Welcome to Auburn
The best of upscale country and an outdoor lover’s paradise.
Auburn is a small city in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California that offers residents the best of both city and country living. Originally founded as a gold mining town, Auburn has developed into a diverse and thriving city with all the amenities of modern life. Home to a range of state parks and recreation areas, Auburn is especially popular among nature lovers for its expansive hiking, camping, and fishing opportunities.
Despite its fusion of country and city living, Auburn is home to a community of artists that enjoy displaying their crafts in the stores lining the streets of the city’s historic, picturesque downtown district.
Thanks to Auburn’s unique offering of the best of both country and city living, the area has become popular among potential homebuyers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Sacramento while not forfeiting all the creature comforts city living offers. The range of single-family homes and other unique residences strongly reflect the city’s rich history as an old mining town. From grand Victorians and quaint Craftsman-style bungalows to mid-century ranches and trendy new construction, there is no shortage of distinct historic and modern homes for those in search of the perfect city hideaway. There are also multiple custom estates in the hills or in gated communities.
What to Love
- Rich in Gold Rush history
- Buzzing craft beer scene
- Proximity to American River Canyon
- Sprawling views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
- Excellent schools
Auburn boasts a rich history and cultural heritage that has long drawn history buffs and artists to its streets. Despite its distinctive country ambiance, the community also boasts a variety of shops and restaurants to enthrall residents and visitors alike. For most residents of Auburn, there’s no real need to commute when searching for retail or dining opportunities, which has led to many of the locals becoming homebodies with immense civic pride for their city.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Auburn is known for its vibrant retail and dining scene. One of the most popular events is the PlacerGROWN Farmer's Market, which is widely recognized as one of the best local markets in the area. The farmers market regularly changes location, but when it visits Auburn, it is regarded as a firm favorite and must-visit for established residents and newcomers alike.
Another popular destination is Auburn Central Square, which is home to a range of specialty shops and local businesses, including vintage antique stores and high-end brands. Additionally, Auburn has a wonderful variety of restaurants like the staple Restaurant Josephine, which serves fresh French cuisine with Californian flair in an elegant yet laid-back atmosphere.
A popular spot is the Edelweiss Restaurant, which offers hearty, modest brunches and breakfasts in a diner-style location. The Pour Choice is a craft coffee bar and taproom where you can relax with a drink or catch a live event like a pint night.
Things to Do
There is no shortage of things to do in Auburn no matter the time of year. The Auburn Community Festival is a great event for the whole family which features live music, unique food vendors, and Halloween-themed fun for kids. The festival is also home to Auburn’s giant pumpkin and scarecrow competitions which are beloved among residents of all ages.
For history buffs, the Bernhard Museum Complex boasts an impressive collection of artifacts from the Gold Rush era., while the Auburn Symphony offers classical and pop concerts throughout the year.
For outdoor lovers, the nearby lakes and rivers offer endless boating, fishing, and kayaking opportunities, while surrounding hills and parks are perfect for hiking, cycling, and walks with your dogs. Adrenaline junkies will delight in the popular Action Whitewater Adventures, which offers exciting rafting trips down the American River.
And for those in search of a laidback round of golf, The Ridge Golf Course is a scenic 18-hole course that overlooks the Sierra Nevada mountains and is a beloved golfing destination among many Auburn residents.