January 21, 2018

Cedar Hills, Utah

Life in Cedar Hills, Utah, explained by people who’ve lived in Cedar Hills:

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Cedar Hills Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Cedar Hills?

  • I don’t know, the people? (Mary, 5 months)
  • Quiet. (Peter, 8 months)
  • Neighbors. (Aiko, 1 year)
  • Home town feeling. (Jodi, 1.5 years)
  • Neighbors!! (Gustavo, 2 years)
  • Accessibility to American Fork Canyon. (Nicole, 2 years)
  • Being near the temple. (Jenny, 2.5 years)
  • Small community feel, close to mountains/canyon, trails and parks. (Ashleigh, 3 years)
  • Being so close to the American Fork canyon. (Danielle, 3 years)
  • It’s beautiful! (Kristy, 3 years)
  • Views. (Lanette, 3 years)
  • Neighbors. (Melissa, 3 years)
  • Quiet neighborhood. (Phil, 3.5 years)
  • Close to the mountains. (Shauna, 4 years)
  • The mountains and my neighbors. (Jamie, 4.5 years)
  • Clean, peaceful community. (Anonymous, 5.5 years)
  • The views, the neighbors, and being up from the valleys. (Cliff, 5.5 years)
  • Beauty. (Michelle, 7 years)
  • Trail system. (Julie, 9 years)
  • The trail system and Marco’s Pizza. (Ken, 10 years)
  • Small, clean, family friendly community. (Kristin, 10 years)
  • The mountains. (Tiffany, 10 years)
  • It’s beautiful location. (Patty, 11.5 years)
  • It’s quiet. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • Nice family-friendly neighborhood that doesn’t have commercial/industrial running through it. Awesome community feel. (Jeanne, 16 years)
  • The parks and trails. (Angela, 17 years)
  • People. (Rachelle, 18 years)
  • Family culture. (Travis, 18 years)
  • My ward, our neighborhood and the friends our children have made and continue to associate with even in their late teens and 20’s. Love the small town feel. Love the schools surrounding us. (Leann, 19 years)
  • Golf course, trails/parks, people, neighborhoods, good schools, Walmart. (Mike, 20 years)
  • The people, parks and schools. (Karina, 22 years)
  • View of the valley. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Feels safe, clean, no bugs, good community, great school. (Christie, 25 years)
  • Close to mountains. (Shellie, 26 years)
  • Close to the mountains. (Alan, 27 years)

Cedar Hills Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Cedar Hills?

  • The stupid “can’t park in the road when there’s snow” law. (Mary, 5 months)
  • Raccoons. (Peter, 8 months)
  • Far from the highway. (Aiko, 1 year)
  • Honestly, I don’t have a least favorite thing. (Jodi, 1.5 years)
  • Not having an aquatic center. (Gustavo, 2 years)
  • The lack of SODALICIOUS. (Nicole, 2 years)
  • There are no restaurants or recreational facilities, very few fast food, stores. We have to go to another city for everything we do. (Jenny, 2.5 years)
  • Small Rec center (without fitness rooms, etc) and no library. (Ashleigh, 3 years)
  • I wish we had some kind of an outdoor skate park/rink or community gym or something of the likes for the older kids. (Danielle, 3 years)
  • The city and local amenities. (Kristy, 3 years)
  • Cluttered yards, narrow streets. (Lanette, 3 years)
  • Diversity. (Melissa, 3 years)
  • The representation. (Phil, 3.5 years)
  • Having to pay for the golf course. (Shauna, 4 years)
  • There is no library and limited shopping—most good shopping is in American Fork or Orem/Provo. (Jamie, 4.5 years)
  • Not enough beautiful open space. (Anonymous, 5.5 years)
  • Bedroom communities don’t have much in the way of city services. (Cliff, 5.5 years)
  • Not enough business/restaurants /entertainment. (Michelle, 7 years)
  • No library. (Julie, 9 years)
  • The number of kids playing in the parks late at night and the inability to get AFPD to do anything about it. (Ken, 10 years)
  • No rec center. I have to go to Pleasant Grove. (Kristin, 10 years)
  • Canyon road. (Tiffany, 10 years)
  • Bickering about the golf course. (Patty, 11.5 years)
  • The government. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • Crazy people always fighting the city and costing us exorbitant legal fees. Please make them go away. (Jeanne, 16 years)
  • The political division. (Angela, 17 years)
  • The crazy politics. (Rachelle, 18 years)
  • Politics. (Travis, 18 years)
  • No rec center in this city. So disappointing. (Leann, 19 years)
  • Bad political information brought by extremists. (Mike, 20 years)
  • The golf course and people speeding through neighborhoods. (Karina, 22 years)
  • The golf course. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Not close to the freeway, which is also a pro to some. (Christie, 25 years)
  • Commercial growth. (Shellie, 26 years)
  • Political contention. (Alan, 27 years)

