Columbus is a great place to be and always lands on lists of great places to visit and to live! Lots of new developments are happening in the area, so check out this list of some of the hottest Columbus neighborhoods!
Clintonville is a beautiful neighborhood in north-central Columbus. Hip and a tad artsy, Clintonville is family centric with great schools and several wonderful landmarks. Whetstone Park is a Columbus staple, with bike trails, baseball fields and tennis courts, a pond, ravine, and a library! Whetstone Park is also home to the gorgeous Park of Roses. The Park of Roses opened in 1952 and is the home of the annual Rose Festival which occurs every year in June. Many weddings and special events take place at this serene space. Clintonville is also home to some great restaurants including Northstar Cafe, Harvest Bar + Kitchen, and Lavash Cafe.
Olde Towne East
Olde Towne East is one of the oldest Columbus neighborhoods located in the historical Near East Side. New businesses are emerging and the neighborhood is going through some major renovation. A variety of new bars, restaurants and many other types of businesses have begun to open between Bryden Road and Broad Street in the Parsons Avenue business corridor. Main Street has also experienced a boom in public and private development. While a classic example of gentrification, these buildings and businesses are breathing new life into this very old neighborhood making way for young professionals and creatives to leave their mark. Over the years, Olde Towne East has been home to many artists and public figures and it is hoping to attract them again!
West of downtown Columbus, Franklinton is the original settlement in Franklin County, Ohio! Franklinton is home to several parks including McKinley, Cody, Maurice Gates Memorial, and Genoa Parks, and the neighborhood consists of almost 7 acres housing athletic fields, basketball courts, picnicking facilities and many playgrounds. Strongwater Food and Spirits and Rehab Tavern are some notable restaurants in the area, and Franklinton is also home to the Land-Grant Brewing Company. Many young, hip beer enthusiasts live in the area- but watch out for all the bikes!
Part of the Short North area of Columbus, Italian Village is a mixed land use neighborhood, which means the landscape includes residential and commercial buildings, as well as some industrial. This neighborhood was once an immigrant area, giving it the name Italian Village and the architecture is influenced as such. The spaces have a lot of character and flair, with Italianate and Queen Anne structural styles, which are defined by asymmetrical floor plans and decorative woodwork. Many hip restaurants, bars, and art galleries have their home in Italian Village, so the night-life always has something substantial to offer! St. James Tavern and Surly Girl Saloon are a couple area favorites.