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Buying In Fall

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 18, 2018

Fall’s arrival presents opportunities for homebuyers, in part due to a “back-to-school mentality,” according to a survey by ERA Real Estate. If you’re a prospective homebuyer, tap into that renewed sense of motivation – and consider the following perks – while hunting for a home this fall.

You can enjoy year-end tax breaks. Buying before the year’s out allows fall homebuyers to take advantage of tax breaks such as the mortgage interest and property tax deductions. You can sidestep the multiple-bid minefield. Bidding wars dominated low inventory markets this summer, but competition tends to wane as activity slows in the fall. With fewer folks searching for homes, fall homebuyers can spend less time chasing supply and more time finding – and getting – the perfect home. You may have more bargaining power. Aside from less competition, fall homebuyers may have the opportunity to purchase their home of choice at a reduced price, especially when negotiating with sellers who had hoped to unload their homes over the summer. You’ll be home for the holidays – literally. As ERA reports in their survey, fall homebuying activity is also fueled by emotional motivation. “As vacations wind down after Labor Day and people become more focused, the desire to be in a new home for the holidays is a historically strong driver of fall home sales,” says ERA President and CEO Charlie Young.

Looking to move to Park City, well check out How To Make The Move To Park City, Utah recently posted in Forbes. Of course, uprooting your family and moving from an urban center, where you probably have family roots and a career or business network built over many years, is no easy decision. But, if you value the mountain lifestyle, though, it's well worth the effort to explore the idea. Here is their three-step guide to making it happen.

1. Take Some Vacations - Before you even broach the topic with your family, plan a couple vacations to Park City. See what it's like to live there for a week or so, while you ski, bike, golf or just relax by the pool. (Include both winter and summer trips)

2. Live in Park City for One Year - Plan to rent a house for a year, starting and ending in the summer.

3. Buy a Vacation Property - If you can't swing a full move, then a vacation property gets you part way there. Eventually, the vacation home becomes permanent.

IN THE NEWS - Utah named 2nd happiest state in U.S. Happiness can come from a number of different sources, and those sources can vary between each person. According to a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, one thing that does not create happiness is money. Happiness will only increase with wealth up to an annual income of $75,000. But, happiness can increase depending on where a person decides to live.

In a study by WalletHub, Utah is named as the second happiest state in the country. This placement was determined by a number of factors, including: Suicide rate, sports participation, employment, work hours, growth, income, divorce rate and more. Utah ranked No. 1 in sports participation and volunteer hours. The Beehive State placed in the bottom 10 for suicide rates. It also has the lowest divorce rate and has work hours compared to the other 49 states of America. Utah ranked fourth in safety and fifth in highest income growth.

Based on these rankings, Utah was placed second, just behind Hawaii, as the happiest state in the United States.

List of happiest states in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Utah
  3. Minnesota
  4. North Dakota
  5. California
  6. Idaho
  7. Maryland
  8. Iowa
  9. South Dakota
  10. Nebraska
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Connecticut
  13. New Jersey
  14. New York
  15. Virginia
  16. Massachusetts
  17. Washington
  18. Colorado
  19. Georgia
  20. North Carolina
  21. Arizona
  22. Texas
  23. Illinois
  24. New Hampshire
  25. Kansas
  26. Nevada
  27. Delaware
  28. Montana
  29. Florida
  30. Pennsylvania
  31. Rhode Island
  32. Indiana
  33. Maine
  34. Michigan
  35. Wyoming
  36. South Carolina
  37. Ohio
  38. Vermont
  39. Oregon
  40. Tennessee
  41. New Mexico
  42. Missouri
  43. Mississippi
  44. Kentucky
  45. Alabama
  46. Oklahoma
  47. Alaska
  48. Louisiana
  49. Arkansas
  50. West Virginia

Autumn Aloft

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 12, 2018

The wife and I always enjoy the Autumn Aloft balloon festival each year in Park City. Now in its fifth year, it will be held this weekend from September 15 to16. This event first launched in the former silver mining town more than 30 years ago and was recently resurrected as a way for visitors and residents of all ages to celebrate Park City and embrace autumn. Spectators can view up to 24 hot air balloons inflating and launching from locations throughout Park City. Park City residents and visitors often see hot air balloons from afar, but nothing compares to experiencing the magnitude of the aircraft until you are truly among them.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, September 15 approximately 8:00 a.m. Main Launch at the North 40 Fields at 2530 Kearns Blvd

8:30 to 9:00 p.m. Historic Park City Candlestick Event – Main Street: a beautiful family-friendly event and a fun way to gather with other locals,

Sunday, September 16 approximately 8:00 a.m. Main Launch at the North 40 Fields at 2530 Kearns Blvd

The event festivities are free to spectators and are scheduled to take place at multiple locations around the Park City area. Autumn Aloft is a visual delight for spectators rather than an opportunity for balloon rides for event attendees. But, tethered rides may be available on a first come, first serve basis but are not guaranteed. Saturday and Sunday's launch events will take place on the North 40 Playing Fields directly behind Park City's Treasure Mountain Middle school.

Ample parking is provided at the Eccles and Park City High School parking facilities. Additional off-site parking will be available at the China Bridge parking lots in Historic Park City with free public transportation available. A map of the event venue can be viewed here and a map of parking areas can be found here.

Looking for something to do today - the Park City Farmer’s Market, located by the Silver King Resort parking lot, is free to the public and runs each Wednesday through November 1st. More information can be found HERE.

The Kimball Arts Center also has until September 16th one of the foremost women artists of the twentieth-century, Niki de Saint Phalle worked as a sculptor, painter, and filmmaker between the late 1950s and early 2000s. During her distinguished career, she developed a self-taught and very personal aesthetic in pieces that ranged from intimate to monumental, while also notably collaborating with Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jean Tinguely, among others. This exhibition brings visibility to an artist’s oeuvre that is not yet well known in Utah, but was recently celebrated in retrospectives at Paris’ Le Grand Palais and the Guggenheim Bilbao. Her work demonstrates remarkable fight and determination, accomplishing things unlike any other female artist of her generation. The Kimball Art Center opens daily at 10 am.

Shoulder Season Fun

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 04, 2018

If you missed the Running of the Balls on Miner's Day, no worries as Park City’s sleepy season is brimming with delicious events:

Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest September 11-16: Sip Japanese whiskeys (Sept. 12), dig into brunch and a cooking class at the Park City Culinary Institute (Sept. 15), or pair your beer with fresh seafood as the Bucket O’ Crawfish takes over Shades of Pale Brewery (Sept. 16). The full schedule of events is here.

Harvest Dinner - Saturday, September 15 @ 6 - 10 p.m. Join the family-owned and operated Mountain Song Farms for a special evening celebrating the season with a rustic meal paired with music and gorgeous scenery. Featuring ingredients sourced from the farm and other local food purveyors, the meal will be created by Park City restaurant Tupelo. In addition to dinner, tickets to the event also include locally sourced wine, beer, and craft cocktails provided by Top Shelf, Alpine Distilling, Old Town Cellars, and Park City Brewery. Check out the Mountain Song Farms website for tickets and details.

Brunch at Altitude  - Saturday, September 22 @ 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come savor delectable bites, grab a drink and cheer on local mixologists as they go head-to-head in the Bloody Mary Smackdown. The entire clan can partake in family-friendly activities, yard games, music, and more! Don’t forget to bid on an item during the silent auction to support the Peace House, a local non-profit dedicated to fighting domestic violence. Grab VIP tickets for extra special gifts, swag, and promotions. More details and tickets here.

Hoppy Hour - Saturday, September 29 @ 6 - 10 p.m. Throughout the summer, the Summit Land Conservancy leads guided hikes in Park City’s preserved open spaces to collect the hops. Even if you didn’t tag along for hops hunting, you can still reap the benefits at the annual Hoppy Hour party at Wasatch Brew Pub as they release the “Clothing Hoptional” brew made from the harvest. The $20 entry fee gets you appetizers, two drinks, and entry into an opportunity drawing. Get your tickets here.

3rd Annual World’s Longest Shot Ski - Saturday, October 13 @ 2 p.m. Park City’s rivalry with Breckenridge, CO continues as the competition heats up, yet again, for the glory of holding the world’s longest shot ski record. Grab your friends and join in on the party while working (okay, reveling) for a good cause; all proceeds go to Sunrise Rotary Club’s Grant Program benefitting 20 community organizations. The shot ski tends to sell out, so get your tickets early and be a part of history.

Get ready for beers, beards, and lederhosen because Snowbird’s Oktoberfest is under way. The tremendously popular German culture festival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors, runs every weekend from noon to 6:30 p.m., August 18 to October 21. While the beer is undoubtedly the undisputed king of the fest, its sidekicks -- food, live music, a craft market and on-mountain activities -- round out the family-friendly event. The biergarten boasts more than 50 varieties of beer, including both traditional German-style brews and Utah suds from Moab Brewery, Bohemian, Uinta, and Squatters.

