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Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of us now find ourselves working from home. While it’s hard to complain about the commute, working from home can be an adjustment. For example, you may find yourself doing tasks around the house and suddenly you’ve missed several important emails. If you feel like you need some help being more productive while working from home, here are five tips to improve your workflow.
The best kind of light is natural light. Try setting up your workspace by a window. If that’s not possible, add a desk lamp or floor lamp to brighten your space. Not only will it help with visibility; it brightens your mood, which helps you to be more productive.
Remove distracting clutter. Take everything off your desk that you don’t need. Store it elsewhere or use shelves on your wall to display it.
If you find yourself cleaning throughout the day, set aside time specifically for these tasks. If you’re still waking up at the same time you did when working at the office—which studies show is a great strategy when working from home—using your would-be commute time to tidy up helps avoid those periodic distractions.
Bring the Outdoors In
Bringing plants into your home is beneficial for productivity and health alike. Greenery is a natural mood booster and gives life to a room. Plants naturally purify the air, helping you breathe easy as you make your way through the workday. Try arranging both hanging and potted plants to improve the mood around your workspace.
Change Your Chair
A chair that’s too tall, too short, or not comfortable is a fast track to back and shoulder problems that inhibit your workday and linger afterwards. Being in a stationary position for hours at a time requires the right kind of support to stay productive. Features to look for in a quality office chair include proper lumbar support, sturdy wheels, and an adjustable base that allows your shoulders to relax and your feet to rest flat on the floor.
It’s important to keep your home office professional and dedicated to your work. However, adding personal touches to the space will help you feel at ease. Position your work computer and phone front and center with any related work tools close by and handy. Adding pictures of loved ones, artwork, and inspirational quotes will help inspire you to generate ideas while working productively.
If you’re familiar with Park City, you know there are two things this winter town has in spades: skiing, and luxury lifestyle (wining, dining and leisure). While skiing is a great source of recreation, don’t be fooled into thinking that’s the only thing you can do while in town. Take a look at this list to get inspiration for your next don’t-feel-like-hitting-the-slopes day.
Photo courtesy of The Spur
Check Out our Favorite Dining Destinations
In Park City you certainly have your pick of gastronomie. Back in December, though, we heard from some our fantastic Park City agents about their all-time favorite restaurants and pubs in and around the city. Some of their choices included Boneyard & Wine Dive, High West Distillery, The Spur Bar & Grill, No Name Saloon & Grill, and Fletcher’s. You can take a closer look at their very thorough reviews here.
Go Sledding at Woodward Park City
Woodward is one of the newest additions to the area, and you really can’t miss it as you drive into town. We covered the absolute wealth of activities and recreation they offer in a recent blog post, but we really do have to recommend the sledding.
Park City Magazine describes Woodward as the following:
“This brand-new action sports facility is what dreams are made of for kids and kids at heart. There are skate ramps, trampolines, a spring floor, and pump tracks inside; outside, you’ll find progression parks, freestyle zones, tubing, BMX jumps, parkour, and more. Daily access passes and monthly memberships are available.”
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Make Your Own Gin
This two-hour long experience is one that you’ll never forget. Extend your stay with a complimentary 30-minute tour of its production facilities in Silver Creek, and if you’d like to do a tasting, it’s a dainty $15 extra.
According to the website, the $150 personal distilling package includes the following:
“An Alpine Distilling employee will help you will craft your own Gin from botanicals sourced from around the world and using a gluten-free, 100% Corn base. You will leave with your own custom spirit in one 375ml bottle. Price is for one distilling station. Reservations required.”
Climb Up a Frozen Waterfall
This is exactly what TLC warned us not to do in their 1994 hit single, but in Park City it’s worth a little rule breaking to enjoy this special experience. And the best part? You don’t have to be a pro – or even an intermediate climber. All novices are welcome to learn “front-pointing, flat-footing, effective tool swinging, various ice tool placements, efficient movement, maximization of resting opportunities, how to “read” ice, and ways to minimize risk.”
You can register for this activity online through Utah Mountain Adventures, and this course is “typically held on the lower curtains of the world-class Stairway to Heaven formation in Provo Canyon, easily accessible by a 20-minute hike.”
To see more activities that you can take advantage of, right in Park City, check out this awesome article that we drew some of our inspiration from.
One may judge a city by its coffee shops. We’re not talking about the Starbucks and Dunkin’s of the world. We’re focusing on the smaller chains and local treasures that reside there. Finding a good coffee shop is like finding the perfect home. Once you find it, you know it’s the one for you.
Here are a few favorites in Salt Lake City that you could try.
