A “Hometown Holiday” Community

Catch the Community Spirit in Kettering OH, sponsor of “Holiday at Home” – an annual Labor Day weekend event that still has that hometown feeling so often sought after these days.

There is fun for everyone in the family — complete with a huge parade with local bands and floats. Afterward is the big arts & crafts show at the Kettering Government Center. It just keeps getting bigger and better every year.

Parks And Recreation

National Gold Medal Award winner.  The City of Kettering received the National Gold Medal Award, marking it as the best parks and recreation agency in the nation among cities with populations between 50,000 and 100,000.

Community Commitment. The Kettering Parks Division manages 408 acres of open space, including 21 neighborhood and community-sized parks, 32 tennis courts, 41 baseball/softball diamonds, 20 football/soccer fields, 6 self-guided fitness trails, a sledding hill, the Polen Farm grounds, 4 ponds, a BMX track and nearly 10,000 street trees.

More than 2 million participants took advantage of one or more of the hundreds of programs offered by the City of Kettering in recent years.

The Fraze.  Kettering is home to the beautiful outdoor pavilion, the Fraze, which hosts numerous summer concerts with nationally known stars including Harry Connick Jr., Bonnie Raitt, Wynona, Tony Bennett, James Taylor and more.

Civic Commons, the park in which the Fraze Pavilion is located, is the city’s newest park. Developed in the late 80’s, the award-winning park features reflecting pools, fountains, patios, flowers, walking paths and a 2-acre pond.

Rosewood Arts Center.  The Cultural Arts Division operates the Rosewood Arts Center which offers more than 250 classes for all ages in music, theater, dance, painting, pottery, weaving, wood-working and the humanities. Rosewood also operates a contemporary art gallery that features exhibits by local, regional, and national artists. The Kettering Children’s Theater and other performing groups call Rosewood Home.

Great Neighborhood Restaurants & Shopping

Let’s start at the top!  Kettering is home to a classic, upscale French bistro, L’Auberge – a Mobil four-star restaurant for most of its quarter of a century.

Next door, is the upscale Town & Country Shopping Center that has numerous privately-owned boutiques and one of the few Trader Joe’s (an upscale grocery store) in the state of Ohio.

Mama Di’Salvos Italian Restaurant is a favorite local eatery, with their own deli next door that is really fun because of the quality and variety of ethnic food. Want special attention? Here the owner comes out and personally spends time talking with you about what he loves best – food!

Other find communities surround Kettering.  Kettering is south of Oakwood, north of Centerville and west Beavercreek OH.  Check them out also.

This is just a sampling of what Kettering has to offer in terms of great neighborhood restaurants, shopping, and things to do.

Kettering – The History

Named for Charles F. Kettering.  In 1941, Van Buren Township approved the incorporation of the Village of Kettering, named for its most outstanding citizen, the famous philanthropist, and inventor of the automobile self-starter, Charles F. Kettering.

Birth of a City.  A special census in 1955 recorded the village population at 38,118 qualifying it for a city status. The Secretary of the State of Ohio proclaimed Kettering a city on June 24, 1955.

Homes In Kettering Ohio

Kettering consists mainly of older homes in established, tree-lined neighborhoods.  Homes in Kettering range from $130,000 for smaller, starter ranch-style homes up to $800,000 for large two-story family estates.

“A Good Community with Good Schools” has long been Kettering’s slogan — for a good reason. Their school district ranks among the best in the region.