Tucked between Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington, is a slice of Columbus called Fifth by Northwest. We lovingly call it 5xNW. You may never have heard of us – most people assume our neighborhood is part of Grandview. The truth is much of what you love about Grandview is technically in Fifth by Northwest (The Clay Café, Trattoria Roma, Rotolo’s, King Avenue 5, Bono Pizza, the Chocolate Café, Woodlands Tavern, Grow Yoga, Fresco Furnishings just to name a few). The rough boundaries of 5xNW are to the north: Kinnear Rd., to the South: the alley south of Third Avenue, to the west: Wyandotte Road, to the east: Olentangy River Road. If you’d like to see a map of all our nooks and crannies, here it is. We have our own City Commission and everything; you can run for office and get your start in city politics right here in Fifth by Northwest. It’s too late for this year though, elections are Nov. 1st. Better luck next year!
We moved here from Grove City in 2008. We knew we didn’t want to live in the suburbs anymore, but had a challenging housing situation. I’m epileptic and don’t drive. Needing to be in a “walkable community” isn’t simply a “nice-to-have” on our list of things we’d like. Being able to get out with our daughter during the day to a grocery store, a park, a restaurant, a library, or take the bus to other nearby destinations is a must-have.
We love living in Fifth by Northwest. We live near Chambers and Northwest in a condo community called Windgate Village. Across the street is the lovely Guitar House Workshop, where you can not only get your guitar tuned up, but where they also regularly host pay-what-you-want concerts and have an in-house artist painting throughout the week. Next to that are Kroger, Bono Pizza and Sparano’s, and Super Game Team. Within a 10 minute walk, we can be to any of the places I mentioned, but in the same 10 minutes, we can also be at the Miller Park Library in Upper Arlington, Jeni’s Ice Cream in Grandview. COTA buses #3, #5, and #84 operate throughout 5xNW in 10-20 minute increments, and run straight through Victorian Village, directly to High Street, to the Arena District or Market District Giant Eagle in UA. Biking is also common in the area, and bikers will be happy to know that bike lanes and bike shelters are being installed in 2012 on some of the most commonly used routes.
Most of the people living in Fifth by Northwest are either retired, or professionals in their late 20’s – late 30’s, making the transition from college to career and family. Many of the older residents are selling their well-kept or renovated homes and condos, usually with two bedrooms, one bathroom and a basement. Since we have lived at Windgate Village, four of the eight condos in our unit have sold at prices ranging from $124K-$162K. The new condos directly across the street sell in the mid-$200’s, while single family homes tend to sell in the high $100’s to mid $200’s. Hope to see you soon near the intersection of Fifth by Northwest!
And now, the homes:
Be My Neighbor is a series showcasing what your money can buy in different neighborhoods in Columbus. This is not professional advice and there is no financial incentive for us if these homes are purchased. We just want to showcase our great neighborhoods and the homes that are in them. All information was accurate to the best of our knowledge at time of publishing. If you are house hunting, good luck to you!