Utah Real Estate and Market Information

June 27, 2022

Top 10 Utah Cities to Live In

Utah mountain range overlooking a valley at sunset

 

Congratulations! You’ve narrowed down your housing search to Utah! Yet with so many homes for sale in Utah, you have a lot of options. The good news is that Utah has a place suited for everyone; you simply need to find the right area for you. We’re closing in on the top 10 Utah neighborhoods so you can find that perfect fit.

 

1. Salt Lake City

As Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City is vibrant and diverse, making it the perfect place to live for many people. Salt Lake City is home to the University of Utah, the Utah Jazz, and an international airport. There’s always plenty to do within the city. 

 

Salt Lake City also offers the best of both worlds. You can live in the city and stay close to outdoor recreational opportunities with stunning mountains, the Great Salt Lake, and multiple world-famous ski resorts within an hour's drive. If you like both the hustle and bustle of a thriving city and quick access to the Rocky Mountains, Salt Lake City is the perfect place for you.

 

Because Salt Lake City is such a prime place to live, the real estate market can be quite competitive, making a real estate agent an essential investment when looking for places to live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

2. Draper

Salt Lake City can be exciting, but the suburbs of Salt Lake are a great option for people looking for a bit of space between them and city life. With a commute of shorter than 25 minutes to SLC, Draper is one of the more popular suburbs that Utahns call home. Draper is located on the edge of Salt Lake County and Utah County and lies on the foothills of a mountain, giving you breathtaking views of the vibrant, bustling valley below. Draper values its active lifestyle and has many trails for hiking and biking along with an outdoor amphitheater.


Draper is a bit more expensive than other suburbs, but it’s a perfect fit for a family or individual who needs to commute to Salt Lake but doesn’t want the city lifestyle.

3. North Salt Lake

If you don’t want to be right in the city, but a suburb like Draper is too far away, North Salt Lake could be the perfect middle ground. In North Salt Lake, you’re living in the suburbs and you are mere minutes away from downtown Salt Lake and all its amenities. 


Living in North Salt Lake gives you the comfort of suburban life without missing out on anything the city has to offer.

4. Provo

 Lavell Edwards Stadium against Utah mountains at sunset

Provo is similar to Salt Lake City but on a smaller scale. Provo is nestled right up against the mountains, and Provo Canyon’s entrance is located right in town. Provo also has a lot of people and events, especially since it’s home to Brigham Young University (BYU). The university hosts many cultural, artistic, and sporting events, and Provo's 4th of July celebration can’t be beaten. Because BYU is such an important part of Provo, many buyers consider turning their homes into investment properties down the road.

 

If you want the small-town charm with year-round events and mountains in your backyard, Provo is the complete package.

 

5. Orem

Orem, Utah is directly north of Provo, so it offers many of the same benefits as Provo but with some differences worth mentioning. Although Orem hosts its own state university, Utah Valley University, Orem has less of a college-town feel with some well-established neighborhoods that aren’t home to as many college students. Orem’s slogan is “Family City USA,” and Orem truly caters to family-centered events. Orem has a great splash pad and many parks, including an all-abilities park. It has a newly renovated library with many different programs, three different high schools, and a Summerfest each year.


If you’re looking to relocate your family to a place they can thrive, keep Orem on your shortlist.

6. Lehi

Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah with blue skies above

Lehi was once a small town until it exploded into what is now known as the Silicon Slopes. Some of the best Utah neighborhoods can be found here and the amazing tech hub is continuously growing as more and more companies flood the area. Lehi is a start-up paradise with many large and established companies that keep offices there.

 

Lehi is also home to Thanksgiving Point, which has multiple museums, extensive gardens, a farm, and year-round events. Thanksgiving Point has won awards during the past nine years, including this year (2022) when it won Best Entertainment Value, Best Event/Performance Venue, Best Fairs, Festivals and Events, Best Museum, and Best American Traditional Fine Dining Restaurant in the whole state.

 

If you’re looking to be immersed in a place destined to make its mark on the map, Lehi is where you should start looking!

 

7. Spanish Fork

In the southern part of Utah County, you can find Spanish Fork which is at the beginning of its own major growth. While much of southern Utah County is populated by fields and farms, Spanish Fork is becoming a major hub within the area offering plenty of shopping opportunities and a brand new hospital. Spanish Fork shares a lot of the same amenities as other Utah neighborhoods. It provides fun events, many of which are catered to families, and it’s just a minute's drive from great hiking and canyon drives.


It’s a prime time to buy in Spanish Fork because the city is growing but still has a very rural feel.

8. Logan

 

Logan is in the northern part of Utah, away from crowds and busy city life. It’s tucked away in a valley surrounded by mountains. Although Logan is home to Utah State University, it still gives off a small-town feel with the surrounding farmlands. While Logan doesn’t offer all the events that a big city can, it makes up the difference with its valley views and slow-paced feel. Logan still hosts many events, such as Baby Animal Days in the spring and a variety of summer celebrations with parades and fireworks. Like many places in Utah, Logan also has an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities in the surrounding mountains and canyons. Logan is definitely your place if you want a quieter area with the perks of a large university up the hill.

9. Park City

A Park City ski lift during a snow storm

This list would be incomplete without Park City, which gets national and international attention for its ski resorts that attract thousands of tourists each year. Utah is known for its powdery snow, and Park City is where the Olympic-worthy snow shines. Park City also hosts the Sundance Film Festival each year, which has become the largest independent film festival in the U.S. Park City home prices can be quite expensive, but if you’re looking to be in the heart of some of the greatest outdoor and artistic experiences in the country, Park City is the place for you.

10. St. George

If you’re not interested in the “world’s greatest snow” found in the northern part of Utah, you can find a whole new climate by driving to the southern part of Utah. St. George is known for summer getaways and is ideal for the snowbirds that come in the winter. But why only enjoy a season of St. George when you could live there? St. George is right next to Snow Canyon State Park, which is filled with ancient lava flows and sand dunes, and Zions National Park, which is less than an hour away. This hiker’s paradise is also only two hours away from a fun weekend trip in Las Vegas. With its unique red-rock views, St. George is the place for you if you wish summer lasted all year long.


Whichever city you choose, make sure you seek a professional’s help in navigating the many homes for sale in Utah. Before you find your perfect place, check out our interactive map search to find a home in the area you want.

Posted in Living in Utah
June 23, 2022

Is Utah County a Good Place to Live?

 View of the Y on Y Mountain in Provo, Utah through some pink blossoms

Surrounded by majestic mountains and comprising both quaint farm towns and booming tech industries, Utah County is growing at an exponential rate—especially its most populated city, Provo. With everything Utah County has to offer, it is easy to see why. Utah County, also dubbed "Happy Valley," has something for just about everyone. Provo sits right in the heart of the county and Gallup has named it the best place to live in the United States multiple times. The state of Utah has always topped the charts of the happiest places to live in the nation. 

