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Old 09-23-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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I am moving to New Orleans and would like to know about the Gentilly area near SUNO. I would like to rent in the area of St. Bernard Ave, Robert E. Lee, Leon C Simon Dr. and Mirabeau Ave. Would need public transportation to get around to any area of New Orleans, Metarie, Kenner, French Quarter, etc. Can someone fill me in please? Would be looking for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house or newer apartment in a safe, secure area. Thanks!
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Old 09-23-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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No to Gentilly. Its very low lying, it has a good share of crime and there are few amenities out in that area.
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Old 09-23-2011, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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Gentilly is a nice suburban area within the city limits about 2 miles from the French Quarter. Its a lot of ranch houses with large lawns front and rear, and the prices are much cheaper than Lakeview and out in Metairie. As far as safety, you can't go wrong with anything between Gentilly Rd. and the lake. The only problem with Gentilly is that it has been slow to recover and there's not a lot of amenities in the area. There is at least one grocery and a few shops and restaurants, but the commerce is not nearly as dense as Lakeview, or Mid-City. Yes it is more low lying than the older, closer in neighborhoods, and that has a lot to to with the price difference.

There are 5 bus lines in the area that can get you downtown, but most of them are not that frequent (maybe every 90min during the week). It would be somewhat difficult to get out to Metarie/Kenner from Gentilly as it would require at least 2 RTA bus lines before you even boarded a Jefferson Parish bus. That alone could take you over an hour and a half.

Check out the RTA maps and schedules here. System Map If you're going to go without a car, I would definately recommend getting a bike to help you get around (if you're physically able) as there is a good bit of cycling infrastructure in the area.
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:38 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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My only complaint with Gentilly is the lack of amentities outside of drug stores and fast food. Canseco's, Winn-Dixie and Rouse's provide groceries for the area, but as far as food you're limited to McDonald's, Rally's, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Chick Fil-A, Burger King, Quizno's, Waffle House, Subway and whatever they are building on Elysian Fields. They do have a handful of sit down restaurants, but no entertainment or shopping that you can find in other parts of the city. I basically share rburnett's sentiments. The area is underrated.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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Thank you! May need a car after all. Amenities-nice to have nearby but maybe not necessary. I would have to come down and check it out.
Any ideas on who to contact for rentals in the area? I've contacted 2 places - property management company and realtor, no answer from either.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA - Kingstowne Subdivision
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I would definitely check out any area in New Orleans before you make a decision. Neighborhoods change like seasons in New Orleans. Each block should be investigated before you sign a lease.

What's your time period to find an apartment?
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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I want to be there no later than July 1st, however, depends on whether or not I find employment. Currently with the federal gov't and hope to transfer - will begin serious search after January - so would make the move between March and end of June. Just checking things out now so I won't be too surprised when I begin to seriously search. My partner will be attending graduate school at SUNO, so really would like near that area - I don't mind commuting within 50 miles or so of that area, but want to keep him close to SUNO.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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Your best bet is uptown off magazine street in that area there are very nice rentals and accommodations. Usually the gentilly folks go there and commit crimes then go back home.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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You'd probably have a better chance of being burglarized 2 blocks on either side of Magazine than you do in 80% of Gentilly and trust me when I say that downtown criminals are not what you have to worry about uptown.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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You'd probably have a better chance of being burglarized 2 blocks on either side of Magazine than you do in 80% of Gentilly and trust me when I say that downtown criminals are not what you have to worry about uptown.

Yep, NOLA has completely changed in the last few years.

Areas that I would never goon in now seem safe, and areas that I thought were safe I now find I have to watch my back.
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