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Old 05-30-2015, 01:29 PM
 
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I'm a single guy in my late 20s. I like bars, live music, art, etc.... nightlife is pretty important to me. Likewise, schools and property values are not.

How is downtown Dayton/Oregon District? From Google, it looks like there are several bars and restaurants within walking distance, and some of the loft apartments look pretty cool. However, the feedback on the forums is not encouraging.

Conversely, is Columbus worth the drive? The longest commute I've had before is 40 min, wasn't ideal, but driving is not necessarily a dealbreaker for me. Or anywhere else in the surrounding area? Springfield seems mildly interesting, but please let me know if I missed any hidden gems.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-30-2015, 01:36 PM
 
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I'd live in Downtown Dayton, or close to it (the Oregon District, near UD), if that is what you are looking for. There is no way I would travel from Columbus every day. Downtown Columbus/Cincinnati are bigger/nicer, but it will also cost you more and not be worth the travel, IMO. There are plenty of things to do in downtown, the Oregon District, and by the University of Dayton. Not to mention all of the other places within 10-20 minutes of there. Plus, that will leave you within an hour of Cincinnati and Columbus if you want to go there for weekends, etc....
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Old 05-30-2015, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Yellow Springs is a much better option than Springfield. It's an artistic-minded community with a brewpub, distillery, bar with live music (Peach's), art-house movie theater, bookstore, etc.
As for Dayton, the Oregon District, South Park District, Brown Street (near UD) and downtown all offer several options each. There's also some stuff in the suburbs, like the comedy club in Beavercreek. The nightlife isn't as notable as Columbus, but there's enough to keep one occupied. Check out the Dayton City Paper...they publish an online version of it every week on their website.
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Old 05-30-2015, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Covington, KY
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Yellow Springs is a much better option than Springfield. It's an artistic-minded community with a brewpub, distillery, bar with live music (Peach's), art-house movie theater, bookstore, etc.
As for Dayton, the Oregon District, South Park District, Brown Street (near UD) and downtown all offer several options each. There's also some stuff in the suburbs, like the comedy club in Beavercreek. The nightlife isn't as notable as Columbus, but there's enough to keep one occupied. Check out the Dayton City Paper...they publish an online version of it every week on their website.
Dayton City Paper (not to be confused with the Dayton Daily News):

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Old 05-30-2015, 05:34 PM
 
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The OD is really nice.... I know if I were in your shoes that is where I would want to be. South Park could be considered in the same basic region because of the pedestrian bridge and Wayne St. Other posters covered it well.


Downtown itself has some stuff too, as does St Anne's Hill with 5th St. This all feeds in well to the OD, so you get great access to not only the ODs scene and Sputh Parks bars but also you have a nice nightclub (Masque), one of the best bourbon bars around, and the scene over by the ballpark that will probably grow when Water St apartments are finished.

Brown St by UD is a good time and very easy to get to from South Park, but the scene is younger... UD has a decent sized grad student population, but mostly it is undergrads.


Also check out The Greene while you are here as well as Yellow Springs. Nat510 did a great job summing up Yellow Springs. As for The Greene, it was better when Adobe Gilas was still around (the place had problem customers and Greene Mgmt. forced them out). But Bar Louie, the Pub, and upcoming World of Beer will comprise an ok bar scene that is also popular with WPAFB, etc. people.

Good luck! I'm slightly younger than you and also a guy, so if you have any questions at all about the area please ask and I'll do my best to help out.

Either way if I were in your shoes if try each of those areas out if possible before committing. Nowhere else in the area would meet your needs as well.
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Old 05-30-2015, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Beavercreek, OH
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I'm a single guy in my late 20s. I like bars, live music, art, etc.... nightlife is pretty important to me. Likewise, schools and property values are not.

How is downtown Dayton/Oregon District? From Google, it looks like there are several bars and restaurants within walking distance, and some of the loft apartments look pretty cool. However, the feedback on the forums is not encouraging.

Conversely, is Columbus worth the drive? The longest commute I've had before is 40 min, wasn't ideal, but driving is not necessarily a dealbreaker for me. Or anywhere else in the surrounding area? Springfield seems mildly interesting, but please let me know if I missed any hidden gems.

Thanks in advance!
Your best bet is going to be in the Oregon District of Dayton. The strip along Fifth Street is where most of the bars are concentrated, and it's slowly spreading east across Wayne Avenue.

If you're new to the area and interested in living in the city, I would look into rentals in the South Park area, as downtown itself is either getting really pricey (First Place, The Landing, Water Street) or the apartments are of dubious construction quality (The Cannery, St. Clair Lofts, Jefferson Place). You'd be centrally located near the bars and clubs, as well as Miami Valley Hospital and UD provide a solid employment base (people live nearby and contribute to the neighborhood.)

A close second would be living at The Greene which as other posters have already elaborated has a decent array of options as well. One quirk about Ohio law is that if you live in Beavercreek (this includes the Greene) and work on base, you won't pay any city tax whatsoever. Assuming you're on a GS job, that means several thousands of dollars per year that stay in your pocket.

Care to PM me any additional details? and I can send you some more info.

Columbus isn't worth the drive, especially in winter time with lots of blowing snow, traffic, etc.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:32 PM
 
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Hey guys, thanks for the all the responses.

It looks like Columbus is out, but it sounds like Downtown/OD/South Park offer enough to make up for it. I won't actually move until December, so I may PM a few of you guys towards the end of the year with more specific questions on apartments. Definitely bummed to hear Cannery & St Clair are dumpy; I was eyeing both of those.

Either way, I'm looking forward to the move, and maybe I'll get a chance to you guys a beer for your time when I get out that way.
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Old 05-31-2015, 01:11 PM
 
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You might want to look into them before deciding they are dumps. I have never been in them, so I don't know. Depending on how much you are willing to spend, though, you should probably be able to find something better.
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Old 05-31-2015, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Five Oaks
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Hey guys, thanks for the all the responses.

It looks like Columbus is out, but it sounds like Downtown/OD/South Park offer enough to make up for it. I won't actually move until December, so I may PM a few of you guys towards the end of the year with more specific questions on apartments. Definitely bummed to hear Cannery & St Clair are dumpy; I was eyeing both of those.

Either way, I'm looking forward to the move, and maybe I'll get a chance to you guys a beer for your time when I get out that way.
Who said St. Clair and the Cannery are dumpy? They're very nice, although I'm partial to St. Clair.
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Old 05-31-2015, 05:11 PM
 
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Hensleya1 mentioned "dubious construction quality." The photos looked great online though, so I'll get a chance to make my own assessment once I head out there.
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