A Runner's Guide to Buying a Home in New Orleans
Are you a runner living in or thinking about moving to New Orleans?
The Crescent City Classic 10k is taking place this weekend and it has me thinking about all of the great places to run in New Orleans!
Whether you're a casual jogger or a marathon trainee, there is a home for you here that will ensure you can start your run straight from your front door. I've pulled together homes for sale near some of the most popular routes so you can get a feel for each area.
Let's dig in!
Audubon Park & The Fly
Uptown New Orleans has access to multiple excellent running spots. This 5k loop through Audubon Park and Butterfly Riverview Park (known locally as The Fly) is one of the most popular. Runners are also spotted frequently on running up and down the St. Charles streetcar tracks and on the campuses of Tulane and Loyola universities.
Buyers often think of the Audubon Park area as being out of their price range, and while there are plenty of $1M+ homes in the neighborhood you can also find more budget-friendly gems in the area like these three homes currently on the market:
The Lafitte Greenway is a relatively new addition to the New Orleans recreation scene that connects the French Quarter to Mid-City. The 2.5 mile trail passes through several neighborhoods along the way. While there are plenty of options on either end of the greenway, here are three greenway-adjacent homes closer to the Mid-City side near beautiful Bayou St. John:
City Park & The Lakefront
New Orleans City Park is a 1,300 acre green-space that includes numerous trails, recreation fields, golf courses, tennis courts, and playgrounds. There are several 3/4 mile and 1 mile loops in the park as well as some medium-length options like this 2.5 mile route and this 3 mile route.
For those looking for longer trails, there is a 7 mile loop that goes north to the lakefront, and from there you can combine another 5 mile lakefront route to go all the way through UNO and SUNO. The homes I've selected below are in three different areas around the park, but each has easy access to one or more of the trails:
Crescent Park is nestled along the riverfront stretching from the edge of the French Quarter through Bywater. The 1.4 mile park features river views and native landscaping. If you're looking to make the route more strenuous you can keep running through a bit of the French Quarter into nearby Woldenberg Park which makes the full length 2.5 miles one way.
These three homes are an example of what you can expect on the market currently in the Bywater area: