Proudest accomplishments: Becoming a Certified Financial Planner and running three marathons
Favorite local hangouts: Salazar’s in OTR and Washington Park’s bar area
The virtual world that we live in now was only an imagined reality in the world Damon DiBari grew up in. “It’s like something from the 80’s sci-fi movies,” Damon says, “not something we thought we’d actually see in our lifetime. Now it is just the norm, the way we do business every day.”
During the pandemic, the mortgage business couldn’t just come to a grinding halt, so making those sci-fi fantasies a reality has been a necessary move. People needed to buy and sell homes, so a pivot was the only option. “In any industry, you have to have the ability to make a 180 change based on whatever the market is. You have to come up with your own method,” he says.
According to Damon, Sibcy Cline has proven its ability to shift in response to changes in the market and he believes that ability is what has made the mortgage division successful during COVID. “Covid pushed me to my limits on how efficiently I can handle our business. I have changed processes, added new teammates, became virtual in a new virtual world.”
In his 8 years with Sibcy Cline, Damon has been able to find a space for himself as a financial planner who gives advice and information to clients, rather than simply quoting rates and terms for a loan. One of his favorite parts about his job is the freedom it gives him to innovate and create personalized plans with clients, something he couldn’t do in his previous roles as a stockbroker and private banker. “The bigger banks I worked for in my career did not have that option. Here I can come up with a plan and Sibcy Cline helps me see it through.”
It’s this kind of “personal touch” banking and the ability to innovate freely that Damon finds most rewarding in his job as a financial planner. “I have built excellent relationships that have been like family. My success is based on everyone’s success, and I truly enjoy being a part of everyone’s life and livelihood,” he says.
And the challenges that come along with that are not something that he shies away from. Rather, he sees fluctuations in the market as opportunities to learn and change so you can be better prepared for the future. “With the millennials seeing the housing crisis in 2008, they have been better prepared. They have saved carefully and are ready to buy houses. Right now, even with the Coronavirus, this is going to be the smartest group of buyers I’ve seen in my entire career. They know more, they’ve seen more,” he says.
As someone who has seen tremendous change in his lifetime, Damon speaks from experience. In his own neighborhood in Cincinnati’s West End, he’s seen a huge shift from one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the U.S. to what is now often referred to as “the Paris of the Midwest”. “After college I got my first apartment downtown, right after the riots happened. It was rough time for downtown, before OTR was what it is now. You could find a property for $10,000 which are now selling for $500-600,000. It was a different time,” he says.
Being in the middle of so much urban upheaval in the early part of the 2000’s was far different than Damon’s upbringing on the outskirts of Cincinnati. “My parents moved here from Rhode Island and My dad worked for GE, so I grew up in Fairfield and West Chester in the 80’s, which was mostly farmland. I went to college at Miami, which was also pretty far out there…a gorgeous campus, but not in the middle of anything.”
In spite of his rural-suburban roots, something about the urban life appealed to Damon. “They built a pocket neighborhood there in 2005 on the West End, where they built 15 brownstone rowhouses. I passed by there and I fell in love with them the first time I saw them,” he says. Damon bought one of the brownstone houses and has lived there ever since, with no plans to leave. “Especially with the new FC stadium going in—I’m a big fan—I’m going to own that house forever,” he says.
Another thing that Damon loves about the downtown life is being so close to the music scene. “I love music. I go to 20-30 concerts a year. I’m a Bunbury fan and I’ve been every year since its inception.” Damon’s also looking forward to downtown’s newest concert venue, The Icon Center. “It’s unbelievable. That is going to be a gem in the city.”
It may seem like a distant reality to gather again in an indoor concert venue to enjoy live music, but Damon is confident that it’s not only imaginable, but possible. “Things will evolve,” he says, “there will always be something new, something we haven’t thought of.”
Your Guide to Local Dog Parks
Your pooch loves to socialize with other dogs. What better place to meet fellow canines than at a dog park? Whether playing fetch or letting your dog explore and meet other furry friends, a dog park is a great way to give your pet some exercise. The popularity of these type of parks has increased since the first dog park was established in 1979 in Berkley, California, and their numbers have grown steadily in the last several years. (91% of Americans believe dog parks provide benefits to their communities.)
We found quite a few local dog parks for you and your dog to explore. Many of them provide benches for owners, water, as well as separate areas for small and large breeds. Most of the dog parks are free, but there are a few private parks with a membership fee. A few public parks require registration and/or have a park fee.
Dog parks are listed by region and then alphabetic.
Bark Park at Miami Meadows 1546 OH-131, Milford, Ohio Small dog park is part of Miami Meadows Park. Separate areas for small and large breeds. Water is provided. Agility equipment. Benches for owners.
David J. Stricker Dog Park 1359 Clough Pike, Batavia, Ohio One-acre park with fenced areas for small and large breeds. Benches and shade trees are available.
