Park City Real Estate Trends

Silver Baron Lodge Park City, Utah - Trustee Sale

By Todd Anderson
Apr 15, 2011

 Silver Baron Lodge Park City, Utah - Trustee Sale April 15, 2011             The courthouse steps auction of 16 developer owned units of the Silver Baron Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah took place yesterday at the Third Judicial District Court in Summit County, Utah.

Silver Baron Lodge Trustee Sale - Park City, Utah


            While the sale did produce many onlookers, it did not have many registered buyers. Buyers were required to submit certified funds of $25,000 to the trustee before the sale and the purchase price was due at the end of the day Friday. These requirements likely kept many potential bidders away from the sale.             In the end, two units were purchased by bidders offering more than the initial offer from the bank. The four bedroom five bath penthouse model with expansive private rooftop deck was purchased by an investment group. The Silver Baron penthouse model was listed for sale in 2008 for $2.15M. The other Silver Baron condominium that sold to interests outside the bank was the two bedroom model located directly below the penthouse; it had an original asking price of $1.25M.

            The fourteen Silver Baron condominiums which are now bank owned will likely be available in the very near future. A look at the area comparables while adjusting for differences in the subdivisions would indicate that anything under $400 per square foot represents a great value at the Silver Baron Lodge (the least expensive active listing is currently $425/sq ft and the most recent comparable sale sold at $451 per square foot).

            For more information about the Trustee Sale of the Silver Baron Lodge developer owned units and information regarding purchasing condominiums at the Silver Baron Lodge or any other Park City, UT area property contact a real estate professional with the Group of Keller Williams Park City at (888)968-4672.

Luxury Mountain Estate Auction - Park City, UT

By Todd Anderson
Feb 19, 2011

            A 160 acre estate complete with luxury home, guest house and barn is to be sold at auction to the highest bidder Tuesday February 22. This estate is currently listed for sale on the Park City MLS for $17,500,000. The auction has no minimum bid and the seller has agreed to accept any offers above $8 Million (there is a 10% buyer's premium to be added to the sales price).             This luxury estate features a main residence of approximately 13,000 sq ft with six bedroom suites, seven full and 5 half baths. Beyond the impressive entryway the home opens up to high ceilings and fantastic views. The gourmet kitchen provides and understated country feel capable of both elegance and casual comfort. The master suite encompasses 1000 sq ft including a saltwater spa in a grotto like setting plus sauna, his and hers closets, exercise room and wet bar.  Seven stone fireplaces assure that warmth and ambiance can easily be found throughout the home.

Wolf Creek Ranch Estate - Park City, UT

            The guest house features nearly 2000 sq ft of living space; two bedrooms, two and one half baths, two fireplaces, laundry, kitchen with separate dining area, great room and two car heated garage. Finishes that mirror the quality of the main residence give the guest house an intimate elegance and luxury worthy of a permanent residence.             The barn is a state-of-the-art climate controlled stable and indoor riding arena covering 8500 square feet. Nearly 3000 sq ft are devoted to the sand based riding arena with windows on all sides taking in the beauty of Wolf Creek Ranch. There are 5 luxury stalls and a dedicated birthing stall.             The estate lies within the private gated community of Wolf Creek Ranch. The community is comprised of 14,000 acres that border the 2.2 Million acre Uinta National Forest. Over 50 miles of maintained trails run throughout the community. Over 100 acres are devoted to common areas which include a 6000 sq ft Owners lodge, 3000 sq ft community guest house and four yurts.  All of this is only minutes from Park City, Utah and just over an hour's drive from Salt Lake International airport. The nearby airport in Heber can handle small private jets. A helipad near the front entrance to the community offers quick access to this National Park like get-away.             The custom furniture that adorns this luxury get-away estate are included to make this estate turn-key and ready to become part of your family legacy and memories.             True custom luxury estates with the accessibility of nearby destination resorts are seldom transferred but usually handed down among family members. This auction may be the perfect opportunity to obtain a legacy property. For more information contact a Park City realty professional with           This auction was cancelled. Bidders showed for the auction, but none were willing to bid above the $8M minimum.

