South Jordan. Utah: Our Home, Part 26

At VIP Limousine, we could write seemingly endlessly about our home and how much we love it, including all of the cities in Salt Lake County. We have covered most of it, but there are a few Salt Lake suburbs we still want to write about.

This is a city which has quickly become a key player in the state’s economy for business, education, and residential purposes. It has some beautiful streets which will look even more so when the trees mature. It was the first city on earth to have two LDS temples. While it is newer than many of the neighboring areas, it is also quickly becoming one of the most desirable. This is South Jordan, the up-and-coming new favorite city in northern Utah.

The mostly residential and quiet South Jordan has several surprises in store. This is one of the two LDS Temples within the city limits. Photo credit: pinterest.com
The mostly residential and quiet South Jordan has several surprises in store. This is one of the two LDS Temples within the city limits. Photo credit: pinterest.com

In fairness, like its neighbors, South Jordan was settled by the Pioneers in the 1800s, but it was not incorporated until 1935. Sitting south of the bend in the Jordan River, it is bordered by West Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Riverton, Herriman, and the Oquirrh Mountains. The city began, like so many others, with agriculture being the primary industry and economic anchor. As the Salt Lake area’s population grew and changed, however, this also changed in South Jordan.

The city was ripe for development, so multiple neighborhoods and subdivisions began to spring up all around within its borders. The Utah Transit Authority established a FrontRunner commuter rail station and also extended the TRAX Red Line into the city limits, immensely helping access to and from the area. The District is now a humming multi-purpose mall situated near the heart of the city. Long dominated by the spire of the Jordan River Utah Temple, the skyline is now ruled by its neighbor, the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple, which sits on a hilltop overlooking the city. If there is any indication of a major population increased in part of Utah, look no further than Temple construction within a tight area. The Salt Lake valley has 4 alone, but South Jordan has half of them. Both are beautiful edifices which can be seen clearly day and night from around the valley.

Oquirrh Lake is nestled in the Daybreak development and features kayaking and a host of other activities. Photo credit: daybreakliving.com
Oquirrh Lake is nestled in the Daybreak development and features kayaking and a host of other activities. Photo credit: daybreakliving.com

South Jordan does have a reputation of being a bedroom community for Salt Lake City, and that is certainly true in part. The new transportation links and the freeway and highway system helps to move people to and from their jobs up north. However, the city itself is also becoming a location in which to work, not just live and play. Kennecott Utah Copper has their corporate offices in the city limits within striking distance of the mines. Ivanti, the IT company, Saygus, a smartphone manufacturer, Ultradent, Verscend, and a host of other businesses are all headquartered in South Jordan. Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah also have a strong presence, including a branch of The Huntsman Cancer Institute. Also tucked away in South Jordan is the Utah campus of Roseman University of Health Sciences, which has one of the highest-ranked dental schools in the United States.

The Daybreak Parkway TRAX station on the Red Line is one convenient way of accessing the surrounding area, and is at the heart of the Daybreak development. Photo credit: Wikipedia
The Daybreak Parkway TRAX station on the Red Line is one convenient way of accessing the surrounding area, and is at the heart of the Daybreak development. Photo credit: Wikipedia

The big story in South Jordan, though, is the people. The aforementioned dual LDS Temples, The District, and all of the transit lines serve the new and longtime residents of the city, but many are being drawn to the western side, which is home to Daybreak. This beautiful planned community sits at the end of the TRAX Red Line and is home to many upscale residences aimed at families and young people. The amenities include the TRAX stations, SoDa Row, Oquirrh Lake, outdoor recreation and trails, live music venues, and quiet streets with modern houses. It’s the new trending place to be in the Salt Lake valley and offers a slice of downtown SLC living in a quieter setting. Daybreak was started in 2004 and is still growing and building, creating its own identity within South Jordan.

Speaking of people, South Jordan was also the home to Apolo Anton Ohno, the American short track speedskater who rose to great prominence during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Much of his career and training focused on Utah, and he skated for Team USA during the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Olympics.

How's that for a view? The Oquirrh Mountain Temple sits on a hilltop in the middle of South Jordan. Photo credit: ldschurchtemples.org
How’s that for a view? The Oquirrh Mountain Temple sits on a hilltop in the middle of South Jordan. Photo credit: ldschurchtemples.org

With stunning vistas and beautiful developments, South Jordan is becoming the place to be in the Salt Lake valley for living, working, and playing. It’s close but just far away enough to have its own identity, and it’s why we at VIP Limousine love serving there and taking advantage of all it has to offer.

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