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The History of Park City

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Jul 28, 2016

 

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Park City, a now vibrant community, was once a hard-hat wearing, saloon visiting mining town. Although the town was not incorporated until 1884, Park City’s history began in the winter of 1868 when soldiers climbed over the mountains from Big Cottonwood Canyon and discovered silver. Mining began with the Flagstaff Mine, later renamed Ontario Mine.

The Ontario Mine was one of highest volume producing silver mines in the world, and the success of Ontario helped create a boom-town atmosphere in Park City. To this day, the remnants of the Ontario and Silver King mines, can be seen on the slopes of present day ski resorts.

Until 1898, the town was booming with no end in sight, but a fire that burned down 200 out of 350 structures would put the townspeople, now numbering 7,000, to the test. Miraculously, the town rallied, and the whole town was rebuilt in just a year and a half.

Six years later, in 1904, local businessmen established the Miners Hospital, initially located at the base of what is now Park City Mountain. The hospital was built and furnished entirely through community donations, and it allowed miners to stop traveling thirty miles to a Salt Lake City hospital. For the next decade, the town experienced hard times including landslides, cave-ins, and flooded tunnels. One of the town’s greatest tragedies was the destruction of Main Street’s Egyptian Theatre in 1916.

Mining Fast Facts

From 1875-1982 Park City produced:

  • 1.45 million ounces of gold
  • 253 million ounces of silver
  • 2.7 billion pounds of lead
  • 1.5 billion pounds of zinc
  • 129 million pounds of copper
In 1917, the state of Utah decided to start prohibition two years before the rest of the country; however, in 1921 twenty-six out of twenty-seven local bars were still serving alcohol. Then in 1929, the stock market crashed and local mines lost value; but shortly after the crash in 1931, Alf Engen set a world record on Ecker hill with a 247-foot ski jump. Skiing began to infiltrate the town with the first successful winter carnival in 1936 at what is now Deer Valley, and in 1947, as mining prices dropped even lower, Snow Park installed its first chairlift.

In 1949, all of the mines were shut down until 1952 when some reopened, but Park City became a ‘ghost town’ of only about 1,150 people. The town did not begin to rise again until 1963 when they qualified for a federal loan exceeding one million dollars to develop a ski area. The ski area Treasure Mountain Resort, now Park City Mountain, was established with a gondola, chairlift, and two J-bars.

Skiing began to take off, and in 1968 and 1981 respectively Park West, now Park City Mountain, and Deer Valley were established. Following the growing success of mountain sports, in 1982, mining operations were discontinued, and Park City became a resort community.

With the Kimball Arts Center, operating since 1976, playing an increasingly large role in the community, the town embraced the arts, and Robert Redford established a film festival in 1981, which would become the annual Sundance Film Festival. With a permanent residence of around 7,800, Park City is a small community that was voted “Best Town in America” by Outside Magazine in 2013.

 

Approximate Skier Days per Year Total skier days 1987-1988 to 2012-2013
Park City 1,700,000 31,086,233
Utah 4,000,000 85,832,877
 

 

Park City May Events

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Apr 28, 2016

FOR TRAVEL -- Summer Winter Mountains -- Park City, UT -- Homestead Crater CREDIT: Re Wikstrom with Park City Yoga Adventures FOR TRAVEL -- Summer Winter Mountains -- Park City, UT -- Homestead Crater CREDIT: Re Wikstrom with Park City Yoga Adventures

All Month Ritual Chocolate Factory Tours

All Month Geothermal Standup Paddleboard Yoga in the Homestead Crater

All Month Park City Film Series

5/1 Egyptian Theatre Park City Follies

5/5 Peace House Annual Spring Luncheon

5/11 Summit Land Conservancy 2016 Breakfast

5/13-5/14 Egyptian YouTheatre presents Junie B. Jones

5/20-5/22 Egyptian Theatre presents Peter Yarrow

5/20-5/21 Heber Valley Horse Sale, Rodeo, and Tack Auction

5/26 Latino Art Festival

5/27 Park City Gallery Stroll

5/28 Wasatch 360 MTB race

Local Business Love: Exchange Etc...

