Kettering is a delightful place to live, work, and play! We are happy to provide this quick & easy site to introduce you to Kettering real estate. Our easy to use search of all active Kettering MLS Real Estate listings is easy to use and navigate through property searches. It will send you new listings as they hit the market and price changes daily plus you can save favorite properties plus much more. Yet we know that you are also looking for insight into the what makes this community a very nice place to make home.
Just five miles south of Dayton, Ohio, Kettering is one of the largest suburbs in the metro area. The most recent census calculated the city’s population totaled over 57,000, making it about the 20th largest city in Ohio. The City of Kettering has been awarded and recognized nationally for its outstanding support it provided to members of the communities. The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department have drawn attention to the city for organizing one of the best recreation programs in the USA. Affordable real estate listings make it possible for anyone to make Kettering home. Easy access to highways and major roads make commutes short and pleasant, whether driving into Downtown, the University of Dayton, or Wright Patterson Air Force Base. So many professionals enjoy the city for that reason as well as quality housing being available in a wide price range, from modestly priced four-bedroom properties to larger custom homes in West Kettering near the Kettering Medical Center and the NCR Country Club.
Kettering residents enjoy a quality school system from elementary to high school. Many residents enjoy supporting the Fairmont High School's sports programs, including football, basketball, soccer and many more. Go Firebirds!! Throughout Kettering neighborhoods you will see signs mounted on houses that declare the homeowners pride that they have a Fairmont Firebird (student) in the house!
Kettering is a great place to call home for a number of reasons. The eastern part of Kettering is filled with lovely neighborhoods with charming homes priced from $80,000 up to $165,000. The southern portion of the city provide larger ranch homes, two-story houses and bi-levels. The western side of the Kettering, which is bordered by the city of Oakwood, is full of beautiful tree-lined streets with cape cods, ranches, traditional two-story homes as well as larger custom homes. Like most cities, Kettering has a local income tax.
New businesses have been attracted to the city's several business parks. Reynolds & Reynolds build a major complex a few years ago adjacent to the 1250-acre Miami Valley Research Park, which houses AFIT, Booz Allen Hamilton, BWI Group, Strategic Leadership Association, and Wright State University Center for Global Health Systems & Management. Just recently the Community Tissue Service broke ground for a new complex. Kettering is also a major economic force in the area and is home to several large employers. The city’s top five employers are the Kettering Medical Center, Delphi Corporation, Reynolds & Reynolds, GE Money (a division of General Electric), and Victoria’s Secret Direct. Many Kettering residents also work at WPAFB and General Motors, both of which are close by.
Kettering Ohio has always been known from the earliest days for its inventive spirit. The earliest settler to the area was John Patterson, who built the first log cabin in the area in 1798. The population began to expand in the 1840’s and the township of Van Buren was created, which would remain the area’s name for over 100 years. The city of Kettering was named for inventor Charles F. Kettering, who resided in his home at Ridgeleigh Terrace until his death in 1958. Over his lifetime, he held over 300 patents for his inventions including the all-electric starter, ignition, and lighting systems for automobiles. He and his partner Edward Deeds founded the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company, which is still a vibrant part of the City of Kettering economy. The City of Kettering was named for this prestigious man in 1955 when it was incorporated.
Opportunities for residents to participate in organized sports and recreational activities abound in Kettering parks and community activity centers! Delco Park in the eastern part of Kettering has ball diamonds, picnic facilities, a fishing lake, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, BMX bike track, and walking paths. The Kettering Recreation Complex meets all of your recreational and workout needs including weight rooms, walking/running track, indoor swimming pool, ice arena, an outdoor water park, basketball courts, and fishing lake with outdoor walking trails. The nearby Rosewood Art Center offers many classes such as dance, art, theater, and writing. Membership to the Rec Center and class registrations are discounted for Kettering residents or those who work in the city. The world’s first Skate Plaza, which features a 40,000 square foot skateboard park, opened in 2005 and is well used by the youth of Kettering. Lincoln Park is a beautiful place to enjoy on a summer evening, walking along tree-lined paths and enjoying the music coming from the Fraze Pavilion, a major outdoor venue which features concerts from major music stars as well as local artists, including the Dayton Philharmonic.
Kettering has many wonderful small shopping areas which offer diverse specialty stores unique to the area. Town and Country Shopping Center is centrally located in Kettering and features wonderful shops including clothing boutiques, books, gifts, collectibles, and fine dining. De Clarks, Trader Joes, Books & Company, Stein Mart are just a few of the most popular stores. This indoor strip mall has served Kettering residents for a number of years and is a favorite shopping spot of locals. The Shops of Oakwood are also close by and feature unique boutiques and dining opportunities. The Dayton Mall, The Greene Town Center, and the Mall at Fairfield Commons are a short drive from Kettering and offer a wide range of shops and anchor stores.