Welcome to Short North, Columbus
The artistic pulse of Central Ohio, where an inventive spirit merges with historic homes, a high student population, and the latest trends
The Short North neighborhood—which is often referred to as the Short North Arts District—has been hailed as the essential “art and soul” of the bustling City of Columbus, OH. A series of 17 lighted arches define the length of this upbeat haven for creatives, set just two miles south of the famed The Ohio State University.
Many consider the Short North neighborhood to be the epicenter of Central Ohio’s—and especially Columbus’—revitalization movement. Consequently, the area is replete with renovated and effortlessly cool venues along with a graceful selection of Short North's homes for sale. Surrounding the Short North are several distinctive neighborhoods, which include Victorian Village, Italian Village, and Harrison West. The latter rests along the Olentangy River and is one of the city’s most urban-feeling historic neighborhoods, while Victorian Village is renowned for inspiring architecture, and Italian Village is a revered foodie hotspot.
Many homes in Columbus's Short North are historic gems pre-dating the 1940s. Short North, Columbus' real estate options contain a spectacular assortment of Victorian features and the sleek sophistication of new-build condos meld together to create a one-of-a-kind market and aesthetic within Columbus. In Short North and the surrounding neighborhoods, buyers will encounter everything from massive Gothic Revival mansions to single-family homes dolled up in Queen Anne style and roomy new apartments overlooking Goodale Park.
What to Love
- Thriving arts scene with niche galleries lining the street
- Local organic produce and goods at North Market
- Blend of modern and historic that radiates charm
- Tasteful houses and homes for sale in Short North with unique architectural designs and styles
With over 100 fashionable bars, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and vendors contained in this small, colorful stretch, Short North’s personality is undeniably one consisting of constant action, new adventures, and a love of community. The neighborhood’s hip and urban vibes can be partially attributed to its bevy of student-packed cafes and shops and its entertaining nightlife.
Short North, Columbus Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Independent stores and restaurants prosper in Short North, Columbus which is garnering a reputation for its increasing array of culinary delights and curated boutiques. From vintage apparel to the latest trends, shopping for clothes is a breeze in Short North, with stores like FERA topping the list of must-browse places with their eco-friendly and sustainable collections.
Quinci Emporium has everything: ultra-chic, rustic home goods, a vast imported wine selection, international cheeses and cured meats, cooking classes, and a newly-established commercial kitchen that dishes out the freshest pasta, baked goods, soups, and other Italian meals.
For a sophisticated date night or simply to indulge in top-notch Asian cuisine, locals know to hit up Ampersand Asian Supper Club. A flavorful menu of contemporary California Coastal fare is the star of the show at Del Mar SoCal Kitchen, whose sunshine aesthetic and rejuvenating happy hour are always certain to impress.
Things to Do in Short North
As the heartbeat of all things progressive, imaginative, and culturally inclusive, it’s obvious residents and visitors are treated to a cornucopia of festivals and events that celebrate the coming together of all individuals. For example, the neighborhood plays a large, critical role in the city’s Pride Festival, serving as part of the parade route and hosting its own morning Pride Hop.
When the city gears up for Comic Con at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, attendees of the event know to check out the lively Short North for the area’s only independently run after-party, known as Drink & Draw. For bicyclists, there’s the annual Pelotonia, which includes three whole days of cycling routes and races, live entertainment, and tasty grub.
Short North celebrates its diverse heritage in many ways, and festival-goers each year look forward to embracing Greek and Italian culture at the neighborhood’s two energetic festivals. Performance art, live music, and heavenly baklava are just a few of the accouterments of the city’s 4-day Greek Festival, and the culture of Italy beckons through vendors, shows, workshops, and more at the Italian Festival over Columbus Day Weekend.
Short North is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Weinland Park Elementary School, PK-5, well-rated public elementary school
- The Ohio State University, a Public Ivy university renowned for its research prowess and medical programs