Park City More Than Just a Pretty Place

Park City’s home to some pretty smart students

Joel Carsonby Joel Carson
Utah Real Estate

StudentSchool is not usually the first word associated with Park City, Utah; but if you’re looking for a Park City home for sale consider the great education your child will get in this internationally-known recreation mecca. Park City High School was recognized by Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday (Sept. 26) to recognize the school for its achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

Salt Lake Tribune reporter Lisa Schencker reported the school’s recent accomplishment in an article lauding the school’s advanced placement (AP) success. According to Schencker’s report a formula that took into consideration the percent of a school’s students taking AP tests and passage rate, Park City ranked number one among Utah schools. A reported 43 percent of the student body passed AP exams.

Herbert reportedly gave the school a copy of “History of Utah,” a 120-year-old book by Orson F. Whitney. The book will travel to the state’s top AP school each year.

Congratulations to those students preparing for college; and, who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Utah’s Education Excellence Commission served up a free lunch to the Park City students with help of sponsor Fidelity Investments.

Prosperity 2020, a Utah business-led initiative to boost education also played a role in promoting college preparation. Schenker reported that in 2011 more than 20,000 Utah teens took the exams. Passing scores can help students get a jump on their college education with precious college credit. The number of young test-takers had increased by more than 11 percent over 2010. Statistics were drawn from a report released by the College Board on Monday. Utah’s passage rate of 68 percent passage far exceeded the nation’s passage rate of 59 percent this year.

Of course, none of this is surprising to me. In Utah we love to play hard and work hard. Way to go Park City!

If you’re ready to make Park City your new home, contact me at 801-673-3333 today. Also, feel free to browse the fabulous and varied Park City home inventory right here online!

‘I Ride Park City’ Full-Length Adventure Film

Adventure at Home in Park City, Utah

Joel Carson photoby Joel CarsonIRPC Logo

This is going to be great. “I Ride Park City,” Park City Mountain Resort’s action sports brand, is building up to the online release of its new full-length feature film based on the amazing adventures experienced at the resort in the heart of Park City. A world premiere of the movie is slated for Sept. 22 at the Park City Town Lift Plaza, 7 p.m. It’s free and opened to the public.

Video for the film titled “IRPC” was shot entirely at Park City Mountain Resort. It features visiting and local snowboarding professionals, according to a press release recently issued by I Ride Park City. If you have any doubt about buying a Park City home, you have got to see this. I’m expecting it to pretty much summarize all that is wonderful about this fantastic mountain community. It was shot entirely in the terrain parks and Eagle Superpipe at the resort.

“IRPC” is being touted as “a stunning showcase of the high level of riding going on every day at Park City Mountain Resort, with appearances from some of snowboarding’s biggest names.” The film will be released online in four sneak peeks at, one a week beginning in October, before appearing in its full running length beginning Nov. 1.

Many prestigious professional skiers and snowboarders own Park City homes.  Others visit frequently to experience the perfect terrain. Some of the local Park City All Stars featured in this film include:

  • Dan Brisse
  • Kazu Kokubo
  • Sage Kotsenburg
  • Bode Merrill

Visiting professionals featured in the film include:

  • Chris Grenier
  • Zak Hale
  • Brandon Hobush
  • Scott Stevens

Many of the featured riders will be available to sign autographs at 7 p.m. Saturday just prior to the film’s world premiere. Don’t miss it!

If you don’t already live in Park City, you’ll want to own a Park City home after experiencing the breathtaking scenery here. You’ll find a fantastic inventory of Park City homes right here online.  Give me a call at 801-673-3333 and let’s get you moved in before ski season even begins.

Salt Lake Condos Offer Metropolitan Mecca

Contact information for Joel CarsonEditor’s note: This entry represents the final in a series of five detailing the wonders of City Creek Living in Salt Lake City.

By Joel Carson

Whether you plan to live, work or play at City Creek Center in historic downtown Salt Lake City, you will be delighted by this metropolitan mecca. Salt Lake condominiums in City Creek’s three residential towers will put you in the center of the city, but all area residents and visitors can enjoy the city’s transformation.

