Founded about 20 miles northeast of downtown Columbus by settlers from Albany, NY and incorporated in 1856, New Albany (once called Hope) was an agricultural community with a mill, churches, a few businesses, and little else. The community grew slowly for the first 150 years, but with notable firsts such as electing a woman, Mrs. Edward Babbitt, as mayor in 1922. The slow, measured growth continued until the 1990’s when State Route 161 expanded, the Limited Brands’ Wexner family moved to New Albany, and the Limited Brands empire moved closer to the town.
New Albany is still expanding, so there are plenty of new builds, but there are many neighborhoods with homes built in the 1990’s, condos, and a few original farmhouses as well. Most of the neighborhoods are less than 20 years old, and offer a variety of architectural styles and layouts. There are still rural properties for sale just outside the developed areas, too.
Arts & Culture
New Albany has quite a support base for the arts, offering the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, New Albany Ballet Company, a community center for the arts, and hosts a variety of festivals such as Founder’s Day and Taste of New Albany.
Located between Easton Town Center and Polaris Fashion Place, big city shopping is just a few minutes away by car. Downtown New Albany has a variety of boutiques, shops, and galleries to explore as well.
Hudson 29 offers American Bistro food at a moderate price, as does Firefly American Bistro, and there’s also coffee shops, pubs, and rustic pizza ovens galore in town. Looking for fine dining? Try The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek just a few miles away in Gahanna, or the selection of dining establishments at Easton Town Center.
New Albany is served by New Albany Plain Local School District, which is unique in Central Ohio in that it has all its schools on a single campus, sharing a library and athletic facilities. The schools here have a strong academic and athletic reputation, serving 4,680 students from preschool through High school. There is an elementary, primary, intermediate, middle, and high school on campus.
The schools offer an Environmental Land Lab, a Jeffersonian library, and the MIT fabrication lab newly completed. The graduation rate is 97.4%, and the high school offers a full range of AP courses, CCPlus courses, and more.
New Albany was voted #1 suburb in America in 2015 by Business Insider. It’s a vibrant, growing, and green community with 2000 acres of parkland, over 30 miles of leisure trails, a farmer’s market, community gardens, balanced commercial and residential growth, and a diverse population.
Want to learn more about New Albany? Contact The LaBuda Team