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There is a remarkable resurgence happening right now in Columbus. From urban development, to restoration projects of historical architecture, to city planning. I am excited to see what changes are in store for our beloved city.

-Sandy Raines 

Our Top Picks

  • Milestone 229

    Made with the freshest and finest ingredients, in a scratch-kitchen, every plate at Milestone 229 is delicious! Along with the main menu, there are also gluten-free, vegan, and children's options.

  • North Market

    With over 30 merchants, offering a variety of organic produce, meats, coffee, cheeses, baked goods, artists, jewelers, and more, there is something for everyone at this market!

  • North Bank Park

    Take a walk along the Scioto River and spend time outdoors! With the beautifully manicured lawns, a glass pavilion, an interactive fountain, and more, this is a common spot for locals in the Columbus area.

Columbus—A Great Place to Live and Work

Another core strength of Columbus is its business sector. Columbus is home to some of the nations leading insurance and financial institutions such as the Huntington Bank, State Farm Insurance, and Nationwide Insurance. National retailers also call Columbus home: Big Lots, Victoria Secrets, Limited Too, Inc., Express, Lane Bryant, Abercrombie & Fitch, White Castle, and Wendys. Research institutions such as The Ohio State University, Battelle Science and Technology International, and Ross Labs help make Columbus a leading center of market, science and technological innovation.

In 2009, Business Week magazine named Columbus as the best place in the country to raise a family. Forbes Magazine, in 2008, ranked the city as the Number 1 up-and-coming tech city in the nation and Columbus was selected as a top ten city by Relocate America in 2010. MarketWatch named Columbus as the 7th best place to do business in the nation in 2008 and in 2011, the city had five corporations on the Fortune 500 list including Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, American Electric Power, Limited Brands, Momentive Specialty Chemicals and Big Lots.

The appeal of Columbus is a result of the large college population, a Midwestern work ethic, and the relatively low cost of living. These combine to create an educated and motivated group of young workers and an experienced corps of professional executives.

Experience Columbus

Of course, Columbus, like any large city, exists as a result of people coming together to be a part of something special. A fifteen minute drive in any direction from the Statehouse, located on the corners of Broad Street and High Street in the center of Columbus, reveals a diverse community full of unique architecture and people.

Within a few blocks around the Ohio Statehouse you will find three major historical theaters – The PalaceThe Ohio Theater, and the Southern Hotel Theater. Plus three major cultural museums – The Center of Science Industry (COSI), the Columbus Art Museum, and the Thurber House.

Sports And Activities

Cheer on the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets or enjoy a concert at Nationwide Arena or support the Columbus Crew at the nation’s only exclusive Major League Soccer stadium. Spend a day at Huntington Park, home of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Attend a Broadway show at the Palace or Ohio Theatre, explore a traveling science exhibit at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), attend a Division 1A sporting event at The Ohio State University, or spend time discovering the many locally-owned restaurants and upscale shopping venues in one of the downtown districts. Be sure to visit the renowned Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the adjacent Zoombezi Bay Water Park. Just 15 minutes from downtown is the Easton Town Center with more than 200 stores, restaurants, a 30-screen AMC and IMAX theatre, comedy club and a 24-hour fitness facility.

Enjoy The Outdoors

The Columbus Metro Parks provide opportunities for:

  • boating
  • biking
  • hiking
  • educational programs
  • photography
  • bird watching
  • fishing
  • running
  • or silent meditation

Regardless, visitors to the metro parks can find something of interest for anyone, anytime of the year, to people of all ages.

This doesn’t even take into account the over 300 parks of all sizes and shapes spread throughout Columbus and managed by the city. Softball, soccer, football, tennis, basketball, volleyball, hockey, baseball, indoor, outdoor, community centers, recreation center, batting cages, community gardens, and green space all shared by residents united by a common political boundary.

More Outdoor Fun

Naturally, all of the great areas in and around the center of Columbus provide an abundance of opportunities to live, work, and play. However, as residents move away from the center of town additional opportunities present themselves. There is a plethora of shopping and entertainment options at the nationally renowned Easton Town Center or at the Polaris Fashion Mall. Residents sail, surf, boat, fish, or just hang out on one of the four major Columbus reservoirs: Alum Creek with 3,300 acres, Hoover Dam with 3,200 acres, Griggs Reservoir with 364 acres, or O'Shaughnessy Dam with 845 acres.

If you are looking for a free weekend or weekday activity, then you can visit one of the seventeen Columbus Metro Parks covering over 23,000 acres and attend one of the 100 monthly programs. Situated throughout Central Ohio, the Columbus Metro Parks protect a variety of unique biological, historical, and geological features of Columbus.

For example, the Battelle Darby Metro Park stretches 14 miles along the banks the Big and Little Darby, a Registered National Scenic River; evidence of the Ice Age can be seen cutting through the park at Glacier Ridge; Highbanks hosts a collection of Indian mounds; Slate Ridge Historical Farm is a working farm providing a living connection to Ohio history; walking along the stream at Clear Creek visitors can see evidence of beavers and footprints of bobcats; and Inniswood boasts more than 2,000 species of plants, specialty collections of hostas, daffodils, daylilies and several theme gardens including the rose, herb and woodland rock garden.

The Downtown Neighborhoods of Columbus

No single area can define Columbus—the city comprises numerous distinct neighborhoods, each with its own personality.

However, the most important feature of Columbus, the one that sets it apart from other cities in the Midwest, is the people. Columbus, with all of its diversity, presents a tapestry of experiences that when woven together create a beautiful tapestry supporting living, working, and playing. A tapestry that comes together to support one another and grow together; it is a community with a heart.

Your Downtown Columbus Home Search Begins Here

Check out our featured listings, as well as our local listings for Downtown Columbus real estate. If you are considering moving to downtown Columbus or anywhere in the Central Ohio area, please take advantage of the complimentary resources that The Raines Group offers. To learn more about the different communities in downtown Columbus or to visit homes for sale, please contact The Raines Group at 614-855-8700.


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