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The Scoop with Team Schlopy – Episode 8

In Episode 8 of The Scoop with Team Schlopy, Lana and Erik Schlopy discuss the new outdoor recreational facility called Woodward Park City located just outside Park City, Utah.

Woodward Park City is not only the newest of Utah’s 15 ski resorts, it also claims to be America’s first “all-in-one action sports and ski resort.” Plans for the Woodard “campus” include indoor and outdoor venues, with the facilities scheduled to be open 365 days per year for 10 different sports and activities. Woodward will also offer monthly memberships for access to all the facilities.

Learn more at www.woodwardparkcity.com.

 

 

The best scenic drives in Park City

Looking to go on a fun adventure in Park City? Whether you’re a nature lover, a thrill-seeker, or just someone who loves soaking in picture-perfect views, you can enjoy scenic drives and road bike rides just a few miles away from Park City.

These scenic routes stretch across gorgeous mountain passes and picturesque byways, taking visitors to enchanting spots surrounded by colorful wildflowers, sweeping terrain, and breathtaking mountain vistas.

Without further ado, here are a few scenic routes for you to check out around Park City:

Mirror Lake Highway

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway winds through the highest mountain range in Utah. The start of the highway is located in the town of Kamas, 16 miles east of Park City, winding into the national forest, and descending towards Mirror Lake.

Head east to Kamas via SR-248 (Kearns Blvd.) and then take a left on SR-32 for two blocks towards SR-150 (Scenic Byway). Mirror Lake is located about an hour away from Park City. You can head back the same way or make a detour to Evanston, WY and take I-80 westbound to return to Park City. This route will take you past falls, small lakes, trailheads, camping sites, and abundant wildlife.

Keep in mind that there are no retail venues within the forest area so make sure to gas up and buy some snacks and other essential items before you begin your drive.

Provo Canyon

You can find the starting point of the Provo Canyon drive just around 20 minutes from Park City. The Provo Canyon Scenic Byway offers views of majestic peaks, kite surfers and boaters at Deer Creek Reservoir, and Bridal Veil Falls. The Provo River, which is very popular for fly-fishermen, runs adjacent to the scenic byway, lining the route with enchanting vertical limestone cliffs.

You can stop by Bridal Veil Falls which plunges for more than 600 feet over limestone terraces. You can view the falls from a roadside overlook, or at nearby Nunns Park if you want a closer view.

Continue driving up towards Sundance Resort and then to the Alpine Scenic Loop which will take you to Heber and back to Park City.

Alpine Scenic Loop

The 27-mile Alpine Scenic Loop Byway treats visitors to views of breathtaking mountain landscapes with amazing destinations such as Sundance Resort, Cascade Springs, and Mount Timpanogos along the way.

Continue following the highway to get to Timpanogos Caves or take the paved road towards Cascade Springs. The springs are filled with around 5.5 million gallons of water, which bubble up every day, pouring over travertine ledges and collecting into serene pools populated with fish.

From Cascade Springs, the gravel road will stretch for about 7.5 miles towards Midway and Heber, where you can get back to Park City.

Guardsman Pass

Guardsman Pass is the perfect option if you’re looking for a short road trip close to Park City. The path is paved for most of the way, with maintained gravel making up the middle portion, but is still passable for family vehicles.

Take the SR-224 towards Deer Valley Drive and turn east to get to the roundabout before exiting to Marsac Avenue and continuing to Ontario Canyon and to Guardsman Pass. The route is surrounded by picturesque forests and valleys before reaching the summit area perched between the Park City Resort area and Big Cottonwood Canyon, which is abundant with wildflowers and wildlife.

Looking for the best Park City real estate options? Get in touch with Team Schlopy today at (435) 640-5660 or send an email to info@teamschlopy.com.

The Scoop with Team Schlopy Episode 7

Join us for another episode of The Scoop with Marny Schlopy and Lana Harris. This week’s show highlights the recent liquor law changes in Utah and how it affects our Park City lifestyle.

 

Why investing in Park City real estate makes sense

Park City regularly draws crowds from all over the country for its endless list of outdoor activities. With this phenomenon, real estate in the town is split between single homeowners and second homeowners. The market is attractive for both types and investing in Park City makes sense in the foreseeable future. Here are the reasons why:

Property values in Park City either go up or stay steady.

This leads back to the quality of life. Many people find it appealing to settle in Park City. The schools are great – they happen to be among the best in the state. Public transportation is straightforward and, most importantly, free. The things you could do by yourself or with other people are endless. The mountain views in all seasons are awe-inspiring.

Even the financial crisis of 2008 failed to make a huge dent on Park City’s housing market. This is a testament to the market’s resiliency and a pretty serious stress test that it has successfully weathered.

