German Village

German Village Ohio Real Estate Guide
Population: 3,360 est. – Franklin County

The German Village Historic District, is a charming, pedestrian-friendly urban community in Columbus Ohio, known for it’s extensive brick buildings and streets, wrought iron fences, beautiful gardens and historic Schiller Park. Founded by German immigrants in the 1800’s, the footprint of German Village is similar today as it was then, with a unique mix of commercial and residential buildings and bricked streets.

German Village home values remain high due to its ideal central location, unique architecture, charming shops, restaurants and historic characteristics not found anywhere else in Central Ohio. It’s not hard to imagine why German Village has been voted BEST NEIGHBORHOOD IN COLUMBUS! While I am proud to be an American citizen, having been born in Germany, I am also proud of my German heritage. So, I do have a special fondness in my heart for the German Village area.

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German Village Schools

Columbus City Schools, which educates German Village students, received a “Continuous Improvement” rating on their district report card for 2011-2012. A return to neighborhood school assignments and 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 also offers the Success Works Academ,y which is an alternative education program that serves the needs of the district’s students who are disruptive with chronic/intense behavior problems.

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.

There are also three religious schools located in the German Village area; St. Mary Elementary School, St. Paul Lutheran School and Southeast Christian Academy.

Parks & Recreation

German Village Parks & Recreation

German Village residents enjoy two neighborhood parks Frank Fetch Park and Schiller Park. Schiller Park, one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in Columbus Ohio, is home to the Actor’s Theatre, which performs Shakespeare and other outdoor dramas in the Park every summer. The Actors Theatre has been voted “Best Live Theater” in Columbus. The Schiller Park Community Center offers various recreational programs as well as provides facilities for athletic, fitness and art activities.

For the garden/floral enthusiast, the German Village Garten Club provides community and educational opportunities in a historical setting.

Community Events & Attractions

German Village Community Events & Attractions

German Village is host to some unique community events. In May Columbus’ largest yard sale, Village Valuables, takes place in German Village. There will be over 100 different yard sales throughout the German Village and when you’re done shopping, stop in at the Bier Garten to unwind. The Haus & Garten Tour in June allows the community to get a deeper look at German Village. Guests can explore the 12 tour locations at their own pace, while stopping to enjoy the gardening demonstrations, shopping for unique home and garden accessories in the Marketplatz and watching members of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society paint their masterpieces for the annual watercolor competition.

One can not only find top rated restaurants, such as the German Village Coffee Shop, Katzinger’s Deli and Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, in German Village, but also some exciting night life in the Brewery District, bordering the West edge of German Village.

German Village Business Rated Best in Columbus

German Village Business

German village is filled with shops, restaurants, galleries and services of all kinds. Check out area businesses, then come visit in person.

Many German Village establishments have earned the “BEST OF COLUMBUS” honor by “Columbus Monthly Magazine.” Barcelona has been voted best Outdoor Dining, Thurman Cafe the best Hamburger and Pistacia Vera the best Gumdrops and Desserts in Columbus. The Book Loft has been voted the best bookstore in Columbus Ohio and it’s not hard to understand why. The Book Loft is an old-fashioned book store featuring over 32 rooms filled with books for all ages and interests.

Columbus Alive announced the results of its annual “Best Of” survey and these German Village businesses won: Barcelona – Best Patio and Tapas Restaurant, Cup O’ Joe – Best Coffeehouse, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – Best Ice Cream, Katzinger’s – Best Sandwiches, Pistacia Vera – Best Dessert, Roosters – Best Wings, Thurman Cafe – Best Burger. Lindey’s, Schiller Park, and G. Michael’s were also cited among the best that Columbus has to offer. The Columbus Dispatch also cited Barcelona and Lindey’s Restaurants as Top 10 Restaurants in Columbus! German Village truly has some of the finest dining available in Columbus Ohio.


German Village History

German immigrants settled German Village in the mid 1800’s, these settlers built the brick homes that are the neighborhood’s hallmark. The historic character of German Village is rooted in its brick streets, unique combination of exquisitely restored homes, quaint shops, fine restaurants, renowned art galleries, antique shops, preserved commercial space and unique architectural details. Recognizing its uniqueness, the American Planning Association, designated German Village as one of Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America of 2011. This award honors a community’s authentic architecture, parks and engaged citizens.

Once an urban renewal project, residents persuaded Columbus City Council in the 1960s to create the German Village Historical District. Established as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, German Village is one of the largest privately-funded historical areas in the U.S. The 233-acre, 19th century German community has 1,600 private residences with over 100 shops and restaurants. The borders of German Village extend North to E. Livingston Avenue, East between Jaeger and Bruck, South between Thurman and Mithoff and West to Pearl Alley.

Brewery District
All of the areas surrounding German Village were filled with German Immigrants in the 1800’s (and we know how Germans love their beer). So it’s not surprising that one of the most active areas for business in Columbus in the 1800’s was the Brewery District. The area was home to other types of business as well, but is best known for the many breweries owned by German Families perfecting the art of brewing according to old world tradition. Two of the largest breweries were Hoster Brewery and Gambrenis Brewery. Brew Master David Foster has since revived the Gambrenis Brewery and the Hoster name has also resurfaced as a microbrewery and restaurant.

The breweries thrived for decades until the prohibition and Great Depression, which had a grave impact on the vitality of the Brewery district and overall economy of this area. However, the spirit of the German immigrants who established the area still lives on. Some of the brewery buildings were used for other business purposes and one was even used for one of the first television broadcasts in Central Ohio. Today the Brewery District is thriving once again as a business and entertainment center that spans 27 acres of vintage buildings and is home to many great restaurants and bars with an active night life scene.

The Brewery district borders German Village to the West and encompasses the area between I-70, Pearl Alley to the East, Greenlawn Avenue to the South all the way to the Scioto River/Short Street.

Schumacher Place
Schumacher Place, located just East of German Village between Livingston and Whittier, is named after a prominent family from the 1800’s who owned a dairy & farming business in this area. They also raised cattle and pigs which were brought to a major slaughter yard then located at the corner of Lathrop and Kossuth. That location is now home to the Schmidthoff Condos. Across the street was a large butcher company that supplied meat and sausage (a staple in the German’s diet), which is now home to the original Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant. Due to the smell, the area around the slaughterhouse was undesirable at the time, so not many homes were built there until the early 1900’s.

In the 1920’s, as more people were able to enjoy the use of automobiles and trucks, many of the farmers started moving further away from the city. The area was in decline from the 1940’s until the early 1960’s, as businesses left and many homes fell into disrepair. In the mid 1960’s, the City of Columbus even pondered demolition of the entire area for factories and large manufacturing. Thanks to the efforts of Frank Fetch, and a handful of others, who fought hard to save this area, German Village has not only survived, but thrived since this time.

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German Village OH Real Estate Sales Values

(Includes Homes and Condos Sold in German Village Proper – Columbus, Ohio 43206)

#SFM Homes Sold Lowest Price Average Price Highest Price
2005 96 $101,000 $351,622 $1,422,319
2006 80 $135,000 $360,980 $1,755,000
2007 93 $115,000 $360,867 $1,500,000
2008 59 $90,000 $315,335 $634,900
2009 60 $105,000 $337,709 $1,650,000
# of Condos Sold Lowest Price Average Price Highest Price
2005 21 $125,000 $231,301 $562,481
2006 16 $105,000 $193,587 $289,900
2007 17 $149,900 $233,511 $327,500
2008 8 $175,000 $248,125 $330,000
2009 11 $121,900 $190,154 $319,900