Abita Springs, LA
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. Abita Springs, a rustic bedroom community on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, is no exception. 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 Abita Springs and you will hear a wonderful mixture of memories and personal likes. The city sits just east of downtown Covington and is close enough to the big-city wonders of New Orleans that residents can enjoy the complete cultural calendar there via a quick jog across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
Nearby swamps and lakes also make Abita Springs a perfect spot for residents who want to enjoy the pleasures of Louisiana’s hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and camping meccas. The architecture in Abita Springs is equally diverse.
Potential homeowners will find historic mansions near the historic downtown area as easily as they will find cottages, traditional ranch-style homes and a patchwork of styles from grand to modest, traditional to contemporary. What continues to make Abita Springs so unique among New Orleans-area neighborhoods is its close-knit community where the crime rate is especially low, the weather is lovely year-round and where residents take pride in their historic and peaceful surroundings.
Abita Springs property owners know the value of their part of the north shore and will promote it and defend it as often as possible.
Abita Springs, LA - New Orleans, LA on the Map
Abita Springs, about 4.5 square miles, is generally mapped from just south of Prats Road on the north, Harrison Avenue and a line due east to State Route 361 and Hickory Highway on the south, west of Highway 59 and Sloane Place on the west, and Oak Street and a line due south of there on the east.
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Money Hill Golf Plantation, this home overlooks the tenth hole - Abita Springs
How To Get To and From Abita Springs, LA
Abita Springs, just north of Lake Pontchartrain, is about an hour’s commute across the lake via Highway 190 and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to New Orleans. Downtown Covington and nearby Mandeville are just a few minutes to the west and southwest of Abita Springs. All of West St. Tammany, including Lacombe and Madisonville are also within a half hour of Abita Springs along the I-12 and Highway 190 corridors.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport is easily accessed from Abita Springs through Lake Pontchartrain Causeway route or via I-10 and I-610 through New Orleans. A mass transit system, plus major bus and rail lines also traverse Abita Springs.
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Abita Springs, LA Features
Homebuyers looking for properties in Abita Springs will find a gamut of choices, from the rustic to the pristine, from traditional homes to restored historic mansions and replicas thereof. The city, named for the pristine, medicinal water springs that were its original draw to early settlers, is also home to the Abita Brewing Company (founded in 1986 as a microbrewery that uses the pure water of the Abita wells to make its product).
Abita Springs’s popular Trailhead, Park and Museum along the 31-mile Tammany Trace biking and hiking trail, is home to the annual Abita Water Fest, Gospel Jubilee, Chili Cook-off and Opry Fest. The Abita Springs Opry featuring performers honoring Louisiana roots music is held at the Abita Town Hall during the spring and fall of each year. Cajun dancing is sponsored monthly at the hall, as well. Abita Springs is also known for the kitschy Abita Springs Mystery House and UCM (pronounced you-see-em) Museum, which also features the artwork of founder and manager John Preble.
The downtown Trailhead is also a meeting place for families who enjoy the play spot, picnic grounds and Splash Park. Seafood restaurants, coffee shops and fine dining establishments are all available in Abita Springs.
Fontainebleau State Park is a major draw in nearby Mandeville, with miles of walking and hiking trails, cabins and campgrounds. Fishing and boating have always been among the most important draws in western St. Tammany Parish.
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 Abita Springs its distinction of being among the most popular cities in one of Louisiana’s fastest growing and safest areas.
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Abita Springs, LA Demographics
- Population: 2,400, a 25% increase in the last decade
- Households: nearly 1,000
- Schools: five public and private schools (with access to hundreds more in nearby parishes and towns
- Health Care: Ochsner Medical Center’s Abita Springs branch offers primary care services and lab work, and several full-service hospitals, medical facilities, urgent care centers and clinics are available for Abita Springs residents throughout western St. Tammany Parish.
- Churches: nearly a dozen churches of every denomination