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Overview of the Real Estate Market in Omaha

Omaha, a GREAT place to live!

Omaha, Nebraska, is a big city with a small-town feel. Founded as Omaha City in 1854, it now boasts a population of 428,000 and is centrally located within the United States. Omaha is located along the Missouri River, along the border between Nebraska and Iowa. Omaha real estate continues to be in demand. Whether you desire a downtown loft or a country oasis, there is a home for every taste and price level.

Omaha’s economy serves as a major commercial hub for the Midwest. The city is known as the telecommunications capital of the United States but also offers jobs in healthcare, education, agriculture, insurance, transportation and more. Omaha also has a very strong arts community, including performing arts and nationally acclaimed galleries.

Some of Omaha’s amenities and attractions include:

Henry Doorly Zoo

Families everywhere love Henry Doorly Zoo. Founded in 1984 as Riverview Park, Henry Doorly Zoo now rates as one of the best zoos in the world. The zoo features the largest indoor desert and nocturnal exhibits in the world. Henry Doorly Zoo offers special events throughout the year including its Spooktacular Halloween tours and Supper with Santa. Whether you visit the Hubbard Gorilla Valley, the Lied Jungle, IMAX Theater or the aerial tram, Skyfari, your visit to the zoo will be well worth your time.

College World Series and Omaha Sports Teams

Omaha is definitely a sports town and has hosted the College World Series for 64 years and counting. Omaha built the TD Ameritrade Park stadium in 2011 at a cost of $128 million. The arena seats over 24,000 fans. The NCAA Men’s College World Series happens every June. If you are a fan, plan to get your tickets early! It is truly a week like nothing else! Creighton University Men’s baseball also uses TD Ameritrade Park for their home games. Omaha has two hockey teams, University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks and Omaha Lancers, a USHL Tier 1 junior hockey league. The PGA golf tour has made a regular stop in Omaha every year since 1996.

Fortune 500 Companies

Union Pacific railroad has made a home in Omaha along with four other Fortune 500 Companies: Berkshire Hathaway, ConAgra, Peter Kiewit Sons and Mutual of Omaha. There are several other large corporations that are headquartered in Omaha: Gallup, TD Ameritrade, First National Bank and West Telemarketing. Union Pacific recently completed their new headquarters in downtown Omaha at 14th and Douglas. TD Ameritrade opened their Old Mill headquarters in West Omaha in 2013. Omaha is also home to the Union Pacific Herriman Dispatch Center, located at 8th and Jones Street. This dispatch center controls all 32,000 miles of Union Pacific track. All these major companies employ thousands of people within Omaha and nationwide.

Boys Town Headquarters

Boys Town was founded in 1921 but came to fame in the 1930s when Hollywood made it the subject of a film. Today, Boys Town is no longer just for boys, but instead serves boys and girls. It also operates a national help line for teens all over the United States. Boys Town has locations in 12 other states. The Boys Town goal is to heal emotional, physical and spiritual wounds of families and children everywhere. If interested, you can tour this amazing campus with a group by calling ahead of time.

Old Market District

Shopping in the Old Market District offers a getaway from the big box stores. The Old Market is filled with one-of-a-kind and boutique shops, cafes and many bars and restaurants. Store hours vary but most open by 10 AM and close around 9 PM. Cafes usually close around 9 PM, restaurants range from 10 PM to midnight (depending on the day of the week), and majority of the bars are open until 2 AM.

Housing in this area ranges from condo rentals, condos for sale, townhomes and villas. During the Christmas holiday, carolers fill the air with singing and good cheer throughout the main streets and Gene Leahy Mall. Depending on the weather, horse-drawn carriage rides are offered year-round. The Old Market features cobblestone streets and old-world charm. It is truly something everyone living or visiting Omaha needs to experience.

With Interstate 80 extending through the city, getting around Omaha is quick and easy. Omaha is only 3 hours from Kansas City, only 7 and ½ hours from Chicago, and approximately 9 hours from Denver.

There are four main public school districts in Omaha: District 66, Elkhorn Public Schools, Millard Public Schools, and Omaha Public Schools. All these districts have multiple elementary, middle and high schools. Each offers a different teaching atmosphere for students. Some schools specialize in certain areas of study, such as fine arts, trade, math and science. Millard Public Schools offers an International Baccalaureate program, starting in elementary school and continuing through high school. There are several private schools within Omaha as well. The schools in this area rate tops in testing scores. There are also approximately 12 colleges and universities in the Omaha area.

With affordable housing prices and a family-friendly environment, Omaha has a lot to offer its residents.