Most people who are looking to build a new home in Ohio look for land in the country. Many don’t know about the plenty of small towns in northwest Ohio that are great places to call home. The charm of a small town attracts those who love history, old architecture and neighbors who know your name. From the town square to the little red school house, there are plenty of reasons to build in one of these top small towns in northwest Ohio.

1. Defiance, OH

Defiance is more than the spot where General “Mad” Anthony Wayne took a stand against the English, the Native Americans and the ‘devils of hell.’ Formerly Fort Defiance, this small town in northwest Ohio boasts a small liberal arts college and Independence Dam State Park along the Maumee River.

Ludwig Mill in Grand Rapids, OH

2. Grand Rapids, OH

With less than 1,000 residents, Grand Rapids is the perfect small town. From its picturesque main street to the Apple Butter Festival, you’ll love calling this tiny town home.

3. Maumee, OH

Named after the river that runs along it, this small town was an important stronghold during the American Revolutionary War. As a main shipping route, the town was vital for moving products from Lake Erie to mid-west states. Following an economic revolution in the 1970s, the town now boasts around 14,000 friends, family and neighbors.

4. Perrysburg, OH

Located along the banks of the Maumee River, Perrysburg is rated as one of Northwest Ohio’s safest places to live. It’s rich in history with nearby Fort Meigs and has plenty of shopping, dining and land to build your dream home.

Marblehead Lighthouse

5. Marblehead, OH

If lakeside living is for you, consider building in the small town of Marblehead, which sticks out into Lake Erie on a peninsula. With several lots available, your new dream home could be a few minutes’ walk to the beach!

6. Hicksville, OH

Who would have thought that there was an actual town called Hicksville? Well Ohioans do, for sure! This town makes its claim to fame in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. With over 70% of the town consisting of married couples and their children, it’s a wonder why more people don’t call this small-town home!

7. Archbold, Ohio

This small town in northwest Ohio goes way back. So far back that if you look hard enough, you just might find a young woman on a porch churning butter. Archbold is home to the Sauder Village: a historic village complete with antique train rides and period dresses.

When you build with K. Hovnanian Homes Build on Your Lot, you don’t have to worry about those unexpected expenses that come with existing homes. You have the time and peace of mind to get out there and explore your small town. Visit us today at our Bowling Green Design Studio to learn more about building your dream home or visit us online at

Last Updated on June 28, 2019