Park City Real Estate News

“52 Weeks in Park City – What I like Best About Our Town”

Written By: msletten - Jul• 29•14

“52 Weeks in Park City – What I Like Best About Our Town”

Week beginning on Monday Subject

7/21/14 Walking the dogs on McCloud Creek
7/28/14 Local’s night at Art’s Fest
8/4/14 Celebrating Swiss Day at Adolph’s (8/1)
8/11/14 Watching the Tour of Utah come through PC
8/18/14 Free Concerts at DV (Wednesday’s)
8/25/14 Taco Tuesday’s at Windy Ridge
9/1/14 Miner’s Day
9/8/14 Having a beer at Wasatch Brew Pub
9/15/14 Autumn Aloft
9/22/14 PCSEF Golf Tournament at Park Meadows
9/29/14 Reading the Sunday edition of the NYT while sipping coffee on the deck
10/6/14 Arts stroll
10/13/14 Park City Film Series
10/20/14 Hiking at DV
10/27/14 Hiking at PCMR
11/3/14 Fall Colors
11/10/14 Reading the question of the day in the Park Record
11/17/14 The leaves are gone and we are ready for winter
11/24/14 First Snow of the year
12/1/14 Opening day at DV
12/8/14 Opening Day at PCMR
12/15/14 Watching World Cup races at Adolph’s
12/22/14 Morning cappuccinos at Bumps N Grinds at PCMR
12/29/14 Cross Country skiing in Round Valley
1/5/15 Cross Country skiing on the City course
1/12/15 Round Valley at sunrise
1/19/15 Opening day at the Sundance Festival
1/26/15 Closing day at the Sundance Festival
2/2/15 Snow shoeing in Round Valley
2/9/15 Running in the winter in Round Valley
2/23/15 Leslie Thatcher on KPCW
3/2/15 Buying Red Bicycle bread at the park City Market
3/9/15 Riding the City bus
3/16/15 Skiing with Heidi Volker at DV
3/23/15 First tracks on a powder day
3/30/15 Larry Warren at PCMR
4/6/15 S#*t the season is almost over
4/13/15 Closing day at DV
4/20/15 Closing Day at PCMR
4/27/15 Spring skiing in the Wasatch
5/4/15 Rick Broth’s reports
5/11/15 Mud season in the Wasatch
5/18/15 Mountain biking Round Valley
5/25/15 Breakfast on Main Street
6/1/15 Fly fishing on McCloud Creek
6/8/15 Running in the summer in Round Valley
6/15/15 Farmer’s market
6/22/15 “Savior The Summit” on Main Street
6/29/15 4th of July
7/6/15 4th of July fireworks from Adolph’s deck
7/13/15 Park Silly Market
7/20/15 Friday & Saturday Concerts at DV

A Hidden Mountain Town Gem: The Washington School House In Park City

Written By: msletten - Jul• 15•14

Old school is the new cool. The truth of that adage is readily apparent to anyone who has ventured into an Ace Hotel, or just into the lumberjack-homesteader aesthetic of cities from Brooklyn to Portland.

But in old-town Park City—a place that’s most often associated with glitzy recent-vintage resorts like the Montage and the St. Regis, and that star-studded film festival that descends every winter—the phrase takes on new meaning. That’s because it’s the motto of the coolest little hotel in the city. The Washington School House is literally an old school, one built in 1889 to educate the children of the miners extracting copper and silver wealth from the surrounding mountains.

The schoolhouse served various functions over the decades—a dance hall for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a bed-and-breakfast—but was physically transformed into its current iteration in 2011, after new owners invested significant money in a gut renovation (down to the studs). And now it’s hitting its stride with service, warmth and hospitality. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows your name, and no one calls you sir or ma’am. They probably also know what you like to eat and drink. (I stayed as a guest of the hotel.)

