Millcreek Utah Real Estate Market & Area Guide
Looking for that suburban vibe with lightning fast access to the city core? You’ll find it in Millcreek, UT where residents pride themselves on the ability to find a killer cup of coffee and a lush green park within easy walking distance. Young professionals seem to flock to Millcreek. Who knows whether they come for the jaw-dropping beauty of surrounding mountains and canyons or the many eclectic coffee shops and sweet eateries? It could also be the quality public schools serving Millcreek or the proximity to Salt Lake’s core. It doesn’t really matter why they come, when they do the Wasatch Mountains welcome them like centurions standing watch over the bustling little – uh, not so little city. Millcreek enjoys a population of just about 61,000.
Like many cities in Utah, Millcreek is family-friendly with huge tree lines on quaint streets and mind-blowing views of the hopping city below.
Millcreek is one of Utah’s newest incorporated cities. The incorporation is new, the community is not! In fact, in 1848 the first settlers arrived. Among them were Mary Fielding Smith and her children. Mary was the widow of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founder Joseph Smith. To look at Millcreek today, it’s hard to imagine a rural setting; yet that’s what it was until after World War II. Upon the end of the war, suburban growth populated the community beyond the Salt Lake City limits. Salt Lake didn’t annex the area and it was unincorporated for years.
The city was known by many different names including East Mill Creek, Canyon Rim and Mount Olympus. By the 1980s, it was bursting at the seams. While many cities surrounding it incorporated, Millcreek was a holdout until Millcreek residents voted for incorporation on November 3, 2015 (three years after residents voted against incorporation).
The Wasatch Mountains contribute to the aesthetic character of cities spread across the entire range (front and back). Millcreek Canyon is a favorite refuge for locals looking for adventure, exercise and fresh mountain air. Millcreek Canyon is between Parley’s Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon. There is a $5 fee per vehicle (you pay the fee when you leave). You might want to purchase an annual pass for $50 (yes, it’s that good). Seniors pay just $3 per day or $30 for an annual pass. This is a dog-friendly canyon so bring Fido for a fun time! Keep your dog on a leash (there are areas and specific times during which dogs are allowed to run free). Please clean up after pets. Whether you hike, bike or go birdwatching this canyon offers serenity in nature.
While Millcreek is technically a suburb of the Greater Salt Lake Metropolitan Area, it has a flare for an urban vibe with businesses like Vitalize Community & Healing Arts Studio. Vitalize is dedicated to supporting healing and transformation within our community. Vitalize’s website boasts, “This studio is an experiment in conscious, creative community. All programs are created by those who are housed within the studio. Together, we create a heart-centered and peaceful, yet vibrant and joyful space to heal, create change, and assist others in their growth …”
If you’re a foodie, Millcreek is a great place to be! Fun and unique eateries are part of the Millcreek experience and no visit there would be complete without trying one or more of these culturally diverse restaurants. Here are just a few of the restaurants that reflect the area’s diversity in cuisine:
- Makam’s Indian Restaurant
- Sicilia Mia Italian Restaurant
- Charlotte-Rose’s Carolina BBQ
- Tres Hombres Mexican Grill and Cantina
Millcreek is also known for its hoppin’ night scene! A few favorite evening hangouts there include:
The Jordan River Parkway is among the many walking/biking trails in Millcreek. The trail isn’t exclusive to the city. Often referred to as an urban park, the Parkway is about 40 miles long and it runs along the Jordan River from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake in Davis County. Many walkers, joggers, cyclists and skaters use the trail. Even horses are welcome on the southern portion of the trail.
Big Cottonwood Regional Park is located in Millcreek, but it’s considered a regional park because it’s huge! This park features a round baseball diamond complex with restrooms and a concessions stand. Playground equipment is well maintained with great safety standards. The park also features picnic tables, grills, a pavilion, an amphitheater, hopscotch, horseshoe pits and more!
Holladay Lions Recreation Center offers all kinds of events and activities for children and adults. Imagine:
- Youth Sports
- Fitness Tools
- Art Classes
Explore Millcreek for more recreational opportunities, they are easy to find!
There are many big box stores in and around Millcreek! What really makes this community special is the small, eclectic stores with gifts, trinkets, books and more.
Millcreek Mercantile offers unique gifts, home décor and more! Yes, there are candles, baskets and kitchenware. What is really different about this store is a fascinating collection of architectural salvage items from doorknobs to window frames to roof tin, etc. Check it out! You will not be disappointed.
Munchies SLC features delectable treats like brownies with chocolate ganache, guava cake cups, vegan cinnamon rolls, red velvet whoopee pies, mango sago and a host of other treats you just can’t get anywhere else.
Marissa’s Books is a great place to get lost in a book or just in your own head! Marissa’s carries a wide selection of books in multiple genres. Sneak into a quiet corner and get cozy with a book or buy one and take it home and take a journey to anywhere you want to go.
Data USA said, “The most common employment sectors for those who live in Millcreek, UT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (5,185 people), Educational Services (3,748 people), and Retail Trade (3,284 people).”
Glassdoor.com lists the top employers of Millcreek residents as follows:
- Brigham Young University
- University of Utah
- Goldman Sachs
- Intermountain Healthcare
- Space Dynamics Laboratory
- Academy Mortgage
- Health Catalyst
- University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics
- CHG Healthcare
Granite School District serves Millcreek public students K-12. Granite School District features 63 elementary schools, 15 junior high schools, 8 high schools and other special schools and programs. It is among the largest district in Utah. Granite is also one of Utah’s largest employers, with more than 7,500 full and part-time employees. This school district is renowned for the quality academic, athletic and artistic achievements of its students. Teachers in Granite District are also nationally recognized for their professional development and economic efficiencies.
The district also offers community classes available to adults throughout the year.