Every neighborhood has a character. Every street has a history. Every home has a story.
Salt Lake City’s Yalecrest Neighborhood is an upscale residential enclave located on Salt Lake City’s east side. The Yalecrest Neighborhood consists primarily of residential buildings—1,487 homes, three churches, a commercial center, and several schools and parks. The neighborhood is also known as “Harvard-Yale” based on the name of two streets in the area.
Walk the shade-dappled sidewalks of the Yalecrest Neighborhood and you will see why residents have been flocking to this area for over 100 years. It is a thriving community with historical significance, urban forestry and trails, walkable access to grocery stores, restaurants, parks and top-rated schools. Its well-planned social gatherings, close-knit community and proximity to downtown and alternative transportation options make it a popular landing place.
Yalecrest Neighborhood's first homes were build in the early 19th century. Growth in the area was slow until construction boomed in the 1930s and 40s. Today you can find many unique historical home styles indicative of this time period including Mission and Prairie, Arts and Crafts Bungalow, Cottage Revival, and Cottage English Tudor.
The Yalecrest Neighborhood is a significant area of study and appreciated by the Utah Heritage Foundation which has featured it in its annual historic homes tour several times in recent years. In 2007 Yalecrest was listed as a National Historic District.
One of the most extensive urban forests in the state is found in the Yalecrest Neighborhood. Miller Park Urban Forest and Bird Refuge, is located between 1700 East and 1500 East off of 900 South.
A well-kept secret, the refuge follows the path of Red Butte creek. Walking trails weave through the revitalized urban forest and transport residents to the untouched canyon enclaves of earlier times.
Outside Miller Park, canopied trees define the area and are a valued icon that draw visitors and new residents to the area.
Established trees in this area give character and ambiance to the neighborhood as well as provide shade and house cooling during Salt Lake’s hot, dry summers.
The corner of 1300 South and 1700 East is the commercial and social heart of the Yalecrest Neighborhood. Here Yalecrest residents have walkable access to a fine grocer, two restaurants, a spa, boutique stores and other amenities such as a custom seamstress and dance studio.
Residents meet over coffee and arguably the best breakfast in town at Eggs in the City or enjoy fine dining at Sea Salt.
Neighbors often bump into each other daily at Emigration Market; a small-concept Harmon’s grocery store offering residents full-service amenities. Urban Day Spa, Whimsy and Jolley’s offer unique boutique services and other family-friendly activities. Look for the Jolley’s Shiver Shack bustling with young children on scooters and bikes in the summer and neighbors sipping hot cocoa and visiting Santa’s House during the holiday season.
Nestled between Laird and Princeton is one of the city’s best parks. Well known to parents of young children, Laird Park’s towering trees provide year-round protection from the elements. Residents leave sand toys and trucks in the park’s famous sandbox for all to share. Local soccer and baseball teams hold practice here and canines and kids alike love to romp through the open field.
Laird Park, Sunnyside Park, Miller Park, Davis Park and Anderson Library are all accessible by foot or bike.
Yalecrest's children attend some of the top public-schools in the state. Bonneville and Uintah Elementary are consistently ranked in the top-10 best elementary schools in Utah. Both schools invest heavily in the arts and sciences.
Clayton Junior High School and East High School are well-respected east side schools that offer a diverse student body and unique academic programs. Clayton Junior High is an ELP (Extended Learning Program) magnet school. East High partners with the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College to provide advanced concurrent enrollment programs. The Salt Lake Arts Academy public charter school provides rigorous academic and arts curriculum for 5th-8th grades.
Several nationally-acclaimed private schools are located within 3 miles of the Yalecrest Neighborhood. Rowland Hall (Pre K-12) has two nearby upper and lower campuses. Established in 1867, Rowland Hall touts themselves as the first and finest independent school in the Mountain West offering a 10:1 student to teacher ratio and an average class size of 16.
McGillis School (K-8) is founded on the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olan, or the repair of the word, and it's well-respected curriculum focuses on nurturing a child's love of learning.
Cosgriff Elementary (K-8) offers the finest Catholic liberal arts elementary education in the valley. Judge Memorial Catholic High School (9-12) is a nationally-acclaimed Catholic preparatory school focusing on community through faith and fostering students' individual talents and gifts.
Social gatherings are a big part of the Yalecrest Neighborhood and foster a heartfelt sense community pride. There’s the Halloween Parade, Easter Egg Hunt and Summer Bash at Laird park, and the yearly Hot Dog social at the LDS church.
All are can’t-miss events for both young and old.
The Yalecrest Neighborhood is located near downtown central business districts and other neighborhood nodes. The University of Utah is within walking distance; residents have convenient access to on-campus learning as well as Ute sporting events, the Natural History Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Red Butte Gardens.
This the Place Pioneer State Park and Hogle Zoo, two popular statewide tourist attractions, are two miles east of the neighborhood at the mouth of Emigration Canyon.
Salt Lake City hosts a vibrant arts and nightlife scene, including two professional dance companies, a new Broadway-style theater, several renowned local theater companies, and a world-traveled symphony.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find access to year-round sports, including biking and skiing in some of the country’s best terrain. Outside Magazine chose Salt Lake City as one of the, “5 Best Places to Raise Outdoor Kids,” and has called it one of the, “Best Outdoor Towns in America.”