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The Jeff Finke Realty Team, serving Indiana’s Columbus/Barthlomew County metropolitan area, invites you to explore the communities and townships of our region—and discover the land described as "authentic, unique, and unspoiled" by National Geographic magazine—for yourself! Bartholomew County’s Columbus is located within the Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati triangle. Jeff Finke, as owner and broker, leads his team of five experts in their own specific fields. When our clients engage the services of any of our agents, they draw upon the knowledge and collaboration of the entire Jeff Finke Realty Team—essentially, clients get a team of experts for the price of one. The Jeff Finke Realty Team is the only real estate brokerage in our area that operates on this model, giving our clients an advantage in the market.
In 2002, Jeff Finke was endowed the prestigious REALTOR® of the Year award in Columbus; in addition to this high achievement, Jeff holds the REALTOR® field distinctions of GRI and CRS. The GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute) is considered the nation’s number one real estate designation and is recognized nationwide as the standard for real estate professionalism and knowledge. Clients of Jeff Finke Realty Team are met with the true professionalism indicative of this designation in each of our team members, all of whom hold a solid grasp of the fundamentals of real estate. The CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation, like the GRI, is among the highest distinctions awarded to sales associates in the field of residential sales, recognizing professional accomplishments in experience and education. Jeff Finke and his team are civically involved in their local community and bring over twenty years of experience and a solid reputation of success and integrity to both new clients and loyal, life-long clients as well. With five knowledgeable and experienced associates, Jeff Finke Realty Team is prepared to meet the real estate needs of any client, happily serving both buyers and sellers of real estate in the Columbus, Indiana metropolitan area.
Agents of our team specialize in a broad range of areas: From new constructions, new homes, lots and land acreages and commercial properties to investment properties, duplexes, rentals and condominiums, Jeff Finke Realty Team has a qualified agent waiting to assist any real estate need. First time homeowners, residential single-family properties and lakefront or luxury homes are handled with equal skill, attention and precision. Homeowners facing hard times and who require foreclosure avoidance options may place faith in our qualified specialization agents. Jeff Finke Realty Team handles foreclosures, REO’s, short sales and bank-owned properties with the efficiency, and expedience of a professional and the understanding and compassion of a friend. Columbus is currently ranked 11th in the United States on the list of safest cities per population and is located at the junction of the Driftwood and Flatrock Rivers, where the East Fork of the White River forms.
This region is a community that appreciates and upholds small-town values while benefiting from big-city efficiencies and a more cosmopolitan world view. The Columbus metro area is convenient to everything nearby: Brown County (26 minutes), Greenwood (39 minutes), Franklin (27 minutes), Greensburg (44 minutes), Indianapolis (50 minutes), Bloomington (49 minutes), Seymour (26 minutes), Louisville (1 hour) and Cincinnati, Ohio (1 hour, 45 minutes) are all an easy drive’s distance, making our townships, cities and neighborhoods convenient bedroom communities for commuters who prefer a semi-rural quality of life with easy access to city conveniences. The Jeff Finke Team has an experienced background in the townships of Bartholomew County (Clay, Clifty, Columbus, Flat Rock, German, Harrison, Haw Creek, Jackson, Ohio, Rock Creek, Sand Creek and Wayne) and the cities, towns and communities of these townships. Jeff Finke Team is uniquely prepared to help clients find their perfect properties anywhere in Bartholomew County: from condominiums, luxury homes or new constructions in Columbus to single family homes, duplexes or rentals in Elizabethtown, Taylorsville, Hope or Edinburgh, Jeff Finke and his team would like you to join the many new neighbors who are proud to tell their new neighbors, “Jeff Sold Me”.
The Columbus metropolitan area is well-known regionally, nationally and world wide for its public art, gardens, landscaping and a first-rate park system. Columbus’s architecture, ranked sixth in the U.S. for architectural innovation and design by the American Institute of Architects, is what truly makes the city and region distinct and in a class of its own. Columbus’s history is a rich tapestry that reaches back to Barthlomew County’s nomenclature in honor of the Battle of Tippecanoe’s hero, Lt. Col. Joseph Bartholomew. However, Columbus’s more modern history, has earned the city the nickname " Athens of the Prairie". J. I. Miller instituted the Cummins Foundation in 1954. An industrialist and patron of modern architecture, Miller was instrumental in giving his hometown international stature with its buildings. In 1957, Miller made an offer to the city of Columbus that the Cummins Foundation would pay all the architects fees for new public buildings in Columbus; Columbus is now high-ranked as a “Modernist Mecca”, with works by luminaries like Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Robert Venturi, Cesar Pelli, and Richard Meier located throughout the city.
