Thinking About Going Solar in Utah? Think Fast …


As you may have heard, changes are coming down the pike when it comes to going solar in Utah. This fall, Rocky Mountain Power will adjust the way it pays residential and commercial customers for the energy their solar systems produce. We’re also going to see a decrease in the state tax credit for solar in 2018.

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The bottom line? You have until November 15, 2017 to sign a contract with a solar company for a system on your home or business to lock in Rocky Mountain Power’s current rate structure. And you have until December 31, 2017 to install that system and secure the higher state tax credit level.

If you’re thinking about going solar, now is the time to act. Going solar can save you money over time and increase the resale value of a Utah home by $7,500 to $10,000. Financing is also usually an option for solar systems.

If you’re looking for a few more details about solar in Utah, here’s the full story.

Rocky Mountain Power Solar Net Metering Changes

The electric utility that supplies Park City, Salt Lake City, and most of the state of Utah with power has been talking about changing the rates they pay customers with solar for a while. The solar industry protested, citing unfairness to existing customers and severe impacts to the local market. So Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) and solar industry representatives talked it out and reached a deal.

The first part of the deal is that existing solar customers don’t have to worry about their rates changing for about 18 years. They will continue to be paid about 10 cents per kilowatt hour for energy produced beyond what they use. The second part of the deal is that property owners who want solar can also lock in the same nearly two decades of rates if they sign a contract by November 15, 2017.

RMP customers who install solar after November 15 will receive about 9 cents per kilowatt hour. While this may not seem like a big decrease, it could pan out to thousands of dollars over the years.

In order to lock in the current rate, you don’t need to install the solar system by November 15. You just need to sign a contract with a solar company to have the system installed.

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Utah Solar Tax Credit Changes

The other change facing home and business owners going solar in Utah is the decreased Utah tax credit that will go into effect in 2018. Currently, the credit is calculated at 25% of the eligible system cost or $2,000—whichever is less.

For systems installed in 2018, the tax credit will be 25% of the eligible system or $1,600, whichever is less. Basically, you will max out your incentive at $400 less beginning next year.

And in 2019, the credit will drop again to max out at $1,200.

However, the RMP and solar industry talks also led to a partnership between the two to advocate for a higher state tax credit. Perhaps we’ll see a Utah tax credit reboot in future years.

What About Federal Solar Tax Credits?

For now, federal tax credits for solar systems are guaranteed until 2022 so you don’t have to worry about them disappearing in the near future.

However, the tax credit will decrease beginning in 2020. If you install PV or solar hot water through the end of 2019, you’ll receive a 30% tax credit. Systems installed before 2021 will be eligible for a 26% tax credit. And systems installed by 2022 will receive 22% back.

Utah Solar Companies

If you’re ready to jump on solar by November 15, Alpenglow Solar + Electric and On Top Solar and Electric are two Park City companies you can contact. And here’s a list of some of the top Utah solar companies in 2016.

Summer Fun with the Grenneys at Deer Valley Resort


I #skithedifference every winter, but I also love summer days at Deer Valley Resort, hiking, taking in the views from the lifts, and eating on breezy patios. It was an honor to spend a recent day with my family at Deer Valley Resort filming a video about their summer activities. A big shout-out to the talented Chris Morgan of Two Sherpas for producing the video. Here’s to the last glorious days of summer, and to many more summers like it in Park City!

 

Park City Season Passes for Winter 2017-2018


Don’t let the 80 degree temperatures fool you. It’s time to start thinking about season pass options for winter 2017-2018. And oh, what options there are. I’ve outlined Park City season passes and also a few picks outside the Park City area. Here’s your guide to buying the best season pass for you.

Deer Valley Season Passes

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Can’t wait for another year to #skithedifference at DV

This skiing-only resort may have just changed hands, but I don’t expect much else to vary at my personal pick for skiing in the Park City area. Here’s the lowdown on the best groomers and power stashes around.

Opening Day: 12/2
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 10/31
Full Season Pass Price: $2,295 going up to $2,685 on 11/1
Benefits: 2 tickets to Alta, Snowbird, or Solitude; 2 tickets to Brighton; 3 tickets to Steamboat in CO; buddy passes; discounts at select Deer Valley restaurants, no black out dates, and summer biking/hiking rides.
Discounted Rates: Available for couples, young adults, teens, children, seniors, and military
Locals Coupon Books: Go to DeerLocals.com for info on 10-packs that can be shared and roll over to the following season.
Another Pass Option: Midweek Season Pass (excludes weekends/holidays): $1,200-$1,300
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Park City Season Passes

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The biggest resort in North America (Photo Credit: Marvin Kuo)

Park City is all about options, and that goes for both the staggering number of ski runs and the abundance of pass options available. Here’s a look at a few of the different Park City season passes available this year.

Opening Day: November 22
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 10/8
Epic Pass: $859 with no restrictions and unlimited access to Park City, Vail, Breckenridge, Whistler, and a ton of other Vail-owned resorts, plus 30 resorts across Europe
Epic Local Pass: $639 with restricted use during major holidays (discounted tickets available during these blackout dates) and access to Vail-owned resorts with some restrictions
Park City Youth Pass: $339-$419 for unlimited access to Park City—no restrictions but also no access to other Vail-owned resorts
Discounted Rates: Available for teens, children, and higher ed students
Other Pass Options: The Epic 7-Day, 4-Day and and Park City 4-Pack offer Park City season pass options for those who only plan to ski a handful of days this season
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Snowbird Season Passes

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Nothing like a tram ride on a bluebird day (Photo Credit: Snowbird)

For lovers of extreme terrain, Snowbird is more than worth the trip up Little Cottonwood Canyon. It also stays open later than many area resorts and has an uber cool tram.

Opening Day: November 22
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 9/10 (get on it!)
Summit Pass: This is the main full season pass option for Snowbird and Snowbird only. It starts at $999 and has no restrictions
Benefits: Unlimited discounted lift tickets, lodging discounts, savings book to local retail/restaurants, and summer biking/tram rides
Discounted Rates: Available for seniors, young adults, teens, and kids
Other Pass Options: A combo Alta-Bird pass, a Chairs Only pass with fewer benefits, and a 10-pack that can be shared
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Alta Season Passes

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Needing a snorkel at Alta (Photo Credit: Alta)

For skiers with chips on their shoulders about snowboarders, Alta is the other resort besides Deer Valley Resort in Utah that has dubbed itself a “skier’s mountain.” That’s right, no “slow-sliding equipment” besides skis. Alta also has great backcountry access.

Opening Date: November 22
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 9/13
Unlimited Adult Season Pass: $999 (going up to $1,199) with no restrictions
Discounted Rates: Available for young adults, seniors, military, and medical residents
Other Pass Options: A Mid-Week Pass, family packages, and Alta-Bird combo passes
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Sundance Resort Season Passes

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Sundance founder Robert Redford shredding the gnar (Photo Credit: Sundance)

For a more mellow, off-the-beaten path experience, make Sundance your destination this winter. This is great for those looking to take a few staycations this summer and eat at the fabulous restaurants Sundance has to offer.

Opening Date: December 1
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: 10/31
Adult Unlimited Pass: $585 going up to $715
Benefits: Complimentary passes to Silverton Mountain in CO, 3 day passes to Brian Head Resort, discounted tickets, discounts on gear rentals, free access to nordic trails, summer lift pass
Discounted Rates: Available for youth, college students, and seniors
Other Pass Options: A Midweek Pass, VIP pass (hello, line cutting and discounts), a Corporate Pass, and Night Skiing Only Pass
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Mountain Collective Pass

Mountain Collective pass

For the wanderlust-afflicted, the Mountain Collective pass offers the opportunity to explore resorts across the country and even in Canada. The pass includes two days at 16 different resorts, including three in Utah (Alta, Snowbird, and Snowbasin). Some of the other highlights include Banff, Jackson Hole, and Telluride.

Opening Date: Varies
Early Bird Pricing Deadline: No hard deadline—just while supplies last (they say they’re getting into limited inventory territory)
Mountain Collective Pass: $469
Benefits: Discounted lift tickets at participating resorts and lodging discounts
Discounted Rates: Available for kids 12 and under (only $99!)
Option Pass Options: None
Buy Now

Other Utah Season Pass Options

Solitude season pass

A ski patroller and avy dog at Solitude (Photo Credit: Solitude)

Curious about more season pass options? There are many more places to ski our state’s signature Greatest Snow on Earth. Below I’ve included links to season pass info for all the other ski resorts in Utah—and there are oh, so many …

Wherever you decide to ski or board this winter, enjoy your season and let me know if you’re tempted to look at some mountain properties that will feed your need for world-class powder in the Wasatch.

How to Appeal Your Property Taxes


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You probably checked your mailbox recently to find a notice about your home’s property taxes from Summit County. Did the amount the county assessed your home for seem low or high?

If the county has under-assessed your house, fear not. This has no bearing on the actual market value and only means that you’ll be paying less in taxes. Rejoice!

However, if the county has over-assessed your house, you may end up paying more in property taxes than you owe. Here’s my guide on how to appeal your property taxes so you don’t overpay in 2018.

Property assessments 101

First things first, do you even need to file an appeal? County Assessor Steve Martin appraises properties by studying the market, your property, and its current condition. There are many factors that can affect your assessment, such as:

  • The housing market. If the market grows, your home’s value may increase. Obviously, the inverse is also true.
  • Home improvements. If you add a new bathroom or an addition, your property value will likely increase.
  • A property’s condition. If your property has fallen into disrepair, the value will decrease.
  • Your residency status. Second homeowners are charged higher property taxes than primary residents.

The assessor’s methodology to arrive at an accurate assessment based on your property and the above factors, however, is far from foolproof. The National Taxpayers Union estimates that between 30-60% of taxable property in US is over-assessed!

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Where you need to go to talk property taxes (Photo Credit: Summit County)

Have you been over-assessed?

One red flag is if you just bought your home this year and haven’t made any significant changes to it, yet your assessment is higher than what you paid.

Basically, if you can prove any of the following, then you have grounds to appeal your property taxes, according to the International Association of Assessment Officers:

  • The county has incorrect info about your property. For example, they list four bedrooms when you really only have three. Or you have a shed, and they call it a barn. Or maybe they just got the square footage wrong.
  • The estimated value is too high. If you can prove that other comparable properties in your area have sold recently for less, than you may have a case.
  • The estimated value isn’t fair. Essentially, this means that the value maybe accurate, but isn’t equitable because other similar properties are valued lower.

Another possibility is that the assessor has incorrectly categorized you as a second homeowner. This has happened before in Summit County, and I’m sure it will happen again. Be sure to check that your residency status is correct, especially if you just moved here from out of state.

How to Appeal Your Property Taxes

If you believe you can prove that your property has been over-assessed or that you’ve been wrongly categorized, you have until Friday, September 15 to file an appeal.

In your appeal, you should provide evidence to back up your case, such as the correct specs of your property and/or the valuations of several similar properties. You also need to include a copy of the valuation you received in the mail.

If you’ve been wrongly identified as a second homeowner, you’ll need to fill out and sign a Statement of Residence form.

Send your materials to the County Assessor. Even better, go to Coalville (the county seat) and talk to the staff at the assessor’s office in person. You can find the contact info for the Summit County assessor online here.

Don’t have a case for lower property taxes? Remember that you’re stocking the coffers of our community. Your taxes go to support our schools, fire department, and other important services, which in turn increase your property’s value.

And if you have any questions or need help finding comparable properties to support your case, please reach out to me. I’m happy to walk you through the art of how to appeal your property taxes anytime.

Business Spotlight: Beau Collective


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Who says happy hour has to mean a round of margs with chips and salsa? At The Beau Collective in Park City, the definition of this afternoon tradition is a little different. Namely, a 6:15pm sweat session that will run you just $10. That’s probably less than a couple of drinks and may also leave you feeling a lot better, too.

For the dedicated, The Beau Collective—BeauCo, for short—is a community. When you sign up for a session, you get 12 weeks of twice weekly 45-minute classes, plus a flex schedule class that allows you to join in on another. You choose the time and days of the week that work best for you. The happy hour class and weekend flex schedule classes offer a chance to see if the workout style is for you.

We talked with co-founder Whitney Kozlowski to find out more about BeauCo and her own fitness background.

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Christine Grenney: How did you end up in Park City? What do you love about the town?

Whitney Kozlowski: I moved here to work for the Olympic Committee in 2000. I tried living in Southern California after, but always felt a pull to come back to Park City. So in 2009, we packed up a beach house to move and start life in the mountains. I love Park City for being the charming, happy, and responsive environment that it is—it feels closer to heaven here, like there is a little bit of magic swirling daily.

When did you first get the idea for your business?

I was a fitness instructor and a hotel concierge in 2014 and I thought it would be fun to blend the two.

Tell me a little bit about how BeauCo works and what types of classes it offers.

At the core, it is HIIT [High Intensity Interval Training] style workouts in a restored barn set to great music. But it’s so much more than that … it’s become a special hub in town where people gather to sweat, socialize, and share the journey of life in Park City on a daily basis.

Beau Collective

Who is a good candidate to become a BeauCo member?

Anyone who is compelled to sweat, support, and socialize in an upbeat and engaging setting. We are very team-oriented and community-based—people care about these people and their progress both inside and outside of the Barn.

What’s your favorite aspect about your job?

I love that I get to see so many people on a consistent basis and see them in raw forms—sometimes barely awake, hungover, good moods, tough days, upbeat days—and how they show up for themselves, for us, and for each other. I feel like we are carving a lil’ legacy here in Park City, that we truly are better together and that there is strength in numbers. We aim to have impact by the interval here. We work in 60-second intervals, 5-minute intervals, etc. We strive to make people just a bit better in those tiny moments and then are hopeful that there are positive ripple effects for them throughout the day.

Anything else you’d like to highlight about BeauCo?

We just hit our 200-member mark and we are SEAU (as we say) proud to be named Park City’s best fitness class. Community is a cornerstone and we have donated funds and time to over 25 different Park City nonprofits since our inception and there is no sign of slowing down.


BeauCo is located at The BeauCo Barn (3770 Hwy 224, Park City). You can reach them at 435.729.9245 and learn more online at thebeaucollective.com.

8 Park City September Events


An event like a solar eclipse is a hard act to follow, but there are lots of Park City September events to keep you on your toes. A long Labor Day weekend gets September started with a bang, including festivals, parades, and, as always in Park City, a race.

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An artist’s depiction of one of the homes on tour in 2017

Park City Area Showcase of Homes – September 1-4

It’s no secret that Park City boasts some real estate that will literally take your breath away. This year, the tour spans 20 amazing homes throughout the greater Park City area, from Pinebrook to Heber. A number of the participating homes will host cooking demos throughout the weekend so you can check out how top-of-the-line appliances perform. Tickets are only $15 if you buy online, and $18 if you buy at San Francisco Design in-person.

Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship & Festival – September 1-4

This family-friendly event acquaints you with the wonderful world of sheepdogs. It includes a an acrobatic canine show, Navajo rug weaving demos, and sheepdog training demos. You can also enjoy the musical stylings of the Salt Lake Scots Bagpipe band, arts and crafts, and an international food court with interesting dishes like Basque chorizo and poutine. Needless to say, there will be plenty of lamb dishes to enjoy. Find tickets for the festival and the AmBank Championship online.

Park City Miner's Day Parade

Park City Rotary Club’s Miner’s Day 2013 (Photo Credit: Tom Kelly)

Miner’s Day Parade & Celebration – September 4

This annual Park City festivity starts early at 7:30am with breakfast in City Park, followed by a 5k run. Be sure to arrive by 10:45am for the annual Running of the Balls, wherein around 10,000 yellow golf balls are released down Main Street. Anyone can buy a ball for $5 and the first balls through the chute at the bottom of Main Street will earn prizes, all in the name of raising funds for the PC Rotary Club.

At 11am sharp, the parade kicks off. Look for the Live PC Give PC float—I’ll be there with my whole family to support our local nonprofits. The day continues with barbecue, lots of live music, and a drilling competition as a nod to our town’s industrial heritage. Don’t miss one of the most classic Park City September events in town!

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – September 9

Take a two-mile scenic stroll through Park City to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The walk begins at the Swaner EcoCenter in Kimball Junction. This family-friendly event allows strollers and even well-behaved dogs on leash. Summit Sotheby’s International Realty will be participating in the event. Register, volunteer, and/or donate here.

SK8 to ELIMIN8 Cancer – September 9

Help support the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation by participating in this fun event that includes a figure skating exhibition, 5k races, and a public skate. The Olympic skater’s nonprofit helps fight cancer through research, education, and programs for survivors. A silent auction will help raise additional funds. Donate in advance to register or pay $10 on the day-of. Also a great way to cool off if temperatures remain hot!

 

DIG In! Dinner in the Garden – September 10

Join Summit County Community Gardens for this afternoon feast showcasing fresh, local foods. You can also meet a couple of friendly goats, get your face painted, or kick it to live music. The event will be held at the gardens themselves on Shadow Mountain Drive in Park City. A raffle will also take place to support the gardens as well as EATS Park City, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting health eating in local schools. Get tickets online in advance.

Park City September Events

Tour des Suds – September 17

As far as Park City September events, this annual trail race is a must-do for fun-loving mountain bikers. The course takes riders from City Park up to the top of Guardsman Pass—a 2,700 foot-climb over the course of seven miles. Go hard or ride easy. But whatever pace you set, make sure you wear an awesome costume to rock at the Skullcandy Party Station at the finish line. Back down at City Park, there will be a costume contest, lunch, awards, and more. Register early so you can claim a pair of Tour des Suds socks.

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Scarecrow Festival at the McPolin Farm – September 23

Fall is in the air, and this annual scarecrow fest proves it. Bring all your scarecrow-making supplies to the McPolin Barn and assemble while you enjoy enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting, games, and cookies. Stuffing and crosses will be available on-site. The scarecrows will remain on display for a month. Get your tickets in advance online.

Roadmap to Local Beer, Wine, and Spirits in Salt Lake City


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Photo Credit: High West Distillery

Looking to plan some fun late summer/early fall weekends? Want to show some visitors a good time? Take a tour de Park City through the glass. Even though we might be in a state where alcohol does not exactly flow freely, there are many fine producers of liquor, beer, and wine here in Utah. Park City Magazine profiled a few of the fine local distillers, vintners, and brewers. Here are a few you should know about.

Park City Wineries

Cognition Winery

Wine making is a labor of love for longtime Park City residents Dennis Romankowski and his wife, Gina Coccimiglio, who opened  Cognition Winery in 2014. Though the grapes the couple use for their Bordeaux, Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and blends come from California, the grapes’ full potential is nurtured and unleashed locally.

Old Town Cellars

Make no mistake, this is not a wine bar but an “educational experience,” says co-owner Stephen MacKay. He and business partner David Hildreth blend varietals from Paso Robles and the Willamette Valley. The result is a line of six lovely blends with straightforward names like Old Town Red and Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.

Park City Distilleries

High West Distillery

A biochemist by trade, David Perkins began hatching fermentation dreams after a visit to Maker’s Mark Distillery back at the turn of the century. In 2004, he and his family relocated to Park City, and then in 2007, Perkins’s dreams came true with the opening of High West. Now, you can sample all their award-winning spirits at the Park City saloon just off Main Street (703 Park Ave) and at the Wanship distillery (27649 Old Lincoln Hwy).

Alpine Distilling

This relative newcomer on the scene is taking names and awards with its line of spirits, from a spiced liqueur to a line of whiskeys worth sipping slowly. Distiller Rob Sergent’s goal is to create liquors of the caliber and nuance that he discovered while living abroad in Europe. He even sources ingredients like primrose and artemisia locally to deepen his product.

Park City Breweries

Park City Brewery

With a vibe that skews toward garage chic, Park City Brewery is the area’s guy’s guy hangout for watching sports on TV, playing bar games, and, of course, sipping one of the seven on-tap house brews. The brewery also often hosts live music and makes and Imperial Pilsner you won’t soon forget.

Wasatch Brewery

This is the grandaddy of all craft beers in Utah. Wisconsinite Greg Schirf was perplexed with Utah’s lack of breweries when he moved here in the early 1980s. So he opened his own, along with his Main Street brewpub, where in addition to yummy pub fare, you can sip pints of Wasatch’s Polygamy Porter, Evolution Amber Ale, and First One Down Winter Warmer Ale.

For the full article, visit Park City Magazine.

7 Must-Do August Events in Park City


Is it really August already? Just a few more weeks of summer before the kids (and teachers) go back to school and the sweltering days begin to cool off. Here are a few of my event picks this month to help you end Summer 2017 with a bang.

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The stage at O.P. Rockwell (Photo by O.P. Rockwell)

Super Doppler at O.P. Rockwell – August 4

Just a friendly reminder that concerts continue to exist more days than not in the Wasatch Back this summer. Case in point: this eclectic band’s upcoming performance at O.P. Rockwell, one of my favorite venues in town. Super Doppler (previously known as Major and the Monbacks) plays a mix of soul, country, and garage rock. If you subscribe to my newsletter, then you can use the promo code I sent out last month for 2-for-1 O.P. Rockwell tickets. For more local music playing in Park City and Salt Lake City, check out my Summer 2017 Concert Calendar.

Kimball Arts Festival – August 4-6

For the 48th year (!), this festival will take Park City’s Main Street by storm. The event showcases the artwork of over 220 hand-picked artists spanning all types of mediums, from ceramics and jewelry to photography and sculpture. The event kicks off at 5pm on Friday and then runs 10am-8pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday. Admission on Friday night is free for Summit County residents. To attend on Saturday and/or Sunday, all you need is a weekend pass, which costs $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6-17 (kids 5 and under enter free). All funds raised from the festival benefit the Kimball Arts Center. Check out the website to learn more about festival details such as the Sundance Film Series, live music, and food trucks.

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is sponsoring this event, so come say hi at the lower level of the VIP Lounge!

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Summit County Fair – August 5-12

At 5pm on Saturday, the Summit County Fair officially kicks off with live entertainment and food booths in Coalville. There will also be a Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden for the grown-ups. At 7pm, catch the ever-entertaining Demolition Derby, to be followed by 10pm fireworks. The fun continues with a carnival, rodeo events, and a whole lot more. Visit the Summit County Fair website to get the full schedule and details. This is a great excuse to visit beautiful Coalville for a fun family outing.

Mid Mountain Marathon – August 19

Come and cheer on the marathoners at the start or finish line of this epic Park City race. It all begins at Silver Lake in Deer Valley and then cruises across 20 gorgeous miles of the Mid Mountain Trail. The course then descends into Utah Olympic Park at the base of the Nordic jump. This has been voted the best trail marathon in Utah, so competition is sure to be stiff. And if you don’t want to go watch the runners, it’s probably a good idea to stay off the Mid Mountain the morning and early afternoon of August 19.

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Slip ‘n Soar – August 19

Another reason to head up to Utah Olympic Park on Saturday the 19th: the annual Slip ‘n Soar event. If your kids or the kid in you is a sucker for slip ‘n slides, this event is right up your alley. And when it’s 90 degrees and sunny outside as it has been of late, there’s nothing quite like a jovial soak. You get to plunge right into the Olympic freestyle pool. The event runs noon-6pm and tickets are $65 per person. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Bonanza Flats

Our open space is totally worth drinking whiskey for

Blue Sky Bash – August 26

What a time to celebrate open space in Park City! Recently, a combined effort of many private donors and the town has saved Bonanza Flats. Join in the momentum at this fundraiser for the Summit Land Conservancy at the Ranch at Blue Sky. The event begins at 6pm and features a whiskey tasting and dinner from High West that you truly won’t want to miss. Also on the roster is a live auction and music from Pixie and the Partygrass Boys. Get your tickets online before August 23.

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Photo by the National Ability Center

Summit Challenge – August 26

You can work up an appetite for the Blue Sky Bash whiskey dinner (above) by competing in race benefitting another one of my favorite local nonprofit organizations: the National Ability Center. To join in the Summit Challenge, choose from a 16, 50, 80, or 100-mile course and enjoy the mountain views. The National Ability Center also offers support for riders with disabilities so that everyone can compete.

11 New Park City Developments You Need to Know About


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Groundbreaking at Goldener Hirsch

Hammers are a’swinging in the Park City area. What’s in the works? No fewer than 11 developments with limited inventory and amenities worth hucking a cliff for. Some will come available for reservations shortly, while others are nearly sold out. Here’s what you need to know.

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The rooftop pool at the forthcoming Goldener Hirsch residences will be the place to be

One of the new Park City developments I’m most excited about is the divine Goldener Hirsch Residences, which officially broke ground late July and are slated for completion Summer 2019. This luxury real estate project accounts for the last remaining parcel in Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Village. With award-winning architect Tom Kundig at the helm, these 39 residences will surely drop jaws. A few of the killer amenities include an aprés ski lounge and a bridge plaza with a restaurant and fire pits. Reservations open on Friday and I suspect units will fly, so let me know if you’re interested as soon as possible.

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An artist’s rendering of one of the Wasatch Springs residences

The second project I’m holding my breath for is Wasatch Springs, which unites designer quality with affordability. Located just five minutes from Park City toward Kamas, this development will offer three and four bedroom townhomes. Two-car attached garages will make your commute a dream come winter. With prices starting in the mid-$400,000s and relatively low HOA dues, Wasatch Springs promises to be a great new addition to Park City affordable housing. The developers will release the remaining inventory online soon and the first model home goes up this fall. With six already under contract, you’ll want to move fast if you’re interested.

If I’ve piqued your interest, here are 9 more new Park City developments for your radar …

Promontory’s new swoon-worthy amenity

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A day at the beach in Park City? Nothing’s impossible in this big-thinking ski town

Promontory: This mountain home community isn’t new, but the 11.5-acre Beach House on its property is. At 7,000 feet, this might just be the highest elevation beach in the world. Promontory cut no corners with this amenity. Think: a landscape of imported sand. A dock with paddle boats for rent. And an alfresco café where you can chow down on fish and chips for lunch. It’s all yours when you lock down a villa, cabin, homesite, or other Promontory property.

Deer Valley area developments

Montage Residences: The newly available residential units inside this fabulous hotel are going fast, with five sold or put under contract in the last five months. Only 15 residences (and one resale) remain. One thing that really sets these two, three, and four-bedroom units apart is the nonpareil service the Montage team provides. They’ll make a family ski day a breeze, outfit any local recreational experience under the sun, and make kiddos feel like kings and queens.

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The Empire residences claim a most enviable location

Empire Residences: While we’re in the DV neighborhood, I can’t forego a mention of the new Empire development. There are only 19 of these mountain chic ski-in/ski-out condos located at the DV base. Each comes with Talisker Club membership, which is a great perk if you ski and an even greater perk if you golf, too. You can make a reservation now to secure pre-construction pricing.

What’s new in Old Town

Roundabout: Got a soft spot for Old Town? Don’t we all. There’s nothing like the convenience and charm of being steps from historic Main Street. These luxury residences couple incredible location with indulgent heated patios, private elevators, fire pits, and hot tubs. With a model now complete, you can take a tour anytime if Roundabout sounds right for you.

Jordanelle-area developments

Deer Vista: Aside from Wasatch Springs, the Hwy 248-corridor continues to grow. Deer Vista is a private community with vistas of Jordanelle to the north. This huge 400-acre development has planned just over 100 homesites, which means privacy, unobstructed views, and the potential for fabulous outdoor living spaces. This multi-phased project currently has lots for sale in Phase One. Smaller acreage lots will come online next year with more to follow.

Jordanelle Estates: This modestly sized development has only 10 residences, the majority of which are four bedrooms. Just seven miles from Park City, these properties will boast views and come with amenities like a clubhouse and community park. Only two of these homes remain!

Kamas and beyond

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Sitting by the firepit at Victory Ranch = winning at life

High Star Ranch: I’m not sure what’s a cooler backyard amenity to have at this Kamas development: the Uinta National Forest or the Dejoria Center. Snatch up one of these hot-to-trot residences and you’ll be thisclose to miles of biking and hiking trails, horseback riding, the trending State Road Tavern, and a world-class concert and event venue. North Meadows lots are now available, with Thorn Creek homes soon to follow.

Victory Ranch: Not far from High Star sits this private community along the Provo River. The recreational amenities are second-to-none, with fly fishing, barrel shooting, snowmobiling, and clubhouses at your fingertips. From cabins and mountain mansions to homesites, this development offers something for all types of buyers. An outdoor lover’s paradise, Victory Ranch even has its own nature conservancy onsite.

River Meadows Ranch: Here’s one more ranch for your list. This development sits between Midway and Heber, also on the Provo River. You’ll feel far away from it all out here, but it’s only a 20-minute drive to Park City. Lots range in size from one-and-a-half to eight acres, but only two remain as I write.

If any of these developments have caught your eye, contact me to get more information, arrange a tour, or make a reservation. Many of them are nearly sold out or projected to sell quickly, so time is of the essence with these hot residential commodities.

Affordable Housing in Park City


affordable housing in Park City

Photo Credit: Mountainlands Community Housing

 

What does affordable housing in Park City mean? As we see home prices go up in Park City and surrounding areas, more buyers are seeking affordable housing options when purchasing a home.

Affordable Housing in Park City 101

Luckily, both Park City municipal and Summit County governments see the importance of affordable housing and have added this component to current and future developments. These deed restricted homes usually have limitations on occupancy. They also must be owner-occupied and cannot be used as a second home or rental property. To qualify, residents often must meet income limitations. There may also be a 3% value appreciation cap per year.

If you’re interested in affordable housing Park City, Mountainlands Community Housing is a great resource. This Summit County nonprofit organization oversees and develops affordable housing. You can sign up for their mailing list and get detailed information on which affordable homes are available.

Park City Municipal also offers some affordable homes and lists their projects online. After several years without any new affordable housing projects, several new homes have recently become available. You can monitor affordable properties available for resale by checking listings from both Mountainlands and Park City Municipal. Because of the resale restrictions on these homes, a realtor is not usually involved in the sales transaction.

Creative Ways of Finding Affordable Housing

Keep in mind that you don’t have to purchase a deed restricted home to find an affordable one. There are many “market rate” homes still available in Park City, Summit County, and the surrounding area. Condominiums tend to be less expensive than single family homes. You can also expand your search to outlying areas like Kamas, Oakley, Coalville, and Heber City. A real estate agent can help you with these purchases.

Lending for Affordable Housing

Lending for affordable housing doesn’t differ from lending for market rate homes. Do make sure, however, that the lender you use is familiar with the nuisances of the restrictions placed on these homes. Both Mountainlands and Park City Municipal can recommend local preferred lenders.

Often, the buyer looking for affordable housing has smaller down payments or no down payment requirement at all. USDA Rural Housing loans offer 100% financing, conventional loans offer 3-5% down, Guild Mortgage offers a loan with 1% down, and FHA requires 3.5% down.  If qualifying is an issue, you can enlist a cosigner like a parent, sister, uncle, or grandparent. Discuss your specific situation with a professional lender, who will guide you through the best loan options for you.

By Guest Blogger Amy Cairn, Senior Loan Officer / Sales Manager at Guild Mortgage Company (435.640.1878 | acairn@guildmortgage.net)

Profile of a Summit Sotheby’s International Realty Photographer


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A room with a view on Silver Spur Road shot by Summit Sotheby’s International Realty Photographer Bruce Gardner

One thing that sets Summit Sotheby’s International Realty apart from many other real estate agencies is its high-quality photography. From sprawling Park City landscapes to captivating interiors and soaring bird’s eye views made possible by drones, our photography truly goes above and beyond. Often times, sellers see their listing photos and experience a twang of seller’s remorse for the home they’re about to part with.

I sat down with Bruce Gardner, one of our two in-house photographers, to find out what it’s like to be a real estate photographer and what tips he has for producing the most striking images of homes.

Choose Park City: When did you first realize you wanted to be a photographer? 

Bruce Gardner: I was an art history major in college and wanted to do something creative. I met somebody that was into it and they hired me as an assistant. This was close to 30 years ago when I was about 21 years old. It started with film and the dark room and since then it’s pretty much turned into an entirely different profession. Instead of a photographer, I’m more of a computer guy now.

Do you miss the dark room? Do you still use one? 

I do. That was my specialty. I made a name for myself with black-and-white imagery and dark room tricks. Then it became obsolete almost overnight and I had to reinvent myself. That’s probably why I got into real estate photography, but I’ve always liked architecture. Summit Sotheby’s International Realty had an ad out and I applied for and got this job about three years ago.

I got rid of my dark room about 10 years. It got to the point where everything I could do in the dark room I could do in photoshop—so much faster and less toxic.

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One of Bruce’s non-real estate photos: a close-up of a trout

What do you love about your job here at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty? 

I like that I’m shooting something that I don’t have to direct. When I shoot people, there’s this level of anxiety trying to go from a director to an image maker. I’d much rather take a shot of an inanimate object. You can create balance and composition without worrying about someone’s facial expression. That’s probably the greatest appeal—what you see is what you get and no direction.

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Bruce’s exterior shot of a home on Bitner Ranch Road

What sets Summit Sotheby’s International Realty photography apart from that of other agencies?

The leadership of the company uses in-house photography to separate themselves from other brokerages working with Spotlight Tours, which uses newbies. They really look for top-of-the-line people. Kyle [Jenkins]* invented this style of photography—HDR windows without HDR software—so you don’t have that Tim Burton movie look. It’s a little more labor-intensive to pull off.

It’s a point of pride to know that you’re leading the industry. At other brokerages, it’s a lot less consistent. It’s kind of up to the agent to find the photographer and get the shoot done. Some of them are shooting with their cell phones or hiring people like Spotlight Tours.

*Another photographer with Summit Sotheby’s International Realty

Tell me about the most memorable home you’ve ever shot here in Park City.

There’s one in particular that I shot down in Orem on Geneva Road. There’s a couple up in The Colony—79 and 67 White Pine Canyon Road. I’ve shot up a few up at Wolf Creek Ranch that have been incredible, like a 24-million-dollar log cabin. It’s hard to pinpoint just one. That’s one of the coolest things about the job is you really do get some great subject matter more often than not.

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Bruce’s photo of his own kitchen

What is your favorite room or feature of a home to shoot and why?

I usually like the kitchens and I like the exterior the most. Kitchens give you a lot of great lines to work with—not only are there walls and corners, but also an island and countertops. There’s more ways to geometrically line stuff up.

Do you have any tips for sellers and/or agents prepping a home for a shoot?

Get rid of any product—like Tide detergent or Palmolive soap. Anything that has a brand screaming off of it. And then anything that can remind you of something gross like bodily fluids. Get rid of the Kleenex and try not to show the toilet paper! Wash the windows.

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Bruce captures one of Park City’s many athletes in action

Besides real estate, what are some of your favorite photographic subjects? 

I still like shooting people—especially kids. Adults get squeamish in front of the camera. Kids have more of a real expression. And animals and pets. Nature and landscapes a little bit, and bugs—really macro stuff like a bug’s head.

Fairview Drive bedroom

One of my current live listings (6103 Fairview Dr), shot by Bruce

Do you have any advice for aspiring real estate photographers? 

