Benloch Ranch

Luxe, Sustainable Development Reaches for the Stars in Heber City, Utah

by Marcus Dodson, editor & publisher

Nestled in the shadow of the Wasatch and the Uinta Mountains amid rolling ranch land and protected forest, Benloch Ranch is Utah’s newest sustainable development.  It rests on a plateau with expansive views of the Jordanelle Reservoir, just minutes from Park City, Utah, and top-tier ski resorts like Deer Valley.  The 2,550-acre Benloch Ranch is designed with minimalism and practicality in mind.  Shared community amenities include a tiny house resort, ice skating pond, yurts, restaurant, grocery store, spa, clubhouse, ski and sledding hill, more than 20 miles of trails, and 900 acres of open space.  With convenient easy access to five national parks, more than 40 state parks, an array of world-class ski resorts, fly fishing on the Provo and Weber Rivers, and 15 golf courses, Benloch Ranch is an absolute paradise for outdoor recreationists. 

         “Everything out there is the same old house, over and over again,” said Benloch Ranch developer Jamie Mackay.  “We’re bringing a more Scandinavian, European style.  The whole idea is to cater to the millennial buyer, as that demographic is the biggest buyer of homes right now.” 

         Modern, elegant, and sustainable, Benloch Ranch homes are designed with both luxury and the environment in mind.  The architectural designs stand in harmony with the natural beauty of the area, with a range of mountain-inspired home plans created to capture the spirit of the valley.  The homes feature high-end touches, solar panels, open floor plans, and fluid outdoor living spaces.  Vurtical, Salt Lake City, Utah, the architect and builder for this project, believes that less is more.  The Vurtical team creates an amazing sense of size and space with well-designed floorplans on a smaller footprint. 

         Understanding and embracing the natural surroundings at Benloch Ranch is central to its conservation philosophy.  With over 900 acres of open space and 20 miles of trails, Benloch has implemented policies to protect the beautiful landscape, including seeding native plant species, sourcing sustainable materials, reducing stormwater runoff, conserving rain and potable water, and reducing noise pollution to protect the health and safety of native wildlife species. 

         “Our highest priority is to minimize the negative impacts of our activities while striving to be better stewards of the land,” said Mackay.  “We have adopted a high level of sustainability standards including protection policies surrounding wildlife preservation, conservation of vegetation, and water-quality protection.”  Responsible land management and sustainable practices are at the core of Benloch’s mission.  The Ranch community is committed to a legacy of responsible environmental, community, and economic stewardship to ensure that generations to come will enjoy what is left behind.

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