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Do Downtown Salt Lake City Like A Local

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Feb 28, 2016

1258706.SLCNightSkyline1-smHome of the recently dubbed “Silicon Slopes” (IT, software development, hardware manufacturing, and research firms along the Wasatch Front), Salt Lake City is a pretty big deal. The Downtown area offers a plethora of entertainment, culture and diversion for every lifestyle and interest. Explore Salt Lake City and find out why YOU love it.

Getting Around

On Foot

The downtown area of Salt Lake City is very pedestrian friendly and the grid layout of the streets makes it easy to navigate.

Public Transportation

Within the downtown area, UTA allows passengers to ride both the bus and the train at no cost: The “free fare zone” is the area within the State Capitol to the north, 200 East, 500 South and Salt Lake Central Station to the west.


The city’s grid layout and ample parking places make navigating downtown by car easy.


Temple Square

The three-block plaza presents nearly 20 attractions related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Anchored by the majestic Salt Lake Temple and other fascinating buildings like the expansive Tabernacle and the Gothic-style Assembly Hall. Stroll through scenic gardens and past the gurgling fountains.

Abravanel Hall

Home of the Utah Symphony & Opera and host to many other concerts. The excellent acoustics are praised by musical experts as among the finest of any modern concert hall.

Capitol Theatre

A landmark in downtown Salt Lake since 1913, it is known today for its elegant turn-of-the-century architecture and serves as the home for Ballet West, Utah Opera, Children’s Dance Theatre, and Broadway Across America–Utah.

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

With its three theatres, studio spaces, permanent art installations, and rotating art gallery, the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center is a performance hub for Salt Lake’s artists and performing arts companies.

The City Library Plaza

The 240,000-square-foot library features a 6-story walkable curving wall and a rooftop garden. Inside are shops and a cafe at ground level and reading galleries above, with spiraling fireplaces on 4 levels, abundant natural light, and magnificent views. The plaza has a reflecting pool and fountain.

The Leonardo at Library Square

The Leonardo has created an innovative, dynamic space that ignites the imagination of visitors of all ages and inspires them to see the world in a new way.

Gallivan Center

The Gallivan Center features an expanded grassy amphitheater, a huge ice rink, a unique array of art projects and a two-story, copper finished, banquet, party and meeting facility.

Clark Planetarium

10,000 square feet of free exhibits and the Orbital ATK 3D IMAX® Theatre or Hansen Dome Theatre.

The Depot

The Depot is home to Utah’s best indoor concert scene. In addition to live music, The Depot has also become a favorite location for corporate events, meetings, weddings and more.


City Creek Center

Salt Lake City’s premier shopping and dining destination was recently awarded “Best Retail Development in the Americas.” This unique shopping environment features a fully retractable glass roof, hourly fountain shows, waterfalls, and a sparkling creek that runs through the entire project.

Entertainment and Adventure

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn Salt Lake City into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Start when you want and play at your pace.

Ballet West

Ballet West boasts a rich and varied repertoire, elegant and versatile artists and an American style and legacy that is as dynamic, expansive and unexpected as the Rocky Mountain region it represents. Ballet West has toured the world several times over presenting the very best in American classical ballet.

Modern West Fine Art

Modern West Fine Art is a western art gallery with a modern vision. Representing over thirty world-class contemporary artists from across the country.


Nauvoo Cafe

The Nauvoo Cafe is located on the corner of South Temple and Main Street in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, in Downtown Salt Lake City. The cafe has fast service take-out with a great view of Main Street Plaza and Historic Temple Square.

J. Wong’s Asian Bistro

Located in the historic Patrick Lofts building and just steps away from the Salt Palace, J. Wong’s offers downtown diners fresh and sophisticated Thai and Chinese cuisine in a stylish, contemporary setting. The menu honors the traditional dishes and modern interpretations.

The Melting Pot

An unforgettable fondue experience—attentive service, fine wines, highest quality of fresh ingredients, a variety of entrée cooking styles, unique sauces, cheese fondue, and chocolate fondue.

Blue Iguana

Featuring authentic flavors from deep in the heart of Old Mexico, our Blue Iguana Chef of over 17 years, Manuel Castillo takes great pride in the constant refinement of generations of Aztec family recipes. Located just east of the Salt Palace Convention Center on West Temple.

Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops

Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops of Salt Lake City is the ultimate steakhouse. Featuring USDA prime grade steaks that are aged for 21 days, hand cut and seared to perfection in our 1600 degree broiler.

Caffe Molise

Fresh fish, grilled meats, pasta, salads, and decadent desserts. Excellent wine list and full bar. Garden patio seating and private dining room available. Reservations accepted.

Legends Pub & Grill

Kick back and watch your favorite games on our big screens while you enjoy an awesome meal and our full bar. Stop by anytime for the best food and sports in town or call to reserve space for your group.


Salt Lake City Market Update | Summer 2015

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Aug 20, 2015

Market Overview | Information you can trust. 




-While active inventory is down 26% from last July, pended sales are up 30% in Salt Lake County and surrounding areas.

-Median price is currently $260,000, which is an all time high for Salt Lake County and has been moving upwards at a steady rate of 2% since February.

-1,074 properties closed, which represents a 19% increase from the same time last year.

-In Salt Lake County, June 2015 was the first month in the history of the MLS where sold volume amounted to over $500,000,000.  Both June and July of this year did over $500 Million in volume. Again, that's never happened. In the summers 2006 and 2007, more units closed than this summer (about 10% more) but those sales did not amount to the same volume amount.

-Summary: Our market is strong and is trending upwards at a measured pace. In spite of slightly constrained inventory, we are still seeing a notable increase in sales and pendings, which suggests buyer confidence.

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The East Bench (Sugar House, Harvard-Princeton-Yale, 9th and 9th) boasts some of Salt Lakes most attractive residential micro-neighborhoods. Filled with restaurants, boutiques, yoga studios, public park, walkable urban centers, and young energy, this is one of the best places to live in the city...the market is reflecting the interest.

-There are currently 86 homes for sale and only 20% of them are listed for under $400,000; the median asking price is $515,000.

-48 homes are currently under contract in the area, suggesting less than 2 month supply of homes, which is the lowest in the country.

-There were over 11 sales for over $1 million

Our Five Favorite Salt Lake Hikes for Spring

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Apr 06, 2015


Lake Blanche/Sundial Peak- A great local classic, the Lake Blanche trail is a great intermediate hike with fantastic views and fun water features. With 900 vertical feet of elevation gain, this trail will get your heart rate up without being too strenuous.

Doughnut Falls – A great Big Cottonwood hike for the family. This gentle hike ends at a spectacular hidden waterfall surrounded by a wooded oasis. Kids can easily make the objective and will be sure to love the sense of exploration.


Mount Olympus- A challenging but rewarding Salt Lake City classic. With an elevation gain of 4,000 feet and difficult footing, Mount Olympus is for the daring and experienced, but it also boasts some of the best views of Salt Lake City Valley.

Cecret Lake- A classic. This Little Cottonwood favorite takes hikers through Albion Basin to Cecret Lake. A favorite among families for its easy access and stunning scenery, this hike can be crowded…but there are picnic spots aplenty.


Waterfall Canyon- Above Ogden, this family  hike is best in spring when the waterfall is at its peak. Enjoy views of the city and the might Wasatch.

Google Fiber is Coming to Salt Lake

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 24, 2015

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Today it was confirmed that Google had named Salt Lake City the next recipient of Google Fiber, which allows for close to instantaneous internet speeds. In a statement, Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker shared, "We could not be more excited to have Google Fiber coming to Salt Lake City. This leap in speeds will open up an entirely new universe of exciting possibilities for Salt Lake city residents."

To give a sense of the increased speed Google will provide, ponder the following: Salt Lake currently experiences an Internet access speed of around 59.6 megabits per second; Google Fiber will provide about 1,000 megabits per second. Faster internet downloading capability will have a profoundly positive effect on student learning, medical labs, technology development….and Netflix consumption. As an example, the Salt Lake Tribune shared “the story of a Provo geneticist who is able to download information for an entire human genetic sequence in 30 minutes at gigabit speed, as opposed to 77 hours with his prior connection.”

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This coup is the latest development in what amounts to an unprecedented period of business growth in northern Utah. Having garnered accolades from being named the “Best State for Business” by Forbes Magazine, and the “Best City to Start a Career”, Salt Lake is only trending up. Google Fiber will be a tremendous resource to Salt Lake’s business growth.