I would say shoot what you love. Shoot what inspires you. Get into it and shoot a lot. It’s easy now. I probably spent a quarter million in film and processing becoming a photographer. Now all you have to do is go to Costco, buy a rig, and the world is yours. You can shoot and shoot and shoot for free—so just shoot a ton and develop your eye.

Thanks to Bruce Gardner, one of our many not-so-secret weapons at Summit Sotheby’s, I can provide better service and exposure to all of my listing clients, regardless of the value of their home.

You can check out some of Bruce’s real estate photography of his own Heber home, which is for sale. Find more of his photography at bgardnerimages.com.

How to Celebrate Pie and Beer Day in Park City


pie and beer day in Park City

As if we need an excuse to eat a slice of delicious berry pie in the summertime

For the unacquainted, Pie & Beer Day is a unique Utah holiday that riffs off a simultaneous state occasion: Pioneer Day. This Mormon celebration occurs annually on July 24 and marks the day that the first Mormon pioneers set foot in the Salt Lake Valley back in 1847. Much of Utah celebrates this summer holiday with parades, theatrical renditions, and other festivities.

But Pioneer Day leaves much to be desired for Utah’s non-Mormons. Enter Pie & Beer Day, which some clever non-Mormons coined 10 or so years ago. There’s no rhyme or reason to why the secular July 24 holiday chose pie and beer beyond the fact that the two indulgences sort of sound like “pioneer.” For all Utahns, here’s how to have an excellent July 24.

Celebrate Pioneer Day in Salt Lake City

If you’re a Mormon, head to Temple Square in Salt Lake City to join in on the Pioneer Day fun.

pie & beer day in park city

Beer: because it rhymes with pioneer

Celebrate Pie and Beer Day in Park City

Pie ‘n’ Beer Day at Park City Brewery

From 3-8pm, PC Brewery will be offering brews and Auntie Em’s pie. Go create your own sweet-sudsy pairings then enjoy on their patio.

Better Utah’s Pioneer/Pie & Beer Day Celebration

The Alliance for a Better Utah will be hosting a free summer barbecue with pie and beer to help raise awareness about the nonprofit’s mission. The Alliance works to promote “balance, transparency and accountability” in state politics. The event will be held at Board Member Jonathan Klein’s house (3042 Oak Rim Lane in Park City) from 5:30-7:30pm. You can register here.

Create Your Own Pie & Beer Day Fun

You can host your own July 24 celebration at home—after all, all you need is some pie and beer. For pie, I suggest you head to Windy Ridge Bakery, where you can procure everything from Sour and Black Cherry and Mile High Apple to Key Lime. Then pick up a six-pack of your favorite local brews from Park City Brewery, Wasatch, or Squatters. A sour beer might be nice with a berry pie, while a porter would stand up beautifully to pecan. Cheers!

Sotheby’s Marketing: Like No Other


One of the many reasons that I take enormous pride in being part of the Summit Sotheby’s International Realty team is the unparalleled Sotheby’s marketing. From relationships with powerhouse media partners to talented designers that make your home look amazing, we know how to elevate your home to attract sellers.

Recently, two cases in point illustrate just how unparalleled Sotheby’s marketing truly is. The first is a video made by Ryan Samanka, our in-house videographer, showcasing a remarkable 18+ acre property in Orem. Videos help potential buyers actually envision themselves in the home, using the kitchen, playing in the family room, and enjoying outdoor spaces. Without first adieu, here’s “The Land of Golden Dreams”:

The second recent illustration of Sotheby’s marketing prowess is a marketing piece highlighting five things that set our agency apart. One, of course, is the sheer history and power of our brand. Sotheby’s blue is just about as recognizable as Tiffany’s blue, evoking luxury and legacy. Here’s what else makes Sotheby’s truly “like no other:”

Sotheby's marketing

The Value of a Review


Reviews
In our age of web-based marketing, positive online reviews can determine where, or with whom, a consumer chooses to do business. This is especially the case with smaller organizations. Opinions left on the web even helped navigate my family on our Grenney Family Oregon Road Trip this past month.
Logging over 2,200 miles in 12 days, we covered Oregon Caves to Crater Lake and Redwoods to rugged capes. We made many decisions on where to recreate, dine, and sleep with guidance from reviews I found online. Short on time and decent cell service, I needed to make good choices, quickly. Needless to say, we were fortunate enough to land in some fabulous spots that we would return to again. They added the spirit of adventure and new memories to our vacation.
Crater Lake

Grenney Family pic by blue-as-can-be Crater Lake

Just like the businesses we discovered through a few clicks, I am learning that more clients are finding me through an online search. The feedback left for me on sites like Google, Zillow, and Facebook validate my professionalism, experience, and dedication to customer service. As always, I am grateful for the support of my buyers, sellers, and industry peers who have helped build my reputation online and for the new ones who Choose Park City because of it.
It turns out that the most valuable marketing doesn’t cost anything.

Not-Yet-Listed Homes in Park City – July 2017


Not Yet Listed Properties in Park City

Love being in the know? Then you’ll be excited to hear about these not-yet-listed properties coming to the Park City real estate market in the near future.

The week of July 17, a Lofts end-unit town home will go live in Old Town. Deer Valley Loop Unit 8 boasts a spacious layout, plus a rooftop deck complete with a hot tub, fire pit, dry bar, and ski run views. This 3BD/5BA 3,074sf home will be listed at $1,900,000 and is perfect as a primary residence, vacation home, or investment property.

Deer Valley Loop

The Lofts condo in Old Town

Soon after, 3004 Meadows Drive will arrive on scene—a 5BD plus office/6BA 4690sf home that has just undergone a gorgeous remodel throughout. At $2.4 million, this Park Meadows home will move quickly, so let me know if you’re interested.

Here are a few more not-yet-listed properties in Park City to watch for:

  • 4BD/4BA ~3400sf home on third Fairway of the Jeremy Ranch golf course with huge deck ($900,000)
  • 4BD/4BA ~4000sf quiet home on 10.57 acres in Silver Creek with pano views ($1,200,000)
  • 4BD/3BA 3500sf Prospector home close to schools and trails ($968,000)
  • 3BD+bunk room/4BA 1946sf remodeled end-unit in Red Pine (~$785,000)
  • 8000sf newly built home in Silver Creek on 3 acres with nice finishes, theater room, and oversized three-car garage (Price TBD)

If you’re interested, please contact me as soon as possible for more details.

Trail Etiquette 101 from Park City Magazine


park city trails

Recently, Park City Magazine did all locals and visitors a service by publishing some excellent guidelines for using trails respectfully. I’m reposting this vital information to spread the word as widely as possible. Here are a few of the “unwritten rules” of Park City trails for hikers, bikers, and dog owners.

  • Be quiet. Don’t blast music from speakers or talk on your phone.
  • Know when to yield. Hikers going downhill yield to hikers traveling uphill. Bikers always yield to hikers and equestrians. If you take a break, step off trail. And if you’re in a large group, be aware of others who want to pass.
  • Don’t destroy the trails. Hiking when trails are muddy or walking off trail is taboo.
  • Pack it all out—dog poop included. And what’s even worse than leaving your dog poop on the ground? Putting your dog poop in a bag, leaving it trailside to pick up on your return trip, then forgetting about it.
  • Keep your dog leashed. There’s no shortage of reasons why your dog should be on a leash, from clashes with other dogs and wildlife showdowns to pups freezing in the middle of a trail as a biker is descending. There are a few places where dogs need not be leashed, but everywhere else, leash up.
  • Be aware of your dog’s needs. If you’re going on a long excursion, you may need to bring water if there aren’t frequent creeks/ponds from which your dog can drink. And if you’re leaving Fido in the car during your hike/ride, make sure it’s not too hot, open windows, and leave water.

For the full Trail Etiquette 101 article, visit Park City MagazineHappy trails!

July Events in Park City Not to Miss


July 4 Park City

Never a dull moment in July in Park City. In order not to totally overwhelm you, I’m excluding Fourth of July happenings below. But I do hope to see you all at the Summit Sotheby’s International Realty office on Main Street for July 4 Parade viewing. Details in the event invite above, but contact me with questions! And remember that for all your live music needs, there’s my Ultimate Summer Concert Calendar. Without further adieu, here are all the July events in Park City fit to print in the Choose Park City blog.

July Events in Park City

Summer Concert Series at Canyons Village

The frenzy of free outdoor concerts in Park City has officially begun! I compiled a Summer Concert Calendar to help you plan your live music schedule, but this didn’t include all the many free local music opportunities. One such opportunity occurs every Saturday at 4pm at the Canyons base area, hosted by Park City Mountain. Music starts at 4pm and the headliner begins at 6pm. In July, we’ll see New Orleans jams, blues, honky tonk, and more, Bring your own chairs, blankets, and picnic.

Summer Concert Series at Billy Blanco’s at Quarry Village

If you didn’t get enough live music on Saturday, head to Jeremy Ranch on Sundays for more free music. Starting at 4pm every Sunday, enjoy folk, bluegrass, and many more genres. The Quarry Village stage is located just below Park City Pizza in the shopping center. You can also indulge in Billy Blanco’s margaritas and tacos while you listen.

More Free Summer Concerts in Park City

If you’re a serious concert fiend, here’s a few more free summer concert lineups to remember. On Friday afternoons, check out the little town of Peoa for 4pm jams in Woodenshoe Park. On Wednesdays, head to Deer Valley at 4pm for the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series. You can also check out the new High Star Ranch while jamming on Thursday evenings to free concerts catered by the State Road Tavern food truck. If you’re not up for the drive to Kamas, enjoy free Thursday night concerts at the Newpark Amphitheater on Thursdays at 6pm.

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Oakley Rodeo

This annual event, hosted by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association, will more than indulge your inner cowgirl or cowboy. The rodeo kicks off Friday, June 30 at 8pm and goes out with a bang: a Fourth of July celebration. Tickets for each night are $15 a pop. From a parade, to bull riding and fireworks, there’s never a dull moment.

Park City Food & Wine Classic

Photo Credit: Park City F&W Classic

Park City Food & Wine Classic

Who says you have to be in Aspen to sample bites and sips with the best of them? For the 13th year, vintners, chefs, and other foodies will come together for this annual festival. From July 6-9, taste and drink to your heart’s content. You can also purchase tickets for standalone events like Wine on the Mountain or educational seminars on food and drink.

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Photo Credit: Stein Eriksen

Hops on the Hill

If you’re more of a beer gal/guy than a wino, mark your calendars for Thursdays in July. From July 11-August 15, Stein Eriksen Lodge is hosting beer and food tastings on Tuesdays from 6-7:30pm on its deck. Each Hops on the Hill will feature two different local breweries, a different band, and Chef Zane’s cooking. The first Hops on the Hill will highlight Squatters and Red Rock breweries. You can pay $20 for just beer tasting, $20 for just food tasting, or spring for both. From 6-9pm, live music will play on the lawn and you can also order from the grill.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Summit County Children’s Justice Center


Summit county Children's Justice Center

This month, I wanted to take the opportunity to shed light on the important work carried out by the Summit County Children’s Justice Center. One of 22 operating in the state of Utah, the Summit County Children’s Justice Center is a public-private partnership that depends upon the support of the community to carry out its mission of helping child abuse victims. We chatted with Director Melissa McKain, who has been leading the CJC since 2014, about the services provided and how you can help.

CJC logo

 

How the CJC Achieves its Mission

When a family first reaches out to the CJC, the staff conducts an interview to establish what has happened to the child. Sexual abuse exams can also be carried out onsite. Then the team of Park City police detectives, case workers, victim advocates, and therapists get to work to help the children and family move forward.

Stats

In its first five years of operation, the CJC has helped over 800 victims and families. In 2016, the CJC served 248 victims and family members.

CJC in Action

When children come in for help, they are often traumatized by what they’ve been through. Director Melissa McKain shares a recent example of a six-year-old child who the CJC worked with:

“The young boy who came in for the exam was nervous when he first arrived, but soon relaxed and began to play in our cozy waiting room … in less than 1.5 hours, this young boy felt relieved, supported, cared for, his fears were resolved, his stress decreased, and we were able to gather important information needed … I can tell you when the child left he had a smile on his face.”

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A drawing by the six-year-old boy described above

Testimonial from a Park City Resident

“The team of people at the Summit County CJC gave us the support we needed to face our situation. With their help, we have been able to heal from the abuse my child endured. We are incredibly grateful our community has a resource like the Summit County Children’s Justice Center.”

How to Find the CJC

The CJC operates out of the Kimball Junction library (1885 West Ute Boulevard) and can be reached at 435.615.3910.

How to Help

The Summit County Children’s Justice Center depends upon community support. To help, donate snacks and bottled water, gift cards in $15-20 increments, blankets, and stuffed animals. You can also sponsor a staff meal for case meetings. To support the new Community for Children’s Justice, attend Pig in the Park, their inaugural fundraiser event this Sunday, June 25 from 4-8pm in the City Park Pavilion.

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The CJC team on a staff bowling outing


After every sale, I make a donation to a deserving nonprofit selected by my client. Nonprofit Spotlight highlights the recipients of these donations. My tradition of giving fits into the larger charitable mission of the nonprofit Sotheby’s Cares, wherein Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s sales associates routinely give to worthy causes. In 2016, we donated $70,000 to many organizations, including The Park City Foundation, the Mountain Trails Foundation, KPCW, Summit Land Conservancy, and PC Reads. 

Local Park City Gifts for Father’s Day


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Dad and me at Park City’s Best awards party

Instead of turning to Amazon Prime to get a last-minute gift for dad this Father’s Day, why not support a local business? Whether the dads in your life love to ski or can’t stop talking about their summer grilling ambitions, there are plenty of local gift options to make them happy this Sunday, June 18. Here’s a list of gifts for Father’s Day with Park City character that also help support our local community.

DRY-X boot dryers

My own new custom boot dryer – Mike loves it!

Custom Boot Dryers from DRY-X

Has dad been a real superstar this year? Maybe he deserves a little something extra special, like, for example, a custom ski boot and glove drying system from local manufacturer DRY-X. Print out a few pics of some other systems and let him design his dream dryer.

A Bottle of Happiness from High West

I’d be remiss to make recommendations for local gifts for Father’s Day and exclude the fine spirits distilled right here in Park City. Gift him a bottle of his favorite High West whiskey and throw in a hand-blown High West tumbler or two. And if you join the free High West Whiskey Club, you’ll even get a promo code for a Father’s Day discount on merchandise.

gifts for Father's Day from Beau Collective

A Sweat Sesh from Beau Collective

If you want to get dad’s heart pumping this coming Sunday, sign him up for a surprise Father’s Day Sesh workout. Make sure to give him this motivational gift prior to Father’s Day since the workout begins at 8:30am. While he’s working up a sweat, you can prepare a delicious brunch for him (or decide where to take him for brunch). You can also sign him up for a future workout with the inspiring folks at Beau Collective—they have public classes coming up on July 1 and 29.

BBQ Flavor Kit from Mountain Town Olive Oil

Fathers who double as talented cooks or grill-masters will love some new flavors to play with from Main Street’s Mountain Town Olive Oil. Get him the BBQ Delight Taste Box to supply him with ingredients for marinades and rubs alike.

An Old School Shave from Billy’s Barbershop

Every man loves and deserves an old-school hot shave and maybe a bottle of new cologne on the way out. Billy’s is the only traditional barber in Park City where dad can sink into an antique barber chair and enjoy a hot lather and shave.

Park City Airbnb Tips


Park City AirBnB

Who earned a cool $10,000 in passive income last year? The average Park City Airbnb host. And if you own a residential property in Park City, you could join the ranks of those making this easy extra cash.

During the 2016-2017 ski season, Park City Airbnb hosts collectively earned $15 million. Surely, the annual Sundance Film Festival contributed its fair share to those revenues. That’s a big boost for local pockets. It also helps draw visitors searching for a different sort of Park City experience—a big family looking to lodge and cook together, or a couple hoping for a less expensive slope-side stay.

Over 1,200 local residents host with Airbnb, charging an average nightly rate of $456. Rates can fluctuate depending on weekday vs. weekend and whether or not it’s peak season.

If you’re interested in offering your home as a short-term rental, here are a few tips to consider:

  • You don’t need a secondary residence to host with Airbnb. Even if you’re a full-time resident, you can put your home up for rent only when you’re out of town on vacation.
  • You don’t need to rent a full house to be an Airbnb host. You can rent out a single floor, a mother-in-law suite, or simply an extra bedroom in your apartment.
  • Photos are everything. Just as high-quality photography is key for selling your home, it’s also important for fetching top-dollar and consistent interest in your rental. Stage your home and then take photos during the day for plenty of natural light.
  • Airbnb isn’t your only option. You can also rent your home out on VRBO, which tends to feature higher end properties.
  • If you have an HOA, check to make sure you’re allowed to rent your home on AirBnB before you post it. Some HOAs ban short-term rentals altogether, while others might have minimum terms.

Interesting in adding to your investment portfolio? Or owning a property in Park City that you can rent out when you’re not in town? This fabulous luxury condo in Black Rock Ridge just 7 minutes from Old Town Park City would make a great short term rental with Airbnb or VRBO.

13 Not-Yet-Listed Homes – June 2017


Here’s a preview of homes that haven’t hit the market yet. If you’re interested, please contact me as soon as possible for more details.

  • 3BD/5BA 3,074sf furnished condo with rooftop deck in Old Town ($1,900,000)
  • 4BD/3BA ~2,400sf contractor special/remodel property in lower Silver Creek on nearly 3 acres ($600,000)
  • 4BD ~5,400sf log home on nearly 3 acres in lower Silver Creek with separate 2BD apartment ($975,000)
  • 4BD/3BA home backing up to the 14th tee at Jeremy Ranch golf course with expansive outdoor living space ($817,000)
  • 3BD/2BA 1,800sf house on .7 acre lot in Highland Estates with panoramic resort views (under $700,000)
  • 4BD/4BA 3,738sf home in the desirable Back Nine of Jeremy Ranch; backs to open space with amazing views ($1,100,000)
  • 6BD + office/7BA 5,376sf home in Thaynes Canyon ($3,750,000)
  • 3BD/2BA 1,500sf home on 2.5-acre property with indoor riding arena and 10-stall horse barn on Old Ranch Road ($1,695,000)
  • 5BD/6BA 8,092sf on 2 acres that lie between 2 streams and a pond in Aspen Springs ($3,695,000)
  • 5BD/5.5BA 7,107sf bright home with panoramic, south-facing ski views in Jeremy Ranch ($1,850,000)
  • 6BD/6BA 7,499sf home backing to the 16th tee of the Jeremy Ranch Golf Course ($1,950,000)
  • 5BD/7BA 6,617sf April Mountain home with panoramic views of Deer Valley and Park City skiing, as well as Old Town ($3,995,000)
  • 2BD/3BA 1,544sf home in Old Town that earned $75,000 in rental income in last 18 months ($750,000)

5 Tips for Selling Your Home Faster


Sell your home faster

How did I sell three homes in less than a week in the first quarter of 2017? Here are five tips I live by to help get homes on and off the market in rapid time.

1. Hire an agent you trust professionally and personally.
Selling your home can cause anxiety. Packing up memories, finishing “To-Do” lists that have been put off, and preparing for your next stop can cause an emotional roller coaster. Hiring a Realtor with whom you have an open and trusting relationship can help address your concerns and protect your privacy.

2. “Stage” your home. 
Whether hiring a designer or putting your hours watching HGTV to work, follow the proven steps to get your home ready to sell. Highlight views, architectural elements, and square footage. Avoid clutter and personal effects that can distract buyers and overshadow upgrades. Clear surfaces so your countertops steal the show. Get advice on how to arrange furniture to best showcase the space in a room.

3. Details matter.
Prep work and packing up can be overwhelming. Don’t forget the pixie dust: gleaming windows, freshly spruced landscaping, touched-up painting, unmarred carpet, and an odor-free home. Ensure all lightbulbs work and go for warm white. Cool CFL lighting makes your home look like a beer cooler, not an inviting entertaining space.

4. Your first showing is online.
Summit Sotheby’s is one of the few Utah brokerages to have our own professional photographers on staff. Capturing the best angles, fine points, and views may sell your home before the buyer sets foot inside. Set your table, have the hot tub bubbling, karate chop pillows and—gasp—close toilets seats. The metrics show that the better the photography, the higher the sales price. iPhone pictures are not acceptable.

5. Get the price right.
Listen to your agent and invite them to understand your objectives in selling. This is teamwork. Ample data can usually support a close range for where a home should be priced. If your goal is to close within 45 days of listing, price your home competitively. If you have completed steps 1-4, you may be in a position to hold firm or demand full price.

To learn about my strategies to sell your home quickly and painlessly, contact me.

My 4 Favorite Summer Hikes in Park City


As the rest of the snow melts around Park City, a vast network of trails is unveiled. One of my favorite things about summer is rediscovering these routes and taking in the spectacular views. There’s so much to explore, but here are a few of my favorite summer hikes in Park City to add to your list.

summer hikes in park city

Silver Lake Loop

Tired of ducking out of the way of mountain bikers? Head to this tranquil, foot-traffic only trail with plenty of views in Deer Valley—truly one of my favorite summer hikes in Park City.

Overview: This intermediate trail starts by the Sterling Express Lift. Wind your way through shaded Aspen groves then climb to the peak of Bald Mountain. From the top, take in beautiful views of the Jordanelle and Heber Valley. Then follow Ontario trail back down. You can cut out the ascent or descent of this hike by riding the Sterling Express Lift up or down. Deer Valley Loop also makes for a great evening hike with sunset panoramas at the top.

Total time: About 1.5 hours at a steady pace

Dogs: This trail is very dog-friendly. Earlier in the summer, you’ll find ponds – once you crest the top – where your pup can cool off and get a drink.

What to Bring: Most of this trail is shaded, but the steep climb at the top is exposed. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and water, especially if you’re hiking at the heat of the day.

Tip: If you hike down the access road instead of Ontario, you’ll arrive right at the Royal Street Café patio, which opens June 16. Reward yourself with lunch or a drink.

glenwild trails

Glenwild Trails

For early and late season hiking, you can’t beat this trail system, which dries out quickly and is easy to access. This network is also a great option for early morning or late evening hiking when the temperatures are a bit cooler.

Overview: The possibilities are endless with the Glenwild trail system. You can create numerous combinations of loops and out-and-backs to suit your needs and satisfy your craving for time in nature. Park at the lot on your left up Glenwild Road right off Rasmussen. Then start on Stealth or Blackhawk. You can do a quick out-and-back, aim for a longer Glenwild Loop, or link up with the Flying Dog trails to the west.

Dogs: These trails are very dog-friendly and you’ll find many gallivanting about unleashed. There are a few spots where dogs can cool off in Spring Creek. As always, leash your pup when intersecting others.

What to Bring: Depending on how long you go, you’ll want to bring sun protection as these trails are almost entirely exposed and sun-baked.

Tip: The Glenwild trail system does get quite crowded with hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Avoid crowds by going very early or late in the day.

canyons

Mid-Mountain Trail

The Mid-Mountain spans over 20 miles, stretching all the way from Deer Valley to Canyons. Since it traverses the mountains rather than climbs them, once you access the trail you can enjoy mild uphills and downhills.

Overview: There are numerous ways to customize your mid-mountain trail experience. Hiking up to, all the way across, and down the trail in a single day would be a tall order. The nice thing is that you can access the trail from numerous different points and exit as you please. Climb up Silver Lake trail to access it from its Deer Valley starting point. Join up with the MM in the middle by ascending Jenni’s. Or hike up Ambush to start on the Canyons side. The trail wanders through Aspen and conifer groves and features many breathtaking vistas.

Dogs: Keep dogs on a leash as this is a well-trafficked trail especially on weekends. You might also run into a moose on your path.

What to Bring: Much of this trail is well-shaded, but sun protection is still a good idea. Bring lunch and turn this into a full-day affair.

Tip: There are lots of places to park to access this trail. Depending on where you start, you can park at Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, or the Canyons cabriolet lot. If you don’t want to cover the same ground twice, you can also use the free Park City bus to get back to your ride.

sundance trails

Sundance Hiking

At nearby Sundance lies a whole new world of hiking. While most of my favorite summer hikes in Park City are close by, Sundance is only a 45-minute drive away, making it a great destination for a day trip. This might even be reason enough for a local hiking enthusiast to plan a staycation.

Overview: Sundance Resort offers 10 miles of trails that range from easy strides to steep challenges. You can also enjoy lift-serviced hiking here to cover more ground or take it a bit easier. One beautiful hike accessible for the whole family is the journey to nearby Stewart Falls. A four-mile round trip hike rewards you with a beautiful multi-tier fall plunging into a pool below. For a bigger challenge, summit nearby Mt. Timpanogos.

What to Bring: A daypack with plenty of snacks, water, and sun protection. Since visiting Sundance is at least a day trip with plenty of exploring options, it’s best to plan for a full day.

Tip: While you’re in the area, plan to begin or end your hike with a visit to Sundance Resort’s Foundry Grill. They serve a mean Sunday brunch ad also have a wood-burning pizza oven.

Looking for more info and maps on summer hikes in Park City? Check out Mountain Trails. 

7 June Events in Park City Not to Miss


A peek at the calendar of June events in Park City will leave you excited and overwhelmed—and maybe with a slight case of #FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). From farmers’ markets and festivals to concerts, there’s plenty going on for visitors, couples, and families alike.

I picked out a few highlights below, but also be sure to check out local bike shops for group women’s rides, the Park City Film Series calendar if you need a little dose of A/C and inspiration, and my Summer Concert Calendar for a listing of concerts throughout Park City and Salt Lake City.

Latino Arts Fest

Latino Arts Fest

Celebrate Latino culture during the first weekend in June at this family-friendly event. This free festival features free Sundance Film Institute screenings, art, folk dancing, live music, and food. The fiesta will be held from 3pm until 8pm at the Park City Library.

Park City Farmers’ Market

Praise to the produce gods, farmers’ market season has at last arrived. Since the last Wednesday in May through October 18, the Park City Farmers’ Market brings us local foods and crafts plus live music. The market is held rain or shine every Wednesday from noon until 6pm at the Cabriolet parking lot for the Canyons. Local rhubarb and asparagus, here you come! If you’re more of a weekender market person, scroll down to get the details on the Park Silly Sunday Market.

Monster Drawing Rally

Here’s how this fun interactive event on June 1 at the Kimball Art Center works: local artists take turns creating art for 50 minutes each. Watch them work, then buy the finished products for $50 apiece at the end of the night. When that painting or drawing hangs on your wall, you’ll have vivid memories of the creative process and evening behind it. Earthestra will provide local tunes while Uptown Fare and Riverhorse on Main cater. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased online.

Summer Kickoff Expo

New to Park City? Acquaint yourself with the town’s many amenities and offerings at this small business expo at the Boneyard. This free event will be held from 4-7pm on June 1 and includes complimentary food, a cash bar, and giveaways galore.

Park Silly Sunday Market

Park Silly Sunday Market

As much a social gathering as it is a place to buy delicious goods, the Park Silly Market brings the community together every weekend in summer. This enormous market takes over Main Street Sundays from 10am-5pm, June 4 through September 17. Big kudos to the market for going the extra eco-mile—the organizers go to great length to achieve zero waste and also to invite local nonprofits to participate for free.

Wasatch Mountain Film Festival

Wasatch Mountain Film Festival

If you love films about the great outdoors that we all enjoy in Park City, you’ll want to mark June 19 for this documentary film festival. The festival features adventure films that also address environmental, cultural, and political issues. Films will screen in Park City at the Jim Santy Auditorium and the Park City Library on Monday, June 19. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.

Marc Cohn

Mark Cohn at the Egyptian Theatre

Grammy-winning artist Marc Cohn will perform with two other musicians at Park City’s historic venue on Main Street. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of his platinum album True Companion, he’ll be playing the entire record from beginning to end, starting with the hit “Walking in Memphis.” Shows run June 22-24 and begin at 8pm each evening. Tickets start at $35 on Thursday and $39 for the weekend and are available online. For many more concerts in June, check out my Summer Concert Calendar.

Stay tuned for a post about Father’s Day fun in Park City the week before June 18. 

Park City Staycation Ideas: Summer Fun at Home


Park City staycation

Whether you’re a full-time or part-time resident of Park City, you know that living here is basically like being on a permanent vacation. You have world-class recreation to keep you relaxed and entertained year-round. And it’s easy to play tourist for a night and head to dinner and a show on Main Street.

Even if you have trips planned this summer, why not take a little vacation right here in Park City or near by? Before I give you a few of my favorite area itineraries, let me share a few staycation tips:

  • Always ask about locals’ rates and specials for lodging, dining, and spa. Restaurants often do locals’ nights or two-for-ones and depending on availability, hotels may reduce rates right before the weekend you want to book.
  • Play tourist. You may have avoided certain activities as a local due to their touristy rep, but this is the time to see your hometown through fresh eyes. Never been to the Utah Olympic Park? Go take a lap in a bobsled. Always whizzed by the McPolin Barn? Stop and learn about our homesteader history. This is also a great excuse to spring for that inaugural hot air balloon ride or indulge your children’s endless pleas to go zip lining.
  • Disconnect. To really feel like you’re getting away from it all, leave the laptop at home and turn off work email notifications.
  • Optional: take your pup and kids along for the fun. If you’re of the more-the-merrier mindset, many lodging options are pet-friendly and family-friendly. Ask when you book about kids’ activities and pet rates.

Now here are three Park City staycation ideas to get away from it all, minus the stressful air travel.

Park City Staycation 1: Living La Vida Local

You may call Park City home, but how often do you treat yourself to the town’s finest amenities? It’s time to experience this luxurious vacation destination as visitors do for once.

Waldorf Astoria pool

#treatyoself (Photo Credit: Waldorf Astoria)

Lodging

At the Canyons base area, the Waldorf Astoria is a Forbes Four-Star hotel with a world-class spa and a new poolside beer garden with Park City Brewery selections on tap, including one brewed just for the Waldorf. Take advantage of the locals’ discount: 50% off 80-minute facials on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hotel Park City is another luxury lodging option a bit closer to Old Town—check for last-minute weekend deals before you book.

Dining

To really unwind, keep things simple. Dine at Powder restaurant inside the Waldorf or take a short stroll over to The Farm restaurant at the Canyons base area. If you’re staying at Hotel Park City, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is right at your fingertips. Or head to a new restaurant that you’ve yet to try like Firewood or Versante Hearth + Bar. Lobstah fan? Then you must get thee to Freshies for an epic Lobster Roll.

Activities

If you’ve never experienced Park City on horseback, this is a great time for a trail ride. You could also just opt for the #bestpooldayever. At the Waldorf Astoria, you can rent out a VIP poolside cabana, order tropical cocktails, or even take advantage of new poolside spa treatments.

Park City Staycation 2: Stein Eriksen Sabbatical

A weekend-long splurge at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley is well worth it. The rejuvenating effects of this impeccable experience will endure long after you check out.

Stein Eriksen

You couldn’t ask for a better setting (Photo Credit: Stein Eriksen)

Lodging

The Stein Eriksen Lodge, of course. Until summer officially begins, you can score rates as low as $275 per night. And you may as well make it a long weekend—book two nights and get the third free.

Dining

You needn’t go far for world-class dining. Executive Chef Zane Holmquist has earned Stein Eriksen’s Glitretrind Restaurant a Forbes Four-Star rating. Pair the acclaimed food with something from the restaurant’s 10,000-plus bottle wine cellar.

Activities

A huge network of trails surrounds the Stein’s. Go unwind and explore what lies beneath all that powder in the winter by foot or by mountain bike. The Mid-Mountain Trail begins in Deer Valley and is practically lined with shimmying aspens and wildflowers. The Silver Lake Loop is my personal favorite hiking trail.

Park City Staycation 3: Weekend at Grand America

Sometimes in our alpine bubble, it’s easy to forget that we’re less than half hour’s drive from a city. Pull up the stakes without going far and hightail it on 80 West to Salt Lake for a weekend of cultural fun.

Sunday brunch at Grand America

Epic pastry spread at the Grand America’s Sunday brunch (Photo Credit: Grand America)

Lodging

When the air is still a bit crisp in Park City, the Grand America Hotel is my go-to lodging choice in warmer temps of Salt Lake City. Currently, if you book a room for $279, you get a $100 credit toward fine dining, the spa, or a little something something from the Shops at the Grand. Grand America also offers children’s amenities and babysitting so mom and dad can have some alone time. Plus, you get a token to exchange for a kids’ gift upon check-in.

Dining

Little known fact: Salt Lake City has fantastic ethnic eats. A welcoming immigration policy means lots of international food options, from Vietnamese to Ethiopian. Eat all the hummus at Mazza, enjoy the best sushi at the stunning Takashi, or try Korean at Myung Ga. And don’t miss the all-you-can-eat Grand America Sunday Buffet with seven cooking stations.

Activities

Take advantage of all that the city has to offer with a trip to the recently remodeled and impressive Natural History Museum. If you feel like you get enough natural history living an outdoor-oriented lifestyle, get in touch with the right side of your brain at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts. Or explore the floral scents and sites of Red Butte Garden. And come night, catch a show at the State Room or Abravanel Hall.

With the money you save taking a staycation instead of a vacation with a pricey airline ticket, you can probably afford to take two weekend trips right in your own backyard. Not only will a Park City staycation give you the proper dose of relaxation, it will also give you renewed appreciation for our slice of Paradise in the Wasatch.

Tips: Prepping Homes for Summer


prepping homes for summer

Prepping homes for summer is an important part of house maintenance and will help keep you comfortable throughout the warmer months. Below are a number of tips for getting your home ready for summer from Pillar to Post Home Inspection.

Exterior Summer Maintenance Tips

  • Repair cracks or any other damage to siding.
  • If paint is peeling, cracking, or chipped, repair and repaint to limit damage to materials below.
  • Remove window screens and clean them with a soft brush and soapy water. Rinse well and allow them to dry in the sun.
  • Repair any holes or tears to window screens. If damage is significant, screen replacement is a fairly easy DIY job. Local hardware stores often offer this service, too.
  • Have the air conditioning unit serviced to ensure good operation.
  • Trim shrubs and planets around the air conditioning unit to promote good air intake.
  • Clear dirt and debris from gutters and eaves.
  • Seal cracks in the driveway.
  • Remove debris and overgrown plants from walkways.
  • Test irrigation and sprinkler systems and replace any broken sprinkler heads or emitters. Check for proper water coverage and adjust if necessary.
  • Power wash decks and patios and seal surfaces as appropriate.

Interior Summer Maintenance Tips

  • Vacuum or brush off refrigerator coils to maintain energy efficiency. Depending on your model, the coils will be located either on the bottom or back of the appliance.
  • Empty dehumidifier pans and clean hoses according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If possible, hang area rugs outside over a deck or porch rail to air out.
  • Adjust ceiling fans for proper balance and change the rotation to the summer setting.
  • Dust ceiling fans to avoid blowing dust around the room.
  • Switch out heavy bedding for lightweight summer fabrics. Clean the winter bedding before storing it away for the season.
  • Close the chimney flue to prevent insects from entering and to help keep cool air in.
  • Repot houseplants to give their roots a fresh start for the summer.
  • Lubricate any door or cabinet hinges that stick or squeak.
  • Open windows even on cooler days to get fresh air flowing throughout the home.

