn more and donate right here on our website at the Live Oak Love Collective.

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    Jacob LuneauNew Tree Median Selected for the GDCA Oak Tree Campaign!
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