Lafayette, Louisiana Real Estate and Community Information

Lafayette, Louisiana Real Estate and Community Information

Lafayette, Louisiana is located at the confluence of interstate highways 49 and 10, and just happens to be the beating heart of Cajun country. Its stunning and vibrant downtown area is about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge and about 135 miles northwest of New Orleans.

The city's farthest eastern edge brushes against the banks of the Atchafalaya River, near the western border of the massive 44,000-acre Sherburne Complex Wildlife Management Area.

With a total population in 2012 of 120,623, Lafayette is the state of Louisiana's fourth-largest city and has enjoyed a population jump of more than 10 percent since 2000. During that same period of time, Lafayette real estate had a median home price of $154,900, with an appreciation from 2011 to 2012 of nearly 3 percent.

In 1821, Lafayette's French-speaking, Acadian founder, Jean Mouton, named the settlement Vermilionville. The moniker remained in place until 1884, when it was changed to Lafayette in honor of French military and American Revolutionary War hero, Gen. Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette.

Shopping and Dining

When it comes to shopping and dining, you would be hard pressed to come up with a city offering a wider variety and spicier selections than Lafayette, Louisiana. There are more than 25 restaurants and 20 retail or specialty shops in the city's eclectic downtown area alone.

As you might expect, Cajun and Creole cuisines figure prominently on menus throughout the city. Some of the delicacies include seafood gumbo, boiled crawfish, crawfish étouffé and jambalaya. Check out the Blue Dog Café, Dupuy’s in Abbeville, French Press, Hub City Diner and Charlie G’s for some authentic, sweet-and-spicy Cajun and Creole fare. In addition to the down-home plate-lunch style eateries, Lafayette serves up a diverse selection of international offerings as well, such as Japanese, Cuban, Mexican and Greek cuisines enjoying inclusion in the lively scene.

A few of the popular local shopping destinations in downtown include the Discordia Culture Shop, Reflections of Olde Antique Mall, Parish Ink and the Gypsy Market, and there are large one-stop shopping and dining opportunities available, such as the Northgate Mall, the Mall of Acadiana and The Villages of River Ranch.

Parks and Recreation

The City of Lafayette's Parks and Recreation Department administers and is entrusted with the maintenance of about 1,500 acres of parkland, including 36 parks, four swimming pools, three municipal golf courses and two tennis centers.

The Parks and Recreation Department also manages and maintains 10 recreation centers. These multi-purpose facilities, spread throughout the various neighborhoods and communities within Lafayette, offer a wide variety of athletic programs for teens, young adults and older adults. The centers also play host to a number of holiday camps and summer enrichment programs.

There are also numerous Outdoor Adventure options in which you can partake in and around Lafayette, such as birding, swamp tours, canoeing and cycling.


Lafayette real estate is not just the heart of Cajun Country, but also proudly honors its Caribbean, French and Spanish ancestors with art, cuisine, zydeco music and architecture. From its 2nd Saturday Art Walks and Fresh Market weekends, to its free Cajun Acoustic Jam Sessions, Lafayette has a culture all its own. The city neighborhoods of Acadian Village and Vermilionville offer a hands-on, live peek into the origins of Cajun life.

Lafayette has celebrated its bayou roots by hosting the Crawfish Festival every year, for more than 40 years. Dive into more of the area's colorful background and cultural heritage at one of these Lafayette venues:

Downtown Lafayette also plays host to more than 200,000 square feet of public cultural venues, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette Science Museum, Children’s Museum of Acadiana, and the Lafayette Parish Public Library.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Public education for the city and surrounding area is provided by the Lafayette Parish School System, which encompasses a total of 33 schools: 21 elementary, 12 middle and seven high schools.

Residents of and visitors to Lafayette have several major medical and health care facilities, including Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, University Medical Center, Women's and Children's Hospital, The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center.

Transportation options in and around town include the aforementioned interstate highways 49 and 10, the Amtrak Sunset Limited passenger rail service, and the Lafayette (Public) Transit System. And finally, when you require the services of the airline industry, you have  Lafayette Regional Airport on the city's southeast side, providing a number of daily destinations, such as 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
Cell: 337-739-0425
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Van Eaton & Romero Realtors, A Latter & Blum Company
2000 Kaliste Saloom, Suite 101 - Lafayette, LA 70508
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