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Location! Location! Location! Downtown Apartment Overlooking Toomer's

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bed/2 Bath Overlooking Toomer's in Downtown Auburn sleeps up to 6

A 2 bedroom(queens) 2 bath apartment that sleeps up to 6 located in downtown Auburn. Fall in love with the loveliest village on the plains when you stay in this apartment. Experience the sights and sounds of downtown Auburn while relaxing upstairs in the apartment. A short half block to Auburn's campus and a ten-minute walk to Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn's best dining and shopping are within a block. Free parking is included. There is a 55" Samsung smart HDTV with Charter cable, a DVD player, free wifi, games, books, and even a football and frisbee for Samford Lawn. We do rent this unit and a loft in the building directly from our website as well (

We live in Auburn and welcome questions.

We own and manage the apartment and loft under our LLC, McGowin Properties (Tim and Julie McGowin)

Auburn Athletic Events - Football, Basketball, and Baseball

Campus Visits/Tours and Camp War Eagle



AU Summer Camps

Golf Weekends (Robert Trent Jones Trail)

Tennis, Softball, Baseball and Swimming tournaments

*Event Weekends have higher than average daily rate. If it is a three-night minimum event we will include the 4th night free if requested.

Events with 3 or 4-night minimum stays are flexible as to the third or fourth day being at the start or end of the event. For example, a 3-night minimum can be Thur/Fri/Sat or Fri/Sat/Sun. Just request which you prefer.

Please feel free to contact us through VRBO or on our McGowin Properties website with any questions.

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Julie McGowin
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Julie McGowin

Our Family loves the excitement of downtown Auburn! We, Tim and Julie McGowin, have lived here almost 30 years. We bought this property because of the retail spaces on the ground level and rented the apartments for the last 10 years. We decided in 2015 to convert the front apartment into a year round rental. Recently, in 2017 we converted a loft in the building to a short term rental as well! It is a great location for football game-day, basketball games, graduation, school visits and more. The furnishings are comfortable and welcoming for guest use as well as family and friends who visit.

Julie McGowin purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Julie McGowin chose Auburn

Originally from northwest Florida and south Alabama we each moved to Auburn for college and never left. We opened a restaurant in the retail spaces below and eventually bought the buildings from our landlord. We retired after 20 years and kept the building as an investment and rental income property.

There is a lot of history in the building: Built in 1928 as additional spaces for Mr. Jone's Boarding house (where Baptist Campus Ministry is now) for his student boarders, the building has a piece of Auburn history in it. When we bought the property in 2004 the original plaster and lattice was severely damaged and had to be replaced with drywall. During the renovations, the original hardwood floors and subway tile bathrooms were refinished and preserved and everything else was updated to modern standards (HVAC, kitchen, W/D). The result was three charming apartments in a fantastic location -- downtown Auburn! The back two apartments are lofts that are rented to current Auburn students. The downstairs retail space is rented by the Bike Shop. Because the property is shared we ask that quiet hours are respected from 10 pm - 8 am as well as no loud or large parties.

What makes this apartment unique

The location is by far the best reason to stay here but when you do you stay here you will see the charm of the apartment too. It has original hardwood floors, high ceiling with crown molding, deep window bays, lots of windows and natural light, and the 1928 subway tile bathrooms. The bathrooms have only showers; my mom(a navy brat) calls them 'Navy showers' as they have a narrow 19" entryway. Definitely not a cookie cutter apartment or condo. The updates included cherry cabinets and granite counter in the kitchen area. The windows all have wood plantation blinds as well.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Auburn, Alabama

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Shower entry is only 19" wide
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , shower entrance is only 19" wide
  • These bathrooms have private entry from each bedroom and are the original 1928 subway tiles. The small walk-in showers have adjustable shower heads. Each bathroom has a hair dryer. Towels are provided as is a limited first aid kit. Enough toilet paper for personal use is provided but if you need some for rolling Toomer's please pack extra for that.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • Each Bedroom has a queen size bed, a closet, and a dresser. They are decorated nicely and have wood blinds and dark shades to keep out light. Living room has a love seat with a twin size pull out bed. We also have a twin size roll-away available to sleep a total of 6 in beds. Two additional guests, kids in particular, would be more than comfortable on the fully reclining sofa and glider if necessary.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • swimming
  • tennis
3 ISSUES to be aware of - Privacy - if you want privacy please close the blinds as it is as easy to see out as it is in. - Showers - they are small. They are original to the building and have been in use since 1928. The doorway opening on them is only 19". - Noise - The apartment is half a block from Toomer's, guests will hear the sounds from downtown. It will be more noticeable during big events. If you are sensitive please bring a white noise machine, a sleep app, or simply use the bathroom fans as background. If you expect peace and tranquility this location does not have it. That said, the apartment is well insulated with spray foam in walls that dampens noise and the bedrooms are located in the back half of the apartment away from the street.


