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Utah’s greenest homes? Try blue-collar South Salt Lake

Geothermal and solar features, affordability add up to edgy South Salt Lake community.

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"I’ve always thought that people would be interested in living there because it’s very close to downtown, and it’s a nice, quiet area," he says. "It’s a blue-collar area, but it’s a nice area."

On the market just six months, TerraSol has managed to attract a mix of families, international buyers and former downtown renters who still ride their bikes to work, according to Garbett.

At a glance

TerraSol by the numbers

60 homes ranging from $194,000 to $259,000.

Monthly electric bills as low as $5, gas bills $7.

40 detached units have three bedrooms, 2.5 baths.

Development at 3550 S. 300 East is 65 percent sold.

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"They value the look, the architecture, the location," he says. "And they especially value the energy efficiency."

In turn, once-industrial South Salt Lake has a new color: green.


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