Lake Charles, LA Real Estate News

By Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS
(Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB)
It was apparent on Saturday afternoon that the Calcasieu Historical Preseration Society (CHPS) had invested a great deal of time and effort to prepare for their lastest quarterly meeting. The much anticipated Firewalk to commemorate the great fire of 1910 was held on Saturday at 4:00 immediately following an impressive ribbon cutting and dedication of the new courthouse plaza. Former President and preservationist Adley Cormier gave a brief history of the fire.  Then, the walk began, heading North on Ryan.  The turnout was such that the crowd was separated into two separate groups.  At each of the three stops along the walk, CHPS members provided a well-researched history that gave even more insight into the fire. Getting to this function was a bit tough due to a busy schedule, but I'm s...
Comments 0
By Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS
(Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB)
When a major undertaking involving an untold amount of volunteers is planned, it is anybody's guess as to the outcome. A few weeks ago, I wrote a short blog "Congratulations (already) to the Clean Bayou Effort".  My pre-event congratulatory comments were proven accurate such that I can proudly say, " I told you so!" An awesome turnout of dedicated, hard-working volunteers resulted in a successful clean up of Contraband Bayou. The dynamics of yesterday's effort to rid Contraband Bayou of trash and debris are noteworthy and many, many deserving kudos should be provided. The CleanBayouSWLA.org website includes a page dedicated to the sponsors and donors and will certainly be full of more photos in the days to come.  The photos on this page were taken with my iPhone and the photo to the rig...
Comments 1
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
Crawfish Classic at Graywood Sports Club in Lake Charles, Louisiana It was a beautiful day for the Crawfish Classic held at Graywood and sponsored by my favorite mortgage company, Louisiana Mortgage Associates.   Boiled Crawfish and Wayne Toups playing some Zydo-Cajun music at the Sports Club at Graywood  made for a perfect afternoon!               Graywood is a master planned golf community and it is the place you want to be! This is just a little preview of the life at Graywood and a beautiful Spring day in Lake Charles, Louisiana.   Graywood  consists of several neighborhoods(Lemongrass, Cypress Turn, Dogwood, Indigo, Jasmine, Persimmon, Primrose, Sawgrass and White Oak). Each neighborhood has unique design, all with Southern French Country charm.  Homeowners enjoy golf cart ownershi...
Comments 0
By Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS
(Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB)
This is just a sampling of events in Lake Charles on Saturday. Clean Bayou SWLA launches its first program on Saturday from 8:00 - 5:00. Learn more at their website, CleanBayouSWLA.org.  Thanks to the board of directors, committee chairs, sponsors, donors, and VOLUNTEERS for making this happen. Go Orange!  The Calcasieu Animal Coalition will be out in force at PetCO (across the street from the Mall) tomorrow from 10-3:00. More information and a printable flier are available at 4PawsSocietyInc.com. Worth checking out as all sorts of prizes and good eats will be available.  Wear Orange and/or dress your pet in Orange to bring attention to the ASPCA's effort to prevent cruelty to animals. Adoptable pets will be available, plus this is a great time to meet volunteers and offer your voluntee...
Comments 0
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
The Oaks at Heyd Place in Lake Charles, Louisiana Live Among The Oaks At Heyd Place in Lake Charles, Louisiana Once you enter the grand cobblestone entrance you will be able to view the majestic oaks that grace this neighborhood. When the wooded land for this subdivision was initially cleared, the beautiful 50 year Oak trees were saved for each lot creating a picturesque tree lined established neighborhood. Homes typically are 4-5 bedrooms with 2-3 car garages The Oaks At Heyd Place offers a variety of styles from traditional Southern, to Grand Estate.                         You are sure to find a home that will meet your need! You will find well manicured lawns with colorful landscaping. Location is everything in Lake Charles.  The Oaks at Heyd Place is located off of Sale            ...
Comments 2
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
Historic 1880's Lake Charles Louisiana Churches Tell a Story Lake Charles Louisiana has its share of beautiful historic homes, many of which are located in the Charpentier District or Downtown Lake Charles. However there are many Churches in Downtown Lake Charles, Louisiana which are also historical landmarks of Lake Charles. The architecture of each building tells a story of the eras gone by.  Several of these buildings from the 1880's and 1900's are: First Methodist Church, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Temple Sinai and First Presbyterian Church. One of my favorites which is near and dear to my heart, is First Presbyterian Church located at                     1801 2nd Avenue in the Oak Park neighborhood of Lake Charles. First Presbyterian Chu...
Comments 5
By Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS
(Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB)
I have been a fan of Corporate Housing, Inc. for years. While I know and respect the owners and see them daily as we are in the same building, my appreciation for the service they provide is why I'm a fan. My relocation agents saved countless hours and became heroes to their customers in need of temporary housing services by introducing them to Corporate Housing. Corporate Housing is a locally based company that provides temporary housing services across the country.  Agents that specialize in relocation and relocation companies should get to know Corporate Housing, Inc.  You can learn more about them at CorporateHousingInc.com and/or their new Facebook fan page that was launched today.  
