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Columbus OH Farmers Markets 2023

The city of Columbus, Ohio continues to thrive as a hub for vibrant farmers markets. These markets offer an array of fresh produce, local goods, and a bustling atmosphere where residents and visitors alike can enjoy a unique shopping experience. Let’s explore some of the farmers markets that are expected to be highlights in Columbus … Continued

Columbus Ohio Public Pools

Dive Into Summer: Discover the Best Public Pools in Central Ohio With the arrival of summer, there’s no better way to beat the heat than taking a refreshing dip in a pool. Central Ohio offers a plethora of fantastic public pools, making it the ideal destination for water enthusiasts of all ages. Whether you’re looking … Continued

Columbus Ohio Easter Egg Hunts [April 2023]

Spring is here, and with it comes Easter! One of the most exciting activities for children and adults alike during this time is an Easter egg hunt. In Central Ohio, there are plenty of options for Easter egg hunts, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best ones in the area. Whether you’re … Continued

How To Start A Cut Flower Garden in Columbus Ohio

It’s Spring in Columbus, Ohio! April is Lawn And Garden Month, and it’s a great time to start gardening. If you love having fresh flowers indoors and out, plant a cutting garden! Columbus is a great place to grow a variety of flowers for cutting. Starting a cut flower garden may seem intimidating, but with … Continued

Multigenerational Homes: What Are They & Why Are They Gaining Popularity in Columbus Ohio

Multigenerational living is a growing trend worldwide, but it’s especially gaining popularity among families in the US. Not only do multigenerational homes provide an affordable option for extended families to live together, they also offer many benefits like an abundance of hands-on support, pooled resources, an enhanced sense of intergenerational connection and support, and potential long-term cost savings.

In this blog post, we’ll explore what multigenerational households are, why they’re becoming increasingly popular, and how these households can be beneficial for all involved. We’ll also explore scenarios as examples. So if you’ve ever been curious about the concept of multigenerational homes or if you’ve considered it for your own family, keep reading to learn more!

☘️Best Columbus OH Irish Pubs 2023

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Whether you’re looking for great music or an easy-going evening, you will find a place in these top Central Ohio Irish pubs. These are the highest-rated Irish pubs in the Columbus area. We found the best Irish Pubs (in no particular order) where you can celebrate St. … Continued

Valentine’s Day Ideas For Columbus Ohio [Feb 2023]

Love is in the air in Columbus, Ohio! There are tons of fantastic Central Ohio restaurants to take your date to if you’re doing the classic dinner and flowers evening for Valentine’s Day in Columbus Ohio. BUT, if you’re looking for something extra special and unique to do with your special someone, check out this … Continued

Best Winter Activities In Columbus Ohio

Indoor Fun It can get pretty cold in Columbus during the winter. So, any list of things to do in Columbus in the winter must include indoor activities.   Columbus Museum of Art There’s always something interesting to do at CMOA. Check out the events this month at the Columbus Museum of Art. View Calendar … Continued

Where To See Santa in Central Ohio 🎅

Young and old alike love to see Santa at Christmas! It’s the perfect time to get pictures with Santa Claus. If you’re looking for Santa in the Columbus area, check out our list below. Easton Town Center When: November 19 – December 24 | Various Times Sunday: 11AM-6PM, break 2-3PM Monday – Saturday: 10AM – … Continued

Christmas Lights & Things To Do in Columbus OH [December 2022]

Downtown Columbus Christmas Lights One perennial holiday favorite is, of course, seeing all the Christmas lights. Columbus lights up in spectacular fashion for the Holidays. Here are some of the best places in Downtown Columbus to see holiday lights: -Columbus Commons -Lazarus Building -Scioto Mile When: November 20th to January 3rd, 5-10PM Get More Info … Continued

Where To Get Thanksgiving Dinner In Columbus Ohio

Columbus Thanksgiving Dinners Whether you want to go out for Thanksgiving dinner or get your meal delivered, you’ll want to keep reading this list of places to get Thanksgiving dinner in Columbus. Cameron Mitchell Enjoy their mouthwatering Thanksgiving “In a Box” which is a complete holiday meal for 10, fully cooked with instructions to heat … Continued

Fall Fun Around Columbus

Looking for fun activities and events this fall in Columbus, Ohio? Pick pumpkins, enjoy apple butter, go on a hay ride, find your way through a maze, pet some farm animals, and more at these great fall activities and events in the Columbus, OH area! Be sure to check each event for ticket information or … Continued

Spotlight: Franklin Park Conservatory

Conservatory and Botanical Gardens In Columbus, Ohio If you’re new to Central Ohio or thinking about moving to Columbus, you may never have heard of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Locals know and love the place! It’s a great spot if you’re looking for something to do or need an event venue. There’s … Continued

