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Historic German Village is one of the oldest areas in Columbus, famous for its vintage brick homes and streets. While you can find some newer condos, lofts and homes; real estate in the German Village area contains mostly homes built from the 1800's - 1930's. German Village home values remain high, due to its central location, local vibe, unique architecture, charming shops, eclectic 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!

German Village Real Estate Statistics
Total Homes for Sale in German Village: 51
Avg Days on Market in German Village: 70
Avg Home Price in German Village: $598,594
Lowest Home Price in German Village: $199,500
Highest Home Price in German Village: $1,900,000
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While I am proud to be an American citizen, having been born in Germany, I am also proud of my German heritage. So, I have a special fondness for the German Village area. 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 residentail and commercial buildings dotting the bricked streets. You'll find top rated restaurants and local favorites, such as the German Village Coffee Shop, Katzinger’s Deli, Barcelona and Schmidt’s Sausage Haus. When you're done, walk on over to the Brewery District and enjoy the night life.  

German Village Schools

German Village is in the Columbus City School District, which is Ohio's largest district, with more than 51,000 students in 109 schools. The district provides diverse opportunities for students, including alternative and language immersion schools. Visit the Ohio Dept of Education website for the most accurate school district report card ranking data. Private schools in the German Village area include: Saint Mary School, St. Paul's Lutheran School.

Parks & Recreation

German Village residents enjoy two neighborhood parks Frank Fetch Park and Schiller Park. Schiller is the 2nd oldest park in Columbus and home to the Actor’s Theatre, which performs Shakespeare and other outdoor dramas in the summer. The Actors Theatre has been voted “Best Live Theater” in Columbus. The Schiller Park Community Center offers recreational programs, athletics, fitness and art activities. The German Village Garten Club provides educational and community opportunities for gardeners.

The 120 Acre Scioto Audubon Metro Park, near the Brewery District, offers a green oasis where wildlife and birds flourish. Located along the banks of the Scrioto River, the park features a nature center, rock climbing, obstacle course, canoeing/kayaking, and the pet friendly Scioto Greenway Bike Trail which connects to Downtown Columbus, for miles of adventure.

Events & Attractions

German Village is host to some unique community events. Village Valuables, Columbus' largest yard sale, takes place in May. The Haus & Garten Tour in June, allows the community to get a closer look at German Village homes. Guests can explore the tour locations at their own pace, while stopping to enjoy gardening demonstrations, shopping for unique home and garden accessories in the Marketplatz and watching the Central Ohio Watercolor Society paint masterpieces for the annual watercolor competition.

German Village Business

German village is filled with award winning local shops, restaurants, galleries and services of all kinds. Many German Village establishments have earned the “BEST OF COLUMBUS” honor. Barcelona has been voted one of the Top 10 Restaurants in Columbus, Best Outdoor Dining & Tapas; Thurman Cafe the best Hamburger; Pistacia Vera the best Gumdrops and Desserts; Katzingers the best Sandwiches; Lindey's one of the Top 10 Restaurants in Columbus; Jeni's Best Ice Cream . The Book Loft, which is an old fasioned book store featuring over 32 rooms filled with books for all ages and interests, has been voted the best bookstore in Columbus.

German Village History

German immigrants settled German Village in the mid 1800’s, building 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 one of Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in America . This award honors a community’s authentic architecture, parks and engaged citizens.

Once an urban renewal project, in the 1960s residents persuaded Columbus City Council 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 1800s Columbus 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 and Gambrenis. 

The breweries thrived for decades until prohibition and the 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 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 includes 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, 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. 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 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 used cars and trucks, many 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 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!

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Homes Stats

  2016 2017
Average Price $469,365 $393,000
Price: Low-High $96,000-$1,750,000 $258,000-$613,000
Average Days On Market 78 95
# Of Sales 65 6

Condos Stats

  2016 2017
Average Price $275,978 $349,500
Price: Low-High $130,000-$430,000 $349,500-$349,500
Average Days On Market 57 162
# Of Sales 25 1

Land Stats

Average Price $30,500
Price: Low-High $26,000-$35,000
Average Days On Market 197
# Of Sales 2

Multi-family Stats

  2016 2017
Average Price $324,800 $350,000
Price: Low-High $160,000-$460,000 $350,000-$350,000
Average Days On Market 47 130
# Of Sales 5 1

Commercial Stats

Average Price $399,900
Price: Low-High $399,900-$399,900
Average Days On Market 212
# Of Sales 1