Living in St. GeorgeIyna Bort Caruso
St. George, Utah, is where red sandstone cliffs meet blue skies 300 sunny days a year. This fast-growing city is the seat of Washington County located in the southwest corner of the state. Las Vegas is about 120 miles away and Zion, Utah’s most visited national park, is 43 miles away. A trip to Grand Canyon can be made in a day.
Within in a 20-year period of St. George’s establishment, the most important buildings in the city were built: The St. George Utah Temple with its telltale white plaster façade, the Washington County Courthouse and the St. George Opera House and Social Hall, all three of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The temple towers over the city of low-rise pioneer-era homes and offices.
St. George has experienced growth spurts throughout its history, transitioning into an area with resort appeal when its first golf course was built in 1965. A dozen courses followed in Washington County, spurring some to call the region the, “Palm Springs of Utah.”
The geographically diverse and ruggedly beautiful landscape lends itself to activities beyond the links such as biking, hiking, cliff climbing and horseback riding. Active retirees are especially drawn here for its enviable lifestyle and climate. Moderate winters offer four-season recreation.
The landscape provides a stunning backdrop for St. George’s most exclusive neighborhoods, most of which are located in the hills and mesas. Buyers can select from properties in luxury golf communities, equestrian estates, secluded ranches and, perhaps most desirable, residences with views protected forever.