About Louisiana

Louisiana

No other state has a more varied or colorful past than Louisiana. The state has been governed under ten different flags beginning in 1541 with Hernando de Soto's claim of the region for Spain. La Salle later claimed it for Bourbon France and over the years Louisiana was at one time or another subject to the Union Jack of Great Britain, the Tricolor of Napoleon, the Lone Star flag of the Republic of West Florida and the fifteen stars and stripes of the United States. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Louisiana became an independent republic for six weeks before joining the Confederacy.

There is a rich diversity of peoples in Louisiana. They include the original Indian inhabitants, plus the descendants of a variety of settlers, among whom were the French, Spanish, English, German, Acadians, West Indians, Africans, Irish and Italians -- and now include almost every nationality on earth.

The original French colonists were soon joined by the Spanish and Acadians, and later by French aristocrats fleeing slave revolts in the West Indies or the horrors of the French Revolution. As part of Louisiana's French legacy, counties are called "parishes" and the Napoleonic Code (rather than Common Law) holds sway in the State's courtrooms.

The Louisiana plantation culture first came into being along the State's rivers and bayous in the 18th century. Planters initially used the fertile soil for indigo and tobacco, but these crops were soon replaced by cotton in north Louisiana and sugar cane in the more tropical southern part of the State. The plantation mansions of Louisiana still bear signs of efforts to make life in the new world as genteel and pleasant as possible. Many are surrounded by extensive formal gardens, and the approaches to some of the homes are lined with avenues of live oaks that have grown huge in their old age.

 
$824,900
Stunning Split Level on Large Waterfront Lot

Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish County, Louisiana


Stunning split level home on large waterfront lot in the much desired neighborhood of Still Forest. Home features sensational views of Contraband Bayou through the walls of windows downstairs and balcony views from the upstairs bedrooms. Living and study space upstairs and down. A lower level recreation room leads to an outdoor fenced in play area opening up to the multi-level porch and out to the expansive yard with boat house and dock on the water. Walk in closets in every bedroom. Jetted tub & separate shower in master bath with double vanity. Jack and Jill bath connects two of the upstairs bedrooms, and an en suite bath for the third. Kitchen boasts a double oven, built in refrigerator, large island, separate vegetable sink & oversized walk in pantry. This 4 bedroom, 4 & 1 half bath home is perfect for family life and entertaining. A must see!

Larry Turner , CENTURY 21 Bessette Realty, Inc

1.08 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4.5 BATHROOMS
5233 SQ FT
 
$1,200,000
Traditional Waterfront Home in Charming Lake Charles

Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish County, Louisiana


Traditional waterfront home on Contraband Bayou. Private entrance tucked away at the end of a dead end street. Home is split level design with formal living, dining and additional family room, vaulted ceilings, fireplace and a wall of windows overlooking pool and bayou. Kitchen has been remodeled with painted cabinetry, marble counter tops, subway tile back splash and stainless appliances. Master en suite features sitting room off bedroom with doors leading out to pool area. His and her baths and current owners took in 5th bedroom as a closet during remodel creating a closet for the most discerning. Currently designed as a 3 bedroom but with an addition of one wall can easily be transformed back into a 4 bedroom. There is plenty of additional space over garage which would be ideal for additional living space. The gunite pool is surrounded by travertine decking with inviting outdoor fireplace. 165 feet on the water with private inlet leading to double boat slips with Lundmar lifts.

Larry Turner , CENTURY 21 Bessette Realty, Inc

2.50 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
3673 SQ FT
 
$1,850,000
Waterfront home with large boat slip

Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish County, Louisiana


Traditional waterfront home situated at end of cul de sac with 141 feet of water featuring captivating views of Prien Lake. Home was built in 1994 yet completely redesigned and renewed in 2007 by designer Cynthia Eagle. Expert craftsmanship throughout with attention to detail and stylish design. This one owner home has been impeccably maintained and designed for a water and boating enthusiast boasting a 30' x 65' boat slip with deep water access. Main house features just under 4800 square feet of living with over 9200 square feet total. Entering home there is a grand foyer with free standing spiral staircase flanked by formal dining that leads to gourmet kitchen. Living room has walls of windows creating a panoramic view of the water. Two bedrooms on main level with two additional bedrooms and media/gameroom upstairs. There is an additional entertaining area on lower level flanking boat slip not included in living area of main house. Call for full amenity brochure.

Larry Turner , CENTURY 21 Bessette Realty, Inc

1.14 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
4772 SQ FT

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