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Salt Lake City Neighborhoods: Glendale/Poplar Grove

These long, rectangular districts that run parallel to (and are often confused for) one another make up the two largest neighborhoods in Salt Lake City. Glendale was an “official” neighborhood first—it was developed as a housing project that would support the influx of people moving to Utah for WWII efforts—but Poplar Grove existed long before as an area named for a grove of trees planted by the Rushton family in the late 1800s. Roughly a century later, in 1990, the two areas were divided into two distinct neighborhoods, making Poplar Grove the first in Salt Lake City to officially change its original boundaries.


Shaped nearly identically, the two make up the massive space between I-15 and 5600 West, from North Temple to 2100 South: 900 South serves as the dividing line between them and the Jordan River Parkway Trail splits them longitudinally.


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Glendale/Poplar Grove Neighborhoods & Local Businesses

Prior to the 1930s, the areas were largely industrial or undeveloped, but a good deal of residential expansion was seen for both between 1930 and 1960. The neighborhoods have continued to grow over the last 60 years, albeit somewhat slowly, and current estimates put population density for the two combined around 25,000. Both neighborhoods enjoy many of the same location perks: proximity to Downtown, I-15, and the airport are all incredibly convenient, and home prices are still among the more affordable in our city (more on that below). Moreover, residents in Poplar Grove and Glendale enjoy unparalleled access to the Jordan River Parkway Trail and its 45+ miles of multi-use pathway and the relatively new 9-Line trail—modeled after NYC’s High Line and part of a larger Neighborhood Byways effort making it easier for “people of all ages and abilities to walk, bicycle, and roll along neighborhood streets”—which connects both communities to the east side areas of SLC.


Historically farmland prior to urban growth, Poplar Grove has fostered a healthy tradition of community gardens, and residents here have access to plenty of green space, as well as an increasing array of public art installations. Glendale is home to roughly 88 total acres of parks, most adjacent to the Jordan River, as well as an 18-hole golf course, and the 9th West Farmer’s Market, which is open every Sunday from mid-June to mid-October, and offers a host of locally made goods. Where food is concerned, residents of these neighborhoods can find plenty of local restaurants worth trying, including (but definitely not limited to) Red Iguana 2, Uinta Brewing, Chungas, Hook & Ladder Co., Slackwater Pizzaria, Horn of Africa Bistro, La Frontera, Nomad Eatery, Chungas, Victor’s Restaurant, and many more.


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Glendale/Poplar Grove Home Prices

Residentially speaking, Poplar Grove and Glendale are diverse and tightly-knit communities with a distinctly welcoming vibe. Expect to find folks from all walks, community events celebrating various traditions, and a wide range of languages spoken here. Likewise, both areas are architecturally diverse—future residents of these areas can choose from all manner of housing options and property styles, whether it’s historic homes, apartment complexes, bungalows, new construction, or affordable housing developments. Two of our more accessible neighborhoods in terms of cost, Poplar Grove and Glendale are great options for first-time buyers who are finding themselves priced out of other areas, thanks to inflated prices and interest rates. For single-family homes on the smaller (or older) side, prices can range from the mid-$300s to the mid-$500s, but accordingly, increase with home size and/or new construction.


Looking for a Home in Glendale/Poplar Grove?

If you’re interested in buying a home in the Glendale or Poplar Grove neighborhoods, our team of experienced agents is here to help. We can guide you through the process of finding your dream home and negotiating the best price and terms. Contact us anytime to chat...we're happy to answer any questions.


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