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TAKE A LOOK: Inside this swanky Oregon District home that used to be The Southern Belle Tavern 

Published: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
By: Amelia Robinson

Did you know one of the Dayton area’s most crave-worthy homes was once the former spot for The Southern Belle Tavern? 

The property, 151 Brown Street in Dayton’s Oregon District, came back on our radar when it went up for sale over the summer.

The house was ultimately closed on Friday, Sept. 29, according to a representative from the office of Steve Brown, a broker and owner at Irongate Realtors. 

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The house sold for $725,000, nearly $200,000 less than the $895,000 listed price. 

It is an even bigger steal when you consider that Dr. Mike Ervin invested more than $1.6 million into the property after buying it in 2007. 

FIRST REPORT (May 3, 2017):

A swanky Oregon District home that once held Southern Belle is on sale. 

One of Dayton’s most unique homes could be yours for a steal: $895,000.

The Oregon District property that Dr. Mike Ervin transformed from a “broken down bar with its roof falling in” into a home envied by many is now on the market. 

The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home at 151 Brown Street was finished over a two-year period at a construction cost of $1.6 million. 

“It was a labor of love,” Ervin said of the “smart” home, which features a great room and an impressive rooftop garden overlooking Newcom Founder's Park.

Among other things, Ervin, the founder and former CEO of Wright Health Associates, is co-chair of the Downtown Dayton Partnership and is chairman of the board for CareSource, a nonprofit that manages the medical care.

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Ervin says he is committed to Dayton and plans to remain active. He said he spends part of his time in Arizona and does not need a Dayton house as large as his 5,026 square-foot home, where he hosted several parties and community fundraisers. 

He bought the property, the former site of the Southern Belle, in 2007 for $72,000, according to Montgomery County records. 

The bar relocated to 134 N. Patterson Boulevard.

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Ervin said he wanted to live downtown and loves the Oregon District.

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He always wanted a larger home.   

“If any place in Dayton I would want to live, it would be downtown,” he said. 

The property was originally built in 1990, according to the listing on Irongate Realtors website.

Here’s the complete description: 

One of the most extraordinary homes in the Dayton community…Dramatic yet so livable, this Oregon District residence reflects the finest of everything**Straight forward architectural lines providing a welcoming format for this open floor plan warmed by stunning wood tones throughout**Breathtaking Great Room w/ Sitting – TV viewing area, stunning formal Dining Area, Informal Dining area, State of the Art, fully equipped granite Kitchen**Library w/ gas fireplace & built in bookcases**1st floor Master Suite w/ double Dressing Rm areas, closets galore**Luxurious Master Bathrm-Spa w/ double vanities & walk-in shower room**Dramatic open staircase leading to 2nd floor Bedrms (1 bedroom currently used as art studio)…surrounded by 2nd floor roof garden w/ water features, hot tub, outdoor Kitchen & Dining area**Open staircase to finished LL w/ Media & Exercise areas, sparkling full Bathroom & sauna**Two car enclosed tandem Garage parking**Smart home technology. Original construction cost $1.6M.