St George Real Estate Market Conditions Reports and Opinions

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May 6, 2014

Live in St. George and Join a Colorful Race

Live in St. George and Race in ColorSpring is a great time to live in St. George. Enjoy beautiful weather, the budding plants, and the Color Me Rad 5K. Especially if life has been getting you down lately, there is no better way to boost your spirits than to run just for the heck of it, and get splattered with different colors the whole way. Start out in a pearly white t-shirt and come out on the other side looking like a tie dyed hippie. The race takes place on Saturday May 10th, and registration ends soon, so get right on it! If you live in St. George and you have only just heard of this race and it is too late to register, file it away in the back of your mind for next year, and come out and enjoy the spectacle of watching people run around getting splattered with colored corn starch.

Children, adults, and those enjoying their golden years are all welcome to run. Join a team or run solo and enjoy a sweet t-shirt, amazing sunglasses, a race-bib and totally awesome swag from event sponsors. Three waves of runners will take on St. George by storm beginning at 9:00 am, 9:15 am, and 9:30 am. If not participating in the event, come cheer on your buddies who live in St. George or surrounding areas. Check out the course map on-line to scope out the perfect spot to cheer on those crazy enough to brighten up their lives by running in this event.

May 1, 2014

Opera Comes to St. George Homes

Musicians play near St. George homesLife in St. George homes is much different today than it was in the days of the founding of St. George. Early pioneers dealt with a barren land and worked hard to grow cotton and grapes. Summers were very hot, water and food were scarce, and death and disease were prominent. Residents of southern Utah needed some hope and a way to escape the burdens of everyday life. Luckily, many of the residents were writers, actors, singers, and poets. Community members organized events such as parties, dances, and performances for those living in St. George homes to attend to take their minds off of the grim realities of everyday life.

Eventually, a public building called the St. George Hall was erected in the city in 1862 as a gathering place for entertainment and education. Over time, more public buildings were erected and added. Many plays and musicals graced the stage and allowed residents to take a break from reality. In the early 1900’s the social hall became known as the “Opera House.” This facility functioned for over 50 years and was sold in the 1930’s to become a sugar beet seed cleaning plant. Over the years the building became abandoned, and luckily was purchased again in the late 1980’s with the intent of returning it to its former glory. Today, St. George home owners get to once again enjoy this historic place and laugh and cry just as early settlers did. Learn more about this historical landmark by visiting the Opera House at 212 N. Main.

April 28, 2014

Entertain Small Visitors Near Your St. George Home

Dress up for fun near your St. George HomeChildren or grandchildren will love living in or visiting your St. George home because that also means they will be able to visit the St. George Children's Museum. This new, inexpensive museum offers educational exhibits, fun things to play on and with, and classes to get kids learning, imagining, and moving. Opened in November, 2013, the St. George Children's Museum charges only on a pay-as-you-will basis with a suggested donation of $3.00 per person. Those living in a St. George home can also consider purchasing an annual membership for only $75.00 for a family of four. Members have sole access to the museum on Mondays from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

The St. George Children's Museum exists to allow a safe place for children and their families to explore, discover, and create. With many different exhibits, activities, and classrooms, children and caregivers will find something new and exciting every visit. Learn about music, mirrors, radio and fighting fires. Climb and enjoy a tree house, roam around the desert, check out an airplane, and make a deposit in the bank. The facility is even available to book for parties. It will be no problem getting the wiggles out and enjoying some time away from your home in St. George in a fun and educational place.

April 25, 2014

Time to Golf if You Live in St. George

Kids in St. George learn to golf.Young golfers who live in St. George have a great opportunity to experience St. George this summer. Participate in St. George City Junior Association of Golfers (JAG), but be sure to register as soon as possible, because things will be getting underway soon. JAG rules, application, and policies as well as all classes, clinics, and tournament information can all be found on-line. All new members to JAG must register for a Rules School Class before obtaining a JAG card. Rules School will be available May 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, and 23rd. Free instructional clinics will also be available June 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th. These clinics will take place at the St. George Golf Center at Southgate from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and will include all aspects of the game such as full swing, dealing with bunkers, putting, and chipping.

