Tiny Houses

One of the biggest growing trends in the past decade  is the tiny house trend that is that has caught hold across the U.S. today, but has it caught in Utah? You can see it in nearly every home-related television show now-a-days, but what exactly is a “tiny home” and the lifestyle that comes with it? A Tiny home is defined as 100 to 400 square feet. Downsizing and living sparsely obviously come with the smaller space, but nicely enough it comes with a smaller price tag. One of the greatest appeals to tiny living is the lure of living debt free and still owning a place to call home.

“Debt free” has more than a nice ring to it; it’s got a near mesmerizing chime. But living tiny is just as it sounds, hard. Know the challenges that come with tiny. It’s not just the fact that you have to try and fit your entire life into 400 or fewer square feet. Its where do you plant your tiny roots? Many land parcels and subdivisions won’t allow for homes to be built less than 1000 square feet or park RVs fulltime (which the mobile tiny homes usually get referred to as). Do you have a foundation or wheels, or even how do the utilities work? These and many other things can be eccentric or just downright tricky, but the benefits are definitely there. According to thetinylife.com 68% of tiny homeowners don’t have a mortgage to pay every month, while 55% have more savings in the bank than the average American, and 89% of the tiny life community has less credit card debt than the average American. Tiny house living isn’t for everyone though.

Being sold direct from the builder and riding the gray area of zoning laws leaves tiny home finding their plots in more rural communities instead of the urban scene. In general, tiny housing is a lifestyle born out of necessity; a necessity that Utah doesn’t have. We are very much still growing. In 2016 Wasatch Front was recognized, by the National Association of Realtors, as home to more mansions than any other U.S. city. In 2017 Utah has been repeatedly been chosen among the top markets in the U.S. in Forbes, Realtor,  Tiny housing may catch along the Front soon, so don’t fret, but for now the tradition of larger families and backyard basketball courts keeps Utah housing on the larger end of the scale.

If you would like to learn more about tiny living in your community or just want to explore your options reach out to us here.

 

Death of a Shopko

A little over 27 years ago, developers negotiated with the city and RDA to develop the land and I-80 freeway exit in Sugar House. Part of the plan was to close off two streets and create the Sugar House shopping area we all know. Despite this, developers are again working on changing the shopping center. The days of Shopko and its large parking lot have come to an end. Soon, demolition of the Shopko will begin, and a new rebirth of the space will start to take place…

Check out the rest of our article at http://utahstories.com/2017/04/death-of-a-shopko/

 

Rising Skylines – Are you ready?

The Wasatch Front has been dubbed the “Silicon Slopes” and a “super incubator for tech companies.” Salt Lake itself has been compared to San Francisco from 20 years ago. Of course, we want to welcome the growth, the boom, and all the benefits that come with it, while still evading that growth’s disadvantages. How, and what are some of those hindrances? Skyscrapers and large tenements amongst quiet neighborhoods. Many communities have spoken out against ‘too-tall’ structures or larger developments around Salt Lake. (more…)

Which Neighborhood Fits Your Lifestyle?

Sugar House? 9th & 9th? University? Downtown? The Avenues?  Aaahhh!

Which of these 5 Salt Lake City neighborhoods best fits your lifestyle?                                                     

Moving to a new area – whether it be a new city or even a new part of the city – can be very intimidating.  It takes living somewhere and truly experiencing it within your own lifestyle to fully understand the area around you and what makes it so great.  We always think our own neighborhoods are the best!  So what in the world do you do when everyone is telling you that you should move to their neck of the woods?                            

Take our quiz and remember the answers you selected for each question – mostly a’s, mostly b’s, etc.  After the quiz, you can find your results and learn more about the neighborhood that picked you!


What do you want to do when you wake up on a sunny Saturday morning?

  1. Head to the park with my dog and coffee
  2.  Play frisbee in a field with my friends
  3.  Hop on the train and hit the stores
  4.  Do some yoga and grab a coffee
  5.  Eat a local brunch and do some window shopping

 

What types of restaurants do you eat in the most?

  1.  Local restaurants where I can meet the owner
  2.  I enjoy the eclectic menus of other countries
  3. I like famous steakhouses and unique menus
  4.  I  love farm – to – table eateries
  5.  Smaller bistros really set the mood

 

What is your ideal mode of transportation?

  1.  Carpooling with my friends to save the earth
  2.  I have a bicycle and/or a longboard
  3.  UTA – Trax System
  4.  I have two legs that work great
  5.  My sturdy vehicle!

 

Where do you like to spend your evenings?

  1.  At the Art Walk
  2.  Attending cultural events
  3.  At bars
  4.  Hanging outside with other locals at festivals
  5.  In a candlelit eaterie with tapas style dining

 

Which activity do you do on a regular basis?

  1.  Going to the park
  2.  I love sporting events!
  3.  Mall. Movies. Meals.
  4.  Local boutique shopping
  5.  Museums and Gallery openings

 

If you answered mostly A’s … then Sugarhouse is where you should be!

If you answered mostly B’s … then you should move to the University Area!

If you answered mostly C’s … then you would love living Downtown!

If you answered mostly D’s … then 9th & 9th is your best bet!

If you answered mostly E’s … then the Avenues is waiting for you!


 

It can be scary moving to a new city with new people and new places.  After the fear goes away, the excitement settles in and that’s when you make your move!  Selecting the right neighborhood will make all the difference in the world in your new life.  To get a better feel for each of these neighborhoods, take a look at our Pinterest page and see what tickles your fancy!