Every weekend of the festival will include live music from a number of traditional acts in the large food tent (see full schedule here) and, of course, the daily serenade (3:15 p.m.) of the Alphorns at the top of Hidden Peak. Don’t forget to take advantage of the festival’s market, where more than 25 regional and local artisans sell crafts in the plaza. While the adults mix and mingle over libations, the kids can get their fill of favorite Snowbird summer activities, including climbing, ropes courses, the Woodward WreckTangle, alpine slide, and tubing.

This week Park City Magazine shares 5 Pooch-Friendly Patios Around Park City - Bring your doggy to dinner at these Park City eateries where canine companions—and not just service animals—are allowed.

Collie’s Sports Bar & Grill - 738 Main St, 435.649.0888, colliesbarandgrill.com

Deer Valley Grocery Café - 1375 Deer Valley Dr S, 435.615.2300, deervalley.com

Lespri Prime Steak Sushi Bar - 1765 Sidewinder Dr, 435.649.5900, lespriprime.com

Silver Star Café - 1825 Three Kings Dr, 435.655.3456, thesilverstarcafe.com

Twisted Fern - 1300 Snow Creek Dr, 435.731.8238, twistedfern.com

Our Park City Gin Adventure

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 29, 2018

As Summer comes to a close the wife and I have gotten out as much as possible and wanted to share some of the fun things happening in Park City. We always like to get out on the water and hike with our dog Zorro, but last week we visited our friends at Alpine Distilling and made our own Gin right on Main Street in Park City. We had an amazing time and wanted to share Visit Park City's Gin Making Experience article to give the inside scoop on the coolest event in town.

Park City businesses Alpine Distilling and 350 Main Brasserie have partnered together to give adults the ultimate educational experience: gin making. While kids are preparing for days back in the classroom, visitors and locals 21+ can reserve a spot to spend an evening learning about and making their very own bottle of gin with a team from Alpine Distilling while dining on a 4-course gourmet dinner prepared by 350 Main's Executive Chef Matthew Safranek.

Upon arrival to 350 Main- an upscale mountain dining restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine- located on Historic Main Street, guests of the gin making experience work their way downstairs to the private Vintage Room. Newly renovated to include a distilling laboratory, this cozy environment is arranged with a private dining table for the group, each place holder equipped with a flight of four unnamed gin samples.

To kick off the night, Founder of Alpine Distilling, Rob Sergent, highlights the bar topped with glass jars full of botanicals. These are the tools to create aroma notes and flavor profiles of the desired taste. Upon explanation that gin is, in short, plain vodka infused with botanicals- fifty percent of which must be Juniper- and diffused, or “cut” with fifty percent water, the group of guests pick out the botanicals of their choice by creating and weighing out their own ratios. Depending on the number of stills set up in the lab compared to the party size, guests may need to pair up with a friend to concoct one bottle of gin to share. Currently Alpine Distilling is able to provide one 750 ml-size bottle per still. Here is a sample of botanicals that may be found in gin: Herbal mint, rose hips, cinnamon, cucumber, lavender flower, licorice root, carnation, ginger root, coriander, pepper, rye, orris root (from an iris plant), malted barley, orange peel, celery, anise, carrot, grapefruit peel, chamomile, corn and, of course, juniper. Note that the options are pretty endless, and botanicals can include floral, spicy, grainy and fruity components. Alpine Distilling has set up a nice assortment to provide a range of flavor preferences.

Once each person or pair has established their flavor profiles in a copper bowl, the experts step in to set up the stills while guests enjoy a two-hour gin tasting and dinner experience- enough time to allow the distillation process to turn plain Alpine Distilling vodka into a personalized gin creation so that, by the end of dinner, guests can take home their personalized bottles. Distillers work behind a glass door to set up each guest or pair’s unique “recipe” while Rob treats guests to scent sticks of aromatic notes and has the group continually taste each unidentified glass of gin in front of them to appreciate how dominant, binding, and accent notes bring out different qualities and flavor appreciations.

Throughout the evening, Executive Chef Matthew Safranek brings out four-courses of his own creation to highlight impeccable flavor pairings, aligning with the key takeaway of the evening: that having fun with flavor and creativity mean a lot for not only gin, but for delectable menu items. By the end of the meal, guests will have experience approximately 10 different aromatic scents, surprising themselves with how much those aromas can change their appreciation for the different gin sample. The evening is an opportunity to learn more about an often times lesser-known alcohol, and leave with a personalized bottle of delicious liquor.

To reserve your space for the Gin Experience, please call 350 Main Brasserie at 435-649-3140 and ask about availability. Bottles of Alpine Distilling’s gin, whiskey, bourbon, liqueur and vodka are on display at the restaurant and can be purchased onsite.

Though this glorious Park City summer is coming to a close and the area’s main claim to fame—snow—is still on its brief hiatus, calling fall the “off-season” is simply a misnomer. But since weeklong vacations are a rarity for most of us, Park City Magazine has put together a itinerary for an idyllic 48 hours in Utah’s most famous mountain town; one that, while nowhere near comprehensive, hits many of the highlights, both well-known and more obscure in Celebrating Summer’s Last Hurrah with a Jam-packed 48 Hours in Park City by Park City Magazine.

Friday - 5 p.m. - Check in to the Washington School House Hotel - Built in 1889 as a working school to service families flocking to Park City during the 19thcentury’s silver mining boom, this historic building has been meticulously restored and luxuriously appointed in a way that’s anything but old fashioned.

7 p.m. - Take in a live show - Mosey down to Main Street for a cocktail and soak up some wicked riffs and vocals at The Spur Bar & Grill (live music nightly). Big name acts also make their way to these here hills. So, if that autumn sojourn happens to align perfectly with, for example, Jason Mraz’s September 3 show at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, pack a picnic and hop a free city bus to the gorgeous on-slope setting. The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts and The Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre also host shows of note this fall: the Egyptian’s classic Charles Dickens tale Oliver!, September 7–16; and The New Chinese Acrobats’ circus spectacular on October 26 (The Eccles Center).

9 p.m. -Late supper at Shabu - More than 200 eateries dot the Park City landscape but few offer the attention to detail, knowledgeable staff, consistently fantastic fare, and funky vibe found at the Asian-fusion Shabu.

11 p.m. -Sip a nightcap at Butcher’s Chop House & Bar

Saturday

8 a.m. - Breakfast is served at the Washington School House Hotel

9 a.m. - Hit the trail - In case you’ve been living under a rock, Park City, riddled with more than 400 miles of trails, has emerged as a nationally recognized mountain biking mecca.

1 p.m. - Refuel at the Red Tail Grill

3 p.m. -Poolside chill time - Head back to the Washington School House Hotel, slip on your swim suit and retire to the upper-level pool and hot tub where the friendly and attentive staff will deliver wine, cocktails, and beer at your request.

5:30 p.m. - Cocktails and dinner at The Nelson Cottage

Sunday

9 a.m. -Play nine holes at Park City’s newest course, Canyons Golf

Though most of the holes here are par 3s, don’t underestimate the lack of yardage for less-than-challenging play. Winding fairways and angled greens provide plenty of difficulty on Park City’s newest track. And don’t worry about being too tired after your ride to walk this mountainous course—carts are required with all rounds of play.

Noon -Brunch at Tupelo Park City for ethereal chicken and biscuits

2 p.m. -Gallery hop on Historic Main Street - A stroll through Park City’s historic Main Street is just what the doctor ordered after an action packed fall weekend in the mountains. More than 200 shops, galleries, and restaurants pack this quaint and appealing thoroughfare.

Not bad for a weekend getaway, click here for the entire article from Park City Magazine.

In Utah News - Utah County ranks #2 among nation’s large counties for job growth! Click here for the entire article.

Living The Life In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 22, 2018

Park City is a great place to live, work, play and visit. This week we wanted to share Park City Magazine's Dig into Park City’s Past with 5 Unique Tours. If you’ve ever wandered the streets or slopes of Park City, you’ve probably stumbled across a historic relic or two. From abandoned mines and tram towers to commemorative statues, history is alive and well in Park City. What can we say? We really love celebrating our past and we’ve found plenty of ways to do it, including an annual Miner’s Day celebration that takes place every Labor Day. Whether you’re a longtime local or an out-of-towner, one of the best ways to delve into Park City’s mining past is via a tour. Forget a dull lecture, these five historic adventure-tours offer fun, interesting, and unique ways to explore Park City. Check out the complete article to find out about the Mines and Wines tours, guided historical hikes at Deer Valley, the Park City Ghost tours, the historical Glenwood Cemetery tour and the Silver to Slopes Mining tour. Park City Magazine

Forbes recently shared 10 Reasons To Live (The Dream) In Park City, Utah and it starts with “Quality of life.” Why would someone want to move to Park City, Utah? The answer to this should be self evident. But since you asked, here are 10 good reasons:

1. Some of the Best Ski Resorts in the World: At 7,000 feet above sea level, Park City has a year-round population of about 25,000 and is home to two ski resorts: Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. The former was voted the #1 ski resort in North America by SKI Magazine (2018) and is exclusive to skiers. The latter has the most skiable terrain (7,300 acres) in the United States and is open to snowboarders.

2. More Amazing Ski Resorts: There are many more world-class ski resorts within an hour’s drive: Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbasin, and Powder Mountain to name a few. Not to mention Powderbird Helicopter Skiing, which picks up in town.

3. Education: The public school system is the best in the state, and Park City High School ranks in the top 2% nationally. Park City public schools let out at 12:30pm on Fridays so students can go skiing or participate in other sports. There is also Winter Sports School, a charter high school that operates on a reverse schedule to accommodate winter competition and travel. If private school is preferred, Park City Day School goes from kindergarten to eighth grade and has been under the leadership of Ian Crossland for the past year.

4. Convenience: Salt Lake City International Airport is a 30- to 45-minute drive from town (no traffic), from where a flight to LA or San Francisco is about 1.5 hours. To accommodate growth, the Utah Department of Transportation has been widening highways, resurfacing roads and expanding traffic circles on a huge scale this year, all of which is well ahead of any congestion issues.

5. Business Opportunities: The Beehive state is booming. The Salt Lake/Provo/Park City triangle, dubbed Silicon Slopes, is an emerging tech powerhouse. This is supported by two universities (the University of Utah and BYU) as well as big tech companies (Adobe, Microsoft) and several startup unicorns (Banjo, Domo, Qualtrics).

6. All Four Seasons: Summers are actually better than winters. High temperatures average about 80 degrees F with low humidity. In early June, the aspen trees and wild flowers explode into bloom. Soon the mountainous landscape becomes a tapestry of rich greens that seem to glow as the sun sets after 9:00 pm on the summer solstice. Just 25 minutes away is the Jordanelle Reservoir, which supports boating, paddleboarding, wake surfing, fishing or just relaxing on a pontoon boat for the day. Lest I forget, Park City is home to seven golf courses.

7. Mountain Biking: Park City holds the distinction of being the very first Gold Level Ride Center, deemed as such by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). “It all stems from a commitment to master planning,” says IMBA’s VP of Programs, James Clark. “The sheer miles of trails are fantastic, but what’s important is that they function as a cohesive network, with signage and trail connections that create a model riding area.” That network includes nearly 500 miles of singletrack trails that appeal to all ability levels. Plus, Deer Valley runs the lifts for mountain biking and is continually building trails to expand its world-class bike park.

8. Cost of Living: Moving from high-tax states like New York and California can reduce living costs substantially, especially given new tax laws. According to TaxFoundation.org, Utah ranks middle of the pack nationally (25th) for state income taxes with a maximum rate of 5%. For combined sales tax, Utah is 29th at 6.77%. As for property taxes, the Beehive State is 40th at an average of 0.65%. However, the property tax rate in Summit County (Park City) is only 0.463%. According to some back-of-the-napkin math, you’ll get three- to four-times as much house for the money compared to LA’s West Side. And property values appreciated 9.9% annually as of Q1, which ranks fifth in the country according to the FHFA.

9. The State of Utah: Park City is one of many gems in a state full of natural riches. Utah is home to five of the premier National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capital Reef — all within a few hours drive time. Renowned mountain biking and off-roading destination, Moab, Utah, is a five-hour drive and also offers access to rafting on the Colorado River. A little further and you can be in The Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks.

10. All About the Community: When you move to Park City and meet someone who lives in Park City, it’s something very powerful you have in common. More than likely you’re both here for these 10 reasons and many others. There’s an immediate bond. Our next-door neighbors hosted a welcome-to-Park-City party three days after we arrived and invited the surrounding neighbors. I can send a group text to locate my kids in the neighborhood and have them sent home. My wife has made lifelong friends at Park City’s premier workout studio/social club, Beau Collective, through a shared passion for fitness. This is partly because the majority of Park City residents are transplants from California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Washington and all parts Back East. And since we all moved here for about the same reasons, it creates a community fabric that is woven together with a combination of Lycra, Gore-Tex, carbon fiber and a profound sense of joy and gratitude.

Real Estate Statistical Report

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 22, 2018

This week we are sharing the Park City Board of REALTORS®' Year-over-Year Statistical Report - The Voice for Real Estate® in the Wasatch Back. The recent housing statistics for Summit and Wasatch Counties, as reported by the Park City Board of REALTORS®, revealed continued demand and increase in median sales price.

At the close of the second quarter of 2018, the number of single-family home sales in the Greater Park City Area increased by 6%, vacant land by 5%, while the condominium sector was slightly down compared to last year’s sales. Demand continued to rise on a gradual level, with single-family homes accounting for 49% of the total dollar volume, condominium sales for 40%, and vacant land for 11% of the market share.

Single-Family Home Sales - Year-over-year, the number of single-family home sales within the City Limits was up 9%, while the median price of $1.93 M remained flat to last year. By neighborhood, Old Town had the highest number of sales – up 36%, while there were 20% fewer sales in Park Meadows.

Snyderville Basin reported more than twice the number of home sales as the City Limits – a 4% increase over last year – with the median price climbing to $1.13 M – up 17%. In Silver Creek sales were up 40% and 37% in median sales price reaching $1.16 M. By neighborhood, Promontory had the highest number of sales in the Basin with 77 sold homes in the last 12 months.Activity in the Jordanelle area had a sizable increase in sales with a 14% median price increase reaching $1.73 M.

Sales in the Heber Valley continued at a strong pace, with nearly one sale a day, and a 28% median price increase to $506,000. There were 20 more homes sold in Red Ledges compared to last year, with a median sales price of $1.16 M – up 8%. Midway continued to thrive with 96 closed sales and 17% median price increase reaching $544,000.

“There are many factors contributing to the numbers we are seeing in the Heber Valley. Despite the sharp increase in construction costs, single-family homes are still well below Park City prices. With new amenities in the Heber Valley and excellent schools, buyers are weighing their options,” said Park City Board of REALTORS® President, Todd Anderson.

In the Kamas Valley, the number of sales decreased 15%, though the median price climbed 10% to $412,000. Sales numbers in the Wanship, Hoytsville, Coalville, Echo, & Henefer areas remained the same with a median price of $359,000.

Condominium & Townhome Sales - Year over year, the number of condo sales within the City Limits was up 8% and up 15% in median price to $787,000. The Snyderville Basin reported essentially the same number sales as last year with 308 units and median price of $503,000.

Anderson explained, “The difference between these two areas may be attributed to the completion of developments in Empire Pass versus the reserved or pending status of to-be-built product in Canyons Resort Village.” The Kimball Junction area, which can offer primary residence condominiums, saw flat sales but a 15% median price increase to $385,500.

The number of closed sales dropped 20% in the Jordanelle area possibly due to lack of inventory as new construction projects have been absorbed, but there was a 12% increase in median price reaching $528,000.

Vacant Land Sales - Park City Limits saw 14 more lot sales than last year and a 15% median price increase reaching $820,000. By neighborhood, Promontory had the highest number of land sales in the Basin with 72, and the median price continued its upward tick reaching $405,000. Canyons Village saw increased sales activity and a 22% median price increase to $2.28 M.

Conclusion - Historically, July and August are the months with the highest level of inventory for homes and condos in the Wasatch Back – and Q2 of 2018 was just below Q2 of 2017. In some of the most desirable neighborhoods, a shortfall of for-sale properties have placed an upward pressure on the median prices. With the demand for all that the Wasatch Back lifestyle has to offer, listed properties have been selling at a faster pace. In the last 12 months, the average length for a home to sell was less than 6 months in the Basin and less than 11 months in the City Limits.

The complexity of individual neighborhoods and micro-markets in the Greater Park City Area are reasons that buyers and sellers should be advised to contact a Park City Board of REALTORS® professional for the most accurate, detailed, and current information.

August Events

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 08, 2018

This week we have 4 Super-Easy Curb Appeal Projects to Max Out Your Home’s Value. The yard of your dreams just might be more achievable than you thought - even in the mountains. You can also check out the Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features from the National Association of REALTORS® it has some interesting data on how landscaping affects home value, especially those with tons of curb appeal.

