Construction of the Park Avenue Condominiums, one of the first of such complexes in Park City, UT, began in 1972 with units selling the following year (This is about a decade before Deer Valley was started). A total of 132 units were developed on 40 acres situated between the Park City Municipal Golf Course and Park Avenue. A recession occurred a couple years later and some units were apparently foreclosed. A group of ten units, now owned by Resort Tech, were acquired in lieu of certain financial obligations, and were formed into a time-share group. The other 122 units are owned in fee simple.
The 132 unit Park Avenue Condominium complex consists of 116 townhouses and 16 ground floor garden style units. Of the four floor plans offered, the most common involves 84 two bedroom, two story townhouses. In addition, there are 16 three bedroom townhouses with ground floor entrances and 16 two bedroom townhouses with second floor entrances situated above the 16 one bedroom units. All of the townhomes were built with two baths on the upper level and a half-bath on the main floor. (Please see the original diagrams of all floor plans).
In addition, the complex has a centrally located building with a rental office and recreation facilities that include hot tubs, saunas and locker rooms. It also contains a storage facility for housekeeping, a laundry room and a couple of carports for two nearby one bedroom units. An outdoor heated pool with a large fenced deck area is adjacent to this structure and a tennis court is located on the north side of the property. Throughout the complex there are also3 carports with several spaces each that provide covered parking for the one-bedroom units; two of these carports have laundry rooms. (Please see a site plan of the property.) The grounds are also well landscaped with mature deciduous trees and evergreens.
Design and Modifications:
The complex was designed by a California firm with somewhat unusual plans for the area, but consistent with the times. The long, thin design of each unit required large windows in the front and back. A maintenance room that now separates the carport from the atrium was apparently added after the units were completed. The ceilings in the the two bedroom townhouses were exceptionally high; about 20 feet. Ground floors were poured concrete, the second floors were reinforced concrete, the walls were brick with steel rebar reinforcement and the framing was metal. Electrical and plumbing conduits were embedded in concrete floors. This masonry and brick was much different than the other condominium complexes built in Park City in the 1970's that were usually entirely of wood frame and construction.
The open design of the two bedroom townhouses encouraged many owners to make additions or modifications to these units. Examples included a new loft bedroom, an enclosed atrium or a remodeled kitchen. (Please see a discussion of these modifications under Old vs. New). Since construction was limited in Park City in the 1970's and 1980's and impacted by recessions over this period, local authorities were receptive to most modifications. Also, some unit owners apparently made improvements without obtaining proper building permits. This has created more variations from the original designs.