City Creek is “one of the largest mixed-use developments in the United States,” according to the official project website at City Creek is designed to incorporate the following qualities:

  • walkability
  • urban residential community
  • offices
  • retail stores

The setting for this great new site for Salt Lake condominiums is on 23 acres of land spread across three blocks in downtown Salt Lake City.

City Creek features the following:

  • eighty stores and restaurants
  • pedestrian walkways
  • Nordstrom and Macy’s as anchor stores
  • open-air retail areas and stores covered by a retractable roof
  • full-service Harmons Grocery store including a deli, pharmacy and bakery
  • food court

There are three residential areas in City Creek where Salt Lake City condominiums have become the center of a very modern urban lifestyle. The three towers are as follows:

These incredible Salt Lake condominiums are selling now and they’re selling fast. Call me now at 801-673-3333. My email address is easy, it’s my mobile number at

City Creek Center is the brain child of City Creek Reserve, Inc. (CCRI), an affiliate of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP (ZGF) of Portland, Oregon.

Looking for a Salt Lake City home? Visit and browse through listings all over Utah! I can’t wait to help you turn your dream into reality. Call me now at 801-673-3333. My email address is easy, it’s my mobile number at

Hey Park City, Play Me Some Mountain Music

Joel Carson

by Joel Carson

There’s nothing like it. There is nothing like listening to soul music in the pristine mountain setting of a Park City summer. Crisp high-country air, awe-inspiring scenery, and an ambiance of celebration prevail on Utah’s Wasatch Back any time of year. Buy a Park City vacation home and you just might have to retire to enjoy the perpetual holiday.

Live Venues Plentiful in This Resort Town

Park City and the surrounding areas enjoy a wide variety of venues perfect for live performances. Every Park City vacation home includes an exciting night life winter, summer, spring and fall.

Following are just a few examples of the lively locations you’ll be able to visit within minutes of your new resort home:

Hands in the air

Raise your hand if you love mountain music in Park City!

Village Concert Series
710 Main Street
Park City, UT 84060

Check out The Village on Lower Main Street in the Courtyard. This important element of the Utah Olympic Park offers a patio where locals and visitors enjoy excellent live music and great food.

Flanagan’s Irish Pub
438 Main St.
Park City, UT 84060

You’re going to love Flanagan’s Irish Pub. It’s the “official after party” for the Frontier Bank Community Concert Series at Deer Valley every Wednesday, 9 p.m.-1 p.m. This is a great place to enjoy live music programmed by Mountain Town Music. Food and drinks are amazing there too.

The Egyptian Theater
328 Main Street
Park City, UT 84060

This historic theater has become an landmark in it’s Park City home. The Egyptian has hosted so many different performing arts, and it’s a popular place for cover and original bands to play.

The Canyons Resort
4000 The Canyons Resort Drive
Park City, UT 84098

Canyon’s Resort is touted as “one of the largest four season destination resorts.” This is a fabulous place to enjoy live music in the mountain air. In fact, there are many activities to enjoy here including:

  • scenic gondola rides
  • zip tours
  • a cutting-edge mountain bike park
  • fishing
  • pedal boats

For a full list of great live music venues in and around Park City, visit Park City Live Music.

If you’re looking for a Park City vacation home, now is a great time to buy! You could be moved in by the opening of the 2012 ski season. Browse through many Park City homes on our website. Come on, come play with us! Give me a call at 801-673-3333 today.

Richards Court Fit for an Urban King

Editor’s note: This entry represents the fouth in a series of five detailing the wonders of City Creek Living in Salt Lake City.

Rendering of two buildings

Artist’s rendering of Richard’s Court in City Creek Center.

Joel CarsonBy Joel Carson

Richards Court is fit for an urban king in the heart of historic downtown Salt Lake City. Imagine 90 units in two buildings of brilliant design in the midst of a cosmopolitan paridise known as City Creek Center. These Salt Lake condos are available in a variety of floor plans and sizes.

Richards Court is located at 45 West South Temple and 55 West South Temple. It is marketed as the portal between Temple Square and City Creek. These Salt Lake Condos overlook the astoundingly beautiful Temple Square. Richards Court residents enjoy private and secluded outdoor spaces.

