Four Benefits of Living in Columbus

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Written by Preferred Living   
Monday, January 23, 2017


If you’re relocating or already living in Columbus, Ohio, congratulations! You’re in for a good life. Glassdoor recently calculated the top 15 cities where your pay will go furthest. Columbus made this exclusive list, so your paycheck will go a long way and you’ll enjoy a great quality of life.

With a superb dining scene, beautiful suburbs and opportunities for higher education, it’s no wonder living in downtown Columbus has unparalleled appeal. Need more convincing? Consider these four facts about Columbus before relocating.

1. Make your mark
Forbes recently named Columbus the best city to make your mark. Here, you’ll find plenty of job prospects and reasonably-priced homes, making it the perfect place to settle down. If you’re not quite ready to purchase a home but still want a hometown feel, consider renting an apartment in downtown Columbus or one of its family-friendly surrounding suburbs, like Upper Arlington or Westerville.

2. Recreation galore
If you’re looking for culture, Columbus is the spot for you. The city itself boasts COSI, the Ohio Historical Society, the Columbus Cultural Arts center, and so much more. But art lovers aren't the only ones who’ll enjoy the Columbus lifestyle! In addition to museums, they’re amusement parks and superb recreational facilities, as well as outstanding entertainment venues and special events year-round.

3. Education
Columbus is also home to some top-rated public and private schools, so your children will receive the best instruction possible. The Columbus area has 62 universities and colleges, which host more than 140,000 students each year. And of course, the city’s home to one of the nation's finest universities, Ohio State University.

4. Teams for everyone
Living in Columbus will probably cause you to become an avid Ohio State University Buckeye football fan, too! Sports are an extremely important aspect of the downtown Columbus lifestyle, with the city hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL).

Get excited about relocating to Columbus and start your new life! To learn more about how you can be a part of the Preferred Lifestyle in downtown Columbus, contact Preferred Living today and schedule a private tour of one of our luxury apartment communities!


Trotters Park: Luxury One and Two Bedroom Suites in Downtown Columbus, OH

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Written by Preferred Living   
Thursday, December 22, 2016

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Live Well at Trotters Park, a luxury Preferred Living community in downtown Columbus, Ohio.


Trotters Park’s prime location supports the lifestyle you want. You’ll be in close proximity to:

  • Goodale Park
  • Short North shops
  • Booming Downtown Columbus nightlife

Floor Plans

Trotters Park offers three distinct, luxury floor plans sure to meet any active lifestyle. Choose from:

  • Suite L – This one bedroom, one bathroom, suite boasts nearly 650 square feet of luxury living in an open, expansive floor plan.
  • Suite K – Enjoy 761 square feet of spaciousness in this one bedroom, one bathroom, option.
  • Suite M – Our two bedroom, two bathroom, suite has almost 1100 square feet of breathing room with fine, luxury touches throughout.

All suites offer views of the Downtown Columbus skyline, upgraded amenities, detailed accents and stylish finishes that will make you feel right at home.


You deserve to call the extraordinary living experience at Trotters Park in Downtown Columbus home.

Contemporary design elements include:

  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Nine-foot ceilings
  • Grand oversized windows
  • Private patios and balconies
  • Oversized walk-in closets
  • Brushed nickel fixtures and accents throughout
  • Washer and dryer
  • Full height bathroom vanity
  •  Sleek glass shower door


The fun, hip environment at Trotters Park awaits you!

Residents at Trotters Park can unwind or entertain with exclusive access to:

  • Tranquil pool with water feature
  • Outdoor entertaining area with an expansive fireplace
  • Gas grill and prep area   
  •  Outdoor lounge  
  • Starbucks coffee bar   
  • Fitness center
  •  Complimentary DVD Library
  • Clubhouse lounge

Monthly resident events include wine tastings, holiday parties and happy hours.

You’ll also appreciate the security of having:

  • 24-hour emergency services
  • Available on-site parking
  • Garages and storage units available

Contact us!

We’d love to connect with you and provide more information on Trotters Park! Contact us online or call (614) 947-8100.


Top 5 Places to Catch an OSU Football Game

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Written by Preferred Living   
Friday, November 11, 2016

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Ohio Stadium is obviously the best place to catch the upcoming OSU vs. Michigan football game, if you’re lucky enough to get tickets.

But if you can’t get into the Horseshoe, you can still enjoy a great college game day experience at one of the many Columbus restaurants and bars in the University District dedicated to Buckeye football.

