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The Highest volume of home sales ever recorded in a single month!                 4/24/17

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Washington County showed 355 single family home sales in the month of March 2017,  the highest ever recorded.    It’s no secret that our area is growing exponentially in numbers of new homes being constructed as well as new people discovering and moving to our area.   We consistently rank in national publications and research firms as “best places to retire, to recreate, quality of life, safety, and more recently as places to do business.” 

New golf courses and communities are under development or in the planning stages from Hurricane to the south block area of St. George. 

Multiple new developments both small and large like Brio in Washington as well as the final phases of Sun River in St. George as well as the redevelopment of Bloomington Country Club to include new building sites and town homes. 

Education;

Washington County physical facilities continue to expand with our community’s student population.  Legacy Elementary opened its doors in March of this year on 1st south, Majestic Fields Elementary is scheduled to open in August in Washington, while both Crimson Cliffs Middle and High Schools are under construction and progressing towards completion in August of ’17 and ’18 respectively.

Dixie State University expansion in both student population and physical facilities is apparent with new student housing towers, and the new Legends Solar Hansen Stadium $10M addition.  Rocky Vista University’s campus is in the final phase of construction of their new $7.4 M medical teaching university in Ivins, next door to the new VA center. 

Dixie Applied Technology is seeing their new campus progress with major buildings well underway at the old airport site.

Hostelry;

New hotels are virtually popping up from one end of the metro area to the other starting at the Sun River/new Regional Airport exit, to the Dixie Drive exit, St. George Blvd. Exit, Washington City Exit and the north Washington Exit.   Hundreds of rooms are being added by branded franchise names like Hampton, Hyatt, Holiday Inn and others.

 Transportation;  

Dixie Regional Airport has added daily American Airlines flights to Phoenix along with SLC and Denver.   UDOT (Utah Department of Transportation) is aggressively adding freeway lanes for increased traffic flows on I-15 through the valley.  They also very recently completed the underpass from the Middleton area to the Red Cliffs Mall to alleviate both the St. George Blvd. and Green Springs over and underpasses.  Lane expansions are also taking place at various places around the county along with the soon to be major re-construction of north Bluff Street to the Sun Set Blvd. turn off. 

Recreation;

St. George City has recently added the “All Abilities” park to the city of St. George’s extensive Parks system.  The park features a myriad of water features, playground toys, an “erupting” volcano, train station and a real train that circumnavigates the park.   It’s been a huge hit with locals and visitors alike according to park employees.   

Zion National Park reported the highest volume of visitors in the park’s history for 2016, now one of the nation’s most visited parks with more than 4M visitors.  Numerous improvements are being made at the Park for both crowd handling and parking. 

The great news is that in and around the St. George are incredible state parks that include Snow Canyon, Red Cliffs, Sand Hollow, Gunlock, Quail Creek and the Pine Valley Recreation Area.

The afore mentioned new Copper Rock golf course community is being added to our dozen area golf courses, and the new south side river trail being added to the west side of River Road on the Rio Virgin River. 

The Arts;

St. George City and surrounding communities boasts a vibrant arts community with museums, galleries and colonies from Kayenta on the west to Springdale to the east.  Numerous venues feature out door amphitheaters at Tuachan and the O. C. Tanner facility at Springdale.    The Tanner amphitheater has been the site of many concerts featuring the world-famous Utah Symphony.  Tuachan’s “Broadway in the Desert” is a must see for big league musicals and head liner concerts.  Our own Southwest Symphony as well as other fine arts are presented in the Cox Auditorium on the campus of Dixie State University.

With the significant population growth, we are no longer a “blink and you’ll miss it” sort of town!   The St. George metro area has attracted an ever-increasing population that appreciates this very unique part of our country and indeed, the world.