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Old 10-03-2011, 05:59 PM
 
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Howdy all!
I have a job opportunity with a company located in Metairie and from a map I looked at I was wanting to try and rent a house/apartment in Mandeville and just commute. Can anyone tell me what this town is like? I have been to NOLA and BR several times but never been to the North Shore. I just got out of grad school and am 23, what is there to do in Mandeville, when I googled stuff there actually showed quite a few bars there. Just kind of wanting to get a feel of the place! Thanks
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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Wait... you're 23, single and you want to live in Mandeville!?

Mandeville is a small town surrounded by a suburban area mostly populated by families with kids. Its overwhelmingly white and very conservative area. There are a few bars and a few non-chain restaurants, but it pales in comparison to what is across the lake. As with most of the suburbs around here, the social scene can be hard to break into since everyone has had the same friends since elementary school. Also, driving across that bridge WILL get old real quick.

Why not New Orleans? Your commute will be much easier and you'll have easy access to much more interesting places and a plethora of nightlife. You will also be much more likely to run across other young single people and have a much easier time making friends.

Have you ever spent time in New Orleans, not the suburbs?

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Old 10-04-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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Yeah if you like the nightlife and bar scene and don't mind heavy traffic and city living, then Metairie/New Orleans is where you want to be.

If you enjoy small town atmosphere, then Mandeville is where you want to be. There's some decent spots in Mandeville/Covington area, but they're mainly patronized by the older crowd. They have a couple of decent live music venues though.

I lived in Metairie when I was in my late twenties, grew tired of it and moved to Covington which is where I met my wife. Didn't regret it for a second. Still commuted across the Causeway to work in Metairie. I worked a shift-working type schedule so I only had to commute it around 3 times a week which made it easy. The commute across the Causeway is about 20-30 minutes, not including the traffic you'll face in Metairie, so keep that in mind when you decide on where to live.

Mandeville has a nice lakefront park where you can walk/jog and has a lot of good restaurants. There's not a lot of crime and you're closer to Baton Rouge and Slidell, which are medium sized cities. Best of luck on whatever you decide.
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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Yeah, Mandeville is probably not where you want to be at 23. And the Causeway, as said above, will get old REAL fast.
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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Agreed. Mandevile is my favorite Louisiana city, but I'm married with child. Look to New Orleans, but watch out on the drunkeness as it's still a sin.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:00 PM
 
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Yea after reading more in detail ya'll are right. The main reason I am looking at Mandeville is also because my fiance got into LSU for grad school, however, the job offer that I had was in Metairie. Looking on a map, we would still be able to see each other easily it seems (she will be living in BR). Thats kind of the main reason.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:02 PM
 
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Agreed. Mandevile is my favorite Louisiana city, but I'm married with child. Look to New Orleans, but watch out on the drunkeness as it's still a sin.

I'm a conservative Catholic...what drunkeness
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I'm a conservative Catholic...what drunkeness
I have a feeling you'll fit right in.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:59 AM
 
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Agreed. Mandevile is my favorite Louisiana city, but I'm married with child. Look to New Orleans, but watch out on the drunkeness as it's still a sin.
Last I checked, Jesus turned water into wine. No need to throw stones, man.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Last I checked, Jesus turned water into wine. No need to throw stones, man.
I was giving them both the benefit of the doubt re: sarcasm.
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