Utah Real Estate and Market Information

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

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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?

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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.

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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. 

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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/ 
 
April 10, 2019

Easter Events Across the Wasatch Front

Easter weekend is just around the corner and if you are looking for a great way to spend time with family, get out into the community and have some fun, there are a number of events in the area that you will want to check out!

Easter Egg Events In Wasatch Front

Mill Creek Animal Hospital Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 11:00 am-2:00 pm 

Where? 1920 W 250 N ST # 19, Ogden, Utah

Details:

Egg Hunt begins at noon for children 0-12 years old. There is a dedicated special needs section as well. After the hunt, there will be a prize raffle. 

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Ogden City Recreation Free Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where? Marshall White Center, 222 28th St, Ogden Utah

Details:

Ogden City Recreation will be putting out 15,000 eggs on April 20, 2019, for our annual Easter Egg Hunt for 4 different age groups.  Come out and enjoy a great time with your family.  They will be providing 1,000 free hot dogs and cookies after the Egg Hunt. The egg hunt will be at The Marshall White Center Park just behind The Marshall White Center.

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Snowbasin Easter Brunch

When? Sunday, April 21, 2019. 10:30am - 3:30pm

Where? Snowbasin Resort, 3925 Snowbasin Rd., Huntsville, Utah

Details:

Spring inspired ingredients and dedicated chefs come up with the most highly-touted Easter Brunch in all of Northern Utah. Live piano compliments the majestic dining setting. All-you-can-eat buffet with a selection of items made with spring-inspired ingredients.  Adults $55, Youth (6-12) $30, 5 years and under are free. Parties of 6 or more will receive an 18% auto-gratuity. Price does not include tax or gratuity. Reservations Mandatory.

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Station Park Bunny Bop

When? Thursday, April 18, 2019. 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Where? Station Park, 140 N W Union Ave., Farmington, Utah

Details:

Join in the fun at Station Park’s 6th annual Bunny Bop! Parents will want to bring their cameras to catch photos of their children enjoying a variety of games, activities, and entertainment.

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Clearfield City Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 10am-10:30am

Where? Fisher Park, 934 S 1000 E, Clearfield, UT

Details:

Bring the family out to enjoy some springtime fun at Fisher Parker. The hunt will begin at 10am sharp with the park being divided up into age groups. This free event is put on for children between the ages of 0-10. 

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Dog-friendly Easter Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 10am-11am

Where? Camelot Park, 2000 N 1400 W, Layton, UT

Details:

Grab your children and your furry friends and make your way over to Camelot Park, where there will be a dog and child-friendly egg hunt. You will even have a chance to win free dog grooming for your fur baby. 

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Easter Eggstreme at Thanksgiving Point

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 10am-2pm

Where? 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, Utah

Details:

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled event at the annual Easter Eggstreme. At Electric Park, kids will enjoy massive egg hunts filled with prizes such as small toys, treats, and other goodies. There will also be a very special guest, the Easter Bunny, to meet with kids and take photos. In addition to the egg hunts, other activities include riding the cow train, jumping on inflatables, face painting, and more! 

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Thanksgiving Point Easter Bunny Breakfast 

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. Doors open at 9 am

Where? Thanksgiving Point Show Barn, 3003 N, Lehi, Utah

Details:

Celebrate Easter with the whole family at Easter Bunny Breakfast. Choose your personal preferences at our breakfast buffet, along with visits from the Easter Bunny. 

Enjoy complimentary pictures with the Easter Bunny, fun activities, decorating Easter eggs, and visiting a bunny petting zoo! 

Each ticket also includes free admission to Easter Eggstreme!

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Easter Brunch at the Gathering Place at Gardner Village

When? Sunday, April 21, 2019. 9am-2pm

Where? The Gathering Place at Gardner Village, 1100 W 7800 S # 24, West Jordan, Utah

Details:

For many families, going out for Easter Brunch is as traditional as Easter baskets, chocolate bunnies, and colorful eggs. The Gathering Place at Gardner Village is the ideal spot for soaking up spring along our lovely pathways and indulging in a delicious Easter Brunch. 

