Things to Do at Liberty Wells

One of the up and coming neighborhoods in Salt Lake City is the Liberty Wells area. Southeast of Downtown and Northwest of Sugar House, with quick access to both spots, Liberty Wells has its own little gems to check out.

Things to do:

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https://www.tracyaviary.org/

On the north end of Liberty Wells, you will find Liberty Park and Tracy Aviary. One of the largest parks in Salt Lake City, it is rarely empty. With a wooded path around the park, and a driveway encircling the park as well, you will find runners, cyclists, and pedestrians making their way around the park for exercise or leisure. There are also volleyball courts, playgrounds, covered pavilions and plenty of open space to enjoy. 

And right in the middle of the park, you will find Tracy Aviary. A little oasis of learning and conservation in the middle of the city.

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During baseball season, catch the Salt Lake Bees on one of their home game stretches. 

Grab some friends and head to the game, tickets are relatively inexpensive, and it is always a good time. And several nights during the year, after the game, stick around as fireworks are common at the park.

 

 

Where to Shop:

http://www.redkiln.org/

Down the road, you can stop into the Red Kiln Clay Studio and Gallery for a little shopping or a little pottery throwing. Pick up the perfect mug as a gift, or gift a pottery class to that budding sculptor in your life. 

http://www.dancingcranesimports.com/

On the south end of town is a little gem called Dancing Cranes Imports. Full of Asian inspired gift 

https://saltlakerunning.com/

And for all your running needs, run over to Salt Lake Running Center. If you already know what you need, the staff are friendly and helpful and can get you in and out as quickly as you want. If you are new to running and are overwhelmed by the choices, well, they can help with that too. Hop on their in-store treadmill for a biomechanical analysis to find out which shoe is right for you.

 

 

 

Where to Eat:

http://www.beltexmeats.com/

One of the newer additions to the Liberty Wells area, you will find some of the best meat products in Salt Lake City. Many of the area restaurants source their menu items from Beltex, so why shouldn’t you? Ever want to learn how to make sausage, or break down a hog? They can teach you that here.

http://amourslc.com/

The owners of Amour Cafe started making and selling artisan jams and jellies at the Downtown farmers market. They still make those fantastic jams and jellies, but now they are incorporating them in their products at their cafe. Pastries from Bubble & Brown, house-made sodas and gelato, coffee, artisan toast, and farm fresh eggs, Amour Cafe may just become your new favorite brunch place. 

https://www.traditionslc.com/

If breaking down a hog at Beltex is a little daunting, step next door to Tradition where they source many of their items from Beltex. Tradition is also one of the newer additions to the Liberty Wells area but has quickly become one of the staples of the city. Go for brunch or dinner. 

 

Salt Lake City Parks

Salt Lake City has a wide variety of puplic parks, depending on what types of activities you want to do. From paddle boats at Liberty Park to great sledding hills in the winter at Sugar House Park, you can pack a picnic and spend the day outdoors enjoying all the amenities each park has to offer.

Here are a few we think are just great.

 

 

Sugar House Park- The land that houses Sugar House Park was once the site of the Utah State Prison. In 1947 the Utah Legislature passed a statute to set aside the land to be used as a state park.  The park is 110.5 acres of green space and a large pond. There are seven pavilions, regulation soccer and baseball fields. Two children’s play areas with plastic playground equipment and an amphitheater that seats 220 people. In the winter, hills provide great sleigh-riding hills.

 

1330 E 2100 South

Liberty Park-The second largest park in Salt Lake, spanning 80 acres. There are many unique things to see and do at Liberty Park. Tracy Aviary is a beautiful walking area of all different types of birds. Liberty Lake has paddle boats puttering about and a small island in the center where you can get out and sit in a gazebo overlooking the lake. There is a large water play area, Seven Canyons Fountain, where water flows down cement canyons into a large pool of water at the bottom. Two playgrounds, one for older kids and one for younger kids, are separated by a splash pad. They also have tennis courts and a swimming pool.

600 E 900 South

Memory Grove-This park is full of monument’s, Creekside pathways and fountains. Plenty of picnic tables are available to have lunch and take in the views. The park was constructed in the 1920’s and has monuments that honor fallen soldiers from the First World War. There is also a replica of the Liberty Bell. Memory Grove is a great place for walking, jogging or biking.

There are off-leash areas for dogs at the north end of the park.

 

300 N Canyon Road

 

Parks for Kids with Disabilities

 

Liberty Park- The rotatory playground (playground #2) has ADA access and a water feature for kiddos with special needs.

There are also large ADA swings.

 

600 E 900 South

 

Wild West Jordan Playground- Crews are currently working on adding new equipment to this all-abilities playground to make it even better than it was before. Play equipment is custom made and will re-open this Fall.

 

1985 W 7800 South

Pioneer Day or Pie and Beer Day?

If you have lived in Utah for any length of time, especially during the summer months, you have most likely heard the debate of Pioneer Day vs. Pie and Beer Day. Pioneer Day is celebrated on July 24 to commemorate the first Mormon Settlers in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

Pie and Beer Day, also celebrated on July 24th, is an annual tradition where bakeries and local restaurants have pies paired with local craft beers.

Whichever holiday you celebrate, or perhaps both, we have found a few places around town that put on an array of fun-tivities.

Pioneer Day

Parades down Main Street, the smell of Brigham’s donuts inside the Social Hall and a beautiful bird show that you can get up close and personal, are some of the main events that make celebrating Pioneer Day at This is the Place Heritage Park unique. Be sure you get in on the watermelon eating contest.

