Congratulations! You’re moving to Salt Lake. In our opinion, you’ve chosen one of the very best places to live in the west. The people are friendly, the mountains are close, the restaurants are amazing, and there are plenty of jobs to be had. Now comes the hard part. Salt Lake City, and the areas that surround it, is filled with neighborhoods that all have their own unique character and draw. Choosing your new ‘hood wisely is vital to your happiness here in Utah. Here are 15 great neighborhoods in and around Salt Lake City.
With its tree lined streets, historic homes, walkability to top rated public and private schools, restaurants and grocery, Yalecrest has one of a kind charm. Add in the close proximity to downtown and the University of Utah and the convenience factor grows exponentially. It also has beautiful neighborhood parks and trails. A great place to live that has a diverse population and family-friendly values. Read more about Yalecrest here!
Neighborhood Median Cost: $797,500
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $242
This historic neighborhood established in the 1850s is known for its architecture and progressive community attitude. In the Lower Aves, you’ll discover Victorian era “Painted Ladies” with vibrant colors and curved architecture as well as twentieth century Tudors with pitched roofs and jettied first floors. In the Upper Aves, you’ll find newly renovated contemporary minimalist styling and spectacular skyline views. These unique architectural properties reflect not only the neighborhood’s history and growth over the years but the diversity and character of the people who live here. The Avenues has long been known and the neighborhood of choice for professors and students attending the University of Utah. Proximity to the University of Utah and downtown make The Avenues the ideal neighborhood for someone looking to reduce their green footprint. A higher home cost per square foot reflects this convenience, but quality of life makes up for the trade off. Read more about The Avenues here!
Neighborhood Median Price: $729,000
Average Price Per Square Feet: $291
Residents love Highland Park’s gorgeous mountain views, lovely quaint neighborhoods, convenient central location, and unique shopping and dining. Tucked into its cozy tree-lined streets are some of the prettiest homes around— a conglomeration of architectural styles that, while unique, are unified in charm. Minutes from anywhere—downtown Salt Lake, the University of Utah, and of course, enough skiing and hiking to satisfy the most enthusiastic adventurer. Find more information on Highland Park here!
Neighborhood Median Cost: $410,203
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $203
Located in South Jordan, and nestled at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains, this neighborhood is continually ranked as the best place to live in Utah. Residents are drawn to this master-planned community for its walkable (and bikeable) access to parks, shopping, trails and Oquirrh Lake. Daybreak is composed of twelve neighborhoods, or villages. These villages have a wide variety of houses, condos and townhomes to fit any lifestyle or budget. This community-centric neighborhood has a lower cost of living and cost per square foot than other Salt Lake City neighborhoods. Residents have the flexibility of commuting to Salt Lake City’s downtown or nearby Silicon Slopes. Daybreak is well-known for its top-rated public and charter schools. To learn more, click here!
Neighborhood Median Price: $417,000
Average Price Per Square Feet: $154
Salt Lake’s “City between the Canyons” offers some of the best of Salt Lake living: quick access to the mountains, low cost of living and conveniently located shopping and dining. Cottonwood Height is also earning a reputation as a city between cities. Commuters can find an intermediary base here between downtown Salt Lake and Utah County’s Silicone Slopes. A lower home cost per square foot, and nearby outdoor attractions are making this city increasingly popular with the Millennial crowd. To learn more about Cottonwood Heights click here!
Neighborhood Median Cost: $629,000
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $183
North Salt Lake and Bountiful
These two areas are best known for an easy commute to Salt Lake; access to nearby foothill trails; and larger homes and lots with a lower cost per square foot than Salt Lake County. You’ll find plenty of older homes in the historic district and foothills and newer construction and subdivisions in North Salt Lake. Shop on historic Bountiful Main Street or at convenient big box national retail chains. Enjoy three, 18-hole golf courses, several tennis and golf clubhouses, and a short drive to Willard Bay for boating and sailing. For year-round mountain adventure you are only an hour drive to Snowbasin ski resort and Pineview reservoir. For more information about North Salt Lake and Bountiful, click here!
