At the confluence of the Platte and Missourri Rivers, just southeast of Omaha, lies the suburban community of Bellevue, Nebraska. A variety of housing is available here, from affordable bungalows adjacent to the Air Force base, to lakeside homes at the south end of the city. Neighborhoods in the town are made up almost exclusively of single family residences, and the city is known for its family-friendly atmosphere. Home prices are affordable, even for those dwellings situated on larger lots.
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Opportunities for family recreation abound in Bellevue. Over 600 acres of parkland offer trails, playgrounds, sporting fields and more. The many miles of paved trails are great for a family bike ride, or an evening stroll. College Heights Park and Everett Park, among others, are popular for little league sporting events. Gilbert park offers both a swimming and wading pool, along with a playground, picnic area and basketball courts. Offutt Air Force Base, which is greatly responsible for the growth of the area, occupies a large space within the city limits and employs many residents.
The northeast end of the city is bordered by the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, where residents can hike, explore and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding hills. Construction on the new Raptor Woodland Refuge is ongoing and will provide a facility for the conservation efforts of the local raptor recovery program. The Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area is a popular destination for hunters and anglers. Sarpy County Museum, run by volunteers and near the base, offers insight into the history of the area. Several golf courses are clustered in the center of the city boundaries, and the sport is popular among civilians and military residents. Those seeking a night out need only travel 15 minutes into downtown Omaha to enjoy big city sights, shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Bellevue is a progressive community that maintains a friendly, Midwestern charm and has a multitude of recreational opportunities and affordable housing.