Great Silver Baron Lodge Investment Property Available!

Silver Baron Lodge Deer ValleyIf you know anyone interested in a Silver Baron Condo, here is a great opportunity to acquire one. I have always loved Silver Barons, for their amenities, location, and rental income. I have sold quite a few of them, and have never had anything but positive feedback from my buyers. It is a fantastic location, and will always be a desirable location at the Deer Valley Base.

I wanted to send you the latest rental numbers for Silver Baron #6202. As you will see it continues to do quite well! And even more exciting news is that the restaurant – Brass Tag – is now open in The Lodges, which also adds to the popularity of these condominiums. [Read more...]


Park City Market Report- Home Sales Down 2nd Quarter- Don’t Panic!

imagesWhile it certainly does not feel like it, the Park City Board of Realtors reported that there has been a 29% DECREASE in home sales in the second quarter of 2014, as compared to 2013.

To quote Marcie Davis, President of the Park City Board of Realtors, “My crystal ball is broken.”

One of the larger pieces of that shattered crystal ball tells me that this decrease is caused by a lower amount of inventory of homes for sale. A lot of people ask me how the market is, and I say, “If it is a good quality property at a fair price, it will sell quickly.” I know that’s not rocket science, but it’s the truth. More popular areas like Park Meadows saw a 7.3% decrease in Inventory, Lower Deer Valley a 37% decrease, and Old Town a 14% decrease. Silver Springs had a 9% decrease, Jeremy Ranch a 31% decrease, and Pinebrook actually saw a 20% increase in inventory.

Buyers are coming to town and finding the the choices are much fewer and farther between than in past years. While the data points are interesting reading, there are so many ways to look at the data that if I tried to explain every area in detail, this blog would be 50 pages long.

For example, Kimball Junction saw a 100% increase in both Single Family and Vacant Lot Inventory. Sounds like a huge increase doesn’t it? Well those increases equate to just 6 homes and 2 lots! With areas that have home prices from $600K -$7 Million, it is a tedious task to provide you with sensible data.

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4 of the Most Desirable Homes in Park City

Demand for contemporary architecture is rising in Park City and these are 4 of the most desirable homes on the market that fit the mold.

They’re in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Park City, have won awards for their designs, and have the look and feel that a new wave of buyers are interested in.

Young professionals from Silicon Valley, New York City, and Texas are coming to town and they want modern architecture and cleaner lines. Even more people are buying primary homes and while demand continues to rise, the number of “the right” homes on the market has gone down.

Construction is playing catch-up with the demand and if you’re looking for a home you need to stay on top of the trends and know what’s available.

These 4 contemporary Park City homes have all the traits the market is searching for right now.

1. Historic Main Street – Rare Old Town Home
243 ONTARIO Park City, UT

This rare, 2,600 square foot contemporary home was completely remodeled in 2013. Its multiple decks with glass railings (and hot tub) overlook downtown Park City. Enjoy an idyllic view of the Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort slopes while entertaining and relaxing

Step inside the 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home and explore its solid hardwood floors and heated tile flooring. The new gourmet kitchen with a large granite island, double oven, Thermador 48” gas range, huge walk-in pantry (and more) is a dream for anyone who loves to eat well. The master suite features walk-in closets, a private bath with steam/sauna and 12-head shower, and a private deck.

Out front, the heated driveway (with new boiler) makes the winter months manageable. It’s a short walk down to the vibrant nightlife on Main Street all winter and the Park Silly Sunday Market in the summer. The town ski lift to PCMR is within walking distance (or a short drive) and it’s a short drive to Deer Valley Resort.

This gorgeous Old Town home is listed at $1,495,000 and you can find plenty of photos and more information here. [Read more...]


Buyer’s Guide to Upper Deer Valley & Silver Lake Ski Homes

Upper Deer Valley and Silver Lake offer some of the most desirable real estate for ski home buyers in the world. These Park City private communities, luxury townhomes and condos, lodges, and clubs all offer unrivaled access to the best ski terrain and snow in the country.

