Just over the 10th Street Bridge from Omaha’s Old Market is one of Omaha’s most historic neighborhoods. Dubbed Little Italy by Omaha residents, recent announcements of the Blue Barn Theatre and KETV relocating to the area is furthering the regeneration of one of Omaha’s first settled neighborhoods.
Recently KETV, Omaha’s ABC affiliate furthered their longtime dedication to the city of Omaha by announcing the purchase of the historic Burlington Station and plans to relocate business to the landmark. With KETV’s announcement a once beautiful landmark will find new life and add more energy to a growing urban neighborhood in Little Italy. Loaded with late 19th century architecture by Thomas Kimball, one of Omaha’s prized architects, Omaha’s Burlington Station was designed to welcome travelers to the progressive city of Omaha and opened on Independence Day of 1898 just in time to welcome visitors for the Trans-Mississippi Exposition.
Towns at Little Italy
In 2006 and 2007 new residential development quickly made Little Italy home to urban young professionals and empty nesters with developments like the Towns at Little Italy, Giovanna Rows, and Dunsany Flats. Little Italy offers ownership options in these developments that allow the buyers’ dollar to stretch a little farther while still offering excellent pedestrian access to attractive downtown amenities. For example a modern 1200 square feet townhouse with garage and great finishes fetches around $200,000. Additional bonuses for residents are found in residing in a growing and previously established neighborhood. Enjoying pizza, fresh baked goods, and italian deli selections from Orsi’s or a donut and fresh cup of joe from Olsen’s are regular and convenient occurrences. Ben Proctor, Associate Broker at Prudential Ambassador and owner of Benjamin Realty group, has been involved in the sales of many of the homes in the area and downtown. Proctor says “Little Italy is a really unique offering for those seeking downtown’s lifestyle. Great living spaces at great prices and excellent access to all that is downtown. Adding KETV to the Burlington Station and a new Blue Barn are going to enhance the first impression of the neighborhood dramatically.”. Currently Proctor represents what he calls one of Little Italy’s stand-outs in 709 Pacific Street, a three bedroom townhouse with north of 2000 square feet. “You just don’t get space and finish for this kind of price anywhere downtown but here.” Proctor says noting that the home is attracting second home seekers from out of town, young professionals, young families, and empty nesters.
The new residents of Little Italy have inherited the long standing pride of the neighborhood by adding public art, scheduling neighborhood clean-ups, and planning annual festivals like Fork Fest. This Saturday, June 15th, Fork Fest will host it’s fourth annual celebration with music, food, and of course… bocce ball.
If you are pursuing or just kind of thinking about purchasing a downtown omaha condo or townhouse certainly don’t pass by Little Italy without taking a close look at a great neighborhood with a great lifestyle. If you’d like to reach Ben Proctor to bounce questions off him or maybe even take a look around, call him at 402-965-1848.