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Starting a new life in CBUS: gyms, neighborhoods, etc.

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    hannahcamille
    hannahcamille
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    Hi guys, in just a week or so I’m moving to Columbus to start a new job. Some background: I live in the Toledo/Bowling Green area now, and I’m originally from Dayton. I’m a 23-year-old female, college educated and a journalist. Even though I’ve lived in Dayton most of my life, I really didn’t visit Columbus all that frequently. So the city is going to be very new to me.

    My job is in Grandview Heights, so I’m looking for apartments in that area, as well as the east side of downtown/Olde Towne East. Two very different price ranges, I know, but I’m considering downsizing to a studio apartment. I’ve done some research on the neighborhoods and I feel pretty comfortable about both of those areas, so this isn’t a “should I move there?” post. Although, if there’s anything you’d like to share (particularly about Olde Towne East), that would be fine too.

    I’m mostly interested in the following:

    -Gyms or yoga studios in Columbus that are at a reasonable price. I’m talking like $20-30/month. I just need your basic treadmill or elliptical, honestly.

    -Any favorite coffee shops in the Grandview Heights or Olde Towne East areas where I can sit and read the paper in the morning? (I swear I’m 23, not 80.)

    -Where do people go hiking in Columbus?

    -Best hair salons/nail salons for a reasonable price.

    -Veterinarians (I have a cat)

    -Dentists, doctors, etc. (this will depend largely on my insurance, but any recommendations would be good)

    -Cheap internet for my apartment (no more than $40-50 a month, I don’t need cable TV)

    Again, not really looking for a ton of information on entertainment in Columbus. More about how to transition my day-to-day activities into my new life in Columbus. I’m especially interested in fitness, but at an affordable price. Gym memberships are so ridiculous. I am trying to keep everything as affordable as possible, with college debt and all, so any advice you have would be MUCH appreciated.

    Thanks in advance. :)
    Hannah

    #1050004
    rus
    rus
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    Believe WOW has an internet-only option.

    Grandview area:

    Coffee: Staufs is crazy popular. Very good coffee but the laptop crowd discovered them. See also Luck Brothers or Grandview Grind.

    Fitness: There’s a Snap Fitness on third. Not sure if that’s in your price range. See also go fitness on broadview and king.

    Vet: Grandview animal clinic has done well for us. Other friends like northstar animal clinic.

    Hiking: Highbanks metro park is popular, as is Clear Creek.

    As to apartments in Grandview, there’s a number of smaller places that don’t advertise online. Can be worth your time to drive the neighborhood looking for for-rent signs.

    #1050006

    OneBagTravel
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    rus has covered Grandview pretty well. He’s right about how rentals in Grandview don’t advertise online so be prepared to drive down the streets looking for the For Rent signs.

    There are plenty of studio apartments on West King Ave for around $500+

    There’s an Urban Active on Goodale for a more established gym and there’s also a cross fit place on W 3rd
    http://crossfitscioto.com/

    #1050008

    maveric1
    Participant

    -Gyms – I’ll second Snap Fitness on Third Ave. Go Fitness fits the budget but their Cardio is always packed at peak hours so there is always a wait (per my experience)

    -Where do people go hiking in Columbus – There are several metroparks around Columbus. My favorite is the Highbanks, just north of Columbus, I-270.

    -Cheap internet for my apartment (no more than $40-50 a month, I don’t need cable TV) – May depend on your apartment but Time Warner and WOW is the main cable/internet provider around Grandview area.

    As for apartments, as Rus said, I recommend driving/walking around the neighborhood. There are many affordable options in that area. Most affordable apartments will be in what’s called Fifth by Northwest area which is a Columbus area just north of Grandview Heights proper and south of Upper Arlington proper. Great neighborhood

    #1050009

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    Welcome to town, you’ve arrived as more walking and biking trails are being built. Look around here: http://www.centralohiogreenways.com/

    #1050012
    rus
    rus
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    There’s an Urban Active on Goodale for a more established gym and there’s also a cross fit place on W 3rd

    http://crossfitscioto.com/

    Good call on both of those; I tend to forget about the urban active especially.

    #1050015
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    First of all… welcome! ;)

    My job is in Grandview Heights, so I’m looking for apartments in that area, as well as the east side of downtown/Olde Towne East. Two very different price ranges, I know, but I’m considering downsizing to a studio apartment. I’ve done some research on the neighborhoods and I feel pretty comfortable about both of those areas, so this isn’t a “should I move there?” post. Although, if there’s anything you’d like to share (particularly about Olde Towne East), that would be fine too.

    Both are great areas. I’d say that Grandview Heights (and the surrounding 5xNW area) probably has more stuff going on in general in terms of amenities, whereas Olde Towne East is a little more of an up-and-coming area. I’ve lived a block north of OTE for 7 years now and enjoy it quite a bit, especially due to the proximity to Downtown and other areas.