 

Whether you are already considering moving to Utah County or are simply curious about whether it could be right for you, read the ultimate guide to living in Provo, Utah and the surrounding area to help you decide!

The Ultimate Guide to Living in Provo, Utah

The Early Days

The Ute tribe originally inhabited Provo. Spanish explorers visited the valley in the eighteenth century and French fur trappers visited in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Provo was named after the fur trapper Etienne Provost. After early Latter-day Saint pioneers settled in Salt Lake City, some pioneers began to move south to Provo in 1849. Each group was amazed at the beautiful nature and wildlife they found. 

Provo grew quickly as more Latter-day Saint settlers moved in and established textile and steel mills. That growth was furthered when the railroad came to town in 1872 and Brigham Young Academy (now Brigham Young University) was established in 1875. Provo is now one of the largest cities in the state. It has multiple shopping centers, a vibrant downtown, and the perks of city living without the cost.

The Local Feel

One of the most appealing aspects of Utah County is the wide range of lifestyles and towns. There is truly a place for everyone, from the small farms and apple orchards in the south to the bustling Silicon Slopes in the north and everything else in between. The Provo/Orem metropolitan area has two of the largest universities in the state and draws in students, professors, and cultural events from around the globe.

 

Utah Valley is also the perfect place for those who want to experience the outdoors right outside their front door. You can enjoy world-famous ski resorts, explore beautiful rivers and waterfalls, and summit multiple peaks all within an hour’s drive. With the outdoors so close, you can take advantage without much planning or prep involved. 

 

Because of the variety of activities Utah County offers, Utah County is known for being very family-friendly while still catering to the solo adventurer. 

Job Opportunities

Gray corporate building with lots of windows in Silicon Slopes

It’s no secret that Utah County is booming. The area is known as the Silicon Slopes. Not only is Utah County a haven for new start-ups, but it has already attracted multiple tech giants including Google and Facebook. These companies and many others are sure to continue providing job opportunities in the future.

 

Along with the tech sector, both major universities in the area, Brigham Young University (BYU) and Utah Valley University (UVU), provide many jobs as well as the chance to further your education and increase your job opportunities.

 

Local Arts

 

There’s no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the arts in Utah County. Provo has its own art museum at BYU, which is free to the public. Springville, just south of Provo, also has a renowned Museum of Art. To the north of Provo, Thanksgiving Point has multiple museums for both adults and children, beautiful gardens, a butterfly biosphere, and a small farm. There are also multiple theater and gallery locations that host shows, concerts, and smaller art exhibitions throughout Utah County.

 

Recreation Galore

Bridal Veil Waterfall in Provo Canyon during the fall

Utah County has just about everything you could ask for recreationally. Bridal Veil Falls and the Provo River are summertime favorites for both the avid hiker and the casual stroller. The Alpine Loop and Nebo Loop Scenic Byways are perfect for weekend drives, especially in the fall when the leaves change colors. In the winter, you can enjoy the “Greatest Snow on Earth” at the world-famous Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon and ice skate at Seven Peaks Ice Arena, which was built for the 2002 Olympics. 

 

Many of the cities in Utah County host their own celebrations in the summer, including Santaquin’s “Orchard Days,” Payson’s “Onion Days,” Spanish Fork’s “Fiesta Days,” Springville’s “Art City Days,” Orem’s “Summer Fest,” Pleasant Grove’s “Strawberry Days,” American Fork’s “Steel Days,” Lehi’s “Round-Up Week,” and Provo’s “American Freedom Festival,” which is the largest 4th of July celebration in the United States. These celebrations include parades, carnivals, rodeos, band concerts in the park, and fireworks.

 

Location Is Everything

With all that Provo and Utah County have to offer, your options become unlimited when you include the state’s capital, Salt Lake City, which is less than an hour away from almost anywhere in Utah County. Salt Lake City has cultural and social events such as the many events hosted in the Vivint Arena and family-friendly activities including a zoo and an aquarium. In the opposite direction, driving south will get you to some of the most famous natural wonders of the world at Zion and Arches National Parks, home to famous red rock formations waiting to be explored.

UTA FrontRunner station with two commuter trains

You can take advantage of Provo’s airport terminal which was just renovated in 2022 and flies to select locations. If you’re looking for international options, the Salt Lake International Airport is only an hour’s drive or a short trip on the commuter train and light rail system that connects Provo to and throughout Salt Lake City.

 

Want to Make Provo Your Home?

Utah County’s housing market has grown steadily for years and boomed in the past decade. Because the area is highly sought after by homeowners, the competition can be fierce. Plenty of homes are available for both high-end and more affordable budgets, but making offers can often be challenging. Because of the fast-paced market, it’s crucial to have a team who knows the ins and outs of the local market and can help you make the most competitive offers.


Harvest Park Group is well versed in Utah County’s towns, suburbs, and rural areas and can help you find the perfect place to settle down and call home.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Living in Utah
April 14, 2022

3-2-1 Weekly Update for Utah Real Estate

Here is our weekly 3-2-1 on real estate 4.14.2022

1
. Utah has the best performing large city (Provo-Orem), and the best performing small city (Logan) across the country according
to the Milken Institute's Annual Best Performing Cities Index. The Milken Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank puts 
together an annual index of the best performing cities.  The core components of the index that are taken into account are: job creation,
wage growth, output growth, broadband access, and housing affordability.  (Salt Lake City came in 3rd across Tier 1 Large Cities)

2. Freddie Mac said on Thursday that the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate home loan went to 5%, up from 4.72% last week and the highest level since 2011.

3. Average Sales Price in the state of Utah was $633,968 which represents a 24.6% increase from the year prior according to the Utah Association of Realtors.

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 14, 2021

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City | 2021 Edition

The Top 10 Neighborhoods in Salt Lake City Cover Image

Salt Lake City, Utah offers a diverse range of neighborhoods to suit any budget and preference. Whether you want a small starter home or a sprawling mansion, a home close to the ski hills, or a short commute, Salt Lake City has it all. 

Use our top 10 list of neighborhoods in Salt Lake City, Utah to match neighborhoods to your preferences and simplify your home search. You can find the ideal home within your budget and enjoy the amenities our city has to offer. Just take a look at a few of the top neighborhood choices.

The Avenues

The Avenues is one of Salt Lake City’s oldest communities just northeast of the downtown core.

It offers an eclectic mix of Victorian houses, brick bungalows, and framed cottages, It has a cosmopolitan feel, and it’s a great alternative for people who want to avoid a commute.

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City The Avenues

Salt Lake City uses a grid plan and “The Avenues” refers to the numbered avenues running east-west throughout this section of the city running upwards near Capitol Hill. Homes on the Lower Avenues tend to be less expensive, while those on the Greater Avenues offer sweeping views of the city, large family homes, and steeper price tags.

The Avenues is an ethnically diverse, tightly-knit community with plenty of amenities. You can easily walk or cycle to restaurants, coffee shops, yoga and Pilates studios, and spas.

It has a lively vibe, plenty of schools, and it is popular with families since it is safe and offers plenty of green space by way of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Young professionals appreciate the easy access to the downtown core via public transit too. It’s a great place to call home if you want to shop local, shorten or eliminate your commute, and want to live in a welcoming community.

Quote From Local Resident - As you drive north from 1st Avenue to 18th Avenue, you get to experience the chronological development of Salt Lake City through its architecture, starting with stately Victorian homes at the base of the hill (circa 1890's) and ending up with Mid-Century modern mansions at the top of the hill (circa 1960's) with a few new homes mixed in for good measure. This gives the Avenues an eclectic vibe, and it doesn't have the cookie cutter feel of planned developments found elsewhere in the city. 

Population: 19,751

 

 

Yalecrest

This small urban area offers a rare collection of well-maintained English Tudor, English cottages, Spanish Colonials, and French Norman-style homes.

The tree-lined streets, safe, quiet ambiance, and stunning views of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains, make it a very desirable location for home buyers.

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City Yalecrest

With decent access to public schools, Harvard, and Yale and a very European feel, it tends to appeal to more affluent buyers wanting mid-range to high-end, well-appointed luxury homes. 

With a good selection of stores, restaurants, easy access to the schools, the University of Utah, Yale Park, and Yale Gardens, it is a favorite for families and professionals. 

It also a short commute to the downtown core, whether driving or using public transit. Commuters can ride the Green and Purple Routes of the University of Utah commuter line for free and connect to the UTA TRAX.

If you’re looking for a neighborhood with rustic charm and want a home that makes a statement, Yalecrest is a great option.

Quote From Local Resident - This is the nicest neighborhood in Salt Lake City! It is diverse, easily walkable, has access to downtown and the great outdoors. If you are thinking of living in Salt Lake City, you need to check out this neighborhood. 

Population: 3,963

 

 

 

Wasatch Hollow

This small urban residential community with tree-lined streets offers mid-range homes in a safe, quiet neighborhood.

They’re well-maintained with excellent access to public schools, so it’s not surprising it’s popular with young families. However, Baby Boomers and Millennials appreciate it’s friendly, welcoming nature and proximity to local shops and good restaurants.

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City Wasatch Hollow

Perhaps its biggest attraction to the area is the access to natural areas along Emigration Creek which runs through the district. The 11-acre Wasatch Hollow Preserve includes meadows, towering trees, trails and a pond. This oasis amidst the city is the ideal place for recreational activities, picnics, and nature walks.

It’s a short 15-minute drive to downtown Salt Lake City and cyclists can get there within half an hour.

Wasatch Hollow is best suited to those who want to live in an area with less congestion and more green space.

Quote From Local Resident - Quiet, safe, walkable - what more can you ask for? Homeowners take pride in ownership and it shows in how they care for their lawn, home, etc. It is a great place to raise children as it is diverse and has tons of good schools around. 

Population: 3,140

 

 

Foothill

This small, primarily owner-occupied residential area offers windy lanes and beautiful homes.

Houses range from the upper mid-range to extravagant in this attractive area at the base of the Wasatch Range. 

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City Foothill

Most of the homes in this area offer plenty of space, fantastic views, privacy, and the area has the lowest crime rate in the city.

It is primarily a car-oriented community with about a fifteen-minute commute to the city center, but you can grab the Salt Lake City Central Station train and arrive downtown in about forty-five minutes.

This affluent neighborhood has easy access to elementary, middle, and high schools, so it’s a great place to raise a family.

You’ll also find the Bonneville Golf Course, Wasatch Hollow Open Space, Hogle Zoo, and hiking and skiing nearby. The area has a limited selection of quality dining and shopping options at the Foothill Village too.

The Foothill neighborhood suits people who want a safe community, and a substantial, stylish home and a good view.

Quote From Local Resident - This is a very safe and friendly neighborhood. I highly recommend it! 

Population: 1,683

 

 

Sugar House

Sugar House is a safe and quiet community and a hotspot for middle-class homeowners.

It’s close to the University of Utah and Westminister College and has a decidedly young, vibrant flavor. It was once home to a sugar beet test factory, hence the unusual name.

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City Sugar House

This area features many 1920s homes suitable for renovation and trendy mid-century bungalows. It is a highly desirable area, because it is close to downtown, but offers every amenity you could ask for and streets lined with sycamores.

Today’s Sugar House is friendly, with artisan flair and a local vibe. This makes it very popular with families, young professionals, or anyone who likes to shop locally. The area also offers a great selection of quality public schools, including five public elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools.

People who live in the area enjoy it because is close to the heart of the city, but it is also a strong community with a hip vibe. You can drive to downtown in 10 minutes, and it’s easy to access the mountains, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding too. Sugar House also offers great transit connections and the S-Line streetcar which connects with TRAX.

Many residents bike to university or college or cycle 5 minutes into the city, but spend their dollars close to home in the local restaurants, bars, boutiques, and bookstores. 

Even though Sugar House has a wonderful family vibe, it also caters to those who want to venture out during the evening for fun. It is home to several of the top ten bars in the city including Fiddler's Elbow and the Campfire Lounge.

This eclectic neighborhood also offers the huge Sugar House Park, with bike trails, lakes and forest, and stunning views. Go for a run, walk your dog, feed the birds, or go sledding in the winter.

The Sugar House neighborhood appeals to people looking for opportunities and community. Residents claim the area feels small town, even though it is near the heart of the city.

Quote From Local Resident - I'm less than five minutes to the heart of Sugarhouse, ten minutes to downtown, and ten minutes to southern Salt Lake County. Beyond convenience, I like the overall atmosphere and vibe of Sugarhouse. I like the abundance of coffee shops, bars, and restaurants.

Population: 41,029

 

 

Capitol Hill/Marmalade

Capitol Hill is home to the Utah State Capitol building which sits high above Salt Lake with sweeping views of the entire city.

It is also a thriving neighborhood with a mixture of Gothic and Victorian homes that attract older residents, young families, and professionals due to its greater location and connections to the rest of Salt Lake City.

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City Capitol Hill/Marmalade

Well-connected by bus and train with easy access to the downtown core, airport, the University of Utah, and south or north of the valley, it also offers stunning natural beauty and the ultimate combination of urban and rural landscapes.

The natural highlight of the area is Ensign Peak and below Memory Grove Park, with Bonneville Shoreline Trail passing through it. The park is the ideal place for biking, walking, dog walking and running.

Marmalade is a district within Capitol Hill that offers more modestly-priced homes and a friendly atmosphere. Consequently, it attracts many young families, young professionals, and seniors. It’s very diverse and has a large LGBT community, plus the offers affordability. Fruit trees line many of the streets here too, but it is far from sleepy. It has a lively nightlife too.

