The 15 most expensive homes in Utah


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  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    Nov. 28, 2013 9:19 p.m.

    Nobody blames the poor for being poor but we do blame the poor that want what others have without earning it. I came from nothing and now have a little and I will share with you but just don't try to take it.

  • Speaking_Out SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    @NeilT. I'm fully aware of Ayn Rand's philosophy and you are correct that she was an atheist and advocated survival of the fittest. However, that wasn't the point of my mentioning the book. I mentioned the book because the story line mirrors much of the mentality that we see in our country today: "it isn't fair if you have something that i don't." And...I didn't bring religion into this discussion--you did. I was neither advocating atheism nor promoting humanism. And...I've read the Book of Mormon cover to cover many times so get off your high horse. The point of the discussion was not whether we have a responsibility to help others but rather whether others have the right to demand financial equality at the expense of others. One of the biggest social ills of our day is the growing number of people who believe and demand that somebody take care of their every need. We have a growing population of professional welfare scammers who are resentful and covetous of those who have something they do not. The Lord certainly didn't advocate a welfare lifestyle. The Democrats did that.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    Perhaps this might be an opportunity for us all to reflect on our many ancestors who toiled and sacrificed to generate some measure of property not for themselves but to pass on to their descendants.
    Who can tell me from which side of the aisle the idea of "death taxes" as high as 100% has been promoted and which side of the aisle continues to battle for returning those rights of property not to the government but to the family of those who toiled to generate it?

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    NeilT. When Democrats clamor for the rich to start paying their "fair share," that doesn't qualify as class warfare? When the scriptures say that "he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer," that's really the source of the Republican approach to class warfare? My misunderstanding. Blaming the rich for the poor being poor accomplishes resentment and contention, too, only it holds no remedy.

  • MAYHEM MIKE Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2013 7:28 a.m.

    Read the short story by Leo Tolstoy, "How Much Land Does a Man Require?" A man lusts for land and forfeits everything. In the end, all the real estate man requires is a plot 6 feet long by 6 feet deep!

  • pburt Logan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    Amen, NeilT. And the 47% that Mitt was rightfully mocked for criticizing is almost all made up of working people who make money for the 1%, who have mortgages and families that give them tax exemptions. That refers only to those who did not have to pay federal income tax. They still paid about 30% of their income on state and local taxes, property taxes, gasoline tax, and other fees. Those other taxes and fees only make a blip on the income of the 1%, but they scream bloody murder about paying even that. I love the Korihor comparison!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 9:12 a.m.


    A photo shoot of excessive homes morphs into Which Romney v President Obama...


    My thoughts center around moving all the stuff from HV to SLC and then back to HV.


    Thanks for the home tour as well as your "moving" personal adventure story.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    Don't you just love the stereotypes and the vitriol expressed in class warfare?

    Not all of the 47% who get benefits from the government are lazy bums. Not all the rich people are unethical robber-barons who have factories full of child labor slaves.

    Rich people should definitely pay more taxes than poor people (which they would automatically do even with a flat tax). But they should not be expected to carry all the burden of our tax and spend government.

    Poor people should be helped by given necessities if they can't (not won't) earn them themselves. They should also have more opportunities to better their lives and encouraged to make it on their own. A "hand-up" instead of a "hand-out" approach would benefit everyone, especially the poor.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 9:13 p.m.

    Speaking Out. Ayn Rand was an atheist who philosophy is nothing more than social Darwinism or survival of the fittest. Her philosophy is similar to that Korihor espoused in the Book of Mormon. We all prosper according to our genius. Read it. We are our brother keeper said President Kimball. Can we please end this 47 percent nonsense. Just because someone doesn't pay taxes doesn't mean they lazy or unmotivated. It means our tax code needs revised. It is Republicans not Democrats that advocating for class warfare. Blaming the poor for being poor accomplishes nothing except creating resentment and contention.

  • Phred Ogden, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 8:11 p.m.


    I get the impression that this is a list of most expensive homes currently for sale.

    "At $44,000,000 this is currently (still) Utah’s priciest home on the market. 5000 Royal Street was on last year’s list at $49,500,000 - that’s $5,500,000 off! With that kind of discount, I can’t for the life of me figure out why this one’s still on the market."

    I would be interested in a follow up list of the homes that have sold for the most historically, adjusted for inflation of course.

    Still, at $2.75 million per bathroom, ya gotta love it baby when the rich choose to redistribute their wealth voluntarily on something like this!

  • roberto Moses Lake, WA
    Nov. 20, 2013 7:48 p.m.

    This is a journal entry Day!
    Dear journal, Holy Cow I agree with Chris B. There is hope for both of us!

  • Speaking_Out SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 6:32 p.m.