Neighborhood Median Price: $456,900
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $161
Residents swear that Holladay feels more like a small town than part of a bigger metropolis. Here you’ll discover stunning views of the mountains and wide, meandering lanes. Homes built during the post-war era sit on large lots graced with old growth cottonwood and lindon trees. The new Holladay Town Center adds a trendy vibrancy to this neighborhood’s historic main street. This family-friendly area has a higher cost of living than other surrounding neighborhoods. And with that you can count on excellent libraries, schools, parks, community programs, manicured streets and convenient access to freeway and canyons. Learn more about Holladay here!
Neighborhood Median Price: $523,800
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $200
Draper, Utah is Salt Lake’s southernmost east-side city. Its foothill neighborhoods are known for their spacious homes, quiet cul-de-sacs and spectacular views. In old Draper, you will find shady parks, farm properties, and more affordable homes and condominiums. Draper’s public school system offers quality neighborhood and public charter options. And private schools such as Juan Diego and Waterford (in nearby Sandy) are consistently ranked best in state.
Residents have convenient access to national shopping and dining chains, as well as popular local businesses. You will also find a high number of transplants from out-of-state living in Draper and commuting to Utah County’s Silicone Slopes. Enjoy unprecedented access to mountain biking and hiking trails up Corner and Red Rock Canyon. Learn more about Draper here!
Neighborhood Median Cost: $620,000
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $158
Salt Lake’s most eccentric neighborhood reaches from 1300 South to 3000 South and spans from 700 East to Foothill Drive. It is an easy place to settle into. A quaint area of the city with trendy coffee shops, bars where everyone knows your name and a bevy of diverse restaurants. The area holds two big-box shopping centers, plenty of local boutique shopping and mini gyms, manicured parks, bike trails and the liberal arts college, Westminster. Click here to read more about Sugarhouse!
Neighborhood Median Price: $550,000
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $248
On the foothills of the Oquirrh mountains, once sleepy farmland is now home to Salt Lake’s youngest and fastest growing population. The Wasatch Mountains tower to the east creating spectacular vistas framed by idyllic horse property and new property development. South Jordan residents enjoy a higher-than average quality of life. Master-planned communities integrate public transportation, shopping, parks and trails, and eco-friendly housing options. To read more about South Jordan, click here!
Neighborhood Median Price: $405,889
Average Price Per Square Feet: $174
Best known for new construction and subdivisions, convenient shopping, access to recreation and community programs, and family-friendly neighborhoods with a large population of children and teenagers. To see pictures and read more information, click here!
Neighborhood Median Price: $393,500
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $141
Known for: Cross-commuting between Salt Lake and Provo, larger lots and homes, country-like feel, large population of children and teenagers, mix of custom homes, subdivisions, new homes and older builds, mountainside and valley lots. To read more about Alpine, click here!
Neighborhood Median Cost: $732,000
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $153
Farmington and Kaysville
Known for: Top-ranking schools, country-like feel coupled with modern amenities, large population of children and teenagers, Station Park, TRAX commuter rail, Farmington Bay refuge and trails, charming main streets, large lots and homes, new construction and subdivisions. To learn more about these cities, click here!
Neighborhood Median Cost: $480,000
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $166
Millcreek embodies everything that makes Salt Lake City great: close proximity to year-round outdoor recreation, an industrious vibe, and a harmonious blend of heritage and progress. Comprised of four communities (Canyon Rim, Millcreek, East Millcreek, and Mount Olympus) the township stretches from the foothills of Mount Olympus to the banks of the Jordan River. You will find some of Salt Lake’s best values for first-time home owners to the west near St. Mark’s hospital and some of the city’s most expensive properties to the east in Olympus Hills. To learn more about this area, click here!
Neighborhood Median Cost: $450,000
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $203
This neighborhood is best known for its breathtaking eastside views, and convenient access to freeways and canyons. It has newer homes with more square footage, tons of convenient shopping, dining and entertainment. Family-friendly schools and neighborhoods are yet another benefit of living in Sandy. To learn more, click here!
Neighborhood Median Cost: $537,500
Average Cost Per Square Feet: $171
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