Columbus

Columbus Ohio Real Estate Guide
Population: Columbus 787,033 est. – Franklin County

The Columbus Ohio Real Estate market offers a variety of residential homes, new construction, condos and investment property to accommodate most budgets and lifestyles. Old Columbus neighborhoods such as the Brewery District, Clintonville, German Village, Italian Village, Merion Village, Olde Town East, Schumacher Place, Short North and Victorian Village are being restored and have become increasingly popular with professionals seeking an urban lifestyle with a convenient commute or bus ride to Downtown Columbus Ohio. Many homes for sale in these areas were built in the early 1900’s and offer character, charm and beautiful woodwork common to that era.

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Schools

Columbus Schools

A return to neighborhood school assignments and the passage of a school operating levy has helped spark the first significant increase in enrollment for Columbus Public Schools in over 20 years, a sign that the city is becoming more attractive to families. Columbus City has a total of 66 elementary, four K-6 STEM, five K-8, 21 middle and 24 High Schools, within these schools are various alternative and year-round programs. Columbus City Schools also offers the Success Works Academy, which is an alternative education program that serves the needs of the district’s students who are disruptive with chronic/intense behavior problems. Columbus City Schools received a “Continuous Improvement” rating on the Columbus City Schools district report card for 2011-2012.

In 2002, Columbus City launched the 21st Century Learning Environment Master Plan. Under Segments 1 and 2 of this initiative, 34 district schools, serving 17,000 students, have either been replaced, renovated or expanded as part of an effort to foster increased achievement by providing appropriate accommodations for students and academic programs. Segment 3, currently underway, is focusing on ten more schools.

Several large public school districts can be found in Central Ohio suburbs, some having excellent reputations with school district report cards to prove it. There are also several notable private schools, both religious and secular.

Columbus is home to the third largest university campus in the U.S., the Ohio State University. Also located in Columbus are Capital University, and its notable law school, Central Ohio Technical College, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus State Community College, DeVry, Franklin University, Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Ohio Dominican, Ohio Wesleyan and Otterbein College.

Parks & Recreation

Columbus Parks & Recreation

There are two park systems, which furnish Columbus with beautiful scenery, sports fields, pools, opportunities for physical and mental activity and much more. Within Columbus, there is the Columbus Recreation & Parks Department and within surrounding communities, there is the Metro Parks system.

Community Events & Attractions

Columbus Community Events & Attractions

Downtown Columbus is home to the Columbus Museum of Art housing collections of European and American art up to early modernism, Franklin Park Conservatory host of 1992’s Ameriflora expedition and a scale replica of the Santa Maria commemorating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. Columbus is also home to the renown science musem, Center of Science and Industry (COSI), as well as the Ohio Historical Society museum. The Ohio State University hosts its own museums and exhibits, including the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame located in the Schottenstein Center, home of OSU’s basketball and hockey games.

Located next to one another are the famous Columbus Zoo, which is directed by Jack Hanna, who makes frequent appearances on national television such as the Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman, and the Columbus Zoo Outdoor Waterpark Zoombezi Bay.

Sports & Entertainment

Columbus Sports & Entertainment

By far, the team attracting the most attention in Columbus is the Ohio State Buckeyes, 2002 NCAA football National Champs. Another longstanding the Columbus Clippers is the Triple-A farm team of the Cleveland Indians. Newer to the Columbus sports scene are the Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer) and the Columbus Blue Jackets (National Hockey League).

Two major annual events are the Arnold Sports Festival, a fitness exposition held in late February hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the American Quarter Horse Congress, held in October. Columbus also hosts various food, cultural, art and music festivals throughout the year.

Arts & Music

Columbus Arts & Music

Columbus’ major concert venues include the Nationwide Arena, also home to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Schottenstein Center. Medium sized venues hosting musical, as well as theatrical, performances include the Capitol Theater, Ohio Theater, Palace Theater (home of the Columbus Syphony Orchestra), Southern Theater and Veteran’s Memorial Hall.

PromoWest Productions operates well-known local venues that offer a more intimate setting for musical performances, such as the LC, Basement, A & R Music Bar and Newport Music Hall. Newport is known as “America’s longest continually running rock club.”

Business

Columbus Business

The headquarters of several large businesses are located throughout Columbus and Central Ohio. Nationwide Insurance and Huntington Bancshares are headquartered in Downtown Columbus. Located in Dublin are the headquarters for Cardinal Health and Wendy’s International Inc. Limited Brands, the parent company of retailers Victoria’s Secret, Victoria’s Secret PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, is located on the east side of Columbus, while retail headquarters for Too Inc. and Abercrombie and Fitch can be found in the New Albany area. Also headquartered in Columbus are White Castle, Bob Evans, American Electric Power and Worthington Industries.

Along with these headquarters are corporations that have a major presence in Central Ohio. J.P. Morgan Chase which merged with Bank One in 2004, has a major hub in Columbus. Budweiser, McGraw-Hill, Chemical Abstracts and UPS also have major operations here. Honda has its North America plant in Marysville, northwest of Columbus.

Transportation

Columbus Transportation

Though Columbus does not have a metro, or other form of rail system, it does have an extensive public bus service called COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority). Airports servicing Columbus include Port Columbus International, Rickenbacker Inland Port, Bolton Field and Don Scott Airport (run by OSU).

History

Columbus History

The city of Columbus was founded in 1812 and has served as the capital for Ohio since 1816. Columbus has gradually grown into the most populous city in the state of Ohio, with over 787,000 people in the city limits as of the 2010 Census. Helping to facilitate this population growth has been the city’s tremendous land area expansion. Annexation has enabled the city to grow from 39.9 square miles in 1950 to over 225.9 square miles today. Columbus is the county seat for Franklin County, while also extending into Delaware, Fairfield and Licking counties.

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Columbus OH Real Estate Sales Values

>#SFM Homes Sold >Lowest Price >Average Price >Highest Price
2005 5646 6,500 $116,203 $1,422,319
2006 5499 $5,000 $113,879 $1,755,000
2007 5125 $500 $105,425 $1,500,000
># of Condos Sold >Lowest Price >Average Price >Highest Price
2005 1328 $9,300 $141,432 $1,200,000
2006 1432 $5,000 $149,658 $1,820,000
2007 1467 $7,250 $162,480 $1,099,999