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New Columbus Rentals on Steroids: See 2015’s Largest Developments in The Discovery City

The Heights at Worthington Place, 160 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, OH 43085

Builders of the Discovery City dared to dream big for 2015. Although in terms of the number of individual projects last year seems to have been business as usual, the number of new apartments for rent in Columbus went through the roof.

Ever larger communities are coming to the scene, just think about it: in 2014 the 801 Polaris in the Northeast Columbus neighborhood was the chunkiest project with its 282 units. A year later it would have been dwarfed by the 325-unit Taylor House in Northwest Columbus, not to mention the humongous LC Brooklands which hit the market in late summer with no less than 439 units. This newfound confidence boosted the number of new units from 2014’s mere 1,468 to 2,333 in 2015. Note that 12 new communities of 50+ units were completed last year, just one more than the year before.

To gain a better understanding of these new projects and what they bring to the table for Columbus renters, we dug into the Yardi Matrix database and found that 7 of the 12 projects are located outside Outerbelt, and most of the new builds are higher-end properties targeting renters by choice. Scroll down for close-ups of the 10 largest developments around town, totaling 2,189 units.

#10. Grant Commons: 90 rental units

Grant Commons apartments 342 East 11th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212

Completed: 8/10/2015

Address: 342 East 11th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212
Rental types: 24 one-bedroom apartments, 18 two-bedroom apartments, 42 two-bedroom townhouses, 3 two-bedroom units, 3 four-bedroom townhouses
Short description: Located in the West Central Columbus neighborhood, just 3 blocks from N. High Street and The Ohio State University main campus. Units feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, in-unit washer/dryers and ample on and off street parking.
Photo credits: Grant Commons Facebook page

#9. The Atlas: 98 rental units

The Atlas, 8 East Long Street, Columbus, OH 43215

The Atlas, 8 East Long Street, Columbus, OH 43215 interior

Completed: 11/3/2015

Address: 8 East Long Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Rental types: 10 studio apartments, 65 one-bedroom apartments, 23 two-bedroom apartments
Short description: Historic Atlas building, dating back to 1905, and converted into apartments in 2015. Apartments feature washers and dryers, above standard ceiling height, and high-speed internet access.
Photo credits: The Atlas Facebook page

#8. The Ravines at Rocky Ridge: 136 rental units Check availability 


The Ravines at Rocky Ridge 5700 Rocky Ridge Landings Drive

The Ravines at Rocky Ridge 5700 Rocky Ridge Landings Drive interiorCompleted: 3/20/2015

Address: 5700 Rocky Ridge Landings Drive, Westerville, OH 43081
Rental types: 48 one-bedroom apartments, 88 two-bedroom apartments
Short description: The brand new apartment community is situated in the Rocky Fork – Blacklick neighborhood and features tons of green space. Each home comes fully equipped with appliances, spacious closets, washer and dryer connections, all electric utilities, white woodwork and 2 panel doors, and satin nickel fixtures.
Photo credits: The Ravines at Rocky Ridge official website

#7. The Avenue at Polaris: 172 rental units

The Avenue at Polaris, 8321 Seattle Avenue, Columbus, OH 43240

Completed: 5/12/2015

Address: 8321 Seattle Avenue, Columbus, OH 43240
Rental types: 60 one-bedroom apartments, 88 two-bedroom apartments, 24 three-bedroom apartments
Short description: Located near the corner of Sancas & Lazelle off Polaris Parkway, The Avenue’s location is within steps of unique dining, shopping and coffee house options. Granite kitchen counters and plank flooring, walk-in closets, oversized windows, climate controlled entry access points along with privacy engineering are all important design elements of this beautiful new development.
Photo credits: Google Street View

#6. The Heights at Worthington Place: 193 rental units — Check availability 

The Heights at Worthington Place, 160 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, OH 43085

The Heights at Worthington Place, 160 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, OH 43085 interior

