Worthington Ohio real estate


Riverlea is not a Worthington neighborhood yet...

Riverlea is not a Worthington neighborhood yet...

Village of Riverlea signIn 'Riverlea a step closer to being annexed by Worthington', Dean Narciso of the Columbus Dispatch writes of the steps in the annexation process the village will go through. 

Riverlea is not a Worthington neighborhood

It's hard sometimes to remember that Riverlea is not a Worthington neighborhood.  Riverlea is a separate village on the Olentangy River surrounded by Worthington on three sides... kinda sorta.  Riverlea is not quite rectangular. 

Until recently our MLS area (the Columbus Board of REALTORS multiple listing service ) had an area which was City of Worthington and the Village of Riverlea.  MLS areas were done away with recently.  Riverlea was lumped in with the City of Worthington while other areas in the Worthington City School District in the City of Columbus and unincorporated areas were in different MLS areas. In the 1990s Riverlea was in an MLS area for unincorporated areas of northern Franklin County.  It was in an MLS area with much of Worthington Hills, Worthington Estates and other little pockets of homes outside the corporation limits of Columbus or Worthington.

Life in the Village of RiverleaCity of Worthington

Riverlea has a Worthington mailing address... so do other neighborhoods not in the City of Worthington too, Riverlea is in the 43085 zip code.  So are some Columbus neighborhoods along the west side of the Olentangy River.. in the 43085 zip code.  There are  neighborhoods north of 270 in the city of Columbus in the zip code too.

Riverlea is in the Worthington City School District and so are other neighborhoods in the City of Columbus and Perry and Sharon Townships. 

Riverlea has Worthington police and fire service.  Riverlea looked at contracting with the Sharon Township Police a few years back as I recall.

Riverlea is not a Worthington neighborhood yet...

What happens if Worthington spurns Riverlea?  Annexation to Columbus?


Riverlea is pronounced River - lee

Worthington and Riverlea crossing the border

An old market report about the area  Worthington "Proper" and Riverlea

The most recent market report for the Worthington City School District real estate  includes the City of Worthington and Riverlea but also included City of Columbus neighborhoods and neigborhoods in unincorported areas which are in the school district.


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Comment balloon 3 commentsMaureen McCabe • February 09 2011 08:12AM


Interesting that many people probably assume it is part of Worthington... so many things would indicate that it is.  Not familiar with the area but enjoyed the read anyway!  Nicely done.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 9 years ago

Our area is very, very confusing.  A few years ago I remember wondering if a listing agent understood that her listing was in the Village of Riverlea not in the City of Worthington. I know when I moved to Columbus "our" agent (subagent of the seller due to the custom at the time) tried to convince me the house we were writing an offer on was in Dublin. It had a Dublin address.  It was in Dublin schools but it was NOT in Dublin. It was in the City of Columbus.  Lovely home.  Lovely neighborhood.  Not in the City of Dublin, no matter what.   

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 9 years ago

Maureen - West Coast California .... the lexicon is different ... but the concept is often the same.  We have a number of locations that have evolved into their own specific identity ... and except for the legalities that may be involved ... by custom they may be a part of ... or not a part of ... a specific municipality.  Major flaw ... at the height of the market a builder was putting together a subdivision of luxury homes as part of the city .... turned out to be the country ... permitting process was completely different .... at the local and state level.  There's more to that story, but the end result ... he had finished homes he could not transfer for well over 6 months ... until the paperwork was right!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi, The Nines Team in Lodi (The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi) over 9 years ago