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A Guide to Westside/District 66

The Westside/District 66 community is a unique collection of neighborhoods in central Omaha with a proudly independent public school system.  

That nationally recognized school system is the backbone to some of Omaha’s most attractive, affluent, unique neighborhoods.  

Below you'll find the following:

  • Active homes for sale in District 66
  • What is Considered District 66
  • Things to do and the best places to eat
  • Schools and Hospitals
  • District 66 Real Estate market Stats

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Where is District 66?

Westside residents benefit from a central location that shoulders the interstate system and easy access in all directions.  It is also sandwiched between Midtown and West Omaha but is in no fear of loosing it's own identity.

How to Navigate District 66?

Westside is fairly stress free with limited traffic and easy access to hop on the interstate for extended drives to work or play. 

Is District 66 a Good Place to Live?

A tax rate higher than the surrounding communities doesn't appear to affect Westside housing demand. Proximity to two of Omaha’s major hospitals accounts for a considerable number of upscale homes in the surrounding neighborhoods. 

The District 66 Real Estate Market

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. 

Expect to pay a little more for a home in Westside than you can find in surrounding communities. A sizable portion of the Westside real estate market will come with a pricey sales price. 

But, First time home buyers and those that prefer to keep their budgets in check can also find opportunities in neighborhoods such as the Westgate and Hillside neighborhoods. 

For a survey of homes sitting on oversized lots with a premium price tag take a drive through the Armbrusts Oak, Old Loveland, Westchester, or the neighborhoods immediately behind Westside High School.

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NEIGHBORHOODS: Sunset | Rockbrook heights | Loveland | Westchester | Regency | 

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Ten neighborhood elementary schools, one middle school and one high school serve more than 6,000 Westside Community School students. With an integrated special education program, Westside has a large number of students who live outside district boundaries. 

Approximately one-third of all graduates earn a commended diploma and 85 percent of each class attend college. A variety of competitive sports, activities, and clubs encourage leadership and personal development.


Proximity to two of Omaha’s major hospitals - Methodist/Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and CHI Bergan Mercy  accounts for a considerable number of upscale homes in the surrounding neighborhoods. 


Best Places to Eat and Drink in District 66

  • Spezia and Pasta Amore compete with Avoli’s, and the secret but strong following of Malaras for Italian food in Midtown and Downtown.  
  • If an outdoor breeze is your thing you need to head to Rockbrook Village and choose from one of many patios - CorkscrewJaipurPasta Amore, or bring your own bottle of wine and sit in the center or side pavilion.   
  • The original Nebraska Furniture Mart mega-furniture store now also located in Kansas City and Dallas, TX all got its start on 72nd Street the primarily eastern boundary of Westside.
  • 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 providers while they’re bakery stands heads and toes above the competition.  
  • At Jams you should expect to have a few craft cocktails at the bar as you wait for a table but you will not be disappointed as they dish out American fare that is anything but boring.  
  • Warren Buffet may know a lot about stocks but the best steak in Omaha is not where the Berkshire Hathaway convention sits down to fork some red meat. The Drover off 72nd and Mercy St is hands down the local favorite. Order the whiskey fillet and I promise your meat-eating goal post will be moved.  

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Things to do in West Omaha

Westside may be known for its schools but locals know some of Omaha’s most exclusive restaurants and retail stores call this area home.

  • Shopping: Social hotspots like Countryside Village and Rockbrook Village are tucked in the corner of residential neighborhoods with retail and dining options that draw customers from all over Omaha. 
  • Lines for the most popular Santa in town will wrap around the Regency Shopping Center in December and none other than Warren Buffett holds a financial interest in the well-known Borsheims Jewelry store located inside.
  • Parks: Parks such as the Swanson Arboretum and Towel Park.  Pools include Sunset, Rockbrook, Westgate, Brookhill, and Prairie Lane.
  • Walking and Biking Trails: Omaha has few 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 an tennis ball in a parks open space.    
  • Sports: 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.
  • Golf: The private Happy Hollow Country Club might be the busiest place in Omaha on a hot July weekday afternoon whether that is on the Tennis court, swimming pool, fairway bunker, or lunching in the cozy dining room.
  • Fitness: There are plenty of options to get your sweat on with Genesis Health ClubsBlue Moon Fitnessand Orangetheory in the Westside area. There are also unique options such as CrossFit Omaha and Pure Barre.

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