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Where in the SLC area should I live?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
The wife and I are headed out to Salt Lake City in January to check the area out and figure out where we want to live. I know nothing about the area and I'm hoping locals can help me figure out what towns/suburbs are worth checking out?

Yes I've done a search on this general topic, but was looking for more specific info.

The town(s) should meet the following criteria:
a) Low Mormon influence (relatively) No offense to those of the LDS faith, but we're just not big on organized religions and don't want to feel religious "pressure".
b) Near skiing and mtn. biking
c) Not a hell commute into SLC (jobs)
d) Good real estate prices
e)Younger, less family oriented "vibe"

Here are some of the ones I've checked out on Mapquest:
Park City
Sandy
Midvale
East Millcreek
Murray
Cottonwood Heights
Mount Aire
Altus
Summit Park
Kimball Junction

I'll be out there for a week, so checking all the above towns out is not possible. So, which of the above (or any that I didn't mention) are the best bets?

We don't mind a 30-40 minute commute and we don't mind suburban living.

Thanks!
post #2 of 19
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Originally posted by Gill:
I know nothing about the area
Well, that's an interesting way to choose a place to live.
post #3 of 19
Got good skiing in Brooklyn, JD? [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Hats off to you for wanting to be near skiing, Gill. I don't know anything about Utah, even though I lived there briefly when I was younger.

If I were going to move near skiing, I'd go to Washington. It's close to Canada, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana.

I came to Vermont knowing nothing about it. I'm glad I'm here.
post #4 of 19
i think you will be gloriously surprised at how un-mormon the town of SLC can be! i know i was... i have good friends who live there (convenient for me, as a crashing place for alta, snowbird, solitude...) and they are distinctly UN-mormon, couldnt get much more as a matter of fact. park city is becoming ultra yuppy and pretentious IMHO, i hope that i am wrong on this though : ... sandy is nice and close to skiing/biking/etc access as it is essentially the gateway to l'il cottonwood canyon... i have found that the further you get from the city, unless you go up up up into the mnts, the further you get from good beer, cool bars, good coffee shops... all of which SLC has in decent amounts [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

as a side note, i have decided that if (when) i fail out of my master's program, i am going to take a hiatus in SLC [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #5 of 19
Quote:
Originally posted by Gill:
The wife and I are headed out to Salt Lake City in January to check the area out and figure out where we want to live. I know nothing about the area and I'm hoping locals can help me figure out what towns/suburbs are worth checking out?

Yes I've done a search on this general topic, but was looking for more specific info.

The town(s) should meet the following criteria:
a) Low Mormon influence (relatively) No offense to those of the LDS faith, but we're just not big on organized religions and don't want to feel religious "pressure".
b) Near skiing and mtn. biking
c) Not a hell commute into SLC (jobs)
d) Good real estate prices
e)Younger, less family oriented "vibe"

Here are some of the ones I've checked out on Mapquest:
Park City
Sandy
Midvale
East Millcreek
Murray
Cottonwood Heights
Mount Aire
Altus
Summit Park
Kimball Junction

I'll be out there for a week, so checking all the above towns out is not possible. So, which of the above (or any that I didn't mention) are the best bets?

We don't mind a 30-40 minute commute and we don't mind suburban living.

Thanks!
a) Salt lake City is approximately 45% LDS. The suburbs are much higher than that. The areas in SLC to check out are Sugarhouse, 9th and 9th, and some areas in the Avenues.

b) Everything is close in this valley. I live in Sugarhouse and can get to the PC area resorts in approx. 20 minutes and Alta in about 30 minutes (depending on road conditions). I can ride to a great trail head (Shoreline Trail) in about 10 minutes. tons of trails in all of the canyons.

c) SLC averages one of the lowest commute times for a major city in the country. The average commute time is just over 20 minutes. Obviously, the further you live from work, the longer you will commute. Light rail goes into downtown from Sandy and east to the University of Utah.

d) umm, my personal feeling is that the entire real estate market is over inflated in Utah. The suburbs are typically cheaper. Summit County area is much more expensive.

e) again, Sugarhouse, 9th and 9th, or some of the downtown condo's.

Park City is the most non-LDS area in the state. The suburbs (Summit Park, Kimball Junction) around PC are a bit more LDS, but still nothing compared to Sandy, Midvale, Millcreek, Murray, Cottonwood Heights. Mt Aire is primarily a gated summer cabin area, with some lower residents living year round. The road does not get plowed, but sees a lot of snowcat and snowmobile traffic, and you can drive a vehicle up a little ways (it has been about 10 years since I was there in the winter, so maybe this has changed) I have no idea where Altus is.
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
jamesdeluxe - hey, I gotta start somewhere, right? The move is still like a year off, so I figure if I start scouting areas now and spending my vacations out in the areas, I'll have a much better idea of what the area is like.

Bonni - Washington is on the list of places to check out.

howerpound - Thanks for the encouraging words. As for Park City, ultra yuppy and pretentious is actually a good thing. My wife is in real estate and anything that would create a strong housing market is a good thing for us.

cololi - Thanks for the information. Good stuff.

[ September 16, 2003, 11:59 AM: Message edited by: Gill ]
post #7 of 19
Dear Gill,

I live in the East Mill Creek (that's three words, not East Millcreek) area of Salt Lake City. As chairman of the East Mill Creek Community Council, it would be my pleasure to show you and your lovely bride around both the valley and the mountains.

Regarding items B & C on your list, I think you will be pleasantly surprised how accessible recreation opportunities are from anywhere in the valley - to say nothing of the State.

