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Metairie-Old Metairie - Town vs. County Stats
Avg Price in Metairie-Old Metairie: $830,000/Co. / County Avg $295,000
Avg Sq. Ft. in Metairie-Old Metairie: 2,865/Co. / County Avg 2,046
Avg Price per/ft2 in Metairie-Old Metairie: $290/Co. / County Avg $144
Avg Walkscore in Metairie-Old Metairie: 61 / County Avg 47
Avg Year Built in Metairie-Old Metairie: 1981/Co. / County Avg 1984
Avg Days on Website in Metairie-Old Metairie: 93/Co. / County Avg 88
Metairie-Old Metairie Real Estate Market Health
The word Metairie (pronounced MET-uh-ree) in French means, “a farm that is worked in a fifty-fifty basis”, also known as sharecropping. This term became a name to describe the area known for farming and later a city near New Orleans. Both Old Metairie and Metairie are part of Jefferson Parish, which was created in 1825 and carved out of Orleans Parish.
At the northern boundary of the New Orleans neighborhood of Carrollton, is an avenue called Northline. This beautiful street is one of the most impressive streets in the area and the main street to the exclusive community of Metairie Country Club Gardens. This area is littered with impressive homes all on the Metairie Country Club.
More of today’s boundaries for Old Metairie include: Airline Highway, Causeway Boulevard, Veterans Memorial Highway and the 17th Street Canal.
Structures in Metairie Ridge are indicate the earliest known buildings in Metairie, in an about 1723—a time when French and Indian settlers dwelled in the area. The area was utilized mostly for farms and pasture land, as well as harvesting timber. Land owners in the area were known to extremely prosper, one such man, Sieur Du Breuil became the wealthiest man in Louisiana during his time growing sugar cane, timber and carrying out large construction projects. In 1764 Louis Cesaire LeBreton became the owner of most of Old Metairie. Until the 1900s, Metairie and Old Metairie remained a farming community with orchards, truck farms and nurseries commingled with older farmhouses.
In 1915 the addition of a streetcar line, which ran along Metairie Road, sparked development and the area became more of a community. Leading up to WWII, a great many impressive homes were built in the area, including Mission Revivals, English Tudors, Colonial Revivals, and Neoclassic style homes. Today the area is highly sought after for these homes, and their smaller, newer developed designs. Land in the Old Metairie area is another highly sought-after commodity, as many seek to build next to the area’s two major country clubs and its wonderful shops and restaurants.
The city of Metairie is a major part of Metropolitan New Orleans and the largest community in Jefferson Parish. French explorers in the 1720s became the first Europeans to settle Metairie in the area known as Metairie Ridge. This area is a natural levee that was used by the Acolapissa Native Americans as a road and is the oldest road in the New Orleans area. North of the exclusive Old Metairie neighborhood of Metairie was developed after WWII from land that was cypress swamps and marshlands. This land was cleared using the “Wood Pump” and became popular for development for new residences due to its cheaper taxes than those in Orleans Parish.
Metairie is known to New Orleanians as a great commercial and corporate-business center area developed to more modern inclinations, with more relaxed, large-business friendly governmental and community mentality. The area offers the community’s main shopping malls and large retail stores. One main commercial center is Veteran’s Boulevard. The area’s Central Business District is located on Causeway Blvd. In the 1970s and 80s an area of nightclubs and bars opened called “Fat City”. The area has a vibrant restaurant scene and is overall considered more suburban that New Orleans. Metairie has a large Mardi Gras season of its own.