5 Amazing Things About Living in Old Metairie

When my husband and I moved back to New Orleans, we were overwhelmed with the variety of neighborhoods to choose from. Raised in Kenner, I thought I knew the pros and cons of each. But as Greater New Orleans evolved and our needs as parents changed, we found ourselves with a very specific must-have list.

We landed in Old Metairie, and honestly have no regrets. We have fallen in love with our street, our neighbors, and all the perks that come along with living in this charming neighborhood.

{see also :: fabulous 2017 additions to Old Metairie}

A few drawbacks to Old Metairie

As many people already know, the biggest drawback is the cost of living. Dollar for dollar, you’re going to pay more for much less square footage compared to the rest of Jefferson Parish and most parts of Orleans Parish. You can pretty much guarantee you won’t have a grand yard for the kids, and you might have to share parking with your neighbor.

Secondly, the traffic situation is less than ideal. If you’re headed down Metairie Road between the hours of 8-9 am or 3-5 pm, plan to spend about 15 minutes driving down the 1 mile stretch of curvy road thanks to school zones. If you happen to catch the train, tack on another 5-10 minutes. There is another thoroughfare from Metairie Road and Airline Hwy that crosses the same set of tracks. And, yes, I’ve caught the same train twice. Like I said, not ideal but I believe the perks far outweigh these drawbacks.

5 Amazing Things About Old Metairie

1. Walkability

This was my favorite surprise about our neighborhood. From most parts of OM, you can walk 2 blocks or less to Metairie Road where you will find coffee shops, banks, retail and fitness studios. Not only that, but most streets have sidewalks that are easy to navigate. From our house, we have 2 grocery stores within less than a mile. Meaning, I don’t feel so bad about sending my husband “out to the store” when he doesn’t have to get in the car at 8pm.

2. Affordable shopping

Metairie Road is known for its high end retail offering everything from women’s fashion to custom linens and jewelry. But before you head off to the Mall or Target, make sure you look for the not-so-expensive businesses. One of my favorite women’s boutiques is Bella Bella where you can find trendy women’s clothing accessories accompanied by friendly service and amazing sales! Also, check out Two Sprouts for casual kids clothing, stationary and gifts. Unique and Second Act are two second hand stores that are both clean and organized. A few other mentions include Pier 1 Imports, MJ’s and Fleurty Girl.

3. Location

Nestled at the edge of Jefferson Parish, Old Metairie is a prime location for easy access to other parts of the city. From our door, we can be parked in the French Quarter in less than 20 minutes, drive to the airport in about 10 minutes and take a walk through Audubon Park in 15 minutes. Not only that, but both Oschner and East Jefferson Hospitals are 10 minutes away for those not-so-exciting trips to the ER. Have family on the Northshore? Hop on Causeway Blvd, and you can be in Mandeville in less than 30 minutes.

4. Parks and Schools Galore

The number of parks and schools within a one mile radius is incredible. Whether you’re looking for a full-time infant program, part-time moms day out or elementary school, Old Metairie has numerous options. You have your choice of religious versus non-demoninational, public or private, and even advanced studies or traditional school. In no particular order here is the list: The Little School, Little Red Schoolhouse, Metairie Ridge, Munholland Methodist, St. Catherine of Sienna, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies, Metairie Park Country Day and St. Francis Xavier. Most schools have an added perk of open playgrounds when school is not in session.

5. Good Eats

The most surprising fact about Old Metairie is the food scene. While most of the big box restaurants are only a short Uber away across the Parish line, you don’t have to drive that far to find delicious, unique and and affordable food. There have been at least 3 restaurants that have opened on Metairie Road in the short year and a half we moved here. {see a thorough list here}. These include Rock-N-Sake (sushi), City Greens (healthy) and Brasa (South American). Our favorite brunch spot is Blue Line Sandwich Co where you can find anything from homemade pancakes to a brussel sprouts salad. If you’re looking for a good date night, check out Cafe B (New American) or Vega Tapas Cafe (Spanish). No neighborhood in NOLA is satisfied without a few seafood joints. Our favorites are The Galley and Nola Boils.

What is YOUR favorite thing about living in Old Metairie?

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