Top Ten Reasons to Love Living in Columbus, Ohio
Legend has it that Cleveland rocks. Well, guess what? So does Columbus. Ohio’s capital city is bursting at the seams with amazing things to do both indoors and out. It’s also the county seat of Franklin County, the most populous city in Ohio, and one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. This glorious city by the water is situated at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers.
The greater Columbus area is home to the headquarters of numerous national and international companies, including Fortune 500 companies such as Cardinal Health, American Electric Power, Nationwide Mutual Insurance and Big Lots. Several large restaurant and hospitality chains are also headquartered in and around Columbus, including Wendy’s, White Castle and Red Roof Inn.
While Columbus boasts nearly one million citizens, it still maintains the friendliness, charm and Midwestern small town hospitality that the Buckeye State is known for—making it a great place to buy a new home and raise a family. Let’s take a look at the Top Ten Reasons to Love Living in Columbus, Ohio.
- The neighborhoods. As the third largest city in the Midwest, Columbus boasts an impressive number of diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. First-time guests of Columbus will have no difficulty finding cool and unique spots to check out. If you are in search of awe-inspiring architecture, look no further than the Victorian Village. Considered the model of fine residential architecture, Victorian Village is a perfect spot for taking wonderfully fun Instagram pictures and peaceful strolls. German Village is also a hot spot to explore on foot. It is home to beautiful, traditional brick buildings that offer a plethora of shops and restaurants. If you are more interested in the electric vibe of the city, make sure to spend some time in Downtown Columbus where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and cuisine. Make a point to stop by the North Market, Columbus’ largest public market, to get the ultimate neighborhood experience.
- The food. DISCLAIMER: Do not read this portion hungry. Columbus is home to many delicious restaurants. Reading about these amazing eateries on an empty stomach is just too cruel. You have been warned.
Whether you are in search of a fun, casual meal or a romantic fine dining experience, Columbus has you covered. When in search of a truly fresh breakfast in Columbus, stop in at Skillet and enjoy an omelet. Skillet is a farm to table restaurant and sources the cheese for their omelets from another Columbus business, Black Radish Creamery. For lunch, try a hot dog at the Columbus staple, Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace. For dinner, consider either Lindey’s or Z Cucina di Spirito. Lindey’s is an upscale American restaurant that also offers vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. The atmosphere is perfect for romantic evenings. Be a little adventurous with Z Cucina, an upscale Italian restaurant that just happens to be the top-rated restaurant in Columbus on Tripadvisor. If something sweet is what you’re after, then Flowers and Bread is for you. Flowers and Bread is both a florist and a pastry shop. If you’re going to stop and smell the roses, why not do it with a dessert?
- The parks. One of the greatest parts of living in Columbus is having your choice of beautiful and maintained parks to enjoy. Walk along the Scioto River at the Scioto Mile park. Enjoy the breathtakingly sculpted garden landscapes of the nine-acre Topiary Garden. Or lose yourself in the beauty and romance of nature in the 13-acre Columbus Park of Roses. If you are more in search of education and adventure, journey 45 minutes out of Columbus to Hocking Hills State Park and enjoy some hiking. Then, spend a night under the stars at the John Glenn Astronomy Park.
- The Suburbs. Living in Columbus proper is just right for some, but people looking to settle down with a family might prefer suburban life. Those looking to plant roots in a close-knit community outside of Columbus city limits while still being close enough to commute to Columbus for work or a night on the town are in luck. New home builders in the Columbus area have focused construction on developing lovely communities near the city.
- If you are in search of a neighborhood that offers the perks of suburban life and the convenience of being near Downtown Columbus, look at homes for sale in Butler Farms in Obetz.
- Wanting to live closer to Ohio State’s campus on the north side of Columbus? The family-friendly neighborhoods of Adalee Park, Springer Woods or The Reserve at Lantern Chase in Delaware might be for you. You can also check out The Corners at Johnnycakes and The Reserve at Hidden Creek (both in Galena), Meadows of Mill Creek in Ostrander or Weaver Ridge in Marysville.
- If the north side isn’t for you and your family, consider Chestnut Commons to the south of Grove City in Commercial Point.
- Finally, the east side has some excellent homes for sale in suburban communities where your family can grow. Still wanting to remain near to Columbus? The welcoming towns of Lithopolis and Canal Winchester are wonderful options for that. Explore new home options in Wagnalls Run in Lithopolis and Canal Cove in Canal Winchester.
