Every neighborhood has a personality of its own. Residents born and raised in one part of town express extreme allegiance to that geographic spot. People who live on the West Bank of New Orleans are no exception. Residents are exceptionally loyal to this part of a sprawling neighborhood that stretches from the banks of the Mississippi River on one side to flourishing bayous and wetlands on the other. Between those areas, the city of Westwego is headquarters to Bayou Segnette State Park. The wonders of the Barataria Preserves portion of the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park in nearby Marrero are a happy recreational oasis for Westwego residents.
Westwego is also a stone's throw across the Crescent City Connection Bridge over the Mississippi River to the French Quarter and the Central Business District and across the Huey P. Long Bridge to Harahan and the east bank of Jefferson Parish.
Homebuyers, renters and real estate investors looking for historic homes at very reasonable values will find that in Westwego, while others in search of contemporary homes and traditional ranch styles and cottages in newer sections of Westwego will also be pleased with the selection of property. Vacant land ripe for development is also still a welcome draw in Westwego. The neighborhood is a destination for homebuyers looking to find a range of properties where price ranges also run the gamut.
Residents express their love of the area's rural feel, even though it is a few minutes from New Orleans proper. Westwego is also one of the areas on the West Bank that is known as an exciting melting pot of residents â€” New Orleans natives, newly transplanted young professionals and die-hard West Bankers â€” who are proud to call this part of the New Orleans area their home.
Westwego stretches about 3.6 square miles from the Mississippi River on the north, Lapalco Boulevard on the south and east and Bayou Segnette and Dante Road on the west.
Westwego is easily accessible from the rest of Jefferson Parish via the Huey P. Long Bridge into Harahan on the east bank of Jefferson Parish and from New Orleans by the Crescent City Connection Bridge into downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter. This neighborhood on the West Bank also leads west to lush fishing and boating bayous and swamps, and east and north to the connections of Highway 90 and I-10 toward the north shore and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is only about 20 to 30 minutes away, and rail and bus lines are also conveniently located throughout this region.
Westwego is known as a close-knit community where residents seem to know each other well.
Residents and visitors enjoy the wonders of Bayou Segnette State Park (fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, picnicking), the 30,000-square foot Alario Center for conventions and trade exhibitions (plus 4,600 square feet of meeting spaces) and the historic Sala Avenue District featuring weekly farmers and seafood markets (plus live music and activities) and the Westwego History Museum.
Fishing and boating in Bayou Barataria is a favorite pastime for Westwego residents and visitors. The 23,000-acre Barataria Preserve division of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park (preserved wetlands and bayous for walking on raised trails, canoeing and boating through the swamps that are filled with animals, plants and wildlife) is in nearby Marrero. The 2.75-mile world-class NOLA Motorsports Raceway track (16 turns with a 5,200 foot straightaway) is located close by along Highway 90 in Avondale.
The Manhattan Avenue and Lapalco Boulevard corridors of nearby Harvey are dotted with local and national retailers, making this area of the West Bank one of the most important destinations for shoppers looking for everything from home-improvement and construction supplies to clothing, gifts and pet needs. The Westwego neighborhood is also close to the first-class shopping and dining destinations in the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans.
Westwego is also dotted with popular seafood, Cajun and ethnic restaurants that are a big draw with residents and visitors alike.