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Louisiana house hunters staking their claim on the Coast

Buyers head east to find their piece of paradise

Holly Lemoine-Raymond, owner/broker of HL Raymond Properties

In recent years, the Mississippi Gulf Coast has witnessed a remarkable influx of buyers from neighboring Louisiana, eager to secure their slice of heaven in this picturesque region. As a real estate broker based in Bay St. Louis, I have had the pleasure of helping many Louisiana residents find their perfect coastal getaway.


Our area’s allure lies in its stunning beaches, welcoming atmosphere and a plethora of entertainment and dining options. For those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, this coastal paradise offers the perfect retreat. Many Louisiana buyers have expressed their desire to have a serene place to spend weekends away, soaking in the sun and sea breeze.

Some buyers have gone a step further, recognizing the investment potential of owning property in this region. They have bought homes and condos to use as short-term rentals. The Coast’s popularity as a vacation destination makes it a lucrative option for those looking to generate passive income.

What’s especially interesting is that many Louisiana buyers are considering making the Coast their permanent home. I’ve noticed a pattern that signals their transition from occasional visitors to full-time residents. The telltale signs emerge when they start asking about local amenities like hair salons, churches and dry cleaners. These inquiries show their intent to establish a more permanent presence in the community.

“This is where I always wanted to end up. As a child, I grew up here visiting every summer, and now I’m able to live here.”

Tiffany Landreneau, Ponchatoula, Louisiana, resident buying in Pass Christian


Breathtaking scenery aside, would-be residents cherish the close-knit and friendly ambiance that characterizes our area’s coastal towns. The small-town feel, which is deeply ingrained in the region’s culture, fosters a strong sense of belonging and community.

For many Louisianians, this relocation is akin to finding their little piece of paradise. The warm hospitality, combined with an abundance of recreational activities and delectable local cuisine, makes it easy to fall in love with the area. It’s no wonder that this coastal gem has caught the attention of those seeking a change of pace and a better quality of life.

Watching buyers transform their vacation homes into permanent residences is a testament to the region’s unique charm and magnetic allure. And, as the community continues to welcome newcomers with open arms, it’s clear that the Coast will remain a beloved destination for Louisiana buyers seeking their own piece of paradise.

Holly Lemoine-Raymond is owner/broker of HL Raymond Properties. Reach her at

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