The hotel’s 12 rooms (from $295 in late and early summer, but considerably more during prime time) are understated and elegant, with judiciously deployed antiques and art, as well as intentionally old-school devices like wall-mounted fans. It’s all enlivened with contemporary, raised-eyebrow touches, like chandeliers made of light bulbs. The beds are sumptuous piles of feathers, pillows and thick Pratesi linens; the floors are beautiful reclaimed oak barn wood; and the bathrooms are small seas of marble, fully kitted out with deluge showers and Molton Brown bath products.

Admittedly, the Washington School House doesn’t have quite the same skiing, hiking and biking convenience as Park City’s bigger mountainside hotels. But it’s an easy walk to the Park City Mountain Resort’s Town Lift, and the hotel’s 24-hour concierges can easily orchestrate the short rides elsewhere—one of the beauties of Park City is that three resort mountains are nearby, with endless skiing and summer options (and so is the major airport in Salt Lake City).

But what it loses in mountain access, it gains in historic charm and nearly effortless walks to Park City’s best restaurants, museums and bars—all of which are especially appealing during the long days and warm air of summer. It’s less than five minutes to the perennially lively No Name Saloon, the more sedate (and delicious) Silver and the justifiably famous High West distillery, where the grub is as good as the signature high-altitude craft whiskey.

And if you want a cocoon from the scene, the Washington School House excels at that. The rooftop pool and Jacuzzi are reliably peaceful—I had them to myself when I went up on a hot day in July—and the dining room and après-ski fireside lounge are open only to hotel guests. The hearty breakfasts there were arguably the best meals I ate in Park City, and they chef will do a sophisticated, intimate dinner with a day’s notice. Both are served in a convivial living room with 16-foot ceilings, a roaring fireplace, a 10-foot mirror from an opera house in the south of France and a custom white-lacquered antler chandelier festooned with crystals.

The lounge downstairs has wheeled barn doors, which my friends and I slid open out of curiosity sometime around midnight. Behind it was a night manager, seemingly waiting for us to reveal him so he could offer us tea or nightcaps. That sums up the Washington Square House: small enough to feel like it’s your own, but ambitious enough to anticipate guests’ every desire.

Written By: msletten - Jul• 08•14

Letter to Talisker & Powdr Corp CEO’s About The Effects of Lawsuit on the Community From Park City’s Major Thomas

Written By: msletten - Jun• 25•14


Written By: msletten - Jun• 10•14

PARK CITY, Utah, Jun 05, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, today announced that Prudential Utah Real Estate has joined the network and is operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties.
The brokerage is the first in Utah to affiliate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, a brand that now counts more than 29,000 agents and 800 offices in 39 states since its launch in September 2013.
Stephen Roney, Utah Properties Chairman and CEO, said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices will help his company grow. “I could not think of a better branding opportunity for our brokerage and agents,” he explained. “The brand is inspired by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., one of the world’s most trusted and respected corporations, and it’s built on a strong financial foundation. I believe top agents appreciate the value and potential of our brand and will want to represent it.”
Roney said that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices will appeal to clients of all types in his Salt Lake City, Davis County, Weber County, Park City, Deer Valley and Heber City markets. The brand will attract foreign consumers as well. “Our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices name will be recognized by international buyers who are considering Utah and its world-class resorts for a vacation home,” he added. “We believe foreign buyers will engage with our top agents because they will know the brand is a powerhouse that stands for quality, integrity, trust and stability.”
With their transition, Utah Properties agents gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Global Network Platform – a robust suite of real estate tools and resources – plus professional education, business consultation, marketing support and the exclusive Luxury Collection program for high-end listings. “With help from new and effective technology we will strengthen our No. 1 position in the marketplace,” said Tom Roney, brokerage senior vice president. “Our talented agents have everything it takes to ensure their clients’ premium service experience.”
Utah Properties professionals will commemorate their brand transition June 28 by attending the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series kickoff at Deer Valley Resort. Utah Properties is a major sponsor of the entire 2014 concert series, whose proceeds benefit the Park City Institute and its student-outreach programs.
“We are proud to welcome Steve and his terrific Utah Properties team to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” said Earl Lee, CEO of HSF Affiliates. “The brokerage is a perennial market leader and fine corporate citizen. It will represent our brand well in the Beehive State.”
About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Utah Properties represents buyers and sellers across the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back with industry leading agents and offices in Salt Lake City, Davis County, Weber County, Park City, Deer Valley and Heber City. Visit .
About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a brand-new real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in early 2014 was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study of the largest real estate networks. Visit .
Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices received the highest numerical Equity Score among real estate brands included in the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. for details.
Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, and are used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential.
SOURCE: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
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Kevin Ostler, 949-794-7980 or Marisa Mulqueen, 212-704-8112
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Top-shelf distillery, decadent desserts delight Park City visitors

