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The secret about Park City, Utah, as a luscious retirement locale has been out for years now.

How could you miss it? Majestic mountains, stunning ski resorts, endless hiking and biking trails, the Sundance Film Festival and weather that locals describe as perfect through all four seasons. Plus all this comes within a half-hour drive of Salt Lake City and its international airport.

This mountain resort area has everything you could want for settling down in your Golden Years, said Chase Thomas, a lifelong resident and a CFP who is a partner at Alpha Wealth Funds in Park City.

"There is a cost to that, of course," he said. "If you're going to live where the millionaires retire, you have to be a millionaire."

Park City is caught in what Thomas describes as a "positive feedback loop." Rich retirees, many of them successful entrepreneurs with abundant liquid wealth, have shown an increasing desire to live in the area, driving up real estate values, home sales and luxury home construction. All the activity attracts more attention from wealthy baby boomer retirees, which drives up the activity further.

The end result has been an explosion in wealth that has effectively priced many lifelong residents out of their own market.

"For many of the local people, the only way they are able to live here is because they have retained their homes or real estate they have inherited," said Thomas.

Since 2012, the median price of a home in Park City has increased from $475,000 to about $711,000, according to Zillow. That makes the area among the most expensive areas in the nation to buy a home, behind only the California cities of San Jose, San Francisco and Anaheim, and Honolulu, according to data released by the National Association of Realtors.

The average Park City home listed for sale today has a median price of about $1.35 million, according to Zillow.

"You are paying for the fact that you live in a resort area," said Paul Winter, a CFP and founder of Five Seasons Financial Planning in Salt Lake City.

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