Breaux Bridge, Louisiana Real Estate and Community Information

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana Real Estate and Community Information

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, rests comfortably near Interstate 10, about 9 miles southwest of Lafayette and a little more than 50 miles west of Baton Rouge in St. Martin Parish.

The city of Breaux Bridge was home to 8,138 people in 2012, which was population increase of nearly 11 percent since 2000.

There are several reasons why Breaux Bridge real estate is attracting so many newcomers - its 2012 median home price was $119,700, and home appreciation in the bayou city from 2011 to 2012 was up 2.7 percent. One other reason for Breaux Bridge's magnetic pull is no doubt related to the fact that its cost of living is more than 15 percent lower than the country's average.

Shopping and Dining

Antiques never go out of style here in Breaux Bridge. It's also a safe bet that the glorious sweet-and-spicy Cajun and Creole cuisine will be here longer than any of us. And for the happy residents of and visitors to Breaux Bridge and the rest of St. Martin Parish, these two attractions are just the tip of the iceberg - or claw of the crawfish, as it were.

Some of the city's eclectic shops and retailers include Angelle's Vintage Treasures & Jamie's Boutique, Atchafalaya Treasure Gift Shop, Lagniappe Antiques, The Third Insight, Scentchips

, and SaShay Southern Style.

 

Breaux Bridge restaurants, eateries and cafes of note include Jeaux Biff's, Joie de Vivre, Bayou Boudin and Cracklin, Meche's Donut King, Crazy 'Bout Crawfish Cajun Cafe, Café des Amis Cajun Restaurant, and Pont Breaux Cajun Restaurant - a popular joint, featuring live Cajun music and dancing.

Parks and Recreation

Breaux Bridge real estate is not only located in the heart of Cajun and Creole country, but it is also well-known "sportsman's paradise". A big - both literally and figuratively - reason for this can be summed up by two words: Bayou Teche.

Breaux Bridge, along with most of the countryside surrounding this charming community, lies within the Bayou Teche, a massive, 120-mile long, slow-moving waterway that makes up much of the landscape in the south central section of Louisiana.

Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge, nestled amid the cypress-gum and bottomland hardwoods forests of the St. Mary Parish section of Bayou Teche, covers more than 9,000 acres and also holds some gas and oil canals and wells.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the refuge is open to the public year-round, and is relatively easy to access by boat, foot or vehicle. Bird watching, photography, fishing and hunting are popular public pursuits in the refuge, as long as designated seasons and applicable regulations are diligently followed.

Living

When take a casual stroll along the charming downtown streets of Breaux Bridge, you just might feel like you've traveled back in time, to a bygone era before interstate highways, sprawling metroplexes and the internet. Here, everyone's your neighbor, and you know them by name.

The community of Breaux Bridge considers itself as sort of informal gatekeepers to authentic Louisiana Cajun culture, which includes traditional Cajun and Zydeco music, world-famous cuisine, and a rich, eclectic history, overflowing with interesting people and outrageous stories.

Acadian pioneer Firmin Breaux constructed a footbridge in 1799 to span a section of the vast Bayou Teche in order to make the trip to his land easier on his friends, family and neighbors. This bridge and became known as Breaux's bridge, and thus the city that would eventually grow there acquired its name.

Then, in 1959, the Louisiana legislature officially decreed that Breaux Bridge henceforth bear the distinguished honor of "la capitale Mondiale de l'ecrevisse" ("the Crawfish Capital of the World").

Schools, Health, Transportation

Public education for school-age children of Breaux Bridge is provided by the St. Martin Parish School Board. Schools that reside within the Breaux Bridge city limits are the Breaux Bridge Primary School (for grades PK through 3); Breaux Bridge Elementary School (for grades through 4-6); Breaux Bridge Junior High School (for grades 7 through 8); and Breaux Bridge High School (for grades 9 through 12). St. Bernard Elementary (Grades PreK-8) and Breaux Bridge Christian Academy (Grades PreK-12) are two private school options in town.

Hospitals, health care centers and medical care facilities in or near Breaux Bridge include St. Martin Hospital, Lafayette General Medical Center and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center.

Getting to and from Breaux Bridge, as well as getting around once you're in town, is primarily accomplished via personal vehicles upon interstate highways 49 and 10, and highways 90, 31 and 167. A number of additional transportation options are readily available in Breaux Bridge's much larger neighbor to the north, Lafayette. These include Amtrak Sunset Limited passenger rail service, the Lafayette (Public) Transit System, and Lafayette Regional Airport.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at 337-380-4738 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

Contact Information

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Teresa Hamilton & Team
Van Eaton & Romero Realtors, A Latter & Blum Company
2000 Kaliste Saloom, Suite. 101
Lafayette LA 70508
Direct: 337-267-4048
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Van Eaton & Romero Realtors, A Latter & Blum Company
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