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Address: 1205 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA
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Pretty Area - Varied Styles

This area is so pretty. The houses are not so grandiose as to be unattainable for plain old everyday people. The architecture is very eclectic. The yards were very nice and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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English first
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This area is so pretty. The houses are not so grandiose as to be unattainable for plain old everyday people. The architecture is very eclectic. The yards were very nice and could be taken care without a full time or even a part time gardener! This neighborhood is very friendly and walkable. We spoke to many people sitting out on... More 

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USA
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28 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is quite a lovely microcosm of Victorian architecture well presented and tucked away in Lake Charles. Parapets, gingerbread cut outs and other fine representations are here to see.

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Arlington, VA
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317 reviews 317 reviews
94 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Very interesting to drive or walk around the homes, many from 1880-1920 with a surprising range of architectural styles. Definitely get the information about the houses from the visitor center on lakeshore.

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Louisiana
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Beautiful, Victorian architecture. The style is unique to this area and covers a large part of the downtown and lakefront areas. Well worth the tour, especially during the holidays. Take a carriage ride to see it at a leisurely pace.

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Auburn, Alabama
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147 reviews 147 reviews
41 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This article says it so much better than I can..... (from the Lake Charles Southwest Louisiana Getaway Guide Brochure) "The romantic history of Lake Charles, involving tales of pirates and buried treasure, began with the arrival of the 1st French settlers in the 1760's. The lumber boom, fueled by vast woodlands in the area, was responsible for the rapid growth... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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18 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Some amazing old homes. Beutiful reminders of a time when when pride, elegance and functionality were put into our homes. Be aware of your surroundings. Not the safest neighborhood in town.

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Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Take the time to stroll through these beautiful neighborhoods and appreciate the lovely architecture and wonderful trees. It is so nice that the old homes are being restored, history preserved!

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Louisiana
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37 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Although this part of town has grown a lot in the past few years, first time visitors here should be aware of this area. Yes, it is beautiful at night with all the lights and brick corners, but you must be careful as this area is known for crime.

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Central Louisiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Before eating breakfast, we strolled through this area, I am quite surprised at how well the downtown Lake Charles area renovation is coming along.

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Drive along the quiet, beautiful, tree-lined streets to get a sense of history and to view a great variety of sub-tropical plants like gingers, palms, bananas, and others. The azaleas in spring and the camellias in January and February were beautiful.

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