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. Slidell, LA—a thriving bedroom community on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain—is no exception. Home buyers 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 Slidell and you will hear a wonderful mixture of memories and personal likes. The city sits between the big-city wonders of New Orleans and the relaxed vacation climes along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The nearby swamps and smaller lakes also make Slidell a perfect spot for residents who want to enjoy the pleasures of Louisiana's hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and camping meccas.
The architecture in Slidell is equally diverse. Potential home owners will find the mansions of planned communities as easily as they will find fishing cottages and boathouses. Sprawling neighborhoods with traditional ranch-style homes are balanced by historic properties surrounded by 100-year-old oak and pine trees. The patchwork of styles, from grand to modest, traditional to contemporary, is what continues to make Slidell so unique among New Orleans-area neighborhoods.
Successful public, private and parochial schools and a low crime rate also continue to make Slidell popular with residents. A burgeoning business community—retail, medical, military, construction and manufacturing—all contribute to the area's prosperity and dependability as an employment hub. Slidell property owners know the value of their part of the north shore and will promote it and defend it as often as possible.
Slidell—about 15 square miles—is generally mapped from I-12 and Highway 190 on the north, Lake Pontchartrain on the south, just past North Shore Boulevard on the west, and I-10 and South Military Road on the east.
This community is about a half hour's commute across the Frank Davis Bridge to New Orleans. The beaches and quiet residential and vacation towns along the Mississippi Gulf Coast are also about a half hour east of Slidell.
West St. Tammany, including the cities of Lacombe, Mandeville, Covington and Abita Springs are also within a half hour of Slidell along the I-12 and Highway 190 corridors. New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport is easily accessed from Slidell through the I-12 and 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 the city.
Home buyers looking for local properties are also looking for the kinds of amenities that have welcomed residents for decades—top-notch private, public and parochial schools, a thriving public library system with convenient branches; restaurants of every description (seafood, Cajun-Creole spots, joined by everything from corner po-boy cafes to fine dining and every type of international cuisine).
Slidell is also home to the popular Olde Towne Historic neighborhood, filled with boutiques and one of the region's most popular antique shopping districts. The culture of this part of Louisiana is also reflected in the popularity of swamp tours, ecological boating trips and fishing charter companies, all based in town. Antique fairs, concerts in Heritage Park, Christmas Under the Stars in Griffith Park, Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day parades through Slidell streets, consistent theater and musical events, shopping at local boutiques and area shopping centers with national retailer anchors are also reasons for residents and visitors to enjoy Slidell.
The nearby Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge is also a consistent destination for locals and tourists alike. The massive cultural and entertainment calendar less than an hour away in New Orleans gives Slidell residents a chance to enjoy the pleasures of Louisiana's most famous city while returning home to a more placid and rustic way of living.