Just southeast of downtown SLC, you’ll find a rapidly growing and local-minded community with tree-lined streets, some incredible places for a good meal, and—as of April 1st, 2022—a 23-foot tall sculpture of a humpback whale (at the intersection of 900 South and 1100 East). In other words, a neighborhood worth visiting, as we see it.
9th & 9th—so named for the now-bustling intersection of 900 South and 900 East—has kept a focus on small, local businesses for many years. Case in point: locally owned Coffee Garden has been around since 1993, and you’ll find plenty of folks sipping, reading, or working both inside and out, no matter the season...but a Starbucks on the opposite side of the street only lasted a few years. That said, if you’re looking to purchase a home in this neighborhood of our city, you’ll be well equipped for far more than just coffee.
About the Neighborhood
This is an ideal neighborhood for those who value shopping small, accessibility, and inclusivity. A fairly small area in total, most everything here is readily accessible without the need for a car. The north entrance to Liberty park is just a couple blocks west of 9th & 9th’s epicenter, and you can find a delicious breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or drink within the same distance. Examples: Nono, Brass Smoothies, East Liberty Tap House, Lola, Trio, Tulie Bakery, Publik Kitchen, Tradition, Pago, and Manoli’s each fall within 3-4 blocks of the same primary intersection. Plus the aforementioned great coffee house, historic Tower Theater, and some amazing gelato are just steps from one another (perfect date night). The area is brimming with great local places to shop as well. Between Curriculum, The Stockist, Mochi Kids, Mabo, Salt & Honey Market, The Children’s Hour, and Hip & Humble, you’re covered for everything from coffee table books and toys to candles and clothing for all ages. Most notably, this is a population that’s made inclusivity a priority: most shops post some version of an “everyone is welcome here” sign, and in 2016 9th & 9th was officially dubbed Harvey Milk Blvd. (the welcoming sentiment extends to the west, as well, and you’ll find more of the same all the way down to 500 West or so).
9th & 9th Homes
The homes in and around 9th & 9th tend to run on the charming side, to say the least. A healthy mixture of styles abound here: you’ll find tons of bungalows (it is Salt Lake City, after all) nestled alongside Victorians, and plenty of modern builds that, for the most part, fit in nicely. Gilmer Park (just east of 1100 East) plays home to some winding streets and large, upscale properties. In terms of affordability, owning here runs on the pricey side: smaller homes with fewer updates and a little less space can still be found for around $500k, but those on more established streets or touting higher square footage and modern features are likely to be north of $750k. Plenty of narrow, tree-lined streets (with the distinct feeling of a friendly, neighborhood-wide BBQ) will likely make the investment feel worth your while.
Whether you’re looking to buy a home in 9th & 9th or move on from one, our team of agents has decades of experience navigating the real estate market in all seasons. If you’re in need of some guidance or just looking for a friendly face in these shark-infested waters, give us a call. We’re happy to help.