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An outstanding quality of life is afforded to residents of Davis. There are a multitude of living options including houses, condos, apartments and co-ops. From renters to first-time buyers and families seeking comfortable accommodations, to those seeking a luxurious lifestyle, there are homes suited for everyone’s needs.

There are many environmentally friendly homes in Davis. A prime example is Village Homes, located on the west side of Davis and built in 1975. These homes are highly efficient in design and use of water and energy. Narrow streets cut down on pavement heat. Common gardens and walkways behind homes, rather than in front, create a friendly and safe community. In 1999, Time magazine featured the Village Homes community, reporting that it is “one of the world’s best examples of sustainable development; it doesn’t degrade the environment that future generations will inherit.”

The community also promotes conservation efforts through solar-powered traffic signals and electric vehicles with charging stations. Additionally, Davis has tree-lined streets that are not only beautiful, but provide shade in the summer and retain heat during the winter. The historic Avenue of Trees, lining Russell Boulevard for more than a mile west of Highway 113, includes majestic black walnut trees planted before 1880.

Numerous streets in Davis are quaint with older homes full of character and history. Many of Davis’ homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s, and with conservation and preservation in mind, new development has been carefully planned. One of these new developments is Mace Ranch on the east side of the city, with approximately 5,800 newer homes. Wildhorse, a master-planned community, has a golf course, parks and is host to many executive-style homes with four bedrooms or more. Lake Alhambra offers gorgeous custom homes encompassing a man-made lake.

Additionally, programs for affordable housing and workforce housing are available. Housing prices in Davis are generally higher than the rest of the Greater Sacramento Area. This can be attributed to many reasons, including an excellent quality of life, a low crime rate, a premier local school system, the presence of UC Davis and a convenient location on the I-80 corridor between Sacramento and the Bay Area. These qualities combined create a high demand to move into this community.

To find about more about living in Davis, please visit www.city.davis.ca.us/housing.

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