There’s a healthy market for renters.

Those who own a second home in Park City often put their property to good use while they’re away. Renting out an empty home is a great way to get passive income going, especially when the number of transients in Park City spikes during peak travel seasons.

The extra money coming in can then be reinvested into maintaining and improving the home. This ensures continued interest among renters, an increase in the value of your home, and the pleasant thought that your home is paying for itself in some ways.

Park City directly benefits from being close to Salt Lake City.

Park City is extremely accessible as far as ski resorts go. The ski resort town is only 40 minutes away from the airport in Salt Lake City. Because of this proximity, tourists’ dollars that are earned in Salt Lake often make their way to Park City, contributing to the town’s prosperity.

This symbiotic relationship with SLC reaches its peak in January during the Sundance Film Festival. Attendees in the thousands flock to venues in the two cities, generating huge local and state tax revenues ($18.7 million for Sundance 2019).

The resort town is one of the three cities that make up Silicon Slopes.

For those just looping in, Silicon Slopes is Utah’s answer to California’s Silicon Valley. This triangle of tech potential, whose area includes Salt Lake City, Provo, and Park City, is turning into a base for major tech companies and startups. The likes of Microsoft and Qualtrics have already set up camp in the mountains of Silicon Slopes, paving the way for other companies to follow.

New talent keeps funneling directly into the Slopes from institutions like the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Moreover, Park City stands to benefit from the bump in job diversity offered by these new breeds of businesses.

Is Park City a sensible real estate investment for you? Give Team Schlopy a ring at (435) 640-5660 or send an inquiry to info@teamschlopy.com. Making the right real estate investment won’t be a struggle with Team Schlopy at your side.

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) – What are they?

According to a recent article by CNBC, the latest housing trend in backyards around America is the emergence of the accessory dwelling unit (ADU), cropping up in back and side yards across America, acting as either rental units or additional space for aging parents and still-nested adult children.

Writer Diana Olick says, “Growth in the sector has been fueled by changes to local and state zoning rules. Some municipalities are struggling with a lack of affordable housing and see these additional units as one remedy.” She goes on to describe how in 2010 Portland, Oregon waived impact fees for ADUs, making them significantly less expensive. As a result, the number of ADU permits jumped from 86 in 2010 to 660 in 2018. Same thing happened in California when a 2017 state law forced cities to relax ADU regulations, where permits jumped even more dramatically.

This means huge growth for ADU builders, who are eager to expand the market and drive the number of ADU installations up dramatically. Financing for ADUs is still looking for a home, however. “ADU is still really for the most part an affluent homeowner product, meaning you have to have cash on hand to take this on,” says one ADU builder. “Financing is a concern for the larger homeowner universe.”

As for he purposes these tiny dwellings are serving, ADU builders are reporting that interest is evenly split between those looking to address housing for family members and those seeking rental income. Pricing depends on the size of the unit, of course, but the most popular model, with the most common size is running just under 300 sq. ft. and cost around $105,000 to install.

Whether it’s housing family or renting out their units on AirBnb, many ADU owners look for their units to provide an even bigger financial return in retirement. One couple in the article lived in their ADU for nearly a year while renovating their main dwelling. Their plan? Someday they want to live in (visit?) their ADU and rake in the cash by renting out their house, traveling and doing whatever they please.

Local zoning regulations remain as one of the greatest roadblocks for ADU builders. While it is definitely becoming easier to build ADUs in some local areas, Olick reports that there are still battles big and small, from zoning to neighborhood opposition. “Some don’t want to see their neighborhoods crowded with renters, pushing density and services beyond capacity.”

Before considering adding an ADU to your property, experts recommend you not only check with your neighborhood’s rules and regulations. Talk to your neighbors as well, because especially in many upscale neighborhoods NIMBY (not in my backyard) is alive and well.

Source: CNBC, TBWS

Why you’ll want to move to Park City, Utah

Winter sports and outdoor enthusiasts are sure to be familiar with Park City. It is a picturesque resort town where people are treated to a variety of outdoor activities. Apart from its spectacular alpine views, Park City is also a mere 30- to 40-minute drive east from Salt Lake City International Airport. While reasons for making the move here are different for everyone, the ones below are as good as any.

The ski resorts are world-class.

Park City’s location up in the Wasatch mountain range has blessed it with the light, powdery snow that skiers and snowboarders constantly dream of. And with three world-class ski resorts within easy reach (Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and Canyons Village), it’s no wonder why Park City is always included in lists of must-visit ski resort towns.

Winters are mild and summers are pleasant.

Bitter, below-zero temperatures are a rarity for Park City in winter. Average temperatures for the season stay in the low to mid-10-degree range. Summer, on the other hand, is neither blistering nor suffocating. Temperatures peak in the low 80s and humidity stays low.

