Columbus residents represent BEST city in the WORLD!

Columbus residents represent BEST city in the WORLD!

Columbus is not only known by its’ residents of downtown swanky apartments, but is being recognized by outsiders as the best city in the WORLD! Within areas like the Arena District and Grandview Yard, residents are getting luxury style apartments at a fraction of the cost you would pay in larger cities like New York. But unlike those larger cities, Columbus has yet to hit its peak, and its apartment  residents are living in the heart of the excitement. In addition to the walk-able amenities resident communities offer, Columbus is known for the best library in the country, the best zoo in the country, the best science center in America and America’s largest universities.

Columbus has been named:

Let’s not forget, we’re pretty cool too! Why All the Cool Kids Love Columbus, Ohio.

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Brrrr, it’s cold but these events are hot- things to do in January.

Brrrr it’s cold, but these events are hot- things to do in January.








Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena

In case you didn’t know it, the Columbus Blue Jackets are kind of a big deal! With now 16 game wins in a row, the Blue Jackets now own the second-longest winning streak in NHL history! Did we mention they are also #1 right now in the NHL? Boom! Sergei Bobrovski is the NHL’s 1st star of December which is the first awarded to a #CBJ player. CBJ games are one of the hottest things to do in the District right now. If your looking to move to the area Apartments at the Yard, Arena Crossing, Flats on Vine and Flats 2 are offering new move-ins 2 free game day tickets just to say welcome to the neighborhood. Click below to purchase specific game day tickets.

World’s Toughest Rodeo, 7:30PM

World’s Toughest Rodeo

Grab your chaps and your hat and walk on over to Nationwide Arena. The Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo will spotlight fan favorite events: Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bareback Riding including the thrilling Winner takes all…Showdown Round.  Catch the world’s toughest cowboys and don’t miss the Midwest’s fastest cowgirls Barrel Racing competition.

Nationwide Arena, January 14,2017 ,  More Info and tickets Here

Concerts to be excited about:

January 7th, Blackbear at A&R Music Bar


January 16th, Run the Jewels at Express Live


View all concerts this month Here 

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to hibernate! There are lots of fun things to do in the Arena District


Using Succulents to Decorate your Apartment

If you are looking for cheap ways to decorate your Downtown Columbus Apartment, there is no better way than to use succulents to brighten up a room.

Succulents are low maintenance plant companions that are resilient against the most cursed of thumbs (I’m looking at you 20-something-men). And there are so many quirky varieties to suit your style! Once you try planting these guys, you’ll wonder why you ever fussed with any high maintenance froufrou plants. Ever! Whether you buy or DIY, the planting possibilities for succulents are endless — but let’s start with 19 fun-easy options.

1. DIY Succulents and Terrariums: The unfinished ceramic base plus a simple glass top create a beautiful little world for your succulents and opens up a whole other world. (Of DIY potential!) (via A Daily Something)

2. Murus Terrarium ($95): For minimal design with elegance, geometric is the way to go. Wiry succulents balance the clean lines of the terrarium perfectly.

3. Succulent Terrarium and Planter: For a more well-rounded approach, go globular. Dangle it in front of a window for a little inside green. (via Adventures in Cooking)

4. Hanging Succulent Planter: It’s cute-meets-rustic. DIY this little ball of lovely. (via Brit + Co.)

5. Mini Zen Garden ($50): Fit in your moment of zen with your own private meditation garden. You can’t sit in it, but making swirls in the sand seems calming.

6. DIY Succulent Table: This is a centerpiece that’s here to stay. Let the backyard festivities begin! (via Far Out Flora)

7. Oblong Chiseled Tray ($68): Don’t overlook the powder room. These little blooms bring hard surfaces to life.

8. The Trapeze Planter: Finally, a planter that gives succulents the stage they deserve. Balancing with grace, they’re sure to liven up any extra ceiling space. (via Poppy Haus)

9. Gilded Terracotta Pots: A little gold leaf will always class things up. It’s the perfect touch of elegance. (via Design Sponge)

10. Plant Pods: These shelves are ideal to liven up a blank wall and spare yourself the precious counter space. Better still, this project was just funded on Kickstarter!