A, D & E are relative measures and are best determined by you and the Mrs.

When I need to go shopping - grocery or otherwise - it's right around the corner. Freeway access in any direction is likewise only minutes away.

Finally, I can tell you that from where I live I can be at any of seven ski resorts in 30 minutes or less. Add four more resorts within an hour's drive. All of these areas - and many in between - offer fabulous hiking and biking opportunites when they're not covered with snow.

Send me a PM if I can be of further assistance,

IG
post #8 of 19
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Originally posted by Inspector Gadget:
from where I live I can be at any of seven ski resorts in 30 minutes or less. Add four more resorts within an hour's drive.
IG
...but how do you ever decide where to go : ??? sounds just horrible to me [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]
post #9 of 19
Quote:
Originally posted by Inspector Gadget:
As chairman of the East Mill Creek Community Council
Does that mean that you're the person I would contact if I wanted to change the color of beige on the exterior of my house?
post #10 of 19
Quote:
Originally posted by jamesdeluxe:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Inspector Gadget:
As chairman of the East Mill Creek Community Council
Does that mean that you're the person I would contact if I wanted to change the color of beige on the exterior of my house?</font>[/quote]No, you would contact Pratt and Lambert.

IG
post #11 of 19
I wouldn't rule out looking north to Layton or other Ogden suburbs. The commute time isn't bad from that direction and you're very close to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain. I lived in Salt Lake City for about three years. I'm a Mormon so maybe I can't help but look at things through a Mormon prism. However, I think you'll be surprised that most Mormons are pretty accepting and non-intrusive toward people not of the Mormon faith.

I would agree that Sugarhouse is a nice area, but real estate prices are a bit on the expensive side. Houses there are generally older (but classy).
post #12 of 19
Gill, you lucky bastard!

forgive james, he arrived here after your more active posting a few years ago

you'd hate living near SLC. the DH runs and XC trails around there suck so bad that they're unbearably fun. and you already know how good the skiing is.

I'd say go for it. In addition to being great, it's pretty close to Fruita and Moab and the types of riding they offer.
post #13 of 19
Here's a house a Maggot recently bought in Sugarhouse. Nice place (reminds me of the housing stock near downtown Denver, which I always liked... check out the swamp cooler up top!) and the guy says it didn't cost him an arm and a leg.
post #14 of 19
Gill:

You're making an excellent choice. My wife and I lived in SLC for seven years prior to finally moving this summer to where we live now.

We knew very little about Salt Lake either when we first moved there, other than it's close to great skiing. We were considering Denver or Seattle as well as SLC, but chose Salt Lake because of how close it is to great skiing. Our house was in the Holladay area, which is close to great skiing. We were 14 miles from downtown SLC in one direction and 14 miles from the Snowbird parking lot in the other.

As far as question (a) is concerned, we didn't find it a big deal one way or the other. Our neighborhood was very definitely predominantly LDS, but it didn't affect our lives a bit. The Mormons in our area made a couple of mild attempts to interest us when we first moved in and were very understanding when we explained we weren't interested. We actually had LDS nieghbors on all sides and I couldn't ask for nicer people and better neighbors. They never even called the cops when we had major beer-consumption ski parties on the back deck.

I think you'll find that most of the neighborhoods near the mountains on the east side of the valley will offer you everything you want. Biking, hiking, and climbing (take it up if you don't already) are all incredibly close if you live on the east side. Not to mention great skiing. If you wife is in real estate, she'll figure out very quickly which areas offer the best combination of value and access.

Personally, I would choose among Sandy, Midvale, East Millcreek, Murray, Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Sugarhouse, or some of the east benches - assuming you can find houses in your price range. I think those areas offer tremendous access to Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons (great skiing, hiking, climbing), Millcreek Canyon (hiking and biking), I-80 and I-215 (to go wherever you want), etc. For my nickel, living in Park City/Kimball Junction means a longer drive if you want to go visit the Cottonwood Canyons, but that's just me.

Anyway, I bet you'll love it there.

Did I mention how close it is to great skiing?

Bob
post #15 of 19
What the heck is LDS? :
post #16 of 19
LDS = The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (ie, their official name).

www.lds.org

Tom / PM
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Tanks folks! I'm constantly amazed at this online community. I toss out a post looking for information on where to live in the SLC area and I get a TON of great info as well as an invitation to be shown around.

You guys are awesome!

The move is still like a year off, but I'm already tasting the powder face shots. I'll be out there for a week in mid-January. Ironically, I won't have enough time to go skiing. This will most likely mean that Utah will get it's single largest dump in history that week, so mark your calendars.
post #18 of 19
Ok Time for one of the Park City yuppies to chime in. I have some time to post since the BMW is in the shop and it's to much f a chilly in the morning I would just hate myself if my Caddy got a cold while I was playing Golf. You and your bride may want to host a Dinner at Grappa for the members of the Park City residents selection commity.I'll be happy to put in a good word for you and your Wife. By the way Sigi my personal Ski Instrutor for the past 7 years, just got a better offer from Bill Gates. I'll be looking to replace her this Season. Please send a resume care of epicski.
If you can't do a night at Grappa maybe you could just buy a few Beers at O Shucks or the No Name Saloon. By the way Park City's nick name is Bark City how Many Dogs do you Own?
post #19 of 19
"And this city was still the same...
I mean, look at it! There's nothing going on. That's what I saw when I looked out over the city: nothing. How the Mormon settlers looked upon this valley, and felt that it was the promised land, is beyond me. I don't know, maybe it looked different back then."

And then you have to go to wyoming to buy beer!!

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