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One of the area’s longest established communities, Westerville has roots dating back to the American Revolution. Its cultivation is the result of a strong educational foundation coupled with preservation of the past. From the historical ‘Uptown’ district to the many acres of parkland, Westerville offers something for everyone.

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Westerville: Rich In Cultural History

Westerville is a city rich in cultural history with a vigorous economy, well-respected public schools, excellent parks, active arts community, a premier liberal arts college, charming historic district and housing that runs the gamut from affordable starter homes to magnificent golf and country club estates. All of this and Westerville in conveniently located near downtown Columbus, the Columbus International Airport, and fabulous shopping venues such as Polaris Fashion Mall and Easton Town Center.

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Westerville’s History

Revolutionary War veterans first settled in what is now Westerville in 1806.

In 1816, Matthew and Peter Westervelt bought 890 acres of land along the eastern bank of Alum Creek for $3,562 and, by 1818, two more Westervelt siblings had joined them. In 1820, Gideon Hart built a home on his farm along Hempstead Road-- it is the oldest home still standing in Westerville and is today a private residence. By 1830, Westerville’s population had increased to nearly 700 and, in 1840, the community was officially named Westerville in honor of the original settlers.

Westerville Today

Today, with 26 acres of leisure paths and 580 acres of parks, Westerville offers a touch of the pastoral in close proximity to the city. Residents enjoy shopping, dining and browsing the galleries in Historic Uptown. Westerville homes come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from traditional starter homes to large executive residences on spacious lots. Whether you seek an older home or new construction, a rural atmosphere or city lifestyle, there’s a home to suit every style and budget.

Westerville Leads the Way in Parks and Arts

The Westerville Parks & Recreation Department has been nationally recognized for excellence. The department oversees 48 neighborhood, community and school parks which include nature preserves, sports complexes, greenways, wetlands, an amphitheater, playgrounds, shelters and over 26 miles of bikeways and leisure paths. The 96,000 square foot Westerville Community Center has 2 swimming pools, a gym, an indoor climbing wall and playground, and a fitness center. An additional pool is located at the Highlands Park Aquatic Center.

The arts play a large role in Westerville, with classes offered by the Arts Council, a music and arts festival sponsored by the Westerville Chamber of Commerce and the placing of art in public spaces. There are opportunities to play in a band, take dance lessons or perform in a show.

The Curtain Players, “Ohio’s Award Winning Little Theater” offers plays and performances practically year round and Gallery 202 provides community art programs for all ages. There is also the Westerville Art League, the Westerville Community Band and the Westerville Symphony Orchestra with the community band offering live concerts several times each year. And you can’t miss the Westerville Music and Arts Festival, going strong since 1973 and featuring visual and performing artists from all over the country.

Education in Westerville, OH

The Westerville School District’s estimated enrollment is approximately 14,000, with three high schools among more than twenty total schools in the district. Westerville also has a public library which offers programs for young children, teens, seniors and homebound residents. The Westerville City School District has a reputation statewide as a high performing, exemplary public school district and prides itself on being technologically advanced with up-to-date computers and software in each of its buildings. They are also committed to offering a challenging curriculum to prepare students for the world today. 

Uptown Westerville

Uptown Westerville is the city’s historic district where you’ll find beautifully restored Victorian buildings and homes, intriguing antique shops, bookstores, unique gift stores, coffee houses, ice cream parlors and inviting restaurants. From April through November you’ll want to mark your calendar for Fourth Fridays, an event held in Uptown Westerville the fourth Friday of each of those months and features music, food, fun and children’s activities.

Community Conveniences

There’s plenty to do in Westerville, but when you’re ready for some big city entertainment, you can be in Columbus in 20 minutes. There, you can indulge your gourmet tastes in any number of restaurants, shop till you drop in unique boutiques and galleries, and take in a theatrical production or concert. Transport yourself into the wild at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. If faraway adventure calls, the Port Columbus International Airport is a short drive from Westerville.

Westerville is a Great Place to Call Home

Westerville offers many choices when it comes to finding a home: small starter homes, country club and golf course homes, spacious executive residences, historic architecture, new developments, urban dwellings or country living. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find a Westerville home for sale that fits the bill. If you are planning to relocate to Westerville or anywhere in Central Ohio, The Raines Group is ready to help you find a home and provide all the guidance and resources you need to make you feel at home. Please feel free to contact The Raines Group at 614-855-8700 for more information or a private tour of Westerville homes.


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