Member Perspectives: Cool factoids about central Ohio

For this issue’s Member Perspective question, we sent an email to 600 randomly selected members asking them to share cool or interesting factoids they’ve shared with their relocation clients about central Ohio. Check out who responded and what they had to say!

Columbus is the home of the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, the largest single-breed horse show in the world! Competitors come from all over the country, as well as Canada, Australia and other countries! It’s an amazing event with gorgeous horses, a cool trade show and even a puppy tent where you can choose your new canine best friend to take home! Fabulous event lasting three weeks in October! — Mary Staebler, Coldwell Banker King Thompson

When I have clients relocating to central Ohio, one great thing I like to highlight about the area is that it is home to some 240 neighborhood parks and 20 metro parks! Columbus is surrounded by parks with playgrounds, dog parks, and hundreds of miles of trails. For individuals or families who enjoy nature, central Ohio is full of convenient outdoor activities! — Mark Sotherden, Rolls Realty

It's obvious, but I first let them know that Columbus is the second hottest market in the country. I also tell them that Franklinton is the hot neighborhood and, even though it retains its nickname of the Bottoms, buyers shouldn't be concerned about flooding any more. Instead, it's turning into the new Short North. — Mark Epstein, Coldwell Banker, King Thompson

Our team, The Kullman Group, thoroughly enjoys working with relocation clients, particularly ones coming to Columbus for the first time. Occasionally, clients will be working from a blank slate and we will have the opportunity to show them the many wonderful and diverse communities within Columbus, as well as some of the fine dining, craft brewery and entertainment options our city offers. While there remains a perception that Columbus, and the Midwest in general, offer little in the way of fashion and arts, we enjoy the surprise on client's faces when we walk the Short North and revitalized downtown riverfront. Many are shocked to hear Columbus is the 14th largest city by population in the United States, and there's a certain excitement born from the growth and development happening in Columbus in 2018. As lifelong residents, our team loves welcoming new residents to this great city. — Kiki Kullman, Street Sotheby's International Realty

Columbus, Ohio ranks as one of the top craft brew cities in the country. However, it is also illegal to fish for whales or fish while drunk on Sundays in Ohio. So, keep that in mind when filling your cooler with your favorite Columbus brew for your Sunday afternoon whale fishing adventure along the Scioto! — Bill Geary, Howard Hanna The Lenker Group

Columbus is a great city to raise a family. It's not too large so it doesn't make you feel like you can get lost in it. Columbus is innovative, it has always been a testing ground for many markets — technology, retail, restaurants, etc. The people here are generally warm and friendly. Our mayor Andrew Ginther has his finger on the pulse of the city. Once you connect with this city, you will feel at home. — Yvetta Harrison, Key Realty

A couple interesting facts about Columbus is that it’s the second fastest-growing housing market. Columbus is a day trip to many major cities, making it great for your friends and family to visit you. While they are visiting, Columbus has a lot to offer. You have great restaurants, malls, museums, and family fun activities to check out. Some of these include COSI, The Columbus Zoo, German Village, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. COSI has a lot to offer from family fun to young professional fun. COSI offers an after dark series for young professionals giving them something fun to do while meeting new people. The Columbus Zoo offers a water park, great Christmas lights, and offers summertime swim up movies as well. German Village offers a great outdoor walking tour with a rich history. German Village is a great village located downtown. The village is a historic village as well, featuring many homes with a rich history. The homes in the village, all have to keep their historic look as well. The last thing I'll mention is the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Conservatory offers a beautiful walk and there are a ton of marriage proposals that happen there. My best friends got engaged at the Conservatory. They thought it was the most beautiful garden they have seen. If you are looking for a city that offers something for everyone, Columbus is truly the city for you and your family. — Kurt Ryba, Coldwell Banker King Thompson

I think it's interesting that nearly 50 percent of our country's residents live within a 24-hour travel distance from Columbus. This makes it convenient for residents to take business trips to cities, such as New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Atlanta. — Tina Wedebrook, RE/MAX Connection

Without a doubt, the new Dublin Bridge Park development is the most exciting development currently going on in my neck of the woods! I enjoy taking my relocation clients to take a look for themselves! Going up to VASO, the Marriott rooftop, is a great way to give them an amazing view of Dublin. The pedestrian bridge that will connect Old Downtown Dublin with the new Bridge Park Development. Both sides of the Scioto River offer amazing restaurants, condos, library, parks and more. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy! — Marka Lyle, HER Realtors®

One of the things I bring up is that we have an incredible trail system in central Ohio, not only for bikes and walking, with our Rails to Trails that are being developed more and more every year, and our Ohio State Parks and Forests are very progressive compared to other states. I am an equestrian and ride all over the country and my travels have really made me appreciate what we have here. — Becky Payne, Howard Hanna Realcomm

Over the past 24-months, Columbus has attracted some of the nation’s largest companies, such as Facebook, Chipotle, Wilke Global and Amazon, who have or are setting up headquarters in our area. This has provided and continues to provide a wide range of job opportunities and economic growth to an already stable community. The Columbus region — and the rest of Ohio – is home to powerful research organizations, including The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and OhioHealth, all of which are spinning out and commercializing research at a strong pace. Getting products to market has sped up, and the region’s unparalleled logistics capabilities are moving them to consumers faster than ever. Nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive of Columbus, a city flanked by five Fortune 500 and 10 Fortune 1000 headquarters. And, with the dense Fortune 1000 base (45 more are headquartered in other parts of Ohio), many corporations are signing on to be startups’ first customers, while also investing in them. — Mark Corbin, NextHome Experience

I’ve been in number of states and everyone always forgets that Columbus is a big city. It’s the 14th largest city in the country, right behind San Francisco. I work with clients from different backgrounds and I always point out that Columbus has a low cost of living. While the average annual salary is only slightly below the national average, home sales prices, monthly rents and the overall cost of living are lower here than in other major metros around the country. Columbus is a food city, and the restaurant scene is huge. There are bars and food for pretty much anyone. Ohio State is a major research university and Columbus College of Art & Design is known nationally. Lots of neighborhoods within the city each with their own personality. — Yahya Hamed, Keller Williams Consultants

We have more than a dozen Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in Columbus including such diverse companies as Nationwide Insurance, Worthington Steel, as well as companies like Victoria Secret and DSW. Our diversity is what makes us special! For example, we are always one of the top five cities in the United States for fashion. Most people think of L.A. and New York. We also have the second largest Somali population, and are among the top three LGBGT cities in the country.  Additionally, we are one of the smartest cities in the United States with The Ohio State University and Battelle, and are the recipient of the “Smart Grant” to study transportation needs in the future. It is vitally important, and for our growth to continue, we must all be walking Ambassadors for our great city and state. The narrative needs to change from “Columbus is a cow town between Cleveland and Cincy”, to Columbus is one of the smartest and fastest growing cities in the United States. Spread the word with pride! — Todd Schiff, The Robert Weiler Company

We always emphasize the fact that Columbus is not only the eighth fastest growing city in the nation, but we are also home to top rated amenities such as the Columbus Zoo, Franklin Park Conservatory, Center of Science and Industry, as well as the best bike trails and Metro Parks in the Midwest. Whether a buyer is interested in the fine arts, sports, fine dining or the great outdoors central Ohio is the place to be. — K.J. & Dustin Goldman, RE/MAX Mainstreet