How Do You Know When Your Best Interests Are Not Looked After? A Cautionary Tale in This Week’s Blog:

This Made Me So Angry!

Real Estate in the Golden YearsI love helping people. It’s one of the reasons why I enjoy being a real estate agent. And if you are a current or past client of mine, you fall into a special category. I care about you and want the best for you. Even if the best for you means no transaction for me.

Someone who holds an especially dear place in my heart is Delia (not her real name). She was my very first client. She purchased a condominium in lower Deer Valley from me in December, 2003. Continue reading about Delia’s experience here

Our Top 10 Park City Real Estate Blogs of 2016

2016 Park City Blogs

It has been an interesting year on many fronts, hasn’t it? From the world to our nation, and right here to our little (or not so little) town of Park City, a lot has happened in 2016. When we do our annual year in review here at Inside Park City Real Estate, it’s always fun
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Let the Ski Season Begin!

What’s New with Park City Skiing in 2016-2017

Last Thursday, the Park City Board of REALTORS hosted a luncheon and invited Bill Rock from Park City Mountain Resort, Steve Issowits from Deer Valley Resort and Nathan Rafferty from Ski Utah (a ski trade organization in Utah) to give us an update for 2017. I took a few notes to share with my blog readers.

Click here to read about what’s new for the 2016-2017 ski season.


Historic Park City Buildings – My Top 10!

10 Historic Park City Buildings & Why They’re Still Important

Park City is home to a number of historical buildings. They add real charm to our little town, especially for a real estate geek like me. Fortunately, ample foresight has been taken by stakeholders to preserve these beloved structures. They dot the local landscape like old friends and are well preserved and utilized to this day.

The best part about these historic Park City buildings is that they all can still be enjoyed by the public. And they can all be accessed year-round. You can get married in Miner’s Hospital. Grab a cup of coffee at the Park City Library. And spend the afternoon at the Museum. For dinner, head on over to Zoom for the short ribs.

Miner’s Hospital

Miners Hospital Park City Historical BuildingsThe Park City Miner’s Hospital was built in 1904 to provide medical services to the miners in the area. Its original location was at the north side of the Park City ski area. At the time, the closest hospital was in Salt Lake City. That 30-mile journey would have been especially cumbersome in winter. The hospital remained a clinic until the 1950’s. Then it was renovated into a restaurant, bar and youth hostel. In the 1970’s, development plans threatened to demolish the structure and it was moved to the present site in City Park. In 1982, the building was remodeled to contain the Park City Library.

Currently, the Miner’s Hospital is a meeting and event space and can be reserved for meetings, parties or weddings. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is easily accessed by public transit, foot or bike.

Park City Library

Park City Historic LibraryThe High School building was built in 1928 and in 1993 the Library moved in. Coincidently, the library did a brief visit back to the hospital in 2015 while the structure went through an extensive renovation.

Now known as the Park City Library and Education Center, the building is truly a location where old meets new. The library has state-of-the-art computer labs, an extensive children’s library and the Park City Roasters coffee shop. Plenty of community activities take place here. Community classes and programs for all ages, the Park City Film Series, the Park City Cooperative Preschool to name a few. Even dogs can enjoy the library as the outdoor field is pet friendly and leash-optional. It’s the only off-leash area in Park City proper.

Park City Museum

Park City MuseumThe Park City Museum can be found in the historic City Hall, which was built in 1885. The original cost to build city hall was $6,400! At that time, Park City’s Main Street was boom town central and many buildings were being built. City Hall was home to the police and fire department as well as the Territorial Jail, all of which remain as exhibits today.

A fire in 1898 destroyed much of the building and others on Main Street. In an effort to prevent future fire catastrophes, a Whistle Tower was built in 1901 to warn residents of fire in the area. In 1905, the whistle was replaced by an electric siren and sounded each night at 10:00 p.m. to warn youngsters of curfew. This prudent tradition continues signaling to Old Town visitors and residents that it is 10 o’clock.

Union Pacific Train Station

Union Pacific Historic RailroadIn 1886, an iconic train station was built at the bottom of Main Street. Its main purpose was to accommodate the transport of silver from the mines. Upon completion, the Park Record wrote, “The building is one of the finest in Park City…the design is modern [and] tasteful and brilliant yellow paint adorns it on all sides.” For about 100 years, this building facilitated travel for freight and passengers. It ceased operations in 1977.

