Every New Orleans neighborhood has a personality of its own. Residents born and raised in one part of town express extreme allegiance to that geographic spot. New Orleans East is no exception. At the turn of the 20th century, this part of New Orleans was still considered somewhat of a wilderness. As the population grew in the 1960s and later, the swampland here was used as a jumping-off point for families and their builders who began to carve a new neighborhood called New Orleans East—one that is now an oasis for eager homebuyers.
People looking for homes in New Orleans East will find a grand mixture of architectural styles—from picturesque cottages to sprawling ranch-style homes and grand new construction in planned community developments. Fishing villages, golf courses, public parks and man-made lakes also offset the development of new homes and the redevelopment of older ones.
The New Orleans East of today is still in a resurgent mode since this area of New Orleans was hard hit by the devastation of floods following the breach of the federal levees after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many newly built homes were constructed higher off the ground, although the chance of a similar flood event is highly unlikely. Renovated homes retain that original New Orleans East charm. Homebuyers will find a delightful choice of properties in every price range and architectural style.
New Orleans East also offers convenient shopping districts featuring supermarkets, boutiques and restaurants. Newly returned to New Orleans East are big box retailers, libraries and hospitals—all designed to serve local residents and new arrivals whose loyalty for this area is unparalleled. Those who proudly call New Orleans East home sing the praises of living in a part of town that is accompanied by so many incomparable, only-in-New Orleans amenities.
The sprawling, 7-square-mile neighborhood of New Orleans East is generally mapped from the Orleans/St. Tammany Parish line in the middle of Lake Pontchartrain on the east to the Industrial Canal on the west, and from Hayne Boulevard on the north and the Intracoastal Waterway toward the Gulf of Mexico on the south.
New Orleans East is along the edge of New Orleans between the lake on two sides and the Industrial Canal and Intracoastal Waterway on the other sides. Buses run on regular schedules (many 24 hours a day) up and down the streets, offering easy access to other parts of town. I-10 and I-510 cut a swath through the neighborhood, as does Chef Menteur Highway and Hayne Boulevard, running south to north through town.
The renovated Lakefront Airport offers daily charter flights, while New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport is a short trip to the west in Kenner. Major rail and bus lines also traverse the neighborhood.
Homebuyers looking for New Orleans East properties will find a gamut of choices, from historic ranch-style homes and elegant condominium spaces to newly constructed townhouses and grand mansions in carefully planned communities.
This area is also home to the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, a very vibrant Vietnamese community (fresh markets, restaurants, bakeries and more), the popular Joe Brown Memorial Park, Audubon Nature Institute's Louisiana Nature Center, Fort Pike, and other historic sites.
Commercial corridors throughout New Orleans East provide shopping convenience in every category, and a wealth of restaurants offer every type of local and international cuisine. This community always has and will continue to offer homebuyers a wealth of amenities and choices, making it one of New Orleans most popular resurgent neighborhoods.