Cedar Hills Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Cedar Hills?

  • Drive? (Mary, 5 months)
  • Parks and food trucks. (Peter, 8 months)
  • I love the walking/bike trails. Some very nice neighborhood parks. (Jodi, 1.5 years)
  • Walk, bike, golf. (Gustavo, 2 years)
  • The walking trails are amazing. (Nicole, 2 years)
  • Walk in the park by Walmart… the one with a stream. (Jenny, 2.5 years)
  • Be outside, food truck Wednesdays, Viking, running on trails, golfing. (Ashleigh, 3 years)
  • Nothing really. We seriously need a real park with several activities focusing on the older kids. (Danielle, 3 years)
  • Outdoor recreation, city family events. (Kristy, 3 years)
  • Parks, lakes, trails. (Lanette, 3 years)
  • Walk to the park by the stream, Cedar Hills family Festival. (Melissa, 3 years)
  • Go to the park. (Phil, 3.5 years)
  • Hike. (Shauna, 4 years)
  • Family Festival in June, shows in Heritage Park, the playgrounds, the Murdock Canal Trail for biking. (Jamie, 4.5 years)
  • Take walks, visit with neighbors. (Anonymous, 5.5 years)
  • Snow, trails, golf! (Cliff, 5.5 years)
  • Trails, parks. (Michelle, 7 years)
  • Parks and trails. (Julie, 9 years)
  • Walk the many trails and visit the Food Trucks in the warmer months. (Ken, 10 years)
  • Parks, feed ducks at the pond, go on walks and bike rides, food trucks, annual carnival, and fireworks. (Kristin, 10 years)
  • Walking paths and parks. (Tiffany, 10 years)
  • Golf, trails, parks. (Patty, 11.5 years)
  • Sledding and biking and walking trails and parks. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • Best fireworks show ever!! Trails, walk the neighborhoods and see friendly faces. Lovely reception option. Mountain, lake and temple views. Quiet, professional community. (Jeanne, 16 years)
  • Play at the park, ride your bike to get a snow cone or go to Harts. (Angela, 17 years)
  • Walk, ride bikes, golf, near AF canyon for hikes, snowshoeing, activities at Tibblefork. (Rachelle, 18 years)
  • Parks and trails. (Travis, 18 years)
  • Golf, parks, walking, jogging, biking. Love the celebration every early summer. (Leann, 19 years)
  • Golf, hiking walking, Family Festival. (Mike, 20 years)
  • Cedar hills days and walking through heritage and sunset parks. (Karina, 22 years)
  • Leave town to more fun places. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Go to the park, walk the trails, be with family. (Christie, 25 years)
  • Parks. (Shellie, 26 years)
  • Walk the trails, food truck rally, city celebration. (Alan, 27 years)

Cedar Hills’s Reputation

What’s Cedar Hills known for?