You can read the original guest post on prepping homes for summer here. To schedule a home inspection with Pillar to Post, visit farmerteam.pillartopost.com, call 435.315.7728, or email FarmerTeam@pillartopost.com.  

 

 

6 Myths of Refinancing


Refinance

Refinancing your home loan with the current low rates may save you money every month, but potential problems may arise when you aren’t guided by the right person. There is a lot of misunderstanding as to how a refinance works. Here are common refinancing myths to be aware of:

1. You don’t know your current credit score or are unsure you can save money.

Be certain to obtain your credit score as it’s key in determining the interest rate you receive. You can use the refinance calculator on Fairway Independent Mortgage Co. to estimate your new monthly mortgage payment, but it is a good idea to have a loan officer analyze the numbers for you to obtain a more accurate view of what you can save.

2. Opening new credit accounts and running up debt.

It is important to know that lenders check your credit when you apply for a refinance and again just before the settlement. Making large purchases on a credit card or applying for new credit could cause delays in the approval process.

3. Being unrealistic about your home’s value.

Contact Fairway to receive a monthly view of the sales price of homes in your immediate area so you always have an accurate picture of how much houses are selling for. Some homeowners ignore current home values in their neighborhood and overestimate how much their home is worth.

4. Neglecting to consider all costs.

While lowering your monthly payment is the main goal of a refinance, it should not be the only factor you consider. Fairway can check your current mortgage documents to ensure your loan doesn’t have a penalty if you pay off your mortgage early. Then you can evaluate the amount of time you have left on your current mortgage and consider the refinance closing costs before moving forward.

5. Not locking in rates.

Mortgage rates change often. Generally, a lock is somewhere between 30 and 60 days.

6. Failing to calculate the “break-even point.”

This is the date when the money you saved by refinancing your mortgage equals what it cost you to refinance. This is important because if you sell your home or refinance before the break-even point, it won’t be worth your while to refinance–it will cost you money rather than save you money.

Refinancing your home can make your monthly bills more manageable or free up your cash flow. It’s too easy to put off a review of your current mortgage because you don’t have the facts about how much a refinance could help you. Contact a mortgage planner to make sure that your refinance process goes as smoothly as possible with no headaches.

By Guest Blogger Justin “JC” Coleman, Branch Manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage Co.

Local Business Spotlight: DRY-X Boot Dryers


One of my favorite things about living in Park City is the thriving community of local independent businesses. I love supporting these businesses whenever I have the chance by shopping local and spreading the word.

From time to time, I highlight some of my favorites on the blog through Local Business Spotlight, whether it’s a coffee shop, an art gallery, or locally-based global companies like Backcountry.com.


Business: DRY-X Boot Dryers

DRY-X boot dryers

My own new custom boot dryer–green, of course (Photo Credit: DRY-X)

What DRY-X Does: Produces custom boot dryers so our feet stay warm and dry all winter long

Established: October 2000

History: Owner George Fox first came up with his concept in the winter of 2000 while working at a local ski shop in Park City. “People kept coming in and asking if anyone offered a custom boot drying solution,” he remembers.

It took Fox about five years to research and design his products, which range from individual units to large commercial systems. But the design process isn’t over yet. “To this day, we are still designing and perfecting our products,” says Fox. “It is a constant evolution of perfection.”

custom boot dryer

The design of a custom boot dryer (Photo Credit: DRY-X)

Why I Love DRY-X: Every single component of DRY-X boot dryers is totally customizable. From how it’s mounted, to size and color, the customer gets to design their ultimate product. DRY-X will amp up any mud or gear room. Of course, I ordered mine in my favorite energetic color: Racer Green. Fittingly, it arrived and was installed on St. Patrick’s Day.

George Fox

Owner George Fox skiing in PC (Photo Credit: DRY-X)

What Fox Loves About Park City: “I love all the physical outdoor activities that I can do in and around Park City. The weather is great and the views are awesome!”

Support DRY-X: Visit custombootdryers.com to start designing your custom system for next winter.

Mother’s Day Brunch in Park City and Beyond


Grand America Hotel flowers

Can’t beat the floral arrangements at The Grand America Hotel (Photo Credit: Grand America)

Everyone knows that a leisurely and delicious Sunday brunch (especially accompanied by an adult beverage) is one of the quickest ways to a mother’s heart. And now is the time to start making those Mother’s Day brunch reservations before all the best Park City restaurants fill up. Here are some of my favorite places to get treated to Mother’s Day brunch in Park City, Salt Lake City, and the surrounding area.

Mother’s Day brunch in Park City

Windy Ridge Cafe

It doesn’t get much better than the alfresco ambience at Windy Ridge Cafe. You also can’t beat their homemade quiche, flecked with roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, and chives in a buttery crust. And you also can’t leave the premises without trying Pastry Chef Alphine Medina’s sweets, whether it’s a cinnamon bun or banana cream pie served in a single serving jar.

Photo Credit: Stein Eriksen

Live large at the Stein Eriksen brunch buffet

Stein Eriksen Lodge

If there’s still room at the Glitretind Restaurant inside the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley, book immediately. This is one of the most fabulous and lavish brunches in Park City. Mom can indulge every possible craving with an omelet and waffle station, eggs Benedict, a medley of salads, fresh sushi, Maine mussels, fruit, crêpes, and an exceptional dessert display. Sunday feast, here you come.

Riverhorse on Main

I’m not sure what I love more about Riverhorse’s brunch: the A.M. cocktails or Chef Seth Adam’s fare itself. The Snowstorm Cafe will put a serious pep in your step with Bailey’s, Frangelico, brandy, coffee, and whipped cream, while the Main Street Peach Mimosa is a true must-try. Complement your beverage with the divine Cheddar Biscuits, a Seafood Cobb Salad, or a Filet and Eggs. For equally delectable breakfast on the go? Swing into Riverhorse Provisions located up the street at 221 Main Street.

Salt Lake City Mother’s Day brunch

Grand America Hotel

One of my favorite staycations in the area is The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Beautifully-appointed rooms, tea service, and both indoor and outdoor pools with beverages and victualswhat more can you ask for? A lot, if it happens to be Mother’s Day. Grand America goes all out with a brunch in the Grand Ballroom, an all-you-can-eat buffet in the Garden Cafe, gifts from the spa, and floral arrangements you can order for the table. Here are all the details on Mother’s Day at Grand America.

La Caille

This Sandy restaurant sits on 20 gorgeous acres at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The serene scene isn’t the only thing that should lure you and yours; there’s also a three-acre vineyard on site to explore. Open for four decades, La Caille is going all out for Mother’s Day with an array of salads, cheese, pastries, parfaits, a seafood station, a hot breakfast station, a carving station, and a dessert display.

Silver fork restaurant

Photo credit: Silver Fork

Mother’s Day brunch in other areas

Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant

Ski season may be over, but you still have a good reason to travel up Big Cottonwood Canyon. The Silver Fork in Brighton serves a breakfast hearty enough to power a long family hike on nearby trails. Open since 1947, the restaurant transports you to a Utah of yesteryear.  Not to miss on the menu: Dan’s Corned Beef Hash & Eggs and the Silver Fork Sourdough Cakes made with Silver Fork’s 70-year-old sourdough starter (!), which you can adorn with blueberries, blackberries, nuts, or whipped cream.

Sundance Mountain Resort

There are few places in Utah as scenic as Sundance Resort to take mom for brunch. Sunday Brunch at the Foundry Grill is legendary and runs from 9am-2pm. While Sunday Brunch is always on the extravagant side here, the chefs go even bigger for Mother’s Day. Look forward to a buffet of waffles, pancakes, made-to-order omelets, and desserts, plus full bar service starting at 11am. The fact that most of the summer activities at Sundance don’t kick off until May 19 means you’ll have the trails largely to yourself for some quality family time post-feast.

State Road Restaurant

Only around 20 minutes from Park City, the High Star Ranch in Kamas is a great Mother’s Day destination. Brunch at the State Road Restaurant is ideal for moms who like to have options, they’ll enjoy ordering off a menu vs. buffet style. From an Open Faced Rueben on pumpernickel and Chicken and Waffles, to a Stack O’ Flap Jacks with Uinta huckleberries and bacon, the menu presents difficult decisions. Afterward, go explore the nearby Uinta National Forest or opt for a horseback ride guided by the High Star Ranch wranglers.

7 Park City May Events to Spring For


Photo Credit Vancouver BItes

The best edible way to celebrate May 5. (Photo Credit: Vancouver Bites)

Spring in the Wasatch is a little bipolar. One minute it’s still snowing and we plot trips to Snowbird to keep winter alive. The next, the sun shines and we declare the onset of summer. We’ve rounded up a combo of fair weather activities and fun things you can do indoors when the white stuff returns. Here are seven Park City May events to add to your calendar.

Cinco de Mayo TACOS! TACOS! TACOS! – May 5, 2017

We love Mindful Cuisine’s enthusiasm for what is one of everyone’s favorite May happenings. Sure, you could go enjoy tacos and margs at any of Park City’s fine Mexican establishments. But why not learn how to make killer tacos yourself? Mindful Cuisine is offering a class from 6-9pm on the holiday itself that will school you on handmade corn tortillas, salsas, and fillings like chipotle shrimp. Sign up here by May 3 to claim your spot.

Park City May events

Stand-Up Comedy at the Egyptian Theatre – May 5-6, 2017

Funnymen Stewart Huff and Greg Warren will headline at one of Park City’s most iconic venues. A Southerner through and through, Stewart Huff is known for his storytelling and clever wit. Originally a corporate sales guy, Greg Warren brands his act as “corporate comedy” that’s appropriate for all audiences. He tours nationally and recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Tickets start at just $15 and can be purchased here.

The Kentucky Derby (Photo Credit: Big Truck Cooley)

The Kentucky Derby (Photo Credit: Big Truck Cooley)

Derby Day at High West Saloon – May 6, 2017

The best place to celebrate the Kentucky Derby in town is obviously also the best place to drink whiskey in town: High West. Bust out your biggest and most stylin’ hat and get ready to guzzle Mint Juleps made with High West’s inimitable whiskey. You can also look forward to contests, prizes, food, and music to keep the afternoon as lively as the betting at Churchill Downs. The event runs from 2-6pm and tickets are just $15.

4th Annual Chef Wars at Riverhorse on Main – May 7, 2017

Three local chefs go toque to toque for a good cause (Nuzzles & Co.) in what will surely be one of the most exciting Park City May events. Seth and Casey Adams of Riverhorse on Main will play host, while chefs Josh Hobson (Butcher’s, Wine Dive, Boneyard, No Name Saloon), Michael Zachman (Waldorf Astoria), and Shawn Armstrong (Montage) battle it out in the kitchen. Local TV host Jenn Hardman will emcee this entertaining evening. Tickets are $95 per person and include appetizers and beverages.

Mother’s Day – May 14, 2017

Stay tuned for our round-up of Mother’s Day brunches next week!

 

Hot Tuna at the Egyptian Theatre – May 18-20, 2017

If “White Rabbit” was your jam back in the ’60s, you won’t want to miss this acoustic show at Main Street’s famous theatre. Duo Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady are former members of Jefferson Airplane and they’ll be regaling Park City audiences with their blues-rock fusion for three nights. Shows start at 8pm, and you can score great ticket deals on Thursday night.

 

Running with Ed (Photo Credit: Running with Ed)

Running with Ed (Photo Credit: Running with Ed)

Running with Ed – May 20, 2017

Take a scenic tour of Park City via this annual relay running race. Running with Ed consists of 38 miles split into 10 legs of one to nine miles. The course is anything but boring–it winds through local trails, pavement, uphill, and downhill. It also cruises by Olympic venues, Main Street, and other sights of Park City like the McPolin Barn. To up the fun factor, coordinate a crazy costume with your team. Registration ends April 28, so unless you just want to witness the action, sign up soon.

Last Friday Gallery Stroll – May 26, 2017

While this event is held on the last Friday of every month, the weather is now inching toward that ideal temperature for long strolls up and down Main Street. Take advantage on May 26, when galleries showcase their wares and offer light refreshments to the public. Take to Main Street anytime from 6-9pm to behold featured artists, limited exhibitions, and other gorgeous work. View dates and more information here.

2017 Summer Park City Concert Calendar


Park City Concert Calendar

Deer Valley Music Festival (Photo by Utah Symphony)

Now that the ski resorts have officially stopped turning the lifts, we’re all in the warm weather mindset, which means it’s time to make summer social plans. One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is take advantage of all the amazing music around the Wasatch—from kid-friendly, free outdoor concerts at Deer Valley Resort to big name acts at Red Butte for an adult night out.

I’ve rounded up all the concerts that will come to Park City and Red Butte Garden this summer, plus a few others hitting big venues in Salt Lake City and other nearby areas. Here’s the ultimate 2017 Summer Park City Concert Calendar so you can start making plans and buying tickets. Click here for the printable PDF that your bulletin board longs for.

Summer Park City Concert Calendar

Egyptian theatre

Photo Credit: Egyptian Theatre

Festivals & Venues

Before we list the concert schedule, here are some of the major festivals, concert series, and venues to know about, with links for ticketing information.

Deer Valley Music Festival: The annual music festival hosted by the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera returns for its 13th season of classical, chamber, and pop music. Individual, group, and VIP Package tickets are available.

Big Stars Bright Nights at Deer Valley: This outdoor summer concert series takes place at Deer Valley Resort and is sponsored by the St. Regis hotel.

Red Butte Garden: This gorgeous outdoor venue in the foothills of University of Utah hosts an internationally renowned summer concert series with major headliners, offering something for every ilk of music fan. Become a Garden Member to take advantage of pre-sale starting April 24.

Dejoria Center: Located in pastoral Kamas, this state-of0the-art event venue attracts national acts. Its restaurant, State Road Tavern, also often hosts free music, karaoke, and more.

Egyptian Theatre: Inside an 1889 building that was once the Dewey Theatre on Main Street, the Egyptian Theatre has been hosting musicians, movies, and more since 1926.

O.P. Rockwell: Named for a famous local outlaw, this downtown subterranean bar serves up great cocktails and a variety of bands. You may be surprised by who shows up to jam.

Usana Amphitheater: Located in West Valley City, Usana offers a big stage with big performers and even bigger mountain views.

Sandy Amphitheater: Overlooking the Salt Lake Valley, this huge venue lets you bring your own lawn chair and coolers.

For an even more thorough list of concerts in Park City, check out Mountain Town Music, the ultimate list around.

Park City Concert Calendar

The Dejoria Center (Photo by Dejoria Center)

May

5/6: Bar J Wranglers – Dejoria Center

5/18-5/20: Hot Tuna Acoustic Duo – The Egyptian

5/23: Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson – Red Butte Garden

June

6/2: Trey Anastasio Band – Red Butte Garden

6/3: Mountain Town Music’s Fifth Annual Jambalaya ft. Monophonics – O.P. Rockwell

6/3: Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band – Sandy Amphitheater

6/4: TajMo (The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band) – Red Butte Garden

6/7: Dead & Company – Usana

6/8-6/10: Kingston Trio – The Egyptian

6/10: Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot – Sandy Amphitheater

6/12: Collective Soul – Sandy Amphitheater

6/15: Michael Martin Murphey – Sandy Amphitheater

6/16: Little River Band – Sandy Amphitheater

6/18: Dispatch (Guster, Jake Shimabukuro)  – Red Butte Garden

6/20: Jason Mraz – Red Butte Garden

6/22-6/24: Marc Cohn – The Egyptian

6/27: Ann Wilson of Heart – Sandy Amphitheater

6/28: Santana – Red Butte Garden

O.P. Rockwell's

The stage at O.P. Rockwell (Photo by O.P. Rockwell)

July

7/1: Patriotic Celebration ft. Lisa Vroman – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/1: Jelly Bread – O.P. Rockwell

7/1: Air Supply – Sandy Amphitheater

7/3: X Ambassadors – Deer Valley (Big Stars Bright Nights)

7/5: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/6: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Red Butte Garden

7/6: Naughty Professor – O.P. Rockwell

7/7: Ella at 100: Patti Austin Sings Ella Fitzgerald – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/7: Arrival – the Music of ABBA – Sandy Amphitheater

7/8: The Beach Boys with the Utah Symphony – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)
Summit Sotheby’s International Realty sponsors a Deer Valley Music Festival concert annually, and will be hosting The Beach Boys this year. Please let me know if you’d like to be my guest. 

7/8: Jason Lyle Black – The Backwards Piano Man – Sandy Amphitheater

7/11: Donnie and Marie – Sandy Amphitheater

7/12: A Night at Bach’s Coffeehouse – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/13: Amos Lee – Red Butte Garden

7/14: North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne Present: N.M.O. and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Red Butte Garden

7/14: Gershwin’s Greatest Hits ft. Rhapsody in Blue – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/14: Donna the Buffalo – O.P. Rockwell

7/15: Leslie Odom, Jr. with the Utah Symphony – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/16: Kelly Pickler – Deer Valley (Big Stars Bright Nights)

7/18: Dashboard Confessional – Sandy Amphitheater

7/19: Hotoda Conducts Beethoven, Haydn & More – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/20: Mary Chapin Carpenter with Sarah Jarsosz – Red Butte Garden

7/20: The Music of Prince with the Utah Symphony – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/20: The Lil’ Smokies – O.P. Rockwell

7/21: Lyle Lovett – Red Butte Garden

7/21: Diana Krall – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/21: The Band Perry – Sandy Amphitheater

7/22: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert with the Utah Symphony – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/23: Howard Jones, The English Beat, and Men Without Hats – Red Butte Garden

7/23: Aloe Blacc – Deer Valley (Big Stars Bright Nights)

7/25: Portugal the Man – Red Butte Garden

7/26: Calcara Plays Copland – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/26: Marchfourth! – O.P. Rockwell

7/27: Melissa Etheridge – Deer Valley (Big Stars Bright Nights)

7/27-7/29: Mary Wilson of the Supremes – The Egyptian

7/28: Disney in Concert – A Dream is a Wish – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

7/29: Ben Folds with the Utah Symphony – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

August

8/1: Wheels of Soul: Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna – Red Butte Garden

8/2: John Williams’ Film Music ft. the Utah Symphony – Red Butte Garden

8/2: Steve Miller Band w/Peter Frampton – Usana

8/4: Drive-By Truckers with Asleep at the Wheel – Red Butte Garden

8/4: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture & Piano Concerto No. 1 – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

8/5: Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles – Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater (Deer Valley Music Festival)

8/6: San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir – Deer Valley (Big Stars Bright Nights)

8/9-8/12: John Mayall – The Egyptian

8/10: Gregory Alan Isakov and Blind Pilot – Red Butte Garden

8/12: Parsonfield, Laney Jones and the Spirits, and Jeffrey Foucault – Deer Valley (Big Stars Bright Nights)

8/13: The Head and the Heart – Red Butte Garden

8/15: Punch Brothers & I’m With Her – Deer Valley (Big Stars Bright Nights)

8/15: The Decemberists – Red Butte Garden

8/15: Purple Reign – Sandy Amphitheater

8/16: Chick Corea Elektric Band Béla Fleck and the Flecktones – Red Butte Garden

8/16: High Valley – Sandy Amphitheater

8/17: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Red Butte Garden

8/17: Talking Dreads – O.P. Rockwell

8/18: Smash Mouth, Cracker, and The Romantics – Deer Valley (Big Stars Bright Nights)

8/20: Herbie Hancock – Red Butte Garden

8/21: Lake Street Drive – Red Butte Garden

8/23: Depeche Mode – Usana

8/25: The Drifters – Sandy Amphitheater

8/26: Five for Fighting – Deer Valley (Big Stars Bright Nights)

8/31: ZZ Top – Red Butte Garden

September

9/1-9/3: The Grass Roots – The Egyptian

9/3: Josh Turner – Deer Valley (Big Stars Bright Nights)

9/6: John Butler Trio with Natalie Rize – Red Butte Garden

9/8: John Isbell and the 400 Unit with Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls – Red Butte Garden

9/8: The Rock Pack: The Music of Journey, Foreigner, & Asia – Sandy Amphitheater

9/9: Colin and Brad – The Scared Scriptless Tour – Sandy Amphitheater

9/12: Haim – Red Butte Garden

9/13: Sheryl Crow – Red Butte Garden

9/14: Government Mule – Red Butte Garden

9/16: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Sandy Amphitheater

9/23: David Archuleta – Dejoria Center

 

Every summer, Summit Sotheby’s proudly sponsors an evening at Deer Valley Music Festival. This year we are presenting The Beach Boys with the Utah Symphony on July 8th. Mark your calendars and please let me know if you’d like to join us as my guest.

Here’s the printable PDF version of the calendar: 2017 Summer Park City Concert Calendar

4 Tips Realtors Wish Buyers Knew


Realtor

If you’re a homeowner ready to sell your house and move into a larger home, the first conversation to have is about your financial goals and which loan payment and program will be right for you. Once you’re pre-approved, it will be time to sell your house and look for another home that’s perfect for you.

Chatting with a skilled real estate agent is a great way to find out what you are looking for in a new home and answer questions such as:

  • Why do some houses sell while others linger on the market?
  • What changes should I make to sell my home faster?
  • What new neighborhoods are right for me?

And whether you are a buyer or a seller (or both), here are a few more tips for home buyers that real estate agents want you to know:

1. Want to sell your home quickly? Price it just under the market.
Pricing your home slightly below market value gives you a better chance of selling quickly. The longer your house is on the market, the less likely you are going to get fair value.

2. The pre-approval letter is just the beginning; do not gain any new debt!
A pre-approval letter is only the first step in the long process of buying a home. Even after being pre-approved, do not open new lines of credit or run up your existing credit cards. Just before your closing, lenders will re-examine your financial situation–including your recent copy of the credit history. If any numbers have changed, you risk losing the loan.

3. Selling your home might be a long process.
It is important to be realistic about how long the process of selling your home can take. When you underestimate the actual timeframe and build a schedule around those expectations, you are welcoming added stress and disappointment. While the market is hot right now, a smart seller will allow at least 4-6 months to sell their home.

Here’s a realistic potential schedule breakdown:

  • Preparing your home for sale: 2 weeks
  • Average time on the market: 2-3 months
  • Negotiating an offer: 1 week
  • Closing with a traditional transaction: 30-45 days

4. The Senses Make the Sale!
Buyers want to walk into a house that looks good, feels comfortable, and smells neutral. Sellers often drag their feet on small details that can make a big difference. With cluttered countertops, messy rooms, or dirty carpets or floors, the buyer will potentially walk away with a negative impression that will be hard to overcome. Be sure to clean well, leave lights on, and perhaps leave out drinks and snacks to make buyers feel like guests. When you are touring potential new homes, make mental notes about the things that you notice.

Real estate agents know all of the information you need to make the best decisions when it comes to buying and selling a home. Fairway Independent Mortgage Co. can recommend a trusted agent, as well as discuss your pre-approval process and start you on the path to your new home.

By Guest Blogger Justin “JC” Coleman, Branch Manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage Co.

Big News for Park City Affordable Housing


For several years now, affordable housing in Park City has become as elusive as deep powder in April. As our economy strengthens and more people relocate to Summit County or purchase second houses here, we’re seeing increasing prices and demand for homes. This leaves Park City’s working class high and dry.

As a real estate agent who takes pride in working with buyers and sellers of all financial backgrounds, it’s important to me to see a diversity of housing types and pricing in the Wasatch Back. Thankfully, “The Town” is proactively addressing this issue. One of their solutions to Park City affordable housing is a new development right in the heart of Old Town. Recently, the Park Record released some exciting details about this project.

Here are six things to know about the Town of Park City’s new affordable housing project:

1. The Town hopes to sell eight units for less than $300,000.

Depending on square footage and income level, units will range from $195,000 to $285,000. That’s dramatically less than median home prices in the area, which can average around a million dollars. The project includes eight homes. Two of the units will be one-bedrooms of 750 square feet, five will be two-bedrooms of 1,120 square feet and one will be a three-bedroom of 1,350 square feet.

2. To qualify for a unit, a potential buyer will most likely need a household income between $47,221 and $78,720.

However, figures will be updated for 2017 Summit County median income data. One member of the household needs to work within the Park City school district boundaries. The owner also needs to live in the unit full-time. Worker type and tenure will also add preference points to applicants. Specific guidelines will be established by the time the application is released.

3. Resales will be capped at three percent annually.

Unit resales will also be subject to municipal right of refusal, or deed restricted. These are not investment properties and for good reason.

4. The development addresses are 1450 and 1460 Park Avenue in case you want to do a drive-by viewing.

And it’s only a short walk to the Park City Library, Main Street, and City Park, and on a bus route. And the 4th of July Parade goes right by your front door.

5. This is not a one-off project.

It’s part of a larger plan that kicked off with the 2010 Snow Creek Cottages and will include more developments in the future.

6. The Town is not the only entity working on the Park City affordable housing issue.

Mountainlands Community Trust is a nonprofit also making efforts to improve local workforce housing.

Stay tuned for more details. The Town expects to release applications in early summer and make decisions by the end of summer. For more information, contact Park City Housing Program Manager Rhoda at 435.615.5152 or rhoda.stauffer@parkcity.org.

Affordable housing projects generally do not allow representation by agents, but as your local real estate expert, I am happy to answer questions and direct you to the resources you’ll need to qualify.

4 Tips for Staging Your Home Like A Pro


Staging your home

Every homeowner who’s considering selling wants their home to look its best. Staging your home is one of the most effective strategies to ensure just that. Here are some of the best home staging tips that will boost the sales of your property in Utah.

1. Store personal items out of sight

Although this may seem quite simple, the effects are huge. Packing away some of your personal items will help you depersonalize your home and sell it quickly. If your home is stuffed with your belongings, your potential buyer won’t be able to picture themselves living in the house—especially if you’re the type of homeowner who hangs dozens of family photos on the wall. Pictures can be extremely distracting; you want your home to seem like a model.

2. Keep your home sparkling clean

Want to help your home put its best foot forward? Then you should be spending some time fixing up your property by cleaning windows, shining floors, and wiping off the counters. Every surface should sparkle like in the commercials. In this home staging process, it is usually advised to hire pros—especially for those who have a huge house.

Dining table

3. Style the dining table

Usually, the dining room is considered the blind spot when it comes to staging your home. Between dinners, a large dining table might look uninviting and bare without proper care. On the other hand, once it’s styled, it’s a great way to increase appeal. If you’re thinking of utilizing oversized linen to style it up, think again. This will just make it look stiff and formal. Instead, set up a series of smaller decorations, like flatware, flowers, candles, and/or a centerpiece.

Living room porch

4. Group the Furniture

Many homeowners believe that pushing furniture against walls makes the home seem bigger. That’s not true at all. Instead, it’s better to furnish the space by “floating” your furniture. For example, chairs and sofas should be repositioned to look cozy. Aside from making the furniture user-friendly, this technique could also make the room appear larger.

Final thoughts on staging your home

In home staging, highlight your home’s strength while downplaying its weaknesses at the same time. By doing so, you’ll attract more customers and be able to sell your property in Utah with ease.

By Guest Blogger Alexander Hassoulas of Century 21 Everest Property Management Company 

8 April Events in Park City Not to Miss


pond skimming

This picture pretty much sums up April in Park City. (Photo by PC Resort Lodging)

We never quite know what to expect from April here in Utah. We could be inundated with spring showers (in rain and snow form) or the skies could be clear and sunny. Rain, snow, or shine, there’s plenty of April events in Park City to keep us all entertained. From end-of-ski-season festivities, to Easter egg hunts, to an Earth Day Dinner for a good cause, here are my picks for what to do this month.

The Creators of Serial Come to Park City Live – April 1

The award-winning pioneers of the podcast Serial from NPR are coming to Park City! Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder will offer an inside peak into the making of this viral radio show. They’ll also give an update on the much awaited Season Two, which is currently underway. The event takes place at the George & Dolores Eccles Center Theater at 7:30pm.

Thin Air Innovation Festival – April 5-7

This three-day retreat celebrates high performance thinking and culture in Park City. The festival kicks off at the Dejoria Center on Wednesday night and concludes with a Magic! pop/reggae concert on Main Street. Over 40 speakers will stimulate outside-the-box thinking. In addition to speakers, there are also an array of one-off experiences, such as a session on the history of Deer Valley. Get tickets and the full schedule online.

21st Annual Pond Skimming – April 8

Every year, Park City residents gather to watch brave locals attempt to traverse a 100-foot pond on skis or snowboard. This year, the spectacle takes place on April 8. If you want to compete, remember to wear a funky costume. And if you’re just coming for the jaw-drops and laughs, be sure to stay for a free concert at Canyons Village afterward. The Pond Skimming Contest is part of Park City Mountain’s larger Spring Gruv celebration, which runs April 1 until closing day (April 16). It’s basically like a giant festival every single day during April skiing with afternoon concerts, base area activities, and vendors.

Kids Easter Treat Workshop – April 11

Need to get the kids out of the house during spring break? Mindful Cuisine is hosting a fun pre-Easter workshop for kids ages 8-12 from 10-11am. On the menu: deviled eggs that look like hatching chicks, a mini edible vegetable garden, and an egg carton of homemade Peeps. Register by April 9.

Spring Break Movie Series – April 10-14

During PC schools’ spring break, the Park City Library is hosting a FREE film series for kids! All films are free and will screen from 3-5pm. The series kicks off with Fantastic Beasts on April 10. Other films include E.T., Arrival, and the Eagle Huntress.

easter

How serendipitous that Easter coincides with the last day of ski season

Easter Egg Hunt and Bunnies – April 16

On closing day and Easter, Park City Mountain will hide 3,000 eggs around the mountain for kids and adults alike to find. Starting at 9am, Kids Easter Egg Hunts will begin at Canyons and Park City at Ski Beach and Resort Village. Eggs will be filled with candy and toys. Adults will be able to find eggs hidden all over the mountain. And at Deer Valley, the Easter Bunny will hang out around the base area to pose for photos with anyone feeling the Easter spirit.

Recycle Utah

Just a handful of the many glass bottles Recycle Utah recycled last year (Photo by Recycle Utah)

Earth Day Dinner – April 22

We all love Recycle Utah for the amazing recycling services they provide us with here in Park City. Last year, they diverted 3,519,000 pounds of waste from the landfill. And while we lament the lack of curbside glass recycling in Summit County, we know we can always take it over to the CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials) on Woodbine Way. On Earth Day from 6-9pm, Recycle Utah is hosting an Earth Day Dinner fundraiser at Wasatch Brew Pub. Come enjoy a tasty burger bar, great beer, live music, and a silent auction to support the organization’s mission.

Sinbad – April 29

The Comedy Central/HBO comedian is coming to Park City! Sinbad is known for crushing his stand-up routines, so no doubt he’ll more than amuse the local audience. He’s performing at the Dejoria Center in Kamas at 8pm, so you can pair the show with an early dinner beforehand at the State Road Tavern.

4 Park City Coffee Shops to Put a Spring in Your Step


Coffee

Though it may be a little overcast out there, today is officially the first day of spring. And after a week of highs in the 60s and even 70s, it certainly does feel like it. I personally can’t wait for a few final sunny spring skiing days (with apres on The Beach at Deer Valley Resort) and the transformation of our landscape into a vibrant green (lush enough to require roadside photos of the mountains). A Parkite’s uniform becomes a puffy vest with flip flops.

Besides the season of spring itself, there are a lot of other things that put a spring in my step, like quality time with family, deep powder turns, and a simple cup of strong coffee.

Park City’s java scene continues to grow and there are too many good cafes around to list here. But I did want to share four of my favorite local Park City coffee shops to put a spring in your step as the weather warms.

Hugo Coffee

Photo by Hugo Coffee

1. Hugo Coffee (1794 Olympic Parkway, plus a small outpost on Rasmussen Road)

I never tend to sit in one place for too long, but if I do, you can probably find me at Hugo. Located inside the PC Chamber of Commerce, this relatively new coffee shop has amazing in-house roasts and a sleek, quiet workspace. Plus, their logo features a dog, so what’s not to love? With four delectable signature blends plus special editions and a food menu stocked with treats like avocado toast, this might just be my favorite Park City coffee shop. Fur babies are welcome!

Ritual Chocolate

How would you like to wake up to this every morning? (Photo by Ritual Chocolate)

2. Ritual Chocolate (1105 Iron Horse Drive)

Disclaimer! This is not actually a straight-up coffee shop. But Ritual Chocolate does offer a cafe with coffee and also happens to be within walking distance from the Sotheby’s office on Park Avenue. Nothing like a Macchiato and a bar of 70% cacao Mid Mountain Blend to get your day started. Do yourself a favor this summer and spring for the Iced Drinking Chocolate made with the Mid Mountain blend.

Park City Coffee Roaster

Photo by Park City Coffee Roaster

3. Park City Coffee Roaster (1680 West Ute Boulevard in Kimball Junction)

This small-batch roaster has been at it since 1997. They source top-notch beans from around the world, including several organic and Fair Trade varieties, then roast them in house. But it’s the unique roasting technique that makes all the difference. They do things Old World-style here, which means small batches for quality control and customization. From the balanced Park City Blend, to the dark Steep N Deep and slightly sweet Mexico Organic, you really can’t go wrong.

Atticus Coffee

Photo by Atticus

4. Atticus Coffee (738 Main Street)

Named for the heroic lead in To Kill a Mockingbird, this coffee shop aptly doubles as a bookstore with a stellar selection of local and used books. Beans from local Salt Lake City roaster Millcreek Roasters fill the mugs at this family-owned establishment. It’s the perfect place to get cozy on Main Street with a good read and a Mexican Mocha. And if you’re more of a tea drinker, Atticus also offers a large selection of teas to drink and for sale, in addition to tea lattes that expand the chai horizons.

Understanding Loan Documentation


Fairway Independent Mortgage Co. makes lending easy. When you have applied for your loan, you will need to submit certain documents in order to verify your financial information. But loan documentation doesn’t have to be confusing.

This video explains which documents you’ll need and and how Fairway will help you every step of the way:

By Guest Blogger Justin “JC” Coleman, Branch Manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage Co.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Summit Land Conservancy


Elk Park City

Photo Credit: CM Lansche

Part of what makes Park City such an incredible place to live are the gorgeous vistas surrounding us. And for those beautiful landscapes we have the Summit Land Conservancy to thank. Since 2002, this local nonprofit has been fighting to preserve the lands and watersheds we love.

2017 has been a milestone year for this incredible organization; on January 31, Summit Land Conservancy officially became landowners with the purchase of a 23-acre property along Oakley’s Weber River. Known as Stevens Park, this new open space area is part of the larger Oakley River Corridor Project.

