From their welcoming spirit and support of small businesses to the lower cost of living, Middle America is turning heads as relocation seekers look to the region for its laid back, affordable appeal– and Columbus, Ohio is leading the implant pack– with more than 10,000 people moving there in 2019 alone. In fact, according to the US Census Bureau, the Ohio state capital is now bigger than San Francisco and ranks as the 14th largest city in the US! Clearly, as Ohio natives ourselves, we get the hype 😉 So for those of you considering a move to the “biggest small town in America,” we’ve designated 5 neighborhoods that have something for everyone from suburban families to city lovin’ hipsters…

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1. Westerville

A northeast Columbus suburb and a great place to live, Westerville is Columbus’ largest neighborhood– boasting excellent schools and an impressive historic uptown district. Residents enjoy ample green space and park areas and a cool variety of housing, ranging from large historic homes to newly built condos and townhomes. Looking for culture? Westerville Symphony Orchestra and Community Artists of Westerville won’t disappoint. The neighborhood also has a cool place in history as the first US city to have a First Class post office. Got kids? Then you should know that Westerville is home to Orange High School and Berkshire Middle School– a couple of the highest-ranking schools in all of Ohio. For an overall outstanding family-centric quality of life– we think Westerville is where it’s at! 

2. German Village

German Village is one of those charming old towns that keeps folks returning to enjoy its century-old homes, beautiful gardens, and hometown hospitality. It’s not hard to tell that a great deal of pride is taken in maintaining the aesthetic integrity and spirit of this historic neighborhood. There is lots to do in German Village, from taking a walk in Frank Fetch Park while sipping a full city roast from Stauf’s to hiking at the southern end of the neighborhood in Schiller Park where kids can enjoy the playground, and you can watch a show at the amphitheater. There’s also the Brewery District, a Columbus favorite– where you’ll find great entertainment and dining in local gems like Arepazo Tapas and Wine, and Kolache Republic. Shadowbox Live! is the country’s largest resident theater company and is a great place to see original productions. The amazing 120-acre Scioto Audubon Center is also located in this area, where there’s kayaking and fishing during warm months and sledding when it snows! With a median home price of around $230k– German Village is an affordable way to enjoy your slice of American pie! 

3. Old Towne East

Not far from German Village and downtown Columbus, this historic neighborhood is an artsy community that loves creatives! Events like Music In The Garden, Trash to Treasure Yard Sale, and the Summer Tour of Historic Homes make this neighborhood beloved by natives and tourists alike. There are also some pretty solid bars and restaurants to choose from, like The Olde Towne Tavern and Yellow Brick Pizza. Additionally, exceptional craftsmanship can be seen throughout the neighborhood, with fantastic walkability & easy access to the city. Residents take pride in maintaining the community’s appeal aesthetically and culturally and are welcoming to implants who want to be part of an active neighborhood association. If you’ve got a family and want excellent education, there are no outrageous real estate prices– Old Town East shares the same schools as German Village at a lower median housing price point! Old Town East is a great place for city minded families and beatniks on a budget. 

4. Clintonville

Located just north of downtown and near The Ohio State University, Clintonville is a laid back, leafy neighborhood full of cafes, gastropubs, and indie shops selling records and locally made crafts are clustered on N. High Street and Indianola Avenue. There’s also a paved bike trail winding along the Olentangy River through several parks, connecting Clintonville to Downtown Columbus and northern suburbs. The Park of Roses is the crown jewel of the area– featuring thousands of rose bushes, plus herb and perennial flower gardens. This neighborhood also offers arts venues like Wild Goose Creative and Studio 35 along with some amazing farm-to-table dining options like Acre and Harvest Pizzeria– as well as world-class barbecue from the Ray Ray’s Hog Pit truck, which parks at live music hotspot Ace of Cups. Homeownership in Clintonville averages around $285,000, while rent is around $1,400 per month. Not bad for so much awesomeness! 

5. Bexley

Incorporated as a village in 1908, Bexley is a transitioning tree-lined suburb about 10 minutes outside of Columbus. Having seen better times, Bexley is one of those formerly glorious old neighborhoods making a great comeback, with developers transforming its Main Street into a lovely commercial corridor with a wide range of shopping, entertainment, and dining options. 

There are some pretty cool things to do in the neighborhood, too. Bob Ross Paint Along, anyone?! You could also have dinner at Cafe Istanbul Bexley then check out Poetry Night at Gramercy Book Store. Families will be happy to know that Bexley High School is one of US News’ Best High Schools, with an overall score of 99.24/100. There are a variety of homes in Bexley that range from very affordable to not-so-affordable, depending on your income. If you’re looking for city-esque revitalization combined with suburban charm– Bexley might be the right move for you! 

Whether you are moving to the city of the suburbs, the Home Team will be right around the corner to lend a hand.

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