The Home Buyer's Korner

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August 18th, 2016

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St Bernard

Shell Beach/Hopedale Neighborhood

The Home Buyer’s Korner

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The median real estate price in the Shell Beach/Hopedale neighborhood of St Bernard, Louisiana is $171,850, which is more expensive than over 71 percent of the neighborhoods in the state and more than 49 percent of the neighborhoods in the country.

Shell Beach/Hopedale area is a remote neighborhood located in Saint Bernard, Louisiana, and a coastal neighborhood on the Gulf of Mexico.

Shell Beach/Hopedale residential real estate of St Bernard is primarily made up of small studios and two bedroom to medium sized three or four bedroom single-family homes and manufactured homes. Furthermore, homes built from 2000 through today make up a higher proportion of the Shell Beach/Hopedale (St Bernard) neighborhood’s real estate landscape than nearly all other neighborhoods in America. When you are driving around this neighborhood, you’ll notice right away that it is one of the newest built of any, with the smell of fresh paint, and the look of young landscaping nearly everywhere you look. In fact, nearly 88 percent of the residential real estate here is classified as newer. In fact, the concentration of newer homes here is so great that they completely dominate the landscape. In most neighborhoods, there is a mixture of ages of residential real estate, but here it is almost completely built from 2000 to present day, while a number of homes were also built between 1970 and 1999.

Vacant homes or apartments are a major fact of life in the Shell Beach/Hopedale (St Bernard) neighborhood and the current real estate vacancy rate here is over 68 percent. A relatively large percentage of housing here is seasonally occupied at almost 54 percent.  If you live here year round, you may find that a number of homes in your neighborhood are empty for much of the year. To learn more about this neighborhood’s vacancy rate and its effect on your home buying or selling options, consult your real estate agent. 

When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing is often the way it looks, like its homes and its flair. Some places look the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for a while, and why it’s important to learn all you can about the neighborhood you plan to call home.

Shell Beach/Hopedale of St Bernard has wide open spaces, great gulf views, few people, and lots of space to stretch out. If you like locations that fit that description, you may like this neighborhood. Just over one person per square mile living here, and this neighborhood is less crowded than nearly all others in America. Shell Beach/Hopedale (St Bernard) is a neighborhood that is on the Gulf of Mexico with amenities that attract residents and visitors to the waterfront for recreational activities or to check out the scenery. Shell Beach/Hopedale (St Bernard) is a very nautical neighborhood, meaning that it is somewhat historic, walkable, densely populated and on the water. This gives the neighborhood a very nautical feel, with some seaside and shipping feel, which some may really enjoy the sights and sounds of. One of the notable things about Shell Beach/Hopedale (St Bernard) is that it is one of the quietest neighborhoods in the country and if quiet and peaceful is your cup of tea, you may have found a great place here to live and enjoy.

One of the most interesting things about the Shell Beach/Hopedale (St Bernard) neighborhood is that it has a greater concentration of residents who live alone than most all neighborhoods in America, with over 65 percent of the households made up of people living alone.

The Shell Beach/Hopedale (St Bernard) neighborhood is unique for having just over five percent of adults having earned a bachelor’s degree, whereas the average neighborhood or city has nearly 22 percent of residents who have earned at least a bachelors degree.

Do you like to be surrounded by people from all over the country or the world, with different perspectives and life experiences? Or do you instead prefer to be in a neighborhood where most residents have lived there for a long time, creating a sense of cohesiveness? This neighborhood stands out among American neighborhoods for the uniqueness of the mobility of its residents. More residents of the Shell Beach/Hopedale (St Bernard) neighborhood live here today that also were living in this same neighborhood five years ago than is found in nearly 97 percent of neighborhoods across the county. This neighborhood is really made up of people who know each other, don’t move often, and have lived here in this very neighborhood for quite a while. 

Your future neighbors in the Shell Beach/Hopedale neighborhood of Saint Bernard earn modest incomes, and this neighborhood has an income lower than nearly all other in the nation.

In the Shell Beach/Hopedale (St Bernard) neighborhood, over 38 percent of the working population is employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with nearly 31 percent of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations at over 16 percent, and almost nine percent in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants. It used to be that most Americans lived on the farm, or otherwise made their living from the land, the forests, or the sea. With global trade and an economy increasingly based on providing services to one another, fewer people farm, fish or harvest timber now than at any time in American history. The Shell Beach/Hopedale (St Bernard) neighborhood stands apart from most American neighborhood due to the proportion of its residents still working in the gulf with nearly six percent of the workforce so employed.

Each neighborhood has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestry and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture, some more unique than others, based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households, and importantly, on the ethnicity and ancestry of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.

In the Shell Beach/Hopedale neighborhood of Saint Bernard, Louisiana, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Italian at almost 25 percent. There are also a number of people of French ancestry at nearly 17 percent, and residents who report German roots at more than 11 percent. Some of the residents are also of Irish ancestry at nearly eight percent, along with some Mexican ancestry residents at over three percent, among others.

The most common language spoken in the Shell Beach/Hopedale (St Bernard) neighborhood is English, spoken by nearly everyone who lives here.


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