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Outer West Omaha

Omaha, NE

As Omaha continues to expand outward into the Nebraska countryside, the city has absorbed several smaller towns in its path, redefining its own boundaries in the process. Outer West Omaha now encompasses a patchwork of small historic towns surrounded by new suburban developments. Towns such as Millard, Elkhorn and the Boys Town area are now firmly within Omaha city limits. Beyond them, a mix of new rural developments has bloomed on the prairie and then the big skies of the great west begin to open up. Life in this part of the state has one foot in the city and another in the country, and those contrasts show up in the culture and environment of this rapidly changing region.

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Living in Outer West Omaha

Restaurants

Unique local restaurants and bars can be found scattered across the Outer West Omaha region, and there's something special in nearly every community. Jack and Mary's Restaurant started serving Nebraska-style home cooking in the Old Mill District in 1975, and nearly everyone in these parts has eaten at this local institution. Chicken - fried, broasted, roasted and cut into noodle soup, served with potatoes done any which way - puts this place on many top lists for traditional family fare prepared without any gimmicks or attention to trends. New Gold Mountain serves classic Cantonese-American fare, including pork dumplings, cashew shrimp and crab rangoon. Ask for the Chinese menu, however, and an entirely different dining experience will follow. Authentic traditional Asian foods, including chicken feet, pho, and dim sum dishes come out to those in the know. Family-run Pizzeria Davlo, on the edge of Standing Bear Lake Park, bakes deep-dish Chicago Style pizza using fresh local and organic ingredients. A chic dining room powered with renewable energy and great happy hour specials make this a hot spot among young hipsters and pizza lovers. Gluten-free crusts are available upon request. Early to the craft beer scene, Lazlo's, Nebraska's first brewpub, opened in 1991 and today sells its bottled Empyrean craft beers throughout the region. This cozy, stylish pub also has a popular high-end bar menu. The prime rib enchiladas exemplify new Omaha cuisine, with a nod to the city's stockyards past as well as to modern cravings for fresh full-flavored multi-ethnic food that pairs well with strong beer.

History

In 1917, when Irish priest Father Flanagan purchased a farm west of Omaha to make into Boys Town, his famous home for troubled boys, this part of the state was just one generation removed from its prairie origins, when native tribes and bison herds lived here. The region west of Omaha became a patchwork of small towns and villages as the railroads grew to service the stockyards and exchanges, but as the city grew, these older, independent communities gradually became Omaha neighborhoods, with newer suburban developments filling in the space between. Important annual powwows and rodeos occur on the north and east side of town. In Outer West Omaha, Junkstock, a "three-day festival of peace, love and junk," brings history to life for a new generation every June and October. More than just a giant flea market, junk stock doubles as a music festival, with food vendors and nearby camping.

Transportation

For the most part, this sprawling part of the city requires a car to get around. Omaha's public transportation network doesn't reach the Outer West Omaha neighborhoods, but a park and ride at 180th Street enables commuters to take a bus part of the way into town for $1.25 one way or $55 for a monthly pass. Bike commuters can find safe routes throughout the region, although not many designated bike trails exist outside of parks. Cabs and Uber can be called in, although not hailed, in this area. Interstate 286 provides a fast, direct route into central Omaha and the greater interstate system.

Cost

Housing costs in Outer West Omaha vary widely. The average one-bedroom apartment rents for around $672 a month. Gas prices run about six percent lower than the national average. A pint of beer costs $2 to $4 here, depending on your choice of brew.

Shopping

Outer West Omaha has good access to the typical array of national chains and big box stores, but this uniquely western region also has a number of retailers that reflect the distinctive culture of the area. Wolf Brothers Western Store, a new alternative, specializes in boots and shirts. Western Designs sells home decor that evokes the spirit of the country. Think wine racks made from horseshoes, boot racks and rustic hooks. The Boys Town Gift Shop sells memorabilia from this iconic regional institution, religious and patriotic items and decor, jewelry, school spirit gear and other gifts. Proceeds go to support the mission of Boys Town. Locals get the staples at regional grocers like Safeway and Baker's. Tomato Tomato, Nebraska's popular indoor farmer's market, serves as a CSA (community supported agriculture) drop site for area produce, meat and dairy farmers. Shoppers can pick up grass-fed beef, organic chicken, free range eggs and seasonal produce grown in the area. In the summer months, a fresh deli stocks prepared foods using top-notch ingredients.

Parks

Standing Bear Lake Park centers around the quiet waters of a lake named for a Ponca Indian leader Standing Bear. Hiking and biking trails, picnic grounds and an ice rink in winter make this park attractive in all seasons, but what makes it unusual is Hawk Field, an official remote control airplane field, complete with pit areas and paved runway areas. The 5-acre Hefflinger Dog Park provides two separate fenced areas for big and little dogs to frolic off-leash. Waste bags and a doggie water fountain help make the experience fun for two- and four-legged visitors. Tranquility Park could use a new name, because the busy soccer, baseball and tennis facilities make this sports and family-oriented park joyously loud. The Big Papillion Creek runs along the park, offering a little scenery and natural open space.

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Tradition by Broadmoor
1250 S 157th St, Omaha, NE 68144
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Raintree Apartments
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Old Mill Apartments
10905 N Mill Ct, Omaha, NE 68154
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14121 Pierce Plz, Omaha, NE 68144
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11525 Decatur Plz, Omaha, NE 68154
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EdgeWater Court Apartments
12418 Burt Plz, Omaha, NE 68154
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288 N 116th Ct, Omaha, NE 68154
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Georgetowne
2222 S 142nd Ct, Omaha, NE 68144
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11766 Wakeley Plz, Omaha, NE 68154
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$1,019 - 1,314 3 Bed Available Now
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Tradition by Broadmoor
14767 Burt Dr
Omaha, NE 68154
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810 N 107th Ave, Omaha, NE 68114
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Apartments for Rent in Outer West Omaha, Omaha, NE

As Omaha continues to expand outward into the Nebraska countryside, the city has absorbed several smaller towns in its path, redefining its own boundaries in the process. Outer West Omaha now encompasses a patchwork of small historic towns surrounded by new suburban developments. Towns such as Millard, Elkhorn and the Boys Town area are now firmly within Omaha city limits. Beyond them, a mix of new rural developments has bloomed on the prairie and then the big skies of the great west begin to open up. Life in this part of the state has one foot in the city and another in the country, and those contrasts show up in the culture and environment of this rapidly changing region.

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