The amenities include access to world-class resorts like the Stein Eriksen Lodge, St. Regis Deer Valley Resort, and Montage Deer Valley, private shuttle services, five-star spas and dining, ski-in/ski-out access, and quick access to SLC International Airport (45 minutes or less).

You’re not the only one interested in owning a ski home here.

Park City real estate has become more and more desirable every year since the Olympics in 2002. Last year, Outside Magazine named us “Best Town Ever”, Vail Resorts bought Canyons and brought more home buyers to town, and the best homes are going fast in 2014.

Really fast.

Here’s a guide to all the different real estate options in Upper Deer Valley and Silver Creek, along with the best homes in each area. Each area offers its own unique amenities and all are just a short drive to Historic Main Street in the heart of Park City.

Gated Neighborhoods

Bald Eagle Club
Bald Eagle Club

CommunityGated Neighborhood
Ski AccessSki-In/Ski-Out

The Bald Eagle Club sits on top of Deer Valley’s Bald Mountain and is a private, gated, ski-in/ski-out neighborhood. The Bald Eagle Club rests on nearly 126 acres and spans across 7 ski runs. It holds more than 50 luxury estates and lot sizes range from 0.5 to 1.5 acres. With over 70 acres protected from development as open space, each home offers the tranquil privacy of mountain living. Bald Eagle Club is unique because it sits at the junction of three popular Deer Valley Ski Lifts: Carpenter Express, Homestake, and Crown Point. Après options at Upper Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Village, Lower Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge, or Park City’s Historic Main Street are all a short drive away at the end of the day.

Featured Home
7948 Red Tail Court

7948 Red Tail Court

This 10,888 square foot home sits on 0.65 acres of ideal Bald Mountain Club land and is just a few steps away from the Crown Point Ski Lift. It has has 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms and breathtaking views of the Jordanelle Reservoir.

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7 Park City Summer Events You Shouldn’t Miss

Summers in Park City, Utah are full of events that everyone will love. I was at The Silly Market on Sunday when it hit me just how much there is to do in Park City every summer. Free concerts 4 days a week, the weekly Park Silly Sunday Market, a weekly Farmer’s Market at Canyons the annual Kimball Arts Fest, Savor the Summit, and the Food and Wine Classic…. Not to mention all the hiking, mountain biking, and trail running. There is so much to do this summer, I thought it’d be helpful to outline some of the biggest events of the summer. There are activities for the whole family (no matter how old the kids are), times to meet up with friends, and date nights on Main Street. Here’s a list of dates, times, and details about the biggest summer events.

1. Park Silly Sunday Market

Park Silly Market

Dates: Every Sunday, June 8th – September 21st Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The town comes alive every Sunday to enjoy great music, food, art, crafts, and fun for the kids on Historic Main Street.  This eco-friendly, open-air market, street festival, and community forum is the place where we get together to celebrate summer. It’s filled with regional and local creations, delicious gourmet foods, and one-of-a-kind art pieces you won’t find anywhere else. There’s a beer garden, amazing food vendors, a farmers market, and plenty of activities for kids of all ages. Ride your bikes and drop them off at the parking garage bike check on 9th Street & Lower Main Street and enjoy. Parking is available along Park Ave, on Upper Main St., Swede Alley, and the China Bridge parking area, but it gets crowded quickly. Walk, take the bus, or ride bikes if you can.

2. Free Concerts

Dates: Now – September Time: Varies I’m going to have to write a whole article on all the concerts this summer. There are free shows at all of the resorts and in different neighborhoods all summer long. The Deer Valley Free Concert Series features one of the best venues and community gathering. Canyons is offering a killer free lineup again this year and there will be shows at Billy Blancos in Quarry Village and at the outdoor Newpark Amphitheatre. The Silly Market has free music every weekend, too. Mountain Town Music makes this all possible and provides a calendar you can print out for the fridge.

