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The River Parishes

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Live the Good Life in The River Parishes!

Want to enjoy all the perks of city life without the hustle and bustle? Just head up the river from New Orleans to find St. Charles Parish, St. James Parish, and St. John the Baptist Parish, which are collectively known as the River Parishes. Steeped in plenty of history and culture, this cluster of communities was named for its proximity to the Mississippi and features a wide variety of new and historical homes. No matter where you choose to put down roots, you'll fall in love with a waterfront lifestyle unlike any other—and everything you could need is right at your fingertips. 

Looking to learn more about communities within the River Parishes? LaPlace, Luling, Destrehan, and Reserve are just a few of the places you could call home, and we can't wait to help you find the right fit. If you're ready to learn more about what this district has to offer, we have all the details you need to know.

Homes for Sale in the River Parishes

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The History

Historic plantations. Thriving downtowns. Monuments on every corner. These are just a few of the marvels you'll discover in the River Parishes, and it's easy to see why natives celebrate their local history every chance they get. Some residents can trace their lineage back for generations and still celebrate the area's francophone heritage. In fact, these communities have some of the highest percentage of French speakers in the entire state of Louisiana!

The Jobs

If you're looking to embrace a new career, you might want to begin your job search in the River Parishes. The area's proximity to New Orleans makes for a short commute, and you'll find plenty of manufacturing and healthcare positions within each parish. In fact, towns like La Place and Destrehan have unemployment rates that are significantly lower than the state average. Top employers in the area include Bayer, Evonik, El DuPont, and local governments.

The Communities

Not sure where you want to settle down? Don't worry—the River Parishes are made up of countless different towns that fit every budget and lifestyle. Nestled along the river in St. John the Baptist Parish, LaPlace is a tight-knit community that's known for its affordable home prices and passion for andouille sausage. Buyers have also fallen in love with Luling and Destrehan, which are both just southwest of Metairie and are less than a half hour from the center of New Orleans.

The Schools

Even if they don't have children, many buyers list schools as a crucial factor in their home search. In fact, investing in a top-rated district can help increase your home's value in the long run. Luckily, students in the area are served by school systems that are operated at the parish level, and there are also plenty of private options. St. James Parish Public Schools, St. Charles Parish Public School System, and the St. John the Baptist Parish School Board all offer unique educational experiences that will help prepare the area's younger residents for life after graduation. 

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Whether you're indulging in a little retail therapy or just running some errands, you'll find plenty of national retailers and restaurants sprinkled throughout the River Parishes. LaPlace's Riverlands Shopping Center features a movie theater, Matherne's Supermarket, Burke's Outlet, and PetSmart. Luling's convenient location near US-90 makes it easy to get to Walmart, Majoria's Supermarket, Walgreens, and the St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center.


So many visitors come to Louisiana for our cuisine, and we can't blame them! However, you don't have to drive into the city to get a taste of the area's best bites. In fact, we think the River Parishes feature some of the most delicious restaurants around. Some of our can't-miss spots include St. Rose Tavern, Frenier Landing, and Luling Bar-B-Q. You'll also find some of the best andouille sausage right here in LaPlace—they even hold an Andouille Festival every October!

Getting Around

Wondering why commuters love living in the River Parishes? It's easy to get around when you live less than a half hour from the center of New Orleans and just 15 minutes away from an international airport. US-90, US-60, and I-310 connect the parishes and lead east to Metairie, which makes traveling a breeze. You can also take advantage of the River Parishes Transit Authority, which operates plenty of bus routes throughout the area.

Ready to Start Your Home Search?

Is it time to find your niche in one of the River Parishes? Whether you're relocating to the area or are just looking to upgrade your home, the Nugent Freeland  Family Team is here to help. If you need more info, just check out our New Orleans area buying guide or give us a call. We can't wait to exceed your expectations!

River Parishes Real Estate Resources

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