When the last of their three children moved out, Bruce and Carol Savage decided it was time to downsize.

When the last of their three children moved out, Bruce and Carol Savage decided it was time to downsize.

"We're like a lot of empty-nesters," Mrs. Savage said. "We decided to go urban."

Their ultimate destination, a two-story brick house at 655 S. Grant Ave., is one of 13 stops on the 2016 German Village Haus und Garten Tour, slated for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 26.

The Savages moved 61/2 years ago from Upper Arlington to German Village.

The 2,300-square-foot residence has a classic-meets-modern interior, with hardwood floors, area rugs and an updated kitchen, with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a wine refrigerator.

"We do a lot of entertaining," Mrs. Savage said.

The downstairs has two gas-burning fireplaces, one edged in marble and the other framed in dark wood.

Molly Savage, the couple's daughter and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, is an artist whose work is displayed throughout the space.

The upstairs offers two bedrooms, an office and a walk-in pantry.

Outside, the paver patio, which has a fountain, is edged in lush greenery.

"I really, really wanted a nice garden in German Village," Mrs. Savage said.

The two were considering a downtown condo, but decided a house was a better fit.

"This is so much more of neighborhood," she said.

Tickets to the 57th Haus und Garten Tour are $20 and available at germanvillage.com.

Patrons can also purchase tickets for $18 at most local Giant Eagle stories.

"My favorite part of this tour is that you see every kind of home, from the northern cottage to the park-side grandeur, along the route," said Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the German Village Society.

"You get a converted Dutch Double, you get gardens galore," Todorov said.

"Many homes include the garden this year, as opposed to separate garden stops (but) there is one garden-only (stop)," she said.

"You get ultra-modern interiors and period-appropriate decor."

One of the sites, a house still under construction at 35 Sycamore St., is considered a bonus stop for patrons, because it will only be available for view on tour day, Todorov said.

Spectators can start their tour at any of the stops.

Parking usually is at a premium during the tour. A free lot will be available at the corner of Sycamore and Bank streets in the Brewery District.

A free shuttle will run from the parking lot to the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Free golf carts will run along the tour route all day.

The tour and related PreTour, to be held June 25, are the largest annual fundraisers for the German Village Society.

Proceeds support historic preservation and educational programs in the neighborhood.

The PreTour cocktail party, which has been sold out, kicks off the weekend at 4 p.m. June 25 at Copious and Notes, both part of the same venue in the Brewery District.

Those attending the PreTour event will get a preview tour of the homes and gardens from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Private dinners begin at 8:30 p.m.