Columbus Downpayment Assistance For 1st Time Buyers

Did you know that the City of Columbus has a special program for first-time home buyers? They sure do! It’s called the American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI). The ADDI program joins with participating lenders to provide funds for low and moderate-income first-time homebuyers in the Columbus City School District. The program can be used in … Continued

Best July 4th Fireworks in Columbus Ohio

Happy 4th of July Columbus! It’s time to kick back and watch the fireworks. The Central Ohio area has so many great fireworks displays to enjoy for this Independence Day. Browse our list Columbus 4th of July fireworks below, and find a Columbus July 4th celebration near you!   Red, White, & BOOM! Celebrate Independence … Continued

Things To Do in Columbus OH For Father’s Day 2022

There’s always something going on in Columbus. We found some great ideas for things to do to celebrate and honor Dad this year. Some are still virtual, but there are in-person options for Father’s Day too!   Home Depot Kids Projects Home Depot offers online DIY guides for all ages and sells the kits needed … Continued

Columbus Ohio Memorial Day Events 2022

In the U.S., Memorial Day is a holiday to honor our heroes, the men and women who gave their lives for our nation. Simultaneously, the long Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. There are many events around the Columbus area to honor our heroes and enjoy the weather. Memorial Day Events In … Continued

Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Columbus OH

SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS! It’s Cinco de Mayo! Believe it or not, Columbus has a lot of great places to celebrate the 5th of May. Get ready to down some margaritas tonight and regret it tomorrow.🍹🍹🍹 Here are a few of the best-rated events and restaurants in Central Ohio for Cinco de Mayo.   via GIPHY … Continued

Columbus REALTOR® Rita Boswell Earns Divorce Designation

Rita is a born helper and problem solver, so it is only natural that she has worked to earn the RCS-D (divorce designation). In divorce, there are many problems to be solved. One of the biggest issues couples face is who gets the house. After all, the family home is usually the most significant asset, … Continued

Intel Columbus Update: Jobs Posted

Intel is already posting job openings for their new fabs in Columbus! The Intel job postings in Columbus include engineering, construction, project management, and more! Intel plans to build two factories, known as fabs, to be built in New Albany in Licking County, Ohio. “These are high-paying, high-tech jobs, ranging from factory operators and equipment … Continued

Intel To Build World’s Largest Chip Factory in New Albany OH

Intel is investing $20 billion to build 2 chip fabs in Jersey Township. The two new factories will employ 3,000 people and will have an average salary of $135,000 annually. The project itself is expected to create 17,000 additional jobs indirectly and in construction. This huge project brings new clout to Ohio’s economic development. The … Continued

Columbus OH Fireworks July 4th 2021

Happy 4th of July Columbus! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s Independence! This July 4th will look a bit different, but we’re still excited to bring you our list of Independence Day celebrations in Central Ohio!   Red, White, & BOOM! Due to the ongoing pandemic, Red, White, & Boom will not be able to … Continued

Columbus Ohio You-Pick Farms

U-Pick Farms In Columbus Ohio

Get out in the fresh air, enjoy some family time, and get some fresh produce while you are at it. Use this list to find U-Pick Farms in the Columbus, Ohio area. Whether you’re looking for berries, pumpkins, apples, or even Christmas trees, you’ll find them below. Franklin County Ohio U-Pick Farms Circle S Farms: … Continued

☘️Best Irish Pubs In Columbus OH 2021

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Whether you’re looking for something a little closer to a normal St. Patrick’s Day celebration or to get a traditional Irish meal to-go, you’ll find it here. Please help us safely support local small businesses. We found the 8 best Irish Pubs (in no particular order) where … Continued

Best Places In Columbus OH To Treat Your Valentine In 2021

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Love is in the air in Columbus, Ohio! There are tons of fantastic restaurants to take your date to if you’re doing the classic dinner and flowers evening for Valentine’s Day in Columbus OH. BUT, if you’re looking for something extra special to do with your special someone, check out this list of best places … Continued

Christmas Lights & Things To Do in Columbus OH [December 2020]

  We’re compiling the list for 2021. Check back soon or subscribe to our newsletter to get the updated list delivered right to your inbox. Downtown Columbus Christmas Lights One perennial holiday favorite is, of course, seeing all the Christmas lights. Columbus lights up in spectacular fashion for the Holidays. Here are some of the … Continued

Pumpkin Patches & Fall Festivals In Columbus Ohio [2020]

Looking for fun activities this fall in Columbus? Pick a pumpkin or some apples, go on a hay ride, find your way through a maze, enjoy a petting zoo, and more at these great Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals in the Columbus OH area! Make sure to check each venue’s COVID-19 guidelines before you visit … Continued

5 Tips For Working From Home

Many people are finding that they will be working from home for the foreseeable future and that kids will be doing virtual school for at least part of the upcoming school year. But, is your current home working for you and your family? A lot of people are frustrated by their limited workspace(s) as they … Continued

