Re: Moving to Dayton...
We just moved to the Dayton area last summer, and we're currently renting in Miami Township (Miamisburg address). Unfortunately, I can't recommend our apartment...First, it's been an awful experience living there, secondly, it might be a little out of your way. Fortunately, we'll closing on our house soon.
I can't say, in our experience, we've found a whole lot of nice apartments to rent in the area, though we've looked only in the Miamisburg, Centerville, Springboro areas.
There is a nice apartment complex down 741, called Austin Springs, which is fairly new, though the rent is a bit more pricey. However, compared to New York, I would imagine most rent in the Dayton area is going to be reasonable.