neighborhood of Central Bench Historic District, Ogden, Utah
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Central Bench Historic District, Ogden, Utah

The Neighborhood
Central Branch, a cluster of about 80 blocks near downtown, had its heyday in the late 1800s when Ogden was a transcontinental railroad stop-off and tycoons put up grand houses. Later, development halted, and those great old homes grew old gracelessly. A new crop of bungalows and ranches crept in during the 1920s, '40s, and '50s, but the neighborhood teetered until the city launched a district-revitalization campaign in 2002, and bargain-seeking home buyers flooded in. "Retirees, young unmarrieds, blue collar, white collar," says Sue Wilkerson, a local broker and landmarks commissioner, describing the current neighborhood mix. Besides the great homes, the biggest draw for newcomers may be the area's boundless outdoors: snowboarding, skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, water skiing, fishing, and mountain climbing are all within 30 minutes of Ogden.

The Houses
Gothic Revival and Prairie homes are interspersed with Modern, Folk Victorian, and Arts & Crafts styles.

The Prices
Prices range from $125,000 for a bungalow to $320,000 for an updated Queen Anne.

Why Buy Now?
Decent prices and tax credits for qualified restoration sweeten an investment in this up-and-coming area.

Among the best for:
Bargains, Retirees, Outdoor Enthusiasts, First-Time Buyers, Southwest
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