Every neighborhood has a personality of its own. Residents born and raised in one part of town express extreme allegiance to that geographic spot. The West Bank of New Orleans, one of the thriving centerpieces of Jefferson Parish (that also includes a slice of Orleans Parish), is a stone's throw to New Orleans proper and is no exception. Residents are exceptionally loyal to the West Bank, and those who live in the city of Terrytown, are especially so.
West Bankers often debate whether Terrytown is indeed its own city. Many simply count it as part of Gretna, or as an area on the cusp of Algiers. Terrytown is indeed its own place, named in the late 1950s by developer Paul Kapelow, whose daughters' names are Terry (thus Terrytown and Terry Parkway) and Carol Sue (for whom Carol Sue Avenue in Terrytown is named).
The regional shopping mall, Oakwood Center, anchored by Dillard's, JCPenney and Sears, is a prime contributor to the tax base of Jefferson Parish and has always considered Terrytown as its home base.
Today, homebuyers will find a range of properties in Terrytown. Many single-family homes in traditional ranch styles were built in the past 50 years in this part of the West Bank and most have been beautifully maintained for future generations. Cottages, farm-like homes on large lots and easy-to-maintain condominium units in well-kept developments are also often on the market. Terrytown homes are available in all price ranges and architectural styles, and some vacant land can also still be found, and is open for welcome development.
The Terrytown area of the Westbank is considered home to a comfortable melting pot of residents who are proud to call this part of the New Orleans area their home.
Terrytown stretches almost four square miles from the West Bank Expressway/Highway 90 on the northwest to Kingsway Drive on the southeast, from Holmes Boulevard on the northeast, to Belle Chasse Highway to the southwest.
Terrytown and the entire Westbank is easily accessible from New Orleans and the east bank of Jefferson Parish by the Crescent City Connection Bridge and the Huey P. Long Bridge. Highway 90 and many state roads take residents and travelers south and west to the state's lush fishing and boating bayous and swamps. Roads also move east and north to the connections of Highway 90 and the I-10 toward the north shore and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is only about 20 to 30 minutes from anywhere on the West Bank, and rail and bus lines are also conveniently located throughout this region.
Terrytown is the home of the regional shopping mall, Oakwood Center and is also dotted with other first-class shopping destinations, plus some of the area's most popular seafood, Cajun and ethnic restaurants.
The community is also very close to many of Louisiana's unlimited recreational spots for hunting, fishing, hiking and biking through wooded lands and thick green bayous. The neighborhood is also close to the first-class shopping and dining destinations in the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans.