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Lakeview Lakeview Neighborhood Guide

Lakeview’s proximity to Lake Pontchartrain, homey neighborhoods, and beautiful recreational areas make it a desirable place to live.

Named for its proximity to Lake Pontchartrain, Lakeview occupies low ground between Mid-City and the lake. Family-friendly, placid Lakeview resembles a suburb in most ways, but it doesn’t lack in local charm. It’s predominantly middle-to-upper class, has a large sailing and boating community, and sports plenty of mid-century modern architecture and spacious recreational areas. Expect to pay, on average, $201 per square foot.

Read on to learn more about this neighborhood’s residents, notable features, hotspots, and history. Are you looking to buy a house in Lakeview, New Orleans? Our experienced Realtors can make the home-buying process seamless and swift. Contact us online or call (504) 483-8884 to discuss your real estate needs and goals.

Where Is Lakeview Exactly?

Lakeview is a sub-district of the Lakeview District Area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it has a total area of 1.61 sq. mi.

Lakeview’s boundaries, as defined by the City Planning Commission, are:

  • North: Robert E. Lee Boulevard
  • East: Orleans Avenue
  • West: Pontchartrain Boulevard
  • South: Florida Boulevard, Canal Boulevard, and I-610

Lakeview is sometimes used to describe the area bounded by Lake Pontchartrain to the north, the Orleans Avenue Canal to the east, City Park Avenue to the south, and the 17th Street Canal to the west. This area includes the West End, Lakewood, Navarre, Lakeshore, and Lake Vista neighborhoods.

What’s to Love About Lakeview?

There is indeed plenty to love about Lakeview, from its easy access to the waters of Lake Pontchartrain to the treasured City Park and brick ranch-style homes:

Lakeshore Drive as a Backyard: The spacious, recently beautified recreational area along Lakeshore Drive lends plenty of opportunities for family BBQs, picnics, fishing, picturesque drives, or just witnessing stunning sunsets.
City Park as a Front Yard: Two parks, New Basin Canal Park and City Park, add plenty of greenery to the area. New Orleans City Park is the city’s treasured attraction and is one of the oldest urban parks in the country. It connects Lakeview to Mid-City and Bayou St. John, nd has fishing lagoons, bike and hiking paths, festival grounds, series of connecting bayous, lots of wildlife, playgrounds, picnic grounds, and an amusement park.
Strolling Down Harrison Avenue: Lakeview’s main thoroughfare and a bustling commercial hub with ample on-street parking offer many dining choices, including the award-winning Mondo by Chef Susan Spicer, which offers a globetrotting menu with some classic New Orleans style seafood dishes.
Easy-to-Navigate Grid Layout: Lakeview’s elegant architecture is mostly frame cottages and brick ranch-style homes, from mid-century to modern school of design with an easy-to-navigate grid of roads.
Resilient, Tight-Knit Community: The high homeownership rate helped the area rebuild relatively quickly after Hurricane Katrina. The Lakeview Civic Improvement Association, established in 1924, was instrumental in the recovery efforts and remains a strong presence in the community.

The Many Prides and Pearls of Lakeview

The revitalized Harrison Avenue serves as a dining and shopping hub, but there’s plenty more to Lakeview, including sightseeing and water-based activities. Here are a few of our favorite highlights:

  • Stroll the Greenwood Cemetery, located on City Park Avenue in the Navarre neighborhood. Founded in 1852 by the Firemen’s Charitable and Benevolent Association, the above-ground cemetery has a number of impressive monuments and sculptures. Perhaps one of the most prominent examples is the tomb of Lodge No. 30 of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, marked by a bronze statue of an elk standing on top of the grassy mound.
  • Marvel at the Mardi Gras fountain, one of the best-hidden landmarks in the city and the brainchild of “Mr. Mardi Gras” Blaine Kern. The Lakefront landmark was built in 1962 to pay tribute to Carnival, depicting dozens of famous Mardi Gras krewes, past and present.
  • Take a hike on one of the many trails on the Lakeview side of New Orleans City Park, and see if you could spot a pelican or an alligator.
  • Lakeview’s sailing and boating community is served by two yacht clubs, the New Orleans Yacht Club and Southern Yacht Club.
  • Tour the New Canal Lighthouse, which was established in 1838 at the north end of the New Basin Canal.
  • Have a specialty margarita on the funky, art-filled outdoor patio at The Velvet Cactus. Another Lakeview Mexican restaurant, El Gato Negro, serves excellent mojitos with seasonal muddled fruit.
  • Indulge your sweet tooth at the Creole Creamery or NOLA Snow Snoballs, both on Harrison Avenue.
  • Don’t feel like making breakfast? The no-fuss diner Dolly’s Deli has you covered, and Another Broken Egg Cafe is great for casual brunch.

A Brief History of Lakeview, New Orleans

The Lakeview area was originally owned by the order of Capuchins, who sold the land to Don Almonester y Roxas during the Spanish rule of New Orleans. His properties also included parts of what is now City Park. The Scotsman Alexander Milne was the next owner of those lands. Until the early 20th century, the area was an undeveloped swamp, until the New Basin Canal was built by Irish immigrants. Large-scale residential development began after World War II, with bungalows being the predominant housing style. By the late 20th century many older, modest homes were replaced by larger, more modern ones.

Lakeview was hit hard during the Katrina-related flooding in 2005, but rebuilt relatively quickly due to the strong sense of community and the efforts of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association. Lakeview is undergoing restoration and development to this day, including the affluent waterfront communities and the thriving commercial corridor of Harrison Avenue. Lakeview today is a vibrant, active area that is being continually renovated, upgraded, and revitalized.