Park City, Utah is a former mining town located in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains that is the perfect retirement community for active adults 55+. A charmingly restored mining town would be one distinction, but Park City has lots more. From its downtown it has a chair lift to the top of the enormous Park City Ski Resort. Robert Redford’s annual Sundance Film Festival is here. World class restaurants and shops in reclaimed buildings from the mining era attract shoppers. The Winter Olympics were held here in 2002. It is a scene of great beauty and outdoor pursuits of every description. Park City is at an elevation of 6980’. Salt Lake City, along with other famous ski resorts such as Alta and Snowbird, are just a short drive away.
Adventurous skiers come for Park City Ski Resort’s challenging ski runs and those of adjacent areas Deer Valley and The Canyons. The cross country skiing is excellent. The summer season is the most popular, however. Retirees come for the hiking, outdoor sports, wildlife, and the beauty of its terrain. Others feast in the festival of independent films. Many are part-time residents.
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Prices have been quite expensive because there is a limited supply of privately available land. However as a community where many of the homes are second homes, it has softened a great deal. There are some new developments outside of town. Zillow reported the median home value in Park City was $798,000, in mid-2019. Almost all homes have spectacular views of the mountains. Living in the village of Park City is convenient because everything is in walking distance. Condos in nearby Dear Valley are very expensive, and trailside log homes typically cost in the multi-millions.
3 Ski Resorts: Park City, Deer Valley, The Canyons. National Parks. Restored mining town is extremely charming, and pedestrian friendly. Golf courses. The most shopping outlets in this part of Utah. Great cross country skiing, hiking, every outdoor activity. Sundance Film Festival
What is not special about Park City
Crowded in season.
Who will like retirement in Park City
Park City attracts a community of active people who want to live in the mountains and tend to enjoy nature and outdoor sports.
Local economy is driven by
Tourism, retail, construction, services, and real estate are important to the economy. Mrs. Fields Cookies started out here.
Climate and Physical Environment
Park City is in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah; The average elevation is 6500' with mountain peaks going over 10,000'; The Great Salt Lake is about 50 miles from here.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
As a high-end resort you can expect and find world class restaurants in Park City, all conveniently located in the walkable downtown. Its culture is built around its proximity to nature and outdoor sports, and the world famous Sundance Film Festival of independent films. As such it makes for an interesting retirement community.
The crime rate in Park City is lower than in Utah in general.
The nearest hospitals are in Heber City (16 miles) or Salt Lake City (23 miles)
Salt Lake City International Airport is just 34 miles away. As an important hub, SLC offers non-stop flights to almost anywhere. Door to door transportation from the airport to destinations in the area is remarkably easy. Local bus service is also strong.
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