Gina Deaton

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

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 to learn about our many competitive advantages.

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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.