Empire Canyon

Empire Canyon (Photo credit: Eric Erlenbusch)

One of the Summit Land Conservancy’s newest projects is the preservation of Bonanza Flats, over 1,300 acres of beautiful wildlife along Guardsman Pass. The Summit Land Conservancy is working to save this parcel with a coalition of 11 environmental, conservation, and recreation-focused nonprofits. The area features numerous trails for hiking and biking, while backcountry skiers enjoy the area come winter. You can check out some footage of the region here:

Originally, the Bonanza Flats were privately owned and slated for development. But this past November, Park City approved a $25 million bond to contribute toward the $38 million needed to purchase the entire area. You can help raise the additional funds needed to purchase all of Bonanza Flats with a contribution. And thanks to a $50,000 anonymous donation, every dollar donated will be matched: wesaveland.org/donate/save-bonanza-flats.

Bonanza Flats

If you want to get more involved with this exciting organization, here are a couple of upcoming events to check out:

Bonanza Flats Art Show, Fundraiser and Silent Auction – March 10, 5-7pm

Stop by the Whole Foods for a family-friendly event and bid on the work of 10 artists to help support the Bonanza Flats project. The event is free to attend and will offer complimentary food and beverages.

Moon Shine Adventure – March 11, 7pm

Join the Summit Land Conservancy for a full moon ski up PCMR to learn about local trails and open space. Meet at the bottom of the First Time Chairlift and bring your own headlamp and gear.

After every sale, I make a donation to a deserving nonprofit selected by my client. Nonprofit Spotlight highlights the recipients of these donations. My tradition of giving fits into the larger charitable mission of the nonprofit Sotheby’s Cares, wherein Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s sales associates routinely give to worthy causes. In 2017, we donated $70,000 to many organizations, including The Park City Foundation, the Mountain Trails Foundation, KPCW, Summit Land Conservancy, and PC Reads. 

8 March Events in Park City Not to Miss


National Ski Ability Center

Photo by the National Ski Ability Center

We love everything about March. The skiing is phenomenal. The sun shines a little bit later. And the carefree days of summer are within sight. In Park City, there’s plenty going on this month, from amazing concerts, to a fun cooking class and a can’t-miss fundraiser for a cause close to my heart. Here are eight March events in Park City to take advantage of this month.

1. Red, White & Snow Festival – March 2-4

The National Ability Center helps everyone access the recreational opportunities we love here in Park City, from skiing to rock climbing. Help support their programs at this annual culinary, wine, and ski festival and fundraiser. The evening kicks off on March 2 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge with Uncorked, a tasting of over 30 wines from the country’s best vintners. And don’t miss the headliner event, a Gala Dinner & Auction, followed by an after party. You can also enjoy wine seminars, wine on the mountain, and adaptive skiing experiences. Visit redwhiteandsnow.org for tickets and more information.

2. Neruda Screening – Park City Film Series – March 3-5

If you miss Sundance, take advantage of the PC Film Series and check out this movie about Chilean communist poet Pablo Neruda. This exhilarating tale follows Neruda as he goes into hiding to flee from a police inspector. The movie screens twice daily through the weekend at the Jim Santy Auditorium in the Park City library, and it’s the perfect thing to round out a dinner downtown. At the Saturday night screening, there will also be a special tasting of Chilean wines; $35 gets you three glasses of wine plus admission! Get tickets and more info at the Park City Film Series site.

3. Canyons Spring Concert Series – March 4-April 15

March marks the unofficial start to spring skiing and all that accompanies it, from apres ski in the afternoon sun to unreal powder days. The Canyons base area is celebrating spring by kicking off its concert series, which will run every Saturday from now until the ski season’s end. The first show is this Saturday on the Payday deck from 3-5pm and features local jam band Mokie. The Zolotones will also play at the same time on the Canyons Village Stage. Shows are free so you can spend your resources on drinks instead of tickets. Get the full schedule and details from Park City Mountain.

4. Elephant Revival Concert – March 9

Hailing from Nederland, Colorado, this roots/folk/bluegrass group will come to Park City Live in early March for a show that will attract a multi-generational Park City audience. If you haven’t heard of Elephant Revival, you’ve probably heard of some of the bands they’ve played with, like Yonder Mountain String Band, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, and String Cheese Incident. Singer-songwriter Steve Poltz will also take the stage with the group as a guest act. The show starts at 9pm and tickets are only $22. Visit Park City Live for tickets and more info.

Dejoria Center

The Dejoria Center interior (Photo by the Dejoria Center)

5. Mountain Country Concert – March 11

If you haven’t been to the gorgeous Dejoria Center for an event yet, get thee to Kamas stat. Luckily, you have an excellent excuse: their free winter concert series. Unwind to the tunes of local honky tonk group Mountain Country as you enjoy a Caramel Pork Belly Banh Mi with sprawling pastoral views. Sounds like a good evening to me. Get details at the Dejoria Center site.

6. Cook Like Your Irish Class – March 17

Forget about the regrettable green beers and shots of Jameson this St. Patrick’s Day and opt for a more sophisticated way to celebrate the holiday. Mindful Cuisine is offering this hands-on cooking class, which will demonstrate that Irish cuisine is about a lot more than potatoes. Instructor Linda Lewis Elbert will teach you how to prepare incredible dishes like Watercress Soup with Whiskey Cream, Guinness Glazed Halibut, and a Chocolate Stout Cake. The class doubles as a dinner party, concluding with a festive meal comprised of the food you’ve created. Register with Mindful Cuisine to join in on the Irish fun.

7. Ballet West Performance – March 18

It’s not everyday the ballet visits the town of Park City, so when the troupes come, get your tickets and ogle the stunning strength and gracefulness of dancers. This show also features the work of a new choreographer so if you’re a Ballet West regular, you’ll be more than entertained. The curtain rises at 7:30pm and the show runs about two hours. Get your tickets via the Park City Institute.

8. Taj Mahal Concert – March 25

With five decades of performing, two Grammys, and a Lifetime Achievement Award under his belt, Taj Mahal is a soulful industry veteran who puts on a show you’ll remember for a long time to come. He’s also a cross-genre performer with a style you can’t quit put your finger on. A little blues, a hint of rock, and influences from world music throughout. From “She Caught the Katie” to “Queen Bee,” there’s no shortage of hits to look forward to. Catch the show for only $29 at the George & Dolores Eccles Center for the Performing Arts. Score tickets from the Park City Institute.

10 Fun White House Facts


White House

Whether or not you like who’s currently occupying the White House, I think we can all agree that many great leaders past have called it home. And as a realtor, I’m interested in the big white mansion on Penn Ave. itself. How many bathrooms are there? What kind of acreage are we talking? Any special amenities?

Since today is President’s Day, I thought I’d do some digging to learn more about this glorious and historical property. Here are 10 fun White House facts and special features from a real estate agent’s perspective:

1. The White House has a whopping 35 bathrooms, which make up over a quarter of the 132 total rooms.

2. Not all those bathrooms have great water pressure though. Apparently, Lyndon Johnson made a plumber crazy over his incessant requests for higher water pressure. Ultimately, he got his way, with a shower comprised of multiple nozzles with INTENSE pressure. When Nixon arrived, he did away with the whole thing.

3. John Adams had the privilege of being the first White House occupant. The building was still under construction when George Washington was in office. Oh, and President’s Day? Our country originally instituted it in 1885 to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. It eventually evolved to be a celebration for all presidents past and present and another excuse for our nation to institute a three-day weekend.

4. The White House has more amenities than the Four Seasons. We’re talking a tennis court, track, swimming pool, bowling lane, billiard room, and movie theater.

White House Band

Unfortunately, a private house band is not one of the White House’s permanent amenities.

5. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave has gone by more names than one. Before Teddy Roosevelt officially dubbed it the White House in 1901, the American people had referred to it as the President’s Palace and the Executive Mansion.

6. The White House has been through fire and brimstone–literally. In 1814, British troops rudely invaded, devoured leftovers they found in the White House kitchen on White House plateware, then trashed the place and set it afire. James and Dolley Madison had already fled upon news of the British arrival, but little did they know they’d never call the White House home again. It took until 1817 to repair the bloody damage, and by then, Monroe had become POTUS.

7. Presidents have 18 whopping acres around which to stroll and ponder the political burdens on their shoulders. The White House itself has a footprint of 55,000 sf.

white house garden

Cherry blossoms, expansive lawn and fountain included!

8. White was not an intentional aesthetic choice. In 1798, the government whitewashed the thing in order to protect the porous stone from which it was constructed. To keep it looking fresh, they kept up the whitewashing until they finally coated the whole building in white lead paint in 1818.

9. In the late ’70s, Carter installed 32 solar hot water panels on the White House roof. In 1981, one of Reagan’s first moves was to scrap the renewable energy, calling it “a joke.” The originals now grace the roof of a college cafeteria in Maine (?!). But since, George W. Bush reintroduced panels and Obama upped the solar ante, while also making the whole building more energy efficient.

10. The White House is allegedly haunted! Should we be surprised? Of course not. Several people have died within the white walls, and so many more have called it home. A few people–including PM Winston Churchill–claimed to have seen the ghost of Lincoln lurking in his former bedroom. You can hear the late Andrew Jackson laughing from his bed. And a mysterious British soldier from the War of 1812 supposedly wanders the property torch in hand.

5 Fun Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Park City


Stein Eriksen

Photo by Stein Eriksen Lodge

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is here again. Whether you choose to ignore the day of love or mark it with chocolate fondue, there are plenty of fun ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Park City. Here are five not-too-cheesy ideas perfect for a February 14 with your significant other or friends.

1. Night ski & dinner at Park City Mountain Resort

Wishing your chemistry felt just like it did that first night you and your special someone met? Ride the First Time Express over at PCMR. It’s one of two lifts that the resort opens up for night skiing from 4-6pm, and with the temps hitting the high 30s this week, you won’t have to worry about freezing your toes or skidding on ice. Sometimes a little departure from the usual (even if it’s just on the slopes) can create a mood of possibility and excitement, right? Then ride right back into town for a belated apres ski dinner.

2. Staycation at the Stein Eriksen Lodge

If you didn’t plan an epic V Day vaca, it’s not too late to throw together an impromptu staycation. One of my favorite lodging options in Park City is the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley. From its spa, to its fantastic food and wines (they have their own cellar), to rooms at the pinnacle of luxury, Stein Eriksen has it going on. But that’s just one of many excellent options for staycations in Park City. Get on Five Star Alliance and treat yourself.

3. Channel your inner Picasso at The Paint Mixer

If you and your honey are craving a little creativity in your lives, head to The Paint Mixer on Main Street for a special event at 6:30pm featuring live music from Drew Olsen with American Dueling Pianos. Maybe his tunes will inspire your paintbrush. Either way, you’re bound to have some laughs. Plus, The Paint Mixer will serve food from Reef’s and offer drinks for purchase. Get more info here.

4. Couples massage at Waldorf Astoria

Are you more likely to be cordial and kind to your loved one if your back isn’t aching? I’m inclined to say yes, and if you’ve been skiing as much as I have this winter, your back probably does hurt at least a little bit. Grab your S.O. and head to the spa at the Waldorf Astoria—or any of the fine spas we have here in Park Cityand loosen up those muscles.

5. Give in to the ballyhoo

A prix-fixe dinner out on Valentine’s Day might be the ultimate stereotype, but sometimes stereotypes exist for good reason. If you’re too busy to cook like I am most weekday evenings, hire a babysitter and hit the town for dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in Park City. Tupelo’s Valentine’s Day dinner menu caught my eye, and I always love going there for Chef Matt Harris’s down-home Southern cooking. For $95 per person (with optional wine pairings), you’ll devour dishes like BBQ Octopus, Sous Vide Wagyu Ribeye, and an Artisanal Chocolate Tasting. Who wouldn’t love a dinner like that?

How Interest Rates Affect Purchasing Power


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It’s no secret that interest rates impact a home buyer’s purchasing power. But how great an effect, exactly, do interest rates have?

Take this example. Let’s say that you qualify for a Principal & Interest (P&I) monthly payment of $1,200—not including taxes, homeowner’s insurance, and mortgage insurance. The purchase details are:

  • $295,000 sales price
  • $1,200 per month
  • 30-year fixed rate
  • 20% down payment
  • $236,000 loan amount
  • 4.5% interest rate

What happens if you increase the interest rate by 1% to 5.5%?

The maximum sales price decreases to $265,000. With a 20% down payment, the loan amount is now $216,000. This constitutes a 10% decrease in purchasing power.

Curious about how a .5% interest rate would affect your purchasing power? See the chart below for monthly payments (rounded up/down for clean numbers and without APR’s).

The bottom line? Every .5% (one-half) increase in interest rate decreases a home buyer’s purchasing power by 4-5% (the larger the loan, the larger the decrease).

And every 1% interest rate increase decreases purchasing power by as much as 9 to 11%.

Keep this interest rate-purchasing power relationship in mind as you shop for mortgages, monitor the lending market, and strive to increase your credit score. If you understand how interest rates affect purchasing power, you’ll be rewarded with a higher purchasing power.

Guest Blogger Amy Cairn, Senior Loan Officer / Sales Manager at Guild Mortgage Company

Park City Real Estate Market Continues to Grow


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Condos in Wasatch and Summit Counties were just one of the many hot real estate products last year

Maybe it’s the fact that Park City is home to the largest ski resort in the United States, and you can literally ride a lift from the slopes to town. Or the epic singletrack lined with wildflowers, traversing our mountains from Deer Valley to Canyons. And a little indie film festival called Sundance. And the amazing restaurants. And—before we get carried away, we’ll just agree to agree that there are many good reasons why the Park City real estate market is in growing faster than the piles of snow in our driveways this winter.

Exactly how big is this growth spurt?

The Park City MLS just released the numbers for 2016, and they are big. The past four years has seen an average median price increase of 7.5% annually, in what PCMLS President Sara Werbelow describes as a “sustainable growth trend.”

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Total number of sales by month in Heber in 2016 (PCMLS)

In 2016, that average median price increase was twice as high as that of the past four years. And the Park City market’s dollar volume was up 18%. It’s clear people are vying for homes in Summit and Wasatch Counties. While the Park City market is hot, more affordable prices, larger lots, and new construction opportunities are attracting people to neighboring areas like Heber and the Jordanelle.

Hungry for more stats about this fast-moving market? Here’s a deeper look at 2016 by the numbers:

  • $1.69 million: Median price for single-family homes in Park City city limits
  • $1.48 million: Median price for Old Town homes
  • Highest 2016 dollar volume: The Snyderville Basin, with a total of 366 homes sold
  • 1 sale per week: Average market rate for Jeremy Ranch
  • 22%: Rate of increase for the cost of a single-family home in Kamas
  • 318: Condos sold in 2016, most of which were in the Snyderville Basin at a median price of $685,000
  • 7-11 months: Average time homes spent on market—properties at or below the area’s median price flew four times as fast

Get it while it’s hot, folks—and before it gets hotter. With more and more people attracted to the local Park City lifestyle, we might just see demand (and prices) continue to rise in 2017 and beyond.

Getting Global with Park City’s Grade Schoolers


Summer Camping Kids Park City Utah

Kids give the Dual Language Immersion program a thumbs-up!

One of the many hallmark programs of Park City School District is the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program, which is offered at all four elementary schools and begins in first grade. The program is so well regarded, the Boston Globe covered it last spring.

The caveat is that enrollment isn’t a given. There are typically more children vying to get in than there are spots available. For the Spanish DLI program at Parley’s Park Elementary School, half of the students enrolled must be native Spanish speakers. This is a boon to the program and students participating, but often means even fewer available spots than in the French DLI programs at Trailside and Jeremy Ranch elementary schools. McPolin Elementary School is a “whole school” Dual Immersion school, so opportunities to participate in the program are generally greater there.

According to Park City School District, “Utah Dual language Immersion (DLI) is a state supported program in which students spend half the day in English with one teacher and half the day with another teacher in a second language.” They go on to state that, “the mission of Dual Immersion is to prepare linguistically and culturally competent students who can successfully compete in a complex global economy.”

As the parent of two Spanish DLI students, I cannot say enough about how valuable and enriching the program has been. However, DLI isn’t a perfect fit for every kid, so learning as much about it as possible before applying is critical.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can attend a parent meeting on Tuesday, January 31, at 6:30pm at Ecker Hill Middle School in advance of this year’s application process opening on February 1. Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on the program. I’m including the contacts for each school below, and for application or waitlist process contact the administrative assistant: Cindy Hair (chair@pcschools.us or 435.645.5600 ext. 1420).

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For so many locals, DLI in Park City continues the spirit initiated during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, when the venues in our little resort town welcomed the world, demonstrating why residents and visitors from across the globe continue to Choose Park City.

Freestyle Ski World Cup Hits the Deer Valley Slopes


Deer Valley

Photo Credit: Deer Valley Ski Resort

There’s never a dull moment in Park City, and this week we’re transitioning from film fest frenzy to ski competition mode. As Sundance Film Festival bids our town adieu until next year, Deer Valley Ski Resort prepares to host the Freestyle Ski World Cup this Wednesday.

This is the 19th year that Deer Valley has hosted international and World Cup ski competitions and for good reason. The runs this year’s competitors will ski are the same that Olympians ripped in the 2002 games. SKI Magazine readers also continue to rank the resort as #1 in guest service for its dreamy groomers, ski valet service, and incredible cuisine.

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Black Diamond Lodge enjoys ski in/ski out at the Deer Valley base area

One of the best parts about this competition—besides the fact that anyone can watch for free!—is that the finals take place at night, so you can ski during the day and then ogle the pros after the sun sets. If you’re looking for some family-friendly daytime entertainment, you can also go check out the qualifiers after the school day in the afternoon on Thursday and Friday.

The games will also be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network so those who are out of town can still tune in. Here’s a schedule of the Freestyle Ski World Tour highlights:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
7pm: Opening Ceremony
A free concert with rock band The Revivalists and fireworks will kick off the comp on lower Main Street

Thursday, February 2, 2017
3pm: Ladies’ Moguls Qualifications at Champion ski run
5pm: Men’s Moguls Qualifications at Champion ski run
7pm: Moguls Finals
After the qualifiers in the afternoon, ladies and men will compete in the Mogul Finals, followed by awards and fireworks on Champion ski run

Friday, February 3, 2017
2:45pm:
Ladies’ Aerial Qualifications at White Owl ski run
5pm: Men’s Aerial Qualifications at White Owl ski run 
8pm: Aerial Finals
After the qualifiers in the afternoon, ladies and men will compete in Aerial Finals, followed by awards and fireworks on White Owl ski run

Saturday, February 4, 2017
4:55pm: Ladies’ and Men’s Dual Mogul Preliminary Rounds at Champion ski run
7pm: Dual Mogul Finals
In the final face-off of the competition, ladies and men will compete in the Dual Mogul Finals, followed by awards and fireworks on Champion ski run

You can check out the full schedule and get more information here: deervalley.com/WhatToDo/Winter/FISWorldCup

And Deer Valley even put together a little trailer to get you excited:

 

That’s a Wrap!


wishes-2017-1889719_19202016 is in the bag. Thank you to my clients, Hau Le and Susan Barnes, for providing my final two closings of the year.

CPC By-the-Numbers:

Transactions: 37

Deserving Non-Profits Supported: 25

Total Volume Sold: $24.5-million

Though I operate within the Park City luxury real estate environment, one of my most memorable properties sold this year was Scott “the Dude” Dudevoir’s home for $106,000 – with multiple offers, no less!

Selling real estate to real people is an honor I am grateful for on a daily basis.

Thank you 2016, and goodnight!

#ChooseParkCity
#ParkCityCommunityFoundation
#SSIR

January Calendar of Events


Egyptian Marquee during Sundance

Photo Credit: Historic Park City Alliance

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 – 7, 8 P.M.; January 8, 6 P.M.
Village People
Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street) | Park City, UT

This all-ages show is the perfect way to kick off your 2017 entertainment calendar! Get up and dance to hits from the Disco era, including “YMCA,” “In the Navy” and “Macho Man.”
Jan. 4 & 5 – tickets are $43 for House; $53 for Front-of-House; $70 for Cabaret
Jan. 6 – 8 – tickets are $49 for House; $59 for Front-of-House; $80 for Cabaret
435-649-9371 | www.EgyptianTheatreCompany.org

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 – 9 P.M. (Doors at 8 P.M.)
Party Favor
Park City Live (427 Main Street) | Park City, UT

One of the fastest rising names in Dance Music, Party Favor’s edgy style helped pioneer the festival trap genre and is currently making groundbreaking remises for names like Dillon Francis, Diplo, Flosstradamus and Major Lazer. Ages 21 and over.
Tickets are $18-$40
435-649-9123 | www.parkcitylive.net

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 – 4 P.M.
Park City Film Series – Little Women (also screens at Summit County Library in Kimball Junction on Friday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m.)
Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Avenue) | Park City, UT

Part of the “Books 2 Movies Series,” in partnership with the Park City Library and Summit County Libraries, this free screening of the 1994 film depicts Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel about love, family and the female spirit.
435-615-8291 | www.parkcityfilmseries.com/

 

SATURDAY, January 7 – 7:30 P.M.
Criminal Justice Reform
Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Boulevard)

Three passionate experts on Criminal Justice Reform will participate in this event, including CNN contributor, attorney and former White House advisor Van Jones; actor and death penalty abolitionists Mike Farrell; and the first man released from Death Row based on DNA evidence not presented at a trial, Kirk Bloodsworth.
Tickets start at $29.
435-655-3114 | www.EcclesCenter.org

 

THURSDAY – SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 – 14, 8 P.M.
An Evening with Robert Earl Keen
Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street) | Park City, UT

A singer-songwriter and storyteller extraordinaire, Robert Earl Keen is a Texas hill country contemporary of Lyle Lovett and Joe Ely known for hits like “Merry Christmas from the Family” and “Gringo Honeymoon.”
Jan. 12 – tickets are $39 for House; $49 for Front-of-House; $65 for Cabaret
Jan. 13 & 14 – tickets are $43 for House; $53 for Front-of-House; $80 for Cabaret
435-649-9371 | www.EgyptianTheatreCompany.org 

 

FRIDAY, January 13 – 7:30 P.M.
Jessica Lang Dance
Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Boulevard)

This New York City-based troupe (recruited from the ranks of Julliard, Ailey, MOMIX and White Oak companies) blends solid ballet technique and point work with more contemporary barefoot dance and gymnastics.
Tickets start at $29.
435-655-3114 | www.EcclesCenter.org

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 – 8 P.M. (Doors at 7 P.M.)
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Park City Live (427 Main Street) | Park City, UT

This five-member world music collective, headed by frontman Nahko Bear, is a fusion of various cultural musical influences, including hip-hop, folk, jazz, tribal, native-based, earth-based and spirit inspired. Ages 21 and over.
Tickets are $24-$40
435-649-9123 | www.parkcitylive.net

 

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JANUARY 13-15 (Times vary – listed below)
Park City Film Series – Loving
Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Avenue)

With the lead actors nominated for Golden Globe Awards, this film celebrates the real live courage and commitment of Richard and Mildred Loving, and interracial couple who married then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live in their hometown as a family. Their case, Loving v. Virginia, was a landmark civil rights case that was successfully heard by the Supreme Court in 1967.
Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for general audiences, $7 for students and seniors. A $65 10-punch card is also available.
435-615-8291 | www.parkcityfilmseries.com/ (Photo credit: Park City Film Series)

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 – 8 A.M.
“Townie Tuesday” and “Best of Fest” Sundance Locals’ Ticket Distribution
Sundance Film Festival Old Town Box Office (136 Heber Avenue in Swede Alley)

These FREE screenings for Summit County residents (with proof of ID) will be held on Tuesday, January 24, at the Redstone Cinemas (7 p.m.) or Library Center Theatre (9 p.m.), and on Monday, January 30 at Eccles Center (6 & 9 p.m.). To receive tickets, you must be at least 18 years old, able to present a legal Utah ID, and can only claim two tickets per person. Visit https://www.sundance.org/festivals/utah-community for more information.
888-285-7790 | www.Sundance.org

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 – 4 P.M.
Park City Film Series – Aunt Hilda (Tante Hilda)
Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Avenue) | Park City, UT
Part of the Dual Language Immersion Film Program, in partnership with the Park City Library and Summit County Libraries, this is a free screening is in French with English subtitles.

Hilda lives high above the city, happily at home with tens of thousands of rare and luscious plants in her palace of a greenhouse. But down below, a new, genetically modified super-grain threatens to disrupt the delicate natural harmony. Hilda must help the Earth save itself from a very colorful biological mayhem.
435-615-8291 | www.parkcityfilmseries.com/ (Photo credit: Park City Film Series)

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
Sundance Film Festival
Various venues around town

See or be seen during the 10-day festival that put Park City on the Independent Cinema map. No tickets or passes? Take advantage of two locals-only events – Townie Tuesday on January 24 or Best of Fest on January 30 (ticket pickup is Saturday, January 14 at the box office in Old Town starting at 8 a.m.). The general public (a.k.a. – those without Festival credentials) can pop into the headquarters at Park City Marriott, Base Camp at 475 Swede Alley, Co-op on Main Street, or the Filmmaker Lodge in the Elks Building at 550 Main Street (2nd Floor).
888-285-7790 | www.Sundance.org

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
“Townie Tuesday” Sundance Locals’ Screening
Redstone Cinemas (7 p.m.) or Library Center Theatre (9 p.m.)

Tickets for these screenings, held as the Festival’s way of saying “thank you” to Parkites for playing host for 10 days, are distributed at the Main Box Office (136 Heber Avenue) on Saturday, January 14 at 8 a.m. (see listing above). Visit https://www.sundance.org/festivals/utah-community for more information.
888-285-7790 | www.Sundance.org

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 – 9 P.M. (Doors at 8 P.M.)
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Park City Live (427 Main Street) | Park City, UT

Park City favorite, Michael Franti, is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change. Ages 21 and over.
Tickets are $75 & $125
435-649-9123 | www.parkcitylive.net\

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 – 6 – 9 P.M.
Last Friday Gallery Stroll
Historic Main Street | Park City, UT

This free community event gives locals and Park City visitors, alike, the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while exploring the town’s exciting art scene. View the Gallery Stroll Map for a list of participating galleries.
www.ParkCityGalleryAssociation.com

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 30 – 6 & 9 P.M.
Best of Fest Locals’ Screenings
Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1650 Kearns Boulevard)

Nab your tickets for these Festival award winners on Saturday, January 14 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Festival Box Office (136 Heber Avenue), or locals without tickets can use their eWaitlist account to request a waitlist number two hours before each screening.
888-285-7790 | www.Sundance.org

 

New Year’s in Park City


New Years Eve at Canyons Village

Photo credit: Park City Mountain

My father always referred to New Year’s Eve as “Amateur Night.” As I’ve gotten further away from my (sigh) 20s, I’ve come to appreciate a December 31st more on the mellow side.

Lucky for me, there are plenty of low-key dining and entertainment options for New Year’s  in Park City. But for the younger (and younger at heart) among us, there are also plenty of big city-worthy options for music and dancing before and after the clock strikes midnight.

Family-Friendly Fun for New Year’s in Park City

Family-friendly fun starts on December 30 at Deer Valley Resort, where their annual Torchlight Parade takes to Big Stick Run (behind Snow Park Lodge in Lower Deer Valley) at dusk, preceded by complimentary hot cider and cookies on the lodge’s plaza from 5:45 – 6 p.m.

On the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, après ski music starts at 2:30 with Lumberjack Fabulous at Park City Mountain’s Base Area, while Cade Mower will be performing acoustic music at the Park City Base Area’s Transit Center (by the ice rink). Kids get their own après time on the 2nd floor of the Legacy Lodge, where they’ll have complimentary games and crafts for the entire family.

Over at Canyons Village, complimentary s’mores will be served at 3 p.m. while DJ Velvet kicks things off, followed by Metro Music Club at 5:30, then fireworks at 7:30. Things get snazzy after the fireworks in the Kokopelli Ballroom at the Grand Summit Hotel, where the Masquerade Ball will feature dinner and dancing to help sweep revelers into the New Year. Tickets for the ball are $169 per person, and can be reserved by calling 844-243-2970.

Imagine – Remembering the Fab Four plays at the Egyptian Theatre at 8 p.m., while performer Alan Cumming will command the stage at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (also at 8 p.m.).

Dining Our for New Year’s in Park City

Dining options abound, starting in the area around Canyons Village, which includes Escala Provisions Company at Hyatt Centric Park City, offering a four-course prix fixe meal at $75 per person, while Waldorf Astoria Park City’s four-course prix fixe menu is $105, including a wine pairing. The annual New Year’s Eve dinner at the Cabin in the Grand Summit Hotel takes place from 5 – 7 p.m., featuring a diverse selection of menu items, such as Utah Trout and Crispy Pork Chops, at $69 for adults or $39 for children. Call 844-234-2970 to reserve a space.

The Grub Steak takes diners to the mellower side of town in Prospector Square, offering a three course prix fixe meal at $75.75 per person.

At the Silver Lake Lodge in Upper Deer Valley, The Mariposa’s four-course prix fix meal is $125 per guest, with a $50 option wine pairing available. In the Empire Canyon area of Deer Valley, Apex at Montage Deer Valley’s five-course, prix fixe meal is for $195 for adults, or $65 for children ages 5-12.

For those braving Main Street, Riverhorse on Main is offering a private dinner party for $385.68 per guest, and Tupelo’s five-course tasting menu is $125 per guest with a $65 optional wine pairing. Check out www.OpenTable.com to find reservations at a variety of other local eateries.

For the Night Owls

The Downstairs will ring in New Year’s Eve with DJ Soulman and Brisk, while Park City Live’s Annual Black & White Masquerade features DJ Ross One and O.P. Rockwell will feature Badfeather and Holy Water Buffalo.

Whether your style is to celebrate early and head home for a cozy night in, or going out on the town to ring in the New Year with the masses, the diverse opportunities are just one more reason why so many Choose Park City year after year.

Collections Magazine I Utah’s Luxury Real Estate Magazine Winter 2017


Unveiled today.

I am proud to reveal our newest edition of the Collections Magazine for Summit Sotheby’s International Realty. It has been revamped throughout with a new look and feel, including a beautiful fashion editorial. It is truly our best edition yet thanks to our unmatched marketing team. Look for my listings on pages 58, 76 and 121. Check out the online edition below.

To find out how to get your home featured in the ultimate luxury real estate guide, or to request a copy, contact me at 435.640.4238.

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An Effortless Christmas in PC


Enjayfilmz/Flickr Creative Commons

Enjayfilmz/Flickr Creative Commons

Living in a world-class resort has many benefits, including access to some of the best dining and entertainment options in the United States. Take advantage of these opportunities and celebrate the holiday season like a tourist (and leave the dirty dishes behind).

Helping to keep you out of the kitchen on Christmas is Deer Valley Grocery Café, which offers a takeaway menu featuring everything from Deer Valley’s famous roasted garlic mashers, to duck confit and decadent desserts. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Dec. 21, and picked up by Dec. 24 by 7 p.m. Click here for more information. Also setting you up for dessert success is Windy Ridge Bakery, offering a takeaway menu offering quiches, pies and cakes. Orders must be placed by Dec. 16 for pickup on December 24. Visit their website by clicking here.

Located at Canyons Village, Escala Provisions Company at Hyatt Centric is offering a Christmas Eve buffet ($55 for adults, $19 for children 12 and younger), while a Christmas Day buffet is offered at Waldorf Astoria Park City ($69 for adults, $25 for children 3-11).

 The Lodges at Deer Valley is offering a three-course prix fixe meal at $75 per guest, plus a $50 optional wine pairing, at The Brass Tag, while Apex at Montage Deer Valley is offering a four-course prix fixe meal for $135 for adults, or $45 for children ages 5-12

Longtime Park City favorite, The Grub Steak, features a three-course prix fixe meal for $42.75 per person.

Riverhorse on Main will include special Christmas Eve menu items, with nearby Tupelo offering a $75 five-course tasting menu with a $55 optional wine pairing on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

After dinner fun extends from Dec. 22 – 25 when Utah’s homegrown piano man, Kurt Bestor, brings his annual Christmas show to the Egyptian Theatre, while – on the opposite side of the entertainment spectrum – Lil John checks in to Park City Live on December 23.

Start Christmas Day with Saint Nick at Deer Valley Resort, then finish at Park City Mountain with the 54th Annual Torch Light Parade at dusk.

Whether it’s a mellow night with a few close friends at a celebrated eaterie, or a fabulous night out of dining and dancing, there’s something for every taste and style of celebrating in this historic mining town – just one more reason why so many Choose Park City year after year.

December Calendar of Events


photo credit: Park City Mountain

photo credit: Park City Mountain

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 & 10

Junie B. in “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells”

Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street) | Park City, UT

Based on the beloved series by Barbara Park, this YouTheatre holiday-themed production is kid-friendly, but also great for all ages! Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets: $9 for youth (17 and under), $14 for adults

435-649-9371 | www.EgyptianTheatreCompany.org

 

FRIDAY–SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 – 11

Park Silly Holiday Bazaar

Park City Marriott (1825 Sidewinder Drive) | Park City, UT

From the people who bring you the best Bloody Mary bar every Sunday in the summertime, this free, festive, indoor holiday market features more than 90 ventors to help with holiday shopping. And photos with Santa are free throughout the event! Hours are 5-9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is free.

435-714-4036 | www.ParkSillySundayMarket.com

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 – 3:30 – 6 P.M.

Santa at the Fieldhouse

Basin Recreation Fieldhouse (1388 Center Drive) | Park City, UT

Santa’s 4 p.m. visit to the Fieldhouse is preceeded by Christmas stories with Summit County Library starting at 3:30 p.m., and includes bouncehouses, a free family photo, cocoa and cookies. For an additional fee, Color Me Mine will help your wee ones make a one-of-a-kind keepsake ornament.

Admission is $5 per family, or free with a donation of a new toy or pantry item to benefit the Christian Center, or a box of diapers to benefit Dry Baby Bums.

435-655-0999 | www.BasinRecreation.org

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 – 4 P.M.

Park City Film Series – Elephant, The Horse (Un Caballo Llamado Elefante)

Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Avenue) | Park City, UT

Part of the Dual Language Immersion Film Program, in partnership with the Park City Library and Summit County Libraries, this is a free screening is in Spanish with English subtitles.

This film, recommended for age 8+, tells the story of two brothers, eight-year-old Roberto and 10-year-old Lalo, who promise their dying grandfather they will set his favorite horse free, finding danger and romance along the way.

435-615-8291 | www.ParkCityFilmSeries.com/ (Photo credit: Park City Film Series)

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 – 2 & 5:30 P.M.

Park City Nutcracker

Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Avenue)

If visions of Sugar Plum Fairies dance in your head, take yourself to this very family-friendly (i.e. abbreviated) version of the holiday classic. Presented by Ballet West Academy at Park City, this performance features all the favorite Nutcracker dances, right down to the elaborate costumes and sets. Tickets range from $15-$25 and can be purchased by clicking here, or by calling 855-222-2849.

435-658-2345 | www.BalletWestAcademy.org

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 – 2 P.M.

Park City Film Series – “War Horse” – National Theatre Live

Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Avenue) | Park City, UT

This broadcast of the stage adaptation based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel takes audiences into the trenches of World War I France, with life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company bringing the horses to life. Tickets are $20 for general audiences, $15 for Park City Film Series or Friends of the Library members, and $10 for students with ID.

