Downtown Lofts, Historic Homes and New Neighborhoods Abound

By Kimberly Daly on May 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm EST
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Whether in the eclectic downtown, the university district’s historic neighborhoods or the rapidly growing outskirts, the Auburn-Opelika area has something for everyone when it comes to housing.

Affordable housing (the average home price is around $160,500), an award-winning school system, a fast growing business sector, a mild year-round climate and the perks of living in a college town, such as plays, concerts, lectures and sporting events, all make life in Auburn-Opelika very appealing. That must be why Demographics Daily named Auburn as a small “dream town,” offering a high quality of life to all residents, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine rated Opelika as one of the Top Six Places To Retire.

Students and professionals like the apartments and modern lofts available in the thriving downtown district, especially on College Street and Magnolia Avenue, home to restaurants, bookstores, coffee shops and banks. And within walking distance of downtown are several established residential areas that are popular with young families.

College towns are usually graced with stately old homes on tree-lined streets, and Auburn is no exception. Today, the city is making it a priority to protect such homes. For example, the recently established North College Street Historic District is helping to preserve the unique character and increase property and aesthetic values on such throughways as North College Street, Bragg Avenue and Mitchum Avenue.

Further out from the heart of town, rapid business growth has meant a population influx and a growing demand for housing. The biggest neighborhood growth in recent years has been in East Auburn, Grove Hill, Moore’s Mill, Northwest Auburn, Camden Ridge and Asheton Park.

In fact, a new home is completed almost every day in the area. With statistics like that, you’re sure to find your own home sweet home in no time flat.

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