11. Cork Planter Bookend Set ($50): We love housewares that do double duty. But triple duty? Your bookends never got so much action.

12. Head Planter: Ditch the Chia pet and upscale your cranium crafting.

13. Vertical Succulent Planter Garden: Aren’t they as pretty as a picture? Frame up your floral succulents.

14. Succulent Monogrammed Planter Box: You can see your name in lights. Or um, plants.

 15. DIY Succulent Lantern Planter: In lieu of candles, lanterns make great houses for plants. Some may even call it a plantern. (via Butter Paper Studios)

16. Dinosaur Planter ($25): Herbivore or carnivore, these dino planters are crowd-pleasers.

17. Air Plant Mobile ($45): These little air plants dangling from the sky are like a minimal jungle. Go mobile!

18. Jellyfish Air Plant ($25): Land, sea and sky come together in a dream-like take on hanging plants.

19. Vertical Wall Planter: With your wall in full bloom, the only place to go is up! (via Luna See)

Columbus Ranked #3 Best City for Renters

Columbus Ranked #3 Best City for Renters


Fast fact. Columbus is ranked #3 in the United States as one of the top most affordable places to rent, moving up two spots from last year. The updated list from Forbes.com uses four main metrics from national metric data including average rents of fourth quarter 2015, average percentage of household income spent on rent, vacancy rates, and year over year changes in rental rates. Columbus was also ranked #1 for Cost of Living in 2015 by the Council for Community & Economic Research.

With a growing population currently at 2 million and an active lifestyle within reach of our residents, it is easy to see that Columbus, Ohio is a great place for renters to call home.

Whether you’re looking in the Arena District at Arena CrossingFlats on Vine or Flats II, or you’re shopping Grandview Yard at the Apartments at the YardColumbus downtown apartments offer modern floorplans and features with many amenities surrounding them. Compared to many of the larger surrounding cities, Columbus, Ohio has proven to offer more for your renting dollars.

To read more on Columbus, Ohio ranking click Here.


Eddie George’s Grille 27- Kickoff weekend in Grandview Yard!

Eddie George’s Grille 27 has moved into Grandview Yard, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome our new neighbor!

Eddie George's Grill 27, Drinks, Food, Burgers, Ohio State, Heisman Trophy, Grandview Yard

Our residents and football fans alike will enjoy the spirit of campus without having to leave the Yard! The new location has the same open concept but with some new additions including a horseshoe bar, 70 TV’s, and a giant projector! With the addition of the projector, it feels like your at the game!

Eddie George’s is named for Heisman Trophy winner and OSU graduate Eddie George, O-H! His namesake restaurant offers a scratch kitchen featuring a twist on classic American fare including fresh burgers, steaks, seafood, unique salads and appetizers. Even during the first week open in Grandview yard, the staff is operating as a well oiled machine. With a terrific wait staff in place, juicy burgers and delicious appetizers, we know you’ll have a winning experience!

Speaking of appetizers, did you know that if you join the Hall of Fame Club, you get a free appetizer just for signing up? Appetizers like Dynamite Shrimp, Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers, and a delicious mountain-high pile of nachos. Yum! See the full menu! Another perk for our residents of being a member of the Hall of Fame Club is frequent guest perks, you will earn a free meal after every 10th meal! Sign up for the Hall of fame club. So join us this weekend and kickoff our grand opening in Grandview Yard! We look forward to sharing a drink and a bite with you to celebrate our new neighbor Eddie George!

Eddie George's Grill 27, Drinks, Food, Burgers, Ohio State, Heisman Trophy, Grandview Yard


Bobcat Avenue is now open to Third Avenue

Construction was just completed on Bobcat Avenue.

