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Whitehall

Columbus, OH

Tucked between Bexley to the west and Reynoldsburg to the east, the Columbus suburb of Whitehall lies about 8 miles east of downtown, making it far enough away from the busy city center to feel like a small community, yet close enough for day-to-day travel from one to the other. This historic neighborhood grew from a farming community in the 1800s to a city in the 1950s when it was known as the fastest growing city in America. The city received nationwide attention in 2006, when Extreme Home Makeover featured a house on Harbinger Circle. The city continues to receive attention as a community set on improving life for its culturally diverse population.

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Living in Whitehall

Restaurants

Whitehall has its share of fast-food and chain restaurants, but it also has an abundance of small, ethnic neighborhood cafés and restaurants. The food selection reflects the diverse population of the neighborhood. You can almost travel the world without leaving the area. The Mad Greek on East Broad Street represents Europe with Greek food. The building looks a bit like a fast-food restaurant, but don’t let that fool you. With a full-service bar open seven days a week and separate menus for lunch and dinner, The Mad Greek offers sit-down service with lots of tasty choices. Traditional dishes, such as tabuli salad, mousaka and chicken lemonato, are presented alongside fried fish and BBQ chicken, but overall, Greek dishes dominate the menu. Journey to Central America and try the Mexican-style cooking at Mi Mexico on East Main Street. Just walking through the doors perks you up with brightly colored décor. The menu offers several types of appetizers, salads and desserts, with a long list of entrées, such as chimichangas, carne asada, chile verde and mole ranchero. A trip to Africa can be as close as the Lalibela Restaurant on South Hamilton Road, where you can find Ethiopian fare. Relax in the dining area with décor that resembles a native dwelling, with dinner served on traditional tableware while Ethiopian music plays in the background. Sample traditional dishes, such as shiro with ground yellow peas and simmered tomatoes, onions and spices. Or try fir fir tibs with your choice of lamb or beef cooked with butter, garlic, green peppers and tomatoes, mixed with pieces of injera, a type of sourdough flatbread. Looking for some nighttime entertainment? Take a ride to South High Street in downtown Columbus for an assortment of restaurants and bars that stay open to the wee hours of the morning. Or catch a live show at one of Columbus’ three downtown theaters: the Southern, the Ohio or the Palace.

History

Robert Brotherton from White Hall, England bought 156 acres of land between Big Walnut and Alum Creeks in the 19th century. He later sold the land, and a small farm community developed. The community became a village and then a city. When the country found itself in need of fast, cheap housing for veterans returning from World War II, the Lustron Corporation in Whitehall filled that need by mass-producing houses made from porcelain-covered metal. An entire house could be shipped to its location and put together piece by piece. Only about 2,500 of these unusual houses were ever built, and the first one was built in Whitehall. That house no longer exists. But you can tour a Lustron home at the Ohio History Museum in Columbus. An entire house, complete with 1950s-era furnishings, has been erected at the museum and opened to the public for a fee.

Transportation

Parts of Whitehall are pedestrian-friendly, but sidewalks do not run throughout the entire neighborhood. There are no bike lanes, so be cautious when riding on the roads. Many residents of Whitehall rely on public transportation to get around. Cabs and Uber service are available, but many locals opt for riding a COTA bus. Several bus routes run through Whitehall. You can leave your car at one of two park-and-ride lots and board the No. 2, 10, 87 or 89 bus to destinations around the city. Drivers have easy access to Interstate 76 which runs east and west through the metropolitan area and the 270 Outerbelt that circles the city. If you want to fly out of town, a short trip north takes you to the Port Columbus International Airport on International Gateway.

Cost

The overall cost of living in Whitehall is about 6 percent lower than in Columbus. Groceries and transportation costs are the same. Housing costs are about 16 percent less than in other parts of Columbus. The average cost of a one-bedroom house or apartment is $480 per month, making the area attractive to those looking for inexpensive housing options. A one-day COTA bus pass costs $4 with a $.75 transfer charge, and a one-month pass can be purchased for $62. Gas prices are typically about 13 percent lower than the national average. Expect to pay about $5 for a pint of beer in the local restaurants.

