The Yalecrest area was first settled in the 1870s by farmers, with large plots of land devoted to crops. Commonly referred to as “Harvard-Yale,” this neighborhood became a popular because of its position on the east bench of the valley. Yalecrest is considered a neighborhood for diserning professionals and educators looking for a retreat from the city bustle. The short commute to Salt Lake City and proximity to the University of Utah makes it a desirable spot for professionals and professors.
Yalecrest is known for its variety in architecture and many turn-of-the-century homes. Period revival styles of English, French, and Spanish homesteads are common in Yalecrest. The neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007 and some debate lingers as to the best way to preserve this historic upscale area from redevelopment.
Many spots in this neighborhood offer stunning views of the Wasatch Mountains, as well as the sweeping valley. Massive shade trees line most streets and a large gully divides the area creating interesting topography as well as providing green space for a park.
Yalecrest features Miller Park, which follows Red Butte Creek. Miller Park is a great place for outdoor recreation such as hiking, dog walks, and picnicking. It is a popular place to hold events as well thanks to two mini amphitheaters. Additionally, Laird Park is located on 1800 East between Laird and Princton Avenues.
The dining scene includes one of my favorite brunch spots, Eggs in the City.
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