Diamond Dogs Park 11405 E. Miami River Rd, Colerain Township, Ohio Diamond Dogs Park is located within Heritage Park. Seating, shades areas and water are provided within the 5-acres, fenced-in former baseball field. (See Heritage Park)
Doris Day Dog Park 3006 Westwood Northern Blvd., Cincinnati, Ohio (Mt. Airy) Within Mt. Airy Forest, this dog park has a fenced area on two acres with grassy areas and wood chips. Agility equipment is available. A water hose is also onsite. (See Mt. Airy Dog Park)
Fairgrounds Park 700 S. Railroad Ave. and Fire Engine Red Rd., Loveland, Ohio The dog park is located at the south end of the park. Fence division for small and large breeds. Water fountain for pets.
Fido Field 630 Eggleston Avenue between Gilbert Ave and the I-71overpass, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio This is a fenced-in, off-leash park (with 28,000 square feet) that is maintained by volunteers! There are play areas for large and small breeds. Bring your own water.
Furfield Dog Park 6611 River Rd., Fairfield, Ohio Great view of the Great Miami River. Dog pool. Separate areas for smaller and large breeds. Shaded area. Water is available.
Hamilton Bark Park 20 New London Rd., Hamilton, Ohio Separate areas for small and large breeds. Water station for dogs and owners. Benches and shady areas available.
Harrison Dog Park 300 George Street, Harrison, Ohio Agility equipment. Trees and benches. Water is available seasonly.
Heritage Park 11405 E. Miami River Rd, Colerain Township, Ohio Diamond Dogs Park is located within Heritage Park. Seating, shades areas and water are provided within the 5-acres, fenced-in former baseball field. (See Diamond Dogs Park)
Holly’s Dog Park 2921 Vonnie Vale Ct., Hamilton, Ohio Separate areas for small and large breeds. Agility equipment. (See Schafer’s Run Dog Park)
Hueston Woods State Park 6301 Park Office Road, College Corner, Ohio The dog park is located near the park office and nature center.
Ida Juris Bennett Dog Park 225 Cook Rd., Lebanon, Ohio Located within Tecumseh Park. Three acres of dog-park fun. Separate areas for small and large breeds.
Kellogg Park Dog Field 6701 Kellogg Rd, Anderson Township, CIncinnati, Ohio Fenced-in, four-acre area for dogs to run and roam. Dog-height drinking fountain. Enjoy the dog-themed mural from ArtsWorks. Yearly permit required.
Kennel Resorts 5825 Meadowview Drive, Milford, Ohio Two dog parks available. Membership is required at this private park. Small and large breed areas. Tunnels, sand box, trees, Lake Dogbegone and waterfall. Mt. Airy Dog Park 3006 Westwood Northern Blvd. Within Mt. Airy Forest, this dog park has a fenced area on two acres with grassy areas and wood chips. Agility equipment is available. A water hose is onsite. (See Doris Day Dog Park)
Northside Bark Dog Park 5160 Morning Sun Rd., Oxford, Ohio Open space with hills and trees. Drinking fountain during warmer months. Benches available.
Otto Armleder Dog Park 5057 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio (Linwood) Dogs can roam off leash and socialize with other dogs in a fenced area. There are separate areas for large and small breeds. Dog drinking fountains, a canine shower and lots of trees and benches.
Red Dog Park 5081 Madison Road, Madisonville, Cincinnati, Ohio Membership-only park run by Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa, Three acres of fenced grassy and wooded grounds. Separate fenced areas for large and small breeds. Drinking fountains for dogs and owners.
Schappacher Dog Park 4686 Old Irwin Simpson Road, Mason, Ohio There is a 38,000 square foot dog run in this park. There are two sections with a separate small-breed area.
Schafer’s Run Dog Park 2921 Vonnie Vale Ct., Hamilton, Ohio Separate areas for small and large breeds. Agility equipment, (See Holly’s Dog Park)
Simmonds Family Dog Park 8715 Hamilton-Cleves Pike Rd., Cleves, Ohio (Miamitown) This park is located at Miami Whitewater Forest and has 11 acres with four separate fields, dog-agility equipment, shade tree and benches. $3 a day or $10 for an annual pass.
Spencer Shank Memorial Park Robin Way and Canary Lane, Amelia, Ohio Off-leash, fenced in dog park with separate areas for small and large breeds. Benches for owners.
Symmes Township Dog Park 11600 Lebanon Rd., Loveland, Ohio Fenced dog park with shade. (Closed in winter.) Bring your own water.
Summit Park Dog Park 4355 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, Ohio A large, fenced-in area is available for dogs to roam leash free. Benches are located along the perimeter. Dog-height water fountains available.
