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Columbus Neighborhoods

The following neighborhood descriptions are provided with permission of the creators of the Columbus Supersite. 

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German Village

Quaint brick streets and homes make this pedestrian-friendly community attractive to anyone seeking urban living. Just south of downtown, German Village is the perfect choice for professionals working in the heart of the city.

Approximate distance from CULS: 1 mile.
WOSU Video about German Village  

Short North

A little more than 10 years ago this area was not much more than a few shops and a little housing. Today, the Short North is alive and well and bustling with residents, art galleries, shops and restaurants. The revitalization of this area--just north of downtown--Columbus has made it a desirable and eclectic neighborhood for urban living. The first Saturday of each month has turned into a Columbus ritual. The Gallery Hop welcomes visitors to the area as the galleries open their doors for viewing and entertaining. Street musicians mix with the crowds and this monthly event takes on its own personality each time.

Approximate distance from CULS: 1.5 miles.
WOSU Video about the Short North  

Victorian Village

This area just northwest of downtown, is full of large Victorian era homes that have been renovated. For an interesting afternoon walk, explore Victorian Village's tree-lined streets and its many colorfully painted houses. In the middle of the neighborhood is beautiful Goodale Park which is perfect for walks, runs, and community events.

Approximate distance from CULS: 2 miles. 

Italian Village

Italian Village is just east of High Street with single family homes in a moderate price range. Because of its location, close to the Short North activity, the area is popular among young professionals.

Approximate distance from CULS: 1 mile.  


Built in the 1920s, Clintonville is a great family neighborhood. It is located just north of The Ohio State University and is surrounded by many parks. The neighborhood features a variety of home styles--from brick ranches to elegant two-stories--with plenty of quiet streets for evening walks.

Approximate distance from CULS: 6 miles. 

East Suburbs


Bexley maintains a quiet dignity that has made it one of the finest communities in Ohio. Bexley is blessed with beautiful tree-lined streets, homes ranging from family starters to estate-sized mansions, continually increasing property values, and a small, unique business district.  Bexley is known for outstanding schools and excellent city services. Bexley is home to Capital University, a Liberal Arts university known for its law and business schools. Nationally known artists give concerts and lectures at Capital. Its music groups are top quality and its small Schumacher Gallery offers art exhibits during the year.

Approximate distance from CULS: 3 miles. 

New Albany

The serene settings of streets lined with white fences, the majesty of green seas splashing with gently rolling hills, the class of contemporary scenery and the comfort of traditional values. Welcome to the Village of New Albany, the crossroads of simplicity and sophistication. The resources of a metropolitan city and the tranquility of country living meet to create this cosmopolitan village. Minutes from the Columbus Airport and the heart of downtown, New Albany offers a researched and carefully planned community. Natural foliage and running streams accent neighborhoods of Georgian architecture and open green spaces.

Approximate distance from CULS: 14 miles. 


Pickerington has all the amenities of city life with a delightful blend of small town friendliness. Rolling, wooded hills and fields, neighborhoods with civic organizations and an historical downtown district are just part of its charm.

Approximate distance from CULS: 16 miles.


Reynoldsburg is a clean, attractive small city. It incorporates parts of three counties: Franklin in the center and west, Licking to the east, and Fairfield to the south. Reynoldsburg residents enjoy a low crime rate, well-kept streets, quality schools, and an excellent community standard of living.

Approximate distance from CULS: 12 miles.

North Columbus


The entire city of Worthington is seasoned with history. Its colonial, New England origins can be seen in the architecture of many of the city's buildings, old and new. Many of its original shops and homes are preserved as a tribute to the pioneers who settled there. A wide variety of homes, both in style and price, an award winning school system, active community development, and an excellent parks and recreation system make Worthington one of the finest communities in Greater Columbus.

Approximate distance from CULS: 11 miles.


The City of Westerville (population 43,769) offers the charm of a bedroom community with a dynamic environment for business. The character and charm of Westerville's unique "Uptown District" speaks to the pride and preservation of its past, and the new residential and business developments are proof of effective planning for the future.  Located less than fifteen minutes from downtown Columbus and within 500 miles of more than half the nation's population, Westerville is home to the JP Morgan Chase, Cheryl & Co., and St. Ann's Hospital, to name a few. In fact, companies representing ninety different SIC classifications conduct business in Westerville.

Approximate distance from CULS: 15 miles.

Northwest Columbus

Grandview Heights

Grandview Heights is a pleasant city in which to live, work, or visit. Grandview Heights is known as "The Friendly Little City" and anyone who visits with one of its more than 6,389 residents, or conducts business with any of its more than 1,000 small businesses, certainly knows why. The people of the community and the city administration reach out to make people welcome in Grandview Heights.

Grandview Heights is a predominantly residential community featuring older homes and tree-lined streets. The unique downtown area features an "old-style" movie theater, eclectic shops, and a variety of restaurants which are within walking distance to most of the community. The proximity to downtown Columbus, a dedication to community, excellent schools, and a variety of recreational programs, makes Grandview Heights one of the best communities in the region.

Approximate distance from CULS: 4 miles. 

Upper Arlington

Nestled just northwest of downtown Columbus, Upper Arlington's distinguished style and sense of community makes it the perfect place to live and work. Whether you're just starting out or enjoying the golden years, "UA" offers a unique quality of life filled with traditional charm and modern conveniences. Lush, tree-lined streets compliment a variety of homes ranging from historic to contemporary in style and catering to many income levels. Residents enjoy close proximity to downtown Columbus and all major highways and superior City service including trash pick-up at the garage and free recycling.

Approximate distance from CULS: 6 miles.


"Hilliard is a place for everyone" is more than just a slogan in this community, it is the philosophy that has guided the Hilliard district during its explosive growth in the past decade. Hilliard offers a broad range of housing options and employment opportunities that has created a diverse mingling of lifestyles and has made it a truly unique community in which to live. Of prime importance has been carefully balancing commercial and industrial growth along with residential growth. We boast one of the healthiest tax bases in the state with more than 40 percent of the tax revenue coming from the business sector.

Approximate distance from CULS: 14 miles. 


A commitment to scholastic excellence, the finest parks in the area, a booming business environment, and insightful planning make Dublin a vibrant, dynamic and thriving city. Dublin bursts with excitement as residents and visitors alike participate in a variety of special events. Events such as the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Golf Tournament, the Dublin Irish Festival, and the St. Patrick's Day Celebration provide year-round entertainment.

Approximate distance from CULS: 17 miles.