I beg to differ with you on your answer that " as soon as you leave the community, you are in the badlands". I happen to live very near Minerva park, have so for about 7+ years. Your characterization that your in the " badlands" is over stated. Using that terms connotes rampant crime and concerns about ones safety of which I have never been robbed, threatened, burglarized,attacked and most of the folks I deal with in and around the area are friendly and well meaning. Has the area become more ethnic..yes, with more stores and shops and vendors catering to those of different ethnic backgrounds. I like to think of a community of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds as a good and positve thing. If they were not in the community providing goods and services it would indeed be , "the badlands" .
Jeffrey Paeltz, ABR, SFR
My answer really is only to echo some of the other answers you may have reviewed to add some weight to them. When I saw " worried about surrounding area" I read into that you are referring to "crime". No REALTOR can answer that question for you. This is one of those areas that you the buyer(s) have to do your own due diligence and research and make your own conclusions about the area. I do know that Minerva Park has one of the lowest crime rates and a very active police force in the Columbus metro area. I remember one time in the office a REALTOR who lives in Minerva Park and has sold a lot of homes there told me. She said that the Minerva Police had called this women about 10:00 PM one night because she had forgot to close her garage door and called to check on her and may be remind her of this. I don't know of any other area police force being so proactive toward the community they serve. I wish you all the best in the selection of your new home.
Jeffrey Paeltz, SFR
I have shown many homes in and around Minerva Park and I'd be glad to discuss your question if you don't already have an agent. I understand what you are asking. FYI, I also have friends and family who live in Minerva Park as well as clients who have purchased there. And I have friends and clients who have purchased several homes around Minerva Park. I know the area very well.
Good Luck and feel free to contact me.