If walkability is important to you, you will want look at areas in midtown and downtown.
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.
In midtown, there are several neighborhoods that are walkable. These neighborhoods all have small downtown areas with restaurants, bars, and other businesses.
I lived in Dundee for over 10 years and in my opinion it’s one of the best neighborhoods in Omaha
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.
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.
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 its 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 also nearby.
Downtown Omaha is another walkable area of Omaha, but the walkability kind of depends on the area.