A wide variety of housing, from multi-million-dollar farm estates, to historic residences built in the latter 1800s and early 1900s, is available in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Neighborhoods built on a grid make up the historic section of town on the west side, where immaculately restored residences abound. On the east side of the city, newer subdivisions offer single family housing in many floorplans and styles. There are options in every size and price range throughout the municipality and those looking for value at a good price will find many options to choose from.
While technically a city in Iowa, Council Bluffs is actually a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska and lies a short nine miles to the East of downtown. Named for a famous meeting between the Lewis and Clark with the Otoe Native Americans, the area is rich with history of natives and settlers alike. The Historic General Dodge House, monuments to the explorers and a Railroad museum all offer residents a chronicle of the past. A bowling alley, a family fun center, several clubs and a diversity of stores and shops are clustered along the highway six corridor and scattered throughout the rest of town.
Outdoor recreational opportunities abound with Lake Manawa State Park at the south end of the city and over 25 parks within the municipality. The state park is a popular destination for fishing, swimming, boating, hiking and camping. Downtown you will find Bayliss Park & Vetrans Plaza, which is a popular venue for city-wide gatherings, due to its permanent stage and performance space. There are also several memorials, a fountain and a "touchable" art display for the kids to enjoy. Big city shopping, dining and entertainment can all be found in downtown Omaha, just a short drive away. A variety of affordable housing, many amenities and recreational opportunities make Council Bluffs a desirable suburban area.