Mandeville is known as the oldest inhabited locality in St. Tammany Parish. Our crowning jewel, Lake Pontchartrain, provides a great deal of pleasure for swimmers and boaters of all types of crafts. Mandeville also flourishes as a bird sanctuary. The Mandeville Trailhead is our local hub of activity. Here you will find a cool oasis for the children, an amphitheater, a local farmer's market and a depot museum featuring the history of our city. We have a wide variety of shopping areas, an excellent school system and award winning restaurants to please every palate. Our quality of life and professional services make Mandeville a great place to live and visit.
The city of Mandeville, as the gateway to the North Shore and St. Tammany Parish, enjoys a lifestyle that is quite different from New Orleans, its South Shore neighbor. Mandeville embraces the serenity of its rich naturalistic environment. As a waterfront and water-oriented community, Mandeville enjoys a temperate climate amid a lush canopy of live oaks, magnolias and towering pines. Wildlife, such as squirrels, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, deer, armadillos, fish and numerous species of birds and water fowl are abundant throughout the area.
The community exhibits a well-integrated sense of quality and scale, when viewed in perspective with nature. Planning guidelines have established spacious lot sizes, generous building setbacks, and overall low-density residential development. In order to ensure that the pines and hardwoods retain dominance as the community's vertical element, there is a construction height limitation of 35 feet. Landscaping requirements have been enacted to preserve existing trees and vegetation and to replace trees lost through development. Low-rise, landscaped monument signs have been adopted through sign regulations to minimize the visual clutter. These landscape regulations, along with the establishment of the Parks and Parkways Commission have enabled Mandeville to become a proud member of the Tree City USA program. Mandeville's slower paced style of life is parallelled by a preference for sailboats, rather than motor boats on the lake. Herein lies the past legacies that the present city of Mandeville seeks to protect and preserve.