Residents can now take Bobcat Avenue all the way to Third Avenue and access the Giant Eagle Market District! This will make it so much more convenient for folks living near downtown Columbus!

Latest Announcement for Grandview Yard: New Pool and Clubhouse

Nationwide Realty Investors continues to tweak the lineup of Grandview Yard, announcing plans for a new 13,000 square foot clubhouse for residents of the rapidly-expanding mixed-use development near downtown Columbus.

The clubhouse – to be called the Yard Club – will sit on the north side of Baldwin Avenue, across from the parking garage for the 800 Yard Street office building and adjacent to the recently announced Brooks building, a four-story, 166-unit apartment building. It will feature a pool and spa, a fitness center, a community room and a leasing office.

“We are very happy to be announcing this great amenity for all of our Grandview Yard residents,” said NRI President Brian Ellis in a statement. “We plan to begin construction before the end of the year and have it completed as residents begin moving into the Brooks building in summer 2016.”

The latest announcement comes as the pace of construction at the 125-acre development shows no signs of slowing – the Brooks apartment building, a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, an event center, andthree new Nationwide Insurance office buildings are all currently going vertical on the site.

Grandview Yard residents getting a clubhouse with pool and fitness center

Grandview Yard’s developer plans to pump up the amenity package for its apartment tenants as it continues to build more rental units near downtown Columbus.

Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. is planning a 13,000-square-foot clubhouse to help keep the 275 or so existing apartments fully occupied and make the 166 apartments under construction even more attractive.

It will have a 2,600-square-foot fitness center, 2,000-square-foot swimming pool and spa, and a 1,600-square-foot community room.

“The whole facility is getting built as an amenity for all … residents,” spokeswoman Tina Guegold told me.

The Yard Club will be built on just over 2 acres adjacent to the Brooks section of the scattered-site rental housing development, just a short walk north of Hofbrauhaus.

NRI expects the clubhouse to open next summer close to the delivery schedule of the first Brooks units. It expects to file for building permits Monday.

A 2,000-square-foot corner of the clubhouse will serve as a permanent leasing office, which is currently in the commercial section of the Keystone complex.

“It’ll be great space for our apartment residents,” Guegold told me. “We are exploring the possibility of making this available for owners of the (condos), too.”

Guegold said the first section of apartments has a small pool for the community’s use.

The developer declined to divulge financial details of the project ahead of filing for the permits.

M&A Architects designed the facility.


