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Not only is housing affordable in Greater Omaha, the possibilities are also quite exciting. Housing? Exciting? Absolutely. Spacious homes in the suburbs, or the expanse of acreage, are certainly options, but developers are also making full use of the city’s urban landmark assets—from the historic Old Market to the Missouri River and a redeveloping North Omaha.

Take the newly constructed jLofts. The groundbreaking urban development offers an intriguing alternative for anyone who wants to live “where it’s at,“ AKA Omaha’s Old Market, base camp for some of the city’s hippest restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and art galleries.

Perhaps you’d rather your room-with-a-view overlook the Missouri River and the $22 million Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Enter Riverfront Place, a dual tower condominium and townhome project. The first tower opened to residents in 2006. The second is scheduled to open in the summer of 2011.

Midtown Omaha welcomes people who appreciate the beauty of a historic home, but it’s also bringing in the new with the massive Midtown Crossing at Turner Park, a vibrant mix of apartments, condos, restaurants and retail.

And, where racehorses once ran, people are now working, shopping, living and playing—all without ever having to move their cars. It is the beauty of Aksarben Village, another of the city’s new mixed-used developments.

In North Omaha, what look like 10 new residences are actually signs of the revitalization that is underway. The community celebrated the grand opening of the “Live and Work Townhomes“ in the Long School neighborhood in November 2009. “The Long School townhomes strike an impressive profile on the 24th Street corridor and are another example of the economic investment taking place in North Omaha,“ said Ed Cochran, executive director of the Chamber’s North Omaha Development Project.

No matter your lifestyle, Greater Omaha offers a place to suit your taste, built on a solid economic foundation. In 2009, Forbes.com named Omaha one of “America’s 25 Strongest Housing Markets.“

An Ever-Expanding Roster for Retirees

In Greater Omaha, our schools, colleges and universities help transform students into qualified young professionals. Our diverse collection of large and small businesses allows them to develop and progress year after year, decade after decade. Then, when the work is done and it’s time to experience the rest of life, Greater Omaha, again, comes through with an array of options, an ever-expanding roster of quality retirement communities, care facilities and services.

Skyline Retirement Community, for one, is firmly rooted on that roster. For more than four decades “Omaha’s original continuing care community“ has been offering independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care and therapy services on one campus. Skyline has made significant investment, recently, in the remodeling, redecorating and upgrading of its assisted living units and skilled health center. It is also developing a secured memory-impaired center for seniors with more intense memory care needs.

Newer to the metro are senior living communities like Parsons House on Eagle Run and Brighton Gardens of Omaha. Since 1999, Parsons House has been building on a commitment to provide the best in assisted living and memory care services. Brighton Gardens, located in the heart of the city, also provides a continuum of care services including apartment-style assisted living and two dementia units specializing in early and advance stages of care.

There is no need to give up an independent lifestyle to enjoy maintenance-free living. With up to 1,800 square feet, Bloomfield Forum has some of the largest apartment homes available for retirees in Omaha. As a fully independent living community, Bloomfield Forum also features a flexible meal plan where food costs are not part of the monthly rent. Residents have the option of cooking on their own or enjoying a chef-prepared meal in the dining room.

Immanuel Communities is considered one of Nebraska’s premier senior living and senior care providers. It operates several independent and assisted living communities in Omaha, Papillion and Lincoln. Bellevue-based Hillcrest Health Systems also manages a family of facilities that includes Hillcrest Health & Rehab and Hillcrest Country Estates, the company’s newest 44-acre retirement community.

In-home assistance and care options also abound in Greater Omaha for older adults who choose to stay in their own surroundings. Companies like Home Instead Senior Care, founded in Omaha in 1994, and Right at Home, Inc., founded here in 1995, both specialize in a variety of elder care services, whether it’s help and companionship for a homebound parent or a respite for family members caring for an ailing loved one.

As the nation’s baby boomers transition into retirement, Greater Omaha is well prepared to cater to the full spectrum of older adults.

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