Extraordinary Utah Home: North Cove Mountain Villa

In the heart of Salt Lake City, next to the Ensign Downs neighborhood and above the State Capitol, lies North Cove Estates. Within the prestigious gated community, some of Salt Lake’s finest and most expensive homes sit perched on the north bench mountainside above the lights of Salt Lake, the highest point in the city to watch the movement of storms and the drama of sunrises and sunsets

Like Villa Villagio, a newly completed custom villa designed by Michael Upwall. Known for creating homes that can both withstand extreme weather conditions and fit seamlessly into the landscape, Upwall is a pioneer in mountain design and this elegant property is a true showcase of his talent.

The approximate 10,450 square feet of well-considered space merges cleans lines with classic influences. The interior is timeless with neutral colors and sumptuous natural products, such as Rocky Mountain Hardware and imported French Beaumaniere limestone. The understated elegance never competes with the home’s livability, comfort and efficiency.


Entrance to the home through is through a vestibule, upon which expansive windows surround a floating staircase, offering views north to the mountains and across to the pool. Adjacent, a magnificent Murano bubble chandelier hangs over the music alcove. The floor plan intuitively flows together with effortless transitions and spacious living areas that mingle luxury with function and comfort.


A kitchen consultant designed the custom gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry to ensure top performance.


In the breakfast nook, big picture windows overlook the mountain and canyons, while folding pocket doors lead to a surrounding deck with barbeque area. Further enlivening the nook are a limestone fireplace, custom-designed light fixture and functional home office space.


Through handcrafted custom arched double doors, the master suite wing is a retreat unto itself and highlighted by Venetian plaster coved ceilings, decorative shelves, a limestone fireplace and views of the Capitol Building.



The professionally appointed glass-enclosed home fitness area may be accessed both by crossing a glass bridge from the heart of the home or through the spa adjacent to the pool. Featuring state-of-the art equipment, a weight room, aerobic room and a 1,000 square-foot gym, the area overlooks the valley for some of the best views in the home.


Ample terrace doors and grand windows capture the natural setting and provide for easy entertaining for a few or a few hundred.


The largest outdoor gathering space is poolside; a loggia shelters the sitting area while the patio is equipped with an outdoor range and enclosed kitchen.

Fire and water dramatically combine in the waterfall spilling into the pool, inspired and adapted from the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, and one of a kind in Utah.


The stone and stucco exterior creates a “mountain modern” appearance that graciously fits the setting along with native-inspired landscaping. As one drives up the curved driveway and approaches the 10-car motor court, the landscape transitions to a more manicured look befitting the home. The 100-year old oak trees, mountain shadows and breezes, and views across the valley serve as reminders of the home’s secluded two-and-one-half acre mountainside location, yet it is only five minutes from Salt Lake’s vibrant urban culture.

For more on this extraordinary home, please enjoy a cinematic tour.

403 East Oak Forest Road (1150 North) is offered for $9,500,000 by Frances Hays of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Salt Lake – Sugar House.

By |2018-11-15T12:42:39-07:00September 9, 2014|

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Gina Uriarte is an avid traveler and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, sporting events and live music. Gina has been in the marketing field for the real estate industry since 2005 and most enjoys the creative side of her craft. When not working or planning her next trip, Gina can be found sharing her musings on music, design and sports 140 characters at a time over on Twitter. Feel free to tweet her, as she is quick to respond.

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