Most expensive homes in Utah according to Realtor.com

Published: Friday, May 11 2012 4:27 p.m. MDT

I'll admit it. I’m a baby when it comes to commuting. So when I took this job with DeseretNews.com, I knew it was only a matter of time before I’d make the move from Saratoga Springs to Salt Lake City. I figured it would take a few more years for the economy to turn around. But with the recent good news that Utah real estate is looking peachy (see this story and this one) and with consumer confidence in the state higher than its been all year, the economy’s actually on an upswing. It looks like 2012 could be a great summer to buy a home. And with places like Farmington, Draper, Lindon and North Logan making it into Money Magazine’s top 100 places to live, Utah feels like a pretty great state once again. So great, I couldn’t help but let my eyes grow far too big for my wallet. I logged on to Realtor.com and of course the first thing I saw was a fabulous (said with my best Robin Leach voice) Park City “vacation home” in the promo spot, and before I could even think the word “reality” I was clicking from one swank Utah mansion to another, fantasizing about ski-in lodges and how I could justify buying the one with the in-home bowling alley because surely at least one of my kids would make it big on the PBA tour. Ah, irrational exuberance! Won’t you join me on my little tour du 1%? We’ll start with the 10 most expensive homes currently on the market in Utah according to Realtor.com, starting with the least expensive first, followed by a smattering of Utah manses from places other than Park City.
Comments
  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Subscriber
Magna, UT

And only 10 bathrooms? Come on!

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

Where are the "occupy" people when you need them. If any of these are empty I think I'll take over them and pay the small fee.

MAYHEM MIKE
Salt Lake City, UT

What shameful extravagance...With so many poor around us, these homes represent the epitome of selfishness. The Lord has made us stewards of all He has given us, whether much or little, and will eventually require an accounting of how we used it.

PAC
Phoenix, AZ

How many times a day do these people use a bathroom?

PAC
Phoenix, AZ

Who lives in these homes?

texor
Round Rock, TX

I highly doubt the house at 1 Hawkeye PL in Park City, a 13,000 sq ft little cupcake, actually sits on a lot that is only .068 acres as stated. If you do the math, that's only a 2,962 sq ft lot with a 13,000 sf house on it?? Now obviously there are more levels than one, but not 5+ floors filled right to the property line on each floor! I think there is an errant decimal in the lot size. Should it be 6.8 acres?

Rick2009
MESA, AZ

The most expensive is or was the ex-gov's ex-ambassador fathers home. Why on the earth would any man no matter how much money they have spend that much on a house. Aren't there better things to spend it on.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

People have a right to earn income and live well. I support this. I believe we owe a debt to the world and should be responsible in helping others. Is a home larger than 'what is needed' okay? Sure. Is having a couple things that make life more enjoyable okay? Sure. Is having more than just a couple? Probably, depending. But is having 10 flat screens, 3 pool tables, and so on... REALLY justifiable? Sorry, but it isn't convincing anyone.

If I had room for a pretty large office (to simply fit the things I use for working) then by all means, I'd love it. If I had the room to house 20 children, sure I'd love it. Would I want it? Probably not unless I had 20 children. I'd take the acres and build a green house. I'd grow everything I'm not now and I'd love it. I'd also freely give of what I had to others, as I currently already do. Flat screens mean nothing to my happiness, pool tables, and so on. Functionality is important to me as I take joy in having a virtuous and functional home. Sometimes luxuries can add to that, and I appreciate this. So do I think it's wrong to live well while people starve? Not necessarily, as many starve according to their own actions. HOWEVER, many don't. We should impart of what we have freely. We should be helping others. If a 10 foot Steinway or a 50 inch screen can help you accomplish tasks, or add to the virtues of your home- by all means. But somehow, for SOME crazy reason, I just don't see how 10 of those 3D T.V.'s really accomplishes anything morally sound.

Call me crazy, I just can't justify it.

Irritabull
CHESTER, NE

I find Warren Buffet's home in Omaha to be much more inviting then this rediculous display
of flambouyancy. When a person has so much he/she does not have the time to enjoy all the many simple pleasures. Much like a child who has so many toys to play with, none mean a lot to him. He may pick one or two favorites and ignore the rest.The great feeling one gets
by helping others who really need the help and appreciate it is a far better reward then
living in the proverbial Ivory towers. It is my guess that that is why the Bible tells us
it will be easier for a Camel to pass through the eye of the needle then for a rich man to
get into heaven. That great wealth could be used for so much better good and still the wealthy would not be deprived.

franc
Kirkland, WA

Most people are commenting on the extravagance ...
I think this is a tribute to the horrible taste of Utahns with money.
The house on Brentwood looks like an ad for RC Willey ... it's gross.
And all those "mountain" homes ... ugh.
Same wood, same tile, same cabinetry, same railings for the stairways ... no taste.

SLMG
Murtoa Australia, Victoria

What is it in Utah with so many bathrooms per house?

luv2organize
Gainesville, VA

I think it is OK to have a house like these if you can afford it. It's all relative. If you makes millions of dollars a year this might compare to someone who makes 100k year buying a 300k home. I would like to think these owners probably give more of their money away to good causes then we could ever imagine.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

if obama would introduce me to his friend resko, I could afford one of the more expensive homes too.

Mert
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

It's articles like this that make me think the real estate industry has some really good connections in the media. Utah has always been a "pretty great state" regardless of the necessary downturn in housing prices. So lets get the HVAC companies to join together and find a reporter to make a news story out of buying a new furnace including prices and pictures.

Theeng2
Holladay, UT

If I was loaded I think I would rather have a couple small condos in cool vacation spots like Hawaii then have one massive home. The entire Brighton Ski resort recently sold for around $30,000,000 That's something that would be awesome to own, but a random house somewhere in Utah for $40,000,000 wouldn't even make sense to Oprah.

Rob
Logan, UT

I guess it is all relative. I can't imagine living in a home as large as these but then people in other countries would think the normal size homes we live in are mansions.
I am glad most of the people commenting are not saying they shouldn't spend that much on a home. I am getting tired of rich people should share all their money. Where would that stop? That kind of talk leads to people with less and less money being targeted. This is America. Let's celebrate each person's success and help those who need it. Pitting American's against each other hurts all of us.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

All I can say is --
These people certainly don't "need" a lower tax rate.

GAmom
Athens, GA

While these are crazy extravegant homes--it is fun to just look and see how others live. But what is really crazy to me is the price of homes for just "normal" people in Utah. It just seems the housing market in Utah is still way over price and upside down! An average sized home (2500 sq ft) in a ok middle class neighborhood on the Wasatch front seems to be in the mid 200,000 to 300,000 or higher. For that same size, year, etc home in a nice safe neighborhood in my town in GA would top out around 125,000. I don't understand how people in Utah afford that because the salaries aren't any better than here. I guess that is why my kids are all moving back home!

SP
Salt Lake City, UT

Clarification - these aren't the most expensive homes in Utah. They are the most expensive homes that are for sale.

But there may be a correlation between the price and the fact that they haven't sold.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments