Worthington, OH Real Estate News

By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
    By wee folk I am not talking children. It's beginning to look a lot like St. Patrick's Day in Central Ohio. Some communities more than others.  The Dublin Ohio St. Patrick's Day celebrations are on Saturday March 14,2009. If Irish is an attitude, Dublin does it well Columbus - downtown  Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Central Ohio  The traditional Columbus celebrations including the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Irish Family Reunion are on St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday March 17, 2009, of course. Worthington Wee Folk have their own door in Old Worthington. The Leprechaun Entrance shown here is right next to the door for the rest of us at  PK O'Ryans Irish Pub in Worthington    The Leprechaun entrance is at the Irish Pub in Worthington year round.   Compliments of Maureen McCabe - Re...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
The Crosswoods area in Columbus is just north of 270 in the Worthington area.  Last Sunday I tweeted (texted from my phone to Twitter): The Quizno's at Crosswoods is gone.. Closed.. 4:23 PM Mar 1st from mobile web Two people from Columbus responded: OHTom@MoInColumbusOH Lots of empty restaurants at Crosswoods these days!4:57 PM Mar 1st from web in reply to MoInColumbusOH  solesearching@MoInColumbusOH I'm surprised that Quiznos lasted as long as it did. That whole area is dying a slow painful death... 5:51 PM Mar 1st from Tweetie in reply to MoInColumbusOH Is Crosswoods dying?  hmmm  I know restaurants open and close there with great regularity... but that's been going on or years.  Who knows maybe the Quiznos has been gone since last summer... I drive by sometimes...  but not always.  I...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
Coming soon Or coming back? Chutnys, an Indian restautant in the Crosswoods area of Columbus opened and closed very quickly. I think.   I swear I read in one of the papers that Chutnys opened.  As I recall it said the restaurant was able to come right in because the previous Indian Restaurant in that location, the equipment was still there.   I can not find the article though.  Searching I just find a lot of recipes for different chutnys. The Crosswoods area in Columbus is north of the city of Worthington and south of Polaris.   It's just north of 270... Crosswoods is all hotels and restaurants and a movie theater..  and a lot of  empty space... kind of a tough area to compete, it seems. A sign in the window says Chutnys is coming soon and will have new management.    The signs at the ...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
Would you paint your brick fireplace?  Rachel Backus a  home stager in Hudson Ohio recommended painting oak cabinets from the 1970's, 1980's  speaking to the real estate community and other stagers Rachael asked WOOD you tell a homeowner to paint the cabinets? "WOOD you tell a homeowner  to paint brick?"  or  "Wood you tell a homeowner to paint the fireplace?   just doesn't have the same ring to it as Rachel's title, does it? Have you ever painted brick?  Were you happy with the results? This is painted brick... Too bad I don't have a before photo.  This is the brick on fireplace in a Bob Webb patio home at the Sanctuary in the Worthington area. The patio homes are from the late 1980's so it is not like they are ancient.  Or that Bobb Webb built houses with ugly fireplaces. This particu...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
The foreclosure on the Worthington Square Mall was in December 2008 I believe.  I visited the mall once at Christmas time, the first time I had gone over since August 2008. The Victoria Secret Store and The Bath and Body Works store were noticeably gone since I visited the mall in late summer. An article in Business First Columbus last Friday said 19 of the 43 mall spots are filled, about 50 percent. .. reading about the Worthington Square Mall a couple of weeks ago in another local publication I remarked that 50 percent seemed high to me, it seemed like about a third of the mall is occupied to me. Of course the locations on the back of the Worthington Square Mall are included in that number, Amano's, China Way....  and walking around inside the mall I did not see those.   The shopping ...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