It’s a great environment for kids to grow up in.

Raising a family of active, well-rounded children is nearly a given in Park City. The resort town has the number one public school system in Utah. There’s never a dearth of outdoor activities for kids to participate in throughout the year. And getting around town is not limiting (primarily because of the next reason).

Public transportation is free.

Maintained by Park City and Summit County, the bus transit system covers a large swath of Park City. This opens up cost-free access to different neighborhoods, shopping centers, and important municipal buildings. While it’s not possible to go completely car-free, you’ll spend less of your time burning gas behind a wheel.

It attracts people from all over the world.

Park City’s famous ski resorts and its proximity to many of Utah’s natural parks entice travelers from all over the world to pay a visit. Locals don’t have to go out of their way to expose themselves to new cultures – the new cultures just come to them.

The quality of life is high.

Settling comfortably in Park City comes with a hefty price tag. The median income for homeowners in the area in 2016 was around $105,000. But despite relatively high property prices, day-to-day living expenses are at par with Salt Lake City. Locals are also spoiled for choice with over 100 restaurants in the city and a huge number of free outdoor festivals once summer rolls around.

Money buys more space than in major cities.

Properties in Park City may on the high side price-wise, but you can still get a good deal compared to major cities like New York and LA. The current market favors buyers, too. Median home values here are currently pegged at $792,200, according to Zillow’s figures for July 2019. The property tax rate for Summit County (where Park City is) is only 0.463%, which is nearly 0.2% less than the rate for Utah.

Are you more convinced about moving to Park City? Give Team Schlopy a call at (435) 640-5660 or send an email to info@teamschlopy.com to explore the options Park City has for you.

Pros and cons of tourism in Park City, Utah

Because of its reputation as a ski resort town, Park City attracts many tourists. This is especially so once ski season collides with the Sundance Film Festival. People flocking to a town, whether for business or pleasure, is a good thing for growth.

However, tourism has ups and downs like it has peak and off-seasons. What’s the good and the bad for tourism in Park City? A few key aspects are outlined below.

Pros

  • Tax revenues go up

 

An influx of people, even if seasonal, means more people spending money that injects directly into the city’s economy. That’s good news for keeping businesses prospering or afloat. Historically significant museums and parks in particular benefit from a healthy influx of curious visitors that supplement the school-trip crowd.

 

  • Word gets around

 

Tourists are temporary by nature; they’re there for a time then go away. Some, however, end up staying in Park City because they finally found their home here. Maybe it’s the views, slower pace of life, or all-around family-friendliness – or a combination of these. The one definite thing is this – they’re here to stay.

 

  • Facilities enjoy better maintenance and property values rise

 

Upkeep goes hand in hand with tourism. The most visited spots get the most routine maintenance. This encourages more people to make plans to visit them. Pretty soon, it starts to seem like the dilemma of the chicken or the egg. Does maintenance draw tourists or do the tourists encourage maintenance?

Cons

 

  • Development is uneven

 

While tourism brings extra revenue and business to any city or town, this can tip the balance in the distribution of economic gains if left unchecked. The worst instance would be for the city government to keep on allotting money drawn from tourism solely toward those areas frequented most by visitors. Over time, these attractions will still look their best while surrounding areas and valuable city services are left to languish in squalor – an incongruous image that may eventually turn visitors away.

 

  • Residents have to contend with higher prices

 

Since tourists are transient beings, they’re only vaguely aware of how much things cost as a local. Businesses tend to use this lack of awareness to make the most out of a seasonal crowd. In peak seasons, say winter in Park City, prices for eating out, shopping or sightseeing climbs, pricing out the regular crowd in the process.

 

  • Jobs are created but not necessarily high-paying ones

 

The service industry gets a great big job boost from tourists. It makes for great news on paper until you consider that most of the jobs that pop up don’t pay much or are seasonal – or both.

 

  • The economy revolves only around tourism

 

Job diversity is one of the many things that attract new residents and retain old ones. Having a one-industry economy is a slippery slope to stagnation once the crowds have dispersed to their respective places of origin.

Does Park City’s reputation as a tourist spot speak to you? Give Team Schlopy a call at (435) 640-5660 or send an email to info@teamschlopy.com to find out about the real estate advantages Park City can transfer to you.

Top spots to visit for Utah history buffs

In Utah, history seeps out of the surroundings. Its national parks preserve rock carvings from the Ancestral Puebloan and Fremont people. Abandoned mines from more recent history rest quietly among trees. And tours inside an infamous figure’s home can be as easy as pulling off the highway and sparing 15 minutes.

