These 10 real estate developments forever changed the face of Salt Lake City

Having lived in Salt Lake my entire life, it’s absolutely amazing to see how the city (and the valley) has changed over the years. New real estate developments pop up all the time in major cities, but how often do we stop and appreciate how much the area has changed? When change happens slowly over time, it’s easy to forget how dramatically the changes really are, especially if you just recently moved to Salt Lake City. Think back to what your area looked like when you were just a kid. Maybe your neighborhood looks completely different, or maybe the changes have been more subtle. We wanted to show you just how much has changed in Salt Lake City in just the last 10 years.

Our friends over at RENTCafé looked into how Salt Lake City is doing in terms of real estate development over the last decade. When they first reached out to us and showed us these images, we were blown away. As it turns out, Salt Lake City real estate has seen unprecedented growth in recent years, especially in the urban areas in and around Salt Lake. Many empty fields and run-down sections of the city have been totally revamped and turned into fancy-schmancy new apartments, homes, businesses, and hotels, bringing a fresh vibe and feel to the communities they’re in.

Care to join us as we highlight some of these recent changes? We put together a collection of before-and-after photos from Google Street View so you can see exactly how the city looked both before and after the construction boom that has been taking place in the central and downtown parts of Salt Lake since 2007.

Simply drag the arrow bar back-and-forth to view the old and the new images.

1) 222 Main St – Downtown SLC

Year completed: 2009

This high-rise is Utah’s first LEED gold-certified skyscraper. At 22 stories, 222 Main gives visitors a view of Salt Lake City unlike any other, with floor-to-ceiling windows. This high-profile office building is home to the 2nd largest Goldman Sachs office in country. It’s impossible to miss in the Salt Lake City skyline with a 20-foot tall glass veil at the top that is illuminated in different colors at night. The bottom levels have a great restaurant – Bistro 222, and offers 9,000 sq. ft. of retail space.

2) 99 West, Richards Court, and Nordstrom City Creek – Downtown SLC

Year completed: 2011

These three buildings – 99 West, Richards Court, and Nordstrom City Creek – all make up part of City Creek Center which features open air shopping, businesses, and residential condos. 99 West is one of the condominium towers at City Creek, and it rises 375 feet in the air – making it the third tallest building in Salt Lake. The 30-floor building has 185 individually owned housing units. If you would rather have condos overlooking the City Creek shops and the Temple Square gardens, you should check out Richards Court, downtown condos that are 10 stories high. These condos have some of the most beautiful views and in all the city. Both of these incredible housing locations surround City Creek Center, which has a simulated stream throughout the center, landscape foliage, and waterfall fountains. City Creek hosts a range of shops, including Nordstrom and Macy’s.

3) The Regent at City Creek – Downtown

Year completed: 2011

The Regent at City Creek is a large, modern building, and part of the other City Creek towers. However The Regent has a distinct architectural feel and stands on its own, built with tinted blue glass and concrete. The Regent at City Creek is another LEED gold-certified building, with 23 stories and 150 residential units. The entire area where City Creek Center now stands has been totally revitalized to bring more visitors to the heart of the city… a mission they accomplished.

4) U.S. Federal Courthouse for Utah District – Downtown

Year completed: 2014

The old Frank E. Moss Courthouse wasn’t large (or secure) enough to handle the increasing number of people visiting the courthouse, so when Utah was given the go-ahead to build a new one, they built a large courthouse with energy efficient measures to meet the needs of the next generation. An underground tunnel connects the new courthouse with the old one. The new courthouse also has a 10-story atrium near the elevators that has a sculpture that rises through each of the levels of the building.

5) 101 Tower – Central City

Year completed: 2014

This beautiful glass-encased tower sits at the corner of 100 South 200 East in the middle of the city. The tower was built by Boyer Co., an active Salt Lake City area developer, who leases a few levels of the building to different businesses. The 144,000-square-foot building has an entrance facing the intersection, with on-site parking, and a tree-lined plaza outside.

6) Eastside Apartments – Central City – Check availability

Year completed: 2013

Eastside is community packed w/ amenities and is wired for the future. It offers high-speed internet, efficient appliances, electronic thermostats, and discounted internet and satellite TV packages. You can relax with your friends at the pool or throw a party on the roof of the 5-story apartment building. Eastside has 180 units, ranging from one-bedroom to three-bedrooms and has an urban modern architectural feel.

7) Hyatt Place – Rio Grande

Year completed: 2009

Hyatt Place Hotel was built in Rio Grande to liven up the area, which saw a major decrease in visitors after City Creek Center was completed just up the street. Rio Grande has a large outdoor mall called The Gateway which is next to Hyatt Place. The 128-room hotel is situated in a great location for travelers, being near food, shopping, Vivint Smart Home Arena, the interstate, and the airport.

8) Sugar House Apartments by Urbana – Westminster – Check availability

Year completed: 2013

These beautifully-crafted modern apartments in Sugarhouse offers city walkability – which means they’re close to everything fun in Sugarhouse, including Fairmont Park. The rooftop garden and fire pit space is perfect for entertaining guests or hanging out and checking out the stars. The apartments come with soaring 9-foot ceilings, under-mount sinks, washer/dryers, deep oval garden tubs, and private balconies.


9) Hilton Garden Inn – International Center

Year completed: 2013

This hotel is perfect for those traveling by air as it is located only one mile west of the Salt Lake International Airport, and nearby Temple Square and Salt Lake’s historic downtown. The hotel has 172 rooms, all equipped with WiFi access, a heated pool, and a fitness center.

10) WCF Corporate Office – Sandy Civic Center

Year completed: 2010

The Workers Compensation Fund office has 150,000 square feet of office space and is situated next to I-15 in Sandy, about 20 minutes south of Salt Lake City. The building located at 100 W. Towne Ridge Parkway cost $35 million to build and has six stories. The company provides workplace safety insurance for more than 30,000 Utah companies.



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About the Author: The above article on 10 Stunning Before & After Photos of Salt Lake City’s Recent Growth was provided by EAP Homes, a leader in the field of Real Estate sales, marketing, smart home technology, and social media. He is also the host & creator of a new shSalt Lake Insider show logoow called Salt Lake Insider, found on YouTube and Facebook, and HERE on this blog.

Chris can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 801-455-8753. Chris has helped many people buy and sell Salt Lake City area homes for years.

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I help people buy and sell real estate in the following Salt Lake area cities & neighborhoods: HolladayCottonwood Heights, MillcreekOlympus Cove, Canyon Rim, SugarhouseMidvaleMurray, East Millcreek, Sandy, White City, Draper, Riverton, Daybreak, South Jordan, West Jordan, Herriman, Bluffdale, South Salt Lake, The Avenues, Federal Heights, and of course, Salt Lake City.

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