Living in the Federal Heights neighborhood
One of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods featuring many homes built a century ago, Federal Heights sits near the northern edge of The University of Utah campus. The neighborhood community is proud of its natural amenities such as the nearby Red Butte Canyon Research Natural Area and the Tomahawk Natural Area. The area also includes City Creek, the small mountain stream that is a major part of the city’s history, along with the stream’s natural surroundings. Named because the U.S. government owned the property at one time and established Fort Douglas nearby in 1862, the neighborhood was the city’s first development for upscale homes. The homes have been built along narrowly curved streets – an unusual find in a city that historically followed a grid pattern in laying out its roads.
The homes, many of which are set on properties once owned by some of the most important leaders in SLC’s history, represent a broad spectrum of architectural styles including Arts and Crafts, Prairie School, Spanish Mission, Georgian, Normandy, Tudor and Period Revivals. The aesthetics of Federal Heights development inspired other upscale neighborhoods in the city including Harvard-Yalecrest.
Federal Heights area schools
The neighborhood’s proximity to The University of Utah main campus and to downtown makes the logistics of finding the ideal school for children quickly and easily. Many families in Federal Heights select private school options, including The McGillis School, The Madeleine Choir School and Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s. East and West High Schools in the Salt Lake City public school district are conveniently located for families but many also select West High School, which is a bit farther away than East, for its international baccalaureate programs.
Shopping in the Federal Heights neighborhood
Primarily residential, Federal Heights offers few options for shopping in the neighborhood. However, its proximity to The University of Utah, the adjacent Research Park and university hospital areas as well as downtown, which is less than 10 minutes away, means virtually every shopping, entertainment and dining amenity is as close as possible. It’s more than a fair tradeoff for some of the city’s best views of the scenery in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.