Anyone From Louisiana?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by LAYNE, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. LAYNE

    LAYNE Active Member

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    I met with a spiritual and psychic firend of mine yesterday and she said that she saw me moving to someplace in Louisiana within the next 2 years or so. It would not be down near the gulf. This was a total surprise to me as it had never crossed my mind. She has always been very accurate with her predictions for me so now I am spurred to check out the state as I know nothing about it...Can anyone help me? Any place good for small homesteading?
    Thanks loads. Layne
     
  2. Jolly

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    Depends on what you want to do, and what kind of money you have.

    I think that you are mostly looking at North Louisiana, from Alexandria on up. The cheapest good land is probably the Mississippi Delta stuff, but unemployment is high in those areas.

    If you are male, or female with a husband looking for a job, the oilfield is currently undergoing a boom. Guys are getting hired with less experience than in the last 20 years. A lot of folks on the rural route will work 7/7, or 14/14, and help keep up and develop their places on their weeks off.
     

  3. LAYNE

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    Well, as I mentioned in my post,until yesterday, this thought had never crossed my mind. Now I'm curious. I am a retired teacher...so that means low priced land. I'm alone now. I would want to be near Mother Nature, country living and down to earth folks but yet have a place where there is stimulation for the mind.
    Layne
     
  4. Aintlifegrand

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    I am from NW Louisiana. I haved lived here on and off for most of my life. I have lived many other places from Alaska to Texas and I love it here. The land is reasonable depending on how far out you want to be. There are many jobs mostly in service ( 6 Casinos with 1500-2500 employees each) and medical fields ( two major hospital groups that have about 10 hospitals between them and many clinics). Population is around 400,000 for Shreveport. Much land available in all directions. 30-45 miles out of twon and 2500-3000 per acre for smaller homesteads 10 acres or so. Closer to town land will be higher. Several lakes have land but are about 25000 per lot. The weather is great except August and January. The people are friendly and easy going. The crime in the city is high, but in the country and the sister city across the bridge in Bossier is low. Property taxes are very low with Homestead exemption ( 150.00 annual for my land and home) Property insurance seems high (1500.00 annual for 3000 Sq ft). The wildlife vary's from deer, racoon, coyotes, fox and even a rogue black panther. Snakes can be a problem in some areas, but I have never seen one in three years that I have owned my land. Bugs..not as bad as Texas. If youneed anything else, let me know
     
  5. LAYNE

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    Thanks for the info Aintlifegrand...Well, you are generally in the ball park area..but I don't want to be near any cities..just a nice small community, live on the outskirts with a few small livestock and gardens....what is strange, I have thought about living in Arkansas..even visited there several times but I've never been to Louisiana...which is the state just south of Arkansas.
    Layne
     
  6. Jolly

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    Ok.

    Look around Ruston.

    Ruston is not very big to begin with, but boasts two universities - Louisiana Tech and Grambling. Monroe is about 35 miles east, and has another university - University of Louisiana/Monroe. Tech and ULM have around 10K students apiece, Grambling is much smaller. What that gives you, though, is access to cheap theatre, concerts, and some pretty decent college libraries. Plus, if you are into sports, some Div I sports at cheap prices (think $10 for a football game).

    Alternatively, look between Bastrop and Shreveport. The Bossier side has all the things described previously, and Shreveport being a fairly decent sized town has major concerts and attractions, plus a good medical base of several hospitals and a medical school.
     
  7. Aintlifegrand

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    Ruston/Arcadia area is very nice.