When we were invited to celebrate Daybreak’s 10 years, check out the new homes in Lake Village and dine on the Cross Water Bridge on June 7, we underestimated the beauty and growth of this ‘burb to the southwest over the last decade.

Lake Village homes near Daybreak’s lake, frequented by stand-up paddle boarders, sailboats and joggers along the perimeter, are spectacular. Construction started in October 2013 and is expected to finish in three years with about 200 homes. 

“We’ve built a lot of homes in Daybreak, over 3,500, but we’ve never built any by the lake,” says Cameron Jackson, marketing manager for Rio Tinto-Kennecott Land. “We knew it was going to be pretty special, so we sought out some different architects . . . to bring in a fresh perspective and get something that was going to work for this lakeside setting.”

The event kicked off with appetizers and drinks in a Lake Village home, while guests awaited a Southern-style meal on the nearby bridge. The food was provided by Chaia Cucina, including the "Not Your Grandma's Chicken and Waffles," confit leg of Muscovy duck with a chickpea flour waffle, Daybreak honey-apricot gastrique and chicken cracklin'. Cooking Channel host Kelsey Nixon helped on the dessert.

“When I think about inconic communities and business opportunities in Utah, I think of Daybreak,” Nixon says. "I’m so happy to support this landmark event for them.” Along with dining on her peach-blueberry pie, guests left with Nixon’s cookbook Kitchen Confidence. 

(You can enter to win your copy of Kitchen Confidence here.)

Daybreak’s first residents Corbin and Anaika Hoenes were also on the guest list. “We moved into Founders Park originally, and when they started building East Lake, we got really excited about that area and decided to move there,” says Corbin, who has three children. “I run around the lake all the time, so I can see the draw of living right by it.”

The Hoenes say they have no plans to move to Lake Village, but Nixon says it’s a possibility. “My 900-square-foot apartment in New York City is starting to feel really sad,” she says. “As soon as I get that city bug out of me, who knows, maybe I’ll end up in Daybreak.” 

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Visit Lake Village in Daybreak on June 21 for sand castle art on the beach, a concert by Ryan Innes and an outdoor screening of Turbo. Click here for more info.

All photos in this post by David Newkirk