Around the House

Designer Working In Office Doing Furniture And Flooring Material Selection From Samples For Home Interior Design Project. Top View

It’s fair to say we’ve been spending a lot of time around the house these days. For some people, all of this time at home has inspired a desire to improve their living space, whether through a renovation or a move. The challenges of this year have given homeowners the perfect excuse to engage in home projects—whether you want to improve your space for more at-home entertaining or need to finally tackle that much-needed repair, this is the year to hole up and get the job done. And with interest rates at historic lows, attainable home loans for buying or renovating could help you save in the long run. Perhaps this time at home has an inspired a move to a more comfortable, lovable space—real estate professionals all across New Orleans are standing by, ready to help you achieve your goals. From agents and realtors to loan officers and home design experts, there are abundant resources available to help you achieve the look and lifestyle you want around the house.

Home Design & Repair

Southern Refinishing

With Southern Refinishing, you don’t get a contractor—you get a family. Southern Refinishing offers more than 40 years of experience in bathroom and kitchen reglazing projects for customers in the Gulf South. In addition to saving homeowners the cost of replacing their bathroom and kitchen fixtures, the company’s goal is to make every customer’s experience as comfortable and painless as possible. They know how stressful it can be to have a contractor disrupting your personal space, so the company works to minimize disruption throughout the remodeling process.

From tile walls, countertops, and sinks to fiberglass and acrylic tub repairs and tub/shower conversions to clawfoot tubs, Southern Refinishing has the equipment and expertise to work with any fixture. A local New Orleans company, Southern Refinishing is experienced with both small and large jobs, from residential homes to commercial projects such as hotels. Get a customized quote today by calling 504-348-1770.

Visit SouthernRefinishing.com for a gallery of projects and additional information.

NOLA Wood Windows

Historic homes are defined by their details, the exceptional craftsmanship and woodwork that are hard to find in today’s mass manufacturing. New Orleans is a city defined by its distinctive historic homes, and NOLA Wood Windows is dedicated to preserving the details and quality workmanship of the city’s original craftsmen. Whether reglazing a magnificent stained glass casement window or restoring a neglected screen door from a future in the landfill, NOLA Wood Windows takes pride in preserving the charm of the century-old doors, windows, and shutters that were built to last.

Using the tried and true methods of the past, NOLA Wood Windows offers full window, door, and shutter restoration, everything from glass replacement and sash restoration to refinishing, louvre and rot repairs.

“Historic wood windows are our first love and the heart of our business,” says Valerie Vides. “We’ve extended our love to include restoring and fabricating doors and shutters,” she says.

Find out more about repairing or restoring your windows, doors, and shutters by calling 504-302-2829, or visiting NOLAWoodWindows.com.

Floor & Decor Design Gallery

The Floor & Decor Design Gallery is your source for an unbeatable selection of tile, wood, stone, and decoratives at everyday low prices. From authentic Carrara Marble to waterproof rigid-core luxury vinyl, you’re sure to find the perfect product at the perfect price. Explore unmatched inspiration and work one-on-one with expert design professionals with complimentary in-store or virtual design services.

Floor & Decor Design Gallery’s professional design staff is ready to help you select beautiful flooring and wall tile that create something spectacular. To get started on your project, call 504-891-3005 or visit the Floor & Decor Design Gallery at 2801 Magazine Street, or schedule your free design appointment online at flooranddecor.com.

Susan Currie Design

Susan Currie Design creates tailored spaces and specializes in kitchen and bathroom renovations.

“Planning the perfect kitchen is a big undertaking,” says Susan Currie. She suggests these three “C’s” when planning a new kitchen: cooking style, clean-up, and cohesion.

· Consider your cooking style: are you an aspiring cook or a borderline professional chef? Select the right appliances to fit your style.

· Clean up: well-planned kitchens include the right equipment to handle the cleanup. Consider dishwashers’ special features, and check the sound rating, too. If you have an open floor plan, you don’t want the dishwasher or garbage disposal to drown out movie night.

