The Short North may be one of the coolest places to hang out on a hot summer afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. This vibrant community of artists and small business owners sponsor a plethora of interesting events that attract thousands of visitors each year. But did you know this area, nestled between The Ohio State University and downtown, also offers amazing historic homes and groovy renovated condos within walking distance of all the summer fun you can imagine?
Let’s take a closer look at living, working, and playing in the Short North.
Things to Do in the ‘North
It’s true that everything starts with art in the Short North. The community has a 30-year history of promoting all things artistic. Today there are nearly 20 galleries lining the sidewalks up and down the Short North and each month they open their doors during Gallery Hop night. This is a great time to grab dinner and drinks, and then browse the shops while listening to street musicians and checking out hand crafted one-of-a-kind items for sale.
In addition to Gallery Hop, the Short North plays host to the Community Festival, a progressive and hip celebration of peace, love, music, local business – and beer. ComFest is Woodstock, Columbus-style, and since 1972, this volunteer-run event is an annual fixture on the Central Ohio summertime scene.
When describing the Doo Dah Parade, the Short North website says, “Nothing and no one is safe from satire.” That pretty much sums up Doo Dah, the Short North’s version of a July 4th parade. Civic groups, political candidates and individuals with an interesting take on current events all participate in this “anti” parade. There is absolutely nothing like it, and it captures the true spirit of this intelligent and creative community perfectly.
Real Estate in the Short North
This is a diverse and inclusive community that enjoys welcoming new homeowners into their eclectic mix. The Short North Civic Association works to foster a sense of community pride while the Short North Block Watch fosters neighborhood safety initiatives. If you’re looking for a fun, vibrant place to call home, this may be the community to consider.
Homes in the Short North range from large, ornate brick mansions filled with history to newly renovated townhomes overlooking the lush greenness of Goodale Park. The average home listing price is high for the region, at more than $400,000; marking this community as clearly highly desirable. It is truly both a hot spot, in terms of property investment, and a “cool” place to live with an easy commute downtown. If you want to live or raise a family in a cultural and intellectual mecca, the Short North is a “must consider.”
Area Vibes gives the Short North two thumbs up when it comes to amenities and the cost of living. U.S. News & World Report gave the region high marks on value, quality of life and job opportunities. The Short North is particularly attractive for living and working locally; if you want to reduce your carbon footprint, this community is easily accessible by bus or bicycle. There’s a free shuttle from downtown to the Short North. There’s even CoGo Bike Share and car2go for those of you who want to avoid the hassle of parking and paying car insurance.
Finding a realtor that understands this community is just as important as their ability to find or sell your home. The Grover Group is ready to provide you with tips to help your home transition run smoothly and effectively. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get a better deal on a new home in the Short North – or sell your property at the high end of the market.