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    The Landings At River'S Edge
    1741 22nd Street NE, North Auburn
    • 1 Bedroom
      $806
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $960
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,252
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    Mill Pond
    703 47th St SE, Lakeland
    • Studio
      $750
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    • 1 Bedroom
      $855
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      $1,050
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    Auburn Square
    3740 H. Street NE, North Auburn
    • 1 Bedroom
      $760
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $840
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,015
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    Colonial Village
    2022 I St NE, North Auburn
    • 1 Bedroom
      $695
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    Brookside Village
    28700 34th Ave. S, Auburn
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,185
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,655
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    Noble Court Estates
    2220 Noble Court SE, Plateau
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $975
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    Park Imperial
    3030 M Street SE, South Auburn
    • 1 Bedroom
      $690
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $840
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    Auburn Glen
    1902 A Street SE, South Auburn
    • 1 Bedroom
      $905
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,025
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      $1,275
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    The Seasons at Lea Hill Village
    12722 SE 312th Street, Auburn
    • 1 Bedroom
      $860
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,077
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,150
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    • 4 Bedrooms
      $1,342
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    Four Lakes
    6821 Udall St. SE, Lakeland
    • 1 Bedroom
      $989
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,119
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      $1,449
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    Aspen Meadows
    402 21st Street Southeast, South Auburn
    • 1 Bedroom
      $795
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $860
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    Belara At Lakeland
    6170 Terrace View Ln., Lakeland
    • 1 Bedroom
      $972
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,197
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      $1,587
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    Palermo at Lakeland
    7101 Lindsay Avenue SE, Lakeland
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      $895
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,050
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,350
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    Meadows on Lea Hill
    12505 SE 312th Street, Auburn
    • 1 Bedroom
      $705
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $785
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $875
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    Neely Station
    1433 8th Street NE, North Auburn
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,069
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      $1,399
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    37th Street Apartments
    1120 37th Street SE, South Auburn
    • 1 Bedroom
      $710
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $810
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $960
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    11534 SE 316th Pl
    11534 SE 316th Pl, Auburn
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,500
    (330) 536-9321
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    918 37th St. Se
    918 37th St. Se, South Auburn
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $1,099
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    4702 Mill Pond Dr Se
    4702 Mill Pond Dr Se, Lakeland
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $1,525
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    3125 S 381st Way
    3125 S 381st Way, Auburn
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      $2,995
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Downtown Right now, Main Street is where you will find a simple, quaint atmosphere of local eats and a great little pub. However, new buildings are springing up, including some huge medical offices, a parking garage, and a retail center that will feature upper-level apartments. $ - $$$

Christopher A mixed bag just north of downtown, with Emerald Downs racetrack and the golf course east of Auburn Way.

Meredith A tiny neighborhood on the northern tip of town, with inexpensive rent and a quick commute to the Main Street. Simple and to the point is pretty much how they roll here.

Southeast Main A charmingly suburban atmosphere, yet walkably urban, with eats, drinks, and shopping less than a mile away. Just south of downtown, this neighborhood comes with tree-lined roads and perfect white picket fences like in the movies, but no Stepford Wives. Residents hike riverside trails to the east, and to the south there’s the beautiful Les Grove Park, host of Auburn's annual art festival. Rental homes, mobile homes, and apartments are available, but demand is high. Be aggressive if you see something you like here.

Green Valley Straddling the southeastern city limits, Green Valley is in a world of its own. Country homes sit on large plots of land, with towering pine forests, rivers, and lakes throughout the area. There is plenty to do around here, but you’ll need a car. Fishing, kayaking, and other water activities are plentiful. The Muckleshoot Casino is nearby for you gamblers, employees, aspiring Vegas performers and Elvis-impersonator fanatics. White River Amphitheater is also close, a great venue for live music, and home to the River Lodge and the Bear and Wolf Houses.

East Hill Families, students, and golfers enjoy living in this neighborhood on the hill, with golf courses, meandering rivers, and the nearby Green River Community College. Natural beauty comes with a price tag here.

West Hill Suburban, and prestigious (fancy), this scenic area comes with both middle income and wealthy families living among woodsy streets and a handful of small neighborhood lakes.

Lakeland Hills Another mixed bag of residents, the Lakeland Hills neighborhood stretches from Lake Tapps up to the city center, with the more expensive rentals to the south and the less expensive living to the north. From the Main Street hustle to the Vegas lifestyle of the Muckleshoot Casino, from the festivals and parades near Les Grove Park to the fishing, swimming, hiking, disc golfing, camping, and Petpalooza festival at Auburn Farm Park, this area is situated in the middle of everything and attracts people from all walks of life.

You know what really grinds my gears?

The daily grind is a big pain in the rump when driving Auburn's major highways around rush hour. Facing the nightmarish traffic daily will drain energy, time, and sanity, so finding an apartment that avoids problem areas is key. Roads to avoid during rush hour are the highways and the major north/south routes, such as Auburn Way and A Street. The train tracks also make east-west travel less than efficient. As in most cities, you will want to live and work on the same side of town to avoid traffic jams and potential mental breakdowns of frustration and traffic-based rage.

For public transit commuters, there are several bus routes; however, you will need to find a home in the valley, or within walking distance of one of the very few bus stops that exist outside of the city center. For Seattle commuters, the Sounder Station in downtown is the key to traffic-less travel, with an easy-breezy train that's very nice, although the service schedule is somewhat limited. Pedestrians and cyclists can also enjoy over 23 miles of trails that run through parks, along the river, as well as through urban areas.

Caveat Emptor!

Trains, planes, and traffic create a very noisy environment throughout the city center. Some people enjoy the sounds of urban life, and the nostalgic noise of trains blowing their whistles and hustling down the tracks. However, if you want some peace and quiet then look to the hills for pleasantly boring, yet scenic suburban neighborhoods. It should also be noted that, in a city with two major rivers and dozens of lakes, there are quite a few flood-prone areas. In most cases, apartments are not responsible for anything that gets damaged in a flood, so renters in the valley should consider purchasing renter's insurance. Don't worry, it's not expensive.

Land of Opportunity

Before you get all fearful and apprehensive though, you should know that Auburn is a great city. Seattle’s star is about as high as it can go right now, but unfortunately so is its cost of living. Auburn provides a great respite from both the chaos of Seattle and the price point. It’s got all the amenities you need, plenty of culture and no shortage of simple, quiet streets on which you can walk the dog, practice cartwheels or revive your old lemonade stand business. Now it's time to get into the swing of things! Good luck in your hunt to you new residents, as well as ye olde ones. Auburn awaits.

-By Katy Comal

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