Downtown Columbus

Downtown Columbus Ohio Real Estate Guide
Population: 12,790 est. – Franklin County

Living in Downtown Columbus is fun and convenient! You’ll find a variety of condo styles from industrial urban lofts and modern flats to classic townhomes and luxury penthouses with panoramic views. Plus you’ll enjoy nearby attractions in the Nationwide Arena District, German Village, North Market, Short North and the Scioto Mile waterfront in Downtown Columbus. In addition, the City of Columbus has tax abatements on many Downtown Columbus condo developments, to make real estate more attractive and affordable.

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Schools

Downtown Columbus Schools

Columbus Public 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 Schools has a total of 66 elementary, 4 K-6 STEM, 5 K-8, 21 middle and 24 High Schools, within these are various alternative and year-round programs. Columbus City Schools also offers the Success Works Academy, an alternative education program serving students 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 launched the 21st Century Learning Environment Master Plan. Under this initiative, some schools have been replaced, renovated or expanded as part of an effort to foster increased achievement, by providing appropriate accommodations for students and academic programs.

Downtown Columbus Private Schools
Close to Downtown Columbus are various private and religious schools including the Columbus School for Girls, St. Charles Prep School and St. Joseph Montessori School.

Downtown Columbus Colleges
Some Columbus universities can be found Downtown or nearby including: Capital University, and its notable law school, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus State Community College, DeVry, Franklin University and Mount Carmel College of Nursing.

Parks & Recreation

Downtown Columbus Parks & Recreation

Columbus Recreation & Parks, furnishes Downtown Columbus with beautiful scenery and offers abundant recreational activities. Parks and recreational opportunities include: Alexander/AEP Park, Battelle Riverfront Park, Bicentennial/Galbreath Park, Columbus Commons, Deaf School Gatehouse, Dorrian Commons Park, Downtown Dog Park, Genoa Park, McFerson Commons, North Bank Park, OhioHealth Ice Haus, Richter Worker’s Memorial Park, Scioto Mile, Sensenbrenner Park, Thurber Park, Topiary Garden/Deaf School Park.

The I-670, Olentangy and Scioto trails originate from Downtown Columbus and the Dodge Skate Park, created by Frank Hawk, father to the famed skater Tony Hawk, is also located in the area.

Many of Downtown Columbus’ events and activities are held at Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile. These parks provide an urban oasis for residents featuring a carousel, performance stage, gardens, stunning 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain, the country’s largest free outdoor climbing wall and the world’s most authentic replica of the Santa Maria.

Events & Attractions

Downtown 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; a scale replica of the Santa Maria commemorating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America; and the renown Center of Science and Industry Museum (COSI).

Many of Downtown Columbus events and activities are held at Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile. There are hundreds activities for all ages ranging from recreational kickball, outdoor fitness and yoga classes, Water Fire on the Scioto River, concerts and movie showings as well as kids’ events. Annual festivals include the: Columbus Arts, Asian, Dragon Boat Races, Greek, Jazz & Rib, Juneteenth, Latino, North Market Food & Ohio Wine, Park Street, Riverfront Arts and Soulfood Music.

The Pearl alleyway, in the heart of Downtown, offers a unique outdoor urban market from mid-May through October.

Sports & Entertainment

Downtown Columbus Sports & Entertainment

The Arena district of Downtown Columbus hosts two of Columbus’s sports teams, the Columbus Clippers is the Triple-A farm team of the Cleveland Indians and the Columbus Blue Jackets (National Hockey League).

A major annual event that occurs yearly in the Downtown area is the Arnold Sports Festival, a fitness exposition held in late February hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Arts & Music

Downtown Columbus Arts & Music

The Nationwide Arena is not only home to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but is also a major concert venue. Medium sized Downtown 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 and A & R Music Bar.

Business

Downtown Columbus Business

With Columbus being the Ohio’s capital and county seat of Franklin County, there many opportunities for government employment in Downtown Columbus with the City of Columbus, Franklin County and State of Ohio. The headquarters of various businesses including American Electric Power (AEP), Nationwide Insurance, Huntington Bancshares, State Auto Insurance and Wasserstrom are located in Downtown Columbus. Grant, Mount Carmel and, the newly renovated, Nationwide Children’s Hospital also have locations close to Downtown.

Transportation

Downtown Columbus Transportation

Though Columbus does not have a metro, or other form of rail system, it does have an extensive public bus service COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority).

Downtown Development

Downtown Columbus Development

In an effort to revitalize Downtown Columbus, the City initiated the 2002 Strategic Business Plan to build more downtown housing, improve the riverfront park system, attract and retain jobs. This plan brought a resurgence to Downtown, through public and private investment. As a result, businesses have been attracted to the area and residential growth has rebounded, for the first time since 1950.

The 2010 Downtown Columbus Strategic Plan builds on the success of the 2002 initiative by advancing a long-term framework for continued growth. The Columbus Downtown Office Incentive Program seeks to help stabilize, strengthen and increase job opportunities. Those buying a home or condo in Downtown Columbus are often eligible for tax incentives from the City of Columbus, in the form of tax abatements, which greatly reduce property taxes for several years.

The City of Columbus knows that a successful downtown will, in turn, create a more successful region that is both nationally and globally competitive.

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