OTE is a neighborhood located in the historic Near East Side of Columbus, Ohio nestled between Downtown, Franklin Park, Old Oaks, and King-Lincoln. The area has over 1,000 homes, some as old as the 1830s, and more than 50 architectural styles including Italianate, Queen Anne and Victorian.
The story behind Olde Towne East dates back to as early as 1870, when the journey of being transformed from a large area of farmland to the area we know now, began. Over the past two centuries, Olde Towne East has been restructured into a welcoming home for all walks of life, from small families to large businesses to the up-and-coming generation of millennials looking for a place to begin their lives.The houses that stand are being revitalized into the luxurious homes they once were at the beginning of their time. Olde Towne East boasts a tight knit community, historical art, diverse culture, affordable local restaurants, beautiful architecture, and an engaging environment.
While Olde Towne East has recently been reaching new demographics, expanding its residential population to a wider age range, and opening up homes to those renovative hearts looking for a new project to get their hands on, its economic value for business is on the rise alongside its newest inhabitants. Homes in OTE are being restored back to their original victorian styles, as the city of Columbus investments millions in projects throughout the area. Among the developing community is the much loved and familiar Trolley Barn. Construction of the Trolley Barn began in 1880 and soon became the city’s trolley system for many decades following. Over time, the trolley barn fell out of use but is now being revitalized into residential and commercial buildings.
Whether you’re settling down in or visiting Olde Towne East, dining at one of the many quaint restaurants that are conveniently accessible is always a great way to kick back, get to know the area through food, and enjoy some traditional plates with friends and family. Enjoy an extensive range of dishes from favorites like Olde Towne Tavern or savory vegan meals from the Angry Baker. Explore classic fan-favorites at Yellow Brick Pizza and then share a dessert at the picturesque frozen yogurt joint, 39 Below. No matter the craving, OTE is teeming with an assortment of the most charming restaurants that promise quality.
ART/ CULTURE/ RECREATION
Olde Towne East is rich in artistic history, and members of the community take pride in the many popular landmarks sprinkled throughout the town. Of these treasured landmarks, one of the most notable is the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. In this site, you can observe a variety of displays where nature becomes art and comes to life. The Chop Chop Gallery is another local favorite where the work of local artists is celebrated in a large art gallery event space. If you’re looking for a recreational space to bring your family to, or even to enjoy on your own, the Blackburn Recreation Center is a treasured community center comprised of an art room, swimming pool, dance room, volleyball and basketball courts, and meeting rooms to satisfy every entertainment need.
If you’re in the search for a great neighborhood to raise a family, Olde Towne East may be just the place for you. OTE is conveniently located in the center of many schools for all ages. Amid these schools are the Douglas Alternative Elementary, Fair Alternative Elementary, Clearbrook Middle School, and East High School. For younger children, there are daycares located within walking distance, including Flee Corner Daycare and Tina’s Tiny Toons. OTE has several close-by parks and gardens where you can spend a day out enjoying the beautiful nature displays around the city.
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