The Top 100 Reasons to Live in Downtown Salt Lake City

1. Westgate Lofts offers unique living spaces in historic buildings and neighborhoods, with spectacular views, high ceilings, original windows, walk-out balconies and a rare rooftop meditation garden-all in a true warehouse setting 100 years young! Brazilian, Southwest, Mexican, European and Italian restaurants and atmosphere throughout the neighborhood.
2. You're withing walking distance of virtually everywhere you want to go!
3. Convenient transportation options, with TRAX light rail running every 15 minutes, with 5 downtown stations, to the U of U or clear to suburbia. Great bus service all throughout the valley and to top it all: downtown is a fare-free zone for both!
4. Unique folk festivals and arts events run all through the year Downtown, including:
5. First Night Celebration, everywhere downtown - Dec. 31/Jan. 1
6. St. Patricks Day Parade - March 17 Held each year righ in our own neighborhood. You can likely watch it from your own balcony!
7. Living Traditions Festivals at Washington Square - May
8. Utah Arts Festival - June
9. Pioneer Days Parade & Celebration - July 24
10. Farmer's Market at Pioneer Park - every Saturday through both summer & fall
11. Twilight Concerts at Gallivan Plaza - July & August
12. Greek Festival - Sept.
13. State Fair - Sept.
14. Italian Festival - Fall
15. Galley Stroll - 3rd Friday of each month, with delightful new artists on display at the many galleries of downtown near Pierpont Street and in our very bilding visit our own exciting new gallery, Atelier.180, featuring all local artisans displaying their many types of art.
16. Holiday Lights - Winter
17. Downtown Salt Lake City is the home to the arts and live entertainment. Walk over to the utah Arts Council center just a short 1 ½ blocks west, in the new Bridges Art Space on 500 W.
18. The Utah Symphony
19. The Utah Opera
20. Ballet West
21. The Tabernacle Choir
22. Theater League of Utah
23. Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
24. Pioneer Theater Company
25. Capital Theatre Productions of tourning Broadway Musicals
26. Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
27. And many other live theaters and performing arts
28. Visual arts surround you, with over 25 fine galleries, presentations of the Salt Lake Art Center, and the LDS Museum of Art and Church History.
29. Live music can be found at many of the 30 plus private clubs downtown.
30. Just one-half block to the Energy Solutions Arena to enjoy NBA Basketball with the Utah Jazz
31. Attend the many concerts at the EnergySolutions Arena by famous musical entertainers
32. Or listen to outstanding artist perform in the spectacular Abravanel Symphony Hall
33. The exciting new Gateway Mall with over 100 specialty shops, 12 movie theaters, fabulous restaurants and delightful entertainment is just a two minute walk away.
34. Catch a ride to any of the 8 famous ski resorts less than 45 minutes from downtown
35. Enjoy biking, running or canoeing along the Jordan River Parkway, minutes away
36. Be within close proximity to over forty banks and financial institutions
37. Ride the light rail to the fabulous new Salt Lake City Public Library.
38. Visit the Historic Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Depot, now the Historical Society Headquarters
39. Shop at the many Malls with their dozens of stores including Gateway mall, the new coming City Creek Center and fascination Trolley Square.
40. Only 2 blocks to the Greyhound/Trailways bus state and the new Intermodal Hub.
41. You're just one-half block from the Main Post Office.
42. Close to churches of all denominations.
43. A short 10 minute ride to the remarkably convenient Salt Lake City Airport.
44. Within a few blocks of over 20 spas and salons.
45. Shop at the many retail stores and specialty shops along Main Street.
46. Take a ride on the Light Rail to the University of Utah and other great schools and training centers in the area. Including Salt Lake Community College's campus at Main Street and 100 South
47. Dine at over 100 fine restaurants with their amazing variety of food choices and ethnic cuisine at prices you can afford, and with such excellent quality you won't want to leave.
48. Near many excellent auto service centers and rental car locations.
49. Visit the Antiques Shops along Broadway.
50. Spend some imaginative time at the Clark Planetarium and I-Max Theatre newxt door.
51. Visit the wonderful new Children's Discover Museum at Gateway
52. Historic Temple Square and its Visitors Centers are only minutes away.
53. The recently greatly expanded Salt Palace Convention Center is just 1 block away.
54. Walk or ride TRAX to work to any of over 2,500 downtown businesses who provide daily jobs for over 60,000 employees
55. Visit the historic Union Pacific Railroad Depot at the Gateway.
56. Enjoy outstanding Football at the U of Utah - the team who recently upset UCLA by a score 38 - 7 in Sept. 2007, when UCLA was ranked #11
57. Attend downtown extension classes to continue your education from several fine universities and colleges
58. You could attend the new BYU Extension Campus and LDS Business College campus at the Triad Block 2 blocks from Westgate Lofts.