435-615-8291 | www.ParkCityFilmSeries.com/

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 – 3 P.M.

Stein Eriksen Day

Stein Eriksen Lodge (7700 Stein Way) | Park City, UT

This celebration of Olympian and Park City ambassador, Stein Eriksen, takes place on his birthday – the day former Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt declared “Stein Ericksen Day,” and which now holds even more meaning since the legend passed away earlier this year. Attendees are encouraged to wear Stein-inspired Norwegian attire to honor his homeland. There will be complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and marzipan cake, his favorite dessert.

435-649-3700 | www.SteinLodge.com

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 – 6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Guided Moonlight Hike

Round Valley – meet at Park City Ice Arena (600 Gillmor Way)

Armstrong Trail – meet at Silver Star Café (1825 Three Kings Drive)

Check out one of Park City’s beloved trails under light of the full moon, while meeting new people and getting some exercise. With two hikes to choose from, nearly every ability level can participate. Trail conditions may vary, so check out Basin Recreation’s website, Facebook, or Twitter for last minutes updates, or contact Angie Greenburg directly at (435) 649-1564 ext. 47 / agreenburg@basinrecreation.org.

435-649-1564, x47 | www.BasinRecreation.org

 

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15-17

FIS LUGE WORLD CUP

Utah Olympic Park (3419 Olympic Parkway) | Park City, UT

This international event featuring the world’s top Luge athletes from more than 20 countries is free and features doubles, women’s and men’s event, plus the newly-formed BMW Sprint Cup competition where the top 15 sliders participate in a one-run heat down the track with timing beginning at 330 feet from the start.

435-658-4200 | www.UathOlympicLegacy.org/Park-Events

 

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15-18

Park City Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along

Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street) | Park City, UT

This annual holiday-themed variety show highlights local talent and celebrates the season, including a sing-along led by a choir. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday; 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets: $12 for youth; $15 for adults. Front-of-House seating is $19; Cabaret is $25.

435-649-9371 | www.EgyptianTheatreCompany.org

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 – 7 P.M.

Park City Singers’ Festival of Christmas

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (1505 White Pine Canyon Road) | Park City, UT

Join the local Park City Singers group in a celebration of the season. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children, and are available at Smith’s in Kimball Juncion and The Market. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $7 for children.

info@ParkCitySingers.com | www.ParkCitySingers.com

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 – 7 P.M.

LeAnn Rimes

970 North State Road 32 | Kamas, UT

The GRAMMY® Award-winning artist makes a local stop on her “Today is Christmas” tour at the new DeJoria Center in Kamas, a picturesque town is just 15 mintues from Park City.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here, and start at $55 for floor seating, with special balcony seating for $225, which includes a light buffet and access to cash bar.

435-783-3525 | www.DeJoriaCenter.com/

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 – 5:30 P.M.

Santa Arrives on the Town Lift

Jolly Old St. Nick makes his highly-anticipated arrival via Park City’s Town Lift on Saturday, Dec. 17, continuing a beloved tradition that begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Town Lift Plaza. Click here for details.

435-649-9371 | www.ParkCityMountain.com

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 – 7:30 P.M.

Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Boulevard) | Park City, UT

PMO brings the classic sounds of the great Latin Big Bands of the ‘40s, ‘50s & ‘60s to the stage, featuring a mix of salsa, bachata and cha-cha, with traces of American jazz, R&B and Afro-Cuban music. Tickets start at $29.

435-655-3114 | www.EcclesCenter.org

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 – 7 P.M.

Park City Singers’ Festival of Christmas

Park City Community Church (4501 UT-224) | Park City, UT

Join the local Park City Singers group in a celebration of the season. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children, and are available at Smith’s in Kimball Juncion and The Market. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $7 for children.

info@ParkCitySingers.com | www.ParkCitySingers.com

 

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 – 25

A KURT BESTOR CHRISTMAS

Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street) | Park City, UT

A Utah treasure, Emmy Award-winning composer Kurt Bestor brings the joy and sentiment of the holidays to Park City for four nights in an intimate performance of seasonal favorites and original music. Show times are 8 p.m. on Thursday & Friday; 6 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday.

Tickets are $29 for House; $35 for Front-of-House; $45 for Cabaret.

435-649-9371 | www.EgyptianTheatreCompany.org

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 – 9 P.M.

Lil John

Park City Live (427 Main Street) | Park City, UT

Don’t miss Lil Jon at Park City Live when he comes to get down for a “Very Crunk Christmas.” Tickets are $20.

435-649-9123 | www.ParkCityLive.net

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 – 9 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Santa Arrives at Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley Resort (Snow Park and Silver Lake lodges) | Park City, UT

Deer Valley Resort welcomes Santa on Dec. 24th, where he’ll be greeting guests from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Snow Park Lodge area. From 12 – 1:30 p.m., look for him in the Silver Lake Lodge area.

435-649-1000 | www.DeerValley.com

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 – 5:30 P.M.

54TH Annual Torch Light Parade

Park City Mountain (Park City Base Area)

It’s the 54th year for this highly-anticipated annual event, complete with complimentary holiday music, cookies and cocoa, followed by the on-hill parade.

800-222-PARK | www.ParkCityMountain.com

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 26 – 8 – 10 P.M.

Learn to Curl with the Park City Curling Club

Park City Ice Arena (600 Gillmor Way) | Park City

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to learn how to curl!

801-209-3385 | www.ParkCityCurlingClub.com

 

MONDAY & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26 & 27 – 8 P.M.

Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience

Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street) | Park City, UT

Transport yourself back to the ‘70s for this mesmerizing and accurate portrayal of a live Zeppelin show. The all-ages show began in 1995, with performers embodying Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in both spirit and authenticity.

Tickets are $29 for House; $35 for Front-of-House; $45 for Cabaret.

435-649-9371 | www.EgyptianTheatreCompany.org

 

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 & 29 – 8 P.M.

Queen Nation

Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street) | Park City, UT

This tribute to the music of Queen includes the greatest hits from the giants of arena rock, including “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are The Champions,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites the Dust.”

Tickets are $29 for House; $35 for Front-of-House; $45 for Cabaret.

435-649-9371 | www.EgyptianTheatreCompany.org

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Boulevard)

Texas roadhouse-steeped music and goodtime blues-rock combine in this group best known for its hit, “Tuff Enuff.” Tickets start at $29.

435-655-3114 | www.EcclesCenter.org

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30 – 5:45 P.M.

Torchlight Parade

Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Lodge (2250 Deer Valley Drive) | Park City, UT

This annual event is held on Big Stick Run (behind Snow Park Lodge) beginning at dusk (approx. 6 p.m.), and includes complimentary hot cider and cookies on the Snow Park Plaza from 5:45-6 p.m.

435-649-1000 | www.DeerValley.com

 

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 & 31 – 8 P.M.

Imagine – Remembering the Fab Four

Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street) | Park City, UT

This convincing portrayal of the Beatles takes authenticity to the next level, from the tips of their pointed boots, to their Liverpudlian accents. Coming together in 1993, these four lads have performed more than 1,000 shows across the United States and abroad.

Tickets are $29 for House; $35 for Front-of-House; $45 for Cabaret.

435-649-9371 | www.EgyptianTheatreCompany.org

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 – 3 P.M.

Music, Fireworks and Masquerade Ball at Park City Mountain

Canyons Village (4000 Canyons Resort Drive) | Park City, UT

The free New Year’s Eve festivities begin with DJ Velvet at 3 p.m., followed by Metro Music Club at 5:30, and topped off by fireworks at 7:30. After the fireworks, head over to the Kokopelli Ballroom at Grand Summit Hotel for dinner and dancing, starting at 7:30 p.m., with live entertaining helping to ring in the New Year. Tickets for the Masquerade Ball are $169 per person, and can be reserved by calling 844-243-2970.

800-222-PARK | www.ParkCityMountain.com

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 – 8 P.M.

Alan Cumming

Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Boulevard)

This Scottish/American actor, best known for his Tony Award-winning role in “Cabaret,” will sign sappy love songs and tell stories during his New Year’s Eve performance. Tickets start at $49.

435-655-3114 | www.EcclesCenter.org

 

Park City Resort’s New Year’s Celebration will be at Canyons Village Stage, starting with DJ Velvet at 3 p.m., followed by Metro Music Club at 5:30, and topped off by fireworks at 7:30.

 

FHFA releases new conforming loan limits


fullsizerender-15For the first time since 2006, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that the base conforming loan limits will increase from $417,000 to $424,100 for 2017. The new high balance conforming limit will increase from $600,300 to $636,150 (150% of $424,100). These are for unit properties in the contiguous United States.

In the state of Utah, the conforming loan limit will be $424,100 for ALL counties. The high balance conforming loan limit by county will be:

Summit County         $636,150

Salt Lake, Toole        $600,300

All Other Counties    $424,100

FHA also announced the increase in loan limits by county. Use the following link to search for loan limits by County and State. Choose “CY2017”.

https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/hicostlook.cfm

Highlights for Utah

Summit County         $636,150

Wasatch County       $410,550

Salt Lake County      $328,900

This benefits the home buyer by providing the opportunity for a larger loan with lower interest rates and easier qualifications than what is available for jumbo loans. For the consumer looking to refinance, the higher loan amount can offer more cash out, lower interest rates, or easier qualification without moving into the jumbo loan category.

 

This post was written by Amy Cairn – Senior Loan Consultant at Guild Mortgage. Amy is always happy to discuss your personal situation and answer questions. For additional lending questions, she can be reached at the contact information below.

Amy Cairn
Senior Loan Consultant (Cairn/Hoyt Team)
435-333-3705 Office
435-640-1878 Mobile
ACairn@guildmortgage.net

The Holiday Season in Park City


photo credit: On the Snow

photo credit: On the Snow

There are many reminders throughout the year that Park City is, truly, a small town, and the holiday season is definitely one of them.

As visitors fly in to celebrate the holiday season in Park City, the town steps up to welcome them all. Park City offers events throughout December that blend tourists and locals into a happy quilt of diversity during the Season of Light.

Jump right into the spirit of things with your children by participating in the Giving Tree Festival. This second annual incarnation of the Park City Rotary Club-sponsored event features a parade of individually-decorated trees at locations around town, each of which is being auctioned off to benefit the charity it honors. A great place to start is at the Park City Visitor Information Center (at Kimball Junction on the west side S.R. 224 – across from Redstone), where two of the trees are located. Grab a map and be sure to stamp your visit at each location, as completed maps (those with at least 15 stamps) can be submitted by Dec. 2 for a chance to win prizes! The event culminates on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2- 5 p.m., with a community celebration featuring Santa at the Treasure Mountain Inn (top of Main Street across from Wasatch Brew Pub).

Also on December 3rd, Park City Resort begins a holiday tradition with a tree-lighting ceremony at Canyons Village. Starting at 2:30 p.m., the event includes live music from Candy’s River House, followed by s’mores, ornament and cookie decorating at 4:30 (while supplies last), culminating in the tree lighting at 6 p.m. For more information, click here.

That night, join a locals’ favorite and adults-only tradition – the Park City Santa Pub Crawl on Main Street. The format has changed this year from a structured start at just one location, to a more freeform event, with participants invited to begin at any of the participating locations. Creative costumes are encouraged, and organizers are suggesting folks bring cash to make it easier on the bartenders. This year’s locations include Butcher’s Chop House & Bar (751 Main), The Cabin (825 Main – Candy’s Riverhouse will be playing live, and there’s no cover for those in costume), Downstairs (625 Main – bring an unwrapped toy for the annual toy drive), No Name Saloon & Grill (447 Main), Rock & Reilly’s (427 Main) and O.P. Rockwell (268 Main, where Rage Against the Supremes will be performing). More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

The annual holiday celebration at Park City Ice Arena will be held on Dec. 7, with a visit from Santa, free skating and rentals, face painting, carols, holiday ornament-making, cookies and hot chocolate from 5 – 7 p.m. This year, Santa and his elves will feature a surprise guest during their on-ice performance! Click here for more information.

Jolly Old St. Nick makes his highly-anticipated arrival via Park City’s Town Lift on Saturday, Dec. 17, continuing a beloved tradition that begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Town Lift Plaza. Click here for details.

Deer Valley Resort welcomes Santa on Dec. 24th, where he’ll be greeting guests from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Snow Park Lodge area. From 12 – 1:30 p.m., look for him in the Silver Lake Lodge area.

Dec. 24th is also the date for the 54th annual Torch Light Parade at Park City Resort. The celebration starts at 5:30 p.m. at Park City Base Area with complimentary holiday music, cookies and cocoa, followed by the on-hill parade.

Hanukkah begins the evening of Dec. 24 this year, and Park City’s Temple Har Shalom has historically held a celebration at their beautiful location on S.R. 224. Check out their calendar for more details.

On Dec. 30, Deer Valley Resort holds its torchlight parade on Big Stick Run (behind Snow Park Lodge), beginning at dusk, or around 6 p.m. Complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served on the Snow Park Plaza from 5:45 – 6 p.m.

Park City Resort’s New Year’s Celebration will be at Canyons Village Stage, starting with DJ Velvet at 3 p.m., followed by Metro Music Club at 5:30, and topped off by fireworks at 7:30.

The holiday spirit extends to neighboring communities, as evidenced by the Heber Valley Railroad’s beloved North Pole Express. Just 20 minutes from Old Town, the very special experience runs through Dec. 24, and pays homage to the classic children’s novel, “The Polar Express.” It’s a 90-minute trip to the North Pole that includes Mrs. Claus’ famous chocolate chip cookies, cocoa, songs and of course Santa, who presents each child with a special gift. Available dates, departure times and tickets can be found by clicking here, where you can choose from First Class or Coach, but purchase early, as popular dates always sell out.

This year marks the final season of Ballet West’s current production of “The Nutcracker,” which will make way for a new version in 2017. (Younger kids might enjoy Ballet West Academy’s abbreviated, yet fully-costumed, version at 2 & 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at The Eccles Center.) Staged at the century-old Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, it’s worth the 30-minute drive from Park City to experience the land of the of the Sugar Plum Fairy in person. If you’re going to one of the matinee performances, be sure to stick around for the after-show Sugar Plum Party held right on the stage with cast members, cookies, punch and an ornament, all for just $11 per ticket. For dates, times and tickets, call 801-869-6900 or click here.

While you’re downtown, head over to Temple Square to check out the legendary Christmas Lights and Nativity scenes, approximately two blocks from the Capitol Theatre (take the TRAX train for free up Main Street). The impressive display attracts visitors from all over the world, illuminating daily at 5:30 p.m. You can plan your visit to coincide with one of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s concerts, a not-to-be-missed experience for folks of all faiths.

From holiday activities for the entire family, to intimate dinners at one of Park City’s celebrated eateries, December is just one more reason so many people Choose Park City for their primary and second homes. Call me today to help you choose yours!

Explaining the Deer Valley Difference


photo credit: Eric Schramm Photography

photo credit: Eric Schramm Photography

As long-awaited snow blankets Park City on this peaceful post-Thanksgiving Sunday, I’m a busy bee getting our gear ready for one of the most celebrated annual happenings in the Grenney household: Deer Valley Resort’s Opening Day!

My dedication to Deer Valley cannot be overstated. It’s the resort that – along with Stein Eriksen Lodge – elevated the profile of Park City to that of a world class ski destination. Though I will concede, the recently improved caliber of snow-making, lifts and on-mountain amenities at nearby Park City Mountain also fuels our town’s distinction as one of the best year-round resort destinations for families in North America. Park City is also unique in that the two resorts work symbiotically, and for that we should all be thankful.

But back to my beloved Deer Valley Resort, which opens this Saturday, December 3. Opening and closing days are a celebration at DVR, but every day in between is one in which to revel, from the trademark corduroy grooming, to unsurpassed dining options, there really is nothing quite like the Deer Valley Difference, and here are three reasons why:

1. The Food

Beyond the iconic Deer Valley Chili, Mariposa and Seafood Buffet, gastronomic options on the mountain truly offer something for everyone. Sports fans who just cannot miss seeing their team throw the pigskin around can head up to Edgar’s Beer and Spirits Lounge, located on the second floor of Snow Park Lodge (Lower Deer Valley), for appetizers and specialty drinks.

If you’re looking to warm your core at lunchtime, visit the new Bald Mountain Pho in Silver Lake Lodge (mid-mountain) for an offering that’s a bit lighter than the aforementioned classic chili. Grab a quick bite, cup of cocoa or coffee on top of Bald Mountain at Snowshoe Tommy’s, or make your way over to enjoy some breakfast or lunch at Empire Canyon Grill, located upper-mountain next to the Montage Deer Valley.

2. Ski School

Lessons aren’t just for the newbies or the kiddos in your clan. Everyone can benefit from a lesson at least once a season, either to get your “ski legs” under you after six months off the slopes, or to check off the “Ski Like Stein” item on your Bucket List. Deer Valley is renowned for having one of the best ski schools in the industry, and offers a variety of specialty clinics to help you up your ski game.

3. Getting Social

Share your Deer Valley love by uploading your photographic moments to their online gallery. Be sure to use the hashtags #DeerValleyMoment and #SkiTheDifference. Check it out by clicking here.

Whether it’s the food, the facilities or the family-friendly vibe, Deer Valley Resort is yet another one of the many reasons so many visitors and locals choose Park City year after year.

Local Ski Area Details: Opening Dates and Pass Information


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Photo credit: Eric Schramm Photography

An unseasonably warm and dry November has made opening dates for area ski resorts a bit of a moving target, but everyone in town has been cheered on by the recent snow and colder temps, giving the ski areas a chance to play catch-up via snowmaking.

Park City Mountain has moved its opening date to Saturday, Nov. 26, and Canyons base will also open on Nov. 26 instead of Nov. 23, as previously announced.

Low snowfall totals aren’t entirely unusual the week of Thanksgiving – many locals can recall the days of America’s Opening (always held Thanksgiving Week), when the only snow at Park City Mountain Resort was the swath of white marking the race course. What millions of TV viewers didn’t see was the brown mountainside flanking the course, as cameras focused on cowbells and legendary World Cup racers.

Park City will sell its season tickets – or Epic Passes – until Nov. 20. Call (435) 658-9454 for more information.

Named as the United States’ Best Ski Resort by the World Ski Awards, Deer Valley Resort is, thus far, sticking with its originally-planned opening date of Saturday, Dec. 3. And this year, you (and five of your closest friends) can ski with one of six champions who have each made their mark on the skiing world. Champions include Heidi Voelker, Shannon Bahrke, Kris “Fuzz” Feddersen, Kaylin Richardson, Jillian Vogtli, and Trace Worthington. The experience will run you $1,200 for half-day or $2,000 for a full day, but the bragging rights are priceless. Reservations can be made by contacting Kris “Fuzz” Feddersen at 435-649-5766 or skiwithchamps@deervalley.com.

Deer Valley Resort season tickets of all shapes and sizes are available by clicking here. And you can show your love for the Deer Valley Difference by voting for them in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice travel awards. Just click here before Nov. 21, or call 435-649-1000.

Between Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort, there is a skiing or boarding opportunity for every preference and ability, which is just one more reason why so many visitors and locals Choose Park City year after year.

Thanksgiving in Park City


Thanksgiving in Park City

Stay Out of the Kitchen This Thanksgiving in Park City

For many aspiring Food Network wannabes, Thanksgiving is a time to show off culinary skills, crafting the newest spaghetti squash incarnation or rolling pie dough from scratch.

If your skills are more in line with the Pillsbury Doughboy and “cranberry sauce with the can marks still showing,” you might want to consider taking advantage of the turkey day opportunities at one of Park City’s celebrated restaurants. We turned to the Park City Restaurant Association for their list of participating eateries.

Deer Valley Thanksgiving

To immerse yourself in a true winter wonderland, head up to Apex at Montage Deer Valley, and take in the breathtaking array of twinkle lights that line the trees at the hotel’s majestic entryway. Dinner will be served from noon until 8 p.m., and is $85 for adults, $40 for children. Click here for reservations.

Stay in lower Deer Valley and check out the prix-fixe dinner offering at the Brass Tag, located in the Lodges, and offering both their fixed menu ($48 for two) and a la carte options. Dinner will be served from 5:30-9 p.m., and reservations are available by clicking here.

Set on making your own bird? Then bring home the Deer Valley Difference via side dishes and desserts from the yummy Deer Valley Grocery-Café. Items include soups, veggie dishes, breads, gravy and nine different pies. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on November 21, and picked up by 7 p.m. on November 23. Click here for details.

Thanksgiving at the Hyatt

Escala at Hyatt Centric Park City, located at Canyons Village, is making it possible for folks to pick their day to celebrate by offering their Thanksgiving menu on both Wednesday, November 23, and Thursday, November 24. Their $28 per person (two person minimum) prix-fixe dinner features a molasses-brined turkey with apple and pecan stuffing, complemented by glazed sweet potatoes, buttermilk mashed potatoes with black pepper gravy, French onion soup and housemade pies and cobblers. A la carte menus are also offered. Click here for more information.

Thanksgiving at the Stein Eriksen

If a five-star buffet is on your holiday wish list, head to the Glitretind at the stately Stein Eriksen Lodge and indulge in everything from steamed shellfish and wild salmon, to buffalo short ribs, bourbon glazed ham and roasted Utah turkey. The kiddos even get their own buffet at this luxe gastronomic extravaganza, which also features a Grande Dessert Display. The buffet runs from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., and prices are $75 for adults, $25 for children ages 5-12. To make reservations, call 435.645.6455, or click here.

A Waldorf Astoria Thanksgiving

Powder at Waldorf-Astoria, located near Canyons Village, also offers an elegant buffet dining option for Thanksgiving, with entrees like roasted turkey, honey clove glazed ham, short ribs, king salmon and prime beef tenderloin. Sides include classics like candied yams, mashed potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, sautéed Brussels sprouts, baked pies and cakes, along with more non-traditional items such as seafood, soups, cheeses, charcuterie and berries for starters. Cost is $55 per person, and the buffet runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Click here for reservations.

Prospector Square Thanksgiving

Tackle turkey day, steakhouse-style, at the Grub Steak in Prospector Square, where a three-course Thanksgiving dinner will be offered from 2-8 p.m., including a choice of soup, Caesar salad or their famous salad bar, stuffed turkey and gravy with green beans almondine, mashed potatoes, citrus cranberry relish, two types of bread and a choice of pumpkin pie or apple bread pudding with High West bourbon sauce. Dinner is $30.75 for adults, $15.75 for children 12 and younger. Click here for more information and reservations.

Top 10 Loan Approval Taboos


Make sure nothing gets in the way of achieving your home financing goals.
Some loan approval taboos may seem obvious, but others not so much. Check out this list to make sure that you avoid the top 10 loan approval taboos during the process of buying a new home.

loan approval taboos
  1. Co-sign on any debt with relatives or friends.
  2. Transfer money between accounts, unless receiving complete documentation from the bank itemizing all transfers.
  3. Withdrawal or deposit of large sums into their checking or savings accounts unless absolutely necessary.
  4. Make any career moves.
  5. Allow bank accounts to go in the negative, even if they have overdraft protection.
  6. Apply for new credit in any form, or apply for credit to consolidated.
  7. Have a friend or relative pay for anything related to the purchase of the home (appraisal, earnest money, down payment, etc.), since gifts are only allowed under certain guidelines.
  8. Keep cash in a safe or an overseas account if they plan to use these funds as a down payment. Inquire about how and when would be the best time to put funds into U.S. bank account if needed.
  9. Close credit card accounts, which may cause a debt ratio to go up.
  10. Give personal information to anyone else who might run a credit report; credit inquiries may hurt your score.

Guest post by Kurt Almond – Loan Consultant at New American Funding

2016 3rd Quarter Statistics


Press Release By Park City Board of REALTORS – Park City, Utah – November 3, 2016

Summit and Wasatch County property values continue to rise in the third quarter of 2016

Statistics reported by the Park City Board of REALTORS® at the close of the third quarter show the median sales price for single family homes, condominiums, and vacant lots in the Greater Park City area have increased at a rate of 7.5% annually since 2012 and are up 14% over the previous 12 months as buyers are becoming more attracted to resort real estate.

Single-Family Home Sales

Greater Park City Area

Demand remained high for single-family homes in the Greater Park City area, with some neighborhoods increasing in price at a faster rate than others as growth outside the City Limits continued.

Within the Park City Limits (84060), the median sold price of a single-family home was up 18% reaching 1.63 M, while the number of sales was down 18% compared to last year. Illustrating the complexity of our area market, Lower Deer Valley, which has been stagnant for several years, experienced 21 closed sales, which is 9 more than last year, and saw a 32% increase in median price to $2.168 M; Park Meadows, typically very active, was down 34% in quantity sold and flat to last year’s median price of $1.5 M.

  • Old Town was down in units sold but up 7% in median price to $1.4 M.
  • Thaynes Canyon, with one more sale than last year, was also up in median price to $1.7 M.
  • Prospector, with 7 closed sales in the last 12 months, was up 17% in median price to $840,000.

“One of the trends we are seeing is that buyers aren’t as concerned with purchasing a home in a particular neighborhood or zip code as they have been in the past,” says Rick Shand, President of the Park City Board of REALTORS®. Within the Snyderville Basin, the overall number of closed sales was flat to last year at 357, while the median sold price was up 11% to $975,000.

  • Trailside was up 23% in units sold and experienced a solid 13% median price increase to $715,000.
  • Summit Park was active with 30 closed sales and a 22% increase in median price to $619,000.
  • Silver Springs was flat to last year in the number of sales and a median price hovering at $897,000.
  • Promontory had the highest number of closed sales in the Basin with 67 and saw a median price increase to $1.95M.
  • Jeremy Ranch, with 49 closed sales, had a median price of $919,000.

Kamas and Heber Valleys:

While there were 19 fewer sales in the Kamas Valley than the previous year, the median price leaped 30% to $391,000. Accounting for the highest dollar volume, the Oakley / Weber Canyon area saw 41 closed sales and a price increase to $395,000. Woodland/Francis was also up in median price reaching $433,000.

With 355 total sales – a 52% increase over last year, the Heber Valley jumped 13% in median sales price to $401,000. Specifically, the Heber/Daniels and Midway areas accounted for 322 of the total units sold.

Growth in the Jordanelle continued with 28% more closed sales than the previous 12 months and saw a 36% increase in median price to $1.19.

Park City Board of REALTORS® Statistic Committee Chair Carol Agle notes, “Very active neighborhoods are popping up that we haven’t seen before; whereas other places, that in some years have been hotbeds of activity, are static.”

Condominium Sales

The number of condominium sales in the Snyderville Basin (84098) outpaced the Park City Limits (84060). Over the last 12 months, there were 101 fewer condo sales within the City Limits than the previous year, though the median price trended 16% upward reaching $650,000. Demand in the Snyderville Basin, with 325 closed sales, wasn’t quite as high as last year, but there was an uptick in median price reaching $455,000.

  • Old Town was down 20% in the number of sales but up 18% in price at $529,000.
  • Park Meadows was down 47% in the number of sales and down 25% in price to $520,000.
  • Lower Deer Valley, with 25 fewer sales than last year, was up 16% in price to $853,000.
  • Prospector, the most affordable neighborhood within the City Limits, had 19 fewer sales than last year with a median price of $139,000.
  • The Canyons neighborhood climbed 34% in the number of sales, with 117, and saw a median price increase to $590,000.
  • Pinebrook accounted for 61 closed sales and saw a 19% price increase to $455,000.
  • In the Jordanelle area, there were 34 more condo sales than last year with a median price increase to $475,000.
  • The Heber Valley had 17 more sales than last year and a median price of $280,000. Midway / Charleston saw the bulk of the activity with 34 units sold and a substantial median price increase reaching $289,000.
Vacant Land Sales

Due to limited inventory within the Park City Limits, there were 12 fewer land sales this year and a median price of $667,000. In the Snyderville Basin there were a total of 145 closed sales, with a 29% increase in median price reaching $450,000.

  • Old Town had the highest number of sales by neighborhood and a median price of $600,000.
  • Promontory had the highest number of sales in the Basin and a median price flat to last year at $330,000.
  • The Jordanelle area, with 86 sold lots, more than doubled the number of the previous year and was up 21% in price reaching $323,000.
  • The Heber Valley, with 188 sold lots, was up 17% and was flat to last year’s median price of $200,000. 127 closed sales occurred in Heber City/Daniels.
Looking Ahead

Prices continue to rise at a steady rate as all types of buyers see value in Summit and Wasatch Counties. Finding affordable property in certain areas remains challenging and demand in new neighborhoods is higher than in previous years.

Millennials, the largest generation ever produced in our country, is a new class of buyers who are becoming more and more active in our market.

With the average home remaining on the market for 9 – 12 months, pricing at or below the median price can speed up that time significantly. Carol Agle advises, “In any tiny market segment your REALTOR® can compute what the median price is, and we have found that anything priced at or below the median price will see action, action, action and anything priced above it, may sit, sit, sit.”

Our market area is complex and constantly changing and evolving with micro-markets dividing product by property type, location, price, age, and amenities. Buyers and sellers are advised to contact a local Park City REALTOR® for information on what is happening in your neighborhood.

November Calendar of Events


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Live PC Give PC – Park City’s Day of Giving
Community-wide

Park City shows its love for the more than 100 nonprofit organizations that make the town special during this 24-hour day of online giving, organized by the Park City Foundation. The day commences with a community celebration at High West Distillery (703 Park Avenue) from 7 p.m. – midnight.

www.LivePCGivePC.org | 435-214-7475

Courtesy of Park City Community Foundation


FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 & 5 – 8 P.M.

Stand-Up Comedy Nights

Headliners include YouTube sensation Frances Dilorinzo and widely-televised comedian Mike Guido, during an evening of live comedy at the Historic Egyptian Theatre. Beer is available for patrons ages 21+; tickets are $15+ on Friday, $19+ on Saturday.

Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street, Park City) | www.EgyptianTheatreCompany.org | 435-649-9371


FRIDAY – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 5 & 6

44th Annual Park City Ski and Snowboard Swap

The high-anticipated Park City Ski and Snowboard Swap is one of the largest and oldest ski swaps in the country. They offer a mind-boggling array of used and new skis, snowboards, boots, poles, clothing and accessories, with proceeds benefitting the Park City Ski Team. The Swap runs Friday from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is $10 on Friday, $5 on Saturday and $2 on Sunday (kids 12 and under are free each day).

Basin Recreation Fieldhouse (1388 New Main Street in Kimball Junction) |

www.ParkCitySkiSwap.com | 435-649-8749


FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 & 5 – 8 P.M.

Giving a Bleep – The Show

Billed as “the funniest fundraiser in town,” Giving a Bleep is an original play about the crazier side of living in a mountain town written, produced and performed a local volunteers. You know it’s a good time when the bar opens at 7 – a full hour before the show start at 8 p.m. Patrons pay what they can afford, and the money goes to the nonprofit of the patron’s choice.

Prospector Convention Center Theater (2175 Sidewinder Drive) | www.GivingABleep.com | 801-361-0204


FRIDAY-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 5 & 6

Park City Film Series – The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

This film shows the impact years of touring had on each of The Beatles – the toll it took on their relationships and the effect it had on their musical evolution, as well as the colossal boost the tours gave to their fame. The film also explores the incomparable electricity between performer and audience that turned the music into a movement known as “Beatlemania.”

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general audiences, $7 for students and seniors. A $65 10-punch card is also available.

Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Avenue) |

www.ParkCityFilmSeries.com/ | 435-615-8291


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 – 4 P.M.

Park City Film Series – The Iron Giant

Also screens at the Summit County Library in Kimball Junction on Friday, November 4 at 2 p.m. – both screenings are part of the “Books 2 Movies Series” in partnership with the Park City Library and Summit County Libraries. In this animated film inspired by the book of the same name, a young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Avenue) |

www.ParkCityFilmSeries.com/ | 435-615-8291


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 – 6 P.M.

Mindful Cuisine presents “New Ideas for Thanksgiving Sides”

Mindful Cuisine offers cooking classes throughout the year, where students learn to cook delicious food in a comfortable environment from a menu created by Chef Linda or a guest chef instructor. Classes run approximately three hours and include a snack or appetizer prepared by the chef in advance, fresh and seasonal ingredients, emailed recipes and tips to use at home and – at the end of the class – the student will share the meal they prepared (in “make and take” classes, they will take their prepared items home).

Courtesy of Mindful Cuisine

354 Aspen Lane | www.MindfulCuisine.com/ | 949-280-6379


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 – 7 P.M.

Park City Film Series – 5Point Film’s “On The Road” Series

With something for everyone, 5Point Film Festival curates the best stories in adventure, featuring 10-14 short documentary adventure films. See what’s in store at www.5Pointfilm.org. Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door; kids 12 and under $8. Proceeds benefit Team Park City United.

Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Avenue) |

www.ParkCityFilmSeries.com/ | 435-615-8291


FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 & 12 – 8 P.M.

Giving a Bleep – The Show

Billed as “the funniest fundraiser in town,” Giving a Bleep is an original play about the crazier side of living in a mountain town written, produced and performed a local volunteers. You know it’s a good time when the bar opens at 7 – a full hour before the show start at 8 p.m. Patrons pay what they can afford, and the money goes to the nonprofit of the patron’s choice.

Prospector Convention Center Theater (2175 Sidewinder Drive) | www.GivingABleep.com | 801-361-0204


FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 & 12 – 8 P.M.

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Salt Lake City-based Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company presents two nights of contemporary dance at the Historic Egyptian Theatre. Tickets are $19 for adults, $10 for students; Front-of-House $23, Cabaret seating is $29.

Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street) | www.EgyptianTheatreCompany.org | 435-649-9371


FRIDAY – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 12 & 13

Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program – Weaving Ancient Designs 27th Annual Rug Show

This annual event is sponsored by the Adopt-A-Native-Elder program, and features a rug show and sale where the Elders’ traditional weavings are presented. During the three days, a series of programs take place centered around traditional Navajo culture, including weaving demonstrations, dances, special entertainment, a fundraising auction and a closing Pow Wow on Sunday. All proceeds from sales of rugs woven by Elders in the program go directly to the weavers.

Times are Friday from 6 – 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission on Friday is $30 for adults, $10 for children under 12, and includes hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and the live auction. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5, or a donation of canned food.

Snow Park Lodge (2250 Deer Valley Drive) | www.anelder.org | 435-649-0535


FRIDAY-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 12 & 13

Park City Film Series – Indignation

Based on Philip Roth’s classic novel, Indignation is a coming of age story about a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey who travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio in 1951. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general audiences, $7 for students and seniors. A $65 10-punch card is also available.

Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Avenue) |

www.ParkCityFilmSeries.com/ | 435-615-8291


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 – 4 P.M.

Park City Film Series – Asterix & Obelix: Mansion of the Gods

Part of the Dual Language Immersion Film Program, in partnership with the Park City Library and Summit County Libraries, this is a free screening is in French with English subtitles. In order to wipe out the Gaulish village by any means necessary, Caesar plans to absorb the villagers into Roman culture by having an estate built next to the village to start a new Roman colony.

Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Avenue) |

www.ParkCityFilmSeries.com/ | 435-615-8291


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 – 7:30 P.M. – 1 A.M.

