The history of the Wild West still lives on in Auburn, CA. The city is a wonder to look at both because of the natural surroundings and because of the “old west” layout of the city, which makes it one of the best-kept secrets of California.
Perhaps it is the unusual surroundings that makes Auburn the place to be for artists. This small community is a clash of time where the 1800’s meet the 21st century. There are photos from the gold rush era in Auburn taken of city streets that still look and feel the same.
The only changes are the building facades and the paved streets and streetlights. It’s a painting waiting to happen for artists. That is why the city continually invests in the performing and visual arts, attracting more and more of the art community to the city.
Located just north of Sacramento, Auburn sees a fair amount of rain throughout the year. Unlike many parts of California, this area actually gets to enjoy the changing of the seasons. On rare occasions, you may even see a bit of snowfall.
Yet the weather never gets too cold or too hot with winter lasting only a couple of months with temperatures in the low 50’s while most days out of the year residents enjoy 70 and 80 degree weather. And since it is located at the base of the Sierra Mountains, historic glaciers have carved out breathtaking lakes and valleys all around the area while the mountain peaks provide picturesque views.
Living in Auburn
Some say that Auburn is one of the best places in Northern California to set up residence. The population of nearly 13,000 gives it a small town feel while the close proximity to Sacramento and other city centers makes it a prime location for active adults.
Auburn naturally attracts the adventurous. In fact, two of the most difficult marathons take place each year in Auburn; The Tevis Cup and the Ultra Marathon. The rivers, lakes, streams, and mountains provide additional excitement.
Whether hiking up the Sierra Nevadas or rafting down the American River Canyon, there is plenty to see and do. It’s not surprising with roots in the gold rush of the 1850’s that some of the top interests for visitors and residents of Auburn surrounds its history.
On TripAdvisor, fans rated 5 out of the top 10 things to do in Auburn to be visiting museums that celebrate the colorful history as an old west gold mining town. In addition to the museums, nature sites, and parks, there are more than 140 different restaurants to choose from that range from bar and grille to upscale dining.
Real Estate in Auburn
Auburn has been growing over the last two decades, seeing a population increase of more than 11% since 2000. While the median age of residents is higher than the California average at around 48 years old, there are so many activities that make Auburn attractive for those in their 20’s and 30’s.
Finding affordable real estate is not as hard to do as in other parts of California. This is partly because the cost of living is slightly lower than the rest of the state. Citizens in Auburn net about $1K less in income on average than the statewide average.
When it comes to real estate in Auburn, there’s a great selection of homes. On the small end, you can find a cozy two bedroom, one bath home for less than $200K. On the opposite end, even a five bedroom home is quite affordable at less than $700K – a price you won’t find many other places in California.
On average, homes in Auburn are selling for just over $370K, nearly identical to the average median home price statewide. There is a mix of single-family homes, townhomes, and condos that make up the real estate market.
Moving to Auburn
Where else can you find the best of everything at more than reasonable prices anywhere in California? Very few places offer the natural beauty and active social scene that Auburn does without breaking the bank.
Are you looking for that kind of place? Thinking about a change of scenery? Discover why you should consider moving to Auburn. Let Kathy Papola help! Contact her now for more information.