Toady we will be looking at the Western part of Auburb. This part of the city includes the neighborhoods of the University District, Hilcrest, Mission Hills, Ocean Beach and Auburn Point. The University of Auburn is located about 10 minutes from downtown where as Auburn Point is about 20 minutes from the center of Auburn.
Just an overview of this part of the city:
Lets take a look at the University of Auburn which is home to 25,000 Students!
The Fine Arts building is one the bottom of the picture with the little pond. The Architecture and Urban Planning Department is located above the Fine Arts building.
The college library is the building with the circular glass facade which had around 1.2 million books!
The Science Building with the university's baseball stadium:
The football stadium which is home to the University of Auburn Lions!
Some of the never ending sprawl.....(Please don't bash my grid system! I will always use grid. You can ask me why if you want to)
Hillcrest is home to the gay and lesbian community of Auburn. Even straight couples make Hillcrest their home due to the excellent nightlife in town! Hillcrest will be a major target for revitialization when the time comes. (We are a few updates from this)
Mission Hills is considered one of the most historic neighborhoods in the city. Homes from decades long ago border the tree lined streets.
As stated before in one of the previous updates, Jim Gordon is Auburn's 45th mayor. the mayor is liked by most of the citizens and neighbors often bid the mayor a 'Hello' if he is outside. He lives in this mansion( which has housed all 44 of the previous mayors) with his wife and their four kids. He can often be seen working in the garden, playing with his kids on the lawn, or washing his 5-Series BMW on the weekends. The Mayor's Mansion is a quite and calm suburban home.
Some of the million dollar homes that line the peaceful streets of Mission Hills.
No one really knows why the city built this observation building 167 years ago. It is still a mystery to the residents of Mission Hills. Nevertheless, thousands of visitors visit the Mission hills Observatory Building every year which provides great views of the city!
Summer time is here time so pack your towels and lets head to the beach! Ocean Beach is the only city beach in Auburn which makes OB a crazy place in the summer. Residents and tourists take the beach every day in the summer.
As you can see traffic into and out of OB is a nightmare! Residents often complain of the traffic noise and want the city to put up a sound barrier.
The 'downtown' district for Ocean Beach. Ocean Beach Boulevard is often congested as it meets up with Ocean Street. Lots of bars, cafes, surf stores line the street.
Ocean Street is home to some prime real estate. Ocean Street is famous for multi-million dollar penthouses and $5,000 per square foot apartments thus making it prime real estate! That's what you get for some prime beachfront property!
Finally, we arrive in Auburn Point:
These homes can range from $350,000 to $600,000:
Some of the homes that line the beautifull cliffs along the Auburn shoreline. These are million dollar homes which overlook the Atlantic Ocean:
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