Utah has had a varied history, and here are five spots that highlight a unique slice for history buffs:

Spiral Jetty
Rozel Point Peninsula, Great Salt Lake

Robert Smithson sculpted this expansive work of art and entropy in 1970. But instead of chisels and marble, he used a crew of earthmovers and mounds of black basalt rock and earth. The result is an ever-evolving exemplary piece of land art measuring 1,500 feet long and 15 feet wide.

It’s a bit of a drive to Rozel Point, but if you time your visit with low water levels, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of a historic piece of art.

Wheeler Historic Farm
6351 South 900 East, Murray

This 75-acre farm in Murray traces its roots back to the heyday of pioneer settlements in the West when parcels of land were bought in 1848 and 1853. Today, Wheeler Historic Farm is open to visitors during daylight hours for walks, picnics, and special programs.

Tours of the Victorian farmhouse can be arranged in advance for history seekers. Included in these one-hour tours are accounts of the house’s use during the 1900s, a detailed background on the many antiques found throughout the home, and the chance to view a significant portion of the 6,000 historical artifacts kept in this vintage farm.

Silver King Mine
Park City

Once a great source of silver, lead, and zinc ores for industry, the Silver King Mine near Park City is now a collection of old mining buildings. A trail also goes through here where visitors can combine their love of history with the outdoors. The trail surrounding the mine is challenging and is better suited for adults and families with older children. Informal history lessons await these groups at the markers found beside each mining building.

Fremont Indian State Park and Museum
3820 W. Clear Creek Canyon Road, Sevier

The best discoveries are made when trying to achieve something else entirely. While the construction of Interstate 70 was underway, the largest set of artifacts belonging to the Fremont people were found. Rock carvings, baskets, arrowheads, and so much more are now on display in the small museum just off Clear Creek Canyon Road. These give any visitor a clearer picture of the people who made Utah their home long before the Mormons did.

Butch Cassidy Childhood Home
Circleville

Immortalized by Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Butch Cassidy is a polarizing figure – both folk hero and infamous outlaw. His childhood home in Circleville is now a humble roadside destination, a 15-minute pause from a long drive along Highway 89. If stories of the Wild West have always interested you, the home of the robber once known as Robert LeRoy Parker is worth a visit.

Interested in what other historical aspects Utah opens up for its residents? Contact Team Schlopy at (435) 640-5660 or send an email to info@teamschlopy.com to find out about historic homes or real estate in places steeped in history.

Park City Insights for September 2019 from Team Schlopy

8 tips for attracting the Autumn Home Buyer!

1. Clean Up the Yard – Rake dead leaves and debris in your lawn. Don’t let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Cutaway summer vines and cut down dead flowers.

2. Create Curb Appeal – The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums (or mums), and they bloom for a long time. Marigolds are another idea for fall. Both mums and marigolds are available in yellow, which is my number one home selling color. Plant them in pots. Place pots on the steps and along the sidewalk. Accent with pumpkins or other types of squash.

3. Dress the Windows – Rain and wind from over the summer months can make your windows dusty and streaked by autumn. You might not notice smudges, but buyers will, if only on a subconscious level. Your windows need to sparkle to sell a home. Maybe your cats routinely rub their little noses on the inside glass while walking along window ledges. You’ll need to wash the windows inside and out every autumn. Remove screens and spray them down.

4. Check the HVAC – You want the air inside your home to smell fresh. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? You can buy 90-day furnace filters. Check the HVAC system before you need to turn on the heater. Besides, the buyer will ask a home inspector to look at your HVAC. If you discover problems with your furnace, it’s better to fix them before your home goes on the market.

5. Clean Out the Fireplace for the Fall Real Estate Market – Ah, nothing smells like autumn than smoke from a wood-burning fireplace. However, in some parts of the country, burning wood indoors or outdoors is outlawed. If you have a gas fireplace, light it when buyers come through. If the fireplace is filled with cobwebs because it hasn’t been used for months, vacuum it out and wash it down.

6. Prepare Autumn Edibles – Speaking of autumn scents, you might set out freshly baked pumpkin cupcakes or simmer hot apple cider on the stove. Put a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter, dotted with whole cloves. Prop open a cookbook to an autumn stew. Fill a bowl with crisp red apples.

7. Utilize Autumn Accent Colors – You don’t need to dump a lifeless sofa when you can accessorize its dullness with bright red, orange and/or golden yellow pillows. Toss a quilt or autumn-colored throw over a chair. After you’ve cleared away the clutter and depersonalized each room, bring a few autumn hues to each room by placing bold-colored accent pieces in odd groupings such as 3’s and 5’s. Create an autumn centerpiece for the dining room table by arranging pine cones and nuts around orange candles, stick in a few leaves from the yard.

