Broussard, Louisiana Real Estate and Community Information

Broussard, Louisiana Real Estate and Community Information

The idyllic, not-quite-rural yet not-quite-suburban, community of Broussard, Louisiana, is officially recognized by the United States Census Bureau as part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area, even though its downtown area is nearly 8 miles southeast of the city of Lafayette.

It was founded in 1884 amid a vast, sprawling landscape blanketed by sugarcane plantations, cypress trees with Spanish moss dripping from their branches, and the bayou wetlands that seep into Vermillion Bay and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico.

These days Broussard, a town that can lay legitimate claim to residence in both Lafayette and St. Martin parishes, was home to more than 8,190 full-time residents as of 2012. Broussard has become as popular as an ice-cold beverage at a sweltering summer crawfish festival - growing nearly 28 percent in population since the year 2000.

Shopping and Dining

There are a number of quaint and charming specialty shops and restaurants located within the city of Broussard, such as Vivian's Decor & Gifts, Allie Kat's Unique Boutique, Dragon City Cafe and Sunrise Donuts & Coffee. One-stop shopping and dining is also available in Broussard, most notably at the Sugarcrest Shopping Center.

Downtown Lafayette is only about 8 miles away from Broussard real estate, and it's absolutely worth the short journey north on US Highway 90 to experience the eclectic array of shops and restaurants there. As you might expect, Cajun and Creole cuisines figure prominently on menus throughout Lafayette, including local favorites like the Blue Dog Café, Jolie’s Bistro, French Press, and The Shed BBQ. Some unique shops to sample include The Mardi Gras Shoppe at Teche Drugs, Right On Fashions and Discordia Culture Shop.

Sample some boudin, a Lafayette-area specialty meat that looks a lot like hand-made sausage but with its own unique flavor, at Broussard's Billeaud’s Meat & Grocery, and Tiny Prudhomme’s House of Meat.

Parks and Recreation

Broussard benefits in many ways from being close to Lafayette, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in regards to parks and recreation. The City of Lafayette's Parks and Recreation Department manages and maintains thousands of acres of parkland, as well as dozens of recreational facilities, including 36 parks, four swimming pools, three municipal golf courses and two tennis centers.

The area also offers numerous options for anyone who loves them some thrilling Outdoor Adventure including:

  • Birding - Along America's Wetland Birding Trail along the Louisiana Great Gulf Coast
  • Canoeing - Fausse Point State Park and Canoe Trail, Lake Martin, Bayou Vermilion District
  • Cycling - For information on organized bike tours, check out Bike Louisiana
  • Golf - Public: Les Vieux Chenes, Youngsville; Jay and Lionel Hebert Municipal Golf Course, Lafayette; and The Wetlands, Lafayette
  • Swamp Tours - Atchafalaya Experience, Cajun Country Swamp Tours, Champagne's Swamp Tours, McGee's Landing
  • The Atchafalaya Basin - The largest river swamp in the U.S.

Living

There are numerous reasons why Broussard real estate is so incredibly high on home seekers' lists, including its median home cost in 2012 of $167,700, and home appreciation of 2.38 percent. And, if that is not enough to convince you to explore this small city, Broussard's estimated cost of living is more than 7 percent lower than the national average.

Broussard has led a rich and colorful life up to this point in its history, and much of it is on display in its myriad lovingly maintained properties on the prestigious National Historic Register:

  • Alesia House
  • Andre' Billeaud House
  • Martial Billeaud, Jr. House
  • Valsin Broussard House
  • Comeaux House
  • Ducrest Building
  • Janin Store
  • Roy-Leblanc House
  • St. Cecilia School
  • St. Julien House
  • Main Street Historic District
  • Charles Billeaud Jr. House

Schools, Health, Transportation

Broussard children receive their public education primarily from three schools: Katharine Drexel Elementary, Broussard Middle School and Comeaux, O, High School. Public education is also available via the Lafayette Parish School System, which encompasses a total of 33 schools: 21 elementary, 12 middle and seven high schools.

Health care centers and medical facilities in and near Broussard include Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette General Surgical Hospital and University Medical Center.

Broussard is on or near several main traffic thoroughfares, including interstate highways 49 and 10, and US highways 90 and 167. Additional transportation options, mostly available in the Lafayette city limits, include the Lafayette (Public) Transit System, Amtrak's Sunset Limited rail service, and the Lafayette Regional Airport, which offers daily flights to nearby cities, like Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta and Houston.

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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