A $16Million Real Estate Best Buy???

By Todd Anderson
Aug 21, 2010

                We have talked for years about what is or is not a best buy and at $16,000,000 this one of a kind home named Deerfield Estate, in the Deer Crest area of Deer Valley, Utah without a doubt, qualifies. 

                Every week we look at homes in the Park City Real Estate and Deer Valley markets. Very rarely are we awed by a condominium or home.  In the Deer Crest area of Deer Valley there are many very well done homes, the “Ski Dream Home” and others come to mind but this estate home on 4 acres is a notch above. In looking for adjectives I landed on elegant, sophisticated and comfortable. While most of the Deer Crest homes and lots are ski in ski out very few provide direct skier access to Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge.  At the end of the ski day there is a private gondola to take you home.

                The home’s statement of detail and quality starts when you enter the private gate to Deerfield Estate and continue up the drive to a grand vaulted portico from which hangs a custom iron lantern.  The entrance to the home is two massive hand carved oak doors with antique bronze hardware that originally graced a Chicago mansion.

                Deerfield Estate has all of the amenities one would expect in a luxury Deer Valley home but the finishes are in a class  of their own;  hand hewn posts, beams and trusses, hand painted tiles, custom bronze sconces and lighting fixtures and much more. To my chagrin many of the items needed to be explained to me by Bruce Martin, owner of Bruce Martin Interiors of Sun Valley, Idaho.

                Created as one of the crown jewels of the Achristavest group, its team of designers and craftsmen took full advantage of this site’s breathtaking ski area and Jordanelle Reservoir views. There is even a intimate sitting area above the gondola from which the view is truly 360 degrees.  This luxurious home gives you the feeling of being in the heart of the Deer Valley Resort and yet in a world of your own

                Deerfield Estate is conveniently located ½ mile from the St. Regis, 1 mile from the Deer Crest gate and only 2 miles from the base of the Deer Valley Ski Resort’s Snow Park Lodge.  Through the back entrance to Deer Crest it is only about 20 minutes to the private airfield in Heber.  So if you are looking for the privacy with convenience, sophisticated elegance, and want that one of a kind ski mountain estate in Park City, UT; this home might be right for you.

                Originally priced at $28,975,000 and reduced to $15,875,000 for auction this estate quality home easily qualifies for the Best Buys list.

                For more information on Deerfield Estate or to register for the upcoming auction, contact Rob Harris or Todd Anderson at the group (888)968-4672.

Park City Real Estate Auction

By Todd Anderson
Feb 15, 2010

The Lodge at Westgate Park City - Auction property             The successful auction of property at the Empire Pass area in Park City has spurred another Park City area real estate auction. The Lodge at the Westgate announced last week that it will hold an auction to sell 44 of its whole ownership condominiums on the 28th of March.             Like the auction held last month, the developer has set minimum bids for the units at slightly below half of the current asking prices. Units are being offered with a minimum price starting as low as $149,000 for a 360 square foot studio. Models range up to a four bedroom four bath penthouse with a minimum bid of $995,000.               If the auction at Silver Strike in Deer Valley is any indication, prices will be bid up only modestly and other real estate sales near The Canyons Resort will likely be on hold as Buyers and Sellers wait to see the final results.  Prices in the Empire Canyon area of Deer Valley are still adjusting after the auction held there last month.             The auction at The Lodge at the Westgate Park City should pique the interest of many with national advertising in Sunday's Edition of the New York Times and other metropolitan areas. The initial bid pricing for the units places them near the asking prices of property resales at Silverado and lower than offerings at the nearby Sundial Lodge and Escala Lodges. Determining the value of The Lodges at Westgate isn't easily done due to the number of available condominiums near The Canyons Resort. While the Westgate is not a true ski-in, ski-out property, the amenity package that the Westgate offers is impressive.  The prices of all condominium property near the base of The Canyons as well as the fate of the still to open Sunrise at Escala will likely be impacted by the auction.             For more information about real estate near The Canyons Resort and to discuss the likely impact of the upcoming auction at The Lodges at The Westgate Park City may have, contact a professional with

Developer Buys Promontory at Auction

By Todd Anderson
Apr 27, 2009

             In the spring of 2008 creditors forced the Promontory luxury golf subdivision in Park City, UT into bankruptcy. The developer, Arizona based Pivotal defaulted on loans amounting to over $270M.

