January 8th, 2016
Jim Weiker, The Columbus Dispatch
Muirfield, New Albany regain favor among biggest spenders in central Ohio
The new season of the Bold and Beautiful – otherwise known as the top home sales of the year – features a return to the suburbs and one plot twist.
The twist: The 10 most expensive homes sold in central Ohio in 2015 include two homes at the same address: a pair of units in the Condominiums at North Bank Park tower that sold for $2.1 million and $1.9 million.
The list also includes a grand Tudor revival mansion on Park Drive in Columbus that sold in July for $2.75 million, making it possibly the priciest home ever sold in the city.
Otherwise, high-flying buyers headed to the ‘burbs. After Upper Arlington and Bexley homes peppered the past two annual Top 10 lists, southern Delaware County and New Albany regained their crowns in 2015.
Half of the most expensive homes sold last year in central Ohio were in southern Delaware County. Atop the list: a $4 million, 13,000-square-foot home along the sixth hole of the Muirfield tournament golf course.
“Sales in Muirfield are really good,” said Neil Mathias, with the Coldwell Banker King Thompson firm Mathias Marketing, which was involved in two of the Top 10 sales. “There’s a resurgence of interest in homes on the tournament course.”
Mathias noted that many of Muirfield’s original owners, who bought in the 1980s and ’90s, are downsizing -thus, the turnover.