The Lakefront neighborhoods are in close proximity to the University of New Orleans and Lakeshore Drive, where cyclists, rollerbladers and joggers take full advantage of the open space and views.
Lake Vista was originally developed from marshland and is located on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Its most attractive feature is its split from the conventional linear alignment of streets in favor of an arrangement of cul de sac streets, all leading to a central community center with tree-lined pedestrian lanes in between. This design results in diagonal parks accessible to all homes. An easy identifier of the Lake Vista neighborhood is all of the streets named after birds: Swan, Wren, Hawk, Swallow, etc.
East & West Lakeshore neighborhoods have a traditional design with linear streets that provide some privacy for families, but extend to major boulevards offering convenience and easy access to shopping. Lake Vista and East & West Lakeshore’s architectural inventory includes traditional, mid-century modern and newer construction homes.
Lakeview was first developed on drained swampland and is bordered by water on three sides. Its boundaries are West End Boulevard, Robert E. Lee Boulevard, Orleans Avenue and Florida Avenue. Adjacent to the 1500 acre City Park, the neighborhood boomed in the 1940s. Lakeview is a neighborhood of framed cottages, brick ranch houses and bungalows.
Lakeview was one of the most Katrina-damaged areas of New Orleans. The efforts to rebuild it are strong and there is a lot of renovation and new construction breathing life back into the neighborhoods. On Harrison Avenue, restaurants and shops are re-emerging. Always civic minded, the neighborhood associations are even stronger now, determined to return their charming, family-oriented neighborhood to its previous glory.
The Lakefront is home to the historic New Orleans Yacht Club, which was founded in 1949. The club annually hosts or co-hosts over 30 regattas a year on the lake and opened up only sixty days after Katrina.