Living in The Avenues Neighborhood
Salt Lake City’s first neighborhood, when it was established in the 1850s, the Avenues exemplifies the unique approach to laying out a grid of streets indicated by numbers and letters that Utah’s pioneers espoused, as they settled in the Intermountain West. Known as one of the city’s most progressive and culturally diverse areas, The Avenues, with about 22,000 in population, encompasses an area stretching northeast of downtown and to the east over City Creek Canyon from Capitol Hill. Many of the north-south avenues slope upward toward the hillside. More than 140 buildings covering nearly 100 square blocks and 500 acres comprise The Avenues Historic District, which was designated in 1980 by the National Register of Historic Places. While homes in The Avenues represent many architectural styles prominent from 1860 to 1930, there are numerous characteristics that mark the visual continuity in the neighborhood, according to the neighborhood’s community council. These include similar setbacks, clustered styles, roof pitches, front porches, retaining walls, fences, landscaping and duplication of the same house type along one street. Despite its proximity to downtown, the Avenues has a distinctly urban feel.
The Avenues area schools
The neighborhood hosts several well-respected public and private elementary schools including Ensign and Wasatch and the Madeleine Choir School, which is adjacent to the Cathedral of The Madeleine, the home parish of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Established in 1996, the school is known for its comprehensive educational programs that include extensive musical training. The area’s location near downtown provides access to numerous educational choices for all levels of students, including Bryant Middle School, East and West High Schools, Judge Memorial High School and campus programs for The University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. Other options include The Second Avenues Preschool and the private elementary The McGillis School.
Shopping in The Avenues neighborhood
The Avenues offers a fairly broad range of locally owned businesses, including more than a dozen eateries such as restaurants, cafes, dessert shops, delicatessens and a speakeasy bistro. Options include Thai, Indian and continental American favorites with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. There are three coffeehouses and other locally owned food-based businesses including Hatch Family Chocolates. Every locally owned business, including a yoga studio and art gallery, fits in beautifully with the Avenues aesthetic that preserves the historic character of the neighborhood’s appeal.