From Farmland to Luxury Apartments
Tim Sells, great-great-great grandson of Dublin, Ohio founder John Sells, wrote a memoir of his life growing up in Dublin in the 1950s and 1960s. When Dublin Wasn‘t Doublin’ includes vignettes of a childhood spent along the banks of the Scioto River, stories of elephant races in his family’s circus business, and the antics of Dubliners over the history of the once-tiny village. Surely Mr. Sells' forebears did not envision a world-class golf course and luxury apartments to typify the Dublin of the future.
Today, It is difficult to envision Dublin as a sleepy rural village. In 1970, three years after Tim Sells graduated from high school, the U.S. Census reported that Dublin Village had a population of 681. The contributions of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus and investment from Wendy’s International, and Ashland Chemical headquarters aided Dublin’s expansion. The Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village Golf Club and residential development brought interest and upscale households, and in 1987, the population surpassed 5,000. Dublin Ohio was officially a city.
Fast-forward to 2010 and the city of Dublin reported a population of 41,490 and a geographical footprint spanning three counties. With careful planning and smart use of land and resources, Dublin will continue to evolve as a great American city. The city’s vision is encapsulated in their statement, “We take great measures to sustain and improve the quality of life for our residents. Dublin is a vibrant city with safe neighborhoods, a solid network of parks and shared-use paths and a variety of community events and activities for our residents to enjoy.”
And with more than 100 miles of bicycle paths and 60 parks, it’s no wonder Dublin has been recognized nationally as one of the best places to live in the U.S.
Preserving History and Celebrating Natural Areas
Dublin’s growth into maturity been guided by its city planners, who have built on core attributes of river access and green space, while keeping the city’s history in clear sight. The charm of the Dublin Village Center, with its riverside location and early 18th Century architecture, is still alive today. A new parks project will highlight the village’s proximity to the Scioto River, creating vistas and access points to enhance the visitor experience.
Dublin Senior Apartments Add to the Mix
Dublin’s attractiveness for residential uses is undeniable. Excellent schools, a variety of single-family neighborhoods, a superbly designed parks system and ample recreational programs combine to attract families to Dublin. The city has encouraged development of housing at a range of price points and styles, drawing not only families but young professionals and empty-nesters. Hawthorne Commons is a housing alternative that has heretofore been missing in Dublin: luxury apartments for seniors.
The Hawthorne Commons senior apartments have an optimal location adjacent to the Wyandotte Woods neighborhood. The site has a green and restful residential feeling, but also offers excellent access to major arterial roadways and Interstate 270. Residents of the luxury apartments are within a 0.8-mile bicycle ride or drive (or an even shorter walk) to the Kroger Marketplace shopping center, which has a pharmacy, Tim Horton’s, and a number of casual eateries. Emerald Fields Park is immediately north of Wyandotte Woods, and Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park is a four-minute bicycle ride from the senior apartment site.
Luxury apartments for empty nesters should be situated so that residents may enjoy the surrounding community amenities. Second-ring suburbs such as Dublin are often viewed as spread out and not pedestrian or bike-friendly. But even when Dublin was in its growth stages, planners made it a priority to connect parks, community amenities and residential neighborhoods with bicycle and pedestrian trails. And Hawthorne Commons has excellent advantages of location and access to these trails. A multi-use trail access point is located immediately adjacent to the senior apartments.
The luxury apartments are less than four miles from the historic Bridge Street District and Dublin Village Center, The Abbey Theater, and the Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Numerous shops and restaurants are just a short ride or drive from Hawthorne Commons. Continuing improvements to the historic village center and the Scioto Riverfront are underway, giving residents something to look forward to as the warm weather approaches.
Scenic Natural Connections with History
In April 2017, city officials approved the Scioto Riverside Park Master Plan, which outlines a transformational vision for one of Dublin’s most important civic and natural spaces—the riverfront adjacent to Dublin’s historic Village Center, the Bridge Street District. The resultant Riverside Crossing Park will be connected with the trail system throughout the city of Dublin.
Riverside Crossing Park will straddle the river, and a pedestrian-bicycle bridge will link its east and west sides. Public plazas will provide access to restaurants, shops, scenic vistas, and the expanded Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Recreational opportunities will include rock climbing, water access and canoeing/kayaking.
Senior Apartments Close to Parks, Arts and Culture
The Dublin Irish Festival is the largest Irish music and culture festival in the country, and one of the largest in the world. Held annually in Coffman Park, the Dublin Irish Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. The festival attracts an average of 100,000 guests annually, with an estimated 20,000 coming from outside Ohio.
The 200-seat Abbey Theatre is a performance venue for local arts groups and home to Tantrum Theater, a professional theater company made possible by a partnership between Ohio University, the Dublin Arts Council and the City of Dublin.
The temporary branch of the library is located at 6765 Dublin Center Drive, is just a 2.5-mile ride or drive from Hawthorne Commons senior apartments. The Columbus Metropolitan Library, a nationally recognized library system has one of its busiest branches in the city of Dublin. Construction of a new library building is currently underway at the library’s original site at 75 N. High Street in the Bridge Street District. The new branch, at 41,000 square feet, will be more than two times larger than the former library building. The new branch is scheduled to open in 2019.
It’s easy to see how much there is to do and enjoy, with the freedom of an empty-nester lifestyle in a place like Dublin. And accessing the high points of this community is simple from the Hawthorne Commons luxury apartment community.