AUGUST EVENTS

Now - 10/21: Real Salt Lake, Sandy

Now - 9/3: Salt Lake Bees, Salt Lake City

Sundays, 6/3 - 9/23: Park Silly Sunday Market, Park City

Wednesdays, 6/6 - 10/10: Park City Farmers Market, Park City

8/4 - 8/11: Summit County Fair 2018, Coalville

8/6 - 8/12: Tour of Utah, All Over Utah

8/9: Deer Valley Music Festival 15th Anniversary Celebration at Blue Sky, Coalville

8/11: Chris Stapleton, West Valley City

8/8 - 8/11: 2018 Weber County Fair, Ogden

8/15: Zoo Brew, Salt Lake City

8/15: Yappy Hour, Salt Lake City

8/15 - 8/18: 2018 Utah County Fair, Spanish Fork

8/17 - 8/19: Ogden Valley Balloon & Artists Festival, Ogden

8/18: Mid Mountain Marathon, Park City

8/18 - 8/19: Utah Beer Festival 2018, Salt Lake City

8/18 - 10/14: 2018 Oktoberfest , Snowbird

8/24 - 8/25: 2018 Utah Renaissance Faire, Thanksgiving Point

8/25: Made in Utah Festival 2018, Salt Lake City

8/30 - 11/24: Utah Utes Football, Salt Lake City

8/31 - 9/1: 2018 Midway Swiss Days, Midway

8/31 - 9/3: Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship & Festival, Midway

9/1 - 11/24: BYU Cougar Football, Provo

9/3: Deer Valley Concert Series - Jason Mraz, Park City

Neighborhood Spotlight - East Summit County: Located below the majestic peaks of the Uintas, the mountain communities of Peoa, Kamas, Oakley, Woodland, Francis, Hoytsville, and Coalville boast stunning views and wild natural beauty. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts and ranchers, these townships offer a wide range of real estate options including farmstead estates, large lots to build your dream home on, and small subdivisons with a quiet neighborhood feel.

Just a short distance to Park City and Salt Lake City, these towns have a preserved sense of nature and community without the hustle and bustle of a larger city. From fishing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping these areas provide a range of outdoor pursuits. In addition to their scenic charm, each town offers its own array of community activities including the Oakley Rodeo, Summit County Fair, outdoor summer concert series, and Kamas’ Fiesta Days.

Development Spotlight: Talisker Club: Inspired four-season lifestyle in Park City, Utah offers the best in Rocky Mountain living, featuring an exclusive one-of-a-kind private club membership with distinctive amenities and outdoor adventures. All highlighted by an incomparable collection of venues – landmark ski-in/ski-out at Empire Pass in Deer Valley® and award-winning golf and more at Tuhaye. It’s an unparalleled mountain experience for creating a cherished family legacy. For more information click here.

The Best City For Retirement

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 01, 2018

According to Business Insider, Salt Lake City is one of the top three places in the country to retire in which makes Park City also very attractive. Retirement doesn't have to mean moving away from a city you love or giving up the cultural opportunities bigger metros provide that can make your retirement years golden. Aging in place is a growing phenomenon, as many seniors plan to stay in their own homes and remain active members of their communities rather than move elsewhere. But other retirees may still feel the urge for new scenery and a new zip code, whether to lower their cost of living as they adjust to life on a fixed income, or to find a new home that better fits their lifestyle or health care needs.

MagnifyMoney decided to look at which of the 50 largest metros offer the best opportunities for senior citizens in terms of lifestyle, cost of living, medical care and — when the time comes — both in-home and residential assisted care.

Salt Lake City seems to have the most engaged senior community, with 40.3% of people over the age of 55 volunteering, far in excess of the 24.7% average among the 50 metros we reviewed. Residents in the metro are also a bit more active than many other places, and at 27.6%, the metro has the lowest rate of preventable hospital stays. That may explain why, at $8,914, the average healthcare cost per Medicare patient is lower than the $9,627 average for the 50 metros. The metro could use a boost in their assisted care and quality availability, earning a score of 35.4, which is lower than the average of all metros we reviewed. Interestingly, Salt Lake City does not appear to be a draw for seniors, as only 1.5% of them moved there from elsewhere. To read the entire article click here.

Not retiring yet, well Salt Lake City is also one of the top 5 Cities Millennials are Flocking To - There are several places in the U.S. where millennials can be found due to the high employment rates and beautiful settings. For adults who are in their 20s and 30s, there are several places where it's smart to invest. When you're looking to move, these are a few cities that millennials are flocking to throughout the country. Salt Lake City takes spot #1! The high job growth in Salt Lake City makes it a desirable place for young adults to live as they look to obtain steady employment. The city is affordable to live in and has a median home price of $233,000 with job growth of 2.4 percent. Salt Lake City also has a lower unemployment rate compared to other markets throughout the U.S. with 2.9 percent, which is below the national average by a few points.

Now, switching gears - do you enjoy beer? Park City Magazine has a great article about the upcoming beer events happening in our area.

Hops on the Hill - Nothing quite says summer like Hops on the Hill at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. This annual 7-week series pairs scrumptious bites conjured up by Chef Zane Holmquist and his team together with favorite beers from a variety of Utah craft breweries. Add a the magnificent view from the deck of the Stein and an outdoor concert from a local band and you’ve just created the perfect summer evening. This year’s series kicked off on July 17 and will continue every Tuesday through August 28. Pairings are $20 for food, $20 for beer and will be served on the deck from 6-7:30 p.m. Additional a la carte grill and beverages available for purchase.

The local breweries and bands remaining in this year's series include:

  • Aug 7: Melvin Brewing & 2 Row Brewery; Band: Fastback
  • Aug 14: Red Rock Brewing & Proper Brewing Co.; Band: The Lazlos
  • Aug 21: Wasatch Brewery & Bonneville Brewery; Band: Utah County Swillers
  • Aug 28: Mad Fritz Beer & Mountain West Cidery
 

Oktoberfest at Snowbird - So you couldn’t make it to Munich for the granddaddy of all beer festivals? Not to worry, grab your lederhosen head over the canyon from Park City to Snowbird for one of the best Oktoberfests this side of the Mississippi. Featuring alp horns, live music, a beard contest, music, games, food, and, of course, a never-ending flow of beer, this celebration of German culture is a perfect weekend outing the whole family can enjoy. This year’s festival kicks off on August 18 and will be held every Saturday and Sunday through October 21, 2018, including Labor Day Monday.

World’s Longest Shot Ski - For the last couple of years Park City and Breckenridge, CO have been competing to hold the record for the world’s longest shot ski. Creating a shot ski that takes up the greater part of Main Street is no small task, but it’s well worth it considering all the proceeds from ticket sales go to charity. The lively affair, hosted by the local rotary club, takes place in October (this year’s date TBA).

Last week we shared the 2018 Second Quarter Wasatch Back Overview. In case you missed it click here for the digital online version https://joom.ag/ujUY

Have a great week!

Golf & Second Quarter Market Review

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 25, 2018

This week we wanted to share links to each of the amazing golf courses in the Park City area as well as the 2018 Second Quarter Market Review. Click on each of the images below for a larger, full page view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now on to golf, one of my favorite past times.

PUBLIC COURSES

Park City Golf Club

The Canyons Resort Golf Club 

Wasatch Golf – Mountain Course (Midway)

Wasatch Golf – Lake Course (Midway)

Soldier Hollow – Gold Course(Midway

Soldier Hollow – SIlver Course (Midway)

PRIVATE COURSES

Glenwild Golf Club

Jeremy Golf & Country Club

Park Meadows Golf Club

Promontory Club – Jack Nicklaus Painted Valley Course

Promontory Club – Pete Dye Canyon Course

Red Ledges Golf Club

Tuhaye Golf Club

Victory Ranch Golf Club

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Outdoor Bike Adventures

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 18, 2018

Mens Journal Magazine recently wrote about Park City, which topped their list of the "20 Best Mountain Towns in America" : The outside world may associate Park City with glitz – the Sundance Film Festival, luxe ski resorts, restaurants helmed by big name chefs – but ask locals what they love most and it's sure to be the trails. The hills that surround town hold an unprecedented 400 miles of loops, networks, and connector trails for hiking, trail running, or biking. Best of all, the easy-to-access trails virtually bring the Wasatch Range to you and then drop you off back by quirky Main Street. For more information on Park City's extensive trails network visit mountaintrails.org and mountainbikingparkcity.com.

Here are some of the other outdoor adventures coming up in Park City as well as a hand full of amazing bike trails.

Park City Trail Series August 11 • September 15 |  Round Valley Trails, Park City -The Park City Trail Series is a 4-race series designed to introduce new trail runners to the sport. The series is a 5k, 10k, 15k, and 13.1. All of the events are on the Round Valley Trails in Park City, Utah. Due to the ease of terrain, these trail runs are designed with beginner users in mind. However, with well marked courses and the regularly placed aid stations, these races are also great speed training for more advanced trail users. Series is limited to 500 runners. For more info click here.

Free Women's Only Road Bike Ride - Every Monday through Labor Day (Weather permitting) | Jans - Join fellow female cyclists every Monday night after Memorial Day to Labor Day for free women's-only road bike rides as you head out from Jans flagship store on Park Avenue and lasts about two hours. Bike rentals for this event are just $15 (based on availability.) For more information click here.

