written and photos by: Scot Zimmerman

A new mixed-use development is underway for offices and residences that will change the tone of the kicked-back area near West High in Salt Lake City. It is good news for people who want to live near where they work, and that is a growing number as fewer people are willing to engage in long congested commutes.

From the 4th West Apartments, it’s a short stroll to downtown, a hill hike to the capitol, and the Front Runner is just out the back door. I returned this week to take photos of the top floor of the completed phase, which resembles the recreational amenities of a resort hotel with a rooftop pool complete with private cabanas and loungers that rest in a shallow ledge of the pool. On one end of the pool is the elaborate fitness center, and at the other, the expansive club area.

These social spaces are in addition to the lobby and private sports bar downstairs.

During the photo shoot, I had the pleasure of running into and meeting the interior designer for the pool area and cabanas, as well as the residential models, Barbara Vegh, owner of Design Elevated in Park City (barbara.a.vegh@gmail.com). Her design talent is evident in demonstrating the potential to comfortably live in the apartments. Each model is decidedly different.

It’s a big city lifestyle, and from what I understand, there’s a lot of new buildings to come.

The weather was hot that day, and the photo challenge I faced was to not jump into the pool and try to justify how I needed to show the pool to best advantage from the center. I resisted. Barely.

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