High Avenues Modern

House - Private room · Northcrest Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84103, United States

Elegantly appointed mid-century modern (circa 1951) home in Salt Lake City’s upper Avenues at 4,916' feet above sea level –– 10 minutes from and 589 feet above downtown Salt Lake City. Two bedrooms in a private suite comprises the Airbnb listing.

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Elegantly appointed mid-century modern (circa 1951) home in Salt Lake City’s upper Avenues at 4,916' feet above sea level –– 10 minutes from and 589 feet above downtown Salt Lake City. Two bedrooms in a private suite comprises the Airbnb listing.

The Space

With sweeping views of the mountains and valley by day or night, High Avenues Modern is a 4,000 sq foot, 3 bdr / 3 bath single-family home. It's located equal distance –– 2 miles –– between downtown (the Salt Palace Convention Center, Temple Square, City Creek Center, State Capitol) and the University of Utah campus. The house is 25 minutes from and 15 minutes to the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Two furnished lower private bedrooms with private bath forms the nucleus of the rental suite privately and quietly situated away from living areas and master bedroom. Both rooms are available for rent.

The primary room is large (222 sq ft / 20.6 sq m) with a queen-sized bed. It is listed here at $70/night for a single guest and $85/night for two guests; the secondary guest room can be rented if the large room is booked and/or if it is needed for additional family members and traveling companions who are staying in the primary guest room. (I do not rent the secondary room to unrelated guests.)

The secondary guest room is also spacious (155 sq ft / 14.4 sq m) with great views and has an antique double bed. Each room is beautifully appointed with unique furniture and art, fresh linen, towels.

If you wish to rent both rooms together, they go for $125/night for three guests and $140/night for four guests.

NOTE: In 2015, during the Sundance Film Festival (Jan 22-Feb 1) and the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (Jan 21-24) and Summer Market (Aug 5-9), I will only be renting both rooms as a pair for $150/night with two guests and $180/night with four guests.

Amenities include FREE WiFi, free long-distance to anywhere-in-the USA from the house's land-line phone, Dish satellite TV, Salt Lake Tribune (daily), New York Times (Sunday), laundry, off-street parking –– and sweeping views of the Wasatch and Salt Lake Valley. On clear days, you can see Mount Nebo, ~90 miles to the south.

Bedrooms and common living areas are elegantly furnished with art and collectibles from numerous around-the-world travels.

High Aves Modern is 25 minutes by car from Salt Lake City International Airport and 15 minutes to the airport.

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) #11 bus stop is across the street providing access EAST to the University of Utah campus, University Medical Center, Primary Children's Medical Center, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Moran Eye Center (8 min); and WEST to LDS Hospital, Downtown Salt Lake, Gallivan TRAX Station (Blue and Green lines), Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake Central Station connecting to TRAX, FrontRunner, Amtrak and Greyhound (12-15 min). Greater Salt Lake boasts 140 miles of urban LTR and commuter rail –– north to Ogden, south to Provo, west to the airport and east to the University of Utah.

The #11 UTA bus operates M-F. The #6 bus operates from the Guadalupe/North Temple Bridge TRAX/FrontRunner stop (Green Line from the airport) on Saturdays which takes you to E Street/9th Avenue within eight blocks (.7 mi / 1.25 km) of High Aves Modern. (Regrettably, there is no public transit up here on Sundays.)

It is an enjoyable and stimulating 30-40 minute walk to/from downtown Salt Lake City and High Aves Modern through the scenic and beautiful City Creek Canyon / Memory Grove Park.

Utah's legendary "Greatest Snow on Earth" is close at hand. Alta, Snowbird, Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons resorts are 30 minutes away by car. Brighton and Solitude are 40 minutes and another four major ski areas –– Snowbasin, Power Mountain, Nordic Valley and Sundance –– are an hour away. Little Cottonwood Canyon resorts received a record 785" of snow in 2010-2011 season and average 450-550" annually.

