Retire in Style at Eden Isle
Just before you enter downtown New Orleans you will notice a comfortable suburb that is positioned between North Shore and Howze Beach. That suburb is Eden Isle, and it provides some of the best views of the Louisiana Bayou that you can dream of. Offering a little bit of everything, Eden Isle is a fantastic dwelling place if you want to stay outside the big city.
Located in St. Tammany Parish, Eden Isle is a small town with an estimated population of 7,369. According to Niche, Eden Isle has a median home value $293,300, which is $65,800 above the national average. Its median rent price for a home is $1,138, which is only $76 above the national average. When it comes to either renting or owning a property, Eden Isle heavily leans in favor of being an owner’s market as 73% of residents own their property as opposed to 27% that are renting their homes.
Eden Isle has very impressive Niche rankings for a small town. It ranks as the 48th best suburb to live in the state of Louisiana, and it ranks as the 27th best suburb for young professionals in Louisiana. However, Eden Isle is considered to be one of the most desirable places for retirees as it ranks as the 5th best place to retire in the state of Louisiana.
According to Areavibes, Eden Isle has an overall livability score of 75, having a cost of living that is 12% above the national average. Breaking down goods and services, prices are generally fair in Eden Isle as you only have to pay $19.39 ($0.77 more than the national average) for a haircut, $10.93 ($0.25 more than the national average) to watch a movie at the theater, and $15.83 ($1.16 more than the national average) to go bowling. The average mortgage payment you would have to make for your home is $1,191.22, which is 0.5% ($6.20) below the national average.
Eden Isle is predominantly a community for retirees who are looking to settle down and relax. The majority of residents in this town consist of people who are ages 65 or older, which make up 25% of the town. In general, Eden Isle favors older residents as a combined 61% are in the age range from 45 to over 65 years. A combined 22% of the town consists of adults from the ages of 25 to 44 years. Children of the ages 17 and under only make up a combined 14% of the town.
What To Do in Eden Isle
Eden Isle has options that you can appreciate when it comes to things to do. Ranging from restaurants to physical activities, you can spend an entire day knowing that you will have a satisfying time.
One restaurant that you should stop by is located on Pontchartrain Drive, and it is called The Landing Bar and Grill. The only catch is that only adults ages 21 and older are allowed inside, and only cash payments are accepted. However, the food and services here are amazing. You can start off with nachos as an appetizer, and then have the signature wings along with either buffalo sauce, barbecue sauce or the homemade Landing Sauce. Dinner plates include steak, chicken or cheese quesadillas, tuna tacos, and the Grilled Tuna Plate.
A few blocks away from the heart of Eden Isle is The Blue Crab Northshore, a seafood restaurant that offers a comfortable dining experience. You will get exceptional service and a clean environment every time you go to this place. For appetizers, you can have raw oysters, chargrilled oysters, Chicken Buffalo Bites or Crabmeat au Gratin. If you prefer salads, you have tasty options in meals like the Caesar Salad, Wedge Salad, and Gulf Salad, which has fresh field greens with cucumber, tomato, carrot, shaved red onions, and bell peppers. Main meals include the Fresh Gulf Fish, the Whole Stuffed Flounder, the Ground Brisket Burger, and the Fried Oyster Po-boy.
Also close to the heart of Eden Isle is a pleasant golf course where you can throw together fun outings and events with friends and family. The Oak Harbor Golf Club offers a wide variety of things to do, including a practice facility where you can work on your golf swing, a pro shop where you can buy golfing equipment, and a clubhouse where you can sit back and relax in. If you plan on having a group outing, the Oak Harbor Golf Club can assist you in providing the best golfing experience possible. You get free promotion of your event, lodging within minutes, and a patio and grill room readily made available. The golf course itself is fairly challenging as it offers both short and long distances between holes.
Based on the combination of employment rates, job and business growth, and the cost of living, Eden Isle has received a B+ overall from Niche in the jobs category. When it comes to employment, Areavibes gives Eden Isle an overall B- grade. The income per capita that Eden Isle employees make is $42,829, which is $17,314 above the Louisiana state average and 44% ($13,000) above the national average. The combined median household income (Niche and Areavibes together) Eden Isle employees make is approximately $73.726, which is $14,643 above the combined national average. The local unemployment rate in Eden Isle is 3%, which is 36% below the national average.
There is a considerable difference between employees that are homeowners and those who pay rent on their homes. According to Areavibes, the median income for homeowners is $72,095, which is $12,703 above the Louisiana state average. The median income for renters is $42,700, which is $15,587 above the Louisiana state average.
The median earnings per male employee in Eden Isle is $67,935, which is $29,848 above the Louisiana state average and $31,016 above the national average. The median earnings per female employee is $36,003, which is $13,094 above the Louisiana state average and $9,753 above the national average. Compared side by side, female employees in Eden Isle consistently make better earnings than male employees ranging from under $10,000 to $65,000. An overwhelming 73.8% of female employees have median earnings in this range. However, a combined 53.1% of male employees have median earnings in a range from $65,000 to over $100,000.
When it comes to employment by industry, there is enough representation in just about every type of industry. Most male employees in Eden Isle work in the construction industry as 15.9% make up that workforce. Following close behind is the wholesale and retail services industry where 14.9% of male employees reside. 11.7% of male employees work in the transportation, warehousing and utilities industry. The majority of female employees in Eden Isle work in education, health and social services as 34.9% reside in this industry. An interesting side note is that 7.6% of female employees work in the construction industry.
Crime and Safety
Being an enclosed small town, Eden Isle can lay claim to the fact that it has a great ability of fighting crime. Areavibes has awarded Eden Isle with an A grade in the crime category. The total crime rate in Eden Isle is an estimated 1,146 per 100,000 people, which is 2,378 less people than the Louisiana state average, and a significant 51% below the national average. When it comes to property crime, there have been an estimated 938 per 100,000 people involved, which is 1,946 less people than the Louisiana state average, and a significant 52% below the national average. For violent crimes, an estimated 208 per 100,000 people in Eden Isle have been involved, which is 431 less people than the Louisiana state average, and 46% less than the national average.
If you are looking for an adequate public school system for your children, then Eden Isle has such a system in place. An overwhelming 92.4% of Eden Isle students have completed the 8th grade level of school, which is 12.2% above the Louisiana state average and 7.9% above the national average. 91.1% of students have gotten their high school diploma in Eden Isle, which is an impressive 12.6% above the Louisiana state average and 8.1% above the national average.
The outlook for collegiate success is positive as 65.2% of Eden Isle students have completed some college, which is 15.3% above the Louisiana state average and 5.8% above the national average. 39.3% of students have obtained an associate degree, which is 10.7% above the Louisiana state average and 0.8% above the national average. 32.8% of students have obtained a bachelors degree, which is 9.8% above the Louisiana state average and 2.5% above the national average. 13.9% of students have obtained a master degree, which is 6% above the Louisiana state average and 2.4% above the national average.
Right before you enter downtown New Orleans, there is an opportunity to be claimed when you explore through Eden Isle. Whether you are settling down in retirement and need a relaxing place to go, or if you are a young professional and desire a new challenge, then Eden Isle has the right mix of what you are looking for. Eden Isle has plenty of upside depending on what your personal needs are, and you can make enough of a living to make a positive impact in this quiet suburb. With enough things to do in the area and crime not being a factor, Eden Isle can be your ideal destination.