Life in Holladay, Utah, explained by people who’ve lived in Holladay:
*Response format = Answer (Your name, How long you’ve lived in Holladay)
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What’s your favorite thing about living in Holladay?
- Neighborhood schools. A sense of support from community when my kids play sports or are involved in productions/performances. Everyone comes out! Banners of student athletes decorate Holladay Blvd, the seats are packed at games and plays, neighbors interact with neighbors at the grocery store or food trucks. It’s like living in Mayberry… a small town feeling and no need to bus students in from other neighborhoods, because we have the numbers to fill our schools. (Suzy, 18 years)
- The mellow, kicked back atmosphere. (Barbara, 20 years)
- Great, safe neighborhoods. (Ed, 25 years)
- The trees. (Gerry, 50 years)
- Ambiance of a lovely hometown with a great view, good schools and good people. (Marilyn, 50 years)
- It’s where my family lives. (Don, 50+ years)
- Use to be the small town feeling but it’s changing too much now. (Kat, 50+ years)
- Safety, clean, suburbs, not many businesses. (Leslie, 62 years)
- It’s my home. (LuAnn, 62 years)
Holladay Least Favorites
What’s your least favorite thing about living in Holladay?
- Wow. Hard to say. I’m a huge fan of just about everything! I think you might hear that there is a lot of competition in Holladay, but I have found that to be something else: for my family, it’s a place where my kids are surrounded by scholars, professionals, creative geniuses, artists and business owners… all who are friendly and eager to motivate the youth and share their wisdom. There is a strong desire for their peers to go to college and kids work hard to achieve in areas that inspire and interest them. Because if this, I feel like my kids reach further and try harder because of the amazing people around them. There is a positive energy to share knowledge and support neighbors. So, definitely amazing capable people that surround us, but I feel like people are generous with their time and willing to share what they have learned with others. (Suzy, 18 years)
- Those tall condos by Sprouts. (Barbara, 20 years)
- The price of the real estate. (Ed, 25 years)
- Occasional rif raf. (Gerry, 50 years)
- It is growing, and changing too fast. (Marilyn, 50 years)
- New businesses. (Leslie, 62 years)
- All the big changes. (LuAnn, 62 years)
Holladay Things To Do
What are fun things to do in Holladay?
- Food trucks, movies, long walks, Olympus High School football and basketball games, plays at OHS, OJH, Cottonwood Elementary, hanging out at the Holladay City Park, bike rides, it’s a great place to go on a run, go to Amy’s for cute presents and clothes, grab a bite to eat in the city center, FABULOUS 4th of July fireworks, neighborhood Trunk or Treat, best place on Halloween night for kids to run around (no big hills!), enjoy the hospitality of neighbors (beautiful tree lined streets and deep lots), time at the library, junior high kids can wander the streets on Friday afternoon, and feel safe and welcomed by the merchants. (Suzy, 18 years)
- Eat and shop. (Barbara, 20 years)
- Evergreen Park, used to go to the mall. (Ed, 25 years)
- Go to parks, eating out. (Gerry, 50 years)
- Walk, bike, climb, fireworks, parks, eat out. (Marilyn, 50 years)
- Walk dog, jog, rec center. (Leslie, 62 years)
- Going to Tony Burgers. (LuAnn, 62 years)
What’s Holladay known for?
- The neighborhood feel, great schools, talented kids, awesome Olympus basketball team, large tree scaped winding roads, big yards, country feel, quiet living. (Suzy, 18 years)
- Cool people. (Barbara, 20 years)
- Olympus Titans. (Ed, 25 years)
- The Cottonwood Mall. (Gerry, 50 years)
- You are almost literally 20 minutes from anywhere in the valley. (Kat, 50+ years)
- Friendly, classy, good schools, beauty. (Marilyn, 50 years)
- Safety. (Leslie, 62 years)
What’s the crime like in Holladay?
- I’ve had my purse stolen twice in 12 years. There’s a lot of construction going around town, and when our street has construction on it, things get a little more active in the crime category. My neighbors have had their mail stolen out of their mailbox and packages off their front porches. (Suzy, 18 years)
- No idea. (Barbara, 20 years)
- Not too much, mainly on the far west side of Holladay. (Ed, 25 years)
- It’s there… (Gerry, 50 years)
- It hasn’t affected me, but I understand it is a problem. (Marilyn, 50 years)
- It’s comparable to the rest of the valley. (Don, 50+ years)
- There is some, but not much. (Kat, 50+ years)
- There used to be no crime in Holladay. (Leslie, 62 years)
- I don’t think it’s too bad. (LuAnn, 62 years)
Any advice for people moving to Holladay?
