I am tossing around the idea of relocating from crowded suburban New York to Utah and was wondering if you folks could shed some light on the best place to be overall (I know this can be an individual thing). I will pose a couple of Pro/Con thoughts on two locations, please comment or add your own, the more opinions and info the better.
Wasatch Front: (Cottonwood Heights, Sandy, Etc.)
A. Very close to Cottonwood Canyon skiing which I like ALOT better than Park City side skiing, Snowbird and Alta in particular my favorite, you just can't beat the terrain, conditions and scenery..
B. Cheaper Real Estate than Summit County and P.C. (although I don't need much square footage, and yard size dependent on if I get a dog)
C. CLoser to all the amenities and services of the city (doctors, dentists, supermarkets, clubs, events, parks, etc.)
A. Scary/Hairy drive up and down canyon roads at times to get to resorts (how often does this happen, If you get a reasonably serious 4WD will you be okay?) Canyon closings and traffic lineups during big snowstorms.
B. No offense to locals, but more of a boring, strip mall, suburbia feel (which I live in now) as opposed to more resort town feel of P.C. Although the view of the "Front" more majestic.
C. You do have to drive or catch the bus to ski, P.C. has locations you can walk from, or much shorter dirve.
D. Hotter summers and a pollution "inversion" to have to deal with.
Wasatch Back: (Park City, Heber, Midway, Etc.)
A. No Scary/Hairy canyon drives or closures, free bus system so you don't even have to start the car.
B. Charming "Resort" town feel loaded with mining history, Swiss type themes, stricter zoning, wealthy tax base form non year round residents benefits year rounders.
C. Tons of events from ski jumping, bobsled, concerts, festivals, etc. to attend year round.
A. Real Estate much more expensive so you have to go further out, settle for a "compromised" location (right ont the service road of I-80) or cut your amenities and square footage (again, not a problem so much for me) to get closer in to P.C. central (Midway and Heber cheaper but further out and a LONG way from the Cottonwood Canyons if you want to shoot around for a day) P.C. townhome and condo complexes much less dog friendly.
B. Skiing less challenging, more goomed "country club" style stuff, views less majestic, etc.
C. Not as many doctors, dentists, supermarkets, clubs and organizations, etc. as SLC and the "front" would offer.
D. Cooler summers (but it gets colder earlier and stays cold longer) no pollution "inversion" well at least not presently.
What would YOU do...? All help and opinions appreciated, Thank You