· Cohesive design means all the components of a room work together. Consider hiring a professional to help you choose the right countertops, backsplash, and finishes to create a harmonious and inviting kitchen.

With a penchant for color, Susan adds an energetic flair to any space and offers clients a unique perspective on their own style. For more info or to schedule a consultation, visit SusanCurrieDesign.com or call 504-862-5800.

Home Loans & Refinancing

NOLA Lending Group, A Division of Fidelity Bank

Loan officers with NOLA Lending Group, A Division of Fidelity Bank, are committed to making your dreams of home ownership a reality. NOLA Lending Group can help determine what loan is right for you while providing you with the information and resources needed to make the best purchasing or refinancing decision.

NOLA Lending Group would like to congratulate its Southshore Leadership Team, Joey Piel, Ryan Thomassie, and Mark Boasberg, II, for their continued success as top producers who demonstrate their dedication to clients by answering each call and offering exceptional availability. They understand the complexities involved in finding the best loan option for purchases and refinances and consistently help clients achieve their goals. This year, each of these Area Sales Managers / Vice Presidents obtained President’s Club status—typically an 11-month feat—in only the first quarter.

To begin applying for your loan, or for a wealth of information and buying resources, visit NolaLending.com.

Brent Edwards, Assurance Financial

As Branch Manager for the Metairie office of Assurance Financial, Brent Edwards offers over 20 years of experience in the mortgage business and has helped thousands of individuals purchase a home or save money through refinancing.

“Growing up in New Orleans has given me an in-depth view of the nuances of the neighborhoods and of the local real estate market,” says Edwards. Always using his knowledge and experience to find the best loan products, Edwards is passionate about helping clients obtain their dream home or investment property.

“I answer the phone when it rings and do not promise something that I can’t deliver,” he says. “Assurance Financial has given me the products I need to help my clients secure the financing they need to purchase, renovate, or build their home or investment property.” Together with Assurance Financial, Edwards provides clients with the experience, products, and services needed for a successful transaction.

For more information, call Edwards at 504-323-5741 or visit AssuranceMortgage.com.

Hillory Hracek, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company

Hillory Hracek is a loan originator with Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company, who prides herself on being attentive, available, and communicative throughout every step of the loan process from application to close. Named a top lender in multiple publications, Hracek has quickly earned a reputation for going above and beyond for clients.

“My mission is to help in challenging cases, people who were unfairly rejected because the loan originator didn’t put in the extra work to get them to the finish line,” says Hracek. “That’s how I’ve built rapport with my clients, gotten referrals, and become a top producer in my area so quickly.”

Hracek’s passion, flexibility, work ethic, and professionalism can bring life-changing results to loan seekers, especially during the current pandemic, which has negatively impacted many home buyers. Hracek has been able to create credit boosts for some individuals who suddenly do not qualify and guide them to home ownership.

To learn more and apply through Hracek, visit gulfbank.com/hilloryhracek or call 985-661-3147.

Pam McLaurin Lee, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company

Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company is known for being “The Bank That Cares About You,” and Pam McLaurin Lee couldn’t be more aligned with that description. Pam has a more than 30-year resume of caring for clients, from offering specialized assistance in first-time home buying to helping local communities rebuild and revitalize.

If you’re looking to take advantage of historically low interest rates with a home purchase, construction/renovation loan, or refinance, or if you need guidance in finding out what home buying programs may be available to new buyers, Pam has the experience and knowledge necessary to help find the loan for you. Able to work with people and properties regionally across the Gulf South, she’s a reliable source for securing second-home loans as well.

Passionate about people and community, Pam donates her time to several non-profits as a teacher of first-time homebuyer classes. She understands that education is the first, necessary step in beginning your real estate dream.

