New Iberia Real Estate
New Iberia, Louisiana, is located approximately 30 miles from Lafayette. New Iberia is the parish seat of Iberia Parish and was founded in 1779. The Spanish settlers called the city Nueva Iberia and American settlers called this city New Town. When the post office was opened the city was called Nova Iberia and in 1847 the state legislature made the official name New Iberia. With a population of 30,617 people, this city is the 12th largest in the state of Louisiana. New Iberia real estate includes many single-family homes and small and medium sized apartment complexes.
The majority of homes in New Iberia were built from 1940 to 1969, followed by homes constructed from 1970 to 1994. There is some new construction as well as historic homes that were built prior to 1939. Residents of New Iberia are served by the Iberia Parish School District. There are several recreational and entertainment opportunities as well as natural features of interest in New Iberia. Avery Island is one. This island is actually a dome of rock salt, three miles long and two and a half miles wide. It is known as a source for Tabasco sauce. The island is inhabited by a small number of people.
The Iberia Performing Arts League is another choice of area residents. This community theater organization typically presents five major productions each year as well as a summer youth activity or play. There are historic sites located within Iberia such as Shadows-on-the-Teche, which is owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The house was built in 1831-1834. The house is officially recognized by the United States government for its historic significance and as such is a National Historic Landmark.
New Iberia festivals include the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, which celebrates the beginning of the sugar cane harvest. The locals call refer to this as a ‘grinding.’ Sugar cane is one of the main crops grown by farmers in New Iberia. The Greater Gator Race is an annual event in New Iberia sponsored by the Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc. (SMHA). The Cajun Hot Sauce Festival is another celebration enjoyed by residents of New Iberia real estate as well as visitors.