Gonzales Real Estate and Community Information
Gonzales Real Estate and Community Information
Located in between Baton Rouge and New Orleans in Ascension Parish, Gonzales Louisiana is considered the center of what makes Louisiana truly unique. It is also part of the fastest-growing area in the southeastern region of Louisiana. Called the “Jambalaya Capital of the World,” Gonzales was settled by Spanish and French ancestors whose culture, history, and traditions are still reflected in modern-day Gonzales. Residents enjoy their prime location near the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast. Considered the commercial hub of Ascension Parish, Gonzales is the largest municipality in the parish with a population of 9,749. Gonzales real estate offers a mix of old and new housing from condos to single-family homes.
Shopping and Dining
Plenty of local shopping options await the curious shopper at the Bayou Plaza Shopping Center. Roussel's of Gonzales features home decor, fine furniture and jewelry. Browse the latest styles of women’s clothing, jewelry and even dresses for prom or Homecoming at the Virgo Boutique. Bargain shopping awaits Gonzales residents at one of the many thrift stores like Bows and Britches and Oh Baby.
For more upscale shopping, Tanger Outlets features over 60 outlet stores including Kenneth Cole, Banana Republic and New York and Company. A trip to Cabelas is a must for the sportsman or woman looking for fishing, camping or hunting gear.
Steeped in French and Spanish traditions, there are no shortages of Creole and Cajun restaurants for those looking to sample the local fare. Shrimp, oysters and just plain good food are on the menu at Mike Anderson’s Seafood. Fresh redfish, crab cakes and healthy portions of steak are served up at Sno’s Seafood and Steak.There’s also the Jambalaya Shoppe and Cabela’s Redfish Grill. Not into seafood? Gonzales has plenty of American Cuisine choices including Piccadilly Restaurant and Starlite Espresso Café. Travel along North Airline Highway for other dining options including fast food and Tex-Mex food at Casa Maria.
Parks and Recreation
Best known for its annual Jambalaya Festival, Gonzales offers a variety of outdoor activities for the whole family. Take a dip in the Olympic-sized swimming pool at Jambalaya Park and enjoy a concert or event at the open air amphitheater and gazebo. Honor the local veterans with a contemplative walk around the Ascension Parish Veterans Memorial Park. Avid golfers enjoy year-round golf while they take in 18 or 36 holes at the Pelican Point Golf Community. This 250 acre, semi-private golf course, located just off the banks of the Mississippi River, offers a British-style course along with a driving range and target greens. Located inside the Houmas House Plantation Gift Shop, the River Region Art Gallery shows and sells a variety of original folk art, photography and jewelry from area artists. River Region Art Association also offers classes and hosts monthly festivals.
With a relatively low crime rate and lower cost of living than the national average, residents of Gonzales enjoy the short drives to Baton Rouge and New Orleans. With this close proximity to larger cities and enjoyable lifestyle, the area has experienced a 19% growth spurt since 2000. Gonzales real estate and homes for sale range from new construction to single family homes in a variety of architectural styles. The median home price is around $133,400 with everything from condos to luxury homes in affluent neighborhoods for sale.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Gonzales is served by the Ascension Parish School District whose goal is to provide every student with a high-quality education. There are 10 Kindergarten through 12th Grade schools in Gonzales which include 8 public and 2 private schools, including 6 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and one high school. Graduating high school students have many options for higher education nearby including Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.
For healthcare options in Gonzales, St. Elizabeth Hospital offers surgery, a cancer center, and outpatient services, along with nutritional services and an intensive care unit. Promise Hospital of Baton Rouge offers extended care for patients and loved ones who need a longer recovery time after surgery. Ascension Health offers spiritually centered healthcare and ministries to residents of Gonzales.
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is a short 30 minute drive on Interstate 10 from Gonzales and offers domestic flights across the country. For ground travelers, Amtrak has a limited-service station in Baton Rouge.