Just a twenty minute drive from downtown Columbus, our family friendly enclave of approximately 90 homes is nestled amongst ravines and trees just off Rt. 23. Located on the far north side of Franklin County, our neighborhood community was first conceived in 1986 by Northwoods Ventures, Inc., a group of developers including Tod Ortlip, Richard Norris, Hamilton Teaford, and builder Bob Webb. The Sanctuary was built out in three phases, with the oldest homes generally being those along the outer loop along the large ravine. The patio homes on Greensprings Drive are a part of The Sanctuary development, but the Windsong homes near the entrance are not. The majority of the homes were custom built, many by Bob Webb and other exclusive builders. Thus there is a consistent look and feel to the neighborhood, even though every home is different.
The ravine and small stream that runs along the west side of the subdivision is a designated wildlife sanctuary and natural area that flows into a small private lake. The predominately beech and oak forest in the ravine is a continuation of the habitat found in Highbanks Metro Park. Deer, fox, and coyote can occasionally by glimpsed traversing the ravine. Other wildlife inhabitants are seen more frequently, including squirrels, groundhogs, raccoons, small rodents and snakes (garter and blacksnake). A variety of woodland birds visit backyard feeding stations along the ravines.
The Sanctuary is within the City of Columbus municipal boundaries, but in the Worthington School District. This means that residents enjoy the advantages of the Worthington Schools, but not Worthington City services. The Sanctuary is a member of the Far North Columbus Communities Coalition (FNCCC) which represents a number of neighborhoods within the Columbus municipal boundaries on the north side of Franklin County.