The terminus to the City Creek Canyon Nature Preserve and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail –– a 150 mile trail system –– are within walking distance affording access to 100s of acres of open space and near wilderness. The trail head is a few blocks up the street (.8 mi / 1.3km) is at an elevation of 5,280' feet -- a 'mile high' above sea level. From here, trails meander through the foothills and micro sub-canyons ascending to as high as 8,040' feet above sea level. The canyon and foothill habitat is home to bear, moose, elk, deer, cougar, bobcat and coyote.

The home is situated at 4,916' feet above sea level and 589 feet above downtown Salt Lake City. (In meters, that's 1498 meters above sea level and 180 meters above downtown Salt Lake City.

High Avenues Modern was built in 1951 and is one of the first homes built above 11th Avenue. It was designed by Swiss-born architect Ed Dreier who studied under Mies Van der Rohe. Dreier conceived of and designed some of Salt Lake City’s most unique homes through the 1950′s, 1960′s and 1970′s. This is a comfortable home with gobs of space, good bones, bright natural light, long south facing views and large rooms –– yet all the bedrooms are cozy, intimate and quiet spaces.

Interaction with Guests

I live and work in my house. I am available to guests throughout the day and have forged scores of long-term friendships with Airbnb guests who have stayed here.

The Neighborhood

The Avenues neighborhood is a residential neighborhood of Salt Lake City rising to more than 5,280' above sea level and more than 1,000' above the valley floor. The original Avenues street grid was layed out by Brigham Young and is one of the oldest, most diverse and progressive neighborhoods in the city.

Getting around

UTA #11 bus stops 250' of the front door with somewhat limited service to downtown and the University of Utah. At ether destination, connections can be made to TRAX and FrontRunner. The #11 bus stops at the Salt Palace Convention Center south entrance.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 2
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $425 /week
Monthly Price: $1700 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Fantastic place on the mountain with the beautiful view from the house. Ron is super nice and warm hearted to provide us place to see and recommended us a very authentic Chinese restaurant. And he offered us a hight quality breakfast that was really neat!

    July 2014
  • Beautiful home in a great location. Ron is an entertaining and interesting host. I would definitely stay there again.

    June 2014
  • Ron (email hidden) - he was still awake upon our arrival even though our flight was delayed and we didn't get to his place until almost 2am! Very hospitable and very helpful with his recommendations. Beautiful home and nice neighborhood - enjoyed our brief stay and wish we would've had more time.

    June 2014
  • We had a fun and joyous experience staying at the High Avenues Modern home. Ron was an exceptional host. We were so excited when we found out he had a puppy, Rufus. We hadn't been around a dog since we left home so meeting Rufus was a delight. He helped fill the void of missing our furry dogs. Ron made sure we had all the essential items we needed and more. Ron made us a delicious breakfast and recommended going to see the Natural History Museum of Utah and a few other places. The museum was our favorite. Phenomenal exhibits! Ron's home is gorgeous and the decorations tell a story of the places Ron has traveled over the years. His home has exceptional views of Salt Lake City, the mountains and it is in a prime location. The home was spacious, clean, and very inviting. We enjoyed getting to know Ron during dinner. Everyone must try the famous Hires Big H Drive-in. Yummy!!! Ron is a kind-hearted and fun guy. He was always responsive when we had questions. We had a great time hiking with Ron and Rufus. We sure wish we lived closer so we could see them more often. We would love to stay at this home again. We highly recommend staying at the High Avenues Modern home!!!

    June 2014
  • Ron is a superstar! We had an awesome stay in his apartment. He's really outgoing and kindly gave us suggestions of the city sightseeing. We had a great convo and endless topic, you can't miss it!

    June 2014
  • Ron's place is amazing and Ron (email hidden)! The place is very clean, spacious and very well located. It gives you a nice view over SLC. After 2 weeks of hostels we where also very happy with the private bathroom:). Although we only spend one night, we had a great time with Ron. He made us a great breakfast and even took us on a hike with his dog. Definitely would go here again!!

