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Living in the SLC metro region

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I was contacted by a headhunter who is discussing an interesting career move that would relocate me to Salt Lake City.

The Job is right on target in terms of interesting work and other objectives. However, compensation would not be as good as a similar position in Chicago.

My wife and I will be empty-nesters in 2 years, so we don't need a sprawling estate; a town-house would do it.

Is SLC affordable?

Cheers,

Michael
post #2 of 23
Yes SLC is very affordable and if you like the outdoors there is no better place. True wages will not be what they are in Chicago but you wont need as much to live here.
post #3 of 23
Great quality of life- I am located about 50 miles North of SLC (Ben is not my name but rather the mountain I live beneath) in a community with mountains on 2 sides and views of the Great Salt Lake. There is somewhat of a culture shock/difference: from the Midwest...Or anywhere for that matter. Although overall very family oriented and as steelman indicated, fantastic outdoor activities year-round.
post #4 of 23
House prices tend to be very reasonable. Sounds like you could look in The Avenues for the type of accomodation you want. Prices at the resorts is silly although it is possible to commute from Park City, say, to SLC. Park City would help insulate you from the culture shock. Incidentally I turned down a full-time job in SLC to stay in Tahoe, but for many reasons.
post #5 of 23
Not that this will help much but I just returned from a week in Park City. While we there, we visited with some high school friends (now in their late 30's) who just moved to SLC about two years ago. They grew up and lived in Orange County, CA the rest of their young lives. Anyway....they said that after about a week, they knew they never planned to leave Utah and the SLC region.

They aren't Mormon and when I asked them if "the Church" affects their daily goings-on, they commented how they do **ALOT** of stuff on Sunday's because every place is empty. Other than that, they don't really notice any difference at all.
post #6 of 23
I moved back to Utah (Park City) after 10 years in the Bay Area. Best move I ever made. Cost of living (even in PC) is far less and I won't even get into the all outdoor actitivies out here. Only thing we miss is the ocean, but I've got parents with a big guest house in SoCal to go to when we need to. Family also loves it here (wife doesn't need to work anymore).

Powdr

EDIT: I do commute to SLC and it's a dream of a drive. No traffic, easy highway the whole way. Alta is also 20 minutes from my work & I go skinning up there at least once a week
post #7 of 23
I have lived all over the country, this is my take:

It really depends on where you live.
cost of living is great but the culture shock does exist if you live in the South SLC suburbs as well as the far west SLC suburbs as well as some parts of Davis County and definitely in Provo (Utah County). For the most part. SLC, Sugarhouse, Avenues, PC and most other places in the city are very normal and the culture, although mountain, is similar to California and Colorado. People in Utah like to poke fun at the local mormon influenced culture so it isn't like people are overly sensitive about the differences unless you are a pretty hardcore mormon or christian.

SLC is a nice place, Utah is incredibly pretty and the people are very friendly. The city itself is kind of sophisticated with a very down to earth population and even a little funky.

Sunday is the best day do most things, very few people out.

What kind of work do you do?
post #8 of 23
If you are going to live in an Urban area SLC has a lot going for it. You can with in a 45 min drive be in a wilderness area . Drive a few hours south in the Red Rock Country. In The spring you can ski in the morning and get 9 holes of golf in , in the afternoon. World class fly fishing is close by. There is a very good Symphony and Opera and lots of other cultural events all year. Do I need to bring up 10 world class ski resorts all within an hour of SLC?
post #9 of 23
It's very affordable in most areas, and the convenience is hard to beat!
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by altagirl
and the convenience is hard to beat!

They even MAKE you have wal-marts in Sandy!!! :wink:
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by zion zig zag
They even MAKE you have wal-marts in Sandy!!! :wink:
Despite my complaints about Walmarts and dog restrictions in the canyons... I really do like it here!
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by steelman
Yes SLC is very affordable and if you like the outdoors there is no better place. True wages will not be what they are in Chicago but you wont need as much to live here.
Have heard people refer to this as being paid in Sunshine Dollars, ... lower wages are more than made up for with the mountain lifestyle.
post #13 of 23
Sunshine Dollars... I like it. Lets put it this way - I grew up and lived in LA for 28 years and I am positive that I will live longer out here.
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses. I'm going to aggressively follow-up and see where the situation leads. The company and the quality of the work is very exciting. It includes about 20 weeks a year of international travel, something I've enjoyed in the past and am ready for again.

I'll probably structure a bare-bones road-warrior cost-of-living structure in SLC for the first two years, if I am offered a position : .

Additional thoughts and resorces will continue to be appreciated!

Cheers,

Michael
post #15 of 23
Did you get my response?
post #16 of 23

Consider Park City

Park City is a really nice town, but of course a lot more expensive than SLC. It's still probably undervalued compared to a lot of other ski towns though. You'll probably pay half of PC if you live in SLC though. Everyone's definition of expensive is realtive though.
post #17 of 23
And Don't forget Altagirl is a real estate agent so she can help you find someplace that meets your needs.....

L
post #18 of 23
I wish someone would headhunt me to work in SLC. Although the chances of that happening are pretty remote seeing as I live in England!
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by PRC
I wish someone would headhunt me to work in SLC. Although the chances of that happening are pretty remote seeing as I live in England!
You never know? My friends are from all over; My wife is an Italian and a graduate of the University of Rome.

PM me and I'll provide some tips.

Cheers,

Michael
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Lonnie
And Don't forget Altagirl is a real estate agent so she can help you find someplace that meets your needs.....

L
Thanks Lonnie! (I sent him a PM yesterday with my info... ) I'd be happy to post some examples of what townhomes/condos are running here, but of course it varies a lot with size, style, age, area... But most people from other metro areas are shocked in a good way at our low prices. Unless, of course you're looking in Deer Valley or trying to find something at Alta, etc.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by PRC
I wish someone would headhunt me to work in SLC. Although the chances of that happening are pretty remote seeing as I live in England!
What kind of work do you do?
post #22 of 23
Be warned that Park City had major price increases in Homes this past year. In some areas it was 30% to 50% increase in price! I have seen some condo units that were selling in the mid 200k range now selling for $450k! There might still be some less expensive places in the Jeromy Ranch, Pinebrook, Summit Park area.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by okolepuka
What kind of work do you do?
I work in sport and leisure across one of the counties in England. I'm responsible for the stratgic development of facilities and the business development of ourselves and our partners. My partner works in the same field but more marketing and performance management. Incidentally on this same topic, I've just had an email from a friend who is moving out of the UK to New Zealand to live and work.
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