In 1995 Robert Redford renovated the historic Park City building into Zoom Restaurant, part of the Sundance properties. Patrons can enjoy quality American continental cuisine in a fun, memorable atmosphere. As a hallmark of the past, the rail bed remains in place today.

McPolin Barn

McPolin Barn Park CityThe timeless White Barn that marks the corridor into Park City began as a 160-acre farm in 1886. In 1908, the barn was erected with recycled timber without the use of nails. It operated as a dairy farm for many years until the city purchased the property in 1990.

McPolin Farm House

McPolin Farm HouseThe McPolin house was relocated to its current location in the 1920’s. Prior to being a farm house, the charming structure served as a mine office. Park City purchased the farm in 1990 and has refurbished all areas of the farm.

Currently the White Barn is under construction. Yet the bike path, skiing and hiking trails remain available for use. A beloved location for family photos, vista seeking families can often be seen snapping shots around the farm house.

High West’s National Garage

High West Old GarageHigh West’s Old Town location is in two historic buildings. The Saloon is in an old Livery Stable built sometime around 1907. Horses that pulled carts of ore out of the mines were kept there. In fact, the horseshoe seen in the High West logo was a horseshoe found while renovating the livery. The livery would later become the National Garage. When a building across the street went down in flames, the heat was so intense that it peeled other layers of paint from the building.

The National Garage sign boasts a layered patina look that High West has preserved. Whisky lovers and hungry patrons can enjoy a beverage or a delicious meal at the world’s only ski-in-ski-out gastro distillery. A favorite amongst locals and tourists alike.

High West’s Ellsworth J. Beggs House

Ellsworth J. Beggs HouseNext to the National Garage sits the stately Victorian-style Ellsworth J. Beggs house. E.J. Beggs was a master carpenter and built his home in 1914. At the time, it was one of only two Victorian homes in town. Beggs constructed the house right after completing the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville, which stills serves as the County seat.

Now connected to the National Garage, High West patrons can enjoy a meal or expertly mixed drink in one of the charming rooms or on the inviting patio.

Swaner Farm

Swaner BarnThere’s not just one historic white barn in town. This white barn next to Highway 224 is a welcome site as one passes through the bustling Kimball Junction. In fact, the farm was purchased in 1884 by the Kimball family who operated a stagecoach service between Park City and Salt Lake City. The barn itself was built in 1933. It was a farm until the property was purchased by the Swaner Nature Preserve in 2003.

Swaner Stone House

Swaner Stone HouseThe stone house next to the white barn was built in the 1990s. A number of families farmed the area until 2003.

Currently, the house and barn mark a corner of the Swaner Nature Preserve. They are connected via boardwalk to the paved bike path perimeter of Kimball Junction. Eventually, the barn will be fully restored to host community events. But is not currently in use.

A walk around Park City is like a walk through a history book. Whether you are hiking past an old silver mine or viewing fine art in a Main Street gallery. We consider ourselves lucky to be able to enjoy the rich and vibrant history that these buildings offer. These are only ten of Park City’s historic buildings but there are many, many more. Which are your favorites?

References: Park City History | Zoom Park City High West Distillery

A Great Podcast of Things to do and see in Park City by Nancy Tallman for Discovery Map.

Nancy Tallman Featured on Park City Travel Podcast

Discovery Maps Travel PodcastOur own Nancy Tallman is this week’s guest on the popular Discovery Maps podcast series, and this episode is all about Park City! She may be known for real estate, but she also knows our town. Host Mark Ciociola and Nancy cover everything you’d want to know about PC basics and beyond: winter activities, summer activities, favorite special events, where to stay, getting around, family friendly activities, restaurants and much more. Take advice from a 13-year local on all things PC! If you or your out-of-town guests are looking for info on Park City travel, you’ll enjoy this 30-minute podcast at

Traffic and Parking Solutions on the Ballot this November…

Does Summit County, Utah Have a Transportation Problem?

LetsGo2If I had a nickel for every person who complained about parking and traffic in Park City, I’d be about 10 cents richer a week. And while I consent to the fact that there has been an obvious increase in cars over the years, I am also still grateful to be living here as opposed to dealing with the traffic of Los Angeles, where I endured commutes of up to 90 minutes each way to work. I’m pleased that many of our local leaders relocated to Park City from larger cities and understand that if we don’t have a plan in place to prevent further traffic issues, they will be more difficult and expensive to solve.

