Featured Neighborhood: District 66
As we’ve discovered over the months, there are so many amazing neighborhoods in Omaha! Do remember reading about Bemis Park and the Gold Coast, or even Little Italy? Who would have expected such a rich and storied history?
This time, we’re moving a bit more west, to a neighborhood a little younger than the ones we’ve covered in the past, but no less unique.
Nestled in central Omaha, there’s an area referred to lovingly by its residents as District 66. This area is a compilation of neighborhoods: Westside, Loveland, Swanson, Rockbrook, Oakdale, Sunset Hills, and Westgate, just to name a few.
The area is located in the northeast corner of where I-80 and 680 meet. It spans up almost to Dodge Street and nearly as far east as 72nd Street.
District 66 is home to many middle-aged people in their 40s and 50s, most of which are long-time homeowners. However, residents have begun to notice older residents are moving out and younger families are settling down.
So, what attracts home buyers to this area? Many like the location. Others like the feeling of community. Still others like that it is an older neighborhood with more established homes than they can find further west. One of District 66’s newest residents told the Omaha World Herald that he likes the diversity of people who live there.
“We didn’t want (our son) to think that … all the parents are the same age, every father wore a suit and went downtown, and every mother stayed home and drank coffee.”
Many of the young families may even be moving in for the nationally-acclaimed public school system. A high school with a 90% graduation rate, compared to the national average of 80%, is nothing to sneeze at. And over the years we’ve found that schools can be a huge factor in deciding on which neighborhood to live in.
District 66 also boasts a lower than average crime rate, a statistic that allows parents to let out a big sigh of relief.
If you’re look for a safe, established neighborhood to raise a family in, District 66 is for you. Not only will you be able to find homes ranging from traditional to modern styles and small to large, but there is something for everyone in every price range.
As one mother said in an Omaha Magazine article, “This is a close-knit, welcoming neighborhood with lots of small children and impromptu driveway parties.”
Who wouldn’t want to raise a family in a tight, family-oriented neighborhood?