Completed: 6/24/2015

Address: 160 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, OH 43085
Rental types: 80 one-bedroom apartments, 103 two-bedroom apartments, 10 three-bedroom apartments
Short description: From the designer-finished 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suites to the rooftop pool deck, lounge and firepits, The Heights at Worthington Place is a must see. Amenities include a courtyard with outdoor kitchen and grilling stations, rooftop deck and a rooftop pool with sundeck and cabanas, and a tavern resident lounge.
Photo credits: RENTCafé

#5. Grand at Polaris: 196 rental units

Grand at Polaris,  850 Polaris Grand Drive, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Grand at Polaris,  850 Polaris Grand Drive, Lewis Center, OH 43035 interior

Completed: 11/9/2015

Address: 850 Polaris Grand Drive, Lewis Center, OH 43035
Rental types: 60 one-bedroom apartments, 124 two-bedroom apartments, 12 three-bedroom apartments
Short description: Located on South Old State Road in the Polaris North neighborhood, just north of Polaris Parkway and minutes from Polaris Mall, Grand at Polaris apartments feature free wireless internet, resort style pool, 24 hr fitness center, game room, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and lounge, movie theatre, sports bar, track, business room, café, and a community garden.
Photo credits: Grand at Polaris Facebook page

#4. Albany Glen: 264 rental units — Check availability

Albany Glen, 5510 Morse Road, Columbus, OH 43230

Albany Glen, 5510 Morse Road, Columbus, OH 43230

Completed: 3/20/2015

Address: 5510 Morse Road, Columbus, OH 43230
Rental types: 88 one-bedroom apartments, 154 two-bedroom apartments
Short description: The fantastic location of the Albany Glen apartments in the Preserve neighborhood is complemented by a wide range of amenities, including a billiards room, fire pit, grills and entertaining area hosted in green spaces, free golf, tanning room, pool and sundeck, business center, and state-of-the-art fitness center, to name just a few.
Photo credits: RENTCafé

#3. Apartments at the Yard: 276 rental units

Apartments at the Yard, 845 Yard Street, Columbus, OH 43212

Apartments at the Yard, 845 Yard Street, Columbus, OH 43212 interior

Completed: 3/10/2015

Address: 845 Yard Street, Columbus, OH 43212
Rental types: 1 studio apartment, 168 one-bedroom apartments, 107 two-bedroom apartments
Short description: The Apartments at the Yard – surrounded by the pedestrian-friendly walkways, exciting restaurants and entertainment of West Central Columbus – feature private terraces or balconies, designer selected finishes including options like ceramic tile with wood and plank flooring, stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, and washer/dryers.

Photo credits: Apartments at the Yard Facebook page

#2. Taylor House: 325 rental units — Check availability

Taylor House,  5001 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214

Completed: 8/18/2015

Address: 5001 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214
Rental types: 141 one-bedroom apartments, 183 two-bedroom apartments, 1 penthouse
Short description: Featuring a wide range of amenities — fitness center, business center, clubhouse, swimming pool, media room, in-unit washer/dryers, and high-speed internet access — The Taylor House aims at becoming the most sought after urban environment just outside of the city.
Photo credits: Yardi Matrix

#1. LC Brooklands: 439 rental units

LC Brooklands, 4115 Britton Pkwy, Hilliard, OH 43026

Completed: 8/24/2015

Address: 4115 Britton Pkwy, Hilliard, OH 43026
Rental types: 114 one-bedroom apartments, 325 two-bedroom apartments
Short description: With brownstone-inspired apartments and constant activity — the community hosts an on-site bar & restaurant, The Goat, as well as trendy fitness classes at the Om Fitness Club, and volleyball leagues and year-round events — LC Brooklands offers residents fully equipped kitchens, hardwood floors, open living spaces, and more.
Photo credits: Google Street View

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About the author

Balazs Szekely

Balazs is a qualified journalist with a thing for real estate. This obsession comes in handy in his work as an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. When he’s not thrashing his keyboard, he takes pleasure in photography, aquascaping and all kinds of DIY projects. Feel free to get in touch with Balazs via email or Twitter.

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