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Old 07-01-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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My husband is about to take a job in downtown SLC, and after his commute in Phoenix would really like to live within a 15-20 drive of downtown (near Temple Square). We are renters and can spend up to $1800/month on a 3+bedroom house or townhouse. As a mostly stay at home mom of a 2-year-old, I'd like to be able to meet other young mom friends nearby for friendship, to meet other kids for my son to play with, to trade babysitting, etc. We like Sugarhouse, but I'm concerned it would be harder to find that there. Bountiful seems like it might fit the bill, but the houses seem a bit more run down so I wonder if it's the same situation. Where would you recommend? I know areas like Sandy and Daybreak would be perfect for me, but not so much for my husband so I'm looking for a compromise. Thanks!
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City/Las Vegas
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Sugarhouse came to my mind first off. Bountiful and Daybreak are 30 minute drives during the commute. I think your husband might appreciate being able to take secondary streets into downtown SLC from Sugarhouse rather than the freeway during the Winter too.

Bill
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Consider Cottonwood Heights or Holladay (roughly 25 minutes from downtown) or East Millcreek (about 20 from town).
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:33 PM
 
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Thanks! We have the advantage of staying in Provo while we look, so I appreciate the input.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Maritime Northwest, WA
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I'm near Ninth and Ninth, and can recommend here or in Sugarhouse generally: a lot of the housing stock's turning over to younger families (we're hoping to sell our home in the next couple of months), and I don't think you'd have any trouble finding a decent home at that price point.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:30 AM
 
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I would move to Sugarhouse. The houses are older, but not 70s/80s older, more like 40s charming older. We can walk to many local stores, restaurants and parks. The diversity is nothing to brag about, but it is more diverse than other areas in SLC. I would say it is less of an LDS family population than other areas of SLC, however we have neighbors of all religious backgrounds and they are all kind. It is more college aged kids, more liberal (I mean as liberal as Utah can probably get), I see more hipsters and people with tattoos than any other area, but it is lacking in diversity...I think most of SLC is.

I loved Daybreak and Stansbury Park when I looked at homes online...the size and type of home we could get for the price was a draw, but we landed in Sugarhouse after receiving advice of 4 realtors. Now that we are here, and actually checked out some other areas, Sugarhouse was the absolute correct choice for us. My husband and I have an 18 month old and a 4 year old and moved from Portland, Oregon. He works downtown and can get there in about 8-9 minutes.

We have only lived here for 4 months and people are kind but not really outgoing. Our next door neighbors have been wonderful, inviting and have given us quite a bit of information on the area. I don't anticipate us being socially busy, but we are just getting involved with our church (Catholic) and at least fill our time with activities, family outings, zoo trips, etc... We have made friends through our church and are continuing to build our social network. I haven't found any mom groups or social gathering type clubs for SAH moms.

We live in the 84108 border of 84109 zip code area...it seems nicer and a little less urban than 84106 and 84105 but there are also some very nice pockets in those areas as well. It is also further from the city, but again, only 10 minutes max to downtown. You should have no problem finding something that meets the specs you listed for 1800.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:02 PM
 
Location: NSL, Utah
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Sugarhouse came to my mind first off. Bountiful and Daybreak are 30 minute drives during the commute. I think your husband might appreciate being able to take secondary streets into downtown SLC from Sugarhouse rather than the freeway during the Winter too.

Bill
Depends on where in Bountiful - we're in NSL, and my wife's commute to 3rd East in SLC is around 15 mins, 20 at the most, and obviously the more southerly Bountiful streets would be similar. That's using Hwy 89 (Beck St and Victory/Main St etc) - I wouldn't use the freeway for the commute.
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:07 PM
 
Location: West Jordan, UT
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Well, I'm in my 30's with 2 kiddos under 10 (sure ds will be 10 in 6 days. Lol) , so, I kinda fit the bill. I don't live that close to downtown though. More like 45 mins. I can see downtown from my backyard and bedroom window though. my neighborhood has a ton of kids in it though.

I could go on for awhile. We moved here from Ohio 6 1/2, closing in on 7 years ago. Besides family, we'd never even visit. Lol we love our life in Utah. feel free to message me if you have any questions.
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