It has been almost two years since Craig Nielsen struggled to hold back tears as he conveyed plans to sell his historic, park-like family owned, since the 1940’s, property at 2178 East 1700 South in Sugar House. Citing the high–$10,000–property taxes and the challenges in maintaining the property with his family now grown and gone as the factors most impacting it, Nielsen said the decision was, nonetheless, a difficult one.
Neighbors, who had enjoyed the property for its beautiful landscaping and trees as well as the Nielsen’s hospitality over the years as they invited the neighborhood to various functions including an annual 4th of July celebration, and who were often graciously allowed to hold wedding receptions and other functions there, were dismayed.
All of the above are now nostalgic memories as the old Nielsen property—presently known as Soleil Cove, was excavated last summer (with the exception of the old Nielsen home itself, which is, for the present, being used as a construction office), so that sewer lines, street paving, and curb and gutter construction could take place. The actual street side portion of the circle and lot fronts have been elevated and slope towards the rear, particularly those on the southwest portion of the circle.
At an August, 2010 Salt Lake City Planning Commission Hearing, most of the neighboring residents on the south side of the development (north side of Blaine Avenue) requested fencing, which was approved and has now been installed by way of a golden-stained cedar planked enclosure across the entire south side of the property.
The McKonkies, neighbors to the west of the property impacted by the first three lots on the west side of the circle, including the single ‘flag lot’ (lot behind a lot) which borders both the McKonkies as well as residents to the south, had initially requested a solid concrete wall, both to diffuse initial construction noise, and following that, both the loss of privacy and the previous park-like view of the Nielsen property. They have, instead, also opted for solid cedar fencing as well, though gray-green in color, along the south (rear) and east sides of their property, the latter meeting existing open slat iron fencing from 1700 South.
Counting the existing original Nielsen house that will ultimately be demolished, there are a total of eight lots. Lot 6, on the northeast side of the circle has been sold. Lot sizes vary from .17 to .28 acres, and potential home sizes—interested buyers may design a customer floor plan through Element Design to be built by Able Construction, vary from about 3,400 to 5,000 square feet. Anticipated prices range from $699,000 to $899,000, depending on final size and finish choice. The spec house, nearly completed, on the southwest side of the circle, just off 1700 South, is priced at $839,000.
Both the spec home located at 1710 Soleil Cove (1710 South 2170 East) and remaining lots are being marketed by Plumb and Company Realtors. For more information, contact Bob Plumb at:
- 801-580-8149 (cell)
- 801-486-7428 (office)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email)