Welcome to Clintonville/Old Beechwold
Splendid natural vistas, green space, and eclectic personalities all merge in this colorful neighborhood
Undeniably artistic and hip, the neighborhood of Clintonville, OH is an unofficial suburb of Columbus whose vibrant assortment of architecture and parks full of sweeping glacial ravines makes it a standout among more traditional residential areas. Clintonville is generally defined by the boundaries of I-71 to the east, State Route 315 to the west, Riverview and Old North Columbus to the south, and Northbrook to the north. Within its borders is the community of Old Beechwold, whose antiquated beauty can make it feel like a world away.
The area has a long history, which began with the presence of the Wyandot natives and included a brief period functioning as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Now home to around 30,000 residents, what was once a land of steep hillsides transitioned to a popular summer home destination for professors and alumni of the nearby The Ohio State University, and finally, to the thriving, diverse neighborhood it is today.
Adorable Craftsman bungalows, spacious ranches, Cape Cod-inspired houses, large Victorian townhomes, and traditional single-family abodes with ample backyards are all available when it comes to real estate in the Clintonville area, and architectural styles here span throughout the 20th century. Many historic homes and mid-century trendsetting styles perch side-by-side at incredible prices.
What to Love
- Three astonishing natural ravines: Glen Echo, Walhalla, and Overbrook
- Visual feast at Columbus Park of Roses, with thousands of rose bushes to enjoy
- Access to several of the area’s best parks and sports centers
People & Lifestyle
Brimming with gastropubs, specialty boutiques, and park trails that all cater to the culturally aware, the young, the active, and the nature-loving, the Clintonville/Beechwold neighborhood area is a magnificent melting pot of interests. Residents are within two miles of downtown Columbus, and yet don’t miss out on a slower, relaxed, and locally-geared mentality.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Apart from its own array of local shops and boutiques, Clintonville has the advantage of being under 15 minutes from two of the best retail centers in Columbus: Polaris Fashion Place and Easton Town Center. Between the two, there are well over 250 shops and restaurants, including brand names like lululemon athletica, Coach, Apple, Pottery Barn, and Kate Spade.
When it comes to dining in Clintonville, the options are manifold. Anything from earthy comfort fare to upscale American cuisine can be found in this little neighborhood, and residents can find the perfect meal for every craving and occasion. Katalina's, for instance, is a dining staple in the community and dishes out enviable plates of Latin and Southern-infused homemade cuisine.
Northstar Cafe in Beechwold puts its all into crafting healthful, organic meals sourced from local growers that fuel your body and satisfy your appetite all at the same time. For a lively happy hour and pub fare with a modern twist, The Crest Gastropub is the place to be. Hot Chicken Takeover brings Nashville flavors all the way to Ohio, and their bounty of made-from-scratch offerings is unbeatable.
Things to Do
The bevy of gorgeous parks, local goods, and deep history all contribute to Clintonville’s values, at the forefront of which is enjoying the simple pleasures and beauties of life with others. Community-driven festivals and events abound in Clintonville, particularly in the verdant warmth of summer and the cooling breezes of fall.
Clintonville Farmers' Market is one of the area’s biggest and most inclusive purveyors of local farmers and crafters, and while summer is its prime-time, the market has been expanded to run for three of the four seasons in the year. Third Thursdays is another summer tradition and come bursting with incredible food trucks, live music and entertainment, and craft brews from local breweries.
Those who prefer to wait until the chillier temps of fall arrive will still have plenty of activity to keep them occupied, and each year the season kicks off with an enthusiastic Oktoberfest and a Pumpkin Patch Drive-thru.
Clintonville and Old Beechwold are home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Columbus Alternative High School, 9-12, one of the top-rated public high schools in Ohio
- Bishop Watterson High School, 9-12, highly-rated private Catholic high school