878 E. 900 S., Salt Lake City, UT
Coffee Garden has an industrial-contemporary style with hints of artistic flair.
It has a distinctly home-like feel, which is likely why it has been deemed the “neighborhood living room.” They have been in the same location for 27 years, and it is the oldest coffee house of their style in Salt Lake City.
“We taught Salt Lake City what good coffee is supposed to taste like,” said owner Alan Hebertson. This is likely why it is such a popular destination for the coffee lovers all around. It has a small, quiet section perfect for a client meeting or work session. It’s quite popular among students at the university as well as a spot to study.
Their most popular drinks are their espresso-based drinks. This author has to agree because their Americano was divine. Their baked goods are another large draw, as the majority are made in-house.
They do not host any events, preferring to make sure the shop is open to all. They frequently support local artists and donate to schools and other events in the 9th & 9th area.
Campos Coffee Roastery & Kitchen
228 S. Edison St., Salt Lake City, UT
Campos Coffee Roastery & Kitchen is an Australian-born shop, with an open and bright modern-industrial feel. The large windows, skylights, and plant life create a lively and enlightening atmosphere for any client meeting, work session, or meeting with friends.
Hillary Merill, Operations Manager let us know about the large, specially-created front windows that can be opened for the optimal indoor/outdoor experience. The windows were designed and built by a company that makes airline hangers, significantly contributing to the industrial vibe.
Campos is a major coffee chain in Australia, but is currently in start-up mode in the U.S., with the only two locations, this one in Salt Lake, and the other in Park City.
Cappuccinos and other espresso-based drinks are also the most popular here due to the specific training that baristas receive on how to make the perfect cup. Another popular drink is the Australian Iced coffee, which is an Iced coffee made with gelato and whipped cream. They also feature many single origin single pours from limited release coffee beans.
Community events like public cuppings, summer BBQs and more are on their way, so you will want to keep up with them on social media to make sure you know as soon as these events get underway.
Sugar House Coffee
2011 S. 1100 E., Salt Lake City, UT
Sugar House Coffee is a hip and artsy space in the heart of Sugar House.
This shop makes our go-to list because of the warm and inviting atmosphere. Art and inspirational quotes line the walls, and the space is nearly always full of an exceedingly diverse group of people, from students to yoga enthusiasts and businesspeople.
Emily Potts, the general manager of Sugar House Coffee considers the place “the ‘Cheers’ of coffee shops,” as they aim to make everyone feel warm and comfortable. The mission of the coffee shop is to “[provide] the community with a public gathering space where everyone is safe to share their story.”
They succeed in bringing the community together by being a part of the Sugar House Art Walk, hosting live jazz music nights twice per month, a monthly book club, and a monthly open mic.
Why not try a warm and inviting drink like the Karmel Sutra, a white caramel mocha, as it is their most popular drink, and pair it with one of their food options. Food options include many vegan and gluten-free selections using products from other local businesses wherever possible.
Three Pines Coffee
165 S. Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
Three Pines Coffee is an ultra-small coffee shop with a retro vibe. It is ideally located on Main Street and is perfect for a pick-me-up when strolling the heart of downtown SLC.
Once inside, you are immediately drawn by their neon signage, vintage coffee machine and shelves full of vinyl. Look closely and you will spot the record player.
The shop is less than 500 sq. ft. and only seats about 13 people, creating an intimate coffee experience for those who decide to drink in-house. The owners, Nick Price and Meg Frampton say that the small size “allows us to really focus on the essentials,” like their coffee.
Their drip coffee is generally their most popular, with an espresso with milk following close behind. They like to “keep things simple, pure, and straightforward … [They] put a lot of time into achieving the optimum extraction and … best possible balance in flavor.” As the weather warms up, the most served beverage becomes their house-made cold brew.
Other local ingredients include locally-sourced whole milk, house-made almond milk, and house-made vanilla syrup.
The Rose Establishment
235 S. 400 W., Salt Lake City, UT
The Rose Establishment is another modern-industrial chic location just outside the Gateway in downtown SLC.
This shop has a small, yet inviting atmosphere, bringing modern touches to a building with a deep history. The space originated as a meat packing plant, and had a lot of lives since then, serving as a restaurant, plant shop, and even a personal residence before it’s current reincarnation.
Shaylee Syme, General Manager of The Rose Establishment says that their lattes and house-made signature drinks, as well as old-school standards (like a London Fog) with Rose Establishment twists make up some of the most popular drinks.
Their high quality coffee and food are some of the greatest draws.
The Rose Establishment will be starting up a gallery stroll in the next few months, and will be hosting other community events such as wine evenings. They are also available for private events. You could even host your wedding there!