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Apr 21, 2016

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Exchange Etc...

1755 Bonanza Drive

435-649-3726

We're big fans of bobbles, belts, and boots. Exchange Etc...is an adorably curated consignment shop that ranges from sparkly flapper dresses to authentic cowgirl boots. Even the space is right out of dreams of LouLou de la Failaise's boudoir. Lounge about on velvet Roman couches whilst dangling some pearls on under a fabulous floppy hat.

Part vintage treasure chest, part hippy clothing swap, part costume closet...it's just pretty fun with a romantic flair. So, stop in, change up your personality, get inspired for a theme party, and find that dream pair of Chanel block heels you never thought you could afford.

We love the businesses that keep Park City colorful. Thanks, Exchange!

 

 

US Resorts by the Numbers

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 25, 2016

 

In which we provide, for your own edification and enjoyment, the latest data related to select U.S. resort markets ...

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Palm Desert, CA

  • Average Sales Price: $458,774
  • Median Sales Price: $357,042
  • % Change Median Sales Price from 2014 to 2015: -2.3%
Palm Springs, CA
  • Average Sales Price: $611,209
  • Median Sales Price: $523,291
  • % Change Median Sales Price from 2014 to 2015: 4.0%
Big Sky, MT
  • Average Sales Price: $1,067,952
  • Median Sales Price: $622,000
  • % Change Median Sales Price from 2014 to 2015: -4.4%
Bozeman, MT
  • Average Sales Price: $454,433
  • Median Sales Price: $362,000
  • % Change Median Sales Price from 2014 to 2015: 11.4%
Aspen, CO
  • Average Sales Price: $3,313,930
  • Median Sales Price: $1,500,000
  • % Change Median Sales Price from 2014 to 2015: 1%
Vail, CO
  • Average Sales Price: $1,083,724
  • Media Sales Price: $585,000
  • % Change Median Sales Price from 2014 to 2015: 4.5%
Park City, UT
  • Average Sales Price: $2,200.000
  • Median Sales Price: $1,500,000
  • % Change Median Sales Price from 2014 to 2015: 17%
*All information pertains to 2015 single family attached and detached properties and was provided by the California Desert Association of REALTORS® and Desert Area MLS, Gallatin Association of REALTORS/Southwest Montana MLS, Aspen Board of REALTORS® MLS, Park City Board of REALTORS® MLS and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties 2015 Vail Valley Market Trend Report.

3rd Home - Travel Club for Luxury Second Homeowners

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 16, 2016

We are thrilled to announce our EXCLUSIVE relationship with 3rd Home.

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Friends and clients of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties have been pre-approved for a complimentary lifetime membership in 3RD HOME, valued at $2,500. Additionally, you will be upgraded to the President’s Club level for 1 year — a total savings of almost $3,000! Sign up at www.bhhsutah.3rdhome.com/signup.

WHAT IS 3RD HOME?

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3RD HOME is a private club for the owners of luxury second homes. With an average property value over $2.4 million USD, over 5,300 properties and growing, and endorsements from the top luxury residential and resort brands, 3RD HOME enables vacation home owners to travel the world staying in premier places without paying rental rates ever again.

It was created to fill a need expressed by second home owners to find a safe and trustworthy way to “expand” the use of their second homes without the hassle or expense of renting them out. 3RD HOME enables you to exchange time in your home for stays at other premier luxury destinations worldwide. By depositing weeks at your vacation home into the club, you can reserve another great home any time in advance or at the last minute.

There are hundreds of desirable destinations to choose from. The scale and quality are unprecedented. Many homes even come from the top branded destination clubs and real estate developments that endorse 3RD HOME for their owners.

WHAT MAKES 3RD HOME UNIQUE?

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• There are over 5,300 luxury properties in 74 countries to choose from with an average value of $2.4 Million USD.

• Access to homes in over 1,000 different cities.

• We are affiliated with many of the world’s leading luxury residential developments in addition to private homes

valued at up to $30 million USD.

