Best Up and Coming Neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio

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.

This list is a more in-depth guide examining what it’s like living in each of these areas. We include links to popular destinations along with available houses for sale and apartments for rent.

A Little About Columbus’ Up and Coming Neighborhoods

These are the neighborhoods that have been neglected over the years and are making a return to popularity, or newer areas that are just now being discovered.

If you’re moving to Columbus and you’re looking for what the hot neighborhoods are right now, this guide is for you (oh, and by way of introduction, we’re Bellhops— Columbus movers in movers and throughout the country).

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1. Westerville

Westerville is a northeast Columbus suburb and is a great place to reside. It was the first small town in the nation to have a first-class post office. Today, Westerville is Columbus’ largest neighborhood with excellent schools and a historic uptown district. There is easy access to Polaris Shopping Center, and Westerville boasts excellent green space and family friendly park areas.

Westerville was ranked 15th by Money Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Best Places” to live in 2009. This is the second time Money Magazine acknowledged this distinguished Columbus neighborhood. In 2007, Westerville ranked #46. The residents of Westerville still consider their neighborhood one of the best places to live today.

What’s Happening in Westerville

Living in Westerville, you’ll have plenty of options to keep you busy. From the Westerville Art League to the Westerville Symphony Orchestra, there are a variety of activities to choose from in this thriving neighborhood!

Schools in Westerville

If you’re moving partly based on area schools, there are a few around, such as Orange High School and Berkshire Middle School. Both of these schools rank highest in the state

Homes in Westerville

Westerville has a variety of houses, from large, historic homes to newly-built condos and townhomes. Let’s give a slow clap for the city of Westerville. It’s got a lot going for it.


2. German Village

We can’t help ourselves but to keep coming back to German Village. You’d feel the same way if you saw this place. German Village is captivating with its century-old homes, interesting architecture, beautiful gardens and hometown hospitality. A great deal of pride is taken in maintaining the charm and appeal of German Village. Houses have been preserved and restored giving new residents opportunities to take advantage of this historic neighborhood.

What’s Happening in German Village

Frank Fetch Park is a great place to take a stroll while getting some coffee from Winans or Stauf’s. At the southern end of the neighborhood is Schiller Park, where you can hike trails, kids can play on the playground, and you can watch a show at the amphitheater. The 120-acre Scioto Audubon Center is also located in this area.

The Brewery District, one of our favorite sections in Columbus, can be found along High and Front Streets, is full of great entertainment and dining options such as the South American-inspired Arepazo Tapas and Wine and Czech-filled pastries at Kolache Republic. Shadowbox Live! is the country’s largest resident theater company and is a great place to see original productions.

Schools in German Village

The German Village area has some high caliber schools in the area including Columbus Alternative High School, Idianola Informal School, and Hubbard Mastery School to name a few.

Homes in German Village

You’ll find a variety of historic homes in German Village. The average home price is $272,000 and the average rent per month is $1,147.

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3. Old Towne East

Old Towne East is a historical residential area located near German village and downtown Columbus. It’s an artsy community that appeals to performers, artists, writers, painters, and other creative spirits. Highlights of the community include great craftsmanship, welcoming pedestrian walkways, and easy access to the city. Residents are proud of their community and are welcoming to new folks who want to be part of an active neighborhood association.

What’s Happening in Old Towne East

If you want to live like an Old Towne East native, get involved with events such as Music In The Garden, Trash to Treasure Yard Sales and a Summer Tour of Historic Homes.

Schools in Old Towne East

Old Towne East shares the same schools as German Village. A few of the standouts, other than the one we mentioned before, are Ohio Avenue Elementary and East High School.

Homes in Old Towne East

Let’s say that you’re not quite ready to spend the higher sum on a home in German Village, but you’d still like the rich variety you’d find there. You’ve got that in Old Towne East. By the way, these listings do not last long. You’ve been warned.


4. Clintonville

Clintonville is an excellent neighborhood located north of downtown and near The Ohio State University. Clintonville is a fantastic place for singles and business professionals to reside. It has a comfortable neighborhood feel that makes settling there a smooth transition.

Mature trees line the street, and older homes with great architectural detail give added character and charm to this Columbus neighborhood. Housing in this area varies in style and price points. But rest assured, there’s something there for everyone.

What’s Happening in Clintonville

Clintonville is a large neighborhood with many attractions, from the Park of Roses to the independently-owned retail shops and restaurants that line High Street. Arts venues like Wild Goose Creative and Studio 35 provide cultural opportunities year-round. Start your day with a cup of coffee at Cup O’ Joe or Crimson Cup, both on the Columbus Coffee Trail.

Dining choices veer toward farm-to-table, with Acre, Harvest Pizzeria, The Crest Gastropub and Angry Bear Kitchen as standouts. Get in line for world-class barbecue at the Ray Ray’s Hog Pit truck, at live music hotspot Ace of Cups. Learn some new skills amid a gorgeous setting at The Seasoned Farmhouse. Grab a delicious Viennese pastry from Mozart’s or a local beer and a hand-pie or two at Lineage Brewing.

Schools in Clintonville

Clintonville sits smack dab in the middle of one of the most popular school districts in the Columbus area. A number of schools are nearby including The Ohio State University, Tree of Life Christian Schools, and Graham Elementary and Middle School.

Homes in Clintonville

Clintonville house prices average around $285,000, while rent is around $1,400 a month.

5. Bexley

Incorporated as a village in 1908, Bexley is an old tree-lined suburb of Columbus about 10 minutes outside of Columbus. Bexley is the product of multiple neighborhoods merging together. Like many old areas, it’s gone through its high and low points throughout its lifetime.

Now, Bexley is making a comeback, with its Main Street commercial corridor quickly developing into a welcoming site into the suburb, with a wide range of shopping, entertainment, and dining options.

What’s Happening in Bexley

Need a little time with Bob Ross? Check out the Bob Ross Paint Along. What about a night of poetry? You’ve got Poetry Night at Gramercy Book Store. These communities like to keep residents active.

Schools in Bexley

Bexley residents send their kids to schools in the Bexley City Schools system. There are three elementary schools, one middle and one high school in this system.

Homes in Bexley

There is a pretty wide variety of homes in Bexley, along with a range of prices, from affordable to not-so-affordable, depending on your income.

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There you have it: the best up-and-coming neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio

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. Like we said, we’re Bellhops—movers in Columbus and throughout the country.

Good luck with your move to the Columbus area!