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Mud Season

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Apr 11, 2018

The flowers are beginning to bloom and the days are getting warmer. The Park City mud season is upon us as the ski resorts have closed for ski season, restaurants and local businesses are taking a break and the trails are a little too muddy for hiking just yet. Did you miss the 22nd Annual Spring Grüv this year? Here is a quick recap of the epic jumps from that day. Perhaps the continuous rain and cool temperatures last Saturday kept you indoors, but it only seemed to spur on the 100 or so competitors at Park City Mountain Resort’s 22nd annual Pond Skimming Competition, part of the Park City Mountain resort's Spring Grüvcelebration.

While the 2018 version may not have had as many spectators as past years, it wasn’t short on action. Scores were given based off things like crowd reaction, air and style. Some of the best costumes included a dragon, a waiter, a wizard and a giant piece of pizza. It was a great day.

Back in real estate news - Business Insider recently published that the San Francisco housing market is so dire that people are leaving in droves. The San Francisco Bay Area is on the brink of an exodus as a low supply of homes and high demand drive housing prices— and the cost of living — to new heights. A recent report from the real-estate site Redfin found that San Francisco lost more residents than any other US city in the last quarter of 2017.

LinkedIn crunched its data of over 146 million American workers in their system to identify the US cities where the most LinkedIn members moved to from the San Francisco Bay Area in the past year and found that Salt Lake City is one of the top 10 cities for their relocation. Dubbed the Silicon Slopes, the area from Salt Lake City to Provo is filled with top tech companies, including Adobe, EA, Overstock.comand the cloud software startup Domo.

Tech workers who flock to Salt Lake City for its lower taxes, flexible regulatory environment, and natural amenities may find they can actually afford a home near the office. The National Association of Realtors reported that the salary needed to buy a home in Salt Lake City was $59,521 in the last quarter of 2017. In San Francisco, it's at least $173,783.

UPCOMING APRIL EVENTS

4/11 - 4/27: Hamilton - An American Musical, Salt Lake City

4/12: Justin Timberlake The Man of the Woods Tour, Salt Lake City

4/12 - 4/21: 2018 Ogden Restaurant Week, Ogden

4/20: Sips Under the Sea: Bacon, Draper

4/20 - 4/29: Park City Follies, Park City

4/27 - 4/28: Salt Lake Off Road Expo, Sandy

A Fresh Start to Spring

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 27, 2018

We are always looking to share the latest in news regarding our lovely town and the state of Utah. This week inman recently posted The Best US cities for A fresh Start and Salt Lake City makes the top ten. If you’ve ever had to move to another city for a job, you’ll know just how difficult relocating your life can be. But some parts of the country may be better suited for a fresh start — places like Buffalo, New York; Minneapolis; Salt Lake City; and Austin, Texas; are among some of the most receptive, a new study by online lending exchange LendingTree indicates.

To come to these findings, the study’s authors looked at eight elements that would impact a person’s launch in a new city, including the cost of housing, median income and rates of health insurance coverage at 50 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. To calculate a resident’s chances of landing a good job, the study also examined the number of adults between 35 and 64 who are single, enrolled in school and covered by some form of health insurance along with additional factors including employment, median income and school enrollment.

Spring is here and now it is time to start planning your summer activities by adding the Deer Valley concert line-up to your calendar. Now in its 15 year, the festival's six-week summer schedule starts on June 30 with a Patriotic Celebration featuring vocalist Rachel Potter that will include 13 full orchestra concerts at the Snow Park Amphitheater, as well as four chamber concerts at St. Mary's Catholic Church that begins on July 11 with Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 featuring violinist Kathryn Eberle.

Park City Mountain is ready to slide into their 11th annual Spring Grüv, a 16-day event that features live music, family-friendly activities, entertainers and the 22nd edition of the resort's annual pond skimming contest - the fun begins March 24th.

As we work our way through the annual mud season here are 13 Easy Spring Upgrades You Can Do in A Weekend. With thoughts turning to warmer weather this seemed like a good time to round up a few little projects you can do to improve your backyard, or just add a little curb appeal to your home. Projects range from painting your front door and porch steps to organizing the garage and adding a fire pit to your patio area.

