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Old 11-01-2015, 03:09 PM
 
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We as a family are trying to decide where to move. We have family in both areas and are wondering your opinions/suggestions of the two areas mentioned to help us make our choice.
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:32 PM
 
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I thought your username looked familiar, so I looked quickly through the old threads here and found this one you posted earlier:

Best place to live around Dayton

Looks like $400k budget, want a few acres of land, further out, small town feel, good school district, and <30 min commute are of primary importance. Given the two cities of choice I'll assume the workplace is WPAFB.


Aside from being "small town" in feel, there are spots in Beavercreek that would certainly meet all the criteria you have listed so far. Here's one:
270 Narrows Trce, Beavercreek Township, OH 45385 | Zillow

I know nothing about the Falcon, CO, but from a quick look on Zillow it appears you can buy a comparable amount of house there to here with your budget. From a quick look, I also saw no houses there with more than a 20,000 sq. ft. yard within your budget.

Anyways, beyond that I don't know. I've only been to Denver once, which is sort of close, and it was nice. Dayton is nice too, just depends on what you are going for.
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Old 11-01-2015, 03:35 PM
 
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I thought your username looked familiar, so I looked quickly through the old threads here and found this one you posted earlier:

Best place to live around Dayton

Looks like $400k budget, want a few acres of land, further out, small town feel, good school district, and <30 min commute are of primary importance. Given the two cities of choice I'll assume the workplace is WPAFB.


Aside from being "small town" in feel, there are spots in Beavercreek that would certainly meet all the criteria you have listed so far. Here's one:
270 Narrows Trce, Beavercreek Township, OH 45385 | Zillow

I know nothing about the Falcon, CO, but from a quick look on Zillow it appears you can buy a comparable amount of house there to here with your budget. From a quick look, I also saw no houses there with more than a 20,000 sq. ft. yard within your budget.

Anyways, beyond that I don't know. I've only been to Denver once, which is sort of close, and it was nice. Dayton is nice too, just depends on what you are going for.
What I'm going for is what I'm trying to figure out! We've been trying to narrow down where to move and have narrowed it down to these two places.
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:04 PM
 
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Then let's narrow it down this way:

1. Do you have any family near either location?
2. What do you & your spouse like to do on a relaxing weekend?
3. What do your kids like to do on a relaxing weekend?
4. If you're going on vacation, would you rather fly or drive?
5. Any particular sports or sports teams you like?
6. Roughly how long are you planning to stay in the area?
7. Will anyone be going to college soon?
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Old 11-01-2015, 04:41 PM
 
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Then let's narrow it down this way:

1. Do you have any family near either location?

We have have in both locations (more in the Dayton Area).

2. What do you & your spouse like to do on a relaxing weekend?

We have young ones at home and barely have time to ourselves. My time of a relaxing weekend is catching up on my DVR shows and my husband is usually doing work around the house.

3. What do your kids like to do on a relaxing weekend?

My kids like going to the park with their friends. We currently live by the playground so we let them play on their own since we can see the playground from our window.

4. If you're going on vacation, would you rather fly or drive?

We are not a fan of driving with 3 little ones. Flying is so much faster!

5. Any particular sports or sports teams you like?

My husband is a Colts and Cubs fan.

6. Roughly how long are you planning to stay in the area?

We are looking for our forever home as my spouse and I both moved around a lot as children. Which is why I am doing so much research before we budge!

7. Will anyone be going to college soon?

Not for at least 10 years.
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Old 11-01-2015, 09:03 PM
 
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I would definitely do a visit to both!

I don't see anything you mention that makes me scream "Dayton" or "Colorado Springs" as a clear choice.

From what you've told me, if you prefer flying to driving the close proximity to the Denver airport might be better, but if you ever wanted to go to a Colts or Cubs game you're a lot better off staying in Dayton (~2hrs to Lucas Oil Stadium, ~5hrs to Wrigley Field).

It's hard to beat Dayton as far as being a close drive to some really neat places while having a great deal of big city amenities of its own. And you will have 3 major airports within a ~1hr drive. And Dayton certainly won't give you mountains and skiing (although the Appalachian Mountains are about a 5 hour drive away), but it's hard to beat for biking, canoeing, and kayaking.