    June 2014
  • My wife and I spent one night at Ron's place. He was a gracious and interesting
    host, we spent the evening talking about many common interests. He was very generous and helpful with his time, one of my best experiences with airbnb, he even drove my wife downtown when I had appointments elsewhere. I slept so soundly, very quiet, beautiful bedrooms, highly recommended!

    June 2014
  • We had a great trip to SLC that was only enhanced by Ron and his hospitality. Will definitely stay again!

    June 2014
  • Ron (email hidden). He met me downtown and gave a memorable tour of the city which was totally unexpected. In addition, his house is immaculate and the breakfast was great too. Highly recommended!

    June 2014
  • 非常愉快的住宿经历,RON很热情,房间也非常干净,RON还亲自做早餐给我们吃,景色也不错,可以看到盐湖城的夜景。推荐!

    May 2014
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Vice President / Business Development / Western USA –– for Austin-based Meridian Solar where I work full-time (virtually) from High Aves Modern.
An Airbnb host since May 2009, I have successfully hosted more than 400 guests at my home. I am progressive, well-connected and involved in the community where I have lived for 39 years. I am an affable and natural host who was an executive in the international travel industry for 25 years. A "child entrepreneur" and adventure travel pioneer, I founded my first company in 1983 which was an in-bound tour operator (partner with Delta Airlines) specializing in Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Dinosaur rafting expeditions. This professional experience provided me with informed knowledge about the national parks and other extraordinary travel destinations across the vast American West. I sold this company to the largest travel agency west of the Mississippi in 1988 and worked there for the next four years. In 1992, I launched a second company that specialized in Asian destinations such as Nepal, Tibet, China, India, Southeast Asia, Japan and the Koreas. I operated this company for 16 years (until 2008). This latter enterprise took me to nearly 20 Asian countries and some of them as many as 40 times. In 2008, I re-invented my career from international travel to renewable energy. I am currently a business development executive for an solar energy design, engineering and construction company with offices in New Jersey, California and Hawaii. I had a significant role in developing 5 MW of solar projects in Colorado and Utah -- including the 1.7 MW rooftop solar generation plant atop the Salt Palace Convention Center. This remains the largest solar energy plant in Utah. I continue to work with the Salt Palace in selling their solar RECs and I am working on an independent project to build a Utah-based utility-scale solar generating project that will sell electricity to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Having lived in Utah for nearly four decades, I have expertise and meaningful first-hand experience with and about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, Mormon history and culture, the reality of the church's census information, Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and polygamy; and what it is to successfully do business in Utah as a non-LDS (Episcopalian) person. I am gay, out in my community and in a relationship. My diverse network of friends are both straight and gay. While the Salt Lake Metro Area has 2.4 million inhabitants, this (email hidden) in many ways. My local circles of friends include (but not necessarily in this order): neighbors and long-timers, Mormons and non-Mormons, LGBT, foothill hikers, business and religious leaders, foodies, University of Utah, Landmark Worldwide, mountain folk (skiers/climbers), desert rats, dog lovers/owners, renewable energy, artists/authors, citizen diplomacy, politicos and Utah Democrats. I love collaborative cooking and filling the dinner table with delicious food, fine wine, good beer and stimulating conversation. I practice Bikram yoga (almost daily) and love being outdoors in Utah's mountains and deserts hiking, skiing, camping and boating. I lead programs for Landmark Worldwide. Rufus, a young golden retriever puppy, came home in March and is rapidly growing up. Tucker – my beloved golden retriever who enthusiastically shared hosting duties with me over the years – took flight to greener mountain meadows in April 2013. I am passionate and enthusiastic about Airbnb and the relationships that I have forged through this unique portal. Hosting guests from around the world has been an extraordinary privilege, and the friendships sourced through Airbnb have been profound.
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