We haven’t become “No Park” City yet. And I’m glad for initiatives like the ones below to help us stay on top of our transportation needs. Transportation is a very important issue for our community.

Summit County Propositions 2 & 3

On August 17th, the Summit County Regional Transportation Initiative was presented to the Summit County Council.

The presentation outlined the need for a comprehensive approach to transportation in the area and explained funding. The initiative was approved by the Summit County Council & is scheduled to be voted upon as two separate transportation initiatives on the November ballot: Summit County Proposition 3 – Transit Enhancements and Summit County Proposition 2 – Road Enhancements. 


A central concern is growth in Park City and the surrounding areas like Summit County, Wasatch County and Salt Lake County. While growth in Park City has been comparatively low between 2000 and 2013 (the city grew 8%), other areas have seen accelerated growth at 20% in Salt Lake County and up to 74% in Wasatch County.

Looking forward, growth is a central concern. Population growth in Park City is projected to increase from 7,900 in 2015 to 10,000 by 2040 (26%). Wasatch County is projected to go from 26,000 to 59,000 within the same timeframe, a 123% increase.

Studies show that there are 35,000 trips per day within Summit County simply by calculating inbound commuters, outbound commuters and residents who work within the county. Note that these numbers only calculate employees, they don’t count school drop offs, running errands or tourist traffic.


The Transportation Initiative proposes a regional approach. The approach is three-prong and includes: 1) service enhancements, 2) infrastructure and transportation demand management and 3) active transportation.

In the proposal, transportation improvements would be made over five years from 2017 to 2022 and include:

  • Expanded Transit Service: Increased use of current transit routes plus addition of neighborhoods like Summit Park and Silver Creek. Commuter busses to Kamas, Heber and Coalville. Expanded transit service to Salt Lake City. Better Transit centers, increased transit personnel and support.
  • Alternative Transportation: Bike shares and Electric bike stations, trail and sidewalk improvement/maintenance. Better signage and navigation and expanded Park and Rides throughout Park City, Kamas and Coalville.
  • Increased Road Capacity: Connecting neighborhood roads Bitner/Silver Creek Road and extending Landmark Drive to Bear Hollow. Widen Kilby Road between Ecker Hill and Pinebrook and creating bypasses and interchanges for more efficient traffic flow.

These implementations would bring an estimated 570,000 “Cars off the Road” per year.

Short Term Improvements:

Improvements would begin in 2017. Small Park and Ride lots would be designated and improvements to existing roads and trails would be implemented like HOV lanes and trail maintenance. Ride share programs and an e-bike share could start throughout the region. Grants would be available for small towns to improve local transportation.

The Small Municipality Transportation Improvement Fund Grant Program (TIFGP) is grant money designated for small towns to improve transportation within their city limits. Funding could go towards construction of roadways or other transportation improvements. Funding can be up to $250,000 annually through sales tax proceeds.

Resolution Funding:

The funding for the transportation resolution would come from a mix of sales tax and property tax within the city and county. Additionally, transient room tax and parking fees would also be used. The benefits of this funding structure are that visitors generate most of the funds and that revenue will grow with the economy.

Community Engagement:

There have been a number of presentations throughout Park City and the surrounding towns and other areas. There have been over 500 live and phone interviews throughout Summit County. Proponents of Proposition 3 like the transit based approach because it reduces the carbon foot print and takes cars off the of road. Simply expanding and maintaining roads allows for more cars, traffic and pollution.

No one likes to sit in traffic. Let’s keep Park City a great place to live. Please consider the Summit County Regional Transportation Initiative as a timely solution to a serious challenge that we all face. What are your thoughts?

New Development Coming to The Canyon’s at Park City Mountain

The Canyons Resort Master Plan (2016 Update)

canyons village master plan 2016It’s been just over three years since Vail signed the 50 year lease to run Canyons Ski Resort operations. We’re coming up on exactly two years since Vail bought Park City Mountain Resort. Both resorts now operate under the Park City Mountain nomenclature. Last year, we saw significant upgrades to the resort with the new Miner’s Camp mid-mountain restaurant and the Quicksilver Gondola connecting what was PCMR to what was Canyons.

If you were privy to Park City news in the early 2000’s, you’ll remember that the Canyons Golf Course was once just a pipe dream. It was something we were all told was in the works, but was always held up for one reason or another. But in 2015 under Vail’s direction, the course became a reality.

So What’s Next for Canyons?