KPCW 2nd Annual Main Street Music Crawl

It’s time to celebrate all things local, visiting three local hotspots and supporting Park City’s local, nonprofit radio station – KPCW. Full evening tickets are $35 per person and you must be 21 or older to participate. Purchase tickets here, or become a KPCW Broadcast Club Member and crawl for free.

O.P. Rockwell’s (268 Main Street), The Spur Bar & Grill (352 Main Street) & Flanagan’s on Main (438 Main Street) |

www.kpcw.org | 435-640-9004 x307


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 – 6-7:30 P.M.

Aging and Performance

During this free seminar, sports medicine physician Dr. Max Testa will be discussing how aging impacts performance along with:

  • How training needs change with aging for optimal performance
  • How nutritional needs change with age to maintain high end performance
  • How intensity and recovery change with age

Space is limited. RSVP to livewellcenterparkcity1@imail.org or call to reserve your space.

Park City Hospital (900 Round Valley Drive) | 435-333-3535


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 – 9 P.M. – 2 A.M.

LUCIUS

This triple-threat quartet of vocal harmonies, infectious hooks, and dance-inducing percussion is comprised of co-founders and lead vocalists, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who sing in unison backed by multi-instrumentalists Dan Molad and Peter Lalish. Tickets are $20.

Park City Live (427 Main Street) |

www.ParkCityLive.net | 435-649-9123


TUESDAY – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 – 19

IBSF Para Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup

Click here for the daily competition schedule. Event is free for spectators.

Utah Olympic Park (3419 Olympic Parkway) |

www.UtahOlympicLegacy.org/park-events/ | 435-658-4200


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 – 6 P.M.

Mindful Cuisine presents “Holiday Pies”

Mindful Cuisine offers cooking classes throughout the year, where students learn to cook delicious food in a comfortable environment from a menu created by Chef Linda or a guest chef instructor. Classes run approximately three hours and include a snack or appetizer prepared by the chef in advance, fresh and seasonal ingredients, emailed recipes and tips to use at home and – at the end of the class – the student will share the meal they prepared (in “make and take” classes, they will take their prepared items home).

354 Aspen Lane |

www.MindfulCuisine.com | 949-280-6379


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 – 6:30 P.M.

Park City Film Series – Audrie & Daisy

A free screening presented as part of the Reel Community Series, Part of the Reel Community Series. This urgent, real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera, made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Audrey & Daisy takes a hard look at American’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control. Admission is free.

Jim Santy Auditorium (1255 Park Avenue) |

www.ParkCityFilmSeries.com | 435-615-8291


FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18-20, 23, 25 & 26 – 8 P.M. (SUN., NOV. 20 – 6 P.M.)

Little Shop of Horrors

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed in this frightfully-whacky rock musical. Tickets range from $23-$45.

Egyptian Theatre (328 Main Street) |

www.EgyptianTheatreCompany.org | 435-649-9371


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Opening Day at the Park City Base Area

Launch the 2016-17 ski season with free music and festivities, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with DJ Velvet at PayDay Lift, where the first chair breaks the banner at 9 a.m. The fun continues at 2:30 with BroBand and Après Concert at the base area.

Park City Mountain Resort (1310 Lowell Ave) | www.ParkCityMountain.com | 435-658-9454


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 – 9 A.M.

Opening Day at the Canyons Village

Park City Mountain Resort – Canyons Village (4000 Canyons Resort Drive) | www.ParkCityMountain.com | 435-658-9454


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – 6 – 9 P.M.

Last Friday Gallery Stroll

This free community event gives locals and Park City visitors, alike, the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while exploring the town’s exciting art scene. View the

Gallery Stroll Map for a list of participating galleries.

Historic Main Street | www.ParkCityGalleryAssociation.com


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 – 4 P.M.

Electric Parade & Festivities 2016

Kick off the Holiday Season in style! Come up to Historic Park City for our Winter Electric Parade. Participants have the chance to win cash prizes in one of four categories, awarded by a panel of local judges. The schedule is as follows:

  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm: Santa will be strolling Main Street
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm: Holiday Carolers
  • 5:30 pm: Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Miner’s Park
  • 6:00 pm: Lighting of the Main Street lights
  • 6:00 pm: The Electric Parade Departs Miner’s Hospital for Main Street

Historic Main Street |

www.HistoricParkCityUtah.com | 435-658-9612

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

Opening Day at Deer Valley Resort

The 2016-17 ski season starts at Deer Valley Resort, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Deer Valley is consistently ranked #1 in guest service among ski resorts in North America, as rated by the readers of SKI Magazine, and delivers an unmatched experience for your winter vacation.

Deer Valley Resort (2250 Deer Valley Drive South)
www.DeerValleyResort.com |435-658-9454

Courtesy of Eric Schramm Photography

Live PC Give PC Park City: When Locals Invest in Our Town


Live PC Give PC Park City

There are many things that distinguish Park City from other small towns: two world-class ski resorts, an Olympic training facility that allows both elite athletes and true neophytes to soar, performing arts organizations that bring in nationally and internationally acclaimed performers year-round; and a restaurant scene that rivals that of New York and L.A.

But the one thing upon which most Parkites hang their hats is the town’s overwhelming altruism across the nonprofit spectrum. In Park City – and throughout Summit County – you will find many community benefits often provided by local nonprofits. Victims of domeestic violence have a safe place to go. Kids benefit from a no-cost after-school enrichment program. The uninsured can turn to a nonprofit health clinic. A ranch rehabilitates and facilitates adoption for rescued animals of all shapes and sizes. And a center provides recreation opportunities for every ability level.

But on one day each year, locals show their support more than at any other time for the 100-plus nonprofits that make Park City one of the best small towns in America during Live PC Give PC. Over the past five years, this one-day event, established and managed by Park City Community Foundation, has raised more than $4-million for our community, with $1.3-million raised in 2015 alone. It’s a chance for everyone in the community to contribute, with donations starting at just $10.

Moreover, it’s an opportunity to show our kids that philanthropy starts at home. Which is why, each year, to show my personal thanks to my wonderful home buyers and sellers, I make a donation in each of their names to nonprofits that align with their own purposes and passions. For example, I’ll be making a donation to Recycle Utah, where my client, Mary Closser, is the Education Director. Mary needed a property that allowed her to stay within the Park City School District and continue to evangelize on behalf of the conservation nonprofit, so we found her a centrally-located Racquet Club condo in Park Meadows.

For Park City Council Woman Becca Gerber and her husband, Red Bicycle Breadworks owner Brent Whitford, I’ll be making a donation to The Peace House. The couple – who famously married during this year’s Miner’s Day Parade – also bought a Racquet Club condo so that Brent could continue to commute to work on his now-famous red bicycle. And for Scott “Dude” Dudevoir, manager and master boot fitter at Cole Sport, I’ll make a contribution to Mountain Town Music, whose efforts to program free, quality music experiences year-round throughout the community and in the schools truly distinguishes Park City as a center for arts appreciation and learning. We found Scott the perfect home in Francis to give him the space to host jam sessions with his band, Sin City Soul, and – at some point – a furry, four-legged baby.

To check out the full list of nonprofits, visit Live PC Give PC’s site and you can make your pledge today to be counted on Nov. 4. I encourage you to give as much as you can to one – or to many – since these valuable organizations are one of the most important reasons so many visitors and residents Choose Park City year after year.

A Park City Halloween – a BOOtiful Time of Year!


Few towns turn Halloween into a multi-day event quite like Park City does. Navigating a Park City Halloween can be downright scary, so here are all the Halloween weekend events in which to partake, in chronological order:

Friday, October 28

Park City Halloween

The Summit County Library at Kimball Junction is holding a Halloween Magic event at 4 p.m., which includes a free magic show and spooky treats. Kids should come in their costumes and more info can be found here.

“Carrie – The Musical,” based on the terrifying book by Stephen King about a girl who is bullied to the brink, opens at The Egyptian Theatre, but runs through October 29. Visit their website for tickets and times.

O.P. Rockwell hosts its second annual Sprits & Spirits Halloween Costume Ball at 8 p.m., featuring a costume contest and live music from party band Rage Against the Supremes. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by clicking here.

It’s four days of frightening fun for Flanagan’s on Main with their Tim Burton Weekend from October 28-31, with each night featuring live music and screenings of Burton films (think “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Sleepy Hollow”) – all for no cover! Check out Historic Park City’s site for more info.

Saturday, October 29

Costumes are encouraged (and who are we to argue?) at the third annual Kimball Junction Boo Bash from 12 – 2 p.m. at the Newpark Plaza. Family-friendly activities include pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, Halloween games, prizes and more. They’re also offering a Boo Bash Punch Card, available at Black Diamond Gymnastics from now through Oct. 29, which can be stamped at participating businesses and redeemed at the Bash for a special treat. Visit the Kimball Junction website for more information.

Head out to Kamas for the annual Pumpkin Plunge at South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center. Register early, and pay just $3.50 for a chance to lasso and decorate a pumpkin from the floating pumpkin patch, play games and receive a goody bag. Space-available day-of admission is $5, with kids ages five and younger plunging from 9:30 – 10 a.m., and kids ages 6-11 from 10 – 10:30 a.m. Call 435-783-2423 to register, or visit their site for more information.

The Cabin’s kicking it old school by bringing back the legendary Spookedelic Ball featuring Park City fave Fat Paw. Originating in the mid-‘90s at the Wolf Mountain dome (now Canyons Village), the Spookedelic Ball is one of Park City’s legendary Halloween happenings, and is open to ages 21 and older. Admission is just $10 in advance at Smith’sTix.

Sunday, October 30

The Park City Film Series presents National Theatre Live’s “Frankenstein” at the Jim Santy Auditorium (Park City Library) at 2 p.m. Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee miller, the production is directed by Danny Boyle and will have beer and wine available for purchase. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for Park City Film Series members/Friends of the Park City Library, and $10 for students, and are available in advance by clicking here.

Monday, October 31

The crowning glory of Park City Halloween weekend (for the kiddos especially) is Halloween on Historic Main Street. With the street closed from 3 – 5 p.m., Old Town transforms into a sea of witches and goblins trick-or-treating at Main Street storefronts. Park early (even better – ride Park City Transit or walk) and get ready to witness some pretty creative getups, including canines in costume on-hand for the Howl-O-Ween parade at 5 p.m., which starts on Lower Main and heads up to Heber Avenue. For more information on this free event, click here.

Sundance Locals Packages and Passes


As the final ten days of January approach each year, there appear to be two local trains of thought: “Yay – Sundance is coming!” And, “Oh, no – Sundance is coming.”

Turning your “Nay” into a “Yay” as a local can be as simple as procuring tickets or passes for the Festival and jumping into the fray feet first. Certain festival pass opportunities went on sale today at noon, while others start tomorrow, so here are a few quick and dirty details (Note: Actual screenings are selected in January, once the Festival Guide is released):

On-sale Oct. 25

Utah Locals passes and packages went on sale at noon and are available until they’re sold out. This is the best opportunity to get the locals SLC Pass (access to all Salt Lake theatres), or the 10-ticket package, which comes with credentials (vs. buying tickets individually, which is an option starting Jan. 11).

On-sale Oct. 26

Festival Passes, available to all (not just locals) went on sale to Sundance Institute members on Oct. 24, but go on sale to the general public tomorrow (Oct. 26). These passes allow you to enter screenings without tickets, but are limited to either the first or second half of the Festival, along with other restrictions (such as being theater-specific). Ticket packages for the general public, as well as those for students, also go on sale on Oct. 26.

Finally, individual tickets go on sale January 11 (as mentioned above), however, Sundance Institute members at any level can purchase tickets one day early, on January 10. Memberships start at $65, and have some pretty cool bennies, so you might want to check it out here, especially if it helps get you tickets to screenings for films receiving pre-Festival buzz.

As a local, making Sundance a positive experience by planning in advance is just one of the many reasons new visitors and residents Choose Park City year after year!

Roadmap to Optimizing Credit Score


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Everyone wants a great score but most don’t understand the ins and outs of optimizing credit score. Knowing the elements of a credit score and implementing a few basic ideas can give you a 40-100-point boost.

There are three credit bureaus: TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. They use a different matrix to calculate your credit score depending on who is pulling the credit. If you are applying for a credit card, auto loan, or home loan, you can get three different scores. The mortgage lender will show a lower score then the credit card company since the mortgage “pull” is the most conservative. Scores range from 350-850. You will need at least a 620 to get a mortgage and for some home loans you need a 700 or 740 minimum. The higher your score the better the interest rate.

The five elements of credit score include:

  • Payment history: 35%
  • Outstanding credit balances: 30%
  • Credit history: 15%
  • Mix of credit types: 15%
  • Inquiries: 10%

Payment history

The number one thing you can do for optimizing credit score is pay your bills on time, avoid collection accounts and judgments for late payment. The most recent six months will have the biggest impact on your credit. For example, if you have a 30-day late payment that reports in the current month, your score can drop 40-60 points compared to a 30-day late payment eight months ago or longer. 60-90 day late payments will really drop the score.

Outstanding credit balances

This is another very important and little known task for raising your score. This applies to revolving accounts like credit cards and home equity lines. You want to keep the balance at 25% of the credit limit, even if you pay the bill off in full every month. For example, if you have a $10,000 credit limit, never charge more then $2,500 per month on that account. Instead of maxing out a card, spread balances across several cards to keep the balances below 25% of the limit. Use credit sparingly.

Credit history

Credit history refers to how long you have had credit. The longer you have credit, the better. Don’t close accounts, especially accounts you have had for a long time. Avoid new credit card applications, especially from stores like GAP, Best Buy, etc that offer you a 10% discount for opening an account. They normally give you a low limit that gets maxed out and then you forget about the account and miss the first payment. These go against the first two elements.

Mix of credit types

This means having different types of accounts; mortgage, revolving/credit cards and installment loans, like a car loan. The optimum number of credit cards is two to three accounts. I recommend quality accounts like VISA, MasterCard, and American Express. If you have never had a car loan and can paid cash for a car, I recommend opening a car loan, make payments on times for six months, and then pay off. This demonstrates you can consistently make the same payment each month and then successfully pay off a loan.

Inquiries

When a creditor pulls your credit, it reports as an inquiry on your credit. This is actually the least impactful element on optimizing credit score. You are allowed the opportunity to “shop” and have your credit pulled with less impact. For example, if you are going to buy a car on a weekend and three different dealerships pull your credit, it will count as one pull. But if you apply for a car, a credit card, and a mortgage in the same weekend, that will be three credit pulls.


By Amy Cairn – Senior Loan Consultant at Guild Mortgage. Amy is always happy to discuss your personal situation and answer questions. She can be reached at:

435-333-3705 (Office)

435-640-1878 (Mobile)

ACairn@guildmortgage.net

Property Selling Services


The Summit Sotheby’s International Realty Difference

To those who value the unique, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is the local real estate provider that offers unrivaled access to qualified people and distinctive properties around the world. When you list your property with Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, you get a true international brand that can offer you the best exposure, whether online or in print. View our Property Selling Services brochure below to learn about our many competitive advantages.

Summit County Property Tax Notices and How to Appeal


Friends of mine bought a home in Pinebrook, relocating from Salt Lake so that their children could attend Park City schools. The very next month, they received an extraordinarily high tax bill (about double what they expected). After a call to the Summit County Assessor’s Office, they learned a clerical error had put their permanent address somewhere in Michigan, placing them in the second homeowner category and, therefore, subject to a higher property tax rate. The fix was as simple as filling out a Signed Statement of Primary Residence, but it highlighted the importance of paying close attention to your Property Tax Valuation Notice, which was mailed out this month to Summit County homeowners.

As property values continue to grow, some homeowners are seeing increases in valuation that are higher than expected (Lower Deer Valley was hit hard this year). Which begs the question: Should you appeal your valuation? The National Taxpayers Union estimates that between 30 and 60 percent of taxable property in the United States is over-assessed. If you’re considering an appeal, take a peek at their Homeowner’s Checklist to help begin the process.

According to the International Association of Assessment Officers, homeowners can appeal their assessment when one of the following three things can be proven:

  1. Items that affect value are incorrect on your property record. You have one bath, not two. You have a carport, not a garage. Your home has 1,600 square feet, not 2,000 square feet.
  2. The estimated market value is too high. You have evidence that similar properties have sold for less than the estimated market value of your property.
  3. The estimated market value of your property is accurate but inequitable because it is higher than the estimated value of similar properties.

Once you’ve settled on appealing, you have 45 days from the original mailing date of your disclosure notice, or until September 15 at 5 p.m., to file an appeal either by fax or mail using an online form found here. If you do not appeal on time, you will lose your right to appeal the current value in the future. Appeals must include a copy of your valuation notice and any evidence to support your option of market value (see additional FAQs here) which means the burden is on the homeowner. It can result in a significant reduction in tax owed, so it may be a worthwhile endeavor. For second homeowners, this savings will be even higher.

For Summit County property owners, the benefit of living in such a small community becomes apparent with your first call or visit to the Assessor’s Office. Located in the Summit County Courthouse, in the quaint hamlet of Coalville, you’re more likely to reach a real, live human being than in other large counties. Keep in mind the old adage, “you catch more flies with honey,” when dealing with the individuals who will ultimately handle your case. In Small Town America, kindness is correlative to success.

If your bottom line is to never leave money on the table, it can’t hurt to do a little research and see whether your home has been fairly assessed. The savings could be worth the time and energy it takes to work through the appeals process and your mind will be put at ease knowing that you’re not overpaying your taxes.

Call today to learn more about available properties and sales trends in the greater Park City area.

Timeless Elegance at Farm Road in Midway


Rare is a home that is simultaneously stately and charming. The Carriage House at Farm Road is one such property. You are welcomed to the front door by Frank Sinatra wafting through the summer air and the manor porch entrance invites you to the elegant interior. Classic architecture at it’s best; the discerning owners thoughtfully designed this spacious home and adjoining guesthouse. This Midway Farms Estate offers an optional main level master suite, library, formal dining room and butler’s pantry with a dazzling grand master suite and three bedrooms upstairs. Spacious verandas and covered porches provide a lovely setting to enjoy summer in the mountains. The large guest quarters feature a kitchen, bath and lofted bedroom. Lose yourself in the panoramic views from Mt Timpanagos to Snake Creek Canyon. Superb quality, craftsmanship and an attention to detail that is impossible to replicate. One of the most admired homes in Heber Valley is now offered for sale for the first time.

Listed at $2,500,000

2016 Q2 Statistics


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2016

Property values have increased at approximately 7% annually since 2012

Statistics reported by the Park City Board of REALTORS®, at the close of the second quarter of 2016, indicate a steady annual price increase for single family homes, condominiums, and vacant lots in Summit and Wasatch Counties. Areas outside the Park City Limits, such as the Heber Valley and the Jordanelle, have also seen double digit growth in the number of sales.

Single Family Home Sales

In the entire market area, there are currently five times more pending sales outside the Park City Limits than what is pended within Park City Limits (84060). Over the last twelve months, the median price of a single family home within Park City Limits increased 19%, while the number of sales decreased 17%. Old Town and Park Meadows generated the majority of sales. Though the demand remains high, the lack of inventory has limited the number of units sold. The median sales price in Old Town was up 8% over last year reaching $1.33M and Park Meadows was up 12% to $1.54M. The quantity sold, dollar volume, and median price were up in Thaynes Canyon ($2M), Lower ($2M), Upper Deer Valley ($7.5M), and Empire Pass ($8.27M).

The number of Single Family home sales in the Snyderville Basin was more than double inside the Park City Limits. Median prices in most areas in the Basin showed steady growth, with Summit Park up 27% to $615,000 and Trailside up 16% to $716,000. The median price in Pinebrook rested at $755,000 compared to $915,000 in Jeremy Ranch, while both neighborhoods had roughly the same number of sales. With 60 sales, Promontory had the highest number, by neighborhood, with a median price increase of 19% reaching just under $1.85M. The Jordanelle area continued its active pace with 11 more sales than last year and a 42% increase in price reaching almost $1.2M.

There were 80 more sales in the Heber Valley than last year – a 35% increase with a 16% jump in median price to $400,000. Rick Shand, President of the Park City Board of REALTORS®, notes that “Over the last 12 months, the trend of buyers searching for value continued as the Heber Valley experienced double digit growth in the number of unit sales, dollar volume, and median price. The line between Park City, Snyderville, and Heber Valley areas is not as distinct as it used to be and buyers are finding homes to better suit their needs by expanding their selection of areas.” Midway / Charleston ($480,000) and Heber / Daniels ($355,000) had substantial growth in the quantity sold.

Condominium Sales

Typically a strong single family market, the Snyderville Basin now outpaces the number of units sold within the Park City Limits in both single family and condominium property types.

Though Condominium sales in-town outnumbered home sales two to one, for the first time and perhaps signaling a trend, the Snyderville Basin (84098) had a higher number of unit sales than the Park City Limits (84060). Over the last 12 months, there were 105 fewer condo sales within the City Limits than the previous year, though the median price trended upward 18% to $660,000. Old Town ($519,000) and Lower Deer Valley ($835,000) were particularly strong with double digit price increases. The most affordable neighborhood within the City Limits has consistently been in Prospector, and though there were 14 fewer sales than last year, the median price was steady at $143,000.

Activity in the Snyderville Basin, with 369 units sold (up 21%) and a median price of $429,000 (up 12%), generated a dollar volume of just over $181M. Kimball Junction averaged 11 sales per month and jumped 52% in price to $380,000. The Canyons neighborhood, with 110 sales this year, jumped 39% in price to $542,000. In Sun Peak/ Bear Hollow, there were five more condo sales than the previous year, with a slight median price increase to $430,000. Pinebrook was also active with 60 units sold and 18% price increase reaching $452,500.

The median price for a condo in the Jordanelle area was approximately $387,000, which is actually a 12% decrease compared to the year before. In the Heber Valley, there were 16 more sales than last year – up 84%, with a median price of $222,000. Midway / Charleston saw the bulk of the activity with 30 units sold and a 37% price increase to $278,000.

Vacant Land Sales

Due to low inventory within the Park City Limits, there were 12 fewer land sales than the previous year, but the median sales price climbed to $750,000 (up 25%).The number of sales in the Snyderville Basin was the same as last year at 153, but the median sales price increased to $412,000 (up 29%). By neighborhood, Promontory had the highest number of land sales with 59 and median price of $335,000 (up 7%), and the Canyons area had seven more sales than last year reaching a median price of $1.9M (up 19%).

The Jordanelle area, with 87 lots sold, more than doubled the number of the previous year. The median sales price in the Jordanelle also increased significantly to $320,000. The number of land sales in the Heber Valley was flat to last year with 161 units sold and a median price of $205,000.

Looking Ahead

A note of continued interest was that product at or below the median sales price point sold in one-quarter of the amount of time, indicating that buyers are sensitive to rising prices and looking for value. “We have also seen that with limited inventory, activity has increased outside of the City Limits, which seemingly has integrated our market area into a single community,” says Shand. Because our market is highly segmented with micro-markets dividing product by property type, location, price, age and amenities, buyers and sellers are advised to contact a local Park City REALTOR® for information on what is happening in your neighborhood.

Calendar of Events at Deer Valley Resort


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Summer fun at Deer Valley® is in full swing! The ski slopes are transformed to bring us pristine mountain biking trails, stunning hiking, incredible chairlift views, al fresco dining and the perfect setting for outdoor concerts at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.

Here is the coming week’s (and month’s) Calendar of Events at Deer Valley Resort.

Zestimate Accuracy: Why did Zillow CEO’s home sell for 40% less than its Zestimate?


Zestimate accuracy

Home owners across the country love to question their Zestimate accuracy. When it comes time to sell, the estimated market value calculated by Zillow can be the jumping off point for an interesting discussion between real estate agents and sellers.

Spencer Rascoff, CEO of the Seattle-based real estate media website, sold a home in the city’s Madison Park neighborhood for $1.05 million at the end of February. On March 1, the day after the sale, the Zestimate for the home reached $1.75 million. On Zillow’s website today, it’s come down to $1.571 million.

The company’s data coverage and accuracy web page indicates that there are 102.7 million homes with Zestimates on Zillow. Nationally, the Zestimate accuracy has a median error rate of 7.9 percent, which means half of the Zestimates in an area are closer than the error percentage and half are farther off. The Rascoff property falls into a category of about 20 percent of sales in which the Zestimate misses the sale price by more than 20 percent.

Ryan Kirkham, past president of the Utah Association of Realtors, recently said, “In Utah, we find values estimates from Zillow and other automatic valuation models (AVM’s) to be highly inaccurate and I would caution any seller from using them for any type of meaningful analysis. The reality is that in Utah, Zillow doesn’t have access to sold data from the multiple listing service which is why Zillow uses an algorithm to estimate home values which is usually inaccurate. You can’t price a house without knowing the micro-markets, without knowing the neighborhoods, the schools, everything that goes into a pricing a home.”

“Zillow wants to give a good ballpark idea of value any given home” says Skylar Olsen, a senior Zillow economist. Zillow says the number probably won’t be perfect because they don’t really know what’s behind your front door. “We’ve never been to your home, we don’t know the special layout of your kitchen,” Olsen says. “That’s hard to quantify. The Zestimate can’t know about it and can’t incorporate it into your home’s value. It’s a great starting place, but not the end point.”

Zillow has said people can be mislead by not recognizing that price is a random variable and that the range of prices that a home could sell for creates these opinions of value.

Kirkham concluded by saying “I’ve said this for years and I believe it now more than ever, Real Estate is a very local event and should be handled by well trained Realtors who use facts, data and expertise to come up with realistic values as opposed to guessing or using algorithm’s to find value. I’m guessing Mr. Rascoff now understands the value of a Realtor with “Real” facts to price homes, even if he’s not willing to admit it openly.”

Collections Magazine | Utah’s Luxury Real Estate Magazine


A Luxury Real Estate Portfolio of Utah’s Finest Properties

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The Collections Magazine is Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s premiere guide of the finest luxury properties, lifestyles and real estate throughout Utah. Each issue, published bi-annually, showcases luxury estates and homes for sale from the finest international real estate specialists. If you haven’t already picked up a copy, drop by our offices for a free copy or simply call or email me to have one mailed to you.

As in art, antiques, wine and collectibles, the appeal of an extraordinary home is its distinctive character. Summit Sotheby’s International Realty® represents the desirable homes and lifestyles that embody the rich tapestry of Utah’s unique settings and diverse locales. Allow us to artfully unite you with the perfect home befitting your lifestyle.

Explore our selection of fine homes and properties in the Collections Magazine here.

2016 Q1 Statistics


Property prices continue to rise at a sustainable rate throughout Summit and Wasatch Counties
Statistics reported by the Park City Board of REALTORS®, at the close of the first quarter of 2016, indicated a steady annual increase of 6% in the median sales price for single family homes, condominiums, and vacant lots in Summit and Wasatch Counties. Specifically in the Single Family Home sector, prices have edged back up to where they were in 2007 but have not reached the market highs of 2008.

Single Family Home Sales

Though the number of Single Family Home sales was down 12% within the Park City Limits (84060) and 4% in the Snyderville Basin (84098), the median price, in both locations, was up 13%. The lack of active listings for homes under the median price point has been a factor specifically inside the City Limits. Currently there are only 16 homes on the market inside the 84060 zip code under the median sold price of $1.53 million. At the end of the first quarter of 2016, Old Town and Park Meadows had the highest number of closed sales, averaging about one per week. The median sales price of a home in each neighborhood was also very close with Old Town reaching $1.35 (up 14%) and Park Meadows at $1.4 million (down 3%). In Prospector, sales were down 35% compared to last year, but the median sales price climbed 6% to $740,000. Upper Deer Valley and Empire Pass experienced a spike in the number of sales, and, due to several high priced transactions, the median price increased as well.

Within the Snyderville Basin (84098), the median sales price hit $912,500. Board President, Rick Shand, points out, “Currently one of the strengths in our market is in single family home sales in the Snyderville Basin. Not only are most of these homes more affordable for families and younger buyers, but there is a higher number of active listings in this area than in town.” By neighborhood, Jeremy Ranch was up 16% in median price to $874,000, Silver Springs was up 19% to $930,000, and Summit Park climbed 14% reaching $549,000. The highest number of sales occurred in Promontory with a huge 31% increase over last year, averaging over 5 sales per month. The median sales price in Promontory also increased 15% to $1.78 million.

There were 16 more home sales than last year in the Jordanelle area with a 5% increase in price to $900,000. Becoming increasingly popular with buyers, the number of sales in the Heber Valley was up 13% with the median sales price also up 13% reaching $383,000. Midway was up 10% in price reaching almost $473,000; Heber / Daniels was up 15% reaching $355,000; and Timberlakes was up 16% to $314,000.

Condominium Sales

Within Park City Limits, the number of condominium sales was down 19% compared to last year’s number but up 7% in median sales price. Statistics Committee Chair Carol Agle points out, “Condominium sales within the City Limits remained surprisingly steady in median price. With all neighborhoods in the mix, the median price over the last 12 months was $593,000 – excluding Deer Valley numbers, it was $511,000. There was indeed a decrease in the number of sales, probably due to the absorption of inventory, consequently reducing the number of listings.” The highest number of sales by neighborhood occurred in Old Town ($446,000) with an average of 8 sales per month. Both Lower Deer Valley ($774,000) and Prospector ($130,000) had 54 sales this year. Park Meadows ($659,000) averaged slightly less than 3 sales per month, accounting for 16 fewer sales for the year.

Activity was the highest in the Snyderville Basin, with 361 sales for the year (up 26%) and a 14% increase in price reaching $420,000. With 56 closings at Newpark Terrace this year, Kimball Junction averaged 11 sales per month and jumped 67% in price reaching just over $380,000. The Canyons neighborhood, with 99 sales this year, jumped 39% in price to $515,500. In the Sun Peak/ Bear Hollow neighborhood, there were 20 more condo sales than the previous year, with a median sales price of almost $393,000. Condo sales in the Heber Valley were strong – up 22% in the number of units sold and up 8% in median sales price reaching just under $200,000.

Vacant Land Sales

The highest number of Vacant Land sales for our market area was in the Jordanelle area with 80 lots sold – double the previous year. The median sales price of a lot in the Jordanelle also increased significantly to $370,000. Due to low inventory within the Park City Limits, there were only 28 land sales, but the median sales price shot up 32% to $725,000. In the Snyderville Basin, there were 156 lot sales with a 24% increase in price to $396,000. By neighborhood, the highest number of sales occurred in Promontory with 62 total sales and a median price of $311,000. The Heber Valley was active with 152 units sold and a median price of $200,000.

Looking Ahead

The gradual increase in median sales price indicated continuing desirability for buyers in Summit and Wasatch Counties. “We are very fortunate to live in a region with many positive attributes, so the fundamentals of Summit-Wasatch County will continue to be attractive to buyers. Primary residents, retirees, second home owners and vacationers create a balanced demand for real estate purchases of all types,” says Shand. Low inventory remained a notable issue for buyers looking for product at or below the median sales price point. Shand states, “Measured growth and the ability to keep pace with buyer interest will be one of the challenges in our industry.” Because our market is highly segmented with micro-markets dividing product by property type, location, price, age and amenities, buyers and sellers are advised to contact a local Park City REALTOR® for information on what is happening in your neighborhood.

Park City Market Update


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Buying a home is no small decision, so the more statistical information you have during the process, the better. The choice, of course, is about more than just the house or condo itself; you want to make sure that the neighborhood is right for you and that the place is truly somewhere you can see yourself spending years.

Knowledge and experience is power and no one knows the local real estate market like Summit Sotheby’s International Realty. We track sales, inventory activity, and trends to provide perspective on the local housing market in our major MLS areas. In a timely manner, data is derived straight from the Park City MLS and includes sales and active inventory, averages, medians, pending sales, listing price information, days on market and more. We use this data to create 60 second market update videos each month, a quarterly infographic to easily make comparisons, and in-depth quarterly and year-end market reports.

Summit Sotheby’s new website parkcitymarketupdate.com is a consolidation of all these videos, infographics and reports into one online resource.

ASKME Calendar of Events


Arts, Science, Kids, Movies, Music, and the Extraordinary



 

ARTS

Wasatch Back Student Art Show

Kimball Art Center – May 6th through June 5th – Free Admission

The annual Wasatch Back Student Art Show was created to showcase the artwork of aspiring young artists, grades K-12, living in Wasatch and Summit Counties. This year’s exhibition will feature artwork that incorporates the theme “In the Year 3000.”

Imagine A Day

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center – May 3rd, 6:30 pm – Tickets Required

An evening of dance based on “Imagine A Day” by Sarah L. Thompson

Stand-Up “Like an Egyptian” Comedy

Egyptian Theater – May 6th and 7th at 8:00 pm – Tickets Required

Featuring Rahn Hortman – Winner of Hard Rock’s Joker’s Wild contest.

David Cross

Kingsbury Hall – May 8th, 8:00 pm – Tickets Required

NAHREP’s 53 Million in One

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center – May 10th, 7:00 pm – Tickets Required

Wontanara: We Are All Together, Wofa Afro Dance & Kissidugu

The Marriage of Figaro

Capitol Theatre – May 16th – 22nd, 7:30 pm and May 24th, 2:00 pm – Tickets Required

Salt Lake Gallery Stroll

May 20th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Gallery Stroll takes place on the 3rd Friday of each month.

“Grace” presented by Silouette Dance

Kingsbury Hall – May 21st, shows at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm – Tickets Required

Fluid Art

Utah Museum Of Contemporary Art pairs with Utah Brewer’s Guild – May 27th, 6:00 pm

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Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center – May 27th – June 12th – Tickets Required

Modern Adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe stories and poems.


 

SCIENCE

Wildflower Walk

Natural History Museum of Utah – May 11th, walk starts at 1:00 pm

Join NHMU’s botanist Elizabeth Johnson and entomologist Christy Bills for a 45-minute tour of the wild flowers that grow in the foothills.

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

May 12th – 16th – Around the Great Salt Lake

HawkWatch International staff will have a booth at the festival, as well as lead a variety of field trips. For more information visit www.hawkwatch.org.

Sunset Wildflower Walk

Natural History Museum of Utah – May 18th, walk starts at 7:00 pm

Join NHMU’s botanist Elizabeth Johnson and entomologist Christy Bills for a 45-minute tour of the wild flowers that grow in the foothills. For information visit www.nhmu.utah.edu.

Birds in the Lab

Natural History Museum of Utah – May 28th, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm – Museum Admission Required

Meet the Hawk Watch crew and learn about birds of prey. Observe live raptors up-close and examine a variety of specimens, feathers, eggs, and claws! Discover how to identify common birds, and learn about local bird conservation efforts in Utah. For more information visit the Hawk Watch International website at www.hawkwatch.org.


 

KIDS

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Park City Film Series Books to Movies film – May 7th, 3:00 pm.

Dancing Through Small Pages

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center – May 7th, 7:00 pm

Children and Young Adults dance, and interpret various children’s books along with our Capoeira class for a fun family night of entertainment.

Tales of the Night

Park City Film Series Dual Language Immersion Film Program – May 14th, 3:00 pm.

