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BAYOU ST. JOHN/MID-CITY

A neighborhood that covers a total area of approximately 0.42 square miles, Bayou St. John is a sub-district of the Mid-City District Area, bounded by Esplanade Avenue, North Broad Street, St. Louis Street, and Bayou St. John (the body of water itself). It has an estimated population of more than 2,000 permanent residents.

Bayou St. John is considerably calmer and more peaceful compared to its downtown counterparts. It may not be teeming with tourists and commercial establishments, but it has a quieter charm – one that emanates from its tree-lined streets and avenues, gardens, lagoons, and the numerous tree-shaded patios and decks at its many restaurants and cafés.

Quick Facts

  • The New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course & Slots in Bayou St. John is one of the country’s premier thoroughbred horseracing tracks. It also features over 600 of the latest slot machines.
  • The City Park of New Orleans is a sprawling 1,300-acre park, which has delighted New Orleans residents since 1854. One of its primary attractions is its grove of oak trees that has been around for centuries. The City Park features a botanical garden, numerous walking, jogging, and biking paths. You can also find an amusement park with an antique wooden carousel within the grounds.
  • Join a kayaking tour on the historic Bayou St. John and see New Orleans from an entirely new perspective as you paddle through the waterways and the picturesque southern scenery.

Real Estate

If you’d like to live in this charming, laid-back neighborhood, plenty of excellent homes are waiting for you. Here, you’ll find a top-notch selection of beautiful homes, which range from charming two-bedroom Arts and Crafts Shotguns, spacious Camelback-style single-family homes, and gorgeous five-bedroom Neoclassical Revival-style estates with beautifully manicured lawns.

Bayou St. John is a great place to live, where you can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, plenty of historic landmarks and attractions, and enjoyable outdoor activities.


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FRENCH QUARTER

For generations, the Vieux Carréhas captured the imagination of legions of visitors with the romance of its long, storied past and its rows of colorful Creole townhouses. Situated along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, the French Quarter is the most iconic neighborhood in NOLA, and we know why. After all, who could resist the charms of this enclave that is a graceful mélange of everything New Orleanian? Two great fires tried to burn this area down and erase it from history, but NOLA’s beloved Old Quarter still enchants people with its magic to this day. Dare you fall under its spell?

Quick Facts

  • The French Quarter is the oldest area of NOLA. In fact, New Orleans originally used to be just confined within the French Quarter. It was only in the late 19th century when the city we now know today expanded.
  • The French Quarter is a designated National Historic Landmark. Its stunning architecture, traditions, and art have been influenced by the French, Italians, Spanish, Irish, Africans, and those of Afro-Caribbean descent.
  • Bourbon Street is perhaps the French Quarter’s most popular area and the center of NOLA’s nightlife. Here, live music venues, bars, jazz clubs, upscale lounges, and even striptease clubs abound. Parental discretion is advised.
  • Two great fires engulfed New Orleans on separate occasions back in the late 18th century, destroying nearly a thousand buildings in the process. It was the Spanish (during their short-lived rule of La nouvelle Orleans) who rebuilt the city in an effort to restore its glory.
  • Notable structures in the neighborhood include St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, the Old Ursuline Convent, and the Pontalba and Cabildo buildings.

Real Estate

There are plenty of housing options waiting for you in the fascinating neighborhood of the French Quarter. Expect mostly historic homes laced with plenty of legends and full of personality. Single-family residences and multi-family residences can be found here in various architectural styles. Aside from the NOLA staple that is the Shotgun, you’ll find plenty of Creole cottages, townhouses, and even Greek Revival homes.


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KENNER

Kenner is Louisiana’s sixth largest city, occupying a total area of approximately 15.2 square miles, and boasting a population of more than 66,000 permanent residents.

In the past, the area served as the home of the Tchoupitoulas Native Americans. The area right beside the Mississippi River was where the Europeans first set foot in Louisiana. Kenner’s early stages as a city can be traced back to the late 1950s, when developers started subdividing the area, draining and filling the marshes located in the northern half of the city.

Today, Kenner residents enjoy a great quality of life, in a community with beautiful surroundings, a healthy business environment, a rich cultural history, and plenty of museums, parks and playgrounds, and outdoor concerts and seasonal events.

