One of the more affluent areas of our city, the Yalecrest neighborhood—also known colloquially as “Harvard Yale”—is a storybook kind of area, both in appearance and tone. From April through October, the streets here are canopied in massive, mature trees, and homes line up uniformly, though each has its own distinct personality. Buyers don’t come to Yalecrest for predictable, modern properties (although many interiors in the area have been renovated and new builds are not restricted), but more likely to find something with rich, historic roots—mostly period revival cottages in English Tudor and English Cottage styles—and an idyllic surrounding environment.
A small neighborhood in scope, Yalecrest fills the 6-block radius between 900 East and 1900 East just before Foothill Blvd., and from 1300 South to Sunnyside Ave. (800 South). The streets herein are slightly less beholden to our city’s grid, thanks in part to a small tributary of Red Butte Creek that quietly splits the neighborhood. A substantial chunk of land along the verdant ravine is home to the Miller Bird Refuge & Nature Park, and a few lucky homeowners enjoy sprawling, wooded, and private back yards along the gully. Many of the streets here are named for Ivy League universities (hence the neighborhood moniker), and the entire area takes on a similarly prestigious and quaint feeling.
Though homes here are not necessarily intermingled with businesses, there are a few in the neighborhood, and they’re well worth visiting. Case in point, the corner of 1300 South and 1700 East is home to Nomad East (tasty pizzas and shared plates with a cute patio), Jolley’s Pharmacy (prescriptions, yes...but you'll also find some great gifts here), and Emigration Market (Harmon’s), which is just across the street from Emigration Cafe. As Yalecrest also borders the Foothill area to the east, it's a short jaunt to myriad other food and shopping options. In addition, residents here are beautifully located for access to pretty much everything our city has to offer. A drive to downtown proper is only about 12 minutes, and both the 9th & 9th and 15th & 15th areas are less than a 5-minute drive to the west or south, respectively; they offer plenty of local businesses, such as King’s English, Caputo’s, Curriculum, Lola, Pizza Nono, The Children’s Hour, Hip & Humble, Coffee Garden, Tower Theater, Mazza, and Casot, to name a few.
Moving to the Harvard/Yale area has its share of perks, but we wouldn’t count “affordable homes” among them. If you’re hoping to find a spot in this neighborhood, you should be well-prepared financially, but also ready to wait for that perfect home to hit the market, as residents here tend to stay for a while. In terms of cost, buyers should expect to pay as much as $2.5M to $3M for a larger property on a coveted street or one of those on the aforementioned gully. On the lower end of the spectrum, you can certainly find some smaller bungalows in the area, but most will sell for north of $750k, particularly if they’ve seen recent updates or substantial renovations.
Whether you’re looking to buy a home in the Yalecrest area 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.