Once golfers have refreshed their skills, they get to experience St. George and all its beauty throughout the summer participating in tournaments. Golfers must register first for their JAG membership and then will be eligible to register for each tournament they wish to participate in. Be sure to get registered at least one week before the event to be eligible to participate. There will be eight tournaments, all wonderful opportunities for those who live in St. George, and also a chance to earn points! Who will be the champion this year? Enjoy the beauty of southern Utah, and have a great summer golfing and being able to experience St. George. Register online by clicking here.

If you're looking for Golf Course homes for sale in St George, visit the St George Golf Course Homes tab to find a list of all MLS listed homes for sale on (or near) a golf course in St George.  

April 11, 2014

St George and SunRiver Market Report April 2014

First quarter real estate sales for 2014 have been rather slow, though somewhat typical for this time of the year here in St George Utah. It seems new construction has experienced some price reductions, though this can be considered more of a price adjustment since prices become somewhat inflated during the Parade of Homes. This makes it a little more difficult to say if prices have come “down” or just adjusted back to where they were prior to the Parade. Spring however, is showing movement. I’ve had an extreme surge of interest and calls from buyers who plan to arrive to look at homes, and speaking with several agents around town, it seems this is a trend. This could mean that our next quarter sales will increase, perhaps dramatically.

St George Sold Home Statistics

As of today (April 11, 2014) there are 1,269 ACTIVE homes for sale in St George (greater St George area—which includes St George, Washington, Santa Clara, and Ivins) and there are 348 PENDING. In the past 30 days 234 homes have SOLD in St George. This is showing improvement over last month, yet very typical when comparing 2013 and 2012 (sales usually begin to increase as of March).

SunRiver St George Home Sales

Sunriver, though included in the above statistics (it is St George) is somewhat of an independent community. Currently, there are 76 ACTIVE homes for sale in SunRiver. This is a bit of a jump over their past few months but this is a fairly normal amount of homes to be listed here at any given time. I’ve noticed there is more new construction listed on the MLS as compared to months past. Presumably this is because the Sunriver sales office is also slower; they tend to place more homes on the MLS so that outside agents who specialize as a buyer’s agent (representing the buyer) will bring in more of their buyers. There are 18 homes PENDING in Sunriver and in the past 30 days 21 homes have sold and of those 21 homes, 14 were new construction. There are not many resale homes listed in SunRiver which is assisting new construction to dominate sales in the area. Here is an illustration for Sunriver which shows inventory and sales over the past 2 years.
SunRiver St George Sales
I’ve got an Open House Event in SunRiver on a fantastic listing for an almost-new construction. This home is 1900sqft and offers 2 bedrooms PLUS a Den (could be 3rd bedroom), PLUS a bonus “flex room” (this could be a bedroom, office, theater room, craft room—whatever you’d like). The price is $359,900 and I’ll have an open house running from 11am to 3pm tomorrow (Saturday) April 12, 2014. If you’re in the market for a home in Sunriver—stop by and see this home.  Click the photo below for additional information on this home. Contact Paula Smith today at 435-773-3751

Sunriver home for sale on Songbird

April 11, 2014

Experience Ancestor Square and Get to Know St. George

Farmers Market and other events make St. George real estate homeFor those looking to relocate, Ancestor Square is a great reason to consider St. George real estate. Boasting many restaurants and businesses, this is truly a hub of the community. One additional seasonal asset to the square is The Downtown Farmers Market at Ancestor Square. Running on Saturday mornings from 8:00 am until noon from May to October, this market truly supports local farmers, bakers, and craftsmen. It also promotes the organic gardening movement sweeping southern Utah. Residents, visitors, and St George real estate owners alike enjoy peaceful Saturday mornings browsing the vendor booths, stocking up on local produce, crafts, and handmade goods while listening to live music and enjoying the fresh air.

Keeping products local and having a high standard for responsible farming is becoming more and more important to many people in this day and age. Choices for shopping beyond the local grocery stores are a great way to support the local farmers, bakers, and craftsmen of southern Utah. This market also brings the entire community together. It is easy to meet new people and learn new things about your own garden by chatting with the vendors and other buyers. Consider a move to southern Utah and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of your very own piece of St. George real estate.  To view all homes for sale in St George, visit my Property Search page or contact Paula Smith Red Rock Real Estate today.

