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Bella Ridge apartments in River Ridge, Louisiana 

click to enlarge Bella Ridge residents can reserve cabanas for poolside relaxation.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Bella Ridge residents can reserve cabanas for poolside relaxation.

1st Lake Properties' newest apartment complex, Bella Ridge (1101 Dickory Ave., River Ridge, 888-802-9150;, offers luxury apartment living. The complex is close to Elmwood shops and restaurants and is a 20-minute drive from downtown New Orleans.

  The property's 264 units consist of one- (966 square feet) and two-bedroom (1,366 square feet) apartments. Interiors feature granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and master bathrooms with stand-alone showers and soaking tubs. They also include crown molding and wood-tone flooring, 10-foot ceilings, recessed and pendant lighting, full-sized washers and dryers and ample closet space.

  "Our management company prides ourselves in having great amenities, such as pools with soaking and tanning ledges, 24-hour fitness centers and concierge-style services," says Michele Shane L'Hoste, president of 1st Lake Properties, which has designed and built more than 9,000 apartment complexes and retail and office spaces since 1970. "[We] also have a professional on-site team that can be [there] in case of emergency after hours."

  Bella Ridge partners with local businesses to bring residents services such as mobile car detailing, laundry valet, personal assistants and poolside food delivery, which helps create a "carefree living experience" according to Brandi Milliet, regional vice-president of 1st Lake Properties. "Living at Bella Ridge should be easy, and these concierge-style services add to that experience," Milliet says.

  Apartments are equipped with USB outlets and 1G of bandwidth, available through Cox. Common areas feature free Wi-Fi. Smart home packages, which allow residents to access their home camera, sound system and temperature control from their mobile devices, are available. The complex is the first in Jefferson Parish with a parking garage.

  Pet owners are welcome at Bella Ridge, which offers an on-site pet park called Bella Bark Park. Pet care services are available.

  The resort-style pool features three cabanas that can be reserved during business hours. There's also a 24-hour fitness center with Precor equipment and instructors, as well as a free bike share program.

   "[Residents] can enjoy these bikes for both fitness and leisure," Milliet says. "We feel it is important to have services that make our community unique."

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