15TH & 15TH | The neighborhood around 15th East and 15th South is a dog-walker and stroller-pusher heaven. Watch out, though; you won't get far on your walk before stopping to chat with a neighbor. Mostly lined with '40's bungalows, the relatively flat streets going north-south and gentle hills going east-west make it ideal for morning walks or runs for coffee, and evening strolls. Next to the trendy Sugarhouse business district, Sugarhouse Park, and freeways. Neighborhood gems: The Kings English, Caputo’s Deli, Mazza and The Paris.
AVENUES | South Temple reflects Salt Lake City's fascinating history: the grand mansions of mining magnates stand next to the more modest structures built by the Mormons who settled the valley back when Utah was still part of Mexico. The "Avenues" reflect this history in their Victorian homes alongside bungalows, mid-century duplexes, and contemporary townhomes. Above the historic cemetery, homes with sweeping views stretch nearly to the mountain top. Spanning areas from the University to City Creek Canyon, this neighborhood is ideally located for city living.
FEDERAL HEIGHTS | Towering eucalyptus trees create a canopy over Third Avenue and Arlington Drive. The stately homes of this neighborhood, with their beautifully manicured yards and colorful flowerbeds, make this a lovely oasis nestled between the University and the Avenues, and abutting canyons and nature trails. Neighborhood traditions include block parties, 4th of July parades, and an Easter egg hunt. Some streets open their homes to neighbors for progressive holiday dinners. This neighborhood feels a lot like Presidio Heights in San Francisco.
DOWNTOWN | Over the past few years, this area has become one of the liveliest in the city. Public transportation and green bikes are de rigour, and the streets are filled night and day with people strolling galleries and mid-century furniture shops, chatting over coffee and pastries, or enjoying drinks and dinner at the city's most renowned restaurants. Main Street's new 3,000 seat performing arts center and a renovated theater for the opera and ballet have revitalized downtown and made it the destination point for major cultural events. Note that this neighborhood is not just the home of young hipsters: many retirees enjoy new luxury highrise condos with stunning city views! Downtown living also gives you 20 minute access to Salt Lake International Airport on Trax, the light rail system.
OAK HILLS / ST. MARY'S | Fabulous views, quiet streets, and easy access to both downtown and the canyons. Oak Hills, the area just above the Salt Lake Zoo and to the south of Emigration Canyon, is nestled at the foothills on the East Bench. It is a quiet neighborhood of single family homes, mostly '70s ranch style, with some mid-century gems hidden behind clusters of scrub oak.
To the south, St. Mary's blends in. It is the former home of St. Mary's of the Wasatch, a Catholic girls' school overlooking the city. It has the same quiet vibe as Oak Hills and curvy streets that wander up the foothills, with increasingly breathtaking views. Both neighborhoods benefit from easy freeway access to the canyons and areas south and west, proximity to the University of Utah and its vast medical center, and Foothill Village, a shopping area with groceries, computers, and a public library.
MARMALADE | One of the most charming and quirky neighborhoods near downtown, Marmalade is a bit like San Francisco's Telegraph Hill with its steep streets, mix of Victorian homes and mid-century apartment buildings. Located just north of the heart of downtown, and encompassing the State Capitol, it has superb access to all areas north, including Layton and Ogden, home of Weber State University. Neighborhood gems: Marmalade Library, Em's Restaurant, The Garage (music venue).
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