Harahan, LA is a community in Jefferson Parish that stretches along the Mississippi River north about 2.5 square miles toward Metairie. Nestled between Old Jefferson on the east and River Ridge on the west, this bucolic bedroom community of nearby New Orleans is dotted with mature trees, neighborhood parks, seafood restaurants and other amenities that have made it a very popular locale for homebuyers. The highly successful Elmwood Shopping Center district along South Clearview Parkway is also a big draw for residents and a large tax-collecting district for Jefferson Parish.
The architecture in Harahan is surprisingly diverse. The rich land along the river was originally home to several sugar plantations. As a community that blossomed during the 1960s and 1970s, homes here are representative of that era, with a combination of ranch styles, cottages and single-family homes on large lots. As the years progressed, Harahan has also become a place to find large, open-floor-plan, multi-bedroom homes on estate-sized lots.
Potential homeowners will also find restored mansions and a general patchwork of styles from grand to modest, traditional to contemporary. Condominium developments can also be found here.
What continues to make Harahan so unique among New Orleans-area and Jefferson Parish neighborhoods is its close-knit community where the crime rate is especially low, and where residents take pride in their historic and peaceful surroundings. Harahan property owners know the value of their part of the metropolitan area and will promote it and defend it as often as possible.
Harahan—about 2.5 square miles—is generally mapped from Metairie and the Earhart Expressway on the north, the Mississippi River on the south, River Ridge and Folse Street on the west, and Dickory and Hickory Avenues and Powerline Drive toward Jefferson on the east.
This community is less than 30 minutes from downtown New Orleans and is easily accessible and traversed via River Road, Jefferson Highway and Airline Highway, as well as via Clearview Parkway, Hickory, David Drive, Williams Boulevard, Sauve Road and other cross-town thoroughfares. New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport is just a few minutes east in Kenner. Major bus and rail lines also traverse Harahan.
Homebuyers looking for properties in Harahan will find a gamut of choices, from the rustic to the pristine, from traditional homes to restored historic mansions and replicas thereof. Cottages representative of an earlier era sit alongside new construction designed to appeal to contemporary families. Condominium development continues to flourish, while estate-sized lots are being carved out for new homes with every conceivable modern amenity.
Restaurants are dotted throughout Harahan, as are convenient shopping developments boasting boutiques, coffee shops, convenience stores and hardware centers. Big box retailers can be found throughout town, at the popular Elmwood Shopping Center (also filled with local retailers, restaurants and coffee shops), as well as on their own freestanding pads.
Those who live here will tell of the easy access to the cultural, entertainment and sporting calendars in New Orleans and Metairie, as well as the hometown sporting teams that play in the local parks in Harahan. The east bank Jefferson Parish government offices are also conveniently located in Harahan.
There is a family atmosphere everywhere here, helping give this city its distinction of being among the most popular, fastest growing and safest areas to find a place to live in southeast Louisiana.