The history of the Auburn Hills neighborhood dates back to the 1950s when a small group of African American men were denied housing everywhere except the southeast side of Grand Rapids. In hopes of finding a new location to call home, they set out to develop 20 acres of land now known as the Auburn Hills neighborhood. In response to redlining, which is now the illegal act of denying someone a mortgage loan or credit based upon their race, these four men simply wanted a nice place to call home. Although this particular act was not done in response to a civil rights movement, it did break the housing color barrier in Grand Rapids. These four men set out to accomplish the unthinkable in the 1950s and after repeated attempts by people to stop this development from happening, they succeeded in accomplishing their goals. The neighborhood that you see today is a result of the perseverance by these four men and their dreams.
This quiet and welcoming neighborhood was established as a place for people to call home and to this day, this atmosphere is still very much alive. Located on the northeast side of Grand Rapids, Michigan is the welcoming Auburn Hills neighborhood. Although Auburn Hills is a small neighborhood, the streets are lined with beautiful mature trees and full of mid to late 20th century homes. You can enter the neighborhood through Travis Street NE which runs perpendicular to bustling Fuller Avenue. There is a total of three streets with no outlet which keeps the traffic to a minimum and makes it a safe neighborhood for walking or riding your bike. As you meander down the streets, you will find a neighborhood where people take pride in their homes and spend time outdoors maintaining their yard.
Since Auburn Hills is such a small neighborhood, it is filled with tree lined streets and 20th-century homes which fill most of the space in this neighborhood comprised of five streets. Located in such a central area, there are many nearby parks for the residents of the neighborhood to visit. Huff Park which spans over 80-acres is a great location for outdoor activities such as cross country skiing or a game of catch at their baseball diamond. This park is also home to many walking or biking trails that run through a nature area that has not been developed. Another undeveloped nature area nearby is Ball Perkins Park which also has a community garden for people to enjoy. This 80-acre undeveloped plot of land lets residents enjoy the beauty of nature while living in the city.
Also located nearby the Auburn Hills neighborhood is the oldest members only club in Michigan, The Kent Country Club. This members only club was established in 1896 and feature numerous great amenities for their members to use. There is tennis, a fitness center, swimming pool, golf, and great dining options. Not only are these amenities available to members, as a member you can also host a wedding at the country club. With a beautiful green setting and gorgeous rolling hills, your wedding pictures are sure to be stunning.
NEARBY CUISINE AND AMENITIES
Just down the street from the Auburn Hills neighborhood is the Wellspring Preparatory High School which is ranked excellent for academics. Ranked 10 out of 10 stars academically, this school excels in arts & music as well as their sports programs. The Wellspring Wolves have a variety of athletic and extracurricular activities that students can participate in throughout high school. Additionally, there are a large number of clubs and organizations that students can participate in like a band, choir, the dance team, student council, and so much more.
Located within 5 minutes of the Auburn Hills neighborhood is the Lai Thai Restaurant which comes highly recommended among those who have dined there. This authentic Thai cuisine is made with locally grown ingredients and prepared by Thailand native Sawalee. Family owned and operated by the Taylor family, Sawalee is not only the head chef but also part of the family that founded the restaurant.
Auburn Hills neighborhood is the Lai Thai Restaurant which comes highly recommended among those who have dined there. This authentic Thai cuisine is made with locally grown ingredients and prepared by Thailand native Sawalee. Family owned and operated by the Taylor family, Sawalee is not only the head chef but also part of the family that founded the restaurant.