At Home in Draper, Utah.

September 22, 2020

We are seeing a lot of folks buying and selling homes in Draper in 2020. Are you curious about real estate and things to do in the area? Find out what’s happening in Draper, Utah.

Draper, Utah is a part of the Salt Lake Valley. It stretches along the valley’s southeast corner, buffeted by the Wasatch Mountains on the east side, the city of Sandy to the north and Bluffdale and Riverton to the west. It’s a 20 mile jaunt to downtown Salt Lake City and has easy access to Utah valley just to the south, near the Adobe campus.

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While you may know that Draper is home top Utah’s one and only IKEA, we thought we’d share a little bit more about what makes Draper a great place to live and buy real estate.

Draper city had a population of 47,000 in 2018 and that number keeps growing as more folks seem to moving in from out of state. Draper is a great place to work and live, with a unemployment rate well below the national average at 2.14% (compared to 8.4 %). The median income in Draper, UT is $111,726 and the median home value is $470,874.

What does all of that mean to you as a home buyer? With the influx of folks and the strong economy, Draper’s list of things to do from the dining scene to the outdoors has a lot to offer!


Penny Ann’s Cafe is family-run cafe that has garnered attention and awards from across the valley. Open for breakfast and lunch, menu items are made fresh and in-house, with a decidedly home made feel. A house favorite is the, ‘Heavenly Hot Cakes,’ described as a light and airy sour cream pancake. The rest of the menu is full of classic diner dishes that are anything but the expected greasy spoon type. Try the homemade corned beef hash, breakfast nachos and many other favorites.

Draper is a swiftly growing suburb with plenty of big-box grocers. The Ridge Market & Cafe fills a niche with local and artisan products, and a cafe of fresh, house-made foods. Customers can shop for local cheeses, dairy products, and produce, then head to the cafe for a bite to eat. At the heart of the cafe, a large wood-fired oven features prominently to create authentic Italian pizzas with an array of classic and signature toppings. The Ridge Market & Cafe is quickly becoming a neighborhood hang-out with excellent food and a friendly vibe.

Pirate O’s has been in business for nearly 20 years, and is housed in a rustic, 100-year-old building that was once a movie theater. Initially, the shop was a market serving up unique, fine, and imported foods. It expanded to include the cafe in 2008. Now, customers can enjoy deli-style paninis and sandwiches while they pick up their favorite specialty food items. A house favorite is the Pirate Pastrami, a marble rye, mile-high pastrami, thousand island dressing, German mustard, and zingy sauerkraut.

The Cliff Dining Pub opened in Draper in 2013. The pub’s atmosphere is cool and laid-back, with great food, live music, specialty cocktails, and local microbrews. This truly is a place to enjoy great nightlife without the 30-minute drive into the city. What really makes Cliff a must-visit, is the unparalleled view from its patio. The large outdoor space seats up to 80 patrons, and offers an impressive 180-degree view of the Salt Lake Valley. It is the perfect place to enjoy a cold drink on a warm summer night.

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The view from the Cliff House patio. (photo source: from Cliff House Dining)
A delightful presentation of a starter at Cliff House Dining.

A great option for a dinner in Draper that is a bit off the normal pace is Aroma Fine Indian Cuisine. This restaurant specializes in authentic Indian cuisine. The staff is incredibly friendly, and consistently gets high marks from reviewers on service and helpfulness. Be sure to try one of the number of curry dishes, with or without meat. Both omnivores and vegetarians can find filling and satisfying meals, without compromising taste. For customers who have troubles making decisions on one meal, Aroma also offers a lunch buffet with a wide selection of dishes at a competitive price.

Food for Thought, is a fabulous cafe and bakery cooking up homemade pastries, cakes, and confections, and for special occasions and holidays, makes cute, kitschy sugar cookies in fun shapes with brightly piped frostings. During breakfast hours, the cafe serves coffees, crepes, pastries, and a pecan french toast with creme anglais. For lunch, a variety of sandwiches and salads with fresh flavors and interesting combinations are on the menu. ( from Culture Trip)


For outdoor enthusiasts, Draper’s point of the mountain is a well-known hang-gliding spot! For camping and hiking the nearby American Fork Canyon is stunning. Timpanogos cave is a incredible spot to see stalagmites and the peak is a stunning, wild flower covered, 16 mile hike that overlooks the entire Wasatch Front. For skiing, Draper’s near some of Utah’s best ski resorts up Little Cottonwood Canyon: Snowbird and Alta. In the summer time the canyon offers rock climbing, road biking and hiking as well.

Little Cottonwood Canyon (photo from
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Family Friendly

If you’re looking for family-friendly activities in Draper, first on the list to check out is Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. A sprawling aquarium in Draper with a shark tunnel, penguin room, Amazon area and more.

Cowabunga Bay is a family friendly waterpark in Draper with season passes available.

Draper City Park is a huge park with mature trees and access to both urban and mountain running and biking trails.

IKEA- okay, okay- we had to include it- it is family friendly, after all with the cafe and daycare areas!

If you’re curious about buying a home in Draper, Utah or any surrounding areas. We can help! Contact us at (801) 604-6440

Here are some recent Draper real estate listings to start browsing!

A 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom home for sale near Corner Canyon in Draper, Utah.

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A home for sale in Draper, Utah.

A beautiful 5 bedroom, 3 bath Draper home on .46 acres.

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If a townhouse is more your style, this is a great find in a fabulous Draper neighborhood.

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