8. Turn on the Lights Everywhere – Above all, bring in the light. When days get shorter, the sun sets lower in the horizon and casts wider shadows. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights. Brighten darker rooms with few windows by placing spotlights on the floor behind furniture, and for goodness sakes, turn off the TV.

If your’e considering selling your property, give us a call for a free home evaluation and more tips of what you can do to get your home ready!

Marny – (435) 640-5660

Local Farmers Market

From Logan to St. George, the Beehive State has farmers markets and fruit stands were you can purchase locally grown and raised produce. In addition to providing many Utahns an option to buy fruits and vegetables locally, many of these markets also feature bakery vendors, as well as various arts and crafts vendors, while also providing a fun atmosphere for families.

We are nearing the end of the season so check them out while you still can!

Sundays Thru 9/23: Park Silly Sunday Market, Park City
Sundays Thru 10/28: 9th West Farmer’s Market, SLC
Sundays Thru 10/28: Wheeler Farm Sunday Market, SLC
Wednesdays Thru 10/10: Park City Farmers Market, Park City
Thursdays Thru 10/17: Bountiful Farmers Market, Bountiful
Saturdays Thru 10/27: Provo Farmers Market, Provo
Saturdays Thru 10/20: Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park, SLC

Upcoming Events For October!

Park City Wine Festival – October 3, 2019 – October 5, 2019

Harvest Fest – October 5, 2019 at High Star Ranch

Mister Sister in State Road Tavern – October 11, 2019 at DeJoria Center

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox – October 11, 2019 – October 13, 2019 at Egyptian Theatre

Charlie Musselwhite – October 18, 2019 – October 20, 2019 at Egyptian Theatre

Patty Smyth & Scandal – October 25, 2019 at DeJoria Center

The SteelDrivers – October 25, 2019 – October 27, 2019 at Egyptian Theatre

Last Friday Gallery Stroll – Recurring monthly on the last Friday of every month! Park City Gallery Association

Dog Paradise in Park City

Park City is friendly not only to families but to the family pooch, too. The city council even updated the town’s code in 2016 to create special off-leash areas where beloved pets can roam unrestrained.

Look for these spots for a howling great time with your canine fur baby:

Round Valley Off-Leash Dog Area
Near Park City Sports Complex

Round Valley is a 1,400-acre expanse of land where dogs can roam and frolic while their owners look on and chat. It is included in the designated list of off-leash areas that Park City’s council created in 2016.

The designated open space also has about 40 miles of off-leash trails (in varying difficulties) that you can explore with your enthusiastic and furry best friend.

Run-a-Muk Dog Trail
2387 Olympic Parkway

Head to Kimball Junction near the Utah Olympic Park to enjoy two miles of off-leash trail walks with your beloved pet. The Run-a-Muk Dog Trail offers 43 acres of open space on top of the dedicated trails to ensure maximum enjoyment for your pooch. It’s open from dusk until dawn, so your dog’s happiness can fit nicely into your schedule.

Hugo Coffee
1794 Olympic Parkway

Just a two-minute car drive from the Run-a-Muk dog trail along Olympic Parkway, this coffee shop prides itself on being a place where “dogs are always welcome.” This coffee shop inside the Park City Visitor Center serves you coffee, tea or smoothies to pair with a variety of pastries and sandwiches while your fur baby relaxes with you in the dog-friendly lounge area.

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail
Park City proper

This well-trodden 28-mile trail is the first open area in this list where your dog is required to be on a leash. That’s hardly a gripe for a dog. They still get a chance to enjoy the great outdoors and sniff out the historic multitude of scents deposited along the rail-trail. The going is easy, if a little lengthy, but the variety of views and wildlife ought to keep you and your trusty companion glued in anticipation.

Willow Creek Park
4460 Split Rail Lane

The off-leash dog park of Willow Creek Park in the Snyderville Basin is a fenced-in area spanning 2.4 acres. It is designed to keep your dog on its paws and yearning for the next adventure. The park’s grassy area is set up as an agility course, perfect for training Fido to think quick. The other part of the park is a large, dog-friendly pond with a floating dog where more daring dogs can play in the water and seek relief from the summer heat.

Collie’s Sports Bar and Grill
738 Main Street

While you can’t (and likely won’t) go on pub crawls with your furry friend, it’s comforting to know that they can still tag along with you to the local pub for a light afternoon drink. At Collie’s Sports Bar and Grill, you can settle down with a burger or a bowl of chili and pair that with a beer from the bar’s extensive selection. In the meantime, your furry best friend can be treated to a fresh bowl of water and the privilege to sit beside you in the outdoor patio.

Are you a proud pet owner who wants to relocate to Park City? Give Team Schlopy a call at (435) 640-5660 or send your inquiries to info@teamschlopy.com. The team looks forward to helping you explore Park City and its dog-friendly spaces.

