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Gentilly of New Orleans, Louisiana Real Estate and Community Info.

Gentilly of New Orleans, Louisiana Real Estate and Community Info.

On the northeast side of New Orleans is the genial neighborhood of Gentilly. Built on Gentilly Ridge on the former banks of Bayou Gentilly, the neighborhood is bordered by Lake Pontchartrain to the north, Industrial Canal to the east, I-610 to the south, and City Park. Gentilly comprises the sub-neighborhoods of Dillard, Filmore, Gentilly Terrace, Gentilly Woods, Lake Terrace/Lake Oaks, Milneberg, Pontchartrain Park, and St. Anthony. Gentilly is home to Dillard University, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), and The University of New Orleans (UNO). In addition, Gentilly is known for its parks, golf courses, wide streets and lawns, and Elysian boulevard. Its active neighborhood associations and excellent schools have made Gentilly a desirable place to live.


The first inhabitants were Indians, followed by French settlers. The Pontchartrain Railroad was built in 1830 and “The Smoky Mary” lines brought visitors to Lake Pontchartrain. Alexander Milne, the Scottish philanthropist, owned much of the area. During WWII, the lakefront was the site of a naval air station, which became Louisiana State University at New Orleans (now University of New Orleans). Gentilly was hit hard by Katrina, and has since experienced revitalization. Many of its structures had to be gutted and rebuilt.

Shopping and Dining

Elysian Fields bisects the neighborhood, connecting it to both the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD). Gentilly residents patronize Oak Park Shopping Center and Gentilly Woods Shopping Center. The neighborhood’s diverse restaurants include popular haunts like Ba Mien, Café Trinh Quyen, Captain Sal’s Seafood & Chicken, Good Time Sushi, Lafitte's Café,  Sweet Savors Bakery, Big Shirley’s, Castnet Seafood, Deanie's on Hayne, Henry’s House, Nicole's Creole Cuisine, Sassafras, The Stand, and Walker's Barbeque. Gentilly is also close to upscale shopping at Canal Place, which features Saks Fifth Avenue, Adrienne Vittadini, Banana Republic, Coach, Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers, Morton’s Steakhouse, and more.

Parks and Recreation

Pontchartrain Park is one of the country’s first African American suburbs, and includes the historic Joseph M. Bartholomew Golf Course, which was named after the African American professional golfer. Pontchartrain Park’s history represents both the racial segregation of the south as well as the site of upward mobility for the area’s African American community. City Park is another popular spot for locals and visitors. Fort Pike is a designated state historic site and is one of the “best-preserved” fortification chains of the early 19th century. New Orleans Fairgrounds dates back to 1872, and is the annual host of the famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Gentilly Fest showcases the neighborhood’s restaurants, fine arts and crafts, and includes live music, a kids’ stage, and cultural and neighborhood exhibits.


map of Gentilly of New Orleans, LA

The oldest Gentilly real estate is in Gentilly Terrace, which was built between the 1910s-1940s, and includes Craftsman bungalows, Tudor cottages, and Mediterranean Revival homes. Gentilly real estate also includes townhouses in a variety of architectural styles. There are a number of active neighborhood associations in the area, including Gentilly Terrace, Edgewood Park, Holy Cross, Gentilly Heights/Vascoville, Seabrook, Burbank Gardens, Vista Park, Sugar Hill, Pontilly Pontchatrain Park-Gentilly Woods, Pontchartrain Park, Oak Park, Milneburg, Fairmont Park/Lower Gentilly, and Filmore Gardens. Gentilly real estate is affordable for many and it is eclectic; its homes for sale reflect the area’s post-Katrina revitalization efforts.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Gentilly is served by Orleans Parish School Board. The neighborhood is known for its schools, a number of which have earned accolades for their service to the community. The schools include Academy of New Orleans, ARISE Academy, Mary D. Coghill Elementary School, Gentilly Terrace Elementary UNO Charter School, Edward Hynes Charter School, Francis Gregory Elementary, Pierre Capdau UNO Charter School, Benjamin Franklin Senior High School (a Greatschools 10 out of 10 school), Greater Gentilly High School, St. Mary’s Academy, and Brother Martin High School. Higher education institutions include Baptist Theological Seminary, Dillard University (ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities), the University of New Orleans, and Southern University of New Orleans. The latter is an extension of Southern University in Baton Rouge, a historically African-American school.

LSU Medical Center and Ochsner Baptist Medical Center support the community for acute care needs. New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) provides public transportation. The airports are New Orleans Lakefront Airport and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. I-610 is the major highway.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (504) 432-4262 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

The Clouse Team
Realty Executives, SELA
Ken Clouse 504-432-4262
Rose Clouse 504-427-3899
Office 985-307-1058
13592 River Road, Ste 6
Destrehan, LA 70047

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