Local Favorite: Bella Ridge Loves Kyoto 2

We’re so excited for our new Bella Ridge luxury apartment community! From incredibly modern interiors to an on-site dog park, this beautiful apartment complex offers luxury living with square footage, dedicated covered parking, and amenities that you just won’t find in downtown New Orleans.

The property is close to an amazing shopping center with stores like TJ Maxx, DSW, Ulta, and World Market, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a local presence. In fact, one of Uptown New Orleans’ most popular sushi restaurants, Kyoto, has a second location just about a mile away from Bella Ridge near Elmwood Shopping Village. We’ve taken a closer look at Kyoto 2 to bring you the best of authentic Japanese flavors and the charm of a local favorite.


Enjoy fresh, authentic sushi at Kyoto 2, located near our new Bella Ridge property. (Photo courtesy Alexandre Chang on Flickr)

One of the best-reviewed items on the menu is the Poke Salad Roll. This dish takes elements of the classic Hawaiian raw salad and translates it into a sushi roll. Creamy avocado and a spicy chili dressing play with taste and texture while tuna, crabstick, and squid provide a trio of flavorful seafood. Veggie fans will love the Slow-Ya-Roll, not only for the clever name, but also for the combination of cucumber, avocado, asparagus, and sprouts. Creative rolls like the Funky Margarita and the Taco Salad combine quality seafood with surprising toppings (think spicy avocado sauce or a tangy vinaigrette).

A complete menu with appetizers, noodle soups, salads, and mains provides ample options for even the choosiest eaters. For dessert, the ginger ice cream and black sesame ice cream satisfy a sweet tooth with a welcome alternative to flavors like vanilla or chocolate.

One of the best parts about Kyoto 2 is that you can pick up takeout and enjoy Japanese-style favorites at home in Bella Ridge. Contact us now to find out more about the property and secure a lease. We’re already filling up!

Apartment Living is Desired Option for New Orleans Newcomers

Forbes Magazine recently named New Orleans as their “biggest brain magnet,” and with that distinction, a number of young professionals have chosen to move here.


Many young professionals are flocking to the New Orleans area for amazing job and living opportunities. (Photo courtesy ruimc77 on Flickr)

According to a recent article in New Orleans City Business, census figures show that members of Generation X and Y (ages mid-30s to mid-40s) make up almost one-third of the population in New Orleans, compared with a national average of just 26 percent. As a result, demographers were quick to name New Orleans as one of America’s fastest-growing cities.

In terms of where to find a home, apartment living is quickly becoming the most viable option for residency during this period of fast growth.

Finding an apartment in New Orleans can be challenging for incoming transplants. At 1st Lake Properties, we are empathetic to the emotional and physical energy it takes to choose a new place to call home. Living outside the city presents an enticing option for newcomers. Apartments are much more plentiful in areas like Metairie and Harahan. This up-and-coming area features suburbs like River Ridge and Elmwood, in addition to our upcoming luxury property, Bella Ridge.

Additionally, these areas offer perks like easy parking and quick access to downtown, both of which are harder to come by when you actually live within the city; congestion and street parking are two constant realities of the New Orleans lifestyle.

“People moving to New Orleans who aren’t sure how long they’re going to stay or who don’t want to buy a home are driving growth in Elmwood,” says our senior vice president, Stacey Shane Schott, in the City Business article.

The suburb offers not only unbeatable proximity to New Orleans, but also plenty of amenities. Elmwood Shopping Center features major stores like World Market, TJ Maxx, Ashley Home Furniture, Ulta, Zoe’s Kitchen, Five Guys Burgers, and much more.

Bella Ridge itself creates a luxurious atmosphere for residents with thoughtful details like an on-site dog park, office space within each unit, and clean, modern interiors.

“We’re expecting folks to stay with us for one or two years until they establish job security,” says Schott, noting that residents may choose to buy a house down the road. “Until then, they’ll be our residents.”

Take a look at all of our Greater New Orleans properties, and please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.


Enjoy Iconic New Orleans Food and Music at Treme Creole Gumbo Fest

The Jazz and Heritage Foundation draws global recognition for Jazz Fest, but did you know the foundation puts on several other events in the city? From last month’s Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival to annual competitions like Class Got Brass?, the foundation spotlights the importance of music in New Orleans throughout the year. If you’re looking to enjoy some of the foundation’s (and the city’s) finest fruits, head to the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, starting Nov. 8 in Armstrong Park.


