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Why Capital Heights is so COOL!!

by Pat Wattam

Baton Rouge has a lot of different areas of town but none so ecelectic than Capital Heights!  From the cottage style home, both old and new built to look old, diverse resturants, parks, bike paths, and a good walk score - people live in this area to enjoy a lifestyle.  

Check out Bill Arey's Tour of Capital Heights!

Little Free Libraries

by Bill Arey

The first Little Free Library was built in 2009 by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin. He mounted a wooden container designed to look like a one-room school house on a post on his lawn and filled it with books as a tribute to his mother, who was a book lover and school teacher. Todd shared his idea with his partner, Rick Brooks, and the idea spread rapidly - soon becoming a worldwide sensation. Little Free Library officially incorporated on May 16,2012 and the IRS officially recognized Little Free Library as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in the same year.  The original goal was to create 2,150 Little Free Libraries. This number was chosen because it would surpass the number of libraries founded by Andrew Carnegie. As of November 2016, there were 50,000 registered Little Free Libraries worldwide. There are many Little Free Libraries in Baton Rouge. 225 Magazine published an excellent article about Baton Rouge's Little Free Libraries 4/27/2016. To read the article click: BR Little Free Libraries

 

Bill Arey  REALTOR

RE/MAX First  The Pat Wattam Team

225-291-1234   225-298-6900

bill@patwattam.com

Fall Fun at the LSU Ag Center at Bruden

by Pat Wattam

Fall is finally in the air and one of the fun places to go in Baton Rouge this time of year is the LSU Ag Center at Burden on Essen Lane.  Walking paths and the museum are always available, but this time of year is the most fun with the CORN MAZE.  Corn Maze Saturdays at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, Oct 10, 17 and 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. feature hay mountain climb, corn maze, hayride, giant slingshot and plenty of concessions to enjoy. Visitors may purchase corn dogs, popcorn and drinks from Burden Horticulture Society volunteers. Admission $7 per person, including concession tickets; children 3 and under free.

The Pat Wattam Team Stands Ready to Assist

by Blake Hanna

With the horrible time our state is facing, it's easy to think you are alone. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Our team has a wealth of resources available and we are here to help you. If you need home repair, we hae people we can put you in touch with. If you have questions about flood insurance, call us now and we'll make sure your questions are answered. If your home was flooded and you don't have flood insurance, call us now. There is relief available. If you need to make a home purchase or find a place to rent immediately, we can help. We stand ready to help however we can in these difficult times. 

The Pat Wattam Team is ready to assist you!

We have several vacant homes for sale right now that would make for an easy move. Call us now to find out more! (225)298-6900

These are priced between $130k-180k


Trail walking in Baton Rouge

by Pat Wattam

As the new year started, one of my goals was to put in 10,000 steps a day.  It's harder than I thought.  We sit at our desks all day, or drive clients around in our cars, but not a lot of walking is going on.  Looks like on average I walk 4000-5000 steps a day.  When I add 45 minutes on my treadmill that goes up to 8000 steps, if I walk for an hour, it goes up to over 9000 steps.  Except for walking around our neighborhood, I didn't think there were that many places to easily find to go walking in Baton Rouge.  Well, I was wrong!  Depending on where you live in the city, there are several places to walk that are enjoyable.

First is the Burden Estate off Essen Lane.  There are free trails to walk or for $15/year membership, you can walk in the Windrush Gardens - which is really nice.  Of course, if you go through the museum and the outbuildings, then you can really get lost walking the paths through the woods, around little lakes, etc.  This is a hidden jewel during the week.  Very few people out then and you pretty much have it all to your self.

Second favorite place to walk - or more enjoyable, ride your bicycle - is to go around LSU lakes.  You can walk for miles and there are lots of people there to join you.  I have a friend who likes to take his daughter and walk there and has figured out a 2 mile route.

Our BREC parks also have some nice places to walk.  You will see lots of people walking in Forest Park off Harrels Ferry  - it winds around by the tennis courts and is a nice walk. The other one I like is Highland Road park - plenty of grounds to walk across - or ride your horse!!

But when I have enough time I really like to head north to Port Hudson - a Civil War site with lots of trails and some actual terrain so that you get good exercise. I think I could go way over 10,000 steps if I had time to go there. Maybe if I got there once a week it would just be fun!   

