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Old 10-10-2018, 01:47 PM
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I would rent a long-term Airbnb for a month or more before making this commitment.
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Cali504 View Post
I would rent a long-term Airbnb for a month or more before making this commitment.
Thanks. That's a good suggestion.
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:11 PM
Location: Michoud Area/ New Orleans
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Ray "Nagging", why don't you get as far away from city data new Orleans forum as possible! You're a cancer that only wants people to revel in your misery. Tired of you bruh.
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:35 AM
Location: New Orleans
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Can you set up some time for another visit? And prehaps try out of few areas in longer-term rentals? I have lived in New Orleans on and off for 20 years, but I live in Mandeville now. I found on my last return that the city seemed changed, by cost of living, crime etc.. Again, that's my personal observations and preference. I enjoy life over here across the lake and still can go to the city whever I want. Maybe there's a part of city or neighborhood you'd like that would still give you access to the quarter without the cost/crime. When my child is grown and we downsize, we may consider moving back across the lake.
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Old 03-26-2019, 11:57 AM
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I want to eventually move back, but I'd really like to buy a vacation home either in Nola or Houma, New Iberia, etc...still undecided!

You should make a few visits before committing to moving back permanently. That's my goal this summer before I decide to buy and regret my decision.
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Old 03-26-2019, 04:56 PM
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Originally Posted by cBach View Post
Bywater is relatively inexpensive and rather safe. The Irish Channel is another place to check out.

I am a 58 year old, single woman and was just there for a professional conference.... stayed in the Sheraton on Canal Street for that..... Unfortunately, it was towards the end of Mardi Gras, so everything was WAAAAYYY spendy.....

That said, I rented half of a double shotgun in the Bywater for four days of "me time" after my conference was over..... and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it...... a friend flew down and joined me and we spent a fair amount of time in the Quarter during the day, but made sure we were out by the time the Mardi Gras revelers and tourists took over in the evening.......

I loved sitting on the porch of my rental in the mornings, sipping coffee and speaking to the people and dogs walking by..... got to pet many of the dogs, too!! The Bywater seemed to be very walkable with lots of great food and beverage choices......

I have been to NOLA many times over the years and am so over the whole drink myself into a coma on Bourbon Street, so this trip, did some more exploration of other areas of interest..... there were many I was not able to get to and I am already planning to return to continue my exploration....

As to crime.... I lived alone in "the, (big bad) City" here for about 7 years, and before that, lived my entire life in Houston.... Like any big city anywhere, you just have to act with common sense, not paranoia.... be aware of what is going on around you, who is around you.... just don't be stoopid.....

I can't wait to go back when it is NOT Mardi Gras......

Oh, yeah.... I found a podcast called "Beyond Bourbon Street" that is put out by Mark Bologna, a NOLA native, that is FULL of great information about the city and the many great things it offers......
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:49 AM
Location: Phoenix
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I grew up just outside NO and love going back....New Orleans just has a happy and friendly vibe that is unmatched in the USA. I still hate the crime and humidity so that's just something one would have to deal with.

My brother bought a house in Uptown after Katrina and fixed it up and kept it for whenever he wanted to be in the city and loved it....he just sold it )large profit) a few months ago as the property taxes were starting to aggravate him but he hates not having that when he wants to visit now.

I do find it unusual that a non drinker loves New Orleans.
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Old 03-31-2019, 05:33 AM
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Why not move to the Northshore? It is safe, you can walk around your neighborhood at night without feeling scared, and it is very close to the city.
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:51 AM
Location: Metairie
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Nothing in life is permanent. If you want to make the move... do it. If you change your mind you can always move again. You'll never know if you'll enjoy living here unless you do it.

As far as the Bywater and Irish Channel area concerned, both have become rather expensive areas. There has been a lot of development in each area over the last 5+ years. The Bywater is the area below St Claude, between it and the river. It ends at the Industrial Canal. The map shows that it runs all the way up the west side of the canal, but most dont consider that the Bywater. The further north you go above St Claude the sketchier the area gets...

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- John Goodman - Actor

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Old 04-06-2019, 08:04 PM
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I left New Orleans back in '97. It certainly has changed. There is a strong nostalgia for what New Orleans was, and I look at New Orleans through those rose-tinted glasses.

Ask yourself if you want the old New Orleans, or are aware that you are going to a "new" New Orleans. You may be disappointed if you aren't aware of the changes.

Also, just because Hurricane Katrina blew through recently, doesn't prevent another disaster from happening next year, in 5 years, or 10 years.
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