Westerville Ohio Real Estate Guide
Population: 37,000 est. – Franklin & Delaware County

The City of Westerville is located just outside the I-270 loop and east of I-71, 15 miles northeast of Downtown Columbus. You can also easily access Interstate 670 to get to the Port Columbus airport within 15 minutes. Westerville’s location is ideal as it is close to the most popular dining, shopping and entertainment destinations in Central Ohio. Easton Town Center and Polaris Fashion Place are both within a 10-15 minute drive.

Westerville, Ohio is proud to be named one of the top 50 “Best Places to Live” by CNN’s Money Magazine. Westerville ranked 15 out of 100 on Money Magazine’s 2009 list of America’s Best Small Towns. Residents are pleased with the city’s focus on education, low crime rate, high safety standards, its commercial trade and a strong sense of community. The City of Westerville has long been popular with young, upper middle-class families. Westerville schools are well-regarded, and the award winning Parks and Recreation Programs are plentiful. Westerville also preserves the flavor of its Uptown area, with quaint boutique shops, cafes and antiques stores.

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Westerville Schools

Westerville City Schools is comprised of 23 schools; 16 elementary, four middle and three high schools. The district provides a host of academic options; an International Baccalaureate curriculum, advanced placement, post-secondary opportunities, interactive video courses, elementary magnet school programs in the Arts, World Languages & Culture, peer mediation training, active business partnerships and special needs programs. Every school is connected to the Internet and is equipped with up-to-date computers and software. Westerville received a rating of “Excellent with Distinction” on their 2011-2012 district report card.

Westerville is a College Town

Westerville is a College Town

Westerville’s own Otterbein College, founded in 1847, is a private, four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Otterbein enrolls approximately 3,100 students, including adult students in the Continuing Studies and Graduate programs. Otterbein is known for it’s nationally recognized Theatre and Dance program which provides professional and comprehensive training for those who are serious about a career in the performing arts. Otterbein College Theatre, one of the most respected theatres in central Ohio, plays to more than 26,000 people every year and offers a wonderful opportunity for Westerville residents to enjoy affordable world class theatre.

The 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges,” awarded Otterbein College the ninth highest peer assessment score in the Universities-Master’s (Midwest) category and earned the 15th highest overall score among 140 peers.

Parks & Recreation

Westerville Parks & Recreation

The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, with its extensive offerings of over 1,300 recreational opportunities each year, has been designated as “Sportstown Ohio” by Sports Illustrated. Westerville is proud to be the only Ohio city to achieve this designation. Westerville Parks and Rec also won the prestigious National Gold Medal Award for excellence in park and recreation administration, presented by the National Recreation and Park Association and the National Sporting Goods Association.

The Westerville parks and rec system includes 550 acres; with 39 parks and facilities, 23 miles of bike trails and activities for residents and visitors of all ages. From picnicking along the banks of Alum Creek, to swimming at central Ohio’s largest pool complex, The Highlands Park Pool and Aquatic Center, to bird watching at Heritage Wetlands; Westerville’s vast parks system offers recreational opportunities for everyone.

Boating & fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the beautiful Hoover Reservoir located along Sunbury Road or a 15 minute drive to the Alumn Creek reservoir. Hoover Reservoir is home to the best disc golf course of Central Ohio, the Brent Hambrick Memorial Disc Golf Course. The Hoover Nature Preserve has over 925 acres. It is known for its spectacular shorebirds that migrate there in the Fall. It also has breathtaking views along the paths of Areas L, M and N on the north end of Hoover near Galena. Coming in the near future, a long boardwalk will be built to make this area more accessible. Stroll along crushed stone trails around newly created wetlands at Hoover Meadows for excellent exercise or just to relax. Hoover Meadows is located on Sunbury Road, just north of Galena Pointe Road. Be sure to visit Mud Hen Marsh to get a glimpse of the active beaver lodge, beautiful waterfowl or heron catching their dinner. Mud Hen Marsh is located along Big Walnut Road at the corner of Sunbury Road. Some of the major parks in Westerville are:

Sharon Woods Metro Park
Blendon Woods Metro Park
Everal Barn & Homestead at Heritage Park
Inniswood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve
Boyer Nature Preserve

Westerville Community Center

Since its opening in 2001, the Westerville Community Center has become the headquarters of the Westerville Parks and Rec Department and the center of fun for thousands in the Westerville area. The 96,600 square foot center includes leisure pool with water slides and a lazy river, jacuzzi spa, 8-lane lap pool, walking/running track, gymnasium, fitness room, locker rooms, program rooms, public meeting areas, a youth game room, a climbing wall, an indoor playground and a “Kids Wait Room” child care area.

Dog Park

Westerville Dog Park

Westerville is not only a people friendly community, but dog friendly as well. In May 2005 Westerville Parks & Rec opened its “Bark Park.” This park provides not only great social interaction for dogs and dog lovers, but also includes separate areas for large and small dogs, a gated vestibule for security, dog fountain and hydrants, ADA access and activity stations.

