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In the market for a house in the Columbus area? Dublin could be the right place to call home because while the city is known for its annual Irish Festival and the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, there is much more to this Columbus suburb, local realtors said.

Mike and Lorie Strange from Keller Williams Consultants Realty not only sell real estate in Dublin, they live there, too and see many benefits to living in the city.

“Dublin’s always been strong,” Mike Strange said. “The schools are great. The area is well maintained. It’s safe. It’s clean. There are a lot of amenities.”

In fact, 99% of Dublin residents who responded to a 2022 Dublin Community Attitudes Survey said it is an excellent or good place to live and expressed high satisfaction in city services.

And while the Stranges, who have lived in Dublin for decades, may pay higher property taxes than residents of other cities, they said it’s worth it.

“You get what you pay for,” Mike Strange said.

Plus, homebuyers and other real estate purchasers are likely to be a good return on that investment, Anne Nossaman of Parker Realty Associates in Dublin, said.

“Whether it’s land or a house, properties will go up in value,” she said. “Everything in Dublin that I’ve seen goes up in value. Dublin has really good development, good government.”

Just a few months ago, houses would get multiple offers and sell for well over list price within days of going on the market, Nossaman said. However, the market is changing, with average homes experiencing more time on the market and offers coming in around list price. She said this change in the housing market is normal for this time of year.

“It slows down about this time of year all the time,” Nossaman said. “People are getting their last vacations in. Kids are starting school. It picks up at the end of September. But the housing market is still strong.”

She said the city not only has great residential neighborhoods, but also is home to a number of large businesses, with the headquarters for numerous large companies, such as Wendy’s Company, Safelight Group Inc. and Cardinal Health Inc. are located in Dublin.

Nossaman said Dublin’s amenities are also a great draw for residents, including parks, festivals, market days in the summer, restaurants, bars, shopping, places of worship, good schools and OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital.

Dublin’s parks include Coffman Park, a hub for local events that includes a community recreation center, amphitheater, public art, multipurpose trails, playgrounds and a skating rink. Numerous other parks in Dublin offer opportunities for sports teams, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling and more. There are also two public outdoor swimming pools.

Plus, the recent addition of Bridge Park offers more shopping and dining options, contributing to what is called the “Dublin Bubble” — a radius of 5-10 miles offering schools, parks, trails, kids’ activities, pools, shopping, dining and entertainment, Nossaman said.

Nossaman said she loves Bridge Park, not just for the additional amenities it offers to the community, but also for how it connects old Dublin to the new.

“Bridge Park and the pedestrian bridge, who else has that? It’s one of the largest suspension bridges in the world,” she said. “It’s a great walking area. You can walk from Bridge Park across to old Dublin.”

Karyn Johnson is a freelance journalist.