Category Archives: Ecobroker

Magnificient Location – 2710 Corona Drive

Rare chance to live on the cherished east side of Corona Drive for under $600,000. Enjoy views of the beautiful yard & scenic Covell Park greenbelt from the living room, kitchen, family room and master balcony. All 3 bedrooms feature balconies with shady views. Custom home designed & built by single owner awaits your updating. Pest & city clearance. Wide 13 ft. side yards offer expansion ideas. 200 sq. ft. attached storage room in addition to 1,908 sq ft of living space. Contact Joe at 530-304-5978 or for more info or to schedule a private tour of this unique North Davis property.DSCN3468DSCN3466



Have It All in Central Davis – 229 E. Eighth St.

You’ll love this comfortable, 1,599 sq. ft., three bedroom, two full bath Central Davis ranch replete with updating while maintaining its 1950’s charm. The beautiful redwood fence and colorful morning glories create a private oasis for the large front yard. Inside, you’ll discover hardwood and bamboo floors throughout, stylish kitchen and baths, large living room, and master bedroom with separate entrance. Features include a spacious indoor laundry room, two-car attached garage, two large driveways, newer central heat and air, newer roof, fresh interior paint, and three ceiling fans for energy efficiency. Best of all, leave the car in the garage and enjoy the short walk or bike ride to the Farmer’s Market, restaurants, shopping and campus. Truly quintessential Davis living! Call Joe Kaplan at 530-304-5978 or email for more info or to schedule a private tour of this very special home on the corner of 8th and B. $490,000.











317 Encina Avenue – Covell Park Beauty with Eco-Friendly Features and Super Location!

 Have it all in North Davis! This exquisite home is just steps to the magnificient Covell Park greenbelt. From the large, open kitchen, elegant dining room and inspired family room, you’ll enjoy delightful views of the spacious and newly landscaped back yard, and the south-facing living room brims with style and light. You’ll love the oversized bedrooms with beautiful bamboo flooring.


The eco-friendly home is loaded with energy-efficient features including dual-paned windows and doors, two furnances and two air conditioners with programmable thermostats, a whole house fan to welcome the Delta breeze in summer evenings, and extra attic insulation.


The back yard features a shady patio and trellis, perfect for entertaining or just relaxing. You’ll see new fences and a cheerful garden area with a new drip system. Discover a bounty of colorful, newly planted fruit trees including nectarine, peach, cherry, apricot, pomegranate, plus a variety of citrus. Unbeatable location on a quiet U-shaped street provides an easy bike ride to North Davis Elementary, Community Park, the library and more.  $625,000.


806 Eleventh St. – Charming Central Davis Cottage with Enchanted Gardens and Green Features Just Listed for $460,000. Oh, Yeah… It’s Zoned R-3 so you can build 2 more units!

You’ll fall for this treasure in Central Davis surrounded by lush gardens!  The delightful home features a beautiful master bedroom and bath addition built by Morse Construction in 2000 and a fabulous, newly remodeled kitchen. Hardwood floors bring a classic style to the living and dining rooms, and new bamboo floors create ambiance in the second bedroom. The home is brimming with green features: dual-paned windows and sliders, Sun City leased solar panels, tankless water heater, extra insulation, ceiling fans, 9-year-old gas furnace and air conditioner.

The property is zoned R-3, so you can potentially add up to two more units. The current owners enjoy an encroachment permit with the city, allowing them to maintain the garden open space to the east and south of the adjacent well house. The city would likely renew this permit for the new owner—truly a gardener’s dream! Did I mention the greenhouse and aviary…?  All this for a nice price of $460,000.

· 1,138 square feet of living space

· 7,239 sq. ft. lot,

· 1-car detached garage

· Built in 1949

· 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths

· Indoor laundry room

· Pest and city clearance

Call Joe today at 530-304-5978 for more information, or to schedule a private tour of this very special property.













“The Greening of the Davis Resale Ordinance,” or “How the City of Davis Could Further Punish Home Sellers”

The city is considering a revision to the city resale inspection process to include opportunities and/or requirements for “greening” existing homes at the time of resale. Gregory Mahoney, Assistant Building Official with the city, spoke at this morning’s Yolo Association of Realtors meeting to introduce the various methods under consideration and seek our input. 

Many agents like myself are concerned that these measures are punitive to owners trying to sell their homes, adding perhaps $5,000 or more of additional seller costs on top of complying with the resale inspection process as it currently exists. I believe that greening of existing homes should be voluntary, and it should be rewarded by the city. The city could provide incentives such as lowering a homeowner’s property taxes when green features are implemented, rather than forcing owners to green their homes when facing  financial and other stresses at the time of sale, such as divorce, job change, relocation, or short sale issues. I am a Certified Ecobroker and I love listing and showing homes with green features, including passive solar, use of sustainable materials and water conservation, but forcing the issue at the time of resale is the absolute wrong time to implement a greener Davis.

