Carmen, Other/Just Looking in Michigan

Looking to move to the Salt Lake City area.

Asked by Carmen, Michigan Fri Feb 22, 2008

I am married, with 2 kids (17 and 2), and I need to know what areas would be the best place to start looking. Probably the southern suburbs, from what I am being told.

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Hi Carmen,

I'd say probably East Millcreek, the Sandy Area, or possibly Draper. It's hard to say though with as little information as I have - Other than good schools, what else is important to you? Do you need to be close to the downtown SLC area? What is your price range? What do you require for beds/baths, square footage, etc?

You can search EVERY listing on the MLS at my website - Windermere offers the best, and easiest to use search tool around! Just go to and click on "Search the MLS". I'd be happy to help you with your search, or answer any questions you might have about anything you find here! When are you relocating?

Please let me know how I can help you!
Jonelle Simons
Windermere Real Estate
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 8, 2008
Most people who move to Utah that have never been here before are amazed at how beautiful it is. Having worked with lots of relocation buyers I assure you this is not something to take lightly. I would suggest you start looking online at some homes and figure out what price range suits you the best. Then I think you would benefit to making a trip to Utah and have an experienced agent give you a tour. There are some areas that you may like more than others, but you need to come and figure out which ones those might be for you. Everyone is different and there are always things you cannot see in neighborhoods online. Once you are here your can truly absorb the area better and you may need to consider commute times to your job that may ifluence where you are willing to purchase. Whatever you do consider hiring a full time real estate agent to help make the process less onverwhelming.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
I live in West Jordan (south-west of Jordan Landing just north of South Jordan) with my 2 kids. We have loved it! There are teenage kids around as well as many young kids--I love when it gets warm and they can go ride bikes and play together. Now that Jordan Landing has so many great stores it is convenient to go there and get all my shopping done. Our development (and surrounding ones) are new, all of the houses in our neighborhood have been built in the last 6 years or so (we built this house just under 4 years ago).

We are moving this summer because of a job change, but will sell For Sale By Owner to avoid paying over $18000 to a realtor. We want the new owner to get a good price and love this house as much as we have, and can only afford to sell it under value if we don't have to pay that $18k! If you are interested in seeing pictures or looking at our home, email me and we can arrange that. There are 3 very large bedrooms (possible 4th, currently a large loft area), all walk-in closets, master bath with seperate bath/showers, over 3300 sq. ft., 2 1/2 baths, fully finished back yard with granite boulders, full auto sprinklers, auto low flow watering system, and no/low maintenance perennial gardens. There is a laundry room on the main level AND another on the second level (I only use the 2nd level one, it's conveniently by the bedrooms!). Flooring is tile and carpet. There are no back-yard neighbors (and never will be) so the views are great (mountain views) and there is more privacy! The basement will have 2 beds, 1 full bath, 1 family room, and 1 storage area (or we thought of making it into a built-in kids playhouse). The basement is not currently finished but we do have some of the materials for it--just waiting to find the time:) If we have to sell through a realtor (we have talked to a few) we will list at or above $315,000. We keep hearing about the horrible housing market in the US, but it seems ok here since 2 of our neighbors sold within a week for asking price this month. Asking prices around here are anywhere from $225 k for a small home to over $700 k, but average is $280-$350k. If we sell FSBO we can let it go for $305,000. And I work for a mortgage company so I can get our buyer a good deal on mortgage rates.
If you're not interested, I'm not offended:) But if you are, need mortgage advice, or want any info about areas around here, email me and I'd be glad to talk to you.
Good luck on your move, you'll love it in Utah!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 21, 2008
I think the majority of growth tends to be in the southern part of the valley, and you can still get great deals on homes in our market. I think most people in your situation would be looking south of 9000 s. and be on the east or west side depending on price. price increases as you go east. I think a price range could answer that question alot better feel free to log onto my website @,, or (your city you are looking).com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 14, 2008
My husband and i are Realtors and moved to Utah from Michigan in 2005. It is very different from Michigan in many ways (most good!), but where to live depends a lot on where you will be working and your interests outside of work. I'd be happy to give you any advice you need.

Diane Jacobson, Realtor, GRI
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 29, 2008
I would first ask where you or your spouse would be working. After knowing that, I would ask what your price range is. I would be glad to answer the question after knowing those answers.

Jim Cannon
Windermere Real Estate
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 25, 2008

I hope that you have received good information in regards to your possible move to Utah. There are many areas that could work for you and your family in the Salt Lake area. Many of those cities have been mentioned by other agents already. Your children's ages are quite spread apart, but, we have many areas that could benefit them both, with schooling, friends, etc. This is a great place to live and probably far different than Michigan. I will say that the market out here is a lot more encouraging, and there are many homes on the market at this time that may fit your wants and needs.

I don't know your preferred price range, or your criteria for a home, but, these will have an effect on areas to begin your search. I would be happy to assist you and your family if your still in search mode. Please feel free to contact me with any questions I can answer for you. This would be a big move, and any info. you can gather about the area would benefit you greatly. Best of luck!

Scott Kamp CSP
Prudential Utah Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 12, 2008
I moved 9 months ago to Daybreak and my wife and I love it. It is great for families and the homes look great. This is a planned community with lots of parks, a lake for fishing and boating, gym, schools, great neighbors, activities. I work as an agent for some of the 10 or so builders in the community. You or anybody that is reading this add can contact me at 801-372-7874
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 11, 2008
Hi Carmen, If you are interested in a great School District and being in the best neighborhood throughout the city, I have an awesome SKI HOUSE listed in the Little Cottonwood Neighborhood.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
Hello Carmen,
That is great news that you will be moving to our town! There is a good variety of home styles and floor plans in the south valley. There are certain things to consider when shopping in the south valley, such as the your work commute, school districts, higher education for your teen, and what other conveniences such as retail and freeway access it they are important to you. The south east side is some what higher priced on average but the freeway and retail access is improved, the west is growing very fast and there are transportation projects and large commercial developments in the works that will improve this area over the short term.

If parks and recreation are important, look to Herriman or South Jordan, developments like Daybreak, RoseCrest, and Juniper Point.

Enjoy your research and feel free to contact me directly for additional information any time.

-Kris Furrow Realtors
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2008
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