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 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.
Golf Course home in Ormond Estates.
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.