People differ from one another: male-female, young-old, short-tall. We also differ in our senses of taste and style. That’s why we have so many different makes and models of cars, computer brands and even potato chip flavors in the marketplace. What style home and where it may be located are no different. While all fifty of the United States offer different settings in which one can live, Utah is one of the more diverse. One can find Utah homes in just about every setting imaginable.
One factor in where we choose to live can be what we enjoy doing as an avocation. A person who loves to ski wouldn’t find many slopes to hit while living in a tropical area nor would a person whose passion is wide open spaces and farmland find a lot of those in large urban areas. Utah provides many different locales, enough to satisfy just about anybody’s desires.
Deserts—There are several regions in Utah that can be defined as “desert.” Hues of red, orange and brown, high plateaus and hot, hot, hot. Then there are the Bonneville Salt Flats, world famous for the land speed records set there (at 400+ MPH!). While not blazing hot year-round, it is still very arid.
Mountains—For those who love skiing, hiking and camping there are plenty of mountains on which to enjoy oneself. In 2002, Salt Lake City and the surrounding area played host to the Winter Olympic Games. Those same areas that hosted World Class skiing competitions in both Alpine and Nordic disciplines are available to challenge those who love the winter weather.
Both areas offer opportunities for people to live where they play, whether overlooking a desert landscape or in a town surrounded by mountains.
TOWN MOUSE OR COUNTRY MOUSE?
Regardless of which character a person more closely identifies with, there is certainly an area that can be called home. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the 2015 population of Salt Lake County, Utah as 1,107,314. That’s certainly enough people to sate any Town Mouse’s appetite to rub whiskers with their neighbors.
For those who want to be a Country Mouse, Utah offers some areas with plenty of whisker room. There are three incorporated towns with fewer than 100 residents inside the borders of the State. No doubt everybody knows everybody in these towns. Whether they want to or not.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
As varied the choice of locales, so are the choices of home styles and price points throughout the country and Utah is no different. For those who have vivid imaginations and like to dream big, consider these:
In the mountains, one might find a log home surrounded by a forest of trees. These are not the log cabins of Abraham Lincoln, but can be huge houses with several thousand square feet of living area that sell well into the 7-figure price point.
If someone likes a place a bit warmer and drier, an abode near the desert might be more desirable. Picture a place with a large expanse of windows that offer views stretching miles in every direction.
Perhaps like City Mouse, a cityscape is more to one’s liking. Salt Lake City offers high-rise condos across a wide value range from which to observe the hustle and bustle of daytime and the twinkling lights of the night.
I hope my words, even if a bit flowery at times, helped to paint a picture of the places to live and the buildings in which to dwell that exist across Utah. It certainly offers a little bit of everything.