So if you’re making the move to Lincoln, where exactly will you go? To help you narrow down your home search, we’re zeroing in on just a handful of the best neighborhoods in Lincoln, from brand-new developments to historic enclaves, each containing a variety of homes and their own set of amenities and attractions.
40th & A
40th & A encompasses the area near the intersection of — you guessed it — South 40th Street and A Street in Southeast Lincoln. This densely populated area is home to nearly 4,000 residents, who live in a variety of homes ranging in size and style, along tree-lined streets with wide sidewalks. This is an especially desirable neighborhood for families, as the Lincoln Children’s Zoo is just minutes away — not to mention the Antelope Park playground, various daycare centers, and elementary schools. 40th & A has an active neighborhood association, with a Facebook page connecting residents and notifying them about upcoming events and other happenings, like garage sales, road closures, craft fairs, and more.
The small enclave of Bishop Park is at the top of Area Vibes’ list of “the best places to live” in Lincoln, earning a coveted Livability score of 93. This rating is based on a number of factors, including the neighborhood’s low crime rate, higher home values, and overall satisfaction residents feel. How could they not? Bishop Park homes are nestled on large lots, shaded by old growth trees. And one of the crown jewels of the neighborhood is Bishop Heights Park, a beautiful 7-acre park with a playground, picnic tables, lots of grass, and a trail leading to other nearby parks. Click here for more information about the park and the fascinating history of the surrounding Bishop Park neighborhood.
Just northwest of downtown Lincoln lies the sparkling Capitol Beach Lake, a 100+ year old salt water lake surrounded by saline wetlands. The private lake is lined with a variety of homes, including both primary residences and summer cabins. The neighborhood feels remote and serene, but residents are still a reasonable 10-minute drive from the heart of the city. Capitol Beach also scored exceptionally well on Area Vibes’ “best places” list, receiving a 91 Livability score. But in contrast with Bishop Park, Capitol Beach has slightly lower housing prices than the Lincoln average.
Encompassing the area around Union College, College View is almost like its own college town within the city of Lincoln. In fact, in the early 1900s when this Seventh-Day Adventist school was built, the city constructed a trolley line connecting the college to downtown Lincoln, making it a destination for city residents. Today, the neighborhood is bustling with activity, with a variety of restaurants and shops within reach, surrounded by a variety of homes and apartments. College View has a thriving neighborhood association — head to their Facebook page to see what’s going on in the neighborhood, from farmers’ markets to garage sales.
Situated about 15 minutes southeast of Lincoln, Colonial Hills is a thriving community of more than 3,000 residents. Boundaries of Colonial Hills extend from Pioneers Boulevard to the north, Old Cheney Road to the south, 56th Street to the west, and 70th Street to the east. Near the northern portion of the neighborhood lies the 18-acre Colonial Hills Park, a popular park with a baseball diamond, basketball and volleyball courts, trails, picnic tables and a playground. Colonial Hills has an active and thriving neighborhood association, which formed in the late ‘70s or early ‘80s in an effort to make improvements to Colonial Hills City Park. Today, the association hosts holiday events, spring and fall garage sales, landscaping and Christmas lights contests, a Halloween costume party, an Easter egg hunt, and more. Colonial Hills is popular for young families, as Zeman Elementary School is located just west of the neighborhood.
Dating back to the summer of 1903, the Country Club of Lincoln has a rich history of growth, revival and success. And today, the community continues to evolve and flourish, offering an unparalleled experience for its residents, from its gorgeous 18-hole golf course and fitness center to dining facilities. Surrounding this private country club, the Country Club neighborhood contains elegant older homes, mature trees, and winding streets. The neighborhood association aims to encourage neighbors to preserve, protect and enhance the historic character of Country Club — and they do this through neighborhood beautification projects, social activities, community involvement, and more.
The city of Lincoln is continuing to grow and prosper, with new projects and developments popping up all the time. One such new addition is the Fallbrook community, a 700-acre residential and commercial development about 10 minutes north of the city. This planned neighborhood has it all, including local businesses, schools, parks, a medical plaza, and a thriving town center. You’ll find large elegant homes in a variety of floorplans, and new luxury apartments just steps from it all. The community comes together with a number of regular events, including the Thursday Farmers’ Market in Fallbrook throughout the summer and early fall.
Operating as its own separate village from the 1880s until its annexation by Lincoln in 1930, Havelock has its own sense of community and identity. Shops, restaurants and other local businesses line the lively Havelock Avenue, which is the center of activity for the community. The street is also home to the historic Joyo Theater, which shows second-run movies, cult films, and children’s movies. Havelock is a place where you can easily get to know your neighbors and get involved in the community. Residents come together with a number of events throughout the year, including holiday events and their popular weekly farmers’ market.
Situated just south of the city center, Near South is known for its collection of charming homes of historic and architectural significance. This large neighborhood is home to some of the area’s best schools, locally owned boutiques, restaurants, and more, providing many amenities for residents to take advantage of. And yet, it is not far from downtown Lincoln, for additional attractions. Near South looks like an “urban forest,” with a canopy of mature trees shading its beautiful historic homes. The Near South Neighborhood Association works hard to provide as many avenues as possible for people to connect and create lasting community. They host and sponsor a variety of events throughout the year, including their regular neighborhood cleanup, a luminaries display, plant sales, garage sales, races, and more.
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