For many middle class families today, homeownership is easily within reach in St. George, UT. The American Dream is alive and well all over Washington County, UT. While you find an array of home prices across St. George, there are many middle class homes to choose from. On a national basis, home prices have been below their long-term average and mortgage rates are below the historic rates we’ve seen. Therefore, buying a home is still more affordable than during the housing bubble.
When assessing the affordability of middle class homes, the home sales across the nation were looked at. Each typical household in the metro areas of the US were carefully examined for their sales prices. The affordability was determined by the total monthly payment for the home being less than 31% of the area’s median household income. And, Southern Utah showed an array of middle class homes for buyers to choose from.
Coral Canyon – From its red rock mountains to its clear blue skies, they call this part of southwestern Utah “Color Country,” and in the heart of it all is Coral Canyon, a 2,600-acre planned community offering peaceful living in distinctive neighborhoods with a wide variety of home plans.
Sun River St. George – Another tremendous place to retire in St. George, SunRiver St. George is southern Utah’s premier master-planned active adult lifestyle community, the first of its kind in the area. This unique Southern Utah community shares many of the amenities provided by similar communities without the high density, crowded neighborhoods, and stressful urban settings of the other communities.
Paradise Canyon – Paradise Canyon is located in the City of St. George. This lovely development is nestled between two red rock hills just off Snow Canyon Parkway and abuts the Red Cliffs Desert Tortoise Reserve which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The Reserve has miles of hiking trails and desert scenery. Within the Resever are many hiking trails and numerous desert tortoises, which are Federally protected, and many other desert animals too.
Ivins Utah – Located at the base of Red Mountain, Ivins Utah is conveniently located next to St George but far away from the hustle and bustle. You will find Ivins an outstanding place to live, with many activities at your fingertips. Partake of nature at it’s best, being surrounded by the famous red rocks of Ivins as you relax at one of its spas, hike or bike in the beauty of Snow Canyon State Park, enjoy a round of golf at a nearby world class course, or meander through the art gallery at Kayenta, a 2,000 acre master planned community.
The Wild Elk Festival will be in Southern Utah this weekend. So, come out with your family and friends and participate in all the fun outdoor activities. Best of all, if it gets cold and snowy, the wild elk may come into the ranch and you could end up getting sleigh ride right through the center of the elk herd.
This year, the Wild Elk Festival will be held at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area. You can expect games, food, music, sleigh or wagon rides through the meadow of the ranch.
More Activities Include
* Making Christmas Ornaments out bitterbrush, sagebrush and other plants at the ranch
* Turning a pinecone into a bird feeder
* Painting your own replica of a fish
The ranch staff is asking that you dress for cold weather, bring binoculars since elk have been making their way to the meadow, and bring cash for sleigh rides since they don’t get good enough phone reception to accept credit cards. You can also enjoy a beautiful scenic drive up Blacksmith Fork Canyon on your journey to the ranch. The ranch does not serve food so you can bring food with you.
Sleigh Ride Information
Sleigh rides start December 13, 2013 but are not available on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s or Thursday’s. Friday’s, Saturday’s, Sunday’s, and Monday’s are the only days the sleigh is running. Hours are from 10 am to 4:30 pm each open day. You can still come to the ranch on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s for wild elk viewing and other activities, you just won’t see the sleigh rides running. Sleigh ride fees are $5 for 9 and older, $3 for 4 to 8 years of age. All other festival activities are free for everyone.
Date: December 13, 2013 – December 31, 2013
Time: Noon to 4:30 pm
Location: Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Center
Cost: Sleigh Rides Only – $5 for 9 and over, $3 for 4 to 8 years.
When it comes to DIY projects, it’s usually a great alternative to help save money on home projects. There are tons of tools for the self proclaimed DIY’er like DIY small home upgrades, DIY to save on home improvements and DIY decorating tips on a budget. With all the DIY projects you can do, there’s not much talk about what you shouldn’t do on your own. Therefore, I have a short list of home projects you should never do yourself.
Home projects you shouldn’t DIY:
Driveway Pavers – There’s lots of shows on TV about DIY driveway pavers to spice up the look of your dull driveway. And while it can look easy for the professional who is actually doing the show, it can be a nightmare for those of us who don’t have any experience with. Keep in mind if you are thinking about this DIY project, measuring and positioning of the driveway pavers can be extremely time-consuming. A team of professionals can get it done in a day and it can be worth the money.
Removing Trees – Cutting down trees is a dangerous job. Just Google “Tree removal gone bad” to see many videos of DIY’er’s removing trees. You will see for yourself just what a disaster it can be. So, leave it to the professionals who have been trained in tree removal. And, if they damage your property when removing a tree, their insurance will pay for it.
Electrical Work – If you have faulty wiring or other electrical issues, leave it to the professionals to do the job. Electricity is nothing to play with and it can be deadly if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Structural Changes and Additions – It’s not quite as easy as it sounds to knock down a wall. You have to think about what’s behind that wall that you could damage, which will cost more money to fix. You will find electrical wiring, plumbing or even gas pipes running behind those walls. Your best decision would be to consult a contractor before you touch anything.
Plumbing – Simple clogs are fine, but repairing major plumbing issues can cause all kinds of problems if you don’t know what you are doing. Seek out the help of a plumber before doing any plumbing work to your home.
Green Springs Golf Community is located just minutes from the freeway and has certainly become one of the premier neighborhoods in the St George Utah area. Located west of the popular “big box” stores which include Costco, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Home Depot, furniture stores, and Red Cliffs Mall is just down the road. Red Robin, In-N-Out Burgers, Texas Roadhouse BBQ as well as many “fast-food” restaurants are located nearby.
