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Salt Lake City Neighborhoods: the Avenues

Updated: Mar 25

A near-perfect grid (well, most of it) that wends its way up the northeast bench of the Wasatch Mountains makes up the Avenues. Our city’s very first official neighborhood, the Avenues is aptly named for the series of roads therein: 1st through 18th (Avenues) run from east to west, with 1st Ave. running parallel alongside South Temple, and Streets A through V make up the cross streets, each coursing northward uphill.

A largely progressive area of our city, you’ll find folks from all walks in the "Aves,” which is part of what makes the area so highly sought-out. In nearly 100 square blocks, you’ll find character at every turn, both in the people and properties that make it all up.

Avenues Neighborhood & Local Businesses

There are a few local businesses throughout the Avenues that make for convenience in the way of good coffee, grocery shopping, or a tasty meal. Publik Coffee and Wildwood—neighbors on 3rd Ave.—both offer cute patios for coffee/avocado toast or a burger/glass of wine (respectively). Avenues Proper on 8th Ave has a great menu alongside hand-crafted beers, and Cucina Wine Bar is a long-standing Avenues deli where you can grab hot/cold pasta, a great salad, sandwiches, or salmon. This is a well-seated neighborhood to say the least, and its proximity to any and everything makes it pretty special. Just northeast of downtown proper, the Aves curl up alongside City Creek Canyon (this makes for some stunning Capitol sunsets at the top of A Street), and they’re abutted by Federal Heights and the University of Utah to the east. For those who choose to reside in the upper Aves, you can count on staggering south-bound views of our entire valley (and if watching hundreds of different firework displays—sans the crowds and chaos—is your thing, this is a great place to park for it). The Avenues Street Fair, held each year in September, is a perfect stroll through art booths, food trucks, vendors, and live music, and Lindsey Gardens Park is 15 acres of trees, sprawling lawn, ballpark, and off-leash areas for the pups. If you’re looking for something a bit more macabre (but no less pretty), the sprawling 120-acre Salt Lake City Cemetery is nearby.

Avenues Home Styles & Prices

The Aves is as distinctive a neighborhood as you’ll find in Salt Lake city, and a pretty wide range of architectural styles is represented here. You’ll find plenty of Victorian homes, but you may also run into Craftsman, Queen Anne, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor, or Prairie styles as well. Since we’re talking about a neighborhood with a lot of history, it should come as no surprise that the Avenues is our city’s largest historic district, with many individual properties that can also be found on the historic register. Lot sizes here reflect the smaller blocks, so those on the hunt for a massive back yard or oversized garage would be better served in another area altogether. Many of the older properties in the Avenues have been updated or remodeled, and given the accessible location, it’s difficult to find a single family home for anywhere under $500k. Modestly sized houses here—especially those with historic characteristics—tend to sell for $650k - $750k, and substantial square footage can fetch over $1M in most cases. That said, the lower Aves are still home to some condo developments and apartment buildings where residents can find lower rent and smaller homes for $300k and up.

Buying or Selling a Home in the Avenues?

Whether you’re looking to buy a home in the Avenues or move on from one, our team of agents has decades of experience navigating the Salt Lake City 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.


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