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A Guide to Midtown Omaha

By: Ryan Renner, Realtor
By: Ryan Renner, Realtor

I have helped many families moving to Omaha. Contact me if you have any questions about the Omaha area or need help buying a home.

Midtown is Omaha’s cultural hub. From art and music to dining and historic neighborhoods, Midtown is where locals come to be entertained. There are five key areas that make up Midtown; from north to south they are: Benson, Dundee, Midtown Crossing, Blackstone and Aksarben.
Blackstone District Omaha

In the midst of it all you will find Omaha’s most prestigious private schools, a trailblazing University, and vintage homes preferred by Academy Award-winning directors and billionaires.

From every corner, Midtown is overflowing with much of the city’s most noteworthy and charming characteristics.

Where is Midtown?

There are a lot of opinions on the exact boundaries of “midtown” Omaha.

For our sake, we will use these boundaries… east of 72nd and west of 30th/I480 as well as north of Center and south of Cuming/NW Radial.

If you don’t live here, those streets don’t mean anything so I made a map below.

Dundee

I lived in Dundee for over 10 years, and in my opinion, it’s one of the best neighborhoods in Omaha

You have a vibrant downtown district that has restaurants and bars like Dario’s and Pitch. And it also has hair salons, a florist, an independent movie theatre, and other businesses.

Dundee is walking distance to Memorial Park where you can walk your dog, play ultimate frisbee, or fly a kite.

Homes in Dundee range in price from $200k to over $1 million. The homes will be older but have a lot of charm. Since it’s a walkable neighborhood, don’t expect to have huge lots.

If you are looking to rent in Dundee, there are a bunch of options. There are duplexes, single-family homes, and even newer apartment complexes such as The Duke and Dundee Flats.

View a current list of homes for sale in Dundee.

Blackstone

Blackstone has gone through a huge renaissance in the past few years. If you asked a local 10 years ago where Blackstone was, they couldn’t even tell you.

Today, it is home to one of the most vibrant and hip neighborhoods in Omaha.

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The recently completed Cottonwood Hotel has become a popular staycation destination for locals. You will also find numerous restaurants as well as Coneflower Creamery which is a personal favorite with my family.

Blackstone is right next to UNMC (and not too far from Creighton and UNO) so it’s a popular location for medical students, college students, and young professionals.

If you want to live in the Blackstone neighborhood, you will probably have to rent. GreenSlate Development has built, renovated, and currently manages a lot of the properties in the area. But there are other rentals available whether you are looking for a brand new building or something older and a little less expensive.

If you get a little farther away from the heart of Blackstone, you will find places you can buy. Midtown Crossing offers rentals as well as condos you can buy. Field Club is another option.

Parks/Rec: Nearby – Hanscom, Turner, Memorial and Elmwood Parks.

Restaurants/Bars: Noli’s Pizzeria, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Mula, Scriptown Brewing Company, Nite Owl, Corkscrew Wine & Cheese

Aksarben

Aksarben Farmers Market with Baxter Arena in the Distance

The boundaries of Aksarben (Nebraska spelled backward) can be found below. It is east of 72nd, north of Center, west of Saddle Creek, and south of Pacific/Leavenworth.

Map of Aksarben

The Aksarben neighborhood used to be anchored by an arena and horse racing complex. It shut down in 1995 and in 2005 it was demolished to give way to a mixed-use development. This development is called Aksarben Village.

Since it first broke ground, Aksarben Village has been slowly growing into a business and entertainment destination. Many businesses have found a home here including Pacific Life, Microsoft, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, DLR Group, HDR, and more.

HDR Corporate Headquarters in Aksarben Village
HDR Corporate Headquarters in Aksarben Village

As for entertainment, there is a movie theatre, lots of restaurants, a weekly farmer’s market in the summer, and Stinson Park which hosts many events including MAHA (an annual music festival).

And just to the south of Aksarben Village is Baxter Arena, the sports home of the University of Nebraska – Omaha. You can see the hockey, basketball, and volleyball teams play there. And UNO just recently opened a brand new baseball-softball complex next to the arena.