1. Harry Buffalo – The Harry Buffalo has been a game-day watering hole since opening its doors a little over a year ago. There are TVs on nearly every wall in the place, so you’ll see the game from wherever you’re seated. Plus, the food is great!

2. OH Pizza and Brew – From its pre-game festivities to its Buckeyes-themed drinks, this place bleeds Scarlet and Gray. OH Pizza and Brew is the quintessential college bar near campus, home to students and alumni alike on game day.

3. Short North Pint House – With some of the best bar food in Columbus, more than 75 beers on tap and an open patio, this game-day destination won’t disappoint.

4. Submarine House – Catch the game at this Dayton-based chain’s Hilliard-Rome location. It boasts plenty of drinks and a family-friendly environment, perfect for OSU alums with kiddos.

5. Oldfield’s North Fourth Tavern – A favorite among many Buckeyes fans, this tavern serves Ohio-made spirits and beers. It offers more than 120 beers and 50 types of liquors, with drink specials and yummy food to boot.

You can even enjoy game day right in your Preferred Living community. All the clubhouses will have the big game on the big screens, plenty of team spirit to go around. Check your community calendars for details!


Tailgating 101: OSU Football Season

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Written by Brent Bain   
Friday, October 07, 2016


Columbus is home to the Ohio State University (OSU) Buckeyes, one of the nation’s premier college football teams. Such on-field success brings out droves of Buckeyes fans, which support their team both at home and on the road. This enthusiastic fan base makes for a tailgating atmosphere like no other – Buckeyes fans know how to do it big.

Luke Zimmermann, editor-in-chief at SB Nation Ohio State, says, “Columbus is a Mecca for tailgaters. Unfortunately, if you don't have friends running one, access can be tougher. But if you land some real estate or have a friend's to attend, you're in for a good time.”

So, what’s the best way to get in on the action? Follow these tips to ensure tailgating success this OSU football season:

When to Arrive

On the morning of game day, dedicated Buckeyes fans start to set up grills, flat-screen TVs, cornhole and RVs as early as 3:00am. Consider arriving before dawn for the full experience.

Where to Park

Parking depends on where you want to soak up game day revelry. It’s available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 5:00am. On-campus, the cost ranges from free (for current students) in Day-of Game Lots to more than $1,000 for spaces in Season Permit Lots.

If you have an RV and want to park it, the Schottenstein Center is the place to be. Although it’s pricey, it’s worth it. The mammoth concrete lots surrounding the Center are home to some of the friendliest and longstanding tailgates around.

Best Places to Tailgate

South Campus Gateway

This general meeting place is best for enjoying a drink and watching some other games on TV. Ohio State fans and alums can also enjoy the character of old bars, like Eddie George’s Grill 27 TV setup.

Lane Avenue

Want to get closer to the action? Lane Ave is the heart of Columbus on a football Saturday. It’s bar-centric, but also boasts parking spots and lots for setting up shop. It’s the best place to get ready for a game or wind down after. Meet up with friends, celebrate and have plenty of time to make it to your seat before kickoff.

Lots around the Stadium

If you’re flying solo or want time away from the stadium, try one of the nearby campus bars. The Varsity Club is a game-day tradition, but it’s hard to land a seat when the Buckeyes are playing. It features free admission, with food and drink proceeds donated to local charities. Local radio station WLVQ is on the scene broadcasting, too.
Try Little Bar, less than a block from Lane Avenue. For a more a personal feel, scope out Hendoc's, more north of campus.

What to Bring

  • Portable grill (outdoors only)
  • Folding tables, canopies and folding chairs
  • Space heaters
  • Portable generator (outdoors only)
  • Great food like burgers, wings and chili
  • Team spirit – GO BUCKEYES!

What to Leave at Home

  • Open containers – Ohio Law prohibits the use of open alcohol containers in public spaces. So if you’re 21+, consider popping into a bar or restaurant for a drink.

OSU fans have a reputation for being intimidating and rowdy, but it's only because they care. Anyone who wants to experience next-level game day parties should take in Columbus' tailgating scene.

Serving the Columbus, OH, Preferred Living offers luxury apartments in our community. Enjoy game day from the comfort of your personal space, or celebrate with friends in one of our screening or community rooms.

Contact a Preferred Living leasing agent today to view all our communities’ features.