The Capitol Hill and Marmalade neighborhoods suit people who welcome diversity, a bit of nightlife, and transportation connections. They’re historic and offer green spaces and room to live.

Quote From Local Resident - I LOVE this neighborhood! I plan to live this neighborhood forever. Everything is so easily accessible by walking and I can even take the train to work. 

Population: 13,516

 

 

9th and 9th

9th and 9th is a hip residential near Sugarhouse with many long-term residents, young families, and millennials.

It offers many cafes, restaurants, yoga and pilates studios, boutiques, and streets lined with outdoor art.

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City 9th and 9th

The once sleepy neighborhood now buzzes with life. The attraction is the many affordable two-story bungalows, Victorian houses, and condos in the area, plus locally-owned businesses and culture. With just ten-minute commute by car and 20 minutes cycling, it offers convenience near the core without the congestion.

With plenty of room to walk, bike, or run in sprawling Liberty Park and room to relax in nearby Richmond Park smack dab in the center of the community, you might forget you’re so close to downtown Salt Lake City.

9th and 9th suits people who love small cafes, unique shops, and access to arts and culture. It’s vibrant and fun, and anything but boring.

Quote From Local Resident - Incredibly unique area. I love walking around here. It has a very local feel with lots of local businesses. There are tons of places to grab a coffee and relax on a patio. 

 

Cottonwood Heights

Cottonwood Heights is a suburb of Salt Lake City, just between the Salt Lake Valley and the Wasatch Mountains.

While Cottonwood Heights is technically its own town, it is worth a mention because of what it has to offer. It offers easy access to four top ski resorts: Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, and Solitude and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and people who love space.

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Cottonwood Heights

You’ll also find the Cottonwood Height Recreational Center in the area with a pool, gym, basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts, ice-skating rink and fitness classes galore. 

Real estate generally appeals to the upper-middle-class families with older children or empty nesters, but you’ll find accommodation at all price points. It offers decent access to public schools, and it is a very safe, clean area. It’s quiet but still has a decent nightlife with plenty of good restaurants.

Cottonwood Heights is about a 30-minute commute to the University of Utah and downtown Salt Lake City.

This neighborhood appeals to fitness and outdoor enthusiasts and it’s a great place to raise a family.

 

 

Rose Park

Rose Park is a very small community in the north of the city.

It is very economically and culturally diverse with plenty of green space. In recent years, it has seen a surge of young families attracted by the reasonable prices and renovation opportunities.

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City Rose Park

This area is very quiet with proximity to the downtown core and the airport. First-time home buyers often buy a small, post-war brick cottage with a large lot to get into the Salt Lake City real estate market. With plenty of good public schools and easy access to the freeway, it’s a good choice for young family professionals working downtown.

Cyclists can get around easily here too. Riverside Park taps into the Jordan River Parkway bike trail. You’ll also find the 18-hole Rose Park Golf Course nearby and Rosewood Park too, ideal for a quiet outing.

The Rose Park neighborhood suits first-time home buyers, empty nesters, and young families that want a safe, quiet place to call home and reasonably-priced properties.

Quote From Local Resident - My family lives in Rose Park and we love it! Rose Park offers a convenient location, affordable housing, awesome neighbors, cultural diversity, and decent schools. 

Population: 12,970

 

 

Bonneville Hills

Bonneville Hills is a safe, quiet neighborhood favored by young couples, families, and professionals.

It’s almost totally owner-occupied homes and a step away from the action, but that’s what appeals to most people that live here.

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City Bonneville Hills

Homes here are older and well-maintained with tree-lined streets and easy access to major thoroughfares. Whether you need to head downtown, onto the freeway, or out for a meal, access by car is only minutes away. Nearby Sugar House has excellent restaurants and a buzzing nightlife, but Bonneville Hills has a few choice restaurants too.

If walking is more your thing, you can reach Foothill Village for shopping in less than 20 minutes and to the University of Utah in about half an hour. The area also has two dedicated bike lanes running north-south.

Home prices vary widely here, but they do tend to hover around the mid-range and upwards. However, with access to many public schools, parks, and the Bonneville Golf Course, it has plenty to offer.

Population: 2,583

 

 

Choosing a Salt Lake City Real Estate Agent

The neighborhoods listed are some of the most popular, but Salt Lake City has many others that may interest you. Let a skilled real estate agent match properties to your needs and show you what this great city has to offer.

Harvest Park Group professionals live and work in Utah and know Salt Lake City neighborhoods very well. In our competitive market, you need a seasoned negotiator and highly attentive real estate agent by your side. 

Harvest Park Group provides you with the edge you need to find and buy your ideal home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Contact us - we’re here to help.

Do you think one of these top 10 neighborhoods in Salt Lake City could have the home of your dreams? Contact Harvest Park Group today to book house viewings and to receive more information about this incredible city.

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Aug. 15, 2020

5 Reasons Why People are Moving to Utah

Moving to Utah

 

Utah is the fastest-growing state in the nation, and though much of that comes from births, we still have a substantial amount of in-migration, with Utah getting a 0.8 boost from net migration compared to 0.3 percent nationally. This trend has continued for many years.

What is the big draw? Here are 5 reasons why people are moving to Utah and why they love it here.

1. Utah has a Strong and Thriving Economy

Utah is pro-business and pro-jobs. With a diversified economic base and plentiful jobs in areas such as tech, mining, finance, tourism, petroleum, medical devices, and healthcare. In June, the state’s Department of Workforce Services reported that the unemployment rate was 5.1% which was the second lowest in the country and compared to 11.1% nationally.

In addition to the low unemployment, there are low flat corporate and income taxes. Utah is fiscally conservative. In addition to smart government approaches to growth, there has been strong private and public support and proactive leadership around rethinking growth patterns, public transit, housing, and other issues.

One specific example of leadership that has helped ensure a strong economy now and, in the future, here in Utah is the nonprofit, Envision Utah, whose aim is to “Keep Utah Beautiful, Prosperous, Healthy, and Neighborly for Future Generations”. They have had a great impact on working in concert with the public and private sectors to accomplish this vision.

In this opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal entitled “Why Utah has become America’s Economic Star” several reasons are cited about why Utah is performing so well economically, and it references an index of economic competitiveness called “Rich States, Poor States” that takes a deeper dive as to why Utah has consistently outranked all the other states.

2. National Parks/Mountains/Outdoors

Utah is a paradise for people who love the outdoors. Utah is home to five National Parks, more than all other states save Alaska and California. For a detailed overview of those parks, check out our earlier write up of the Mighty Five National Parks In Utah. In addition, Utah is home to seven National Monuments, six National Forests, and two National Recreational areas.

Utah also has over 11,000 miles of fishing streams and over 147,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs. The site/app Alltrails list over 2,504 trails in Utah. You could literally do a hike every day in Utah and it would take years and years to do them all. Not only are there numerous hikes to do, but also the four seasons in Utah provide for spring/summer wildflowers, changing leaves in the fall, and varying scenery even along the same hike during different seasons allowing for varied views and changing vistas.