Last week, an open house was held to discuss just that. Replay Resorts, the master developer of Canyons Village, showed a full house of attendees their master plan for the village. The 5 acres of new development will include:

  • Parking garage
  • Transit hub
  • 200,000 square feet of retail/commercial
  • New hotels
  • New condo buildings
  • Employee housing (300 units)
  • Conference center
  • Pedestrian connection
  • Aquatic center

Replay Resorts’ full plan can be found at The next public meeting will be September 10th. The final plan will be proposed to the planning commission this Fall.

What does this mean for real estate at Canyons Village?  There will be some excellent family and conference amenities attracting visitors to the area, which should boost nightly rentals. There is also approved zoning for additional condominium projects.  Based on current new projects at Canyons Village, It is doubtful prices will start under the $900,000 range.  There are still some affordable properties at Red Pine and Hidden Creek which are walking distance to the Canyons Cabriolet and some proposed amenities.  As a rising tide raises all boats, it seems that these projects could be positioned to appreciate in the future.

Questions? I’d be happy to answer them for you. Contact me at any time.

Happy Back to School! Here’s how the Park City Area Schools Stack up in the State of Utah

4 Park City Area School Districts Compared

Park City School DistrictsWhen discussing Park City, it’s not uncommon for the high quality school system to be mentioned. A respectable school system can mean major motivation to home buyers whether they currently have students, may be starting a family or are simply investing in a desirable location.

There are 47 school districts in the State of Utah. Here we look at school district statistics for Park City and the surrounding districts and how they rank in relation to the rest of the State.

Park City School District

Topping out at #1 in the State of Utah, the Park City School system has a lot going for it. The District has some of the best rated teachers in the state and a very high approval rate of academics overall. The teacher to student ratio is 20:1, a little higher than the national average of 16:1. Yet spending on students is higher than average at $12,870 per year. There are plenty of clubs and activities for students of any age and diversity is better than average for the State. 89% of students graduate high school.

Wasatch School District

The Wasatch School District comes in strong at #3. Heber, Midway and Hideout Canyon are all towns within this district. Teachers and academic rankings are strong as are sports and fitness. Diversity is similar to the Park City School District. Wasatch has a high graduation rate at 90% and a higher student to teacher ratio of 21:1. The Wasatch District has maintained a high level of achievement despite annual student spending that is comparatively lower at $8,670.

North Summit School District

The North Summit School District proves strong and ranks #5 in the State. North Summit towns include Wanship, Coalville and Hoytsville. Teachers, academics and diversity all rank high. This district has the highest average SAT scores at 1410 out of the districts we have compared. The high school graduation rate is 87% and while teacher salaries are comparatively low, teacher to student ratio is better than area districts at 19:1. Annual per student spending is $10,089, the second highest in the area.

South Summit School District

The South Summit School District is ranked #19, putting it in the top 20 in the state. South Summit towns include Kamas, Francis, Oakley, Woodland and Marion. Academics, clubs and activities score high while teachers rank a little lower than other area districts. Spending per student is strong at $9,627, and student to teacher ratio follows regional trends at 20:1. Diversity is also a little lower than other school districts in the area while health and safety are favorable.

We are proud that this area boasts so many strong academic options. We can chalk this impressive line-up to just one more reason why we love this town. Our many thanks to the teachers, faculty and staff that make our schools so great!

Summit Sotheby’s Nancy Tallman Featured on Park City Travel Podcast


Our own Nancy Tallman is this week’s guest on the popular Discovery Maps podcast series, and this episode is all about Park City! She may be known for real estate, but she also knows our town. Host Mark Ciociola and Nancy cover everything you’d want to know about PC basics and beyond: winter activities, summer activities, favorite special events, where to stay, getting around, family friendly activities, restaurants and much more. Take advice from a 13-year local on all things PC! If you or your out-of-town guests are looking for info on Park City travel, you’ll enjoy this 30-minute podcast at

Some of Our Favorite Park City Summer Activities Are…

Top 15 Summer Activities in Park City

Summer Activities in Park CityDuring the summer, there is so much to do in Park City, it’s great that the sunset holds off until after 9pm. In the blink of an eye, your social dance card will be full. The savvy Parkite thinks strategically, best to map out your activities in order to adequately budget precious resources, like time and energy.   Before you know it, you’ll be shoulders deep in wildflowers on the side of Iron Mountain thinking, why didn’t I charge my camera?