Ring Around the Rose

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center – May 14th, 11:00 am – Tickets Required

A performance for children and families.

Salt City Big Top

Presented by Aeris, Utah Flying Trapeze, and Aerobatics Gym

Olympic Oval – May 14th, 7:00 pm – Tickets Required, Children 0-6 are free.

Aladdin

Kingsbury Hall – May 24th and 25th at 6:00 pm


 

MOVIES

Park City Film Series

Jim Santy Auditorium

For more information visit the Park City Film Series website.

The First Monday in May
April 29th & 30th, film starts at 8:00 pm. May 1st, film starts at 6:00 pm.

Son of Saul
May 5th, film starts at 7:00 pm.

Infinitely Polar Bear
May 6th and 7th, film starts at 8:00 pm.

The Spiderwick Chronicles
May 7th, Books to Movies film starts at 3:00 pm.

Touched With Fire
May 8th, film starts at 6:00 pm.

Bikes vs. Cars
May 11th, film starts at 7:00 pm.

Dark Side of the Full Moon
May 12th, film starts at 7:00 pm.

Dough
May 13th and 14th, film starts at 8:00 pm. May 15th, film starts at 6:00 pm.

Tales of the Night
May 14th, Dual Language Immersion Film Program, film starts at 3:00 pm.

Becoming Bulletproof
May 19th, film starts at 6:30 pm.

Race
May 20th and 21st, film starts at 8:00 pm. May 21st, film starts at 6:00 pm.

As You Like It – National Theatre Live
May 21st, film starts at 4:00 pm.

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
May 25th, film starts at 6:30 pm.

Born to be Blue
May 27th and 28th, film starts at 8:00 pm. May 29th, film starts at 6:00 pm.


 

MUSIC

Red Butte Concert Tickets are on sale!

For more information visit the Red Butte website.

St. Regis BIG STARS BRIGHT NIGHTS

Summer Ticket Sales
For more information visit the website or Call 435-655-3114.

Deer Valley MUSIC FESTIVAL

For more information visit the Deer Valley Music Festival website.

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

The State Room – May 3rd, 8:00 pm – Tickets Required

Music of Mozart

St. Mary of the Assumption, Park City – May 5th, 7:30 pm – Tickets Required

Amazing Grace

Abravanal Hall – May 6th, 7:30 pm – Tickets Required

Dead Winter Carpenters

The State Room – May 7th, 9:00 pm – Tickets Required

The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

The State Room – May 8th, 8:00 pm – Tickets Required

The Waifs

The State Room – May 10th, 8:00 pm – Tickets Required

Jason CoZmo presents Viva La Diva

The State Room – May 13th, 9:00 pm – Tickets Required

Junie B. Jones

Egyptian Theatre – May 13th at 7:00 pm, May 14th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm – Tickets Required

A delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books brought to life in a genuinely comical, and not strictly-for-kids musical. The production features an all-youth cast and crew from the YouTheatre program.

4th Annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour

The State Room – May 14th, 9:00 pm – Tickets Required

Frank Vignola & Friends

Capitol Theatre – May 16th, 7:30 pm – Tickets Required

All Star Evening: David’s Viola Concerto

Abravanel Hall – May 17th, 7:00 pm – Tickets Required

Con Brio

The State Room – May 17th, 8:00 pm – Tickets Required

Peter Yarrow

Egyptian Theatre – May 20th and 21st at 8:00 pm, May 22nd at 6:00 pm – Tickets Required

As a successful artist and activist, Peter Yarrow’s talent is legendary. His musical creativity has always gone hand in hand with his commitment to social justice and equity in society.

Gershwin’s Piano Concerto

Abravanel Hall – May 20th – 21st, 7:30 pm – Tickets Required

Walking Belly Dead

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center – May 20th, 7:30 pm – Tickets Required

A unique show blending traditional and fusion belly dance into a totally outrageous experience.

Who’s Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute

Egyptian Theatre – May 26th – 28th at 8:00 pm, May 29th at 6:00 pm – Tickets Required

A power-packed multi-media experience of the music and moves of the one and only King of Pop. Full band and stage show.

Mahler Symphony No. 9

Abravanel Hall – May 27th and 28th, 7:30 pm – Tickets Required


 

EXTRAORDINARY

TEDx Park City Youth

George and Dolores Eccles Performing Arts Center – May 4th – starts at 9:00 am

To pre-register email admin@parkcityinstitute. Registration closes at 5:00 pm on May 3rd.

Hazardous Waste Collection for Summit County Residents

Canyons Parking Lot, Park City – May 7th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

FREE Summit County Collection Day for Hazardous Waste. Help keep toxic materials out of our environment.

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty Releases 2016 First Quarter Market Report


View the Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s residential market update for the Greater Park City area for the 1st Quarter 2016, comparing current year with previous years.

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This update also provides market data for Summit County, Wasatch County, 84060, 80498 and individual Park City MLS areas. Market data provided includes Average List Price, Average Sold Price, Average Monthly Supply of Inventory among others for 25+ distinct Park City market areas and is broken out by Single Family Homes and Condominiums and Vacant Land.

PCMLS areas include: Aerie, Deer Crest, Empire Pass, Glenwild – Silver Creek, Jeremy Ranch, Jordanelle, Kimball Junction, Lower Deer Valley® Resort, Upper Deer Valley® Resort, Old Ranch Road, Old Town, Park Meadows, Pinebrook, Promontory, Prospector, Silver Springs, Summit Park, Sun Peak – Bear Hollow, The Canyons, Trailside Park, Heber – Daniels, Midway – Charleston, Timberlakes, Kamas – Marion, Oakley – Weber Canyon, Wanship – Hoytsville – Coalville – Echo and Henefer, Woodland – Francis.

Our market continues to be highly segmented with micro-markets dividing product by price, property type, and demand, so it is best to contact your Summit Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate for information on what is happening in your neighborhood.

March 2016 Park City Real Estate Market Update


Summit Sotheby’s International Realty has released information about real estate markets in the Greater Park City area for March 2016. These market reports focus on units sold, median sales price, days on market and the inventory of homes for sale.

Greater Park City Area – Single Family Homes: Active inventory was down 11% from 2015 with 657 units on the market and down 7% from the previous month. The median listing price was just under $1,500,000. The average days on market was down 32% from 153 days in 2015 to 104 days in 2016. The median sales price was just under $690,000. The averages for units sold in the month of March show a increase of 4% for units sold during March year over year and a 47% increase month over month with a total of 78 units sold.

Greater Park City Area – Condominiums: Active inventory was down 16% from 2015 with 445 units on the market and down 2% from the previous month. The median listing price was just under $950,000. The average days on market was down 47% from 156 days in 2015 to 83 days in 2016. The median sales price was $500,000. The averages for the month of March show a decrease of 49% for units sold year over year and down 30% over the previous month with a total of 43 units sold.

Park City Kids Activities and Camps


Park City kids activities and camps

Just as Park City has evolved into a year-round community, so, too, have the opportunities for kiddos to stay active and engaged once school lets out in early June. The plentiful options for both locals and visitors alike set our community apart. There’s truly something for every age, from purely entertaining, to downright educational. Here are the Park City kids activities and camps to keep your little ones happy and engaged all summer.

From June 6-August 23, campers ages two months through 12 years can live the “Deer Valley Difference” every day from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Deer Valley’s Summer Adventure Camp. Based out of the Children’s Center at Snow Park Lodge, kids will engage in age-appropriate activities, including crafts, hiking and field trips. Reservations can be made at 435-645-6648. Registration forms are available online now.

Park City Day Camp, one of the most popular camps among local working parents, is operated by Park City Recreation and headquarters out of City Park every day from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. for kids ages six and older. Campers can add on tennis, skateboarding and swimming lessons, and golf at the Park City Municipal Golf Course. Registration began on April 1. More info can be found in the online PLAY Magazine, or by visiting www.parkcityrecreation.org. If you’ve signed up before, but need your login for online registration, call the MARC front desk at 435-615-5401.

Park City Mountain holds its Summer Adventure Camp from out of the Little Adventures Children’s Center at Canyons Village for kids ages six weeks to 12 years at its state-licensed child care facility. Big kids (starting at age six) get to participate in activities like nature hikes, swimming, zip tours, arts & crafts, gondola rides and field trips. Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., but can be extended to a working parent-friendly 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee. Call 435-615-8036 for reservations.

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter and Utah State University Extension 4-H provides a variety of summer camp options for kids in grades K-8, that include outdoor exploration, environmental education, science, technology and art. Kids going into seventh and eighth grade can enroll in their Counselors-in-Training program, designed to help them transition from camper to counselor. Some camps are sold out, but many are still available by registering here.

From June 6 – August 17, Basin Recreation offers its summer-long Summer Blast Camp, in addition to a variety of weekly camps, such as tennis, biking, soccer, Frisbee disk/golf, lacrosse and volleyball. Register online by clicking here, or call 435-649-1564.

The PEEK Program summer camp is for ages three-to-eight, and is run out of the cabin at the base of Pinebrook on Pinebrook Road. Campers can choose to attend from one to five half-day or full-day sessions each week, and will cover topics like cooking, art and dinosaurs. Complimentary extended hours go until 5:30. Call 435-649-9188, or visit ThePeekProgram.com for more information.

The beloved Camp Roger is a sleepaway camp in the nearby Uinta Mountains, with seven different themed weeks starting on June 12. Each week begins with drop off on Sunday, and pick-up of Friday afternoon, and includes activities like archery, horseback riding, crafts and hiking. Themes for this year include Percy Jackson, Maze Runner, Star Wars and more. Click here for this year’s schedule and to register.

The Girl Scouts run camps from two locations in Utah – Trefoil Ranch in Provo Canyon and Cloud Rim above Park City. This sleepaway camp features creative themes to empower girls, such as Adventure Trek, Art Explosion, Backpacker and Wilderness Explorer. Campers from first through eighth grade can learn more at orientations held April 12, 13 or 14. Click here to explore this year’s catalog, or call 801-265-8472.

Fledgling to expert mountain bikers can enroll in Young Riders’ week-long or once-weekly camps throughout the summer, taking advantage of Park City’s world-class network of mountain biking trails. Kids ages five to 14 of all abilities can find the camp perfectly suited to their skill level by clicking here and checking out this year’s offerings.

Prevent “brain drain” by enrolling kids from kindergarten through eight grade in one of Zaniac’s many themed half-day and full-day summer camps, such as Computer Programming, Zaniac Robotics, Minecraft™ , Fashion Design or LEGO®GBL. More information can be found at by visiting their website, or calling 203-918-9264.

The Egyptian Theatre on Main Street offers camps throughout the summer to help the youngest thespians stretch their dramatic muscles. For a list of camps, click here, or call 435-649-9371 ext.27.

Camp Invention will be held at Parley’s Park Elementary School from June 13-17, and at Weilenmann School of Discovery from June 20-24. Camp is held from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and kids work in diverse teams to engage in investigations, experiments and engineering challenges. The cost is $235 for the week, with a $15 discount through May 10 with promo code SPRING. Further, families registering three or more siblings living in the same household can receive $50 off per child. Registration and more information can be found by clicking here.

Park City Cooperative Preschool offers camps for kids ages three-to-five during the weeks of June 20, 27, August 1 and August 8 in the Park City Library Building on Park Avenue. The four-day-per-week camps run from 9 a.m. through 12:45 p.m. and are a great introduction to summertime fun for little ones. Visit ParkCityCoop.com, or call 435-649-5949.

Finally, Park City School District offers kid-themed courses through its Leisure Learning program. This year, courses include Kids Yoga, Babysitting Training, Creepy Crawlers, Chef School, Jr., and more! The Summer 2016 catalog isn’t out yet, but they are offering a sneak peek by clicking here.

Locals have long known that summertime is the best time in Park City, and now visitors and soon-to-be residents will also know why so many have decided to Choose Park City.

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ASKME Calendar of Events


Arts, Science, Kids, Movies, Music, and the Extraordinary


ARTS

African Wildlife Exhibit

Kimball Art Center – Through April 24th – Free Admission

Beverly Joubert’s work is a call to action. Big cats, rhinoceros, and elephants are in crIsis, facing extinction after years of poaching and habitat loss. As artists, conservationists, and explorers, Beverly and her husband Derek have spent decades fighting for these beloved creatures. Through their internationally renowned wildlife films and other conservation efforts, the Jouberts celebrate the stunning beauty and power of these animals.

Stand-Up “Like an Egyptian” Comedy

Egyptian Theater – April 1st & 2nd at 8:00pm – Tickets Required

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

George & Dolores Eccles Center – April 9th at 7:30pm – Tickets Required

Salt Lake Gallery Stroll

April 15th from 6:00pm-9:00pm

The Gallery Stroll takes place on the 3rd Friday of each month.

 

SCIENCE

Science Movie Night

Salt Lake City Library Auditorium – April 5th at 7:00pm – Free Admission

This month’s movie: Happy People: A year in Taiga.

Hawk Watching Field Trip

April 9th from 9:00am to 2:00pm – $50 per participant

For more information visit www.hawkwatch.org.

Research at the University of Utah

Natural History Museum of Utah – April 13th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Get a taste of the current scientific research happening at the University of Utah. Meet four scientists as they discuss their research in 10 minutes and then lead a lively discussion.

Wildflower Walk

Natural History Museum of Utah – April 20th & 27th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm – Museum Admission Required

NHMU’s botanist Elizabeth Johnson and entomologist Christy Bills offer a 45-minute tour of the wild flowers in the foothills. The walk will be on the unpaved Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

Short-Eared Owl Talk/Field Trip

Antelope Island State Park Visitor’s Center – April 23rd from 5:30pm to 8:00pm – Antelope Island Admission Required

Talk at 5:30pm followed by an evening field trip. For more information visit the Hawk Watch International website at www.hawkwatch.org.

Birds in the Lab

Natural History Museum of Utah – April 30th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm – Museum Admission Required

Meet the Hawk Watch crew and learn about birds of prey. Observe live raptors up-close and examine a variety of specimens, feathers, eggs, and claws! Discover how to identify common birds, and learn about local bird conservation efforts in Utah.

 

KIDS

Hoot

Jim Santy Auditorium – April 2nd at 3:00pm – Free Admission

A Park City Film Series event. For information visit www.parkcityfilmseries.com.

Summer Camp Fair

Park City Library – April 9th from 11:00pm to 4:00pm

Climb Fest

Natural History Museum of Utah – April 9th from 11:00am to 3:00pm – Museum Admission Required

Geckos inspired Climb Fest. Pull on a Velcro suit and experience our jump wall. Meet experienced climbers and learn how to get started in the climbing world. Get creative with our gecko art activities. Most importantly, visit the Geckos Live! Exhibit. For information visit www.nhmu.utah.edu.

Earth Day

Ogden Nature Center – April 16th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

For information visit the Ogden Nature Center website.

Imagination Movers

George & Dolores Eccles Center – April 16th at 2:00pm & 6:00pm – Tickets Required

For information visit the Imagination Movers website.

Go Figure! Exhibit

Park City Museum – May 2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm

This exhibit transforms children’s books into a kid-sized world where children and adults explore math and books. The exhibit offers hands-on experiences with simple math concepts and areas for children and adults to read together. Each environment offers a unique setting for parents to foster a child’s natural curiosity and intuitive sense of math. Developed by the Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with the American Library Association and supported by the National Science Foundation. For information visit www.parkcityhistory.org.

 

MOVIES

Park City Film Series

Jim Santy Auditorium

For more information visit the Park City Film Series website.

Where to Invade Next
April 1st & 2nd, film starts at 8:00pm. April 3rd, film starts at 6:00pm.

Embrace of the Serpent
April 8th & 9th, film starts at 8:00pm. April 10th, film starts at 6:00pm.

The Messenger
April 14th, film starts at 6:30pm.

Hitchcock/Truffaut
April 15th & 16th, film starts at 8:00pm. April 17th, film starts at 6:00pm.

Just Eat It
April 21st, film starts at 7:00pm.

City of Gold
April 22nd & 23rd, film starts at 8:00pm. April 24th, film starts at 6:00pm.

Inhabit
April 28th, film starts at 7:00pm.

The First Monday in May
April 29th & 30th, film starts at 8:00pm. May 1st, film starts at 6:00pm.

 

MUSIC

7th Anniversary Concert Badfeather and Stonefed

State Room – April 1st. Doors open at 8:00pm, show at 9:00pm – Tickets Required

Ruthie Foster

George & Dolores Eccles Center – April 2nd at 7:30pm – Tickets Required

Samba Fogo presents: Conexao

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center – April 7th-9th from 7:30pm-9:00pm – Tickets Required

Admission is $20 for the general public and $18 for students.

Loudon Wainwright III

Egyptian Theater – April 8th & 9th at 8:00pm – Tickets Required

Elvis Costello Detour

Kingsbury Hall – April 12th at 7:30pm – Tickets Required

Booker T. Jones

Egyptian Theater – April 15th & 16th at 8:00pm. April 17th at 6:00pm. – Tickets Required

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles

Kingsbury Hall – April 16th at 3:00pm & 8:00pm – Tickets Required

Die Fledermaus

Kingsbury Hall – April 22nd & 23rd at 7:30pm – Tickets Required

Doktor Kaboom – Live Wire! The Electricity Tour

Kingsbury Hall – April 28th at 7:00pm – Tickets Required

A family-friendly science performance that will entertain kids and adults. Tickets available through the University of Utah website.

Red Butte Concert Tickets go on sale!

April 25th, For more information visit the Red Butte website.

Star Trek: Ultimate Voyage

Kingsbury Hall – April 29th at 8:00pm – Tickets Required

The Fred Hersch Trio

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center – April 29th – Tickets Required

Easy Star All-Stars

State Room – April 30th, doors open at 8:00pm & show starts at 9:00pm – Tickets Required

St. Regis BIG STARS BRIGHT NIGHTS

Summer Ticket Sales
For more information visit the website or Call 435-655-3114.

Deer Valley MUSIC FESTIVAL

For more information visit the Deer Valley Music Festival website.

 

EXTRAORDINARY

Thin Air Festival – Innovation in Peak Human Performance

Park City – April 6th-8th

When inspired people gather in an environment known for majestic mountains peaks, clear alpine atmosphere, world-class resorts, and a growing tech-savvy community, innovation is bound to happen. For three days we will create the conditions to allow your team to work through and solve your biggest business challenges, launch the next big idea, or bring the next innovation to the marketplace. Thin Air offers a diverse group of panelists and speakers, opportunities to network, as well as a concert on Main Street. Find additional information here.

Earth Day Celebration

Wasatch Brew Pub – April 22nd from 6:00pm to 9:00pm – Tickets Required

Admission is $35 for adults and $15 for kids. Includes dinner and two drinks.

Dumpster Days

Recycle Utah – April 29th & 30th from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Two large bins will be available to dump your residential garbage and yard waste.

2015 SSIR Park City Year End Market Update


We invite you to review Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s residential year-end market update for the Greater Park City area, comparing 2015 with previous years. This update also provides market data for Summit County, Wasatch County, 84060, 80498 and 25+ individual Park City MLS areas.

Market data provided includes Average List Price, Average Sold Price, Average Monthly Supply of Inventory among others and is broken out by Single Family Homes and Condominiums and Vacant Land.

PCMLS areas include: Aerie, Deer Crest, Empire Pass, Glenwild – Silver Creek, Jeremy Ranch, Jordanelle, Kimball Junction, Lower Deer Valley® Resort, Upper Deer Valley® Resort, Old Town, Park Meadows, Pinebrook, Promontory, Prospector, Silver Springs, Summit Park, Sun Peak – Bear Hollow, The Canyons, Trailside Park, Heber – Daniels, Midway – Charleston, Timberlakes, Kamas – Marion, Oakley – Weber Canyon, Wanship – Hoytsville – Coalville – Echo and Henefer, Woodland – Francis.

If you have any questions regarding real estate conditions in your neighborhood, turn to me, your local Summit Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate. No one knows the market better!

Summit and Wasatch County Property Prices Rise at a Steady Market Pace in 2015


At the end of the fourth quarter of 2015, the year-end statistics reported by the Park City Board of REALTORS® indicated a slow but consistent annual increase in both the number of closed sales and the median sales price for single family homes, condominiums and vacant lots in Summit and Wasatch Counties. The total dollar volume for 2015 was up 10% over 2014, reaching $1.85 billion, with single family homes sales accounting for the highest dollar volume by property type. That’s a significant increase for Summit and Wasatch Country property prices.

Single Family Home Sales

Within the City Limits (84060), the median sales price of a single family home was 17% higher than the year before, reaching almost $1.52 million, but the number of closed sales decreased by 12%. By neighborhood, Old Town had the highest number of closed sales with a total of 52 with a 6% increase in median sales price to $1.31 million. Thaynes Canyon had the highest jump in median sales price – up 46% from 2014 to $1.82 million with a total of 11 closed sales for the year. Park Meadows had seven fewer sales than last year but the median sales price was up 11% to $1.44 million. In Prospector, the median sales price increased 6% to $740,000, but there were only 11 closed sales for the year (down 39%), which demonstrates how low inventory of active listings can affect the number of sales in certain neighborhoods. “Higher median prices of homes within City Limits and lower number of unit sales is reflective of demand outpacing inventory. In this case a decrease of home sales from the previous year is not a sign of a weakening market. In our current cycle, single family homes listed for less than the median sales price are in very short supply,” says Rick Shand, President Park City Board of REALTORS®.

Within the Snyderville Basin (84098), there were seven more home sales at year-end than 2014’s number, with an 18% jump in median sales price reaching $912,500. The median sales price shot up 23% in Jeremy Ranch to $874,000 and was up 25 % in Silver Springs to $960,000, though both neighborhoods were slightly down in the number of sales. The highest increases in the number of sales occurred in Glenwild / Silver Creek (up 77% with 39 sales), Pinebrook (up 30% with 48 sales), and Jordanelle (up 85% with 37 sales). With new construction in Promontory, there continued to be an upward trend in the number of sales, ending the year at 60, with a median sales price of $1.67 million, as well as, in the Jordanelle area, with 37 total sales – up 85% from last year, and a median price of $900,000.
According to Carol Agle, Statistics Chair for the Park City Board of REALTORS®, “In and around the Jordanelle Reservoir we are seeing increased interest from both primary and secondary home buyers. There were 135 condo sales in Jordanelle at an affordable median price of $375,000, and 37 home sales at a median price of $900,000. Contrast that with the rest of Wasatch County ending the year with only 25 condo sales, but 241 single family home sales with an 8% increase in the median sales price to $369,000. We are definitely seeing a dual market then in Wasatch County, with the focus on the Jordanelle area for the newer condos.” In the Kamas Valley, there was a 10% increase in the number of sales with a 4% increase in median sales price to $310,500.

Condominium Sales

Within Park City Limits, the number of condominium sales was down 13% from 2014 but up 11% in median sales price reaching $605,000. Neighborhoods with increased closed sales include Lower Deer Valley Resort (up 25%), Upper Deer Valley Resort (up 23%), and Prospector (up 38%). The median sales price for a condo was up 9% in Lower Deer Valley to $780,000, down 35% in Upper Deer Valley to $995,000, down 24% in Park Meadows to $585,000, up 15% in Old Town to $450,000, and up 27% in Prospector to $155,000. “Once again we see the relative affordability in surprise sectors within Park City. The 55 condo sales in Prospector saw a remarkable $155,000 median sales price. Old Town and the base of Park City Mountain saw 108 condo sales at a median price of $449,000,” Agle adds.
The overall Snyderville Basin condo market was up 35% in the number of sales with a total of 361 sales, or one a day, at a median price of $400,000. The strongest condo market was at Kimball Junction and Jordanelle which each averaged a sale every two and a half days with 135 units sold at the median sales price of $375,000. The quantity of units sold in the Sun Peak/ Bear Hollow neighborhood was 71% higher in 2015 than 2014 with a median sales price of $394,000. Jeremy Ranch was up 36% in the number of sales and 15% in median price to $574,000. At the Canyons, the median sales price of $401,000 and 84 closed sales were both flat compared to last year’s number.

Vacant Land Sales

Vacant Land sales account for the smallest volume of the market by property type, though for the total market area, the quantity of lots sold was 9% higher than last year; median sales price was 13% up, and total dollar volume was 8% up. Within the City Limits, there were 13 fewer land sales than last year, a 33% decrease, but the median sales price was up a solid 18% reaching $677, 000. The median price for a lot in Park Meadows was up 19% to $970,000, and in Old Town it was up 35% to $575,000.
In the Snyderville Basin, there were 170 lots sold, which is the exact same number as 2014. The Glenwild / Silver Creek area saw increased activity with 42 units sold and a 19% median sales price increase to $443,000. The two neighborhoods with the highest number of vacant land sales were Promontory up 31% to last year with a total of 72 units sold and a median sales price of $305,000, and Jordanelle up 92% with a total of 69 lots sales and a median price of $250,000. Though the number of sold lots dipped slightly in both the Heber and Kamas Valleys, the median sales price increased 15% in both areas reaching $205,000 in Heber and $101,000 in Kamas.

Looking Ahead

The gradual increase in dollar volume, median sales price, and number of closed sales in Summit and Wasatch Counties indicated strong and steady growth in 2015, though the market is not back to the highs of 2007. The median sales price continued to rise slowly at a pace of 4.7% this year, which fits the upward trend we have been seeing annually since 2011. There is still affordable property to be found within Park City Limits and the Snyderville Basin. While new construction continues to be in high demand, buyers must pay the premium costs for it.

“Over the past five years, our market has continued to post solid gains. Changes in the overall market have been steady and for the most part, headed in the right direction. Demand appears to be increasing and as more buyers focus on our area for family, work, retirement and lifestyle, inventory will be an issue, particularly in popular areas. Our community will continue to grow and with that, we hope there will be a variety of housing opportunities for a wide range of buyers,” says Shand. Our market continues to be highly segmented with micro-markets dividing product by price, property type, and demand, so it is best to contact a local Park City REALTOR® for information on what is happening in your neighborhood.

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Sundance Tips for Locals


In a few short days, Park City becomes, arguably, one of the coolest and most talked about places in the entertainment world. Lucky are those of us who get to live here, but even longtime locals can use a few refreshers on how to enjoy this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Here are Sundance tips for locals–or for tourists who want the local experience.

Egyptian Marquee during Sundance

Photo Credit: Historic Park City Alliance

10 Sundance Tips for Locals

Getting Tickets

No tickets? No problem! There are a number of ways to catch a film or two, even if you’ve missed the locals’ ticket sales window.

First, check to see if tickets for the screening you’re interested in are available by clicking here. And don’t discount theaters in Salt Lake, Ogden and at Sundance Resort, especially if a screening is a premiere, which typically indicates the screenwriter, director and/or cast will be there for the Q & A.

If the film you’re looking for is sold out, you can still swing by the Main Box Office in The Gateway at the corner of Swede Alley and Heber Avenue in Old Town. At 8 a.m. each morning, a limited number of tickets are released for that day’s screenings. The waitlist option has also come a long way over the past few years, with the welcome transition to an electronic eWaitlist opening two hours prior to the selected show time. Gone are the days of waiting for hours in the bitter cold, only to be turned away because all of the waitlist tickets have already been handed out.

There are still a few pass options available, including the Grand Theatre Pass for $300, which provides access to all screenings at the Grand Theatre at Salt Lake Community College on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the festival. The Grand is located just 20 minutes from Park City on State Street in SLC, so this could be a fun option for true fans of film. Also available for the second half of the Festival – Jan. 27-31 – are the Eccles Theatre 2nd Half Pass for $1,500, and the 2nd Half Express Pass for $3,000, which gets you access to all screenings at all locations (pretty sweet deal).

To Bring or Not to Bring? (This Should Answer the Question)

As a general rule of thumb, nothing brought in from the outside world is permitted in the theaters other than water. This is especially true of the Eccles Theatre, where volunteers will confiscate that $7 venti non-fat soy half-caff in a heartbeat. Build in time prior to screenings to nosh at theaters offering bites to eat, but know that a refillable water bottle is your best bet.

Navigating Town

Of all the Sundance tips for locals, the cardinal guideline is don’t drive. The best way to get around town is on foot or via city bus. End of discussion. There is NO parking by the theatres for regular folks, and Main Street’s completely blocked off, unless you want to pay through the nose to park in Main Street’s China Bridge parking structure (provided spots are available).

Take a breath and take the bus – it’s running later than ever, and you can plan your route via the Bus Tracker on Park City Municipal’s site. Fat tire bikes are also making their debut this winter at Sundance. Call White Pine Touring for rental information.

Staying Healthy

Just as the real estate adage of “location, location, location” remains relevant, so does the local recommendation of “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.” Since Park City’s a high mountain desert, water is your friend, so drink your customary 64 ounces, then add a few for good measure. With millions of germs also coming to visit, be sure to keep that pocket-sized hand sanitizer with you at all times, and incorporate Emergen-C into your daily diet.

To Ski or Not to Ski

Locals know that the ski area are practically deserted during the Festival, making it the best time to hit the slopes while the town’s visitors are cozily ensconced in theaters while you’re getting in first tracks. If it’s a powder day, call in with the legendary Wasatch Flu and remember – there are no friends on a powder day. Given our recent snowfall and 10-day forecast, this is my best bet!

Dining Out

Though many restaurants are rented out by private companies during the festival, most parties don’t start until late in the evening, so early reservations are often available. Suddenly, a 5:30 p.m. booking can seem appealing as long as you’ve got a seat somewhere on Main Street. Lunchtime is also a great time to get into the hottest spots, and be sure to download the OpenTable.com app for use as your own personal concierge.

Do not discount dining in areas away from Old Town. Easy access to Prospector Square means El Chubaso, Este, Fuego or Sammy’s Bistro, while Kimball Junction offers Shabu Shabu House, Sushi Blue and Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery. Furthermore, some of Park City’s most celebrated restaurants – including Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi (Kearns Boulevard), The Farm (Canyons Base Village) and Silver Star Café (Thaynes Canyon) are all a few miles from Main Street, but absolutely worth the effort. Check out info on these restaurants, plus a host of others, at the Park City Chamber’s site.

Celebrity Watching

Catching the first, or premiere, screening of a film is one of the best bets for star gazing, as this is when the Q & A with cast and crew typically goes down. Wandering Main Street also provides opportunities for spotting celebrities, as does visiting the many product lounges set up throughout Old Town. But don’t take our word for it – check out this informative piece recently published in Huffington Post.

Taking in the Music (and other free activities)

While the Sundance ASCAP Music Café is only open to credential holders ages 21 and older (though absolutely worth it if you do, in fact, have a credential), the Salt Lake City Festival Café at Sicilia Pizza Kitchen (35 W. Broadway in downtown SLC) is free and open to the public daily.

Other sponsor venues and activities are available – including the Live at The Montage Music Series, SundanceTV HQ, Chase Sapphire on Main and LUNA Lounge – are open to all, though some require RSVPs. Learn more here.

Kid-Friendly Films

Anyone who’s been to even a handful of Sundance films knows the content can be – ahem – questionable for anyone aged 18 or younger. That’s why the Festival has identified the films selected for its Student Screening Program as those appropriate for broader audiences. Of course, no one (and I mean NO ONE) is looking forward to sharing their intimate film-going experience with little kids, so keep in mind that these are considered OK for middle and high school students:

What to Wear

Back in the day (i.e. the ‘90s), before Sorels (not the current, cute incarnation) and UGGs were fashion staples, locals would watch Sundance visitors from L.A. and New York slip and slide down Main Street in stilettos, chuckling at their lack of preparation for the inevitable snow and slush. These days, the rule of thumb is simple – wear something filled with down (not the color black if you’re a local), put on a hat and make sure your soles have treads. Sunglasses for the blue-sky glare, along with layers to account for minus-4-degree weather at 7 a.m. transitioning to 40-degrees and sunny at 4 p.m., are also de rigueur.

No matter your take on Sundance – pro, con, lover or hater – it’s part-and-parcel to living in Park City, and one of the reasons our quaint mountain town is on the international map. This translates to increased property values, and is yet one more reason to Choose Park City, whether as a second homeowner, or as someone who realizes there truly is no place like this town to call “home.”

December Real Estate Market Update


In Park City’s Snyderville Basin, December 2015 demonstrated that new listings and active inventory were down from the month prior, which makes sense given the holiday season. Year-over-year, the median listing price was up almost 20% from December 2014, with days on market down 40% to just 96 days and volume up over 30%.

While there continues to be segmentation in our Park City real estate market, what you can count on are quality homes selling faster and for more money than a year ago. Want to be in the know on properties not-yet-listed? Contact me to be subscribed to my monthly newsletter. Each month it includes a sneak peek at homes that have not yet hit the MLS and oodles of data on my Hot Picks and Blogs posts.

Collections Magazine | Utah’s Luxury Real Estate Magazine


The Collections Magazine is Summit Sotheby’s International Realty’s premiere guide of the finest luxury properties, lifestyles and real estate throughout Utah. Each issue, published bi-annually, showcases luxury estates and homes for sale from the finest international real estate specialists. If you haven’t already picked up a copy, drop by my office for a free copy or simply call or email me to have one mailed to you.

Have a safe and joyful New Year!

Unusual Christmas Traditions


The holiday season is filled with all sorts of rituals that only happen once a year, during Christmastime. Cookies baked from a family recipe, reading ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, the prerequisite photo with Santa Claus. There are other customs, though, that are less common here in the States. Here are some unusual Christmas traditions from around the world:

  1. Germans hide a pickle in the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve – the first child to discover it in the morning receives a small gift.
  2. Since 1966, authorities in Gavle, Sweden, have installed a straw Swedish Yule Goat in their town square; which is burned down at midnight by vandals about every other year.
  3. An age-old tradition in Great Britain dictates that each member of the family must stir the christmas pudding in a clockwise direction before it’s cooked, making a wish as they do so.
  4. Icelandic children leave a shoe on their bedroom windowsills during the 12 days of Christmas. Each night, it’s filled with sweets and gifts, ready to be enjoyed in the morning.
  5. Thanks to an advertising campaign in 1974, Japanese families eat KFC on Christmas Eve. Five to ten times the normal monthly sales of chicken will be sold during Christmas.
  6. Ukrainians forego ornaments and tinsel, instead decorating their Christmas trees with artificial spiders and cobwebs. Seeing a spiderweb on Christmas morning brings good luck.
  7. Canadian Post recognizes the address Santa Claus, North Pole and H0H0H0. For the past 30 years, any letters received bearing this address are opened and replied to by thousands of volunteers.
  8. Catalonians include the figure of the Caganer in their nativity scenes – a small figure of a man defecating.
  9. Venezuelans attend Mass in the run-up to Christmas. Residents of Caracas journey to Mass on roller skates.
  10. The candle-lit tree: with the adoption of strings of electric lights, the 16th century German custom of decorating your tree with burning candles has mostly been forgotten. Throwing caution (and safety) to the wind, my parents lit candles on our Christmas tree in our apartment when I was growing up in New York City. Photos of me as a little girl smiling before a tree alight make me wonder what the back up plan was if things went sideways …

Merry Christmas!

