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An Overview of Life in Old Metairie
Metairie is the first suburb of New Orleans located in neighboring Jefferson Parish; between the cities of New Orleans and Kenner. Within short distance from the Orleans Parish line, and New Orleans City Park, is a quaint, prestigious little community that is affectionately called Old Metairie. It has its own commercial district on Metairie Road and there you will find small shops, coffee houses, boutiques and specialty stores.Old Metairie is primarily residential and at one time even had a streetcar line that ran along Metairie Road in the 1910s. Its location is ideal, being closer to the New Orleans Central Business District than many areas of Orleans Parish.
If You Like Greek Revival and English Tudor Homes,
Then You Will Love Old Metairie
As mentioned, Old Metairie is one of the most prestigious areas in all of Greater New Orleans, and that’s because it has some of the most stunning homes in the parish. Mostly developed after World War II, you will find remarkable English Tudor, Mission Revival, Colonial Revival and Greek Revival homes along streets that are canopied in oak trees, especially along Northline Street, which forms the approach to Metairie Country Club. Old Metairie is known for its larger homes, but the area does offer a variety of smaller cottage homes, town homes as well as condominiums for those looking for smaller quarters.
Old Metairie History
While Old Metairie is mostly residential, it does have an active few miles of commerce mostly centered on the major thoroughfare of Metairie Road. This main road was once called the Chemin des Chapitoulas because it followed Bayou Metairie to that stretch of the Mississippi River known as the Chapitoulas Coast. History states that during the area’s earliest times, Indians and French settlers had traveled this route frequently. Metairie Road runs along land that became known as Metairie Ridge. A map dating around 1723 shows there were some structures along Metairie Ridge as land was being used for farms and cattle pastures as well as for the harvesting of timber.
Later, part of this area became a horse track, but that enterprise came to an abrupt halt due to the Civil War. As history has it, on April 19, 1861 the racing season ended at Metairie Race Track and by May of 1861, the grounds were converted into a military camp for 3000 soldiers. Today, locals know this area not as a race track or military post, but as Lake Lawn Cemetery, one of the more historical cemeteries in the area and very visible along the drive down Metairie Road that leads into Old Metairie.
Establishments Make For Good Eating
If you enjoy a variety of cuisine, then you’ll appreciate Old Metairie and the best part, you really don’t have to drive that far to find something as most eateries are located near each other on Metairie Road. A few dining spots along this few mile trek is Bear’s Po-Boys at Gennaro’s. Byblos, Chateau du Lac, Taj Mahal, Uchi Sushi (a secret among New Orleans sushi connoisseurs!) , Vega Tapas Café, and Zeke’s. And if it’s a good cup of coffee and dessert you are looking for, there are coffee shops on Metairie Road including CC’s Community Coffee House and PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans,
In order to maintain the historic character of Old Metairie, Jefferson Parish created the Old Metairie Neighborhood Conservation District and developed to maintain the open character and architecture of the neighborhood and enhance economic viability of the neighborhood.