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Tammany Parish

This small, beautiful community is located along the delta of the Tchefuncte River, where the winding stream flows into Lake Pontchartrain. It has a rich history of boating and is home to the Louisiana Maritime Museum. The waterfront features multiple antique shops, cafes and restaurants in a quaint and walkable district. With less than 1,000 residents, it maintains a close-knit, small-town feel, just minutes from the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

The list price per square foot averages $112 in Madisonville and homes average at a listing price of just under $300,000. With so many of the area homes being waterfront property, it's a fantastic place to invest if you feel called to the water or have a love of boating, fishing, or water sports.

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Arts & Culture

With its waterfront location, it's no surprise that the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum calls Madisonville home. The museum has a commitment to bringing the maritime history of Louisiana alive, and it's a great stop for kids and anyone else with a love of the water.

Madisonville also hosts the annual Wooden Boat Festival, a weekend-long party held every October that celebrates the waters of Louisiana. There's free parking, live music, food, and boating enthusiasts from throughout the Gulf Coast come to town for the event, which has been called the best small-town festival on the Northshore.

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Madisonville offers a quiet respite from the noise of the big city, but it does have its popular neighborhood haunts. The Riverside Bar in particular is famous for its hospitality, Saints games on Sundays, and live music from great local musicians. It also has one of the great porches of any bar on the Gulf Coast, a place to sit back, enjoy a drink, and watch the river flow by.

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Lovers of water sports have endless options in Madisonville, but if you're more comfortable on solid ground you can also relax at the Fairview Riverside State Park, a gorgeous public space where you can picnic and exercise under the canopy of huge oak trees. There's also a great playground and group pavilion where kids can exercise and play with friends.

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Madisonville, with its affluent residents and waterfront property, has an extremely low crime rate. It's known throughout the region as an exceptional place to raise a family.

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Madisonville is known for its excellent public school system. Madisonville Elementary and Joseph B. Lancaster Elementary schools were built to handle the massive influx of young people who live in Madisonville. With so many families moving to the area, the schools recently split grade levels to accommodate all students. Madisonville Elementary now serves K-2nd grade and Joseph B. Lancaster handles the 3rd through 5th grade. The rapid growth of the school system is a reflection of the area's popularity among young families.

The Lake Castle Madisonville school is a private, co-ed, elementary and middle school that boasts impressive test scores (the average on the Stanford Achievement Test is 87%) and the school prides itself on a strong academic foundation rooted in developing critical thinking and strong values.

Public high schools in the area are equally strong, being supported by a robust elementary and middle school program. Private options in nearby Covington also offer a wealth of educational opportunities within a 15 minute drive.

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Madisonville is gorgeous, but it is car-dependent. Most errands require a drive, though there are areas to get coffee and groceries in town that are walkable. There are also several bars and restaurants in town that one could walk to.

For lovers of boating, fishing and looking out on the water, Madisonville is a great place to escape the bright lights of the city and raise a family. With wonderful schools and plenty of room for recreation, Madisonville is a small town that's a picturesque and family-friendly place to start a life.

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