Just to the north of Aksarben Village is UNO’s Scott Campus. This area has exploded over the past 10 years and features a lot of on-campus housing as well buildings for the school’s business and engineering programs.

As you venture outside Aksarben Village, you will encounter homes that were built between 1920-1950.

Living in Aksarben

Buying a Home

If you are looking to buy a home, expect to spend between $150k – $350k. On the low end, homes usually have 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and around 1,000 square feet.

On the high end, 3+ bedrooms, 2+ bathrooms, and around 2k square feet. Most homes in Aksarben only have 1 car garage.

View a current list of homes for sale in Aksarben.

Renting

Aksarben Village has a lot of newer apartments including Broadmoor, Cue, Pinhook Flats, and many more.

Since Aksarben is so close to the university, there are a lot of single-family homes available for rent as well.

Additional Aksarben Resources

Parks/Rec: Elmwood Park, Stinson Park

Restaurants/Bars: Jones Bros Cupcakes, Spirit World, Voodoo Taco, DJs Dugout, Ponzu Sushi, Pickleman’s Café

Entertainment / Events: Stinson Concert Series, Omaha Beer Fest, Omaha Farmer’s Market, Maha Music Festival, Kidchella

Benson

Historic Benson sign on side of building in Omaha

Benson has been a low-key destination for underground music and dive bars for a while, but only recently has revived itself as a go-to destination for art, entertainment, and great restaurants.

In 2015, Benson began a streetscape project which included the widening and replacement of all sidewalks, new curbs, new public plazas, traffic calming at several intersections, new landscaping, benches and bike racks from 59th to 63rd and Maple Streets, and special event space along Military Avenue.

Schools: Montessori Co-Op, Benson High School, Benson West Elementary, Central Park Elementary, Pinewood Elementary, St. Bernard’s School, Rose Hill Elementary, Fontenelle Elementary, Holy Name Elementary, St. Pius X/St. Leo Elementary. Nearby: Roncalli Catholic, Northwest High School, Marian High School, Creighton Prepatory High School

Parks/Rec: Fontenelle Park, Benson Park, & Dill Softball Complex

Restaurants: 1912, Benson Brewery

Bars: Jake’s Cigars & Spirits, The Sydney, The Waiting Room Lounge, Benson Brewery, Beercade

Entertainment: The Waiting Room, 402 Arts Collective, Beercade

Events: First Fridays

View a current list of homes for sale in Benson.

Midtown Crossing

Midtown Crossing is one of the newest developments in the eastern part of Omaha. It has a more polished and corporate aesthetic than its Dundee and Blackstone neighbors.

Midtown Crossing
Midtown Crossing

Fortune 500 company, Mutual of Omaha, resides here as well as many other Omaha-born establishments.

Living: Midtown Crossing is a popular area for college students and business-folks alike. While the Midtown Crossing is ideal for luxury condos in Omaha, the area is set right between the Creighton University and University of Nebraska – Omaha campuses, and also serves as home to some Greek housing.

Parks/Rec: Turner Park regularly hosts recreational events including Yoga Rocks the Park, bocce ball tournaments, and various charitable runs/walks. Dewey Park and Gifford Park are also nearby.

Entertainment/Events: Midtown Car Show, Miracle at Midtown, Monday Night at the Movies, Jazz on the Green, End of Summer Concert Series

Cons

Garage Space – If you looking for a spacious 3 car garage, head west. A 2 car garage is a luxury in Midtown, and many homes have a one-car garage that can’t fit an SUV.

Yard Size – Don’t expect a big acreage.

Age of Homes – If you are looking for a home built within the last 50 years, then you won’t have very many options in Midtown.

About Your Guide
Ryan Renner - Omaha Relocation Guide

My name is Ryan Renner and I’m a real estate agent in Omaha. I’ve helped many families relocate to Omaha. While helping people relocate, I would get similar questions over and over again. This site addresses many of those questions and more.

Reach out to me if you are moving to Omaha and need help.