What communities are close to Columbus but with a small-town feel?

The East Columbus area is largely suburban and includes the communities of Reynoldsburg, Canal Winchester, and Brice, along with other small villages.

Reynoldsburg bills itself as the “Birthplace of the Tomato” and prides itself on offering an “old-fashioned good time.” The city’s hallmark annual event is the Tomato Festival, held each September to celebrate the area’s contribution to culinary history. Reynoldsburg boasts several parks that include extensive woodlands, walking paths, tennis courts, playgrounds, a skate park, and a golf course.

The Village of Canal Winchester bills itself as being “close to Columbus, but far from city life.” The enclave of under 4,500 is the home of the Mid-Ohio Doll and Toy Museum, the Barber’s Museum and Hall of Fame, a vineyard and winery, and many antique shops.

Tiny Brice, population 70, is an historical village that takes great pride in it citizens. Brice was the home of the Brice Mill and Motz granary, and was an import/export point for grain, coal, feed, and building materials going into Columbus.

Apartments in East Columbus range from studios to three-bedroom units, and there are also some single-family homes available for lease. Rents run about average for the greater Columbus area.

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