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Elkhorn Real Estate and Community Information

Nebraska history buffs will tell you that Elkhorn real estate did not always comprise a suburban neighborhood on the western edge of metro Omaha. Elkhorn used to be a legitimate city in its own right.

In fact, it was only seven years ago, in 2005, when Omaha made the controversial decision to annex Elkhorn. After two years of heated debate, the Nebraska Supreme Court smacked the gavel down and ruled that when Omaha’s annexation ordinance became effective in 2005, Elkhorn ceased to exist as a separate municipality.

The good news out of all of this is that the political maelstrom did nothing to diminish the natural beauty and idyllic aura Elkhorn real estate has always had. Its park-like landscape and serene residential neighborhoods remain as charming and neighborly as ever.

Shopping and Dining

As part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, Elkhorn offers easy access to the numerous and wide ranging entertainment, shopping and dining attractions found here.

Downtown Omaha is only about 12 miles away. Here you’ll find the Old Market historic district, which holds dozens of upscale retailers and restaurants. A couple other notable attractions downtown include the Holland Performing Arts Center, CenturyLink Center Omaha, and the outdoor venue of choice for concerts and fun events year-round is the Heartland of America Park.

But you don’t have to go into downtown to find some amazing restaurants and shopping centers. Indeed, one of the coolest assets Elkhorn has to offer is its myriad shopping and dining alternatives located right in the leafy neighborhood itself.

American Clothing, Target (with a Starbucks inside) and Village Pointe shopping center – which houses an impressive variety shopping, cafes and eateries - are all about a stone’s throw from downtown Elkhorn. If you wander only a couple blocks more, you will find yourself near a Bed, Bath and Beyond, Gordmans and Hy-Vee.

When your stomach starts to growl or the kids are getting restless or you have some old friends in from out of town, whatever the case may be, you won’t have to look too far or too long to find a restaurant everyone will like in Elkhorn. Sample some of the local cuisine, along with some good, old fashioned friendly service, at Bella Vita, Sam & Louie’s, Boyd & Charlies BBQ or Shevy's Sports and Steaks.

Parks and Recreation

If you enjoy outdoor activities, whether active, passive or both, then you are going to fall in love with Elkhorn real estate for several reasons. Perhaps the best one is its close proximity to two large river ecosystems: the Elkhorn River, which is essentially in its backyard, and the mighty Missouri River, which flows almost straight through the center of downtown Omaha.

Cool off during the hot summer months at the Elkhorn Traditional Pool. The pool offers swimming lessons, locker rooms, a baby pool, water slides and a diving board. There are more than 85 miles of interconnected and paved jogging, walking and biking trails zigzagging through the Omaha area.

And golfers have 17 public and semi-public courses from which to choose. The two closest to Elkhorn are Indian Creek Public Golf Course, a par 72, with 27 holes; and Elkhorn Ridge Golf Course, a par 27, with 9 holes. The nearby Dead Timber State Recreation Area offers a 200-acre decompression zone, perfect for those seeking to forget about life in the rat race for a while. Bring along your boat, camping and picnicking gear, and fishing equipment; the park has facilities to accommodate you.


In 1865, the first people to fall in love with Elkhorn real estate enough to put down roots came along and the town was born. The Union Pacific Railroad followed fairly close behind these pioneers, showing up in Elkhorn in 1886 and initiating a survey of the land.

Elkhorn’s city center is less than a dozen miles from downtown Omaha. Other relatively large communities located within a short Sunday drive from Elkhorn include Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is less than 20 miles to the east; Lincoln, Neb., which is less than 40 miles to the southwest; and Sioux City, Iowa, which is less than 85 miles to the north.

Elkhorn’s population was estimated to be around 8,200 in 2005. It’s attributes have brought continued growth, even after the annexation controversy.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Elkhorn Public Schools handles all the public education needs for the community. This includes seven elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. Several institutes of higher learning are near Elkhorn, such as the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Bellevue University, Creighton University and Iowa Western Community College.

There are three outstanding medical centers conveniently located for the residents of and visitors to Elkhorn: The Nebraska Medical Center, about 4 miles away in Omaha; Alegent Health Lakeside Hospital, about 5 miles distant in Omaha; and Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, about 8 miles away in Omaha.

The primary mode of transportation for Elkhorn’s citizens is by car, truck or SUV, rolling down a highway or city street. There is an Amtrak train station about 16 miles east of Elkhorn. Eppley Airfield, the closest major airport to Elkhorn, is about 18 miles to the east.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give me a call at (402) 670-8775 or send me an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.