Arena District in Columbus has been hugely successful

By Don Muret, Sports Business Journal | November 16, 2015, Page 24

It’s a Tuesday night and the Columbus Blue Jackets are playing host to the New York Islanders in an early season matchup. Like many other NHL teams, midweek games can be a tough draw, especially in central Ohio where the focus these days is on who’s playing quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. To make matters worse, the Blue Jackets, winless in their first six games of the season, would fire head coach Todd Richards the next morning after suffering their seventh straight loss, tying the NHL record for the worst start in modern league history.
But on this fall day, the weather is gorgeous and there’s lots of activity in the Arena District, the 100-acre mixed-use development surrounding the hockey barn. Across the street, the custom margaritas are flowing outdoors at Nada, a contemporary Mexican restaurant. On the opposite corner, Boston’s, a gourmet pizza and sports bar, is packed with fans wearing Jackets jerseys. The same is true at R Bar, a no-frills watering hole where Labatt Blue is the drink of choice. More fans dine al fresco at the Three-Legged Mare, Gordon Biersch and Dick’s Last Resort, the district’s newest addition.
It’s a vibrant scene and one that took a while to assemble. Fifteen years after Nationwide Arena opened in September 2000, the Arena District has transformed a dead zone in downtown Columbus, a brownfield site where the old Ohio Penitentiary once stood, into a thriving, 24/7 community. The 20 bars and restaurants, three hotels (and five more hotels surrounding the district), 2 million square feet of office space and 875 housing units, among other properties, represent more than $1 billion in total development.
Development has been steady through the years. Huntington Park, the city’s 10,000-seat minor league ballpark, opened in 2009 on the district’s western edge. Franklin County owns the Columbus Clippers, the primary tenant and the Cleveland Indians’ Class AAA affiliate, plus the $70 million ballpark it funded. Since Huntington Park opened, the Clippers have topped 600,000 in total attendance for seven consecutive seasons and the team has won multiple awards for ballpark of the year. The stadium keeps the district humming during the summer months by bridging the gap between hockey seasons.
“We were kind of like the exclamation point coming down here,” said Ken Schnacke, the Columbus Clippers’ longtime president and general manager.
Over the past five years, two apartment buildings have popped up across the street from the ballpark as the Arena District, in downtown Columbus, expands westward. It’s become the hip place to live with many of those apartments occupied by recent Ohio State graduates.
“My daughter is 18, a freshman in college, and her plan is to come back to Columbus [after graduation] and get one of those apartments on Flats on Vine,” said John O’Grady, a Franklin County commissioner.
Outside of the sports venues, the Studio Movie Grill, an 11-screen theater complex, and LC Pavilion, an indoor-outdoor concert venue with the flexibility to fit crowds of 2,200 to 5,000 for shows, help maintain a consistent level of activity in the district on dark days at the arena and the ballpark.
All told, it’s one of the few successful mixed-use projects in sports tied to downtown redevelopment. As a result, the Arena District has become a must-see for the Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings as they all put together the puzzle of mixed-use for their respective arena projects. It’s piqued the interest of outside media outlets as well. For the Islanders-Blue Jackets game, a television crew from Milwaukee was in town to run a feature on the district back home in Wisconsin.
“It’s been an amazing transformation and now it’s one of the most active spaces in the entire city,” said Xen Riggs, Ohio State University’s associate vice president for student life and executive associate athletic director. Riggs oversees operations of both Schottenstein Center (Ohio State’s arena) and Nationwide Arena under a joint management agreement. “It’s been fun to watch.”
Brian Ellis has watched the Arena District grow from the ground up. Ellis is president of Nationwide Realty Investors, a division of Nationwide’s corporate operation headquartered in Columbus. His company had a vision for revitalizing downtown through a mixed-use project anchored by a new arena for an NHL expansion team. In the 1990s, Ohio’s capital had the distinction of being the country’s largest market without a team among the big four major league sports. There was a hunger to fill the void in a city where Ohio State typically dominates the sports pages.
Nationwide Realty Investors took the lead for privately developing and financing the arena after local voters defeated a tax levy to pay for construction. The same goal remained — for the arena to serve as a catalyst for further development. Up to that point, most of the economic growth occurred in the suburbs, but Nationwide remained committed to redeveloping the city’s inner core. Twenty years after the company built One Nationwide Plaza in 1977, its 40-story headquarters, officials were ready to expand upon that base.
As the sole developer through most of the process, Nationwide Realty Investors formed a master plan for the Arena District and funded the initial $450 million in projects with partner Capital Square Ltd., which owns 20 percent of the development (the Blue Jackets have no investment in the Arena District). Over time, a few other private developers have built projects on the district’s outer edges in addition to the county stepping up to construct Huntington Park. For Nationwide, though, it wasn’t a case of falling into the trap of “build it and they will come” to attract development, Ellis said.
“That’s a fallacy,” he said. “There are advantages that sports facilities bring, but you have to incorporate those into a very well-planned neighborhood that takes advantage of the pluses, overcomes the negatives and is very market-specific. There is really no formula. It’s not sexy to say it this way, but the Arena District is first of all, a Class A office development masquerading as a sports and entertainment district. It’s all of our office tenants that really drive this from a development standing. We have kept many jobs and businesses downtown.”
It helped that a few pieces of the Arena District were in place at the time Nationwide Arena was under construction. Buca di Beppo, a national chain of family-style Italian restaurants, opened in 1999, one year before the arena opened. The country’s first Ted’s Montana Grill opened shortly after the arena did. Ellis remembers co-founder Ted Turner, for whom the restaurant is named, serving him a bison burger to celebrate the new business. Gordon Biersch, the microbrewery, was another restaurant timed to the arena’s opening. Fifteen years later, all three eateries remain in operation.
“They developed the arena side by side with development around it,” said Riggs, who arrived in Columbus 18 years ago to oversee construction of Schottenstein Center. “It’s not like ‘We have the arena, now what?’ [The plan was] ‘Let’s do it all at once.’”