Tour of Utah August 6-12 |  Assorted Venues, Statewide - The Tour of Utah returns to Park City! This event attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France. The Tour of Utah stands shoulder to shoulder with the most prestigious professional bicycle stage race events as our answer to the greatest cycling challenges the world has to offer. For more info click here.

Mid Mountain Marathon - August 18 |  Deer Valley Resort - Silver Lake - The Mid Mountain Marathon is trail running with intermittent technical sections and voted best trail marathon in Utah. For more info click here.

Paddle, Pedal, Paddle - August 25 | Rock Cliff entrance of the Jordanelle State Park. It is 5 miles of standup paddle boarding, followed by 10 miles of mountain biking, finished with 5 miles of standup paddle boarding. For more info click here.

Park City Point 2 Point Bike Race September 1 |  Park City Point Area - Every year, the country's strongest endurance mountain bike racers drop in on some of the best trails Park City has to offer. For more info click here.

High Star Trail Open daily Now - Sept 3rd | Weekends thru Sept 30th - The 12-mile trail traverses the base of the Uinta Mountain Range and Kamas Wildlife Management Area on the 1,100 acre nature conservancy located on High Star Ranch. The route goes through beautiful wooded glades, open awe-inspiring meadows, and challenging rocky terrain. For more info click here.

Deer Valley Resort Mountain Biking Daily June 15th - Sept 3rd | Weekends until Sept 16th - Lift-served mountain biking/hiking and scenic rides are offered from the Silver Lake Express chairlift at Snow Park Lodge, Sterling Express Chairlift mid-mountain and Ruby Express chairlift at Empire Canyon. For more info click here.

Park City Resort Mountain Biking Open daily Now - Sept 3rd | Weekends until Sept 30th - With over 20 miles of cross-country trails throughout the resort, bikers of all levels can access trails from atop the Red Pine Gondola. Gondola bike haul tickets can be purchased at the Activities Center in Canyons Village. For more info click here.

Wasatch Mountain State Park Open 8am - 5pm Daily | Midway - Wasatch Mountain State Park is a wonderful spot that has a variety of trails, with the new WOW (Wasatch Over Wasatch) trail being especially popular. For more info click here.

Riverview Trail (aka Sorenson Trail) Heber - The Riverview Trail is located on the mountainside northeast of Heber at an average altitude of 6200 feet. It's 5.2 miles in length and is best done as a 10.4 mile out-and-back. This ride will have a total 600 feet of gradual up-and-down climbing. For more info click here.

Park City Bike Shuttle Open 8am - 5pm Daily | Midway - Owned and Operated by Jack Fenton, a 35 year Park City area resident, Park City Bike Shuttle offers shuttles to the Wasatch Crest, WOW Trails, Millcreek Canyon and more. For more info click here or call Jack at 435.640.1380.

Women’s Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride Every Tuesday, June - August | 1790 Bonanza Drive, Park City - Led by Team Sugar women’s mountain bike team, these rides are grouped by ability level. This two-hour ride is a great chance to work on your skills and endurance while meeting new friends and riding partners along the way. For more information click here.

Farmers Markets

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 13, 2018

The Park City area is a great place to visit local farms, farm stands and markets. This week we wanted to share some great places to pickup up local eats. Read on for upcoming events like Summit County Fair, Swiss Days, the Sheepdog Championship and the Kimball Arts Festival.

The Park City Farmers Market is open Wednesdays, now through October 31 from 12-5pm at the Silver King Parking Lot. Stop by for fresh produce, baked bread and arts and crafts from local vendors. For more information click here.

The Park Silly Sunday Market is on Sundays, now through Sept 23 (except Aug 5, 12, & 19) on Historic Main Street from 10am-5pm. This is a eco-friendly open air market, street festival and community forum where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate our community of fun and funky Park Sillians. For more information click here.
Park City is home to many local farms, here are a few to visit and pick up locally grown and made items and food.

Copper Moose Farm

Summit Community Gardens

Bill White Farms

Looking for some fun activities, the Summit County Fair is August 4-11 at 202 E Park Road in Coalville. It's a traditional small town county fair with cowboys and bucking broncos, a carnival midway, beauty queens, home-canned goods, flowers, vegetables, and more. Events are held throughout Summit County and home base is in quiet, scenic Coalville.  For more information click here.

The Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship is Labor Day Weekend in Soldier Hollow, Midway. The Soldier Hollow Classic features the world's best border collies in a competition that will fascinate and amaze you. This is the world's largest Sheepdog Championship and includes Splash Dogs, dog acrobats and much, much more! For more info click here.

The Midway Swiss Days is Labor Day Weekend. Swiss Days offers a wide variety of handmade items, antiques, fine art, and great Swiss food. Between 80,000 to 100,000 people descend on Midway during this weekend to relish Swiss Days, a tradition here since the 1940s. For more information click here.

And, the Kimball Arts Festival is August 3rd - 5th on Historic Main St. The 49th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival takes place on Historic Main Street and serves as the primary fundraiser for the Kimball Art Center. Each year this event hosts over 50,000 guests, 220+ jury-selected artists from over 30 states in 12 categories, 30 live musical acts, and an array of cuisine offerings. Come visit for one of Park City’s biggest and best events! For more info click here.

 

Activities For 4th of July

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 27, 2018

The 4th of July celebrations in Park City are just around the corner and we wanted to share what will be happening in town and the surrounding area.

Historic Main Street, City Park, PCMR - Enjoy a full day of activities, including a pancake breakfast at City Park, Cole Sport 5k Fun Run (preregistration required), parade down Main St. at 11 am, kids' activities, rugby games, volleyball tournament, live music and refreshments at noon at City Park. At Park City Mountain Base area, enjoy family fun, live music and barbeque, and fireworks at dusk! For more information click here.

Park City Mountain Resort July 3 & 4 | Canyons Village at Park City, Park City Resort Center - At Park City Mountain, a one day celebration of America isn’t enough- that’s why we are starting the festivities a day early with our 3rd of July Celebration at Canyons Village! Enjoy free live music, kid-friendly activities, and a marvelous fireworks show at Canyons Village to kick off the Independence Day festivities. Fireworks will shoot off at dusk, approximately 9:30pm. Come check out the 4th of July Celebration, ending with Park City’s annual fireworks presentation!

  • 11:00am – 4th of July Parade: Historic Main Street
  • 3:00pm – Complimentary Village Activities & Mountain BBQ: Park City Mountain Village
  • 5:00pm – Live Music on the Green Stage
  • 7:30pm – Live Music by The Soulistics: The Green, Park City Mountain Village
  • 9:30pm – 4th of July Fireworks
More info here.

83rd Annual Oakley Rodeo & 4th of July Celebrations July 4-7, 8pm Nightly | Oakley Rodeo Grounds - The 4th of July wouldn’t be complete without a visit to our local rodeo, with cowboys, clowns and bucking broncos and bulls. Yee Haw! Get tickets early as they well sell out. For more information click here.

Another great way to spend the day in Park City is at the Utah Olympic which offers year-round adventure. From learning about the Park's unique Olympic heritage on a guided tour to taking the ride of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled Ride, Utah Olympic Park offers activities for all, including:

  • extreme summer tubing
  • summer comet bobsled
  • alpine slide
  • extreme zipline
  • freestyle zipline
  • drop tower
  • discovery adventure course
  • canyon adventure course
  • summit adventure course
  • climbing wall
Activities are open on a daily basis through September 3rd, and continue on weekends in fall until October 21st. For more info click here.

Music In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 19, 2018

Summer is here and so are the music lines up for the local resorts and the surrounding area. The Deer Valley Music Festival occurs at both the Deer Valley Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater & St. Mary’s Church. Enjoy breathtaking views accompanied by the world-class talent of the Utah Symphony as they perform with renowned guest artists and conductors for the fifteenth annual Deer Valley Music Festival.

June 30 - Patriotic Celebration Starring Rachel Potter

July 6 - Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration

July 7 - Broadway Hits By Stephen Sondheim & Andrew Lloyd Webber

July 11 - Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5

July 13 - Abba the Concert: A Tribute to Abba With The Utah Symphony

July 14 - Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder With The Utah Symphony

July 18 - Mozart's "Jupiter Symphony"

July 20 - Rick Springfield With The Utah Symphony

July 21 - Sutton Foster With The Utah Symphony

July 25 - Beethoven's Symphony No. 1

July 27 - Amos Lee With The Utah Symphony

July 28 - The Music Of John Williams

August 1 - Fremont String Quartet

August 3 - The '70s vs The '80s

August 4 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

August 9 - Deer Valley Music Festival 15th Anniversary Celebration

August 10 - Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture And Violin Concerto

August 11 - The Utah Symphony Performs The Music Of Pink Floyd

For more info click here.

Deer Valley also has a Concert Series this year - the inaugural Deer Valley Concert Series, presented by Deer Valley Resort in conjunction with The State Room Presents. This vibrant and energizing five show series will welcome new artists to the stage of the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, bringing the mountains to life.