With over 500 inches of snowfall annually around Salt Lake City, and over 15 Alpine ski Resorts across the state, Utah boasts some of the best downhill winter skiing and snowboarding in the world, and it’s not surprising that the 2002 Winter Olympics were one of the most successful Olympic events on record. Several ski resorts are under an hour from the International Airport. Whether you are a beginner or looking for black diamond runs, you can find the best skiing in Utah at every level and due to Utah being inland the snow is drier creating some of the best powder on earth.

3. Utah has Quality Healthcare

Utah consistently ranks among the top of all states in healthcare for quality, accountability, and safety. Utah also leads the nation in preventable admissions. While the low preventable admissions could be partially due to the average age in Utah being 30.5 years, it also could be partially due to the health code that is adopted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that admonishes against smoking and drinking. Utah also has one of the lowest poverty rates in the country which could mean people have more access to healthcare.

4. Food Scene

If you don’t know what fry sauce is, then you haven’t spent too much time in Utah. The condiment turned staple in most every restaurant that serves fries is a state favorite. People love fry sauce in Utah. They also love funeral potatoes and are fans of all colors of Jell-O (not just green).

Utah has an understated restaurant scene but is well known for having great restaurants, a world-renown artisan chocolate community, and lots of different ice cream and frozen yogurt shops. In addition, there are people who visit Utah just to pick up and bring back lots of Grandma Sycamore’s white bread, Dunford Bakery’s chocolate doughnuts or their favorite candy.

Grocery stores in Utah have the widest selection of candy than any store you will ever see back east or outside of Utah. Perhaps this is partially due to the demographics or perhaps it’s because people in Utah just have a major sweet tooth. Either way, I am not complaining. Utah also seems to have a lot of bakeries and ice cream and frozen yogurt locations. Our favorite frozen yogurt is Menchie’s even though the franchise came from California.

5. Connection to Utah

While more and more people are moving to Utah for jobs and the economic opportunity available even if they don’t have any prior connection to the state, many of their family members are moving here to be close to these new transplants. Others may have a connection to the state or to a university either because they attended there or perhaps their children are currently or are looking to soon. For people who members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah can often feel like a crossroads for them, particularly if they have any family here, or if they have kids going to the MTC and missions, BYU, or have attended General Conference in person. It almost feels like a second home for members of the church even if they don’t have any prior connection here.

Some people have aging parents who live in the state who need support while others are bringing their aging parents here to be closer to them so that they can better help them.

These are just a few of the reasons that people might consider moving to Utah or enjoy living in Utah. If you would like to learn more about life here, you can read our Ultimate Guide to living in Salt Lake City Utah or if you are planning on relocating to Utah or relocating to Salt Lake City specifically, you might like to see our Salt Lake City Relocation Guide. If you are curious to learn more about home prices, you can look at all the Utah homes available here.

 

June 15, 2020

Here's a Quick Way to Get the Best Return on Your House Projects

Utah House Projects

There are a variety of reasons to do a house project, and it can often feel like there is an endless list of projects to be done around the house.   Are you thinking about moving or are you thinking about annual maintenance and preserving your home?  Maybe you simply want to add value to your home?  Perhaps you are just wanting to maximize use and enjoyment for you and your family? 

When is it a good idea to invest money in your home? There is no hard and fast rule and the answers to these questions vary significantly.  Some projects announce themselves as urgent such as when you aren’t getting any hot water anymore and you want to take a shower, or when it’s the middle of July and the air conditioning fails and family is coming over to celebrate Independence Day.  Other projects such as updating the kitchen or repainting the inside/outside of your home are more nuanced and may be more difficult to prioritize. 

In addition to prioritizing the non-urgent items, how do you balance aesthetics and enjoyment vs. return on investment?  My parents just redid their entire backyard and it looks beautiful and makes for incredible social distanced BBQs and family gatherings and really appeals to the growing number of grandchildren.  Their new backyard added significant value to my parent’s home, but that is not what motivated them to do it.  Their focus was and is on creating a place to gather and make memories with many kids and grandkids nearby. How do you calculate the return on longer conversations and more memories with family?

I also have a sister who is constantly working on a project in her home.  Her home is gorgeous and she is constantly looking to update, improve, and beautify every inch of her home in every way.  Not every project is about dollars and cents and creating a place of beauty and refuge from the storms of life for your family has its own return.  Maybe one person in your family really wants or needs something such as a wheelchair ramp or accessible-related items.  Part of what drives my sister is that she loves doing projects. She is capable and passionate about working on projects and she is the one in her marriage with all the power tools and know-how.

While the list of projects and motivations behind them vary substantially, looking at it through the lens of return on investment can offer more clarity.  Sometimes it helps to prioritize projects by knowing the financial return on different house projects.  One quick way to look at the potential return is by looking at Hanley Wood Media Inc’s annual “Cost vs. Value” report across the country, regionally, and in each city.  And while the numbers vary somewhat by area, they largely hold across different markets. 

Cost vs. Value of House Projects

Enhancing the Visual Appeal

Based on the National Data in the chart below, you can see that projects that enhance visual appeal of the outside such as new garage doors or manufactured stone veneer tend to recoup most if not all of the costs it requires to do them.  Other high return areas include minor kitchen remodel, backyard deck, siding, and vinyl window replacement.

Whenever you look at doing any project, always get three bids.  Any service or product is a three-legged stool.  The legs of the stool are price, quality, and speed.  You only get to choose two of the three legs based on what’s important to you.  As you receive bids from contractors, think about the stool and what two legs are most important to you. 

At Harvestparkgroup.com, we talk with sellers and potential sellers every day and one of the most common questions we get asked is from people who are putting their home on the market and what they should do, if anything, to help get the most return from their house.  The answer to this question like most questions isn’t always an absolute. 

Generally speaking, new carpet and paint will help sell a home much faster and can visually make a big impact for a relatively low cost, but it isn’t universally needed in every case.  What is the condition of the carpet and flooring?  What about the paint?

 If a home needs new carpet, and especially if it is vacant, replacing carpet can be a very smart thing to do.  But if the carpet is just a few years old and still looks great, a good carpet cleaning may be all that is needed.  Regarding repairs to sell your home and if you are in Utah, you can reach out to us and we can provide you with some things to consider, and if you are outside of Utah,  I’d consult with your local realtor. Reach out to us and we will connect you with an experienced realtor who can offer sound advice.  

If you are considering moving and wondering what specific projects you might consider for your home or property to help it sell for more money, reach out to us at eliot@harvestparkgroup.com or you can quickly get an instant, automated house valuation here as a first step.

 

 

May 27, 2020

When is a Home Too Much Home?