For more information or to begin your loan application, call Pam at 504-561-1307 or learn more at gulfbank.com

Eustis Mortgage

Are you considering a move to new space or interested in updating your current house? After so much time at home in the past few months, more people are seeing the importance in loving their living space. Thanks to historically low interest rates, now is a great time to buy or to consider a renovation that will increase the value of your current home, and Eustis Mortgage can help utilize your own equity or secure a renovation loan.

Love your home and not looking to sell it any time soon? Now is
also the perfect time to refinance and put money back in your pocket every month.

At Eustis Mortgage, clients’ needs—whether buying, renovating, or refinancing—are top priority. The Eustis team specializes in home loans and helping its clients buy or refinance in the most efficient, friendly, and trouble-free way possible.

Relax and leave the work to Eustis Mortgage. For more information, visit EustisMortgage.com or call 504-586-0075.

Jordan Gerard

The mortgage world can be a crazy place. Whether you’re buying, selling, refinancing, or building your dream home, you have a lot riding on your loan officer. With market conditions and guidelines in constant flux, you need a reliable, local professional able to offer quick and accurate financial advice.

An experienced mortgage executive of 17 years, Jordan Gerard has the knowledge and expertise you need in today’s climate. A veteran himself, Jordan takes pride in helping veterans achieve the dream of home ownership while also specializing in first-time homebuyers and saving deals that other mortgage lenders can’t close. A huge fan of supporting his community, Jordan says that nothing is more fulfilling then helping a client become a homeowner in the place he calls home, “except maybe the hugs I get from my daughter,” he says.

Jordan Gerard wants to be your lender for life—call or text Jordan at 337-501-0155. For more information or to start your loan application, visit mortgagelocal.biz.

Real Estate: Buying & Selling

Patrick Knudsen, Gardner Realtors

As a New Orleans area realtor for over 15 years, Patrick Knudsen has accumulated a wealth of knowledge specific to the luxury offerings and historical structures of New Orleans. Patrick specializes in representing condominium development sales in the Central Business District (CBD) and Warehouse District and is well versed in handling both new construction as well as conversions of existing buildings.

A true joy also comes from selling historic properties in the city’s many vibrant neighborhoods, including the French Quarter, Bywater and Marigny. Residing in a historic Bywater shotgun style home that was built in the 1860’s, Patrick values the aesthetics and artistry of local architecture, as much as he enjoys working with clients who are looking for the old world charm for which New Orleans is renowned.

A former business owner, Patrick brings excellent communication and sales experience to every project, complemented by his genuine enthusiasm for the city, its properties, and its charm. He speaks fluent English and Norwegian and conversational German. To view his listings or for more information, visit PatrickKnudsen.com or
call 504-858-0623.

Glennda Bach, Latter & Blum REALTOR®

With a real passion for connecting individuals and families with their future homes, Glennda Bach, Latter & Blum REALTOR®, often hears phrases like, “We can see your love for this property,” when showing her curated list of well-researched, potential properties to clients.

“I am driven by my passion and for what I can do for my clients,” says Glennda, who takes a thorough approach to her work on behalf of clients. In the top 1% of realtors in New Orleans, Glennda sold over $18.4M in February of 2020, a record amount for Latter & Blum. As a Diamond Award Winner and Top Producer, she enjoys working with people from all walks of life, from NBA and NFL players to professionals and community members of all kinds.

“My clients know that I am always there for them and will do anything I can to help,” she says. 

For more information and to begin the search for your next New Orleans home, call Glennda at 504-583-2792. To view Glennda’s listings, visit Glenndabach.latter-blum.com.

J. Relf Realty

For more than 20 years, Jeannine Relf has dedicated herself to helping individuals and families effortlessly find or sell their New Orleans home. From helping first-time home buyers begin their next chapter to helping sellers quickly get top dollar for the home they’ve outgrown, Jeannine has garnered a list of referrals over two decades that keep her on the move and on top of the market.

