Draper Real Estate
Draper, Utah is located 20 miles south of Salt Lake City and is nestled into the far southeast corner of the valley up against the Wasatch Mountain Range on the East and Traverse Ridge Mountain on the south. The family that originally settled the area known as “South Willow Creek” arrived in 1850. They were primarily farmers and also raised cattle. Ebenezer Brown brought his wife, Phebe Draper Palmer Brown and much of her Draper family joined them. By 1852, 20 families lived in the area and in 1854 established the first post office with the name Draperville, honoring William Draper, Jr. and other Draper residents.
Local settlers began building a fort in 1854, but it was later abandoned as hostilities among the natives did not materialize. Draper remained a small farming community, with the poultry business being the most important industry for many decades. It was finally incorporated as a city in 1978. In the 1990’s the town began to see major growth and is now a major residential and commercial hot spot.
Things to do
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium – This world class facility opened in March of 2014 and is home to more than 4,500 animals. It is the ultimate educational experience for all ages and a favorite outing for anyone who wants to explore, discover, and learn about the Earth’s diverse ecosystem. Enjoy a day at the aquarium or plan an event. It will be a day to remember!
Cowabunga Bay – For residents looking for some local, family friendly, summer fun, Cowabunga Bay is the place to go! It is home to the world’s largest water playground, eleven water slides, a kid cove for young swimmers, and Cowabunga Beach for soaking and relaxing! It’s a great way to beat the heat!
Draper Days – Draper Days is an annual celebration put on by the city which includes a parade, a rodeo, several concerts, fireworks, and many other activities. Locals enjoy gathering every year for tons of fun, family friendly activities and events.
Draper Historical Park – Located at the center of the city, Draper Historical Park is a charming gathering place for many residents. The Historical Domed Gazebo in the center of the park is a focal point available for rent for events, family functions, and weddings. During summer months, you’ll find a summer concert series for enjoying a relaxing evening outdoors.
Boondocks – It’s the perfect place for a fun day with the family, a get-together with friends, or a birthday celebration. You’ll find miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages, laser tag, an interactive movie experience, a kiddie cove, and an arcade with 100 games! Boondocks also has a restaurant on site with a menu full of family friendly choices. It’s fun for all ages!
Cloud 9 Paragliding – Paragliding is a fun pastime for many Utahns and Cloud 9 is the place to go for gear, lessons, and repairs on all your equipment. It is North America’s largest paragliding facility and you’ll find top-notch instruction and every paragliding accessory you could possibly want. Located at the Point of the Mountain in Draper, it is the place to go whether you are just getting started or you are a pro!
Places of Interest
Draper Historical Society – The museum has thousands of items on display including artifacts, tools, personal items, period clothing, musical instruments, pictures, and much more. You can drop in and learn all about the importance of agriculture in the area, the local railroad, and take a step back in time when you peruse a variety of pictures from the city’s past.
Sorenson Home Museum – The museum has limited hours but is a fun place to take kids and show them century-old artifacts and help them see what life was like in the 1890’s. You can go on guided tours, book a private event, or host a birthday party at the museum.
Walking Tour of Historic Draper Town Center – There are many historic homes and businesses throughout the city of Draper. Its rich history provides residents with an opportunity to take a step back in time and enjoy the homes left behind by early settlers. Historic preservation continues to be important to many residents in the area.
Draper Peaks – This large shopping center opened in 2011 and includes approximately 40 retail stores and restaurants. You’ll find large department stores like Kohl’s and Ross, as well as some smaller, locally owned stores. It is located off of the 1-15 corridor along 12300 South and is the main shopping center in Draper.
Draper Crossing – Located on the south side of 12300 South, you’ll find even more retail stores and restaurants across the street from Draper Peaks. Everything from a Smith’s Food & Drug, to JoAnn’s Fabric store is within walking distance making the entire area the best spot for shopping!
Furniture Row – Ready to furnish a new home or just need to freshen up a room? Furniture Row is the place you’ll want to go to shop! You’ll find Sofa Mart, Bedroom Expressions, Oak Express, and Denver Mattress. Across the street is RC Willey and IKEA. You’ll find an unmatched selection of quality furniture for your entire home!
Schools in Draper are part of the Canyons School District formed in 2007 when the towns of Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale, Sandy, and Alto voted to create a new school district. It was officially established in 2009 and became the first district created in 100 years.