59. Relax at any of many downtown parks: Pioneer, Liberty, Memory Grove or others
60. Visit the world's largest Genealogical Library, just a short 3 blocks walk
61. Spend an afternoon at the recently totally renovated utah State State Capital with its beautiful architecture and historical treasures
62. Spend some time reflecting at the beautiful Cathedral of the Madeline
63. Walk the historic area of the early Mormon settlers around Temple Square
64. Simply cross the street to visit the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
65. Then new TRAX line will soon stop right at our doorstep.
66. Museums abound in downtown and at the University of Utah, including the fabulous Natural History Museum with its excellent collection of dinosaur fossils
67. Click on www. for a great list of downtown events to enjoy
68. Enjoy wandering through the wonderful variety of nearby downtown hotels, with over 7,000 hotel rooms, in Bed and Breakfast's to 4 Star Hotels including:
  • The Grand America
  • The Little America
  • The Marriott Downtown
  • The Sheraton
  • The Hilton
  • The Marriott City Center
  • The Plaza
  • The Prime Hotel
  • Courtyard and Residence Inns by Marriott
  • Hotel Monaco
  • Renaissance Suites
  • Embassy Suites
  • Shilo Inn
  • Red Lion
  • Hampton Inn
  • And many more
69. Enjoy an Italian luch at Caputto's just a half-block to the south
70. Go on an Italian olive oil selecting tour to the Italian Center next to Caputto's
71. Buy fresh seafood at the Fish market across from Pioneer park, 1 block away
72. Walk to the Olympic Legacy Plaza at the Gateway
73. Visit the Lion House and the Beehive House where Brigham Young lived
74. Take a friend to the Market Street Grill for their first time with the fresh catch of the day.
75. Enjoy a movie at any of the many movie centers downtown
76. Walk your dog in a safe and pleasant surrounding
77. Enjoy watching the snow fall, knowing you won't have to shovel it
78. Walk to the print shop of your choice for convenient business or hobby pursuits
79. Enjoy any of the world's best daily newspapers at the new city library
80. Or use the wireless Internet at your Westgate Loft to gain access to the whole world
81. Enjoy a Day at Utah's Hogle Zoo with 42 acres filled with more tha 1,100 speciments of 250 species of animals and exhibits.
82. Play a round of golf at one of Utah's golf courses famous for their scenery, conditions and variety.
83. When Utah's temperatures rise, enjoy a fun day at Raging Waters and the unique pools, slides, cabanas, grills & volleyball cournts.
84. Lagoon Amusement Park is located north of Salt Lake City and is Utah's premier amusement park and attractions.
85. Close to downtown are several superior Hospitals and medical centers, which have become the destination point for people around the world for specialty medical treatments.
86. Red Butte Gardens, a part of the University of Utah, is the state's premier botanical garden with more than 150 acres of gardens and also features cultural and recreational programs including concerts, festivals, nature outings and tours.
87. Utah Museum of Natural History is the place to go for a journey into the natural world with exhibits of anthropology, biology, geology, paleontology, and ecology from Utah & elsewhere.
88. Fort Douglas Military Museum, established October 26, 1862 was home to US Army Troops until October 26, 1991. It has now been turned over to the U of U and over 40 buildings have been restored to preserve it's history.
89. This is the Place Heritage Park, Located near the U of U and Hogle Zoo marks the spot where Mormon Pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley and is home of the old Desert Village, a living community recreated to represent Utah's past and make visitors a part of it.
90. For a fun relaxing afternoon vist Tracy Aviary, a 7.5 acre park in the heart of Salt Lake City. The aviary, open to the public since 1938 maintains approximately 400 birds representing 135 species, many considered rare or endangered.
91. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is located at the University of Utah Campus and features fine art from around the world in 74,000 sq. ft. of space.
92. Skate the Utah Olympic 400 meter oval where in 2002 10 Olympic and 8 world records were set. The oval is now available for recreational users "Learn To" figure skating, hockey, and curling.
93. Visit the Wheeler Historic Farm, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Glimpse 19th Century rural living. Visitors are invited to pitch in with outside chores, milking cows and gathering eggs. Hay wagon rides are also available.
94. Nearby Snowbird offers Fold and Bluegrass Festivals, fun for all ages.
95. Take TRAX to Franklin Covey Field and enjoy the evening fresh air while watching a Salt Lake Bees baseball game.
96. Visit the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine and museum and learn about the rich history of the Copper Mining Community
97. Visit the famous Family History Library located not far from the lofts and trace your family history.
98. Memory Grove Park, not far from the lofts, is a beautiful park to spend an afternoon. Visit the reconstruction after the 1999 tornado.
99. Take TRAX or walk to the Utah Symphony for an evening of Classical performance, Pop Series, Family and Special Concerts, and enjoy the many classical guest artists.
100. Visit the nearby utah State Historical Society located in the old Denver & Rio Grand Railroad Depot. The building was constructed in 1910 and according to stories and legends, is "haunted" by lively characters of the past. You just migh be lucky enough