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Renting & Buying Historic Homes

Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 2:59pm. 3682 Views, 0 Comments.

It's the mystery, history, and romance attached to historic homes that many people find attractive. For some people, renting a historical home is a good option. While renting a historic mansion is not without its challenges, it is certainly a good option for people who are unable to buy a mansion or historic home.

Whether you want to rent or buy a historic home, you will find useful information and links in this post.


Renting Historic Homes

Unoccupied historic homes often require caretakers to help protect the home against weather, pest damage, vandalism, and fire. Sometimes societies, private organizations, or programs administered by cities will pay for the upkeep of the home and provide the caretaker with rent free accommodations within the…

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Omaha’s Gold Coast Historic District

Friday, August 31st, 2012 at 4:49pm. 6876 Views, 0 Comments.

Italian Renaissance Revival Statue

Located in Midtown Omaha, the Gold Coast Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. According to the Gold Coast Historic District Preservation Association, 357 properties have historical significance in this area.

The Gold Coast Historic District is comprised of Blackstone, Cathedral, and Joslyn Castle. These neighborhoods reflect the housing styles of the times, including Tudor Revival, Classical Revival, Italian Renaissance Revival, Victorian Eclectic, Prairie Style, and Jacobethan Revival.

Gold Coast Location

The Gold Coast District is comprised of roughly 30 blocks between 36th, 40th, Jones, and Cuming Streets.

History of the Gold Coast District

During the 1920s, Omaha's Gold Coast was a social…

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Home Buying: A Home Features Checklist

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 4:18pm. 4279 Views, 0 Comments.

Deciding to buy a home is a huge financial decision. Once credit checks have been done and a price limit has been set, many people relax, thinking the rest (touring different homes and picking one) will be easy. But is difficult to rely on memory alone for keeping track of the features of even a few homes. It is also difficult not to be swayed into thinking that one very appealing feature in a home can make up for a lack of other features that you wanted.

Eat-in KitchenBefore looking at any homes, it is a good idea to go through the following checklist and decide what features are important to you. Make sure you identify which features you must have and which features you would like, but could live without. Stick to your original features list and only let your…

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Hard-to-Sell Homes

Friday, August 3rd, 2012 at 1:32pm. 4017 Views, 0 Comments.

No home owner wants to hear that their home is considered a hard-to-sell home; fewer still, will be be the first to admit that their home might fall into this category. The good news is that no home is really "unsalable" - it is just a matter of presenting the right offer at the right asking price.

What Is a Hard-to-Sell Home?

hard-to-sell_home_361Hard-to-sell homes are generally homes with a feature, or combination of features, that most people find disagreeable. Usually these features that are unlikeable would cost a great deal to fix, require a lot of work, or are unfixable. Sometimes it is not a matter of what your home has, but rather what your home lacks.

Homes that are difficult to sell, may have old kitchens with out-of-date plumbing, fixtures, and…

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The Most Colorful Event in Omaha, NE

Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 5:43pm. 2576 Views, 0 Comments.

Earlier this month, Omahans participated in an amazing and extremely colorful event. This event was so popular, it drew hundreds (if not thousands) of people out onto the streets of Omaha.

Color Me Rad Run

Perhaps the most incredible and most colorful 5K-run ever organized, this race is organized throughout the year in many cities across the nation.

The people of Omaha definitely ran in style on July 8, 2012. Color Me Rad is a run that puts a smile on everyone's face.

The race started at 9am when runners were sprayed with bombs of colored corn starch. At four different stations along the way, runners were sprayed with more colored cornstarch. When the race was over, participants celebrated with a "final throw" in which clouds of color exploded above them,…

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Top Five Most Popular Omaha Neighborhoods

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 at 2:32pm. 26602 Views, 0 Comments.

downtown_omaha_380Both the public and the private schools in Omaha's most popular neighborhoods receive excellent ratings from parents.


Benson is a historic neighborhood in North Omaha. Students attend Benson West Elementary School, Monroe Middle School, and Benson High School.

Throughout Benson, there are numerous live music venues and a main street with businesses, a post office, and a library. Gallagher Park is located within Benson at 2936n North 52nd Street.

Additional popular attractions include eclectic stores, excellent restaurants and cafes, a Farmers Market on Saturdays, and a Community Center that is used for events, activities, and classes. These attractions are all within walking distance of available parking. View Benson homes for…

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Omaha Mansions - Where the Stars Stay in Omaha

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 3:06pm. 11754 Views, 0 Comments.

decorations_in_historical_omaha_mansions_387Quite simply, Omaha has some of the most beautiful mansions and castles in Nebraska. Even celebrities and stars frequent these Omaha mansions and castles for the best food, entertainment, and accommodations.

If you are looking for a luxurious, historical mansion that oozes style and grace, consider Omaha's finest mansions and castles.

The Cornerstone Mansion

Located at 140 North 39th Street, the Cornerstone Mansion is the only historic inn in Omaha. Years ago, this fabulous home was known as the Offutt House. With over 10,000 square feet of living space, the original owners spared no expense when building the Cornerstone Mansion in 1894.

Offering seven guest rooms, the mansion is now run by Innkeepers and has served as a Bed and Breakfast…

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"Cohousing" Concept Proposed for Villas at Creekside in Papillion

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 at 5:38pm. 3046 Views, 0 Comments.


A multigenerational "cohousing" concept is being explored for a new subdivision in Papillion. The first of its kind in the Omaha Metro area, this proposed community would be built on the site of Villas at Creekside if the current managers and creditors agree to the sale. The local developer, Jack Round, will be presenting his concept to the City Council, hoping to gain their support as well.

Although a "cohousing" concept is new to the Omaha metro area, Round says the project would be similar to other cohousing communities nationwide. His proposed village would combine the privacy of individual homes with energy-saving living. Residents would own their own homes and have access to facilities such as a shared house for meetings, guest rooms,…

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Waterfront Homes in Omaha

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 at 3:05pm. 4914 Views, 0 Comments.

lake_front_homeWaterfront homes and properties can be hard to find in Omaha. The following subdivisions feature waterfront homes, waterview homes, and many homes that are within close proximity to lakes, rivers, or creeks.

Riverfront Place

With sweeping views of the Missouri River, these condos offer unmatched luxury and comfort. Riverfront Place offers Tower residences and Townhome residences. The Towers feature expansive windows and large balconies. Tower I has twelve different floor plans ranging in size from just over 1,000 square feet to almost 3,000 square feet of living space. Tower II offers seventeen floor plans ranging in size from 929 square feet to almost 4,000 square feet. Townhome Residences come in two styles that are both 2,608 square feet and…

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Have You Met Mark Hopkins?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 at 1:58pm. 1590 Views, 0 Comments.

Mark_HopkinsMark Hopkins can offer you far more than your regular real estate agent or home builder can.

For over ten years, Mark has represented new construction buyers. With almost two decades of custom home building experience, Mark knew how to best support and represent his clients.

In 2010, Mark started Marque Custom Builders LLC so that he could offer his clients an unforgettable, truly special, one on one building experience. It comes as no surprise that Marque Custom Builders has been a great success.

If you are looking for peace of mind and continual involvement in the construction of your new home, Mark Hopkins comes highly recommended.

To set up a time for a new home "vision" consultation, call Mark at 402.490.5900 or email…

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