For those of you who may not be from this lovely city of ours, you are most likely unfamiliar with the neighborhoods outside of the LSU area. Here’s a guide to show you what’s what in some of Baton Rouge’s ﬁ nest neighborhoods
If you are still in school… Riverbend: The closest family neighborhood to LSU’s campus besides College Town. Riverbend is a great place to live as a college graduate, or a current student, because you are still walking distance away from Death Valley! With the levee a few yards down the road, exercise is easy to accomplish. An evening stroll or bike ride on the levee is just what you need.
If you want an easy location… Pollard Estates: Being in the perfect location on Perkins Road, Pollard has plenty of activities surrounding the area. Perkins Rowe is a bit down the road with a movie theater and places to eat and shop. The Pennington Biomedical Center is in Pollard’s backyard. Each house in this neighborhood has its own unique character; some are decades old and some are brand new.
If you want to go far… Santa Maria: Santa Maria is an upscale residential community approximately one mile from I-10 in the most southeastern area of East Baton Rouge Parish. If you love golf, this neighborhood is the one for you. The entire neighborhood, including the golf course, is about 400 acres, says the neighborhood’s website. Fun is right around the corner at Blue Bayou Waterpark and Dixie Landin’!
If you are old school and artistic… Garden District: This may be a familiar one; older LSU students tend to ﬂ ock to this neighborhood. Garden District was named one of the top-10 “Great Neighborhoods” of BR by the American Planning Association. This neighborhood is famous for its historic architecture; you may drive down the boulevard and be reminded of the streets of New Orleans. All neighborhoods welcome dogs, but the Garden District seems to do it well with Cane’s dog park close by.
If you enjoy swimming and tennis… Jefferson Place Bocage: Jefferson Place Bocage is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city with more than 1,300 residents, according to nextdoor.com. Very family friendly, and each home has a spacious yard. This neighborhood is close to lots of shopping and restaurants, like Towne Centre and Bocage Village. Bocage Racquet Club is also a fun way to spend the day at the pool or playing tennis! If you prefer bigger homes and a gated community, Bocage Lakes is right around the corner on Corporate Boulevard.
If you want a lot of neighbors… Oak Hills Place: Only a few miles down Highland is the beautiful neighborhood of Oak Hills. The oak trees in this area are phenomenal, hence the name. With a whopping population of 8,195 (in 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau), this neighborhood just keeps getting bigger and bigger!