by Joel Carson
Utah Real Estate
SLBR 2012 ‘Salesperson of the Year’
Salt Lake City is home to some amazing entertainment venues. Whether you’re into music, art, theater, education or sports, you will find the finest quality events along the Wasatch Front.
If you’re shopping for Salt Lake City homes for sale, take time to get familiar with the event venues surrounding the neighborhoods in which you want to buy. No matter where you are in the Salt Lake and Utah valleys, you’re not far from a world-class venue.
Today I’d like to tell you about three such venues owned and operated by the Center for the Arts, a division of Salt Lake County. The three venues are:
- Abravanel Hall
- Capitol Theatre
- Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
123 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah
Located in the heart of Salt Lake County, Abravanel Hall is known for brilliant acoustics, a grand lobby and a spectacular view of the sprawling city below it (among many other things). This is the Salt Lake City home of the Utah Symphony.
If you are looking for a classic experience in cultural enrichment, Abravanel Hall is definitely the place to be. Owned by the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts, this beautiful location features concerts, lectures and films. It has a seating capacity of 2,768 and is only 15 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport.
50 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Capital Theatre is undergoing a renovation and is expected to reopen in December. I assure you, it will be worth the wait. This theatre is an historic landmark in Salt Lake City. It was built in 1913 and is an integral piece of our downtown history. Its rare architectural elegance makes it the perfect Salt Lake City home for Ballet West, the Utah Opera, the Children’s Dance Theatre, and Broadway Across America – Utah.
With a seating capacity of 1,876, this richly decorated building hosts concerts, dance, plays, lectures and films. It is also located just 15 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport and is easily accessed via I-15.
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W. Broadway (300 South)
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101
The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center is a versatile performance venue. It features three theaters, permanent art installations, and a rotating art gallery.
Salt Lake County is particularly proud of this venue which includes the Jeanne Wagner Theater (Je-Nay), the Leona Wagner Black Box Theater, and the Studio Theater.
This center, conceived by the Performing Arts Coalition, came to fruition due to a need for rehearsal space for tenants at the Capitol Theatre. The Coalition also recognized a need for affordable space to meet the growing demands of multiple performing arts companies.
The performances in these grand Salt Lake City theatres will delight you, but the venues themselves are worth a visit!
For a schedule of upcoming performances, or to purchase tickets visit www.arttix.org.
People shopping for Salt Lake City homes for sale often appreciate the culturally-rich city and all its finest artists have to offer. If you’re shopping for a home, please take time to visit our website at www.allutahhomes.com where you can browse detailed listings with maps and photographs 24/7.
by Joel Carson
Utah Real Estate
SLBR 2012 ‘Salesperson of the Year’
|PostModem, Sundance Film Festival, directed by Jillian Mayer, Lucas Levya. Photo by Daniel Fernandez.|
Sometimes I take for granted the mind-boggling amount of premier events that help feed Utah’s economy. It’s easy to do. Utah has always been home to creative, forward-thinking residents who plan ahead and constantly enrich the quality of life here. Sound like I’m laying it on a little too thick? This morning I read a report about the amount of money, jobs and positive exposure Utah nets from the Sundance Institute’s Sundance Film Festival and I just had to sit back for a moment and reflect.
In January 2013 the Sundance Film Festival was a 10-day event. It took place in Northern Utah – Park City, Salt Lake City and Ogden. It’s nice to have a little celebration of fine arts and filmmaking, right? Now consider the fact that the festival generated an overall economic impact of nearly $70 million for the state of Utah.
“$70 million?” you say.
“Yes, $70 million.”
The figure didn’t come from a public relations specialist looking to paint a rosy picture. Nope. The numbers came from an independent annual economic and demographic study conducted by the University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the David Eccles School of Business (BEBR).
Now, if you own a Utah home or live in a Park City condo or kickback in a Sundance resort home from time to time, I’m sure you can appreciate the impact this kind of contribution has on a community, a state and even an entire region.
Let me help you out. According to the report the festival organized and executed by the Sundance Institute:
- Supported 1,407 jobs
- Generated $56.8 million in international media exposure
- Netted $5.8 million in tax revenue
- Brought 46,000 people to Utah
If you consider the fact that more than 65 percent of festival attendees came from outside of Utah, including nearly 4,000 visitors from international locations, the impact seems even more significant. The really great news about visitors is that they bring their money to Utah, they spend it and then they go home. There is minimal impact on our infrastructure and so fewer dollars have to be invested than would be if these were all permanent residents.
Luckily, some people do become permanent residents and there are a host of benefits from those buying Utah homes for sale and contributing to our local communities in multiple ways.
