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Living a Outdoor Oriented Lifestyle in Leesville, Louisiana

The Louisiana towns of Leesville and DeRidder are outstanding towns for people who love the outdoors. The towns are within 20 miles of one another near the western border of Louisiana. The area has great natural beauty and ample recreational opportunities with lakes and rivers. Hunting, fishing, boating, and golf are very popular pastimes. The U.S. invested millions to improve nearby Ft Polk's facilities, including a terrific golf course.Town officials in both Leesville and DeRidder are busy planning and renovating their classic downtowns to keep their towns strong economically.

Where to Retire in Leesville and Home Prices

Leesville and DeRidder each offer the chance to live in a nice house and walk to an active downtown.  DeRidder, the smaller of the towns, offers more historic homes. Both towns have amenities and community facilities to keep one busy. The city of Leesville is working hard to promote and improve itself.
According to Zillow, the median home value was $167,797 in mid-2022.

What Is Special about Leesville

Charming old town with vital and classic downtown. Opportunity to buy a great home in a buyer's market. DeRidder's new Public Library. Many historic home available. Fort Polk golf course (open to public). Northwestern State University. There are many lakes and rivers. Apparently there is a retirement welcoming committee.

What Is Not Special about Leesville

The communities have their poorer neighborhoods. Hot, humid summers. You would be making a bet that the development plans will work.

Climate and Physical Environment

The towns of Leesville and DeRidder are located on the western edge of central Louisiana, 97 miles south of Shreveport. There are many lakes and rivers in the area. Houston Texas is about 175 miles; Lake Charles (LA) is 65 miles.; The January temp average is in the high 40's and the July average is just over 80.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Leesville has an old movie theatre being restored as a performing arts and community center. DeRidder has a wonderful new library. Its old railroad depot now houses a museum of dolls. Northwestern State University has classes available for seniors.


Crime is just slightly below the national average.

Medical Facilities

Byrd Regional Hospital in Leesville, Fort Polk has facilities for military personnel.


Alexandria International Airport is 53 miles. Polk military airport is here, Chennault International is 66 miles away in Lake Charles.

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