Tag Archives: Central Davis

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 joe@liveindavis.com for more info or to schedule a private tour of this very special home on the corner of 8th and B. $490,000.












633 Amherst Drive: Magnificient geo-thermal and solar home in Central Davis, $674,900

amherst-bath.jpgamherst-sunroom.jpgamherst-master.jpgamherst-back.jpgamherst-side.jpgamherst-family.jpgamherst-front.jpg633 Amherst, Davis CA $674,900

Just listed! 

Open House on Friday, March 14th, 3-6pm hosted by Joe.

You must see this updated and expanded Oeste Manor home with four bedrooms, two full baths and 2,216 square feet of living area. The home boasts photovoltaic plus a geothermal ground source heat pump for energy savings. Livable indoor and outdoor spaces. The Central Davis location is stellar, with an easy walk or bike to campus and downtown. This is a truly green home in energy efficiency and use of materials.

What is Solar-Geo?

Plenty of homes have photovoltaic panels, and some have geothermal. But 633 Amherst is a unique combination of both clean energies. Since the owners had already completed similar projects, they remodeled the fifty-year old home to combine solar photovoltaic electricity generation with geothermal ground-source heat pump technologies. The WaterFurnace geothermal system uses the renewable energy source in the earth to heat and cool the home, instead of gas and electricity. The system provides cleaner indoor air quality than combustion of fossil fuels by using the Earth and Sun as the energy source.

Attention to detail, energy conservation and sustainable choices:

633 Amherst was designed to include many details sensitive to comfort and sustainability. For example, the flooring is made from ecological forest thinning, using no harmful additives and adding to a natural and healthy room climate, and is particularly recommended for people with dust allergies. The home takes advantage of natural daylighting and ventilation, with French doors and operable clerestory windows. Motion sensors, timers and efficient lighting reduce and automate energy use. As a result of the sustainable design of the home, the total energy bill for 633 Amherst is less than comparable homes.

Listing agent is Cynthia Gerber, a colleague at Coldwell Banker Doug Arnold Real Estate. To schedule a private tour, please contact Joe Kaplan today at 530.304.5978.

Joe’s Tour of Davis Neighborhoods: Central Davis


So here’s where the tour ends, Central Davis. The most central part of central Davis is known as the core, (go ahead, picture Davis as an apple).  The core, unlike many central business districts today, is thriving. Target opponents argued that the proposed big-box to be constructed near Mace Blvd. will destroy downtown businesses, and whether that happens remains to be seen. The core has its share of great restaurants, bike shops, art galleries and boutiques. A prized landmark is the Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer House, located at 604 Second St., listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Central Park and its Farmers Market, with streets B and C, and 3rd and 5th at its borders is one happenin’ place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The price per square foot for homes in the core is generally at a premium relative to the rest of town. Many of the properties are charming cottages from the 1910’s, 20’s and 30’s. The residential area between 5th and 7th and B and the tracks, Old North Davis, is prime real estate, shouting distance from the Davis Food Co-op on G St., and all the downtown venues to its south.  The UC Davis campus joins downtown at A St., and their proximity to one another infuses downtown with campus staff, faculty and students throughout each day. As UC Davis enrollment for its summer sessions continues to grow, the core remains vibrant throughout the summer, whereas in years past it was quieter when the mercury soared.

East Central and West Central Davis are neighborhoods featuring many homes built in the 50’s and 60’s, abundant with mid-century moderns built by Streng Bros. on streets named for U.S. colleges, rather befitting of the second-most highly educated city in the country (as of 1996, Money Magazine).  College Park,  just west of downtown, is the most prestigious address in town, with older homes representing a variety of architectural styles, eg. Colonials and Tudors, situated among beautiful gardens and shady lawns. The UC Davis Chancellor’s residence is on College Park, as well.