Gentilly: A Quieter Lifestyle & Beautiful Green Spaces

Posted by Julie Koppman on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 at 11:42am.

Middle class and diverse, Gentilly attracts those looking for a relaxed, quieter lifestyle that’s family-friendly and affordable. Roughly bounded by Lake Ponchartrain to the north, the Industrial Canal to the east, Bayou St. John to the west, and Interstate 6-10 to the south, Gentilly is an oak tree-lined residential neighborhood that’s convenient to the French Quarter, City Park, Dillard University, and the University of New Orleans. Gentilly Boulevard with its lovely architecture and mature oak trees and Elysian Fields Avenue with its shopping and commercial areas are the main thoroughfares.

Some parts of Gentilly – including Edgewood Park and Gentilly Terrace (listed as a National Register Historic District) – feature homes from the early 1900s built on some of the highest ground in the city, as well as atop manmade hills. Though the larger Gentilly area wasn’t fully developed until the mid-1900s, it showcases a wonderful collection of interesting architecture, including many California Craftsman-style bungalows, English cottages, and Spanish and Mediterranean revival homes. You’ll also find many mid-century ranch homes, and more recently, a lot of new construction as well.

Check out this recent Instagram post from our own Rêve agent Erin Hardy, featuring architecturally significant homes in Gentilly Terrace, as noted in a Preservation Resource Center neighborhood guide. 

Whether you’re interested in kayaking down nearby Bayou St. John, biking trails and picnicking areas near Lake Ponchartrain, or taking advantage of the new Children’s Museum, golf courses and sports fields at City Park, Gentilly is a popular choice for younger families, retirees, and first-time homeowners.

See Gentilly properties for sale, and since the area is also known for its mom & pop businesses, check out some of our favorite places to eat, drink and play:

Zimmer’s Seafood

Daddy’s Donuts

Munch Factory

The Original Fiorella’s

McKenzie’s Chicken in a Box

Ponchartrain Park Playground

City Park

 

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