Written By: msletten - May• 01•14

The scene: Long devoid of the brothels and saloons that gave it the pre-Vegas nickname “Sin City,” Park City is better known today for its trio of ski resorts that helped host the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and the countless seven-figure homes sprawling across their slopes. Home to the paparazzi-studded Sundance Film Festival, its Main Street lined with pricy art galleries and high-end restaurants, there is little remaining evidence that that Park City was once a rough-around-the-edges Old West silver mining town.

The High West Distillery & Saloon, opened in 2007 as the first new distillery in Utah in over a century, is an atmospheric throwback that evokes Park City’s cowboy days. It combines two historic buildings just a block off Main Street, including one of the town’s few surviving two-story Victorian “pyramid” homes, a former livery stable turned garage that retains its vintage façade with garage signage. The two buildings have been connected with a glassed-in corridor that proudly displays the gleaming copper still and tanks that are the heart and soul of High West, which also claims to be the nation’s only “ski-in, ski-out” distillery.

The trails of Park City Mountain Resort drop down to the street nearby and it’s a short walk to the “town lift” on Main Street. In the seven years since it opened, “craft” – often just a glorified synonym for small – distilleries have sprouted all across the country, but many have added little to the world of quality spirits. In contrast, High West’s whiskies, bourbons and ryes have been widely acclaimed, and the signature Rendezvous Rye received 94 points from The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker and took Double Gold in the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Competition.

High West is also a full-service restaurant with surprisingly good food, and a beloved favorite of both locals and visitors. The interior consists of two main dining rooms, one in each building, two bars and a more intimate and quieter upstairs space in the old home. The garage building contains the larger, louder and bustling dining room with a mining-inspired Old West feel, wooden walls with lamps made from mason jars, sturdy wooden tables edged in industrial steel, simple metal chairs, exposed rafters, rough wooden floors and tables set

Parade Down Main Street for Park City Olympians

Written By: msletten - May• 01•14

More than twenty participants in the Sochi, Russia Olympics and Paralympics participated in Saturday’s parade and festivities on Park City’s Historic Main Street this past Saturday (April 5th, 2014). Park City and Summit County is home to a total sixty-three of these athletes. Many of these athletes grew up skiing, riding, sliding, training, and competing on Park City’ s local venues. Stein Eriksen, a Gold Medalist himself in 1952, was the parade’s Grand Marshal and from what I could see thousands of people, made up of both Park City locals and visiting guests, turned out to say thank you to the athletes for making America proud.

Spring Skiing in Park City-Deer Valley

Written By: msletten - May• 01•14

Spring skiing in Park City is wonderful. Lots of recent snow and colder temperatures have made for mostly mid-winterer conditions top to bottom over the past few days at all three resorts (Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons).

Vail Resorts makes buyout offer to PCMR

Written By: msletten - Mar• 28•14

Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz, right, on Tuesday sent John Cumming, the CEO of Park City Mountain Resort parent Powdr Corp., a letter indicating the Colorado firm is interested in purchasing the PCMR base and parking lots. File photos by Nan Chalat Noaker/Park Record

Resort claims Colorado firm’s ‘domination’ would be ‘bad’
by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Vail Resorts on Tuesday offered to purchase the Park City Mountain Resort base area and the parking lots, a buyout option that could settle the lawsuit between PCMR and Talisker Land Holdings, LLC.