Shopping

The Town and Country Shopping Center on East Broad Street holds the distinction of being the first strip mall of its kind built in the United States. In its heyday, it boasted 31 shops. The impressive strip mall became known as the Miracle Mile and attracted shoppers from all over. The shopping center still stands, but only two of its original tenants remain. Residents still shop at this mall for household items and clothing at retailers such as Target, Citi Trends and Shopper's World. Regular groceries can be purchased at the nearby Kroger or Aldi. Residents can also shop at ethnic grocers, such as Asian Supermarket and Gifts and Russian Home on East Main Street or Mecca International Market and La Michoacana Market on South Hamilton Road. The best boutique shopping can be found in the Short North neighborhood just north of downtown Columbus. The Rowe Boutique sells contemporary designer fashions and accessories, and the Revue consignment shop features a large range of upscale furniture and decorative items for your home. The Emi Pet Short North stocks everything for the pampered pet in your life.

Parks

Several community parks are scattered throughout Whitehall. They offer residents relaxing places to enjoy the great outdoors with everything from playgrounds to sports fields to paved paths to picnic shelters. Take your pet to any of the parks, but be sure to keep your four-legged friend on a leash. Locals celebrate the city’s culinary uniqueness with the Whitehall Food Truck and Fun Festival. Enjoy great food from various food trucks, live music and loads of family fun during this annual event. The festivities take place at the Whitehall Community Park on North Hamilton Road. John Bishop Park on Etna Road hosts Whitehall’s Music in the Park summer concert series. Shows featuring area bands and musicians take place Sunday evenings throughout the summer at the John LaCorte Amphitheater, and admission is free.

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Stonecrest
4669 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43213
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6 hrs
$599 - 729 1-2 Bed Available Now
844-827-2226
East Broad Plaza
4264 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213
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2 wks
$385 - 575 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
866-558-3432
Eden of Whitehall
4470 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213
1 / 48
New
$679 - 719 2-3 Bed Available 07/14/17
877-412-7319
Villages at Eden Crossing
1070 E Irongate Ln, Columbus, OH 43213
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2 wks
$699 - 929 1-3 Bed Available Now
614-289-1225
Hamilton Arms Apartments
1250 Kelburn Rd, Columbus, OH 43227
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2 wks
$575 2 Bed Available Now
844-447-1341
Big Walnut Apartments
5312 Gatehouse Dr, Columbus, OH 43213
New
$625 - 880 1-2 Bed Available Now
844-218-2357
Shaker Square Apartments
280 Barkley Pl W, Columbus, OH 43213
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$789 - 815 2 Bed Available 06/30/17
614-808-1182
Colonial East Apartments
4215-4235 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213
2 wks
$490 - 590 1-2 Bed Available Now
844-829-4057
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Andrus Court Apartments
3974 Andrus Ave, Columbus, OH 43227
$650 2 Bed Available Soon
844-614-0375
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Etna Hamilton
496 S Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH 43213
$455 - 575 1-2 Bed Available Now
614-452-9126
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Yearling Green
4227 Rickenbacker Ave, Columbus, OH 43213
$619 - 654 1-2 Bed Available Now
614-441-8561
542 Barnett Rd
Columbus, OH 43213
$650 Condo for Rent Available Now
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847 Barnett Rd
Columbus, OH 43227
$750 House for Rent Available Now
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Yearling Plaza
151 S Yearling Rd, Columbus, OH 43213
$465 - 495 1 Bed Available 07/31/17
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Apartments for Rent in Whitehall, Columbus, OH

Tucked between Bexley to the west and Reynoldsburg to the east, the Columbus suburb of Whitehall lies about 8 miles east of downtown, making it far enough away from the busy city center to feel like a small community, yet close enough for day-to-day travel from one to the other. This historic neighborhood grew from a farming community in the 1800s to a city in the 1950s when it was known as the fastest growing city in America.

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