In the mid-19th century, the only way for visitors to reach Mandeville, Louisiana from New Orleans was to take a steamboat across Lake Pontchartrain – which they did, quite often. Mandeville is the “first city” that is reached once you cross the lake and is considered the oldest inhabited city in St. Tammany Parish. It began as a weekend destination for New Orleanians and eventually turned into a diversified small business and bedroom community. Once the over 24-mile bridge over Lake Pontchartrain (The Causeway) was built, Mandeville began to establish itself as an independent and thriving city.

Today, Mandeville consists of a tightly-filled, 7 square mile city with dozens of retail locations, restaurants, new home subdivisions, and well-established and historical communities and homes. Mandeville has been named numerous times by Relocate America as one of the Top 100 Places to Live. Mandeville offers top-rated schools in the state of Louisiana with Blue Ribbon and Five Star Schools, and they were named by Money Magazineas One of the Top 100 School Systems in the Nation’s Major Metropolitan Areas. Mandeville has an extensive medical community with state-of-the-art, upscale health facilities with many smaller specialty clinics from which to choose.

Mandeville has many natural amenities, including a bird sanctuary and offers recreational and historical sites and events as well. After crossing the bridge from New Orleans to Mandeville, the first thing that visitors will notice is the gorgeous live oaks that line the winding, scenic lakefront on Lakeshore Drive. The lakefront is a family-friendly amenity with a bike and jogging/walking path as well as a children’s playground complete with a mini-waterpark. Many warm, sunny days are spent by residents with their kids and pets walking, swimming, or playing music on the lakefront. There is even a gazebo on the lakefront that is used for local festivals and music events.
Across the street from the lakefront stand sometimes centuries-old, historic waterfront homes as well as well-known restaurants and bars with balconies facing Lake Pontchartrain. For local boaters and fisherman, the Pontchartrain Yacht Club is located at the end of Lakeshore Drive. Across the street from the Club is what locals call the Mandeville Harbor which offers a boat launch, a marina, and covered pavilions for fishing and picnicking on the lake.

St. Tammany Parish converted the railroad tracks that extended from Slidell to Covington in what is known today as Tammany Trace, a 31-mile asphalt walking and biking trail, created from the Illinois Central Railroad corridor. Each town and city in West St. Tammany Parish has a trailhead. The Mandeville Trailhead is located in Old Mandeville, the area between Florida Street and Lakeshore Drive (from north to south). The Trailhead features The Depot Museum at the Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Center, an interactive water park, amphitheater, and a farmer’s market held every Saturday.

Other man-made attractions, utilizing the natural waterfront amenities of St. Tammany Parish include Sunset Point, a fishing pier, and park located near the entrance of The Causeway. Sunset Point was recently renovated after Hurricane Isaac. Two state parks, Fontainebleau State Park and Fairview State Park are situated, “just down the street” from each other on Highway 22 / Florida Street / Highway 190. These state parks both have waterfront access. Visitors to Fontainebleau State Park enjoy a white-sand beach and modernized fishing pier and mini-waterpark for kids. Otis House is located at Fairview State Park, which is in Madisonville, Louisiana. This historical home offer tours to visitors. Fairview State Park and Otis House both reside on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, which flows towards Madisonville before emptying into Lake Pontchartrain. Just down the street from Fontainebleau State Park is Pelican Park, a family-oriented sports and recreation center featuring batting cages, a skate park, a dog park, a disc golf course, camps and clinics, and The Castine Center – one of the main event centers in St. Tammany Parish.

Even though it is just 7 square miles of property, Mandeville, Louisiana is the home to two historic attractions – The Dew Drop Dance & Social Hall, which is considered the birthplace of jazz on the Northshore where Louis Armstrong performed and The Seven Sisters, the oldest living live oak in the United States. As far as lifestyle, health and education, shopping, dining, entertainment, and historic and natural amenities, Mandeville, Louisiana is an ideal place to relocate or move to buy your home.

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