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Old 10-20-2011, 11:22 PM
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Greetings, City-Daters...!!!

I am considering a relocation to SLC within the next 5 years. I have the ability to transfer with my employer and have been looking at several SLC neighborhoods. I am a BIG outdoorsman who enjoys hiking and xc-skiing. I also enjoy my off-trail time (jazz music, books, NPR, Whole Foods, REI).

I am absolutely passionate about day hiking and prefer to live reasonably close to a trailhead to hike before/after work on a daily basis. Two neighborhoods that have been recommended to me are The Avenues and Sugar House. What are those two neighborhoods like in terms of housing? And how close to the trails are they? What are the benefits of living in these neighborhoods?

Olympus Cove was another neighborhood recommended. Any thoughts on this neighborhood? I hear it's quite pricey.

Any jazz clubs or good bookstores in SLC? Also, what is a good salary for a single guy living in The Avenues or Sugar House (or SLC in general)? How is a salary of approximately $65,000 in SLC? THX for your replies...!!!

Happy Trails,

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Old 10-21-2011, 01:15 AM
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Well, Sugarhouse and Avenues are not too far away. Nothing in Salt Lake is far away really. Olympus Cove is rich and suburban. If you have that kind of money Emigration Canyon seems more your style. Liberty Park area is close to a big Whole Foods. Kings English Bookstore is supposed to be good, as is Sam Wellers which I don't know where they are moving. Are you a renter or an owner? That kinda makes a big difference as to where to go.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:19 AM
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Sam Weller is moving to a nice large new building in Trolley Square.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:00 PM
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Both King's English (15th East 15th South) and Sam Weller (soon to be at Trolley Square) are nationally recognized independent bookstores... and rightfully so. Ken Sanders Rare Books (300 South 200 East) is also fun.

Whole Foods is at Trolley Square and in Sugar House, though I really prefer the Trolley Square location. There is also a Sunflower Market at 200 South 700 East (quite near the Trolley Square area).

Jazz clubs... unfortunately, I don't know of any anymore. Monk's House of Jazz closed a few years ago, and Zanzibar closed last year.

Sugar House isn't really THAT close to any day hiking/trail heads that I can think of, but as DelaneyRudd said, nothing in SLC is really far. The Avenues is adjacent to Ensign Peak hiking and other northern foothills, as well as City Creek Canyon. You might also consider the Foothill/Sunnyside area or near the University, as both are very close to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and the east foothills.

I'd avoid Olympus Cove. While it is very close to trailheads, it's quite suburban, very overpriced, and not particularly amenable to local bookstores and the other off-trail amenities you mention. Emigration Canyon is a great option for recreation, but is also very expensive and requires a drive into "the city" for everything aside from the outdoor stuff.
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