Northeast Louisiana’s twin cities, Monroe and West Monroe, offer a range of living options, from Spanish-style homes, bungalows and gardens to more modern housing with open and wooded areas. Monroe neighborhoods provide exceptional value to relocating families, couples and individuals. Those moving to the area from larger urban centers find they can purchase more square footage and larger lots than expected. New residents also enjoy efficient commutes to work, leaving more time to enjoy Greater Monroe’s vast leisure activities, including organized and recreational sports in nearby parks, an assortment of visual and performing arts, and a variety of classes and workshops from ceramics to yoga.
Monroe and West Monroe are separated by the picturesque Ouachita River, a defining feature in the community. Both cities have downtown retail districts, including outdoor markets which, between the Farmer’s Market in West Monroe and the RiverMarket in Monroe, host a variety of local vendors. Neighborhoods in Monroe range from the century-old Garden District and its eclectic and elegant housing, to West Monroe’s scenic planned developments, such as Indian Lakes and Parkwood Estates.
The region provides a variety of rural living opportunities – with river and lakefront views available even in the immediate surroundings of Monroe. The 2,000-acre Black Bayou Lake represents one such area, with the added privacy of the national wildlife refuge along its northern banks. Expansive country clubs provide park-like settings and recreational opportunities, with areas like Frenchman’s Bend only a short drive from Monroe.
Year-round mild weather makes it possible for residents to enjoy the community’s centrally located parks as well as boating, fishing and watersports in Bayou DeSiard and the Ouachita River. The popular urban waterways along with numerous lakes in the area provide satisfying outdoor recreational opportunities that are often just minutes away.