- Slightly to the northeast is the town of Pickerington. Pickerington also has many new homes for sale constructed by quality new home builders in charming neighborhoods like Preston Trails and Willow Pond. Another great neighborhood, Broadmoor Commons, is located to the north of Pickerington in Pataskala. Living in Broadmoor Commons comes with the choice of floorplans including lifestyle paired patios.
- Options for neighborhoods with new homes for sale to the southeast of Columbus include The Overlook and Brentwood, located in Lancaster. To the far northeast is the town of Granville, you’ll find the beautiful and inclusive Ellington Village.
- The family fun. Living in Columbus could almost be any kid’s dream. It is a super kid-friendly city with lots for the whole family to do. Take the whole family to the Legoland Discovery Center for an amazing day of activity. Active children will also love Rockin Jump trampolines in Westerville. Rockin Jump has over 10,000 square feet of trampolines to play on. If your kids are more into the arts and drama, visit the Columbus Children’s Theater. Young scientists can learn and explore at the Center for Science and Industry (COSI). The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is perfect for the wild child, where the whole family can make a splash at Zoombazi Bay, the zoo’s waterpark. Kids who are dedicated to sports can train right alongside some of the greatest young athletes in the Midwest at the renowned Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports Training Facility.
- The sports. Speaking of sports, Columbus has no shortage of local home teams to root for. If you are a lifelong fan of America’s favorite pastime or just looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon, check out a Columbus Clippers game. The Columbus Clippers are a 3A affiliate team of the Cleveland Indians. If you are more of a soccer person, then you’re in luck. Columbus is home to Major League Soccer team, the Columbus Crew SC. Hockey fans can root on the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets. And if college sports are your jam, come be a part of one of sport’s most electrifying game experiences at THE Ohio State University.
- The culture. Columbus has a rich cultural scene with much to offer patrons. Often called the soul of arts and culture in Columbus, the Short North Arts District is a perfect spot for the hip and artsy. The streets of the art district are home to vinyl record stores, vintage clothing stores, streetwear boutiques and old warehouses converted to art galleries. When exploring the Short North Arts District, check out the culinary arts scene, and consider taking a Columbus Food Adventure or a Columbus Brew Adventure. If you are in search of a great museum, check out the Columbus Museum of Art. If you want to get a little bit more hands-on with your art instead of just looking at someone else’s, be sure to visit Glass Axis and blow your own glass. In search of great music in Columbus? The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus is always certain to put on a great concert. Or, spend an evening listening to the Columbus Symphony. Not in the mood for choral music or classical? That’s okay! The Columbus Jazz Orchestra has you covered. If dancing is more your thing, look no further than the BalletMet Columbus.
- The nightlife. Staying out past your regular bedtime for a night on the town is an exciting and fun change of pace. However, that means different things for different people. A night on the town for some might be staying out until the crack of dawn, and to others, staying out until 8:30 might be a big deal. For those trying to find a happy medium of staying out and having fun while still being able to function the next day, Columbus has a lot of options. Have a little Vegas in Columbus and make a night out of Scioto Downs. This “Racino” is not only a great place for fun gaming but also a place to watch gripping races and entertaining shows. Betting isn’t your thing? Hold on to your money and go for a romantic walk through Huntington Gardens in the German Village. Picture Stefan on his old SNL bit saying, “visit Columbus’ hottest clubs…” Bullwinkles or Axis Nightclub. If all that dancing has got you hungry, grab some pizza from Mikey’s Late Night Slice.
- The cost of living. Being a Buckeye in Columbus has many perks, and the cost of living is certainly one of them. The cost of living in Columbus is not only lower than the overall Ohio average, but also the U.S. average as well. In fact, Columbus, Ohio is 10 percent more affordable to live in than the U.S. average. If you want your dollar to go as far as it can when buying a home in Ohio, Columbus might be just right for you.
- The transportation. While Columbus is a highly walkable city, why walk when there are so many transportation options? You can use CBUS, Columbus’ free downtown circulator, or catch a ride in one of more than 500 taxis. Ride-sharing in Columbus is also quite common and makes getting from point A to point B worry-free. Even flying out ot the city is convenient with the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
While there is still so many places to be and things to do in Columbus, you probably get the picture that living in Columbus is awesome. If you are looking for a new-build home or a move in ready home in or around Columbus, talk to a quality new home builder to get information on finding your dream home. Contact Westport Homes today to get started.