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5 houses in Salt Lake City, Utah, where business is booming

This four-bedroom, two-bath bungalow is in SLC's coveted Wasatch Hollow neighborhood.

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Salt Lake City is home to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but you may be surprised to find out that Mormons make up only about 51 percent of the population here, making the city relatively religiously diverse compared to the rest of Utah. (There are also plenty of bars, in case you're worried.)

One of SLC's biggest draws is its booming economy. According to a recent U.S. News & World Report ranking, Utah has the second best economy in the the country, and thanks to companies like Microsoft, Adobe Systems, and Delta Airlines, the city's unemployment rate is much lower than the national average.  

SLC is also downright beautiful, as it sits in a valley (although at a high elevation) surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains. It's a popular spot for outdoorsy folks, with nine ski resorts within an hour's drive of the city, in addition to a slew of hiking trails, bike trails, hot springs, canyons, parks, and its eponymous Great Salt Lake. 

There are some great restaurants here, like SLC Eatery, Avenues Proper, and barbecue chain R & R BBQ (they all serve booze, don't worry), along with a number of live music venues downtown. For nights out, there are cocktail bars and other popular nightlife spots. And you can catch the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir live in Temple Square, which is fun to check out even if you're not Mormon.

If any of that sounds appealing, here's a taste of what's on the market there.

1344 S 1900 E, Wasatch Hollow

This four-bedroom, two-bath bungalow, also pictured above, is located near Wasatch Hollow, a primarily residential neighborhood in southeast SLC that has some gorgeous older homes and great restaurants. This property was built in 1946, and has refinished original flooring, new floor-to-ceiling windows, and a handful of fireplaces. Other highlights include a downstairs family room and an office, in addition to a handsome back patio. The house is priced at $585,000.

Keller Williams Realty

1756 E Redondo Ave, Sugar House

Sugar House is considered SLC's hippest neighborhood, home to young professionals and families, local shops, restaurants, bookstores, coffeeshops, and some of the best bars in the city. This four-bedroom, two-bath turnkey bungalow is located close to Sugar House Park. Built in 1939, it offers up classic touches like wide plank hardwood floors, an elegant stone fireplace, and funky arch-like doorways. Other highlights include a kitchen with a lovely maple wood breakfast bar, an office alcove, and a spacious covered patio. This house is priced at $489,900.

 

Remax Masters

Remax Masters

60 W 300 N, Capitol Hill

I love this three-bedroom, three-bath vintage house, built in SLC's Capitol Hill neighborhood in 1891. The house recently underwent an extensive, two-year renovation, and though it's retained classic touches like the wrought-iron fence/gate and intricate molding on the front porch, there's now a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a new a/c and furnace system. The house is decorated with elegant exposed wood, a custom-built ship-ladder, and newly sandblasted rockwalls, plus there's a funky gas fireplace in the living room flanked by a beautiful carved cherry mantle. The house is priced at $673,500.

328 W 200 S, #601, Downtown

Downtown is Salt Lake's most urban neighborhood, full of nightlife spots, restaurants, and shops. It's also the city's business center, so living here will likely make for an easy commute. This two-bedroom, two-and a quarter bath condo has garage parking, storage, and energy efficiency features. It is asking $799,900.

505 E 3rd Ave, Greater Avenues

For a slightly pricer option, consider this five-bedroom, four-bath Victorian in SLC's upscale Greater Avenues neighborhood. The house was built in 1899 and has its original lead glass and stained glass windows, in addition to crystal chandeliers, several elegant fireplaces, an incredible built-in buffet with beveled mirrors and drawers in the dining room, and intricate wood decoration throughout. There's also an updated kitchen with custom white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and Calcutta Pearl floor tiles; a redone master bath with a tub and a euro-glass shower, and a walk-in closet/dressing room in the master bedroom. The house is priced at $999,900.