- Embrace it! Get out of your house and into the shops, streets, schools and activities. Don’t be intimidated. There are so many new friends to make and wonderful traditions to be a part of!! (Suzy, 18 years)
- Expect to pay more for living here. (Barbara, 20 years)
- Have a good job to pay for the house, but if you can afford it, it’s a great place. (Ed, 25 years)
- Don’t, I want to keep it on the small side. (Kat, 50+ years)
- Get involved, and get to know your neighbors. (Marilyn, 50 years)
- Holladay’s very family oriented- not a party area, mostly educated people. (Leslie, 62 years)
Share an experience you’ve had in Holladay (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).
- If I could take a visitor in a perfect day in Holladay, I would start out with a beautiful run down Cottonwood and Walker Lane, up through Haven and Hillsden and past the darling, laughing kids at Cottonwood Elementary. We would bike to SOHO for lunch and maybe stop by for a terrific hair cut at Blues Barbershop. We would hit a movie at the local theater and then shop for cute outfits at Amy’s. For dinner, we would sit out on the patio if Taqueria 27 and watch the “Dancing Grandpa” on the corner of Murray Holladay Road and Holladay Blvd. Then, I would take my visitor to Olympus Hight School for a night out at the football game. The stands would be packed and the half time entertainment would be sensational. Plus, so many new friends to meet! One day in Holladay and they would want to live here forever! These places are where many of my favorite memories in Holladay came from. (Suzy, 18 years)
- Cottonwood Mall back in the good old days (1972-2002). (Barbara, 20 years)
- Growing up there in the 80s was great. Video Vern’s, Carlos Smiths for ice cream, and Olympus beating Skyline in any sport, was great. (Ed, 25 years)
- The Cottonwood Mall. (Kat, 50+ years)
- I grew up here, there are many. A lot had to do with the cottonwood mall. (Marilyn, 50 years)
- Jogging three miles a day when was younger, learning to swim in the house across the street, riding my bike. (Leslie, 62 years)
- I rode on a float for Holladay Eve back in the early 60’s. (LuAnn, 62 years)
How do you think Holladay will change over the next 10 years?
- If the Cottonwood Mall development is built by Ivory Homes, our city will change drastically. LDS church stakes and ward boundaries will change. The traffic will increase enormously. School crowding will occur and the intimacy of Holladay won’t feel the same. I would love to see shops and restaurants, maybe another movie theater and GREEN SPACE for the community to enjoy, but as I watch these greedy developers at meetings I’ve attended, I don’t think they are listening to residents. Thousands of new residents and towering apartments, is not Holladay. I will be so so sad if that is our future in the ten years. (Suzy, 18 years)
- Hopefully, something really nice at the mall site. (Barbara, 20 years)
- Cottonwood Mall site will change the area. 48th and Holladay Blvd now isn’t Holladay. It’s Sugarhouse lite. I wish tearing down and building new would slow down. (Ed, 25 years)
- Hopefully not much more. (Kat, 50+ years)
- I hope the mall will be built finally. NO HIGHRISES! (Marilyn, 50 years)
- It will probably start filling up with more high-rise condos and apartments. (Don, 50+ years)
- More crime, more rentals (thus crime), more businesses, air quality is getting worse. (Leslie, 62 years)
- Not for the better. I don’t like the changes so far. (LuAnn, 62 years)
Any other interesting facts about Holladay?
- People come back. This town is full of generations of families who have loved being raised in Holladay and come back to find properties to raise their own families in Holladay. It’s the hottest real estate in Utah. “For Sale” signs rarely go up because homes are sold by word of mouth. We feel lucky to be here! (Suzy, 18 years)
- Get some chicken at Meier’s. (Ed, 25 years)
- The history of it. (Kat, 50+ years)
- Great pioneer heritage. (Marilyn, 50 years)
- One of the most coveted neighborhoods in Utah. (Leslie, 62 years)
- My great grandfather’s blacksmith shop was on the corner where the cottonwood mall was. (LuAnn, 62 years)