    For those who don't seem to understand the social impact of the Obamanation Administration's left-wing, liberal agenda, I highly recommend that you read Ayn Rand's book, "Atlas Shrugged" before you get too high and mighty advocating usurping that which isn't yours to take. Though it was written over 60 years ago it illustrates exactly what is happening with our country today. Let's face it, those who think someone else owes them a living or a guarantee of some ethereal "sweet life;" who think it's acceptable to take something they don't own and didn't earn, are nothing more than envious leaches. You might as well break into homes in the dead of night, steal the contents and go hock them because you are nothing more than a common thief. By the way, in case you haven't yet stolen a dictionary from your local library or worse yet, don't know how to use one, this is the definition of USURP: To seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force and without legal authority.

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    Nov. 20, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    LDS "Liberal,"

    "The 1%" starts at about $350,000 in annual earnings. That's a small-time plumbing contractor having a good year -- one of a dozen or so he'll have to rack up, in order to (1) save up for the inevitable lean years, and (2) secure the kind of retirement a mid-level public employee takes for granted.

    You wanna "rise up" against that guy (a friend of mine), keep in mind he's heavily armed, and has friends who like him much more than we like you. And understand that far more often than you guys manage to shoot a Czar and his daughters, you get chucked out of airplanes over the South Atlantic. Happy landings.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    @happy, Yes I did assume that. I apologize.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    Mitt takes things that aren't worth very much and through his hard work and expertise turns them into more valuable items. That's the definition of creating value.

    Unlike the 47% who think that the value Mitt created should be given to them for doing nothing.

    And that's the definition of lazy.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    LDS Liberal

    You want to "rise up against the One per centers". Would that be with guns I wonder?

    You also said that buying and selling for a profit is "Money Changing". It is also called capitalism. If you are against that, then your new name should be changed from LDS Liberal to LDS Communist. Or at least Socialist, because you have now gone way left of traditional American liberalism.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    Chris B

    Did you even read what I wrote? Or did you think my reference to Chris was you instead of Chris Higby, the author? For your record, I don't disparage one bit the rich in America, especially if they work and create wealth for themselves and others. As someone once said, I've never been given a job by a poor person. I was just lamenting that right now the center of our government, the D.C. and surrounding areas are awash in tax money that is giving them the American dream at a much greater rate than the rest of us have been getting these last 5 years. I just don't think that is a sustainable way to run an economy. Talk from Democrats is "Tax cuts for the wealthy". Looks to me more like "Debt increases for the wealthy", government wealthy especially.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    $2 Million is the cheapest? What makes you think that $2 million qualifies for this list.....the Belagio built out in draper next to corner canyon has to be close to 10 million if not more! why didn't it make the list?

  • Samuel the Liberalite Farmington, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    Why doesn't the Deseret News run a piece on ‘The 15 LEAST expensive homes in Utah’?

    Ignoring poverty [even mocking it],
    while idlizing, envying, and worshipping great wealth is Babylon.

    Jesus warned against it time and again.

    It was also the beginning of the end for the once great Nephites.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    Hey Chris, you want to see the part of the country that is really booming and making the most one percenters? Try the Washington D.C. area. That economy sure has been trickling down. At our expense that is. It's amazing that in todays America the wealthiest growth is coming not from wealth creation, but from tax creation.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Consider all of the jobs that were created when these homes were built and the property taxes that are paid each year, not to mention maintenance and other ongoing expenses. All Utahns benefit from the excesses of these garish McMansions.

  • O'really Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 20, 2013 10:05 a.m.

    I actually think these homes are ugly. I'd take a cozy little cottage over these monstrosities any day.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    @LDS liberal

    I look forward to the day when the 47% that Romney referred to stop being lazy and irresponsible, thinking that the 1% should pay their bills.

    If everyone had the work ethic of the 1% this country would be a better place.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    I don't look at these 1% people with envy at all,

    I just want to know where they are,
    for when the 99% of the peasants finally rise up against them...

  • Semi-Strong Louisville, KY
    Nov. 20, 2013 7:41 a.m.


    Having lived in SW Connecticut, I beg to differ.

    These types of homes are everywhere I have ever lived.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    Nov. 20, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    "The Most Expensive Homes in Connecticut" -Business Insider, May 14, 2012

    The obsession with wealth, while appalling, is certainly not exclusive to Utah and Utahns.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Nov. 20, 2013 4:49 a.m.

    Who really cares? You rarely see these kinds of lists outside of Utah. Why is it that you people are so obsessed with the show of wealth? Other than Southern California, I've never seen such a display of "look what we've got".

  • Theeng2 Holladay, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 3:50 a.m.

    You can buy a skyscraper in Detroit for under 5 million.