Rare Retreat in West Omaha

Tucked away in the serene locale along the Elkhorn River on Skyline Drive, there lies a midcentury modern home that is anything but ordinary. Built in 1978, this 7,000-square-foot home showcases its vibrant character through architectural details that have stood the test of time. The property’s unique design along with its secluded location and picturesque views led Michael Maley, realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate, and his business partner to purchase the home in 2022 with the intent to offer a one-of-a-kind Airbnb experience in west Omaha. 

Neither Maley nor his business partner were new to the Airbnb scene so they knew what elements to look for in a property. The duo’s intuition served them well, as the home has been ranked among the top revenue producing Airbnbs in the state. “There weren’t a lot of bigger Airbnbs in Omaha and we loved the overall vibe of the home,” Maley said. “We didn’t have to change a whole lot on the inside and wanted to maintain its cool style. I don’t think people want to stay in just a typical home—they want to stay somewhere fun and different. This property allows people to have an experience while they are there.” 

While some assume an Airbnb must be in downtown Omaha or Midtown, Maley said that can limit who will choose to stay there. Some of Maley’s guests have visited for the College World Series or the Berkshire Hathaway convention, but most—due to the home’s suburban location—have been large groups who gather for a celebration or vacation. “There are a lot of people who come to Omaha who don’t even go downtown,” Maley said. “There’s been a ton of different guests who have stayed in the house. It’s been really cool for me to see that.”

Prior to purchasing the property, Maley found that the top three missing components in the Omaha Airbnb market were privacy, views, and a hot tub. This home featured all those elements and more. From the rooftop deck equipped with a fire pit to the movie theater room, this home was built for entertaining. “Everything is very oversized in the home,” Maley said. “There are two family rooms, two eating areas, a huge kitchen, three decks with phenomenal views of the Elkhorn River, and multiple levels so everyone can have privacy.”

The five-bedroom, five-bathroom property can sleep up to 16 people, deeming it an ideal spot for family reunions, wedding parties, and more. Although the home has been used as an Airbnb for the past two years, it was a single-family home for the entirety of its existence prior. Maley shared, “The home is very versatile with an extremely broad buyer pool. Not only is it a great opportunity for someone who is looking to own an Airbnb, but it would be perfect for any family or individuals, including empty nesters or a bachelor.”

Situated in the center of the Elkhorn School District, the home offers the privacy and distance from the hustle and bustle that many long for while simultaneously being close enough to easily access any nearby amenities. The calm location also offers close-up views of wildlife and sunsets that are frequently spotted from one of the many windows in the home. “It truly feels like a secluded tree house with a great view from any angle,” Maley said. “You feel like you are by yourself in nature and no one can bother you. There are no neighbors behind the home, and that makes the property incredibly rare. It’s a house that people love to show off and share with others.” 

According to Maley, the home has a history of being well-loved by all who enter. “We’ve heard stories from neighbors that the homeowner who lived here previously loved to entertain and was often hosting friends and family. We hope that the property continues to be enjoyed and is used as a place to entertain or unwind.” 

For more information or to schedule a private showing, contact Michael Maley, realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate, at 402-981-7400.

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