Comments 2
By Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS
(Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB)
Several months ago, the need for volunteers to step forward to help exercise the 4 Paws Society rescue dogs that are guests at the 4 Paws on the Bayou facility was identified.  Since 4 Paws on the Bayou is the pet boarding facility of choice for my Cajun Terrier, Jackson, I have walked a rescue dog here and there. My sporadic effort may have done some good, but much, much more was needed. Over cocktails at DeAngelos (best place in the Lake Area to synergize), the need was discussed. My DeAngelos friends were excited about ANYTHING that would take me away from the computer and MOVE. With 4 Paws President Wanda Williams and membership approval at Monday's meeting,  time to move on to IMPLEMENTATION. Since Jackie Matthews (wife of State Farm Insurance Agent, Scotty Matthews) had enthusiast...
Comments 2
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
Geddings Estates in South Lake Charles, awaits you! Location is everything in Lake Charles.  Geddings Estates is located off of Country Club Road in South Lake Charles.  Cormie's Grocery (a Lake Charles favorite)The Lake Charles Country Club and Graywood are all located close-by.   The custom built homes in  Geddings Estates are usually 4-5 bedrooms ranging from 3,000-4,000 sq ft of living with traditional southern style to popular French Country styles. Geddings homes are 2-12 years old. These Fine Estates & Homes typically feature high ceilings, beautiful porches, patios and swimming pools. Visit my website to SEARCH ALL homes for sale in Southwest Louisiana.  I would love to send you listings in Geddings Estates or other neighboring subdivisions (Graywood, Kings Point).  Call or Emai...
Comments 0
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
Avast Ye Matey--Be on the Lookout for Jean Lafitte and his Band of Pirates Lake Charles is the Festival Capital of the State of Louisiana.  That will be evident when the largest and oldest Festival--CONTRABAND DAYS  takes over the Lake Charles Civic Center April 27-May 9.  This year will be the 53rd year of Contraband Days.  This festival is a "Pirate" themed event held out and about the grounds and water of the Lake Charles Civic Center.                                 Jean Lafitte can be seen yearly greeting visitors to Lake Charles at the Southwest Louisiana Visitor's Center       April 27th, Jean Lafitte and his crew of Buccaneers and Wenches will arrive by boat at the Lake Charles seawall in a cannon ball seige. The Pirate Flag will be raised           Mayor Randy Roach will be cap...
Comments 2
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
SOUTH LAKE CHARLES NEIGHBORHOOD CHOSEN VALLEY The name Chosen Valley says it all!  This South Lake Charles neighborhood was built by developer, Arnold Natali of Friendly Builders.  Although most of the homes are custom designed, Friendly Builders constructed several spec homes for sale and there are still a few lots left for more custom homes. Located off of Lake Street on Ham Reid Road, Chosen Valley one of the most popular neighborhoods for growing families.  The price of new construction homes makes it very attractive to home buyers. 12 homes sold in the last year for an average sales price of $227,363 ($114 sq ft). The average Days on Market was 68. 2 homes are currently Under Contract.  You will find new construction French Country homes throughout the subdivision. Chosen Valley ha...
Comments 0
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
COME HOME TO COUNTRY CLUB ACRES! This very popular neighborhood is a favorite in South Lake Charles.  The homes in Country Club Acres are 25-30 years old, 3-4 bedroom ranging from 2,400-3,500 sq ft.  Don't let age stand in your way,many of these homes have been updated with an effective age of 2-5 years.  Location is important and Country Club Acres is conveniently located off of Country Club Road with grocery, churches, restaurants and fitness are all located nearby. Country Club Acres is also in the Barbe School District.  There are only two streets in the subdivision, W and E Quail Hollow.     Families are attracted to the ammenities Country Club Acres offers with tennis courts, playground and neighborhood pool. If you are looking for a spacious home where your family can grow, Count...
Comments 1
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
A.B. Barbe High School located in South Lake Charles District Calcasieu Parish School Board When selling real estate in South Lake Charles, Louisiana I am often asked about the schools.  A.M. Barbe High School is the high school for the South Lake Charles district so I decided to feature it in my blog. neighborhoods. A.M. Barbe High School  often referred to as "Barbe" for short, is located at the end of W. McNeese Street and Weaver Road in Lake Charles.   View South Lake Charles Neighborhoods in a larger map View South Lake Charles Neighborhoods in a larger map Barbe is the home of the Buccaneers or BUCS (as we know locally.)       Belive  Uphold Care Strive     Students are offered many programs and student life organizations are plentiful. For more information you will want to visit ...
