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Black Diamond Lodge is right at the base of lower Deer Valley, the last property up the mountain past Snow Park Lodge. The location is ridiculous. You drive PAST the St. Regis to get to Black Diamond. It’s the end of the road. Any farther and you’d just be driving up the mountain. Take a look at this map and see just how ridiculous said location is:
As such, it’s a prime property for summer and winter: winter because it’s ski-in/ski-out. But summer is an interesting one, not because of conventions or long summer bookings like we see at other properties. Nope, Black Diamond is where you want to be in the summer because you are looking down at the Snow Park amphitheatre and maybe you’re new to this but Deer Valley puts on some amazing concerts ALL. SUMMER. LONG.
This property is listed by a colleague of mine at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, and for the moment, listing details can be found here.
And here is a casual video showing. Many times great properties will come to market and if you’re out of town, you can’t just drop everything and come walk through. So, one of the services I provide is to walk through properties you’re interested in and film them so you can get a much better feel for the floorplan. If you see a property online that you’d like more information on, please let me know and I’m happy to film a walkthrough for you.
This is a walkthrough video of an excellent house in the American Flag subdivision of Deer Valley, in Park City, Utah. Tremendous views, very comfortable as-is or good potential for a remodel.
This home is listed by colleagues of mine at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, but I’d love to represent you as a buyer! As long as this house is listed, the details can be found here: http://kristinawatkins.summitsothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/280-l-916-kcg67x/american-flag-home-with-sweeping-views-park-city-ut-84060
Big news: the Goldener Hirsch in upper Deer Valley is expanding, building out the last parcel in Silver Lake. Summit Sotheby’s International Realty will be the listing broker for the development, but the project is so early in the planning stages that there are very few official details to share. However, this is exciting enough to warrant a little recon. Sign up for news on this project as it is released.
The parking lot at Silver Lake below (to the east of) Stein Eriksen Lodge and the empty lot next to it will be the new project. In the renderings you can see the existing road, Sterling Court, (that goes to the Inn at Silver Lake and the underground parking at Mont Cervin Plaza) will go through the project, with the original Goldener to the east and the new buildings to the west of the road. Continue reading “Development Update: Goldener Hirsch Expansion”
In which my hat hair and I spend a minute talking about our new snowfall and the opening of the Park City, Utah, ski resorts.
I frequently see homes upwards of $5M that are terrible. (The Mo’ Money principle.) The higher the price tag, often the more specific the home and the less agreeable it will be to a larger number of people. You can see why: if you’re going to own a home that expensive it’d better be exactly the way you want it.
Which is why I don’t talk about every high-end home I see. It’s like dropping names, “Oh, I was in a $9M house today lah tee dah.” For it to be worth talking about, it really is more about the character of the home. Last Wednesday I toured a home in the gated upper Deer Valley Resort-area community of Bald Eagle that is definitely worth talking about. For the moment, this house is for sale, and you can view the official photos here and additional listing information (and full MLS property search) here.
I can’t stress enough how important a good entry is, and this house had some to spare. In the front door, down a few steps to a balcony overlooking the living area.
My Quick Location Video series addresses what I see to be a pretty common theme in real estate, rental, and tourism: the writer just assumes you know what the names are for all the areas and that you know what those names mean. I’m guilty of falling into that trap myself, so here is my attempt to absolve myself. These 1-2 minute videos will just give you a quick rundown of what you can find in the area and what some of the key features are.
Part of my Quick Location Video series, where I do a quick rundown of the different areas of Park City, Utah. Today I am on Rossi Hill Drive, talking about the Old Town side of Lower Deer Valley. Even though properties in this area are on Deer Valley Drive and on the way up to Snow Park, they are categorized as Old Town. I filmed this a few weeks ago when we’d had a long patch of sunny and warm weather, so this storm—while welcomed at the resorts—caught everybody by surprise.
To browse real estate in Park City, Utah, as well as Sotheby’s International Realty offerings worldwide, click here: kristinawatkins.com.
On October 2, 2014, Deer Valley Resort announced rather out of the blue that they were going to purchase Solitude Mountain Resort. A small, boutique resort with very limited development potential due to water and sewer availability and infrastructure. I’m scratching my head as to why exactly DV would move on this property when for 30 years they haven’t expanded beyond their own resort.
The easiest answer is that they wanted to snatch it up before Vail Resorts picked up another resort, a more complicated answer is so DV can vie for Brighton and connect all three, a boring answer is that Solitude really needed a buyer and Deer Valley had the means to step in. Wild speculation aside, the short of it is that what Solitude really needs to grow is more retail and dining, more activities, more summer action, more infrastructure, and more marketing. And Deer Valley has the big guns to make that happen. I’m very interested to see what changes they implement in the coming years.
But boy, is it a beautiful resort.
And the drive from Park City over Guardsman Pass in the fall is breathtaking.
A 22 minute drive from the Sotheby’s office in Silver Lake took me an hour and a half because I had to pull over and take pictures every 500 feet.
I mean really.
Here are the pics from my drive. Hi, my name is Kristina, and I am a leafer. Solitude, an album on Flickr.
Another thing I’m speculating about is the future of this road from Empire Pass to Big Cottonwood Canyon. It’s impassible in the wintertime, which means ski and board enthusiasts have to drive down to Salt Lake and back up the canyon. Mark my words, I bet we’ll see Deer Valley take over maintenance and plowing of that highway from the state soon to encourage quicker traffic to Solitude.
The thing about Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons is that they are blessed with incredible amounts of snow. Thank you Great Salt Lake, for dat lake effect. To put it in perspective, Deer Valley gets an average of 300 inches of snow a year. Solitude, Brighton and Snowbird each average 500 inches a year (Snowbird set a record of 783 in 2011, so sayeth Wikipedia).
Here we have a trail map, looking innocent enough.
I am 5’6″. And I am standing so far below this trail map sign that I had to hold my phone at my thigh and point it straight up my nose in order to catch the tippy top of my head and the sign in this selfie. For the first time ever, I see the value in that selfie stick. I couldn’t even touch the bottom of the bottom log if I stood on that boulder and jumped.
Mind you, the point of the trail map is for people to ski up to it and read it, which means the snow at that point of the base is usually, well, PRETTY DARNED DEEP.
Here we are at the lift.
You all know how ski lifts work, right? You ski or board up to it, the chair comes around, and you sit down on it and are taken up the mountain. Here you see me standing at the chair. I’m even posturing here on tippy toes with my shoulder up high after that sheepish exposure at the trail map. And still. Very very far away from just sitting down on that chair, people.
Solitude is worth considering now more than ever for real estate purchases. Always a sleeper favorite, studios begin (for now) in the $180s, and are big with Salt Lake residents looking to get out of the inversion for the weekends. Lots of product ready for remodels, and very interesting possibilities for potential. In Solitude Rundown Part Deux I’ll go over the different lodges at the base and what you can get for the money.
In the meantime, Snowbird’s SnowCam is worth making into a bookmark. Solitude, Snowbird, Alta and Brighton all have great snowcams, but the Snowbird one is famous for their giant logo’d snow measuring stick and show timelapses of the tremendous snowfall. Even right now, today, their 24-hour timelapse shows a significant amount of snowfall.
Number of squats since last ski season: 0. Welp.