Heyen Real Estate Blog | Omaha and Lincoln Nebraska

Warm Cider, Fall's Crisp Welcome, and Time-Tested Tradition: Vala's Pumpkin Patch

Celebrated author Jane Hirshfield poignantly claimed that “The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.” This fall all of us here at Flatwater Realty understand that it has been a trying season at best, and many of you are anxious for a safe and crisp excursion outdoors to stretch your legs and find the ultimate way to ring in one of the most special times of the year.

Vala's has long been a tradition for many Lincoln and Omaha-area families, and this year marks a very exciting...

Getting By With the Help of High-Tech Friends: A Sampling of Super Cool Gadgets for a New House

Moving into a new house is undeniably one of the most exciting times in anyone's life, and all of us here at Flatwater Realty will be the first to tell you that it gets even better with added goodies for comfort inside! We love the throwback vibe of simplicity, and there is nothing better than a room with comfortable furniture, a healthy dose of light, and a bit of a minimalist vibe. Especially over the last decade, we have noticed just how much the gadgets available to make your life easier and more comfortable in your new house have grown from “slightly interesting” to “off-the-charts amazing”!


Upscale and Delectable While Remaining Perfectly Accessible: Sebastian's Table

The Ground Up Restaurants family are the local culinary connoisseurs who also operate Honest Abe's Burgers and Freedom, which tops nearly every “best burger” list locally without even breaking a sweat. The gem that is Sebastian's began its Star City journey situated downtown near 14th and P in November of 2015. It was the “best thing since sliced bread” on weekends, but the weekdays didn't always draw those with the taste for Tapas-influenced greatness that the establishment offers.

The decision was made to turn that location into a downtown...

Coming Soon to a Silver-Screen Inspired Lot Near You: Quasar Drive-In Theater

Our media specialist here at Flatwater admitted to us that he is old enough to remember when he would ride his bicycle by the drive-in movie theater as a child and see greats such as “Raiders of The Lost Ark” and “The Empire Strikes Back” flickering invitingly into the warm evening air. Well-versed novelists such as S.E. Hinton heavily incorporated drive-in culture into classic books such as “The Outsiders”, where the group of high schoolers paraded in with their cars full of buddies in hopes of perhaps finding a special sweetheart while the sounds of the film crackled through the car radio.


Identifying and Eliminating the Unwanted: Homeowner's Basics of Pest Control

Are you a brand new homeowner that is a bit uncertain where to start in the pest control process? Here at Flatwater Realty, we took a close look at all of our options for pest control professionals before selecting Premiere Pest Control as our area specialist and full-time advisor. They have been the best from day one at analyzing an approach, being prompt, and always being reliable. Having a smooth home inspection and detailed report on what needs to be done in the pest category will give you confidence while waiting for closing day!

One of the first crucial steps is to determine...

Keeping Your Lawn Healthy During Summer's End: Sensible Tips + 3 Area Lawn Pros

What is usually the most sultry and hottest time of year in Omaha, August can seem very still and bestow blazing temps across your beloved lawn! One of your home's best features could be at risk of being overcooked, as the bright sun may begin to wreak havoc on your garden and grass alike. There is never a shortage of things to do in the yard during August, and the early morning or late evening may be the most comfortable.

Here are some of the important tasks to consider to keep things healthy and looking just the way you want them!

  • Prepare for grass seed lain in fall by removing weeds, choosing your seed type, and leveling low spots.
  • Dethatch and aerate your lawn.
  • If there has been ample rainfall, fertilize the lawn
  • One of the most useful tips out there is for the mower: keep the blade to its highest...

A Slice of Naturally-Carved Trails and Solace on The West Side: Zorinsky Lake

This is the area of Omaha that was just a few decades ago “far out”, and now still retains the pleasant element of spaciousness! There are more than 255 aces here with modern playgrounds, baseball diamonds, soccer and football fields, hiking and biking trails, and a fishing dock. Near 156th and Industrial Road, this is the perfect respite from the sprawling retail areas close by and a wide-open space to come for an organized sporting event or just a spur-of-the-moment...

The “On the go” Taste Trio Concocting More to Come: Trucks And Taps

The quite knowledgeable and well-versed Anthony Bourdain once said about truck food: “The more street food we have, the more it's embraced by every income strata, the better world we have.” The mouth-watering history of the American food truck dates back to the late 1800s, with the introduction of the “Chuck Wagon” making its way down the road to feed cattlemen and wagon trains then traversing the old West. Sausage vendors sold their wares just outside the student dorms at universities such as Harvard and Yale during the 1890s, and the quickness and ease of “pop-up” food were then recognized but didn't come back in a major way for some time.


Ditching Hotels for a Larger Domain: 3 Available Airbnb Stays in Omaha

By October of 2013, a startup that was the brainchild of two San Francisco roommates had greeted 9,000,000 guests since they first introduced their company. Nearly 250,000 properties were added that year offering those browsing the web more choices, and ultimately providing places to stay that were much more ideal for some then a hotel room. There is something about wheeling in your carry-on from the airport and settling in a furnished apartment or home that is more appealing to some than what feels like a “bare-bones” lodging location.

To be fair, corporate suites and the like have really improved...

The Hunt for Provisions of Mouthwatering Crust: Lincoln's 3 Best Spots for Pizza

We know as we go about our lives during these rapidly-changing times that we are always satisfied to conquer the quest to find food that “brings about a sense of comfort”! Pizza has long been a staple, special treat, and weekend kickoff type of fare that always brings people together. Some people think it may be Chicago's influence just to the East, some think that it's because with such great meat sources right here it was bound to happen: Lincoln, Nebraska is NOT on the list of cities that have pizza that doesn't measure up to par.

It is exciting to provide a close-up look at what are the three top places...