The great thing about living in a smaller city is that you can get to pretty much everything in town within a 20-minute drive. Even so, Omaha is home to so many incredible restaurants, boutiques and entertainment options — imagine the convenience of being within walking distance to all of them? Or being within walking distance of your favorite park? If you’re looking for a new home in the Omaha area, walk score is definitely a factor to consider. We rounded up a few of our favorite Omaha neighborhoods that also happen to have great walk scores, which means that they offer easy access to desirable amenities and community gathering places.
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Walk Score: 87
Old Market boasts the best walk score in Omaha — and as Omaha’s entertainment district, it makes sense! There is always something new to see in Old Market, so it’s a good thing that everything is situated within. Some of our favorite spots include Upstream Brewing Company (which boasts a picturesque rooftop to take in the views), The Backline Comedy Theatre, Hardy Coffee Company and the Bemis Center for the Arts. Of course, while you’re here, you can’t pass up touring the Durham Museum or seeing a show at the Orpheum Theatre.
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Walk Score: 83
The sight of downtown Omaha is a gorgeous thing to behold. The streets are bustling with professionals and tourists alike. Here, you’ll find the headquarters of the Union Pacific Railroad, the First National Bank, the Omaha World-Herald and Creighton University (just to name a few). Gene Leahy Mall, a 9.6-acre park, sits just north of Old Market, and is the perfect spot for a weekend picnic or leisurely stroll where you’ll be surrounded with greenery and enjoy views of the area’s striking modern architecture. If you’re looking for easy access to the city’s most popular restaurants and a short commute, it’s the ideal place to find a home.
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Walk Score: 82
Its moderately priced homes, picturesque parks, great schools and proximity to shopping and nightlife make Leavenworth a popular place for people of all ages to live. Head to Leavenworth Street for a variety of charming retail spots or check out the historic Turner Boulevard, lined with beautiful homes and several parks. If you’re up for a longer walk, Midtown Crossing and all of its shops, restaurants and bars lies not too far away. Make this your permanent home — there are plenty of properties for sale in Leavenworth.
Walk Score: 79
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Named for the gorgeous home built for George and Sarah Joslyn at the beginning of the 20th century, the Joslyn Castle neighborhood is a vibrant community with a mix of historic mansions, bungalows, apartments and various historical landmarks. The neighborhood sits within the Gold Coast Historic District, and offers easy access to downtown and Omaha’s Old Market. Within the neighborhood itself, you’ll find the lovely Joslyn Castle, which is open to the public for tours, as well as the Joslyn Art Museum, which boasts galleries filled with art collections from all over the world and free admission.
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Walk Score: 78
Located in central Omaha near Memorial Park and Elmwood Park, this popular community boasts beautiful homes, tree-lined streets, a vibrant retail center and proximity to excellent public and private schools. Residents of the neighborhood pride themselves in belonging to such a tight-knit community — maintaining traditions like the annual Fourth of July parade, the Dundee Days festival, and street island gardens tended to by volunteers and the City of Omaha. Sounds like the perfect place to live, don’t you think?
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Walk Score: 77
Located within the recently revitalized Midtown Crossing area sits the Blackstone neighborhood. The heart of the community is the magnificent Blackstone Hotel, which was built in 1915 and currently sits on the National Register of Historic Places. The lively, pedestrian-friendly Blackstone District stretches along Farnam Street, and provides a unique cultural experience for businesses, residents and tourists alike. Just a few places to visit in the area include Coneflower Creamery, Nite Owl, Pranam Yoga, Archetype Coffee Shop & Roastery, Scriptown Brewing Company, Ponderosa Cyclery and Almost Music. All of these wonderful bars, restaurants and local shops are situated within walking distance, so imagine how much fun you could have if you lived in the neighborhood!
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Walk Score: 76
This stunning neighborhood became a part of the city of Omaha in 1887, and even though the area has seen plenty of changes, it hasn’t lost any of its historic charm. You’ll find Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts and Neo-Classic-style homes in the neighborhood, alongside a slew of vernacular structures. The neighborhood association is very involved with landscaping, garden plots, home restoration and playgrounds, which makes for a beautiful place to call home.
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Walk Score: 73
The residents in Gifford Park are a happy bunch, most likely due to the tight-knit community and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation! This colorful neighborhood is home to its namesake, Gifford Park, as well as a community garden and the Shelterbelt Theatre. There are plenty of gathering places for the neighbors and reasons to come together! Midtown Crossing and the Blackstone District are also within easy reach.
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