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Old 02-19-2009, 10:40 AM
 
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Trying to decide where to look for a home... currently in NOLA but not originally from area so not sure which of those areas would be better. How are the school districts in each? Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Trying to decide where to look for a home... currently in NOLA but not originally from area so not sure which of those areas would be better. How are the school districts in each? Thanks!
Mandeville is MUCH nicer and MUCH pricier. And you'd have to deal with the approximately 20 mile commute across Lake Pontchartrain.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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LaPlace is a fairly nice place as far as housing and stuff goes, but the St. John Parish Schools are barely a few steps above Orleans parish. Mandeville is very nice, but it can be an expensive place. You could probably find something affordable in one of the smaller communities there, but that would add to your commute. Have you considered St. Charles Parish?
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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there are some deals to be found in mandeville. i personally think the commute and maybe a smaller house is worth it for the community. we're house hunting there right now and are definatley in a lower price range than most. we looked in laplace but were not very impressed.
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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there are some deals to be found in mandeville. i personally think the commute and maybe a smaller house is worth it for the community. we're house hunting there right now and are definatley in a lower price range than most. we looked in laplace but were not very impressed.

We live in Destrehan, St Charles Parish and the homes are not the pricey and the schools are some of the best in the state.

We also have 5.39 acres in Abita Springs, a little north of Money Hill, and we can't wait until our son finishes high school so that we can build.

Both areas are great and both can make a good home and both have good schools, but I sure love the North Shore.

Taxes are higher in Mandeville but homeowners insurance is higher in St. Charles Parish so it is kind of a wash.

Also, something to think about if you commute. The Causway may be shut down because of heavy fog and several months out of the year they have only one lane open with 35mph speed posted.

I'm like you though, I think the North Shore is worth it, but we have to wait untill our son is fininh high school.

busta
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:28 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Default Mandeville

Mandeville is way better. I personally haven't lived in LaPlace but I've lived in Mandeville for almost 4 months now and couldn't be happier. Probably the safest area you could live in compared to the complete surrounding N.O. area. I just hope you're not too much of a night owl cuz the only wierd thing is its like a GHOST TOWN around here after like 10pm every night. There are also many nice areas in Covington which is about 10 minutes north of Mandeville. There's a few areas maybe to avoid(farther north), but for the most part it is similar to Mandeville. IMO there are a lot more things to do in Covington though. You got your walmart, lot of fast food places, all kinds of motels/hotels, etc. Both towns are close to I-12 and as far as other posters referring to the commute to N.O., sometimes it can take just as long from LaPlace with all the heavy eastbound traffic on I-10 in the morning compared to the less heavier causeway traffic. Plus I'm like 5 minutes from the lake and lake shore drive so its always nice when i need some relaxing time or just feel like walking along/sitting by the lake
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:35 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Mandeville is way better. I personally haven't lived in LaPlace but I've lived in Mandeville for almost 4 months now and couldn't be happier. Probably the safest area you could live in compared to the complete surrounding N.O. area. I just hope you're not too much of a night owl cuz the only wierd thing is its like a GHOST TOWN around here after like 10pm every night. There are also many nice areas in Covington which is about 10 minutes north of Mandeville. There's a few areas maybe to avoid(farther north), but for the most part it is similar to Mandeville. IMO there are a lot more things to do in Covington though. You got your walmart, lot of fast food places, all kinds of motels/hotels, etc. Both towns are close to I-12 and as far as other posters referring to the commute to N.O., sometimes it can take just as long from LaPlace with all the heavy eastbound traffic on I-10 in the morning compared to the less heavier causeway traffic. Plus I'm like 5 minutes from the lake and lake shore drive so its always nice when i need some relaxing time or just feel like walking along/sitting by the lake
glad to hear you enjoy it so much. we're still moving to mandeville but we've decided to rent instead of buy. i have a young daughter so the safety factor is huge with me. i would like the option of using my laptop at a coffee house lat at night but i can live without it. i also love to just sit by the lake sometimes so that'll be a plus.as far as shopping...i have to drive about 15min to the mall here so, i guess doing my shopping in covington won't be a huge change. i love it in mandeville and i think the positives outweigh the negative.
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