Named the 2012 Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Project of the Year, Richards Court was designed by FFKR Architects and ZGF Architects. Built by Okland Construction, the building is now owned by City Creek Reserve Inc. The brick clad buildings reflect the historic flavor of this city, and the fabulous shopping, dining, and entertaiment surrounding it catapoult Salt Lake condos in futuristic style.

Meander through Richards Court Plaza, “an open and inviting pedestrian-friendly area featuring three granite-clad jet pools and one oval fountain with fire and water, with landscaping and granite pavers,” according to Okland Construction’s website description of one of its premier projects. Deseret Book’s flagship store and the Blue Lemon Restaruant help create a delicious ambiance.

Sound like the perfect place for you? Contact me, Joel Carson at 801-673-3333, today to schedule an appointment to tour all three of the City Creek Center residential towers!

Just look at these incredibly reasonable prices in Utah’s most metropolitan Salt Lake condos.

One Bedroom 904-921 $477,000 – $520,000
Two Bedroom 1,187 – 2,126 $665,000 – $1,787,000
Two Bedroom/Den 1,833 – 2,415 $1,125,000 – $1,724,000
Three Bedroom 2,568 $2,362,000

Send an email or call me, Joel Carson, at 801-673-3333 anytime.

Park City Homes: Share the News About Your Move

Professional real estate manby Joel Carson

You’ve landed the perfect Park City condo. You’re packin’ up and movin’ out – making a break for the fabulous Wasatch Mountains and a world class ski resort. This is a thrilling, exciting, wonderful and extremely stressful day. Let me help you make it just a little less stressful.

There’s plenty you can do to prepare well before moving day. One of the most important things you can do is notify important people, public services, government services and professional organizations of your move. (No, you can’t hide in our spectacular hills forever without telling anyone.)

It’s easy to forget the minor details that need to be addressed when you change residences – whether you are moving across town or across the country.

Get Your Mail Wherever You Go

It’s easy to file a change of address with the United States Postal Service. Visit for simple instructions to file it online. It only takes a few minutes and can be done well before the day of your actual move. Set the change to take effect when you want it to.

Address Each Utility in Advance

You’re going to be under enough pressure during the week of your move. Take time well before to notify utility companies of your move.

Here’s a handy list of utilities that need to be addressed:

  • electric
  • gas
  • water
  • telephone
  • sewer
  • trash
  • cable/satellite
  • fuel (oil/propane)
  • internet

Share Your News with the News

Be sure to notify all publications that are delivered directly to your home that you’re leaving. Stop service or have it forwarded as appropriate.

Consider the following:

  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • newsletters
  • professional journals

Help Uncle Sam Help You

Many government agencies rely on you to notify them of any major life changes including a change of address. Notify government agencies that might need to reach you including the following:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Social Security
  • state/federal tax bureaus
  • city/county tax commission
  • Veterans Administration

Personal Services Need to be Notified Too

Here are a few personal services you should consider notifying just before you make your move:

  • credit card companies
  • laundry service
  • banks
  • lawn service
  • dry cleaner
  • pharmacy
  • health club
  • auto finance company
  • pharmacy

Let Schools Know Where Your Family is Going

  • Pre-School/Elementary School/Secondary Schools
  • Institutions of higher learning
  • Trade schools

Contact Professional Services Well in Advance

You interact often with many different professional services. Include them in the notification process and when necessary, ask them for a referral to a new service provider in the area to which you are moving. Here are some examples:

  • doctor
  • dentist
  • accountant
  • lawyer
  • broker
  • insurance agency

Need more tips to help make your move as smooth as possible? Call me, Joel Carson, today at 801-673-3333. Send an email to Take time now to browse the fabulous inventory of Park City condos, Park City vacation homes, Park City single family homes and more for sale at

Regent Offers Modern Salt Lake City, UT Living

City Creek Living Features New Cosmopolitan Salt Lake City Condos

Editor’s note: This entry represents the third in a series of five detailing the wonders of City Creek Living in Salt Lake City.

Tower in downtown Salt Lake City at City Creek

The Regent in City Creek, Salt Lake City

Professional real estate manBy Joel Carson

The Regent, a modern wonder in condominium living, towers over historic surroundings in Salt Lake City, Utah. These Utah homes focus on urban living and offer a cosmopolitan appeal unmatched in the entire state.

The Regent is 20-stories tall. Located on 100 South in the heart of downtown Salt Lake, is a short walk from the city’s best shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural venues.

The Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains offer peaceful beauty and rip-roaring adventure. Prefer to stay at home? You’ll find a pool and terrace on the third floor or your new Salt Lake City home. Hungry? Restaurants are located on the ground floor. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the high-end shops at your service.

It’s true: Cosmopolitan Salt Lake City living has arrived.

City Creek condominiums are available now in three towers including Promontory, The Regent, and Richard’s Court. Today will take an in-depth look at The Regent.

What is City Creek Center?

Think of this new development as an historic Western city on steroids. Salt Lake’s historic integrity is most certainly intact. The natural setting amid towering mountains and flowering valleys is better than ever; but, at City Creek Center you’ll find an electric energy that’s all new.

City Creek is marketed as the place “where friends meet friends, where work meets play, where the past meets the future, and where Salt Lake meets New York.”

All residences in City Creek are a short walk from:

  • restaurants
  • shops
  • symphony
  • the opera
  • theaters (both live and silver screen)
  • a dynamic business center

The Regent, ‘Inspiringly Modern’

The Regent offers many options to help you choose the perfect Salt Lake City Condo to complement your lifestyle. The project team for this tower calls it “stunning from the outside in and even more so from the inside out . . .”

The Regent features quality amenities in every single residence. Equal attention was paid to the common areas where residents can mix and mingle.

Just imagine floor-to-ceiling windows with a bird’s eye view of the mountains. Don’t worry, there’s nothing stuffy about this place. How is it even possible to create such a casual environment that screams high quality and good living?

Following is a list of very reasonable price ranges.

Salt Lake City

I’m so impressed with these new cosmopolitan Salt Lake City condos and I’d like to help you find the perfect one for you. Please contact me, Joel Carson, right now at 801-673-3333.

Artists at Home in Park City

3rd Annual Redstone Art Fair, July 21 & 22

female artist painting

Don’t miss the Redstone Are Fair in Park City

Joel Carson

by Joel Carson

by Joel Carson

There is no better place in the world to take in the arts than Park City, Utah. If you have a Park City home, you understand the magic inspired by rare natural surroundings. If you don’t own a Park City home, you just might want to think about getting one.

The 3rd Annual Redstone Art Fair, July 21 and 22, 1678 Redstone Center Drive, will lend its beautiful, culturally-rich surroundings to the work of more than 100 of the nation’s most talented artists. Admission is free. Art Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s easy to get to the fair location following these directions provided by the organizing committee:

From I-80 take Exit 145 onto Highway 224 at The Kimball Junction. Turn left on Newpark Blvd. Take the 1st right onto Red Stone.

At this fair you can expect to see:

  • life-size sculptures
  • spectacular paintings
  • one-of-a-kind jewelry
  • photography
  • ceramics
  • much more

You will actually have an opportunity to meet the artists. Many spectacular pieces will be sold in Park City.

Although Park City, Utah is a world-class ski resort, many residents and visitors relish the cool summer breezes, lush mountain surroundings, and unique activities offered throughout the community each year. While you’re in Park City, why not tour some of the amazing Park City homes for sale? Some of the unique vacation homes, Park City condos, and year-round residences for sale along the Wasatch Back are pure art.

If you’re looking for a luxury home in Park City, a condo, townhome or any home in Park City call me, Joel Carson, at 801-673-3333 today. Please feel free to browse our amazing inventory at

Just want to dream about a luxury Utah home? Visit Dream Homes in Utah on Pinterest.

Promontory Tower Salt Lake City Homes for Sale Now

Editor’s note: This entry represents the second in a series of five detailing the wonders of City Creek Living in Salt Lake City. Today’s feature focuses on Promontory living.

