Baton Rouge developer Scott Bardwell said Friday that work has begun on the first home in Audubon
Square, his 82-lot subdivision on Tiger Bend Road near Antioch Park.
Bardwell said the first unit - designed by The Front Door architects and built by homebuilder Chip
Blair - will be the neighborhood's model home.
Groundbreaking will take place on three more units this month, two of which have been pre-sold,
Bardwell said. Blair is building the other as a "spec" home without a buyer.
Audubon Square is Bardwell's third development in the Tiger Bend area, following Rose Hill and
Laurel Hill. He and business partner Jay Noland bought the land in 2007 for $1.4 million.
Lots in Audubon start at $67,500, while completed homes will be in the $350,000 range.
Amenities include rear alleys, tree-lined streets, front porches and a large central green space.
Baton Rouge area home sales have been falling steadily over the past several months.
Based on figures compiled by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors, the first quarter of
2009 was the slowest three-month start for the market in a decade.
Nevertheless, Bardwell said his company remains "bullish" on its product and pricing.
"We are generally healthy local economy. Buyers just need something they can get excited about," he
By: Chris Gautreau