It was an unexpected move that came shortly before important court dates are scheduled in the lawsuit. The offer was made in a five-page letter from Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz to John Cumming, who is the CEO of PCMR parent Powdr Corp. The letter was released midday Tuesday.

In the letter Katz said Vail Resorts would pay “fair market value for any of the assets you have that would be helpful to us in operating the resort.” The letter says Vail Resorts and Powdr Corp. could retain independent appraisers to reach a price.

“While each situation is unique, there have been countless appraisals performed on land and parking facilities at the base of ski resorts. If you were willing to sell those assets, we are confident we can reach a fair price for both parties and ensure the continued smooth operation of the resort,” Katz wrote.

The letter did not identify a price.

Vail Resorts is overseeing the Talisker Land Holdings, LLC side of the lawsuit as a result of the firm’s long-term agreement to lease and operate Canyons Resort. The agreement could be expanded to include the disputed Talisker Land Holdings, LLC acreage underlying most of PCMR’s terrain. The lawsuit centers on PCMR leases of the Talisker Land Holdings property.

The letter, meanwhile, offered another option that calls for Powdr Corp. building and operating an action sports center to be known as Woodward Park City but Vail Resorts funding the associated skier parking and the skier facilities.

“In this way, you could build and operate the Woodward facility, profit from any residential or commercial development on the site, AND provide continued access to the mountain and the ski facilities,” the letter said.

Katz covered a range of topics in the letter, including the lawsuit, Vail Resorts’ desire for negotiations starting last summer, access to the disputed terrain and the fate of PCMR’s employees.

“Everyone at Vail Resorts is very cognizant of how difficult this has been for PCMR, its employees, its guests, its partners and the Park City community. But, if PCMR should lose its lease, PCMR alone needs to take responsibility for that outcome,” he says.

Some highlights from the letter included:

Katz saying that if PCMR prevails in the lawsuit, he will offer congratulations and Vail Resorts will want to work with PCMR “on opportunities to create a better guest experience at our respective resorts.”
“However, if a Court ultimately rules that PCMR’s lease has expired, then Vail will become Talisker’s tenant on that land and it is absolutely our intention to utilize and operate that terrain, which was Talisker’s intent in leasing it to us,” the letter said.

Katz discussing the prospects of PCMR not allowing access to the disputed terrain if it loses the lawsuit since the resort controls the lower terrain.
“There seems to be a concern in the community that if you lose your lease, you could use your base lands to block access to the ski mountain through that portal. Given that much of the Town’s planning and investment has relied on that portal, we think it’s important to let folks know that’s not going to happen. Candidly, we are not sure why you would ever consider doing that. Even if you lose your lease to the mountain, you have a very valuable piece of property. But its value comes from the access it allows to the ski mountain,” the letter said.

Katz saying it wants most of the PCMR employees to remain should Vail Resorts eventually gain control of the terrain.
“More important than almost anything else is how any of this may impact the PCMR employees. Obviously, this is PCMR’s responsibility. However, should PCMR lose its lease to the mountain, we want to make it clear that our Company is willing to hire substantially all of the PCMR employees who are involved with running the resort,” the letter says.

The complete letter is posted on The Park Record website at:

PCMR won’t agree to ‘takeover’

PCMR Tuesday afternoon released a prepared statement from John Cumming, the CEO of resort parent Powdr Corp., in response to Katz’s letter:

“We have repeatedly made it clear to Vail that PCMR is interested in exploring all possible solutions that will preserve the independence of PCMR as the nation’s premier family ski resort. What we won’t agree to is a Vail takeover. Vail’s domination of the ski market in Summit County would be bad for our community, bad for our guests, and bad for our employees.

