A Locals Guide to Mandeville
The city of Mandeville was founded in 1834 and is located along Lake Pontchartrain. The city was built with wealthy New Orleans natives in mind as many built summer retreats along the shoreline creating a resort community. The residents used the steamship ferry to travel to and from Mandeville until 1936 when rail connection became more popular. However, the Causeway Bridge opened in 1956 causing the rapid growth of Mandeville and St. Tammany Parish as a whole.
There is no shortage of natural beauty in Mandeville, and it is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle south of the lake. As a waterfront and water-oriented community, Mandeville enjoys a temperate climate amid a lush canopy of live oaks, magnolias and towering pines. Many current Mandeville residents use the Causeway Bridge to commute to work in New Orleans and the metro area which is approximately a 25 minute drive.
About Mandeville Residents
Based on 2020 census records Mandeville consists of nearly 13,192 residents. Homes vary from historic homes, homes with acreage, subdivisions, luxury properties, garden home communities, townhomes, and condos.
St. Tammany Parish School System
Mandeville offers both options for public and private schooling. All of which rank above average. Make sure to check with the St. Tammany School District to research your options in the area.
Things to Do
The Mandeville Lakefront
The oak tree lined lakeshore known as the Mandeville lakefront is the perfect place to spend your morning, afternoons, and evenings! The lakefront offers walking paths, bike paths, local pubs, local restaurants, and more.
Fontainbleau State Park
Fontainbleu truly captures Mandevilles natural beauty. The park offers camp sites, a sandy beach (perfect for cooling off in the summer heat!), walking and bike trails, nature trails, playgrounds, a splash pad, and ruins from the 1829 sugar mill. We would recommend having a picnic under the many large oak trees on a beautiful day! The park also offers guided and educational tours throughout the entire park, which is definitely something worth checking out.
The heart of Mandeville is just oozing with romance and charm. Take a stroll along Lakeshore Drive or Girod Street to take in all of the beautiful historic homes and local businesses. Walk to the local farmers market on a Sunday or take a stay-cation at one of the several bed and breakfasts! There are many adventures to be had in Old Mandeville.