You are probably considering moving to the Dayton Ohio area and are looking for quality information about the area. As Dayton real estate agents, we are thrilled to introduce you to our wonderful community. Airmen PCSing to Wright Patteson Air Force Base are always pleased to know that the Dayton area provides affordable housing, short travel times across the Dayton area (less than 30 minutes from most parts of the Miami Valley), and a modest cost of living, compared to most parts of the country. We are both native Daytonians and feel that Dayton and its surrounding communities have a lot to offer economically, recreationally, and culturally. The Dayton area offers a wide selection of sports, arts, and entertainment opportunities. You'll be glad to know that there are always things to do in Dayton.
Most people coming to this real estate site are looking access to the Dayton MLS listings and for practical information about buying a house and the communities that make up our metro area. Within the inner city of Dayton, you can find very cheap houses for sale for just a few thousand dollars. Many investors are attracted to the Dayton area because of affordable housing. Probably the most common property for sale is the Dayton three-bedroom home.
Though not abundant in the city, Dayton Luxury Properties are available. Many of the "Million-Dollar Homes" for sale are within the Dayton mailing area but often outside of the city limits. Be aware that often homes are listing on the Dayton MLS by their mailing city (ie. Dayton, Ohio) and not their actual residential community (ie. Beavercreek or Washington Township). Many times this is very confusing to online home shoppers trying to figure out where a particular home for sale is actually located. Feel free to call us and we'll be happy to help you.
Dayton is located in Montgomery County in southwestern Ohio. It is the county seat of Montgomery County and is also the largest city in the county. Major interstates I-70 and I-75 run through our city, making travel easy and convenient any direction that you need to go. Dayton International Airport is located north of town in Vandalia, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Dayton, just a short commute for business travelers.
The largest employer in Dayton, Ohio is Wright Patterson Air Force Base, which ranks as the 5th largest employer in Ohio. With over 18,000 jobs, both military and civilian, it is a life force in the Dayton economy. Many other smaller technology and research firms are situated around the area to support the work at the base. Other large employers around Dayton, Ohio are Premier Health Network, Kettering Medical Network, Reynolds and Reynolds and Lexus Nexus. The Dayton area is working hard to attract new businesses to the Dayton area as well as providing opportunities for future growth through career training at local colleges and universities.
There are two large universities in the Dayton area. The University of Dayton was founded in 1850 and is a private, Catholic school and has the only American Bar Association approved law school in the area. Wright State University was founded in 1967 as a public school and has the only medical school in the Miami Valley. Sinclair Community College has a wide variety of two-year associate programs and is a very affordable commuter school in the area. Kettering College of Medical Arts is associated with Kettering Medical Center and offers a variety of health care educational pursuits.
The Dayton housing market offers the home buyer a multitude of choices and price ranges. Whether you prefer a large, turn of the century Dayton four-bedroom house with a lot of character or a cute and charming bungalow or cape cod Dayton OH house with a basement, you will be able to find what you are looking for in the neighborhoods of Dayton.
A number of historic districts can be found in Dayton, Ohio and are dedicated to the preservation of the look and feel of the neighborhood and history of the era in which they were established. The Oregon Historic District is one of the areas where the charm and character of the 1800’s are maintained. The area was settled by German immigrants and a number of churches with German heritage were established. About 30 years ago, the residents of the area banded together, determined to stop the urban blight so prevalent in cities and worked to revitalize their community. Anyone visiting the Oregon District would agree that they achieved their goals. Beautiful, restored homes line quiet streets. Businesses, restaurants, shops, antiques, and cafés are established here for residents and visitors to enjoy. Other historic districts in the area are the Huffman Historic District, which is east of downtown and St. Anne’s Hill. Many of these historic areas have tours at Christmas of the decorated homes or garden tours in the spring or summer. South Park, another revitalized area, recently featured a Rehab-a-Rama, show casing five renovated historic homes and three new homes. Projects such as these are doing much to revitalize the downtown area of Dayton, Ohio and bring new life to the economy.
If you are interested in urban living, check out the number of lofts available in downtown Dayton. Loft apartments such as The Cannery and The Mercantile Loft are providing urban professionals the convenience of city living in an upscale, urban environment. Enjoy dinner out at one of the many fine, upscale restaurants, grab your bike and ride on the bike paths by the river, meet some friends at a café for coffee, or shop at the Second Street Market. It’s all close by and convenient. Dayton Condos are abundant and popular for those wanting care free living. Some of the areas most popular and luxurious condos are found on Main Street in Downtown Dayton at Performance Place, located at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. This Downtown Dayton performing arts complex is an 18-floor residential and office tower, of which floors nine through 17 are dedicated to residential condos, most of which have 2 bedrooms and about 1700 square feet. Each resident has a 220 square foot balcony, two parking spaces, and climate-controlled storage. The Performance Place also offers a private exercise suite and 24-hour security.
There are many cultural opportunities to take advantage of in Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Art Institute has a wide variety of art and exhibits, as well as special engagements that tour around the world at the finest art museums. The Schuster Center and the Victory Theater bring in the best Broadway shows and musicians for your entertainment. Come catch a baseball game at the new Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, Ohio and watch the Dayton Dragons slay the opposing team. Riverscape Metro Park, located along the Great Miami River, is a great place to enjoy activities with your family or when you’re out for a romantic evening. Take a stroll along the river, bring your bikes and ride, watch the interactive fountains or laser light shows, enjoy concerts and live entertainment, or ice skate in the winter.
Near Wright Patterson AFB is the National Air and Space Museum, which allows visitors to tour and enjoy seeing many examples of aviation history. Sun Watch Indian Village is a recreation of a settlement of the Fort Ancient Indians which called the Miami Valley their home long before European settlers came to the area and is a great place to learn the history of the area and shop for Native American made products. The Second Street Market offers great shopping and dining options, with fresh produce and floral products, boutiques, and food items in a unique shopping atmosphere; like an enclosed, open air market! If you enjoy classical music and dance, Dayton, Ohio is home to the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for your enjoyment.
Dayton was founded in the late 1700’s by a small group who settled along the banks of the Great Miami River. Dayton was named for a captain in the Revolutionary War by the name of Jonathan Dayton. The Miami and Erie Canal was built in the 1830’s and helped to connect Lake Erie to the Miami River and was the main route of travel in the part of Ohio during the early to mid-1800’s.
Dayton was the first large city in the United States to adopt a council-manager form of government, back in 1913. In this form of city government, the mayor has one vote just like the rest of the commissioners that sit on the city council and the council chooses a city manager, who is the administrative authority over the city government.
Dayton is also known as the birthplace of aviation. Native Daytonians, Orville and Wilbur Wright built the first machine capable of sustained flight here and launched it in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Our aviation heritage is very evident throughout the city; take a tour of the Dayton Aviation Heritage Park and the Wright Cycle Company Building, which pay tribute to the Wrights’ achievements. Many other inventors and entrepreneurs came out of Dayton, Ohio, such as John Patterson, founder of NCR, and inventor Charles Kettering. Other famous natives of Dayton, Ohio, include Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Erma Bombeck, and actors Martin Sheen and Allison Janney.
Dayton Ohio is the fourth largest city in Ohio and offers much of what larger cities provide their residents without the headaches of larger metropolitan areas. We hope that you will come and experience the Miami Valley for yourself. If you are thinking about buying a home in Dayton, Ohio, we would be honored to tell you more about Dayton real estate and share our hometown with you personally!