This is the Place Heritage Park

2601 East Sunnyside Ave

Days of ‘47

The celebrations run from July 19th-24th. Cowboy games and the rodeo take place at the Utah State Fair Park. Desert News Marathon kicks off the morning of the 24th with the colorful historic parade beginning shortly after. Families line the streets the night before to get that special seat. Fireworks take place at dusk at Liberty park

Utah State Fair Park

155 1000 W

Liberty Park

900 South 700 East

 

 

 

Pie and Beer Day

 

The Beer Bar will be offering 26 different pairings of pie and beer. Tickets are $30 and include five pairings.

Beer Bar

161 E. 200 S.

2pm-6pm

 

Ogden Bicycle Collective is hosting a celebration at Talisman Brewing Company. There will pie, beer and a raffle, along with a guided community ride and safety inspection. Tickets are just $5.

Talisman Brewing Company

1258 Gibson Ave

4pm-7pm

 

 

 

Route starts at South Temple and State Street.

Then runs East to 200 East.

Then turns South to 900 South.

Then turns East to 600 East (Liberty Park).

 

Courtesy of Daysof47.com 

Hidden Costs for New Homeowners

When the time comes for you to buy a home, new homeowners need to understand that there are ‘hidden’ costs and fees when you are ready to sign on that dotted line. We are calling them ‘hidden’ because they are not included in the actual price of the home, these costs are obtained through the buying process and at the time of closing.

Here is a breakdown of those ‘hidden’ costs.

 

Home Inspection

Although this is an optional expense, it does protect you from purchasing a home that may have a lot of issues that may not be obvious. These can include things like mold, problems with the heating or cooling system or water leaks. A rough estimate for a home inspection is $300-$500. Keep in mind, if you end up not buying the house after the inspection, you are still obligated to pay the fee.

Appraisal

This is a necessary fee that asses the home and property so your lender knows that you are paying what the property is worth. There are times when a seller may have to adjust their asking price due to an appraisal coming in under the amount of asking. Appraisal fees can run $200-$500.

Loan Application Fees

These fees start the entire loan process. A lender will need to run your credit report to ensure you can qualify for a home loan. That fee is included in the application fees. These typically run $75-$300.

Title Services

Title services include running a title search on a property, paying the notary to notarize all the documents that you sign, and the required government filing fees. It is important to get a detailed invoice for these fees so you are fully aware of what you are paying for. These fees run $150-$400.

Origination Fees

These fees go to the lender for creation of the loan. These are paid upfront and include processing the loan application. the underwriting process and the actual funding of the loan. These fees are usually based on a percentage of the loan amount and range from 0.5%-1.5%.

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)

If you put less than 20% down on your new home, the lender will require you to purchase PMI. This protects the lender from losing money in the event of a foreclosure. This fee can be re-assessed at such time as you have equity in your home. This fee is based on a percentage of the original loan amount as well.

 

Disclaimer- All dollar amounts and percentages are estimates. 

 

Xeriscaping in Utah

Should you be Xeriscaping in Utah?  Here are a few things to consider!

Let’s face it, Salt Lake City is a desert.  A high desert, but still with our annual precipitation rates, we 100% qualify as a desert. Living in the desert, such as we do in Utah, can make keeping a green grass and fully landscaped yard a spendy endeavor.  Not only that, but it is not terribly environmentally friendly.

According to the WSS Water Usage table: “Running a typical sprinkler from a standard garden hose (5/8”) for one hour uses about 1,020 gallons of water; if you run it three times per week, that is about 12,240 gallons per month.”  When it is 90+ degrees out there and you have to water every day to keep your lawn alive, well… it adds up.

That is why we are seeing more and more homeowners lean towards xeriscaping in Utah.  Just what IS xeriscaping?  Xeriscaping is a way of landscaping that uses drought-resistant plants, natural elements, and water-wise features to reduces the need to water your space.

Here are some of the benefits of xeriscaping in Utah:

 

  1. You will DRASTICALLY reduce the amount of water you use in your yard.  This is better for the environment and much more affordable for you.
  2. Water-wise plants can be quite beautiful
  3. No weekly mowing, trimming and weeding your lawn (though be careful in thinking that xeriscaping means “maintenance free,” it does take time and care and you’ll probably still have to weed).
  4. Xeriscaping with native plants reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides.
  5. Your yard isn’t going to die if you go out of town for a week and forget to have someone water

 

Here are our top tips for xeriscaping in Utah:

 

  1. Using native plants for the area will give you a could chance of success, these plants have already adapted to the elements and climate.
  2. Also, due to their deep root system, using native plants when xeriscaping in Utah, means they can survive with the little water they capture from rainwater runoff. These plants are also resistant to freezing, common diseases, pests, and herbivores.
  3. Having some form of irrigation may be necessary depending on your layout and plant selection.  This can be natural irrigation channels that are built into your xeriscaping layout.
  4. Rain barrels may be a great option to collect rain run-off and distribute in your yard or to your house plants. (Check your city ordinances, since rain barrel collection isn’t allowed everywhere)
  5. Don’t think you have to plant everywhere – you can use natural elements like stone, sand, gravel, and wood to create a beautiful landscape.
  6. Weeds can be aggressive when you take out a lawn – so be sure to be aggressive and ruthless back.

 

Our BEST resources for xeriscaping in Utah:

 

  • Contact Salt Lake City Public Utilities, rain barrels are for sale for $68. The barrels have a mosquito screen, threaded spigot, two ¾-inch overflow valves, and 60-gallon capacity.  A GREAT deal.
  • Find a list of native plants for Utah here.
  • Find information on how to design a Wildlife Garden here.