For Utah County residents, being stuck between a rock (the Wasatch Range) and a wet place (Utah Lake) is not a bad thing. It provides beautiful views and tremendous recreational opportunities. That’s one of the reasons the area continues to be a popular place to live and work and why the construction industry is strengthening the economy. Here are 12 “hot” places to call home — whether you’ve lived here forever or are just joining the bon fire.


5200 N. University Avenue
Home Size: 1,300-1,800 square feet
Phase One Pricing: $270s to the low $400s
Local Elementary: Canyon Crest
Local High School: Timpview

Hot Fact:  Conveniently located by the Shops at the Riverwoods and Provo Canyon trail system

Phase One pricing is now being offered by the Arbors on the Avenue, a little piece of urban heaven just outside of the wilderness of Provo Canyon. The condominium-based development, located across the street from the Shops at the Riverwoods in North Provo, is designed with luxury and convenience in mind.

While the urban-living area adds beauty to the stretch of University Avenue between 5000 North and 5600 North, it is the convenience and amenities that Arbors Development, L.L.C., is excited about. The Arbors is a perfect fit for the graduate student, young professional or the empty nester looking for a place to simplify their lives while upgrading their lifestyle.

Homeowners will enjoy the underground parking with elevator access to their homes.  The Arbors also offers a beautiful community clubhouse that will house a business center with conference rooms as well as a state-of-the-art fitness area. Residents will enjoy using the clubhouse for family gatherings and other events. The centerpiece of the clubhouse will be an all-season indoor-outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. The Arbors will be surrounded by beautiful landscaping including grass, trees, flowers and shrubbery.

The Arbors on the Avenue is the perfect “second home” for out-of-towners looking for a residence close to BYU, world class skiing, Sundance and other Utah attractions.

There are numerous luxurious floorplans to choose from. PRW Architects has designed a variety of single level units, townhomes and penthouses in a development plan that incorporates the best of city living with the fun of outdoor life.

C & A Construction of Provo is the development’s general contractor while Arbors on the Avenue is being marketed by C&A Realty.  For more information, visit or call (801) 471-4482.



Elk Ridge
Lot size: 8,000 to 17,000 square feet
Lot price: Starting at $122,000
Finished home price: From $350,000 to $550,000
High School: Payson (Salem Hills starting in 2008)
Elementary: Mt. Loafer Elementary

Hot Fact: There are 132 home sites available, each with views that impress even long-time Utah County residents.

During its 16 years in business, DAI (Development Associates, Inc.) has developed residential communities with more than 3,500 residential building lots as well as several commercial centers.

In Utah County, DAI is currently selling building lots in some of the county’s most sought-after areas, highlighted by Elk Ridge Meadows in Elk Ridge.

Although Elk Ridge is just minutes from freeway access and the conveniences of city life, it’s like a world all its own. Even long-time Utah County residents have been amazed with the mountain and lake views offered from each lot in Elk Ridge Meadows.

“We are thrilled to be part of such a gorgeous area in southern Utah County,” says Randy Campbell, vice president of sales and marketing for DAI. “Elk Ridge has always been a high-end address and our new community, Elk Ridge Meadows, gives buyers an opportunity to live in a spectacular area at an affordable price.”

Nestled at the base of the majestic Wasatch Mountain Range, open space abounds at Elk Ridge Meadows with 15 dedicated acres for a trail system, park, picnic area, playground and soccer field. Construction begins this spring, with pre-construction pricing still available on several building lots. Call Randon Young at (801) 495-3414 for pricing and lot availability.

In addition to Elk Ridge Meadows, DAI has a development in Mapleton — another one of Utah County’s most prestigious addresses. This exclusive area introduces one of its newest neighborhoods — Triple Crown. This one-of-a-kind neighborhood offers open space and elegant homes in a rural setting. Some lots are still available in Phase I with reservations being taken for 10 additional lots in Phase II, coming this summer. Call Jason Wolf at (801) 495-3414 for specific pricing and lot availability.



Lot size: .5 acre
Lots available: 2
Cul-de-sac lots: 4

Hot fact: Prime location near schools and parks

Imagine the perfect neighborhood from your childhood dreams. Elegant, traditional two-story homes, maple trees lining the streets, parents relaxing on their porch-swings at sunset and dozens of kids safely playing kick-the-can … need we go further? Lindon Treasury has chosen Hatfield Homes to bring this vision to life.

