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Old 03-20-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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There is a possibility that my family will be relocating to New Orleans sometime later this year. I've been looking at homes near Audubon Park, which I've been told is one of the nicest parts of the city, however, when I looked at a crime map, I was so discouraged to see that (although the crime in that part of the city is MUCH less the the rest of the city) there were still several violent crimes that occurred - a woman was raped and assaulted while sitting on her front porch, several robberies at gunpoint, home invasions, etc.

I was really looking forward to living in this part of the city, especially considering how walkable it is to places like Whole Foods, cheese shop, book store, etc. But after seeing this I'm starting to wonder if I'll be living more in fear of my everyday life rather than enjoying it. What are some local people's opinions? Are you afraid to do simple things like take out the trash on your curb in the middle of the night, come home late from a party, etc.?

I'm not afraid of crime - as I am a native of Los Angeles and have family from Brazil, however, it seems like NOLA is prone to very random, violent crimes no matter what part of the city you are in, whereas in my experience in California and Brazil, as long as you stay away from the "bad" neighborhoods and use common sense, then you are you are alright.

Also, what are my options if I still want to live in the New Orleans area but in a gated community. I've heard English Turn is an option, but I can't seem to find a lot of good schools close by. What schools do people send their kids to there? Belle Chasse?

Thank you ahead of time for any advice or insight!
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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If you want to live in a big city, then you're going to have to tolerate a little crime. That's the way it is in any large urban area. If you're in the area near Audubon Park, your chances of being a victim of violent crime are extremely slim.

I live in Mid-City, a relatively far cry from this posh neighborhood. Me or my girl walk around our neighborhood all the time and would not hesitate to put my trash out at 2am.

If you can afford to live in that neighborhood, go for it.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:15 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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There is a possibility that my family will be relocating to New Orleans sometime later this year. I've been looking at homes near Audubon Park, which I've been told is one of the nicest parts of the city, however, when I looked at a crime map, I was so discouraged to see that (although the crime in that part of the city is MUCH less the the rest of the city) there were still several violent crimes that occurred - a woman was raped and assaulted while sitting on her front porch, several robberies at gunpoint, home invasions, etc.

I was really looking forward to living in this part of the city, especially considering how walkable it is to places like Whole Foods, cheese shop, book store, etc. But after seeing this I'm starting to wonder if I'll be living more in fear of my everyday life rather than enjoying it. What are some local people's opinions? Are you afraid to do simple things like take out the trash on your curb in the middle of the night, come home late from a party, etc.?

I'm not afraid of crime - as I am a native of Los Angeles and have family from Brazil, however, it seems like NOLA is prone to very random, violent crimes no matter what part of the city you are in, whereas in my experience in California and Brazil, as long as you stay away from the "bad" neighborhoods and use common sense, then you are you are alright.

Also, what are my options if I still want to live in the New Orleans area but in a gated community. I've heard English Turn is an option, but I can't seem to find a lot of good schools close by. What schools do people send their kids to there? Belle Chasse?

Thank you ahead of time for any advice or insight!
My parents live near Audubon Park. I live in Mid-City. Going to their house is like going to fantasyland compared to where I live- there are birds chirping, well-maintained lawns, and Porsches.

I grew up in a subdivision in Algiers not far from English Turn. Crime there was basically unheard of; in the 22 years my parents lived there the worst thing that ever happened was that, while we were living elsewhere because of the house having been flooded (plumbing issue, not rain), somebody stole the kids' bikes from the garage. I can't even remember a home invasion happening the whole time I lived there. English Turn itself is uber-safe, as you'd expect.

You're not going to have much luck finding good schools in a lot of the city unless your kids go to magnet schools. New Orleans public schools, while they have improved vastly since the hurricane, still have many of the problems you usually associate with big city school systems. Unless you live on the Northshore your best bet is generally to put the kids in private school. I went to St. Andrew's (Catholic) in Algiers and hated it, but I will say that when I later went to Jesuit my elementary school produced a large share of the National Merit scholars.

