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Old 01-25-2012, 10:06 PM
 
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Hello,

We may be relocating from Charlotte NC to NOLA. While my wife is from LA, she's not too familiar with the neighborhoods in NOLA.

We're a married couple- mid 30s w/ a 9mo old.

We don't know if we'll rent for a year, but if we decide to buy, we're probably looking for:
  • $250k - $360k 3/4BR 3BA.
  • Would prefer at least 2000 sf
  • Good schools
  • Safe
  • Parks or pedestrian-friendly - we love to run
  • Young, vibrant area
  • I don't know about living too far outside NOLA- we really like the charm of living in the city
  • My business is home based, she will commute- don't know exactly where her office would be.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Uptown, Carrolton or Tulane area.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:20 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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If you want to live in the city itself, I would pick the Lakefront. You should be able to find a very nice home there in your price range. The problem with living closer in is that generally the safer neighborhoods get more expensive, but Lakeview is uber-safe and you should have no problem getting a 2k square foot house at the lower end of your price range. It's also adjacent to City Park, which is one of the biggest urban parks in the country. Uptown, though, you'd be lucky to find a 2ksf house in a reasonably safe neighborhood, even at the upper end of your price range. Why anybody would pay the prices we do to live in crime-ridden neighborhoods is another discussion entirely.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:53 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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When you say good schools, are you willing to pay for private education? You might want to factor that into real estate prices. All of your requirements except "good schools" (unless you're willing to pay for private) fit within Uptown, Carrollton, Tulane, or Lakeview, IMO.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:37 AM
 
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Thanks for everyone's input!

I looked at some listings in the city, and honestly, I was a little disappointed with the offerings.

What areas are close to downtown? Or what areas are great in their own?
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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Anniehimself and NewOrleansIsPrettyGood already gave you the best suggestions.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Denver
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The Garden District is close to downtown, lower Garden District borders the CBD, the Bywater and Marigny are pretty close too. I would think the youngest areas would be the LGD (lower garden district), Tulane area Uptown, and the Marigny.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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Rent for the first year. NOLA is very complex and it will take a while to
figure out exactly where you want to be.

This is a good site to explore the neighborhoods:<GNOCDC>Orleans Parish Data & Information

The older urban core of the city (between City Park and the river) is walkable and well connected, but crime can vary a lot. The older neighborhoods are going to have that "charm" that you're looking for: Large oak streets, streetcars, local shops and restaurants, gorgeous Victorian and craftsman houses. The area close to the river is well above sea level and hasn't flooded since the city was founded. The safest of the older neighborhoods is the area close to Audubon park, but it is very expensive($500k+). As you move away from the park, it gets cheaper. There are 2 areas close to the park that you might be able to find a nice 3br for 300-350k: 1.) Around the intersection of Carrolltton and St. Charles Ave. close to the river 2.) Between St. Charles Ave and the river from Napolean up to Jefferson. These are both still pretty safe walkable areas. A driveway is not a guarantee, though.

Another post on the older urban areas://www.city-data.com/forum/new-o...l#post22463381

The Lakeview/Lakefront area has a suburban character with large front lawns, driveways, single family houses and only marginal walkability. There's not much there that screams New Orleans. There's a small commercial strip that runs through Lakeview, but that's about it. City Park is right next door, but it's separated by a drainage canal and flood walls. There's only two streets that link the park to Lakeview, so it's not as accessable as it looks. This part of town is very low lying and got 8-10 ft of water during Katrina and took a while to recover, but is doing much better now. It's not really what I would call young and vibrant in the hip/twenty-something sense, but there are lots of thirty-something parents with multiple children. The bonus here is that it's safe. It's one of the safest areas in the city. There are some burglaries and car thefts, but violent crime is non existent.

Gentilly is across the park from Lakeview and has a similar suburban feel. Its a much larger area with cheaper housing that's a little bit further away from downtown. There's slightly more crime here, but nothing compared to the rougher areas. You should easily be able to find a 4br and 2000sq/ft for under $300k.

The Navarre and Mid-City area close to City Park Ave is also an option. Safety is similar to Gentilly. This area is also very convenient because it is right in the middle of everything and commuting anywhere is a breeze.

There are a few good public schools, but competition is fierce and getting into on of them is no guarantee. The parochial schools are decent and plentiful, but figure at least $400/month per child. Private schools are even more expensive: budget $800-1500/month per kid!
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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Wow! Thanks for your in depth response.

Much appreciated.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Marleyville-Fontainebleau, NOLA
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definitely rent first.
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