With peaceful surroundings, stunning views of Utah Lake and Mount Timpanogos and private access, Lindon Treasury is a unique and inviting subdivision. Its prime location is near elementary schools, parks and recreation, local businesses and convenient freeway access. Lindon, an ideal family city with approximately 9,000 residents, has preserved its “little bit of country” feeling while offering “city” conveniences.

Lindon Treasury consists of nine half-acre lots, four of which are located on a cul-de-sac. Each lot will allow the privilege of a custom-built home by the reputable Hatfield Homes. Hatfield Homes upholds high standards and believes in building relationships first and homes second. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with Hatfield Homes. (For information on Hatfield Homes visit

If you are interested in becoming a member of this community or any other information on Hatfield Homes, please contact Morgan with Hatfield Homes at (801) 836-0253.


Mt. Loafer View

300 E. 1100 South, Salem
Lot Price: $148,000 to $198,000
Lot Size: .25- to .5-acre
High School: Spanish Fork (Salem Hills starting in 2008)
Elementary: Foothills

Hot fact: Fourth phase of development with no through traffic in secluded area. Perimeter lots have park and open space behind them.

In addition to the beautiful views of Mt. Loafer the development is named for, Mt. Loafer View offers a balance between accessibility and seclusion desired by today’s families.

When you’re in the development, you feel like you are away from it all, with no through traffic in the fourth phase and few neighbors. There are plans for a park to the west, and open space remains on the south.

Salem enjoys a small-town atmosphere with quick access to I-15. It is home to one of Utah County’s treasures in Salem Pond and enjoys new schools, including Salem Hills High School, which is scheduled to open in 2008.

“Salem is just a great place to be,” says Robert Nelson, owner of Robert Nelson Construction and developer of Mt. Loafer View. “It has the best of both worlds. There are things to do and see while living in an area that isn’t overly crowded.”

The homes in Mt. Loafer View are moderately priced for the area, with most coming in between $360,000 and $550,000. Robert Nelson Construction is the preferred builder and offers high-quality construction. When customers call about a lot, they will talk with Robert, not a sales person or foreman.

“You get to work right with me,” Robert says. “I want to make sure people get the answers they need. It’s a personal touch we offer.”

With quality service, homebuilding and the best views around, Mt. Loafer View is a premier place to live in Utah County.

Robert Nelson Construction also has plans for additional developments in and around Salem. For more information on Mt. Loafer View or any of Robert’s upcoming developments, call (801) 423-1141 or (801) 420-2562.



Home Price: $330,000 to over $1 million
Homes Available: Townhomes, twinhomes, patio homes, custom and single family homes
High School: Mountain View
Elementary School: Vineyard

Hot Fact: Lots back to the Sleepy Ridge Golf Course, community center with swimming pool, semi-private golf course privileges, maintenance-free or single-family home lifestyle

Sequoia Builders Communities at Sleepy Ridge has emerged as one of the prime residential destinations in Utah County. This Orem location, near University Avenue and west of I-15, melds the tranquility of golf course living with the conveniences of the city.  Schools, shopping, restaurants and a bustling nightlife are just minutes away with schools and parks located adjacent to the community.

Because Sequoia Builders recognizes each buyer has different concerns, priorities and desires, Sleepy Ridge offers an abundance of choices. To complement the diverse community, Sequoia Builders has developed a unique set of homes to accommodate differing needs. Townhomes, twinhomes, single family and custom homes provide options designed to fit every buyer.

The gated, maintenance-free homes are great for residents who desire elimination of yard work and snow removal. These homes come in both attached and detached collections, meeting the needs of singles, couples and young families, by focusing on the inside of the home, rather than maintaining the outside. Residents in the maintenance-free homes will enjoy access to the upcoming community center and swimming pool.

With utmost attention to detail, the luxurious traditional family homes in the newly released Hidden Village provide buyers with several home choices. These creatively crafted homes lie outside the gates but next to the golf course.

The Links at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course is a vision of designer Matt Dye, the nephew of legendary architect Pete Dye. This Orem City-owned course, which opened in 2004, has been designed to maximize the real estate opportunities for the community.

