Having grown up in Los Angeles and moving away in 1995, I'm surprised you haven't asked this question much sooner! I had the opportunity to move to Omaha as an Insurance agent for Mutual of Omaha in 1986 and at that time, the prospect of Omaha NE was enough to send me over to Prudential Insurance Company instead.
Everything is relative. In comparison to L.A. (depending on where in L.A. County you are) the same buying power will yield a much better home. The southwest has been growing tremendously. The quality of school systems also is subjective to your children's needs and your desires. Regardless, of Omaha Public Schools, Elkhorn, Millard, La Vista/Papillion or Gretna districts. Your best option would be to research the free school reports. For ease of suggestion, those can be found on my site www.Talk2Teri.com . If crime is a concern (I can relate to the L.A. frustrations) then your best source of information would be the Omaha Police statistics and/or the Douglas or Sarpy County Sheriff's Department statistics.
I would love to personally address any or all of these issues with you one-on-one. Just visit my website or email Teri@Talk2Teri.com or call my cell directly 402-689-4041. I would love to help another Los Angeles bailer!... more
How far South are you looking? The Nebraska MEdical Center and Clarkson hospital are at Dodge Street and 40th...I do sell Real Estate in the area, let me know a more specific area and I can help you with your questions. As for the safety of a neighborhood I always suggest driving through neighborhoods at different times of day to see how it feels to you.... more
Congrats on your marriage. I would suggest contacting an agent in Omaha. Realtor.com has a list and you can talk to a few to see whom is best. The agents should know what neighborhoods best suite you. Another great place to look is with the company you work with. If one of you is transferring for work there should be someone in the company who can recommend to you the better areas.
I have heard some neat things about Dundee/Memorial and Midtown.
Here are a few sites that may help.