Building a Home in Park City, Utah?

Overview of Building in Park City and Deer Valley, Utah

Home under construction in Park City, UtahBuilding a new home in Park City, Utah has been challenging the past few years for some homeowners because costs have continued to climb due to the increase in the price of materials, labor, and land.

The new construction segment of the market continues to remain strong in the Park City area due to the lack of inventory in resales.  With the population of Summit County continuing to grow we don't expect to see a slow down of new construction anytime soon.  

If you are thinking of building a home of any size, please feel free to contact me and I'll put you in touch with some great Park City Builders. 

Top area to build a home in Park City

If you're considering building a home in the Park City area there is a great new option in the high amenity community of Tuhaye community.   These parcels provide views of the Jordanelle Reservoir and thousands of square acres of untouched land.  This opportunity is not yet on the Park City MLS and I would happy to arrange a tour of properties at your convenience.  Contact me for more information.

Building During Covid-19: 

I spoke with a builder I frequently refer clients to see how the Coronavirus has changed the landscape of building in the Park City area.  He stated that up until this point not much has changed in the cost of labor but he has been able to get the cost down on framing and stonework on recent projects. 

Homebuilding goods have been readily available but there are occasional issues with appliances and having to select some different options for tiles or carpet because the supplier may be running low.  Lighting fixtures seem to be the biggest challenge but there have been easy workarounds where building jobs haven't stalled.  We'll see what happens in the next couple of months with the cost of lumber coming down but with the current demand for new construction will there be a relaxation of the market within the next 24-months?

If we had the ability to stop time and allow builders to build for four years, then bring all that construction back to today, I think we would sell through the imaginary inventory within six months.  We do not have enough inventory of newly built homes and condos to satisfy the demand for newly built properties.  

What to Expect for Pricing When Building a Home in Park City.

Deer Valley Newly Built HomeYou can expect the cost to build in Park City to start around $400 per square foot - that does not include the price of the land or landscaping.  For "Park City" style of finishes plan for $500/sq and a luxury level of finishes at $585+/sq ft. 

If you're looking for ultra-luxury with exotic materials you can run over the $1,000 per square foot mark.  Most new construction in Park City that is selling at $1,000+/sq ft is located in Old Town or is ski-in-ski-out. 

The hottest spots to build a new home have generally stayed the same over the past few years with Promontory and Jordanelle remaining the leaders.  Other great areas of Park City to consider are TuhayeGlenwild, and Victory Ranch if you're looking for a Park City Golf Community

If you're more interested in building your dream home in a ski-in-ski-out community I'd focus more on The Colony at White Pine at The Canyons ski resort or Deer Crest & Empire Pass (specifically Red Cloud) for Deer Valley.   Looking to go a little easier on the budget but still want a great quality of life?  Check out the golf community of Red Ledges in Heber and the beautiful town of Midway

Tidbit: If you've had your eye on existing homes in Park City you'll notice there's a style price difference in new homes and you can almost draw a line in 2013 to see where that shift in the real estate market happened. 

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Thinking of Building a Home in Park City?

If you're thinking of building and looking for land for sale in Park City you'll want to View Vacant Land for Sale in Park City.   The pricing of lots will depend on views, location, ski access, supply and demand, etc.   Quality parcels closer to the ski resorts and around within the Park City limits are becoming harder and harder to find.  If you're thinking of building in Park City within the next few years I'd start looking now to keep an eye out for a great lot.  I've had several clients choose to renovate properties or choose existing construction because of the location, views, and ease of buying something already built.  

Cost of Remodeling a Park City Home or Condo? 

Cost to Build a Park City Home or Condo:  I always like to be able to say "I've got a guy/gal for that" when a client wants to make any alterations to an existing property.   If you are considering remodeling a home or condo in Park City you should know that the cost to remodel starts around $100 per square foot.  Depending on how big of a remodel you would like to do remodel costs can run $250 per square if you want to do a "Park City" style of finishes, and $350+ for exotic finishes.  

