Event attracts dozens of Realtors and others who learned why Arabi is one of the hottest communities in the nation.
Arabi, LA- Nearly 200 people were treated to a ‘Taste of St. Bernard’ from local restaurants, music and local artwork as well as information from experts about one of the hottest real estate markets in the country at the Sold on St. Bernard Soiree May 30th at the Historic Old Ford Plant.
Guests at the Soiree were able to talk with some of the new SOSB homeowners and the builders who are the foundation of the program. The Ranch Film Studio provided exciting Virtual Reality Tours that allowed guests to see the amazing changes in the parish, without leaving the party! Barry Lemoine, President of the Old Arabi Association, emceed the event.
The event featured a new, promotional video touting the progress and potential in St. Bernard.
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One of the fastest growing parishes in Louisiana, St. Bernard Parish is located just 5 miles from Canal St., with a burgeoning film industry, thriving arts and cultural district and a unique homebuilding program called Sold on St. Bernard. This parish-sponsored program takes former Louisiana Land Trust properties, and turns them into beautiful new homes offered at affordable prices. SOSB Builders must comply with strict standards for these homes including 10ft ceilings, landscaping and other quality features, making these homes highly sought-after.
In 2018, Realtor.com ranked Arabi as the 6th fastest growing suburb in the United States. Assistant Director of the Real Estate Research Institute, and member of the Greater Baton Rouge Board of Realtors, Brian Andrews was pleased to be a part of the Sold on St. Bernard event and impressed to see St. Bernard Parish coming together to promote economic development through such a well thought out program. “Through our association with the Urban Land Institute we review revitalization efforts across the country and we learn that ‘activity breeds more activity,’ indicating that your elected officials and community partners are on the right track with the builder program and end user financing. I see great things ahead for St. Bernard,” said Andrews.
Parish President Guy McInnis says the Post-Katrina Boom is attracting many families and individuals who are new to the parish. “They are coming for the proximity to New Orleans, the safety and great public schools, the space and amenities such as miles of bike paths and trails and a booming arts and cultural district, ” explained McInnis.
“St. Bernard is taking the blank slate it was given after Katrina and building an even better, forward-thinking parish! There are plans for many more exciting projects including a major new development at the Old Ford Plant, which was originally designed by acclaimed architect Albert Kahn and is now the National Register of Historic Places, “explains Sidney Torres III, long time-resident, attorney and real estate developer.
The event was sponsored by the Sidney Torres Law Firm, The Ranch film Studio, Ochsner St. Bernard Parish Hospital, Wisemove Real Estate, Amanda Miller Realty, Meraux Foundation, Property Title, Rocky & Carlos Restaurant & Bar, MeMe’s Bar & Grille.