What is it about this old building that made me want to buy and live here? That is the question I have been asking myself since we have been working on this website.
Ten years ago my husband Ray and I were looking to buy our first home. No, we were not newlyweds, we were in fact “oldyweds.” My husband is clergy and so housing had always been provided for us by the church. Even our time in Africa came with housing. So we were looking for homes in our price range, and we wanted to be in the midtown area.
A couple of years before this we had moved to Omaha for Ray to do some postgraduate study. After completion, he was offered a job, so that made the move here permanent. We had been renting an apartment in the midtown area and liked being surrounded by colleges, medical facilities, churches, and easy access to downtown. We greatly enjoyed the farmer’s market, the theaters, riverfront, and all the amenities the Old Market had to offer. Also, my work at that time required lots of travel and we loved being minutes away from the airport.
My husband made appointments with the realtor, and after seeing several homes in the area, we drove up to 3000 Farnam. My first thought was, “well, this won’t take long.” The north tower was still standing, and it was not very welcoming. As we started the tour, I again thought, “this won’t take long.” We had been looking at homes, not communal living and this seemed like some kind of an apartment building. I didn’t think this could be what we wanted.
Then we got in the unit. It was badly in need of updating and it seemed like it would be a lot of work. And really, we were looking for a home. However, since we were here, we figured we might as well look around. We kept making discoveries. We loved the windows. We loved the view. But could this really be what we want?
We kept looking at homes, but we also kept talking about 3000 Farnam. Maybe we would like living in a condo. We had just not ever thought about that as an option. And we started to think about what the advantages might be to that kind of a lifestyle. So we came back to look some more.
Now we were seeing potential. We already knew we liked midtown. We really loved the view from the seventh floor. The building seemed safe and secure. The underground parking garage would make bringing in luggage and groceries easy. We met some would-be neighbors. Being right off I-480 would make it easy for out of town family to visit. So we bought it, moved in, and began making it our home.
Now we really love living here and being a part of this community of friendly people. The Midtown Crossing development has given new life to the whole of midtown. Movies and groceries are just a short walk away. It's easy to have John cut my hair at Garbo’s Salon. There are many choices to eat out or just to shop, literally right across the street.
And we appreciate our building’s history, enjoy its present, and anticipate its future. We are at home in the heart of the city. We are indeed living the good life.