New Orleans is a collection of neighborhoods reflected by the personality of its residents. Home buyers in search of the kind of property that reflects their own personality will hear as many suggestions, as there are number of homes available in the New Orleans real estate market.
New Orleans natives happily share their cultural traditions with an increasing number of new residents. Mention New Orleans and you get immediate images of glittering Mardi Gras parades, the raucous 24-hour-a-day celebration of Bourbon Street, the quaint sidewalks of the French Quarter, and the winding geography formed by the mighty Mississippi River. But the nearly one million residents in the many parishes that make up New Orleans as a whole will also help point you to a much wider image.
Look for homes for sale in family neighborhoods in every direction, new construction mixed with 250-year-old historic homes, ranch-style properties from the 1950s, and multi-story condominium developments overlooking the river as well as the blue waves of Lake Pontchartrain. Corinthian-columned mansions in the famed Garden District match wrought iron balconies in one part of town.
Streetcars clank along oak-lined St. Charles Avenue in the city’s Uptown district, while sailboats dot the lake on the other side of town. The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport welcomes millions of visitors annually through the gateway of the city of Kenner while the metropolitan hubbub of Metairie prides itself on world-class shopping and dining.
The north shore neighborhoods of Mandeville and Covington, originally vacation getaways for harried New Orleanians, are now among the most popular of suburban enclaves with equally popular gated communities, rustic cabins, state parks, and bayou fishing communities.
New Orleans realtors can tell you that you will find manicured lawns and walk-able neighborhoods of boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, bars of every description, antique stores and auction houses, respected schools in landmark structures, churches of every denomination, and public transportation that serves the masses.
It’s understandable that a city with a nearly 300-year history under French, Spanish, and American rule would have evolved into that special "gumbo” of ingredients. An exotic city famous for its world-class cuisine (influenced by dozens of cultures), literary heroes (from Tennessee Williams to William Faulkner and Richard Ford) is also known for an equally diverse mixture of architecture and neighborhoods. Incomparable, only-in-New Orleans amenities are matched by the charm of a people that vigorously supports a European-influenced lifestyle unmatched by any other city in America.
New Orleans on the Map
The City of New Orleans proper is bound by the Mississippi River on the south, Lake Pontchartrain on the north, Lake Borgne on the east, and the parish line into neighboring Jefferson Parish on the west.
The metropolitan area known as New Orleans also includes the parishes of Jefferson (extending all the way to the Gulf of Mexico), St. Bernard (further to the east), St. Tammany (including many communities on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain), and the River Parishes communities on the east and west banks of the Mississippi River as it winds northward and westward toward Louisiana’s capital city of Baton Rouge.
Map of New Orleans, LA with Homes For Sale Marked with Flags
Stately State Street home near St. Charles Avenue and Audubon Park - New Orleans, LA
How to get to and from New Orleans
New Orleans has been a seat of transportation, port shipping, and economic-driven businesses since being founded nearly 300 years ago. Currently New Orleans is one of the top-producing port cities of the world and boasts a world-class international airport on the brink of redevelopment and redesign.
Because of its geographic location, New Orleans is also a short drive or plane ride away from the pristine emerald beaches along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The city also offers easy access by plane and cruise ship to Caribbean destinations to the south. Other comparable metropolitan hubs of Atlanta to the northeast and Dallas and Houston to the west are also easily accessed from the New Orleans area.
Interstate 10 runs directly through the area, connecting it to a web of American cities and states.
Victorian Camelback home - New Orleans,, LA
New Orleans Features:
Homebuyers looking for New Orleans properties are also looking for the kinds of amenities that have welcomed residents for centuries: Top-notch private, parochial, public, and charter schools, a thriving public library system with convenient branches, restaurants of every description (from corner po-boy spots to world-renowned classic eateries), the urban oasis of Magazine Street shopping (clothing, antiques, art, decorators’ havens), one of the country’s most highly rated and walk-able neighborhoods, the incomparable Audubon Nature Institute (with its Audubon Park, Zoo, and Aquarium of the Americas), the National World War II Museum, the historic French Quarter, intriguing above-ground cemeteries, the unmatched calendar of year-round fairs and festivals, the annual Carnival celebration that lasts more than three weeks leading to Mardi Gras, and the chance to enjoy dozens of music styles at jazz clubs, zydeco dance halls, blues, rock, and indie venues of every kind.
If you’re considering purchasing New Orleans real estate, you should know that not a moment goes by in the area when there is not a terrific chance to enjoy a choice of thrilling cultural events of every description.
Center Hall Cottage in the heart of the Garden District - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Demographics
- Population – nearly 355,000
- Households – nearly 200,000
- Homeownership – nearly 50%
- Schools – nearly 125 (public, private, and parochial)
- Churches – nearly 253
- 83 Evangelical
- 5 Protestant
- 69 Catholic
- 6 Jewish synagogues
- Hospitals - nearly 150