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. Folsom, 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 Folsom and you will hear a wonderful mixture of memories and personal likes.
The city sits just north/northwest 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, bayous and lakes also make Folsom a perfect spot for residents who want to enjoy the pleasures of Louisiana’s hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and camping meccas. The architecture in Folsom is equally diverse.
Potential homeowners will find country homes on large-acreage lots with mature trees and swimming pools as easily as they will find cottages, traditional ranch-style homes and a patchwork of styles from grand to modest, traditional to contemporary. New construction sits comfortably among homes that have been in the same families for generations. A good deal of land among Folsom’s rolling hills and huge pine trees is always available here and is welcome for development.
What continues to make Folsom 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. Folsom property owners know the value of their part of the north shore and will promote it and defend it as often as possible.
Folsom, LA on the Map
Folsom, nearly 2 square miles, is generally mapped from Vineyard Road and just south of Heidelberg on the north, south of Bennett Bridge Road on the south, Highway 445 on the west, and west of Middle Road and Highway 40 on the east.
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Horse Farm in Louisiana Polo Farms - 5 bedrooms, 20 plus acres - Folsom, LA
How To Get To and From Folsom, LA
Folsom, 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 south of Folsom. All of West St. Tammany, including Lacombe and Madisonville are also within a half hour of Folsom along the I-12 and Highway 190 corridors.
New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport is easily accessed from Folsom through the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway route into Metairie and Kenner. A mass transit system, plus major bus and rail lines also traverse Folsom.
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Folsom, LA Features
Homebuyers looking for properties in Folsom will find a gamut of choices, from the rustic to the pristine, from traditional homes to restored historic country retreats and replicas thereof.
The village (as natives and town fathers refer to it) was founded at the turn of the 20th century as a logging community and is now known for its horse farms, plant nurseries and farmers markets. Folsom is also home to the 900-acre Louisiana Global Wildlife Center where more than 4,000 animals roam free and mingle with visitors who are taken around in open-air vehicles. Giraffes, antelopes, kangaroos and zebras are among the animals on site at this center, which is the largest free-roaming wildlife preserve in the country.Hiking and picnicking are also offered on the property.
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 Folsom its distinction as one of the most popular locations in one of Louisiana’s fastest growing and safest areas.
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Folsom, LA Demographics
- Population: 750
- Households: 300
- Schools: four public and private schools (with access to hundreds more in nearby parishes and towns)
- Health Care: Several full-service hospitals, medical facilities, urgent care centers and clinics are available for Folsom residents throughout western St. Tammany Parish.
- Churches: There are more than a dozen churches of every denomination throughout the city of Folsom.