What creates a company culture? Community giving. Camaraderie over competition.

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 09, 2015

We care passionately about supporting the needs of our community. Civic involvement forms the foundation of our company culture at Berkshire Hathaway Utah Properties. As a company we gave $110,000 in community donations last year; just as importantly, according to a survey we sent out to our 400+ agents, 80% of respondents are actively involved as volunteers and 90% identified as regular donors to non-profit organizations. As a company, we are inspired by the great humility and example shown by our agents and constantly look for ways to positively impact the localities in which we operate.

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Some of our company supported community partnerships include: a longstanding sponsorship of the Park City Performing Arts Foundation and its “Big Stars Bright Nights” outdoor concert program, the Summit County Shop-with-a-Cop event (underserved children select Christmas gifts with local law enforcement officers), the Turkey Drive (ensures in need families sit down to a true Thanksgiving dinner), Running with Ed, and the Mountain Trails Foundation Film Festival.

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As a business, we champion green building, regional economic growth, and responsible development. Real Estate remains one of the biggest industries in Utah and acts as an important indicator of our state’s economic health. As a company, we facilitate and encourage relocation and second-home ownership in Utah, which contributes to the state’s economic growth. Just as we encourage people to reside in Utah, our company is a firm believer in the necessity of responsible growth, and we always consider the needs and limitations of our community when it comes to representing developments. We represent the first sustainable development in Park City and constantly leverage our reach through our company blog and social media to support green building and environmentally sound building. Salt Lake and Park City should remain authentic and colorful.

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Real estate agents are independent contractors and often compete with each other. Our company culture champions camaraderie over competition; during our weekly sales meetings, agents openly share vital information with one another, which improves all of our clients’ experiences. Open office doors ensure that knowledge and experience is shared and mentoring happens throughout the year.  We also have a company Culture Club that looks for ways to support our agents’ professional and emotional needs.

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Christmas Gift Guide

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Dec 12, 2014

In the Know:

Our latest #intheknow installment! Here’s our ultimate online Christmas gift guide.

For Her:

Herbivore Botanicals is an only organic luxury spa line that is guaranteed to improve both your complexion and your chi. We are especially in love with their Spa Collection. Get your soak on!

Alexis Bittar baubles put a pep in any chick’s step. Designs are unique and expertly crafted. We are particularly in love with Bittar’s statement earrings.

When it comes to first tier cooking knives, Japan knows what’s up. Korin knives are the best in the biz when it comes to precisely de-sectioning poultry. A mere hostess will be elevated to the level of Supreme Ruler of the Cutting Board.

For Him:

Beard maintenance and shaving have undergone an unprecedented evolution in the last few years. Here in UT, we embrace beards and novelty facial hair styles of all varieties. Harry’s takes the cake when it comes to offering the next level in clean-close Bond shaves.

Ties used to be the cop-out gift…no longer. Thanks to Lord&Lady Co., ties have been reinvented much to the relief of wives and girlfriends everywhere. Your man will stand tall and proud in any board room with these handmade southern gentleman numbers.

Because dudes can never have too many travel coffee mugs. Ya. We know.

For Either:

Duckworth is a "Montana source-verified wool company that uses 100% Helle Rambouillet merino, grown in a natural environment, raised on mountain pasture, and processed and built 100% in the USA." Ya. Top that description: buy a tee, be transported to the wilds of Montana...and feel really good about yourself the next time you read an article on the criminality of outsourcing.

Danner makes the best outdoor boots. Period. You have probably recently spotted a pair of Danners walking the Pacific Crest trail in the acclaimed film, Wild. Our in-house hiking and backpacking enthusiasts swear by these all leather, made domestically, Cadillac shoes.

Take your craft cocktail game to the next level with gourmet bitters. Our office mixologists have seen particular success with the Black Lemon Bitters…dazzle your company with your 14+ ingredient drink.

Field Notes meet our high standards for both design and functionality. These mini journals are dang useful and make you look quite clever.

We haven’t been this excited over a home candle in…well…forever.

Get Extreme: Rock Climbing, Car Racing, Heli Skiing...where to go.

