My husband just got a job in Columbus, so we'll be moving there from Seattle this June. We have family in Cincinnati but don't know Columbus at ALL. If you could please offer pointers of areas to check out, or avoid, we would really appreciate it! He'll be working at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and I'll be "staying home" with our 3 yr old. Hoping for more kiddos in the near future. We like music, art, eating local, gardening, playing outside, etc.
1. Housing resources: any tips on finding a good place to rent? I've been browsing Craigslist to get an idea of cost of living there. Here in Seattle, Craigslist seems to be the way to go to find a rental property. How about Columbus? We'll visit in late May, to try to find a place with a least start date of July 1.
2. Neighborhoods: I have heard good things about these areas: Dublin, Upper Arlington, New Albany, Gahanna, Westerville, Worthington, Clintonville, ...? How do these neighborhoods compare with one another? We of course want to be in a safe and family-friendly area, would love a house, ideally with a fenced backyard (we have a large but very mellow older dog), preferably 3-4 bedrooms. With my husband working at Children's, we're hoping to keep his commute under 30 or so minutes if possible. That about sums up our initial wish-list. (Oh and this may be silly but being relatively close to Whole Foods and Trader Joe's would be a plus. ha!)
3. Community Gardens: Do these exist in Columbus?
4. Preschools: I've heard good things about School for Young Children. I was interested in a Waldorf (or Waldorf-inspired) preschool but the website for Briar Rose doesn't seem to work so I'm not sure if that still exists. Any other suggestions?
5: other Columbus resources: anyone familiar with anything like Columbus natural parenting or AP groups, etc?
If you're familiar with the area and have a minute to share some thoughts on Columbus, please let me know. I know we have months before moving but we're really eager to learn about our new home city!
Thanks in advance!