Metairie, LA Real Estate and Community Information
About MetairieThe community of Metairie is known for being the first suburb of New Orleans. The beautiful community of Metairie, located on the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, is nestled between the cities of New Orleans and Kenner. Although Metairie has strong ties to New Orleans it was largely developed during the twentieth century. The newer, upscale area of Metairie provides an alternative to the Old World ways of its closest neighbor. The area is charming and is home to many 1920s style homes, fantastic parks, great restaurants, and high-end boutiques.
Metairie is home to more than 160,000 people. Although Metairie, is technically unincorporated it is considered to be the heart of Jefferson Parish, and forms a large part of the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area. The suburban area of Metairie is a great place to live. Although there is no French Quarter, the residential area boasts a number of attractions, including Fat City, the Zephyer Baseball Stadium, and the Lakeside Shopping Center.
Metairie HistoryAlthough Metairie is younger than New Orleans, one of the oldest cities in the country, the suburban area was the first Suburb of the "Big Easy," and is in its own right a historic community. First settled by the French in the 1760s, Metairie was originally known as Tchoupitoulas.
The area known today as Metairie Ridge was a natural levee formed over time by deposits by an ancient branch of the Mississippi as it emptied into the Mississippi Sound. In 1763, the ridge was ceded to Spain by the Treaty of Paris, and remained under Spanish control until 1801. Again in 1803, the land was purchased by the United States during the Louisiana Purchase. Then in 1825, Jefferson Parish was officially established as the governing body of the Metairie Ridge area.
Local Native Americans originally used the ridge as a road. Today, the road is called Metairie Road. Paved during the 1920s, the road is the oldest street in the New Orleans area. During the 1920s upscale housing was also added alongside the road. Today, this area is known by locals as "Old Metairie." Today, "Old Metairie" is the most upscale and exclusive area in the unincorporated community of Metairie. Following World War II, additional areas surrounding "Old Metairie" were developed.
Life In MetairieSettled as early as 1718, Metairie is one of the oldest communities in the U.S. and is considered a suburb of New Orleans. Today, Metairie is the most populated community in Jefferson Parish and is also one of the largest unincorporated communities in the country. Located in the heart of Jefferson Parish along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, Metairie is heavily influenced by its French origins. French influence is apparent in the lovely historic district of "Old Metairie." The oldest part of Metairie is filled with a number of unique upscale retailers and fine restaurants.
Metairie is also home to a more urban area called "Fat City." The exciting commercial district is full of trendy restaurants bars, and entertainment venues. Residents of Metairie live in an area with an abundance attractions and activities for families and individuals alike. Metairie's lovely parks offer large green spaces, gardens, paths for walking, and much more. Throughout the year, residents of the dynamic district enjoy a number of events and festivals. From Metairie's family friendly Mardi Gras parade to the Bucktown Seafood Festival, Metairie is sure to have something to please everyone.
Metairie's residents also enjoy the offerings of the Veterans Memorial Boulevard, which a long route that is lined with some of the best shopping and dining options in the region, including the Lakeside Shopping Center, one of the New Orleans area's largest malls.
Those considering a move to the New Orleans area may want to consider all that Metairie has to offer. The gorgeous suburban area has a history longer than most communities in the nation. However, despite its age the community of Metairie remains a vivacious and dynamic community with great opportunities for growth. For more information about becoming a part of this growing community located just outside of New Olreans, Contact Carol Upton-Sieverding.
Attractions And Activities
Metairie is an exciting area full of growth and possibility. The Metairie area is home to many wonderful, parks, restaurants, theatres, and fantastic shopping locales. What was once a primarily residential area has been transformed over a number of years into a thriving business hub.
Metairie is home to the longest bridge crossing over water that is to be found anywhere on the globe. The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, as it is called, connects the Metairie area with St. Tammany Parish on the beautiful North Shore. The causeway crosses over the 610-square mile body of water, Lake Pontchartrain, which is incidentally the largest inland estuary in the nation.
Parks And Recreation
Lafreniere Park is the most popular park in the Metairie area, and one of the most popular parks in the entire Jefferson Parish. The expansive 155-acre park is ideal for families and individuals alike who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a peaceful green space. Perfect for either a picnic or a softball game, the park is home to a number of features including a pavilion, a carousel, several playgrounds, sports fields, a frisbee golf course, jogging paths, exercise centers, and much more.
The large park also features a number of lagoons, which are perfect for seasonal boating. Many families with children enjoy coming to the park and feeding the local duck population that surrounds the picturesque lagoons.
The community of Metairie is home to a growing number of events throughout the year. From the Cochon de Lait Festival to the community's Mardi Gras parades and parties, there is sure to be something to excite residents of all ages.
Mardi Gras is a particularly exciting event for those in the New Orleans' area. In Metairie, the community puts their own special spin on the event. Recently, the community of Metairie added a youth-friendly, week-long version of the regional favorite called Family Gras. The new event allows children to participate more fully in the fun regional event.