  • The fun roundabout? (Mary, 5 months)
  • Nice place to live. (Peter, 8 months)
  • Golf course. (Aiko, 1 year)
  • The golf course. (Jodi, 1.5 years)
  • Expensive homes, but best place to raise kids. (Gustavo, 2 years)
  • Nice little neighborhoods. (Jenny, 2.5 years)
  • Safe, close knit community with great schools and great people. (Ashleigh, 3 years)
  • The beautiful stream that runs through Heritage Park and being up on the hill side. (Danielle, 3 years)
  • Golf course. (Kristy, 3 years)
  • I think it’s golf and hiking trails. (Lanette, 3 years)
  • Friendly and clean. (Melissa, 3 years)
  • Nobody knows cedar hills. (Phil, 3.5 years)
  • Mountains. (Shauna, 4 years)
  • Good views of Utah Valley, expensive housing. (Jamie, 4.5 years)
  • Being high-end; classy. (Anonymous, 5.5 years)
  • Less expensive housing than surrounding communities but same views. (Cliff, 5.5 years)
  • Bad debt and golf course. (Julie, 9 years)
  • Heritage Park and Food Trucks. (Ken, 10 years)
  • Small and cute, but expensive community. (Kristin, 10 years)
  • Being quiet and low crime and food people. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • Family-friendly city without the uppity nature of surrounding cities. (Jeanne, 16 years)
  • Parks. (Angela, 17 years)
  • Crazy politics. (Rachelle, 18 years)
  • Golf course scandal. (Travis, 18 years)
  • The Golf Course dilemma (which is RIDICULOUS!!) (Leann, 19 years)
  • Great place to live. (Mike, 20 years)
  • Not sure? Maybe the golf course? (Karina, 22 years)
  • Whether or not beer should be sold, whether or not stores should be open on Sundays, false promises of profit on the golf course. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Great fireworks during the city celebration! (Christie, 25 years)
  • Golf course, small town atmosphere. (Alan, 27 years)

Cedar Hills Crime

What’s the crime like in Cedar Hills? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • We have not personally experienced any crime issues since moving here. A few months back there were some car break ins. (Jodi, 1.5 years)
  • Crime NOT IN OUR TOWN. (Nicole, 2 years)
  • Average to low. (Jenny, 2.5 years)
  • Not sure. (Ashleigh, 3 years)
  • Seems to be random cars broken into. Haven’t heard anything more than that. (Danielle, 3 years)
  • Average. (Kristy, 3 years)
  • Increasing for sure, parks are not as safe. (Lanette, 3 years)
  • Low crime but some teen mischief like egging houses and turning off power boxes. (Melissa, 3 years)
  • Above the national average. (Phil, 3.5 years)
  • Is there crime? If there is, it would be by the shopping but I know a neighbor whose cars were broken into on Sage Road last week. And I’ve had a hammock stolen from my front yard when we first moved here. (Jamie, 4.5 years)
  • Not too bad. (Anonymous, 5.5 years)
  • No problems. (Cliff, 5.5 years)
  • We have had several items stolen from our garage and property. More theft than anywhere we have lived in the past. (Michelle, 7 years)
  • Occasional burglaries in nicer neighborhoods. (Julie, 9 years)
  • Relatively low, with the exception of a few bored teens who do stupid things. (Ken, 10 years)
  • Not too bad. Quite a bit of kids breaking into cars. (Kristin, 10 years)
  • Low crime, keep your garage closed and your car locked. (Tiffany, 10 years)
  • Vandalism at park restrooms. (Patty, 11.5 years)
  • It’s not without crime. We still keep our doors locked at all times. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • Occasional park vandalism, occasional theft and every city has domestic situations and sex offenders so there’s always some. But it’s not blatant here. I feel safer letting my kids play outside here. (Jeanne, 16 years)
  • Low crime rate but keep your garages closed. (Angela, 17 years)
  • Vandalism at parks, some vandalism at homes, like egging. (Rachelle, 18 years)
  • Little to none that I know of. (Travis, 18 years)
  • It’s on the rise (which is so tragic). (Leann, 19 years)
  • Very low. (Mike, 20 years)
  • Occasionally and usually they get one or two streets. (Karina, 22 years)
  • Minimal crime. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Low crime. (Christie, 25 years)
  • Minimal. (Shellie, 26 years)
  • Lots of car burglaries. (Alan, 27 years)

Cedar Hills Advice

Any advice for people moving to Cedar Hills?

