One of Columbus’ oldest neighborhoods, Olde Towne East (OTE) is a neighborhood nestled between downtown Columbus and Bexley. Known for its turn of the century homes, the area has over 1,000 residencies. No matter what your budget, OTE offers historic apartments and new condos, all with architectural character. This eclectic, urban neighborhood is a place where neighbors range from start-up families to millionaires.
In addition to the accessibility of I-71 and bus routes, the ample amount of parking makes a commute to and from OTE nearly stress-free. The businesses in OTE tend to be smaller and entrepreneurial, largely due to the size and historical nature of the buildings. Many small start-up businesses become quickly successful here because of value-priced real-estate and their community impact. The Columbus Health Department, IMPACT Community Action, and the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus also call OTE home.
While traveling down Oak Street, get your local pizza fix at Yellow Brick Pizza, drink beer at Tavern Olde Towne’s spacious outdoor brick patio, sample some wines at Camelot Cellars, or grab something savory (and vegan) from The Lifestyle Cafe. Top off the experience with a unique coffee from Upper Cup Coffee Co. – inspired by Eritrean tradition.
Olde Towne East also offers several cultural destinations, including Kwanzaa Playground (currently undergoing restoration), Penthouse Art Studios, and the Old Familiar Barber Shop on Parsons Avenue. Transit Arts, a youth program offering a creative outlet for the next generation of artists, is housed at Central Community House in OTE. Family-friendly events that take place here include Music in the Garden (May through September), the Summer Tour of Historic Homes in July, Hot Times in Olde Towne Festival in September, and Holiday Hooplah in December.