• You’ll be a lifetime member with NO annual dues!

• No direct or simultaneous exchanges with other members are required as with traditional home exchanges.

• The proprietary Keys system gives our members immediate access to every available property.

• Our secure web platform allows 24/7 booking of reservations and notifications on properties you are watching.

• The ‘Request a Week’ function expands availability beyond what is listed on the site.

• Pre-screening of member homes, plus host and guest feedback on every trip, ensures a premium experience.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Keys are the currency of 3RD HOME. When you list your residence on our site, we take into account your homes current market value, with an adjustment made based on location and the home itself. You’ll earn Keys by depositing weeks at your residence into the club for other members’ use. Plus, you will earn Double Keys when you deposit a Peak week, and Triple Keys when you deposit a Super Peak week!

When you join 3RD HOME, you’ll list your own private vacation home on the site indicating its value, location, adding pictures and other details. Next, you’ll select weeks that you agree to make available exclusively for other members. 3RD HOME will credit you a number of Keys for each week(s) that you choose to deposit based on the desirability of those weeks.

BOOK YOUR TRIP

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Ready to take a trip? Trade your Keys for a stay at another member’s property! You can begin booking immediately– simply select an available week at any of our luxurious properties, pay the nominal exchange fee ($395- $995 USD), and receive immediate confirmation. There are no rental fees for any property on the 3RD HOME site!

Local Business Love: White Pine Touring

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 03, 2016

White Pine Touring is a staple provider of Park City reacreationalists. From Backcountry ski set-ups, to fat tire bikes, skate ski gear, helmets, alpine boots, mittens, backpacks, and all things merino wool, this locally-owned gearage has you covered.

Beyond gear, White Pine maintains a beautiful skate and cross-country ski track on the Park City golf course that offers lessons and rentals for first timers. Additional offerings include guided snowshoeing, ski touring, avalanche safety classes, rock climbing, etc... If you're looking to expand your adventure horizons and find news ways to play in the mountains, you should probably stop by...get your skis tuned while you're at it.

WHITE PINE TOURING - 1790 BONANZA DRIVE, PARK CITY, UT 84060     •      PHONE 435.649.8710

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The Only Guide to PC You'll Need.

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Feb 25, 2016

We have a pretty big crush on our mountain town. From its 300 miles of trails, outdoor concerts, two world class ski resorts, and spiffy real estate, Park City offers both culture and lifestyle, luxury and community, mountains and merriment. Here is where eat, shop, and play.

You had us at the concrete entrance. Park City Library...if you like contemporary spaces, not to be missed. 

Eat

High West Whiskey Distillery and Restaurant

703 Park Ave Park City, UT 435-649-8300

High West is one Park City’s best culinary haunts. This saloon styled restaurant offers in-house award-winning whiskeys and new-style western dishes. We recommend the Elk Medallions and with a Dead Man’s Boots.

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136 Heber Ave Park City, UT 84060 (435) 602-1155

This farm-to-table American eatery offers the best of locally sourced delights in creative dishes. Beyond the stellar food, we love the contemporary flair of the interior and the fun cocktails. We recommend the squash salad, diver scallops and clams, and the beignets.

Billy Blanco’s

8208 Gorgoza Pines Rd, Park City, UT 84098 (435) 575-0846

Park City’s best Mexican food can be found out in Pinebrook. Billy Blanco’s offers tasty tacos, salsas, and burritos in a family fun setting. We recommend the Mango Guacamole, Baja Fish Tacos, and the Fajitas.

Shop

Flight Boutique

545 A Main Street, Park City, UT 84060 (435) 604-0806

This cute Main Street boutique offers curated women’s fashion lines that we love. Being in a mountain town doesn’t mean just wearing Gore-Tex, Flight sees to that.

Dolly’s Book Store

510 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060 (435) 649-8062

This Main Street literary retreat is one of Park City’s cornerstones. Conveniently located in the same spot as Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Dolly’s has a lovingly selected array of everything from Young Adult, to Non-Fiction, to beautifully crafted Thank You cards.

