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Living a Golf Lifestyle in Auburn-Opelika, Alabama

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Where to Retire in Auburn-Opelika and Home Prices

There are several active adult communities in Auburn-Opelika (see link at right). 
Zillow.com showed the median home value in Auburn to be $241,200, in early 2018, while the figure was $158,700 in Opelika.

What is special about Auburn-Opelika

The presence of Auburn University is a major plus for Auburn-Opelika. There are many parks with bike and walking trails. Auburn is the home to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art as well as the Tellfair Peet Theatre. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has one of its finest venues in the Auburn-Opelika area.  Lake Martin is a huge lake that is nearby; it is one of the most popular lakes in Alabama and a place where many retire or have second homes.

What is not special about Auburn-Opelika

Auburn and Opelika can be very hot and humid in the summer (Opelika is an Indian word that means swamp).  The cost of living is expensive for Alabama and the south in general.

Climate and Physical Environment

Auburn-Opelika is located in east central Alabama. The average July high temperature is 90 and the average January high is 55 (the average low is 34). The wettest month is March (6").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The presence of a huge university like Auburn adds much to the cultural mix, including many restaurants.  Auburn is the home to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, which hosts a collection of primarily 19th and 20th century American and European art.  There is the Auburn Community Orchestra as well as the Telfair Peet Theatre.  The Auburn Area Community Theater (AACT), performs three productions a year. 

Crime

Crime appears to be at the average U.S. level.

Medical facilities

East Alabama Medical Center is in Opelika.

Transportation

Although there is an airport in Auburn, the major commercial airports are about 2 hours away in Birmingham and Atlanta.

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