In 1990, when I was nine years old, my parents moved our family from Centerville to Springboro.  As avid golfers, the chance to build a home on a new golf course community was enough to pull them from the familiarity of Kettering and Centerville. 

Nowadays, we’re seeing an influx of buyers choose Springboro for a variety of reasons.  Property taxes are (generally speaking) significantly lower on comparable homes in Springboro as opposed to Centerville or Washington Township.  The property tax discussion is an important one and it’s happening very frequently in today’s real estate market.  

Also, Springboro’s name pops up on award-winning lists from time-to-time, like in 2014 when Business Insider named Springboro the 10th best suburb in America.  Wow! 

Or, in 2011, when Money magazine named Springboro the 42nd best place to live in the United States.  

I think all of us Springboro grads take pride seeing our hometown getting high praise outside of our state’s borders.  So, what is it about Springboro that has so many people clamoring to move-in?  

Here’s my own unofficial list of the five most talked about reasons that people are moving to Springboro.

The Growing Community of Locally- Owned Small Businesses

The Donut Haus and Main Street Deli have been staples in Springboro for a long time and for good reason. 

Similarly, the K&W Drive-In  seems to be just as popular now as it was in the 90’s when I was stopping in after school for a cheeseburger and an arctic swirl. 

Shoppe Smitten (more on them later) leads a group of newer, locally owned boutiques that can give you a reason to shop local.

Newer faces are quickly gaining popularity too, like Mr. Boro’s Tavern, Crooked Handle Brewery and others.

Dorothy Lane Market

Simply put, locals love Dorothy Lane Market, an award-winning grocery store that has been family owned in the Dayton area for more than 60 years.

Loyal shoppers love the samples, grab-and-go meals, fresh produce and locally sourced meats. 

DLM serves Boston Stoker coffee, so the coffee bar is a popular destination as well.

The mezzanine upstairs is a great place to have a lunch meeting, and since they are open late, it’s a good post date-night spot to have a famous Killer Brownie or other treat.

New Developments

The center of town is getting a face lift, as the development happening at the intersection of SR-73 and SR-741 will soon be the home to an array of businesses and attractions. 

In housing, Springboro’s past as a farm town lends itself to the possibility of new developments. Country Brook and Cypress Ridge are popular subdivisions with higher price points, but they are essentially all filled up so don’t be surprised to see more on the way. 

Historic Downtown

The historic stretch of Springboro, roughly a seven block stretch just south of SR-73, makes a case for one of the most charming towns in the Dayton area.  With boutiques like Shoppe Smitten and Magnolia’s on Main, it’s an easy place to park and walk around on an afternoon or weekend.

Heather’s Cafe has one of the best patios in the Dayton area and features live music all summer long. 

If you live in the area, you’ve definitely heard of Christmas in Springboro – a festival that takes over the historic downtown every year over the weekend before Thanksgiving.  

Accessibility to Dayton + Cincinnati

I can’t tell you how many time buyers have put Springboro on their list because the husband works close to Cincinnati and the wife works close to Dayton, and Springboro is the perfect “in-between.” 

Truly, Springboro’s location is likely the first thing that draws potential buyers in as it’s roughly 45 minutes from Cincinnati and just 15-20 from downtown Dayton. It’s also a pretty easy to commute to top employers in the region, including Wright Patterson Air Force Base

The number of sales in Springboro continues to increase year over year, and I think 2020 will see another strong market.

In 2015, Springboro saw 253 homes sell for at least $250,000. 

In 2016, that number jumped up to 382 – a massive 50% jump! 

That number rose significantly again in 2017 to 426 and continued the increase up to to 431 sales in 2018.

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