People often don’t quite know what to make of Utah. And for good reason! It’s semi-arid, high desert with forested mountain ranges and world-class snow which seems contradictory in and of itself. It used to be covered in water, and now it’s covered in national parks and amazing sites. It’s home to the annual Sundance Film Festival and the Red Bull Rampage competition. The biggest city is Salt Lake City. But beyond that, not many folks are clear on what Utah has to offer.
I reached out to Monica Dennis, a property consultant at Utah’s Cityhome Collective. CHC is a home-grown boutique realty and design firm that is head-over-heels in love with everything about Utah, and they seemed like a good place to start when looking for Utah’s hidden gems. (After all, they did coin the #lovewhereyoulive hashtag…)
40 Miles North of SLC
Ogden is nestled up against the Wasatch foothills and manages to preserve its small-town feel amidst explosive growth. Monica attributes that to “job growth and relatively lower prices than other regions of the state. The median home price is $250k,” she says, which includes “many historical Victorian and Prairie-style homes.”
Saloman outdoor gear and Klymit sleeping bags have claimed Ogden as a vital outpost, along with notable companies like Conoco, Browning Arms Company, GOODE Ski Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and more. Besides Weber State University, the Ogden school system continues to grow and even hosts a school of science and the arts.
Ogden’s charm isn’t only in its rapidly growing job market, though. “Historic 25th Street houses numerous restaurants, pubs, art galleries, independently owned businesses, and a summertime farmers market,” Monica says. Ogden also draws thousands of music fans from all over the state every summer with their open-air Ogden Twilight concert series.
Then consider that Odgen is close to mountain trails, bouldering, several waterfalls, as well as Snowbasin and Powder Mountain ski resorts. It’s moments from the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island and several other nature and wildlife preserves. Ogden contains a 5-acre Dinosaur Park. And LagoonUtah’s premiere amusement parkis just a few minutes south via the highway.
28 Miles South of SLC
Recently nicknamed “Silicon Slopes,” Lehi and the surrounding area is defining itself as a tech hub in the West and “an economic powerhouse within the state.” Monica says, “As tech companies continue to sprout up, move to, and expand in Lehi, they bring jobs and out of state buyers. The median home price is $380k, with the majority of homes built after 2000.”
Companies like Nu Skin, SkyWest Airlines, Vivint Smarthome and Solar, Adobe, Ancestry.com, Oracle, Younique, Blender Bottle, Jane.com, Micron, Intel, Workfront, DigiCert, and many more call Lehi home. Because the population is young, transitory, and family-focused, the education system is springing up to meet those needs.
Lehi is on the north shore of Utah Lake and near Thanksgiving Point, a draw for families interested in historically based activities and attractions. The […]