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Buying a Home in Columbia's The Village

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Inspired to buy your own home?
Look at all the creative reasons to buy a home in The Village

The Village, located in North Central Columbia, is an ideal place for people in the arts to live and work. We are an "Artist Friendly" neighborhood and encourage creative people to settle here. Some of the many benefits to artists, craftsmen, writers, and musicians are

  • The cost of living in Columbia is one of the lowest in the nation and housing in The Village is some of the most affordable in Columbia.
  • Columbia is centrally located for travel or shipping work to galleries and shows in other cities. The Village is within walking distance of downtown Columbia and Columbia's three college campuses. Learn more about the Downtown District at
  • There are many studio and workshop options in and around The Village, including the University of Missouri MSA Studios, Columbia College Fine Arts Programs, Columbia Art League workshops. Access Art workshops. City of Columbia Adult Education classes. More public studio options are in the planning stages.
  • The North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association (NCCNA) has been supportive of the arts since 1993. Call John Clark to receive a newsletter: 573-442-7077.

For information about The Village email Susan Taylor Glasgow.

Numerous assistance programs are available from the City of Columbia to new homeowners and existing property owners in The Village

  • Homeownership Assistance Program (up to a $3,500 grant for a downpayment)
  • Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program (1% loan up to $35,000)
  • Energy Assistance Program (low interest loans for energy conservation)
  • Rental Rehabilitation Program (1% loan up to $25,000 to rental owners)
  • Code Deficiency Abatement Program (1% up to $5,000 bringing properties to code)
  • Emergency Home Repair Program (1% loan up to $4,500)

Contact the City of Columbia for more information about these programs:

Housing Programs
Phone 573-874-7239
TTY 573-874-6364
FAX 573-874-7546

For help in starting a new business call the Small Business Association: 573-882-7096.