Golf Courses

Community Events & Attractions

Westerville Community Events & Attractions

The heart of Westerville serves as the venue for the Uptown Westerville Farmer’s Market. The market runs every Wednesday afternoon May through October with vendors selling seasonal produce, potted plants & fresh flowers, hand-made cheeses, baked goods, meat & eggs from grass-fed farm animals, honey & maple syrup. Also, held in Uptown Westerville are OhioHealth’s 4th Friday Celebrations, a community block party held on the fourth Friday of each month, April though September. With street vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities nestled among Uptown’s quaint eateries and unique shops, these fun family events provide a great way to unwind after a long, hectic week.

Westerville’s area parks provide many options for one to keep busy during the summer months. Every July, the Westerville Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Music & Arts Fest that takes place in Heritage Park. Everal Barn & Homestead and Alum Creek Park host musical events on Sundays and Wednesdays during the summer. Bring the entire family out for movies under the stars at Everal Barn & Homestead.

Westerville also has other historical points of interest such as the Anti-Saloon League Museum and Benjamin R. Hanby House.


Westerville History

On June 24, 1806, Edward Phelps and his family set out for Ohio from Windsor, Connecticut. He had purchased 500 acres of land along Alum Creek. The area was wild and densely wooded, but had rich soil and a plentiful water supply. Soon others joined these first settlers and by 1838 there were about 900 people in Blendon Township. Land was donated by the Westervelt family for a new school, called the Blendon Young Men’s Seminary. In 1840, when a name for the new post office was needed, the townspeople called it Westerville in honor of the Westervelts’ generosity.

The Blendon Seminary was short lived and in 1846 its land and two small buildings were acquired by the United Brethren Church and Otterbein College was opened in 1847. The new school, named after the church founder, enrolled men and women regardless of race and prefaced Westerville’s involvement in the emerging anti-slavery movement. One of Otterbein’s best known students was Benjamin Hanby. He composed more than 70 songs in the pre-civil war era, including Darling Nelly Gray and Up On The Housetop. His father, Bishop William Hanby, was an active participant in the underground railroad, of which Westerville was an important stop.

The village was incorporated in 1858 and later that year a law was passed that banned the use or sale of “fermented spirits.” Thus Westerville’s long and lively temperance history began. Westerville’s Whiskey War of 1875 was fought with dignity and gunpowder. Henry Corbin opened a saloon on Main Street and was the target of many demonstrations that included the town’s leading citizens. Corbin ignored the citizens’ appeals and the town law prohibiting “fermented spirits.” The war came to an abrupt end when an explosion lifted the roof and blew out the windows of Corbin’s Saloon. Four years later another battle was fought, at another location with 52 pounds of gunpowder. The results were the same and “fermented spirits” have not been sold in Westerville since the Whiskey War!

In 1909 the headquarters of the Anti-Saloon League was moved from Washington D.C. to Westerville. As the national headquarters of the Anti-Saloon League, Westerville became known as the “Dry Capital of the World.” It was the smallest town in the U. S. with a first class post office, due to the large volume of printing and promotional material produced by the League.

In 1920, “Prohibition” was voted in and the U.S. went dry along with Westerville. The Anti-Saloon League had won with “the noble experiment.” The “roaring twenties” saw Westerville prosper. The population grew to 2500 and the 3-C highway was completed through town and beyond. Kilgore Manufacturing Company had over 175 employees and was the world’s largest producer of children’s play guns and caps. A new high school was constructed and a Masonic Temple was built on South State Street.

The 18th amendment was repealed in 1933, a bitter disappointment to the Anti-Saloon League. Although the world was wet again, Westerville remained dry, true to its temperance tradition. After World War II, Westerville grew quickly. Many new homes were built, municipal services were expanded to meet the demand and the interstate highway system reached Westerville. In 1960, Westerville became a city.

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Westerville OH Real Estate Sales Values

(Includes homes and condos sold in Westerville Schools within the city of Westerville, Blendon Township, Genoa Township, Annehurst, Little Turtle, Highland Lakes area, 43081 and 43082 zip codes)

#SFM Homes Sold Lowest Price Average Price Highest Price
2005 922 $66,000 $244,112 $1,500,000
2006 813 $85,000 $243,625 $1,400,000
2007 742 $78,000 $237,203 $900,000
2008 704 $19,500 $237,000 $1,400,000
2009 662 $31,000 $219,000 $850,000
# of Condos Sold Lowest Price Average Price Highest Price
2005 174 $44,500 $152,275 $345,000
2006 154 $45,000 $150,657 $376,005
2007 148 $44,900 $154,862 $575,675
2008 98 $42,500 $167,374 $557,401
2009 136 $30,000 $148,670 $551,076