Jeannine is known for her energy and friendliness, helping clients every step of the way, whether that’s getting pre-approved for a loan or creating the curb appeal and interior flow that will best showcase a home to buyers. The knowledgeable realtor was featured on HGTV’s Property Brothers Take New Orleans and has helped buyers and sellers all across the city, from its historic neighborhoods to the Northshore and Westbank. She has been a trusted designated realtor for numerous area organizations, thanks to her reliability and know-how.

For help finding your New Orleans dream home or listing your property, call Jeannine at 504-913-4412.

Stacie Carubba

Stacie Carubba is known for getting results. A top-producing real estate agent in neighborhoods such as Lakeview, Gentilly, Mid-City and Old Metairie, Stacie has been Athena Real Estate’s #1 agent three years in a row and was recently named in the top 100 agents in the city as well as a Rising Star for New Orleans Real Producers Magazine. Whether she’s working with first-time buyers, luxury listings, or larger commercial properties, Carubba goes the extra mile to deliver the best results for her clients.

A dynamic agent with a contemporary approach to real estate and real estate marketing, Carubba has cultivated a robust online following and is well versed in the most up-to-date sales and communication strategies. She is an excellent and skilled negotiator motivated by a genuine interest that keeps her in constant pursuit of the latest market trends, statistics, and tactics.

“I’m confident in my ability to find the home of your dreams and promise to be by your side, every step of the way, to make sure that you get it on the right terms,” says Stacie.

For more information, call Stacie at 504-434-SOLD or visit StacieCarubba.com.

Team Right Side, Gardner Realtors

After years of developing solid reputations in the New Orleans real estate market, Gardner Realtors Sam Poché and Jennifer Saltaformaggio formed Team Right Side in 2018 to offer clients the benefits of their collective skills and resources. Together with Beth Dunkenberger, Brett Massony, and Jolene Woods, Sam and Jennifer offer an exceptional buying or selling experience for clients in all corners of New Orleans, from historic properties in the city’s storied neighborhoods to modern homes, new builds, and recent renovations all over the metro area.

As a longstanding, award-winning area realtor, Sam applies her years of expertise to negotiating the best possible deal for her clients and has a proven track record of success. A Little Rock native, Jennifer has helped clients across New Orleans since 2005. A veteran NCAA Basketball Coach, Beth brings endless energy and competitive nature to Team Right Side. Brett has extensive knowledge of and a deep affection for the architectural styles of the city, and Jolene is known for her results-oriented, efficient approach.

For more information, visit TeamRightSide.com.

Cecelia S. Buras, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred

Picture the following beautiful home for both relaxing and entertaining. First, walk into a large foyer with custom-made, impressive steel doors with insulated window panels that can swing open on those beautiful, breezy spring days. Enter into the large gourmet kitchen with its six-burner gas stove and extra-large pantry with butcher’s shelf and cabinets.

Downstairs, explore the master bedroom and separate bedroom. Upstairs, in addition to two bedrooms with balconies, is a stocked game room complete with pool table, foosball table, and card table.  Additionally, an exercise room and large open space is available for your own customization. As if this weren’t enough, the outdoors offers a large oasis with a pool, water fall, natural-gas fire pit, and seating area, along with an outdoor kitchen, patios, and surround sound.

For more information or a showing of this $1.59M property, call an agent who loves what she does, Cecelia S. Buras. Cecelia loves working with all types of buyers—first time, move up, relocation, and
senior downsizing—and lists all types of residential properties. For more information, feel free to call or text at 504-583-2902 or call 504-799-1702.

MICHAEL LESTER, MDL Homes & MDL Luxury

Your home is both your escape from a long day and your safe haven from the stresses of the world. A source of stability and warmth, the home allows us to learn, grow, and make lifelong memories with loved ones.

“I was meant to help people change their lives for the better, and it all begins with having the ability to be comfortable in your home,” says Michael Lester, CEO of MDL Homes & MDL Luxury. “I take great pride in having the ability to help my clients achieve that for themselves,” he says.