3. Park City Farmers Market at Canyons

Park City Farmers Market

Dates:  Every Wednesday, June 4th – Early October Time: 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. The Park City Farmer’s Market brings in seasonal produce, local goods, and lots of organically grown food. It’s held in the parking lot behind 711, beside the Canyons Cabriolet. This is a great opportunity to shop for fresh foods and get outside every week. There are fun activities for the kids if you bring them along, like a petting zoo and rock climbing wall and you’re sure to see familiar faces in the crowd. Local wineries, arts and crafts makers, distilleries, cheese makers, and more unique offerings round out the experience. Find out more, here.

4. Savor The Summit

Savor the summit

Date: Saturday, June 21st Time: 6:00 p.m. This is a Park City experience everyone needs to have and seats are selling out fast. Savor The Summit transforms Main Street into the biggest outdoor dinner party you can imagine. Main Street shuts down to traffic so our favorite restaurants can set up tables and their own atmosphere on the street. Each establishment prepares a special meal for their guests and everyone enjoys great company in between the gourmet courses. Call your favorite restaurant and make a reservation now if you want to go this year. Some of my favorites, like High West Distillery & Saloon, are already sold out.

5. Park City July 4th Parade& Celebration

Park City 4th of July Parade


Date: Friday, July 4th Time: 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Park City takes the 4th of July weekend seriously. I’ll have to come back and do a whole post on all of the events, but I want to highlight the parade and celebration in City Park that you must have on your calendar. Your day can start  as early as 7:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast in City Park. Cole Sport puts on a 5k Mountain Fun Run at 8:00 a.m if you want to skip the pancakes and get moving. Other activities get started in City Park at 10:00 a.m., including live music, but you’ll want to be on Main Street already to get a spot for the parade (Getting there at 9:00 a.m. for a spot is even smarter). At 11:00 a.m. over 70 floats make their way down Main Street and onto Park Ave. Then, the party moves back to City Park for the classic Rugby Game, a BBQ, beer garden, and games and children’s activities until everyone goes home to take a nap and recharge for the fireworks. Find out more here.

6. Food & Wine Classic

Park City Food and Wine Classic

Date: Wednesday, July 9th – Sunday, July 13th Time: 6:00 p.m. The 10th Annual Park City Food & Wine Classic offers some of the most unique culinary experiences in the world with the adventure of the outdoors. This premier destination event features master winemakers, culinary greats and more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products. Learn about how to choose the best wine for your party on a restaurant’s list, enjoy an exclusive Farm to Barn Wine Dinner at Blue Sky Ranch, taste wine at Deer Valley’s St. Regis, or go for a hike and enjoy a delicious BBQ at the Montage afterward. There are more amazing events than I can cover here. If you love amazing food, wine, whiskey, and dining outside with friends, you have to sign up for some of these events. They’re selling out already, so find the one for you before it’s too late.

7. Kimball Arts Fest

Park City Arts Fest Main St

Dates: Friday, August 1st – Sunday, August 3rd Time: Fri. 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. This year is the 45th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival (the longest running arts festival in the West) and it keeps getting better every year. Last year had the highest number of artist applications ever, and 215 were hand-picked to display and sell their art. Another event that transforms Main Street into a pedestrian-only zone, the Arts Fest features vendors of all kinds, 3 different stages for live music, and plenty of food, fun, and drinks. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Kimball Art Center and every penny of the admission cost goes back to support our amazing art community. It’s only $10 for an adult weekend pass, kids aged 6-18 are $5, and children under 5 are free. Summit County Residents get in for free. Get more details about how to fest at their helpful website.   Need any inside info on any of these events? Give me (Scott) a call at 435.901.4309 or email me at I’d be happy to help in any way I can. Also, if I missed an event you think should be on this list, let me know.


