Just 13 miles south of Salt Lake City, Sandy has always been a prime location for settlement. Nestled at the base of the magnificent Wasatch Mountains, Sandy is the perfect location for those seeking to buy a home in a beautiful suburban city in the Salt Lake Valley. The city’s unusual name isn’t traced to any verifiable origin, but many legends abound. However, Sandy’s legendary appeal is what puts it at the top of places to live in the area.

With easy access to jobs, entertainment and education, home buyers don’t need to look anywhere else beyond Sandy. Home buyers have their choice of historic homes or newer neighborhoods that have sprung up on farmland where crops once grew. This east side city sits on the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains, providing lovely views for many homes built on the benches, as well.

With a population of approximately 87,000 residents, Sandy has emerged from a booming mining town to a place where residents can live the life they’ve always wanted in a suburban city. As a popular bedroom community for decades, Sandy has come into its own by attracting companies and businesses that recognize the benefits of calling the city home. Incorporated in 1893, Sandy is one of the older cities in the valley, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about how the city takes care of residents.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Sandy. Sports fans can take in professional soccer games with Real Salt Lake at the Rio Tinto Stadium in west Sandy. Many sporting leagues are managed by the city for both youth and adults. The Utah Olympic Oval is nearby, and the NBA’s Utah Jazz plays in nearby Salt Lake City. Other outdoor activities include golf at courses like the River Oaks Golf Course or skiing at Alta, Brighton, Deer Valley, Park City and more. With more than 30 parks, Sandy residents can enjoy green spaces and wholesome activities any time. Notable parks for Sandy include Lone Peak Skate Park, Grandpa’s Pond Park, Aspen Meadows Park, Bell Canyon Park, Creekside Park, Flat Iron Park and many more.

When it comes to area attractions, Sandy makes the perfect headquarters for exploring. The Sandy Amphitheater hosts various events, and the city puts together a number of festivals and celebrations like the Balloon Festival, Deck the Hall, Fourth of July Celebration, Heritage Festival, movies in the park and so much more. For arts and culture, residents can enjoy performances organized by the Sandy Arts Guild which include theater, concerts, art shows and youth theater groups. Other area attractions include South Towne Expo Center, Living Planet Aquarium, Gardner Village, Sandy Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Utah Museum of Natural History.

The schools in Sandy are managed by Canyons School District, with a few schools falling under the Jordan School District. With 18 public elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 4 high schools, 1 technical school and 1 alternative high school, Sandy’s youngest residents can get a quality education at any age. Private schools are also options in and around the city. When it comes to getting around Salt Lake Valley, transportation from Sandy is no barrier. The I-15 runs west of Sandy, and U.S. 89 and U.S. 209 go through the city. TRAX light rail extends from downtown Salt Lake City and city buses also reach Sandy.

For home buyers who are looking for a life in a bustling city that is alive with possibility, they should consider Sandy real estate as they begin their search. The options are plentiful and the benefits that living in Sandy will provide make all the difference in picking this city over any of its neighbors.