As Masters Week in Augusta evolves, so does National Hills neighborhood

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Friday, April 5th, 2019 / News 12 at 11 o'clock

AUGUSTA, G.A. (WRDW/WAGT) - A lot of you are packing up to rent out your house, or getting ready for a busy Masters Week...and one neighborhood near Augusta National is no exception.

Neighbors in national hills say things have been ramping up for weeks...

Take Justin Blair for example. He lived in Augusta until he was 23, then moved to San Diego.

"[I] moved here right back around the time I turned 30," he told News 12.

In the 7 years he was gone--he says a lot changed.

"A lot more hospitality homes, a lot more of the construction done on Washington Road, more buying up of various properties," Blair explained when asked what he thought was different.

National Hills is normally a quiet neighborhood, but for one week out of the year, it's anything but.

Blair isn't renting this year--but he normally does.

"Eight weeks before the tournament starts it just turns upside down on this street," he said.

"[My] House is rented again this year," added Julie Carter.

She does business with the same group every year...and every year it's the same frantic routine just before the big week.

"Just cleaning--last minute cleaning--and packing up to move out. I leave tomorrow and they come in on sunday," she told News 12.

Both she and Blair like the atmosphere the upcoming week provides; but it's hard work.

"It's just the fun with Masters week. And all the people that come and go. You see people, you meet people," Carter said.

"It does get a little hectic on the raod with people driving all up and down like they own the place," added Blair.

"The biggest thing I see is the traffic," Richard Skuse told News 12.

Skuse is visually imppaired, and his best friend--his guide dog Jazzie--and he live just down the block from the Magnolia Club.

He often shares his front lawn with shuttle drivers.

"I'm kind of worried about access to my house," he explained.

Skuse says he doesn't like the speed on his quiet street, but says he still enjoys meeting new people that come through.

Overal, many in this little neighborhood say it's an exciting time.

"I don't mind it. I think it brings in a lot of money for the city," said Blair.