WagsPark 3810 Church Street, Cincinnati, Ohio (Newtown) Cincinnati’s largest private dog park. Three acres of grassy areas along with a central lake. Agility equipment for the dogs. Seating for the owners as well as a jumbo TV screen that plays shows and movies. Daily admission fee or yearly membership available. NOTE: This park is currently closed temporarily due to COVID-19.
Washington Park Dog Park 1230 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio The 12,000 square foot fenced area is located within the park. There is a water creek, granite boulders and water spout. Owners can relax on park benches along the perimeter. Dogs can roam without a leash in the dog-park area.
Wiggly Field Dog Park 7850 VOA Park Dr,, West Chester Township, Cincinnati, Ohio Fenced-in dog park within the Voice of America MetroPark. Two areas for small and large breeds. There are benches, shaded structures and trees. Water fountains and water bowls are available.
Boone County Dog Park 5550 Idlewild Rd., Burlington, Kentucky Four-acre park with a 2.5 acre section for small dogs. Shelter and benches. Water fountains for dogs and owners.
Cocoa Dog Park Williamstown, Kentucky This park is located behind the baseball outfield behind the Williamstown City Building. Three separate enclosures for various-sized breeds. Water sources, benches and shade trees. (Watch for gaps in the fence.)
Cynthiana Dog Park 117 Reynolds Ave., Cynthiana, Kentucky Sections for large and small breeds. Well shaded. (Flat Run Dog Park)
England/Idlewood Park and Dog Park 290-acre park with a dog park area. (See Boone County Dog Park) Fort Thomas Dog Park 199 Mayfield Avenue in Highland Hills Park in Fort Thomas, Kentucky Separate fenced areas for small and large breeds. Grassy areas along with a few trails. A water fountain is available on a hill outside of the dog park – you may want to bring your own water. Follow on Facebook.
Newport Dog Park 901 E. 6th Street, Newport, Kentucky (behind the library) Fenced park with benches, exercise and agility features, water fountains and concrete walking paths. Separate area for small and large breeds.
Walton Community Park 35 Old Stephenson Mill Rd., Walton, Kentucky Part of the park has a dog-park area: dog enclosures with benches, trees and a covered table. Uphill walk from the parking lot to access the enclosures. Only the middle enclosure has a water fountain. Bring your own water.
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Canal Run Dog Park 550 S. Main Street, Miamisburg, Ohio Three separate areas for large and small breeds. Water fountain is turned off during the winter. Shade structure.Tunnels and logs for the dogs. Annual registration fee.
Central Bark Dog Park 501 N Western Ave., Springfield, Ohio Three acres with designated areas for large and small breeds. Water and natural play elements. A water fountain is available.
Creager Field Dog Park 210 Shafor Blvd., Dayton, Ohio Separate areas for smaller and large breeds. Benches and fresh drinking water is available. Agility course. (See Oakwood Dog Park)
Deeds Point Dog Park 555 Webster Street in Deeds Point MetroPark Lots of room for dogs to run and explore.
Duke Dog Park 1670 Troy-Sidney Rd., Troy, Ohio Located within Paul G. Duke Park, the dog park has two acres. Area is divided for small and large breeds.
Hazel Woods Park 3789 W. Lower Springboro Rd., Springboro, Ohio Dog drinking fountain. Three gated areas (one for smaller dogs.) Benches. (See Springboro Dog Park.)
Hisey Park Dog Park 5443 Middletown Rd, Waynesville, Ohio Separate areas for small and large breeds. Picnic benches. Bring your own water.
Kitty Hawk/Menlo Park 5210 Sabra Ave., Huber Heights, Ohio Designated areas for small and large breeds. Dog drinking fountain, misting fire hydrant water play feature, benches and trees. Walking paths inside and around the perimeter of the dog park.
Montgomery County Bark Park 6794 Webster Street, Dayton, Ohio Fenced exercise areas. Water is available onsite. Currently closed due to COVID-19.
Oak Grove Dog Park 1790 E Social Row Rd., Centerville, Ohio Fenced area with a separate area for small breeds. This park is closed the first Monday of each month for maintenance.
Oakwood Dog Park at Creager Field 210 Shafor Blvd., Oakwood, Ohio Separate areas for small and large breeds. Benches and fresh drinking water is available. Agility course. (See Creager Field Dog Park)
Snyder Park 501 N. Western Ave., Springfield, Ohio Three acres with designated areas for large and small breeds. Water and natural play elements. A water fountain is available. (See Central Bark Dog Park)
Springboro Dog Park 75 W. Central Avenue, Springboro, Ohio Dog drinking fountain. Three gated areas (one for smaller dogs.) Benches are available. (See Hazel Woods Park.)
Wiggley Field 1545 Pumphouse Rd. Springfield, Ohio Areas for small and large breeds. Grassy area, benches, water fountain, picnic tables and lots of trees. Located inside Old Reid Park.
