Utah’s capital is Salt Lake City and it just happens to have the state’s largest population. The city’s original name was Great Salt Lake given by Mormons who settled in the area and founded the city in 1847. As a result, Salt Lake City, Utah, happens to be one of the oldest cities in the region. Not many days after arriving, Brigham Young picked out the location for the Temple. The Temple took 40 years to complete and today remains on Temple Square and is an important part of the city. It is from this spot that all measurements, for land, lots, blocks, and ultimately houses for sale in SLC are taken. Over the years, the population growth of Salt Lake began to shift as roads were built connecting these more rural areas, and homes were built in the suburban areas North and South of the city. Over time these towns expanded and many incorporated but never lost that tie to downtown SLC.
Salt Lake City Real Estate Means The S.L. Valley
There are many neighborhoods in Salt Lake City, and most of them are informal. The east and west sides of the city vary significantly in property values as well as demographics. In general, Salt Lake City real estate in the eastern part of the city has higher property values and the west side is more affordable.
Capitol Hill, Sugar House, Rose Park, Glendale, Poplar Grove, The Avenues, Federal Heights, and East Bench are a good sampling of the many neighborhoods in Salt Lake City. These aforementioned neighborhoods range from poor and humble to multimillion homes perched on lush landscaped yards.
Salt Lake City Neighborhoods
Over the years individual neighborhoods have sprung up that reflect the history or the personality of its citizens and their Real Estate. Some of these neighborhoods are:
Avenues: Northeast of downtown Salt Lake City; is an older residential area of many magnificent older homes and Mansions. Many refurbished homes and condo and business conversions.
Capital Hill: A very affluent residential area near the state capital. Newer than the avenues,more expensive the higher up the hill the houses are built. Few resales hit the open market.
Central City: Of coarse includes the commercial district, but the residential area stretches from about 1st So.to 13th East, to 13th W.
Federal Heights: An affluent area of older homes built along the east benches. Named to remember the Federal troop settlement housed above Fort Douglas where the Universty of Utah now stands.
Sugar House: One of Salt Lakes most desirable neighborhoods. Recalls a sugar mill started but never finished in the early 1850s. The same style home for sale, built in the same era in Glendale, UT would sell for about $100,000 less than a house for sale in Sugar House.
Rose Park: World War 11 era housing located in the NWest part of Salt Lake starting at about 6th West. Area has recently been thru tough times, but plans for some new construction, both commercial and residential may be in time to turn the area around.
Shopping in Salt Lake City is convenient because there are some outstanding shopping centers located in most of the communities that have blossomed from SLC.
Anchored near 1st W and 1st So. the major downtown shopping area is undergoing a complete overhaul. The Crossroads Plaza, and the ZCMI center are undergoing massive rennovation and reconstruction and expect to connect, combine and open again in 2011 as the largest indoor mall in the state. In the meantime, just down the street a new shopping experience, "The Gateway" provides visitors over 130 shopping and eating opportunities.
Nine blocks south and 7 blocks east, in old trolley car barns (a part of the National Historical Society) exists "Trolley Square" offering some very unique, boutique shopping possibilties.
Shoppers in the South end of the valley access "South Town", Currently Utahs largest shopping experience with over 150 stores and a large variety of eating establishments. Cotton Wood Mall when it reopens will serve the East side of the SL Valley and the Holladay Cottonwood area. Valley Fair Mall is 2700 blks West, and boasts over 100 retail outlets to cater to the home owners and families on the west side. Fashion Place Mall, in Murray contributes 120 stores and restaraunts to the Salt Lake City UT family or visitor.
Southwest of Salt Lake in those areas that have experienced the most new home development, like South Jordans Daybreak, and Rose Creek in Herriman, new shopping centers are being built. The District in S.Jordan has joined Jordan Landing in West Jordan in offering new retail and dining options.
Salt Lake City International Airport served about 20 million passengers last year and offers almost 1000 flights on 16 Airlines. International travel or air travel accomodations are just minutes away from downtown SL City.
Auto travel in and out of the state capital is also convenient. Salt Lake City is linked to all cities East and West by Interstate 80. Have relatives North or South ? Link up with Interstate 15 that bisects the city.
Local transportation is provided by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) that operates over 100 bus routes thruought the Salt Lake Metro area and connects to all the larger cities in the S.L. Valley.
Also operated by the UTA is the transit express, or as it is called locally "Trax". Trax is a light rail system that links Salt Lake City South to Midvale, Murray, and Sandy UT, and East to the University of Utah, and the University Hospital. Additional lines are planned to connect SLC with the suburbs of West Valley, West Jordan, South Jordan and Draper.