Splendor Beauty Emporium

1635 Redstone Center Dr # 125, Park City, UT 84098 (435) 575-1800

This darling boutique located in the bustling Redstone center carries everything from high end hand creams, to organic face wash, to Nars make-up, to yummy smelling candles. It’s also a great place for a facial or a make-over.

Night Out

328 Main St, Park City, UT 84060 (435) 649-9371

The Egyptian Theatre is one of the cultural centers of the community. In addition to being one of the host theatres for the Sundance Film Festival, the Egyptian offers a wide array of performances from bands to musical theatre.

Ski Gear

Jan’s

1600 Park Avenue Park City, UT 84060 435-649-4949

Jan’s has everything you need to spend a comfortable day on the hill. With its custom ski boot fittings, outwear lines, and ski rental program, this Park City owned and operated shop sets you up for success on the slopes.

Gorsuch

355 Main St, Park City, UT 84060 (435) 731-8051

Known for its elegant outerwear, stylish lifestyle clothing, and luxury home brands, Gorsuch ensures a degree of refinement whether you’re skiing or hosting.

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No Name Saloon

447 Main St, Park City, UT 84060 (435) 649-6667

One of Park City’s most colorful haunts, No Name, as it’s known to locals, offers great bar eats, a wide selection of craft beers, and blood-warming cocktails. The interior is a tribute to western culture and make an evening out a memorable experience.

 

 

Local Business Love: Julie Nester Gallery

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Feb 10, 2016

JN Blog6Park City may be a small ski town, but it has a full-fledged cultural scene that includes a diverse family of art galleries. Perched in a warehouse space just off of Main, Julie Nester Gallery houses contemporary art pieces that range from photography to oil paintings.

Expertly curated by the Nesters, longtime art aficionados who have been doing their best to keep Park City’s taste as elevated as its altitude, this gallery remains one our favorite haunts when it comes to padding out our spaces with beauty.

The bright space is ideal for taking a moment and thinking high-and-mighty aesthetic thoughts. From a designer’s standpoint, the gallery offers a wide array of mediums and artists, but all fall under the general umbrella of modern.

We’re pretty outspoken fans of bringing contemporary design trends to our neck of the woods; so, it’s no surprise that we’re quite fond of Tor Archer’s sculptures, Audra Weaser’s mixed medium acrylics, and Nine Francois’ charming animal portraits. Each featured artist truly differs from the next, and this gallery sets the bar in terms of bring cosmopolitan creations to our mountain setting.JN Blog5

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Annual Market Report

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Feb 09, 2016

 

 

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This comprehensive yearend market report is designed to give an overview of Summit and Wasatch County real estate. We feel that our clients should have access to information that facilitates thoughtful real estate decisions. All statistics are based upon Park City Board of Realtors MLS data for the period of 1/1/15 to 1/1/16.

The Park City market remains highly segmented. Our town, its neighborhoods, and outlying areas differ significantly in terms of price, home type, and features and amenities. For example, while Deer Valley and Prospector share the same zip code, average single family home prices in these two neighborhoods differ dramatically. Data interpretation, judgment, and historical context are key elements to making informed decisions: Contact your local BHHS Utah agent for guidance on navigating our market place.

Here are some general trends:

-The market suggests that we are recovered from the recession. We are now seeing home prices and sales numbers that are on par with those before the recession. Our market looks healthy and show signs of steady growth.

-The number of sales of single family homes in our City Limits and Snyderville Basin only saw a very gradual increase from 2014, and several areas actually saw a decrease in properties sold. However, the average sales price is up over 2014. There was a slight leveling off of the number of sales in Park City, due to lower inventory.

-Prices in Park City Proper's long standing residential neighborhoods like Park Meadows have shown signs of tapering somewhat. The price of single family homes in Silver Springs, Redstone, Old Ranch Road, and Pinebrook areas steadily increased last year. The numbers suggest that the difference between properties in town and just out of town has narrowed in terms of price and desirability.

