These two relatively small, but quickly growing communities are nestled up to one another on the west side of our city. Separated by 600 North—and often confused for the same neighborhood—Rose Park and Fairpark have much in common, including a handful of local businesses, a few streets, and a distinctly welcoming feeling.
Between the two, Fairpark is the junior, both in size and population. Bordered by 500 West, North Temple, and 1460 West (which winds along the Jordan River to 700 North), Fairpark is named for our Utah State Fairpark—the historic grounds of which occupy a sizable chunk of land in the southwest corner of the community—and is home to somewhere around 6,700. Just to the north, Rose Park is home to nearly twice the population of the Fairpark area. Initially developed as a neighborhood that would lend the option of fairly priced lots to those returning from WWII, Rose Park’s name is a direct result of its design. When viewed aerially, the streets below resemble the shape of a rose, and many are branded accordingly: Nocturne, Talisman, and Lafayette are among the street names, with American Beauty Drive acting as the long stem. Both neighborhoods are counted among the most religiously, culturally, and ethnically diverse in our valley, and both have faced gentrification issues in recent years, thanks largely to affordability and proximity to the Downtown area.
Rose Park/Fairpark Neighborhoods
Perhaps most appealing for both of these areas is the location. Perched between downtown Salt Lake City and the airport, residents here have unfettered access to both in about 5-12 minutes, depending on exact starting point. Streets in the area are usually relatively low-traffic, and as they are bordered on the east side by I-15, freeway access is about as agile as it gets. In addition to the quick and easy access to the restaurants, nightlife, and convenience of the city, these neighborhoods boast their own great restaurants and some fun options for a day or night out. Noteworthy spots to grab a bite include the well-known Red Iguana (be prepared to queue up and wait), Chubby’s, Los Tapatios, All Chay (vegan/vegetarian), and the original Santo Taco—but residents are also expecting to welcome Koyoté Japanese restaurant and Culture Coffee to the area very soon. This is also a great spot to be if you’ve got a bike, as you can easily access both Jordan River Parkway Trail (40-ish miles in total), the Folsom Trail, and the 9 Line. Rose Park has its own skatepark, and the aforementioned Fairgrounds play host to the State Fair each year, as well as the annual 3-day Kilby Block Party. This all-ages music festival brings in some incredible talent (and about 25,000 fans each day) that includes the likes of Death Cab for Cutie, The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Pixies, Wu Tang, Japanese Breakfast, Steve Lacy, Choir Boy, and plenty of others.
Rose Park/Fairpark Homes
Part of the reason residents here have seen some pressing issues with gentrification has to do with the affordability of the entire area. Homes here are primarily brick—either post-war or mid-century in style—and modestly sized, averaging anywhere from 1,200 to 1,800 square feet. As a result, the area has become popular for first-time buyers or those hoping to renovate a smaller, more cost-effective property in the hopes of selling or renting (while most residents own their homes, both areas have a high percentage of rental properties). Rent prices here are still more affordable than in most areas, and the same applies if you’re hoping to purchase in Rose Park or Fairpark (something that current residents of the area would like to see continue). Buyers looking for a condo in the area can still expect to find options in the $200s, but single family homes are more likely to be somewhere in the range of $350k to $550k, with a few exceptions on either side of the spectrum.
Whether you’re looking to buy a home in the Rose Park/Fairpark areas 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.