  • Get active in the community. (Peter, 8 months)
  • It’s an amazing place with good mix of old and new people. You’ll love it. (Aiko, 1 year)
  • It’s a great place to live. We love it! (Jodi, 1.5 years)
  • Enjoy your neighborhood! (Gustavo, 2 years)
  • Enjoy life. (Nicole, 2 years)
  • It’s nice but you will be driving everywhere else to get things done. (Jenny, 2.5 years)
  • Welcome! (Ashleigh, 3 years)
  • It’s a wonderful area to live with a great elementary school in a safe location. (Danielle, 3 years)
  • Not much for single adults drive slow lots of cute kids, animals roaming. (Lanette, 3 years)
  • Get to know your neighbors because most likely they are awesome people. (Melissa, 3 years)
  • You’ll be glad you did. (Phil, 3.5 years)
  • Don’t because the taxes are so high paying for non essentials things. (Shauna, 4 years)
  • Get used to driving a ways for stuff—our Walmart doesn’t carry everything. And use the American Fork Library, not the Pleasant Grove one. It has a better selection. Best grocery shopping is Smiths in Lehi. Oh, and get an American Fork Canyon Pass—it’s practically your backyard now, and its the best! (Jamie, 4.5 years)
  • Get to know your neighbors. (Anonymous, 5.5 years)
  • Enjoy the good luck. (Cliff, 5.5 years)
  • You will love the schools. (Julie, 9 years)
  • Not a lot of good internet services and TV service without a paid service is almost impossible (Lots of spotty antennae reception). (Ken, 10 years)
  • Get a no soliciting sign! So much soliciting up here. (Kristin, 10 years)
  • Watch out, the neighbors are friendly. (Tiffany, 10 years)
  • The people are great! It’s quiet and it’s a great place to raise a family. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • You’ll love it!! (Angela, 17 years)
  • Get to know your neighbors and make your neighborhood great. (Rachelle, 18 years)
  • Enjoy it. (Travis, 18 years)
  • Do it! You won’t be sorry. (Leann, 19 years)
  • Great place to live. (Mike, 20 years)
  • You’ll have a lot of friendly neighbors. (Karina, 22 years)
  • Hope you enjoy golf. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • You’ll love it! 🙂 (Christie, 25 years)
  • Great place to live. (Alan, 27 years)

Cedar Hills Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Cedar Hills (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • Enjoyed the food trucks and the fair. (Peter, 8 months)
  • All my neighbors are pleasant people! (Gustavo, 2 years)
  • Just ordinary every day stuff here. (Jenny, 2.5 years)
  • I love love LOVE the carnivals at Heritage Park at the beginning of every summer. I love that we have something called Cedar Hills Days and all that week there is something going on each day. (Danielle, 3 years)
  • Our family loves the yearly family festival – the kids and adults spend hours playing and relaxing and socializing. (Kristy, 3 years)
  • I planted pansies and other flowers, 60 dollars worth, next morning woke up they were all gone. DEER had a feast. (Lanette, 3 years)
  • My kids love to trick or treat in our neighborhood because people hand out homemade fries, homemade root beer, homemade butter beer, and homemade donuts with all the fixings. Up the hill they hand out nachos, cookies, popcorn, cotton candy, hot chocolate, and full sized candy bars. The neighborhoods have a friendly safe atmosphere where kids can ride their bikes to nearby friends houses, play basketball, go for walk on the trail, or sit under a tree by the stream reading a book. Cedar Hills is paradise! We moved from San Diego and love living here! (Melissa, 3 years)
  • We adore our neighborhood—we like to take walks and chat with neighbors. Friendliest people in Utah! (Jamie, 4.5 years)
  • I was impressed that the fire department helped an elderly woman get out of a stalled elevator very kindly and quickly. (Anonymous, 5.5 years)
  • Very helpful neighbors. (Cliff, 5.5 years)
  • Love the fireworks. (Julie, 9 years)
  • Trying to drive up any steep hill after a snow storm before the plows come…if they come. (Ken, 10 years)
  • Our family loves the yearly fireworks show, we plan our lives around it :). Love that family time. (Jeanne, 16 years)
  • We love the Cedar Hills days festival. The dinner, movie and carnival are great. (Angela, 17 years)
  • Ski bus. Love it. (Travis, 18 years)
  • There are too many to mention. We’ve loved all of our experiences here. (Leann, 19 years)
  • Training for runs on CH trails. (Mike, 20 years)
  • The green belt was behind my house and we would always play back there and make tree houses. Before the houses were developed on the hill, we would play on the gravel pits and in the “polywog” pond. I love the cedar hills celebration and the fireworks. I loved that in the past they did the fire truck and they would spray everyone with water! (Christie, 25 years)
  • The tremendous growth over the past 27 years. (Alan, 27 years)

