It’s one of the most fabulous cities in the nation – New Orleans – there’s simply no denying it. The architecture is stunning, the food is delectable, and it’s the birthplace of jazz. What could be better? Don’t forget about the best party in the country, attended by thousands of people annually – Mardi Gras. Not only is it one of the United States’ fastest growing cities, it’s becoming a hotspot for retirees. Yes, NOLA retirement is becoming more and more popular.
But as with anything in life, there are pros and cons to living in New Orleans. Before you choose this location for retirement, you’ll want to consider whether or not your golden years would be best served by residing in or near the nation’s party capital.
The Plus Side of New Orleans Living
Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras, while extremely popular and a signature event of New Orleans, are just the beginning of all the fun and excitement available. There are numerous festivals featuring music, food, drinks, and more. Need more culture? There are countless museums.
There are friendly people everywhere – the friendliest, in fact. Sure, lots of cities throughout the nation say that – but here it’s true. Tourists and visitors are embraced quite openly by the locals. Everyone’s ready to help if you need anything.
If you love architecture, you’ll think you’re in architecture heaven! The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, St. Louis Cathedral to the Piazza D’Italia, and other locations will thrill you. Do yourself a favor and look at a “shotgun house” while you’re here.
New Orleans Has Its Downside, However
If you’re a huge fan of the beach, you won’t find one here. At least not close by. To get there you’re going to have to drive about 90 minutes.
A difficult economy still exists. Even though it’s been 15 years since Hurricane Katrina, the devastating effect it had on New Orleans is still apparent. The once robust and vibrant economy has taken quite a hit and is still trying to recuperate.
Bugs. They are everywhere. Brown recluse spiders, buck moth caterpillars, fire ants, and more inhabit this area and will fight for their turf. Cold weather does discourage them, somewhat. If you hate bugs, however, this might not be the best choice for retirement.
An In Between Aspect
While this will be a high point for some, others could either care less or will be discouraged by it. In New Orleans, it’s perfectly okay to drink in public. Relax on a park bench, explore, or bar crawl – all the while with an alcoholic beverage in your hand. That said, however, public drunkenness is an arrestable offense. So don’t over-do it.
Enjoy NOLA Retirement With Numerous On-Site Amenities
With an abundance of goings-on both in NOLA and our retirement community, whether you stay home or schedule an outing, you’ll be able to experience retirement as it was meant to be. Numerous on-site amenities make life enjoyable, with events and activities, wellness programs, and much more. If you are part of our Independent Living Community, you may decide to drive yourself into NOLA. If you no longer drive or don’t feel like it one day, we’ll be happy to arrange complimentary transportation for you. The choice is yours.
What’s important is that you relish every day of your golden years and live life to the fullest.
If you have questions about our retirement community, please phone us at 985-781-0072. For questions about sales and leasing, please call 985-218-8144. We also have a convenient online form that you can fill out, send in, and we will get back to you.
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