More than the money it generates, the Sundance Film Festival is just one of a multitude of fine arts opportunities our residents can enjoy. It opens our minds and exposes our residents to other cultures. We make new friends from around the world and casts a soft warm glow on Utah in media markets from print to electronic.
Here are a few more staggering numbers for you. According to the independent report, over the last five years, Sundance Film Festival has brought in:
- more than $375.6 million dollars in economic activity
- $21.9 million dollars in tax revenue
- supported more than 8,224 jobs
- more than 219,987 festival attendees
Over the last ten years the Sundance Film Festival has generated more than one-half billion dollars in economic activity for Utah.
This is a simple way of looking at the impact. It is far more reaching that it appears on the surface. Consider the impact on businesses benefiting from world-wide exposure. Think of the people who worked when work was a little hard to come by. Just sit back for a minute and imagine all this creative event brings to your own Utah home.
I’m proud of Utah and I’m grateful to the Sundance Institute for its contributions to our residents’ quality of life. I’m grateful I have made Utah my home and want to invite you to become our neighbor. Visit www.AllUtahHomes.com for multiple home listings throughout Utah. Call me at 801-673-3333 for a private showing of any homes you love.
Sandy home to Lone Peak Skate Park
by Joel Carson
Utah Real Estate
SLBR 2012 ‘Salesperson of the Year’
Right about now youngsters throughout Utah are celebrating their new-found freedom from school. If you’re a parent, you know the celebration song doesn’t last long. Soon children will be uttering the words, “I’m borrrrred.” If you live in a Sandy, Utah home, you know this forward-thinking city really “gets it.” The urban city in a suburban setting offers residents recreation opportunities for kids of all ages!
Today I’d like to tell you about just one of the amazing outdoor venues in Sandy. Lone Peak Park is a skater’s paradise and a parent’s best friend on those dog days of summer. The park is located at 100th south 700 East in Sandy and it features 28.8 acres of fun, including an amazing skate park. It’s the second largest developed park in the Sandy Parks System. Other amenities include:
- indoor pavilion
- 3 outdoor lighted pavilions
- 3 full sized soccer fields
- 2 baseball/softball fields
- score keepers building
- concession stand
- 2 playgrounds
- 1 basketball court
- walking/jogging path surrounding the park
The pavilions are available for reservation in case you’re planning a family get-together, a church gathering, or a fun barbecue with friends. Sandy homes for sale are plentiful and all located just a short distance from this park.
Skate Right through Summer
The Lone Peak Skate Park is suitable for people of all ages and abilities who love to skateboard, practice in-line skating and ride BMX freestyle bikes.
These are high-adventure outdoor activities and as long as everyone plays it safe, their great exercise. Remember park administrators require:
- elbow pads
- wrist guards
Park Hours Set for Summer
The skate park is open on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for children ages 12 and under and their parents.
Check out the city’s Parks and Recreation for “Family Night” dates. During Family Night even toddler bikes are allowed!
Public restrooms are available April 15 to Oct. 15. Soda and water are available from vending machines. Make sure your children stay well hydrated. There are phones available inside the park so skaters and bikers can check in with their families.
If you’re looking for a great family community, Sandy, UT is the place to be. Browse our Sandy home listings online 24/7 at www.AllUtahHomes.com today. Call or text me at 801-673-3333 for help finding your little piece of the American Dream. Send an email to email@example.com.
You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to love Park City, Utah. In fact, if you’re looking for a great vacation home, condo or luxury cabin, there are many reasons to buy real estate on Utah’s glorious Wasatch Back.
Long before fancy shops, restaurants and posh resorts called Park City home, the Wasatch Mountains were known to be rich in natural resources and that led to a rich history. This town has got some character. Nowhere is that character more evident than right smack in the middle of town on Historic Main Street.
The discovery of silver brought people to this section of the great Rocky Mountains and people brought all kinds of excitement to the region.
An organization called Historic Park City, Utah helps breathe life into that history. Stories of old help remind locals of the town’s humble beginnings. A report published online at www.historicparkcityutah.com says, “Since silver was discovered in the hills, there have been booms, busts, fires, and freezes, but the town’s adventurous spirit has never dimmed.”
Would you believe this world-renowned resort community almost became a ghost town? Now there are more than 200 unique businesses downtown. “Visitors can shop among over 100 independent boutiques, dine at 50 one-of-a-kind restaurants, relax at a restorative spa, ride the town lift to play in the mountains, stay in style within a short walk of everything, revel in our spirited nightlife, discover something to treasure from our lively art community, connect with someone who can help you start a life in Park City, or meet within the heart of a mountain town,” according to Historic Park City Utah.