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Many years ago, I had a family member who was working for a company building new homes in Beverly Hills.  I remember going on a tour of one of the homes while it was being built.  Wow, it was huge!  The master bedroom was unlike anything I had ever seen. There was a master bedroom entryway, a master bedroom sitting room, the actual master bedroom, his and her bathrooms and his and her closets.  (closets so large that there was room for several pieces of gym equipment).  I remember thinking at the time that the home my wife and I lived in was smaller than one of the closets and that my in-laws had just built a large new beautiful home that was about the same size as just the “master suite” of this home. 

The price tag on this home was to be around $29 million.  While the home was neat to see, I remember thinking if I could buy that home, would I be ok with it, or would I feel it immoral to spend so much on a home with all the needs and impoverished people suffering around the world? Jeff Bezos recently bought a home in Bel Air, California for $165 million.  Is that too much home?  Everyone has different needs and requirements in their personal residence.  Mr. Bezos has security and privacy concerns that most of us don’t have to deal with, but does he really need to have a home worth $165 million?

In addition to pondering the morals of spending so much money on your home, there are many other factors when thinking about the size of your home.  One hundred years ago, the average size of a home in the US was 1,048 sq. ft.  The average size continually climbed until 2016 peaking at around 2,700 sq. ft. and since then come down to just under 2,600 sq ft.

There are different requirements everyone has in the size of their home and they change over a lifetime.  Do you know what they are for you?  It is common to start with a small condo, townhome, or small starter home, move up and upgrade to a larger home as needs change.  Often it is to start having children and needing more space for a growing family, and then as kids age, it is typical to downsize or what has often been referred to as re-size their home size as they age.  While the decision to upgrade into a larger home is evident with increasing family size or some other obvious reason, the decision to move into a smaller size home that may be more convenient, easier to manage, and be more economical is a bit more difficult to make.

I talk to clients every day who are empty nesters and want to know when to downsize their home.  They have raised a beautiful family in their family home and now are either single or are a couple living in a very large single-family home.  They want to know when they should sell and take the leap to the next stage of their life.  Every situation is different, but here are eleven items to consider:

1.               Size of the lot and yard maintenance- A passion for gardening and growing flowers is common, but not everyone loves the cost, maintenance, and hassle it takes to keep a large lot looking great year after year.  What’s the right balance for you? 

2.              Travel-In many instances when the family is grown and people have more time, there is a desire to start traveling.  While the current climate has curtailed traveling plans for many in the short term, long term travel plans and destinations are still on the bucket list for many. Either to see and spend more time with family or to see the world through an amazing tour or other adventure and worrying about the lawn or the sprinklers get left on can dampen those plans.  Where do you want to spend your free time?

3.              Utility Bills-Larger homes typically mean larger utility bills.  While the efficiency of HVAC systems (either through multiple units or zones or better systems) has increased and solar and other alternative energies can reduce costs, does it make sense to heat or cool levels and/or sections of the home that go unused most of the time?

4.               Taxes-Property tax bills generally increases with bigger properties.  Whether it is a larger lot or a larger home, the property tax bill will typically be higher.

5.               Gathering-There can be a reluctance to sell the family home because of a desire to gather everyone at home during holidays.  What some people are finding out is how often it is easier to gather at their kids' houses either because of fewer flights to purchase, ease of coordinating the day, and trying to maximize the number of people who show up.  Can you rotate among the kids and all help to provide food and activities?

6.              General Upkeep and Maintenance-As any homeowner knows, there is upkeep every year and things that break and fall apart.  Generally speaking, 1-2% of your home purchase should be budgeted to maintenance every year so that when you have a leak, you will be able to address it without dipping into savings or your emergency fund.

7.               Enjoyment Factor-If you still enjoy your home and can easily afford it and it doesn’t feel like a burden, maybe you should stay there and aren’t quite ready to downsize.

8.              Preparation-To prepare for the future, it can make sense to move earlier than planned to get in a smaller, more manageable place with no stairs.  If people have back or knee issues or other health concerns or potential health concerns, too many stairs can present a problem.  Being forced to move because of problems with stairs can feel like adding insult to injury.  Having the master bedroom on the main floor and to the extent possible – enjoy single level living is highly desirable for a significant number of buyers.  See current homes with masters on the main floor here.

9.         Financial-How much do you have for retirement?  Does it make sense to add some proceeds to your retirement to better prepare?  Where do you want to spend your money in your golden years?  How do you balance the different desires of your heart?  How do you balance preparation and enjoyment?

10.          Emotional-It can be easy to attach life events and emotions to a home and it can be an emotional thing to sell a home that is filled with such great memories.  That is hard.  Memories are forever and pictures and videos can take you back in an instant.  People can stay longer in a home than they otherwise would for purely emotional reasons.

11.           Kids Moving Back in-There is a growing trend of having more than one generation live in the home.  This may be to help a college student out to save money completing school, giving a boost to a young newlywed, to help a widowed or divorced child regroup, or aging parent, or some other reason. Often times, people will look to get a home with an accessory unit or “Mother in law” apartment for this reason.  (We also know that in some instances, there is a preference to not have this type of separate living space so that having family move back in is simply not an option – we aren’t judging :) )

 

While these many factors are worthy of consideration, they are not an exhaustive list.  It is better to be proactive about the size of your home given the stage of life you are in and what’s important to you.  Life is always in flux.  By prioritizing what is important to us, we can better prepare and take better care of ourselves and set a great example for others. If you are considering a move to Utah or own property in Utah, we help people buy and sell homes and property in Utah from all around the country.  More and more people are relocating to Utah and investing in Utah every single year driven by retirement and by Utah having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.  Even after the impact of coronavirus, Utah has fared better compared to many of the states across the country. (Here is a link to the latest Bureau of Labor and Statistics Report by state)   If you are curious about what your home might be worth, click here for a quick and accurate home valuation Also, if you’d like to review current listings on the Utah MLS, you can do so here.

 

May 13, 2020

7 Surprises: How the Coronavirus has Affected Real Estate

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People ask every day about how residential real estate will perform amidst the coronavirus and pandemic backdrop. Some folks (buyers and investors) are hoping to score a deep discount on property.  Will they be able to do this?  It appears that so far, this is “wishful thinking” as homes are still receiving multiple offers, all-cash offers, and selling in days and, in many cases, in hours. 

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal highlights how strong the real estate market in Seattle is doing despite being considered the coronavirus epicenter in the US only 4 or 5 weeks ago.  Another WSJ article, titled “Why Home Prices are Rising during the Pandemic”, has reported that nationwide home prices increased 4.5% from March 2019 to March 2020.  They predict that home prices will increase .5% from March 2020 to March 2021, but not all markets may come out ahead.  Houston, Miami, and Las Vegas are expected to decline, but other markets will increase, particularly with diversified economic drivers and a strong tech presence.

Utah is one market that is expected to continue to do well.  Along the Wasatch Front, we actually have more homes under contract now, than we did a year ago at the same time.