Things To Do in Columbus OH For Father’s Day 2020

There’s always something going on in Columbus, even if it’s virtual. We found some great ideas for things to do to celebrate and honor Dad this year.   Home Depot Digital Kids Projects Home Depot offers online DIY guides for all ages and sells the materials needed on their online store   DIY Father’s Day … Continued

Local Biz Spotlight: The Art Of Music LLC

UPDATE: April 1, 2020 Due to the Corona virus, many favorite local businesses have had to think outside the box. The Art Of Music LLC will be offering a 3-week online session, “On The Road Again.” The Art Of Music LLC will be bagging up all the supplies, materials, and photo instructions for these Art Projects and … Continued

Columbus Biz Spotlight: Pure Barre Polaris

Many people make a New Year’s resolution, but according to U.S. News & World Reports, 80 percent fail by February. Exercising to get in shape is the most popular resolution, with about 20 percent of people wanting to achieve this goal. If you’re like most of us and you’re on your way to failing your … Continued

Holiday Giving In Columbus, Ohio

Central OH Holiday Giving

At the Rita Boswell Group, we’re fortunate to have warm homes, big holiday meals, and beautifully wrapped gifts. This Holiday Season, we want to help foster a charitable spirit for those in Central Ohio who need some of those things we take for granted. Understandably, sometimes busy holiday schedules make it difficult to follow through with … Continued

Things To Do In Columbus OH December 2019

Whether you’re in the mood for a light show, carriage ride, or a classic holiday movie, Columbus OH has it all. Find information for winter fun and Christmas events around Central Ohio.

Pumpkin Patches & Fall Festivals In Columbus Ohio

Looking for things to do this fall in Columbus? Pick a pumpkin or some apples, go on a hay ride, find your way through a maze, enjoy a petting zoo, and more at these great Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals in the Columbus OH area! deMonye’s Greenhouse Ooooooooohhhhh… check out this haunted greenhouse 👻 Address: 2500 … Continued

Columbus OH Moves Up As Hot Real Estate Market

The national real estate market in July 2019 has shifted. In the past, large cities have dominated the top spots, but now small and medium size cities are becoming more sought after. Smaller towns and cities have been favorites lately thanks to the affordability and quality of life that they offer. Columbus, Ohio has seen … Continued

Things To Do in Columbus OH For Father’s Day 2019

There’s always plenty of events and activities to choose from around Columbus. We found some great ideas for things to do to celebrate and honor Dad this year.   Home Depot Free Kids Workshop Build something together at your local Home Depot workshop. Check your local Home Depot to verify schedule.   Make a Fathers … Continued

Columbus Ohio Farmers Markets

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One of the best things about summer in Columbus is the availability of fresh, local produce from one of the many farmers markets. We love supporting local farmers, so here’s our list of farmers markets nearby in Central Ohio. Check their websites and social media for special events or holiday closures. Bexley Farmers’ Market When: … Continued

Columbus Makes Best Places To Live In America List

In a recent article, livability.com ranked cities from around the country on which were the best places to live in the U.S. They only chose 100 cities. Out of those 100, Columbus, Ohio placed 31st. Cities were ranked on everything from civics to infrastructure. Livability.com even evaluated more specific categories, such as the food and … Continued

Columbus OH 12th Best State Capital To Live In

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Columbus, Ohio is a great place to live, work, and play! But, don’t take our word for it. Columbus regularly ranks highly as one of the best places in the U.S. Recently, WalletHub ranked state capitals by “best places to live.” Columbus ranked highly at number twelve! Source: WalletHub To rank which state capitals made … Continued

Columbus OH Makes “10 Best Big Cities To Live In Right Now” List

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Recently Money magazine released its top “10 Best Big Cities To Live In Right Now” and Columbus, Ohio made the list! Money looked at cities with populations of 300k or more. They didn’t include cities with more than double the national crime risk, lack of ethnic diversity, or cities with less than 85% of the … Continued

Delaware Ohio Awarded ‘Great Place In Ohio’

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Delaware, Ohio is a fantastic place to live, work, and play! Residents love the bustling downtown, and so does the Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association. They recently awarded Downtown Delaware a “Great Place In Ohio” designation. This awards program “honors outstanding physical spaces throughout the state that planners have created and nurtured through … Continued

Columbus OH Ranked #1 Rising City For Start Ups

Silicon Valley and large coastal cities make up the majority of where venture capital winds up. However, this influx of capital into places like Silicon Valley has created high prices both inside and outside the start up world. According to Moody’s Analytics, median home prices in San Francisco are at $1.1 million. Meanwhile, business costs … Continued

Worthington OH 43085 Makes Hottest Zip Code List!

