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Moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana
February 11, 2021

Moving to Baton Rouge

You may know Baton Rouge for its world-famous Cajun and Creole food. Or maybe it’s the vibrant music scene that catches your ear. Either way, you will be pleasantly surprised by all that Red Stick has to offer. 

And whether your family is moving within the state or relocating from further away, Alvarez Construction Company has nearly 30 years of experience supporting families moving to Baton Rouge.

Why Baton Rouge

In addition to the factors mentioned above, Baton Rouge also offers a scenic setting and solid foundation for young families. The area has a low cost of living with housing costs coming in up to 20 percent lower than other southern metros. 

Despite its size, the area remains close-knit with neighborhoods tucked away from busy streets. Football tailgates add personality and connection for residents and visitors alike.

In the beginning 

Originally founded in 1699, Baton Rouge has had a tumultuous history that includes French, English, and Spanish influence throughout its development. Louisiana was admitted to the Union in 1812 and Baton Rouge was incorporated soon after in 1817. It became state capital in 1849.

Baton Rouge grew quickly because its location along the Mississippi River north of the Gulf of Mexico made it a prime location for industrial development. This is still apparent through the thriving oil and natural gas industries that continue to be top employers today. In fact, ExxonMobil is planning an expansion to its plant in Baton Rouge that will include 65 permanent jobs and 600 temporary construction workers. Its proximity to the water also provides opportunities for agriculture and fishing that support world-renowned cuisine in Baton Rouge.

Present day

The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area is now divided into nine parishes that serve the capital city’s 800,000 residents. The parishes are used in place of counties dividing 40 cities and towns. This system was introduced in 1949 after a period of great industrial growth and is meant to provide independence to the parishes as municipalities. Parishes include Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. Each parish operates its own school district as well with East Baton Rouge serving as the state’s second-largest district. Baton Rouge is also home to three major universities and colleges with Louisiana State University, Southern University, and Baton Rouge Community College.

Baton Rouge also recognizes five historic neighborhoods through the Downtown Development District. Each is characterized by its own architectural style and history. The five are Historic Spanish Town, Historic Beauregard Town, Central Business District, Capitol View North, and Downtown East.

Ample attractions

A revitalized downtown district serves as the heart of the region with more than 60 restaurants, 20 entertainment venues, and eight art galleries. Residents can catch a ride on the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) or LSU Tiger Trail to navigate civic and cultural attractions including Tiger Stadium, which is home to the 2019 NCAA Division I College Football Playoff Champions. A series of bicycle and pedestrian paths are also available, most notably the 15-foot wide Mississippi River Levee path.

The new and old state capitols are popular attractions as well as the Capitol Park Museum. Plantations scattered throughout the area give another glimpse into the history of southern Louisiana. The USS KIDD, located in downtown Baton Rouge, is another must-see for history buffs. It is a retired aircraft that flew above Southeast Asia during two eras of conflict. The Veterans Museum gives a glimpse into its decorated past.

The River Center welcomes national acts with concerts and theater performances, but local productions thrive too through the Baton Rouge Ballet, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and other venues.

The Parks & Recreation in East Baton Rouge Parish, also known as BREC, operates more than 180 parks including an art observatory, swamp nature center, arboretum, art gallery and six golf courses among other facilities. Independence Park and Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center are two of the top attractions. Families also enjoy the Baton Rouge Zoo and Louisiana Art & Science Museum with a savory crepe at the end of a long, adventurous day.

Where we build

Alvarez Construction Company builds single-family homes throughout the Baton Rouge metropolitan area covering a four-parish region. The company was founded in 1991 by the late Jairo Alvarez and has continued as a family-owned operation since then. 

Alvarez Construction Company also passionately participates in a number of charitable organizations in the area donating time and talent as well as raising millions of dollars through events. Two long-lasting partners are the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the McMains Children’s Development Center Wheels to Succeed program.

Within Baton Rouge, Alvarez Construction Company builds in Fieldstone Park, Villas at White Oak, and Willows at Bayou Fountain. Woodstock Park is coming soon. Nearby Denham Springs is home to Cella Gardens, South Creek, and The Sanctuary at Juban Crossing. To the south, Ironwood Estates is located in Prairieville and Parks at Water Oak is in Gonzalez. The Settlement on Shoe Creek is one of the newest communities and the first in Central. 

Each community offers unique style and amenities along with the smart and healthy home technology Alvarez Construction Company has pioneered in Louisiana. This includes smart home technology integration and energy-efficient construction features that save energy and money from the start.

When you are ready to buy or build your dream home in Baton Rouge, call Leslie at (225) 240-4662 or Contact Us to schedule an appointment. 



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