If you're talking about living in places like English Turn, I'm assuming you're budgeting a pretty sizable amount for a house. I would suggest you go to realtor.com and restrict your search to the price range you're looking at, that will give you an idea what you can afford. Compared to LA, you'll get a lot more house for the money.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:22 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Also, the Belle Chasse schools are in a different parish (county) than English Turn, and I'm not sure of their quality. There are some nice subdivisions in the area around English Turn that would be a little cheaper than ET itself, and that are in Plaquemines (Belle Chasse) Parish.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:32 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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And, just for fun, if you want to buy one of Lil' Wayne's houses, it's on the market:


408 Rue De La Rivere Kenner LA - Home For Sale and Real Estate Listing - MLS #884730 - Realtor.comĀ®

This gives you some idea of the pricing around here. It's 10k sf, in a gated neighborhood in Kenner, and they're asking $1.7 million.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:13 AM
 
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LOL, @Neworleansisprettygood, I read about Lil Wayne's house! So funny.

Thanks for all the advice. The only reason I mentioned Belle Chasse, was because when I was looking for homes in English Turn, it says the closest public school was in Belle Chasse, so I wondered where people in English Turn sent their kids to school?

By the way - does anybody know if the Audubon Park area is regularly patrolled throughout the night?
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:05 AM
 
Location: In the city
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Geez-- I really get discouraged when I see all these posts like "is New Orleans safe?" Its not THAT bad. Really.

I hear the same thing about ANY city-- typically from people who want to keep their families protected. I applaud this. Really and truly any urban environment will have its ups and downs. I assure you that there aren't bands of marauders raping women, molesting kids and invading homes around the park. There are isolated incidents. Theft from vehicles is prevalent anywhere in the city (probably less so in that 'hood), as it is in most major cities. Why not visit for a few days, walk around at night and see what you think? I fear that we are becoming a nation of alarmists-- media reports of horrible and isolated crimes have us all thinking this is the norm. Its not.

I volunteer for a rape crisis hotline and am a sexual assault crisis counselor. The statistics show that rapes are much more highly likely to occur when someone knows their attacker. Stanger assaults are rare. Its not that they don't happen-- they certainly do-- but its not the norm. They can happen ANYWHERE-- not just in a "bad" neighborhood.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:43 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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LOL, @Neworleansisprettygood, I read about Lil Wayne's house! So funny.

Thanks for all the advice. The only reason I mentioned Belle Chasse, was because when I was looking for homes in English Turn, it says the closest public school was in Belle Chasse, so I wondered where people in English Turn sent their kids to school?

By the way - does anybody know if the Audubon Park area is regularly patrolled throughout the night?
The area "downtown" of Audubon Park (where Nashville Ave is) has a private patrol. There's a special assessment on houses in that area to pay for it. Not sure about the other side, but you'd be a neighbor of Drew Bress (assuming his contract ever gets done)

I'd imagine 95plus% percent of English Turn kids go to private school, or at least a magnet ( I think they call them citywide access now) school. The Belle Chasse schools, being in a different parish, aren't an option (we don't have ISD's here).
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:20 AM
 
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A friend of mine lived on webster street & magazine st for a few years by audubon park - very safe area I never felt scared going there at night. She loved walking to the shops & get dinner. My advice is Find a house on a well light street that definetly discourages crime. Or have bright lights on your house at night. I'm not afraid of putting my trash out at night but I am aware to look out and make sure someone isn't lurking around.

Every area has its own share of crime some more than others - the key is to find a safe neighborhood with people that care and look out for one another.

Belle Chasse has a great school system, even New Orleans charter schools are now good, Mandeville area has wonderful public schools but the commute is killer
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Thanks so much everyone! I was actually in NOLA a few months ago, and walked along Magazine Street (starting at Whole Foods). It felt perfectly safe and fine to me, however I didn't walk around there at night. I know that any major city has crime. Being from Los Angeles and Brazil, I get the whole concept of using common sense to avoid being the victim of a crime, I guess I just got a little scared (and shocked) when I read those crime reports in the Audubon Park area (there were even several incidents of students at Tulane that were held up at gunpoint while waiting for the campus safety to escort them somewhere - although I guess really that could happen at almost any university campus - but still a little scary.)

To be honest, I would much rather live in the Audubon Park area than English Turn. One of the attractions to New Orleans is the walkability factor, as well as the diversity in age and culture of the area (being close to a university), and all the small businesses and good restaurants being nearby. After coming from California where you practically live in your car, it would be refreshing to be able to walk to the grocery store or to a cafe. While English Turn does seem nice (and safe), somehow it seems a little cookie cutter compared to the rest of the city.

Anybody recommend any good schools in the Audubon Park area?
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