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Metairie is the first and closest suburb outside New Orleans, bordering Orleans Parish to the west, or “upriver” as locals call it. It is predominantly a residential community that makes up a majority of Jefferson Parish, the most populated parish in Louisiana. Metairie also offers some of the best shopping and family-oriented activities in all of Greater New Orleans. Locals drive from neighboring communities and parishes to Lakeside Mall and the Elmwood shopping district, which includes the extensive Elmwood Fitness Center.
Mardi Gras for Families?!
Metairie has turned the wild and raucous celebrations of Mardi Gras into a family-oriented party that lasts for days. Family Gras is presented by the Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau, and keeps getting better every year. Big-name music acts and parade after parade are just some of the events that are appropriate for all ages. It’s a celebration for all that has come to symbolize the community of Metairie as a whole.
Metairie is also the south shore’s beginning point along the world’s longest bridge, the 24-mile long Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The entire excursion across the bridge, which takes about 30 minutes, offers drivers a panoramic view of Lake Pontchartrain and as well as some of the most colorful sunsets in the world. Many commuters take Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to work as newer office buildings in Metairie are located at the foot of or near the Causeway Bridge. Not far away is Interstate 10, the main artery into the city of New Orleans, making access to downtown easy as well.
In addition to office buildings in Metairie and the CBD of New Orleans, there is another heavily developed area near Metairie called Elmwood Business Park. Created in 1990, Elmwood Business Park is home numerous businesses and corporations creating over 28,000 jobs. It’s also home to Jefferson Parish offices.
As with many cities, activities and commerce are typically centered around a main thoroughfare and Metairie is no different. One of the larger, more heavily traveled areas in Metairie is Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Veterans Boulevard is lined with just about everything you need; malls, grocery stores, chains, specialty shops and major auto dealerships. It is also along Veterans Blvd. that Mardi Gras is celebrated as it is the main route for numerous parades. We have seen a lot of new businesses (especially restaurants) pop up all along Veterans Blvd. in just the past couple years.
A Growing Area
Metairie is now one of the largest unincorporated communities in the United States. Conveniently located to downtown New Orleans, this bedroom community offers a unique way of life – you can easily choose to be busy or take a more leisurely approach to life. Within a few minutes’ drive you can be attending large events in the Louisiana Super Dome or New Orleans Arena, or you can choose an afternoon along the lakefront of Lake Pontchartrain or a picnic in one of the parks located in the parish, such as Lafreniere Park or LaSalle Park.
In a recent Housing Predictor forecast, Metairie is ranked 14th in the entire United States, an indication of the overall strength of the housing market in the area. Housing options are many in Metairie as the area offers large, more upscale homes as well as smaller homes. Condominiums and townhomes are also popular and can be found throughout Metairie. And if you have children in school, Metairie and Jefferson Parish as a whole offers a number of school options, including public, private, parochial schools.
Metairie has literally dozens of neighborhoods to choose from. Among the neighborhoods that may be of interest:
Nightlife, Dining, And Sports … It’s All In Metairie
If you are looking for a place to eat in Metairie, you don’t have to look far. Along Veterans Boulevard there are literally eating establishments on every corner; everything from the popular chain restaurants to the mom-and-pop eateries. Everything you could possible desire can be found even though a few restaurants stand out because of one or two signature dishes that have become local favorites such as Andrea’s Restaurant, Drago’s, Houston’s, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Zea Rotisserie & Brewery.
If sports are your thing, Metairie is home to the Super Bowl Champs New Orleans Saints (you know we had to get that in at some point!). The Saint’s main office and practice fields are in Metairie and during training camp, are open to the public during designated hours so fans can watch practice and gather autographs of players and coaches. Right next door is The New Orleans Zephyrs AAA baseball team stadium where the Z’s play several home games, an outing that has become a very popular family-oriented event.
If the arts are of interest, you don’t have to leave Metairie to find year-round performances; everything from the ballet to modern dance to Broadway shows. Metairie is home to the Jefferson Performing Arts Society , which offers a wide range of theatrical performances that appeal will to all ages.
Another popular destination in Jefferson Parish that boarders Metairie and Kenner is Lafreniere Park. The park offers plenty of green space for a wide variety of activities including baseball, disc golf and walking or biking, among many things. The park is also home to year-round special events such as Pet Fest, Park-A-Boo and fundraising walk-a-thons among other things.
Several neighborhoods have civic associations including Bonnabel Civic Association, Country Club Estates Civic Association and Clearview/Transcontinental Civic Association. Jefferson Parish provides a complete list of all neighborhood and civic association along with maps to highlight the different neighborhoods on the east bank of Jefferson Parish.