I have lived in some pretty interesting neighborhoods in my time. I preface my writing with this, because I feel it is important to qualify my opinions with my experience. I have dwelt in the up and coming Capitol Hill neighborhood in downtown Denver, Colorado, where the hipsters on bikes are endless and u-locks hang carelessly off belt loops. I have experienced the yuppy hangouts in Old City Philadelphia, mixing history with the newly found wealth of a successful youthful class.
And then, I moved to Columbus, Ohio. Not the first place that comes to mind when you think of exciting new places to live, is it? If you were like me when you first heard the name “Columbus” and grimaced a little bit, thinking, “What could possibly be interesting about Columbus, Ohio?” then you are in for a shocker. Ladies and gentlemen, an announcement: Columbus is cool! That is right, I said it. But before you dismiss me as a starry eyed Columbus-convert, let me shed some light on the wonders of this city.
First, it is up and coming. That is the best part. A city that is in the process of urban redevelopment has a certain excitement about it, the excitement that comes from new ways to attract crowds and newcomers. This is the best time to move to a new city, because you, as one of those new comers the city is so hoping to attract, get to help decide what is cool, what is fun, and what kind of a culture the city develops. It is like raising a child, except that the child is a sparkling city ready for anything. And you don’t have to worry about dropping it on its head.
My favorite spot in Columbus is by far the Short North neighborhood. It is where I live, so I’ll admit I am a little bit biased in its favor, but it is truly the best place to be. The style of the area is superbly local. It is the best place to get a feel for the city. For foodies and connoisseurs of local dining and culture, this is the place to be. I especially love the gallery hop on the first saturday of every month. I know, it is not a particularly original tradition, but it is a sign of a city redesigning itself. All the great cities have an event like that, and they all are worth checking out.
I discovered my apartment through Lykens Companies. They have awesome properties everywhere in Columbus, from Short North to the Italian Village to campus housing. They really are the place to go when looking for apartments, especially if you are an out of town searcher. The website is really user friendly and helped me figure out which neighborhood I was going to fit in the best. They also made the apartment search really simple for me, which I appreciated. There is a great property search feature on the site that made my search really simple. So, whether you’re looking in Short North or one of the many of awesome dowtown neighborhoods in Columbus, I highly recommend giving Lykens your business.