The following passages are taken directly from a memo from Mr. Mahoney’s office:


The proposed green building ordinance was reviewed at the March 26, 2008 joint Planning Commission, Natural Resources Commission meeting. During that meeting commission members expressed an interest in seeing a companion ordinance that relates to the greening of homes or buildings at point of sale. The City Council also expressed an interest in seeing a revised resale ordinance that addresses the opportunity to green buildings at the time of sale. In response, staff began exploring options for a green resale ordinance. This report includes a basic timeline for the development of the green resale ordinance. The timeline lists milestones in the development of the ordinance and also opportunities to ensure that the ordinance is vetted by affected stakeholders.

The report also lists some possible methods for compliance and enforcement. The process is in the initial evaluation phase at this time. Staff will develop recommendations for the ordinance after evaluation of feedback from the Natural Resources Commission and affected stakeholders.


October 17, 2008 – Identify possible program components or methods for compliance

November 24, 2008 – Presentation to NRC of general program components under consideration

December/January 2008/2009 – Develop recommendations for the program

February 2009 – Meet with the real estate community

March 2009 – Bring recommendations to NRC for feedback

April 2009 – Develop implementation schedule and re-write resale ordinance

May 2009 – Submit to City Attorney for review and comment. Present to NRC/Planning Commission

June 2009 – Present to City Council for approval

Methods and Measures under Consideration

1. Prescriptive Method

List of sustainable measures that must be in place at the time of resale. Similar to what is in place in Berkeley, the list would include measures such as low flow fixtures, minimum insulation requirements, weatherstripping, and CFLs.

2.  Performance Method

Based on diagnostic testing, the building would have to meet minimum efficiency criteria. The testing would include duct blower testing to determine the efficiency of the HVAC delivery system, and blower door testing to determine the efficiency of the building envelope.

3.  Points Based System

Would include a list of sustainability measures in different categories such as energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, preservation of natural resources. Point thresholds would be established. Points based system would offer the homeowner flexibility. The homeowner could choose which measures to implement in order to gain compliance. The measures would be assigned values based on cost, time to complete the measure and bang for buck.

4. CA Energy Commission, HERS Phase II.  Expands upon the existing program scope by including audit or rating of new and existing homes.

Consistent, accurate, and uniform ratings performed by 3rd party HERS raters, based on a single statewide rating scale. Audits or ratings include reasonable estimates of potential utility bill savings and recommendations on cost-effective measures to improve energy efficiency. Establish labeling procedures to meet the needs of home buyers and homeowners, renters, the real estate industry and mortgage lenders with an interest in home energy ratings. Provide techniques for determining energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Provide techniques to develop recommendations for energy efficiency improvements, including cross checking against utility bills.

5. Build It Green for Existing Homes

Green Point Rated Existing Home is modeled after Green Point Rated New Home. The Green Point Rated Existing Home is graded on the same 5 categories – Energy Efficiency, Resource Conservation, Indoor Air Quality, Water Conservation and Community. Energy modeling matches the CA Energy Commission’s draft protocols for evaluation of existing homes. The rating system is available for homes of all vintages: existing or undergoing remodeling.

Attend composting class and get worms

Once again the City of Davis is offering free 45 minute classes on backyard composting and worm composting this coming Friday at 3pm and Saturday at 10am at the Community Gardens located on 5th St.  Participants will receive a free composting bin and worms that are ready to turn your kitchen food scraps into rich compost.

Here’s the link to the City’s October calendar to learn more. Please sign up in advance.

U.S. Bike Capitol

Davis, CA was the first city in the country awarded with a platinum level of bicycle friendliness from the League of American Bicyclists. The only other city to achieve such a designation is Portland, OR, awarded as a platinum level city this past April. Davis also claims to have more bikes per capita than any city in America. Davis city planners truly go the extra mile in accomodating bikers, from kids to commuters. It’s what helps make Davis an extraordinary place to call home.

I enjoy biking to my downtown Coldwell Banker office, with a variety of easy 3-mile routes to use. My favorite is the scenic Putah Creek bike path which eventually leads me under I-80 and past the eastern edge of the UC Davis arboretum. Another route follows Pole Line Road over I-80, then west on Fifth St. into the heart of downtown. Wherever you live in Davis there are bike lanes, greenbelt bike paths, tunnels, overpasses, and even America’s first bicycle stop light (at the intersection of Russell Blvd. and Sycamore Ln.) to get you where you’re going in comfort and safety.

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It’s fun to meet my buyers and sellers by bike for home tours, inspections and more. Give me a shout if you want to tour Davis by bicycle with Davis’s only certified EcoBroker and we’ll hit the road on two wheels. Save the planet & stay fit – a win-win. Happy biking!

Enjoy this short video on biking in Davis: