Excellent choice! By moving to Rose Park, you’re joining a small, diverse neighborhood.
In fact, Rose Park is smaller than most think, since it gets lumped in with others on the west side of Salt Lake City. You’re in a quiet spot, but not very far from the action of downtown Salt Lake City.
The choice is an economical one, since the homes here are smaller and more affordable than in other neighborhoods throughout the city.
Rose Park sprang up in the ‘40s and ‘50s in response to the post-war demand from employees of the nearby rail yards. Its brick cottages sit on tree-lined streets that were designed by the developer to resemble flowers when viewed from the sky (hence the name of the neighborhood).
Rose Park is a neighborhood with a less-than-stellar reputation that was earned in previous decades but that may now be outdated.
The appeal of Rose Park lies in its homes. Small, post-war brick cottages are on larger lots than you will find in Salt Lake City’s older neighborhoods.
The homes tend to be small and simple, and attached garages are in short supply (you’re more likely to have a carport or detached garage). Most houses are in the 1200-1800 ft² range, and cost between $120,000 and $220,000.
Home prices in this area have tended to stay low over the decades, and predictions of gentrification and an accompanying sharp increase in market prices have never materialized.
Homeowners are more common than renters in Rose Park, though there are some homes rented out, as well as a few apartment complexes, especially around the edges of the neighborhood.
Renting in Rose Park
Rose Park – $1270/mo
Salt Lake City – $1381/mo
Queens NY – $2187/mo
Rose Park is a very car-dependent neighborhood. But maybe car-friendly is the better way to put it.
With I-215 to the west and I-15 to the east, you’re never more than five minutes away from the freeway. Getting downtown will only take about five to ten minutes.
You can get to a few key points on foot, but for daily errands and other outings, Rose Park is a very car-dependent neighborhood. For a daytime walk, though, Rose Park’s not-too-busy tree-lined streets are very charming.
There are only two bus routes that run through Rose Park, and they run only every 30 minutes. Their terminus is on the edge of downtown, so if you live close to one of these lines and need to get into the middle of the city, this could be a good option. Otherwise, you’ll be better off with a car.
Most of Rose Park’s streets are slow, residential, and bike-friendly. Its main arteries often have dedicated bike lanes that can get you south and east to downtown or west to the nearby business parks, a boon to bike commuters.
And for casual outings, residents can take advantage of the Jordan River Parkway Trail. (For more serious distance bikers, the trail extends far to the north and south, and even feeds into a dedicated bike trail into the next county.)
There are a few chain restaurants on the western edge of the neighborhood, but in keeping with the high percentage of Hispanic residents, Rose Park’s few independent restaurants tend to stay within the Latin theme.
Chubby’s is a popular lunch spot for employees in the nearby commercial park. Salt Lake City’s most popular Mexican restaurant is in the neighborhood next door, and many residents will skip the long lines there to enjoy one of Rose Park’s offerings.
There isn’t a lot of shopping to be found in Rose Park, but this is forgivable, given its proximity to downtown shopping centers.
Residents do have the option of a few local shops and convenience stores along the main arteries that run through the neighborhood, and there is a Smith’s Marketplace grocery store on the southern end of the neighborhood.
Rose Park has a reputation for crime that—according to the numbers—is somewhat deserved. Total crime in Rose Park is about 25% higher than the Salt Lake City average, according to areavibes.com.
Residents have sometimes complained, numbers aside, that the reputation is unfair, that other neighborhoods to the south have given Rose Park a bad name, and that the sense of community in their corner of Salt Lake City is generally better than elsewhere.
If crime is a concern for you, but Rose Park fits your bill in every other way, consider doing additional research by talking with local police or contacting the Rose Park community council about your concerns.
More Things to Do
When Rose Park residents leave home, they’ll often head to downtown or other parts of the Salt Lake Valley, since the heavily residential neighborhood isn’t home to a lot of destinations.
But don’t take that to mean there’s nothing to do nearby. Golfers can enjoy 18 holes at Rose Park Golf Course, and for a change of pace, check out Roots Disc Golf Course nearby.
If you prefer that your park time be a bit less structured, head to Rosewood Park in the northeastern corner of the neighborhood or Riverside Park in the southwest. Baseball and soccer fields punctuate open lawns, and Riverside Park includes the popular Jordan River Parkway bike trail.
Families can have a relaxing, short ride together, while more serious bikers can take the trail south for 40 miles, or north for 20 miles into Davis County.