Living in Bonneville Hills, Salt Lake City

Bonneville Hills is a great choice of neighborhood, especially for families looking for a safe, quiet space. It’s a bit removed from the action, with sleepy, tree-lined streets and low levels of crime. Those looking for a quiet, classic slice of Americana will find they’ve come to the right place.

Your Neighbors Will Be…

  • Young Couples
  • Professionals
  • Families with Little Ones
  • Families with Older Kids

The homes here are older and more expensive than the average in Salt Lake City, and renters will find few options. Commuters in Bonneville Hills are in a good position, with easy access to major thoroughfares that head downtown, into the mountains, or to the freeway system. This access is also a boon to anyone looking for a fun date night or a good meal, with the Downtown and Sugar House hotspots just a few minutes’ drive away.

Homes in Bonneville Hills

There aren’t many options for renting in Bonneville Hills, though there are a few. More likely, if you’re moving to this area, you’re buying a home. The homes available vary widely in size and price, but the tendency is toward larger and more expensive homes than many places in the city. The Zillow Home Value Index, which is touted as a more accurate number than a simple median, is $357,900, almost 53% higher than the Salt Lake City average.

If you are renting in Bonneville Hills, you are most likely renting a house, rather than an apartment, so rents are high. The
Zillow Rent Index is $1,750, 25% higher than the Salt Lake City average.

Getting Around

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Walk

Bonneville Hills is very walkable. Even from the outer edges of the neighborhood, you can get to Foothill Village, the main shopping center, in 20 minutes or less. You won’t be walking all the way to downtown (90 minutes or more), but the University of Utah is within a reasonable distance (30 minutes or so), if you’re willing to get some exercise.

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Drive

Getting someplace outside the neighborhood is made very easy by the fact that Bonneville Hills is bordered on the east by Foothill Drive, a thoroughfare that connects I-80 in the south to the University of Utah in the north. So work, school, and the slopes are all readily accessible

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Bike

Most of the streets in Bonneville aren’t very bike friendly — there are only two dedicated bike lanes, both running north-south, only one of which connects to anything outside the neighborhood. (Bikes can head north on 2100 East to get to the University of Utah.) Bike commuters might not be as comfortable getting to their destination as they would like.

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Transit

This is a weak point for Bonneville Hills. There are only a couple of bus lines that run through the neighborhood, one of which runs every 15 minutes, the other every 30 minutes. The University of Utah is the only common destination that is within a 30-minute ride by transit. If you insist on taking the bus, you may consider finding a home closer to downtown.

Restaurants

Bonneville Hills residents will often head either downtown or to Sugar House, both of which are only a few minutes’ drive away and have excellent restaurants. Still, that doesn’t mean those who live here are entirely without good options in their own neighborhood.

The Five Alls Restaurant is an Old English-themed restaurant, complete with pewter cups (chalices, really) and costumed waitstaff. For a more relaxed atmosphere, head to MacCool’s Public House. It’s an Irish pub-style restaurant and bar, with a varied menu and, of course, plenty of Guinness on tap.

Shopping

Foothill Village is where you’ll find the majority of shopping in Bonneville Hills. Several dozen shops, restaurants, and professional service locations cluster together in a strip mall style shopping center. This is also the location of the neighborhood’s main grocery store, Dan’s Fresh Market.

There is also a small cluster of shops a few blocks to the west of Foothill Village, on 2100 East. The shops are mostly small and specialized, but most residents find their way in that direction if only to visit Sunrise Bistro for breakfast or lunch.

Nightlife

Bonneville HIlls residents looking for nightlife will have to head out of the neighborhood. The aforementioned MacCool’s Public House is the closest thing within the community itself, and it’s really a pub-style family restaurant, rather than a bar.

The good news is that many great options, though not in the neighborhood itself, are not far. Just to the south is Sugar House, with several hotspots, and downtown is just a few minutes’ drive.

Crime

Moving into Bonneville Hills means moving into a relatively low-crime area. Although Salt Lake City, being an urban environment, has a higher crime rate than the national average, there are many neighborhoods within it that rank well nationwide. In Bonneville Hills, violent crime is estimated at about 60% lower than the Salt Lake City average, and even about 15% lower than the national average. Property crime is estimated at about 60% lower than the Salt Lake City average, and about 3% higher than the national average.

Source: Areavibes.com

Schools

Bonneville Elementary School

Beacon Heights Elementary School

Hillside Middle School

Clayton Middle School

East High School

Highland High School

About Craig Hanks

Craig Hanks
Craig is a Salt Lake City-based writer who has moved more times than he cares to count. He tried living out of state a couple times, but SLC irresistibly pulled him back in.