Abbeville, a suburban community in Vermilion Parish, about 30 minutes southwest of Lafayette, is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country. Here is where residents and tourists enjoy the music, food and other cultural elements of life in southwest Louisiana.
The region has also served as an important geographic, social and economic hub since its establishment 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 Abbeville. 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. Traditional ranch-style homes, cottages of every size and an unusual amount of vacant land ripe for welcome development are also available. A historic downtown district, where the architectural wonders of the 1800’s have been brought back to service, now 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.
Abbeville on the Map
Abbeville (about 30 minutes southwest of Lafayette, most of zip code 70510) stretches approximately from Veterans Memorial Drive and Highway 167 on the north; a swath from Sellers and Eaton Drives and Veterans Memorial Drive and Highway 14 on the south; Highways 365 and 14 on the west; and just west of North Marcus Road on the east.
Map of Abbeville, LA with Homes For Sale Marked with Flags
Queen Anne Colonial Revival Cottage on Historic Registry – Abbeyville, LA
How to get to and from Abbeville, LA
Abbeville, just southwest of Lafayette, is south of I-10 along the north-to-south route of I-49 and Highway 190 in this southwest part of Louisiana. State and US highways also crisscross this region.
Now considered a bedroom community of Lafayette, Abbeville is about 2 to 2.5 hours from New Orleans on the southeast, an hour or so from Baton Rouge on the east, and 3 to 3.5 hours to Houston on the west.
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.
Four bedroom Home on 6.7 acres with lots of trees - Abbeville
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 the Abbeville area their comfortable home. This region is dotted with sought-after Cajun and seafood restaurants and the calendars here are filled with annual festivals of food, music and culture. The city is also just a short drive from the legendary Avery Island where world-renowned Tabasco hot sauce is made (tours of the facility are popular, along with the surrounding 17-acre Jungle Gardens and Bird City).
Abbeville is also known for a beautifully restored and maintained downtown area where the Louisiana Main Street program is alive and well. The legendary courthouse, churches and renovated residential and commercial buildings are always worth a downtown visit. Swamp tours and day trips to all of Cajun country also keep locals and tourists busy.
Among the most popular attractions and events in the area include the Giant Omelette Celebration, the Daylily Festival and Garden Show, the C.S. Steen Syrup Mill (open for tours), the Vermilion Gator Farm and more. Locals and tourists also embrace Shadows On The Teche (the Georgian mansion and historic grounds in nearby, downtown New Iberia) and the Rip Van Winkle Gardens and historic Jefferson Home on Lake Peigneur. Add the annual Sugar Cane Festival, Festival of Live Oaks, Yuletide on the Bayou Celebration and the Azalea Trail tours and you get a sense of why residents set up home here.
Families appreciate the top-rated schools and the historic places of worship. They happily embrace Louisiana’s rustic Acadian roots while enjoying the combination of big-city amenities and small-town Louisiana culture and comfort.
Acadian style home with pool on acre lot – Abbeville, LA
- Population: 12,000
- Households: 5,000
- Schools: There are more than 25 public, private and parochial schools (with access to more than 130 in Lafayette) and several dozen independent preschools.
- Healthcare: Full-service Abbeville General Hospital is headquartered here, and Iberia Medical Center and Dauterive Hospital are in nearby New Iberia. Local medical facilities, urgent care centers and clinics are also available, along with the full-service hospitals, surgical centers, medical office complexes and clinics in close-by Lafayette.
- Churches: There are more than 30 churches of every denomination in Abbeville and more than 100 others close by in Lafayette.