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At Home in Woodland Park

Anne Evans Anne Evans
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This time we wander over to Woodland Park to tour the home of Matthew Arnold and Scott Ramsey. Woodland Park bills itself as Columbus’ Best Kept Secret, boasting many big, beautiful homes of exquisite architecture and two beautiful neighborhood boulevards that provide lush green spaces. The neighborhood is located in the Near East Side of Columbus and has also been called the “North Gateway to Franklin Park.” The proximity to Franklin Park and Wolfe Park are things Matthew and Scott both really like, as it gives them ample areas to walk their two dogs, Polu and Dusty.

Scott bought the 3,000 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, and finished attic home in April of 2002. The home was built in 1905. He was looking for a home with old, historic charm without the price of German Village. They have done lots of the work of restoring the home themselves, keeping true to the Victorian and Arts & Crafts look to the house, while adding some contemporary aspects. The floors and stairs are all original, as is the stained glass window at the mid-stair landing. As you walk up to the house, you are greeted by beautiful stained glass panels in the front door, added in the 1950s.

For furniture, they like to shop at stores like Crate and Barrel and Z Gallerie, but they have also found some of their favorite pieces in Amish Country. The china cabinet comes from the Amish community in Nashville, Ohio. It is a gorgeous piece of furniture that really adds a rich feel to the dining room.

Matthew’s favorite room is the kitchen. He enjoys cooking – redesigning the kitchen was his favorite room to do. They worked with Kitchen Kraft to design the layout and do the construction. Construction was completed in only four weeks, and that was with a last minute change to add another cabinet/countertop instead of a window bench seat. After it was finished, they were glad to have the extra counter space as it makes working in the kitchen together very enjoyable.

The couple also likes to garden and has redesigned their backyard to serve many different functions. There is plenty of room for the dogs, places for vegetables such as tomatoes, chives and cucumbers, room to entertain and a spot to compost.

One of Scott’s favorite additions was the half bathroom they put in to the right of the stairs. It has really made a difference to the layout of the house. They worked with a company that had it done in only two weeks. A true attest that you can really fit a half bathroom anywhere, and it can be beautiful!

They also like to collect art. They have a sculpture that came from the Grandview Mercantile in the Short North. They also have a painting they won at “Art for Life,” a biennial fundraiser of the Columbus Aids Task Force. Last year it took place in the old City Center space. They won the painting “Purple Haze” by Karen Alles, a local artist from Powell, Ohio. The painting looks great with the southwest influences throughout the house. Scott is from Arizona and has works from southwest artists that remind him of home.

If you would like to find out more about Woodland Park, visit their Neighborhood Association website. It offers lots of homes for sale that are very close to downtown.

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  • lizless

    I love Woodland Park! Great dining room, so much space, I want to come over for dinner!

  • This is an awesome East-Side home both inside and out! I really like everything they’ve done with the kitchen, dining room, and back yard particularly. :D

  • Another neighborhood to consider if I stick around. 

  • CGMC_Matthew

    Ya’ll are welcome for dinner. Come on over! ;-)

    Thanks for such a great article, Anne. You did a wonderful job showing off our home and neighborhood!

  • That’s an amazing house. Absolutely gorgeous.

  • kessler

    Bloody awesome!  I still have to say Ann needs to visit Mr. Foley of Columbus Monthly fame.

    ETA… If not just for the view of franklin park but for the love of neon. and yard sculptures

  • If I had that backyard, I probably wouldn’t care about the leash law :D

    Great place!

  • geigondis

    Matthew, your house is a stunner.  Love the raised beds out back.  Let’s talk compost…

  • lbl

    you guys are a really nice part of the neighborhood.
    great job with your house!

  • CGMC_Matthew

    Thank you!

  • Manatee

    What a lovely home. Cute dog, too…

  • Pamela R. Arnold

    Having been a guest in this home many times, I have enjoyed its gracious ambience.  Improvements are constantly being made, not the least of which is the sweet little half bath on the main floor.  Scott’s mother-in-law.

  • KingLincolnUrbanHipsterGayCouple

    Homeowners – you both should be very, very proud.  You have done a fantastic rehab with this historic home.  As a fomer German Village girl – your place reminds me of Mohawk Avenue and I love Woodland Park – just love it.  Your must be making Miss LaFever over on Hawthorne jealous with everything you’ve done to your grand home….  Woodland Park is so residential and is another example of an up and coming urban neighborhood and of course it is North of Broad too.  When OSU East redevelops North of E Long this will be a more sought after location for Doctors to have homes in than Schiller Park…

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