A neighborhood of North Columbus, just south of Worthington, Clintonville is located between Glen Echo Ravine and Worthington City limits, and between Olentangy River and I71. Originally founded as Clinton Township, land grants given to Continental Army veterans as pensions. In 1813, some of the land was purchased along the Columbus-Worthington Pike (Now High Street) and a 600-acre farm was built. To service the farm, the Bull family built shops along the road and offered them free to skilled laborers and artisans. By the early 1900’s, OSU faculty were building summer homes in the area, and this drove further development, including a streetcar line, residential neighborhoods, and a small zoo.
South Clintonville is a mix of single family and multiple family homes, developed around the streetcar service, and many date before 1930. You’ll find a variety of architecture, including catalog kit homes. There are many alleys to access garages behind homes, as the garages were afterthoughts when the popularity of cars began to grow.
North Clintonville is filled with homes built from 1920-the post-war housing boom. More of these homes had driveways instead of alleys.
Beechwold is an eclectic group of homes, with an astonishing array of architectural styles, especially in the area of the old zoo.
North of Morse contains a mix of commercial and residential property, and blends seamlessly into Worthington.
All of Clintonville is fortunate to have mature trees, a friendly, artistic personality, and quirky shops and outdoor art. Just north of OSU campus, it has benefitted from a vibrant stream of college energy, while still maintaining a great family neighborhood feel.
Arts & Culture
Outdoor art and murals abound, and there are concerts and festivals in the Whetstone Park of Roses, as well as a booming farmer’s market on the weekends for three seasons. Fun, funky, and quirky, Clintonville offers galleries, antiquing, and a cinema-pub, as well as many restaurants offering live music on their schedules. The delights of the big city are a brief trip south for the live theatre, opera, ballet, and more that Columbus has to offer.
Clintonville’s High Street and Indianola offer everything from galleries and antiques, to tattoo parlors and Fair Trade craft stores. From quilting to piercings, there’s something for everyone. Graceland Shopping Center has been recently refurbished and offers quick trips to grocery or department stores. For serious shopping, Columbus offers many more traditional malls and shopping areas.
Want great gastropub fare and pizza? Harvest Pizzeria is in South Clintonville. Love authentic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food? Lavash Cafe will tempt you. Vegan? The Beechwold Northstar café is a great place to try. Craving blue collar diner food? Nancy’s Home Cooking is a landmark not to be missed, but they can’t be bothered with a website…show up and they’ll tell you what to eat! The dining choices in Clintonville are as diverse as our neighborhood.
Clintonville is part of Columbus Public Schools, and offers private school choices as well, from Clintonville Academy to the Graham School, to a selection of Catholic Schools. Along the Northern edge of Clintonville, there is also the Ohio school for the Deaf, and the Ohio State School for the Blind.
Clintonville is a vibrant, artsy, fun and funky neighborhood, and it’s beautiful old mansions with sweeping lawns, it’s Frank Lloyd Wright homes cantilevered over ravines, and it’s catalog kit homes where neighbors have a chat on their front porches. It’s an eclectic blend of fun and fancy, graceful and practical, and those who live here love it dearly. Students, families, seniors, and professionals live side-by-side and create a community that is as diverse and interesting as the shops and eateries on High and Indianola. Come explore what Clintonville has to offer and see what we mean!
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