323 W Seventh Avenue

Justin and Corey have lived in the Short North for over a decade. They desired a larger, more Victorian style home with modern amenities; when they saw this house, which had been previously renovated, they fell in love with it. The house had been, like so many other large homes in the neighborhood, converted to rental apartments about 10 years ago. The previous owners had given the home a complete renovation, including an expansion of the third floor into more functional living area and a large deck overlooking the downtown skyline. The kitchen, breakfast and mud room areas were all renovated prior to their purchase.

The home, built around 1889, boasts a stone façade and brick on the other sides. The main floor had a parlor, dining room and large open kitchen and breakfast area. The kitchen and breakfast area are augmented by an extension that consists of a bath and mud room at the back entrance.

The second floor contains three bedrooms and an office. The third floor serves as the family room and media room area with an expanded window bay to let in light, and it is the couple’s favorite place to watch movies and socialize with friends.

The four non-functioning fireplaces are original, as are the pocket doors leading into the dining room as well as the stained and beveled glass windows throughout the floor and on the stairway landing. The chandelier in the dining room was purchased at Grandview Mercantile.

The master bedroom with a bed tucked into the bay window sits at the front of the house, and the master bathroom had been previously renovated. The other two bedrooms serve to welcome guests, and as additional closet space for Corey and Justin. The claw foot tub found in the guest bath is original.

The back of the house where the small addition was added now contains an office with built-ins and a desk. The third floor has a dormer bump out with a wall of windows, which functions as an attic and contains a large screen TV. There is also a full bath.

Their eclectic decorating style reflects their love for travel around the world. Combined, Corey and Justin have traveled to 30 countries in their lifetime and recently returned from their honeymoon in Vietnam. They also enjoy spending summers in the mountains of Colorado, where they vacation with family in Aspen.

Their favorite piece of art located in the dining room is from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. The photography in the main entryway and master bedroom was taken by Justin on their yearly summer vacations to Aspen, Colorado.

The couple would also like to thank landscape designer Josh Coltman for transforming what was once overgrown evergreen bushes into the current landscape.

Future renovation goals include a wine cellar (they have an appreciation for fine wines, as shown in their dining room), the kitchen and master bathroom.

Justin, a native of Hyde Park, New York, moved to Columbus in 2000. He was immediately attracted to the people, places and energy in the Short North, which lead him to move there in 2001. Corey, a native of Denver, Colorado, moved to the Short North in 2006. They cannot imagine living anywhere else in Columbus.