Hurricane Preparedness for your Home

An aerial photo of Hurricane Irene (2011) from the International Space Station
Hurricane Irene from the International Space Station, 2011

Well, it’s that time of the year again! Just as we’re starting to feel a bit more free to move about after the peak of Covid-19, we stop in our tracks as we realize it’s now HURRICANE SEASON. The way 2020 has been going, it’s no shock that it’s predicted to be a busy season. We already have our first named storm- Cristobal– in the Gulf, and forecasts are showing it’s likely to head our way. What’s more, the NOAA is speculating 13-19 named storms will arise throughout the season. Of those storms, it’s predicted that 6-10 could be hurricanes, including 3-6 major storms. Yikes.

While this is all speculative, it’s always best to be prepared. That’s why we’ve made this list of essential ways to prepare your home when a hurricane is imminent. While we hope you never have to use this list, we hope it’s helpful in the unfortunate event a hurricane is bearing down on us.

Buying and Selling During a Pandemic

How We’re Meeting Your Needs


To all of our friends and clients, we want you to know that we are still here to meet your real estate needs and are eager to help you any way we can. While real estate is certainly different than it was just a couple months ago, we have adapted and are always evolving to maintain our client-first mindset.

For our buyers, we are more than willing to preview listings for you so that you can minimize your risk of exposure. We can take extra pictures and videos of homes and walk down neighborhood streets while face-timing you so that you can get a feel for the area. Of course, these are services we’d gladly perform (and have performed many times!) outside of a pandemic; however, we want to make sure you know we’re absolutely willing to continue serving you in this way while practicing social distancing for Covid-19. So, if you see us walking down the street wearing a mask, definitely wave and say hi– from at least 6 feet away! 😃

For our sellers, if you’re wondering about listing your home, but are unsure and unfamiliar with how it will work during social distancing, rest assured, we have answers for you. The real estate market, while it has slowed some in general, continues to thrive in our area. If you should choose to list your house right now, we would go out of our way to make sure your listing really stands out online, since now, more than ever, people are performing the bulk of their scouting online prior to making appointments. What does that mean for you as a seller? It means we will continue to hire a professional photographer for all interior and exterior photographs. We will also film and upload virtual tours to the MLS. We will produce a coheret, thoughtfully worded, and comprehensive description of your home to further attract buyers. If you are concerned about having strangers in your home, we are able to set strict showing guidelines that suit your comfort level.

While a great portion of real estate was conducted virtually even prior to the advent of the virus, the vast majority of it is virtual now. You can rest assured that we have all the tools and technology to make sure your buying or selling processs is as streamlined as it ever was.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling, right now might be a strange time, but that doesn’t make it a bad time for real estate. We’d love it if you’d let us help you navigate these tricky waters and prove our dedication to you, our client.

Thank you and stay well!

Lynn and Lauren

Neighborhood Spotlight: River Oaks Estates

Covingon, Louisiana

When I think of my favorite Northshore neighborhoods, one of the first that comes to mind is River Oaks Estates. Located conveniently close to everything both Mandeville and Covington have to offer, and within the premier Mandeville school district, River Oaks is the best of both worlds- an established neighborhood with the fresh-feel of a well-maintained subdivision.

Flanked by beautiful, mature trees, the winding streets of River Oaks are home to some 275 families. The lots are generously sized, giving the neighborhood an open, uncluttered feel.

River Oaks offers some fantastic amenities, as well. Their community pool is large and immaculately maintained and features a small kiddie pool. During the summer, lifeguards are provided for a large portion of each day.

River Oaks offers a large clubhouse that opens to the community pool, both of which can be rented by homeowners for private parties.

River Oaks also has a beautiful tennis court, which was freshly resurfaced in 2019, and a small playground area adjacent to the pool.

Tennis court, located adjacted to the pond at the front River Oaks Estates
Charcoal grill with small playground in the distance


Ask River Oaks residents, and they will tell you how much they adore their neighborhood. Close to shopping, hospitals and tons of restaurants, with easy access to 190 and the interstate, the location doesn’t get much better. Add blue ribbon schools and fabulous amenities to the mix, and you have a pretty perfect place to live!

Interested in finiding out more about River Oaks? Contact us!

2020 Northshore Parade Schedule

It’s that time of year again! Although we might not do it as big as NOLA, the Northshore has a pretty impressive 2020 parade lineup. Also, note that Mandeville’s Krewe of Orpheus will not be rolling this year, unfortunately. Check out the full Northshore parade schedule below…

2020 Northshore parade schedule

Which Northshore parade(s) are you most looking forward to and why? Comment below! Laissez les bon temps roule!

NYE on the Northshore 2020

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
    • 9PM-1AM
    • 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
    • 985-951-2116
    • 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
    • 985-778-0505
    • Learn more about it here https://stannwinebar.com/
  • Roaring Back to the 20’s: New Years Eve at the Southern Hotel
    • 9PM-1AM
    • 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

Looking for something holiday-related to do on the Northshore this weekend? Check out these fun activities!