    Since most of the responses are about Grandview, I’d figure I’d throw out a few things on the OTE side for your review/comparison:

    Gyms/Yoga – There’s few in the neighborhood proper, but several options downtown, ranging from a modern gym like Ignite:

    http://www.fitignite.com/

    To the historic YMCA:

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/downtown-columbus-ymca-stands-tall-serves-all

    You can find more gyms here:

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/tag/gyms

    And more yoga here:

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/tag/yoga

    Upper Cup in OTE is your best bet for a neighborhood shop. They roast in-house and are small but cozy:

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/upper-cup-coffee-thrives-in-olde-towne-east-cw2014

    More cafes, here: http://www.columbusunderground.com/tag/cafes

    Metro Parks are great for hiking, as is the Hocking Hills area:

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/to-do-visit-a-metro-park

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/close-to-columbus-trip-to-hocking-hills

    No advice from me on hair/nails, but you can find info on some here:

    http://www.columbusunderground.com/tag/salons

    Just switched to Village Dental Care this year. So far so good. ;) http://www.drkatya.com/

    We use a lower-speed internet-only WOW (Wide Open West) subscription at home. Easy, fast enough to stream video (Netflix, Hulu, etc) and cheap too.

    Good luck settling in! ;)

    #1050019

    kjmallow1
    Participant

    You may also want to look at these links. When I first moved to Columbus, I lived in a complex on King Ave. Safe, affordable, and in your case, very close to your job.

    http://www.metro-rentals.com/grandview.htm

    http://www.metro-rentals.com/oldetowneeast.htm

    #1050046

    mas917
    Participant

    I’ll cover the “girly” stuff:
    Yoga- Go Yoga in UA (just a minute from Grandview on Arlington Ave.) has some great instructors and is reasonably priced.
    Nails- SoPo in UA (also just up Northwest from Grandview) is my spot now- good prices and quality work plus no waiting around forever like at some of the places on 5th Ave. Elli is also a good spot, but a little more $$
    Hair- Nurtur in Grandview or UA. They have a range of experienced stylists so you can pick what level/ price you want. You also get a mini facial with your haircut/ color. Bonus!
    Gyms- already good suggestions in previous posts- Go on King is a nice, small, community gym. Some of their classes are great, and they also have options for small group training at an affordable rate- also a great place to meet people that live in the neighborhood!

    Welcome to town!

    #1050072
    hannahcamille
    hannahcamille
    Participant

    Wow, you guys have been more than helpful! Thanks so much. It’s good to know there are some options in Grandview that aren’t listed online. I was beginning to think I would never be able to afford living there on my budget.

    #1050082
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    I was beginning to think I would never be able to afford living there on my budget.

    Just a quick note… if you’re looking within Grandview Heights “proper” it’s actually a separate city/suburb from Columbus. Housing there is of high quality and in short supply and the tax base is higher (great schools too), which means that rentals in general are likely to be more expensive:

    BOUNDARY MAP: https://www.google.com/maps?espv=2&q=grandview+heights+map&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.79189006,d.aWw&ion=1&biw=1220&bih=646&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ei=XapjVJzVMo-iyATg0YFQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

    If you’re looking for housing just north of Grandview Heights, this area (sometimes called “Fifth by Northwest” or 5xNW) is actually a neighborhood within the City of Columbus. Housing and apartments are more plentiful, the range in quality has more variety, and taxes are lower, which means they’re probably going to be cheaper:

    BOUNDARY MAP:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Fifth+by+Northwest,+Columbus,+OH/@39.9913569,-83.0392705,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88388e591bbb32f1:0x1b19d8e47c2ed58a

    Of course, YMMV. Perhaps you can find a deal in Grandview proper or something more expensive in 5xNW if you look hard enough outside of the generalities. ;)

    #1050087
    adrite
    adrite
    Participant

    Just curious why your other neighborhood selection is OTE? I love the area but it’s quite a bit different (up-and-coming is right) than Grandview, and it’s also on the other side of downtown. I’d recommend adding Victorian Village/Harrison West to your search. Both neighborhoods have apartments in similar price ranges to Grandview and “feel” safer to walk around than OTE. They’re also closer to Grandview. Just my 2 cents. If you’re still interested in OTE, I’d recommend staying as close to Oak St & Parsons as you can.

    #1050094

    OneBagTravel
    Participant

    Well, Walker got nerdy real quick. ;)

    #1050096
    Bob Leighty
    Bob Leighty
    Participant

    Welcome!!!! Here are some spots very close to OTE (Oak & Parsons is a great area, nice restaurants, Upper Cup, and a great food cooperative there):

    Gym:
    http://www.columbusunderground.com/the-fitness-loft-opens-on-parsons-avenue

    Coffeehouse:
    http://www.theuppercup.com/

    Other good newspaper reading places:
    https://www.facebook.com/staufs (Grandview, German Village)
    http://www.columbusunderground.com/alchemy-juice-bar-and-cafe-opens-on-parsons-avenue

    Salon (owned and operated by my son and his wife):
    http://www.columbusunderground.com/strut-the-salon-opens-on-parsons-avenue

    Other neighborhoods of interest (check out this page on my website http://www.AllThingsSouth.org):
    http://www.allthingssouth.org/south-side-neighborhoods-history–resources.html

    Again, welcome to Columbus!!!!!

    #1050104
    Bob Leighty
    Bob Leighty
    Participant

    Opps, forgot to mention this Metro Park, the only Metro Park in the center of town, right in the Brewery District in South Columbus … a wonderful collaboration with Metro Parks, City of Columbus, and Audubon. Great climbing wall, bike and walking/running paths, obstacle course, dog park, picnic spots, playground for little ones, wetlands (restored from brownfields), and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Bocce court coming.

    http://www.metroparks.net/parkssciotoaudubon.aspx

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