“If Vail and Talisker are interested in having a public discussion about their negotiation strategy, they should be willing to disclose documents to the public. PCMR has sought to make this information public, including Talisker’s takeover proposal, only to have such requests blocked by Vail and Talisker in court. People should not be swayed by Rob’s attempt to try the merits of this case in the press. We will present our arguments to the court beginning next week.”

Endless Winter: Utah

Written By: msletten - Mar• 28•14

A skeleton sledder at the start of a run at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah (Photograph by Mike Blake, Reuters/Corbis)

Many people are hurrahing as this winter of discontent comes to a welcome end and memories of icy roads and flight cancellations start to fade. But not everyone wants to see the snow melt away just yet.

Plenty of ski resorts keep their lifts running well into spring, so there’s no need to put away those skis and snowboards. Late season specials include heavily discounted lift passes and accommodations generally cost less than do in mid-winter. Best of all, the weather is more pleasant, which means the mountains are less crowded, and more daylight makes for longer opening times.

The view from the top of the Nordic ski jump at Utah Olympic Park (Photograph by Rainer Jenss)

A good rule of thumb for the best spring skiing is to “head high.” The altitude of the Rockies makes the western U.S. especially attractive this time of year. While Colorado might be more popular, Utah can be just the place to go, particularly if you want to do more than just ski!

It was only twelve years ago that Salt Lake City hosted the XIX Winter Olympics. Thanks to the The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, many of the venues used during the games are now open to the public, including Snowbasin, Utah Olympic Park, and the Utah Olympic Oval Facility.

My first stop during a recent trip to the Industry State was to the 389-acre Utah Olympic Park just outside of Park City. During the 2002 Games, the Park hosted bobsled, luge, ski jumping, and the nordic combined events. Today, it serves as a training center for athletes and is open year round to visitors.

The three-story Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, which houses the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum can be checked out for free. But the main attraction is the Comet Bobsled Ride, where up to three passengers can ride with a professional pilot down the entire length of the Olympic track.

In less than a minute, you’ll slide through 15 turns and reach speeds of up to 80 mph with 5 Gs of force! At $200 per person, this once-in-a-lifetime experience doesn’t come cheap. (Also note that riders must be at least 16 years of age or older and at least 100 pounds to ride.)

If that’s not crazy enough, you can also experience what it’s like to take a ride on the Olympic track on a Skeleton sled. That’s the one where you go down face first! This attraction has slightly lower bars, in terms of age, cost, and speed. You have to be 14 years or older, and for $50, you will be taught how to navigate the sled down the track through four curves, reaching speeds up to 50 mph.

The next stop is the Utah Olympic Oval near downtown Salt Lake. Known as the fastest ice on Earth, this is where the Olympic speed skating events were held and where the U.S. Speed Skating team now trains.

A boy tries out the skeleton sled track under supervision (Photograph courtesy Utah Olympic Park)

We non-Olympians can skate around the 400-meter ice oval that holds more Olympic and world records than anywhere else. And if you’re so inclined, you can even take an intro speed-skating class taught by Olympic gold medalist Derek Parra and his coaching staff.

Speed skating isn’t the only Olympic sport taught at the Oval. You can attend a hockey clinic, refine your figure skating techniques, or, best of all, learn to curl. You know, that sport that looks like people playing shuffleboard, on ice, with brooms. All kidding aside, the Utah Olympic Oval Learn-to-Curl Program, taught by certified instructors, is a great way to develop an appreciation for the sport.

The final stop is the Snowbasin Resort located just east of Ogden. To round out my “mini Olympic fantasy camp,” I made my way over to the black diamond Grizzly trail, the same one used for the men’s downhill course in 2002.

Dropping 2,900 vertical feet in just under two miles, the Grizzly is considered one of the most difficult downhill runs in the U.S. Even though it’s now evenly groomed and its jumps ironed out, the spectacular view of the Great Salt Lake remains the same.

Rainer Jenss is a featured contributor for Intelligent Travel. Follow him on Twitter @JenssTravels.

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