Sandy Utah Real Estate Market & Area Guide
If Sandy were a person, he or she would be the perfect combination of chill, hip, healthy, responsible, family oriented and a good time when it counts! With a population of nearly 100,000, this community is a suburb of Salt Lake City. Location, location, location – Sandy is perched on the upper east bench above Interstate 15 and surrounded by thrilling Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains.
Sure, it’s a good, solid family-oriented community with all the parks, trails and attractions you can imagine. Remember, though, Sandy does feature a nightlife and entertainment for adults to enjoy exclusively. Shopping, eateries, coffee houses and all the professional services you could ever ask for help keep this community balanced. Oh, yes, you can golf in Sandy and there are multiple excellent courses throughout the Salt Lake Valley.
Many Sandy residents are avid skiers (and why not with multiple world-class ski resorts within 30 minutes). This city enjoys four distinct seasons and the people who live here look forward to each one of them with enthusiasm.
Sandy is Utah’s fourth largest city.
Like most Utah communities, Sandy was ultimately settled by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but not before Native Americans traversed the entire high desert due to a nomadic lifestyle. An unattributed article on CityTownInfo.com maintains the Paiute, Bannock and Shoshone Indian tribes regularly traveled through the area while migrating from Utah Lake to their summer homes at Bear Lake (a fresh water lake on the northern Utah and southern Idaho border).
A historical account published by Sandy City said, “Pioneers came into the Sandy area in the 1860s. It was a farming community with few people and widely spaced homes. When mining began in the nearby canyons and the railroad arrived in 1877, Sandy changed from a quiet agricultural village to a booming mining town. At this time, other groups began to arrive in Sandy, diversifying its population.”
Seemingly overnight, Sandy became an unofficial hub for miners, railroad workers and laborers of all kinds (including farmers). This hopping metropolis quickly became the site for saloons (17 of them after the railroad came to town), hotels and a ZCMI Co-op among other commercial endeavors.
Like many boomtowns, a disappointing failure of mines in the early 1900s sent people packing for bigger and better things. The once wild western town returned to its quiet roots as an agricultural community. community. “By 1900, there were only 4 saloons in town, all of which were owned by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By 1910, the total population was 1,716, and 54% of the population was under the age of 18,” according to the City’s account published online.
Today Sandy is known as Utah’s fourth largest city. It is home to the Rio Tinto Stadium (9256 S State St, Sandy, UT 84070) built specifically for American soccer, but it is also a state-of-the-art concert venue that seats 20,213 with capacity to expand to 25,000.
A 2017 Sandy City masterplan identifies the hallmarks for which Sandy would most like to be known, particularly in its city center. A developing mixed-use community named The Cairns is being touted as the place where “Mountains Meet Urban” is being built with these features in mind:
- Sustainable living
- Human-scaled architecture
- Environmentally-friendly and nature-inspired design
The Cairns District is destined to become the city’s economic engine where people can shop, dine, recreate and be entertained.
The Mountain America Expo Center is a critical component of the Cairns District. The 243,000-square-foot exhibit space can be divided into five separate halls. The building features fiber optics, power, water and compressed air. The Expo Center also has 15,000 square feet of meeting rooms for smaller events.
Alta Canyon Sports Center
9565 Highland Dr, Sandy, UT 84092
This sports complex features great activities for people of all ages! Following are some of the amenities you will find here:
- 5 racquetball courts
- Aerobics classes
- Cardio room
- Men’s/women’s adult locker room (annual members only)
- Outdoor Olympic size pool with a slide and splash pad
- Outdoor pavilions
- Outdoor sand volleyball courts
- Outdoor tennis courts
- Weight room
Take a hike!
The Wasatch Mountains are more than just a pretty range! Those hills host some of the most exciting, awe-inspiring trails in Utah. Little Cottonwood Canyon is a very popular hiking area. Hike to the waterfall in Bell Canyon or take the a 1.5-mile hike to a beautiful Alpine lake known as Cecret Lake. There is so much to explore in those hills you could spend a lifetime trying to see every treasure – and you should. Mother Nature puts on a show every season in the Wasatch National Forest. From stunning spring wildflowers to fabulous fall foliage hikers, bikers and photographers alike will be mesmerized by these natural wonders.
Classic Fun Center
9151 S 255 W, Sandy, UT 84070
Skate, bounce, play tag, take a fun 3D interactive ride, play in the arcade or hang out in the jungle! This commercial entertainment center offers fun for the whole family.
The Shops at South Town
10450 State St #2320, Sandy, UT 84070
Looking for the ultimate shopping experience? You have arrived. The Shops at South Town offer more than 100 retail, dining, and entertainment options. Whether you want to shop a big box or a mom and pop shop, South Town will not disappoint. Look for anchors like JCPenney, HomeGoods and H&M. Get something to eat and even bowl at this family friendly center.
Sandy Village Shopping Center
411 S 700 E, Sandy, UT
Sandy Village Shopping Center is an outdoor mall with a wide variety of stores, eateries, entertainment and activities. Little Beakers Science Lab for Kids is located here. One Google Reviewer named Dustin Southwick said, “My family absolutely loves this wonderful place. The staff is friendly and super fun. They do all types of different classes. My child loves going. The kids all wear masks and safety glasses. They get their very own lab coats that get washed after every use. The location is really clean and tidy. I would rate them 100 stars if I could.” At this location you will also find a large movie theater complex, clothing stores, Swim Labs, Family Dollar and more.
11282 South State Street, Sandy, UT 84070
Outdoor enthusiasts will love the shopping adventure at Scheels and the convenience. Shop for outdoor adventure gear, find the ultimate sports fan clothing and gear or enjoy the store’s family entertainment attractions. With 220,000 square-feet, this flagship store offers Utah’s largest selection of sports, fashion, and footwear under one roof. With an array of sporting goods and entertainment, the entire family will enjoy an innovative shopping experience.
Glassdoor.com ranks the following 10 companies as being among the biggest and best employers of Sandy residents.
- University of Utah
- Goldman Sachs
- Intermountain Healthcare
- Academy Mortgage
- Health Catalyst
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Mountain America Credit Union
- USANA Health Sciences
- University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics
Canyons School District serves children attending public school in Sandy, Utah.