The entire state of Louisiana is unique and the city of New Orleans contains a sampling of all the complex diversity the state has to offer. If you are interested in buying New Orleans real estate, it helps to understand a little bit about your new neighborhood.It has something for everyone from the adventurous crowd-loving individual to the family who prefers a quieter setting. First of all, New Orleans was settled as a port city. It was an intermingling of the Native Americans, the original Spanish explorers, the French who eventually took over and the immigrants and slaves from Africa.As the city grew, more people found themselves gravitating to this vibrant and growing city. Haitians, Cubans, Dominicans, Germans, Irish and West Africans all converged on this city bringing with them their own distinct cultures and beliefs which shaped the customs of the entire city.This mish mash of cultures means that you will encounter very distinct areas that, though separated by a street, make you feel like you are in a totally different city or country. While you are shopping for your New Orleans real estate keep its reach, history and tradition in mind while perusing the neighborhoods.Voodoo, jazz, spicy food, all-night bars, gothic Catholic churches and haunted cemeteries. But there is so much more to the Crescent City. Here are a few of the neighborhoods you may want to check out for real estate:* The French QuarterThis is probably the most well known area of New Orleans (other than Bourbon Street). In this neighborhood, you will find architectural influences from the Spanish, Creole, French and even colonial American.Lovely Spanish courtyards and wrought iron balconies are common fixtures among the properties. Colorful row houses and loft living above boutiques and other businesses are also options. This area is the oldest established neighborhood and also the highest point in the entire city.* The Garden DistrictIf you are looking for a more romantic locale for your New Orleans real estate purchase, the Garden District may have what you are looking for. Obviously, beautiful scenery abounds in this area with the gardens as well as Greek Revival and Italianate style homes, flowing fountains and lush green parks.* The Warehouse District (because it consist of a lot of warehouses, literally)This is also known as New Orleans Art District. This is a revitalized area that deserves some consideration while you shop for your New Orleans real estate purchase. It is known as New Orleans’ own Soho, with theatres, art galleries and other eclectic artistic endeavors. This is a great place for loft living and exploring your creative side.* LakeviewThis neighborhood is located near Lake Pontchartrain and is a middle to upper class area with ranch-style homes and cottages. Other neighborhoods near the lake include Lakewood, West End and Navarre.Wherever you decide to buy your New Orleans real estate, go into the city with an open mind. There are so many opportunities for new experiences in this one place that you will still be learning about your new home years from now.