Treat your kids to these 5 Park City attractions

Park City, Utah is a place where families with kids will never run out of activities to do. There’s plenty to keep kids of all ages occupied, so “ennui” never figures into their vocabulary.

Take your kids to the five Park City attractions below for active and memorable quality time together:

Deer Valley Ski Resort2250 Deer Valley Drive South

Deer Valley is one of the most popular ski resorts for good reason. Its terrain spans six mountains, offering an endless variety of difficulties for kids and teens to develop their skills.

The ski resort also offers group programs for kids, so they can learn with peers and make new friends. The kids are grouped by age and rates start at $285 or the regular season rate.

Utah Olympic Park3419 Olympic Parkway

Built exclusively for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games hosted by Salt Lake City, the Utah Olympic Park is now a winter sports paradise. The park houses a 54-mile bobsled track and the infamous Nordic ski jump.

But even during the summer, there are lots to do here. The Olympic Park grounds are open to the public but the more thrilling attractions of the park require a day pass. Prices start at $70 for adults and $45 for kids. If your family wants to ride down the bobsled track, a separate ticket needs to be purchased for $80. Kids have to be at least 13 years old and 100 pounds to ride.

Flying Eagle Zip Line – 1310 Lowell Avenue

Get little ones to securely experience the thrills of zip line riding at the Flying Eagle Zip Line. Kids as young as three-years-old can enjoy the two-person ride – a one-minute-long zip down the line then back up to the starting point.

Online tickets for the ride cost $15 for kids 54 inches and taller, while smaller kids can hop on for $12. The cost for the ride is included if you opt for Park City Mountain Resort’s Adventure Day Pass, which is $77 for adults and kids 54 inches or taller and $47 for kids 53 inches and below if purchased online.

Park City Alpine Slide1345 Lowell Avenue

Another Park City Mountain Resort attraction, the Park City Alpine Slide, is a luge track that covers more than 3,000 feet and offers four different tracks to choose from. This structure was conceived with thrill-seekers in mind but carried out to put the hesitant at ease. Each rider slides down their chosen track on a cart, the speed of which can be adjusted according to comfort or daring. Aside from the adrenaline spike, the Alpine Slide also offers amazing views of the surrounding mountain resort.

Park City Museum – 528 Main Street

Before Park City was a ski resort town, it was a silver mining town. Its rich history is preserved within the halls of the three-story Park City Museum. This museum is an educational breather from the plethora of outdoor activities Park City offers. A one-hour tour through the museum is enough to discover the history on which Park City was built. Plus, kids can see the silver rush in context from the mining exhibits in the museum’s basement.

Park City has a variety of family-friendly attractions that will last you not just for the summer but throughout all the seasons. And if you’re thinking about a family home in Park City, there’s Team Schlopy to help you out. Give them a call at (435) 640-5660 or email info@teamschlopy.com to get a better look at your options.

Homespotting: A Crash Course on Ski Home Architecture

The mountains aren’t the only views to admire in ski resort towns throughout Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. The mountain homes dotting these mountainous regions have their respective styles, each with distinctive features stemming from factors like the weather and the popular trend during their inception.

It’s a whole other world of architecture that borrows influences from Europe and reinterprets them to produce something distinctly American. Below are the most common styles you’ll find:

Log cabin

Once a humble symbol of austere frontier life, the log cabin has transformed from a simple structure of stacked, interlocked logs into extravagant and spacious homes that exude luxury. While the modern log cabin has strayed far from its origins, evidence of the original style is still present today in the generous use of wood and whole logs, the presence of a stone fireplace, and the use of traditional construction methods.

A-frame

Popular during the ski boom of the 1950s and 1960s because of low construction costs, the A-frame is a style for cold, snowy regions. Tracing its roots back to old homes in parts of Europe and China, it’s easy to spot from a mile away. The roof plummets to the ground at a steep angle, sometimes stopping only short of a few feet. The front and back walls of the home are mostly glass panels that let in natural light. The result is an exaggeratedly geometric home that spoke to the cultural trends of the 1960s and 1970s.

Yurt

More commonly associated with the nomadic groups of Central Asia, the yurt is currently rising in popularity, thanks to the tiny house movement and their ease of maintenance. Yurts are defined by their easily assembled lattice walls, circular design, small footprint, and portable frames. Skiers and snowboarders typically populate these in ski towns but they’re now also getting attention from regular vacationers who want to cozy up.

Alpine

Vaguely conjuring images of the snowy and picturesque Swiss Alps, the alpine ski home styles found in parts of Colorado and Vermont are a patchwork construction, lightly influenced by their Swiss and Austrian counterparts. Tiered facades, painted shutters, and wooden balconies are some of the visual cues lifted. Combined with an era (the 1960s) that saw these lodgings as mini versions of Europe, looking at them sometimes feels like being in an amusement park.

