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Best Places to Live

It takes a village: Unique communities in the New Orleans area

With its colorful mixture of shotgun houses, skyscrapers and elegant mansions, New Orleans has a place for everyone to call home, and whether you want to be right at the center of the action or away from it all, if you like cozy spaces or something more grand, the greater New Orleans area has myriad places to alight. Here are some great spaces to hang a hat.
Developed and owned by The Domain Companies and slated for occupancy late this year, The Preserve, The Crescent Club and The Meridian are ideally situated in the popular Mid-City neighborhood along the increasingly revitalized Tulane Avenue corridor, just minutes away from downtown New Orleans and easily accessible from all parts of the metropolitan area.

The Preserve, The Crescent Club and The Meridian will provide nearly 500 apartments designed for young professionals, medical students and employees of the downtown office and service sectors. Each property is within close proximity to great local dining spots, shops, music venues and recreation facilities. The properties will redefine first-class rental housing in New Orleans with every imaginable amenity including covered parking, pools, luxury kitchens, clubhouses, fully equipped computer centers, wireless Internet, exercise facilities, on-site management offices and green construction. The buildings will also feature eclectic art and décor by local artists and designers.

In addition to its three major apartment complexes, Domain has purchased for renovation and resale dozens of single and multi-family homes and several retail developments, helping to make Mid-City and the Tulane Avenue corridor an ideal setting to live, work and play.
For more information, visit www.thedomaincos.com.

As the premiere apartment community in the Lower Garden District, The Saulet offers a resort-style community in New Orleans. With a footprint stretching four city blocks, The Saulet is the largest luxury apartment community in New Orleans and represents the cutting-edge of modern convenience and comfort, just minutes from the Central Business District, French Quarter and historic St. Charles and Magazine streets. The property offers a variety of amenities including swimming pool with lap lane, cabana with Wi-Fi access, 1,500-square-foot fitness center with cardio equipment, free weights and strength machines, art galleries, business center, conference room, Concierge services, covered parking garage, gated community with remote controlled access and much more. The Saulet offers one, two
and three bedroom apartment homes starting at $1,065.   
For more information, please stop by the Leasing Office at 1420 Annunication St., in New Orleans, call (504)586-9800 or visit www.saulet.com.

The Best Place to Live in town is at The Esplanade at City Park Apartments! Directly across from the New Orleans Museum of Art, The Esplanade offers a wide range of living choices. Geared to the person on the go, they offer over 20 different floor plans, a pool with a clubhouse, a fitness center, a business center, a grocery store, a hair salon and a new restaurant, Daniel’s on the Bayou. Their prices include all basic utilities and gated parking. Their apartment homes offer all appliances, including a microwave. They offer rentable storage units and locked bicycle storage. There’s a 24-hour concierge on staff, too! Please call (504) 822-3353 for your tour.

English Turn is a 650-acre master-planned golfing community located just eight miles from downtown New Orleans. English Turn features a world class Country Club facility including a championship Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, six Rubico clay tennis courts and tennis pavilion, complete fitness center, as well as upscale and casual dining. The 43,000-square-foot plantation style clubhouse is the focal point for the highly prestigious residential community. The 24-hour manned gatehouses limit access to the community, complete with private streets, elegant residences and homesites, winding waterways and lagoons, and numerous parks and walking trails. English Turn’s available homesites range in size from one-fifth acre to over two acres in size. English Turn’s residents enjoy many community and social activities, from the Kids Club, Sharks Swim Team, Garden Club and many more. Two limousine school buses are available to take children to many East and West Bank schools.
With an almost 45 percent reduction housing inventory drop compared to housing inventory post-Katrina, along with the recent reduction by Orleans Parish of property taxes by 27 percent, declining mortgage rates and increased availability of homeowners insurance, buying a luxury home like those at English Turn is even easier. Visit the on-site sales center, call (504) 392-9100, or visit www.englishturn.com.

Travel just 10 minutes North of Interstate-12 at the Goodbee Madisonville exit on the Northshore to find a serene home with one of Louisiana Polo Farms’ properties. Conveniently located within 10 minutes of the new Archbishop Hannan High School and Covington, and featuring quiet, country settings for single family dwellings, Louisiana Polo Farms properties offer a haven for homeowners. With restricted lots of two or more acres, Louisiana Polo Farms properties allow homeowners to dwell among the quiet beauty of nature while still maintaining easy access to city amenities. The Heart of the Forest development offers single-family living amidst virgin forest. Wildlife abounds and serenity reigns. Louisiana Polo Farms South is a residential community that adjoins a 40,000 acre tract of forest land. Fenced with wooden fences to create a rustic look and planted with Bermuda grass perfect for horses, Louisiana Polo Farms South offers country living with city convenience. Pin Oak Estates creates a wooded hideaway with lots big enough for families to grow and Louisiana Polo Farms East offers underground utilities and landscaped lots along paved streets. Louisiana Polo Farms properties help families create more than homes, they help create retreats into nature.
For more information about Louisiana Polo Farms call (985) 796-9130 or visit www.lapolofarms.com.

As a family-oriented golf community of gracious country homes, Money Hill offers both simplicity and sophistication in a resort-like setting and is located just east of Abita Springs north of I-12 in St. Tammany Parish. Many styles of architecture are reflected in the homes at Money Hill. The clubhouse and community structures were designed based on the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, the villas and garden homes reflect the charm of the French countryside, while other homes represent a variety of traditional, West Indies, Acadian and Louisiana-influenced designs. The architectural guidelines allow a variety of architectural styles which enable homeowners to create homes that reflect their tastes in the size and style that suits their needs. However, all plans must be approved by the Architectural Review Committee to ensure that each home built represents an appropriate level of style, tastefulness and quality.
Money Hill’s award-winning, 18-hole championship golf course features challenging terrains, hills and valleys. Situated on a 150-acre artesian spring-fed lake, the course will test the skills of even the most seasoned golfer. Money Hill Golf & Country Club offers a full service pro shop, casual dining at The Grille, golf, tennis, swimming and other recreational facilities. Here, you will enjoy an atmosphere where service and amenities create a true home-away-from-home.
For more information call (985) 892-3300 extension 202 or visit www.moneyhill.com.

Located in Ascension Parish, a short drive from both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Pelican Point offers 800 acres of rural retreat providing 36 holes of championship golf and other unparalleled recreational and social amenities. Six unique Pelican Point neighborhoods offer diverse residential lifestyles. Noted in the Wall Street Journal as a “cutting-edge community,” Pelican Point sets new homes among lakes, trees, landscaping, golf courses and wildlife and includes a number of lifestyle amenities. Residents can enjoy a Junior Olympic size swimming pool, volleyball and tennis courts, restaurants, fishing lake and shops, all within the development. All new homes at Pelican Point are built according to the latest hurricane codes and offer an extensive “New Home Warranty.” Pelican Point’s residents come from 41 states and seven countries and a community feeling is encouraged with multiple activity groups available for both young and elderly. Take a guided tour at Pelican Point by calling (225) 746-1257 or (877) 735-7646 for an appointment or visit  www.livethepoint.com for more information.

For those 55 or older, Pelican Point offers The Greens, a “55 & Better Lifestyle Community.” The Greens is not a retirement community. It’s a community with neighbors participating in weekly events and excursions, including dinners, dances, book clubs, garden clubs, bridge games, water aerobics and golf outings. Along with access to all amenities offered by Pelican Point, Greens’ residents have 24-hour access to a private activity center, which includes an indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center. A new clubhouse with a grand ballroom, kitchen, billiards room, TV and craft room and more is scheduled to open in spring 2008. The Greens has an array of low maintenance Country/French style garden homes and townhomes. All are appointed with all amenities of larger homes in a smaller scale for those living without large families.
Un-retire to The Greens. Call (225) 474-5780 or (800) 243-4318 to schedule a personal tour. The Model Home & Sales Office Open is open 7 days a week, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m, and weekends 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Since entering the home building business in 1984, Randy Varuso of Varuso Homes has built homes throughout the Metro New Orleans area. Now focusing in West St. Tammany Parish on the Northshore, Varuso says he builds, “quality homes of outstanding value, in some of western St. Tammany’s most in-demand neighborhoods, convenient to I-12.” Varuso says he chooses a “no nonsense approach” to producing practical designs that result in affordable homes with the appearance of being more expensive. With a commitment to “good old-fashioned customer service,” Varuso Homes offers one-stop shopping, with house plan design work done in-house, reducing the process from “Concept to Reality” and the customer being apprized of the cost for a particular design immediately. Varuso Homes is located in Madisonville, La. For more information about their services call (985) 845-1477 or visit www.varuso.com.

The Sanctuary is an elegant development situated on an 11,700-acre setting with stately pines, magnolias, oaks and nearly 700 acres of cypress marshes and native wetlands, which remain undisturbed and surround residential homesites. The Sanctuary includes over 100 one-half to three-quarter acre homesites and approximately 300 spaciously-sized parcels of one acre or more. The Sanctuary includes larger than usual homesites, the shelter of towering pines, graceful oaks and magnolias and quiet meandering private streets. Amenities include a gated community, all-underground utilities, pool, lighted tennis courts, fitness facilities, walking and jogging trails, soccer field and nature trails.

The Crosby Development also features Lakeside Village. Located near the Sanctuary property, Lakeside Village offers townhomes for sale, allowing residents to live with all the amenities but without the hassles of upkeep of a single-family home. Perfect for those looking to get away, Lakeside Village offers comfort and quality.
All the properties are just minutes away from major shopping centers, recreation activities of all kinds and some of the best New Orleans restaurants found on either side of the lake. Educational needs are met by the Mandeville School District. Homesites can be purchased independent of building contract. For more information call (985) 674-7500 or visit www.CrosbyDevelopment.com.

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