This gumbo from Miss Linda’s was featured at last year’s festival. (Photo courtesy Paul Broussard on Flickr)

As the name suggests, this festival pairs brass band music – including the Treme Brass Band – with plenty of gumbo offerings. Seafood and meat gumbos will be in attendance, but guests can also look forward to a vegan gumbo competition. Each restaurant participating in the festival is eligible to enter a vegan gumbo, free of any meat or animal products like butter, milk, or eggs. Competitors can also choose to create a gluten-free vegan gumbo, if desired. Culinary experts will judge each vegan creation, and visitors can purchase a sample to vote for their own favorite.

The second annual vegan gumbo contest aims to encourage healthy eating habits and also features a partnership with PETA.

A new addition to the festival is the organizers’ decision to merge the arts market with the children’s area. The decision adds to the allure of this family friendly event: local artists will lead interactive workshops for kids, providing a creative atmosphere for all to enjoy.

As always, music is at the forefront of this Jazz and Heritage Foundation event. Expect a near-constant stream of brass music throughout the festival, which runs from 11:00 a.m. until 7:15 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition to local high school bands, the festival will also feature standouts like the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Band and the Soul Rebels, who close out the festival on Sunday.

So many of our Greater New Orleans properties are just a short drive from the event, and parking is plentiful. Take advantage of the city’s top-notch music and food at this fall festival.

Summer Fun: Activities in New Orleans

Summer is celebrated nation-wide as a time to get out and enjoy the weather, time off of school, and for some, time off of work. It’s a time for vacations, fireworks, grillouts and being with friends and family. So it’s the perfect time for residents to go explore their neighborhood and surrounding area where they live. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to do that for 1st Lake residents in Metairie, Kenner, River Ridge and the Northshore. To get you started, we’ve got some ideas for your summer adventures that are a great and affordable alternative to a European vacation or a trip to the beach.


Blue Bayou

Residents of the Lake Towers, Regency Club and Spring Brook apartments in Baton Rouge have a fun-for-all-ages water park right in their back yard with Blue Bayou. There are water slides, roller coasters, ferris wheels and ways to splish and splash this summer.


One of the great things about Louisiana is all the natural waterways we have that are perfect for summer activities, like fishing. Metro New Orleans apartment residents can enjoy fishing on Lake Pontchartrain, Slidell residents don’t have to go far to take advantage of the St. Tammany Parish fishing pier, and Mandeville and Covington residents have the Tchefuncte River for all their fishing and boating desires.

Kites and Picnics

fishing lake pontchartrainThere are many wonderful parks near many 1st Lake apartments that are perfect for classic summer pastimes like kite flying, Frisbee and picnics. The Lafreniere apartments in Metairie are located right at the main entrance of Lafreniere Park, and all other Metairie, Kenner and River Ridge residents are located just a short drive from the beautiful City Park and Audubon Park in New Orleans.

Catch a Ball Game

A great way to spend a summer evening is to enjoy a baseball game with some delicious grilled food and friends. The New Orleans Zephyrs play all through the summer, conveniently located in Metairie, right next to many 1st Lake Properties apartments.

Summer Fun in Southern Louisiana

The summer season is upon us, and the neighborhoods with 1st Lake Properties apartments in New Orleans and beyond offer plenty of fun to be had. Make sure to get out there and enjoy simple summertime activities that make this one of the most fun times of year.

Fountainbleau State Park – Daydreaming about going to the beach but don’t have the time or budget for it right now? Not to worry, you can take a lovely day trip to the Fountainbleau State Park near our apartments in Mandeville, Covington and Slidell, which has its own lakefront beach, perfect for gatherings with friends and family, and it’s dog-friendly to boot. Besides the beach, Fountainbleau State Park has lots of walking, running and biking trails.

The Lake Pontchartrain Beach at Fountainbleau State Park

The Lake Pontchartrain Beach at Fountainbleau State Park

Movies – There are plenty of great options to go to the movies this summer near 1st Lake apartments in Metairie, Kenner and River Ridge. The AMC Elmwood Palace has 20 theaters showing all the best summer blockbusters as well as the Clearview Palace for another great nearby option. To make a whole night out of it, visit the upscale Theatres at Canal Place in New Orleans, for dinner, drinks and a movie all in one.

Shopping – In the same areas as the movie theaters in Metairie, Clearview Mall and Lakeside Mall offer an extensive selection of shops that men, women and children will love for clothes, home goods, treats and more. In New Orleans, stop by the newly reopened Outlet Collection at Riverwalk with a wide variety of shops for the latest fashion, designs and entertainment.

Want to be close to all the action this summer? Check out the available apartments offered at 1st Lake Properties!

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