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The Ohio Statehouse is a Greek Revival masterwork from the early 1800s in a town whose architecture otherwise skews towards modern steel and concrete. The Greek Revival and Italianate Kelton House in the Discovery District is another souvenir of early Columbus – it was once a station on the Underground Railroad that helped slaves escaping from the South. LeVeque Tower is an Art Deco-style skyscraper designed to be one foot taller than the Washington Monument. The Ohio Theatre is a Spanish Baroque jewel box whose meticulous restoration has served as a model for similar projects across the country.
The World’s Largest Gavel resides in a reflecting pool at the Supreme Court Building. Everyone in Columbus can point in the direction of the Horseshoe, as Ohio State University’s football stadium is affectionately known. The home of 8-time national champions The Buckeyes is the 3rd largest football palace in the United States. The dotting of the “i” during the Ohio State Marching Band’s performance of Script Ohio is one of collegiate sports’ most hallowed traditions.
Columbus real estate regulations do not permit designated neighborhoods, but that does not make it difficult for property buyers to seek out desirable homes and apartments for sale. The housing market consists of 168,497 single family residences. Rental properties are popular in the northern part of the city around Ohio State University and in the colorful Short North District, with 10,602 multi-family residences and 4,968 apartment units. The city also boasts 27,333 apartments for sale.
With many contemporary retail and office opportunities, the Columbus commercial real estate market contains 6,753 properties and 3,796 sites zoned as mixed-use. The one-time “Buggy Capital of the World” also boasts 542 industrial properties. In coalition with the Franklin County Land Bank, the City of Columbus has been aggressively managing abandoned buildings and vacant lots to bolster real estate prices – the current inventory holds 2,681 vacant lots.
The Central Ohio Transit Authority oversees Columbus bus services. The city is the largest in America with no intercity or light rail service, although plans are targeting the re-introduction of trains. The CoGo Bike share system promotes the usage of its network of over 300 bicycles and 40 docking stations with the sale of day passes, three-day passes and annual passes.
Columbus City Schools manages the largest public education system in Ohio with 142 schools. Many of those students grow up dreaming of joining the 60,000 students at Ohio State University, one of America’s largest campuses.
Spurred by the medical, bioscience and research schools at Ohio State, the Columbus region enjoys a sophisticated healthcare system that employs 45,000 people. The city’s recent inclusion in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Honor Roll for Quality Healthcare and Quality Life is definitely a pro for home buyers looking to relocate.
Urban dwellers in Columbus report property crime at a slightly higher rate than the state of Ohio, an incidence rate of 1 in 25 compared to 1 in 39. Violent crimes are investigated at a higher rate as well, with a 1 in 183 incidence reported in the city.
If a major cosmopolitan American city of over 2 million people can be called a “college town,” it would be Columbus. The autumn is given over to Ohio State Buckeye football, but then so is most of the year. The arrival of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets in 2004 gave the city its first taste of major professional sports. The annual Memorial Tournament of hometown golf legend Jack Nicklaus is another time the city grabs national sporting headlines. Sports fans have been stoking up for their events with a famous Thurmanator burger at The Thurman Cafe since 1942.
The Columbus Museum of Art and COSI, the Center of Science and Industry, anchor the city’s cultural offerings. The Franklin Park Conservatory is a century-old botanical depository and the Chadwick Arboretum is a 13-acre tree museum on the Ohio State campus.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has one of the country’s largest and most varied animal collections. The Ohio State Fair celebrating all things Ohio takes place in Columbus every summer.