Sanctuary Ranch: Private Mountain Community with Heli-Skiing

Sanctuary Ranch: Private Mountain Community with Heli-Skiing
Sanctuary Heli Skiing Utah

There is a reason that Sir Richard Branson chose to tour the new homesites at the 525 Acre Sanctuary Ranch just outside of gorgeous Huntsville, Utah. No other private mountain community in the world that comes with the lifestyle its 13, 40 acre homesites do.

Sanctuary Ranch is the first private community in North America to offer commercial Heli-Skiing as a perk of home ownership. There is a helipad in the community. That’s right, walk out your door and get a lift to tens of thousands of acres of private and National Forest Service land. It’s some of the best ski terrain in the world.

That’s just the icing. These are also some of the most desirable homesites in Utah because two world-class ski resorts are within 20 minutes—Snowbasin Resort and Powder Mountain Resort. Miles of trails head out from your property and you’ll have private access to 10,000 acres of protected forest, streams, lakes, and mountain tops filled with wildlife.

The recreation possibilities are unrivaled.

Salt Lake City International Airport is only 45 minutes away and Ogden Private Jet is only 25 minutes. This is the most unique and accessible private mountain community in the country, if not the world.

Have I mentioned the views?

Sanctuary Home Sites

Sanctuary Heli Skiing 2

The view from your deck or front door will blow you away. Some sites already have a modern home designs by James Carroll, ready to be built by CD construction. This team has worked together for over 20 years, building some of the finest homes at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah. They know how to make the most of this kind of terrain. You’re also welcome to build your own custom plan on each homesite.

Sanctuary Heli Skiing Utah

Curtain Bluff sits on a secluded ledge underneath a 1000’ rock face that spans for over a mile. The James Carroll designed home for this site features an open floor plan with spacious living and dining areas that open up to an expansive patio with stunning views. A gourmet chef’s kitchen supports anyone enjoying the four master suites with baths en-suite, each with a private patio overlooking ski resorts and Pineview Reservoir. It’s a 6,500 square foot dream home with 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, set on 40 acres of the most beautiful landscape available.
Sanctuary Heli Skiing Utah Views

Hawks Ridge gets its name from the breathtaking 360 degree infinity views you’ll get from its perch on the 40.35 acre lot. You’ll be the first to see the sunrise illuminate Snowbasin’s peaks and the last to see the dramatic western sunsets color the reservoir and Ogden Canyon. With the amazing recreation opportunities you have surrounding you, nowhere else can compare to this homesite for someone who loves nature.

Hideaway includes a rustic peninsula surrounded by mature maple trees that light up in the fall. This 40.21 acre homesite serves up surreal views of the lake, nearby ski resorts, and gorgeous valley. It’s a top choice for an equestrian home, surrounded by miles of environmentally friendly trails and private entry to a 10,000 acre wildlife management area. Hideaway offers quick access to limitless recreation options like golfing at nearby Wolf Creek or fly-fishing on the Middle Fork River.
Sanctuary Heli Skiing 5

Vachery sits in a canyon full of mature forest, elk, deer, moose, and a stream fed by spring snowmelt. This homesite features spectacular views of Pineview Reservoir and the ski resorts. Its life-filled acreage is ideal for your equestrian dream home. With easy access to the resorts in your view, Snowbasin and Powder Mountain, and quick drives to an international airport this is one of the most desirable homesites in the country.

Private Heli-Skiing

Sanctuary Heli Skiing 6

All the homesites come with the most unique skiing amenity possible. A private heli-ski operation that leaves right from Sanctuary Ranch. You’ll be flown to some of the best skiing in the world with guides who can show you where to find the best snow.

If you love to ski powder, but have never been heli-skiing, you’re in for a life-changing experience. If you’ve been, you already know how amazing this is.

Nearby Ski Resorts
Sanctuary Heli Skiing

Snowbasin and Powder Mountain Resorts are both within 20 minutes and offer some of the best skiing in the world, with short lift lines.