Sequoia Builders has constructed fine homes throughout Utah for more than 11 years and has become a leader in golf course communities. Beautifully appointed models and a sales center at Sleepy Ridge are open daily. For more information call (801) 765-4505 or visit



Eagle Mountain

Lot size: .20 to .41 acres

Home price: Starting in the mid $300s

Local Elementary: Pony Express

Local High School: Lehi

Hot fact: Golf course development, close to shopping and entertainment centers


What more can a name imply that captures the breathtaking views of the towering Wasatch Front, the peaks of the Oquirrh Mountains and Utah Lake, all in the same vista? If Eagle Mountain Links saved Southmoor as one of its last developments to unwrap, it picked the perfect gem. And a perfect fit it is for families looking for a neighborhood that truly has it all.

Imagine a golf course bordering your backyard. Southmoor surrounds the 9th hole of The Ranches Golf Club. A links-style playing turf bordered by fescue roughs and deep bunker guarded greens, The Ranches offers golfers an exciting retreat with acres of elbowroom to play through. With 7,396 yards of challenging golf (from the back tees), this course is perfect for players of all skill levels. Southmoor is the Eagle Mountain Links’ last golf-front neighborhood within The Ranches.

Let’s not forget this dream-come-true neighborhood concept. Known for not holding back in style, Eagle Mountain Links has raised the bar when it comes to building communities for families. Southmoor is no exception. Close to shopping and entertainment, Southmoor’s own private association includes amenities that cater to the family lifestyle. Included are two separate neighborhood parks, a large private community pool, a separate kiddies pool, picnic pavilions, playground equipment, a tennis/basketball court, and walking paths. Southmoor delivers the security families are looking for.

As for architectural aesthetics, Southmoor harbors the trendsetting design values sweeping today’s real estate marketplace. Continuing the pleasing yet individual functionality between home and neighborhood, the developer has chosen a select group of award-winning builders to work with. Each brings an array of styles and floor plans homebuyers are looking for.

Southmoor is a friendly, get-together neighborhood with amenities suitable for the whole family. For more information, contact Monte Kingston, director of real estate development at (801) 789-5200.



Saratoga Springs
Home size: 4,000 to 5,500 square feet
Home price: $620,000 to $800,000
High School: Lehi
Elementary: Saratoga Shores

Hot Fact: Million-dollar views of the lake and the mountains. A chip shot from Talon’s Cove Golf Course.

Four years ago, Matt Kriser of Kriser Homes envisioned a community made up of affordable, high-quality condominiums that would be loaded with features usually found only in “luxury” condominiums. His vision came to life as Belle Monet — located in Pleasant Grove.

With the incredible success of Belle Monet, Matt and his team at Kriser Homes have taken the theme of a luxury lifestyle and moved it to the other side of Utah Lake where residents boast lakeside living and the most beautiful mountain views in the county. Stillwater — Kriser Homes’ newest offering — is located in Saratoga Springs, providing the serenity of west-of-the-lake living in a fast-growing community made up of great families and increasing opportunities.

Stillwater consists of beautifully designed homes with a cottage-style theme, giving the neighborhood a fresh feel while including the finest in time-tested features sure to please.  The community includes a clubhouse, pool and beautiful open spaces.

Of particular interest is that Kriser Homes immediately began construction on 10 homes in Stillwater, and those homes are now ready for purchase and quick move-in.

These available homes range in style from charming, cozy two-story cottages to spacious, open ramblers.

They are designed with typical Kriser Homes attention to detail, creating an idyllic setting for families of all kinds. Kriser never sacrifices quality, and homebuyers will be thrilled with the level of luxury found in Stillwater at Saratoga Springs.

For more information, please call Laura at (801) 472-1437 or visit



Traverse Ridge Mountain, Draper
High School: Lone Peak
Elementary School: Ridgeline

The SunCrest Master Planned Community straddles the serpentine ridgeline of the Traverse Ridge Mountain. Eighty percent of the land area of SunCrest is in Utah County, but the early developments were in Salt Lake County. The latest of the communities of SunCrest are on the “South Slope.”

Those communities are South Field, being developed and built by Utah’s largest builder, Richmond American Homes; Gulbrandsen Communities, building Eagle Crest, a gated, planned-unit development; and J & J & Sons Construction building up-scale homes at Eagle Ridge. The homes at Eagle Crest and Eagle Ridge have arguably some of the best views of any home sites along the Wasatch Front.

SunCrest will be completing its SunCrest Club this summer. This much anticipated community center will provide SunCrest residents with a stunning outdoor pool, hot tubs, expansive decks and exercise facility.  In addition, the first LDS Church meetinghouse is under construction and scheduled for completion later this year.

