Life is Good in Kettering
You won’t run out of options in Kettering – whether in terms of homes for sale, great schools, entertainment and recreation, and more. This city of just over 56,000, which is just five miles away from the heart of Dayton, is well-known for its high quality of life, excellent services and facilities, and warm, welcoming feel.
The city is named after the celebrated inventor and philanthropist Charles F. Kettering, who lived here for over four decades. Kettering was the founder of Delco (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company) and headed the General Motors Research Laboratory for more than 20 years. His numerous inventions include the first ever electric ignition system for cars, which revolutionized the automobile industry. He also founded the Sloan-Kettering Institute with GM president Alfred Sloan, now one of the foremost biomedical research institutions in the country.
With such an innovative namesake, it’s no surprise that Kettering has always placed an emphasis on maintaining the highest educational standards. Here you’ll find some of the most highly regarded schools in the state, under the administration of the award-winning Kettering City School District.
The district, which recently scored an “Excellent with Distinction” rating from the Ohio Department of Education, is Montgomery County’s second-largest and currently has eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. The Kettering Fairmont High School regularly ranks among the top high schools in the state and the country.
Parks, Recreation and Culture
Kettering has also received many accolades over the years for its excellent parks and recreation spaces and programs. The city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department oversees more than 21 parks and offers a wide range of recreational programs. The parks system includes:
• 19 tennis courts
• 18 football/soccer fields
• 43 baseball/softball diamonds
• Two fitness trails and a BMX track
The city is also home to Hills & Dales MetroPark (operated by Five Rivers MetroParks), which has been southwest Ohio’s premier urban park for over a hundred years. Extending across 63 acres, it was designed by the famous Olmsted Brothers landscape design firm and features wooded trails, myriad playgrounds, open-air shelters, creeks and remnants of natural forestland.
The park was a gift from John Henry Patterson, co-founder of the National Cash Register Company (NCR), whose memory is honored in the form of the impressive John Patterson Monument. Another striking park feature is the Stone Tower, more popularly known as Frankenstein’s Castle or the Witch’s Tower, and locals and visitors love to speculate about whether or not it’s haunted.
Kettering is also where you’ll find the Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts, a 4,300-seat amphitheater that serves as the region’s leading venue for outdoor entertainment. This is where many of the Dayton metro area’s biggest concerts and festivals have been held since 1991.
Shopping and Dining
Looking for shopping and dining options? You won’t need to go far when you’re in Kettering. The 250,676-sq.-ft. Town & Country Shopping Center is here and its home to more than two dozen restaurants, boutiques and specialty shops. The Greene Town Center, one of the region’s premier shopping and dining destinations, is also just a short drive away in nearby Beavercreek.