Snowbasin holds 3,000 skiable acres that get an average of 400 inches of snow every year. Its 2950 ft. of vertical skiing hosted the downhill, combined, and super-g events in the 2002 Winter Olympics. It’s not all advanced terrain though. There are plenty of family-friendly ski runs. The mountain also has many casual and fine dining experiences.

Powder Mountain has 2,800 lift-served skiable acres and another 4,400 acres accessed by snowcat. Take a ride on the snowcat. Or 10. The resort averages 350 inches of snow every year and is one of the least crowded resorts you’ll ever find. Powder Mountain is also home to Summit who is connecting their global network of the most successful people on the planet to the resort.

Year-Round Recreation
Sanctuary Heli Skiing

While the skiing is world-class, the secret about Utah is that its spring, summer, and fall are too. Big game hunting, equestrian, fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and watersports surround Sanctuary Ranch.

A private trail system inside of the ranch provides miles of of trails for your pleasure and a nearby 10,000 acre wildlife management area offers endless possibilities. The Pineview Reservoir you can see from the Ranch has three swimming areas with sandy beaches, and is renowned for it’s boating, windsurfing, kayaking, wakeboarding, and fishing.

Do you want to know more about Sanctuary Ranch? Give me (Scott) a call at 435.901.4309 or email me at I’d be happy to answer questions or arrange a tour of one of these homesites.


What Does Vail’s Takeover in Park City Mean for Skiers?

PCMR_VS_TaliskerAn Outside Magazine Article Explains It. A lot of you have asked me what happens if Vail Takes over, and I personally don’t have a dog in this fight, but have think it will be good for the ski industry in Park City. Here is an article that explains the lifecycle of what happened, and what the future will likely be. With this being such a hot topic, I would really appreciate some feedback and comments on the blog post.


The Secret Behind the Success of Home Staging

Park City Home Staging

Homeowners and Realtors both want to get the best price when selling a home. And, they want to sell quickly. Of course, that’s what everyone wants. But, just because everyone wants something, doesn’t mean they know the secret to making it happen. It also means that everyone is trying to do the same thing and you need an advantage.

Home staging gives you an edge over other sellers. Whether your home is vacant, going to be vacant, or you’re still living there, home staging pros know the secret to selling yours in 30-60 days. Hire a home staging company to work with you or your Realtor.  Especially when your home is vacant.

Ivan and Silvie Pokusa own and operate a franchise of Showhomes®in Park City, Utah. Showhomes® is the largest home staging company in America and Silvie and Ivan have successfully staged luxury homes in Promontory and Midway. They have a unique eye for knowing what sells a home and have been doing it for many years. They were kind enough to share some of their secrets.

Think of Your Home as a Product
Park City Home Staging

Every buyer on the market is looking at multiple homes and yours needs to stand out. Even though it can be tough, you have to think of your home like a product. Your buyers are. Does it look its best? Is the interior design really doing it justice? Are there improvements you would make yourself?

Ivan and Silvie can start by performing a Walk & Talk with you and give you tips to immediately improve the the look and feel of your home for potential buyers. Decluttering your home is one of the first things they’ll help you do, and they know what to look for. Some things you don’t consider clutter, home buyers will.

The Right Furniture & Interior Design Sells
Park City Home Staging

Successful home staging isn’t about filling your home with stuff, it’s about creating a feeling of being at home. Silvie and Ivan can help you figure out what furniture should stay, what should go, and what’s missing to make this happen. They’ll work as much as possible with the furnishings you already have to make your home beautiful.

If you’re still living at home, they provide a full-day makeover to prepare your home for showing that may do the trick. And, if you need a little more help, try the Redesign, Reimage, Remake service. This is a more in-depth makeover where they use their design expertise to bring out the best in your home.

If your home is vacant and unfurnished, staging furniture for showings is vital. It’s common knowledge that buyers react more positively to furnished homes. You don’t have to furnish the entire house, just the parts that do the best job of selling.  Many times, the buyers will love the furniture and buy it as part of the sale. If they don’t, Ivan and Silvie will sell the furniture for you, and you’ll only pay 35% of the cost.  You don’t worry about the hassle of  taking care of the furnishings before the buyers move in and you save money. Win, win.