Chef Max is preparing a wonderful variety of specialty items to excite the palate and fill your tummy. Enjoy a made-to-order omelet or crepe. Delight in a freshly made waffle with warm maple syrup. Fill your plate with apple-wood smoked bacon along with eggs benedict. Savor our carved Prime Rib of Beef, Cod Almondine, and sweet potato casserole. Or dip into our 3-tiered Belgian Chocolate Fountain with its fancy fruits and treats, or revel in our rich, mini pastries and tarts.

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West Jordan Easter Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9 am

Where? Utah Youth Soccer Complex, 7965 South 4000 W., West Jordan, Utah

Details:

The hunt is for children ages 2-15 years old and is broken down into smaller age groups. In addition to candy, children who find a shiny, gold egg can redeem them for a prize afterward. The Easter Bunny will be there for pictures as well.

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Bluffdale Veterans Easter Egg Hunt 

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 12pm-1pm

Where? Utah Veterans Cemetary and Memorial Park, 17111 1700 W, Bluffdale, Utah

Details:

Riverton Wyoming Veteran Organizations will be having an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th at the Veteran Memorial Park

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Orem’s Easter Egg Hunt 2019

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9 am

Where? Mountain View High School, 665 Centre Street, Orem, Utah

Details:

Bring your family out to enjoy a morning of egg hunting! The egg hunt is for children ages 0-11. This event will be held at the Mountain View High School Football Stadium and the West Lawn of the Orem Fitness Center.

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University Place Easter Extravaganza

When? Saturday, April, 20, 2019. 4pm-6pm

Where? University Place, 575 East University Parkway, Orem, Utah

Details:

This year we are celebrating an extremely fun Easter Extravaganza!!! Come play with animals, race on obstacle courses, and get some treats. Come visit with Pawlette the Bunny from Build-a-Bear for pictures and also get your beautiful faces painted by face painters! So come and enjoy the amazing Extravaganza in the Orchard at University Place.

Participate in our first Easter Egg Drop and Giant Easter Egg Competitions!

If your egg survives the Easter Egg Drop you will win a prize! The winner for the Giant Easter Egg Competition will win $1,000!!!

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Orem Easter Egg Hunt at Bricks and Minifigs

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 10am-7pm

Where? Bricks and Minifigs, 658 South State Street, Orem, UT

Details:

We are hiding eggs filled with goodies all over the store! Bring your baskets and collect 1 of each color! 

Find LEGO® bricks and candy with a special custom printed accessory inside the eggs!!

Bring some-bunny with you and share the FUN!

For ages 15 and under.

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Sandy Easter Egg Hunt: 2019 Easter Egg Dive

When? Friday, April 19, 2019. 3pm

Where? Dimple Dell Fitness and Recreation Center, 10670 S 1000 E, Sandy, UT

Details:

Dimple Dell will be holding our annual Easter Egg Dive in the pool! Register now and come to the pool to hunt for the eggs and get some goodies!

Special prizes for those who find the GOLDEN EGGS!

Cost: $6.00 per child

4:00-4:15 PM Ages 3 & Under

4:25-4:40 PM Ages 3 & Under

4:50-5:05 PM Ages 4 & 5

5:15-5:30 PM Ages 4 & 5

5:40-5:55 PM Ages 6-9

6:05-6:20 PM Ages 6-9

6:30-6:45 PM Ages 10-13

6:55-7:10 PM Adaptive (no age limit)

Bring your camera and come take pictures with the EASTER BUNNY!

Space is limited. Sign up early to ensure your place in the dive. Registration will be taken up until the start of the event.

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Highland Easter Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9:30 am

Where? Heritage Park, 10400 Alpine Highway, Highland, UT

Details:

Come celebrate the Easter holiday with an Easter egg hunt! Join us on Saturday, April 20th for an egg hunt! Hundreds of eggs will be available to find!