At the same time, Nationwide began leasing office space. The city agreed to pay between $50 million and $100 million for infrastructure upgrades to frame the Arena District with red brick sidewalks and side streets and granite curbwork. Nationwide built several parking garages, a $100 million investment.
Arena Crossing, a 252-apartment complex, opened in 2004 in the shadow of the arena as the first residential component. It was followed by two condominium projects, a combined 207 units, plus the Flats on Vine and Flats II, the two apartment buildings by the ballpark.
“You could see what was coming and visualize it,” Ellis said. “I think that helped us a lot getting started. We came out of the gate very aggressively in terms of trying to establish the Arena District as a great neighborhood. We wanted to leave as little to the imagination as possible.”
There were some hiccups along the way for developing the Arena District, including the effects of two NHL lockouts over a span of seven years. The work stoppages could have delivered a potentially crushing blow to the bars and restaurants that depend on the steady flow of customers attending 40-plus hockey games a year. On both occasions, though, Nationwide Realty Investors implemented deep cuts in rent for those establishments to avoid having them default on their respective leases.
“The first time it happened [in 2004-05], we gave 50 percent off their rent,” Ellis said. “We did that unilaterally; it wasn’t a negotiated thing. I don’t know that it fixed the issue but it helped. They still struggled some but we didn’t lose anybody.”
The second major obstacle facing the district revolved around the city’s unique position of having two 18,000-seat arenas sitting three miles apart. Under their lease agreement, the Blue Jackets, playing in one of the few privately funded and managed, single-tenant venues, were responsible for booking and marketing the building. They also had to cover operating expenses, which extended to the team’s practice facility attached to Nationwide Arena. The team paid millions of dollars in annual rent to Nationwide Realty Investors, their landlord.
Against that backdrop, the Blue Jackets struggled to fill Nationwide Arena with concerts and other special events, the result of competing against Schottenstein Center for dates. “The Schott” opened in 1998 on the Ohio State campus, two years before Nationwide Arena. Over time, the situation hurt both arenas as they ultimately drove the price up to get a show, which in turn, forced promoters to dig deeper in their pockets to cover the costs to bring events to Columbus. Everybody’s intentions were in the right place, but it wasn’t good business for all parties involved, Riggs said.
“The belief at the time was the best way to put this type of deal together was for the NHL team to lease the arena 365 days a year and have the benefit of the revenue that came from other events,” Ellis said. “But it didn’t work out.
It comes down to the size of the city and multiple tenants. Two [sports] anchors makes a huge difference on the economics of the arena. We were further hampered by the fact that our city had two professional-caliber arenas. It’s not like we didn’t know [about the potential consequences], but the impact of it was greater than we perceived.”
The Blue Jackets had to find a different business model for running an arena that was losing millions of dollars a year. After lengthy discussions between Nationwide Realty Investors, the team and city and county officials, the county bought Nationwide Arena in 2012 for $43 million, saving the Blue Jackets about $10 million a year through a rent-free lease. The transaction included using tax revenue from four Ohio casinos to pay for arena operations and capital expenditures. The arena, designed by HOK, which has an office in the Arena District, originally cost $150 million to build.
Separately, a new entity, Columbus Arena Sports and Entertainment, was formed to jointly operate and book events at both arenas. Within that entity, a firm called Columbus Arena Management, headed by Riggs and his Ohio State facilities staff, runs Nationwide Arena on behalf of the county.
Now, the focus is on selling more tickets and improving the guest experience at both buildings, which in turn, drives higher concession per caps from patrons having a better time at events, Riggs said. The joint agreement has solidified the district’s future. Over the past three years, the bottom line for both arenas has improved by $100,000 to $200,000 annually by jointly running the two facilities, with another $600,000 to $700,000 saved in operational costs by combining staffs, said Don Brown, executive director of the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority.
“Through the partnership with Ohio State, we created a model and a matrix where our community competes against other cities for events, and they decide which venue that act will play,” said Mike Priest, president and alternate governor of the Blue Jackets. “Not only are we able to market to both season-ticket holders for the Blue Jackets and Ohio State, but we have raised the bar for the shows coming to town over what we were doing before we aligned.
Now there is more money for everybody on top of not having to give up as much as we used to, to get a show in the market.”
Meanwhile, the Arena District continues to grow west, beyond Huntington Park. Earlier this month, Nationwide Realty Investors filed plans with the city to construct a 12-story building with 69 condominiums and a four-story parking garage. The $34 million project, to open mid-2017, will complete the Arena District’s original master plan formed almost 20 years ago. Next door to the condo tower, construction is already underway on Nationwide’s commercial office project on a site that once held the old Buggyworks, where horse carriages were made more than 100 years ago. The new development opens next summer.
More hotel space is also in the works. In late October, city officials approved plans to build a Canopy by Hilton, a 168-room downtown hotel. It’s part of the community’s effort to boost the number of higher-end hotels to attract major events such as the 2015 NHL All-Star Game and the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four, which was awarded to Nationwide Arena. It’s the one key element the Arena District lacks to draw those events on a consistent basis, according to Bruce Wimbish, director of marketing and communications for the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
Long term, Arena District principles see development expanding to a point where it forms a stronger connection between Short North, the arts district to the east leading to Ohio State’s campus, and Grandview Yard to the west, which is Nationwide’s newest mixed-use development.
“When all that happens, geographically, the Arena District is kind of in the middle,” Riggs said. “The convention center continues to grow [with a $125 million expansion] and more hotels will drive nightlife. It seems like Brian can’t build housing fast enough. People want to live here, which is counter to what is happening in a lot of America’s downtowns.”

