Perched at the confluence of the Missouri and Platte rivers, Omaha was the first great industrial city of the Great Plains. Architectural souvenirs from that time include the Colonial Revival Blackstone Hotel, the Chicago-style Bemis Bag Company Building, the Bank of Florence Museum, and the German Baroque-styled Anheuser Busch Beer Depot. Aquila Court is an Italian Renaissance palace that is now a hotel. Union Station is an Art Deco treasure that anchors the Omaha Rail and Commerce Historic District. The Joslyn Castle is a slice of Scottish Baronial real estate and the centerpiece of the Gold Coast Historic District.
Modern city ornaments include skyscrapers such as the Woodmen Tower and First National Tower. The Obelisk in Stinson Park is a ten-story symbol of modern Omaha. So too is the cable-stayed Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge across the Missouri River. No landmark in Omaha is more sought out than Warren Buffett’s house in the Dundee-Happy Hollow Historic District. Purchased in 1958 for $31,500, the five-bedroom abode has been the billionaire’s primary residence ever since. Although raising median sale prices in the neighborhood by its mere presence, the Buffett home does not sit behind guarded gates and massive privacy hedges.
There are a total of 138,507 single family homes in Omaha, including Warren Buffet’s. Attached townhouses are also available with 6,198 properties. In recent years the city has sprouted a market for apartments for sale with 3,683 condominium units. Rental apartments number 1,350 and the Omaha housing market inventory of multi-family properties counts 2,749. The commercial real estate market comprises 7,003 properties. Investors in industrial real estate can find 2,604 properties and another 202 classified for mixed use.
The bus is the preferred mode of public transportation in Omaha. Metro Transit runs 135 buses across 34 routes in the city.
Omaha manages the largest public school district in Nebraska. The Brownell Talbot School is a renowned independent school for students from preschool through high school. The city boasts 11 colleges and universities, including a branch of the University of Nebraska and Creighton University.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center serves Omaha from its midtown location. The hospital’s Eppley Cancer Center is one of the country’s 66 designated National Cancer Centers.
Even though Omaha is Nebraska’s primary urban center, its crime rates are not significantly higher than the rural state as a whole. FBI statistics suggest a 1 in 27 chance of property crime in Omaha compared to 1 in 45 in the Cornhusker State. For violent crime, the rates are 1 in 191 in Omaha and 1 in 364 in Nebraska.
Omaha is a bastion of culture on the Great Plains with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and Opera Omaha as leading lights. The jazz scene is so vibrant at the local clubs that it gave rise to the trendsetting “Omaha Sound.” The downtown real estate around Old Market has been revitalized into a go-to entertainment and shopping district.
The Reuben sandwich with corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut may or may not have been invented in Omaha’s Blackstone Hotel, but don’t let the origin story debate prevent you from ordering the gustatory classic from the Crescent Moon Ale House on Farnham Street. No one argues Nebraska’s claim on the Runza, a meat-stuffed bread pocket and a favorite local sandwich chain. The Henry Doorly Zoo is one of America’s finest, and Nebraska’s most-visited attraction.
For outdoor recreation Omaha offers 80 miles of walking and biking trails. Although the city has no major league sports teams, Omahans support the College Baseball World Series so fervently that the NCAA has not moved the tournament from Omaha since 1950.