Bellbrook and Sugarcreek – Suburban Comfort and Rural Charm
Vibrant and scenic, Bellbrook and Sugarcreek are a great fit for those on the lookout for friendly neighborhoods, topnotch schools, an abundance of parks, and a genuine sense of community. The city of Bellbrook is virtually surrounded on all sides by the township of Sugarcreek and the two communities share many things, including school and park districts and a chamber of commerce.
Located east of Centerville and I-675, the Bellbrook/Sugarcreek area is part of Greene County and is just a short drive south from both Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This has made it a popular option for homebuyers who place a premium on both space and convenience.
The birthplace of famed humorist, bestselling author and TV personality Erma Bombeck http://goo.gl/7zz9wq, Bellbrook was established as a village in 1816 and is named partly for Stephen Bell, one of its founders, and partly for Little Sugar Creek, which is one of the many waterways that run through the area. It grew significantly in size in 1970 when it annexed a part of Sugarcreek Township and it was incorporated as a city in 1974.
Sugarcreek, which was founded in 1803, is a little older than Bellbrook and is one of the county’s original townships. It has a rich agricultural heritage and was once famous for producing maple sugar and molasses, something that’s still celebrated every year at the Sugar Maple Festival. While it’s been seeing more development in recent years, Sugarcreek remains primarily rural and still contains quite a few active farms.
Parks and Open Spaces
Both Bellbrook and Sugarcreek have a strong country feel, something that’s underscored by the presence of farms and spacious residences (if you’re looking for large acreage properties, this is the place for you) as well as by the many parks and open spaces that dot the area. The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District maintains almost a dozen parks totaling around 200 acres in size.
Prospective homebuyers appreciate not just the area’s many parks, but also the excellence of its local schools. The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek School District is one of the most highly regarded school districts in Ohio and has earned numerous commendations over the years. The district administers four schools:
• Bellbrook High School, which regularly ranks among the country’s best high schools (Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools)
• Bellbrook Middle School, a designated National School to Watch and Ohio School to Watch
• Bell Creek Intermediate, Grades 3-5
• Stephen Bell Elementary, Grades K-2
Events of all shapes and sizes are held throughout the year in Bellbrook/Sugarcreek, the most well-known of which include:
• Sugar Maple Festival. Held every April at Bellbrock Park, this three-day event is one of the region’s oldest festivals and features live performances, a variety of contests, and plenty of crafts and food.
• Sugarcreek Township Farmer’s Summer Market. Every Friday from May to November, residents and visitors flock to the Sugarcreek Plaza parking lot to choose from a wealth of fresh produce, pastries, prepared food, craft items, and more.
• Lions Festival. Hosted by the Bellbrook Lions Club, this event is held every August and is especially popular among families since it features various games and prizes. There’s also a car show and lots of food.
Other Interesting Bellbrook/Sugarcreek Facts
• Bellbrook is one of the few cities in the state that has no local income tax.
• There were once six covered bridges in Sugarcreek Township, all of which were built after 1850. One of these, the Feedwire Road Covered Bridge, is now in the Carillon Historical Park in Montgomery County.
• Bellbrook and Sugarcreek have a combined population of around 15,000.