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Destrehan, LA Community Information

Destrehan, LA—a fast-growing city now considered a suburb of New Orleans—is located in St. Charles Parish and is only 8 miles from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and 18 miles from New Orleans proper. The community is counted within the New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area.

This is where home buyers will find the benefits of small town living combined with big city conveniences. Resident can enjoy the close proximity to Louisiana's hugely popular natural outdoor resources—year-round hunting, fishing, boating and an appreciation of the region's lush bayous, lakes and swamps—as well as the chance to enjoy the unlimited cultural activities throughout the New Orleans region.

Residents whose work takes them to New Orleans for retail, hospitality and business-related employment or to nearby Baton Rouge for government, construction and manufacturing jobs say they are grateful to enjoy their leisure time at home in a city that is a short and safe distance from those larger metropolitan areas. Destrehan and its environs are known for low crime rates, successful school systems and a selection of property that easily appeals to all architectural tastes.

New communities of country-club-like houses continue to be built in the Destrehan area, and home buyers will also find existing single-family homes, historic cottages, an unusual amount of vacant land suitable for custom construction, and other choices. Antebellum homes are also a big draw in this area, and oftentimes, they also enter the local real estate market. Residents fond of Louisiana's natural greenery and peaceful climate have come to appreciate a similar tranquility in Destrehan.

Destrehan Location & Logistics

Destrehan is generally mapped from Airline Highway on the north, the Mississippi River on the south, Vans Lane to the west and I-310 on the east. The community is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River, is easily accessible via I-10, I-310, Airline Drive (Highway 61), River Road, and by the Destrehan-Luling Bridge that crosses the Mississippi.

New Orleans is only about 20 minutes away. LaPlace in St. John Parish is also only about 20 minutes to the northwest. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is a few minutes away on Airline Drive. Rail and bus lines are also conveniently located throughout this region.

Ormond Estates five bedroom home - Destrehan, LA | Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS
Ormond Estates five bedroom home.

Golf Course home in Ormond Estates - Destrehan, LA | Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS
Golf Course home in Ormond Estates.

Destrehan Home & Community Info

Destrehan is a continually growing suburban community with every kind of housing. It is also home to Destrehan Plantation—one of the area's most popular tourist attractions and the oldest plantation house in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Built in 1787, it is now fully restored as a museum of the antebellum period and is also the site for private weddings, parties and special events.

Destrehan is also at the gateway of many of Louisiana's recreational destinations for hunting, fishing, hiking and biking through wooded lands and thick green bayous.

St. Charles Parish also boasts an active economic development council, which draws new residents and tourists alike. The city is dotted with neighborhood parks and golf courses (most notably the course at the Ormond Country Club), and is close to the many other plantation homes that are spaced along the levee roads on both sides of the Mississippi River.

Locals spend their own time and also bring visitors to swamp and alligator tours and Christmas Eve Bonfire Festivals on the levees, weekly farmers markets and many nearby fairs and festivals held throughout the year.

Custom built home with French Quarter style balconies and pool - Destrehan, La | Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS
Custom-built home with French Quarter style balconies and pool.

Destrehan Demographics

  • Population: 12,000
  • Households: 4,000
  • Schools: There are a dozen public, private and parochial schools (with access to hundreds more in nearby Jefferson and Orleans Parishes), plus nearly a dozen privately owned preschools.
  • Healthcare: St. Charles Parish Hospital, across the river in Luling, offers full services, with other local medical facilities, urgent care centers and clinics also available. The dozens of full-service hospitals (including several branches of Ochsner Health System), surgical centers, medical office complexes and clinics in nearby Jefferson and Orleans Parishes also service the Destrehan community.
  • Churches: There are several Baptist, Methodist and Catholic churches in Destrehan, with hundreds more, of all denominations, close by in neighboring communities and parishes.

Home Buyer Resources

Here's What's for Sale in Destrehan, LA | Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS
Victorian style two-story home in Red Church Subdivision - Destrehan, LA | Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORSVictorian style two-story home in Red Church subdivision.
Ormoond Estates sign - Destrehan, LA | Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS
Ormond Estates is an upscale golf community between Airline Highway and River Road.
French Acadian style home in Ormond - Destrehan, LA | Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS
French Acadian style home in Ormond.
Bonnet Carre Spillway | Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS
The Bonnet Carr Spillway was built in response to the flood of 1927 and diverts river water to Lake Pontchartrain when high water in the river is considered a threat. It's been opened ten times and, when not open, is used as a recreational area for off-road vehicles, biking, boating, hiking, hunting, fishing and flying model airplanes. The spillway is right next to Destrehan in St. Charles Parish.
Ormond Estates two bedroom townhouse - Destrehan, LA | Latter & Blum Inc./REALTORS
Ormond Estates two bedroom townhouse.

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New Orleans, LA 70130
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