A community of architectural charm & stately elegance, Upper Arlington offers a park-like ambiance. Conveniently located minutes from the city, the amenities of Upper Arlington are limitless - from educational options to cultural exhibits and performances. It's no wonder why this community has such a large draw to area professionals!
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With an upscale atmosphere and amazing American cuisine, this Cameron Mitchell restaurant is one of the best around! This restaurant is a great date night spot, but they are also able to accommodate large groups.
The Shops on Lane Avenue
Whatever your shopping needs, Lane Avenue is your destination! Located near Ohio State University, this shopping area has over 30 shops and specialty stores, as well as a variety of dining options.
Reed Road Park
Pack your picnic basket and head to Reed Road Park for grilling and bbq. With the vollyball courts and ball diamonds, the water fountain and art installations, and best of all the Reed Road Water Park, you can ensure a great day outdoors!
A Humble Beginning
Upper Arlington was founded by brothers King and Ben Thompson, who purchased 840 acres from James T. Miller in 1913. King Thompson planned to name the area The Country Club District; however, by 1917, the community had become Upper Arlington, as it was located just to the north of the community of Arlington, which today is known as Marble Cliff.
Upper Arlington’s History
Renowned Landscape Architect William Pitkin, Jr. was hired to plan the layout of Arlington. His design called for curving streets following the topography of the land, and many trees, a pattern which is still evident in the Upper Arlington Historic District.
In 1916, 8,000 National Guard troops took over the area to use as a training camp, destroying much of Pitkin’s initial design. However, work soon resumed and the village of Upper Arlington, population 20, was incorporated in March of 1918. Adjustments were made to the Pitkin plan in the 1920s to create the Mallway business district.
Becoming A City
Upper Arlington became a city in 1941 and many returning servicemen and their families settled there at the end of World War II. The post–World War II influx led to the development of new housing tracts which adhered to the more traditional pattern of 90° street grids and ranch-style homes. By 1950, Upper Arlington had more than 9,000 residents; steady growth in the following years raised the population to 38,000 by 1970. In the 1960s, as the city expanded north, houses became larger and the neighborhoods reverted to the Pitkin style of curved streets. As the population grew, Upper Arlington annexed surrounding land to achieve its current area of 9.67 square miles.
The Surrounding Area
Because of Upper Arlington’s convenient location, residents are close to everything. Shopping at Easton Town Center, the Lennox Center, the Short North, Polaris Fashion Place, or the Mall at Tuttle Crossing are each less than a fifteen minute drive. Interstates 70 and 71 are easily accessible and can take travelers to all points east and west, north and south. Upper Arlington sits in the shadow of The Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center and The Ohio State University Football Stadium, affectionately known at “The Horseshoe.” Both facilities host world class NCAA Division 1A athletics. Downtown Columbus’ proximity to Upper Arlington allows residents to drive or bike to events at the city’s historic theaters, the Arena District and fine dining venues.
A short drive will take you to Ohio's capital city where you can visit museums and gallaries, choose from a large selection of restaurants and cafes, cheer on a sports team or watch a live theatrical or musical performance. Port Columbus International Airport is just 20 minutes from Upper Arlington.
Students attend the Upper Arlington School District which offers the International Baccalaureate program as well as Advanced Placement Classes. The Upper Arlington Public Library has a main library and two branches, and hosts story hours, lectures and concerts.
School and Education in Upper Arlington
The Upper Arlington City School District has earned a number of awards and recognitions including having a 2006 No Child Left Behind–Blue Ribbon School in the district, having a nationally award-winning student news magazine, and earning the National Cup for the top orchestra in the country. Add to this the fact that Upper Arlington is the only school district in the nation to receive three White House honors as Service Learning Leaders. Upper Arlington is also home to two Catholic schools and a nationally known private pre-K-12 school. Taken together with the public schools, the Upper Arlington area provides a variety of educational opportunities for a variety of student needs and interests. View the latest Public School District Report Card for the Upper Arlington City School District. View Private Schools close to this community.
There’s Plenty of Outdoor Fun in Upper Arlington
The City of Upper Arlington Parks and Forestry Division oversees 33 parks of various sizes featuring wooded pathways, playing fields, playgrounds, a water park, a roller hockey rink, tennis courts and picnic areas. In addition, residents have seasonal use of the Devon swimming pool and the Tremont pool. The parks are the site of the summer concert series,Music in The Parks and Movies in the Park.
Upper Arlington’s Cultural Arts Division is dedicated to providing diverse experiences in the performing, literary and visual arts, including Art in Community Spaces .
The Upper Arlington Community Chorus performs at a variety of events throughout the year. Other festivals and events include the Labor Day Arts Festival, the Fall Fest, the Spring Fling, the Summer Celebration and the Taste of Upper Arlington.
Central Ohio’s Garden City
The Thompsons’ vision was to utilize Englishman Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City Movement to create a Garden City in Central Ohio. Inspired by the utopian ideals of the late 19th Century, Howard laid out the movement’s goals in his 1898 the book To-morrow: a Peaceful Path to Real Reform. As a backlash to the crowding and pollution of cities during the Industrial Revolution, Garden Cities were to be planned, self-contained communities surrounded by greenbelts as well as carefully balanced areas of agriculture, residences, and industry.
Driving through Upper Arlington today, travelers experience curving streets lined with trees creating a uniquely satisfying, park-like feel. The idea of a Garden Community layout is most obvious in the Old Arlington section of town. In this Historic District of Upper Arlington, visitors can see the many homes, gardens, and streets built in support of the Garden City vision. With its towering trees, rich gardens, and stone homes this young city is infused with an old soul.
Learn More About Upper Arlington Homes for Sale
Houses in Upper Arlington run the gamut from condominiums to historically-styled homes on curving, tree-lined streets. Our easy-to-use search tool will help you find your Upper Arlington dream home. If you would like to visit Upper Arlington homes for sale, please contact The Raines Group at 614-855-8700.