Breaux Bridge, just a few minutes northeast of Lafayette, is counted within the larger Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area and recognized as a major destination for anyone interested in Cajun culture, Zydeco and Cajun music and the wonders of cooking with crawfish.
Breaux Bridge, in the southwest corner of the state along with Lafayette, has served as an important geographic, social, cultural and economic hub since the area was first established at the turn of the 19th century. French Canadian Acadians were among the early settlers here, joined by French Creoles soon after. The culinary and cultural contributions of these early settlers are still felt today.
Homebuyers looking for the perfectly placed city that can offer the best of all worlds — a combination of urban and country living, suburban qualities and big-city amenities all at once — should look no further than the bedroom community of Breaux Bridge. Homes of every architectural description are available in newly designed communities and in redeveloping historic areas, close to every aspect of Louisiana’s renowned hunting, fishing, biking, hiking and walking venues.
Historic homes have been painstakingly maintained for hundreds of years while the boldest of new designs can be found in other neighborhoods. A historic downtown district, where the architectural wonders of the 1800’s have been brought back to service, serves as an important meeting place for residents and tourists alike. Major businesses (tech-related and more traditional manufacturing, medical and military) provide well-paid employment to many area residents.
Those looking for a new home or business in the area will find it to be a family-friendly and affordable place to live, a place that confidently displays some of the best characteristics of Louisiana.
Breaux Bridge on the Map
The Breaux Bridge area stretches across Interstate Highways 10 and 49. The city (just northeast of Lafayette, most of zip code 70517) stretches approximately from Highway 109 on the north, Anderson Street/Sidney Drive/Cormier Drive on the south, just west of Main Highway on the west and along Doyle Melancon Extended Road on the east and northeast.
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Map of Breaux Bridge, LA with Homes For Sale Marked with Flags
Custom home on Bayou Teche on 2.5 acres in Gated Paradise Oaks - Breaux Bridge, LA
How to get to and from Breaux Bridge, LA
Breaux Bridge, just like nearby Lafayette, is at the crossroads of I-49 and I-10. State and US highways also crisscross this southwest region of the state. The city is about an hour southwest of Baton Rouge, two hours northwest of New Orleans and three hours south of Alexandria.
Lafayette Regional Airport services this part of the state with dozens of daily direct and connecting flights. A mass transit system, plus major bus and rail lines also traverse the suburban communities surrounding Lafayette.
French home with southern charm on 3 acres built circa 1860s - Breaux Bridge, LA
Breaux Bridge Features
Residents who can trace their ancestry back hundreds of years — and new residents interested in the Cajun flavor of this part of Louisiana — happily call Breaux Bridge and nearby Lafayette as their comfortable home. Breaux Bridge is known as the Crawfish Capital of the World, and is in a part of the state dotted with Cajun dance halls and celebrated with annual festivals of food, music and culture.
Swamp tours, alligator tours, Cajun Country tours and day trips to nearby Lake Martin (among the best places in the state to see the huge population of egrets, herons and other birds) help keep locals and tourists busy. The historic and revitalized downtown area boasts Eastlake, Queen Anne and Victorian architecture on proud display in residential and commercial structures, alike.
This area, as the historical and present-day heart of Cajun culture, is consequently home to unlimited activities, festivals and fairs and a constantly expanding calendar of annual and special events. Among the most popular attractions include the annual Crawfish Festival, Christmas celebrations downtown, and nearby Breaux Bridge’s Mercredi Show concerts in the spring and fall. Less than a half hour away in Lafayette, residents flock to even more festivals and outdoor concerts, plus sports and music events at the Cajundome Arena, Cajun Field and Blackham Coliseum. Touring and local concerts, opera and symphony performances, and a wealth of theater and museum options also entertain locals and visitors.
Living in Breaux Bridge, a part of the larger Lafayette region, gives residents a chance to embrace Louisiana’s rustic Acadian roots while enjoying the combination of big-city amenities and small-town Louisiana comfort.
Custom three bedroom home – Breaux Bridge, LA
Breaux Bridge Demographics
- Population: 8,100
- Households: 3,000
- Schools: Recent figures show a total of about a dozen public, private and parochial schools (with access to more than 130 in Lafayette). The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana Technical College and several trade schools and community colleges are also very nearby in Lafayette.
- Healthcare: St. Martin Hospital is headquartered in Breaux Bridge, and area residents have easy access to the full-service hospitals, surgical and urgent care centers, medical office complexes, clinics and other facilities in Lafayette.
- Churches: There are more than a dozen Catholic and Baptist churches in Breaux Bridge, with more than 100 other churches of every denomination close by in Lafayette.