Comments 1
By Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS
(Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB)
It was wonderful to learn of a recent honor bestowed posthumously on Retired Brig. Gen. Leonard E. Pauley Sr. I always had a soft spot for this wonderful gentleman. He was the principal broker of the first company I was licensed with back in 1972. On Friday, he was inducted into the Louisiana National Guard’s Hall of Fame. The ceremony was at the civic center here in Lake Charles. His military accolades are numerous: Outstanding Battalion Commander Award European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Medal Army of Occupation Medal (Germany) Distinguished Service Medal Cross of Merit (posthumous) Emergency Service Medal Longevity Medal When I first signed on at The Pauley Agency, I had to learn of his military record and reputation by others. He was a straight-forward man who served hi...
Comments 0
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
Real Estate is About Making Friends for Life! A few months ago I worked with a young couple and SOLD them their First Home. They were actually a Referral from another couple which is a compliment every Realtor loves!  As First Time Homebuyers I guided Johnathon & Josie along the way in a rewarding transaction.  They were so excited when we closed on their dream home and they also just claimed their $8,000 First Time Homebuyer Credit! Tonight I got to witness another dream come true, in their lives when I attended their beautiful wedding!   I recently posted a Blog on Prien Lake Park. The setting is tranquil and this Park is truly a gift to residents of Calcasieu Parish.                   Josie & Johnathon had their wedding at Prien Lake Park in the Prien Pointe Amphithetre against a bac...
Comments 8
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
Rebuilding  Together in Your Community Today I was a community volunteer!  My husband and I participated in Rebuilding Together- Calcasieu with our church team, Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles.  The church sponsored 3 homes in North Lake Charles. Volunteers become plumbers, painters, construction workers for a day. There are many other sponsors in Lake Charles who organize teams.  April 24 is National Rebuilding Together day across the country. The house we refurbished is the home of an 80 year old woman, Mrs. Chesson.  Her daughter lives with her in a small  2 bedroom 1 bath home in North Lake Charles.  Our team of volunteers did the following: re-roofed the carport with tin roofing, replaced  and painted rotten wood window frames, revamped the handicapped ramp, patched sheetroc...
Comments 2
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
Beautiful Shell Beach Drive in Lake Charles, Louisiana Lake Charles, Louisiana has it's share of Fine Homes & Estates.  I usually preview the subdivisions South of town, but don't want to forget one of the most memorable landmarks of our City which is Shell Beach Drive. Located on the Southeast side of the Lake, Shell Beach Drive runs from Clarence Street all the way to the Port of Lake Charles.  This stretch of drive is lined with beautiful 100 year old trees with a view of the lakefront. There is an entrance to Drew Park and the neighborhoods of Margaret Place and Drew Park Addition run behind Shell Beach. There are currently 3 homes for sale on Shell Beach from $1,200,000-$2,750,000.  These homes range from 4,700 sq ft to 7,000 sq ft. in size. There are many styles of homes along She...
Comments 0
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
Downtown Lake Charles, Louisiana, Sha Sha's of Creole is a delight! There is a new point of interest in Downtown Lake Charles that is sure to draw residents from the South side of town.  Sha Sha's of Creole is a new restaurant locally owned by Sherry Styron.   The name Sha Sha's was originally a restaurant in Creole, Louisiana (near Cameron) that was destroyed in the hurricane.  So "Creole" is now incorporated in the new name and is a now an asset to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Our downtown area has been revitalizing in North Lake Charles as new businesses are added along Ryan St. The corner of Ryan and Broad has been a local landmark for years. Several businesses can be found along downtown Ryan Street where you will find shopping, fitness and restaurants.  Sha Sha's of Creole is the newe...
Comments 2
By Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor
(Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty)
Gators on the Geaux in Lake Charles, Louisiana When you think of Southwest Louisiana Alligators come to mind right? You thought I was going to show you real Gator's didn't you?? Several years ago the Lake Charles Symphony  created a fundraiser allowing businesses to purchase artistic Gators to place in front of their businesses. It was well received and the donations contributed to the support of the Symphony projects.  The Gator idea caught on and  soon became known as "Gators on the Geaux"  Businesses and organizations jumped on board and the creative themed Gators began to pop up all across the City of Lake Charles.  I decided to take advantage of the beautiful day, put the top down on the car and visit some of our special Gators around town.     Let me introduce you to "Clotile" who...
Comments 7
By Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS
(Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB)
Having reported my outings last week where I ran into cows, birds, and turkeys, imagine my reaction when I saw THIS DUCK less than 300 feet from my office on Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive  in Lake Charles yesterday! If you go inside you can Adopt a Duck by purchasing tickets for the Adopt a Duck Race to be held at Prien Lake Park this Sunday. Learn more about the Adopt a Duck event and the wonderful Children's Miracle Network (CMN). Funds from the sale of the tickets go directly to the local CMN, so stop by the Foundation office (trust me, you can't miss it!) and support a tremendous cause by adopting your duck today. The local CMN effort in the Lake Area has always been an especially impressive organization, typical of the heart and soul of our area.
Comments 7