Areas Where You'll Find the Most New Construction

New Construction in Park City Golf CommunityYou'll find the most newly built homes in Promontory and the golf communities of Park City.  Areas outside of Park City, but still provide the same lifestyle will include Tuhaye and Red Ledges.  The Canyons will provide the widest selection of newly built condos and there are great options for parcels of land to build on within The ColonyJordanelle real estate will see the most growth over the next twenty years as the area develops around the reservoir and has access to skiing via the Jordanelle Express Gondola and the new Mayflower Development. 

Park City Realtor for New Construction

I have multiple Park City home builders I work with and can refer you to depending on what you're looking to build or remodel.  If you have building questions dealing with real estate you can contact me at (435)200-5478. 

To get started or try the Park City Building Application and general building questions can go to the city at 435-615-5100.  Review our Park City Home Builder Services for Buyers program so we can help make the process of building a home as smooth as possible. 

Why Working with a Realtor is Important When Building a Home

Recent Story #1: I'd like to tell you a few stories about how I add value.  In the middle of updating this blog post I'm sending emails back and forth to a client, I'll call them a client at this point because I'll be listing their home for sale, and helping keep their deal together on building a new home. 

True Story - last week I was contacted by an agent in California that said: "My brother is building a home in Park City and they really need your help."  The agent's brother - let's call him Todd and his wife Teresa (names changed to protect the innocent) went directly to the builder in a new subdivision and made a reservation on a parcel of land and the builder is to build their dream home after the property is platted. 

Well, since Todd and Teresa started looking at the property the developer/builder has been able to re-plat the land into smaller phases and as the next phase is introduced prices go up - that's common around Park City.  Todd and Teresa didn't' expect the price to go up and still really have no idea what the price increase will be when the time comes.   

Teresa has emailed the developer's agent asking questions but not getting any real answers.  The developer continues to kick the can down the road by saying we'll know as soon as the parcel is recorded and it should be recorded soon. 

Well, like most of my clients, Todd and Teresa pay attention to the market, they research the development, builder, and everything else including keeping tabs on the city council meetings and they know that this phase isn't even on the agenda yet.  So when they ask the developer for more details the developer offers their deposit back and tells them that they aren't the right fit.  While the developer may think this is a money issue - it is definitely not a money issue - buyers have the right to know what's going on

That's when I get a phone call saying "Derrik, can you help us we have a meeting tomorrow and I don't know what's going to happen."  Within a few hours, I have everyone calmed down, the meeting pushed out a few days so Todd and Teresa can both be at the meeting and I'll be able to manage everyone's expectations going forward to get through a smooth transaction. 

Recent Story #2: I received a call from a buyer interested in the Park City area for her third home and she wants to spend the summers in Park City.  Within 10-minutes we had her search narrowed down to four areas of Park City she will love and she comes into town a week later. 

On that first trip she finds the area she likes and a beautiful condo with great views that will be perfect for her - the problem is that there is such high demand for the condos that it's dang near impossible to get a reservation.  We were told we missed out on the first phase but the next phase of the development will be available soon. 

I'm a pretty competitive person that likes to win.  I did research to better understand the developer and how they work.  I then tracked down the developer's contract and started submitting an offer every few days.  Lucky for us a buyer canceled in the first phase and my persistence paid off. 

We were able to get a new condo in the Park City area that was everything the client wanted and the biggest bonus was that she was able to obtain the original pricing - saving thousands of dollars.  That's great news when other buyers are out there just hoping that someone will get a call saying they have won a lottery and now can purchase the property.  

I could go on with stories about how I've helped clients find their perfect spot, a great builder, and 20%+ equity in their home upon completion, how a builder didn't adhere to the blueprints and put plumbing through an area where a window should go so my client was able to get the $90,000 basement 90% finished at no cost and many other stories. 

So, if you're thinking about what it costs to build a home in Park City and you want to build a home or even buy a developer product please give me a call so we can make the process of building a home as easy as possible. 

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on May 24, 2018, and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.  The most recent update was August 13, 2021. 

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I would recommend hiring a proper construction estimation engineer who would be a professional in estimating the costs of the construction equipment, supplies etc.

Posted by Isabelle on Thursday, December 17th, 2020 at 8:10am

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