Last Updated on September 10, 2021

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After a six-hour drive to Columbus, Ohio, my husband and I were more than ready to hop out of the car, unpack, and explore the Grandview Heights, Ohio neighborhood where we were staying. Parking on the narrow, tree-lined street was full, but it was no problem, as there was additional parking behind the townhome.

We were so fortunate to run into our host, Joe Graziani, as we were moving in. A “home away from home” is the way Joe described his two-story cozy Grandview townhome. “I find people are looking for something a little bit more like home when they travel, and that’s what I try to provide.”

An Open, Airy, and Charming Columbus, Ohio Vacation Rental

Columbus, Ohio Vacation Rental dining and living area
The open living and dining area (Photo credit: Dan Salter)

After entering the code on the front door keypad, we entered what would be our home base for the next three days.

Beautiful hardwood floors led us into the bright open-concept living and dining room. My husband immediately commented on the 65” HD TV while I was impressed with the attention to detail in furnishings, lighting, and artwork. I did agree, though, the cozy living room couch and loveseat would be the perfect place to settle in and watch a game or movie.

The Dining Area and Kitchen

The Keurig coffee station, with great brew selections, and welcoming HOME sign in the dining room were great touches and immediately made us feel at home.

Columbus Ohio Vacation Rental dining room
The dining area and coffee station (Photo by: Marsha Wassel)

The dining room next to a large picture window was furnished with a beautiful wooden table and comfortable seating for six. This would be an ideal spot to gather for a meal or set up a work station if you were traveling for business.

The fully-stocked, remodeled kitchen located just through the doorway on the right, featured white cabinets, dark granite counters, subway tile backsplash, and stainless- steel appliances—a great place to fix a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Columbus, Ohio Vacation Rental kitchen
A great kitchen for cooking (Photo credit: Dan Salter)

Beds, Bath, and Beyond

Heading up the stairs, we located the two bedrooms and bath. Both bedrooms featured queen beds, ceiling fans, and televisions that included YouTube, Cable TV, and Netflix channels.

Columbus, Ohio Vacation Rental bedroom
The first bedroom features a queen bed (Photo credit: Marsha Wassel)

Bedroom one was spacious with a comfy, queen-size bed topped with a soft comforter and nightstands on each side of the bed, a chair across the room, clothing chest, closet, and lovely artwork adorning the walls.

The second bedroom featured a four-poster bed, thick comforter, quality bed linens, a large dresser, and side table.

The bathroom was stocked with plush towels and washcloths, along with complimentary soap, shampoo, and shower gel.

Columbus, Ohio Vacation Rental bedroom
The second bedroom also features a queen bed (Photo credit: Dan Salter)

This Vacation Rental in Grandview Heights was Better than a Hotel

After settling in, my husband remarked, “This is so much better than a hotel. We have more room for a better price, and the Wi-Fi is faster too!” We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We found it to be homey, clean, comfortable, and within walking distance to the many restaurants, shops, coffee roasters, boutiques, and breweries on Grandview Avenue.

If needed, a washer and dryer, detergent provided, are located in the basement.

Ever mindful of creating the best possible experience for his renters, Joe is in the process of adding a patio area to extend the living space to the outdoors. String lighting will add an inviting warmth and ambiance, making it a great place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring.

What we especially liked about this property:

  • Easy access to the university, main arteries, and Grandview’s restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and shops. 
  • Located in a convenient and safe part of town.
  • Quiet, comfortable, clean, and cozy space.
  • Host was friendly and responsive.

Exploring Grandview Heights

Grandview Heights mural in Columbus, Ohio
A mural in Grandview Heights (Photo by: Marsha Wassel)

Grandview Heights, a small town within minutes of downtown Columbus, encompasses less than two square miles. Its tree-lined streets have a neighborhood feel, while providing visitors and residents a dynamic, urban flair. Grandview Avenue, the unofficial main street was only two blocks from our townhome. Here we browsed shops and boutiques, dined in several restaurants, enjoyed fresh coffees, and sampled local microbrews. And it’s good to know that many businesses here are dog-friendly.

Within a short drive are the many vibrant Columbus neighborhoods of Short North Arts District, German Village & Brewery District, Arena District, Bridge Street District, and, of course, The Ohio State University (just 1.5 miles away).

Just one section of a beautiful mural off Grandview Avenue.

The Grandview Heights/Columbus area is one of the friendliest places I’ve ever visited. Everyone says hello and will stop to help you find your way or just to chat. We found some beautiful murals and when we left were eager to discover more about this area. Honestly, there’s no way to experience it all on a long weekend, so a return visit is definitely in our future.

Food, Brews, and Things to Do in Grandview Heights

Some of our favorite eateries in town include The Avenue Steak Tavern, Aab India Restaurant, and Grandview Café.

Grandview Grind features locally roasted coffee and bakery items and Stauf’s Coffee Roasters is a local favorite. My husband loved their breakfast sandwiches.

The Grandview Theater & Drafthouse is a great place to grab a craft beer, specialty drink, or dinner and take in a movie.

Chocolate says it all for me and Pure Imagination Chocolatier certainly had my attention. Their creations are beautiful and delicious. It’s like eating art!

Vernacular is an adorable boutique featuring contemporary womenswear described as “East Coast classic with a West Coast vibe.”

All I can say is we look so forward to our next visit to Grandview Heights and staying in Joe’s lovely townhome.

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