Every New Orleans area neighborhood has a personality of its own. Residents born and raised in one part of town express extreme allegiance to that geographic spot. Chalmette, a resilient bedroom community in St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans, is no exception. Chalmette was nearly destroyed by the floodwaters following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but despite naysayers, the community has continued to rebuild and eventually prosper.
Homebuyers and renters who want to enjoy the pleasures of living in this neighborhood will find a gigantic list of reasons why it contains some of the metropolitan area’s most loyal and longtime residents. Mention Chalmette and you will hear a wonderful mixture of memories and personal likes.
Chalmette sits between the big-city wonders of New Orleans and the relaxed fishing camps leading to the Gulf of Mexico. The vacation climes along the Mississippi Gulf Coast are a short drive to the east. Nearby bayous and smaller lakes also make Chalmette a perfect spot for residents who want to enjoy the pleasures of Louisiana’s hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and camping meccas.
The architecture in Chalmette is equally diverse. Potential homeowners will find traditional ranch styles and new open-plan designs as easily as they will find fishing cottages and historic single-family homes. Sprawling neighborhoods of classic homes are balanced by historic properties surrounded by 100-year-old oak and pecan trees. New construction is also prevalent. The patchwork of styles, from grand to modest, traditional to contemporary, is what continues to make Chalmette so unique among New Orleans-area neighborhoods.
Successful public, private and parochial schools and a low crime rate also continue to make Chalmette popular with residents. A solid business community —oil and gas, chemical, retail, medical, military, construction and manufacturing — all contribute to the area’s determined prosperity and dependability as an employment hub.
Chalmette property owners know the value of their part of St. Bernard Parish and will promote it and defend it as often as possible.
Chalmette, LA on the Map
Chalmette, about 8 square miles, is generally mapped from the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) on the north, The Mississippi River on the south, Norton Avenue and Cougar Drive on the west, and Refinery Road on the east.
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Map of Chalmette, LA including homes for sale Marked with flags. Click map to see more homes for sale.
Chalmette home with large yard, totally renovated after Katrina
How To Get To and From Chalmette
Chalmette, just a few minutes southeast of downtown New Orleans, is often considered a suburb of the Crescent City. It is easily accessible via two-lane roads (St. Bernard highway and St. Claude Avenue) along the Mississippi River and four-lane Claiborne Avenue (Highway 90), and is connected to I-10 to the east via Paris Road and I-310.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport is less than 30 minutes away, and a mass transit system, plus major bus and rail lines also traverse Chalmette.
Rosetta Drive three bedroom home - Chalmette, LA
Chalmette, LA Features
Homebuyers looking for Chalmette properties are also looking for the kinds of amenities that have welcomed residents for decades – dependable private, public and parochial schools, restaurants of every description (seafood, Cajun-Creole spots, joined by everything from corner po-boy cafes to fine dining and every type of international cuisine).
Chalmette is also home to the Chalmette Battlefield, Chalmette Cemetery and the 100-foot-tall Chalmette Monument, all part of Jean Lafitte Historical Park’s commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans, fought at this location in 1815. Here is where General Andrew Jackson’s men defeated British troops. The site is currently home to a museum, gift shop and expansive grounds that celebrate the major event in the war (including a yearly reenactment of the battle). Chalmette is also home to the St. Bernard Civic Center (home to Mardi Gras balls and countless convention and trade shows during the year).
The culture of this part of Louisiana is also reflected in the popularity of swamp tours and fishing charter companies based here. Mardi Gras parades through Chalmette streets annually, and residents shop at the many local boutiques and national retailers that call Chalmette home.
The massive cultural and entertainment calendar less than 20 minutes away in New Orleans gives Chalmette residents a chance to enjoy the pleasures of Louisiana’s most famous city while returning home to a more placid and rustic way of living.
Totally renovated home in the heart of Chalmette, LA
Chalmette, LA Demographics
- Population: 17,000
- Households: 6,000
- Schools: Nearly two dozen public, private and parochial schools (with access to hundreds more in nearby Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes), plus more than a dozen privately owned preschools
- Health Care: The newly built and opened St. Bernard Parish Hospital now offers full medical services here, with other local medical facilities, urgent care centers and clinics also available. The dozens of full-service hospitals, medical office complexes and clinics in nearby Orleans and St. Tammany Parish also service Chalmette residents.
- Churches: Nearly two dozen churches of every denomination