Westside Neighborhood Guide
Westside is a unique collection of neighborhoods in central Omaha with a nationally recognized school system called District 66. Because of an upper-class reputation some might think finding a home and living in Westside is out of reach, but there are robust housing, entertainment, and school opportunities for all budgets, shapes, and sizes.
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Where is Westside?
Whatever you do, don’t call it West Omaha. Shouldered by interstate-80 to the south and interstate-680 to the west, Westside residents like to stand apart from both West Omaha and Midtown to the east.
Schools and Hospitals
The District 66 school system may be what defines the Westside community but its proximity to two of Omaha’s major hospitals is the likley cause for a considerable number of upscale homes, shopping, and dining in the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Methodist/Children’s Hospital and Medical Center-84th and Dodge
- CHI Bergan Mercy-78th and Mercy
- Ten elementary schools, one middle school and one high school serve more than 6,000 students.
- Around one-third of all graduates earn a commended diploma and 85 percent of each class attend college.
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Where To Eat In Westside?
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The backbone of Westside may be the school system but that doesn’t mean the area is all study and no fun.
- Countryside Village is a convenient hotspot at any time of day. Enjoy conversation and java at the Village Grinder, happy hour at the Casual Pint, or Timber Wood Fire Bistro for a culinary reward.
- Spezia and Pasta Amore compete for best local Italian food.
- If an outdoor breeze is your thing head to Rockbrook Village and choose from one of many patios at Corkscrew, Jaipur, Pasta Amore, or bring your own bottle of wine and sit in the center or pavilion.
- La Casa Pizza serves a markedly different Neapolitan-style pizza with an extremely loyal following that they’ve earned since 1953.
- Wheatfields Eatery can hold its own in a rising tide of mimosas and eggs benedict while the bakery stands well above the competition.
- At Jams you should expect to have a craft cocktail (or two) at the bar as you wait for a table but will soon be rewarded American fare that is anything but boring.
- Warren Buffet knows a lot about stocks but but as steak goes, skip his recommendations and head to the Drover off 72nd and Mercy St. Order the whiskey fillet and I promise your meat-eating goal post will be moved.
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Things To Do In Westside
Numerous private and public swimming pools, country clubs, parks, and trails are located within walking distance to many Westside neighborhoods.
- Parks such as the Swanson Arboretum and Towel Park.
- Pools include Sunset, Rockbrook, Westgate, Brookhill, and Prairie Lane.
- Omaha has limitted walking and biking trails but access to the Papio River, and Keystone trail systems run through the heart of Westside.
- There aren’t any officially designated dog parks in Westside, but most locals will turn a blind eye as an unleased furball chases down a thrown tennis ball.
- Both Hillside and Suburban Softball and baseball complexes are located within the Westside boundaries and offer two of the largest youth sport leagues in Omaha.
- The private Happy Hollow Country Club might be the busiest place in Omaha on a hot July afternoon whether that is on the tennis court, swimming pool, fairway bunker, or lunching in the cozy dining room.
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Westside Home Values
A majority of Westside District 66 homes were built in the 50’s & 60’s with floor plans to compliment the mature and spacious landscape that living closer to the city center previously didn’t allow.
- A good example of this is the Sunset Hills Neighborhood (approximately 95th south of Pacific St) with affordable one level ranch homes.
- Not to be out done by Midtown Omaha, take a stroll through the Loveland neighborhood (namely – 79th and 80th streets south of Pacific) if you prefer traditional Craftsman Bungalows and all brick French Tudor style homes.
- For a survey of homes sitting on oversized lots with a premium price tag, take a drive through the Armbrust Oak area behind Oakdale Elementary School, the Old Loveland neighborhood, the Westchester neighborhood tucked in behind the Swanson Library, or immediately behind Westside High School in the Longview area.
- If you have an eye for architecture, Westside is sprinkled with mid-century modern gems.
- First time home buyers and those that prefer to keep their budgets in check can also find opportunities in the Westgate and Hillside neighborhood.
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