            On April 15, 2009 a group named Pivotal 7000 headed by the CEO of Pivotal, Francis Najafi, purchased the development for a price far less than the debt on which Pivotal defaulted. The $70M bid by Najafi which was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court effectively wiped out $275M in loans that had been packaged by Credit Suisse.

            During the bankruptcy, Promontory maintained its operations which consist of two golf courses, clubhouses (golf, tennis, kids, outfitters, etc) an equestrian facility and more than 1000 building lots. The assets have been valued between $230M and $560M.

            The new ownership plans to move forward with Promontory's original vision for the second home luxury community. While some property owners within Promontory may still have a bad taste for Pivotal, the fact that the development is no longer in bankruptcy and is being run by a company familiar with the project may be a benefit. Promontory's plan of reorganization binds Pivotal 7000, LLC, as the new owner, to observe key provisions of the court-approved plan and sale procedures.  These provisions include the obligation to honor Promontory's county-approved master plan, the Promontory Club's membership agreements and membership plan, and the assumption of all lot purchase agreements with Promontory lot and home owners.  In addition, provisions have been made in the plan for funding of legitimate unsecured creditor claims and the creation of a reserve fund for Promontory's homeowners' association, the Promontory Conservancy.

            The stigma of bankruptcy and the relatively large number of speculative purchases and building that was done by private investors has hurt the market in Promontory. The luxury homes that are for sale in the Promontory area are currently some of the best values in Park City. Now may be a perfect time to invest or purchase a second home in a golf course community as the developer should be on much more stable ground for the near future.

            On another positive note, Golf Digest just ranked the Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye designed courses at Promontory as the number 2 and 3 courses in the state behind Glenwild (also in Park City).

Promontory Bankruptcy Auction Date Set

By Todd Anderson
Mar 22, 2009

            Efforts to work through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy moved forward last week as it was announced that the Promontory Development will be auctioned off on the 15th of April, 2009.  Credit Suisse has opted to send the property and operations to auction rather than provide the $70 Million in exit financing mandated by the bankruptcy court.             It is expected that Promontory will emerge from bankruptcy in April and the winner of the auction will be bound to observe key provisions of the Court-approved reorganization plan and sale procedures.  The provisions include the new owner's obligation to honor Promontory's County-approved master plan, the Promontory Club's membership agreements and membership plan and the assumption of all lot purchase agreements with Promontory lot and home owners.  With some luck, this will remove some of the cloud of uncertainty that has been over the development since it was forced into bankruptcy in March of 2008.             The Promontory luxury golf, equestrian and "club" community of second homes covers approx. 7200 acres in the Park City Area with a master plan including 5 golf courses (2 are currently complete), pool, tennis, kids clubhouse, trails, outfitters cabin, ski resort amenities at Deer Valley and Park City Resorts and more (many of which are currently in place). The area includes over 1900 home sites. Of the 700 or so lots that have been sold, nearly 300 have homes completed or homes under construction.              Many of the homes and lots were purchased and constructed during the Park City real estate boom. They have not escaped the current market downturn and the effects of the bankruptcy cloud over the development. There are currently over 100 lots for sale and nearly 90 homes in various states of completion.  Many of the lots are offered at prices near or below their original sales price. There are 26 homes available for under $2 Million (I can recall a time two years ago when there was only one).             If The Promontory development emerges successfully from this bankruptcy and is able to complete its original vision as a four-season, multi-generational luxury community, this may prove to be one of the best times to purchase. See the Promontory golf page of the website for a couple of our favorites.

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