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Dec 10, 2014

Utah is known for its extreme sports. From being the home state of numerous Olympians, professional outdoor athletes, and unparalleled recreational terrain, Utah is a great place to be if you believe life is meant for living. You don’t have to be a professional athlete or a BASE jumping enthusiast to get extreme in Utah. Here are some of our favorite places to go to push personal limits…and, even if you’re afraid of heights or backflips, the kids are bound to enjoy these activities.

Go Rock Climbing at Momentum Climbing Gym

Get elevated at Utah’s world class indoor rock climbing facility. Momentum features hundreds of different climbing routes for you to practice on. There are also several beginner and kids programs for you to try. In addition to helping overcome heights, climbing is a great workout!

Try Backflips on Skis at Snogression       

Snogression prides itself on being the “fastest, safest way to progress your tricks in skiing and snowboarding.” This indoor alternative gym allows you to practice your slopestyle and park and pipe snowboard and ski tricks indoors on tramps and ramps. Individuals can bring their skis and snowboards and practice doing backflips safely into big foam pits or on high-flying trampolines.

Practice for Formula One at Fastkart Speedway

Ever dreamed of racing cars? Fastkart Speedway is Salt Lake’s premier Go Kart track. Learn how to corner deftly, avoid other racers, and accelerate on straight aways. Go Karting is always a great activity for an active family.

Master the Basics of Shooting at the Park City Gun Club

Park City’s new state-of-the-art gun range and shooting facility offers classes that cover how to safely fire a pistol to safe hunting techniques. The range has additional features that allow you to simulate a zombie apocalypse or hunting mission. For those who have never fired a Glock, it’s a rush!

Go Helicopter Skiing with Powderbird

Powderbird heli services some of the best skiing in North America. Some the Wasatch’s best ski lines are located in the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons but are not serviced by chairlifts. Enjoy open 40 degree runs without any of the crowds and with the safety of a professional mountain guide. A must do for any die hard snow enthusiast.

Take a Flying Lesson in Heber

OK3Air in Heber offers private pilot, instrument pilot, and advanced flight training such as aerobatics and unusual attitude, mountain flying, and tailwheel flying. If you've ever wanted to play Peter Pan, this is the place to go!

Outfitting Your Home in Utah

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Oct 20, 2014

So you have your dream home, now you need to outfit it. Here are our top picks for furniture and decoration stores in northern Utah. From established stores carrying the best in luxury lines to colorful boutiques boasting an assortment of unique treasures, here’s a short and sweet list of where to go to make your home truly yours.

CJ Sparks For rugs and tactile global-inspired accents, CJ Sparks is a great haunting ground.  Every home should have a personality--this boutique will help you find pieces to articulate yours.

Now & Again offers colorful vintage quirk (of the artistic, rather than the rubbish variety) and coveted bargain mid-century furniture. Whether you’re looking for a rustic wood mirror or clean line Swedish platform bed, this cute shop is a good place to start.

Elemente for modern-leaning vintage furniture like Danish oak dining tables and stylish mid-century chairs, Elemente is a gem of a treasure house. We’re always in the hunt for affordable ways of bringing the latest in interior design to our homes…Elemente delivers in a major way.

Urban Vintage Funky. Fun. Urban Vintage is a generation-now antique store with a penchant for find-nowhere-else items that will add flavor and variety to your home. From hip industrial lighting fixtures, to worn maps, linen postcards, unique furniture pieces, and succulent planters, Urban Vintage has your tastes covered.

Right at Home is one of Park City’s treasures. This beloved local shop offers a wide range of antique furniture that includes mountain rustic beds, stunning Asian bureaus, and contemporary glass numbers.

San Francisco Design ranks as one Salt Lake’s most respected high end furniture emporiums. The brand specializes in ultra-modern, predominantly Scandinavian pieces that will bring contemporary to your home. The quality is first rate as is the service.

Madison McCord Interiors will have that one statement opulent piece you’ve been looking for but have been unable to find. From brightly colored velvet upholstered dining room chairs, to luxe covered head boards, items here can’t be found anywhere else.

Ikea : Hate it or love it (most likely a combination of both), Ikea has its time and place, and there is one located in Draper. From those Swedish meatballs, to dirt cheap mod beds, and Strandkrypas (pattered table runners) and other goofy Scandinavian tid-bits, well…you know where to go.

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