WEST BATON ROUGE
Just a bridge across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge is West Baton Rouge Parish, an area gaining ever-increasing popularity. Travel from west to east is provided by two bridges within the parish. The Hwy 190 Bridge gives access to the north end of East Baton Rouge, while the I-10 Bridge is best for Downtown, LSU, and all the Capital City has to offer. Many new subdivisions have and are being developed in and around the 4 major towns of West Baton Rouge - Brusly, Addis, Port Allen, and Erwinville. Being the smallest parish in the state, West Baton Rouge has a laid-back lifestyle where neighbors actually know each other by name, people greet each other with smiles, and newcomers quickly feel at home. This, coupled with vast business opportunities, has resulted in much growth in recent years. The Parish is truly the best of both worlds … nearby is a large city, while local banks, restaurants, stores, and medical and recreational facilities are convenient for day-to-day life.
Port Allen is the parish seat for West Baton Rouge and where the Courthouse, Sheriff’s Office, Governmental Buildings, Library and Museum are located. The museum, in conjunction with the Parish Historical Society, presents ever-changing displays and monthly literary and historical lectures. Currently, there is a presentation about “WW11 in West Baton Rouge”. During the war, the parish actually housed a German prisoner of war camp on what is now the parish fairgrounds in Port Allen.
The old ferry landing in Port Allen holds fond memories for long-time residents of West Baton Rouge, as the ferry service was the primary means of travel from the west side to downtown Baton Rouge years ago. With the construction of the Interstate 10 Bridge, the old mode of travel gave way to the new and the ferries ceased operation in 1969. However, the levee and the Mississippi River still attract area residents for walking, picnicking or just relaxing. Plus, the views of Downtown Baton Rouge from the Westside are stunning!
Business, industry, and agriculture thrive in West Baton Rouge. Several large plants operate throughout the parish, lending job and career opportunities to local residents. Despite the name, the Port of Greater Baton Rouge is located on the west side of the River in Port Allen and plays an important part in the area's economy. Crops in the parish are mainly soy beans and sugar cane. A local bumper sticker boasts: "West Baton Rouge - Raising Cane for 200 Years".
Recreational facilities throughout the parish host soccer and baseball teams for kids, while a large YMCA and several other gyms give adults a place to work out. Many fun events are held in West Baton Rouge each year including Sugar Fest at the museum; the Kite Fair at the soccer complex on Rosedale Road; local Mardi Gras Parades and the Oldies but Goodies event hosted by the WBR Tourist Center. ** Check out Local Links on this site.
If your taste leans to new or newer construction, the options are many in West Baton Rouge. There are currently 5 new subdivisions being developed in Brusly, Addis and Port Allen. Addis, in the southern part of the parish has new construction going on constantly with home prices starting the $230,000s. Brusly offers home styles and prices ranging from Vintage Bungalows in the $200,000s, to upscale subdivision homes in the $350,000 - $400,000s range, to Luxury Homes along the River Road in the $550,000 and up range. French Country and Acadian architectural influences prevail in most newer homes. Along Rosedale Road north of Port Allen has been a favorite area for new homes and developments in the past 20 years, with home prices ranging from $350,000 to $900,000.
CALL SUSAN …. Though working the entire 8-parish MLS area for nearly 40 years, she knows the Westside very well having grown up there. And at this writing, she is the longest-standing Realtor working in West Baton Rouge.