Sugar Bean – Honorable Mention
1240 E. 2100 S. Suite 150, Salt Lake City, UT
Sugar Bean Coffee gets an honorable mention as Windermere Utah’s favorite in-building coffee shop. Sugar bean is located in the Redman building in Sugar House, sharing a home office with both Windermere Real Estate and Windermere Commercial Real Estate. When you come in for a cup, stop by to visit with our agents or say hi to our friendly staff.
On March 3, The Salt Lake City Council adopted the Foothills Trail System Master plan to improve and create trails within the system.
The plan aims to improve and create environmentally sustainable, accessible, safe, and low-maintenance trails from the North Salt Lake boundary to Emigration Canyon.
This plan has been in the works since 2016, when a public input process gathered public support and feedback. This feedback helped to guide how the plan was developed and will influence trail development projects for the next 10 years.
The vision of the plan is for “The Foothills Natural Area [to] provide a variety of recreational trail experiences for all ages and abilities while managing the Foothills’ environmental resources for future generations.” according to the Salt Lake County Public Lands webpage.
Once the plan is fully implemented, the trail system will include:
- 65 miles of new trails and 41 miles of existing trails, for a total system length of 106 trail miles.
- A mix of multi-directional and one-way trails, some with shared-uses and others dedicated to a single use, like walking or biking.
- A growing network of improved trailheads with information kiosks.
- Wayfinding signage located at every trail intersection.
- Three ‘Habitat Study Areas’ where biological impact assessments will be conducted to inform trail alignments and mitigate disruption of native species.
You can learn more about the details of the plan on the Public Lands Webpage.
Further responses to key three issues brought up in February 2020 can be found on the Salt Lake City Council’s website.
Here are some ways to add this stunning shade of blue to your home:
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Add a splash of color to any room with Classic Blue furniture, such as these dining room chairs, which express a sense of tradition and elegance, as well as unexpected boldness.
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Geometric patterns are all the rage this year, so why not liven up your kitchen backsplash with tiles that incorporate the color of the year? Here’s an example that achieves this through bold, colorful design that doubles as a piece of art.
Image Source: Davonport Kitchen Designers and Remodelers.
If geometric tile isn’t your thing, the are other ways to bring your kitchen to life with this stunning shade of blue. If you’re not in a position to purchase all new cabinets, simply paint your current cabinets for a more affordable update.
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Whether it’s built-ins, panels, or an accent wall, Classic Blue can make your furniture and décor pop. Consider this color when you paint your living room or bedroom as a way to encourage calm and confidence in your favorite spaces.
During the winter months, Park City is bustling with outdoor recreation and wildlife, and is a paragon of healthy living and luxury. So, when it comes to new developments in the area, you already know the standards are set very, very high.
With three new projects well under way, we’d like to take a moment to walk you through some of these exciting locales on the off chance your might not have heard about them. Without further ado, let’s pumped for the newcomers on the scene!
The Mayflower Rendering Courtesy of Extell Development
If you haven’t heard of The Mayflower (the resort, not the English ship from the 1600s) The Park Record has been covering this development since 2019. Utah Business also had some thorough insights as things continue moving forward, and are some of our favorite juicy details about this development:
“Most notably, a brand-new resort will transform the hills overlooking the Jordanelle reservoir. On the opposite side of the same mountain that hosts Deer Valley, the Mayflower resort will cover nearly 6,000 acres—almost three times the size of Deer Valley—and contain the world’s largest ski beach. (What’s a ski beach, you ask? An oxymoron, etymologically-speaking. But they’ll have the biggest.)
“Mayflower “could have up to 1,560 residential units, 800 hotel rooms, 95,000 square feet of workforce housing, and 250,000 square feet of commercial space,” per Salt Lake Tribune reportage, though the project has its share of controversy. On the plus side, it functions as a recreational military facility, with 100 rooms reserved for military members to use at a discount.”
There is a touch of controversy surrounding this project – mostly due to it’s location in the foothills of Jordanelle – so if you’re interesting in reading up on that, feel free to check out either of the articles we sited above.
St. Regis Fireplace // Courtesy of Deer Valley Resort
The St. Regis (Expansion)
As described by Marriot, The St. Regis at Deer Valley strives to “create an atmosphere of exquisite, immersive experiences — with obsessive attention paid to every detail and desire — that transport you to a world of extravagant discretion. Our mountainside resort hotel in Park City, Utah redefines luxury with subtle sophistication and thoughtful accommodations.”
