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Located off I-71 between Columbus and Cleveland, Mansfield is a hilly, tree-filled, historic city halfway between its two larger neighbors. Mansfield was founded in 1808 and one of its main attractions is somewhat unusual: it's the historic Ohio State Reformatory, built in 1886 and featured in the movie, The Shawshank Redemption. The prison closed in 1990 and is now open for tours. The prison is supposedly haunted and has been featured on the TV shows Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, and Ghost Asylum. Mansfield is also home to the Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport, Newman Technology Inc., Mansfield Motor Speedway, and Noaa National Weather Services.
Mansfield is a college town, home to the Ohio State University at Mansfield. Downtown Mansfield provides a fantastic shopping and dining destination with elegant architecture wrapped around a historic town square. After moving to Mansfield, you'll be able to explore historic sites like Oak Hill Cottage, built in 1847, and tour art exhibits at the Mansfield Art Center. You don't have to be a kid to appreciate the beautiful carved animals at Richland Carrousel Park, located downtown. Other great destinations include Malabar Farm State Park, the Jones Potato Chip Factory, Snow Trails Ski Resort, and the Renaissance Theatre.
Explore the City
The Ohio State Reformatory dates back to 1861
The Martin Bushnell House was built in 1892
The Oak Hill Cottage, built in 1847, is now a museum
The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building was built in 1889
Shops along Main Street
The Squirrel's Den serves up sweet treats and chocolates
As of October 2018, the average apartment rent in Mansfield, OH is $408 for a studio, $433 for one bedroom, $513 for two bedrooms, and $591 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Mansfield has increased by 1.1% in the past year.
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Top Apartments in Mansfield
- Heatherwood Terrace, Studio - 3 Bed, $430 - 700
- Buckeye Village, 1-4 Bed, $650 - 985
- Cedar Wood Apartments, 2-3 Bed, $530 - 699
- Oak Wood Apartments, 2 Bed, $550 - 649
- Park Avenue West Apartments, 1-3 Bed, $385 - 545
- Pine Bridge Apartments, 1-3 Bed, $475 - 750
- Meadowood Apartments, Studio - 2 Bed, $434 - 699
- Lakeside Apartments, 1-2 Bed, $475 - 525
Living in Mansfield
Mansfield serves as home to many locally owned restaurants and cafes. The Blossoms Cafe serves both fresh roasted coffee and over 80 different teas, and it prepares made-from-scratch baked goods each morning. Located within The Blueberry Patch Gift Shop and Greenhouse, residents go to the Blossoms Cafe to enjoy the beautiful and serene atmosphere.
Doc's Soup-Herb Deli serves a variety of signature sandwiches made with fresh ingredients. It features over 100 ingredients that patrons can choose from to create their own sandwiches. Once you find the combination of ingredients you like the most, the staff saves your recipe, so you can order your own creation the next time you visit.
For a fine dining experience, residents go to The Skyway East, which serves primarily steak and seafood. Dining at The Skyway East includes linen table clothes, low lighting and fresh flowers to ensure a romantic atmosphere. Customers can choose from a wine list with over 100 options to go with their meals.
With a large dance floor and live DJs every weekend, The Backroom Bar and Grille is the place to be on weekends. This establishment features pool tables, shuffle boards, beer pong tables and big screens in its Ohio State University-themed room.
Mansfield was founded in 1808 near the Mohican River. Although surrounded by farmland, Mansfield became a manufacturing center with numerous railroad lines running through the area. Over the years, a dramatic decline in manufacturing has shifted the city's economy to include retail, health care and service industries.
Several museums and art galleries lie within Mansfield. Biblewalk presents a combination of history and art through life-sized recreations of Bible scenes. The Little Buckeye Children's Museum, The Mansfield Memorial Museum, the Mansfield Art Center and Oak Hill Cottage all allow visitors to take tours of the historic home and grounds. Mansfield also hosts an annual community festival called the Lexington Blueberry Festival in Lexington Park.
Richland County Transit (RCT) services the Mansfield area, allowing residents to get around town with ease. In addition to its 13 set routes, RCT also provides Dial-a-Ride Services for individuals with disabilities. RCT also has an arrangement with the City of Shelby to provide taxi service to the residents of Mansfield. The taxis service can be used to get around Richland County. Uber doesn't currently service the area.
