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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

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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.

Handle

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.

Apres

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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