Which Northshore parade(s) are you most looking forward to and why? Comment below! Laissez les bon temps roule!
Wondering where you can ring in New Years Eve 2020 on the Northshore? Here’s a list of some amazing (adult-only) parties to consider!
- New Years Eve Roaring 20’s Speakeasy Party at Mandeville Social
- Includes small plates, appetizers, house special alcoholic beverages, music, beer tasting, giveaways, roaming photographer, midnight champagne toast and MORE!
- 800 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 1D, Mandeville, LA 70448
- Advanced Tickets are $40pp or $70 per couple (plus EventBrite Fee)
- Tickets at the door are $50pp or $80 per couple
- Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2593533677542851/ for more information
- New Years Eve Great Gatsby Costume Party @ St. Ann Wine & Whiskey Bar
- VIP Party Package is $125pp and includes open bar, cocktail buffet, and champagne toast. Seating is at 8PM
- Doors open at 6PM for general admission- full bar and appetizer menu is available for purchase
- Features live music by The Blenderz Band as well as Ny’s Special Effects
- 22 St. Ann Drive, Suite 2, Mandeville, LA 70471
- Learn more about it here https://stannwinebar.com/
- Roaring Back to the 20’s: New Years Eve at the Southern Hotel
- Ring in the new year with live music by the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra, party hats and favors, “pine cone drop,” and champagne toast @midnight
- Includes open bar and a 1920’s-inspired cold supper
- $175pp plus EventBrite fees
- visit http://www.southernhotel.com/ for more info or to purchase tickets
- Roaring 20s Great Gatsby, Harlem Renaissance New Years Eve Costume Party @ Jazz’Mines of Slidell
- Tickets are $35pp
- Includes dinner buffet and toasting champagne
- 1398 Front Street, Slidell, LA 70458
Looking to celebrate the 4th on the Northshore? Here are a few great options!
- WED. JULY 3 from 6-9PM: SPARKS IN THE PARK- COVINGTON- BOGUE FALAYA PARK.
- According to their website: “This fun, family event includes patriotic music and fireworks at Bogue Falaya Park in downtown Covington. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will an exciting fireworks display beginning at dusk (approximately 8:45 pm). Free for kids are face painting and balloon twisting, and concessions will be available for purchase. You can also join in the 2nd annual Hot Dog Eating Challenge, starting at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic. This event is free and open to the public.”
- WED. JULY 3 @6PM: PEARL RIVER 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION– PEARL RIVER- DOWNTOWN
- Opening celebration is at 6PM and fireworks will begin at dusk. Admission is free and there are multiple activities for children.
- Click here for all the details!
- THURSDAY, JULY 4 11AM- TIL 10PM: MADSIONVILLE OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION– WATER STREET ON THE MADISONVILLE RIVERFRONT
- Fireworks begin at 8:30PM, admission is free
- parade, pageant, kids activities, contests, prizes and food!
- Schedule of Events
- THURSDAY, JULY 4 4-6PM: THE MANDE MILKSHAKERS INDEPENDENCE DAY EXTRAVAGANZA– MANDEVILLE LAKEFRONT
Welcome to Trinity
Our newest listing, the 20-acre estate known as Trinity, is not just a house.
It’s an experience.
With a 3+ acre stocked pond, beautifully landscaped gardens, and gorgeous outdoor kitchen and entertaining area, Trinity offers what few others can: a relaxed, country atmosphere that is only 10 minutes from the heart of Covington, LA.
This home boasts over 5,700 square feet of living area and has been recently renovated so it feels like new construction. The downstairs features 3 bedrooms plus a very large office/playroom and upstairs you’ll find a huge bedroom with its own bath and closet. This could easily be a 5 bedroom house.
Every detail of this home was carefully considered, from the kitchen with the Wolf gas cooktop and Subzero refrigerator to the French oak flooring in the bedrooms. For additional space (not included in total square footage), this home features a separate storage barn with guest house. The guest house has one bedroom with living room, full kitchen and full bath.
Trinity really does have it all. Imagine driving through your gated entrance with beautiful, flowering crepemyrtle trees flanking either side of your private drive, catching a glimpse of your lush garden and serene pond in the background, and calling Trinity your home.
Separate guest house and storage barn:
Are you interested in viewing Trinity? Call Lynn @ 504-577-6802 or Lauren @ 985-602-9597 for your private tour.
St. Tammany Parish has one of the top rated public school systems in the state. According to the STPPS official website, 100% of teachers are certified and 53% have a masters degree or higher. Every classroom is internet accessible and all campuses are wireless. What’s more, all schools have perimeter fencing and a visitor photo ID system, and there are 1,250 security cameras in schools throughout the parish. Additionally, every bus is equipped with security cameras with 2 way radios. Last year, the 2, 419 St. Tammany Parish graduates were offered more than $100 million in scholarships and TOPS funding, and the average composite ACT score was 21.7, which exceeds the national average.
We are often asked for information on the various public schools within the parish. For many, public schools are an important factor in deciding where to purchase a home. In fact, people often make the move to St. Tammany specifically to access high quality public education. However, with 55 public schools, it can be an overwhelming task to compare each school. We have compiled data from various sources into a concise table, so that each public school within each city can be easily referenced. Included is the school name, location, rating (as assessed by greatschools.org; 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest), grades served, total number of students, and the number of students to each teacher. The table presented below contains the public elementary schools in St. Tammany Parish. Middle School, Junior High and High School tables will be presented in subsequent articles, so stay tuned!
Do you have information on any of the schools that are currently unrated, or would you like to add something about any of the schools? Drop a comment below!