Victorian

Mining towns cropped up in mineral-rich parts of Utah and Colorado before people got to the idea of building ski resorts. Back in the 1850s up to the early 1900s, the population in mining towns like Park City was permanent rather than transient.

Victorian homes are some of the most luxurious houses found in the ski towns of Western states. In these ski towns, a typical Victorian home has two levels, wraparound porches, steep and intricate roofs, pediments over outside doors and windows, and towers. Another upside of these Victorian homes is their central locations, the primary advantage of standing the test of time.

If you’re looking for your own mountain home in Park City, you may call Team Schlopy at (435) 640-5660 or send an email to info@teamschlopy.com to explore active listings.

Park City Insights for August 2019 from Team Schlopy

PROPERTY MARKETING THAT WORKS

In today’s competitive real estate market, the key to success is differentiation – doing common things in an uncommon way. In fact, differentiation from the competition has become the cornerstone of our marketing. Team Schlopy delivers exceptional marketing programs that produce results. Each step of this marketing plan is designed to help your home sell fast and for the desired price. From concept to completion, your home will be uniquely cared for and expertly marketed.

Our promise to you is that with the exclusive marketing tools that we have in place, everyone will see your home and want to make it their own. Look through just some of the concierge marketing activities that we offer below:

  •  Professional Photography A minimum of 25 professional photos, including virtual twilight photography, perfect for print, online and video to make your property look its very best.
  • Single-Property Website – Professionally designed property website that is viewable on all devices and easily shared via social media.
  • Just Listed eFlyer – “Just Listed” announcement eBlast sent to an exclusive list of personal and professional contacts.
  • Virtual Tour – Professionally produced video slideshow for the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) network and syndicated websites.
  • Property Brochures – Beautiful, professionally printed property brochures to showcase your home.
  • Print Advertising – Eye-catching property advertisement in one of the region’s prime print publications.
  • Mobile Brochure – Exclusive yard sign panel with CB Mobile Brochure technology that delivers your home’s unique details, photos and videos to consumer mobile phones.
  • TV and Online Promotion – Professionally produced spot featured on Coldwell Banker’s® TV show, At Home in Utah, on The CW Sundays at 10 am and posted on Coldwell Banker’s YouTube channel.
  • Silver Envelope Home Announcement – Stunning, trifold property announcements direct mailed to your neighborhood in silver envelopes that get noticed.
  • Targeted Online Advertising – Geographic targeting technology markets your property directly to local buyers online and on social media.
  • Park City REALTOR® Notification – Agents at all local real estate companies in your area will be notified that your home has come on the market.
  • Online Property Syndication – Your home will be displayed on hundreds of websites, including the most-visited real estate websites in the world.
  • Seller Update – Detailed report outlining everything that has been done to bring your home to market and maximize its exposure.

Call or email us today to get started on the selling process. We’ll connect with you and get started on preparations so we can tell you all that we will do to sell your home! Our exceptional marketing program provides results to get your property up front and center to the public.

~ Marny Schlopy

 


Golden Eagle, Hideout – Lots starting at $295,000

Over 300 single-family homes will make up the new Golden Eagle community. With a stunning gatehouse at the entrance and finely appointed amenities throughout, this is a wonderful spot for families to call home. Enjoy community gathering spaces both indoors and out, as well as open space and access to miles of trails.

The homesites provide a spectacular combination of mountain, lake, and ski resort views. Deer Valley Ski Resort, Jordanelle Reservoir and Mount Timpanogos are just some of the jaw-dropping sights that can be enjoyed from Golden Eagle.

Golden Eagle is set between some of Utah’s most iconic destinations. It’s just 10 minutes from Park City, 10 minutes from Midway and 35 minutes from Salt Lake City.  Coming home is always easy here. Golden Eagle is just 35 minutes from Salt Lake International airport and 20 minutes from Heber Valley Airport.

Contact Team Schlopy at 435.222.4858 for more information or visit GoldenEagleHideout.com

How to Financially Prepare for Major Home Repairs

Maintenance and repairs are part of owning a home, but they can put a real stress on your finances. And if you’re totally unprepared when a major repair is needed, it can be extra stressful. That’s why planning for the unexpected is so important. If you’re a homeowner, this article will help you financially prepare for major repairs, as well as offer advice on choosing a contractor and storing valuable items while your home is being repaired.

Paying with an Emergency Fund

Whether you need a roof replacement, a foundation repair, a new water heater, or any other kind of home improvement completed, it will save you a lot of headaches if you have money set aside. This is where an emergency repair fund comes in, which is basically a savings fund that maintain for your home. Each month, contribute 10 percent of your mortgage payment to the emergency fund. For instance, if your mortgage is $850, you would set aside $85 a month for unexpected repairs. Over time, your fund will build up to provide you some cushion and peace of mind.

