Whether your priorities are big backyards, minimalist lofts or historic homes chockful of charm, you’ll find your place here. Here’s a taste of the living options in and around Columbus.
University DistrictClose and convenient, this eclectic area includes 13 distinct neighborhoods in 2.83 square miles surrounding Ohio State. The district’s signature entertainment area, the Gateway, resulted from a decade-long partnership between the university and city intended to support the district’s revitalization.
Visit the University District
Downtown ColumbusThis vibrant area has recently added thousands of new apartments and condominiums, as well as two showcase parks, Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile.
German VillageOne of the largest privately funded preservation districts on the National Register of Historic Places. The brick-paved streets are lined with charming early- to mid-19th-century homes.
Visit German Village
Short NorthBorders 14 blocks along High Street with a nonstop line of bars, clubs, restaurants, shops and art galleries.
Visit the Short North Arts District
Victorian VillageGrand mansions and “painted ladies” from the Victorian Era edge the walkable streets.
Italian VillageThe homes and businesses in this part of town are undergoing rapid transformation and soaring popularity as people discover another neighborhood gem near Downtown.
If you’re drawn to stately homes, historic charm and award-winning schools, consider places such as Upper Arlington, Clintonville, Grandview, Worthington and Bexley.
Interested in newer homes, community centers and outstanding schools? Check out Dublin, Hilliard, Powell or New Albany.
MORE FAMILY-FRIENDLY OPTIONS:
There are even more affordable housing options, lots of young families and plenty of activities in Westerville, Gahanna, Grove City and Pickerington.
CHARM WORTH THE COMMUTE:
Delaware, north of Columbus, is the fastest-growing community in Ohio and is the quintessential small town. Northwest of the city, nearby Amish populations add to the appeal of Marysville and Plain City. To the east, you’ll find the Village of Granville, a quaint, New England-style community.