Park City is a Great Place to Retire!
Article contributed by Scott Maizlish, Summit Sotheby's International Realty
The plan: Save enough money to retire in a mountain paradise. Spend your days skiing, golfing, hiking and relaxing in your luxury Park City home.
The reality: You’re busier than a Park City snowplow driver after a major Utah powder storm.
Many people move to Park City to retire, expecting their days to be filled with choices no more difficult than “Should we ski Deer Valley, Canyons or over at Park City Mountain Resort today?”
But ask anyone who has moved here, and they’ll tell you — life in Park City comes with a jam-packed social calendar.
“One of the biggest reasons people love to retire in Park City is because there are so many opportunities to get involved,” says Scott Maizlish, Realtor and Associate Broker with Summit Sotheby’s International. “In fact, over one hundred nonprofits call Park City home. There’s everything from teaching disadvantaged kids to ski, helping homeless animals, building houses for the needy, performing arts, environmental causes, and healthcare. No matter what your interests are, there’s a place for you.”
In fact, there are so many nonprofits a few years ago one was formed just to keep track of them all. Park City Community Foundation (PCCF) exists to guide other nonprofits, helping them find new and better ways to raise money and get the word out about their services. PCCF also acts as a charity “Cupid” of sorts, matching new residents with existing nonprofits, according to their interests.
“People move to Park City all the time expecting to spend their days playing in the mountains. But they very quickly become emotionally invested in this town and look for ways to give back and get involved,” observes Jody Gross, a PCCF board member. “One of my favorite things to do is help them find causes they believe in where they can volunteer, donate and otherwise support.”
Nine years ago, Jody herself moved to Park City with her family, expecting to quietly ease into her golden years. An expectation she now finds laughable.
“The truth is, I’ve never been so busy!” Jody chuckles. “But it’s so rewarding to really give back to a community that has given us so much. I’ve met so many new people who share the same interests I do. It’s so easy to get involved in this community and really positively influence the quality of life here.”
Scott wholeheartedly agrees, and says while moving to a new town can be seem daunting, when you move to Park City, it’s nothing but welcoming.
“A lot of my clients tell me they’ve wanted to move here for years, but were hesitant because they didn’t want to “start over” and weren’t sure how they’d meet people,” Scott says. “I reassure them, Park City is not just a great place to live, but an easy place to meet likeminded people and get involved. A few weeks after they do move here, I’ll often call them to try to schedule a lunch, and they’re already so booked, I get penciled in the next month!”
Perhaps that’s why Scott Maizlish is one of Park City’s most successful Realtors. All the homes he sells come with a free quality of life upgrade and instant friendships for his clients.