Gahanna

Gahanna Ohio Real Estate Guide
Population: 33,248 est. – Franklin County

Gahanna is one of the most popular suburbs in Central Ohio because of its ideal location, with easy access to I-270 and I-670, Downtown Columbus is about 10 minutes away. Situated between the Airport and Easton Town Center, the hottest shopping, dining and entertainment destination in Central Ohio. Gahanna has one of the best downtown areas of any Columbus suburb due to the waterfront Creekside development in Olde Gahanna. You’ll find an assortment of restaurants, pubs, coffee house, ice cream and boutique shops all situated along the beautiful water front. In summer you can enjoy live music on weekends and most of Gahanna’s festivals and events are held in the Creekside area. It’s a great place to relax, have dinner, listen to music and take a walk on the paths around the waterfront.

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Schools

Schools

The Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District consists of seven elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. Gahanna received an”Excellent” rating on their 2011-2012 district report card.

Also located in Gahanna are several renown private schools including the Columbus Academy, Gahanna Christian Academy, St. Matthews and Shepherd Christian School.

Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation

Gahanna Parks and Recreation has 700+ acres of park and recreational areas, including the Gahanna Woods State Nature Preserve. The most popular park in Gahanna is Creekside, a five acre area located in the heart of Olde Gahanna. One of Creekside’s main attractions is the Big Walnut Riverwalk, a wooded walkway that starts just south of Granville Street and heads north along Big Walnut Creek to the old fire station. While strolling along the walkway, visitors can catch a glimpse of its waterfall, beautiful in all seasons and lit up so one can enjoy the view day and night. Also located within Creekside is the Veterans Memorial Park, which seeks to honor local veterans of the U.S. miltary services.

Gahanna has numerous recreational opportunities from its 1,600 soccer leagues to small karate classes, from canoeing on one of the three creeks to listening to one of its many concerts; the possibilities are endless. The Gahanna and Hunter’s Ridge Community Pools are open to the community from May-September.

YMCA

YMCA

New in 2004, the Gahanna YMCA, offers an Olympic-size swimming pool, aerobics room, wellness center, indoor running track, children’s activity center and a gymnasium.

Golf Courses

Golf Courses

Golfers can choose the 9-hole Gahanna Public Golf Course or the Jefferson Golf & Country Club, a private golf community offering unprecedented amenities; championship golf, tennis, swimming and dining.

Community Events & Attractions

Community Events & Attractions

Olde Gahanna has over 16 historic landmarks to bring history to life in a one mile walking tour including: the John Clark House, the Log House, the Lily Stone Bed & Breakfast, a restored schoolhouse and two historical churches. When the tour is finished and you’ve worked up an appetite, dine in one of the many restaurants in Olde Gahanna. The Old Bag of Nails, a popular pub in town and the Creekside Grill, a neighborhood diner both have beautiful views of the creek and reasonably priced faire. You’ll also enjoy the quaint shops, friendly faces and welcoming atmosphere of Olde Gahanna.

Gahanna is the Herb Capital of Ohio and the hub of herb knowledge is the Herb Education Center, which disseminates information on herbs and demonstrates how to cook with them. The Rosemary Group meets monthly to discuss herbs and is responsible for beautifying the municipal gardens. The group also hosts Herb Day, a spring time festival of demonstrations and discussions about herbs, where hundreds of herbs can be purchased. Not to be confused with Herb Days, Gahanna’s Herb Festival is held on the third Saturday in May on the Herb Society’s grounds.

The Gahanna Flea Market held on the main streets of Olde Gahanna on the third Sunday in September; has more than 300 vendors peddling their wares. Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival is Gahanna’s Premier Summer Festival, bringing thousands of people to this family-oriented event. Held in June each year, this event provides some of the best Jazz and Blues bands around, great tasting food, arts & crafts and plenty of rides for the kids to enjoy. The July 4th Freedom Festival, which kicks off with a Family Fun Run, hosts various activities throughout the day until its conclusion, a fireworks display at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course. The Holiday Lights Parade is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving and is the areas only lighted parade of its kind.

Gahanna Creekside Greenflea Market

Gahanna Creekside Greenflea Market

The Olde Gahanna Community Partnership is sponsoring the Gahanna Greenflea Market – an Eco friendly Market held in the backyard of Honey Grove Botanicals, located in Olde Gahanna at 116 Mill Street, directly across the street from the Creekside Market Place. Artisans from all over Central Ohio sell a variety of green-friendly hand made arts & crafts, vintage items, re-purposed handicrafts, botanical skin care, flowers, herbs, vegetable plants, painted furniture, reclaimed barn wood furniture, alpaca wool items and more! The Gahanna Green Flea Market runs June through October, every 2nd Saturday of the month, rain or shine. Market hours are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. FREE PARKING is available in the Creekside Garage. For additional info visit: www.GahannaGreenflea.blogspot.com.

While you are there, don’t forget to stop by the other businesses in Creekside! Stop by the Bread Basket Bakery and try their yummy APPLE TURNOVER (the best, in my opinion), enjoy lunch or dinner at the Wine Guy Bar & Bistro or Mezzo’s Italian Restaurant’s beautiful outdoor dining overlooking the Creekside waterfront.

History

History

Olde Gahanna began as a settlement in 1803, soon after the State of Ohio was admitted into the Union. Before that time, the area was covered with dense forest and its main inhabitants were American Indians. The Indians called what was then known as the Big Walnut Creek River, the Gahanna River. The Gahanna River is the junction of three streams; the Big Walnut, Alum and Blacklick Creeks. By 1849, John Clark, son of the original settlers of the property, divided his family’s farm into plots and named the town Gahanna, after the river that ran next to it.

In the early 1900’s Gahanna was a lively mill town and remnants of this can still be seen in Big Walnut Creek along Mill Street. Some original buildings, recognizable by their Victorian architecture, still remain in the Mill and Granville Street area. The Olde Gahanna District was created by City Council in 1976, to preserve the city’s historical origins and local buildings on the National Registry.

Gahanna Residents Look Out For One Another

Gahanna Residents Look Out For One Another

Today, the city encourages community involvement for their city programs and community events. A spirit of volunteerism runs high in Gahanna and this contributes to the pride residents feel about their community. GRIN, a community wide, faith based organization, is committed to helping residents of the Gahanna-Jefferson school district in time of need. People look out for one another here. With well-managed growth, excellent schools and a convenient location, Gahanna has a bright future.

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Gahanna Real Estate Home Values

#SFM Homes Sold Lowest Price Average Price Highest Price
2005 436 $79,000 $212,497 $1,356,000
2006 408 $76,750 $203,674 $568,000
2007 196 $51,000 $238,000 $1,550,000
# of Condos Sold Lowest Price Average Price Highest Price
2005 115 $81,900 $190,241 $537,185
2006 104 $57,750 $199,497 $550,000
2007 71 $100,000 $208,175 $500,314