Spring In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 21, 2018

Spring is here and as the snow comes and goes the flowers are beginning to bloom in our town. Our flower today comes atop a lovely muffin from Five 5eeds in Park City on Snow Creek Drive.

There are a number of fun activities happening the remainder of this month and we have listed out a few for you and your families as wells as the links to more information on each event.

 

3/22 - 3/31: Easter Bunny Train, Heber City

3/24: Pink Park City, Park City Mountain

3/24 - 3/25: Holi Festival of Colors, Spanish Fork

3/24 - 4/2: Spring Gruv, Park City Mountain

3/30: The Comedy Get Down Tour, West Valley City

3/31: Easter Egg Hunt!, Salt Lake City

4/1: Easter at Snowbird, Snowbird

4/1: Annual Easter Celebration, Park City Mountain

4/1: Easter Bunny visits Deer Valley, Deer Valley Resort

We are proud to be a part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Property team for many years now. This year the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties received numerous brokerage, office, team, and individual awards at the annual network Sales Convention in San Antonio, Texas on March 5th and 6th 2018. The Utah Properties brokerage was celebrated as the 14th highest performing brokerage while Park City’s Saddleview Office the 3rd highest dollar volume office in the network and Salt Lake City’s Old Mill Office the 7th highest transaction volume for an office in the network.

“Our Berkshire Hathaway professionals are true industry leaders.” said Owner and CEO, Steve Roney. “This year’s convention and honors confirm the caliber and accomplishment of Utah Properties. I look forward to continuing to excel as a brokerage and team.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties is an independently owned real estate brokerage dating back to 1976. With offices throughout northern Utah, the company has a long-standing track record of market dominance and dependability. Under the Berkshire Hathaway name, our agency holds the #1 position in Utah’s real estate marketplace and maintains an historic commitment to community-driven service.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. The brand was just recognized for “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in J.D. Power’s 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.

 

Home Value in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 07, 2018

Last week we shared that Utah has been ranked the #3 Best State by US News. With that on our minds we wanted to focus this week's blog on Homeownership and increasing the value of your home. Let's start with 12 things you can do now to prep for spring. This leads us to a great article published in Park City Home Magazine.

FIVE WAYS HOMEOWNERS CAN BOOST THE VALUE OF THEIR HOME IN PARK CITY When contemplating home upgrades or preparing your home for sale, it helps to identify the renovation projects that not only look good but will boost the value of your home at the same time. Overall, potential buyers are drawn to newer, cleaner, refreshed properties. Here are the five tried and true ways homeowners can boost the value of their home in Park City.

Freshen Up the Paint This may seem like a no-brainer, but a fresh coat of paint will always make a home feel updated and renewed. Modern, current paint colors can have a vast effect on a home’s appeal. Whites, greys, light blues, and sage-greens are in-style for 2018 and can give your home an updated feel. Contemporary, neutral paint can also give potential buyers the ability to see themselves living in the home.

Update the Windows Natural light enhances ambiance and updating windows can boost a home’s value. Homes that feature 70’s style round, half-moon, or hexagon shaped windows may cause buyers to contemplate pricey renovations or will turn them off from the home completely. Additionally, if your windows are old, drafty, or fog up due to failing seals, fixing these problems will increase the value. Updating window coverings from heavy drapery to hidden or electronic shades can go a long way in adding value and a contemporary feel to the home. Lastly, adding windows to increase natural light can improve a home’s value.

Renew Kitchens and Bathrooms When it comes to home renovation and updates the two most important spaces in a home are the kitchen and the master bedroom/bathroom. In the master bedroom, focus on brightening the room and creating a fresh, inviting feel. Clean, modern paint colors and neutral fresh carpet or renewed hardwood floors can make a huge difference. In the master bathroom, potential buyers are trending toward light and bright features such as subway tile, marble, and clean lines over dark woods and granites. In the kitchen, making minor changes such as painting the cabinets in a modern color, updating the tile, or replacing old-fashioned, brass light fixtures and hardware with more current styles and contemporary pieces can increase the value of a home.

Add Smart Technology Features As we move farther into the age of technology, home trends are following suit. Many potential buyers see a lot of value in smart technology features such as electronic window shades, smart thermostats, slim TVs, and more. That being said, one electronic feature that used be popular but has been falling out of trend is pre-wired sound systems. With wireless speaker systems on the rise, buyers are bringing their systems into their new homes or upgrading as needed.

