Southdowns stretches across some of the busiest intersections in town. To the south, you’ll find neighborhood houses with spacious backyards. To the west, Southdowns grows busier with popular local restaurants and bars as you drive along Perkins Road and approach the Perkins Road Overpass Merchants’ District. The neighborhood itself is full of subdivisions, small parks and walkable attractions. Nearby is the LSU lakes, where residents walk, jog and take bike rides. While you’ll find a few college students in rental homes because of its proximity to campus, Southdowns is more suited to home-owners.
Fun fact: The area is home to several popular shopping centers: Acadian-Perkins Plaza, Acadian Village, and Southdowns.
- Good eats: The most popular restaurants in town are here. Near the edge of Southdowns, you can eat at restaurants like Kalurah Street Grill, DiGuilio Brothers and The Overpass Merchant near the Perkins Road Overpass. The neighborhood also includes favorites like Red Zeppelin Pizza, Phil’s Oyster Bar, Fresh Junkie and Southfin Southern Poke. For a beer and a few late night bites, visit The Bulldog or Zippy’s.
- LSU Lakes: Southdowns is close to one of the busiest walking, jogging and biking attractions in town, a stretch of road along the LSU Lakes. The path runs from Stanford Avenue into the LSU Campus and the Garden District. Along the way, you’ll see beautiful houses, sorority row, and even kayakers. The lakes are also a site to catch a yearly migration of pelicans (the real kind) as well as giant wooden pink flamingos (for the Spanish Town Parade). These pink flamingos are highly sought-after too!
- Krewe of Southdowns Mardi Gras parade: Established in 1988, this family-friendly Mardi Gras parade rolls in the evening time with floats, torch-bearers and dazzling dancing troupes.
With the addition of Rouzan to the area, there is a healthy mix of older homes and new construction! A new shopping center featuring the popular Sprouts Market is under construction as well, making everything close by for residents. See more about the neighborhood and associated developments here.
Looking to live in the Southdowns area? Here are a few homes for sale: