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Mandeville - Covington, Louisiana
The cities of Mandeville and Covington on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain are among the fastest-growing in all of Louisiana. There is a reason the population in western St. Tammany Parish, where these two communities are located, has quadrupled since the 1970s.
Mandeville, founded in 1834, was one of the state’s original get-away communities. Residents of New Orleans headed to the north shore of the lake to escape the summer heat and city pressures. The winding shores of the lake, the parks and campgrounds, the rivers ripe for fishing and the charm of roadside farms and restaurants are all still enjoyed today as they were nearly 200 years ago. And now, homebuyers looking for a truly contemporary oasis see Mandeville and Covington as peaceful communities where real estate prices have remained extremely affordable.
Buyers will find everything from grand mansions in gated subdivisions to rustic cabins along the many rivers and bayous throughout the parish. Both cities boast historic downtown areas populated by restaurants and shops of all kinds. The Mandeville lakefront has always beckoned outdoor enthusiasts, while the Covington downtown has proved a popular mecca dotted with boutiques, antique shops, a range of cafes and eateries, outdoor concert venues and much more.
Mandeville and Covington offer the safety and tranquility for which bedroom communities are known, but are close enough to the business and cultural centers of New Orleans to still be considered a major member of the metropolitan area. Here is where potential homeowners will find a population with an average per capita income higher than that of the rest of Louisiana as well as the entire United States.
Business and shopping centers continue to flourish, with new centers opening regularly. The medical sector is well represented as one of the area’s largest employers, with hospitals that have been recognized as some of the most respected in the state. St. Tammany’s public, private and parochial schools also continue to post some of the highest test scores and achievement figures in Louisiana.
Whether you’re looking for real estate close to the lake, in piney woods, in a golfing community, in an historic district or in an area known for quality new construction, Mandeville and Covington are among the most exciting Louisiana cities in which to begin your search.
Mandeville and Covington, LA On the Map
From the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain to the northern Highway 190 corridor, from Lacombe to the east and Madisonville and the Tchefuncte River to the west.
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Stately Mandeville home of French styling on 1 acre of land
Mandeville and Covington Accessibility:
The 24-mile Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the world’s longest bridge, provides easy access from the cities of West St. Tammany Parish to and from the New Orleans area. It is also a signature landmark and gateway from one end of the lake to the other. The short trip over the highly monitored bridge welcomes commuters and visitors alike. An inexpensive toll is charged only from the north to south end of the bridge.
Residents of Mandeville and Covington are also assured easy road access throughout the area thanks to interstate highways 10, 12 and 59, along with highways 11, 90 and 190. Traveling through these cities, one will find that combination of rural road mixed with newly constructed highways and thoroughfares. Here is where well-planned roadways in new real estate developments meet with the winding paths along rivers and bayous, roads that originally welcomed the area’s first, 19th-century settlers.
French Quarter style home on 3/4 acre lot in Beau Chen subdivision, Mandeville, LA
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Mandeville and Covington Features:
Homebuyers looking for properties in Mandeville and Covington will find a gamut of choices, from the rustic to the pristine, from traditional homes to replicas of historic mansions. Condominium developments, gated communities, golf course homes and screen-porch cabins abound.
- Seafood restaurants, coffee shops, fine dining establishments and international cuisine are all available in the area of Old Mandeville, stretching from the shore of the lake to Highway 190.
- Shopping centers abound throughout both cities, along with business corridors that are home to banks, design firms, new-technology centers, medical institutions and businesses that drive the economics of the area.
- Fontainebleau State Park is a major draw in Mandeville, with miles of walking and hiking trails, cabins and campgrounds.
- The 26-mile Tammany Trace, a former railroad corridor, has been transformed into a popular and beautifully paved walking and hiking path that travels throughout the parish, through both Mandeville and Covington.
- Fishing and boating have always been among the most important draws in western St. Tammany.
- Outdoor arts festivals, seafood celebrations and other annual events have also proven to be a continual draw for families interested in living in the vibrant Western St. Tammany area.
- Homebuyers will also find a great selection of movie theaters, health clubs, plus the historic Lee Lane and downtown shopping centers of Old Covington.
This part of Southeast Louisiana has always beckoned new residents. Those who live here will tell you of the incomparable weather, recreational and cultural activities and many other amenities that have given Mandeville and Covington the distinction of being among the most popular cities in one of Louisiana’s fastest growing and safest areas.
Living with a picturesque waterway at your back door is a favorite lifetyle of many in the Mandeville - Covington area.