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Living a Small town Lifestyle in St Francisville, Louisiana

Listed in the book "The 200 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America," St. Francisville, Louisiana is one of the prettiest and most charming small towns along the Gulf Coast. If you imagine that Louisiana is shaped like a boot, St. Francisville is on the front where the shoe meets the upper last. It is a quaint town on the Mississippi and very popular with both tourists and people in retirement.

Beautiful antebellum homes are flanked by live oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss here in this historic town, which has been restored with a very active Main Street Program. Majestic plantations are a major tourist attraction.  Many events are scheduled to keep things lively.

Photo of St. Francisville Inn courtesy of Wikipedia and Hank5720.

Where to Retire in St Francisville and Home Prices

Retirees will find low crime and a more beautiful and prosperous community than in many other Louisiana towns. The median home value in St. Francisville was $252,000 in early 2022, according to Zillow, although the town is so small the numbers tend to gyrate widely. Obviously, historic homes will cost much more.

What Is Special about St Francisville

Main Street program. Low cost of living. Beautiful, historic town with more than 140 registered historic places. The Mississippi River. Historic reenactments and many local events

What Is Not Special about St Francisville

It is a small tourist town with less than 2000 people.

Climate and Physical Environment

Located in northeast Louisiana on the Mississippi, near the Mississippi border. It is about 28 miles from Baton Rouge.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Fodor's listed St. Francisville in their choice of "20 Best Day Trips" for its beautiful Antebellum homes, plantations to tour, and antique shopping. There are a number of festivals, reenactments, and events throughout the year. Baton Rouge, home to LSU and the state capital, is only 26 miles away.


The crime rate in St. Francisville is the lowest we have seen for any town in Louisiana.

Medical Facilities

There are 2 hospitals within 10 miles - West Feliciana Parish Hospital and Pointe Coupee General Hospital.


Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is 26 miles.

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