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Easter Sunday Brunch in Draper

When? Sunday, April 21, 2019. 10am-2pm

Where? The Charleston Draper, 1229 East Pioneer Rd., Draper, UT

Details:

Enjoy a gourmet Easter Brunch and time with family and friends. 

Tasty creations and delightful drinks.

Now taking reservations #801-550-9348.

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Draper City Egg Hunt 

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 10 am

Where? Galena Park, 12500 S. Vista Station Blvd., Draper

Details: 

The Easter Bunny has delivered 32,000 candy-filled eggs to the park and recreation department! See how many you can find at 10 am sharp!

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Easter Eggstravaganza in Draper

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10am-11am

Where? 2016 Village Green Circle, Draper, Utah

Details:

Hop on over to the Village Green for our annual Easter Eggstravaganza! Take a picture with the Easter Bunny, prizes and of course, an Easter Egg Hunt.

Event for SunQuest OA members.

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Altius Mortgage Easter Egg Hunt Client Appreciation Event

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9:15am-11am

Where? Smith Fields Park 13400 S. 200 E Draper, Utah

Details:

Join us for goodies, games, face painting and lots and lots of eggs to find.

The hunt begins promptly at 10:30! 

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Easter Egg Hunt at Bricks and Minifigs

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 10am-11:30am

Where? 1086 South Jordan Parkway #105, South Jordan, Utah

Details:

Join us this season for an Easter Egg Hunt LEGO® edition!

On April 20 from 9-10 am. Each child will have the opportunity to find 12 assorted eggs of their choice! Each egg will be filled with a special surprise and all children are guaranteed to walk away with at least a $15-20 value in merchandise/ prizes.

RSVP is a must as there are limited slots. Entrance fee is $15 each. Hoppy hunting!

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Easter EGGstravaganza! Hosted by The Eckman Group

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 1pm-5pm

Where? 15152 Rose Canyon Rd., Herriman, Utah

Details:

As a token of appreciation, you are invited to The Eckman Group's annual Easter Eggstravaganza! Please join us for an array of games, Easter activities, and Food & Drink! Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun.

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Provo Easter Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9:30am-12pm

Where? 1200 Town Centre Blvd., Provo, Utah

Details:

The Egg Hunt will start at 9:30 am and will take place in the lower level of the mall. The meeting point will be in the main lower level rotunda near the escalators by Wingers and Red Robin. The Hunt will be followed by an arts and crafts activity. Free face painting and balloon art will also be available between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm

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Easter Bunny Cake Workshop in Provo

When? Thursday, April 18, 2019. 12pm-2:30pm

Where? Beehive Catering, 2365 Mountain Vista Ln # 1, Provo, Utah

Details:

Each participant will assemble, decorate and take home a 6” Easter Bunny Cake. Each participant will learn how to assemble the cake from start to finish. We will frost and stack cakes and learn how to make the ears, bow, eyes, nose and whiskers, and learn how to pipe the Bunnies hair. All tools & materials are provided. This is a hands-on class that will last approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours. We look forward to meeting you! 

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American Fork Easter Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

 

Where? Hideaway Books, 8 E Main Street, American Fork, Utah

Details: Look for eggs, pet some real bunnies, make a craft, and participate in story time. 

2019 Children’s Easter Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9am - 2:30pm

Where? 6351 South 900 East, Murray, Utah

Details:

Join Wheeler Farm for our Annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt. We work hard to keep the event stampede free. Everyone hunts for the same amount of eggs and all children receive the same amount of goodies

Participant fee includes: participation in the hunt, Easter pail, goodies in the bucket and wagon rides for up to 4 people (between 9 AM- 3 PM).

Pre-registration is required. 

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Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt

When? Friday, April 19, 2019. 9 pm 

Where? 5415 West 3100 South, West Valley, Utah

Details:

Join us at Centennial Park as we search in the dark for candy and prize eggs. This annual event is an Easter favorite for everyone ages 18 and older. 

The cost for this event is $7 and pre-registration is required by April 17. 

Bring a flashlight, basket and photo I.D. 

