Port Allen is the parish seat of West Baton Rouge Parish on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, is part of the Baton Rouge Statistical Area, and is where homebuyers will find the benefits of simplified, suburban living in a city that embraces its historic roots. The area is distinguished by classic ranch-style homes that have been meticulously maintained through the years and many others that have been redesigned to embrace new open floor plans with added glass rooms and screen porches. Homebuyers will also find classic Acadian cottages as well as impressive new architectural gems and larger homes in new developments. Generous acreage and lush landscaping are also hallmarks of the neighborhood.
Port Allen also gives homebuyers a chance to search for historic Louisiana properties dating back centuries or for easy-to-manage townhomes perfect for working couples. An unusual amount of vacant land is also suitable for custom construction.
The current growth spurt in and around Baton Rouge began after many residents from southeast Louisiana sought refuge following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The displacement fueled the real estate market like never before.
Homebuyers fond of Louisiana’s natural greenery and peaceful climate have come to appreciate a similar tranquility in Port Allen.
The city is on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, just a few minutes from downtown Baton Rouge. Residents appreciate the proximity to everything the Capital City has to offer, while still cherishing the value of the small-town feel and attitude that is clearly prevalent here.
Port Allen on the Map
The Port Allen neighborhood, extending nearly three square miles, is generally marked by Rosedale Road and Highway 986 on the north, I-10 on the south, west of Key Biscayne Drive and Allendale Drive on the west, and the Mississippi River on the east.
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Map of Port Allen, LA with Homes For Sale Marked with Flags
Victorian home, circa 1875, listed on the Historic Registry, on 3.8 acres - Port Allen, LA
How to Get To and From Port Allen, LA:
The Port Allen area of Baton Rouge boasts some of the shortest commute times into the central part of Capital City than from other areas on this statistical map.
This governmental center of West Baton Rouge parish is also less than 90 minutes to New Orleans, and is interconnected to the rest of the state via interstate highways 10 and 12. Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is just a short commute away, and Port Allen is also home to a popular mass transit system, along with major commercial rail and bus lines.
Custom four bedroom home on a corner lot, minutes from downtown Baton Rouge - Port Allen, LA
Port Allen, LA Features:
Port Allen, in West Baton Rouge Parish, is home to the Port of Baton Rouge, a deep-water port that serves as a major center for a huge business in river activity. The port is also a Foreign Trade Zone and is home to the Port Allen Lock, a shortcut from the river to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Port Allen’s riverfront district also offers promenade views of the river and of Baton Rouge, just across the Mississippi.
The historic city is also dotted with neighborhood parks, hiking and biking trails and other venues that help residents enjoy the attributes of their community. The area is also a gateway to Louisiana’s unlimited recreational choices for hunting, fishing, hiking and biking through wooded lands and thick green bayous.
As a true suburban community, Port Allen is home to dozens of convenient urban parks, shopping centers, plus amusement and recreation venues, the Railroad Depot Museum, West Baton Rouge Parish Museum and other historic sites. Port Allen also hosts the annual Lagniappe Dulcimer Fete Festival, bonfires along the river levee on Christmas Eve, the West Baton Rouge Parish Fair and other events that draw residents as well as visitors.
As part of the immediate Baton Rouge area, Port Allen families are also able to enjoy an unlimited calendar of cultural activities and events in the Capital City. Among the most popular attractions include short excursions across the river to the Old Capitol Building Museum and the Louisiana State Museum, annual events such as the Bayou Country Superfest, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, Jambalaya Fest, Chili Cook-off, Zapp’s International Beerfest and Kite Fest Louisiane.
Annual antique and garden shows, weekly arts markets, an annual Civil War Reenactment and the Greek Fest are also very popular with residents. Also of note are the nearby downtown Baton Rouge performing arts venues, home to theater, symphony and opera companies. Nearby amusement and water parks along I-10 are also popular with families living here.
Port Allen residents may also enjoy the outlet mall in close-by Gonzales as well as many locally owned boutiques and the hundreds of Louisiana-centric restaurants throughout the Baton Rouge area.
Custom home on cul-de-sac with pool - Port Allen
Port Allen, LA Demographics
- Population: 5,200 in Port Allen - West Baton Rouge Parish counts about 24,000 residents.
- Households: 2,200 in Port Allen - West Baton Rouge Parish counts more than 9,000 households.
- Schools: The public school system includes five elementary, three middle and two high schools, and families may also choose to send their children to many other private and parochial schools.
- Healthcare: West Baton Rouge Parish has several medical office complexes, urgent care centers and is in close proximity to the many full-service hospitals in Baton Rouge proper.
- Churches: More than 50 churches of all denominations can be found in West Baton Rouge Parish.