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While other housing markets around the country are experiencing a slow-down, Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah, has seen just the opposite. Today, Kennecott Land marks the milestone of the 1,000th homeowner at Daybreak with a red carpet, ice sculpture and red ribbon ceremony welcoming the new owners.
Since the opening of Daybreak 2.5 years ago, Daybreak has become the top selling community in Utah. Daybreak homebuilders acquired 12.5 percent of the single-family housing permits in Salt Lake County, according to the Construction Monitor’s 2006 data. Daybreak also has the most housing starts, with 11 percent of total starts, according to Metrostudy’s third quarter data. (Fourth quarter data is due out today.) The strong real estate market is said to be associated with the strong job market where job growth in Salt Lake County is 4.4 percent compared to the nation’s growth rate of 1.4 percent.
Neil and Janie Clark are the 1,000th homeowners to move into Daybreak — but not the first in their family. About a year and half earlier, their daughter Kim Duffy and her husband Dr. Tim Duffy and three grand children moved into Daybreak. One of their granddaughters, 16-year-old Brittany, was eager to have Grandma and Grandpa move to Daybreak so she took it upon herself to get a listing of available homes and go with them to see each one.
“We moved here from California about a year ago and initially settled in the Cottonwood Heights, area but we spent most of our time at Daybreak with our family,” said Janie. “After spending so much time at Daybreak with family and getting to know the other residents, we really liked what we saw and decided to make the move to a Daybreak home.” The Clarks are empty-nesters and wanted a rambler with main-floor living but plenty of room to entertain family and friends. So, they chose the Lancaster Home by Destination Homes, one of 20 rambler floor plans offered by all Daybreak builders.
“We had pretty high expectations because we have lived in so many wonderful places on the East and West coasts,” said Janie. “I like Eastlake Village and Oquirrh Lake because I’m a surfer and like to be near the water — I’m now going to learn to sail,” said Neil. “Your slogan is ‘This is getting good’ — and it really is!”
“The nearly 3,000 people who have made their home at Daybreak are in effect West Bench pioneers — people who are living Kennecott Land’s vision of an enduring community,” said Peter McMahon, President, Kennecott Land. “The Daybreak difference is that it is a place, not just a home, where people can live and work and recreate for generations to come. We look forward to welcoming thousands more people into Daybreak and other West Bench communities.”
Kennecott Land, the Daybreak Community Association and ten Daybreak home builders are sharing in the success of the community. Daybreak’s builders are Bangerter Homes Destination Homes, Gold Medallion Homes, Hamlet Homes, Hearthside Homes, Holmes Homes, Liberty Homes, Rainey Homes, Richmond American Homes and Village Carefree Communities.