**The ratings for each school are from greatschools.org, a nonprofit organization whose mission is, “to help all parents get a great educaton for their children and for communities to ensure that all students receive a quality education.” While these ratings are backed by the research of this nonprofit, they do not necessarily reflect our opinions; we are providing them as an objective way to assess each school. All information contained in these tables is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
Sources for this content include www.greatschools.org, www.schooldigger.com, and www.stpsb.org
Staging your home is crucial to selling your home quickly and for the highest price. A well-staged home allows potential buyers to see everything your home has to offer and really picture themselves in the space. This makes home staging a critical pre-listing first step. Below is a list of helpful and easy to execute tips for staging your home for maximum impact:
- DECLUTTER: Nobody likes a crowded, disorganized space. In fact, research shows that clutter actually contributes to anxiety and stress. The last thing you want is for buyers to enter your home and immediatly feel overwhelmed by “stuff.” If it seems as though your house is packed full, buyers might perceive the home doesn’t have enough storage space or is simply too small. If you’re having a hard time deciding what to part with, consider renting a storage unit temporarily. It might be an added expenense, but just think about the fact that a cluttered house will most likely increase your house’s time on the market. Time is money, right?
- REMOVE EXCESSIVE PERSONALIZATION: There’s no need to remove every single family photo. After all, there’s nothing wrong with buyers seeing a happy family currently resides in the home they’re considering purchasing. But, take a look around and see if perhaps you have too many personal artifacts about. Remove children’s artwork from the front of your fridge; pare down from 10 picture frames on your mantle to a couple of well-positioned frames; move collections of personal memoriabilia to storage for the time being. We want buyers to know it’s a happy space, but we also want them to be able to picture themselves in the space, and that’s hard if they’re seeing signs of someone else at every turn.
- ERASE SIGNS OF PETS: Every pet owner loves his/her animal. I, myself, have 2 toy poodles I adore. But our love for our pets can’t blind us to the fact that pets are animals and thus create odors and mess. Try to objectively look at your house for signs of pets living there and do all you can to mimimize the impact they leave on your home. Because you might be so used to the smell of your own house, ask your most honest friend to come over and tell you if your house has a pet odor. If she says yes, take steps to remedy the problem. You might need to rent a carpet cleaner. Consider getting an essential oil diffuser with a fresh, pleasing aroma. Erasing signs of pets will go far in leaving a postive impression upon potential buyers.
- GO NEUTRAL: Neutral colors have a broader appeal than bold, loud colors. While you might love your bright orange accent wall, not everybody will, and that could cost you a potential buyer. Most buyers have a difficult time seeing past certain design choices and might outright elimitate your home based on one dramatic feature.
- INCREASE NATURAL LIGHT: Natural light greatly improves the look and feel of any space. You might love your dupioni silk drapes and want to showcase them, but you’d be far better off opening the drapes and allowing natural light to flow through. Go through rooms and look to see where you can increase natural light. Be particularly mindful of this in your living space, as it’s usually the first area a buyer will see and first impressions are lasting impressions.
- REPLACE OLD FIXTURES AND DECOR: You want your home to feel as fresh and new as possible. Walk through your house and look at the lighting fixtures, faucets, door knobs, etc. Are they old, tarnished and dated? If so, consider investing in some updates. Updating fixtures is a relatively inexpensive way to aesthetically improve your home and will go a long way in making your home feel fresh and clean. Look at your kitchen and bathroom towels. Are they stained and ragged? Even if they look OK but have been used for a long time, you might consider getting some plush new towels. Even the seemingly smallest thing could help create a favorable impression of your home.
- ENLARGE THE SPACE: Now that you’ve decluttered your space, you should look around and find subtle ways to make your space appear larger. Does your table have a leaf in it? Consider removing it to make your dining room or kitchen feel more spacious. Do you have several accent chairs or large recliners in your living room? Remove some to open up the space. You’d be shocked what removing just one large chair can do to increase the feeling of size. Also, mirrors are a good way to make space feel larger because they reflect light. Purchase a couple and arrange throughout your space.
- ORGANIZE TOYS/BABY GEAR: If you have a house with children living in it, you undoubtedly have tons of toys and baby gear. Buyers will appreciate a well-organized kids’ or playroom. If they see you can keep a tidy, organized space with your kids living there, they’ll be able to envision themselves doing the same. Buy cubbies with baskets, bookshelves, or maybe some under-the-bed storage bins to help contain everything. Make sure baby gear, such as swings and pack-in-plays, are folded and put away prior to showings. Even though these things are functional and necessary for you, buyers might not be able to appreciate their necessity and only see a cluttered, tight space.
- STAGE EXTRA ROOMS: If you have extra rooms that aren’t in use, try to find a way to make them functional. Put in a small bed with a night stand, or an office desk with filing cabinet, rather than keeping a room completely empty. Although it seems counter-intuitive, the right amount of furnishings can actually make an empty space look larger.
- ENHANCE CURB APPEAL: The exterior of your home is equally important. It’s the first thing a buyer sees and can make or break a house showing. You want buyers to pull up and see a well-manicured lawn and garden and a fresh house facade. Go outside and, with an objective eye, look at the entire exterior of your home. Pull weeds and trim errant branches on bushes. If your garden is sparse and dull, consider spreading some fresh mulch. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to make your garden look fresh and new. If you don’t feel like planting flowers directly in your garden bed, purchase some potted plants and flowers (in pretty planters and pots) and arrange them throughout for pops of color. Pressure wash the exterior of your house and driveway/sidewalk. This is a surefire way to make your house look fresh and clean. Also, remove debris from your roof. Buyers are usually wary of roofs because they are such an expense to replace. If they see collections of leaves and pine needles on your roof, they might assume the roof hasn’t been properly cared for and need replacing.
This list is an excellent starting point if you’re considering selling your home. Take it one step at a time and you’ll be on your way to show-stopping showings. Do you have any staging ideas I haven’t suggested? Please share them in a comment!