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English Turn English Turn Neighborhood Guide

A quiet, gated community on the New Orleans West Bank that is centered on a golf course, offering plenty of landscaped space, manmade waterways, and numerous amenities you would expect from a luxury subdivision.

Located on the West Bank in Algiers, English Turn is a private, gated community that consists of 14 micro-communities that vary in property size and amenities. Inside the gate, you’ll find recreational spaces with natural amenities, as well as manmade lakes and lagoons, three playgrounds, and bike and pedestrian paths. English Turn is considered a gem of the West Bank, as one of the few gated communities within the metro New Orleans city limits, and also thanks to its beautifully landscaped golf course.

Read on to learn more about this neighborhood’s residents, notable features, hotspots, and history. Are you looking to buy a house in English Turn? Our experienced Realtors can make the home-buying process seamless and swift. Contact us online or call (504) 483-8884 to discuss your real estate needs and goals.

Where Is English Turn Exactly?

The boundaries of English Turn are:

  • North: The Mississippi River
  • East: English Turn Drive
  • West: River Road
  • South: Patterson Road

What’s to Love About English Turn?

The neighborhood is a paradise for nature lovers and golfers, offering all the security and privacy of a gated subdivision. At the same time, it’s only a few miles from downtown New Orleans, across the Crescent City Connection bridge.

There are many things to love about English Turn, including:

Proximity to Downtown New Orleans: In 20 minutes, you could be in the French Quarter or the Central Business District. And, there’s Algiers right outside the gate — with several supermarkets, chain and local stores, a public library, medical facilities, and a variety of restaurants.
Excellent Amenities: English Turn is built around a golf course that was designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. The award-winning, 18-hole course was the site of the 2006 Zurich Classic PGA Tournament. It sports a clubhouse, fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, softball diamond, and a Junior Olympic-size outdoor pool.
Natural Beauty: The lush tropical landscape includes waterways, bike trails, and walkways. It’s ripe for bird-watching as ducks, geese, swans, and Louisiana native species make the green spaces of English Turn their home.
Kid-Friendly Facilities: In addition to the community parks there are several playgrounds, including those specifically designated for kids under 3 (tot lots), and a kid-friendly swimming pool with a grill and a play area. On top of that, there are a summer camp, Kid’s Club activities, and swimming and tennis lessons for kids available. The limited, secure access makes this an especially desirable neighborhood for families with children.
Community Spirit: The residents are encouraged to engage through using the playground and community outdoor areas, and there are wine and music festivals and outdoor live music concerts throughout the year.
Privacy and Security: The micro-communities that comprise English Turn are safely tucked behind limited-access and manned gated entrances, giving their residents a chance to relax and enjoy a peaceful, quiet existence.

The Many Prides and Pearls of English Turn

Although centered on the golf course, English Turn offers many options for outdoor activities beyond golf. Here are a few of our favorite highlights:

  • Watch the birds near the neighborhood’s several lagoons and lakes
  • Walk the wooden trail (with exercise stations along the way) or take a bike ride along the scenic bike trail
  • Visit the butterfly garden, or join the Garden Club at English Turn’s Country Club
  • Have dinner at the 43,000-square-foot clubhouse and enjoy the view from the balcony
  • Have a BBQ by the outdoor swimming pool or a picnic in one of the many designated areas throughout English Turn
  • Try your hand at basketball or tennis at the court, take a golf lesson, or check out the softball diamond in one of the 6.5-acre community parks

A Brief History of English Turn, New Orleans

There’s an interesting story behind how the bend in the Mississippi downriver from New Orleans got its name, “English Turn.” In the spring of 1699, after France established a small colony along the Mississippi River near what is now New Orleans, the English, who were also eager to explore and colonize, sent a warship with the intent to invade the French settlement. Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, and his small convoy went downstream to meet the English.

Legend has it that Bienville bluffed, miraculously persuading the English captain to avoid the impending battle. Although the French didn’t have the manpower that Bienville warned of, the English gave up on the mission, turned the warship around, and returned to England.