Despite residential real estate holding its value, retail space and some new developments across the country have been negatively impacted due to uncertainty, particularly around the timing of when everything is scheduled to open up and questions around employment and how the recovery will look.  Will the economic recovery look like a V, a U, or a Nike Swoosh?  These are debates for economists and policymakers. 

Here are seven surprises in the real estate market.

1. A Chronic Undersupply of Housing

We have a chronic undersupply of housing across the country, particularly affordable housing in certain areas including Seattle, Reno, Boise, Salt Lake City, and other fast-growing locations. This is especially true of cities and metro areas that have a large tech presence, such as the Silicon Slopes of Northern Utah. Many tech companies have seemed to weather the storm and poised to come out of this stronger than ever.  For evidence of this, look at the market cap of Zoom compared to the combined market cap of the US automakers during the last couple of weeks.

2. Demand and Supply have been Impacted

While demand has been impacted significantly (especially in areas where real estate activities such as showings and transactions were restricted), supply has been impacted as well.  In many markets, we had record low levels of inventory before the pandemic and now many sellers have decided to stay put or delay the sale of their house further constraining inventory supply.  These supply constraints make it harder for buyers to find properties and drive values up.  Many homeowners are surprised to see the value of their property not only hold strong, but also increase.  You can get an instant home valuation on your home here.

3. People are Reconsidering What They Want from Home

With more people staying at home and spending much more time at home than ever before, some people have reconsidered the kind of home and space they want to be in.  Property owners are putting in extra time and investment into the yard or into different parts of the house to more fully enjoy it. Others are planning to build a new house given the amount of time spent at home.   With Stay-at-Home-Orders and Directives, homeowners have had to create makeshift work spaces and makeshift desk stations for kids.  While some of these modifications aren’t going to impact house values, some of the landscaping projects, additions, or other improvements can add significant value to a home.  I’ll talk about this last point in a future article.

4. More Households per Housing Unit

In Utah, we have more households per housing unit than at any time in our history, with people either having family move in with them or renting out their basement. I know of several situations where you have 3 generations of family living in the same home. Much of this is due to the lack of affordable housing. Some enterprising individuals have learned that they can get a nicer home in a nicer neighborhood and significantly reduce their mortgage by renting out the basement by buying a home with a mother-in-law apartment.

5. Real Estate Hedges Inflation

Real Estate is a natural inflation hedge.  With the trillions of dollars the Federal Government has put into the economy, it is likely that we will experience serious inflation.  Real estate is a natural hedge against inflation and typically goes up at inflation or a point or two above it.

6. In Periods of Recession, Rent Goes Up

While it may seem counter-intuitive, many people don’t realize that in periods of recession, rents typically go up.  While this time is unique, I wouldn’t be surprised to see rents go up again.

7. Multi-family Units as Investment

During the last recession, one of the best investments turned out to be privately held multifamily real estate projects.  These investments tend to be recession resistant and as long as they don’t have high leverage or short-term debt can be a great place to park resources for the long haul.

 

March 11, 2020

The Ultimate Salt Lake City Relocation Guide

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A Relocation How To Guide

Whether you are relocating to Salt Lake City from across the country, another state or just a county over, there are many factors to consider. Here at Harvest Park Group we are committed to helping clients easily make the transition. Beyond connecting you with the perfect home that fits your needs and lifestyle, our goal is to ensure all the questions you may have about your new city are answered. 

This guide serves as a general overview of some of the most frequently asked questions for those who are relocating to Salt Lake City! 

I’m moving to Salt Lake City, Utah. How do I find the perfect home? 

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First things first! Now that you are beginning your relocation process, finding a home that meets your needs and falls within your budget is the crucial first step. When considering a new city, trying to find a neighborhood that aligns with your lifestyle can feel like a daunting task. At Harvest Park Group, we understand that finding a spot that best suits your family, whether its near great schools or close to a potential workplace, will be a major factor in your adjustment. 

Further resources for how to find the perfect home:

Find your dream home in Salt Lake City Utah

What is the cost of living in Salt Lake City? 

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Affordability is an important factor when relocating to a new city. Knowing that the cost of living is will greatly aid in budgeting for a new house and new life. According to payscale.net, on average, living in Salt Lake City will cost approximately 6% less than other cities in the United States. Factors such as housing, transportation, groceries and taxes are all taken into consideration when calculating these percentages. 

Though certain areas tend to be slightly above other parts of the nation, a large number of categories are significantly lower, making Salt Lake City pretty on par with the national average. 

Further resources for more information on cost of living:

What’s the best way to find a job in Salt Lake City?

downtown Salt Lake City Utah

Though many people choose to relocate to a different city because of work, some come in hopes of finding their dream job. Salt Lake City has a diverse economic landscape that offers a wide variety of jobs and career opportunities for employees just starting out to those in executive roles. Landing the ideal job may feel daunting, however, with the vast range of employers in Salt Lake City, there is sure to be ample opportunity for all. 

Salt Lake City’s stable economy provides a number of career choices for those seeking employment. Currently, the unemployment rate is a full percentage point lower than the national average. The projected job growth over the next 10 years is also higher than the national average, seeing a forecasted 39.9% increase. 

Some of the industries that dominate Salt Lake City’s economy include Retail Trade, Manufacturing, Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, Education Services, Foods and Accommodations and Health and Social Services. 

There are a number of notable companies in Salt Lake City such as Delta Hub at the Salt Lake City International Airport, Intermountain Healthcare, Sinclair Oil Corporation, Myriad Genetics, and Vehix.com. Salt Lake City is home to two Fortune 500 companies, Zions Bancorporation and Questar Corporation as well as a number of headquarters for large national chains. 

Further Resources for job opportunities in Salt Lake City:

  • Check out Zippia.com's list of best companies to work for in Salt Lake City.
  • Scan these job postings to see if your dream job awaits in Salt Lake City.
  • See a list of the best companies to work for in the city.

What are some of the amenities the city of Salt Lake has to offer?

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Salt Lake City is rich in amenities from shopping, dining, outdoor activities and entertainment to necessary services such as healthcare, public recreation centers, and libraries. For those considering a move to the city, knowing all the amenities it offers can help with a smooth transition. 

Some notable amenities that Salt Lake City offers are:

Salt Lake City International Airport - The Salt Lake City International Airport is the 23rd busiest airport in the entire United States and services travellers from all over the world. Conveniently located 5 miles from the downtown core, the Salt Lake City International Airport consists of a general aviation runway as well as 3 carrier runways. The airport features 2 terminals, 5 concorses and 71 aircraft gates. Residents of Salt Lake City enjoy the easy of travel to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport to destinations all around the globe. 