-Several luxury lifestyle developments have seen unprecedented success over the last year. Both the Colony and Promontory reported an almost 30% increase in the number of home sales in 2015 compared to 2014. Consumers seem attracted to projects with engaging amenities and lifestyle offerings.

-There have also been large increases in sales numbers of condominiums in Lower Deer Valley, Kimball Junction, and Jordanelle neighborhoods. Both Kimball Junction and Jordanelle reported the highest number of sales per neighborhood; 135 condominiums were sold in 2015 in those areas. Similarly, Lower Deer Valley saw a 25% increase in the number of condo sales year over year.

-Heber Valley's housing market remains strong. There were over 240 sales in Heber Valley last year representing an overall increase of 12%. While buyer interest has remained strong, prices saw little change from 2014, with the average single family home price increasing by only 1%.

Q4 Park City Real Estate Report

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Jan 25, 2016

Welcome to our Q4 Market Report.

This report gives a statistical overview of Park City's real estate broken down by neighborhood. We give our clients the information needed to make smart choices with regards to Utah's real estate.

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How to Enjoy Halloween in Park City

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Oct 21, 2015

We’re 100% biased, but we’re of the opinion that Park City is pretty much the best place ever to spend October. Between the smell of leaves of the trails and winter on the wind, we’re all “give me a pumpkin spice latte and let me get my fall on.”

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From wagon rides and corn mazes and trick-or-treat on Main St., Park City’s got quite the line-up of spook-themed jaunts, parties, and activities.

Our most beloved Egyptian, always at the forefront of any cultural opportunity, will play host to be the original vampire tale of the legendary nosferatu, Dracula. And, because they’re never one to skimp on theatre offerings, they’re also showing THRILLER the ghoulish, super natural, humor spectacle.

Beyond the staged, Heber’s Pumpkin Train offers a costumed ride with pumpkin eats and a haunted car. Kiddos go home with a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch—everybody wins!

Park City is never a town to back down from an opportunity to host a parade, and Halloween presents a pretty good opportunity. The Howl-o-Ween parade features costumed canines and humans celebrating the good style of Bark City. Trick-or-treating for the little gromlins begins at 3 pm and is highly encouraged by local businesses and admirers of cute things. According to Travel and Leisure, Park City is so outstanding at celebrating Halloween that we’re in the top ten in the nation at it. Aroooo.

Park City, we love you.

Park City Compared | Western Resorts

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Sep 01, 2015

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Every quarter the Western Mountain Resort Alliance compares several of the leading western resort town real estate markets. Based on these numbers, the resort market in general looks very strong. Across the board, statistical evidence suggests that resort markets are healthy with measured, steady growth.

One of the more surprising figures to arise in the Second Quarter report was the extent to which Park City leads other comparative markets in terms of sold volume. Total volume sold this quarter in Park City amounted to $461 million. For comparison, Tahoe reported the next highest sold volume with $386 million, and Teton (Jackson) reported $190 million. Our market remains segmented, but there's no doubt that inventory is moving.

On the other hand, our single family median and average sales prices are right in the middle of numbers reported by other towns. Our median single family home sales price of $775,000 sits below that of Whistler ($1.4 million), Teton ($1.2 million), and Big Sky ($873,000) but above that of Steamboat ($478,000), Tahoe ($548,000), and Sun Valley ($449,000).  This suggests that our pricing is stable and reasonable when compared to other resort marketplaces.

Community Organization Spotlight | Nuzzles & Co.

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Sep 01, 2015

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Formerly known as Friends of Animals, Nuzzles & Co. goes each week and rescues adoptable animals who are on shelters’ euthanasia lists. The animals are then taken to the Nuzzles ranch where an on-staff veterinarian gives every pet a full medical evaluation. Each is debugged, bathed, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped. At that point these four-legged friends are then prepared for adoption. Thanks to Nuzzles & Co. Summit County is a no-kill county, meaning that all rescue animals get a shot at life...no matter what their story.

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BHHS Utah is a strong supporter of furry friends and Nuzzles. Part of what makes Park City and Summit County so great is the pet-friendly aspect of our community. Using a rescue organization as opposed to a breeder helps give a second chance to a pet who otherwise might never find their "forever home." Nuzzles and Co. goes into areas unable to provide animals with the care they deserve and makes sure these animals are placed in loving homes.