A New Orleans native, Michael is known for delivering real estate clients the exceptional, smooth experience they want when buying and selling. Michael’s expertise in the local market, skillful negotiating, and custom marketing and concierge tools helped him achieve the 2019 Rookie of the Year Award from Keller Williams Realty and induction into Keller Williams Luxury International.

For a free buyer, listing, or luxury consultation, call Michael with MDL Homes & MDL Luxury at 504-300-9995 or visit MDL-homes.com.

Erika Buxton, NOLA Living Realty

Realtor Erika Buxton understands more than most the importance of efficiency and flexibility—with a military family, she has added expertise when it comes to buying and selling under the pressure of a sudden necessary move. This experience comes in handy in a variety of real estate transactions, whether for military personnel or civilian families and individuals across Greater New Orleans.

Erika is a helpful and trustworthy agent who understands that every client’s needs are different, from the houses and neighborhoods they prefer to their reason for buying or selling. Able to quickly adjust to fluctuating circumstances, she is a realtor who can accommodate her clients’ time frame, whether an abrupt move or a leisurely search for the perfect home or investment property. 

In 2019, Erika was the recipient of NOLA Living Realty’s Platinum Award as the 2nd highest top-selling agent for the brokerage. She lives Uptown with her two young sons and husband, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard.

To find your next home or to list a property, call Erika at 504-388-5996 or visit MyRealtorErika.com.

Tiffany Hymel, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred

Tiffany Hymel’s path to real estate began in the family construction business, where a love of new construction and fresh starts for homeowners and businesses turned into a blossoming career in real estate. As a former superintendent and current property manager, Tiffany brings added expertise to the field with her work experience in managing and leasing properties. As a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred, Tiffany has 20 years of real estate experience helping homeowners find the perfect listing or businesses achieve their goals, whether buying, selling, or leasing a new property.

Part of what makes Tiffany a skillful realtor is her extensive business experience, including a Business Management degree from Southeastern and numerous years working in construction and property management. She understands the significant financial considerations businesses or homeowners make when relocating, and she can help navigate the transition with ease.

To speak with Tiffany about your residential or commercial needs, call 985-951-2324.

The Maison Collective 

Buyer’s market, seller’s market, escrow, bond for deed, 1031 tax exchange—does this real estate jargon confuse you? Does home buying or selling scare you? Do you wish to talk to a REALTOR® who is compassionate, kind, and knowledgeable? How about three?

The Maison Collective team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred, REALTORS® has over 18 years of combined experience. Composed of Michelle Soliman, Sara Richards, and Corinne Pagano, the Maison Collective’s members’ varied backgrounds in advertising, mortgages, insurance, and property acquisition make them equipped to answer all of your questions. Nationally recognized as top producers by Berkshire Hathaway and as President Circle recipients, the team can handle and are certified in Luxury and Relocation. They also hold designations as Buyers’ Specialist, Marketing Specialist, and Sales Specialist. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or experienced in real estate, The Maison Collective’s goal is to give concierge level service and treat all clients as top priority.

Call The Maison Collective today at 504-517-3939 or 504-799-1702 for your free real estate consultation. Or, visit them on the web at mc-nola.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/themaisoncollective

Rae M. Bryan, Reve Realtors

Local realtor and Uptown resident Rae M. Bryan has been helping people find their dream homes and vacation properties for over 14 years in the New Orleans area. Working as a top tier producer with buyers, sellers, and investors, she is well regarded for her success in offering a smooth transaction and friendly, dedicated service to her clients. With a prior career in banking and finance, Rae is uniquely qualified to help clients with the full spectrum of their real estate transaction from beginning to end.

Rae joined Reve Realtors in 2018 and has created an impressive team with member Breck Robinson. Breck brings expertise in marketing and business development to the team, contributing to even more successes over the last year. Rae specializes in unique historic properties, and both she and Breck have earned Historic House Specialist designations from the PRC.

