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Michelle O'd…, Home Buyer in New York, NY

My husband and I are relocating from NJ to Dayton, OH because I will be attending University of Dayton Law

Asked by Michelle O'donnell, New York, NY Mon Jun 16, 2008

school in the fall. We plan on purchasing a home, but because we have very limited time to look at houses, (we only have 2 weeks in July) we decided it'd be best to rent in the meantime. We do not want to rush purchasing a home. We would like a place relatively close to the school and would like at least a one bedroom and one study home or a 2 bedroom home. Does anyone have any suggestions on affordable apartments/condos/houses for rent near UD? We would like to spend less than $600/month (the cheaper the better).

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Hi Michelle!

I just learned that we are gaining new eco-friendly townhouses downtown Dayton near 5/3rd field, the home of the Dayton Dragons semi-pro baseball team, and you came to mind! You can find more info at http://www.litehouseliving.com/

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 2, 2008
Michelle,

Also be careful about your housing choice and make sure you are moving into a safe area. Some homes, while close to UD and seemingly a good deal may not be the best location for your safety. I've worked my entire 11 years experience in Southwest Ohio, so contact me because I'd be happy to assist you in finding the perfect location.

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
2006 & 2007 Sales Masters Top Agent
Christina.AsadEdwards@RealLiving.com
http://www.teamedwards.info
mobile or text 937-205-4741
office 937-573-0082
fax 937-433-3561
Real Living Realty - #1 in OHIO!
Realty, Mortgage, Title, Relocation
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 17, 2008
Hi Michelle!

I have 2 houses now that are for sale or lease, and if you like them you could always decide to buy after the 2nd year. They are located in Oakwood, less than a 5 minute drive from UD. Please contact me ASAP.

Christina Asad Edwards, REALTOR
2006 & 2007 Sales Masters Top Agent
Christina.AsadEdwards@RealLiving.com
http://www.teamedwards.info
mobile or text 937-205-4741
office 937-573-0082
Real Living Realty - #1 in OHIO!
Realty, Mortgage, Title, Relocation
Web Reference: http://www.teamedwards.info
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 16, 2008
Michelle, I just saw this thread, and lincolnparker's suggestion about living in the Oregon District. I lived in Dayton for many years, and while the Oregon District was a nice place to visit, I would not recommend living there, unless you can ride a bike to school or to work -- parking is practically non-existent, not only on Fifth Street, but on the surrounding neighborhood streets too. Yes, it's fairly close to UD and some might consider it "trendy", but while that area seemed to have so much promise, it never did flourish. To me, it was "seedy", with a lot of empty store fronts, and a lot of bars. It was an OK place to have lunch once in a while, but IMO, you'll be much safer living South and East of UD, in communities like Kettering, Oakwood, or even farther out in Beavercreek or Centerville.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 25, 2008
Walnut Hills is the neighborhood to look at. It is within walking distance of UD and we already have several people from the law department living in the neighborhood. Lots of rental homes with rents less than $600 a month. We plan to do a 5-day sale on our residence house in August or September so that we can finally move into the one that I have been renovating for seven years which is in the heart of the same neighborhood! Expect our house to sell for between $75,000 and $85,000. You are welcome to contact me through my blog site shown below if you are in town and want a preview. If you are already in town, stop at the Wayne Ave. Family Video and pick up the monthly neighborhood newsletter and call the president of the association listed on the front page. It's me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 18, 2008
Have you found a home to buy or rent near UD? Our company, Coldwell Banker Heritage, just listed a gorgeous 2 story, price $115,000 with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath. Please contact me at alvada.stanley2@coldwellbanker.com if you haven't found what you're looking for.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
Michelle I went to Dayton for Undergrad and considered UD Law when I went to law school. If you are planning on buying later and just renting for the moment you may want to consider the housing UD offers for law /grad students. They have some new buidlings and although more expensive the rates include furniture and utilities giving you guys some options until you find a home. The school also has a full time maintenance staff so you don't have to worry about slum landlords. If you would like to buy soon it keeps you from being stuck in a year lease too.

If you do want to go off campus heading south is usually a better bet. Oakwood is mostly larger houses and will probably price wise will be out of your range. Kettering is also close and a nice area. I would probably avoid living directly north of the campus outside of the area the university owns homes unless you go all the way downtown. I lived on the last street the university owned property in (aka"dark side") and we had some interesting non-UD neighbors.

If you go downtown I personally like the Oregon District. which has some shops, bars, Victorian/Queen Anne architecture, etc. I noticed its been referred to as "ghetto" though I am not exactly sure what that entails. If you are used to cookie cutter suburbs and perfectly manicured lawns its not that, its a historic downtown area in an old city. Dayton is not the wealthies city and the downtown area shows that. However people who live in Oregon District take pride in their community, its the closest thing to a "trendy" area Dayton has to offer.

