After years of dwindling population, the Dayton metropolitan area has begun attracting residents back to the Miami Valley. With its resurgence, the local real estate market has flourished. From August 2012 to August 2013, Dayton saw a 19 percent increase in home buying. As the country continues to bounce back from the housing collapse, the region has transformed itself into a desirable location for homebuyers. To help families in the search of that white picket fence dream, we compiled as list of some of the region’s finest homes. With affordability and luxury in mind, our selection covers a diverse set of living standards. If any of the homes should catch your eye, feel free to contact the realtor for more information.

Area: Waynesville
Listing: $329,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half

Situated on 1.5 acres, this home is located in a community that features a lake with a water fountain. Hardwood floors line the kitchen and entryway, while a fireplace serves as the living room’s centerpiece. The master bedroom features cathedral ceilings, a master bath with shower and soaking tub. The 16-by-17-foot deck offers the perfect place for cookouts with friends and family.

Realtor: Gregory Blatt


Area: Bellbrook
Listing: $410,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 half

This home has all the modern necessities needed for a comfortable lifestyle. The living and dining areas feature stunning windows, tray ceilings and detailed architecture. Designed with the cook in mind, the kitchen includes an island with cooktop, wall oven, updated hardware and a spacious pantry. The finished basement has a recreation area, fitness room and extra room with a full bath.

Realtor: Rhonda Chambal


Area: Beavercreek
Listing: $525,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4 full

Located in the Country Club of North subdivision, near the 16th hole of the nearby golf course, this home boasts an array of elegant amenities. The foyer opens up to a large living room that connects to an adjoining gourmet kitchen and dining room. This home also feature a sun room bathed in ambient light, as well as a master bedroom and bathroom with double vanity mirrors.

Realtor: Mark Kottman


Area: Beavercreek
Listing: $549,900
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half

With water views and luxurious finishes, this G.A. White home features a timeless design and unparalleled quality. The heart of the house features a fireplace, wood ceilings and breathtaking views. The kitchen includes a subzero freezer, wine cooler and tumbled limestone flooring. The dining room provides an excellent space for entertaining with access to the outside deck and paved patio. The master bedroom has a jetted tub and tile shower.

Realtor: Rhonda Chambal


Area: Oakwood
Listing: $819,500
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3 full, 2 half

This contemporary home has a beautiful, wooded surrounding, with a soft contemporary feel. The state-of-the-art maple kitchen has a center island with granite counters, which connects to a vaulted great room and dining room. The first floor has a master suite with a luxury bath, and a walkout lower level. The five-bedroom home also includes an in-ground pool with an automatic cover, and 3.5 car garage with 6,000 square feet of space.

Realtor: Lois Sutherland


Area: Washington Twp.
Listing: $949,500
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5 full, 2 half

Situated on a gorgeous private lot in Sterling Cove, this home is loaded with amenities, including fluted woodwork, crown moldings and a curved staircase. The huge gourmet kitchen is lined with hardwood floors and includes a butler’s pantry and granite counters. The first floor has a master suite, and a walk-out lower level with a pool table, shuffleboard, media room and two fireplaces. The backyard includes a beautiful patio and a Buckeye in-ground pool.

Realtor: Lois Sutherland



Area: Washington Twp.
Listing: $1,150,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5 full, 1 half

Positioned on a private cul-de-sac lot, this five-bedroom house is a Diorio Homearama home. The gourmet kitchen has a center island with granite countertops, and a six-burner gas stove with Viking appliances. It also includes three fireplaces and a first floor master suite. There are also three fireplaces, a screened-in porch and a finished walkout to the lower level. In addition, a recreation room, wet bars, theatre and in-ground pool are also found on this property.

Realtor: Lois Sutherland


Area: Kettering
Listing: $1,395,000
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 6 full, 2 half

This amazing English country estate is the most luxurious home on our list. It has three manicured acres of woods, gardens, water fountains and natural beauty. At 9,000 square feet, it includes spectacular detail in the formal foyer, beamed ceilings, gourmet kitchen and six fireplaces. The lower level walks out to a fully finished patio and in-ground pool.

