Crete NE Real Estate, Crete area and Community Information

Crete, Nebraska, is a community of about 7,000 residents in Saline County. Crete is located southwest of the state capital of Lincoln. Crete Municipal Airport is just east of town. Crete is the home of Doane College, the oldest four-year liberal arts institution in the state. The 300-acre campus includes a number of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Jesse Bickle and his family settled along the Big Blue River in 1863. They soon learned that higher ground provided a better location for a new two-room cabin, so they moved soon thereafter. In the early days, settlers decided to file homestead claims here on the fertile land along the Big Blue River. The profusion of maple trees along the river resulted in the town initially being named Mapleton. When Bickle platted the town in 1870, he renamed it Blue River City. It was ultimately named Crete, after a community of the same name in Illinois.

Parks and Recreation

The 96-acre Tuxedo Park is the largest of Crete's parks. It is located on the Blue River in the northwest part of town. It includes lighted volleyball courts, baseball diamonds, horseshoe pits and picnic facilities. A hiking trail becomes a cross-country ski trail in the winter.

Olive Creek Lake State Park is set on the shore of a reservoir that is 1.2 miles long. The lake offers over four miles of shoreline. Boating is allowed, although the speed limit is 5 mph. This nearby state facility offers those with Crete NE homes good recreational opportunities, including hiking and picnicking.

Attractions and Activities

The Benne Memorial Museum is open during parts of the Riverside Music Festival. This annual event offers a total of 22 hours of bluegrass, country and classical music in mid-July. Experience the feeling created by the Grand Old Opry in its earliest days. Enjoy the unique sound of German and Czech bands. The festival is held at the Jesse C. Bickle farmstead.


Crete's Winterlude Festival is an annual event held in early December. The many activities include breakfast with Santa, the community tree lighting ceremony, the holiday arts and crafts show, a photography contest, a 5k "Jingle Bell Jog" and a host of special children's activities. The unique Winterlude Golf Open is worth experiencing. Crete's Historical Home & Holiday Light Tour is also held at this time.

Crete NE real estate ranges from quaint 1920s-era bungalows to modern Crete NE homes in the country. The newer homes for sale in Crete often include energy efficient construction that can save on heating and cooling costs. The more historic Crete homes for sale are often meticulously maintained and updated.

The Wolf Professional Realty PC Team can note your preferences as they seek to identify the ideal real estate in Crete for you to consider. A potential Crete home buyer will find that the relative stability of Crete real estate means that only a modest number of Crete properties will be available at any one time. The Wolf Professional Realty PC Team can always watch for properties about to enter the market.
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