Vacant Homes Are a Liability
Park City Home Staging

That’s why your insurance premiums go up when you notify your insurance company your home will be vacant. If no one is living in the property, a simple thing like a burst pipe could ruin your entire home and wash away your investment. Vacancy also opens your home up to the risks of damages from theft, vandalism, and squatters.  Yes, squatters do exist, and you’ll have to get a court order to remove them.

Many people even forget to notify their insurance company that they are vacating the home within a specified time period and this is a huge mistake. This essentially invalidates the policy and if damage occurs while you’re not there, it won’t be covered.

Part of the full home staging process is bringing on a home manager to live in the home. They protect the property, defray the cost of utilities, and keep your home clean for showings. A home manager is also ready to leave the home in an hour’s notice for a showing so they never get in the way.

In Park City, where the winter weather is severe, a home manager will also take care of ice in front of the home that someone can easily slip and fall on, costing you a stack of medical bills.

Silvie and Ivan once placed a manager in a home that saved the homeowner’s property from one of those nightmare insurance scenarios. A bad thunderstorm with high winds caused damage to a home and started a fire in the yard that would have led to the house if the home manager hadn’t been there to put it out.

It Has to Feel Like Home
Home Stage 5

“People will turn down a house just because it doesn’t feel good. It has to feel like home to a potential buyer for them to purchase. Buyers should feel so welcome, they want to sit down and get comfortable,” says Ivan. All of the services they provide are designed to make potential buyers feel like your home should be theirs. This is no easy task. Ivan and Silvie have been doing it for years and they’re a part of the biggest home staging company in the country for a reason.
They know how to make buyers fall in love with your home. This is the secret to selling any great product, but very few actually know how to do it.

You can reach Silvie and Ivan at 1-801-200-4241 or visit their website and find out more about everything they offer. If you want to sell your home quickly and for the best price, they’ll help us do it.


20 Properties Sold in Old Town Park City in The Last 30 days!

Golfing Park City, UT

In the past month, 20 homes in Old Town have sold, and another 8 have gone under contract. I point this out because the ski resorts have been closed for a month, and the days of Park City being a ghost town in the off season are over. People are coming to town in the off season to buy, and with summer right around the corner, we are poised to get even busier soon. We saw sales price per square foot ranging from $680 a foot for a fantastic new home on Daly to $187 a foot for a quaint condo in Snow Country. If you would like to review the properties sold in the last 30 days, see this link here.

Last week I toured this home which is on the upper end of Lowell Avenue. The town ski runs are 50 yards out your door, giving you access to the town lift for Park City Mountain Resort. This home is on a double lot providing larger living spaces than most homes in Old Town. Built in 2007, this 4 bed 6 bath home has a full 2 car garage, two living areas for you to spread out, and high quality finishes throughout the home. With summer and winter activities out your door, this is a great private family retreat or a excellent rental property. The sellers are ready to downsize and this opportunity will not last long. Take a look at the property and please let me know if you or anyone you know might be interested in this home on Lowell Ave.


5000 Square Foot Old Town home for only $1,550,000!















A rare find at this price, I have blogged about this home before, and the owner is finally dropping the price. It has been under contract twice, and fallen out because the garage is currently outfitted as a recording studio. It will cost very little money to turn it back into a garage, but past buyers are just lacking the vision. At $312 a square foot, this home is a steal. Up on Daly Ave, you will enjoy a very quiet street that is a few minutes walk from the center of Main Street, and the shuttle to the Town Lift. This home was built in 2005, and is far below replacement cost. Enjoy three level living on a wide open floor plan, and a hot tub in your private backyard. Backing up to open space, this home offers a lot of privacy that is rare in Old Town. See the listing here.


Also, I shot a quick video covering the Q1 2014 Park City Real Estate Statistics, view it here!         [Read more...]