In December, SunCrest received approval from Draper City to complete two custom home site subdivisions in Utah County. TallWoods is a 58-lot community which is gated, with private streets.

“It is becoming increasingly difficult for a consumer to buy a completed lot while having their choice of builders,” says Curt Dowdle, SunCrest’s director of sales and marketing. “TallWoods is simply a spectacular, heavily wooded and secluded custom home community.”

The home sites start in the $280s. The second community is called Mercer Retreat; a community similar to Mercer Reserve which was sold out in days in 2005. Mercer Retreat is on the south entry to SunCrest, offering a spectacular view over the Dry Creek area of Highland. Of the 21 lots platted, more than half have already been sold.  Both TallWoods and Mercer Retreat lots are sold exclusively by the staff at the SunCrest Information Center, (801) 553-9300.

From Utah County, the southern access is from Highland Parkway, which runs north from the Alpine Highway, just east of the Micron (Flash Technologies) facility. Then follow the road about three miles to the SunCrest Information Center.



1600 S. Main St., Mapleton
Lot size: From 3/4-acre to 6-acre lots
Lot prices: From $350,000 to $2 million
High School: Springville
Junior High School: Mapleton
Elementary: Mapleton

Hot Fact: With the purchase of qualified lots, new owners will receive a Land Rover LR3 from Land Rover American Fork or his-and-hers Rolex watches from Losee Jewelers.

Life in Mapleton, one of Utah’s most desirable communities, is miles from city living but sits just 15 minutes from major retail, recreation and cultural venues. The sweet life that is The Preserve is Mapleton’s newest exclusive development. This three-phase development is located on the east bench and features 60 generous lots from 3/4-acre to six-acres that provide each resident with stunning mountain and valley views.  Throughout the community, meandering trails, bubbling streams with pedestrian bridges and open green space provide continuity while accenting the already stunning surrounding landscape.

Strict covenants before, during and after construction maintain the value and integrity of the community where lot prices range from $350,000 to $2,000,000. A 12,000-square-foot model home designed by Horn and Partners Architecture and built by Provo’s Classic Construction Services — the development’s preferred architect and builder — will welcome visitors beginning 2008. Homeowners are free to work with these firms or are welcome to bring their own architect and builder.

Groundbreaking at The Preserve at Mapleton was held in November 2006 and lots are currently available in the first phase. Reservations are being taken for phases two and three. Visitors are greeted with homemade preserves or delicious maple syrup before being escorted on a driving tour. With the purchase of qualified lots, new owners will receive a Land Rover LR3 from Land Rover American Fork or his-and-hers Rolex watches from Losee Jewelers.

Marketed exclusively through Landmark Real Estate, one visit to The Preserve at Mapleton will simply remind you that, like the preserves and syrup, you have come to where the living is sweet.

The Preserve at Mapleton is marketed exclusively by Landmark Real Estate. Contact Brent Simpson or Lori Swendson at (801) 489-3211 or visit for more information.




Top of Woodland Hills Drive, Woodland Hills
High School: Spanish Fork (Salem Hills starting in 2008)
Elementary School: Foothills
Lot Price: $180,000 to $500,000
Lot Size: 3/4-acre to 2 1/2-acre

Hot fact: Most of the lots available have 300-year-old trees that are between 30-feet and 70-feet tall.

The Thousand Oaks development, located at the apex of Woodland Hills, enjoys the best of large-lot living while experiencing a real sense of community.

Located 6,400 feet above sea level and on the slopes of Mt. Loafer in the south part of Utah County, Thousand Oaks has tremendous views of both mountains and valleys. On a clear day, residents can see Antelope Island. The winter inversion that causes respiratory problems for valley-dwellers is nonexistent at Thousand Oaks.

Thousand Oaks differs from other developments, though, because you can’t pick a lot from a plat map. Each lot has a distinct personality and offers unique trees, views and slopes. You really need to see a lot to appreciate it.

While lots are available as large as 2 1/2 acres, most of the approximately 90 lots remaining for sale are 3/4-acre lots. Larger lot sizes give neighbors more space between houses, but there is still a community feel to the area. People looking to retire have purchased about half the lots that have been sold so far. However, families of all kinds call the area home.

The concern some homebuyers used to have with the distance to work has lessened over the last several years as premium lots located closer to cities is becoming less available. Plus, the rural lots are closer to the mountains and the activities associated with them.