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West Valley Outdoor Easter Egg Hunt 2019

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 7:30am - 9:00am

Where? 4552 W., 3500 S.,  West Valley City, Utah

Details:

Come out to Centennial Park West Softball Complex for a traditional outdoor Easter Egg Hunt. This annual event is an Easter favorite for everyone age 12 and under! 8:30 AM Sharp!

This event is free. Please remember to bring a basket. 

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Breakfast with the Bunny in West Valley

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9am-12pm

Where? 5415 West 3100 South, West Valley, Utah

Details:

Easter is almost here!! Come join us for Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday, April 20th at 9:00 AM

MUST PRE-REGISTER by Monday, April 15th.

(Breakfast served until 9:30 AM)

Adults (12 & up) - $9.00

Youth (4 to 11) - $7.00

Child (1 to 3) - $5.00

Children and youth must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Each child will receive a photo with the Bunny and a gift bag.

Extra photos will be available for $3.00.

MENU: Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Fruit, Juice, Milk and Coffee

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West Valley Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt

When? Friday, April 19, 2019. 9pm-11pm 

Where? West Valley City Family Fitness Centre, 5415 W 3100 3, West Valley, Utah

Details:

Join us at Centennial Park as we search in the dark for candy and prize eggs. This annual event is an Easter favorite for everyone ages 13-17

This is a free event. 

Remember to bring a flashlight and basket.

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Petersen Family Farm Easter Egg Hunt in Riverton

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019 

Where? 11887 4000 W., Riverton, Utah

Details:

Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! This is an event for the whole family. Select how many eggs you wish to find and be sure to open them before you leave, they just might have 2 free passes to one of our educational workshops this year, gift cards, animal feed or other fun prizes. Eggs are first come, first serve, so we encourage you to come and enjoy the farm at your leisure and see what the Easter Bunny has stashed in every nook and cranny.

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Riverton’s Children Easter Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 10am-12pm

Where? Riverton City Park, 1450 West 12800 South, Riverton, Utah

Details:

The annual Riverton Children’s Easter Egg Hunt is a hit for kids age 12 and under! The event starts at 10 a.m. SHARP on Saturday, April 20 at the Riverton City Park. Kids will be separated into hunting areas, based on age, to hunt for eggs and prizes. 

The Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet and visit with children. Attendees are encouraged to bring a basket or bag to carry gathered items, as well as to dress warmly.

The event is FREE and starts at 10 a.m. sharp, so be sure to get to the park a little early. 

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Eggcellent Easter Carnival in Riverton

When? Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 3:30pm-6:30pm

Where? 3688 W., 12600 S, Riverton, Utah

Details: 

Join us at our FREE Eggcellent Easter Carnival Fundraiser! Lots of activities including Free professional face painting, Free clown with balloons, meet the Easter Bunny, meal for $1, and LOTS of EGGS! Egg hunts will happen each hour at 4 pm, 5 pm, & 6 pm.  

Join in the silent auction and raffle prizes. There will be lots of vendors for shopping and having fun with!

The event will take place at 3688 W. 12600 S. at the Larkin building (directly across from the Intermountain Riverton Hospital)

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Kaysville City Easter Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9 am

Where? Barnes Park, 950 W 200 N, Kaysville, Utah

Details:

Kaysville City hosts the Easter Egg Hunt every year at our beautiful Barnes Park.

Enjoy fun with family and friends and find some Easter eggs while you are at it. 

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Easter Egg Dash in North Salt Lake

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9 am

Where? Hatch Park, 50 W Center, North Salt Lake, Utah 

Details:

The Youth City Council has been busily preparing and filling Easter eggs for the annual North Salt Lake Easter Egg Dash! 

This fun family event begins promptly at 9:00 am on Saturday, April 20th at Hatch Park. Don't be late; it's short and you'll miss it! 

Kids will be divided into age groups: 18 months to 3 years, 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years, and a group for those with special needs!

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Abundant Life Church Easter Egg Hunt in North Salt Lake

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 11am-2pm

Where? 140 North Main ST., North Salt Lake, Utah

Details: Come and check out this FREE event. Bring your kids to enjoy inflatables, face painting, the egg hunt, cotton candy, popcorn, petting zoo and more. A food truck will be available to you to purchase food and snacks.