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Every year Realtor.com ranks the hottest zips in the U.S., and for at least the last four years, a Central Ohio zip code has made the list. In 2016, Columbus OH 43214 landed at number 23. In 2017, Hilliard OH 43026 made #10 the list. This year, Worthington OH 43085 is in the spotlight at … Continued

Central Ohio Parade Of Homes 2018

Do you LOVE seeing the latest trends in home design and construction? Check out the 2018 Parade of Homes! See seven gorgeous homes built by premier area builders: 3 Pillar Homes, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Bob Webb Homes, Coppertree Homes, Manor Homes, Memmer Homes, and Romanelli & Hughes. These high-end homes offer the latest features, floor … Continued

Big News! Rita Boswell Group is Now With eXp Realty!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve made the change to eXp Realty. Even though I thought I would never leave Keller Williams, I’m not one to stay stagnant either. When I explored the opportunities and offerings of eXp Realty, I couldn’t pass it up.

🌷Get Into The Spring Of Things In Columbus Ohio!

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As old man winter finally releases us from his icy grip, we can start to get outside and enjoy some sunshine! Touring local gardens and taking nature walks are great ways to shake off the winter blues and relieve stress. April is the perfect time to be on the lookout for wildflowers in our local … Continued

Top Rated Restaurants in Westerville OH

Whether you’re on the lookout for juicy steaks, hometown diners or fresh salads, Westerville is the perfect place to chow down on some chef-prepared fare. Here are some of the top-rated local hotspots for breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurants in Westerville, Ohio.

Hilliard OH 43026 Makes Hottest Zip Code List!

Hilliard Ohio Condo Sold by Realtor Rita Boswell

Each year Realtor.com ranks the hottest zips in the U.S. and Hilliard, OH 43026 made the list at number ten! According to Realtor.com, they analyzed “32,000 ZIP codes based on the time it takes properties to sell and how frequently homes are viewed in each ZIP Code.”

3 Things You Need To Know About The Property Tax Increase In Central Ohio

Central Ohio has been buzzing since mid-summer about the property tax valuation increases. You may have already received a mailer informing you of your possible tax increase. The good news is, property values are on the rise in Central Ohio! This is great for home owners, especially those who lost value during the recession. The … Continued

Columbus Ranked Best City For Tech Workers

Columbus OH Best City For Tech Workers

When you think of tech cities, San Francisco or San Jose may be what springs to mind. However, due to the very high cost of living in the Bay Area, these are not the Best American Cities to Work in Tech for 2017. SmartAsset looked at cost of living and other factors to find other … Continued

Columbus: One Of The Best Cities For Job Seekers

Downtown Columbus OH Riverfront

In real estate, we know location is is a big factor in picking the right home. It’s important to consider location for job-seekers as well. If you’re looking for a great city and the best place to move for a fast growing career, put Columbus at the top of your list! Continue reading to find … Continued

Columbus OH Named Best Big City in Midwest

Columbus OH Downtown and River Front

While small cities might offer charm, people are flocking to big cities for the amenities, public transportation, jobs, parks, and the atmosphere. “…some of us don’t feel as if we’re really living unless we’re doing in in the middle of a bustling metropolis” – Money Magazine Article Author Sarah Max Recently, Columbus made the list … Continued

Central OH Summer Events 2016

Central Ohio Child in Summer

It’s officially summer! The days are longer, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a summer concert or movie. Check out our collection of 2016 Central OH summer events below. Browse by area to find things to do in your community. We’ve included everything from fun runs to TEDx, so you’re sure to find summer … Continued

Best Desserts In Columbus

Updated 2/13/2017 There are new restaurants popping up in the Columbus area every day, but where do you go if you just want what comes after the meal? There are a number of great dessert places in the area, and whether you’re in the mood for cake and cookies, or ice cream, you’ll have no … Continued

Things To Do In Central Ohio – January, 2016

Central OH Activities by Realtor Rita Boswell

2016 is here! Let’s start off the new year with some fun in Columbus. Here are some great events coming up to get on your calendar. Don’t hibernate. Franklin Park Conservatory – Orchids – 1777 E Broad St. Columbus, Ohio Jan 9-March 6 For the flower lovers you’ll love the beautiful Orchid exhibit. ___________________________________________________ Columbus … Continued

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Columbus Ohio Home Owners

Recently, we discussed the reasons why Central Ohio home ownership makes sense financially. Today, we wanted to touch on the emotional or “real” reasons that many Columbus area residents strive to become home owners. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the reasons that American’s … Continued

Highligh: A Treehouse in Columbus

What do you do when you find the perfect house lined with old shade trees? Build a treehouse! That’s exactly what Mike and Jamie O’Leary did when they found their home in Clintonville, Ohio. All they needed was the right sized yard, an old tree that was big enough, and they were able to accomplish … Continued