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Old 12-09-2013, 03:49 PM
 
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I am looking at starting a new job in SLC in the future and would like to know what you think about Sugar House and the Avenues areas? I would be working downtown and enjoy the following: outdoor activities (hiking, xc-skiing, kayaking), NPR, live music, and books. I am non-LDS, center-left politically, outgoing, non-religious, and have a passion for travel and mountains. I would like to get a Labrador retriever and get back into being a dog guy!

What are the pros and cons of living in Sugar House and the Avenues? What kind of salary is good for living in these two locations? What kind of 'vibe' does the areas have? The job I'm looking at also has locations in Denver and I'd like to explore both areas and find which one would be a better fit. I will be retiring from a govt position (but not able to collect the annuity for several years) and look at these positions as a great way to enhance my retirement and quality of life.

THX for your replies!

Happy Trails,

MtMtnMan
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:42 PM
 
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I lived in SH and loved it! A lot of locally-owned stores/restaurants. Easy access to everywhere but I was near 1300 East & 2100 South. I think it is both cheaper and more liberal than the Avenues.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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My situation and life style has much in common with your own and I had similar questions. Please do browse my SLC posts. Understand that many of the much-discussed distinctions between neighborhoods are scarcely detectable to a newcomer. Anyway, my own view as a househunter is that there's more going on in Sugarhouse than The Avenues. Sugarhouse is also more convenient to I-80 and the fun stuff.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Central City, SLC
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It's hard to say what kind of salary is necessary for any location without knowing what you're looking for. House/yard (I assume, with your desire for a dog), or an apartment? Square footage requirements? Bed/baths? Garage essential?

As far as a vibe, Sugar House has somehow retained something of a hippie/artsy vibe in most of its neighborhoods, despite being very gentrified and squarely in the upper middle class as far as housing prices. There are quite a few local shops and restaurants, though the chains have definitely taken hold in Sugar House's main commercial district (11th and 21st). A nice bonus is that as of yesterday, there is public transit to Sugar House: the S Line streetcar connects the heart of Sugar House with the Central Point TRAX light rail station. There is also a student vibe in SH, with Westminster College at 1700 South.

The Avenues can be split into two areas: the upper Aves (above ~6th Ave), which is much more expensive and slightly more conservative (though decidedly still liberal when it comes to Utah) than the lower Aves. The upper Aves is full of large homes and estates, many in the half-million to multimillion dollar range. A number of University professors and prominent physicians live in the Upper Aves (and in neighboring Federal Heights to the east). The lower Aves, while not exactly cheap, is a little more affordable. The lower Aves has a lot of students, apartments, and even a hostel, though its single family homes are often restored historic properties that are in the $250-$450k range.

The Avenues provides direct access to the rest of downtown Salt Lake City, including the Central Business District and all the bars, restaurants, theatre, Jazz games, etc. that a downtown offers. Sugar House is further removed; while still part of SLC proper, Sugar House was the first "suburb" and it has its own mini "downtown" with a commercial area, restaurants, and a couple bars.

From your description of yourself, it sounds like either area would be a good fit for you. If you're picking only between the two, the major distinction is proximity to downtown. Both areas are equally accessible to the mountains, to dog-friendly parks, etc. and both are among the most liberal areas in the valley.

If you're open to other areas, you might consider the Central City and East Central neighborhoods as well---everything between the Aves and Sugar House east of about 500 East---especially if you want a home and a yard and your budget won't allow that in the Aves or Sugar House. Personally, I'm fond of the area north and east of Liberty Park.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Central City, SLC
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My situation and life style has much in common with your own and I had similar questions. Please do browse my SLC posts. Understand that many of the much-discussed distinctions between neighborhoods are scarcely detectable to a newcomer. Anyway, my own view as a househunter is that there's more going on in Sugarhouse than The Avenues. Sugarhouse is also more convenient to I-80 and the fun stuff.
It's true that's there more going on IN Sugar House than the Aves, since the Aves are primarily residential. But there's a lot more going on NEAR the Aves than near Sugar House. From the lower Aves, you can walk to almost any downtown event, from the Utah Arts Festival and concerts at Gallivan Center, to Jazz games and museums. In Sugar House, you have all your day-to-day needs right there... but you won't be walking anywhere but to the park and the store.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:58 PM
 
Location: east millcreek
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Just bought a condo in the Lower Aves....love the vibe and walkability to everything! So far the neighborhood seems very inclusive and welcoming. The views are wonderful, much more than any other place in SLC...
One downfall though, the roads are steep, very steep....If you choose this great place to live, you will need AWD or 2 feet
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:55 AM
 
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I agree with the other posts, especially Zionide who is right on the money. I lived in the lower Aves. for 5 years and enjoyed the proximity to downtown and the University of Utah. Even if you're not a student, the proximity of the university gives you access to lectures, concerts, etc. I used to mountain bike from my house on 3rd & S into the foothill trails, city creek canyon, and the trails above the U. You can even connect to Millcreek once you get going and figure out how everything can be linked together. As far as a "vibe" in the Aves. I found it to be pretty low-key. A good mix of university students, families with kids, retirees, and twenty-something's getting together and living as roommates.

Sugarhouse is great for walkability, but overall, felt a little too busy for my taste. You have access to sugarhouse park, which is great, but the commercial area is not for everyone. If I had to choose a vibe, I'd describe it as "hipster".
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