A Short History of Sugar House in Salt Lake City

It is no secret that we have a fondness for Sugar House. Its rich history coupled with the area’s current vibe, and thriving communities, make the Sugar House neighborhoods quaint, welcoming and full of opportunity.

How it came to be:

Sugar House was established in 1853, six years after the Mormon pioneers settled in the valley, making it among Salt Lake City’s oldest neighborhoods. Today, the tree-lined streets and character filled bungalows make walking the best way to experience all that Sugar House has to offer.

 

Situated west of the mouth of Parleys Canyon and the area southeast of Salt Lake City, Sugar House is located from 1700 South to 2700 South and 700 East to 2000 East. Sprawling retail developments, eateries and mountain views are just a few of the treasures found here.

What’s in a name?

Sugar House was aptly named in reference to the sugar beet test factory owned by the Deseret Manufacturing Company in the area. The name came about as a suggestion by Margaret McMeans Smoot, the wife of the then mayor of Salt Lake City, Abraham O. Smoot.

 

Sugar House was the home of Utah’s first state prison for nearly a century, operated by the federal government until Utah gained statehood in 1896. Today, the spacious Sugar House Park and Highland High School, occupy the space after a decade long campaign run by businessman Horace Sorensen to turn it into a park. The Legislature passed the statute to create a state park from the old prison site in 1947. The prison was then moved to the point of the mountain in Draper in 1951.

 

Our Tribute: 

Today, Sugar House is booming with local businesses, restaurants and shopping and has become one of the state’s most desirable locations. We admire it so much, we had an artist recreate this historical scene on our building, we think it turned out amazing!

Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Buying your first home is a very exciting time, but first-time homebuyers can also feel a bit anxious if you do not have all the information you need or are not fully prepared for all the costs necessary to buy a home.

 

Here are some things to consider to help you be prepared for your big move.

  • First and foremost, determine a realistic amount for how much you can afford.Consider your current monthly budget, leave room for miscellaneous home costs and repairs, like HOA fees, taxes and insurance. Then determine the amount you can afford for a house payment, considering what percentage of your take-home pay can be used.

 

  • Pay off all debt. Carrying debt will not only decrease the amount you will qualify for but can also add stress to your monthly bottom line
  • Save for a down payment. Having 20% down is ideal, that will get you into a position of not having to pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
  • Save for closing costs. Typically, closing costs are 3-4% of the purchase price. Once you have a good idea of the home price, you can get to this number easily.
  • Loan pre-approval. Once you have paid off debt and saved for closing cost, it is a good idea to have a lender pre-approve you for a loan. This will help expedite the closing process and give you an idea of what amount you actually qualify for.

 

  • When it comes time to finding the perfect house, research desirable neighborhoods to find the best fit.

 

  • Hire a real estate agent that can help you navigate the maze of open houses and do all the necessary paperwork!

Top Places to Work Up a Sweat Around Salt Lake

Some of the top places to work up a sweat in Salt Lake might be right outside your backdoor.

When the greatest snow on earth finally melts, Utahns work up a sweat by biking, hiking, walking or running on various trails throughout the state.

Being an outdoor enthusiast in Salt Lake is a scenic undertaking, there are just so many possibilities.

Here are some great trails to get you started:

Parley’s Trail

The Parley’s Trial is an 8-mile fully paved trail, making it great for walkers, runners and riders. The trail actually connects the mouth of Parley’s canyon with Sugar House and the Jordan River. With 8-miles to roam, you are sure to work up a sweat no matter your mode of transportation.

 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Situated above the valley, with amazing views, the Bonneville Shoreline Trial spans across the Wasatch Front, with the most popular section running from City Creek to Emigration Canyon. This trail is ideal for mountain biking as there are numerous ‘spurs’ which make for fast descents. Dogs are Allowed.

Bell’s Canyon Trail

Located at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, this popular trail 2.50 miles and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Take in beautiful sites of Lone Peak, Wasatch Mountains and overlook the Salt Lake valley. Three quarters of the way in, there is a lovely reservoir to walk around. No Dogs allowed.

Cecret Lake Trail

Also, in the south end of the valley, the hike to Cecret Lake is 1.60 miles and has very easy access. A bit steep in some sections, this hike is short enough to be suitable for all ages. During the spring and summer, the area is full of wildflowers. No Dogs Allowed.

 

Jordan River Parkway

40 miles of paved trails throughout the greater Salt Lake area, make the parkway ideal for walkers, runners and road biking along the Jordan River. Dozens of trailheads run north to south that offer picnic tables, bathrooms, pavilions and parks. Dogs are allowed.

 

Silver Lake

A beautiful trail that takes you 1.75 miles around Silver Lake, either on manmade walkways or along a natural trail. Great for walkers and strollers. The hike starts at the Brighton Resort, just west of the general store. Take a picnic, there are plenty of places to sit and take in the beauty