360 degree views of the gorgeous scenery of southern Utah awaits you in Green Springs. Red rocks, majestic mountains, blue skies and lush greenery of the Green Springs golf course are what homeowners in this fabulous community enjoy on a daily basis. There’s a variety of home styles and sizes to choose from in Green Springs. Green Springs is a diverse neighborhood which includes vacation/second homeowners, retirees, golfers and non-golfers as well as families.
Some of the popular Green Springs neighborhoods include Green Springs Garden Homes, Silverstone At Green Springs, Links At Green Springs, Northbridge Estates, Westgate Hills, Last Sun at Green Springs, Lion’s Head Hilltop Estates, Green Spring Cove Estates, Green Spring Heights, Las Entradas At Green Springs, and Knolls At Green Spring
Green Spring Golf Course, operated by Washington City, has been ranked in Golf Digest magazine and is known for its brilliant use of natural obstacles in game play. The course sits at the base of the red rock foothills below Pine Valley Mountain, creating constant panoramic views while you play.
My featured Green Springs real estate prices range from the mid $200s to over $1.6 million for homes with 3 to 6 bedrooms, 2 to 7 bathrooms and spacious lots.
2684 E 1540 S St George Utah 84770 Home for Sale | Views at Stone Mountain Home for Sale
Beautiful custom built, move-in ready home that has barely been lived in! 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and an oversized 3 car garage. Granite countertops, ss appliances including almost new LG steam washer & gas dryer & LG french door fridge, custom built-in entertainment center, fully fenced and landscaped, double master closets. Lot is large enough for a pool!
Located next to Stone Cliff, this home is close to shopping, schools, restaurants and more! Call Erika for more information or your private viewing.
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Kayenta a Southern Utah Desert Community
The Kayenta Desert Community, in southern Utah’s red rock country, is a tranquil enclave surrounded by protected lands. A 2,000 acre master planned community of fine homes, custom building sites and community amenities, is a world away from St. George but only 7 miles west of town. Kayenta is a unique departure from the norm, focused on moderate land use, moderate-sustainable growth, and an appreciation for our magnificent natural setting.
In Kayenta, each home owners privacy and quality of life is of utmost importance to the developer. Before any construction is started, great consideration is taken to ensure that views are not obstructed and privacy is ensured. Kayenta boasts large lots with space to breathe and plenty of room to move. This special attention to detail makes Kayenta a unique community and very desirable to those searching for fabulous views of the red rocks, peace and tranquility.
Kayenta offers homes that are individually designed to meet your needs. You will have the opportunity to create a home that is unique to your own style and creativity. Your home will be built to your specifications and requirements while giving careful consideration to privacy, views, comfort, access and energy efficiency. And, all of the indoor/outdoor plans let you live and play with every opportunity available.
Nearby, residents find adventure in the southwest’s abundance of places to explore. Zion National Park, Snow Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park are within view. Several other National parks are within a few hour’s drive as well as Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Kayenta also offers amenities that are available to its residents which include tennis courts and a swimming pool.
If you’re interested in homes for sale in Kayenta Desert Community or any other St George Utah real estate, please feel free to give me a call or drop me an email. I’ll be glad to provide you with more information or answer any questions you may have.
Santa’s Workshop – A premier Christmas gift show that showcases the most popular and unique gifts to be found this Christmas season.
Dates: Friday, November 29 – Saturday, November 30, 2013
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Dixie Center, 1835 Convention Center Dr. St. George UT
Tuacahn’s Christmas Festival of Lights and Live Nativity – The annual live nativity and festival of lights is a popular event in Southern Utah. Visitors will get to enjoy seas of lights, a live nativity, holiday music, a fire pit, hot chocolate, an old fashioned holiday train ride and a visit with Santa Claus.
Dates: Monday’s, Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s, now through December 23, 2013
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Location: Tuacahn Center of Arts, 1100 Tuacahn Dr. Ivins UT
Cost: $2 per person or $15 per family
Zion Canyon Arts and Crafts Fair – A two day gift show that will help you shop for family and friends. Find unique gifts from local artists and craftsmen.
Dates: Friday, November 29 – Saturday, November 30, 2013
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: Springdale Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion BLVD. Springdale UT
Christmas in Town Square Park – Enjoy Christmas in the park with your family and friends. There will be crafts, games, hot chocolate, the St. George Carousel and Santa Claus. You can also enjoy live entertainment each night that will be performed by local schools in the Washington County School District, the Washington County Library and the St. George Children’s Museum. Don’t miss the official lighting of the tree ceremony on December 2, 2013.
Date: Monday, December 2 – Thursday, December 5, 2013
Time: 5 pm to 7 pm
Location: Town Square Park, 50 S Main Street, St. George UT
Dickens’ Christmas Festival – A unique festival that lets you step back in time to the 19th century of London at the Spectrum’s Dickens’ Christmas Festival. This unusual and unique shopping experience festival is another popular event in St. George UT. Visitors will get to wind through narrow village streets as they shop for gifts and commune with Dickens’ characters. Stroll through Old English shops while enjoying the company of royalty, orphans and more from the 19th century.
Dates: Wednesday, December 4 – Saturday, December 7, 2013
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Location: Dixie Center – Exhibit Hall, 1835 Convention Center Dr. St. George UT
Cost: $6 adults, $4 children 4-12 and 65+, free for 3 and under
2684 E 1540 S St George UT 84770-Home For Sale
Beautiful 2278 s.f. move-in ready home that has barely been lived in! 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and an oversized 3 car garage. Granite countertops, ss appliances including almost new LG steam washer & gas dryer & LG french door fridge, custom built-in entertainment center, fully fenced and landscaped, double master closets. Lot is large enough for a pool! Priced to sell at $329,900