Quick Facts

  • The Louis Armstrong International Airport, which serves as New Orleans’ international airport, is located in Kenner.
  • The historic district of Rivertown is a popular area that features plenty of shops, landmarks, and museums. Here you’ll find numerous attractions like Kenner’s Heritage Park, the Rivertown Repertory Center, Kenner’s Planetarium & Science Museum, and more.
  • Kenner is home to the Pontchartrain Center, a sprawling 4,600-seat multi-purpose arena that has served as the venue for many concerts, sporting events, conventions, trade shows, and other events since 1991.
  • The Jefferson Parish Department of Transit Administration is in charge of public transportation in Kenner. They operate Jefferson Transit, a bus service which enables commuters to reach different points in Kenner, Metairie, New Orleans, and other locations.

Real Estate

If you’re thinking about moving to Kenner, a wide selection of exceptional homes is available. Choose from comfortable two to three-bedroom bungalows, apartments and condos in charming tree-lined streets, and spacious traditional-style homes that enjoy picturesque golf course views. There are plenty of vacant lots and land as well, where you can build your very own dream home next to lakes, private parks, and walking trails.


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METAIRIE

Just around six miles from New Orleans, Metairie is said to be the first suburb of the state, going back to the 1790s when the French settled in this area.

The community boasts a great deal of Southern history but it’s also modern and developing. It’s also now bigger and better, rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina flooded the neighborhood. Older homes have undergone restoration and new homes continue to be built. The business district is growing. With lower taxes and larger housing lots, it’s easy to see why investing in Metairie is a smart move.

Living in Metairie

There are many activities to enjoy in this New Orleans community. There’s Zephyr Field for sports fans, the best Cajun and Creole restaurants in the country for foodies, a great local scene for music fans, and the 155-acre, feature-filled Lafreniere Park for outdoor enthusiasts.

Plus, residents get to appreciate a laidback lifestyle just a stone’s throw away from the frenzy of downtown New Orleans.

Metairie falls under the Jefferson Parish Public School System with options that include charter, public, private, and parochial schools. With a population of just under 40,000 people, Metairie is a big town with a small-town feel.

Real Estate in Metairie

Housing is diverse in this neighborhood, with homes going for $50,000 to over $1 million. The broad price range has created a demand for all types of residences, including:

  • Single-family homes
  • Condos
  • Townhomes
  • Row homes

As an investment option, a smaller home can be bought and rented out. Or you can buy a home to live in and watch the property’s value appreciate over time as the area continues to stabilize and prosper.

Make the move to this growing Southern neighborhood. Let our team at Elite Southern Realty answer your real estate questions and guide you through the house hunting paces.

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UPTOWN

A collection of neighborhoods anchored by St. Charles and Jefferson Avenues, Uptown gives off an inviting village atmosphere while packing a lot of punch style-wise. One of the most desirable districts in NOLA, you’ll find a varied collection of local businesses, antique shops, and well-preserved historic homes in this area. Described as a “self-contained residential world,” Uptown is situated upriver from the Pontchartrain Expressway and the Garden District, on the east bank of the Mississippi. On most days, it’s a gracious and serene neighborhood, but Uptown transforms come Mardi Gras when its shady trees are festooned with beads, lending mystery and color.

Quick Facts

  • Uptown’s Audubon Park, which was named after famed naturalist John James Audubon, is one of the most beautiful green spaces in the city. The park is home to a prominent rookery called Bird Island, where you can find several species of birds, including great egrets, and yellow-crowned night herons. The park also features a jogging path, tennis courts, park stables, playgrounds, and a pool.
  • Two institutions of higher learning are found within Uptown. Tulane University, its campus grounds lush and littered with great oak trees, offers outstanding programs in architecture, law, liberal arts, medicine, and engineering, among others. Located adjacent to Tulane is Loyola University, one of the best colleges in the country.
  • You’ll find plenty of great shopping and dining options along bustling Magazine Street, which stretches around six miles from Uptown all the way to the Garden District. Antique lovers will surely get a treat as this thoroughfare is home to some of the best antique boutiques in the city. Architecture enthusiasts will also enjoy Magazine Street as it is home to structures built in varied styles, from Greek Revival to Victorian cottages.

Real Estate

Housing options in NOLA are as diverse as its population, and the neighborhood of Uptown is no exception. You’ll find grand mansions lining the streets of St. Charles Avenue, while more modest Shotgun homes can be found near the river. Expect to find raised center-hall cottages and double-gallery homes in the area as well.


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RIVER RIDGE/JEFFERSON/HARAHAN

River Ridge can be found in southeastern Louisiana and is classified under Jefferson Parish and the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner Metro Area. Easily accessible from the Jefferson Highway, the area was officially named River Ridge in 1974, mainly to avoid confusion and set it apart from the nearby communities of Harahan, Kenner, and Metairie.