Should you need to buy, sell, or invest, reach out to Rae for local real estate expertise at 504-908-9155 or visit rae.reverealtors.com.

Tom Bookhardt, United Real Estate Partners

Now is an ideal time to begin your next chapter with a new home—interest rates are currently between two and three percent for 15- and 30-year fixed mortgages, lower than they’ve been in almost 50 years. Home buying is an exciting process made easier by a reliable, knowledgeable, and available agent.

Owner and Manager of United Real Estate Partners, Tom Bookhardt has more than 13 years of experience helping local clients seamlessly navigate home purchases. Once a professional pastry chef and now a top-performing real estate agent, Tom and United Real Estate provide a recipe for success for New Orleans area buyers and sellers.

In addition to working as an agent, Tom is also a Civil Law Notary Public and an owner/property manager with multiple rentals. Tom is uniquely qualified to provide buyers and sellers assistance with single family homes, bank owned assets, investment properties, multi-unit complexes, and commercial transactions.

United Real Estate Partners is committed to both clients and community—agents are consistent donors to Autism Speaks® and the office participates with Jefferson Parish Pet Fest. For more information, visit NolaRealEstatePro.com, UnitedRealEstatePartners.com or call Tom at 504-305-4930 x101.

NOLA Home Realty Group

Whether listing or buying, you want a realtor who prioritizes your needs, someone who gives you honest, reliable information and puts in the necessary hours that ensure the best possible outcome. This is why, time and again, home buyers and sellers seek NOLA Home Realty Group, the real estate brokerage owned by experienced, renowned realtors Liz Tardo and Melissa McClendon.

With nearly 30 years of combined experience and numerous recognitions from regional publications and real estate organizations, Liz and Melissa go above and beyond for clients, whether being available at all hours to answer questions and guide the process or investing in an advertising and social media strategy that will get your property in front of thousands of potential buyers.

Client- and community-driven, NOLA Home Realty Group members are active on boards and in community organizations while matching donations from each member’s commission checks back to local causes.

For more information or schedule a consultation, visit nolahome.com or call 504-521-1100.

New Orleans Luxury Living

Gardner Realtors Elizabeth McNulty and Jennifer Cohn Nierman are the faces of New Orleans Luxury Living, a real estate partnership centered on exceptional properties and seamless transactions. They bring a tenacious work ethic and an ability to reflect the lifestyle of luxury real estate to every deal and every home.

Featured on HGTV and in numerous publications and honored as one of America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents, Elizabeth has extensive reach as a member of Luxury Portfolio International and is able to show your home to over 30,000-net-worth buyers and sellers in 50+ countries. A New Orleans native, Jennifer knows this community and its neighborhoods exceptionally well. She and Elizabeth make the buying and selling process streamlined, stress free, and simple for clients by keeping up with market trends, paying attention to detail, and connecting clients with trustworthy, experienced experts. With a wealth of contacts and a magnetic social media presence, New Orleans Luxury Living offers an expansive network of followers.

Find your next dream home with New Orleans Luxury Living—call Jennifer at 504-239-0058 and Elizabeth at 504-908-0289 or visit LuxuryRealEstateNOLA.com or jnierman.gardnerrealtors.com.

Gary Lazarus, RE/MAX New Orleans Properties

For Gary Lazarus, the role of an agent is not just to find and show houses, it’s to be a guide for the home buyer or seller, someone who can help set expectations, identify red flags, answer questions, and position the client to achieve their real estate goals. Gary’s background in construction helps inform his work in real estate, a career that began when he used his construction experience to purchase and renovate houses across New Orleans. As his buying experience grew, so did his desire to help others in his life who were looking to make a move or new investment.

Being able to set realistic expectations by identifying potential home concerns upfront is part of what sets Gary apart. So is his desire to help others—Gary donates a portion of each commission check to an organization of his clients’ choice. For more information, visit GaryLazarus.com or call Gary at 504-864-2303.