Salt Lake City Public Library - There is no shortage of Library access in Salt Lake City. The city is home to a main public library as well as 8 further branches set throughout the city. The Salt Lake City Public Library offers all traditional library services as well as an abundance of programs, classes and events in hopes of connecting the community together and to the love of learning. Kids programs, book clubs and seasonal events are held continually promoting those of all ages to take an interest in literature and reading. 

Salt Lake City Medical Buildings - Salt Lake City consists of a number of medical buildings and hospitals that feature state of the art technology and services to provide to patients. While never wanting to need use for the hospital, residents of Salt Lake City take comfort in the knowledge there is ample care readily available. A large part of the medical field and services in Salt Lake City are provided by the University of Utah’s medical program. U of U houses a number of medical centers such as the University of Utah’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. Some other medical offices in Salt Lake City are the George E. Wahler Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Shriners Hospital for Children. 

Further resources on amenities Salt Lake City has to offer:

Find your dream home in Salt Lake City Utah

I have children, what is the Salt Lake City’s school system like?

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For those people coming to Salt Lake City with children, the school system will play a crucial role in deciding where they live and which schools their children will attend. The Salt Lake City School District understands the importance of great education and that it lays the foundation for future success. With the exception of Alaska, the state of Utah spends the most money per capita on education. Beyond what national funding the schools in Salt Lake City recieve, the businesses and residents routinely donate directly to the school system to aid with programs and revitalization. 

The Salt Lake City School District currently operates twenty-three K-6 Elementary Schools, five 7-8 Middle Schools and three 9-12 High Schools. Dotted throughout the city, these schools strive to provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere with a focus on excellent education and student success. 

For families that are interested in alternative education options for their children, Salt Lake City is home to a number of Catholic Schools and Alternative Education Schools. Offering religious based approaches or focusing on performing arts, these schools are available to students seeking out education options outside of the public school system. 

Further resources for more information on the school systems in Salt Lake City:

I require the use of Public Transportation! What’s available in Salt Lake City? 

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Public transportation availability is a major factor for many people who relocate to a new city. Whether travelling for work or pleasure, having access to public transportation is necessary for many residents. The city of Salt Lake understands this necessity and in 2011 was recognized as the nation’s third best transit system at connecting people to jobs and job opportunities. 

Salt Lake City’s mass transportation system is operated by the Utah Transit Authority and features buses, commuter rail and light rail options. Beyond hitting all areas of the city, the bus systems also connects travellers with neighboring cities and communities. During the winter months, the bus system also connects with ski resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon as well as Provo Canyon. 

The rail system that operates in Salt Lake City quickly allows commutes to travel around the city and to surrounding areas. There are a total of 50 stations, 23 of which are located within the city’s limits. 

Further resources on the Public Transportation options in Salt Lake City:

  • Find out about public transit options and routes throughout Salt Lake City.
  • Busing information for students in the Salt Lake City School District can be found here.
  • Needing a shuttle to the airport? Find the best rated shuttle services.

Find your dream home in Salt Lake City Utah

I’ve made it! Now what is there to do? 

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Salt Lake City is full of exciting events, dining options, shopping locations and recreation opportunities! The city is known for being a ski lovers destination and features a number of parks, trails and golf courses. 

Great things to do in Salt Lake City:

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort - Avid skiers will definitely want to check out the impressive slopes at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. With over 2,500 acres of property and a jaw-dropping 3,240 foot vertical drop, enthusiasts from all around the world come to hit the slopes. Beyond the winter months, the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort features warm weather activities such as hiking, biking, fishing or ziplining. 

Hogle Zoo - Come visit over 800 animals that reside at the Hogle Zoo. With the newly opened African Savanna exhibit, visitors of Hogle Zoo can feed giraffes, rhinos and gorillas. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are readily available to help teach and tour around the zoo and the expansive enclosure allows for free roaming of animals. 

Clark Planetarium - located in the downtown core of Salt Lake City, the Clark Planetarium offers a chance to see the stars! Discover and explore the exhibits on Earth, near Earth and beyond. The Clark Planetarium features a 6 foot Earth globe, a chance to create volcanoes, and the ability for visitors to see the largest moon rock on public display. Interactive opportunities and informative staff make for a truly memorable visit. 

Red Butte Garden - housed at the University of Utah campus, the Red Butte Garden is the perfect place for a scenic stroll or tranquil morning. Filled with numerous landscaped plots, sparkling fountains and well cared for walkways, visitors of the Red Butte Garden have a chance to see nature at its finest. 

Eaglewood Golf Club - Situated in the hills of the Wasatch Front, the Eaglewood Golf Club offers golfers a chance to test their abilities on each of the tees. Stunning surroundings and manicured greens have visitors returning to the course time and time again. 

Further resources on things to do in Salt Lake City:

Moving can be a monumental experience for individuals and families alike. Transitioning and adjusting to a new home, city and way of life takes time, however, at Harvest Park Group our aim is to ensure your move is as comfortable and stress free as possible. We are committed to providing as much information and resources as possible to our clients allowing them to feel confident and excited about their relocation to Salt Lake City. 

Find your dream home in Salt Lake City Utah

Posted in Living in Utah
Feb. 21, 2020

What You Need to Know about Utah Housing


Mark Twain once said- 

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble, it’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so” People ask us every day about the real estate market. We love this question because it tells us that
someone is seeking out new information. We don’t have a crystal ball, but we know the market and stay
informed to provide the most timely, relevant, and valuable insightsto our clients. We get smart, so
you can be smart. Two, well-respected real estate economists recently shared their views on Utah. Here are the highlights
for Utah this next year- (To watch the presentations in their entirety, see below) Utah Housing Economic Forecast-
• Utah is leading the country in job growth.  This past year it was 3.2% (Utah led the country) • Unemployment rate in Utah is 2.4%  (Lowest level in roughly 70 years) • 17,883 homes sold in 2019. (13,087 SFR & 4,796 condos-Appox. 18k sold each of last 4 yrs) • 8% average home price appreciation from 2011 to 2019     • Rental rate went up 6.8% this past year in Salt Lake County • Highest number of 25-34 year-olds living at home (64k) • Projected increase of 10% for condos and townhomes (Over $300k median price) • Projected increase of 5% for median single-family homes (Over $400k) • Biggest year ever for apartment construction - (10K rental units built in '19 out of 26k total)

Utah Housing Themes
• Affordability remains a major factor impacting sales and rentals • Shortage of inventory • A large increase in multi-generational families living in a household (2, 3, and 4 generations) • 76% of listings this past year were sold. (highest ever recorded) • Interest rate forecasts are that they are to remain low (4% - 4.5% projected to remain low)

If these economists are right, what does that mean for you?  

If you haven’t bought a home in Utah yet, but plan to soon, it may make sense to think about doing it
earlier than you might have planned.
If you are thinking about adding a rental to your portfolio, doing
so earlier in the year can make a big difference. 


To watch the economic forecast in its entirety, click below-
https://www.facebook.com/slrealtors/videos/587667511965382/