Either way, it's definitely worth a trip if you guys can do it. Take a couple days, check out Beavercreek, Foy's in Fairborn, Yellow Springs, WPAFB museum (that might be a day in itself), downtown Dayton (Riverscape, the Oregon District, Proto Build Bar - great for kids, Mendelson's if one of you is an engineer, Dayton Art Institute, Carrillon Park are a few ideas) Cincinnati (the museums at Union Terminal are great), Columbus (COSI is a must-see for kids), and catch a Colts game. Or just do some of the above, because doing all of that would take a while haha. But either way, if you can make it out, even just for a weekend, I'd do it!
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Old 11-01-2015, 10:43 PM
 
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I don't know anything about Colorado Springs, I am sure it is really nice, but it is tough to beat Southwest Ohio when it comes to raising kids. There are great suburbs, great schools, and plenty to do within a 1/2 hour drive or flight. I mean, you can fly to Chicago and get there at the same time you left Dayton (because of the 1 hour difference), IIRC. There is a lot to do within an hour (Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati) and then even more within 2 hours when you start to add cities like Indianapolis.
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Old 11-02-2015, 01:29 PM
 
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I actually lived in Colorado Springs for a few year though further North than Falcon. I prefer Dayton but neither are bad choices. The Springs is beautiful but it is suburban sprawl. I feel like it grew so fast that there was little planning involved. Here there are specific towns and more of a family feel. The Springs has a very transient community. 4 major military bases means that many people are just passing through and not willing to dedicate time and energy into building the community. Dayton or at least Centerville and other Dayton suburbs are almost the complete opposite. There is a military community but most of the people who live here plan on staying here and want to make it the best place for their family. Colorado Springs is incredibly conservative home of James Dobson and focus on the family. As a moderate conservative I felt like a flaming liberal most of the time I lived there. Dayton while still conservative doesn't seem to shove political views down my throat and I have found people with many opinions who are very respectful of everyone.

Another complaint about the Springs if you have never lived out west. It is FAR from everything except the mountains. We used to joke that everything was a 4 hour plane ride that cost $400 away. Plus if you want to fly out of Denver that is 70 minutes away and a real pain. The mountains are beautiful and if you enjoy hiking it really can't be beat. If you like to ski you are still about 2-2.5 hours from the major ski resorts and you have to go through a tunnel that is notorious for traffic and if the weather is bad and they decide to close the tunnel you may end up sleeping on a cot at a middle school like I did.

Sorry this is rambling. Feel free to ask questions if you have any specific ones. I will try to answer.
I'm relatively new to Dayton so not an expert by any means.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:30 AM
 
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I would definitely do a visit to both!

I don't see anything you mention that makes me scream "Dayton" or "Colorado Springs" as a clear choice.

From what you've told me, if you prefer flying to driving the close proximity to the Denver airport might be better, but if you ever wanted to go to a Colts or Cubs game you're a lot better off staying in Dayton (~2hrs to Lucas Oil Stadium, ~5hrs to Wrigley Field).

It's hard to beat Dayton as far as being a close drive to some really neat places while having a great deal of big city amenities of its own. And you will have 3 major airports within a ~1hr drive. And Dayton certainly won't give you mountains and skiing (although the Appalachian Mountains are about a 5 hour drive away), but it's hard to beat for biking, canoeing, and kayaking.

Either way, it's definitely worth a trip if you guys can do it. Take a couple days, check out Beavercreek, Foy's in Fairborn, Yellow Springs, WPAFB museum (that might be a day in itself), downtown Dayton (Riverscape, the Oregon District, Proto Build Bar - great for kids, Mendelson's if one of you is an engineer, Dayton Art Institute, Carrillon Park are a few ideas) Cincinnati (the museums at Union Terminal are great), Columbus (COSI is a must-see for kids), and catch a Colts game. Or just do some of the above, because doing all of that would take a while haha. But either way, if you can make it out, even just for a weekend, I'd do it!
Does the crime in Dayton affect the safety in Beavercreek?
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:32 AM
 
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I actually lived in Colorado Springs for a few year though further North than Falcon. I prefer Dayton but neither are bad choices. The Springs is beautiful but it is suburban sprawl. I feel like it grew so fast that there was little planning involved. Here there are specific towns and more of a family feel. The Springs has a very transient community. 4 major military bases means that many people are just passing through and not willing to dedicate time and energy into building the community. Dayton or at least Centerville and other Dayton suburbs are almost the complete opposite. There is a military community but most of the people who live here plan on staying here and want to make it the best place for their family. Colorado Springs is incredibly conservative home of James Dobson and focus on the family. As a moderate conservative I felt like a flaming liberal most of the time I lived there. Dayton while still conservative doesn't seem to shove political views down my throat and I have found people with many opinions who are very respectful of everyone.

Another complaint about the Springs if you have never lived out west. It is FAR from everything except the mountains. We used to joke that everything was a 4 hour plane ride that cost $400 away. Plus if you want to fly out of Denver that is 70 minutes away and a real pain. The mountains are beautiful and if you enjoy hiking it really can't be beat. If you like to ski you are still about 2-2.5 hours from the major ski resorts and you have to go through a tunnel that is notorious for traffic and if the weather is bad and they decide to close the tunnel you may end up sleeping on a cot at a middle school like I did.

Sorry this is rambling. Feel free to ask questions if you have any specific ones. I will try to answer.
I'm relatively new to Dayton so not an expert by any means.
You're not rambling, you're helping me make my decision! Thank you
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