house with outdoor pool

Land of Riches

Finding a house with a view in Omaha is a rarity. Finding one with a view that sits on 100 acres is like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Which is exactly what it feels like when one follows the winding drive up the hill that leads to this property in Elkhorn. And the treasures that this home offers are considered priceless to its owners—more than 10,000 sq. ft. pool, hot tub, additional 1,500 sq. ft. guest house, and outdoor entertainment and wildlife that generations of a family can enjoy.

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When the home was built in 2000, the motivation to find ample land was twofold: the owners needed a place to train and house their field trial dogs, and they wanted a place to welcome and entertain kids and grandkids. The main property sits on 13 landscaped, manicured acres. There are 35 acres of land that is rented for farming, and another 50 acres of tall grasses in the back—perfect for the deer, turkey, pheasant, and beavers, to name a few, that enjoy the grounds as well.

Tackett Homes was the builder, and a floor plan from a design book caught the homeowners’ eye right away. The only difference was that the original plan didn’t call for a basement. But that quickly changed, and a walk-out basement was incorporated. With the basement came the home theater, exercise room, billiards room, sauna, and steam shower, as well as 1,520 sq. ft. of additional unused space that could be turned into an entire game room or additional living quarters.

The most stunning feature is the views out the windows along the west side of the house. Whether cooking a meal in the gourmet kitchen, floating on a raft in the custom pool, or sitting under the gazebo off the master bedroom watching the sunset, one can see for miles on a clear day. Coupled with the privacy that the property offers, the homeowners admit moving to less land and a smaller home will be difficult, but they look forward to downsizing to a warmer climate, although their grandkids’ favorite winter activity is being pulled on a sled behind an ATV around the grounds.

“This property is definitely for a family that wants an active lifestyle,” said Michael Maley, realtor with Berkshire  Hathaway Home Services. “It’s elegant, but still comfortable.” The entire home boasts large, open rooms with higher ceilings, including in the bedrooms. Cherry wood is prevalent throughout the home, accompanied by designer details at every turn, such as hand-carved wooden doors that lead into the office, a floor to ceiling limestone fireplace in the living room, and real gold adorning one of the main floor bathroom’s sinks and toilet.

The home offers many amenities as well, such as a Sub-Zero double refrigerator and freezer, along with a warming drawer in the kitchen, full bar off the living room both upstairs and downstairs, and a wet bar in the office. Built-in dressers are in the upstairs bedrooms, and the upstairs office also serves as a vast library. The master bedroom includes a gas fireplace and large, custom walk-in closets.

With 100 acres of land, the property lends itself perfectly to hunting. An avid hunter, the homeowner designed a trophy room off the office that feels just like a hunting lodge, complete with a stone fireplace and loft that displays years of awards from their field trials. But even if one doesn’t have an affinity for hunting, the property can serve as a private respite, but still have access to all the city conveniences. “It’s perfect for anyone looking for privacy near town, whether a family or empty nesters who want a place for relatives to visit,” Maley said. For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Maley at 402-981-7400,

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