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Old 11-06-2013, 12:18 PM
 
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Hi all, new to the forum here. Sorry if this is a common topic, but I wasn't able to find too much directly relating to my issue.

Anyway, I will be moving from West Virginia to Louisiana in July 2014 due to a job offer. The office is located in Covington (really between Covington and Mandeville). I interned for this company last summer and stayed in Covington, and it was enjoyable if somewhat dull. I am a recent college grad, single, 22 year old guy. This job will probably keep me in Louisiana for anywhere from 2-5 years.

I have some general questions about where to live. How bad is traffic getting from NOLA to Covington? I recall the causeway getting backed up sometimes but I wasn't down in New Orleans enough to be able to tell how bad the traffic is.

I'd probably prefer to live in NOLA over Covington, so I've been doing most of my research there. However, there are so many neighborhoods I'm somewhat lost. Ideally I'd like to live within a reasonable walk or streetcar ride of a popular area (the quarter probably? maybe cbd? I don't really know, I just don't want to have to drive to good bars) without being smack in the middle of everything (AKA I don't want to live on Frenchman). I'd need somewhere with offstreet parking and reasonable (< 1k/month rent for 1 br, <$1200/month rent for 2 br) rent. I don't need a mansion, but I don't want mold/holes in wall/right in the middle of the ghetto either.

Could you guys provide some recommendations or some insight on personal experience about what neighborhoods I should look at? I was looking around the CBD or maybe Lower Garden District, but those tend to run a little pricey. Also, I know some areas to avoid (Iberville and some of Treme), but if there are any other areas I should avoid please let me know.

Thanks so much for the help. Coming from a 1 stoplight town in West Virginia to a huge metro like NOLA is a big culture shock, and I don't want to make a bad decision and live in a place I'll hate.

Edit: I didn't mention it much, but if anyone has recommendations for places to live on the north shore I'm open to those as well. I haven't committed either way.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:28 PM
 
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If it were me, I would live in Covington or Mandeville. You don't have to worry about any safety concerns like you do in New Orleans and you are still close enough to New Orleans when you do want to go down there. Unless you are planning on going out 5 nights per week, stay on the Northshore and save yourself a lot of money on gas that you can better use for entertainment purposes in New Orleans without the threat of living in a shady area.
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Old 11-06-2013, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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22 and single, I would think you would want to be in the city. There’s zero transit on the north shore and not much that’s walkable. Downtown Covington has a few bars/restaurants/live music type places as does old Mandeville, but nothing compared to New Orleans. The city is going to be MUCH more transplant friendly. There are plenty of areas that will suit your needs. The bad news is that you have to commute across the causeway bridge and you’re looking at a 1 hour drive (at least) with no traffic. The good news is that you would be reverse commuting, to the exurbs, so traffic should not be that big of a deal.

I live in Mid-City and I think that’s a great place to start looking for 3 reasons. 1.)The Canal streetcar runs every 10-15 minutes till 3am and can take you to the CBD/French Quarter/Warehouse district which is only 3 miles away. 2.) It’s much easier to get to the causeway bridge from Mid-City than most of the other cool neighborhoods along the river. 3.) It’s cheaper than Uptown, FQ, Marigny, etc. Look between Jeff Davis and City Park Ave and avoid the blocks close to Tulane Ave. The closer to City Park Ave, the safer it is.

I live in a duplex in a nice safe area and I rent out the upstairs unit (1200sq/ft, 2BR, 1.5b) for $1200. There are 5 bars(2 with live music), 2 grocery stores and numerous restaurants within walking distance and even more in biking distance.

You should also be able to find something in your price range in the Lower Garden District. You’ll be in a walkable area close to downtown with good streetcar and bus access for everything you want to do uptown. Carrollton is another option that’s dense with bars/restaurants/things to do, etc. and you have a good “back door” route to Causeway blvd. It tends to have a decent undergrad population, since it's close to Tulane, just FYI. Other parts of Uptown are nice as well, but it becomes more difficult to get to and from the Causeway from there.

However, if you are not up for the commute (understandable), then check out downtown Covington or Old Mandeville near Hwy 59. You'll be able to hit up a few places and stumble home. Anywhere else, and you’ll pretty much be dependent on your car.

See:
//www.city-data.com/forum/new-o...males-20s.html

//www.city-data.com/forum/new-o...moving-no.html

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Old 11-06-2013, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Doesn't sound like you'll like Covington, you've already lived there, you like bars, walking, young, etc. You want to live in the city.

Listen to rburnett.
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:36 PM
 
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22 and single, I would think you would want to be in the city. There’s zero transit on the north shore and not much that’s walkable. Downtown Covington has a few bars/restaurants/live music type places as does old Mandeville, but nothing compared to New Orleans. The city is going to be MUCH more transplant friendly. There are plenty of areas that will suit your needs. The bad news is that you have to commute across the causeway bridge and you’re looking at a 1 hour drive (at least) with no traffic. The good news is that you would be reverse commuting, to the exurbs, so traffic should not be that big of a deal.

I live in Mid-City and I think that’s a great place to start looking for 3 reasons. 1.)The Canal streetcar runs every 10-15 minutes till 3am and can take you to the CBD/French Quarter/Warehouse district which is only 3 miles away. 2.) It’s much easier to get to the causeway bridge from Mid-City than most of the other cool neighborhoods along the river. 3.) It’s cheaper than Uptown, FQ, Marigny, etc. Look between Jeff Davis and City Park Ave and avoid the blocks close to Tulane Ave. The closer to City Park Ave, the safer it is.

I live in a duplex in a nice safe area and I rent out the upstairs unit (1200sq/ft, 2BR, 1.5b) for $1200. There are 5 bars(2 with live music), 2 grocery stores and numerous restaurants within walking distance and even more in biking distance.

You should also be able to find something in your price range in the Lower Garden District. You’ll be in a walkable area close to downtown with good streetcar and bus access for everything you want to do uptown. Carrollton is another option that’s dense with bars/restaurants/things to do, etc. and you have a good “back door” route to Causeway blvd. It tends to have a decent undergrad population, since it's close to Tulane, just FYI. Other parts of Uptown are nice as well, but it becomes more difficult to get to and from the Causeway from there.

However, if you are not up for the commute (understandable), then check out downtown Covington or Old Mandeville near Hwy 59. You'll be able to hit up a few places and stumble home. Anywhere else, and you’ll pretty much be dependent on your car.

See:
//www.city-data.com/forum/new-o...males-20s.html

//www.city-data.com/forum/new-o...moving-no.html
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Where in WV? My wife and I moved from Huntington to NOLA back in May and absolutely love it. We live in the LGD and would highly recommend it for its proximity to everything and walkability. Send me a personal message if we can be of any help!
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