Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge definitely lives up to its nickname: “Creative Capital of the South.”

Anticipating the overwhelming challenges businesses increasingly face from “Big Data,” Baton Rouge is meeting the challenge head-on. The city’s attractive, high-tech, luxury-lifestyle hub is luring a broad spectrum of corporate especially in the arena of IT/software, digital media and, of course, movie celebrities.

Considering that the Baton Rouge site was attracting Homo sapiens over 1,000 years before the Egyptian pyramids were built, it’s not surprising that the hippest of digital media studios in the nation are joining the influx to “Red Stick,” as the Louisiana Capital was once known.

The story goes that, back in 1699, French explorer Sieur d’Iberville’s first sighting of this area included a reddish cypress pole festooned with bloody animals. It marked the boundary between two rival Indian tribes. They called the pole and its location le baton rouge (the red stick).

It was too choice a spot, sitting as it does above Istrouma Bluff, the first bluff upriver from the Mississippi River Delta. It protects the site from flooding, hurricanes and other natural disasters. No wonder, over the decades, Baton Rouge has been occupied, governed, and influenced by France, Spain, Britain, Louisiana, the Florida Republic, the Confederate States and the United States.

Still an major influence in the area are the Cajuns, descendants of French-speaking settlers who settled the area after being driven out of their northeastern Canadian home by British forces back in 1755. French isn’t spoken much nowadays in Baton Rouge proper, but the heritage continues. “O” sounds are often spelled with the French/Cajun “eaux.” Everywhere you see “Geaux Tigers!”

One of the fastest-growing cities in the South and home to Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, Baton Rouge has been ranked as one of the nation’s Top Ten Places for Young Adults (Portfolio Magazine), 9th Best Place to Start a New Business (CNN), one of the Top 20 Cities in North America in North America for Economic Strength (Brookings) and, repeatedly, one of the top choices for retirement.

Baton Rouge’s ExxonMobil oil refinery is the second largest in the nation and one of the world’s 10 largest. BR’s film industry, including the Celtic Media Center, has positioned the city as the setting for an increasing number of movies, including Glory Road, All the King’s Men, Bonnie & Clyde, Maze Runner, El Gringo, Monster Ball, to name just a few. The call is always out for extras!

Taking this industry to new heights is the Red Stick International Animation Festival, a unique marriage of the worlds of technology, art, entertainment and exploration that draws participants from Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, Firebrand Games, Crawfish Games, Pixomondo and similar innovative film and digital studios. No wonder Baton Rouge earned BusinessFacilities.com’s recognition as the nation’s Top Ranked Metro for Economic Growth Potential.

A subtropical climate ensures plenty of outdoor time to enjoy everything from the area’s wonderful antebellum plantations and historic battlefields to the distinctive natural landscapes. Baton Rouge’s Mardi Gras rivals all the good aspects of New Orleans’ event.

All that, plus a reputation for excellent tasting city water! It comes straight from the Southern Hills Aquifer.

Baton Rouge’s sports scene is, of course, dominated by purple and gold, colors of the LSU Tigers who, including all men and women’s teams, rank in the top seven official NCAA Total National Championships. This doesn’t even include the “Mythical” National Championships awarded by the media over the decades. LSU’s Tiger Stadium, which dominates the view, was voted the “Scariest Venue for Opposing Teams” (ESPN). One purple/gold origin story tells of LSU’s very first football game. Uniforms were gray. Wanting to look more distinctive than their first opponent, players and the coach ordered ribbons in Mardi Gras colors: green, purple and gold. Purple and gold ribbons arrived, but no green. The look lasted. Great tradition surrounds every football game . . . as any Baton Rougian can tell you!
Along that line, gambling is legal in Louisiana and Baton Rouge’s casinos, including the famous L’Auberge with its 1,500 slot machines and concert tall. It has become as much of an attraction as Louisiana’s spectacular Gothic Revival state capital . . . the nation’s tallest state capital building

 

With such exciting expansions and the new residents they bring come all the amenities expected by those who demand, and can afford, the very best, according to Quita Cutrer of Burns & Company, Baton Rouge’s leader in high end real estate transactions. Their clients demand in lifestyle choices par excellence, including luxurious residential communities, top quality education, affluent shopping, international cuisine, exciting entertainment and a wide range of outdoor activities. Meeting these demands are Baton Rouge’s globally recognized cultural venues, including opera, theater, symphony, ballet and a wide range of museums.

When luxury home sales soar into the upper echelons, Quita Cutrer and Burns & Company are familiar names conducting the transactions. Burns’ diverse, distinctive coalition has brought together Baton Rouge’s most talented, dedicated real estate agents, all of whom share a common passion for their community and for satisfying clients. Embracing the emotional, exhilarating, unforgettable experience of purchasing a home, Burns & Company realtors become bold, committed and innovative advocates for their clients.