Living in the Foothill neighborhood
The neighborhood, located in the northern section of the east side bench of the Wasatch Mountains, is a major residential area that becomes more upscale and affluent as one moves from its west end to its eastern edges that border the Federal Heights area. The main traffic artery, Foothill Drive, connects residents immediately to the University of Utah and downtown SLC. Foothill residents represent multigenerational families who have lived in the area for many years and are familiar with the schools and long-time locally owned businesses. Foothill is a convenient nexus on all sides: the Country Club section (near the Salt Lake Country Club), the eastern boundaries of other historic neighborhoods including Sugar House, Oak Hills near Hogle Zoo and Devonshire near the “H-Rock,” a large rock representing Highland High School.
Foothill area schools
Because many families have lived several generations in Foothill, school loyalty and pride are well-developed columns of support for nearby schools and The University of Utah. Residents in the northern section of Foothill often send their children to Highland High School or the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts while those living on the east side support East High School. Many will recognize East High as a location featured in one of Disney’s most successful television movies ever made, High School Musical. Other schools include Bonneville Elementary, Clayton Middle School and Innovations High School.
Shopping in the Foothill neighborhood
The neighborhood is home to numerous locally-owned businesses for groceries, hardware, clothing, consumer services and accessories. A major destination is the Foothill Village shopping center, one of the city’s oldest outdoor shopping centers which boasts nearly 60 merchants. Foothill residents also are close to shops and restaurants near the University of Utah campus. The Foothill cultural district encompasses many destinations including Hogle Zoo, Red Butte Garden, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the National History Museum of Utah on the University of Utah campus, Fort Douglas, This Is The Place Heritage Park and Tracy Aviary.