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Bourbon Street. The French Quarter. Canal Street.
Just mention one of these iconic locations and instantly lacy, wrought-iron balconies and the soulful sound of jazz wafting on the air come to mind. New Orleans is a city of legends, amazing street parties, ghosts, out-of-this-world food, and music. There’s no other place quite like the Big Easy, but there’s much more to New Orleans than Creole cuisine, the cool notes of a saxophone, Mardi Gras, and 19th-Century mansions.
New Orleans has one of the world’s busiest ports, and it is a major center of petroleum and natural gas production. It is home to the top-rated, top-50 research university, Tulane University. Businesses in New Orleans include Entergy, Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin, Tidewater Marine, Zatarain’s, and IBM. And, of course, tourism is huge – visitors come for Mardi Gras, the bars, the restaurants, the music, the history, the legends, and the nightlife.
New Orleans was founded in 1718 by the French Mississippi Company. It was named after the French city of Orleans to honor Philippe d’Orleans, the Duke of Orleans. In 1762, France secretly ceded Louisiana to Spain. This wasn’t revealed until 1764, and many erroneously believed the exchange happened during the Treaty of Paris in 1763. Due to an oversight, New Orleans reverted back to France in 1801. In 1803, the US obtained New Orleans as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
From its beginning, New Orleans has been a diverse blend of cultures and nationalities, from the French and Spanish settlers in the early 1700s to the Haitian immigrants who arrived shortly after the Haitian Revolution in 1804, to the German and Irish immigrants who came to New Orleans in the 1830s and ’40s. The result is uniquely New Orleans – a city that is dynamic, resilient, artistic, and above all – fun. Here’s what you need to know about renting apartments in New Orleans.
Things to Do in New Orleans:
Dining on seafood gumbo and beignets … spending the evening at the nightclubs on Bourbon Street, enjoying an outdoor café in the French Quarter … Mardi Gras … the Jazz and Heritage Festival … cheering on the New Orleans Saints — New Orleans has an endless list of things to do!
First, the festivals: New Orleans is world-famous for its amazing festivals, but it isn’t just Mardi Gras – there are festivals scheduled for every month of the year. February is, of course, Mardi Gras. In March, there’s Soul Fest, Food Fest, and the Tennessee Williams Festival. April brings the French Quarter Festival, the Jazz and Heritage Festival, and the Freret Street Festival.
In May, you’ll enjoy Greek Fest and the Bayou Boogaloo. June brings in the Oyster Festival, the Creole Tomato Festival, and the Cajun Zydeco Festival. July is the month for Bastille Day and the Running of the Bulls. In August, it’s time for the French Film Festival and the Satchmo SummerFest.
September is the month of Southern Decadence, and October is all about Oktoberfest – as well as the famous Voodoo Music Experience, the New Orleans Film Festival, the Louisiana Seafood Festival, and the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival. November means it’s time for the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival and the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, and December is time for Christmas New Orleans Style.
There are even dueling festivals. The Warehouse District holds a famous annual art event called “White Linen Night.” Not to be outdone, the French Quarter decided to hold a rival festival a week after this event called “Dirty Linen Night.” Participants are encouraged to wear the “dirty” linens they wore the week before to “White Linen Night.” Galleries and shops hand out dirty martinis and dirty rice, and laundry baskets sit outside several businesses. Held along Royal Street, this event highlights the art galleries, antique shops, specialty shops, and jewelry stores that line the elegant strip.
Of course, for a city with a history pre-dating the American Revolution, stunning architecture and fascinating museums are everywhere. The city has about 45 museums, from historic house museums such as the Beauregard-Keyes House (the former home of the Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant who ordered the first shots of the Civil War to be fired in 1861) to fanciful museums such as Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. The Louisiana State Museum is a must-see – this much-loved museum was founded in 1906 and is located in seven historic buildings in the French Quarter.
While it may not be immediately evident as you enjoy the shops, restaurants, and nightlife New Orleans is famous for, this city has some beautiful parks and historic sites. Historic Fort Pike, built in the early 19th century, is one of the best-preserved forts on the Gulf of Mexico. The New Orleans Botanical Garden at City Park is a terrific and tranquil location that features fountains, gardens, and over 2,000 varieties of plants.