"what to wear at the columbus fish market" was a search that ended up on my ColumbusBestBlog recently but I am going to answer it here. Columbus is casual...  We could NOT get into Columbus Fish Market (Music alert!!!) on Valentines Day this year... either location. We could NOT get into Mortons Columbus on Valentines Day this year... ( I tried to win a Valentines Day dinner...) Not because we were not dressed right.  We just waited too late to get reservations at lots of great restaurants in Central Ohio. We do most years, we ate at Hoggy's at Polaris a couple of years ago. No tie required.   We eat at the Columbus Fish Market quite a bit really.  Usually the one at Crosswoods but for more special occasions the one on Olentangy River Road.  I am not sure why driving about 12 minutes mo...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
Winter Wickedness at the Worthinton Holiday Inn runs through tonight but I believe it is sold out already... if you are so inclined. Dean Narciso wrote about "the festival" for the Columbus Dispatch:  Columbus Dispatch:  Winter Wickedness Perversion Fest draws heat I first  saw something about it on the news last night on Channel 10...  I must not have been paying much attention... maybe half asleep?  I thought "Is that Worthington?" When I heard Worthington I tried to tell myself it was at a Holiday Inn in the Crosswoods area (City of Columbus), not the Holiday Inn in Worthington. Channel 10 News: Churches Protest Sexual Festival At Hotel says: "Paper and trash bags covered the doors and windows of the hotel during the event" Wonder how the church groups even knew about the event?  Won...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
I rang a bell at a Salvation Army kettle in Worthington on Thursday.  The kettle at the Worthington Kroger is sponsored by Worthington Industries. Thanks to Linda Tacosik in the Worthington Real Living HER office for organizing, scheduling and reminding us.  We worked a one hour slot, two of us ringing bells, dueling bells.  My bell kept falling out of my mittened hand.  You can text in a donation to the Salvation Army in Columbus to 90999.  Text the word -  Kettle.  I did.  It texted me  back to confirm the $5 donation.  My phone company put the donation on my next bill.  I believe it works with all of the cell phone services. According to the Salvation Army's Columbus site "serving those in need in Central Ohio since 1885."  That's a tradition! Speaking of charity... today is the Cha...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
Today is the Citywide Housing Hop. The city being the city of Columbus... or the greater Columbus area. Or Central Ohio in general actually. I am holding two homes in the city of Worthington open this afternoon. Open Houses throughout Central Ohio - 537 About Worthington Ohio from Real Living HER How do you saved $10K? Who is able to save $10K? Answers on the Real Living HER website See you at the hop?
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
YES! HOMES ARE SELLING IN THE WORTHINGTON, OH AREA AND THIS ONE SOLD FOR $256,000 IN LESS THAN 4 DAYS! This one owner home was located on a quiet street in Worthingway Subdivision. Close to parks & schools. This home has a new (2008) Furnace & Central A/C. Enjoy the fireplace in the first floor family room. 1st floor laundry, private backyard w/a screened rear porch. Newer appliances in the kitchen stay. If your in the market to buy or sell your next residential, investment or multi-family property, please visit our website at www.TheJacksonTeam.net                                                                                                                                            
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
Cafe Anatolia is on the far north side of Columbus, in the Worthington area (north-east of Worthington, north of 270.) The restaurant's address is  1097 Worthington Galena Road, Worthington Ohio 43085  The local Turkish restaurant, Cafe Anatolia has a website. An outdated website that does not do them justice but how important is a restaurant website.  Just don't believe the menu prices.... the dinner menu online is probably two generations old. The excellent Shepherd Salad is now $9.99 for the large.  It should be labeled a huge.  We split one and I had the leftover salad for breakfast. According to the sign in the window the lunch buffet is a dollar less expensive now than it was on the menu on the Cafe Anatolia menu on their website today, at $6.99. This is probably the 4th or 5th ti...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
An upcoming Worthington Halloween event is  "Family Night" in Worthington at the Orange Johnson House yard from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Saturday October 25, 2008. The City of Worthington website's Halloween Festivities page  promises: scarecrow making apple pressing apple snapping ghost stories   Wonder what "apple snapping" is? Orange Johnson House - Map About the Orange Johnson House - Worthington Ohio The evening before Worthington Ghost Tour - October 24, 2008 an adult walking tour of Worthington with a spooky feel.  
