Buying a Home in Old Town is Like Owning a Piece of History
Park City, UT is loaded with history, from the city's 30-plus year relationship with the Sundance Film Festival, to its leading role in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. And that's just the recent past. In its early days, Park City grew from a tiny, remote town into one of the first major settlements on the way to Salt Lake City. A mining boom brought the first big wave of settlers to Park City in the 1860s, and the city's first major ski resort – Treasure Island, opened in 1963 – began Park City's transition to the cosmopolitan, ski-lover's paradise that residents enjoy today.
You'll find evidence of Park City's rich history all over the city, but the Old Town neighborhood is the place where that history really comes to life. The luxurious historic homes, vibrant museums, and diverse entertainment options of Old Town make it the perfect place to settle down in Park City.
Park City's Old Town: A Rich History, and a Bright Future
Park City is most definitely a place that recognizes and celebrates its past. Utah Olympic Park, which hosted five major events during the 2002 Winter Games, is now open to the public as a training and recreation center. The Egyptian Theatre, which opened its doors in 1926, is still one of the most popular entertainment venues in the city. The historic homes in Park City, especially those in Old Town, provide a window into each era of the city's evolution.
- In Park City, history and entertainment go hand in hand. Historic Main Streetis like a living timeline of Park City's history, and many of Park City's most historic businesses – the Egyptian Theatre included – still operate there today.
- Looking for a crash course in Park City's past? Visit the Park City History Museum, located on Historic Main Street, which offers historic walking tours, a research library, and rotating special exhibits that showcase the area's unique history.
- Old Town is also full of historic homes. So full, in fact, that the annual Historic Home Tour covers one Old Town neighborhood each year, because there are too many homes to cover in detail when looking at all of Old Town.
- Park City's mining boom brought the first major wave of settlers – and historic homes – to Old Town. Upper Main Street, with its close proximity to former mining territory, is a great place to find historic homes dating from the 1860s to the early 1900s.
- Don't let the name fool you. Old Town also has plenty of new homes, if you're looking for something more modern. For some, living in a new home while enjoying the historic charms of Old Town offers the best of both worlds.
- With Sundance visiting every winter, it's no surprise that Park City places high priority on arts and culture. When you live in Old Town, you'll have easy access to the city's many art galleries, museums, music venues, theaters, and outdoor art exhibitions.
- Of course, skiing is also a huge part of Park City's history, and one of its big draws today. Park City Mountain made a bit of history of its own in 2015, merging with the nearby Canyons resort to create the largest ski resort in North America.
Ready to find your slice of history in Park City's Old Town? Contact me, Cheryl Fine-Whitteron, to learn more about Park City luxury homes and real estate.