The suburb occupies a total area of 2.82 square miles, most of which had many sugar plantations during the 19th century. Today, River Ridge is a place of historical interest and relevance due to its colonial and agricultural past.

Quick Facts

  • Just some of the parks that can be found in River Ridge are Little Farms Park and Jessie Owens Park.
  • River Ridge has plenty of interesting destinations and activities that locals and visitors alike can enjoy. The Old River Road Plantation Adventure is an interesting attraction that will take you through a historical adventure on Old River Road, hailed as one of the creepiest places on earth by Yahoo. You may also try Fly Water Expeditions, where experts will teach you tips and tricks on how to go fly fishing in South Louisiana’s waters.
  •   As of 2014, the suburb has an estimated population of 13,518 people.

Real Estate

During the 1950’s, the development of large-scale suburban communities began in River Ridge. In fact, plenty of veterans who fought in the Second World War bought homes in the area. You will notice that the southern portion of River Ridge, along the Mississippi River is filled with homes, as these were the first patches of land to go during the area’s housing golden age.

Real estate here is predominantly composed of single-family detached homes in quiet suburban communities with a laid-back and quiet lifestyle, far removed from the noise of the city. When it comes to real estate prices, as of 2014, the median cost of homes in River Ridge stands at a very reasonable $200,000.


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OLD METAIRIE

The range of home prices varies in Old Metairie just as it does in other areas within New Orleans. There are plenty of smaller, lower priced homes starting below $200,000 and many that go above the million-dollar mark.  Old Metairie has experienced a rebirth and rebuilding recently which has lead to a serious demand from home buyers. Among recent residents are: doctors, scientists, researchers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and athletes.


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NEW ORLEANS

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LOWER GARDEN DISTRICT

The  Garden District, a neighborhood within the city of New Orleans, is home to some of the best-preserved Southern mansions in the United States.

When the area was first developed, each block had one or two homes, surrounded by gardens. It was a neighborhood for the wealthy who didn’t want to live in the French Quarter.

The Garden District has grown over the years, with more homes occupying blocks once reserved for gardens. Beautiful Victorian houses are now the main attraction rather than a lush garden landscape.

The Garden District continues to draw in wealthy newcomers attracted by homes that exude luxury in classic Southern fashion.

Living in the Garden District

Location is a benefit: you can live close to the city and all it has to offer while enjoying the peace and quiet of a well-established community.

It is under the purview of the New Orleans Public School District, but offers charter schools and private school options. Parochial schools are a critical part of the education system in New Orleans and within the Garden District, there are several top choices for students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Real Estate in the Garden District

The homes in the Garden District embody all that is lovely about New Orleans:

  • Mansions that are described as opulent, beautiful, and classic
  • Condos in the size and style that suit you

Homes in this area reflect the historical significance of New Orleans: a heady mix of cultures embracing the traditions of multiple ethnicities and countries.

If you’re looking for a home that’s both an investment and a source of pride, this area is for you!

Explore everything the Garden District offers by calling Elite Southern Realty today. We’d love to answer all your questions and help you learn a lot more about our fantastic community.


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BYWATER/MARIGNY

Located along the natural levee of the Mississippi River, Bywater is included in the National Register of Historical Places and has been recognized for its distinct architecture.

It is home to Mardi Gras parades and has adopted a Bohemian, artistic feel for many years. Markey Park is the hub of community activity where art shows and festivals are held.

Bywater is also known as being part of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

Living in Bywater

A community along the banks of the Mississippi River, Bywater is a showcase of New Orleans’ eclectic vibe mixed with the modern features homeowners want in a home.

A beautiful landscape mixed with the southern charm of New Orleans has made Bywater homes attractive to artists, musicians, and those who want to be close to the French Quarter and the downtown area.

Reasonably priced housing, convenience, and a unique feel make Bywater trendy and coveted by homebuyers.

Real Estate in Bywater

Homes in this area range from $100,000 to over $500,000, depending on the upgrades done to the property. Homes are made one of a kind by how colorful and unique they are.

The kinds of homes include:

  • The shotgun home
  • Creole cottages
  • Old plantation homes

Architectural styles include:

  • Greek Revival
  • Italianate
  • Eastlake
  • Arts and Craft

Enjoy living in an artistic community where individuality is celebrated and encouraged. Homes in this neighborhood typically have 2-3 bedrooms and front porches to sit and wave to your neighbors, which helps create a true feeling of community.

When you’re ready to explore Bywater real estate or any of the surrounding communities, please do not hesitate to connect with our team at Elite Southern Realty today. We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you find the New Orleans home that best suits your needs.

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