Founded in 1822 when a branch of the Missouri Trading company opened, this area was named for its beauty and picturesque landscapes. Skirting the East end of the state line South of Omaha, it has become a premiere destination for the home buyer who is looking to be just South of Omaha and home of forests and bluffs. There are great nearby attractions like Manawa State park, the Great Plains Museum, Malcolm X Birth site, and the legendary Omaha Zoo. Favored widely for its’ lowered poverty level and great economic rating, this is much more than just the Cornhusker home of the military base.
Also ranked in the top 6% of people in middle class or better, Bellevue has tons of character as you access it by car from Omaha or across the river. With a population of around 50,000, it is actually the second oldest settlement in the state. With the Missouri river running to its’ East side, buyers who are just getting itchy to be away from congestion will be charmed here. The entire Fontenelle area provides an escape that is as rustic as any on the upper East Coast Area; as you cruise through here it is even reminiscent of New Hampshire or upper Massachusetts. Homeownership here is a daily pleasure of a wooded backyard that meets the bluffs; and a feeling of seclusion and outdoors not necessarily obtainable with the flatter land west of here.
Stimulated by a building boom after the Kennedy Freeway in the 1990’s and a population rise of 47%, the construction of the Bellevue Medical Center also drastically fueled growth here. The vibe here is not overtly new, and there are old trees everywhere, providing not only shade but dramatic upper end charm to properties and lots. If you choose to pull the moving truck into Bellevue, the woods and the fresh air will strike you first. As you take the Kennedy farther south, areas for fishing and getaway spots like Beaver Lake pop up, and are other everyday charms of picking Bellevue to raise a family and plant Midwestern roots. While the Base draws many of the families to Bellevue in the Beginning for economic opportunity, the wooded charm by the River wins new homebuyers over time and time again in this wonderful, quirky extension of Omaha.