Revive Curb Appeal -First impressions can make a big impression. Enhance landscaping, clean up the walkway to the front door, and repair or seal driveway cracks. A fresh coat of paint including window frames and the front door can make an older home feel new again. If paint is not in the budget, power washing the outside of the house, so long as it doesn’t strip the paint, and the front walkway or driveway can also refresh the appearance. Lastly, updating the porch sconces and lighting can make a home look more current and inviting.

Whether you are looking to spend a little or a lot, there are many ways to add value to your home in Park City. However, for any major physical changes to the home, its best to hire a designer to help make sure the improvements are truly up-to-date and generic enough to appeal to a wide audience. For recommendations on designers or for more advice on ways to boost the value of your home reach out we are here to assist.

This week's Development Spotlights are Hyatt Centric and Juniper landing.

Hyatt Centric Park City is located at the vibrant base of Canyons Village at Park City Mountain, Hyatt Centric Park City Residences offer whole-ownership residences in one of Park City’s famed slope side resort hotels. These luxury residences function as second homes with all the amenities of a hotel suite. As a AAA Four Diamond ski-in/ski-out mountain resort, Hyatt Centric offers owners on-mountain access to the largest ski resort in the United States. Floor plans feature large family gathering spaces, an abundance of bedrooms, and functional designs. The full-time, caring and attentive Hyatt Centric staff meet all the needs of owners and ensure that your visit feels like a true vacation.
Juniper Landing is ideally located just steps from the Frostwood Gondola and nestled between the 9th and 10th fairways of the Canyons Golf Course. These new contemporary residences present quality interiors and superb craftsmanship with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and ski runs. No matter the season, you can bask in alpine beauty, explore miles of pristine trails, indulge in local dining, shopping and entertainment, or simply rejuvenate in your treasured mountain retreat. Features and amenities include Thermador™ appliance packages, and a brand-new courtyard with heated Jr. Olympic size salt water pool, fire pit and hot tub, and a fitness center with sauna and steam room.

MARCH EVENTS

Now - 4/11: Utah Jazz Basketball, Salt Lake City

Now - 4/7: Utah Grizzlies Hockey, West Valley City

3/9: The Cowboy Train, Heber City

3/8 - 3/9: Rob Schneider, West Jordan

3/9 - 3/10: Get Lucky, Salt Lake City

3/15 - 3/18: 2018 International Sportsmen's Expo, Sandy

3/16: Bon Jovi: This House Is Not For Sale Tour, Salt Lake City

3/16: St. Paddy's Train, Heber City

3/16 - 3/17: Wanda Sykes, Salt Lake City

3/17: 2018 Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Salt Lake City

3/22 - 3/31: Easter Bunny Train, Heber City

3/24: Pink Park City, Park City Mountain

3/24 - 3/25: Holi Festival of Colors, Spanish Fork

3/24 - 4/2: Spring Gruv, Park City Mountain

3/30: The Comedy Get Down Tour, West Valley City

3/31: Easter Egg Hunt!, Salt Lake City

4/1: Easter at Snowbird, Snowbird

4/1: Annual Easter Celebration, Park City Mountain

4/1: Easter Bunny visits Deer Valley, Deer Valley Resort

Spring In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
May 24, 2017

Spring is here and even with our snow capped mountains temperatures are reaching the 70s during the day. With Spring means that each Wednesday, Canyons Village at Park City will once again host Park City's Farmers Market in the Cabriolet parking lot. Stop by for fresh produce, fresh baked bread and arts and crafts from local vendors. Canyons Village Cabriolet Lot 1815 Canyons Resort Drive. This also means that the The Last Friday Gallery Stroll is coming up giving locals and Park City visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while exploring Park City’s exciting art scene. During the Last Friday Gallery Stroll—6:00–9:00 p.m. on the last Friday of each month—members of the Park City Gallery Association offer a unique monthly showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits and art events.

