Baton Rouge, the second largest city in Louisiana is not as progressive as New Orleans in terms of LGBT-acceptance which is why you definitely need to consult with a gay realtor who lives here to make sure that you end up in a gay-friendly area. The city is large and sprawling and it lacks the neighborhood feel of many cities in Louisiana. It is far more conservative in attitude than New Orleans. There is no café society to speak of and you definitely need to have a car to get around.
The gayest friendly areas are near the Louisiana State University and in an area known as Spanish Town. This is Baton Rouge’s equivalent of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Spanish Town is also located officially in downtown Baton Rouge. This is the area of town where you are most likely to encounter gay couples being open or displaying affection. It is also home to many artists, writers, musicians, actors, students, teachers, doctors, politicians and attorneys.
As the name of the neighborhood implies most of the architecture in this historic district is Spanish in style and the neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It is very near the University, which is why it is so lively and progressive.
The neighborhoods adjacent to Spanish Town like Beauregard Town are also quite gay friendly, but more expensive. The area is studded with public squares and gardens and many historically important public buildings.
It is important to know that the city of Baton Rouge does give tax credits to people who renovate or upgrade a structure that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The credit is worth 25%.
As of June, 2013 house prices in downtown Baton Rouge were rising with the average listing price being $630,000.00, which is an increase of 14.8% from the previous week. There are cheaper areas to live in Baton Rouge as the median sales price for homes from Mar., 2013 to May, 2013 across the entire city was $184,250.00. Popular neighborhoods include the south downtown neighborhoods of Shenandoah and South Baton Rouge that have average listing prices of $225,780.00 and $334,610.00.
Like most big cities the gay night life is located downtown. There are three major hangouts for LGBT in Baton Rouge including George’s Place, Hound Dogs and Splash. If you need a place to stay while you are looking at real estate in Baton Rouge The Stockade is an elegant bed and breakfast that is located near Louisiana State University.
The city does have a big pride festival called the Baton Pride Fest and it is one of the city’s biggest events as well as a large elaborate Mardi Gras parade. You can find out a lot about what is going on by reading Ambush, which is the city’s most informative gay publication. You can also find out a great deal more about the city’s gay-positive downtown areas in general by visiting the Baton Rouge Downtown Development District at http://downtownbatonrouge.org/liveResHome.asp.