Realtor: Lois Sutherland


Top 10 Most Expensive Homes

Using, we found the top 10 most expensive single-family homes for sale in Montgomery County. They are:

 Kettering - $1,490,000, 2.51 acres, 4 bed, 5 full bath, 3 half bath and 9,449 sq. ft.
2. Kettering - $1,395,000, 3.09 acres, 6 bed, 6 bath, 2 half bath and 9,000 sq. ft.
3. Kettering - $1,295,0004 bed, 4 bath, 2 half bath and 5,871 sq. ft.
4. Kettering - $1,280,000, 6.53 acres, 5 bed, 4 bath, 1 half bath and 7,485 sq. ft.
5. Washington Township - $1,150,000, 5 bed, 5 bath, 1 half bath and 7,852 sq. ft.
6. Washington Township - $1,075,000, 5 bed, 4 bath, 1 half bath and 6,783 sq. ft.
7. Kettering - $950,000, 4 bed, 4 bath, 1 half bath and 6,220 sq. ft.
8. Washington Township - $949,500, 5 bed, 5 bath, 2 half bath snd 8,400 sq. ft.
9. Oakwood - $899,900, 2.84 acres, 6 bed, 6 bath, 3 half bath and 7,054 sq. ft.
10. Washington Township - $899,000, 8 acre, 7 bed, 4 bath, 2 half bath and 6,804 sq. ft.

The Dayton Market
The housing market remains fickle, but the Miami Valley has become a top location for today’s buyer and seller.
By Danny Restivo

Gregg Blatt, Dayton Real estate agent, can vividly recollect late summer 2008. Like many in his industry, the housing collapse left a lasting impression on him, as well the market.

As the nation slowly recovers from the devastating crisis, Dayton has resurfaced as a prime location for buyers and sellers.

“What you have to keep in mind is that real estate is a local market,” says Blatt. “You can’t always take national statistics and apply them to Dayton.”

In 2012, as foreclosures peaked, Dayton emerged as one of the most reasonable places to live in the United States. That same year, Forbes listed Dayton as the most affordable place in the United States.

Two years later, the Miami Valley’s reputation for economical living remains. Trulia, an online site for residential homes, listed Dayton as No. 7 for buying versus renting. The website found that purchasing a home in Dayton is 56 percent less expensive compared to renting. Meanwhile, listing inventories are down 9.5 percent while sales are up 2.3 percent, creating a great environment for homebuyers and sellers.

Blatt believes the strength in the local market stems from the low interest rates, pushing homeowners to sell and buyers into loan approval.

“If you’re a seller, it’s the time because buyer demand is there and rates are low,” he says. “Right now, it’s the best of both worlds, but buyers may not have the purchasing power tomorrow they have today.”

Blatt admits that a host of hard-to-predict factors produce a ripe housing market. Ellen Henderson, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway, began her profession when the market tanked. She’s seen the area bounce back and attributes Dayton’s ascent to tax credits for families, a resurgent economy and more young professionals.

As urban areas around the Midwest see more activity returning to the metropolitan core, Henderson believes Dayton has an attractive quality for those interested in downtown living.

“There was a mass exodus [from the city] of people wanting to live in suburbia,” says Henderson. “People still want to live in the suburbs, but we’re seeing more interest in the urban chic lifestyle with younger folks.”

That means more first-time buyers in search of that dream home. Henderson recommends prospective homebuyers consult with a financial advisor before searching the market. Once a budget is established, families and couples can seek out a place that suits their needs and interests.

“You can get quite a bit of house for your dollar in Dayton,” says Henderson.

Top 10 Average Sale Price By Community

Using Dayton Area Board of Realtors or, we found the top 10 average sale price of homes by community. They are:

1. Bellbrook/Sugarcreek, $251,593
2. Springboro/Clearcreek Twp., $247,598
3. Oakwood, $243,943
4. Yellow Springs, $219,320
5. Centerville/Washington Twp., $193,784
6. Beavercreek/Beavercreek Twp., $188,536
7. Vandalia, $141,378
8. Miami Twp, $128,696
9. Jamestown Cedarville, $128,338
10. Waynesville, $128,338