town of Natchitoches, Louisiana
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Natchitoches, Louisiana

The Neighborhood
Founded in 1714, Natchitoches is home to a 33-block National Historic Landmark District in which this community takes great pride: One recent civic renovation involved pulling up, cleaning, and replacing the bricks of Front Street, the city's main drag, one by one. Residents have good reason to keep it shining. U.S. News & World Report recently named Natchitoches a "low-cost gem" in its retirement guide, and Newsweek included its Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts on its Best High Schools list. Natchitoches is also home to Northwestern State University, which boasts an excellent teacher-education program and is a major employer in the area.

The Houses
Architectural styles here include early-1800s Colonial, Craftsman, and Greek Revival.

The Prices
A 1,700-square-foot Craftsman in the National Landmark Historic District—in need of a little TLC—was recently listed for $210,000; renovated 1920s Mediterranean-style houses in the same area go for around $500,000.

Why Buy Now?
The state of Louisiana provides a tax exemption for the first $75,000 spent on a home purchase.

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