If you can think of some more fun places to walk, add them here!

Fun Things to Do in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

by Pat Wattam

Baton Rouge offers an abundance of activities for all ages.  Here is a sampling of things coming soon:

Friday, Oct 16  Toulouse-Lautrec Satellite Show Opening Reception from 6-8 at the Firehouse Galery  427 Laurel Street.  Free.  Refreshments

Friday-Saturday through out this month, The 13th Gate at 832 St Phillip St.  This gets you ready for Halloween with the haunts and frights at one of the scariest haunted house attractions i the country!! Opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

Want something a little less scary?  Check out Boo at the Zoo!  BREC Baton Rouge Zoo at 3501 Thomas Road has a trick-or-treating extravaganza at the zoo.  Wear your costume, wanter throught the Hay Maze or make a memory at the Safari Snapshot photo both.  Regular admission.  9:30-4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 17.  Red Stick Farmers Market - always a hit!  8 am.  501 Main Street.  Lots of fall vegetables along with Maggie Heyn Richardso will be cooking up seasonal recipes and discussing her book "Hungry for Louisiana"

The Pat Wattam Team likes to help the newcomers to our city, as well as our long time residents, find fun things to do.  If you ever wonder "What's Happening this weekend" just give us a call!

 

Capital Heights

by Bill Arey

When developed in 1918 by lumberman and real estate developer Charles Roseman, Capital Heights subdivision was considered “out in the country”. In one of the city’s oldest subdivisions, an influx of young families give life to old homes. Through a proactive, strong civic association formed in 1992, the turnabout has brought an increase in property values and decrease in crime.

Excerpted from “ Historic Neighborhoods of Baton Rouge” by Annabelle M.
Armstrong      Published by The History Press

 

   Bill Arey  The Pat Wattam Team  225-298-6900


University Lake Bike Path

by Pat Wattam

As the weather turns warmer, a really fun way to spend the day is around University Lake near LSU.  The lake has a beach, picnic table, and a wonderful walking/bike path that goes around the lake.  The best part about the bike path is that it is separate from the highway so that it is much safer.  A great way to spend a couple of hours with everyone - young and old.  Or, if you just want to laze around, bring a picnic and enjoy the ducks (who will probably enjoy your food!) and the lake view.  Or for the more active, bring your kayak - the ducks will follow you around!

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Burden Rural Life Harvest Festival

by Pat Wattam

Fall in Baton Rouge brings a bunch of festivals - and one of the most fun ones where you can step back in time is the Fall Harvest Festival at the Burden Rural Life Museum off Essen Lane.  People stroll the grounds in period costumes, play historic games, re-enactors demostrate a civil war battle, and there's music and people showing how things were done in the good old days!  This is a great place to bring the whole family - have fun and receive a little education too!

If you have other fun things you like to do in Baton Rouge, add you events to www.Facebook.com/365BatonRouge

Baton Rouge City Parish Contacts

by Pat Wattam

I just received this list in my SE BR news and thought I should post it here so that it's easy for everyone to find when you need it!  Area Code for all is 225:

Animal Control Center    774-7700

Arts & Humanities  344-8558

Assessor's Office  389-3920

Baton Rouge Food Bank  359-9940

Capital Area Transit System  389-8920

Citizens Service '311'   311 or 389-3090

City Court  389-3017

Clerk of Court  389-3950

Convention & Visitors Bureau  383-1825

Coroner  389-3047

District Attorney  389-3400

District Court  389-4700

Dixie Electric (DEMCO)  261-1177

Department of Public Works  389-2070 (after hours and weekends  389-2070)

Entergy  800-ENTERGY

Garbage Info  311

Library Information Services  231-3750

Mayor-President Kip Holden  389-3100

Mosquito and Rodent Abatement  356-3297

Parish Attorney  389-3114

Recreation & Parks (BREC)  272-9200

Registrar of Voters  389-3940

School Board  922-5400

Sewer Bill Inquiries  389-5378

State Senator Hotline  342-2040

Traffic Engineering  389-3246

Baton Rouge Water Works  928-1000

Of course, for EMERGENCIES call 911

 

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