Santa makes an appearance at all of these events!
  • Mandeville- Winter on the Water: This is the 22nd year of Mandeville’s Winter on the Water– presented by The City of Mandeville and the Old Mandeville Business Association. The fun begins at 11AM this Saturday, December 7, at the lakefront gazebo. Gather ’round to listen to the Mandeville Elementary bell ensemble play Christmas tunes. You can also take pictures with Santa, have your face painted, and listen to Benny Grunch and the Bunch! Santa’s Walking Parade will begin at noon. This is a free activity that’s fun for the whole family! 

  • Mandeville- Holiday of Lights @ the Koop Drive Playground: Celebrating its 20th year, the Holiday of Lights is a free, fun-filled event for the whole family. Festivities begin at 5:45 the nights of 12/6-7 and 12/12-14. Come out to the Tammany Trace Kids Town Pavilion & Kids Konnection Playground to enjoy spectacular holiday decor, twinkling lights, and free performances and kiddie rides. Santa pictures will be available and printed onsite for $20. While admission and rides are free, refreshments will be available for a charge.
  • Slidell- Christmas Under the Stars: On December 6 & 7 and 13 & 14, head down to Griffith Park in Olde Towne Slidell from 6-9PM for the 31st annual Christmas Under the Stars Celebration. You’ll have a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, tour life-size Christmas cottages, sing songs, and enjoy lights, decorations and the Parade of Trees. Admission is free!

  • Covington-Christmas at TerraBella: This friday, 12/6, from 6-8:30, head out to TerraBella Village for their annual Christmas at TerraBella celebration. Featuring free admission, live music, hot chocolate, Christmas crafts, letters to Santa, and rides on the TerraBella express, this is a holiday event that’s sure to please everyone! For $10, you can take a pic with Santa, too!

  • Madisonville-Merry Madisonville: This Saturday, 12/7, from 2-8PM, you can celebrate the 11th annual Merry Madisonville, a day of fun for the whole family. Head to the Madisonville Town Hall because Santa arrives by boat from the Lake Ponchartrain Maritime Museum. Admission is free and you will also be able to enjoy caroling, activities and photos with Santa.

Do you know of any activities we haven’t mentioned? Comment below!

NEW LISTING!

$179,900 in Mandeville

  • 3Bedrooms/2 baths
  • 1560 sqft
  • ONE STORY! NO STAIRS!
  • Spacious den with fireplace
  • Split floorplan
  • Master bedroom with garden tub and separate shower
  • Covered patio and small fenced yard
  • Washer, dryer and fridge to remain
  • Condo fee includes exterior lawn maintenance and insurance, flood insurance, lawn care and termite contract
  • Located in premier Mandeville school district
  • Close proximity to Causeway, shopping, restaurants, churches and schools

Call Lynn @ 504-577-6802 or Lauren @985-602-9597 to arrange a private showing or message us on facebook at http://m.me/TheLarterTeam

Northshore 4th of July Festivities

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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

 

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Northshore Neighborhood Spotlight: Greenleaves

Mandeville, LA, 70448

Front entrance of Greenleaves

The northshore is filled with so many beautiful neighborhoods! All are unique, which is great because what appeals to one person in a neighborhood might not appeal to another. You don’t have to look far to find a neighborhood offering what you’re seeking on the Northshore! The options are plentiful.

Today we are going to spotlight Greenleaves subdivision in Mandeville. We will admit- we are somewhat biased when it comes to Greenleaves because I (Lauren) grew up in Greenleaves and my mom (Lynn) still lives in our family home of 30 years. Whenever I reflect on my childhood, it is filled with the happiest memories of growing up in Greenleaves. I spent many a summer day fishing in the pond right around the corner from my house and riding my bike along the bike/walking paths. I made so many wonderful friends in my neighborhood– many of those friendships still strong today.

When you enter Greenleaves, you immediately notice the abundance of mature trees and the park-like setting. Not surprisingly, each side of Greenleaves Boulevard is flanked by gorgeous greenery. In addition, Greenleaves is home to 3 picturesque ponds, one at the front entry and two a small way from the front entrance. These ponds are home to families of ducks and, quite often, geese. Greenleaves also offers 2.6 miles of walking paths! At any point in the day, you can find families taking walks together along the paths, as well as runners and joggers out for exercise.

So, what else makes Greenleaves unique? Greenleaves is home to 1041 residences and, unlike most subdivisions on the Northshore, Greenleaves encompasses a group of 16 separate and smaller subdivisions referred to as parcels. A Greenleaves parcel is like a neighborhood within a neighborhood. Each parcel has its own representative board, but is ultimately under the governance of the Greenleaves Master Association. The GMA sets the deed restrictions and covenants by which all residents of Greenleaves must abide.

Each of these parcels is different from the other, and home sizes and prices within each parcel are similar to each other. So, for instance, the parcel of Cornerstone offers some of the largest homes within Greenleaves, while the parcel of Manor offers lovely condominiums that are smaller than detatched, single-family dwellings. Greenleaves parcels include single family detached homes, townhomes, condominiums and apartments. This means that Greenleaves can be an option for many people with a wide array of housing needs! Look through the pictures below to see how beautiful Greenleaves really is.

Do you live in a parcel within Greenleaves and love it? Tell us which one and why!