Why Retire in Columbus Ohio?

On your search for active adult communities in Ohio, be sure to explore what it’s like living in Columbus. From discovering the best neighborhoods to live in Columbus to learning more about the Downtown Columbus area, this article will give you some insight into why people choose to retire in Ohio.

Living in Columbus

On an index where 100 is the average cost of living in the United States, Columbus comes in at just 85, making Ohio’s capital a pretty affordable place to live, even for active adults who may be on a budget. Housing, in particular, is low, at just 68. And if you choose to live just across Columbus city limits, the cost of housing shrinks closer to 60, meaning a new home close to all of the excitement of Columbus can be within reach.


If you have always been interested in active adult communities in Columbus, be sure to check out Nottingham Trace. A newly built active adult 55+ community in New Albany, it features architecturally-elevated exteriors with diverse styles, colors, and masonry accents—and homes include lawn care & snow removal. Plus you’ll also enjoy the community amenity & fitness center, pickleball and bocce courts, outdoor gathering spaces and walking paths connecting to park system trails all which can make living in Columbus all that more exciting.


Best Neighborhoods to Live in Columbus, Ohio

Curious about some of the best neighborhoods to live in Columbus, or just want to explore for a day? Here are a few neighborhoods that are great for staying active and exploring Ohio’s bustling state capital.


Downtown Columbus

If you’re looking for a night out, Downtown Columbus is a great idea. With a walkscore of 81, it’s easy to get around. Consider taking a long stroll to grab dinner at a local restaurant or explore the many local shops, from salons to candy stores, jewelers, and high-end retail. There are also several venues to checkout if you feel like catching a theatre show, watching a musical, or attending a concert. And if you aren’t sold on walking, there are options to rent a bike, scooter, or segway instead.


If you’re looking for a particularly scenic view, consider Battelle Riverfront Park. Named in honor of Ohio industrialist Gordon Battelle and located on the eastern bank of the Scioto River, across the street from City Hall. A 15-mile park that hugs the banks of the Chattahoochee River, you’ll find numerous access points in Downtown Columbus, plus several monuments and memorials along the way.


Victorian Village

Running along Neil Avenue south of The Ohio State University and northwest of downtown Columbus, the Victorian Village is an excellent neighborhood to visit if you’re interested in residential architecture. Known for its Victorian houses, which were built when a streetcar line first ran along Neil Avenue around 1900, it’s a quaint place to stroll around.


German Village

Cross the bridge over Interstate 70 and walk into a whole other world that survives in the shadows of Columbus's tall city buildings. In German Town, you’ll find architecture so well preserved you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the 19th century. Most buildings were built between 1840-1890 and not one of them is higher than three stories. Along the streets, you’ll come across orange sidewalks and masonry—and at least half of the roads are still paved brick.


Olde Towne East

Located in the historical Near East Side of Columbus, Old Towne East is one of Columbus' oldest neighborhoods. With over 1,000 homes, some as old as the 1830s, and more than 50 architectural styles—there’s plenty to appreciate about this neighborhood. It’s also interesting to note that these homes were built by many of Columbus’ most famous early settlers—including industrialists, lawyers, judges, teachers, architects, mayors, governors, and legislators.



Still exploring the idea of living in Columbus? Looking for additional resources to find the best places to retire near Columbus? We have you covered! Take a look through some more of our blogs for inspiration or, check out our new homes available for sales in one of our active adult communities in the Columbus area.


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Published  12.30.21 

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