The 5 Best Neighborhoods in Omaha to Move to Now

Whether it’s concerts and nightlife or tree-lined streets and public parks, Omaha has plenty of neighborhoods you’ll enjoy resting your head.

Whatever you’re looking for in a place to live, you’ll find that most neighborhoods in Omaha have a unique mix of homes (be they houses, apartments or condos) and things to see, good food to eat and spots to enjoy a night out.

If you’re looking for a place to call home, we can help you with that.

1. Aksarben/Morton Meadows

Perfect for young families, empty nesters, students, outdoorsy people.

Settled between the hustling hub of downtown Omaha and the urban sprawl of west Omaha, this stretch of midtown Omaha is full of tree-lined streets and lovely little homes that are also surrounded by a plethora of restaurants, parks and plenty of other places to spend your free time.

The homes around Aksarben and Morton Meadows are up to 100 years old, meaning they’re affordable as well as sturdy and adorable. They’re not the practically mansion-sized homes you’ll find in west Omaha, but they’re perfect for first-time homeowners, young families with little ones and couples whose kids have moved away.

They’re great neighborhoods in which to walk, run and play. Field Club and the adjacent biking and running trail sits just to the east and the sprawling Elmwood Park and golf course and Aksarben Village (a shopping center, business district and park) are just to the west.

Highlights:

  • Maha Music Festival – Now in its 10th year, this indie rock music festival goes down at Stinson Park. Past headliners at the all-day summer fest have included Run the Jewels, Modest Mouse and Death Cab For Cutie, and it’s a great way to enjoy some music and a few beers in the sun.
  • Aksarben Village – There’s always something going on here. There’s a gym, bars, restaurants, a movie theater, shops, businesses and a summer concert series. Plus it’s adjacent to the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus and its hockey arena.
  • Modern Love – Revered vegan chef Isa Moskowitz decided to open her signature restaurant on sleepy Saddle Creek Road in Omaha, and it’s wonderful even if you aren’t vegan. You could go to Moskowitz’s expansion location in Brooklyn, but it’s easier to get a table in Omaha.

2. Blackstone District

Perfect neighborhood for millenials, foodies.

Several years ago, the Farnam Street corridor in midtown Omaha was a sleepy little area with some run-down apartments, dimly lit bars and a few big office buildings. Now it’s one of the most happening parts of town thanks to a redevelopment effort that has included a huge retail area, refurbishing the nearby park and the creation of a load of happening coffee shops, restaurants and stores.

Named after the still-standing Blackstone Hotel (where the Reuben sandwich was invented … no, really!), the neighborhood has lots of cool places to live including the posh new apartments at Midtown Crossing, centuries-old buildings that have been recently renovated or the plethora of houses that sit adjacent to the bustling center of the neighborhood.

Highlights:

  • Midtown Crossing – Fortune 500 company Mutual of Omaha has long been headquartered in this neighborhood, but they bought up the land surrounding them and redeveloped it into a massive complex of interconnected retail, restaurant and living spaces that stretches seven blocks from end-to-end.
  • Turner Park – Get a couple lawnchairs because you’ll be bringing them to this wide-open green space quite a bit. During the summer, the park is host to a multitude of concert series including Jazz on the Green, a zydeco festival, a blues festival and other events like night markets and car shows.
  • Restaurants and Shopping – You could swing through Blackstone Meatball for some pasta or a sandwich, go downstairs to check out Ground Floor Guitar, swing over to Almost Music for some vinyl and cap off the night with some local beer at Scriptown Brewing Company. And you’d still have a lot more places to visit.

3. Downtown

Perfect neighborhood for singles, empty nesters, millennials.

Walk the brick streets of the Old Market. Take a stroll through the Gene Leahy Mall. Take yourself out to the ballgame at the park. Duck into your downtown loft. Walk to your job in one of the high-rises.

Downtown Omaha is the energetic center of the city, housing corporate headquarters for many major companies as well as some of the hottest places to grab a beer or a bite to eat. Oh, and there’s a load of places to live, which puts you right in the action. A recent expansion of condos and apartments means there are more places than ever to call home. And if you work somewhere like Union Pacific or ConAgra, which are headquartered downtown, you’re within walking distance.

Highlights:

  • Old Market – Shopping, restaurants, hotels. If you want to get out of the house, this is the place to go.
  • CenturyLink Center/TD Ameritrade Park – North Downtown is home to a 17,000 arena that pulls in Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga and other major touring acts as well as a 24,000-seat ballpark that hosts the College World Series every summer. (Talk about a good time.)
  • Slowdown – Big-time indie rock label Saddle Creek Records opened its own 750-capacity rock club, and your favorite band just might swing by.

4. Dundee

Perfect neighborhood for outdoorsy people, families.

A large neighborhood in the center of Omaha, Dundee is full of old but gorgeous homes, 130-year-old maple trees and loads of happening restaurants and taverns. The quiet streets lined with historic homes are great places for families, and you’re within walking distance to spots such as the acclaimed eCreamery ice cream shop or the ultra-cool Pitch Pizzeria.

Then on the west end of the neighborhood is the massive Memorial Park, one of the city’s biggest parks and a fantastic place for a picnic, some exercise, a stroll with your favorite pet or a walk among the 1,000 rose bushes in its gorgeous rose garden. The park is home to free concerts and a baseball field.

Oh, and while you’re in Dundee, you just might run into Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett sitting on park bench.

Highlights:

  • Dundee Theater – Built in 1925, the movie theater is the oldest one operating in Omaha, and it was recently renovated to include a bookstore, new concessions and a second screen.
  • Legend Comics & Coffee – This isn’t some run-down hole-in-the-wall. The modern aesthetic of the shop (and the friendly staff) makes you feel welcome, and it’s attached coffee house is a great place to plop down with some comics. The shop won an Eisner Award (like the Oscars of comics) in 2014 for being the top comic shop in the world.

5. Benson

Perfect neighborhood for families, millennials, nightlife lovers, artists.

Benson is like a small-town main street stuck in the middle of Omaha. Founded in 1887 as its own village, Benson was later annexed by the rest of the city, but it maintains its downtown charm with a load of trendy bars and tasty restaurants stretching down Maple Street. And like most of the best places in town, it’s surrounded by a sprawling neighborhood of houses.

You could find yourself living in one of the new apartment or condo buildings going up in the heart of the neighborhood or in the affordable houses that surround the neighborhood. Then you’ll be able to walk to the hippest part of town, which features art galleries, rock clubs, rooftop bars and coffee shops.

And Benson isn’t just nightlife. The neighborhood’s also home to a couple public parks, a public library branch, the community center and a community garden.

Highlights:

  • Music – Walk down the street, and you’ll hear loads of live music spilling out into the air. Most of the bars in Benson host live music on many nights, and The Waiting Room Lounge and Reverb Lounge are two happening rock clubs that host concerts almost every night of the year week.
  • Beercade – Is it an arcade? Is it a bar? Well, it’s both. Featuring a big craft beer select and more than 60 full arcade games, pinball machines and Skee-Ball, Beercade surely has something you like.


Kevin Coffey