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Easter Egg Hunt in Sugar House

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 10am -11am

Where? Sugar House Park, 1330 2100 S, Salt Lake City, Utah

Details:

Enjoy a morning of family-friendly fun. The hunt is on at 10 am sharp. There will be raffles, prizes and tons of fun to be had! Bring the entire family out!

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Calvary Salt Lake Easter Service 

When? Sunday, April 21, 2019. Service begins at 10:30 am

Where? Abravanel Hall, 123 W S Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Details:

Calvary Salt Lake celebrates Jesus resurrection at Abravanel Hall.

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Easter Worship Service

When? Sunday, April 21, 2019. Service begins at 11 am

Where? First Baptist Church, 777 1300 E, Salt Lake City, Utah

Details:

Come celebrate the Risen Christ with trumpets and song at 11 A.M. A reception and Easter Egg Hunt will follow worship.

We invite all people, regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, or station in life, to be on their journey of faith, exploring what it means to follow Christ together.

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Cosmic Egg Hunt at Clark Planetarium 

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 10:30am-12:30pm

Where? Clark Planetarium, 110 400 W, Salt Lake City Utah

Details:

This egg hunt is out of this world! Find cosmic goodies hiding among Jupiter’s moons, whirling tornado vortexes, and deep-space black holes.

There will be some fun science demos after the cosmic egg hunt -- see what happens to marshmallow peeps inside a vacuum chamber, and make household catapults to fling Easter Eggs.

This event is free to the public, but space is limited to the first 500 registrants so register today! Please note: only register for the number of kids who will be participating in your group (no need to include adults in your registration number).

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Easter Shenanigans Sunday Brunch 

When? Sunday, April 21, 2019. 11:00 am -1:00 pm

Where? Harbor Seafood & Steak Co., E, 2302 Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT

Details:

Enjoy Easter Brunch with flair!

Menu available online. Reservations necessary 

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2019 Easter Concert: “He is Risen”

When? Friday, April 19, 2019, and Saturday, April 20, 2019. 7:30 pm

Where? The Tabernacle, 50 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Details:

The Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square, the Bells on Temple Square, and the Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble will present “He Is Risen: A Sacred Easter Presentation”.

Admission is open to those eight-years and older. Tickets for the concerts are free and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Each patron may request up to four tickets. Patrons without tickets are encouraged to join the standby line by the flagpole on Temple Square for last-minute seating which is often available.

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Easter Egg Hunt Lego Edition

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9:00 am -10:00 am 

Where? Bricks & Minifigs, 1140 Brickyard Rd. 32, Salt Lake City, Utah

Details:

Join us this season for an Easter Egg Hunt LEGO® edition!

On April 20 from 9-10 am each child will have the opportunity to find 12 assorted eggs of their choice! Each egg will be filled with a special surprise and all children are guaranteed to walk away with at least a $15-20 value in merchandise/ prizes.

RSVP is a must as there are limited slots. Entrance fee is $15 each. Hoppy hunting!

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9th Annual Bunny Hop, Easter Brunch and Dance Party

When? Sunday, April 21, 2018. 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Where? Garage on Beck, 1199 Beck Street, Salt Lake City, Utah

Details:

On Sunday, April 21st the Garage on Beck Street will host Mr. Jesse Walker’s 9th Annual ‘Bunny Hop,’ presented by SLUG Magazine. This Easter Sunday celebration includes a brunch buffet, prizes, award-winning local DJ’s playing only vinyl records from brunch to sunset. Guests can also hunt for eggs, enjoy surprise guest artists and an appearance by the real Easter Bunny.

Funds raised at the Bunny Hop will benefit the IRC in Salt Lake City and the refugees they serve, supporting important programs helping refugees positively integrate into our community.

The day-long ‘hop’, which attracts an alternative crowd ranging in age and identity carries a tradition of community interaction and goodwill, helping attendees release a healthy dose of spring fever while making a positive social impact.