The fact that it is expanding means that there will be more of this fantastic resort community to love. CPE (Commercial Property Executive) published an article that details the cost of the St. Regis expansion, as well as some of the added features.
“Sonnenblick-Eichner Co. has arranged $60 million in financing for St. Regis Deer Valley, a AAA Five Diamond year-round destination resort in the Deer Valley ski area in Park City, Utah…
“…Deer Valley was purchased last August, before it was a St. Regis, by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown & Co.
“Those two entities had just weeks prior finished combining Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc., Mammoth Resorts and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings into one company, which owns 12 four-season mountain resorts with 6 millions skier visits and 20,000 skiable acres, along with “significant land available” for future development.”
We are waiting with baited breath to see the unveiling of what promises to be a sumptuous addition to an already stunning resort.
Much like the Mayflower, The Pendry is a complete new-comer on the Park City scene. With a budget of $165 million, this resort promises “152 guestrooms and suites―condos too. Restaurants, spa, and a fitness center round out the package.” There isn’t much more to know just yet about what the aesthetic will be, and there haven’t yet been any renderings released to the public, so only time will tell which features will become favorites among the guests.
The following analysis of select counties of the Utah real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Utah’s non-agricultural employment growth continues to impress. The addition of 49,500 jobs over the past 12 months represents a solid growth rate of 2.8%. We did see some fairly modest slowing in employment gains earlier in the year, but this appears to have been reversed. My current forecast is for the state to continue to grow its job base, though I anticipate modest slowing in the number of new jobs. With around 41,700 new positions added, we will see employment grow 2.6% in 2020. In November, the state unemployment rate was 2.4%, down from 3.2% a year ago.
- 8,768 homes sold in the final quarter of 2019, representing a solid increase of 7% compared to the same period in 2018, but 17% fewer homes traded hands compared to the third quarter of 2019.
- Total sales activity rose in all but the very small Morgan County. Year-over-year, sales rose by double digits in three counties, with impressive increases in Wasatch, Summit, and Utah counties.
- The number of homes for sale in the final quarter of the year was 14.4% lower than in the same period a year ago and 21.3% lower than the third quarter of 2019. Regular readers may remember that listing activity had been rising, but I am afraid those days are behind us.
- Pending sales in the fourth quarter were up 10.7% compared to a year ago but were 24.3% lower than in the third quarter, suggesting that closings in the first quarter of 2020 may drop from current levels.
- The average home price in the region continued to rise in the fourth quarter, with a year-over-year increase of 9.5% to an average of $403,186. Home prices were 0.4% higher than in the third quarter of 2019.
- All counties contained in this report saw price increases compared to the same period a year ago, with impressive gains across the board.
- Appreciation was strongest in Wasatch County, where prices were up 11.7% to $681,300.
- Home prices continue to appreciate at significant rates. I hope to see some slowing in price growth as we move through 2020, but this will only happen if the supply of homes for sale grows significantly.
DAYS ON MARKET
- The average number of days it took to sell a home in the counties covered by this report rose four days compared to a year ago.
- Matching the third quarter, homes sold fastest in Davis, Salt Lake, and Weber counties, and slowest in the expensive Summit County. All counties except Summit saw days-on-market rise compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.
- During the fourth quarter of the year, it took an average of 57 days to sell a home in the region, up from 45 days in third quarter.
- The modest increase in market time is not a concern as there still appears to be significant demand for housing.
This speedometer reflects the state of the region’s real estate market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors.
For the final quarter of 2019, I have moved the needle just a little more in favor of sellers. Inventory levels remain low, even in the face of modestly increasing market time. Prices and closed sales are higher, and these things certainly favor sellers.
ABOUT MATTHEW GARDNER
As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Matthew sits on the Washington State Governors Council of Economic Advisors; chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; and is an Advisory Board Member at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate economics.
Choosing less space often has to do with a desire to live a life that’s simpler. Whether you’re retiring, want an eco-friendly, low-maintenance lifestyle or your children have moved away, downsizing might be the best option for you. Here are the advantages and disadvantages to consider before making the move and questions to begin asking yourself now.
- Increased cash flow.
- Spend less on your mortgage payment and you are likely to have more money leftover for other needs or desires.
- More time.
- Cut down on time spent on household chores such as cleaning and vacuuming which will leave you with more hours in the day to do something more enjoyable.
- Lower utility bills.
- Costs less to heat and air condition a small home.
- Less square footage decreases the amount of energy expended.
- Reducing energy is better for the environment and it helps keep your home green.
- Reduced consumption.
- You would likely buy less since you won’t necessarily have the room for it.
- Minimized stress.
