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Lake Vista and Lakeshore boarder Lakeview, have a spectacular view of Lake Pontchartrain. Lakeshore refers to the area between the New Basin Canal and the Orleans Canal, all north of Robert E. Lee, and Lake Vista refers to the area north of Robert E. Lee between the Orleans Canal and Bayou St. John. Because Lakeshore/ Lake Vista sit on higher ground, they sustained much less damage from Hurricane Katrina and for the most part, has been able to stay intact with simple renovations to homes and businesses that were damaged.
A unique characteristic in parts of Lake Vista that you don’t find in other parts of the city are examples of what was known as the Garden City movement – areas where homes boarder large green spaces that are devoid of thru-streets. This movement was popular in the 1930s and you will still find a few examples of this style, particularly in Lake Vista. Originally, it was envisioned to have all the homes face towards the garden, and in the middle would be a sort of “town center,” complete with shopping, a church and even a public school for the community. There are some examples of this remaining, and while a great and unique place to live still, that concept never quite took off like developers had hoped.
Lakeshore and Lake Vista are comprised mostly of larger, single family residences, and there are some great examples of Mid-Century Modern architecture here, as well as some large contemporary homes and more traditional but large, ranch style homes. There are some really stunning and historically important homes, and it’s a bit of a shame that they are not protected by any sort of historical register, as many of the places here are worthy of it. City
Lake Vista is also home to part of one of the more stunning parks in the city, the 1500 acre City Park. The park actually starts in Mid-City and expands toward Lake Pontchartrain boarding the entire Lakeview subdivision to its final destination at the border of Lake Vista. Residents in the area don’t have far to go for a round of golf, horseback riding or to find a trail for a nice walk or run.
Sailing, Biking & Much More
Lakeshore and Lake Vista – named aptly for their close proximity to Lake Pontchartrain –offer a variety of activities, especially if you enjoy the water. The most obvious leisure activity in the area is sailing as access to Lake Pontchartrain is effortless and there’s nothing like a beautiful, relaxing day sailing around the sun-soaked lake. Swimming is allowed in certain sections of the lake as the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation over the past several years has done an exceptional job of restoring the lake and many of its estuaries. In fact, the swimming portion of the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans is now held in Lake Pontchartrain.
There are 2 primary marinas nearby – the Southern Yacht Club and the Orleans Marina. There are numerous condos all throughout, and while many of the boats are sailboats in these two marinas and a lot of the focus is on sailing, everything from Shrimp boats to trawlers and even speed boats can be found here. Schuberts Marine and Sintes Boat Works are two good choices for boat repair as well, and there is a fuel dock for boats even – an ever-important feature, not common in all marinas! The New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center has also opened up recently in the area, after being destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. And if you don’t have a boat, you can still enjoy the benefits of the lake as there are large green areas all along the lakefront where folks go with their lawn chairs, ice chests and a lot of sun screen to picnic or unwind with a good book. Biking enthusiast also utilize the low traffic and paths along the lake. Those paths along the lake also are frequently shut off to cars and (mostly) pot-hole free, making it a great location and one of the few places in the city where road bikes with thinner tires can be enjoyed.
Lakeshore and Lake Vista Restaurants
As for food, some of the more popular restaurants here include: Blue Crab, Brisbi’s Lakefront Restaurant and Bar, Chateau Coffee Café, Landry’s Seafood, Maple Café, Ming’s Chinese, Russel’s Marina Grill, Two Tony’s Restaurant, Wasabi Get Involved Two places you can contribute to community in these areas are the Lake Vista Property Owners Association and the Lakeshore Property Owners Association. Both associations have an active presence and help promote the vitality of their respective neighborhoods.