Living in the Sugar House neighborhood
Located approximately six miles southeast of Salt Lake City’s downtown, Sugar House was among the oldest pioneer settlements in Utah. The name came from the attempts to build a factory for processing beets into refined sugar, but pioneers were able only to make molasses. Today, Sugar House, very much a small city within a larger city, is striving to keep its historically quirky, funky character, as major developments in business, infrastructure and services progress. A classic low-density residential area, many of the Sugar House properties comprise single-family homes on lots ranging in size from 5,000 to 8,000 square feet. Recently, local officials have targeted areas once used for commercial, warehouse and industrial purposes to be converted to sites suitable for medium-density residential complexes. Sugar House also is home to numerous neighborhood, community and mini parks. A popular outdoor destination is the 115-acre Sugar House Park, a remarkable example of conservation legacy. In 1957, community volunteers worked to turned the abandoned state prison property into an 115-acre park. Sugar House neighbors are active in keeping the historic character of their neighborhood’s cultural legacy intact. Many of the existing homes in Sugar House were built during the 1940s and 1950s.
Sugar House area schools
Westminster College, a liberal arts school, is known across the country for having the largest representation of Winter Olympics athletes for the U.S. – 10 percent of Team USA. School options for Sugar House families are extensive. Two elementary schools, Beacon Heights and Dilworth are close to Sugar House Park, and many students go onto Clayton Middle School. Public high school options include East, gaining fame for being featured in Disney’s High School Musical, and Highland, recognized for its successful rugby team. Private school options also are available, including Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary, Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s, and Judge Memorial High School.
Shopping in the Sugar House neighborhood
Sugar House has a well-established business district and its town center has been developed to accommodate pedestrians. The eclectic, vibrant hub at 2100 South and Highland Drive – a mix of locally owned and franchised stores and restaurants – attracts many residents as well as visitors from elsewhere in the valley. One corner, long neglected, has been recently revitalized as a multi-use commercial center of condos, restaurants and shops. Meanwhile, the Buy Local movement is evident in numerous boutiques, music shops, vintage items and art objects.