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1st Lake Properties’ Neighborhood Guides: Metairie

Metairie is a busy town right outside of New Orleans with its own distinct business and entertainment districts. It’s the largest suburb of New Orleans and the most populated community in Jefferson Parish, with approximately 450,000 residents.

Metairie is home to several charming neighborhoods like Old Metairie, Buck Town and Fat City. Each is a unique community of shopping centers, restaurants and professional buildings.

For a complete list of Metairie’s best restaurants, check out our Metairie Dining Guide.

Come on our tour of Metairie, Louisiana and find out why it’s the place for you:

Moving to Metairie

Old Metairie

Old Metairie was the first ever suburb of New Orleans. This community surrounds Metairie Road and is a collection of small shops, coffee houses and beautiful residences.

  • Blue Line Sandwich Co.  serves breakfast and lunch cuisine created from locally sourced products.
  • Bear’s Po Boys for a huge variety of burgers and po-boys
  • Hemline for upscale clothing at a reasonable price
  • Bella Bella, a clothing store geared toward young, edgy women
  • Hiller Jewelry, a custom-jewelry store that’s been around since 1918.
  • Cafe B for a Brennan restaurant with a casual atmosphere


Buck Town was born over a hundred years ago as a collection of hunting and fishing camps. To this day, Buck Town is still known for its deliciously fresh seafood.

Fat City

For a long time, Fat City was known as the late night club scene of Metairie, akin to Bourbon Street. Nowaways, Fat City is on the rise and turning into a dining hub.

Metairie Entertainment

Aside from its lovely quaint neighborhoods, Metairie is home to some impressive entertainment facilities:

Metairie is home to a wide variety of fun activities in a safe environment. 1st lake has several conveniently located apartment communities in the heart of it all.

1st Lake Flowergate Pool Metairie
1st Lake’s Flowergate Apartments offer multiple floor plans with one, two and three bedroom apartment options. Your apartment will come complete with a washer and dryer, walk-in closets, large pantries and generous counter space. This space is for the outdoor lovers of Metairie. At Flowergate you can enjoy tree sparkling pools, tree shaded paths and multiple gardens.



1st Lake Surf Rider Metairie
Surf Rider II is one of 1st lake’s most beautiful properties. This community is decked out with the all steel and black appliances such as a frost free refrigerators, multi-cycle dishwashers, microwaves and self-cleaning ovens. Enjoy high ceilings, open floor plans and large bedrooms. This small community highly protected with intrusion alarms. Come find your new apartment today.



1st Lake Windmill Creek South Metairie
Newly updated and renovated, 1st lake’s Windmill Creek South apartment community is sure to please.  Choose from four different floor plans. each with spacious walk-in closets and sun rooms. This apartment community is full of beautiful creeks, fountains and winding pathways. Windmill Creek South is conveniently located near all of the best dining and entertainment Metairie has to offer.



Need more reasons to move to Metairie?

We asked one of our residents, P.K. about why she loves living in Metairie, and here’s what she had to say:

“Living in Metairie has been better than I even thought. We moved here for an affordable living (in comparison to New Orleans). We get so much more here for our money when it comes to square footage and apartment amenities. At our Metairie apartment we have plenty of room for our kids to play outside.

Although our home was the thing that brought us here, all the nearby businesses are the things that have made us want to stay. Metairie neighborhood playgrounds are plentiful, nearby, and safe, and offer a wide array of organized sports. Convenient stores are always right around the corner – I don’t have to go far to get great savings at stores that if I lived elsewhere, I would have to drive out of my way to visit.

Getting to Lakeside Mall, my favorite place to shop, now only takes 5 minutes from our Metairie apartment instead of 30 minutes. The choice of schools out here is fantastic as well. Our kids go to school right down the street, and when they get older, will be able to ride their bikes or walk to school by themselves. For us, Metairie is all about convenience, safety, and saving money.”

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