If a major repair comes up before your fund is built up, there are other ways to pay without racking up credit card debt. If you’re comfortable with asking a friend or family member to borrow the money, for example, you could pay it back over time with no interest. Another option to consider is taking out a home improvement loan, which are typically pretty easy to apply for online; many loans also charge less than 5 percent interest, which is much cheaper than using a credit card.

Choosing a Contractor

One of the most important aspects in having major repair work done to your home is who you have do it. If you’re not careful, you can end up with a contractor who does shoddy work, overcharges you, or both. Get referrals from people you know, and interview three or four different contractors. If you want to be extra thorough, visit one of their job sites to see how they do their work.

Also, check each candidate’s licensing and experience. Then you’re ready to get job quotes, compare prices (including labor and materials), and choose the best contractor for your budget. Once you’ve chosen a contractor, be sure to discuss a payment schedule and put the contract in writing. The contract should clarify issues like liability, worker’s compensation, specific materials needed, and so on.

Putting Valuables in Storage

Anytime you have major work done on your home, you can expect an excess of dust and other debris. Even if your contractor cleans up each day, it’s best not to have any of your most valuable belongings and furniture in the home. To protect these items, consider putting them in a self-storage unit until the project is finished. And always look for the best value, as many storage companies have sign-up deals. For instance, EZ Storage in Salt Lake City is currently offering a 50 percent discount for the first month. Even if you find a good deal on storage, it’s still important to factor it into your financial plan.

Being prepared is the key to keeping stress levels down when a major home repair comes up. Be sure to interview multiple candidates and weigh your options when picking out a contractor. Look into self-storage for protecting items like valuables and furniture while your repair projects are underway. And start building your emergency fund today, and explore other low-interest methods of payment if necessary. You may never be fully prepared for every major repair project, but you can put yourself in a better position by doing a little planning.

Photo Credit: Pexels

Park City Insights for July 2019 From Team Schlopy

The Next Big Thing: Your Listing! Don’t Miss “At Home in Utah”

At Home in Utah is a Coldwell Banker-exclusive television show featuring properties for sale throughout the intermountain region.  This weekly TV show will air at 10:00 am on the CW and showcase some of the best homes on the market, including some of Team Schlopy’s listings. This show marks a new era for how we advertise clients’ homes to help provide even greater exposure. To have your home marketed on At Home in Utah, contact us today.

You’re Invited! Summer BBQ at the Jordanelle

Congratulations to Erik Schlopy! Erik recently completed his broker’s license and is now an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker.

4 DIY Things You Can Do to Lower Your Energy Bill This Summer

If you live in a place where summer heat is an issue, this time of year can mean substantially higher energy costs. Here are four low-cost, high-impact changes you can make on your own to save money and keep your home more comfortable this summer.

Clean your window sills
A few seasons worth of dirt and soot can prevent your windows from closing all the way. Even a little air getting in can make your AC less efficient and raise your electric bill. Drafty windows are the top energy leak in a typical home, accounting for up to 25% of a home’s energy loss.

Cost: $0-5 (cleaning spray and paper towels)
DIY level: Easy. You can even make this a chore for the kids!

Install a door sweep
“A common place where air leaks occur is under the door leading from the house to the garage because they are often not as well sealed as doors leading directly to the outside,” says Energy Star. Install a door sweep to seal the gap between the bottom of your door and the threshold to prevent cold air from escaping your home.

Cost: $10-15 (per door)
DIY level: Easy. Use a drill to make holes in the door and screws to attach the sweep.

Caulking Window Frame 
Caulk your windows Window air leakage can be reduced by applying a continuous bead of caulk around the window trim where it meets the wall, at the mitered joints of the trim, and between the trim and the frame. Make sure the caulk is intended for indoor use and can be painted. Using Charlotte, NC as an example, the Department of Energy estimated that the average homeowner could save 14% on heating and cooling costs each year with proper air sealing and insulation.

Cost: $3-5 (caulk)
DIY level: Medium. Caulk can get messy, so go slow.

Check your ducts
Ducts are used to distribute AC and heat throughout houses with forced-air systems “In typical houses, about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts.” says Energy Star. “The result is an inefficient HVAC system, high utility bills, and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.” You can check all the ducts you can access, such as those in the attic, crawlspace, or garage. Look for holes and tears, and seal them using mastic or metal tape.

Cost: $5-10 (roll of tape)
DIY level: Medium. It’s just taping, but you’ll likely be dealing with tight spaces and a few creepy-crawlies.

Kevin Crockett Realtor
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