August 2 - The Decemberists with special guest Whitney

August 9 - Gavin DeGraw | Phillip Phillips

August 18 - Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real | M.Ward

August 31 - Gov't Mule with special guest The Magpie Salute

September 3 - Jason Mraz

For more info click here.

The Canyons Village at Park City will host free weekly concerts featuring a diverse array of musical acts from across the country. These concerts will take place on Thursday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer at 6:00 pm on the Canyons Village stage.

July 5 - Johnny Neel & Bryon Friedman

July 7 - Wild Belle

July 12 - Arthur Leland Trio

July 14 - TBD

July 21 - Polyrhythmics

July 26 - The Coffis Brothers

July 28 - Old Salt Union

August 2 - Electrik Voodoo

August 4 - TBD

August 11 - Aaron Lee Tasjan

August 16 - Charley Crockett

August 18 - Magic Giant

August 23 - Zander

August 30 - Big Blue Ox

September 1 - Marc Broussard

For more info, click here.

The Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series will happen at Deer Valley's Snowpark Amphitheater on the following dates:

June 20 - Triggers & Slips

June 27 - Sammy Brue

July 11 - Take 5

July 18 - Smiling Souls

July 25 - Troubadour 77

August 1 - AIKO

August 8 - The Breakfast Klub

August 15 - Yolanda Arrey

August 22 - Live PC Give PC Community Jam Session

The Mountain Town Music at Woodenshoe Park in Peoa has become a vital part of the Peoa community. Each summer, music in Woodenshoe Park brings the community of Peoa and the surrounding areas together on Friday nights for BBQ and live music.

June 29 - Stacey Board

July 13 - You Knew Me When

July 20 - Red Desert Ramblers

For more information click  here 

The Sundance Mountain Music at Sundance Resort: 

June 20 – Belle and Sebastian

The Sounds of Summer Concert Series at Sundance Resort:

July 8 – Michelle Moonshine & Co

July 15 – The Hardy Brothers

July 22 – Matthew & the Hope

July 29 – Red Desert Ramblers

August 5 – Candy’s River House

August 12 – G Brown Quintet

August 19 – Nate Robinson Trio

August 26 – Tony Holiday & the Velvetones

September 2 – Triggers & Slips

September 9 – Joy & Eric with special guest Basil Katz

The Bluebird Cafe Concert Series:

July 6 - Liz Rose, Phil Barton, Billy Montana

July 13 - Jessi Alexander, Deric Rutta, Jonathan Singleton

August 17 - Eric Paslay, Michael Tyler, Emily Weisband

August 24 & 25 - Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Matt Jenkins

For more information on Sundance Resort Concerts, click here.

Snowbasin Resort presents BLUES, BREWS & BBQ every Sunday starting on June 24th.

June 24 - Kris Lager Band / Sophistafunk / Pinetop Inferno

July 1 - Cris Jacobs / Luke Winslow King / The Johnny Utahs

July 8 - The Flobots / The Lique / TBA

July 15 - Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds / Sam Ravenna / Frogleg

July 22 - ‘FroFest’ - Andy Frasco / Wild Adriatic / Funk You / Talia Keys

July 29 - The Ballroom Thieves / Old Salt Union / Michelle Moonshine

August 5 - Dirty Revival / Jordan Matthew Young / King Cardinal

August 12 - Red Molly / Jeff Crosby & the Refugees / Useful Jenkins

August 19 - Jon Wayne and the Pain / Groovement/ Folk Hogan

August 26 - Jelly Bread / The Battlefield / Slings & Arrows

September 2 - Left Over Salmon / Amy Helm / Dead Winter Carpenters / Michelle Moonshine

September 9 - The Johnny Utahs / The Gringos

September 16 - Folk Hogan / TBA

September 23 - Night Marcher / TBA

September 30 - Tony Holiday and the Velvetones / Penrose!

For more information click here.

Enjoy the summer of music!

 

Entertainment in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 13, 2018

Gomez Team MooseOne of the great things about Park City is that there is always something to do. This week we wanted to let you know that there is still time to register for the 4th of July Parade - The 2018 Park City 4th of July Parade Application is available till June 15th! The theme of this year's parade is: "Winning Spirit. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Thursday, June 21, 2018 and there is a Mandatory Parade Meeting is Wednesday, June 27, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact chris.phinney@parkcity.org. This event is brought to you by Park City Municipal Corporation.

Savor The Summit is this Saturday - Park City’s Largest Outdoor Dinner Party with great live music, outstanding food, excellent spirits, and all of it outdoors in the heart of Park City. This event pairs Park City’s world-renowned restaurants with Utah’s world-famous summers and sunsets. You don't need a ticket, but you do need to make a reservation directly with a participating restaurant. Each will offer their own unique menu and pricing.

As you think about reducing your carbon footprint remember that the Park City Summer Transit Schedule schedule went into effect on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Click here for the Summer Schedule Information in (English).

Click here for the Summer Schedule Information (Spanish).

Click here for the Summer Transit timetable (English).

If you haven't been to the Egyptian Theatre yet, you are missing out. We have an amazing gem on the heart of Main Street and here is a list of Upcoming Shows & Events:

Save Our Space & Save Our Banksy

YouTheatre Film Festival - June 15

The Yardbirds - June 21 - 23

A Tribute to John Denver - June 28 - 30

The Who's TOMMY -The Musical - July 6 - 29

August Stand-Up Comedy - August 3 - 4

Edgar Winter Band - August 9 - 11

National Moving Month

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
May 30, 2018

This is National Moving Month: 7 Tips for a Stress-Free Move - According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 40 million Americans—one in nine people—move each year. While the majority of these movers are in their 20s, people of all ages can be found relocating around this time of year.

Moving is such a prevalent activity for Americans during spring that the entirety of May is dedicated to this trend. This is when the nation starts to see a major uptick in relocations; however, if the thought of moving homes makes you start to sweat, you're not alone. In fact, some studies have shown that moving is more stressful than wedding planning.

Don't despair! There are ways to keep moving day tolerable and prevent raising your blood pressure. Planning ahead and organizing can go a long way to keeping things under control.

To acknowledge National Moving Month, and the related stress of this major undertaking, check out this handy infographic to keep the teeth-grinding to a minimum:

Not Moving, well here are some Ways to Make Your Backyard a Summer Paradise - Summer is the season to be outdoors. It’s the perfect time for backyard barbecues, neighborhood socials, and late-night evenings on the patio. You don’t need to travel to a luxurious and exotic location to enjoy spending time outdoors. Make your own backyard a summer paradise with these eight simple suggestions.

Inspect and update wooden decks - To make your backyard a summer haven, take some time to inspect and updateyour deck. Wooden patios and decks can be warped by cold weather, so you’ll want to replace loose or missing slats as needed. Sand, stain, and seal your deck once you’ve made sure it’s structurally sound. If you have a stone patio, check for missing pieces and update as needed. Once this is complete, you’ll have a shiny and appealing deck you can decorate with patio furniture—creating a relaxing sitting area for summertime.

Purchase patio furniture and essentials - Once you have a designated patio or deck space, you’ll want to add some patio furniture so you can sit down, mingle with friends and family, and relax. Consider purchasing weatherproof patio furniture that is both comfortable and durable. Patio furniture can be exposed to harsh, seasonal weather, so you’ll want to make sure it lasts for years.

Get the basics including some lounge chairs, an umbrella, a hammock, and an outdoor table so you can enjoy meals or games outside. In addition to patio furniture, you may want to buy or build an outdoor fire pit. It’s a simple feature that adds so much to your backyard. Sit around the fire and socialize, roast marshmallows or even cook dinner on your own backyard fire place.

Add colorful cushions and pillows - You’ll want to add a splash of color to your patio so it’s eye-catching and sings of summertime. Buy some bright-colored, and comfortable throw pillows and cushions to spice up the furniture. The bright colors and fun patterns will entice people to sit down, relax, and enjoy your backyard paradise.

Get a rug for the patio - Consider adding a rugto the patio or deck area to make the space feel cozier. Outdoor rugs vary in material, size, and shape and are generally made to last in all types of weather. They make a great addition to your space, and can also protect your deck.

Install outdoor lighting - Nothing is more magical than twinkling lights against a royal-blue evening sky. Add strands of tea lights or other innovative lightsto create a fairy-tale effect in your backyard. In addition to the decorative lighting, you’ll want to consider adding sensor or smart lights to your backyard for added security. Smart lights are a great way to ensure the backyard is lit—you can even control smart lights with your smart phone.

Make the backyard private - You may love your neighbors, but that doesn’t mean you want them always peeking into your backyard. Be creative when thinking of ways to ensure better backyard privacy. One easy way to create a private, secluded backyard paradise is to install a fence. Not only does it ensure privacy, but it is an essential safety measure. Install a strong, secure fence to create a private and safe backyard.

