The Central Louisiana real estate market offers significant value to newcomers, where it is possible to invest in a large home and sizable lot for far less than many urban markets across the country. Buyers can choose from a range of architectural options, including historic homes in the urban core and new construction in family-friendly neighborhoods. Property values have steadily increased throughout Louisiana since 2008, including in the Alexandria region.
Many buyers gravitate toward the quiet areas beyond town, where it is possible to purchase a house with 50 or more acres and still have access to key amenities just a short drive away. In these suburban and more rural areas, the commute to work or even shopping and restaurant destinations in Alexandria and Pineville is generally a smooth due to quality four-lane roads and Interstate 49.
Newcomers can also expect a large number of outdoor recreational activities in Central Louisiana. The Kisatchie National Forest and the Kincaid Reservoir are just 10 to 30 minutes from most neighborhoods, offering pristine hiking and mountain-biking trails, swimming, beaches, birding, boating and fishing. Youth sports are also a high priority in the area, with multiple complexes featuring soccer, baseball, softball and football facilities.