As the city of Columbus sprawls outward and housing availability remains scarce, more Central Ohioans seem drawn to the idea of building a new home closer to Downtown.

Matt Curtis’ family of three moved into a new Compass home in Arlington two years ago, built across the street from the 1951 house they had inhabited for 15 years.

“We had renovated every room in the house and we wanted to open it up and add on more, but that would have been a significant expense,” Curtis says.

Instead, the family presented a laundry list of needs to Compass Homes and got about 80 to 90 percent of what they desired. 

“It was a big step for us; we had never built a house before,” Curtis says. “My wife would have never left this neighborhood where kids are running around and you can walk to places and now we have the luxury of having a brand-new house.”

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