The welcome population explosion that hit the Baton Rouge area following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005 is reflected in the continually expanding community of Prairieville. Now considered a Baton Rouge suburb, Prairieville encompasses about 22 square miles and is located in Ascension Parish, just south of the Capital City, north of Gonzales.
Prairieville is where homebuyers will find the benefits of small town living combined with big city conveniences. Residents whose work takes them to Baton Rouge for government, construction and manufacturing jobs say they are grateful to enjoy their leisure time at home in cities and towns that are a short and safe distance from the capital.
Prairieville is known for a low crime rate, successful school system and a selection of property that easily appeals to all architectural tastes. New communities of country-club-like houses continue to be built on the rolling lands that originally gave the unincorporated area its name. Homebuyers will find a selection of homes that weave the environment of this part of Louisiana into their design. Single-family homes, historic cottages, an unusual amount of vacant land suitable for custom construction, and other choices abound.
Prairieville’s current growth spurt has 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 Prairieville, even amidst the booming cultural and economic landscape.
Prairieville, LA on the Map
Interstate-10 forms a portion of Prairieville’s municipal boundary on the west. The city spreads out about 20 miles east, but is now considered a bedroom community and suburb of Baton Rouge proper.
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Map of Prairieville, LA with Homes For Sale Marked with Flags
Prairieville home with over 1.25 acre waterfront lot on the Amite River
How to Get To and From Prairieville, LA
Prairieville is 17 miles south of Baton Rouge and a quick 20-minute drive. Easy in-town access is via scenic roads and through Airline Highway and I-10. Gonzales is less than 6 miles (10 minutes) south of Prairieville.
The Baton Rouge Airport is also less than a half hour away and the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is about 90 minutes to the south. Rail and bus lines are also conveniently located in nearby Baton Rouge and throughout the metropolitan area.
Six bedroom home in Lakes at Oak Grove subdivision - Prairieville, LA
Prairieville, LA Features
Prairieville is close to Louisiana’s unlimited recreational choices for hunting, fishing, hiking and biking through wooded lands and thick green bayous. Prairieville is also dotted with its own popular parks and a great menu of Louisiana-centric restaurants. The Tee Joe Gonzales Museum on West Main Street is one of the most historic spots in nearby Gonzales, home of the original founder of the community, at its original location along New River. The River Region Art Gallery on West Highway 30 features the work of nearly 100 artists from throughout the region and also sponsors themed shows throughout the year.
Prairieville’s proximity to Baton Rouge also gives residents a chance to enjoy the many fairs and festivals nearby, for which Louisiana is known worldwide. The city proper is the site of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church’s annual spring Festival de la Prairie. Many Prairieville families also participate in the annual Jambalaya Festival every May, Swamp Pop Musical Festival every summer and the Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival in the fall — all less than a half hour away in nearby Gonzales.
Plantation tours and self-guided visits are popular up and down River Road, close to Prairieville, where the homes and architecture of a bygone area still influence today’s home-building and home-buying decisions.
The nearby Tanger Outlets Shopping Center in Gonzales is home to many dozens of sought-after brands at discounted prices, including J. Crew, Kenneth Cole, American Eagle, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Gap, Guess and many others.
Renaissance Community, French-style, five bedroom home - Prairieville, LA - The area has a community swimming pool situated in a park like setting, a pavilion and a lake that features seasonal flights of striking waterfowl
Prairieville, LA Demographics
- Population – 27,000
- Households – nearly 9,000
- Schools – six elementary, junior and senior high schools in the public school district (among the highest performing in the state), along with several other private Christian academies
- Churches – seventeen (twelve Baptist)
- Medical Facilities – Prairieville branches of Ochsner Health System and St. Elizabeth hospitals, an urgent care clinic, pediatric center and easy access to the many medical facilities and full-service hospitals less than a half hour away in Gonzales and Baton Rouge proper