Welcome to Upper Arlington
Elegance and winding leafy streets are just the starts of refined beauty in a traditional residential town close to the best of Columbus
Picturesque, arbored streets curving gracefully through park-like residential neighborhoods are one of the many idyllic trademarks of Upper Arlington, OH, a Columbus suburb city nestled northwest of The Ohio State University. A family-oriented oasis, Upper Arlington’s prime location tucked along the Scioto River just minutes from Downtown Columbus keeps it feeling serene while maintaining bigger city luxuries.
Compared to much of Columbus, Upper Arlington is a fairly new town whose modern history began with a vision: a verdant, country club living in the dynamic shadow of a highly urban city. Developed by King and Ben Thompson in the 1910s, Upper Arlington’s organized layout was inspired by the Garden City movement, which prioritized green space, natural features, and a sense of self-contained independence.
Due to the housing boom after WWII, the majority of homes in Upper Arlington were built during the 1950s and 1960s in styles of the era. The historic Old Arlington neighborhood of the city’s southern boundaries is home to immaculate examples of Arts and Crafts, Georgian Revival, Federal Revival, Tudor Revival, and several other single-family home and property styles. Further north, Upper Arlington's real estate showcases massive, luxurious homes with more modern amenities abound, and properties in this city can run from $400,000 up to well over $2,000,000.
What to Love
- 10 minutes from Downtown Columbus and The Ohio State University
- Surrounded by lush golf and country clubs, plentiful parks
- Vast assortment of Upper Arlington homes for sale consisting of many architectural styles and designs
People & Lifestyle
Blue Ribbon Award-winning schools, quiet streets, and convenient proximity to the best of Columbus shopping and dining make Upper Arlington a phenomenal place for both families and professionals looking to escape the density of city living without missing out on any of its excitement.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Residents are always a few minutes away from wonderful shopping experiences and restaurants, and the area is home to several mixed-use developments that house both. The Shops on Lane Avenue serves as a commercial hub for Upper Arlington, containing stores like Athleta, Whole Foods, and White House Black Market in addition to several lifestyle facilities including Barre3, CycleBar, spas, salons, and wellness stores.
Dining is always an exciting experience in Upper Arlington. Here, the cuisines range from international to down-home eats. South of Lane serves the best brunch around, and their vintage ambiance pairs well with their creative takes on breakfast and lunch classics like the maple bourbon French toast or the peanut butter and bacon waffles.
Tommy’s Pizza is the go-to for casual-fast meals, including their cracker crust pizzas heated to perfection in a wood-fired oven. Hudson 29 is the master of New American cuisine and is particularly beloved for its hearty, elevated meals that convey the best of Ohio through bold flavors and locally sourced ingredients.
Things to Do
The family-focused mentality of Upper Arlington translates to a host of community-based events and traditional holiday celebrations that promote entertainment for all ages, most of which are facilitated by the Upper Arlington Civic Association. The Fourth of July Parade is one such event featuring live entertainment, great food, and, of course, top-notch parade floats.
Holiday cheer comes to life at the annual Christmas in the Park, which includes gorgeous lighted displays, a tree-lighting ceremony, and holiday-themed activities. The Easter Candy Hunt & Bunny Trail is a springtime favorite with the kids, and those looking for a frightfully good time will want to venture out to the Golden Bear Scare during Halloween. Scare Ranger's guide attendees through the “haunted” forest of zombies and ghosts while weaving spooky tales of “Old Man Smith.”
Upper Arlington is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- The Upper Arlington School District, which serves grades PK-12, is among the top-ranked in Ohio
- The Wellington School, PK-12, is one of the top-ranked private schools in Ohio