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Location! Location! Location! Downtown Apartment Overlooking Toomer's
average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Three words....location, location, location. Less than a block from AU campus and in downtown Auburn. Perfect. The unit was well-maintained, clean, and very spacious for my family of 5. Julie and Tim were very responsive before, during and after our stay. You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 10/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our apartment for your visit. We are glad you had a great visit and enjoyed staying in the heart of downtown Auburn.
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Well appointed condo with plenty of space & stocked with all the essentials in GREAT LOCATION!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend in Auburn! Owners are fabulous and make the entire experience smooth and easy. The condo is stocked with all you need. Walkable to campus, stadium and everything in downtown Auburn. Parking at bottom of back stairs is an awesome perk. All the charm of an historic building but with modern updates.

  • Review Submitted: 13/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place and great location. Loved being downtown.

  • 5 of 5

Had a child with us and was a great experience. Easy to walk everywhere. Would for sure do it again.

  • Review Submitted: 01/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute! Cute! Cute! Great location and great owners to work with!

  • 5 of 5

As a current VRBO owner (1469, 960368) I know the true importance of having a unit that takes care of all your needs. We could not have been more happier with Julie's place and she was a fantastic owner to work with. Anything we needed she had for us or we were able to communicate with her for any questions or needs. The place is truly adorable with classic design and beautiful solid hardwood floors. Every amenity necessary was available. I rarely leave reviews but this place certainly deserves a six star if they had available. Looking forward to visiting again in the future. Thank you so much Julie for the wonderful Southern hospitality and beautiful place!

  • Review Submitted: 18/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a ball. Loved the place. Owners were super nice. We will return.

  • Review Submitted: 20/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Convenient and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Had everything we needed and then some. Great place. Will definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 24/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at our apartment while you were visiting Auburn last week. You took great care of the place, thank you.
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Auburn Opelika Airport (ATL is 1.5 hours NE)
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Robert Trent Jones - Opelika
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 85 exit 51
Nearest Restaurant
Arigato Sushi
Nearest Beach
180 Miles
Destin Florida
Car: not necessary

All the events and activities provided by Auburn University could keep you busy on any given day - Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Gymnastics, Tennis, Swimming, Equestrian, Music, Theater, special events and more. The University offers campus walking tours and locker room tours for FREE on the Fridays before home games! If you are an Alumni Association member -the Alumni 'tent' has been moved to the Alumni Center on College (4 blocks south of the apartment) for your complementary game-day snacks and tailgating experience.

The City of Auburn's Frank Brown Rec Center is 4 blocks away and offers a fitness center, indoor racquetball and indoor and outdoor basketball courts. The city has pools as well that are open May - August annually for $2/swimmer/day. Year round indoor open swim times are available at the university's Aquatic center.

The Auburn-Opelika Area has numerous golf courses all within a 15 min drive of the apartment.

For outdoor family activities (bird watching, hiking, nature playground, educational activities) check out the Forest Ecology Preserve about 4 miles up north College street. Try Chewalca State Park for swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, and freshwater fishing as well as hiking, camping and great new mountain biking trails just off Shell Toomer Parkway at exit 51 on I-85 about 15 minutes south of the apartment. My kids and I always go to the back side of the lake at the spillway which goes over a series of rocks and creates a scenic waterfall area.

The City has an indoor tennis center located on Richland Road that is available to use if they are not having a tournament or classes. You can always play at the outdoor courts located on Samford Avenue across from the high school.

If you wish to go to church while visiting Auburn First Baptist is across the street and Auburn United Methodist is a block and a half away. There are many other churches in town within 2 miles of the apartment.

The closest grocery stores are Kroger at Glenn and Dean and Publix at N College and East University Drive. Both are about a 5 minute drive from the apartment.

There is a new CVS downtown just a few block south of the apartment. If you need a Walgreen's it is located at Glenn and Dean. American Family Care is located on South College Street across from Walmart and is open 7 days a week until 6 pm. Moore's Mill Acute Care is open later at their Tiger Town location (10pm).

East Alabama Medical Center is the nearest hospital and is about 20 minutes away in Opelika just beyond the intersection of Opelika Road and Hwy 280.

If you need a dentist Dr Yount is located just past Mike and Ed's BBQ a block to the north of the apartment.

Banks and gas stations are pretty much found every block so they are easy to find and plentiful.

Babysitter, if you need one I can pass along info to see if they are available.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Auburn, Alabama

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee AU$135.45 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$338.63

Terms and Conditions:
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Minimum renter(responsible party) age is 25 years old. Responsible party must be present during rental period.
No smoking is allowed on premises.
No Pets are allowed.
Apartment is not handicap accessible. Must be able to climb a flight of stairs as apartment is on 2nd floor.
Apartment is one of three on the second floor. Quiet hours are in effect daily from 11pm until 8am for the building but if it is an event weekend you can hear noise from College Street until wee hours of morning.
No large events or loud parties are allowed.
Commercial spaces are below apartment and renters are expected to be respectful to them and their customers.
Entry doors have key-less locks for security.
Security cameras are in use on the exterior of owners premises for apartment units, commercial tenants, roof and parking area.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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