well, we went out to the area off 433/ Thompson Rd last night, and were un-impressed. it looks like it got hit hard and they were having a difficult time recovering. quality of area increased the further south you went, and there were some cute houses (and some real mind-bogglers, like the one house painted *black*!), but still, we were not in love with the place at all.
potentials in this area were:http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2507-Robin-Street_Slidell_LA_70460_1109591700
but it's highly unlikely i'll buy in this area. the warm fuzzies were totally missing.
then we crossed I-12 at exit 80/ airport blvd, and looked at some areas there. this is where engineering (work) used to be located before they decided to locate us all together in a facility on Gause Blvd. the neighborhood i turned into on the west side of airport blvd was... well, the warm fuzzies were not only not there, they had fled in terror. it was a 'definitly NOT!' area.
so, we went across to the east side of airport, and found the oakmont subdivision, which is very classy. it's much classier than the area we visited off westminster sunday (which includes the Drury Ln house i posted yesterday). it had a surprising number of colonials, surprising because the south tends to run to ranch houses, rather than 2+ stories.
possibles in this area:http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/310-Riviera-Drive_Slidell_LA_70460_1109242987http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/119-Pinehurst-Court_Slidell_LA_70460_1111320480
(after a walkthrough to determine just how much work would have to be done)
there are a couple others we saw, but i'll have to talk to the realtor about information on them.
a co-worker tells me these houses are tract houses, and the builders have a reputation for using the cheapest possible materials, which... as long as there aren't structural problems, i'm relatively ok with. (he owns a house built by these guys, and it survived katrina....)
probably not tonight, but this weekend, i'm going to see if i can't find the tanglewood area, which is supposed to be somewhat prestigious/ popular, and also look at some neighborhoods around Robert Rd and I-12.
we finished off the night by going to the local copeland's, which i hadn't been to before. OMGWTFAMAZING! food. totally worth the price tag. mom went home to the st louis area today *sniffs*. we have so much fun looking at houses together.
-bs, hoping her mother has a safe trip