Currently the most diverse city in the state, West Valley City was home to tribal communities as far back as 3,000 years ago. More recently, Ute and Shoshone tribes claimed parts of the land for their own, and later Mormon pioneers correctly recognized plenty of potential for growth and prosperity. Even later, immigrants keen on enjoying the American way of life made their way to West Valley City, buoyed by the area’s job market and desirable, yet affordable real estate. Today, West Valley City is known for low crime rates, excellent commute times, great schools, cost of living below the national average and quiet lifestyle. The stats are so good, in fact, that the population has grown to 135,000, up from 72,000 only 30 years ago! West Valley City homes for sale are currently listed at an affordable median price of $274,950. Homes for sale in West Valley City can be found in neighborhoods to suit all price points, including single-family homes, condominiums and townhome communities.
Located between the Oquirrh and Wasatch mountain ranges, West Valley City offers natural beauty that is impossible to deny. Residents make year-round business of frequenting any of the city’s 22 parks, and the Jordan River Trail offers access to both public trails and natural landscapes, perfect for runners, cyclists and those who simply enjoy a pleasant stroll. Of course, when the temps turn cool, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy winter sports, thanks to seven renowned ski resorts within less than an hour’s drive time.
Don’t let the city’s quiet reputation fool you — there’s more than enough in the way of entertainment to be found in West Valley City. The area hosts a number of outdoor festivals, the most popular of which is probably WestFest, which commemorates the founding of West Valley City. Complete with a carnival, a parade, performances and a 5K run, WestFest is an annual must-visit for residents. Locals also love to support area sports teams, like the Utah Grizzlies (hockey), whose games are played at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. The city’s position just outside Salt Lake City also makes it easy to root for the Utah Jazz (basketball), Real Salt Lake (soccer) and the Salt Lake Bees (minor league baseball).
Arts and entertainment aficionados are likely to love the Hale Centre Theatre, which hosts a full calendar of productions throughout the year. The Utah Cultural Celebration Center also puts on art exhibits and other events designed to spotlight and celebrate the city’s diverse population and its cultural traditions.