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In Southeast Louisiana, when you refer to a property as “waterfront property,” that term can mean so many things.  The Greater New Orleans area is situated in the middle of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, which is the series of streams, creeks, rivers, bayous, waterways, swamps, Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi, and the Gulf of Mexico.  In addition to all of the naturally occurring waterways, we also have gorgeous, nature preserve-like areas of developments, subdivisions, and communities called wetlands.  A developer in West St. Tammany Parish has to work twice as hard as developers in other states in order to allocate and land plan a new neighborhood because they have to account for any protected wetlands that may exist within the subdivision.

Nevertheless, builders in St. Tammany Parish design and build some of the most exquisitely constructed new homes in the Greater New Orleans area.  Because they are familiar with the requirements and constraints of building a home “on the waterfront,”  whether it is a bayou, river, pond, or the Lake, the homes are built to withstand both the encroachment of water as well as the threats brought by the tropical summer weather of the Gulf Coast.  For a new home buyer, because of the numerous and varied ways of locating a neighborhood or single piece of property that fronts the water, there is never a dearth of prospects of Waterfront Homes from which to choose.

Cities like Mandeville and Slidell in St. Tammany Parish have many waterfront homes from which to choose because these homes for sale have frontage on Lake Pontchartrain.  Slidell is at the eastern-most part of St. Tammany Parish, and it is also where the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico is from Lake Pontchartrain.  This narrow passageway is called the Rigolets.  There are gorgeous new home subdivisions in Slidell, one of which is a master-planned community, complete with commercial space and a Marina, which is currently being built.  This community is called Lakeshore Estates.  In Mandeville, there is a little-known section of acreage next to the Causeway bridge that used to be a plantation.  The name of this municipality is called Lewisburg, and it features incredibly unique, high-end homes right on the waterfront.  Even though it has a Mandeville address, Lewisburg used to be its own small town-like community until it was annexed into Mandeville.  In addition to other waterfront communities, Old Mandeville has a selection of homes on historic Lakeshore Drive that front Lake Pontchartrain.

Madisonville, Louisiana is an “established” city, and is small in size and somewhat limited in real estate, however, the selection of waterfront homes in Madisonville extends to end of the city limits on the Tchefuncte River.  There are gorgeous homes for sale that are right on the riverfront, which feature docks that are built for entertainment with grill / kitchen areas and enclosed porches to fend off both the mosquitoes and the weather.  Also in Madisonville, at the point where the river meets Lake Pontchartrain are condos and townhomes built over the water, so that the bottom level of the structure is actually a “boat garage.”  In Madisonville, you choose a waterfront home either on the river or the lake.

Covington and Abita Springs are considered more “inland” towns in St. Tammany Parish, but that does not mean that any subdivisions built there do not have access to the water.  In Covington, there is a road / area called Three Rivers because three rivers converge at this point – the Tchefuncte River, the Bogue Falaya River, and the Abita River.  In addition to being able to purchase a new home on one of the rivers that flow through these two towns, developers are also building neighborhoods that have water features such as man-made lakes, ponds, and waterways adapted from the wetlands.  One such subdivision that does this is Bedico Creek Preserve.  This community is called a Conservation Community because the new homes for sale are built “into the land,” instead of clearing the land to build the homes.  This subdivision boasts 500-acres that includes a wildlife habitat, walking trails, and natural and man-made water features.

If you are interested in a buying a home in St. Tammany Parish on the waterfront, you will have an abundance of homes, locations, and subdivisions from which to choose.  Southeast Louisiana is a water-lover’s paradise, and because of the new flood maps and building requirements, you can be more confident of the solid construction of your waterfront home.




Contact Information

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Kim Higgins, Broker/Owner
Realty Executives NOLA
1742 N. Causeway Blvd.
Mandeville LA 70471
Northshore: 985.231.3130
Southshore: 504.564.7676

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