Update your landscaping - Landscaping can make or break your backyard. It’s essential to take time to update your landscapingto create an outdoor paradise. You don’t need extravagant plants or trees to make your backyard grand. Take some time to cut back unruly trees and bushes, pull the weeds, water and trim the lawn, and plant flowers around the yard. These simple updates will make a world of difference. You’ll have your own secret garden in no time! 

Secure outdoor belongings - Once you’ve created a magical backyard space, you’ll want to take the necessary precautions to safeguard your belongings. Make sure your garden tools and supplies are in a locked shed—away from kids, pets, and burglars. Take time to assess the backyard for any security breaches. This will keep your family safe and protect your backyard, patio, and deck from major damages.

Summer is a wonderful time to relax and enjoy being outdoors. Update your own backyard and you’ll have access to a private paradise any time you want.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
May 23, 2018

Park City is filled with entrepreneurs and companies that have made a positive impact in Utah and around the world. Business Chief recently shared that Amazon has named Utah as the most entrepreneurial US state - A new study from leading US ecommerce firm Amazon has revealed the top 10 most entrepreneurial US states, with Utah topping the list.

The study looks at the US states with the most SMEs per capita selling on Amazon – a platform that see’s millions of enterprises selling goods across the world. “More than 300,000 small and medium-sized businesses from across the U.S. that started selling on Amazon in 2017, and we’re working hard to help them all keep growing,” said Nicholas Denissen, Vice President of Amazon. Utah is followed by California and New York, with Colorado, New Jersey, Washington, Florida, Delware, Massachusetts and Oregon rounding out the top 10 respectively.

“It is exciting to see Utah at the top of our list ahead other great entrepreneurial states like California and New York,” said Denissen.

“From incredible handmade artisans to small businesses inventing sustainable and eco-friendly products, there are thousands of Utah-based businesses demonstrating a tremendous entrepreneurial spirit — more per capita than in any other state.”

More than half of the items sold across Amazon come from SMEs, accounting for a significant proportion of the business done on the world’s largest ecommerce platform.

CNBC MAKE IT recently shared  The Most Hipster Cities In The World and Salt Lake City is on the list. To determine its new International Hipster Index, Movehub, an international relocation company, combed through data for 446 cities across 20 countries, excluding cities with populations below 150,000. They looked at five data points, including the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques and record stores per 100,000 city residents.

While the United States might have dominated the list — with seven U.S. cities cracking the top 10 — the most hipster city in the world goes to Brighton and Hove in the United Kingdom. Located in the country's southeast region, this coastal city is described by Lonely Planet as "without doubt Britain's most colorful and outrageous city." It ranked in the top four for three out of the five data points: Vegan eateries, coffee shops and record stores.However, the U.S. still dominated the top 10 with seven hipster hubs, with many of them located in the Pacific Northwest region, as well as Florida.

The top 10 most hipster cities in the worldaccording to Movehub, are:

1. Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

2. Portland, Oregon,United States

3. Salt Lake City, Utah,United States

4. Seattle, Washington,United States

5. Lisbon,Portugal

6. Fort Lauderdale, Florida,United States

7. Miami, Florida,United States

8. Orlando, Florida,United States

9. Helsinki,Finland

10. Spokane, Washington,United States

The millennials list makes sense as LADDERS listed Utah as one of the states where you’ll find the highest-earning millennials. Personal finance site WalletHubput together an analysis of the top cities for millennials (Pew Research Center defines millennials as being born from 1981 to 1996) based on rankings that didn’t include which cities have the best avocado toast or the most Instagrammable neon signs.

The study looked at job earnings, unemployment rates, voter-turnout rate and affordability (the cost of a Starbucks latte was factored in) as well as education and health. So which states got the best ratings? Well Utah is on it.

D.C. comes out on top - Our nation’s capital not only has the highest percentage of millennials living there, but they are also earning the most. Other cities that saw high millennial earning averages included New York, Massachusetts, Washington, and California. North Dakota managed to snag that No. 2 spot thanks to its affordability and percentage of millennials living in the state (second only to Washington D.C.).

  1. Washington D.C.
  2. North Dakota
  3. Minnesota
  4. Massachusettes
  5. Iowa
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Utah
  8. Nebraska
  9. Colorado
  10. South Dakota

Park City Real Estate

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
May 16, 2018

The housing market Gets Hotter in the West according the MReport. A study of 16,000 U.S. zip codes by Realtor.com found that, overwhelmingly, the ZIP codes seeing the fastest movement of homes are in the West. Nationally, the report stated, houses are generally on the market for an average of 78 days. But in the 20 markets where homes sold fastest in Q1, they sold after an average 21 days on the market; in the top three ZIP codes, in fact, barely past three weeks. That reflects “a pattern that other markets hope to replicate. In fact, we speculated as to whether Salt Lake City, Utah is the ‘New Denver’ earlier this year and now we see Salt Lake City breaking into the top 20 ZIPs.” Salt Lake, in fact, finished 20th on the list. Homes there moved in an average 21 days during the quarter.

Looking to rent a bike this weekend, Summit County has implemented new features for the electric bike share program. Summit County is hoping to add more station kiosks later this summer. The stations will likely be located at the Snyderville Basin Recreation Fieldhouse, in the Silver Springs and Trailside neighborhoods, City Park in Park City, and, eventually, at the Jeremy Ranch park-and-ride lot and another park-and-ride lot expected to be built at Ecker Hill. An additional 42 bikes were added to the fleet this season to help handle demand, according to Caroline Rodriguez, Summit County's regional transportation director. Also, a stricter system will also be in place to reduce users from riding the bikes outside of the authorized zones.

Triathlete posted a great article that we wanted to share - Head to Utah and follow our advice on where to swim, bike, run and more in this active mountain town. This friendly mountain town sits just under 7,000 feet—that’s 1,500 feet higher than Boulder for those counting—and boasts 400 miles of trails, sunny days with low humidity, and a welcoming, athletic culture. Visit in summer or early fall to experience the best of this under-the-radar training hub.

Stay Here - Local lodging experts Stay Park City make it easy to find accommodations, whether you’re looking for a lux hotel or comfy vacation condo. Plus, the company sponsors a local cycling group—so clearly they have good taste.

Swim Here - You can find lap swim and masters groups in Park City year round, but summertime means all the outdoor pools are open for workouts. Check out the offerings at Park City MARC, Silver Mountain, Basin Recreation, and Ecker Hills Aquatics Center.

Bike Here - Sync up with the aforementioned Stay Park City Cycling Club for one of their weekly group road or mountain bike rides. Head to Ritual Chocolate on Sunday at 10 a.m. for a 40–45 mile group ride open to both locals and visitors, divided into three groups by ability level. “A core principle of our club is ‘all-inclusive,’ from weekend warriors to CAT 1 racers and folks just passing through town,” says club president Jason Linder. One of his consistent favorites is this 28-mile loop to Kamas from Park City. “It takes you out of town on wide roads, with no stops, some good climbs, and beautiful views,” he says. If you’re looking to climb your heart out, copy the challenging Suffertational route to ascend some of Park City’s toughest hills.

Run Here - With 400 miles of continuous trails throughout Park City, you won’t run out of options for run training. “The Mid Mountain Trail is a classic trail run [or mountain bike ride], consisting of 20-plus miles of single track hovering around 8,000 feet,” Linder says. For a flat, mostly paved route, the Rail Trail extends for nearly 30 miles from the center of town.

Eat Here - If your ideal recovery snack is avocado toast, you must try Harvest or Five5eeds, two Australian-influenced cafés with colorful breakfast dishes and solid coffee. Get your second caffeine hit of the day of the day at STOKED Roasters at the top of Main Street, owned by accomplished ultra-runner Jax Mariash. After a long training day, treat yourself to burgers and a milkshake at the Montage Deer Valley’s Burgers & Bourbon. (Insider tip: Head to the Montage fire pits around 8 p.m. in the summer months for gourmet s’mores.)

Test Here - Park City has a strong Olympic heritage, as evidenced by the caliber of local athletes and sports facilities in town. The Intermountain Healthcare LiVe Well Center features a state-of-the-art sports performance arm overseen by Dr. Max Testa—a 30-year Tour de France doctor—and offers a slew of testing from Vo2 Max, lactate threshold, gait analysis and much more.

Race Here - Tackle the sprint or Olympic-distance of the Jordanelle Triathlon in August, featuring a clear reservoir swim, mountain-backdrop bike and a run along partial single track through a nature preserve. Test your uphill running prowess at one of the Triple Trail Challenge events—the 16-mile June routes races up to the 10,000-foot Jupiter Peak.

Bike Month in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
May 09, 2018

May is national bike month – which means plenty of opportunities to get out and ride. Ben Ramsey from the Park Record has the latest updates in his article for this two wheeled month. According to the latest Mountain Trails report, Round Valley was "Trailiriffic" last weekend. Charlie Sturgis, executive director of the Mountain Trails Foundation, added that, because the town is experiencing a pronounced shoulder season after a dry winter, it's a great to get out and enjoy the trail system while it's still uncrowded.