Cedar Hills’s Future

How do you think Cedar Hills will change over the next 10 years?

  • More businesses and residential. (Peter, 8 months)
  • It will be less land and a lot of houses will be built. Hopefully, there will be a road to cut through straight to Lehi or American Fork. (Aiko, 1 year)
  • I think the traffic will increase as some of the farming fields continue to be developed. (Jodi, 1.5 years)
  • Some new stores by Walmart. Aquatic center please. (Gustavo, 2 years)
  • Hoping they will build some practice or fun things to do here. (Jenny, 2.5 years)
  • Hopefully more outdoor attractions for older kids. We would love to have an outdoor skating/scooter ring like Herriman. And what a great way for our little town to make some extra Revenue but still very affordable for kids to go there and hang out. It would also be nice to see more businesses be built that would allow the youth to find jobs close to home. (Danielle, 3 years)
  • Not sure. (Kristy, 3 years)
  • Crowded, traffic, lots rental homes and apts. (Lanette, 3 years)
  • I think it will be a more touristy place to stay because they will build vacation places up the canyon. (Melissa, 3 years)
  • I think shopping will grow and we will hopefully dig ourselves out of the golf course debt. I would love to see a proper city center with a real city hall, library, ice cream shop, museum, splash pad, restaurants, etc. I love how my kids can walk to their schools or bus stops, and it would be fun to have more family events we could walk to as well. (Jamie, 4.5 years)
  • I think it could become run-down because of so many new rentals. (Anonymous, 5.5 years)
  • About the same for 10 years, but 20 will start bringing more rentals to the community. (Cliff, 5.5 years)
  • Hopefully won’t except for commercial land. (Julie, 9 years)
  • I’m hoping there will be more commercial development and recreation center/swimming pools but I kind of doubt it. (Ken, 10 years)
  • More little businesses, which will be great and fun. (Kristin, 10 years)
  • It will get more crowded. (Anonymous, 15 years)
  • I hope for more retail and a splash pad and exercise building of some kind like a Rec center. (Jeanne, 16 years)
  • There will be a few more houses and businesses but not much will change. (Angela, 17 years)
  • Close to landlocked and developed. Worried taxes will have to increase to cover drop in building permits. (Travis, 18 years)
  • I’m afraid too many people will move in. We kinda love the small town feel. (Leann, 19 years)
  • Mature, little growth. (Mike, 20 years)
  • More developments. (Christie, 25 years)
  • More people, more commercial. (Shellie, 26 years)
  • Development of the land by Walmart. (Alan, 27 years)

Cedar Hills Facts

Any other interesting facts about Cedar Hills?

  • It’s a beautiful place to live. (Gustavo, 2 years)
  • Very rocky. Hilly. (Lanette, 3 years)
  • 1 mile above sea level high at the highest point. (Melissa, 3 years)
  • I’m actually writing a history of Cedar Hills and its predecessor, Manila, so I could tell you a LOT. (Jamie, 4.5 years)
  • It’s a happy place to live. (Anonymous, 5.5 years)
  • Lots of meeting houses. (Cliff, 5.5 years)
  • Good people. (Julie, 9 years)
  • There seems to be more than its fair share of over-the-top and sometimes crazy people pushing their skewed political agendas. (Ken, 10 years)
  • We live so close to the mouth of the canyon! (Angela, 17 years)
  • We have a wonderful mayor and City Council. We have an amazing golf course. The neighborhood we live in was a huge orchard 40 years ago. (Leann, 19 years)
  • Stable competent city management. (Mike, 20 years)