Living in East Central, Salt Lake City

Want to live in East Central? Great pick! You’ll be living in one of the most colorful neighborhoods in Salt Lake City. There’s a little bit of everything here, from the small boutiques at 9th and 9th to the locally grown organic food at Liberty Heights Fresh. No two houses look alike, giving the area even more character.

You’ll find people from all walks of life doing just about everything. This neighborhood is home to a young and educated community, ranked as one of the best in the nation for millennials. If you want to stay up to date about the neighborhood, check out the East Central Community Council.

Pros
  • Great location
  • Easy to get around
  • Diverse blend of people
Cons
  • High cost of living
  • Lack of bar scene

Affordability

In East Central, you’ll find a variety of housing to suit any family or budget. From single rooms for rent to large homes to buy, there’s plenty to choose from.

Renting in East Central

East Central - $1418
Salt Lake City - $1381
Queens NY - $2187

Buying in East Central

East Central - $268K
Salt Lake City - $231K
Queens NY - $572K

Renting in East Central

Renters can find everything from individual rooms to entire houses for rent. There are several small apartment complexes in the area, as well as some larger options such as Sunset Towers or Hamilton Place.

If apartment living isn’t your style, there are plenty of houses for rent, which can be a great choice for students attending one of the several colleges nearby.

Since there are so many options, the price range is fairly broad.

Apartments range anywhere from $660 to $2,200 per month and the Zillow Rent Index (the area’s median rent) is $1,416.

Buying in East Central

Buyers have just as many options as renters in this diverse neighborhood. East Central has everything from apartments for sale to houses large enough to start a family. Housing prices range anywhere from $119,000 to $525,000 and the Zillow Home Value Index is $263,900.

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Getting Around

Car

In East Central you’re only a couple minutes’ drive from just about everything. You can get downtown in 5–10 minutes, and there are plenty of freeway ramps if you need to go farther. Parking can be a bit of a hassle, especially in the 9th and 9th area, so be prepared to spend a couple extra minutes finding a spot.

Walking

Downtown is about a thirty-minute walk from East Central, but for those interested in staying local, the neighborhood offers a variety of shopping and entertainment destinations within a 10-minute walking distance.

Transit

Numerous bus lines run to the area, and you have easy access to Trax, which run from the University of Utah to Daybreak. Most of the transit lines run every 15 minutes, so you won’t have to wait long if you miss your ride.

Bike

East Central is a bike-friendly neighborhood, with plenty of bike lanes and wide roads. Plus, if you have any bike problems, Contender Bicycles is located right in the middle of the neighborhood.

Restaurants

There’s something for just about any palate in this neighborhood. Be sure to check out some of these highlights.

Pago

Pago provides fine dining cuisine without the stuffy atmosphere. Try one of their fresh soups or salads for lunch, or a sandwich for dinner. Make sure to go often, as their menus change based on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

Banbury Cross Donuts

One of the best pastry shops in Salt Lake, Banbury Cross has won awards for their delicious donuts. Aside from the classics, they also have a selection of specialty donuts like bear claws and bismarks. Get there early before they run out!

Dolcetti Gelato

Dolcetti has desserts for customers of all dietary needs. Their gelato is made with RGBH-free milk, locally grown fruit, and seasonal berries. For those avoiding milk, their fruit sorbettos are dairy-free. Dolcetti also has some great sugar-free flavors to try out.

Kyoto Japanese

Tucked away in the eastern part of the neighborhood, Kyoto provides diners with a taste of the authentic Japanese cuisine of its namesake. This restaurant is quite popular for lunch and dinner, so taking out a reservation wouldn’t hurt.

Shopping

9th and 9th District

The 9th and 9th district is the cultural hub of East Central. With one of the largest collections of local businesses, you won’t come across many chain stores in the area. Instead, you’ll find quirky boutiques like the Gypsy Moon Emporium or PoshPaws, a small pet boutique.

You’ll also discover a variety of family-owned restaurants, and a couple of coffee shops to get you going in the early morning.

The utility poles are covered in concert and local event fliers, so you’ll always have something to do on the weekend.

Liberty Heights Fresh

Support local farmers and artisans by shopping at this cozy store. Liberty Heights Fresh really knows their food—all of their employees can tell you where each item comes from and what other ingredients work well with it. With their Community Supported Agriculture program, you can get a bag of fresh, local produce each week so you’ll never have to worry about what to get for dinner.

Schools in East Central

Nightlife

East Central is home to several bars, including a couple that consistently rank in top 10 lists of best night spots in Salt Lake City.

xwifes place

X-Wife’s Place

X-Wife’s Place is a friendly dive bar with cheap drinks for $5 or less. You can play some pinball and pool, or get some fresh air out on the patio while you enjoy your drink.

east liberty tap house

East Liberty Tap House

If you’re looking for locally grown food to go with your drink, East Liberty Tap House is the place for you. This stop fits right in with the casual atmosphere of the 9th and 9th district, complete with the small business feel and local roots to give it charm.

Crime

While East Central is above the national average crime rate, it is lower than 58% of the cities in Utah. Most crimes committed happen to property or vehicles, so residents of East Central are always sure to keep their doors locked and valuables put away.

Violent Crime (per 100K people) in East Central vs. Nationwide

East Central

595

Salt Lake City

752

Nationwide

366

Property Crime (per 100K people) in East Central vs. Nationwide

East Central

6672

Salt Lake City

8436

Nationwide

2596

Total Crime (per 100K people) in East Central vs. Nationwide

East Central

7266

Salt Lake City

9188

Nationwide

2962

More Things to Do

Independent Film

Along with the Broadway Centre Cinemas downtown, the historic Tower Theatre is home to independent film in Salt Lake City. You won’t find any of the current Hollywood hits playing here. Instead, you’ll find films worthy of the Sundance Film Festival in this high-quality movie art house. Residents can also rent classic films by such greats as Albert Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick.

Community Garden

If you live in an apartment or have a small yard, the East Central Community Garden will help you start a garden anyway. Plots are filled in the spring, so make sure you check it out early in the year if you want to get your growing on.

Centered City Yoga

If you’re looking for a great way to keep in shape and improve flexibility, Centered City Yoga offers a variety of yoga classes. No matter your skill level, there’s a class just for you.

Melody Van De Graaff

Melody Van De Graaff started traveling with the hopes of finding a new town she could call home. But the more she traveled, the more she knew that Salt Lake City was the only place for her.

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