Park City is back in the news making the top ten for America's Greatest Places You Absolutely Have to Visit During Spring By Jay Gentile. Park City, Utah - Spring shoulder-season deals make this time of year the cheapest to visit Utah's most well-known resort town. While it has a reputation for celebrity sightings during Sundance, in spring it's just another laid-back mountain town up for pretty much anything. Strolling or riding the free trolley down its picturesque Main St is a must, and there is perhaps no finer activity than basking in the spring sun over a few pints of craft beer on the rooftop of local hangout No Name Saloon. Nearby Salt Lake City is one of the most underrated (and cheap) destinations in America, while the surrounding Wasatch Mountains are as good a place as any to lose yourself in nature.

National Geographic also has Park City in their top picks for America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns - The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) designates destinations as “ride centers” when they offer something for every rider, from backcountry epics to beginner-friendly singletrack. Of the 37 in the world, the first gold-level status was awarded to Park City. Beyond the sheer quantity of trails—about 400 miles of singletrack—Park City’s active and productive bike community has helped link them in a highly functional, user-friendly network.

Park City’s trail options include long, flat cruises, intermediate rolling terrain, and alpine singletrack with challenging climbs and thrilling descents. There are even lengthy tours like Mid-Mountain and Wasatch Crest. Plus, Deer Valley, Canyons Resort, and Park City Mountain Resort (now one property) all offer lift-assisted riding, which makes access to the higher alpine trails even easier. Gravity aficionados flock to Canyons Bike Park for its freeride trails (the lifts also access 20 miles of cross-country trails).

Park City even joins the most recent edition of VOGUE in Ed Droste Trades Sunny LA for 2 Mountain Retreats - Simon and I headed up to Park City, Utah to stay at the masterful Washington School House Hotel. As luck would have it, we were upgraded to the top-floor penthouse. Our brains essentially exploded upon arrival and learning that an ambassador for the city had created a killer itinerary for us, including top-notch food at High West Distillery and endless days of skiing both at Park City Mountain (it has recently been overhauled and is now massive) and the more old school Deer Valley.

Have a great week - Ramon and The Gomez Team

Spring Skiing In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 22, 2017

RamonSpring Skiing is here and we are making the most of our time on the mountain. After hitting the slopes I read a great article yesterday I wanted to share by Jordi Lippe-McGraw for the Huffington Post - 5 Things Every East Coast Skier Should Know About West Coast Skiing. Jordi said "Our go-to spot was Killington, Vermont, and I have very fond memories of hitting the slopes with my dad, enjoying family meals by the fire, and taking a dip in the hot tub.But, aside the occasional side trip to upstate New York or Connecticut, this was the only skiing I ever knew. That was until I took my first West Coast ski trip to Park City, Utah. After hearing about the record snow fall the area got this year (and the lack of snow New York got), I decided to book a quick three-day getaway to the famous resort area. My assumptions were it would be pretty much the same as east coast skiing, so I should know what to expect. Right? Boy, was I wrong. Here are five things every east coast skier should know about west coast skiing: The Snow Is Scientifically Proven To Be The Best, Gourmet Meals Are The Norm At Ski Lodges, the Hotel Rooms Are Basically Luxury Homes, It’s Not Miserably Cold On The Slopes and You Can Ski All Day Without Doing The Same Trail Twice." Click here to read the entire article.

Park CityIt seems a lot of people are writing about their first trips to Park City and I wanted to share this one too - 8 Best Things to do in Park City, Utah by Andrea Traynor. Andrea describes herself as the Indulgent Traveling Mom and here are her 8 best things to do in Park City: Ski and snowboard in champagne powder, Eat at Tupelo, Vessel Kitchen + Deer Valley’s Seafood Buffet, Bobsled at Olympic Park, Go snowmobiling, Visit High West Distillery, Take the free trolley, Be fabulous in the Veuve Clicquot yurt, Stay at Black Bear Lodge and Read on for all of the details!

Here are a few events going on around Park City - have a great week!

Groundbreaking: Innovations in Clay March 22 - April 16 at the Kimball Art Center    

Why Did the Moose Cross the Road? Making Highway Crossings… March 22 at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter    

Story Time Art for Tots March 23 - May 25 at the Kimball Art Center    

Table of 12 Wine Tasting March 23 - April 2 The Market at Park City    

 Annie March 23 - April 2 at the Egyptian Theatre    

The Infamous Stringdusters March 23 Park City Live    

 

 

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