Moving to a new city is always challenging. And a large part of that challenge is looking for a place to live, especially when you have a family. There are so many things to consider when weighing your options and it can be quite overwhelming.
That’s why we’ve done the research for you, so you don’t have to (oh, and by way of introduction, we’re Bellhops—movers in Columbus, OH and throughout the country).
If you’ve seen our Columbus City Guide, you’ve noticed the brief neighborhood section listing a few of our favorite Columbus neighborhoods. This list, along with our “Best Up and Coming Neighborhoods in Columbus,” “Best Neighborhoods in Columbus,” and our “Best Suburbs in Columbus” posts are more in-depth neighborhood guides. These provide links to helpful resources and suggestions for nearby activities, grocery stores, venues and restaurants, and more.
With more than 26 highly-ranked school districts, a ton of family-friendly attractions, and a variety of parks and green spaces to enjoy, Columbus is a great place to raise kids. There is no shortage of sporting events happening in the city, thanks to The Ohio State University, the Columbus Clippers, and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Whether you’re looking to live in the city or one of Columbus’ suburbs, rest assured you’ll find a neighborhood that’s right for you and your family. And don’t worry, we’re here to help. So here are some of Columbus’ best neighborhoods for families.
Get an online estimate in minutes and find out how inexpensive your move to Columbus can be.
You might not think of German Village as very family-friendly because of its proximity to the Brewery District. But what goes better together than kids and beer? We kid, we kid. Seriously though, and the high-energy feel and the many activities going on in this district that makes it so appealing for families. The German Village has a strong sense of culture, family, and home because of its history, distinctive architecture and quaint, locally-owned shops.
It’s difficult not to become involved in this community. The German Village has something for everyone. With the German Village Walking Club, Fun Bunch Bowling, it’s art crawl, its winter lights display during the holidays, along with its range of shops and restaurants, plenty is going on. The German Village may not be your typical neighborhood to raise kids, but then again, it’s not your ordinary neighborhood.
There’s plenty of variety when it comes to housing in the German Village. With unique, German-influenced architecture defining many of the homes in the area, as well as apartments and townhomes to rent, this area’s average home price is around $271,000, while the average rent is around $1,100 a month. See what’s for sale and for rent.
We’ll be upfront about this one. If you’re not an Ohio State fan, you might want to avoid Clintonville. We’re being facetious here. But it helps if you do like college life since Clintonville is so close to the University District, home to Ohio State. But Clintonville is not defined by the college the way the University District is. It’s got its own identity as a large neighborhood with independent shops and restaurants, with a more intimate feel.
The Wexner Center for the Arts hosts a vast variety of events, along with rotating art exhibits that will keep the kids cultured and well-rounded. Then there’s the world’s largest cartoon and comics collection at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum, which will more than likely be a hit for young ones and old folks alike.
First, Merion Village is 49 percent below the national average in safety, an important factor when looking for a family-friendly neighborhood. Merion Village is a historic area with proud residents who are active in its neighborhood association. This community was once in decline but is now in high demand.
Five miles from downtown Columbus, Eastmoor is between the cities of Bexley and Whitehall. It’s a neighborhood that prides itself in diversity, a melting pot of families from all walks of life. Eastmoor has quaint streets lined with mature trees and decorative streetlights. Residents are tight-knit and collectively take care of the area’s common green areas, making the neighborhood a prime example of what community means.
Besides the regular events the neighborhood association hosts, Eastmoor is close enough to enjoy all the things downtown Columbus has to offer. They even have their own neighborhood pool for residents to enjoy on hot summer days!
The fact that Westgate doesn’t change is why it’s so appealing to families in Columbus. It’s never undergone a period of revitalization because it’s never had to. Many of the residents who live in this neighborhood have been here for years, and have maintained its traditions, safety, and sense of community. Anchored by the 46-acre Westgate Park, this green space has tennis courts, athletic fields, a large shelter, and a fishing pond. Yards are well maintained, kids ride their bikes around the neighborhood and play ball in the park.
The long-held Hilltop Bean Dinner welcomes more than 40,000 visitors a year and includes a car show and live music. There are also a few locally-owned restaurants nearby to enjoy, along with everything else Columbus has to offer.
Neighborhoods are about location and lifestyle, to be sure. But they are also about the people who live in them. These neighborhoods offer a variety of lifestyles to meet most anyone’s needs.
We hope this guide helps you make the right choice to fit your lifestyle. If you decide to move in or to Columbus, don’t hesitate to reach out. We coordinate local and long-distance moving services in Columbus and we would love to help!
Good luck with your move to the Columbus area!
If you are looking for the perfect spot in Tampa, we are here to help. Check out our 2019 guide to the best neighborhoods in Tampa.
We've done the research and found the best neighborhoods for families in Denver for 2019.