8 Luxury Amenities at Preferred Living Apartment Communities

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Written by Brent Bain   
Tuesday, August 30, 2016


When you’re hunting for an apartment, you’ve probably zoned in on a place that’s close to your workplace, and has adequate facilities and amenities. But, have you ever considered looking a bit harder?

A Preferred Living apartment community in Columbus, OH, offers a whole world of state-of-the-art amenities and features that you’ve been missing out on. If you’re looking to have every convenience right at your fingertips, your search ends with one of our luxury complexes. You’ll not only have a good time on your own, you'll have ample opportunities to mingle with your neighbors.

Here’s a list of 8 luxury amenities you can find across our locations:

1. Pools
Preferred Living communities are more than just residences – they’re a luxury lifestyle. Our amenities go beyond the basic, offering the ultimate in fine living.

For instance, most of our complexes offer pools. The Taylor House community boasts a stunning Vegas-style pool, complete with water elements. It’s surrounded by an outdoor lounge with fire pit, so you can soak up the sun with friends and neighbors.

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2. Multi-purpose gaming room
For those who are – and will remain – young at heart, our gaming rooms are a unique perk. Here, you’ll find neighbors with a similar mindset and have loads of fun.

Take time off from your daily routine and try your hand at classic billiards in Taylor House or Berkley House. This leisurely hangout zone is available for you, your guests and your neighbors to enjoy. Imagine friendly chats, cold beverages and challenging play – you won’t even need to leave your residence for the perfect weekend, and it won’t cost you an extra dime.

Some of Preferred Living’s communities – like Berkley House – offer full arcade rooms, featuring vintage arcade games and pinball. Whether you’re planning a special event like a birthday party or simply want to get out and about, this public space is sure to exceed expectations.

taylor house billiards

berkley arcade

berkley pool table

3. Theatre Room
A dinner-and-movie date night used to consist of driving to the nearest mall and spending upwards of $50 for tickets, snacks and drinks. Not anymore.

Community theatre rooms like those at Berkley House give you a professional screening room with complimentary DVD library. Enjoy a good flick with friends, a relaxing evening alone or a date night with your significant other in on-premises theatre rooms.

Preferred Living offers the perfect mix of private screenings, scheduled movie nights and free popcorn, so keep an eye-out for events in your specific community.

berkley theatre room

4. Fitness Studio
Having an on-site fitness studio is always a plus. You might not be in perfect shape, but a gym in close quarters to your apartment offers convenience and support in safe, non-judgmental environment. Enjoy a full gym experience, for instance, boasts elliptical equipment, treadmills and weights so you can achieve a full-body workout.

Outside fitness memberships are often costly, too. Why waste $100 per month on a gym when you can achieve your fitness goals right outside your front door? You’ll save cash, time and gas by utilizing one of our state-of-the-art gym facilities.

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5. Climbing Wall
Climbing walls are a great way to stay in shape, build balance and perfect your form. Whether you’re looking for a unique activity for your friends or keeping up with the latest fitness trend, you won’t have to leave your gated community for a great adventure when you live at Taylor House.

taylor house climbing wall
6. Patios
Preferred Living offers some apartments with private balconies or patios. You can also get some fresh air on one of our luxurious outdoor spaces, like the one featured at Kendall Park. Enjoy plush seating, fire pits and grills, all conveniently located for communal use.

Entertain friends around the fire pit or meet new ones at our outdoor community events.

kendall park patio

7. Tanning Salons
A day at the spa or tanning salon can be pretty pricey. If you want to get some sun, even in the winter months, the tanning beds in our communities are for you. For your safety, remember to enjoy this free perk without overdoing it.

Our complimentary tanning beds at Andover Park meet the demand of residents who crave a high-end renting experience.

andover tanning

8. Club Houses
There’s no better place to entertain friends, meet neighbors or enjoy one of our community mixers than at the main Club House. Live the Preferred experience with our different clubhouses hosting wine tastings, happy hours and holiday parties.

When you want to entertain, unwind or play, the clubhouse provides all the resources you need to do so easily and conveniently. These beautiful and comfortable common rooms offer plenty of space for your next party, while maintaining a luxurious and exclusive feel.

copley park club house

Choosing an apartment quickly should never be a primary goal. When hunting for the best space, ensure you invest in a community that offers you the most bang for your buck. Make the most out of your budget with an apartment for rent at a Preferred Living community.

Speak with a leasing consultant about your must-have amenities, like a Starbucks coffee bar, and we’ll help you find the property that offers exactly what you’re looking for.

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