There are also a handful of social events to celebrate bike month, starting with the Young Riders Bike Swap on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will provide riders a chance to sell and buy bikes and equipment while raising money for the Young Riders, a youth mountain biking program. The swap is at The Yard Event Space – so swappers can enjoy a frosty adult beverage while checking out the selections.

The Summit Bike Share is now active until the next winter. On May 15-16, Park City will celebrate Bike Share Fare Free Day – a joint effort between electric bike service Bewegen, Summit County, the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Park City. The promotion allows riders to stop in at any of the nine bike share stations around the greater Park City area and take a free 45-minute ride. On May 18, the greater Park City area will celebrate Bike to Work, School and Play Day, when the city and other local organizations will support Park City citizens in embracing pedal power. The Park City High School parking lot will serve as the event's main hub, where there will be breakfast, bike tune-ups, a bike wash and information on bike safety between 7:30 and 10 a.m.

For cyclists that will not be able to make the Young Riders Bike Swap, there's always May 19 and 20, when Cole Sport will host a bike swap to benefit the Mountain Trails Foundation. Like the Young Riders swap, all kinds of bikes for all ages are welcome and available. And on May 23, the Mountain Trails Foundation will finish the month with the Mountain Madness Open House, where members of the organization present plans for the season.

While you are out riding your bike you can think about the inaugural Deer Valley Concert Series, presented by Deer Valley Resort in conjunction with The State Room Presents, will begin on August 2 with a performance by The Decemberists and conclude on Labor Day, September 3 with Jason Mraz. The series will feature five shows this summer at the resort’s renowned Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.

The 2018 lineup for the Deer Valley Concert Series at Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater includes:

The Decemberists with special guest Whitney - August 2, 2018 (Thursday) | 6:30 p.m.

Gavin DeGraw?Phillip Phillips - August 9, 2018 (Thursday) | 6:30 p.m.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real?M. Ward - August 18, 2018 (Saturday) | 6:00 p.m.

Gov’t Mule The Magpie Salute - August 31, 2018 (Friday) | 5:30 p.m.

Jason Mraz - September 3, 2018 (Monday, Labor Day) | 6:00 p.m.

Concert tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 10 a.m. and will be available for purchase at deervalleyconcertseries.com. Three types of tickets will be available for each show; Reserved, General Admission Floor and General Admission Lawn. General Admission Floor is a blankets only area directly in front of the stage. The General Admission Lawn section is divided into two sections with chairs allowed on one side and blankets on the other. All concerts are held rain or shine. Guests are welcome to bring picnics, blankets and chairs less than nine inches high; animals are not permitted.

Staging Your Home

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
May 02, 2018

Judy and I have worked with our clients in assisting in the staging of their homes for years. Before your first open house and listing on the MLS let us see how we can help. This week we would like to share eight tips for staging your home.

Focus On The Curb Appeal - The first thing that potential buyers will see is the outside of your house. The lawn, landscaping, front porch, front door, and driveway are the first impression your home is going to make, so spruce up the lawn, plant some flowers, paint the front door, reseal the driveway, whatever it takes to make a good first impression.

Time For Some Deep Cleaning - This is crucial in home staging and is more than just picking up and vacuuming. Clean the spaces in the home that haven’t been cleaned for a very long time (or ever), including baseboards, vent covers, ceiling fans, and the fireplace.

Brush On A Fresh Coat Of Paint - A fresh coat of paint in main rooms or throughout the house can bring a home back to life. Renew the space with neutral, crowd pleasing colors. This can also help potential buyers envision themselves living in the home.

Give Each Room A Purpose - A spare room can make fantastic guest bedroom, home office, or gym. Each room should be transformed into a usable space where the buyers can envision what they can do with the room.

Update The Kitchen Fixtures - Luckily, minor changes in the kitchen can make the space feel more modern and updated. Consider replacing old light fixtures with modern ones or swap outdated hardware.

Brighten The Bathrooms - Light colors or white make things appear fresher, cleaner, newer, and more spacious. Brighten up your bathroom with a fresh coat of paint or with new white towels, shower curtain, and bathmat to give your bathroom a clean and relaxed feel.

Bring In The Light - Curtains are beautiful, but they can darken and date a room. Potential buyers want to see the home in all its glory; so, pull up the blinds, open the curtains, and make sure the windows are spotless to let as much light in as possible.

Highlight The Positives - Every house has its own stand-out features, whether its unique woodwork, great flow, or a stunning backyard. Boost the appeal of your home by playing up the positives.

MAY EVENTS

Now - 10/21: Real Salt Lake, Sandy

Now - 9/3: Salt Lake Bees, Salt Lake City

Now - 5/5: 2018 Tulip Festival , Thanksgiving Point

5/3: The Eagles, Salt Lake City

5/5: Salt Lake City Open Streets 2018, Salt Lake City

5/9: P!NK Beautiful Trauma World Tour, Salt Lake City

5/16: Stars on Ice, Salt Lake City

5/19: Lantern Fest 2018, Tooele

6/1: Historic 25th Street Car Show, Ogden

6/2 - 6/3: 2018 Utah Pride Festival, Salt Lake City

6/1 - 6/3: Ogden Music Festival, Ogden

6/1 - 6/11: 2018 Uintah County Fair, Vernal

DEVELOPMENT SPOTLIGHT

FAIRWAY SPRINGS GOLF AND SKI VILLAS - Tucked just off the main Canyons corridor, you’ll find the ski and golf oasis of Fairway Springs. Although just steps from the Frostwood Gondola, Canyons golf course, dining options, and award-winning spa services, Fairway Springs feels like its miles away from the resort hustle. Quiet and serene, these three bedroom townhomes embody the sense of a true home with a private garage, spacious gathering room, and gourmet kitchen well suited for entertaining. Hiking and biking trails abound just outside your own front door. Inside, fresh design concepts blend clean lines, rich textures, and refined finishes to create true mountain luxury. High integrity construction such as a heated driveway, top-of-the-line appliances, vaulted ceilings, and soaring windows make these properties an exceptional value. There’s room here at Fairway Springs! Room to see the sky and wide-open spaces, and room for you and all those that make up the center of your world. *Clients who close before June 30th 2018 will receive a $75k furniture credit and a year of HOA dues.
SOARING HAWK - Soaring Hawk is a new & spectacular lifestyle community that offers both custom homesites and single-family residences overlooking the Jordanelle Reservoir and Deer Valley® Resort. This community features a private entrance, a year-round and multi-use trail system, and is ideally located minutes from downtown Park City, award winning ski resorts, and is only 40 minutes to Salt Lake International Airport.  *Currently under construction.

Park City Events

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Apr 25, 2018

This week we are sharing information on the upcoming first annual Wasatch Back Economic Summit, Utah's top Spas, an epic Utah road trip and Park City's Escape Room. The Wasatch Back Economic Summit will be a great opportunity to learn about the key issues facing Summit and Wasatch counties.  The Summit will feature informational presentations, breakout sessions, updates from industry leaders and great networking opportunities with other Wasatch Back businesses and officials.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Derek Miller, President & CEO, World Trade Center
  • Natalie Gochnour, Director, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, University of Utah
Breakout sessions include:
  • Connecting the Wasatch Back - a Transportation Discussion
  • Employment in the Wasatch Back
  • Affordable Workforce Housing
  • Wasatch Back Entrepreneurship
  • Real Estate in the Wasatch Back
  • Non-Hospitality Businesses Thriving
  • The Second Home Market
  • State Resources for Businesses
  • Center for Advanced Professional Studies: Creating a New Generation of Entrepreneurs
Registration: $50 per person in advance, $65 at the door. Seating is limited. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be served. Click HERE for more information and to register for the event.

Looking for something fun to do this week in Park City? Check out the Escape Room Park City featuring escape rooms that are original, independently created and one-of-a-kind experiences for the whole family. The Escape Room Park City features The Mine Trap, a 60-minute escape based on Park City’s silver mining history, to give visitors and locals a matchless escape room experience. Through clever puzzles, ingenious clues, and engaging stories, players are challenged to figure out how to play, think, and solve their way out of the game - other rooms include The Travel Room, The Parlor, and a Seasonal room.

Do you have a weekend available - This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service so if there’s ever a time road trip it up in Utah, now is it! Home to five national parks, 43 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and “The Greatest Snow on Earth®,” Utah is a must-see for any bucketlist-obsessed traveler. Read this great article by Bohemian Trails to see what makes a great road trip in Utah.

Maybe all you need is a spa weekend and well the state of Utah has some amazing choices. Trip Savvy has posted a delightful article called the Best Spas in Utah which lists the best spas in Utah including two destination spas as well as luxury hotels and resort spas.

Have a great week!

 
 
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