Terrence Davis, Keller Williams

New Orleans native Terrence Davis took a unique path to real estate—the former basketball pro learned during his years playing ball in Europe that real estate would be a wise investment for his earnings, and upon retiring from the game, he returned home and entered the market. Now with 14 years of real estate experience, Terrence is able to help clients with a variety of aspects of home buying and selling.

In 2018, Terrence ranked in the top five national Keller Williams agents for units sold, evidence of the special touch he provides when listing. Terrence is often sought for his talent for home improvements—whether adjusting floor plans, suggesting renovations/additions, or simply updating a home’s landscaping, Terrence has a knack for knowing what people want and creating the comfort and image they desire in a home.

As someone who has always enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life and who offers a competitive edge, Terrence is a real estate natural. For more information or to connect with Terrence, call 504-450-9003.

Matthew Grass, The Agency

If you’re looking to buy or sell a property in New Orleans, choose an agent from a brokerage that sets them up for success—The Agency provides its team of agents and realtors with the tools and environment that make all the difference in providing an exceptional consumer experience. Owner/Broker Matthew Grass founded The Agency because of his desire to help people—buyers, sellers, and agents—find success in a thriving New Orleans real estate market.

By providing guidance and mentorship, a team-oriented environment, and the most up-to-date and powerful technological tools, The Agency ensures its team is well positioned to provide desired outcomes and seamless transactions for area buyers and sellers, from Greater New Orleans to Southeast Louisiana and, soon, Mississippi. With powerful marketing tools and techniques and real-time updates of the local market, The Agency stays ahead of the curve and can help you achieve your real estate investment goals.

To find or list a home, or for more information about joining The Agency, visit YourAgencyTeam.com or call 504-644-4127.

Lynda DePanicis, Finis Shelneutt Real Estate Enterprises

A former award-winning behavioral health executive, Lynda DePanicis has always had a desire to help people. With a move into real estate nearly 30 years ago, Lynda found working to help people succeed both emotionally and financially to be a fulfilling dream come true. Now with almost three decades of real estate experience under her belt, Lynda has a long resume of real estate honors, including top rankings in the state and city and Platinum Club membership, among others. Her biggest honor, though, is the words of her clients, who describe her as positive and upbeat, impressive, strong, knowledgeable, and easy to work with.

“Lynda truly listens to our desires—she worked incredibly diligently to identify homes that met them,” said one client. “Most importantly, she is someone we could trust,” said another.

Whether buyers or sellers, Lynda is committed to doing her best for each client. She offers expertise buying and selling all over Greater New Orleans. To reach Lynda, call 504-583-8207.

Engel & Völkers New Orleans

Since 1977, Engel & Völkers has helped clients across the world “follow their dream, home.” In 2016, Engel & Völkers brought its wealth of experience and exceptional service to New Orleans with a knowledgeable team of local real estate advisors. Today, the brokerage operates two shops—one on Magazine and one in Metairie—that serve clients all across Greater New Orleans. Exceeding client expectations is the company’s passion, so it’s only natural they align with exceptional real estate professionals. These trusted advisors guide clients through their home journey with precise knowledge, distinguished care, and a bit of fun.

Engel & Völkers New Orleans provides a real estate experience fit for the Big Easy—combining the company’s core values of competence, exclusivity, and passion with local New Orleans flair, its team of advisors creates an authentic and bespoke experience tailored to each client. Locally owned and globally connected, the brokerage allows for meticulous, white-glove service at every price point.

For more information and to view listings, visit Engel & Völkers online at neworleans.evrealestate.com.

