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    Tell me about Omaha, please!

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    DH does not have orders yet and this is so far from a sure thing, but I'm a researcher. I can't help myself! So, Offutt is shaping up to be a possibility for us. What can you tell me about the area? We are in our 40s, with no kids and ideally would like to live in a more urban area. (Easy walk to shops, restaurants, and bars.) Ideally, it would be in an open loft type space, but not tiny (~~1500sqft). In what areas should we look? Any sketch areas to avoid? No more than about 30 minutes commute time.

    We don't know many people who have been to Offutt (DH is Navy) but those who we do know all rave about it, but they talk about great schools and cheap 3000 sqft 5 bedroom houses close to base in rolling suburia, which is so not what we want, so I'm wondering what it would be like for us and our interests. I want a cool coffee shop where I can order tea and sit with my computer and write for a couple hours, and interesting restaurants, and theater (Broadway, not movie!), and that sort of life. I know Omaha isn't a small town, but I worry it might not have those things or that vibe. Is public transportation pretty much non-existant? What is the parking situation like in town? Do most people live in the 'burbs down by the base?

    What can you tell me? What do I need to know (I know it gets COLD in winter, which terrifies me)? It would likely be 18-24 month orders, I think.

    (I tried to join the Offutt spouses page but was kicked off in less than a day when a mod contacted me to tell me that if my husband didn't have written orders, I couldn't be a part of it so I was asked to remove myself. )
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    I live about 4 hours North of Omaha and never been on the actual base, but this is what I can tell you from being in the area. Summers are HOT and winter is COLD (Think 110 to -30 plus wind chill) Omaha has a great cultural/shopping center in the Old Market and a great zoo. Traffic can be a nightmare depending on the part of Omaha you are located. Also, the city has really nice expensive areas, but it also has some pretty scary slums. Nebraska is big on football and farming, although Omaha is a little insulated from the latter.

    I know we had some members that were in that area, but I'm not sure if they are on the boards any more.
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    DH was stationed at Offut a few years ago (when he was still DB). He rented in Suburbia, so I'm not sure about down town living. It did mostly seem like an ideal base for young families looking for some stability. I'm from the twin cities in Minnesota and have to admit that overall the down town area seemed kind of small? However, the old market area, ~20 min from base (https://oldmarket.com/), was pretty neat and walkable. It had cool little restaurants, pubs, shops, art galleries etc. I particularly liked the vibe of Mr. Toad's Pub. Ted & Wally's ice cream was great. Public parking in this area was doable, but somewhat limited and frequently required walking a few blocks during peak times. There is a bus system, but we never utilized it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitinboots View Post
    DH was stationed at Offut a few years ago (when he was still DB). He rented in Suburbia, so I'm not sure about down town living. It did mostly seem like an ideal base for young families looking for some stability. I'm from the twin cities in Minnesota and have to admit that overall the down town area seemed kind of small? However, the old market area, ~20 min from base (https://oldmarket.com/), was pretty neat and walkable. It had cool little restaurants, pubs, shops, art galleries etc. I particularly liked the vibe of Mr. Toad's Pub. Ted & Wally's ice cream was great. Public parking in this area was doable, but somewhat limited and frequently required walking a few blocks during peak times. There is a bus system, but we never utilized it.

    Thanks! Old Market has been mostly where I've been looking so wee what is available around BAH, so I'm glad to hear that the area is like I'd hoped based on photos and a few other things! It's crazy that for BAH we can get a 5 bedroom place that's probably 3000sqft near base, or a 1400sqft apartment in Old Market! But I think that's what we want, especially because this will be a fairly short assignement, so it's a way to try out urban living with little commitment.
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    We have been apart of the army for the last 25 years. Nebraska isn't that bad. Ideally, when you get the chance to not deal with the everyday people politics everything is a good opportunity.
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    My aunt and uncle lived there for 8 years. Omaha is coming up to be one of the number one places for families to live because of the cheap cost of living, good jobs, and family friendly neighborhoods. I dont know much about it, but I do know the summers get very hot and humid, crazy tornado storms and the winters are cold, but from what my aunt says it was like ice storms more than snow. All this info is hearsay since I have never lived, but my aunt did not like it there because of the weather, but everyone is different. 18-24 months isnt that bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdaraMarie View Post
    My aunt and uncle lived there for 8 years. Omaha is coming up to be one of the number one places for families to live because of the cheap cost of living, good jobs, and family friendly neighborhoods. I dont know much about it, but I do know the summers get very hot and humid, crazy tornado storms and the winters are cold, but from what my aunt says it was like ice storms more than snow. All this info is hearsay since I have never lived, but my aunt did not like it there because of the weather, but everyone is different. 18-24 months isnt that bad.

    This is kind of what I keep heading. Everyone says it to be reassuring, but it worries me because we aren't a family in the traditional sense, and don't want a family-friendly neighborhood. The suburbs are not for us, especially not it there isn't at least something different nearby. Great schools and giant homes with large yards are all meaningless to us, but that's all you hear about when you mention Omaha. It sounds like it's great for people who want that, but I'm not sure about us! Thanks for the response though!
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    I have lived in Nebraska almost my whole life. It sounds like what you are looking for would be the old Market in downtown Omaha. That is where you will find the loft like apartments, coffee shops, restaurants, they have the Orpheum theater that right now is playing Wicked, and all that is pretty much walking distance if you get a place right in the heart of it. I don't know if you gamble but downtown Omaha is right across the river from Council bluffs Iowa and they have casinos. The base would be about a 20 min drive depending on traffic. There are a lot of new places being built up that match what you are looking for. There is also midtown crossing that has apartments above shops that you could look into. I feel like Nebraska is what you make of it, some people love it and others hate it. The summers can be pretty hot and the winters pretty cold. This year it was ridiculously cold but not a lot of built up snow fall. We also seemed to miss out on spring and went straight from cold to hot. There is plenty of outdoor stuff to do to if you are into any of that. Hope that helps some

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