Long winding driveways and private roads. Massive yards and pristine landscaping. Eye-catching architecture and inviting basketball courts, fountains, ponds and sculptures.
These are just some of the traits of the 58 homes in Montgomery County that are worth $1 million or more, according to tentative valuation data from the Montgomery County Auditor.
Montgomery County has 16 cities, nine townships and three villages, and affluent areas can be found across the county.
But homes worth $1 million or more are concentrated in three communities. Oakwood has 26 homes that are valued at $1 million or more, with some clustered around the Community Golf Club and the Dayton Country Club, auditor data show.
Washington Twp. is home to just nearly as many seven-figure houses (23 in total). Nine homes in Kettering make the club.
The most valuable home in the county is located on the 1200 block of Forest Run in Washington Twp. The auditor estimates the home is worth about $2.5 million.
The massive stone structure sits at the end of a cul-de-sac in an upscale subdivision. The home appears to have French windows upstairs, with balconies, and boasts an impressive front yard, featuring a water fountain and two lion sculptures. The style seems to be French provincial.
The second most valuable home in the county, worth almost $2.2 million, is a piece of local history and is located on the 1100 block of Harman Ave. in Oakwood.
The home once belonged to Charles Seybold, the owner of the Seybold Machine Co., which in the early 1900s produced automatic paper-cutting and machines.
The Dayton region has a reputation for affordability, and seven-figure homes are rare here, compared to other major metro markets.
In fact, Dayton ranked 98 out 100 U.S. metro areas for having the smallest share of million dollar homes in 2016, according to Trulia.
According to the company, about 0.04 percent of all homes in the Dayton region are million-dollar homes, which ranks only behind El Paso, Texas, and Syracuse, N.Y. (both 0.03 percent).
There are some places where expensive homes are the norm. The San Francisco metro area led the country, with 57 percent of its homes being $1 million or more.
Montgomery County has more than 212,600 residential properties, with most not approaching the $1 million mark.
According to the auditor, median residential home values are:
- $43,850 in Dayton
- $49,390 in Trotwood
- $69,350 in Riverside
- $103,200 in Kettering
- $153,340 in Centerville
- $181,160 in Washington Twp.
- $186,310 in Oakwood