ndsgr:: It might help to know how far your willing to drive ..(work,shopping..etc)..There are alot of nice areas around Dayton..The farther out away from Dayton you get the better it will be..lots of small towns and villages within 5-25 miles on all sides of Dayton..I live S/W of Dayton..about 15 miles and it's great to be able not have to fight traffic and such...
Agreed with BRnGT....if you give us some idea of what area of town you'll be working in (if you already have a job lined up) and how far you are willing to commute it would help. Kettering would be a good place to look in my opinion.
Fairborn would be very close to the base since the base is pretty much in Fairborn. Beavercreek is also close, but as you mentioned it is probably off limits for the start. I live in Kettering and have my whole life. I would recommend it if you can find something in your price range. Really though, if you find anything with close access to I-675 you should be within a 25 minute drive to the base.
I moved here (HAFB to WPAFB) in January.
Everyone said: Beavercreek.
It is nice, large enough area so that there are choices from suburb-like to rural/suburb-like.
My wife and I ended up in Centerville (2 blocks from elementary, middle and high school)! Nice place -- I'd wished we'd picked out, just a bit more (e.g., acre or so, a bit away from town). It was her pick, and its a nice house/place.
I liked Beaverceerk, Bellbrook, Sugarcreek, Centerville. All within 15-20m drive to the base.
Huber Heights and Fairborn were not to our tastes (closer to the base, not quite what we wanted).
Riverside gets too Dayton-urban.
Oakwood and Kettering are nice, but too busy/suburb, older homes, houses sometimes too close together.
I need some advice on areas, my husband has been relocated to Richmond IN, but we want to stay near Dayton and close to Route 70, so I have a better recourse to find work. We have been looking in the Clayton/Englebrook and Vandalia area. Any advice? There seems to be a lot of foreclosure in this area. Is this over national economy or have these communities started to go down hill?