David, Home Buyer in Ithaca, NY

I may be moving to Columbus later this summer. I don't know the area at all. Looking around online, it

Asked by David, Ithaca, NY Fri Apr 18, 2008

seems that German Village and Marion Village are nice places and in my range. Are these neighborhoods safe? And are the property values holding up?


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German Village has historically been a popular area, though in the recent few years the Short North and Harrison West and Victorian Village have become somewhat more popular. As well, there are a number of downtown condo alternatives today that did not exist previously. From a valuation perspective I would say that german Village has probably seen the peak in terms of property values and appreciation. Merion Village could be considered a lesser cousin of German Village. Fair questions on the safety issue. I would do some due diligence and make sure you get a variety of opinions on this subject.

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Vito Boscaino
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I was raised there in my youth. Many friends livve there. I am selling four investment properties now for Clients. Property Values are location precise. German Village has help up well, compared to other areas. I worked on listings all day yesterday--it was beautiful, pleasant; and VERY Walkable. The restaurant and Cafe experience was superb!

Merion Village, Shorth North, Victorian Village; many are very urban.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 4, 2009
I am not a realtor, just a resident of German Village.

To answer your questions I would say it depends on where you are moving from. We moved here from San Francisco after living in Chicago, New York and Boston. German Village is safe. Columbus is by nature a very suburban city, it just has been since the 50s and is ingrained in the mentality. Not bad or good, just real and you will have to deal with that when/if you move here.

Because of that, neighborhoods dont change as quickly as they do in other cities, so I would suggest not to live on the edges of neighborhoods. Though tempting because you think there may be more appreciation, it doesn't happen often.

The neighborhoods that you mention are both great. I would also suggest you look at the Short North if you are coming from a major metro area. Everyone has an opinion, mine is that if I was a professional out of college I would want to be in the Short North. Great restaurants, a lot of activity, a real city feel relative to the other neighborhoods you mention. I am 32 and have a kid and love German Village because it is walkable, great restuarants and a great park.

Long winded answer, but generally, I think you should look at German Village and/or Short North. Merrion Village is a bit on the edge and likely with the economic downturn wont continue its recent upsurge. My thoughts...good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 4, 2009
Hi David,I cant really address the safe issue,If you want the whole picture,and provide some more info.I can help you.Email me w/any ?'s tjroberts@remax.net

Good hunting,

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 8, 2008
Property values are excellent in German Village and the neighborhood has long been desirable. Merion Village is an area that has become popular over the past few years due to the low cost of housing near downtown in that neighborhood.

I encourage you to research the crime statistics on the Columbus Police Webpage below.

My office is downtown and I am very familiar with these two areas and other communities near downtown. I am happy to recommend some other areas as well, if you would like to offer specifics on your search.

Warmest regards,

Brittany Simonelli, Buyer Agent
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614.940.3067 Phone
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 8, 2008
Columbus has a huge variety of great places to live. My son currently lives in Merion Village. It is convenient to anyone working down town, but there are many options for homes in the greater Columbus area. You really do need to check the crime rate for any area into which you might be moving. If you would like to talk to someone about all the options, give me a call.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 13, 2008
David, both area's are close to downtown,holding up is a grey area,w/some more info.where you are going work,family size,etc... contact me to discuss your range,so I can better answer your ?


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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 11, 2008
German Village and Short North are sure bets.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 11, 2008
David,I need to know,a little more info,these are nice area,but
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2008
You will find some helful information at the Grass is Greener Here Site. Hope it helps and welcome to Central Ohio.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 24, 2008
Excellent Choices. There are "traditional neighborhoods" elsewhere, as mentioned here; but, in some suburbs, as well. You will like your new city!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 18, 2008
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