Residential neighborhoods in Columbus are very diverse. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy a home, you have many great options when it comes to choosing a location. There is the old historic charm of German Village, the developing centrally located Clintonville, or the comfortable family focused Upper Arlington. Whether you like to be close to the night life, good public schools, or historic homes, there is a fitting neighborhood for you. Here are the 10 best neighborhoods to live in Columbus.
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1. German Village
Just south of downtown, German Village is a historic neighborhood that was settled by German immigrants in the early-to-mid 19th century. Immigrants from Germany made up nearly a third of the city's entire population at one time. This neighborhood has maintained the charm of small brick houses, careful gardens, and cobblestone streets. Visitors and residents alike love to wander the area and relax at Schiller Park.
Clintonville is becoming more and more of a favorite neighborhood among all sorts of Columbusites. Originally established as vast farmland north of the city, this area became populated with families looking to get a bit further out of downtown and with professors looking to settle just north of Ohio State's campus. Today Clintonville is a large friendly neighborhood with a great sense of community, lots of green spaces, easy access to the Olentangy Trail, and all sorts of new restaurants and bars.
Located on the north side of Columbus, Worthington is a wonderful family-oriented neighborhood. It was founded by James Kilbourne, and named after Thomas Worthington, who later became governor of Ohio. Worthington has excellent schools, an excellent public library, and easy access to most of the city's main freeways. The neighborhood centers around North High Street and road 161, both of which offer many stores, boutiques, and eateries.
4. Old North Columbus
Old North Columbus is a great place to live if you want to be close to Ohio State's campus. Affordable and safe, this neighborhood is always busy with folks looking for a good time. In the center of the Old North, along High Street, you will find music venues, famous old bars such as Dick's Den, local restaurants and diners, and fun bars where you can play a round of darts with your friends. As you make your way away from High Street, you will find calm quiet streets with mid-century doubles and town homes.
5. Upper Arlington
This great suburb is located just a short distance from Ohio State's campus, downtown, and other central Columbus neighborhoods. Upper Arlington is a highly desired residential area. It offers great public schools, centers, and parks, which makes it an excellent place to raise a family. Upper Arlington is also the home of many historic buildings that now house schools, churches, and other establishments.
6. Grandview Heights
This neighborhood is also central and convenient for anybody who wants to be close to campus, the Short North, or downtown. Grandview Heights is both hip and family oriented. College students choose this neighborhood for campus proximity, walk-ability, and restaurant options. Families choose Grandview for safety, schools, and affordability. Grandview Avenue is a busy commercial strip with everyone's favorite Stauf's Coffee House, as well as many other coffee shops and restaurants.
7. Victorian Village
Victorian Village was established as one of Columbus' first suburbs in the late 19th century. Neil Avenue, the central street of the neighborhood, was named after William "Billy" Neil, who purchased the area as farmland half a century earlier. Victorian Village is named after its famous historic Victorian homes. It is truly a beautiful place to live and visit. This neighborhood is very walkable, just west of Short North's night life, and just south of Ohio State.
Dublin is home to the annual Dublin Irish Festival, the largest three-day Irish festival in the world, and PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament. It also holds the headquarters of many companies, including Cardinal Health, IGS Energy, Stanley Steemer, and Wendy's. Dublin is a large northwestern suburb with lots of business opportunities and lots of historic Irish charm.
9. Italian Village
Named after the Italian architecture of many of its historic homes, Italian Village is a residential and commercial area located just north of downtown and just east of the Short North. It is a hot new neighborhood for home owners, renters, and small businesses. Italian Village is home to many much loved establishments, including Seventh Son Brewing Company, The Italian Market, and Little Lock Bar.
10. Short North
If you like to be in the center of it all, Short North is your place to live. The hottest place to be on the weekends, the Short North holds hundreds of bars, restaurants, dancing clubs, as well as art galleries, boutiques, and salons. This neighborhood is located directly in between Ohio State's campus and downtown Columbus. A variety of housing styles are available, and transportation up and down High Street is easy with COTA's #2 bus.
With so many great places to live in Columbus, which one will you choose? Let us know what you love about your neighborhood.