Residents enjoy new schools, with a new high school — Salem Hills High School — scheduled to open in the fall of 2008.

Those who purchase a lot owned by Grizzly Mountain Development between March 1 and May 26 will receive a free $500 gift certificate to Monarch Honda, making purchasing a snow blower for your new driveway a little easier.

For information, call Dave Priest at (801) 636-3643 or visit



Luxury condominiums price: Starting in the mid $300s
Luxury condominium size: 1,800 to 2,400 square feet
Amenities: 32-foot lap pool, jetted spa, exercise room
Hot fact: Stunning views of Riverside Country Club and
Mt. Timpanogos

Trellis on the Green is located in one of the most beautiful and pristine settings in Provo. The property was originally acquired in the 1950s by Dick Wells, one of the founding members of Riverside Country Club, and was purchased by the Trellis group in 2003.

“There is not a more beautiful setting in all of Utah Valley,” said Carl Bacon, a Trellis partner, when he first visited the property in the spring of 2003.

Trellis on the Green sits on the southern boundary of Riverside Country Club and affords unobstructed views of the entire country club, with Mt. Timpanogos rising majestically in the distance. About 25 percent of the residences are presently sold and occupied with others under contract. Construction on the Trellis will be completed early this summer. There are two- and three-bedroom residences available, and all residences have large covered patios. A variety of residences are still available with gorgeous views.

There are two elevators that service all four floors from the secure underground garage level. The pool and fitness center include a 32-foot lap pool, sauna and a separate jetted spa fronted with ten-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows. The exercise/conditioning studio has the latest in exercise and cardio equipment with plenty of space for comfort and movement. Adjacent to the fitness center is the 1,900-square-foot Club Room, which is available for owner’s special occasions. In addition, an elegant library is located just off the main floor elevator lobby.

For those who have waited for the perfect time and place to own a luxury condominium residence in the heart of Provo, the wait is over. The Trellis on the Green overlooks hundreds of acres of meticulously maintained golf course with unsurpassed mountain views. Only 43 richly luxurious condominium residences are available for purchase. Prices range from the about $350,000 to over $700,000 for the larger penthouse residences. A fully decorated and furnished model and a design center are completed for viewing. Models are open for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information contact Jim Hathorne of Aspen Real Estate & Development LC (801) 735-6763 or Gordon Eddington (801) 787-6410 or visit



800 N. 900 West, Orem
Home size: 2,100 to 2,200 square feet
Home price: Starting in the $250’s
High School: Timpanogos
Elementary School: Bonneville

Hot Fact: Ideal location with timeless, old world design and high-quality finishes at an affordable price.

Tuscan Villas is a uniquely designed community that reflects the beauty of the Tuscan countryside. The color palette features creamy ivories of native chalkstone, golden hues of the famous Tuscan sun, the terra cotta tones of the soil, the rich greens of forests, vineyards and pasturelands and the smoky greens of olive orchards. This is the ideal community and place to call home.

Outstanding design is complemented by the old world elements. The aged stucco, copper awnings, flower boxes, old rock design, and custom wrought iron bring the project to life. Experience upgrades throughout the interior. In fact, over $20,000 in upgrades are included in each luxury town home as standard features. Included in this long list is stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, tile floors in kitchen/dining area, custom mirror frames, separate shower and tub in large master suite, tile in bathrooms, 9-foot ceilings/vaulted ceilings, 8-foot interiors doors and oversized two-car garages. You have to see the quality to experience how the old world meets the new world for an exquisite look and feel.

Ideally located on 800 N. 900 West in Orem, Tuscan Villas has close freeway access and close proximity of commercial areas including dining, grocery stores and even UVSC. Over 22 acres are dedicated to the project with over 45 percent green space. The walking paths and resort center access will complement the homebuyer’s experience of luxurious living.

Enter the gates of an old Tuscan world and experience the simple elegance found at Tuscan Villas. Enjoy the luxuries of a well-planned community with unique designs in architecture, rich colors, and courtyards. Sit back. Relax. Enjoy the view under the Tuscan sun.

The grand opening is slated for March 24 with prizes, food and fun. Don’t miss the opportunity to view the newly decorated model home. For more information on Tuscan Villas, contact Allen Brown at (801) 592-4430. The sales office is open at 880 N. 900 West in Orem (Just east of I-15 on the hill) Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.



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