Worthington Ohio real estate


Old Worthington real estate office

The NEW  HER,  Old Worthington real estate office is official...  HER Worthington, Real Living HER (formerly known as HER Realtors)  is moving to 681 High St., Worthington, Ohio, formerly the Curio Cabinet.  We will be occupying part of the space, in what is known as the Kilbourne Commercial Building. The Kilbourne Commercial Building is said to be the oldest commercial space in Ohio, in continual use (but hasn't it not been used... just for a little bit in the scheme of things.)  It is truly a historic building.

Old Worthington HER Realtors office

In the story in the This Week News Worthington Community Newspaper  written by Candy Brooks titled "HER plans move to downtown site" says of the historic building in Old Worthington former uses:

"It has also been the offices of the Western Intelligencer, the area's first newspaper; a funeral home; the Worthington Hotel; and many shops."

Worthington's founder James Kilbourne built the structure as a home.  His surveying business was housed in his home.

Old Worthington real estate office

Now a real estate office on High St. on the first floor...

A plaque on the historic building:

Worthington Hotel Sign of the Sun

I believe that the Worthington Historical Society plaque on the building says is:

"The Worthington Hotel

Sign of the Sun

Public Entertainment

"To friends both old and new

accomodations are tendered

as good as the best

should anyone doubt this he is

respectfully requested

to come and see." James Kilbourne

December 1, 1843  Proprieter

Worthington Historical Society

The Worthington Historical Society has a second plaque on the building with information about James Kilbourne.

Old Worthington real estate officeHER Realtors

The newspaper calls us HER Realtors... our old name....  Our office at 6902 N. High St.  in Worthington has been around since the 1970s, I believe.  There was a house on High St. that was the first HER Realtors Worthington Office.

Downtown Worthington

Worthington a Planned Community

Old Worthington - National Historic District

St. John's Church Worthington Ohio



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Comment balloon 6 commentsMaureen McCabe • February 18 2011 02:10PM



I followed the link and read the articel. I wanted to ask you for some time what HER stands for. I thought I would see it in the article, but they did not decipher, either. I guess, it is such a familiar abbreviation for locals, that there is no need to spell it out, but I exhausted my imagination, and did  not come up with anything meaningful

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 6 years ago

Maureen - the picture could be in so many old European towns ... it wonderful that it's much more local ... like maybe Worthington, Ohio!  Thanks for sharing .... and I'll also be watching or your answer to JOn's question ...

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) about 6 years ago

Jon H.E.R. are initials.  We pronounce it "Aich Ee Arr." not "Her."  Those of us with "HER" pronounce the letters.  Usually most locals would pronounce it that way, but not necessarily if you have just seen it in writing.  It is the founders initials, Harley E. Rouda. HER is a  company that has been in Central Ohio since 1956.  It's been the leading company for decades, so no a local reporter would not make that distinction for readers.

Harley E. Rouda Sr.

Now if you are an agent with another local company and you are disgruntled over something you might pronounce it as "her."

I have answered the question a bunch of times here.  I think I have a post in 2006 with a photo of HER Sr. in a sea of HER Realtors signs.  There it is, the photo of Harley Rouda Sr.  That photograph  was on a history of HER Realtors page.  At least one of our former technology trainers for the brokerage said it is OK to use this and other photos on our websites..

Jack  Worthington was planned as a New England village in New England,before they came here and built it in 1803.  There is a document from the Worthington Architectural Review Board about how Old Worthington,  the original village is New England but the downtown, is a typical midwestern downtown.  I have been to New England but not really studied their business districts so I have to wonder how a New England "downtown" varies from a midwest "downtown."  I do think Worthington looks a lot like business districts in small towns in  Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin. 

Worthington has such an interesting history. It was preserved more than once because of down turns in the national economy.  It is just far enough from Columbus that it remained a little village into the 1950s. 

Worthington is wonderful,  Some of the other small cities that ring Columbus have an old downtown, a lot of times they will be called "Old" as a good thing... Old Dublin, Old Westerville.

Both of you watch for the name Harley E. Rouda.  It is Harley E. Rouda Jr. who is often quoted in real estate publications.  He is the CEO of Real Living, the company that started with HER Realtors, and two other Ohio real estate companies merging in 2002.  The latest merger was with  GMAC.  Brookfield  (I can never remember their whole name)  the company that owned GMAC real estate bought the franchise unit of Real Living.  

Real Living HER, formerly known as HER Realtors is locally owned and operated (Columbus Ohio.)

The link to the words' HER Realtors in the post links to a page on my new website such as it is ...  I have a page called HER Realtors which explains it.  I was getting that page ready for this announcement.  I guess I can put a photo up there too.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 6 years ago

Maureen - You are a fount of information - and a true delight!  Thanks for the history lesson on the agency and for the run down on the Worthington background.  I have very preliminary plans to visit with family in Columbus this summer .... perhaps you may find time for a coffee?

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) about 6 years ago


Thanks for the explanations. I am usually good decipheting abbreviations, but there is no way to figure when initials are used.

Like Jack, I enjoyed reading about Worthington as well.

Should have come earlier, but Hospital threw me back (and slowed down).


Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 6 years ago

Next week?  Moving in?  We got to see it.... (go in) yesterday.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 5 years ago