Salt Lake City has many ‘informal’ neighborhoods that have popular definitions rather than legal definitions. So have fun, keep an open mind, and enjoy the neighborhood descriptions we’ve put together for the Salt Lake real estate market.
Downtown is an eclectic mix of turn-of-the century homes, condos, and urban lofts. The downtown area offers an unparalleled music and arts culture, excellent dining opportunities, entertainment, and public transportation. Politically, the downtown area and Salt Lake City proper are predominantly Democrat. Salt Lake City has finally become an urban destination, and supports its locals with plenty to see and do within minutes of your door step!
Built mostly from 1900 to the 1940’s, the 9th and 9th area is one of the most liberal and cultural areas of Salt Lake City. Plan on finding many bungalows, victorians, and federal style homes in this area. It is a popular landing place for educated people of all ages and offers one of the city’s most popular walking neighborhood with locally owned shops and businesses including options for independent movies, coffee, road cycles, bread, novelties, and dining! Diversity, culture, and localism are common threads that bind the people of this eclectic neighborhood.
If you like culture, you’ll love the Avenues. The Avenues are located on a large, sweeping hillside overlooking downtown and the entire Salt Lake valley. The home styles and architecture are the most diverse in all of Salt Lake City, including Queen Anne Victorian, federal style, ranch, bungalow, modern, and brand new. This area sells at a premium and varies greatly in price from one part of the Avenues to another. You’ll find many small, local neighborhood shops along with many university and academia types. Even though it is spendy it is, by and large, a more earthy crunchy area than a showcase for glamorous lifestyles. It’s diversity does embrace the many lifestyles and incomes which are so uniquely ‘The Avenues.’ Expect to also find numerous apartments and condominiums in the area, as it is convenient to both downtown and the University of Utah.
Often mis-spelled ‘Sugarhouse,’ this is a very popular are for somewhat-urban first and second-time home buyers. The area was once known for, and is today again, a neighborhood business area with parks, locally owned businesses, and a few bigger stores like Barnes & Noble or Nordstrom Rack. Sugar House offers plenty of diversity in lifestyles and architecture, but is known most for the classic bungalow and arts-and-crafts bungalows. This is the area of Salt Lake where one can discover the first conformities in style with rows of bungalows. Sugar House embraces many income levels, with prices of homes generally going up as you travel eastward.
Liberty Park is an excellent urban playground for many first time home buyers, and offers the best pricing for urban dwellers that prefer to live in residential neighborhoods instead of downtown. The area is informally named after the city’s most popular park which includes an aviary, amusement park, tennis, swimming, a running track, pavilions, playgrounds and more. Most of the homes in this area are pre-1950, including some excellent examples of quaint bungalows, small to sprawling Victorians, and a few great examples of federal style homes. And it’s all within 5 minutes of downtown Salt Lake City and the University of Utah.
‘Harvard / Yale’ and ‘Yalecrest’ are some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Salt Lake City, showing off the rare but impressive grand tudors. These neighborhoods are some of the most expensive in the city, and are also some of the best groomed. Income levels are typically higher with renovation, excellent dining, and professional landscapers always nearby. Harvard / Yale is also home to one of Salt Lake City’s very first professionally developed communities.
Though a part of Harvard /Yale and Yalecrest, this little corner is often mentioned in daily conversation of the locals. There are some excellent local dining opportunities found here along with a local book store, a coffee shop, and more. The neighborhood is very well-groomed and is generally more expensive than Sugar House, but relaxed a bit from the prices of Harvard Ave and Yale Ave, just down the street.
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