Aurora Dog Park 107 Manchester Landing, Aurora, Indiana Near the Dearborn Trail entrance. Separate areas for small and large breeds.
Batesville Dog Park 508 E. Eastern Ave., Batesville, Indiana Located with in Liberty Park. Separate areas for small and larger breeds. Benches available. Registration is required.
Brittingham Park 326 S. Broom Street, Madison, Indiana Benches and water fountain available at this .36-acre park.
Demetral Park 2297 Commercial Ave., Madison, Indiana Benches available at this fenced-in .57-acre park. Bring your own water.
Lawrenceburg Dog Park Todd Lane, Lawrenceburg, Indiana Spaces for small and large breeds. Dog fountains and playgrounds.
McCormick Park 702 N. McCormick Ave., Madison, Indiana Benches available at this .38-acre park. Bring your own water.
North Star Dog Park 439 Milky Way, Madison, Indiana Benches available at this 2-acre park. Bring your own water.
Odana School Park 678 S. Segoe Rd., Madison, Indiana 2.8-acre fenced park. No benches or water provided.
Quann Park 1802 Quann-Olin Parkway, Madison, Indiana Benches and water fountain are found at this park.
River Front Dog Park 101 W. Main Street, Madison, Indiana Enjoy the Ohio River views! Separate areas for smaller breeds. Drinking water. Passes available from the City Parks Department.
Todd Creech Park 148 Front St., Lawrenceburg, Indiana Separate area for smaller and large breeds. Grassy area and paved paths. Water bowls.
Walnut Grove Park 202 N. Westfield Rd., Madison, Indiana Benches are available at this 1.17-acre park. Bring your own water.
Warner Park 2301 Sheridan Dr., Madison, Indiana Benches are found at this park. Bring your own water. Water in the lagoon is not tested.
CityBeat Readers Vote Sibcy Cline as Cincinnati’s Best for 2021!
Thank you CityBeat readers – you named Sibcy Cline as the Best in Real Estate for 2021 (again!) We appreciate you taking the time to vote for us and are thrilled to be honored.
Thousands of readers voted this year for their favorite local businesses and services. Look at all of the winners! Sibcy Cline is located under the shops and services category.)
February 2021 saw lots of snow and ice with winter in full force upon the region. With such fierce winter conditions, homes still sold! In Cincinnati, the median sales price increased (over the prior year) for the 22nd consecutive month. The median days on market was just three days – a 57% decrease from February 2020. In Northern Kentucky, home sales for February rose by 6% and sales prices increased by almost 14%. In the Dayton region, home sales units increased from last February by almost 2%. Sales volume increased by almost 13%.
Mortgage rates are low. Home values are high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.
Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout February 2021:
CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA
February 2021 vs February 2020
-1.4% Decrease in homes sold (1,570 homes)
13.3% Increase in median sale price ($199,900)
-57.1% Decrease in median sales on market (3 days)
-52.6% Decrease in active homes for sale (1,376 units)
Mid-Century Songbook: Ella, Nat and More April 2–3, 2021 Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio John Morris Russell conducts the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The April 3rd performance will be live-streamed simultaneously.
Breakfast with the Animals April 9 and 18, 2021 (+May 5 and 22, June 4, 19; July 17, 31; August 7 and 28) Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio Enjoy early admission to the zoo as well as a full breakfast buffet. See the animals as they awake! Obtain tickets asap – this event sells out!
Cerrone Brass Premier & Ellington April 9–11, 2021 (+April 30) Music Hall, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio This Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will also be live streamed on April 30, 2021
Rock the Block April 10, 2021 Various locations through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio Clean up projects throughout local communities in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio
Wild About Spring Wildflowers April 10, 2021 Rentschler Forest MetroPark at the Riverview Shelter at 5701 Reigert Rd., Fairfield, Ohio Search for spring flowers
Art on Vine at Washington Park April 11, 2021 (+May 9 and June 6) Washington Park at 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio Local artists will be selling their pieces
Ballet, Beatles & Bowling April 11, 2021 Pohlman Lanes at 954 Pyramid Hill Boulevard, Hamilton, Ohio Miami Valley Ballet Theater will put on their bowling shoes at Pohlman Lanes and feature their ballet moves to the music of the Beatles
Cincy Seltzer Fest 2021 April 17, 2021 The Fowling Warehouse at 2940 Highland Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio Enjoy sipping seltzers!
Burlington Antique Show April 18, 2021 Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idelwood Rd., Burlington, Kentucky Find a treasure!
Rock the Block April 10, 2021 Various locations through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio Clean up projects throughout local communities in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio SE Indiana Guild Spring Art & Photography Show April 12–24, 2021 302 Second Street, Aurora, Indiana 812-221-1252 for more info – Enjoy the art!