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Old 05-10-2016, 03:04 PM
 
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I am moving to Omaha this summer (will hopefully receive my official job offer tomorrow) and will be working in the Blair/Fort Calhoun area. My fiancee just began looking for an engineering position in Omaha but we do not yet know where he will be working.

Because of my job location, I assume the Bennington/Elkhorn areas will be the best place to live. Does anybody disagree on that or have other suggestions? I do not want too long of a commute.

I see that Elkhorn has an excellent school district and my son will be going into the second grade. There are many elementary schools within the district. Would anyone suggest one particular school over another? He has a lot of interest in the math/science subjects. I would also like him to be exposed to great after-school programs.

***ALERT*** I may offend someone with this and if so, I am sorry...***ALERT***
When I was in Omaha last summer, I did some scoping out of newer neighborhoods to get an idea of what newer communities look like. I wanted to get a feel for them. Well, I was highly disappointed to see several subdivisions with lots of dirt/sand/brown colored houses. (I am sorry if this is your house or similar, this is just completely NOT my style!!). My fiancee is very against moving to the area because this is the only impression he has of Omaha and he assumes all new developments in the area are like this! I will say that this was a self-guided tour by an out-of-town couple so what we saw may not have been indicative of what is available in the area. Could someone suggest some communities in the Elkhorn area that I could research that have different style houses than the attached pictures? We are not looking to purchase right now, we would like to rent for 6-12 months until we get a feel for the area and know where we want to settle. I am also not against living in a more established community. That would actually be preferable! Again, suggestions?

Finally from doing research it seems that Elkhorn has been heavily built within the past 15 years or so. Is the entire area strip malls or are there more unique, 'old' places? I am trying really hard not to use any HGTV-style phrases but I basically am looking for what 85% of the population wants...great school, beautiful house in a great neighborhood with great neighbors, 'walkable' community with access to shops, blah blah blah. Will I find that in the area I need to live in due to my job location?

Thanks in advance and I appreciate your help. GBR!
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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All newer Omaha suburbs look alike, and they all look like that. If you want something with more character, you're going to need to look in the older parts of the city. And you won't find much available to suit your architectural taste in Elkhorn, unfortunately. Until very recently it was a small town, so it doesn't have a lot available in terms of older housing stock. You may be in for a long house hunt if you want to live there, given your stated preferences.

If you're gong to be working in the Blair/Fort Calhoun area, why not look for a house there? Alternatively, you might find the Benson, Dundee, Happy Hollow, Loveland/District 66, or Midtown areas of Omaha more to your liking. Those neighborhoods have the older architecture you prefer.
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:34 PM
 
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You haven't said how much you can spend?

I would be looking at the Chapel hill area. It is an upscale older area with mature trees and older distinctive homes. Skyline drive and Pacific street will get you there on Goggle maps. Skyline drive is several hundred feet above the Elkhorn river valley and some of the homes have great views looking West.

I don't know what school district has this area but the Elkhorn schools are nearest.

This has always been one of my favorite areas of Western Omaha. If I didn't live where I'm now I would be looking at this area.
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:53 AM
 
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Thanks for all the help! Unfortunately the job offer is no longer valid. Check the news and it will make sense...dang. I was REALLY excited for Omaha.
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Old 05-13-2016, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Sorry to hear you won't be moving to our fair city, dorothy82! Good luck to you wherever you DO end up.
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