We love our pets. We love our community.

Announcing | The Enclave at Sun Canyon

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Sep 01, 2015

Art in Architecture | Contemporary, Built for Living, Surrounded by Nature. 

 

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Enclave at Sun Canyon. We specialize in developments; and, under the guidance of the Enclave agent team, we will continue to position the Enclave at Sun Canyon as one of Park City's most forward-thinking developments in terms of design, quality of life, and community.

 

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Enclave at Sun Canyon is a community of 33 luxury townhomes and four custom homes, designed to blend with their natural surroundings. Located in the heart of Park City, Enclave is just minutes from three world-class ski resorts, Utah Olympic Park, Redstone Village and Historic Main Street with premier dining, shopping, theater and festivals. The Salt Lake International and private Heber Airports are within 35 minutes of home.

Constructed of stacked stone, floor-to-ceiling glass and a combination of grass and metal roofs, these residences have been designed to capture their mountain surroundings and offer residents a contemporary living space esconced in nature. Both the one acre homesites and the 33 town homes have been carefully situated to take advantage of views, sun exposure and access. Careful architectural guidelines ensure utmost quality and respect for surrounding nature and allow for custom homes ranging in size from 5,000 to 6,000 square feet (the town homes range from 3,500 square feet to 6,500 sq ft).

Life at Enclave includes majestic alpine scenery with more than 60 acres of open space and private trails and an additional 1,000 acres of adjacent Mid-Mountain Trails for hiking, biking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing.

Click for site plans, FAQs, and details on the residences.

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Down to the Details

From natural grass roofs, to stone counter tops, to heated floors (the heated floor are only in the bathrooms, the rest of forced air), and contemporary interiors, the residences meet the highest standards of modern aesthetics and amenities, offering owners an unparalleled living experience.

Outstanding features include:

  • Stone and cedar siding with reclaimed heavy timber accents
  • Combination corrugated metal, rock and natural grass roofs
  • Open metal railings and staircases
  • Heated driveways
  • Heated flooring in bathrooms
  • Stone slab countertops
  • Euro-style frameless shower doors
  • Dual vanities
  • Adjacent walk-in closet with washer/dryer
  • High-efficiency, forced-air heating and air conditioning
  • Unique gas fireplaces in great rooms and masters
  • Wood and natural stone flooring
  • Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors
  • Metal-clad wood frames
  • Built-in Thermador kitchen appliances
  • Granite and quartzite countertop options
  • Kohler faucets, toilets and shower heads
  • Hydrotherapy tub option
Click for a complete list of features.

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For secluded mountain modern living, Enclave offers residents seamless natural living with all of the features, down to the truly detailed, that make life in Park City a dream.

Western Resorts Experience Strong Summers

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Aug 14, 2015

 

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SAM Magazine—Denver, Colo., July 21, 2015—Summer revenues among lodging properties at 19 mountain destinations in six mountain states are up 12.5 percent over last year, while future reservations are up 6.8 percent. The figures, compiled by DestiMetrics, are based on occupancy and bookings for the six months from May through October.

Ralf Garrison, director of DestiMetrics, highlighted that revenues for June alone were up 8.1 percent and occupancy was up 4.8 percent compared to June 2014. “Bookings made in June for the remainder of the summer remained strong, and 74 percent of last summer’s entire business has already been realized or booked,” he added.

Within the West region, Rocky Mountain resorts posted a 12.9 percent gain in revenue while resorts in the Far West posted an 11 percent gain. Occupancy was up 6.2 and 10 percent, respectively.

“We’re continuing to see gains in most metrics in all the summer months, and we anticipate a continuation of current trends. It’s likely that this summer will be another one for the record books in many mountain resort communities,” Garrison said.

Tom Foley, operations director for DestiMetrics, said that the recent decline of the Euro and Canadian dollar does not appear to be having a direct impact on mountain travel.

 
 
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