NATURAL WONDER

By: JEAN NAYAR

Red Ledges, a spectacular emerging community in a scenic mountain valley in Utah, embodies four-season healthy living at its finest.

 

Home to world-class ski resorts that have long drawn affluent outdoorsmen to its breathtaking mountain ranges, canyons, and valleys in the winter months, Utah’s Heber Valley has more recently become a four-season playground for adventure-seekers who appreciate activities like hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Many of these health and nature buffs are putting down roots in Red Ledges, an enchanting private enclave in the heart of the scenic valley.

Created by two Fortune 500 CEOs, Tony Burns and Nolan Archibald, the Red Ledges community—which is located just outside of the well-known town of Park City where the Sundance Film Festival takes place each year and recreational offerings abound—was established in 2007 and envisioned as a place where generations of families come together to align with nature and do the things they love. Today, the members-only development has grown to include roughly 420 homes and is expected to include about 1,200 residences when fully built out.

“The idea was to preserve and share the beauty of the land in a community where families could enjoy a four-season mountain lifestyle,” says Burns, whose relatives have owned parts of the land since the mid-19th century. “My wife is a descendant of John Jordan II, an English immigrant who came west with the pioneers, settled in Salt Lake City, and was sent to explore Heber Valley in 1859. Eventually, the family started farming hay and later incorporated livestock. Bill Jordan, my father-in-law, was one of the first ranchers to raise both ewes and Hereford cattle here—and his best cowhand was his daughter and my wife, Joyce.”

While much of the family’s land served as a starting point for the community, the principals amassed the balance of the 2,000 acres that now comprise Red Ledges over the course of 33 years. “From the beginning, I knew it would not be a typical golf club,” says Burns. “We wanted the amenity offerings to embrace all seasons. So our racket sports, equestrian facilities, access to two private slopeside lounges, and world-class skiing at Deer Valley Resort have become just as attractive to the members as our award-winning golf offerings.”

Various levels of club memberships and association dues also entitle residents to a wide array of other privileges, including the community’s tennis and pickleball courts, pool and poolside services, and award-winning Wellness Center, which was just named the 2024 Amenity of the Year by Golf Inc. Magazine.

Residences in the community’s signature neighborhoods of Mountain View Village or Park View Villas reinforce Red Ledges’ emphasis on well-being and a connection with nature. “Our HOA-maintained Signature neighborhoods known as Park View Villas and Mountain View Village were positioned within walking distance of the wellness center, which takes full advantage of the spectacular views and includes fitness facilities, a large family pool, a poolside bar and grill, and a rooftop lounge. It also features a dedicated cardio and strength space and a movement studio for a variety of classes and boot camps,” says Red Ledges general manager John Johnson. Also within walking distance are the award-winning racket sports facilities, the unique Nicklaus Signature 12-hole Golf Park, and, when the snow flies, the groomed Winter Adventure Trail, where members can snowshoe, snow bike, walk, or sled at various skill levels along six trails looping through the property.

“When we wrote the design guidelines that apply to any home built in Red Ledges, it was important to keep the materials as natural to the environment as possible,” adds Johnson. “So natural stone, real wood siding, and steel make the homes authentic to the area while embracing the beauty of traditional and modern mountain luxury homes.”

Prices for Park View Villa townhomes start at $1.4 million, Mountain View Village homes start at $2.31 million, and custom homes range from the high $2 million to more than $14 million.

 

 

 

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