Lara Schultz, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred

Since 2005, Lara Schultz has focused on building dreams and rebuilding communities. The New Orleans native returned home immediately following Hurricane Katrina, when her family alone lost seven homes in neighboring St. Bernard Parish. She’s since contributed to the rebuilding effort there and across New Orleans in neighborhoods such as the Marigny, Bywater, Holy Cross, and Arabi, among others. Over her 15 years of experience, she has developed extensive expertise in the areas of first-time homebuyers, new construction with an emphasis on rebuilding neighborhoods, and investment property.

Evidence of her commitment to the community include her participation in the development of Dawgs in the Hood dog park in the Upper 9th Ward and Heights Trailhead Park in Arabi. She helped strengthen the new construction momentum in St. Bernard Parish by participating in the Sold on St. Bernard program with three area builders. She has twice been named to Berkshire Hathaway’s national top five percent and was this year named to the top one percent of America’s Top 100 Realtors and to CitiBusiness’s Book of Lists Top Realtors.

For more info and listings, call Lara at 504-338-2587.

Apartment Living

Bella Ridge South Apartments

The brand new Bella Ridge South Apartments in River Ridge offers another level of luxury with peace-of-mind living, better pricing, larger floor plans, and a free direct-access parking garage. This brand new community is only a 15-minute drive to downtown New Orleans.

From uniquely curated one- and two-bedroom apartments to thoughtfully selected amenities, Bella South has it all. Inside the apartments, 10-foot ceilings enlarge gourmet kitchens with custom-cut granite countertops and other designer finishes. Combine these luxuries with a soaking tub and separate shower in the master bathroom and expansive closets and you’re all set.

Within the community, residents can reserve cabanas at the pool and get poolside food delivery. Additionally, they enjoy working out in the state-of-the-art Strength & Wellness Center with free bike rentals. Residents can take their pups to the Bella Bark and Bath Park, featuring a cabana with phone charging ports, hoops and loops, and a dog wash station. Finally, residents can sprawl out in the outdoor relaxation space perfect for unwinding.

To learn even more about Bella Ridge South, call 855-400-5104 or visit 1stlake.com/apartments/bella-ridge-south. Safe, socially distant, agent-guided tours are available.

Lumina Apartments

Set in vibrant and stylish Mid-City and just steps away from the Lafitte Greenway, Lumina Apartments offers luxurious and spacious living spaces with sleek, modern amenities. Both one- and two-bedroom floor plans feature high ceilings and contemporary finishes, with designer touches including vinyl plank floors, spacious walk-in closets, pendant lighting and granite countertops.

Got a roommate? The Lumina offers the space you need—huge bedrooms with walk-in closets and double-hung shelves and chef-inspired kitchen with a custom designed table make Lumina your best choice for sharing costs without sacrificing space or style. Spread out even more by grabbing your laptop and heading to the posh clubroom, or work in the lounge with free Starbucks coffee. A resort-inspired pool and onsite 24-hour gym add to the luxury apartment allure.

With popular restaurants and shops just a short walk away, Lumina is nestled in the heart of a thriving and active community. For more information and to set up an in-person or virtual tour, visit LuminaMidCity.com or call 504-608-5778. The Lumina is currently offering one month free with a 13-month lease.

The Delaneaux Apartments

All the luxury and amenities of Mid-City’s Lumina are coming soon to the Lower Garden District with The Delaneaux Apartments. This modern living community is designed to cater to your busy schedule and to ensure comfort, convenience and relaxation when you return home.

Chef-inspired kitchens feature sleek, stainless steel appliances and custom island dining tables, and each floor plan is accented with contemporary finishes that set these spaces above all the rest. Amenities unique to The Delaneaux include a movie theater, a grand two-story clubroom and a resort-inspired pool, allowing residents to savor the rich history of their neighborhood whether inside their apartments or spending time with neighbors in communal spaces.

The elegance of these spaces combines the beauty, distinction, and originality that make New Orleans an exceptional place to live with modern comforts and exquisite touches that create an unrivaled residential experience. For more information or to sign up for the VIP waiting list, call 504-841-9900 or email delaneauxmgr@greystar.com today. •

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