Over 60 structures and buildings sustain Bartholomew County seat's reputation as a showcase of modern architecture, with six buildings built between 1942 and 1965 designated as National Historic Landmarks. Some of Columbus’s modernist marvels include: Cleo Rogers Memorial Library (I. M. Pei), Columbus East High School (Romaldo Giurgola), the Commons Centre and Mall (César Pelli), St. Peter's Lutheran Church and Lincoln Elementary School (Gunnar Birkerts), North Christian Church (Eero Saarinen), Otter Creek Golf Course (Harry Weese), Fire Station #4 (Robert Venturi), and The Republic Newspaper’s former building (Myron Goldsmith). Public art sculptures Large Arch (Henry Moore) and The Commons’ Chaos I (Jean Tinguely) also contribute to the landscape and architectural innovation Columbus has come to be world-renowned for. Additionally, Columbus is one of the vibrant stops on Indiana’s “Glass Trail”, connecting communities rich in Indiana’s tradition and history of glass arts, a showcase for the artisans of our state. Columbus is proud to publicly host two works by world-class glass artist Dale Chihuly: Persians, a unique and colorful glass quilt and Yellow Neon Chandelier, a radiant 900-piece neon chandelier, both of which are housed in the Columbus Visitors Center.
Columbus is proud of our regional diversity: in addition to our world-class architecture, our region also offers residents and visitors the preserved natural beauty of our parks and wildlife, upscale shopping and dining destinations, and a diverse choice of entertainment opportunities. With everything from nightclubs and spas to world-class art galleries available, Columbus area residents have a busy calendar to choose from. Whether you’re exploring history at Camp Atterbury or canoeing down the Flatrock, Driftwood or White River, Columbus has an Indiana adventure waiting. Anderson Falls Park and State Nature Preserve and Clifty Falls State Park’s waterfalls—Anderson Falls, Little Clifty, Hoffman Falls, or nearby Hanover’s Deadman Falls —invite guests to picnic, observe the wildlife, and enjoy the peaceful sound of water rushing over the ledges of our unique natural geography.
Columbus’s area park system also features 600 acres of park land and 19 miles of People Trails to enjoy at your leisure—hiking, biking, bird watching, and outdoor photography are all popular recreational activities. For rainy days or quieter tastes, choose a visit to the Crump Theatre, Indiana’s oldest historic theater, built in 1889, shop the 85 stores of the Edinburgh Premium Outlets or enjoy the glass-enclosed park at Columbus Commons Centre. The indoor playground, Kidscommons children’s museum and Nugent-Custer Performance Hall musical venue guarantee both kids and parents hours of enjoyment. Or take the challenge to follow the Yellow Trail to “A Surprising Little Town" called Hope. Hope’s unique history is on display in The Yellow Trail Museum and local businesses Strawberry Fields Mercantile and Aunt Amiee’s Tea Room are two stops on the “Indiana Chocolate Trail” that offer a taste of Indiana’s sweetness. For more of Indiana’s flavor, enjoy a full tour of chocolate shops on the “Chocolate Trail”, sample the wines and microbrews during a tour of Simmons Winery or Power House Brewing Company or savor country flavors at Stream Cliff Herb Farm.
No Columbus visit (or summer night!) is complete without a trip to Zaharakos, where history and confectionary meet. Zaharako’s Victorian Soda Shoppe is a fully restored turn of the century ice cream parlor—lovingly decorated with Tiffany-styled lamps, double soda fountains, carved oak, stained glass and marble. A local favorite since 1900, the ice cream parlor invites guests to learn about the history of its soda fountains and the mechanical music of its Welte orchestrion at the adjoining Zaharakos Museum. Bartholomew County is ideal for both families, professionals and retirees alike, offering a wide variety of services catering to residents from all walks of life. Columbus’s mild weather, affordable cost of living, low crime rates, convenience to other nearby communities, city amenities, numerous recreational opportunities and highly rated school systems (Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation and the Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation) make life in Columbus a neighborhood experience that’s close to everything. The experienced professional agents of the Jeff Finke Realty Team are available by phone, e-mail and newly implemented resources Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to better serve their clients and new neighbors. Come find your new neighborhood in Columbus or Bartholomew County; let The Jeff Finke Realty Team hand you the keys and be first to welcome you home!