Shreveport, in northwest Louisiana, is the third-largest city in the state and, it has every reason to declare it is "The Next Great City of the South," as the city motto says. Situated on the Red River at the point where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet and surrounded by pine forests, cotton fields, and wetlands, Shreveport hosts a booming movie business, as well as riverboat gambling, and is near rich reserves of natural shale gas. For zydeco, crawfish, and langniappe, Shreveport is the place to be. If you are hunting for a new place to either own or rent, consider Shreveport.
The median for house prices in Shreveport jumped nearly 3 percent in the past year, and the real estate market is predicted to stay healthy owing to the upsurge in job creation in the area. The average list price of just over a thousand homes currently for sale is $195,303. Homes for rent, including rent to own houses, are readily available, from a two-bedroom at $450 a month to the most expensive rental $1,900 a month for 1,780 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Shreveport has a relatively high proportion of rented housing, including rent to own places, at 44.5 percent, which is similar to most US cities with a population over 50,000. Very few homes are used for seasonal or recreational living only. In fact, it ranks 353rd in the United States for number of occasional units.
SporTran has been running the public transport systems in Shreveport for the past 125 years. In the 1870s, they used mule-drawn streetcars, gradually giving way to fancy rubber-tired trolley cars. Nowadays, they run a fleet of buses on compressed natural gas. The coverage is reasonably extensive between Shreveport and Bossier, although there is no night service on Sunday.
Interstate 20 was the first major road built in the 1960s and Shreveport now lies on the route of the proposed NAFTA superhighway that will link Canada to the industrial Midwest, Texas, and Mexico. In the meantime, the city has a loop freeway. Most people drive to work, and the average commute time is only 17 minutes.
There are two airports, Shreveport Regional (SHV) and Shreveport Downtown (DTN), offering routes to Las Vegas, Dallas/Fort Worth, Atlanta, and Memphis.
This corner of Louisiana does get its fair share of rainfall, keeping the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Caddo Lake, and Cypress Black Bayou well topped up, but it makes up for it by having mild winters. On average, Shreveport only sees around 35 days at or below freezing. If they do see snow here, it is just a scattering. Summers, as you might expect, are hot, hot, hot, steamy, and humid, and it can easily hit 90 degrees from May to October. The city helps its residents and visitors deal with the heat by placing lots of free spraygrounds around town a mighty refreshing spritz of cooling water on a blistering day. Those who need to cool off more completely can jump in at the Splash Kingdom Water Park.
The most historic neighborhood is Fairfield Avenue. Coca-Cola bottler Zehntner Biedenharn lived here in Walker House. Down the street, the Pine Wold House has a much more unusual claim to fame: it has an elephant buried in the garden! The Mighty Haag Circus used to spend winter in Shreveport, and it was here that Trilby, the star of the show, met his demise. The house was designed by Ed Neild, who also designed some of the White House interiors during the Truman administration. Another beautiful and significant architectural building is the home of the Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Charles Barret, at the junction of Fairfield and Prospect.
Blanchard is a popular neighborhood with parents, mostly due to the fact that it has an excellent elementary school. Its also home to Elsies Silver Star Cafe, dishing up renowned fish and burgers, not to mention the delicious strawberry pie.
Greenwood is another older district. During the Battle of Manfield in 1864, the Confederate wounded were treated at Dunn House, which is now the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce. There are several other homes on the National Historic Register, including The Cedars and The Trosper.
Keithville is an outlying farming community on Route 171 that has grown in recent years as more people move out from the city center. It still has a very strong sense of community and supports a co-operative store for locally grown farm produce.
Mooretown amiably referred to as Motown by many who live there is about five miles west of downtown Shreveport. It was founded by African-American Giles D. Moore in the 1900s. Now also known as Hollywood Heights, this community is climbing in popularity and has seen a 9.5 percent rise in average listing prices in the recent quarter. This might just be the spot to look for rent to own homes.
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