By Mike Ballard

Living in a city surrounded by the sounds of cars, businesses and busy restaurants sometimes has the power to distract us from observing the nature and wildlife that is all around us. No matter where we may find ourselves – in the mountains, beach, desert or even the city – it is human nature to find the joy and beauty in little things, especially when it comes to animals.

As a real estate developer, we operate in diverse environments where we often encounter a variety of wildlife species. Normally, a dog or cat tends to be overlooked, but when bigger wildlife makes the gesture to pay our properties a visit, we are always astounded by our surroundings and reminded why we love what we do. While there is a plethora of wildlife that frequents our property, we tend to mostly see native horses, deer, antelope, squirrels and birds of many species.

One of our team’s favorite wildlife hotspots is our ongoing project in central Utah, Ephraim Crossing. Spanning 165-acres across rural land, it is never out of the ordinary to have animals stop by, but their captivating presence still halts us in our tracks every time they do.

Whether an avid animal lover or not, nothing compares to a private safari right at your own property front. It may not be the African safari so many of us dream about, but with no travel or entry fees we’re counting it and checking it off our bucket lists!

Each time we are fortunate enough to see local wildlife, it serves as an opportunity to not only learn more about them, but it also deepens our appreciation for them. As our knowledge about their mannerisms and characteristics expands through observation, so does our understanding on how to properly and safely coexist and share space.

Once completely developed, Ephraim Crossing will become a vibrant gathering place for future residents and guests to enjoy animal-watching. This project will also serve as a multipurpose hub featuring a variety of housing, entertainment, retail and office space, indoor and outdoor recreation, higher learning and other essentials for all lifestyles.

Residential and business development is already underway, including the community’s first neighborhood The Estates at Ephraim Crossing. As we continue working diligently on this project, our goal remains to offer residents a balance of innovation and work with recreation and relaxation at their fingertips.