Riverview Condos at Gretna

For those who not only love living on the water but also want a spectacular view of the New Orleans skyline, the Riverview Condos at Gretna completely takes care of both of these needs.

“People who appreciate the historic beauty of downtown Gretna have been ecstatic about the revitalization which has taken place here,” said Pat Hargis, the marketing director for the condos. “This is condominium living within hearing distance of St. Joseph Church’s bell on the riverfront in Old Gretna.”

The complex is located steps to downtown Gretna on the corner of Lavoisier and First streets. It’s in the heart of the City of Gretna and a couple blocks away from Gretna City Hall and the ferry for easy access to downtown New Orleans.

The Riverview offers 19 luxury units, each with its own large private balcony overlooking the Mississippi River. The developers grew up in Gretna and hired a local firm, Garrity & Accardo Architects, to turn their vision of a complex which would be considerate of the existing architecture into reality. Artigues Construction Co., Inc., also of Gretna, is the general contractor for the job.

The residences range from 1,500 to 2,800 square feet with five different floor plans, and start at $349,000. All of the penthouse units have been sold already. Covered and gated off-street parking on the ground level is provided.

“These condos boast the best view of the New Orleans skyline anywhere,” said Hargis. “Plus each of the units also has breathtaking views of the Mississippi River.”

The Mississippi River is the reason New Orleans was founded and is the chief river of the largest drainage system in North America. Flowing entirely in the United States, it begins in northern Minnesota and meanders slowly southwards for 2,340 miles to the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi’s watershed drains all or parts of 31 states and two Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains. The Mississippi ranks as the fourth longest and tenth largest river in the world. The river either borders or passes through the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Formed from thick layers of this river’s silt deposits, the Mississippi River valley is one of the most fertile agricultural regions of the country, which resulted in the river’s storied steamboat era. During the Civil War, the Mississippi’s capture by Union forces marked a turning point towards victory because of the river’s importance as a route of trade and travel, not least to the Confederacy. Because of substantial growth of cities and the larger ships and barges that supplanted riverboats, the decades following the 1900s saw the construction of massive engineering works such as levees, locks and dams, often built in combination.

The city of Gretna is the parish seat of Jefferson Parish, on the west bank of the Mississippi River, just east and across the river from uptown New Orleans.

Gretna was settled in 1836, originally as Mechanicsham, growing with a station on the Mississippi River for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, Texas and Pacific Railway and Southern Pacific Railroad, with a ferry across the river to New Orleans. The famous spice-maker Zatarain’s was founded here in 1889. Gretna was incorporated in 1913, absorbing the section of McDonogh within the Jefferson Parish boundaries.

Jefferson Parish Library operates the Gretna Public Library in Gretna. The current facility, with more than 5,800 square feet, includes a 1,000-square-foot meeting room that can accommodate 58 people. The library is almost twice the size of the previous 3,000-square-foot facility. In his book On the Road, author Jack Kerouac mentions Gretna. Portions of the movies “A Love Song for Bobby Long” and “Monster’s Ball” were filmed in Gretna.

Angela Carll may be reached at angcarll@gmail.com or 504-947-6575

About these



Lavoisier and First streets in

downtown Old Gretna

Living area:

1,500 to 2,800 square feet with

five different floor plans


One, two or three


One or two


$349,000 and up


Spectacular view of the skyline

of New Orleans and the

Mississippi River

Marketing agent:

Pat Hargis



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