Some of the most popular areas of the West Bank of New Orleans are in Gretna and Terrytown. When deciding on a place to live, it’s important to know that there are two parts of Gretna. The City of Gretna has its own police department, mayor, city council and collects additional property tax (in addition to the parish property taxes), while the unincorporated areas of Gretna and Terrytown do not. Let’s take a look at each one:
The City of Gretna
Founded in 1836, Gretna is home to approximately 17,000 residents, many of whom live in historic districts and homes. Calling itself the Small Town with a Big Heart, Gretna is the site of the annual Gretna Heritage Festival each October, which has grown from a small local celebration to an event that draws thousands each year. Ferry service from Jackson Street in New Orleans drops you right in the heart of downtown Gretna at the foot of Huey P. Long Avenue.
Historic downtown Gretna is home to Gretna City Hall, along with the Jefferson Parish governmental complex, drawing a large number of people into the downtown area each day. Just around the corner from City Hall is the Gretna Market, scene of the weekly Farmer’s Market and many local events throughout the year, such as Mardi Gras parades, trick or treating during Halloween and the annual Relay for Life race.
Helpful information when relocating to Gretna LA:
- Official City of Gretna Website
- Gretna Public School Information
- Gretna Parks and Tot Lots
- Gretna Heritage Festival
- Gretna Police Department
- Crime Tracker
- Better Business Bureau
- Garbage and Trash Collection in Gretna LA
- Water and Sewer Rates
Terrytown and Unincorporated Gretna
The remainder of Gretna is made up of Terrytown and the unincorporated portions of Gretna.
Terrytown is known for the alphabet division of the streets. Starting from the West Bank Expressway, the streets are grouped by letter starting with the “A” streets and continue all the way to Belle Chasse Highway on both sides of Terry Parkway (the 2nd exit from the Crescent City Connection). Terrytown is home to the Oakwood Center Shopping Mall, the largest mall on the West Bank, and is the scene of several of the West Bank Mardi Gras parades.
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The unincorporated portion of Gretna is made up of several neighborhoods, from the starter homes of Meadowbrook to the upscale golf communities of Stonebridge and Timberlane Estates, with choices in just about every price range.
The convenient location of both Terrytown and Gretna make them a commuter’s dream with easy access to downtown New Orleans and NAS JRB New Orleans in Belle Chasse.
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