‘There’s Silver in Them Thar Hills’
The city was discovered in 1868 when soldiers stationed in Salt Lake City climbed through Big Cottonwood Canyon in search of silver. The Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1870 and eager miners rode in to town on the rails hoping to strike it rich. George Hearst did just that. He purchased the Ontario Mine for $30,000. That mine produced more than $50 million.
The city incorporated in 1884. By 1889 5,000 people inhabited the mountain town. Ten years later the population had increased to 7,500.
A devastating fire wreaked havoc on the town in 1898 when ¾ of the town was destroyed.
It wasn’t until 1930 that the idea of skiing came to light. In the industry the town found a new kind of silver lining. The first ski jump was built on the Creole mine dump, according to the town’s official history.
Is that Silver Snow?
In 1946 the first lift was installed at Snow Park (now Deer Valley). As the ski industry began to build, the mining industry declined steadily threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of miners.
By 1951 residents feared Park City was becoming a Ghost Town. In 1963 Park City qualified for a federal loan from the Federal Area Redevelopment Agency. “With government assistance and other contributions, the new ski resort Treasure Mountain Resort opened with a gondola, a chairlift and 2 J-bars. As word of the new ski area spread, people start moving back to Park City,” the town’s history reports.
The rest is history. Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and anyone who hadn’t heard of Utah’s golden mountain town became keenly aware. “More than 40% of the events were held in Park City at the Utah Olympic Park, Deer Valley, and Park City Mountain Resort and the event brought international fame to Park City, whose population and development has continued to grow as a result,” according to the town history.
Come Home to Park City
Today some of the most luxurious vacation homes are located here, but its humble beginnings are very much a part of the mountain town’s allure.
If you’re ready to shop for homes on the stunning Wasatch Back, call me today at 801-673-3333. Browse our Park City home listings online and just imagine all the riches you’ll find right here at home.
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|* 84060 Deer Valley * 84060 Park City * 84068 Park City * 84098 Park City|
Utah enjoys the “greatest snow on earth” unless, of course, it’s piled on the rooftop of your Salt Lake home and threatening to bring the walls down.
It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen – occasionally a Utah snow storm blankets the mountains and valleys with a thick layer of wet, heavy snow (and then another, and another and another). Snow is one of the attractions people love most about the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back; however, snow build up on our rooftops can lead to dire consequences.
Snow is not just a safety issue, but a potential threat to the integrity of your roof. During the day heat emanating up and out of your home can slightly melt the snow. By nightfall, that melted snow can seep between shingles then refreeze. Can you guess what happens to those shingles after they freeze and refreeze? They crack and buckle.
A build-up of thick ice can actually create little natural dams on the roof causing water to pool and eventually leak into your house.
Sometimes the weight of snow alone can be a threat to a structure.
Delight in all that winter brings; but, be sure to keep your rooftop clean! Following are some tips to clearing your roof before it becomes a problem.
- Dress warm and prepare the proper equipment before you start. Wear a warm jacket and moisture resistant gloves. I highly recommend spiked shoes or shoes with a deep tread designed to protect against slippage on wet or oily surfaces.
- Begin by using a rake to loosen and release deep snow. Stay aware of where you are standing at all times. Stand far enough away from the roof to avoid sudden shifts of snow. Most hardware stores sell rake extensions that make it possible to reach higher on the roof and remain a safe distance from danger zones. Pull the snow toward you with the rake, removing small amounts at a time so you can control where it lands.
- Never use a high ladder or climb on the roof alone. Make sure an adult spotter can see you at all times, and is handy to hold the ladder for you when you climb up or down. Count on the spotter to hand you important tools such as a rake and snow shovel when you need it.
- Make sure you are in good physical health before attempting snow removal. Harvard Health Managing Editor P.J. Skerrett posted an article online Jan. 15, 2011 with this warning: “Snow shoveling is a known trigger for heart attacks. Emergency rooms in the snowbelt gear up for extra cases when enough of the white stuff has fallen to force folks out of their homes armed with shovels or snow blowers.” Hire someone to remove the snow if you may be at risk of a heart attack or other health related condition that could worsen with hard work.
- Leave some snow on your roof to protect its surface. All it takes is a thin coat to protect your Salt Lake home’s roof from tools used to remove heavy snow.
- Use a snow cutter for frozen crusty surfaces. A snow cutter is one of those handy tools everyone who enjoys a winter climate should have. It allows you to remove small sections of snow at a time. It makes the work faster and safer. A roof razor is a similar tool designed to help with this arduous task.
Love Utah winters? Why not make your new home here? I have a great inventory of Salt Lake homes for sale, Ogden homes for sale, Bountiful homes for sale and Farmington homes for sale. In fact, you can browse all our Utah home listings online right now! Visit AllUtahHomes.com or call me today at 801-673-3333.