Orleans Quarters Interview

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Dane D'Armond

An Enjoy Retirement Jobs Interview

Take a look at "Orleans Quarters" and see if you want to become a land developer. Now is your chance to learn more about just what it takes to succeed just like Orleans Quarters.

At certain times in your life, you may come across business opportunities and you don’t know whether to move forward with them or wait for something else to come along.

I want to introduce you to someone who evaluated the situation, researched the market, gathered a team and moved headlong into a project that became a successful land development in Louisiana.

Oh, by the way, did I mention that he is my brother, Dane D’Armond.

Dane developed Orleans Quarters which consists of approximately 20 acres located 10 miles outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dane and his wife, Bonnie, built a successful operation and are now enjoying the beautiful scenery of large oak trees and a comfortable neighborhood. If you are interested in a development opportunity yourself, see Dane's 20 Acres at Brusly site. for the possibility of acquiring 20 acres of land in Louisiana.

"Do your homework
and have alternative plans."

~ Dane D'Armond


"Be passionate
about whatever it is
you want to undertake."

~ Dane D'Armond



We thought you would enjoy hearing from Dane about his project.

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1. Hi Dane, thank you for sharing your time with us. You have had quite a success in your development of property, Orleans Quarters, in Louisiana. What gave you the idea to become a land developer?


As for the idea, my wife and I were blessed with the property we inherited from my mother.  Fortunately, we did not have to spend capital to purchase the land and we wanted to use it as an asset as best we could.  Back in 2003, the housing market was coming out of a recession, but was in a better climate than what it is today.  Other subdivisions were being developed in Brusly and Addis, both about 10 miles from Baton Rouge. However, all of those developments were on pastures or sugar cane fields with little or no trees.  Again. we were blessed because of the oak and pecan trees on our property that my Dad and brothers had planted years ago.

We tried to surround ourselves with the very best professionals in their respective fields that we felt we needed to complete such an undertaking.  Our banker, lawyer, civil engineers, primary contractor and project manager were people we felt we could work with successfully.

We tried to put together best case and worst case scenarios of what could happen if we undertook to project.  After all these considerations, we decided to go forth with it.


2. How did you go about setting up your business? That is, how did you find out what steps you needed to take to set up operation and to protect your interests?

We sought input from our banker, lawyer and project manager. Their views were key elements in this phase of the project.  Our banker knew the housing market and, in fact, lived down the street from us.  Our attorney specialized in real estate which gave us insight in developing property.  The project manager was someone I had worked with at my previous occupation. He became a licensed contractor and had significant experience in building houses and developing subdivisions. The team we built gave us the confidence to move forward on the project.


3. Would you describe your development with regard to its general theme, setting and concept.

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The subdivision name is "Orleans Quarters" and it contains a courtyard area at the entrance with plenty of greenery, including two massive live oak trees to provide inviting curb appeal.  The logo is an antebellum style horse, carriage and passenger reminiscent of the southern plantations.  We developed subdivision restrictions we felt would be a little upscale for the area, such as, 1) requiring the same style of mailbox, 2) requiring a specific dollar amount to be spent on landscaping by each owner, and 3) specific guidelines on the style of houses that could be constructed to prevent it from becoming a cookie cutter neighborhood, but would allow the landowner to be comfortable in their own home and surroundings.


4. What was the hardest part of the process on this project at Orleans Quarters and what was the easiest?

The hardest part of the process was working through the unexpected opposition that we faced from individuals that wanted to retain the status quo for the town. They were concerned the changes we had planned would not be beneficial to the overall presentation and feel of the town. I guess that's just the human element that is always an unknown.

The easiest was the acceptance we received from the town once people could actually see that we were doing exactly what we said we would do. Then they saw that we weren't out to make a quick buck and wanted to build a truly fine development.


5. Would you mind telling us what were the keys to your success for this project?

Do your homework and have alternative plans.  Try to determine the worst and best case scenarios.  We chose to only be involved in the development of the infrastructure of the subdivision and not the actual building of the houses.  In this manner, we reduced our risk as we could pay off our creditors, once a lot was sold, without having to wait months for a home to be built and then sold. Our plan was to have a diversified subdivision with custom built homes by various contractors, rather than builders putting up similar floor plans. That made it more attractive to the potential buyers who wanted some individuality in their neighborhood.

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6. As an entrepreneur, what advice would you give someone who had a desire to develop property?

Surround yourselves with the best possible professionals to give you advice. Understand the market and the risks and then make your decisions.


7. What suggestions do you have for individuals that want to become entrepreneurs, but have not yet taken the step?

Be passionate about whatever it is you want to undertake.  Realize that you are probably going to end up spending a lot more time and money than you originally thought, so it better be on something that means a great deal to you.

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Dane’s love of the area and commitment to a first class operation has shown through in his work product and certainly lead to the success of his project.

Dane-Bonnie-Jindal I have included a picture of Dane and his wife, Bonnie, meeting with Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana at an event near his Orleans Quarters development in Brusly, Louisiana.

We want to thank Dane for giving us this terrific interview and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

If you are interested in becoming a land developer yourself, Dane has an additional 20 acres adjacent to his property that is available for sale. You can find out more at Dane's 20 Acres at Brusly site.

Now is the time for that opportunity. Do you want to move forward?





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