Central city is the central core of Salt Lake. It encompasses downtown, the library, and even over to the fringes of the University areas. You’ll find a wide range of housing styles and prices from original adobe pioneer cottages, Arts and Crafts bungalows and Victorian two-story beauties, to modern minimalist townhomes. Many of the homes in this area are old, but new ones pop up every so often when developers can manage to snag a plot that needs to be scraped.
One of the greatest features that generally only locals know about is the free, public artesian well at 808 South 500 East. This natural spring-fed source of drinking water has replenished pioneers and their oxen while carrying granite cut from Little Cottonwood Canyon for construction of the Salt Lake LDS Temple. The water comes from a huge underground aquifer that is fed from Red Butte Creek that runs under the University of Utah campus. It is tested every week by Salt Lake City for coliform bacteria and perchlorate and has spigots that accommodate larger containers. It is across the street from the Wasatch Community Gardens, a free gardening area for local residents that offers through it’s non-profit owner classes on urban gardening and raising chickens.
Plenty of transit lines run through this area as well as dedicated bike lanes. There are GREENbikes and electric scooters dotting the neighborhoods. You’ll also find some of the city’s most popular places: Library Square (where the main city library is located, SLCPD headquarters), City Hall, Trolley Square shopping mall, The Grand America hotel and the always popular, Trader Joe’s.
Places To Eat: The Park Café, Tradition, Pig in a Jelly Jar, Manoli’s
Zip code: 84111