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South Park

If you are looking for a “historic” community to live or work in, South Park could prove to be a good choice for you! This area is Dayton’s largest historic district with over 700 buildings yet still offers the saying, “Where Neighbors Become Friends.” Walking distance to groceries, restaurants, University of Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital makes this an awesome choice to live. Whether you want the pride of rehab or satisfaction of owning an already renovated historic home – South Park has lots of choices for you.

Most noted for the REHABARMA that takes place annually, this event spotlights homes that are renovated or available for renovation (along with all the history and details of each property.) A great way to spend some time walking about the neighborhood and learning the history to help decide if this is the right place for you to call “home.”


Oregon District

This is an area that is near and dear to my heart! I can honestly say I was “born” a resident of the Oregon District. My mom lived in an apartment located at Sixth and Brown at the time I was born. This was actually unknown to me – until many years later when I moved into the Oregon District. Newcom Park was a central part of the community and when the gazebo was built/completed in 1985, I thought it only fitting to be among the first to be married in the park setting. And then a couple years later, my first son was also brought home to our house in Oregon District (and so the cycle of life continued!)

Of course, the Oregon District is probably most known for the Fifth Street bars / clubs and what use to be the open drink venue. Times have changed, many of the “old” bars are gone – but there is still a great number of activities and social gatherings that take place here. But what may be of greater importance is the architecture and history so many of the homes (and businesses) actually offer. Certainly an area of varying tastes, there is something for everyone – and always good for a social evening out.

As a side note, when asked where to go for “good seafood” Jay’s Restaurant is absolutely what I recommend. Located just off Patterson Road on Sixth Street, parking can be tough – but it is a dinner that is well worth any effort. Great for a special night out – or just for the seafood lover. I’d also recommend the Dublin Pub (although technically not really in the Oregon District, it sits on the South East corner of Fifth Street and Wayne Avenue) and worth walking across the block! The Irish atmosphere is good for those who enjoy an ale or fish dinner and the music is entertaining.

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