April 9, 2014

St. George Real Estate is Home to Great Trails

Enjoy St. George trails and pathsThe natural beauty of the city is one of the great reasons to own St. George real estate. St. George maintains an extensive park and trail system so that residents can enjoy the outdoors close to home. The trail system includes those that are paved and those that have a natural surface. The city has a long term vision that these trails will be used for alternative transportation in years to come. Imagine the ability to bike from your St. George real estate home base to work or the market. It will be a great way to get exercise in as a normal part of your daily routine.  

The trail system in St. George is open to pedestrians, bikers, and skaters, including those on skateboards, inline skates, and roller skates. Pedestrians have the right of way. Dogs and other pets are allowed on the trails, as long as they are leashed and their waste is cleaned up. The Temple Quarry Trail is a scenic 2.1 mile long trail. It provides beautiful views of St. George real estate and Green Valley. The Bear Claw Poppy Trail is 5.5 miles long. It can be either an out-and-back trail or an 11.5 mile loop, if you take a few city streets. To view a full list of trail guidelines and find a list of trails and their lengths and amenities, click here.



April 4, 2014

Own St. George UT Real Estate? Go Fish!

Fishing Near St. George UT Real EstateOne of the great things about owning St. George UT real estate is the city’s recreation program.  There are so many different classes and sports to choose from.  One fun programs is fishing!  April is a great month for fishing in St. George.  The Fishing Derby for kids 12 and under is held on Saturday, April 5th.  Kids who live on St. George UT real estate can participate for free in this introduction to fishing, held at TAWA Ponds, 2300 W. Snow Canyon Parkway.

The Youth Community Fishing Program will also be held in April.  For three Thursdays, April 10th to April 24th, kids ages 8 to 12 can learn the basics of angling.  Equipment is provided.  Participants will learn knot-tying, casting, how to identify fish, angler etiquette, and fishing regulations.  Classes will be held at Skyline Pond, 600 East Skyline Drive from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost to register is only $18.

If you own St. George UT real estate and would like to find a stocked fishing pond near your home visit the city’s recreation page.  It also has information about amenities at the ponds, such as restrooms, picnic tables, benches, and a pavilion.  You can also learn more about the fishing classes offered to kids by clicking here




April 2, 2014

Love the Outdoors? Consider St. George Real Estate

Golf and St. George real estateThe growth of St. George and the St. George real estate market can be attributed to many things including the natural beauty, weather, and locations such as Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club. This private gated golf community offers golf, spa services, fine dining, and wedding and banquet facilities. For a limited time, non-residents can also consider a regular Equity Membership.  The 18 hole Johnny Miller signature golf course makes its way through ancient black lava flows, meandering streams, and has magnificent views of daunting red cliffs.  A great round of golf awaits all athletes. 

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March 27, 2014

Pottery Classes Offered Near St. George UT Homes

Create pottery near St. George UT HomesThe Recreation Center is one of the best resources near St. George UT homes.  There are great exercise, swimming, and sports facilities.  The Recreation Center also offers many hobby classes.  People who have dreamed of making and designing their own pottery for their St. George UT homes should check out the beginning and intermediate pottery wheel class that’s starting in April.  

Beginners will learn how to center on a wheel.  They’ll make a mug, bowl, plate, and a vase.  Intermediate students will be able to work on projects of their choice.  They’ll also learn advanced techniques, including lidded containers.  Cost for the class is $65.  It includes clay, glazings, and firings.  Classes will be held on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m.  The first class is April 7th.  The last is April 28th.  Three other sessions will meet Wednesdays, beginning April 2nd and going until April 23rd.  Class times are noon to 2 p.m. for Session 2; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for Session 3; or 7 to 9 p.m. for Session 4.  Registration is currently open.  To learn more and register, click here. Also take note of the classes offered in May, June, and July.  Get started on a fun and practical hobby and meet others who live in St. George UT homes!