As far as the University you will love it. They really go out of the way to take care of their students.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 2, 2008
Ian, good thing you don't do business together. I don't see how we can get along.

Michelle, I don't know if you are still reading this, it is very entertaining, isn't it?! I am just trying to help and give my opinion, because I don't believe everything I have read was 100% accurate. i felt like I need to step up and say something. UD is a great school and I hope you have a successful career and found a good place. As I said, my wife is a UD alum as well.

#1: driving distance from Wright State to UD increase from 15 to 20 minutes in one day according to Ian. Since he lived in Dayton for 15 years. I guess he is the man and he makes the call.

#2: I said I am a potential home buyer and a current renter in Englewood. Because Englewood has a lower avg home value. Now the renter Fai is being called as "ghetto". I am hurt. You are mean, Ian.

#3: I am not gonna get worked up about the parking situation. no matter where you are at. You need to park to go to school. You can't get away from that.

#4: UD is a student campus, most ppl live on campus. It is very fun! They either live in the dorm or on campus apt. One side is called "dark side" and the other side is called "ghetto". Good party! But if you are not into it, you can look into grad student housing. Some of them are very new construction. You may want to look into UD housing website. Maybe a good option for you short term. But if you want a newer and more vibrant area, beavercreek maybe a good choice for you. And you can find it for 600 dollars for sure with 2 bedrooms, Some apt even offer grad student discount. (meadowrun on Zink Road in Beavercreek). Maybe a good one to look at. Beavercreek got a indoor and outdoor malls. The outdoor one is pretty fun with tons of entertaining place. You may enjoy that. Don't eliminate Ian's idea too, you never know. But you will not be the ONLY UD student live in beavercreek, i know UD students lived in beavercreek before. (Sorry, Dayton's realtor don't tend to very honest sometimes. I get over it).

I think I am done.

Don't hate Ian. I will stop from here. Don't write me back, I won't read it. It is a good time to stop. It is nice chatting with you.

Good luck Michelle. Maybe Ian can help you. You got his Email. That's good....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 25, 2008
Michelle,
My wife used to go to school and parking is not bad. It makes no sense to me that living in Oakwood (which is very expensive) or oregon district (aka ghetto) can get away with the parking situation anyhow. Not like Oregon and Oakwood are walking distance anyway. good one Ian., you don't want to want to walk around outside college anyway. There're strangers and drug dealers, a big home shelter is behind the college. (Ian would never tell you that.) Downtown dayton is not that glamorous like someone described. brown and oregon district are ghetto. I am telling you this because I cannot stand someone's misinterpretation of what it is. Don't commit anything until your feet is in Dayton. so renting maybe your best bet.

I am a serious home buyer. I have talked to TONS of realtors. No one impressed me yet. They all sounded like lan. They don't tell you what it is, instead would tell you things that benefit themselves. No ethics nothing. If you go to some apt complex to rent a unit. Realtors would get no pay. That's why Ian didn't like my idea. But it is cool, he needs to eat too. They just want your $$. Dayton is not selling well, houses can be in market for 12-15 months, so they are desperate. It sounds ugly, but I don't lie.

Again, It is frustrating.... I would recommend to get a decent size apt (ohio got nice size apt!) and sign a 3 months lease. And then look for something permanent or longer term while you are in town.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 25, 2008
btw, the road is called Zink Road
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 23, 2008
I am not a realtor, just a graduate alum from Wright State (close to UD). Would highly recommend Apt living around wright state area. Maple View and Meadow Run are very good price. Upper scale are Charter Wood, Highland and Mallard Landing. You can find them on Rent Dot Com. Those are about 15 minutes from UD and very nice area, close to the mall, groceries stores, starbucks etc. Don't buy anything until you situated. Dayton is very easy buy, tons of inventories, no worry. (I bet you all realtors who read this hate me, hey this is truth)
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 23, 2008
Michelle,
There are plenty of affordable houses in the UD area. I recently listed a 8 unit building in Oakwood near UD. You could live in one unit and let the other units pay your mortgage! If you were not interested in such a leap other options are of course available! Call me at 937-212-2784. Yvonne
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 16, 2008
There are a wealth of homes for sale and/or rent in the immediate area of UD campus. Oakwood, as Chrsitina mentioned, is VERY nice and will be difficult to get into for the price of $600 per month, however, all we can do is look. There are several other areas close. I have a home that 4 law students just moved out of after graduation that is exactly one mile from the law school doors. It can be purchased for less than $600 per month and possibly rented for close to that amount, I would have to check with the owner. It is a 4 BR home and is mostly updated. Let me know or take a look at my website for more information.
Web Reference: http://www.SWOhioRealty.com
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