Living in Dayton

There’s a lot to love about living in Dayton, from arts and culture and access to education, health care and jobs, to taking advantage of outdoor riverfront fun and activities in one of the nation’s friendliest cities for bikes. It’s no wonder new businesses and residents are choosing the city and surrounding communities as their preferred new address. And places to live are affordable and attractive to all tiers of buyers, from young professionals and first-time homeowners to families seeking larger homes or even downsizing.

“Compared to similar-sized cities, people are absolutely amazed at how much more their dollars can buy here in Dayton,” said Jan Leverett, president of Dayton Realtors. “As far as quality of life, you can’t beat it. It’s the welcoming, friendly people who make it what it is. I’ve lived in world-class cities all over the U.S., and none compare to Dayton. I’m here to stay.”

A changing economy is attracting new developments focused on science and innovative technologies, which are creating more jobs and affluence, and driving demand for homes, Leverett said.

“We’re peaking with new construction, including affordable housing and apartments,” she said. “Production builders are tapping into affordable housing markets with homes starting around $150,000, and building a lot of apartments, too. A lot of people are looking to downsize to smaller places, and empty-nesters want someone else to care of the upkeep and home maintenance.”

Supporting a growing workforce of young professionals and millennials who are often choosing to postpone marriage, homebuilders are offering a wide array of appealing choices, from starter homes to custom designs.

“The supply of new homes is growing tremendously, and custom builders are doing extremely well,” Leverett said. “Many singles are buying homes, including health care professionals and nurses. They’re taking advantage of the tax breaks associated with home ownership.”

Downtown is thriving and attracting a new wave of buyers.

“We’re seeing flats, townhomes and condos flourish as multi-use development takes off near the river and downtown and some near health care facilities,” Leverett said. “Millennials are bringing a new mentality; they want to live where they can walk to work.”

“Businesses and home owners alike are rediscovering all we have to offer, from waterfront living, to premier universities, arts and culture,” Leverett said. “As they do, one thing always remains constant: Home ownership and the equity it builds is still one of the greatest investments of all time. It’s the American way.” n


If you are looking to retire, Dayton, Ohio, is the right place to go. Senior living is a huge priority in the Dayton community. There are a wide variety of housing advantages, with over 50 assisted living facilities. The retirement community offers specific care types such as independent living, nurse care, Alzheimer’s care and home care.

  • 10 Wilmington Place
  • Bethany Village
  • Brookhaven Retirement Community
  • Cottages of Clayton
  • Greene Oaks
  • Hearth & Home Assisted Living & Memory Care at Vandalia
  • Liberty Health Care Corporation
  • Ohio Masonic Home
  • Otterbein
  • Social Row Transitional Car
  • St. Leonard
  • Sycamore Glen Health Center
  • Symphony at Centerville
  • The Carlyle House
  • The Pines of Shiloh
  • Traditions of Beavercreek
  • Walnut Creek Senior Living Campus