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
Adult entertainment in Worthington? A walking tour of "spooky" Old Worthington is scheduled for Friday,  October 24, 2008. The City of Worthington announcement on "Halloween Festivities" says "In partnership with Friends of the Worthington Public Library, we will present a downtown tour of historical fascination and ghostly tales, intended for adults."   Don't worry about leaving out the kids... for the whole family ...a family night on Saturday the 25th in the yard at The Orange Johnson house.... details on the City of Worthington Website (on the Halloween Festivities page.) Experience Columbus says the adult event is 7-10 PM Friday, October 24, 2008  - Worthington Ghost Tours 2008  The Ghost Tour starts at the Old Rectory at 50 W New England Avenue - Map    (the corner of Oxford and N...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
Is Worthington Ohio a ghost town as in deserted?  Not on your life!  Worthington is a thriving Central Ohio community with a history.  I got a big kick out of the Worthington Libraries series of Ghost Stories last fall when I found them.  I found them after Halloween 2007.  I'd posted a couple on my Discover Columbus site last winter... Not scary but a bit grisley ... this is a part of Worthington history I did not know. This is my favorite Worthington Ghost Tour: The Tale of Dr. Morrow   From the Worthington Libraries starring the webmaster at Worthington Libraries, Stefan Langer, as Dr. Thomas Morrow.Angry mobs of citizens, grave robbers, a missing body from an insane asylum?  I don't believe I had ever heard of the the story of Dr. Thomas Morrow and the Worthington Medical College's ...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
The school year started in August for Worthington City Schools but schools were closed this week after a big storm hit Central Ohio.  A wind storm on Sunday September 14 2008, the remnants of hurricane Ike closed Worthington and most Central Ohio schools this week.   Today,  Thursday September 18 some Worthington Schools are opening with a two hour delay. School in Worthington that are still closed today because they have no power are Colonial Hills, Worthington Estates, Wilson Hill, Worthington Hills and Worthingway. Worthington City School District Central Ohio Back to School - 2008  The image is a Real Living ecard.  I am with Real Living HER in Worthington.
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
Maybe you have to get out and walk on High Street in Worthington or you don't really get the full effect.  I wanted an iced coffee after the gathering on the Worthington Green, yesterday,  September 11, so I walked down to the Mean Bean from the Green to get coffee. I had driven by earlier and was craving an iced coffee while I was standing there listening.... I had only been in Mean Bean Cafeine Lounge a couple of times since it was sold by the last owners of Scottie MacBean... I don't know that I even knew it's name included "Cafeine Lounge." I still thought of it as Scottie MacBean.  Or Scottie MacBean... named for the owner's Scottie dogs... Wait... it is Scottie MacBean again...  Excuse the bad photo it says " SCOTTIE'S IS BACK!   UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP" and then some more....  It sa...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
I went to the noon gathering on the Worthington Green today, September 11, 2008. There were local firemen and policemen there just as there have been other years.  There were members of Lima Company there again this year. There were short speeches from Harvey Minton the Mayor of Worthington, the Worthington fire chief, the Worthington police chief (I think) and an officer from the Perry Township Police Department.  A surviver of the attacks on the World Trade Center was there, a woman who was in the South Tower on September 11, 2001,  spoke briefly.  Philip College, the rector of St. John's Episcopal Church (just east of the Worthington Green's south east quadrant), spoke.   Chuck Gillespie who used to be a meteorologist on Channel 6 - WSYX sang, he also talked about being in the newsro...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
The first section of Colonial Hills was platted in the 1920's.  The first section of Colonial Hills was built in the 1940s.  Colonial Hills  was not in the Village of Worthington when it was platted or built, it was in an unincorporated area.  Colonial Hills was built as a rental community for executives at a defense plant near the Columbus Airport.  The Worthington Historical Society's Neighborhoods says the neighborhood was built in 1927 to 1941 by "WWII Defense Homes Corp"  I think it was Defense Homes Corporation and they were built during WWII.  Defense Homes Corporation became part of FHA in the 1940s. The plat maps and a lot of what I know about the history of Colonial Hills is  from the entry about Colonial Hills on Wikipedia written by George Campbell a Worthington / Columbus h...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
The new CVS is open in Old Worthington... well the new CVS is a couple of weeks old but I had a chance to stop there yesterday.  I am a big CVS shopper...but I go to one of two others, that I pass by just about every day.  I have driven by the new CVS on the corner of High St. and North St. a number of times  since it opened but never had a chance to  stop.  The new CVS is a big spacious bright modern store inside, a bit more open and bright than my ususal CVSs... or just more lights??? Outside on the street I love the look, of the business being on the street with the parking behind. I had followed all the articles in the This Week Worthington and the Worthington Suburban Newspaper about the Worthington Planning Commission and the Architectural Review Board's  oversight of the plans an...
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By Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate
(HER Realtors)
Worthington Square is undergoing a remodel.  Stores at Worthington Square include the Talbot's collection (Petites, Kids, Accesories, etc.), Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body,  Ann Taylor, Chico's, Crabtree & Evelyn,  Jos. A. Bank, Pendleton,  Godfry's and White House Black Market...  The Kroger store has been expanded and remodeled, it is on e of Kroger's  "Fresh Fare" stores. Map Worthington Square I walked through the mall Sunday, there is lots of empty space.  Caribou Coffee is gone, Larson's Toy Store is gone, Acorn is gone. Godfry's is moving to Polaris soon.  I still love Worthington Square, the fountain, the skylights...
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