What makes Columbus the best place for Millennials to Live?

Columbus ranks as one of the top 5 cities that boast high projected job growth and easy living – two of the reasons that make it one of the best places for young professionals to live.

Young people may dream of working in New York or Los Angeles, and indeed some rankings include those cities high up in lists of best places for millennials.

But with costs of living far beyond what most Americans can afford—and projected job growth below average for big U.S. cities—it’s hard to make the case that either the Big Apple or City of Angels offers young people the easiest living or the best shot at success.

This list of top cities for millennials focuses on places where job growth is projected to be above average; food, rent, and other necessities are relatively affordable; and there are high concentrations of grocery stores, pharmacies, laundromats, and other amenities. Additionally, Columbus offers loads of fun bars, restaurants, and leisure activities.

Columbus’s sizable millennial population, 25.9% of residents, need never be bored. Between the green and floral Franklin Park Conservator, creative food venues, unusual art, and incredible concentration of sports teams, young people have plenty of choices for energetic entertainment in the city. For instance, see this list of the top 20 things to do in Columbus.

In addition, Columbus is convenient – and surprisingly walkable – which means you don’t necessarily need a car to get around. Add to that our incredible public transportation system, COTA, and all the ways to avoid having your own car – Uber, Car2Go, taxis, and CoGo Bike Share – and you can see why Columbus is so popular among young professionals.

Projected job growth is a healthy 9.3% through 2019, and the low cost of living – only 103 on the COLI index – makes it stand out among big cities. Just one of the reasons you should check out our apartment communities in downtown Columbus.

Read Full Article from TIME here.