Cost of the event is $5.

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt

When? Saturday, April 20, 2019. 9:00 am -10:00 am

Where? First Presbytrian Church, 12 C St E, Salt Lake City, Utah

Details:

3 floors of Easter Eggs--a hunt for all ages! Join us for breakfast, songs, and an EPIC hunt for eggs!

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March 4, 2019

Utah's Top 10 Winter Destinations

Utah's Top 10 Winter Destination

Utah is full of awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping terrain. And in the winter time, this terrain becomes a vast playground for residents and visitors to explore. With desert and the Wasatch Mountains, it’s the place for everyone and anyone to find their winter wonderland. 

And don’t get too distracted by the famous ski resorts in Utah. It’s not just about skiing and snowboarding (Although, let’s be honest: It’s a huge part of Utah’s culture and lifestyle). But there’s much more to the fresh powder then just carving down the slopes. Here are Utah’s top 10 winter destinations that you’ll be dying to check out this winter:

1. Dive into the Crystal Hot Springs in Honeyville, Utah

Even if you’re in Salt Lake City, this is a must for a day trip. It’s an hour and a half drive from Salt Lake - but it’s entirely worth it. Crystal Hot Springs is a mix of hot and cold pools and baths. And surprisingly, it’s the world’s largest hot spring (yup, you read that right). They also offer lodging close by! Enjoy a day and night at the Hot Springs. Chill in the warm baths and escape that cold winter air for the day.

2. For the Skiers Out There Head to Park City, Utah

It’s the largest ski area in the USA. And on an average day, the number of tourists actually surpass the population of residents that live in the city. Forbes Traveler Magazine has even named it one of the top 20 prettiest towns in the USA to visit. You’ll get spectacular views and be able to dive into an abundant of outdoor winter activities. Go for the weekend or an entire week. It’s unlikely that you’ll run out of new runs or resorts to check out. It’s essentially the epitome for skiers and snowboarders alike. 

Suggested Accommodations: Deer Valley Resort is considered one of the best. Book early and dine and wine in style.

3. Go Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, or Fat Biking in Beautiful Millcreek Canyon 

Also located close to Salt Lake City, this spot offers a place for the explorer in you. And there are trails upon trails. You can also bring your furry friend - an added bonus for those dog-lovers out there.

4. Spend a Weekend at Sundance Mountain Resort Near Provo, Utah

It’s 5000 acres of slopes and twists and turns. And the runs are perfect for any level skier or snowboarder. It is also the hot spot for the Sundance Film Festival every year. And if you aren’t into skiing, there are other activities as well. You can feed your taste buds at a variety of restaurants, go for a hike, and just enjoy the view. This destination in Utah is not one to be missed!

5. Cozy Up in Daniels Summit Lodge Near Heber City, Utah

Looking for the ultimate family getaway? Try this backcountry lodging. You’ll find adventure, relaxation, and more. There’s a spa, hot tub pool, and more. Get a little rustic and getaway for the weekend or the week. You’ll love it here!

There’s also Soldier Hollow in Heber with sledding, tubing, and cross-country skiing galore!

6. Book Your Place at Brian Head Ski Resort in Iron County

Iron County has multiple recreational areas making it the perfect winter destination. You’ve got hiking, skiing, and more. And the Brian Head Ski Resort is where it’s at. This beautiful ski resort puts you right in the middle of all of Utah’s glory. You’re in the midst of the Red Rocky National Parks. And it’s a little less crowded than other Utah destinations - but not any less scenic or adventurous. 

7. Check Out Bryce Canyon National Park

While many opt to see this park in the summer, Bryce Canyon National Park is also open in the winter months. There are also fewer people in the winter, and you may get away with not having to pay an entrance fee. And the canyon itself is quite the site topped off with snow caps and a light snow dusting. Plus, there’s still lots to do. There’s cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding to enjoy in and around the park during the winter months.