Bayou Segnette State Park is roughly 30 minutes from New Orleans. This terrific park offers hiking, fishing, boating, camping, canoeing, picnicking, a nature trail, playgrounds, and a wave pool. The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located on Canal Street and features over 900,000 insects. The Audubon Zoo, located on Magazine Street, dates back to the 1884 World Exposition in Audubon Park. The zoo, considered one of the nation’s best, features some of the rarest and most beautiful animals on 58 acres of natural habitats.
The answer to the question “Who Dat?” Is “the Saints!” Once you rent an apartment in New Orleans, get ready to wear lots of gold and black – especially on game days! You can’t live in New Orleans and not become a part of the Who Dat Nation. The New Orleans Saints won their first Super Bowl in 2010 – the first Super Bowl game they played in their 43-year history. The Saints play at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, located in Downtown New Orleans.
What to Consider When Moving to New Orleans:
New Orleans is located on a bend in the Mississippi River near Lake Pontchartrain. It is one of the nation’s oldest cities and is considered the birthplace of jazz. It is home to top-rated universities Tulane, Loyola University, and the University of New Orleans. Sports are huge in New Orleans, which is home to the city’s beloved NFL team, the Saints.
When looking for apartments in New Orleans, be sure to visit historic Jackson Square. In the 18th century, this gorgeous plaza was known as “Place d’Armes.” After the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, it was renamed in honor of Andrew Jackson. There are some remarkable historic buildings located around the square, including the St. Louis Cathedral and the Lower and Upper Pontalba Apartments – the oldest apartment buildings in the nation. The first level has some gorgeous art galleries, museums, shops, and restaurants.
Jackson Square is at the heart of the famous French Quarter — the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. The French Quarter was founded in 1718 and is a National Historic Landmark. Bourbon Street is located in the French Quarter and is home to a number of bars and nightclubs. Be sure to check out the historic buildings, such as Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. This is one of the oldest buildings in New Orleans, built in the mid-1700s. It is a US National Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the oldest continually-occupied bar in the US. Stop in for a drink – but be aware those might not be the only “spirits” you encounter – Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is said to be one of New Orleans’ most haunted locations.
The French Quarter is located in New Orleans District 1 – a district that also includes the Central Business District. In District 2, neighborhoods include the mansion-filled and historic Garden District, Milan, Touro, and St. Thomas. District 3 includes Audubon, Freret, Uptown, and Fontainebleau. District 4 contains Mid-City, the Seventh Ward, and Gert Town.
Why New Orleans Apartments Are Hot:
What’s not to love about living in NOLA? The distinctive cuisine and famous restaurants, amazing historic architecture, terrific fairs and festivals (and Mardi Gras!), jazz clubs, nightclubs, historic taverns, Bourbon Street, and a distinctive French and Creole heritage that makes the Big Easy like no other city on earth.
With one of the largest, busiest ports in the world, a strong role in oil refining and petrochemical production, major businesses, and terrific universities, New Orleans is a unique live-work-play (emphasis on play) community. Mardi Gras beads? Check! Fun-loving attitude? Check! Legendary food? Check! Lacy balconies overlooking pedestrian-filled streets? Check! Everything you’re looking for is available, so get it now by renting an apartment in New Orleans!
- French Quarter
- French Quarter - CBD
- Algiers Point
- Central Business District
- Treme - Lafitte
- Tulane - Gravier
- Seventh Ward
- Lower Garden District
- B. W. Cooper
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- LSU Health Science Center
- School Urban Missions New Orleans
- Cameron College
- Delgado Community College
- Xavier University of Louisiana
Nearby Military Bases
- New Orleans Naval Support
- United States Army Reserve
- US Naval Reserve Training Center
- New Orleans Naval Air Station
- Camp Villere National Guard Center
Why New Orleans?
- The music: As the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans resonates with it.
- The food: Gumbo, crawfish, French cuisine, and world-class chefs.
- The nightlife: The famous Bourbon Street, casinos, dance clubs, and bars.
- The history: The gorgeous French Quarter and a story that began in 1718.
- The fun: Endless festivals, from Mardi Gras to the Voodoo Music Experience.
- The sports: Cheer on the NFL Super Bowl XLIV champs, the New Orleans Saints!
A pair of gas lamps line the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans
The St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square in the French QuarterColin D. Young/Shutterstock.com
Canal Street TrolleyJ. Norman Reid/Shutterstock.com
Entrance to River WalkAndrew McDonough/Shutterstock.com
Iconic architecture of the famous Bourbon Street in the French QuarterPeter Wey/Shutterstock.com
Pirates Alley Ken Durden/Shutterstock.com