  1. Farmer’s Market: June 3 to October 28

    The ONLY place to buy tomatoes, farmers come from around the state to sell their goods. There’s also live music, delicious limeade and samples-a-plenty of Volker’s famous bread. Inside Park City Real Estate is a proud sponsor of the Wednesday Farmer’s Market.

  2. Fox School of Wine Weekend Wine Series: June 6 to September 5

    Wine classes run every Saturday from 6pm-7pm. Test the knowledge of local legend Mistress Fox and learn all kinds of helpful tasting tips having to do with wine. A perfect pre-dinner event. Reservations are recommended.

  3. Park Silly Sunday Market: June 7 to September 27

    If you missed the farmer’s market, some farmers will return to Sunday’s event on Main Street. Voted one of the top 50 Farmers Markets in the country by Cooking Light Magazine, the “Silly Market” features food, local libations, children’s activities, and promotes environmental sustainability.

  4. Savor the Summit: June 20

    Known as Park City’s largest outdoor dinner party, Savor the Summit reservations are almost sold out. Besides the delicious food and atmosphere, it’s worth seeing the giant table set up down the middle of Main St.

  5. Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle: June 28 to September 6

    Every summer weekend (except July 4th) a choreographed spectacle of Olympians and professional skiers and snowboarders launch through the air up to 60 feet before landing in a pool below. Fun for all ages, this is a show not to be missed!

  6. Sundance Outdoor Film Screenings: July 1, 10, 31 and August 15

    Bring your own popcorn and bundle up. Sundance Institute present four outdoor films in City Park starting at dusk/9pm, all free of charge. Check the website for details; this is one of the sweetest treats of summer.

  7. Park City 4th of July Parade & Celebration: July 4

    The 4th of July festivities include a 5k fun run, a pancake breakfast, rugby tournament, parade, free concert, fireworks and kids’ activities. Plan your parade viewing early as the route is absolutely packed each and every year.

  8. Park City Food and Wine Classic: July 8 to 12

    One of the classic summer activities in Park City, master winemakers and culinary greats educate and illuminate attendees who choose to wine, dine and play in and around Park City.

  9. Cole Sport Back Alley Bash and KPCW’s 35th Birthday Party: July 24

    A local’s event that is open to everybody, the annual Back Alley Bash has been around for decades. Hang around the town lift plaza and enjoy live music, BBQ, and celebrating the 35th Birthday of the local radio station.

  10. Park City Kimball Arts Festival: July 31 to August 2

    This year marks the 46th annual Park City Arts Festival, a juried art show that welcomes artists from around the country. The three-day festival supports the diverse programming of the Kimball Art Center.

  11. Tour of Utah: August 3 to 9

    Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or you just like to see the pack of bikes zoom past, there is no shortage of excitement and drama in this week-long race that goes throughout Northern Utah. Park City is the start and finish venue for the final stage of the race – stage 7 – on August 9th.

  12. Mountain Town Music: All Summer Long

    Throughout Park City and the surrounding areas, Mountain Town Music presents an incredible number of live music shows a week, mostly free and open to the public. Check their website for a complete lineup.

  13. Best Local Hike

    With so many miles of trail in Park City, it’s tough to choose a favorite. But we’ll tell you what we’re into lately. Early and late season when it’s not so hot and dusty, the PC Hill is a classic. Somewhat steep, a fair distance but not too far, and incredible views of the whole town. Mid-summer, we like the shade of Armstrong, cutting it off at the brand new Dawn’s trail for a 3.3 mile loop back to Silver Star for lunch. The best part is that bikers are only allowed uphill on Armstrong and not at all on Dawn’s, so you won’t get bombarded.

  14. Best Mountain Bike Ride

    Early season, we really like the Prospector Area trails. Enough of a hill to get some cardio, enough trees to get some shade, but low enough to dry out early on. Later in the season, we have to stick with the Park City classic: Mid Mountain Trail has many entrance and exit points for a plethora of loop options based on your group’s time and skills.

  15. SUP on the Jordanelle

    The reservoir is so peaceful in the morning, before the wind and boating action picks up. Try picking up a paddle and a stand up paddle board. It’s one of the fastest growing outdoor activities, and for good reason. Incredible views await you and deer look on with envy, munching grass.

There you have them: our top 15 Park City activities that will keep you busy this summer. Be prepared with plenty of time and sunscreen and get ready to enjoy one of the best seasons of the year!