According to Money magazine, Westerville is one of America's "Best Places to Live." It’s a progressive community with modern amenities and it’s located just 10 miles from downtown Columbus in Ohio's fastest-growing region. The community’s heritage dates back to 1809, but today it’s home to more than 37,000 residents who enjoy its more than 40 community parks and open public spaces, state-of-the-art Community Center, award-winning school district, and old-generation Uptown District with its new-generation shopping, dining and entertainment.
Westerville homes come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional starter homes to those that fit the more executive lifestyle. Home buyers also have the choice between old and new builds, as well as neighborhoods and more rural settings. And while it’s the Columbus area’s largest suburb, Westerville has the kind of nature-oriented backdrop that’s earned its designation as a Tree City USA community.
The historic Uptown District features a bistro in a converted silent theater and Prohibition-style speakeasies, as well as bed & breakfasts. It’s a great place to find local dining options, including bakeries, cafés, wine shops, casual comfort-food and fine-dining restaurants.
Uptown Westerville is a great shopping spot, too. It has a variety of locally-owned shops for antiques and collectables, clothing and jewelry, home furnishings, art and more. And for more traditional shopaholics, the community is just 3 miles away from Polaris Fashion Place and 7 miles from Easton Town Center.
Polaris Fashion Place offers a traditional two-story mall with 200 retailers and lots of dining options, while the surrounding Polaris area has iconic retailers like IKEA and Cabela's. Easton Town Center is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in central Ohio, with a unique indoor/outdoor layout that makes it feel like a self-contained town. With 240 retail spaces, Easton has a variety of shopping and restaurants to enjoy, plus a 30 screen AMC Theatre with Dine-In viewing options.
Westerville is a vibrant arts community as well, with public art installations throughout the city. Westerville also offers performances throughout the year from talented groups like the Westerville Symphony, Westerville Ballet Company, Otterbein University Theatre and Music Departments, and Westerville Center for the Arts.
History lovers can explore Westerville's cultural past by visiting the Anti-Saloon League Museum or the Hamby House, a nationally registered historic place that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Parks and Paths
The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department maintains neighborhood parks, wetlands and greenways throughout the city that are within walking distance of many residential and community areas.
You can rent a shelter at one of 11 park locations. Fishing experts and newbies can cast a line from the shore at Heritage and Sharon Woods parks, while Hoover Reservoir offers great boating. A large number of sports fields and even a skate park are available for practices and competitions, and Brooksedge Bark Park is a great place for pet lovers to take their dog to play.
Westerville makes it easy to go cycling, walking or jogging through the city, too, thanks to its recreational path system. These color-coded paths are well marked with posted distances and destinations to help plan exercise routes or for a greener way to get around town. Conveniently located kiosks show your location and where you can take a break, lock up bikes, and find restrooms and drinking fountains.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Westerville, visit www.westerville.org.