Living in Gretna LA is to reside in a small town with a view of New Orleans, right across the river. Commute times to the city range from 30-40 minutes at rush hour to 15 minutes when there’s smooth sailing.
Gretna covers just about 5 square miles, but it packs a lot into a little space.
Home to the Jefferson Parish Government Center, a host of parish employees flood into Gretna every day, working in the courts and other parish systems.
Huey P. Long is a thriving downtown thoroughfare, lined with small businesses and residences, and the center of the annual Gretna Heritage Festival that seems to grow larger each year.
Saturdays are for the Farmers Market, Sundays are for brunch at one of the locally-owned restaurants, and every day is a good day for walking or biking on the levee path.
The neighborhoods in Gretna LA are diverse, ranging from older, raised cottages to 1960s and 1970s ranchers to new construction with a New Orleans influence close to the river. Condos are rare, but there is a luxury condo development that overlooks the Mississippi River.
Don’t let the small size fool you – Gretna has their own police department, mayor, and city council. With such a compact city, odds are that you’ll meet and get to know someone in the city government quickly when you’re out and about.