Southdowns. It’s synonymous with cute cottage homes, walks around the LSU lakes, family friendly Mardi Gras parades, Easter egg hunts, and community spirit. It’s the neighborhood you drive through to get to LSU from I-10 and, the almost universal reaction I get from clients visiting the LSU area is, “This is a nice neighborhood! What do homes cost here?” Well, they’re a little more expensive than you might think and that’s because the land is so valuable. So much so that some of the oldest homes in the area have been purchased, torn down, and new homes built in their place.
Look up Southdowns in the Baton Rouge GIS you’ll see that the final plat for Southdowns was recorded in 1927. It’s a 640 acre tract of land developed by Philemon “Phil” St. Amant, Sr., a college professor and insurance salesman, who borrowed heavily from local banks and savings and loans, to turn his vision for the land into a neighborhood rich in history and character. It’s a Baton Rouge treasure.
If the homes in Southdowns aren’t enough to make you consider living here, here are some more things to keep in mind. Some of the best restaurants in Baton Rouge are around the corner including fine dining at Juban’s and great local hang outs like Parrain’s and Georges. Sammy’s Grill is nearby and there’s a new Superior Grill on Highland. There are small shopping centers all around. Rouzan, Baton Rouge’s “hottest” new neighborhood is immediately adjacent and you can walk to the new Sprouts Farmers Market from Southdowns. It’s located in the much loved St. Aloysius Church and School Parish. Trinity Episcopal Day School and Church are up the street in University Gardens, and the new STEM Lee Magnet High School is further down College Drive. Baton Rouge’s medical corridor is minutes away and home to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, and The Baton Rouge Clinic. And, of course, there’s LSU right next door.