Every neighborhood has a personality of its own. Residents born and raised in one part of town express extreme allegiance to that geographic spot. Gretna, on the West Bank of New Orleans, is no exception. Residents are exceptionally loyal to this part of a sprawling neighborhood that stretches from the banks of the Mississippi River on one side to flourishing bayous and wetlands on the other. Between those areas, Gretna is one of the oldest developed areas on the West Bank and is a stone’s throw across the Mississippi River to the French Quarter and the Central Business District.
Homebuyers, renters and real estate investors looking for historic homes at very reasonable values have turned to Old Gretna and its environs for more than 100 years. Newer generations may also choose from contemporary homes and traditional ranch styles in newer sections of Gretna.
The neighborhood, the government seat of Jefferson Parish, is a destination for homebuyers looking to find a range of properties. Price ranges also run the gamut throughout Gretna.
Residents express their love of the area’s rural feel, even though it is a few minutes from New Orleans proper. Gretna is also one of the areas on the West Bank that is known as a welcome melting pot of residents — New Orleans natives, newly transplanted young professionals and die-hard West Bankers — who are proud to call this part of the New Orleans area their home.
Gretna, LA on the Map
Gretna stretches about four square miles from the Mississippi River on the north, Engineers Road on the south, Gulf Drive and Tarrow Tree Lane on the west and Kingsway Drive and Holmes Boulevard on the east.
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Timberlane Estates home on three lots with pool, Jacuzzi and tennis court
How To Get To and From Gretna:
Gretna is easily accessible from New Orleans by the Crescent City Connection Bridge and the nearby Algiers/Canal Street Ferry into downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter and the Huey P. Long Bridge into Harahan and the rest of Jefferson Parish.
The neighborhood on the West Bank also leads west to lush fishing and boating bayous and swamps, and east and north to the connections of Highway 90 and I-10 toward the north shore and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is only about 20 to 30 minutes away, and rail and bus lines are also conveniently located throughout this region
Timberlane Subdivision in Gretna, LA with view of golf curse and a pool
Gretna, LA Features:
Gretna is known as a close-knit community where residents seem to know each other well. Old Gretna, a historic downtown area, is where residents and visitors can find a market district that harks to an earlier era. Cafes and small businesses dot the streets of Old Gretna, which is anchored by the architecturally significant Gretna courthouse. Newer facilities house the Jefferson Parish Government Complex.
The German-American Cultural Center is headquartered here, along with the much-visited St. Joseph Church and Gardens. The annual Gretna Heritage Festival takes up several blocks along the river every fall, featuring top-name national bands and local musicians on several stages. Food and crafts are also a festival mainstay.
The neighborhood is also close to the first-class shopping and dining destinations in the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans. Nearby Terrytown and Harvey also offer exceptional shopping choices.
Gretna is also dotted with neighborhood parks, biking and walking trails. Popular seafood, Cajun and ethnic restaurants are also a big draw with residents.
Beautifully renovated Terrytown home on a large lot with an extra, small house in the rear and a picture-perfect rear yard.
Gretna, LA Demographics
- Population: 16,500
- Households: 7,600
- Schools: Nearly 50 public, private and parochial schools (with access to hundreds more throughout the West Bank and the rest of Jefferson and Orleans Parishes), plus dozens of privately owned preschools
- Churches: Nearly 50 churches of every denomination in Gretna
- Healthcare: Ochsner Health System offers full services on the West Bank. West Jefferson Medical Center is close by in Marrero, and other local medical facilities, urgent care centers, surgical centers, medical office complexes and clinics serve residents throughout the West Bank and in all of Jefferson and Orleans Parishes.