Salt Lake City skyscraper

Promontory Tower, City Creek Living

Professional manby Joel Carson

Promontory Tower on the southeast corner of South Temple and West Temple Streets has redesigned the Salt Lake City skyline. With 30 fabulous stories, Promontory offers stunning views inside and out.

Promontory is one of three new towers that define City Creek Living and have redefined Salt Lake City homes with elegance, comfort, and the ultimate convenience. This cosmopolitan lifestyle is for those who love the urban lifestyle.

You can expect the following features in the Promontory Tower:

  • Elegant finishes
  • Enduring style
  • Comfortable amenities
  • Unparalleled views
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Exquisite cabinetry
  • Designer lighting

These Utah homes are within walking distance of restaurants, shops, the symphony, the opera, theaters, and the city’s electric business center.

If you’re ready to tour these lovely cosmopolitan Utah homes, contact me, Joel Carson today at 801-673-3333.

Multiple Floor Plans Offer Flexibility to Meet Your Lifestyle, Budget

With 30 fabulous floors, Promontory Tower offers floor plans to meet your lifestyle.  These homes are designed to complement more than 700,000 square feet of retail space within a 23-acre City Creek development on three blocks in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Promontory, the tallest of the three City Creek Living Towers, will become home to 185 households on 30 stories of unique living space. This tower encloses 344,000 square feet.

  • Studios start at $145,000 and range from 626 to 645 square feet
  • One-bedroom homes start at $255,000 and range from 943 to 1,353 square feet
  • Two-bedroom homes start at $367,000 and range from 1,295-2,023 square feet
  • Premium three-bedroom homes and penthouses start at $1.5 million and range from 2,256 to 3,406 square feet

Many of these Salt Lake City homes are already sold. Contact me, Joel Carson, today at 801-673-3333.

History at Home, Park City Museum Tells the Story

Joel Carson

I was perusing the Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday (May 29) when I came across an interesting piece by veteran journalist Tom Wharton. Wharton detailed the delights of the Park City Museum and I had to smile. It must have been very hard for residents there in the 1960s and 1970s to imagine that funky little mining town as a full-blown world-class resort; and yet, somehow they did (as did many others).

As a licensed real estate professional I often assist clients in buying and selling Park City homesPark City vacation homes, and fabulous Wasatch Back properties the likes of which most of us only dream. The transformation of Park City was a relatively fast one – within three or four decades the community took a valuable lump of coal and turned it into a brilliant gem. Utah has many successes to celebrate. Park City is certainly among them.

“When I was in high school in the late 1960s and Park City was in a gradual transition from historic mining town to International ski destination, I often drove up to Main Street,” Wharton wrote in his column. “In those days, most of the buildings were empty. I remember a small ice cream parlor and cafe called Pop Jenks, the Treasure Mountain Inn that had just been built, a great antique store, and a pizza joint called the Red Banjo. But there wasn’t much else.”

Park City homes come in all shapes, sizes, styles and price ranges. This is a community that values its full- and part-time residents because it values its heritage. Truth is, it has taken thousands of individuals over the years to make this international resort town what it is today.

That brings me to the Park City Museum. The museum is located in the old City Hall, 528 Main St. The entire museum fills up 12,000 square feet of space with reminders of the hard and adventurous road to success. ot facility, which traces the history of one of Utah’s most interesting towns.

I hope you will take time to tour the Park City Museum. While you’re there, take time to tour some of the beautiful Park City vacation homes, Park City resort homes, and Park City homes for sale. Browse our listings in advance at; then, call me at 801-673-3333 to schedule a home tour.

Park City Museum Info

528 Main Street / PO Box 555
Park City, UT 84060
435.649.7457/ 435.649.7384 fax

For general information:

Museum Hours

  • Monday-Saturday: 10 am-7 pm
  • Sunday: Noon – 6 pm
  • Closed: Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Monday-Friday: 10 am-4 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: Closed
  • Members: Free Adults: $10
  • Seniors 65+, Students, and Military (with valid ID): $8
  • Children: $5 (age 7-17)
  • Under 6: Free
    Source: Park City Museum

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