8. Not into Outdoor Winter Activities? Head to Kanab, Utah

If winter isn’t exactly your thing, Kanab offers a warmer climate and less snow. You’re also close by to Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion Park, Lake Powell, and the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Kanab also hosts the Kanab Balloons and Tunes Festival in February. Fly up into the sky and see beautiful Utah from heights unknown.

9. Stay in Salt Lake City and Explore From There!

As aforementioned above, Many great activities and locations are accessible from Salt Lake City. Plus, it’s the capital of Utah. You get views of the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountain Range. On top of that, you’ll get the best of the best in entertainment and restaurants in and around the city. Spend a week or a weekend. We guarantee you won’t run out of things to do or places to explore.

10. Head to Eden and Visit Wasatch Parc for Some Serious Snow Tubing

You haven’t truly been snow tubing until you’ve done it at Wasatch Parc. It’s fun for the whole family. And there’s the Powder Mountain ski resort located nearby. Go tubing for the day, then spend the rest of the week hitting the slopes!

Utah is Yours to Explore!

Plan a different destination every year. Utah has a lifetime of opportunity and exploration for you and your family or significant other. And winter offers one of the best times to experience this beautiful and spectacular state! 

Posted in Living in Utah
Feb. 11, 2019

The Top 10 Neighborhoods In Salt Lake City | 2020 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.

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Jan. 27, 2019

Top 10 Upgrades to sell your house for Top Dollar

The Wall Street Journal came out with an article with the top 10 upgrades to sell your home for top dollar. While these upgrades aren’t specific to Utah, these ideas will help to separate your home and make it stand out, generate a higher price, and sell faster compared to the other homes on the market.
Here are the top upgrades listed in the article that are popular with buyers of luxury homes.
Listed in no particular order:

1. Retractable Glass Walls - Helps to bring in as much natural light in the home, helps the home feel open and modern.

2. High Ceilings - Cathedral ceilings, vaulted ceilings, ten-foot or higher ceilings are very popular and make a room fill spacious and add volume to a room.

3. Quartzite countertops - This natural stone has quickly replaced granite as the preferred countertop material choice for kitchens.  The stone comes in a broad variety, provides a crisp look, and is less likely to stain than marble.

4. Butler’s Pantry - Think ice makers that make the pebble ice, wine fridge, an extra dishwasher, a warming oven, and other extras that can help with entertaining. 

Butler's pantry

5. Smart Home Systems - Whether it is Vivint, Homeseer, Samsung Smarthings, Control4, Nest, Iris, or some other system that is designed to automate and simplify everything from lighting and thermostat to window treatments and streaming music to different parts of the house.  People love these and not only do they simplify thermostats, music streaming, etc, but they also can reduce power usage.

Smart Home Automation systems6. Larger Garages - People love garages.  Lots of people have extra cars, bikes, motorcycles, boats, side by sides, or other toys.  Having a larger garage really resonates with Utah home buyers.

7. Mother-in-law, Barn, Carriage House or other outbuildings - It seems that every other person I talk to these days is looking for a home with a mother in law apt and they are in high demand as are barns and other outbuildings that can be used either as a rental or other functional space.  You can see a current list of Utah homes with mother in law apartments here  (also referred to as homes with accessory apartments)  You can also see a list of current Utah homes with workshops here.

8. Spa Bathrooms - I have seen more and more upgraded master bathrooms with steam showers and stand-alone tubs and homeowners who are installing these after purchasing.  The article also talks about high-end Japanese toilets, but haven’t seen that as often, at least not in many Utah real estate markets.

Spa Bathrooms

9. Natural Decor - Neutral tones for furniture, paint choices, and flooring choices.

10. Generator - This has become very popular and not just for “Preppers” (People focused on emergency preparedness),  particularly in areas impacted by hurricanes over the last few years.

The Wall Street Journal article goes on to mention several turn-offs to luxury home buyers according to designers.  They are:

1. Granite

2. Jetted bathtubs

3. French Doors with mullions 

4. Unsightly built-in entertainment systems

5. Bidets

6. Heavy brown furniture

Here is a link to the entire Article - 

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