Above the inversion, yet only minutes away from the University of Utah and downtown Salt Lake City, Emigration Canyon is a hidden gem with a rich history. Its scenic beauty, easy access, year-round recreation, open space and tranquility are a powerful draw for those who call it home.
Highly prized since the beginning of our state’s history, the canyon provided passage in 1847 to the Mormon Pioneers who founded the Salt Lake Valley. The entire canyon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Photo Courtesy of Tracy Burton, Independent Sales Associate from the Coldwell Banker Salt Lake-Avenues office
Long cherished as an escape from city life, the early days of Emigration Canyon saw scenic day trips by train and the building of private summer homes. The amenities the canyon offered could not be denied and development continued with the construction of year-round residences, the Pinecrest Inn summer resort and the famous Ruth’s Diner which opened in Emigration in 1949 and is still serving delicious food today.
In the 1980’s, Emigration Oaks and Emigration Place, two large-scale luxury developments paved the way for Emigration Canyon to offer its residents a stunning outdoor oasis while enjoying all the amenities of modern home living.
Emigration Canyon has been said to have a “Park City” feel without the high prices, crowded events and large scale development. With home prices and building lots for every budget ranging from $200,000 to $2+ million, the canyon includes older homes, small creek-side custom homes, luxury estates and a handful of exclusive developments. Most of the approximately 600 households live there year-round enjoying the natural sanctuary.
Emigration Canyon is the midpoint between downtown Salt Lake City and Park City. For Park City commuters, the canyon connects through Highway 65 to I-80 at Mountain Dell Reservoir and Golf Course, near Parley’s Summit and Kimball Junction. For Salt Lake commuters, Emigration Canyon Road transitions to Sunnyside Avenue which borders the University of Utah’s Research Park. Population dense areas are only minutes away from this serene canyon.
Preserving the integrity of the canyon is the desire of its residents. Only about a quarter of the total acreage in the canyon is privately owned. New homes are approved and custom built using an expert engineer, designer, architect, and a Realtor experienced in working with properties in the canyon, and developments are surrounded by open space.
For example, Emigration Place is surrounded by protected lands including Owl Meadow, a marsh land which is home to a number of animal species, which Utah Open Lands recently preserved in perpetuity in November 2016 along with 190 acres near Ruth’s Diner called Perkins Flat in 2005 and approximately 268 acres in Killyons Canyon in 2010.
Emigration Canyon is well maintained with excellent snow removal services on the main roads, with all-wheel-drive capability advisable in winter months for the less traveled, smaller roads. The community is also fire-conscience with a one-million gallon water tank that sits above Emigration Place and a fire station just below Emigration Oaks, as well as in Research Park.
Emigration Canyon is a haven for hikers, joggers, birdwatchers, cyclists, cross country skiers and mountain bikers. The rustic setting offers spectacular scenery, frequent wildlife sightings and beautiful sunsets. The mountainous terrain allows many residents to hike or ski tour out their back doors.
The canyon has long been cherished as an escape from city life, winter inversion and the valley’s scorching summer heat, but Emigration is also known as the “Banana Belt” of the Wasatch with daytime winter temperatures that average ten degrees warmer than the valley below.
Though still only lightly inhabited, Emigration Canyon can be described “as the right place” for those who prefer peace, seclusion and modern comforts in a beautiful canyon setting.
You will find Emigration Canyon to be a breath of fresh Air, whether you seek to buy an existing home or build your own.
Join us for an Open House Extravaganza in Emigration Canyon on Saturday and Sunday, January 14-15 from 1-4 p.m.! All attendees who visit each house will be placed in a drawing for two ticket vouchers to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
737 N. Freeze Creek Cir. | 6,371 sq. ft. | 5 bedrooms | 5 baths |.75-acre lot | Offered at $925,000
Listed by Dorthy Androulidakis (801) 231-3023 & Suzanne Allred (801) 580-8856, The Group Real Estate
5586 E. Pioneer Fork Rd. | 5,034 sq. ft. | 4 bedrooms | 4 baths | 1.03-acre lot | Offered at $949,000
Listed by Karma Ramsey (801) 641-9202 & Gail Sanders (801) 641-5478, The Group Real Estate
821 N. Pioneer Fork Rd. | 5,527 sq. ft. | 7 bedrooms | 4.5 baths| 1.07-acre lot | Offered at $995,000
Listed by Liz Slager (801) 971-2252, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
5250 E. Pioneer Fork Rd. | 5,408 sq. ft. | 5 bedrooms | 5 baths | 1.15-acre lot | Offered at $1,095,000
Listed by Liz Slager (801) 971-2252; Hosted by Tracy Burton (801) 414-4663, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
6264 E. Brigham Fork Cir. | 6,944 sq. ft. | 7 bedrooms | 5 baths | 3.26-acre lot | Offered at $1,250,000
Listed by Maren Van Vranken (801) 910-8658 & Molly Jones (801) 910-8410, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
1475 N. Pinecrest Cyn Rd. | 40 Acres of mid-alpine forested land | Offered at $240,000
Listed by Tracy Burton (801) 414-4663, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Featured image courtesy of Scott Harwell, SLCity.com