Ample parking throughout the downtown area and sidewalks make it friendly for pedestrians. While no bike lanes exist, the small-town nature of Mansfield makes it friendly to bike riders. With Mansfield being over an hour from Cleveland, people heading to Cleveland use their personal vehicles or Greyhound. Greyhound bus service has a bus stop in Mansfield, and residents can take a bus from Mansfield to Cleveland for $18 to $24 each way, depending on the time of departure.
The cost of living in Mansfield comes in relatively low, sitting 13 percent lower than the average cost of living in Ohio and almost 21 percent lower than the national average. The price of gas in Mansfield runs slightly over 8 percent lower than the national average. The local bars serve beer for around $3 a tall glass. The average cost for a one-bedroom apartment in Mansfield runs approximately $431.
You'll find Mansfield's main shopping area in the Historic Carrousel District. This beautifully restored area features Victorian-age buildings, complete with wood floors, iron gates, courtyards and brass lighting. In addition to the many shops in this District, you'll also find a wide array of restaurants, art galleries and outdoor festivals.
Within the Carrousel District sits Carrousel Antiques, which houses over 40 different antique dealers. Locally owned bookstore Main Street Books carries a wide range of tomes by nationally recognized authors, but also stocks a variety of books written by local authors.
In the center of the Carrousel District sits Richland Carrousel Park, which features an indoor hand-carved carousel. In the Park, shoppers visit the Carrousel Gift Shop, which carries carousel-related gift items and items made by local artisans.
A highlights of the Carrousel District, the nationally recognized chocolate maker, Squirrel's Den, has been featured on the Food Network. With all its chocolates and candies made in-house, this establishment provides fresh, sweet treats to all who visit. It also sells gourmet nuts, candied popcorn and fudge if you want something a little different.
Several grocery stores reside throughout Mansfield, including Geyer's, Meijer, Kroger and Save-A-Lot. Residents also shop at Wayne's Country Market, which sells a wide selection of fresh produce, wine and landscaping supplies. Mansfield also hosts a seasonal farmers market in the downtown area every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
With 33 neighborhood parks throughout Mansfield, the city's priority to provide residents with plenty of green space, playgrounds and areas for outdoor recreation really shines through. Residents of Mansfield enjoy access to well-maintained baseball fields, basketball courts and soccer fields. Several of the parks also maintain walking and jogging paths for fitness-focused residents.
Of the 33 parks in the area, 19 feature playgrounds, so all the children in Mansfield have a playground near their home. Five of the parks have covered pavilions, which residents can reserve for parties and cookouts simply by calling the recreation department. Although no dog parks exist in Mansfield, most of the area parks welcome owners with leashed pets as long as the owner cleans up after their four-legged friend.
Lexington Community Park hosts the annual Lexington Blueberry Festival — a much anticipated event in Mansfield. The Blueberry Festival, a four-day event, includes a parade, a 5K run/walk and a blueberry pageant as well as rides, craft vendors, food, games and fireworks. The park charges no fees for admission or parking.
The city of Mansfield owns several undeveloped plots of land reserved for future parks, which shows a commitment to providing for its residents. The City also maintains two city pools, which open during the summer months. Liberty Pool located on Grace Street has one large pool, while Linden Pool located on Donald Court has a swimming pool and a smaller wading pool for the little ones.
Meadowood Apartments798 Straub Rd, Mansfield, OH 44904$434 - 699 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now419-989-6616
Lakeside Apartments2755 Lexington Ave, Mansfield, OH 44904$475 - 525 1-2 Bed Available Now740-326-3110
273 Cliffbrook DrMansfield, OH 44907$675 Townhome for Rent Available Now567-307-3869|
438 Edgewood RdMansfield, OH 44907$825 2 Bed Available Now419-775-4073|
587 Bailey Dr Unit 13Mansfield, OH 44904$700 2 Bed Available Now419-775-4056|
1386 Robinhood Ln Unit 7Mansfield, OH 44907$700 2 Bed Available Now419-775-4061|
224 Elmwood DrMansfield, OH 44906$525 House for Rent Available Now419-558-0388|
50 Reba AveMansfield, OH 44907$600 House for Rent Available Now419-516-0639|
828 Hoover RdMansfield, OH 44905$750 House for Rent Available Now740-263-6730|
415 W 4th StMansfield, OH 44903$500 House for Rent Available Now419-405-6012|
99 GlenviewOntario, OH 44906$795 Townhome for Rent Available Now419-989-6394|
1810 Sawmill PlMansfield, OH 44904$875 Townhome for Rent Available Now844-403-7743|
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