- Homeowners who have successfully downsized often feel happier because they are no longer overwhelmed by the demands of a larger home.
- Less responsibility, less housework to do, increased cash flow and flexibility equals reduced stress.
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- Fewer belongings.
- Moving into a smaller space would mean you would need to give away or donate furniture, books, kitchen supplies, etc.
- No room for guests.
- Hosting holiday dinners might be out of the question for a smaller home.
- Space restrictions.
- Less space means you could feel cramped.
- Lifestyle changes.
- For long-term homeowners, downsizing means changing a lifestyle.
What to consider before downsizing
These questions are important to ask yourself because for some people, downsizing may not be the best option for them.
- Does size matter to me?
- Think about how much your identity is wrapped in your house.
- Is it important for you to have a guest room or a second bathroom?
- Will I miss some important things about a more spacious home?
- Will moving into a smaller home feel like a step backward?
- How will other life events affect my living in a smaller home?
- Consider possible scenarios you may not expect such as adult children moving back home or if you plan to add a child.
The Cost to You
- How much will it cost to replace the furniture?
- When you move into a smaller home this means you might have to downsize your furniture to make room.
- How much will it cost to get rid of the stuff I don’t need or won’t fit?
- It’s important to have a plan for how you’re going to sell or give away the things you don’t need.
- Consider things like family heirlooms. What are you going to do with all your antiques or treasures that your smaller home may not be able to accommodate?
- How much will I get when I sell my current home, and will it help cover the cost of buying my new home?
If you know downsizing is the right option for you, you’re probably asking yourself, “Should I sell first and then buy or buy first and then sell?”. When you’re ready to discuss your options, call me!
As I mentioned in a previous post, Sundance Film Festival will be starting in a little less than a week. We couldn’t be more excited! We’ve already given you the ins and outs of how to catch the festival in Park City, so now we’d like to tell you about where you can catch the events on this side of the mountains.
But first a little information about tickets…
One of the most important things to remember is that each city in the Sundance event schedule is separated by a 30- to 75-minute drive, so you will want to make sure you select screening tickets in the city where you plan on spending most of your time.
Tickets went on sale for Sundance members on January 16th, for locals. Tickets will be available until they’re completely sold out. The non-local public can purchase tickets starting today, January 21st, so if you’re planning on attending from out of state, you’ll want to make sure to be online right at 10am (MST) to ensure you can grab your seats.
The Salt Lake City theaters that will be hosting premiers and showings are as follows:
Broadway Centre Cinema
Rose Wagner Center
Salt Lake City Library Theatre
You can view the full event schedule here. And, if you’re trying to up your chances of catching sight of one of your Hollywood favorites, we loved this article that tells you exactly who is in which film.
Making Your Experience Amazing:
The great news is that parking in SLC is different a lot more ample than in Park City! If you’re local, or planning on spending your time exclusively at screenings in SLC, there are more than enough places to choose from as far as parking goes. If you are spending the day up in Park City, we would highly recommend taking an Uber up, and using PC’s great public transportation to get around town! (No need to pay for more meters than you need to.)
One of the other great advantages to enjoying the festival in Salt Lake are the festival lounges! This year Utah Business reports that there will be 3 Festival Lounges:
“The Queer Lounge, adding new music choices and drag performances, joins the always-popular Festival Lounges at Copper Common downtown and East Liberty Tap House in Sugar House, where local musicians are performing live nightly at 7 and 10 p.m. from Friday, Jan. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 1. A full entertainment schedule follows.
Helping locals and visitors alike get their Sundance Film Festival groove on in Utah’s capital city during the 10-day event, the Sundance Film Festival Lounges are an ideal place to continue the conversation after taking in this year’s roster of amazing film offerings. The Lounges are a great, affordable and convenient way to experience the magic of the Festival as there are no entrance fees and they’re open to the public, but seating is limited. All Festival Lounges are ideal locations to discuss film, art, theater and cultural pursuits both pre- and post-screenings.”
If you end up having any downtime between events, you can also feel free to swing by our Redman office! We’ve got a gorgeous gallery featuring the works of Michael Nikola on the 6th and 7th floors, and our agents and staff are more than happy to point you to more points of interest in the city.
For any of your other event related questions, be sure to check out the Sundance website, and be sure to check out the festival map that includes more details on each venue, theatre, and even shuttle routes.
To get notified about traffic incidents, road closures, weather conditions, and other emergencies, you can sign up for a joint Emergency Alert Program between the Sundance Film Festival and Park City. All you have to do is text FILMFEST to 888777 to start receiving alerts during the Sundance Film Festival. (Standard text messaging rates apply.)