Park City Snowshoeing Adventures Suitable for Everyone


Park City snowshoeingSnowshoeing is a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors and Park City offers trail adventures that can accommodate any age or ability level. Looking to get out and explore? Here are a few Park City snowshoeing trips I’d recommend: a lunch tour via the Mid-Mountain Trail; a hike up Rob’s trail to overlook the entire Snyderville Basin; or an evening snowshoe amidst the quiet of Deer Valley Resort.

Snowshoeing the Mid-Mountain Trail at Canyons

One of my favorites for families and guests starts at the Canyons Village base of Park City (formerly Canyons Resort). Jump on the cabriolet from the parking lot and then the gondola from the base of the mountain (Epic pass or gondola ticket required) to snowshoe an out-and-back portion of the Mid-Mountain Trail. If you are hungry you can snowshoe all the way to Lookout Cabin for lunch. At a leisurely pace you can make it to the Cabin in one hour. The trail is fairly flat with a few gentle climbs. Lunch is also available at Red Pine Lodge close to the gondola.

To get to the Mid-Mountain trailhead, exit the gondola and grab a trail map, then hit the snow to strap on your snowshoes. The trailhead can be found by walking up the hill towards the magic carpet area. Once you see where people exit the magic carpet look to your left. The trail begins at the base of the small hill under the zip line. If the trail sign is obscured ask the Park City staff, they can direct you. The trail is usually obvious as it is occasionally used for small tour groups. If you decide to venture out after a snowstorm set your bearings before you begin. You can see Lookout Cabin from the trailhead area, it sits at the far right end of the ridge above and behind the magic carpet area. The trail crosses one snowmobile path early on and requires sharing the right side of a ski trail for a short distance at the end of the snowshoe to access the Cabin. Otherwise the trail meanders through the forest.

Snowshoeing Rob’s Trail in Park City

The trailhead for Rob’s trail sits right off a city road, so accessibility is a breeze. Rob’s trail is an out and back snowshoe trail with a little more difficult terrain. Because of the panoramic valley views, the trail sees quite a bit of use and the snow is often packed and thus easy to follow. I challenge my kids to snowshoe up as far as they can and tow a sled behind for a fast trip down. As always, helmets are a good idea here! Dogs are welcome. Duration can vary from 30 minutes to over two hours, depending on how long you want to explore. To find Rob’s trailhead, go up Bear Hollow Drive 1.5 miles and the trailhead will be on your left.

Snowshoeing at Deer Valley

Snowshoeing at Deer Valley Resort at night can be spectacular. You can park by the yurt at Empire Lodge off the cul-de-sac at 9200 Marsac Avenue. Walk across the wooden bridge and strap on your snowshoes. This snowshoe is mainly on the groomed trails. You can snowshoe in any direction, use the lights from the Montague as your guide for getting back to your car. Full-moon hikes are beautiful, or go on a darker night to check out the amazing stars. Download the free SkyView app if you need help identifying what’s in the night sky. If you have not tried Fireside Dining at Empire Lodge, snowshoeing before or after your meal can add to a magical night.

For additional trail information visit the Park City Mountain Trails website.

November Real Estate Market Update


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Real estate is local, which is why Summit Sotheby’s International Realty offers you current and historical data from our local Park City MLS to produce detailed, highly visual and easy to interpret videos and reports that clearly demonstrate market trends in your area. But remember every neighborhood, block, street and home is unique and a computer cannot tell the full story. For a more in-depth analysis and thorough property evaluation, turn to me, your local Summit Sotheby’s International Realty broker. No one knows the market better!

There’s No Place Like Park City for the Holidays



New York City might have ice skating and the big tree at Rockefeller Center, but Park City and the surrounding communities create a unique Winter Wonderland.

Chalk it up to the kid-friendly attitude of locals, or the unparalleled aptitude for creating spectacular events to attract visitors from around the world. During the holiday season, Park City easily lives up to its recent ranking as No. 1 on Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s Best Ski Towns.

Though most events take place in December, there is a local tradition that officially kicks off the season on Nov. 28, when the Electric Parade hits Main Street in Historic Old Town. Instead of driving from neighborhood to neighborhood to check out holiday lights, settle in for this Park City tradition, where an eclectic array of creatively-illuminated vehicles hit the street, with local judges awarding prizes in one of four categories. The festivities begin as Santa and his top Elf stroll Main Street to greet revelers from 4 – 6 p.m., followed by Holiday Carolers from 5 – 7 p.m., and the official lighting of the Town Christmas Tree in City Park at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., it’s time to flip the switch on the Main Street lights as the parade begins in City Park before heading up Park Avenue, and finally turning onto Main Street. There’s no cost to enter the parade, and everyone’s encouraged to participate.

On Saturday, December 5th, Main Street becomes an adults-only version of the North Pole during the annual Park City Santa Pub Crawl. Creative costuming is encouraged, with participants starting out at Butcher’s at 6:30 p.m., then heading to the Downstairs at 8 p.m., the No Name at 9:30 p.m., and on to O.P. Rockwell’s at 11 p.m. The event features a Toy Drive at the Downstairs this year, so bring an unwrapped toy along with a healthy dose of Holiday Cheer. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

Hanukkah begins on Dec. 6, and Park City’s Temple Har Shalom has historically held a celebration at their beautiful location on S.R. 224, check out their calendar for more details.

Jolly Old St. Nick makes his highly-anticipated arrival via Park City’s Town Lift on Saturday, Dec. 19, continuing a beloved tradition that begins at 5:30 p.m. on the Town Lift Plaza with hot chocolate, holiday treats and caroling.

The annual holiday celebration at Park City Ice Arena will be held on Dec. 9, with a visit from Santa, skating, ornaments, cookies and hot chocolate from 5 – 7 p.m.

Deer Valley Resort welcomes Santa on Dec. 24th, where he’ll be greeting guests from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Snow Park Lodge area. From 12 – 1:30 p.m., look for him in the Silver Lake Lodge area.

Also on Dec. 24th, an event 53 years in the making takes place at Park City Resort with the annual Torch Light Parade. The celebration starts at 5:30 p.m. at Park City Base Area (formerly Park City Mountain Resort) with holiday music, cookies and cocoa, followed by the on-hill parade.

On Dec. 30, Deer Valley Resort holds its torchlight parade on Big Stick Run (behind Snow Park Lodge), beginning at dusk, or around 6 p.m. Complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served on the Snow Park Plaza from 5:45 – 6 p.m.

Throughout December, the Kimball Art Center is holding a series of parent/child holiday classes in their new location at 1401 Kearns Boulevard. Make the trip to Grandma’s house even more special by bringing handmade gifts such as cookie plates, snow globes, ornaments and gingerbread houses.

Joyeux Noël extends beyond Park City limits, as evidenced by the abundant offerings available in nearby towns. Just 20 minutes from Old Town, the historic Heber Valley Railroad runs their North Pole Express from Nov. 27 – Dec. 24. An homage to the classic children’s novel, “The Polar Express,” the 90-minute trip to the North Pole includes Mrs. Claus’ famous chocolate chip cookies, cocoa, songs and of course Santa, who presents each child with a special gift. Available dates, departure times and tickets can be found by clicking here, where you can choose from First Class or Coach for this singular family activity the kids remember for years.

Also located in the nearby Heber Valley are the Midway Ice Castles, featured in the YouTube version of “Let It Go” by Salt Lake City-based One Voice Children’s Choir (seen by a mere 73-million viewers). This frozen fantasyland opens in late December, welcoming guests Monday – Saturday with spectacular lights and shapes.

If your kids are a little older, start a holiday tradition with a visit to Ballet West’s 60th Anniversary Production of ‘The Nutcracker,” which happens to be the longest running full production of the holiday classic in America. (Younger kids might enjoy Park City Dance’s abbreviated, yet fully-costumed, version on Saturday, Dec. 19, at The Eccles Center.) Staged at the 102-year-old Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, it’s worth the 30-minute drive from Park City to experience the land of the of the Sugar Plum Fairy in person. Kids and adults dress to impress, and nearby restaurants run the gamut from super kid-friendly to super chic. If you’re going to one of the matinee performances, be sure to stick around for the after-show Sugar Plum Party held right on the stage with cast members, cookies, punch and an ornament, all for just $10 per ticket. For dates, times and tickets, call 801-869-6900 or visit arttix.org.

While you’re downtown, head over to Temple Square to check out the legendary Christmas Lights and Nativity scenes, which light up the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 27. The impressive display attracts visitors from all over the world, illuminating daily at 5:30 p.m. You can plan your visit to coincide with one of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s concerts, a not-to-be-missed experience for folks of all faiths.

The holidays in Park City are just one more reason so many people Choose Park City for their primary and second homes. Call me today to help you choose yours!

 

Ski the Difference at Deer Valley


The new Deer Valley Resort Interactive Winter Guide is now available! With its collection of engaging video, beautiful imagery and helpful information about Deer Valley, the guide gives you a hint of what you will experience when you ski or stay at the resort.  I invite you to utilize this resource to help you plan your next ski vacation or stay cation.

Take a look at what Deer Valley Resort has to offer this winter season. It’s my favorite place to recharge.

P.S. Look for my girls on the Game Night page!

Home Staging Tips: Are You on The Staging High Horse?


By Sandra Racz – President of the Signature Redesign, LLC

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We have all heard the phrase, “Get off your high horse,” which references behaving in a superior manner. As a home stager, I want to be on the staging high horse and create the perfect showing. I strive for a staging where the furnishings match the caliber of the home, there is no clutter or personal photos, selling features are front and center, and homeowners have no emotional connection to the home. Reality? We can all dream!

Home Staging Tips

Now, let’s get off the High Horse of Staging and be honest about Real Staging. One of the most important home staging tips is to put together a powerful team to get as close as possible to the perfect home presentation. With no control over the market or the location of the home, we need to ramp up what we can control … the presentation and condition of the home.

What is a Staging Power Team?

  1. A Real Estate Agent who not only understands the importance of staging, but wouldn’t think of listing a home without staging. We can present staging the property in a way that the homeowner is thrilled that their agent is willing to go above and beyond to sell their home. The agent researches to find a certified home stager that has the same mindset as theirs and contributes to developing the team.
  2. A Homeowner open to having the stager evaluate their home. Yes, the homeowner must to be willing to explore every avenue to sell their home and open to the best home staging tips.
  3. A Home Stager equipped with an evaluation report (National Scoring System, Staging Checklist, etc.), education tools, and resources for home repairs and last but not least, the ability to present the findings, encourage the homeowner and offer practical solutions. A home stager needs to diplomatically deliver suggestions, applaud the homeowners through the staging and not push their own services.

As a home stager, I have been part of many teams through the years. It thrills me when I can work with an agent to increase their closings. Understand, I am part of the agent’s team and the homeowner is reminded how fortunate they are to have an agent who is willing to take extra steps to market their home.

The Power Staging Team is built by the Agent who understands the importance of staging and the team approach. Agents have their hands full prospecting for potential buyers, marketing and showings; why not let the home stager help? Christine is one of the agents who recognizes the value of staging and who utilizes it on every one of her listings, regardless of the property’s value.

Feel free to contact me for more home staging tips or specific questions.

Sandra Racz
Senior Loan Consultant (Cairn/Hoyt Team)
435.901.1205
sandra@sandraracz.com

Sandra Racz, President of the Signature Redesign, LLC and Executive Director of The Decorating and Staging Academy, trains home stagers and decorators worldwide. Sandra Racz is a National Award winner, guest speaker and RESA Pro.

Park City Real Estate, Q3 Market Report


Closed sales for the first nine months of 2015 are the highest since 2007 

At the 2015 third quarter end, both the median sales price and the number of closed sales continued to trend upward despite the number of active listings hovering at historically low levels in the Greater Park City Area. By property type, including single family homes, condominiums, and vacant land, for the entire market area, there was a 12% increase in quantity sold and 10% increase in median sales price compared to the previous four quarters, with condominium sales accounting for half the closed transactions, according to statistics released by the Park City Board of REALTORS®. Year-over-year the total dollar volume was also up 20% reaching $1.85 billion.

Single Family Home Sales 

The dollar volume for single family homes in the Greater Park City area for the first nine months of this year was the highest since 2006. Comparing the last four quarters to the previous four quarters, the median sales price within the City Limits (84060) was up 11% in quantity sold and 7% in median sales price reaching $1.39 million. By neighborhood, activity was steady in Park Meadows with 59 sales and a median sales price of almost $1.44 million – which is an 18% increase. Old Town was up 18% in the number of sales with a 10% increase in median price reaching about $1.28 million. The Prospector area was slightly down in the number of sales compared to the previous twelve months, but the median sales price remained stable at $721,000.

The number of closed sales over the last four quarters in the Snyderville Basin (84098) was almost double the number of sales within the City Limits. The median sales price in the Basin also climbed 20% reaching $875,000. “The median price of a single family home in the Snyderville Basin appreciated at almost three times the rate of 84060 – reducing the gap between the two areas,” said Nancy Tallman, President of the Park City Board of REALTORS®.

The neighborhoods with the highest number of increased sales included Promontory – up 27% in quantity sold with a median price remaining flat to last year at $1.63 million; Pinebrook – up 38% with only a slight increase in median price to $770,000; and Glenwild / Silver Creek – up 50% with a 19% median price jump reaching $1.2 million. Though quantity sold was down compared to the previous four quarters in a few neighborhoods, the median price increased: Jeremy Ranch was up 27% to $875,000; Trailside was up 9% to $635,000; and Silver Springs was up 25% to $903,000.

The median sales price for a single family home in the Jordanelle area has remained steady over the last four quarters ($878,000), though the quantity sold increased a whopping 113% compared to the previous four quarters. In the Heber Valley, the median sales price has gradually increased to $355,000, and there was a 12% increase in number of sales. Also increasing in activity, the Kamas Valley was up 36% in the number of sales and ended the quarter with a median sales price of $300,000. Statistics Committee Chair Carol Agle commented, “Wasatch County continues to become more part of our market with desirable new product attracting many buyers.”

Condominium Sales 

By property type, condominiums accounted for about half the number of total transactions in the Greater Park City area market. “Although prices are rising, there are affordable condominiums available for purchase in several neighborhoods, which may account for the increase in closed sales over the last twelve months,” says Tallman.

Comparing year-over-year, the number of condominium sales within the Park City Limits was 14% higher, but the median price remained flat at $561,000. In Old Town over the last twelve months there were 137 sales, an average of 12 sales per month; the median sales price in Old Town was up 21% to $450,000. There were almost three times the number sales in the last twelve months than the previous year in Prospector, reaching a total of 69 with a steady median sales price of $134,000. In Lower Deer Valley the quantity of sold units was up a significant 82% with only a slight median sales price increase to $735,000.

The number of condominium sales in Snyderville Basin has climbed 37% in the last year with a 13% increase in median price reaching $389,000. The highest number of sales occurred in the Kimball area, up 77%, partially due to numerous closings in the third quarter at New Park Terrace; the median price also jumped 58% to $359,000. In Sun Peak/ Bear Hollow the median price was $385,000, and the number of sales increased by 62%. The Jordanelle area averaged 11 sales per month and was slightly up in price reaching $423,000.

Vacant Land Sales 

The number of vacant land sales within the City Limits (84060) over the last four quarters was 15% less than the previous year, but up 27% in median sales price to $700,000. In the Snyderville Basin, lot sales were down 12%, but the median price increased to $350,000. The highest number of vacant land sales for the entire market area was in Promontory with 66 sales over the last four quarters; the median price at Promontory also increased 46% to $335,000. The Jordanelle area saw a 64% leap in quantity sold with 54 lot sales and a 40% price increase to $267,000. Old Town averaged one sale per month and had a 46% increase in median price climbing to $615,000. The number of lot sales in Park Meadows was down 44% to the previous four quarters but shot up 54% in price reaching $970,000.

Looking Ahead 

Prices have risen gradually in the Greater Park City area at a rolling average of 6.7%. There may be increased activity and demand in the months ahead due to first-time visitors coming to ski Vail resorts, but the market remains steady and somewhat price-sensitive. New construction is always in demand, but also carries a premium cost, so buyers may continue to look for value in older product. The increase in condominium sales indicates that affordable condominiums are still available in many locations in the Greater Park City area. Because our market continues to be highly segmented with micro-markets divided by price, inventory, property type and demand, contact a local Park City REALTOR® for information on what is happening in your neighborhood.

Live PC Give PC 2015


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Live PC Give PC is tomorrow, November 6th!  Live PC Give PC is a 24 hour period of giving to local non-profit organizations.  These donations provide the backbone to invaluable services that give Park City a strong sense of community.  This is a wonderful day organized by the Park City Community Foundation. Last year they raised over $1,035,000 and their goal this year is to raise $1,234,567!

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For every sale I close, a non-profit, many of them local, receive a donation from me on behalf of my clients. This year I am proud to give to the following organizations:  Park City Education Foundation, Mountain Trails, Fast and Female, Nuzzles and Co., Ogden Valley K9 Rescue, KPCW, Summit Land Conservancy, Pan Mass Challenge, Peace House, Park City Philanthropic Foundation, Recycle Utah, American Diabetes Association, Rescue Rovers, Running with Ed, and St. Jude’s Hospital.

Please join me today in reaching the goal and make a donation to our vibrant community of non-profit organizations.  There are 86 deserving organizations to choose from, and every donation increases a non-profit’s opportunity to qualify for matching grants.  If you haven’t donated to Live PC Give PC, please do it today by clicking here!

Thank you for your contribution to keeping Park City the supported community that is so meaningful to all of us.

Resort Condo Financing in Park City


By Amy Cairn – Senior Loan Consultant at Academy Mortgage Corporation

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Due to Park City’s resort nature, getting a loan for a condo can be tricky. There are basically three types of condos: Warrantable (can get a conventional loan), Non-Warrantable (does not qualify for conventional loan), and Condo-Hotel (just like it sounds, it is part of a hotel). Here are some of the basics on resort condo financing to consider.

When a property is identified for purchase the first step is to determine which category it falls into. This is done by researching the legal description (is it a condo, town home, planned unit development, etc.). In Park City, it may look like a condo from the outside, but it is legally a townhome or planned unit development, so different loan guidelines apply. The lender will look up the condo project on the Fannie Mae and FHA websites to see if it is approved by either entity. The project is checked to see if it is on any lender’s “Do Not Lend List”. Next, the loan officer will Google the property and looks for any association with nightly rentals, hotels, on-site check in desks, and hotel type amenities. This creates an idea what some of the challenges this property will have.

Next, the HOA fills out a condo questionnaire. There is a limited review and a full review.

Limited review: primary home or second home, 80% or less loan to value, established condo projects, approval done by underwriter, no occupancy ratio requirements, no more than 15% owners late on HOA dues. There is not a fee for this type of review.

Full review: primary, second home and investment, 80% or more loan to value, 51% of project owner occupied or second home for investment property, 10% of budget for reserves, no single entity can own more than 10% of project, established and new projects, no more than 15% owners late on HOA dues, and approval done by condo department at a fee of $350.

Here is a brief list of items that make a condo non-warrantable:

  • managed as a hotel
  • hotel conversions
  • hotel or motel in name
  • onsite registration AND nightly rental
  • restrict occupancy
  • timeshares
  • co-ops
  • houseboats
  • 20% + of space is not residential
  • single entity owns more than 10% of project
  • HOA in pending litigation.

If a condo is warrantable, the buyer can get a conventional (normal) loan with 20-25% down, fixed rate or adjustable rate at current market rates. If the condo is non-warrantable or is a condo-hotel the loan will have to go to a portfolio investor. They typically require 20% down for primary and second home, 40% down for investment and only have adjustable rates available (3,5, and 7 years). The rates are usually 1%-2% higher than a conforming loan.

Feel free to contact me for more information or specific questions.

Amy Cairn
Senior Loan Consultant (Cairn/Hoyt Team)
435-645-3923 Office
435-640-1878 Mobile
Amy.Sharpless@Academy.cc
NMLS ID: 294849 License #: 5460939
Company NMLS #: 3113 State #: 5491140

Amy Cairn is a local mortgage broker who intimately understands the intricacies of the Park City resort real estate market, and in particular, Condo Financing. She can broker loans, or write her own loans. Amy is approachable and dedicated to my buyer clients. She works tirelessly and consistently goes many extra miles to satisfy endless underwriting conditions, evening closings or initial client meetings on weekends. As a guest blogger, here she speaks to some of the fine points of condo financing in Park City.

Say ¡Hola! or Bonjour to Park City’s Dual Language Immersion Program


As Park City’s school kids get ready to head back to the classroom on August 20, many first graders will be starting their first day in Dual Language Immersion (DLI), where half of every day is spoken exclusively in either French or Spanish.

Park City was the first district to have all of its elementary schools participating in the program, and elected to have French DLI at Jeremy Ranch and Trailside, and Spanish at McPolin and Parley’s Park. McPolin is has a full-school DLI program, wherein every student enrolled is placed into the program, while the other three schools have just two classes per grade, and engage in a lottery system each spring to determine which interested students will be placed into one of the available spots. It’s a program that’s been a feather in the cap of the Park City School District, but it’s also one whose future comes up for discussion year after year as the district struggles with meeting the needs of Park City’s Dual Language Immersion Program students in terms of qualified teachers and space.

The statewide DLI program was initiated by former Governor Jon Hunstman, Jr., who – having served as U.S. Ambassador to both Singapore and China – recognized that dual language learners are likely to be more competitive in the global business arena. The program was also lauded as a way to enhance the state’s economic development by demonstrating that Utah was progressive (a rarity in the Beehive State) in developing citizens from an early age who will ultimately have the skills necessary for certain jobs in government, business and education.

My oldest daughter is entering her third DLI year, and I can already see the benefits. In a community where a significant number of fellow residents are Spanish native speakers, I’ve witnessed the inclusiveness the program is creating across diverse groups of children and parents, and it encourages early educational success for ESL students because they learn challenging subjects like math and science in their native language. But the benefits, according to the Utah State Office of Education, are even more impactful, and include:

  • Second Language Skills: Students achieve high proficiency in the immersion language.
  • Performance on Standardized Tests: Immersion students perform as well as or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests in English.
  • Cognitive Skills: Immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem-solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
  • Cultural Competency: Immersion students are more aware of and generally show more positive attitudes towards other cultures & an appreciation of other people.
  • Long Term Benefits: Immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where 21st century skills are an asset.

Students in the program spend half the day with a teacher instructing math, science and social studies in the target language, and the other half with a teacher instructing language arts in English. Proficiency goals are set for each grade, with the presumption that students will take the AP exam in their target language in ninth grade, and university-level courses in grades 10-12. It’s best explained by the flow chart below (note that most Park City students start in first grade):

Chart found here.

Many parents were initially gun shy of the program when it was introduced seven years ago at Parley’s Park Elementary, fearing students would fall behind in core subjects, such as reading and math. Those first-year students went into seventh grade last week, and the notion of them falling short of their peers did not come to fruition. Rather, as demonstrated by the district’s “Dual Immersion Current and Future Status” presentation last fall, DLI students have been consistently outperforming their peers in – of all subjects – English Language Arts.

If you’re considering entering your child in Dual Language Immersion, check out the state’s DLI video by clicking here, or ask to sit in on a class at the school your child will be attending. Initial meetings for incoming first graders are usually held in January, so visit Park City School District’s DLI page throughout the winter for updates. You can also call me to chat about my first-hand experience as a parent in a program that gives prospective residents yet one more reason to Choose Park City.

Appealing Property Taxes: To Appeal or Not to Appeal


Thinking about appealing property taxes? Consider this anecdote and some other factors as you make your decision.

In July of 2008, friends of mine relocated from Salt Lake to Pinebrook so that their children could attend Park City schools. The very next month, they received an extraordinarily high tax bill (about double what they expected). After a call to the Summit County Assessor’s Office, they learned a clerical error had put their permanent address somewhere in Michigan, placing them in the second homeowner category and, therefore, subject to a higher property tax rate.

Summit Park

The fix was as simple as filling out a Signed Statement of Primary Residence, but it highlighted the importance of paying close attention to your Property Tax Valuation Notice, which was mailed out last week to Summit County homeowners.

As property values continue to rebound, some homeowners are seeing increases in valuation that are higher than expected. Which begs the question: Should you appeal your valuation? The National Taxpayers Union estimates that between 30 and 60 percent of taxable property in the United States is over-assessed. If you’re considering appealing property taxes, take a peek at their Homeowner’s Checklist to help begin the process.

According to the International Association of Assessment Officers, homeowners can appeal their assessment when one of the following three things can be proven:

  1. Items that affect value are incorrect on your property record. You have one bath, not two. You have a carport, not a garage. Your home has 1,600 square feet, not 2,000 square feet.
  2. The estimated market value is too high. You have evidence that similar properties have sold for less than the estimated market value of your property.
  3. The estimated market value of your property is accurate but inequitable because it is higher than the estimated value of similar properties.

Once you’ve settled on appealing, you have 45 days from the original mailing date of your disclosure notice, or until September 15 at 5 p.m., to file an appeal either by fax or mail using an online form found here. If you do not appeal on time, you will lose your right to appeal the current value in the future.

Appeals must include a copy of your valuation notice and any evidence to support your option of market value (see additional FAQs here) which means the burden is on the homeowner. It can result in a significant reduction in tax owed, so it may be a worthwhile endeavor. For second homeowners, this savings will be even higher.

For Summit County property owners, the benefit of living in such a small community becomes apparent with your first call or visit to the Assessor’s Office. Located in the Summit County Courthouse, in the quaint hamlet of Coalville, you’re more likely to reach a real, live human being than in other large counties. Keep in mind the old adage, “you catch more flies with honey,” when dealing with the individuals who will ultimately handle your case. In Small Town America, kindness is correlative to success.

If your bottom line is to never leave money on the table, it can’t hurt to do a little research and see whether your home has been fairly assessed. The savings could be worth the time and energy it takes to work through the appeals process and your mind will be put at ease knowing that you’re not overpaying your taxes.

To learn more about available properties and sales trends in the greater Park City area, call today for an appointment, or check out a few Park City properties.

Victory Ranch: The Good Life Is Here in the Great Outdoors


Set amidst 6,700 pristine acres along a four-mile stretch of the Upper Provo River, Victory Ranch offers an unmatched setting for active individuals and families to escape from the everyday and reconnect with nature’s untouched beauty. Here, endless adventure awaits, luxury prevails and privacy comes standard. Amenities include an 18-hole Rees Jones-designed golf course, world-class fly fishing, miles of professionally-designed mountain biking trails, a 5-stand shooting facility, a riverside restaurant and lounge, host of kids activities, a ski-in/ski-out clubhouse in the heart of Park City and more than 4,000 acres of untouched backcountry.

As a private community, Victory Ranch is committed to the homeowner experience. Our year-round concierge service ensures homeowners enjoy every amenity imaginable. It is a place like no other. A place your family and friends will enjoy for many years to come. A place to come home to.

We love the property so much that my family was invited to be featured in Victory Ranch’s marketing campaign… look for myself, Mike, Lila & Anika enjoying all that Victory Ranch has to offer in the photo galleries and in this video:

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty 2015 Resort Report


The Resort Report is a snapshot of the resort market conditions provided by Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates throughout Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and California.

The Park City resort market remains very complex and segmented by micro-location and price point. While the number of closed transactions was flat, the “Vail Affect” sparked greater interest which drove up the median sold price. It is anticipated that there will continue to be a shortage of inventory, which will fuel moderate increases in price and a reduction in overall days on the market.

See the full report here

Highlights From the Utah Bucket List


As Utah continues to dominate the Top 10 in nearly every Forbes “Best of” list, one thing that keeps it above its peers is the abundance of once-in-a-lifetime quests. Or what local PBS affiliate, KUED, has coined, the “Utah Bucket List.”

The sheer diversity of climate and topography that Utah encompasses within its four corners provides an adventure at every altitude and element, from rock and water, to wind and sky. Though KUED’s list includes 12 unique-to-Utah ventures, I’ve narrowed the Utah bucket list down to just five of the can’t-miss highlights from a local’s perspective.

LIVING THE 2002 LEGACY AT UTAH OLYMPIC PARK

An original 2002 Winter Olympic venue that is continually being renovated and improved, the opportunities available at Utah Olympic Park abound for both adventurer and voyeur. The park is home to six Nordic Ski Jumps, a 1,335-meter sliding track (for bobsleigh, luge and skeleton) with five start areas, a freestyle aerials winter training and competition hill, and a 750,000-gallon summer freestyle aerial training pool. Bragging rights go to those brave enough to take a ride on the Comet Bobsled, driven by a seasoned bobsled pilot who takes the sled up to speeds exceeding 80 delivering 5 Gs of force! Guests can also careen down the track on the Rocket Skeleton ride, where riders are taught how to maneuver a skeleton sled on their own, and take the last 4 curves of the Olympic track solo.

True adrenaline junkies, ages seven and older, can actually take to one of the park’s ski jumping ramps via Freestyle Intro Clinics. In just two hours, a coach introduces participants to the Big Air Pool, ramps, and the skills needed to launch. All equipment is provided (skis, boots, wetsuit, life jacket and helmet) so even visitors to Park City can take part. In summertime, adventure is had via the Alpine Slide, three adventure ropes courses, the Drop Tower challenge and two zip-lines, including one of the world’s steepest – the Extreme Zip-line.

For those who’d like to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground two museums – the Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum – are free and open daily. They offer guided tours and pay homage Park City’s role as a venue city during the 2002 Games. During the Salt Lake Olympics, the park hosted bobsled, skeleton, Luge, Nordic Ski Jumping, and Nordic Combined events. It still serves as a training center for Olympic and development level athletes, so keep an eye out for up-and-coming talent while you’re there!

FLY FISHING ON THE GREEN RIVER

The closest many Utahns get to the iconic Green River is by purchasing the region’s scrumptious melons at a local Farmers Market in late summer, though globally the river is best known for its world-class fly fishing experience.

Since the landmark day on May 24, 1869 when Major John Wesley Powell led the first expedition down the Green to the Grand Canyon (he started with 10 men; ended with five), the area has become known for its emerald waters flowing through a steep-walled canyon, boasting a large population of trout.

Starting below the Flaming Gorge Dam and extending to the Colorado River, the Green River is divided into three sections – A, B, & C. The A section runs for seven miles from the dam to the Little Hole Day Use Area (which is accessible via paved road). The B section runs for nine miles from Little Hole to Indian Crossing Campground, while the C section is the least traveled and provides more challenging fishing, though the fish tend to be larger as a reward.

First timers will find friendly advice at area fly shops, while professional guides work to get angles in year-round (look for guides listed under “Vernal/Flaming Gorge”). Only artificial flies or lures can be used and “catch-and-release” is encouraged. Private, motor-free boats are allowed and no permit is required to float, but a Utah fishing license is required to fish.

A variety of boat ramps provide access, with put-in and take-out sites as follows:

  • Spillway (0 miles just below dam)
  • Little Hole (7 miles below dam)
  • Indian Crossing (15.4 miles)
  • Bridge Hollow (16.2 miles)
  • Bridge Port (17.3 miles)
  • Pipeline (22 miles)
  • Swallow Canyon (26.2 miles)
  • Swinging Bridge (29.6 miles)

For history buffs, the Browns Park area was one of the stops along the Outlaw Trail, whose most notorious resident was Butch Cassidy. Nearby, visitors can visit historic buildings dating back to the outlaw era. Visit the BLM’s site detailing all things Green River here, or take a look at their “Floating the Green River” brochure.

CAMPING AT ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

Few natural stone formations are more identifiable than Delicate Arch in Utah’s Arches National Park.

But Delicate Arch is just one of more than 2,000 arches located throughout the park, all of which are at constant risk of collapsing (though this is rare), making a camping trip among the thousands of arches an even more rare bucket list opportunity. Visitors can choose from 50 campsites, plus two group sites at Devils Garden Campground. Reservations for March through October can be made up to 180 days in advance on www.recreation.gov. From November through February, Campsites 1 through 24 are open on a self-serve basis. All campsites have a picnic table, potable water and grill or fire pit. Firewood can be purchased in nearby Moab or from a campground host.

Arches provides unlimited opportunities for kids to learn, starting at the visitor’s center where kids can pick up a Junior Ranger booklet and be sworn in as an honorary ranger – pin and all – upon completing the activities contained within its pages. Horses are allowed in the park with certain restrictions, and a variety of ranger-led programs

highlight areas within the nearly 120 square miles of majestic rock formations.

For more information on camping in Arches visit the park’s page here.

BIKING THE WHITE RIM TRAIL

Located near Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park is comprised of four districts encompassing stunning, primitive desert landscapes. And there’s no better way to get an up-close view of the canyons, mesas and buttes than from the saddle of your mountain bike while tackling the 100-mile White Rim Road at the Island in the Sky district.

Named for the White Rim sandstone of which it’s comprised, the trail loops around and below the Island mesa top, offering expansive views of Canyonlands’ stunning landscape.

While the full 100-mile ride – which starts and ends at the Island in the Sky Visitor Center – attracts hard-core mountain bikers, those of a more leisurely demeanor can take a 75-mile tour starting on the top of the Shafer Trail and ending at the top of Mineral Bottom Road, with a few overnights spent at the camping areas found along the trail.

Because of the extreme heat of the desert climate, most riders tackle the trail in the spring and fall, which can make securing the required overnight permits a bit tricky. It’s best to plan in advance, or go for a guided trip with an outfitter like Holiday River Expeditions. They’ll do most of the work for you in securing the required backcountry camping permits and using vehicles to carry camping gear, food, and water — but it’s up to you to do the pedaling.

Check out the Island in the Sky trails and roads via the National Park Service’s map here.

SAILING THE GREAT SALT LAKE

For Utah transplants who grew up on one of the coasts or along the Great Lakes, it’s easy to feel a bit landlocked in the Beehive State. A sailing adventure on the Great Salt Lake could be just what the doctor ordered, and it’s a great addition to the Utah bucket list.

Located just 16 miles from the city that bears its name, the Great Salt Lake is home to the 138-year-old Great Salt Lake Yacht Club, where it’s said you can find the “saltiest sailors on earth.” Based out of the Great Salt Lake State Marina, the club holds races on Wednesday nights throughout the summer, in addition to sunset sails.

Great Salt Lake private lessons or cruise charters can be arranged by calling Captain Jim Anderson of Sailing Solutions

. Those wanting to get even closer to the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi, contact the Great Salt Lake Rowing Association, which offers rowing lessons and is comprised of sculling enthusiasts. Celebrate Utah’s expansive Pacific Islander heritage by getting in touch with Hui Paoakalani of Utah’s first Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Club, or go solo by renting a kayak, pedal boat or paddle board from Gonzo Boat Rentals.

Activities on the lake aren’t limited to boating. Swimming at the beach adjacent to the marina, bird watching (more than 257 species of birds can be found at some point during the year), and picnicking are other ways to pass the time.

Whether it’s flying off a ski jump, fishing for trout, camping and biking in the desert, or sailing on a majestic body of water, Utah provides something for everyone to check of their own bucket list. Putting down roots in Park City is a great way to create a home base for wherever your next adventure takes you.