A Decade of Adventure in Park City and Reflections on Our Move from San Diego

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Ten years ago, my family made a life-altering decision to leave the familiar sun-soaked streets of San Diego for the mountainous embrace of Park City, Utah. Having lived in San Diego for 16 years, where we were entrenched in the quintessential beach lifestyle—with the high costs that accompany such prime locations—we found ourselves at a crossroads. Despite the beauty of the coast, the ocean had become a distant view rather than a daily pleasure. With a new baby, Kayden, just six months old, we yearned for a more affordable, peaceful, and manageable lifestyle. Here’s a look back at our transformative decade in Park City.

Why We Chose Park City

Simplified Education and Community

One of the most compelling reasons for our move was Park City’s educational system and close-knit community vibe. The city boasts four elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high, and one high school. This simplicity in educational options meant less chaos and more quality in educational standards, which was a significant factor for us as new parents considering long-term educational tracks for Kayden.

Cost of Living

Financial practicality played a huge role in our decision. Park City offered a significantly lower cost of living compared to San Diego, especially in terms of housing. The prospect of owning a home without the daunting price tag, while still enjoying a high quality of life, was too good to pass up. This affordability made it feasible for us to envision a future where we could invest in our hobbies and our son’s upbringing without constant financial strain.

Natural Beauty and Outdoor Recreation

Utah’s natural scenery was nothing short of captivating. Park City is uniquely positioned near five national parks, including Zion and Bryce Canyon, which are among the most visually stunning places in the United States. The abundance of outdoor recreation areas opened up new hobbies for us, such as hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. This connection with nature was not only a stark contrast to our previous urban life but also a fresh canvas for adventure.

A Decade of Life in Park City

Adventures in the Great Outdoors

Over the past ten years, our lives have been filled with countless outdoor adventures. Each season in Park City offers its own charm and set of activities. Winters are spent skiing down the pristine slopes of nearby resorts, while summers are dedicated to exploring the endless hiking and mountain biking trails. The accessibility of such diverse recreational opportunities has been instrumental in our physical and mental health, and in fostering a deep family bond.

Community Integration

Moving from a bustling city like San Diego to a smaller town like Park City could have been challenging, but the warm welcome we received made it feel like home from the start. The community here is tightly-knit, with frequent town events, local festivals, and markets that have allowed us to forge strong friendships and become active participants in our new hometown.

Growing Up in Nature’s Playground

Watching Kayden grow up in this environment has been a profound experience. From his first steps to his first day of school, every milestone has been backed by the scenic backdrop of Park City’s mountains and meadows. The outdoor lifestyle has instilled in him a respect for nature and an active lifestyle that we hope will stay with him throughout life.

Reflecting on the past decade, the decision to move from San Diego to Park City has been one of the best we’ve ever made. It brought us closer as a family, connected us with nature, and provided us with a supportive community. Our days of missing the ocean have been replaced by a love for the mountains, and every adventure here has reinforced that feeling of having found our true home. Here’s to many more years in this beautiful, adventure-filled place!

I couldn’t be prouder to also have joined Summit Sotheby’s International Realty and founded the ParkCity360 team with Jamison Frost. Our collaboration has helped many families succeed in their own real estate dreams of living in Park City. 

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