The Top 10 Reasons to Live in Davis


10.  Davis has a long tradition of being “Green".              

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Dating from the 1960’s, Davis has had more bicycles than cars, and incorporated bike lanes into city streets. In 1970's,  the City council banned the shipment of nuclear materials through town. At the same time recycling centers became common at area shopping centers. Solar energy applications have been incorporated into housing developments since the 1970’s.

Earth Day is still Celebrated each April, with festivities on the campus quad at UCD. Today, Davis maintains this tradition with curbside recycling, electric and hybrid cars in popular usage, greenbelts and agricultural space around developments.

bikes at ucd

With a pro-active approach to the environmental protection of waterways, birds, and animals, the community of Davis delivers a unique quality of life.


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9.  Cultural Arts and Entertainment

mondavi center at uc davis

Davis and UCD combine to bring outstanding cultural opportunities to such a small town. The Mondavi Center brings performers with worldwide acclaim to Davis. Symphony Orchestras from China, London, San Francisco, and Cleveland have performed. The “Distinguished Speaker Series" has brought such notables to Davis as President Bill Clinton, Garrison Keillor, and John Edwards. Musicians like Itzhak Perlman, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, and the Pat Metheny Group have come to Davis to Perform at the Mondavi Center.



davis art center

The Veterans Memorial Center is host to numerous performaces by local talent and the annual Nutcracker Ballet, which is performed by dozens of volunteer children each year.


The Davis Art Center is also host to art shows and art instruction for children and adults of all ages.



8.  Davis, It’s Close to Everything !

Davis is within an easy drive of some of the Worlds favorite destinations. If you are looking for a day trip or weekend away, below is a list of places you can visit and the approximate drive time:


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San Francisco - 80 minutes

Napa Valley Wineries – 60 minutes

Lake Berryessa – 30 minutes

Folsom Lake – 40 minutes

Yosemite National Park – 4 hoursyosemite valley

Lake Tahoe – 120 minutes

Sierra Nevada Ski areas – 90 minutes

Reno, NV. – 120 minutes

Mt. Lassen National Park – 2 ½ hours

Pt. Reyes National Seashore – 2 ½ hoursski heavenly

California Gold Country – 45 minutes

Monterey/Carmel – 3 hours

Sequoia National Park – 4 hours

Mendicino Coastal Resorts - 4 hourspt reyes seashore

Bodega Bay - 2 1/2 hours







 7.  The Davis Farmers Marketfarmers market

Davis is surrounded by some of the world’s finest farmland. Each Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon, area farmers bring their crops to a specially designed Market at Central Park. Here you can find a splendid variety of organic produce and crafts, and meet your neighbors. Local musicians play as you stroll through the market to nibble, chat and purchase.    The kids can play in the adjoining park and ride on the “Human Powered" carousel.



6.   Politics, Politics, Politics city council chambers

Davis, sometimes known as “The town that takes itself too seriously", is known for City Council and Planning Department meetings that go on well into the night with vigorous and lengthy citizens input. If you thrive on being involved in your community, Davis has a “Citizens Commission" that’s right for you. Get involved, make a difference.




5.  Books, Books, Booksegghead in book

Davis has no less than 8 new and used bookstores. There's even a book store devoted to spanish language books for children. Along with the Yolo County library, there is the UCD library with over 2 million  bound volumes and seating for more than 3,300 people. So many books, so little time.




4.  Great Schools !

In a University town there is always a focus on educational opportunities. The Davis School system prides it self on annual testing scores that are above the state-wide average. In addition to 9 public elementary schools, 2 Jr High Schools, and 2 High Schools, the town is host to parochial schools, Montessori schools and MerryHill Country Day Schools.



3.  A Variety of Great Neighborhoods

Davis has a neighborhood to fit every lifestyle:central davis house

Central Davis is adjacent to the University, and provides easy access to Downtown amenities. 

If an acre and a horse is more your style, there is the area west of town between Davis and Winters with many rural homes and small farms and orchards.

For the country club set, El Macero Country Club was founded at the southeast edge of town in the early 1960’s.

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Newer developments include Northstar, Mace Ranch, and Wildhorse, which has its' own golf course.




mace ranch home

At the Western edge of town is Stonegate, which features its' own Lake and Clubhouse.

Lake Alhambra Estates has some of the largest homes in town set around a Lake.

Newer homes on lots up to 1 acre in size can be found in Oakshade in south Davis.



College Park is the classic old style neighborhood with grand homes built in the 1920’s to 1940’s. Sitting at the edge of UCD, it is truly a premier address.

 college park

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covell park home

Another classic area is Willowbank, at the south edge of town, with large lots and a rural atmosphere.


Covell Park, built in the 1960’s and 70’s is an easy walk or ride to the High School or the Library, or the Davis Art Center.



2.  Great Food !

Davis offers a huge array of dining possibilities, from fast food to fine dining. The dining choices in Davis reflect the cultural diversity of the towns citizens. Almost any variety of dining can be found.

davis food co-op

Prefer to cook yourself? In addition to chain grocery stores, there is the Davis Food Co-op located in Central Davis, providing a great variety of organic foods to its members, Whole Foods Market and other specialty markets.

With the Farmers Market, the Food Co-op, Grocery Stores and numerous restaurants, good healthy food is never far from you in Davis.


1. The Arboretum at UC Davis and Picnic Daymrak hall at ucd

Davisites of all ages enjoy these acres of park like setting. Hundreds of native plant varieties are tended here and walking tours are available. The Redwood grove provides a shady cool place to picnic or read, even on the hottest days. The grassy area around Spafford Pond is host to the annual “Battle of the Bands" on Picnic Day.  


Picnic Day being the annual open house at the University and a celebration all over town. It's not possible to list all of the events one can attend on Picnic Day, let alone experience them. A true Davisite must attend numerous Picnic Days, in order to see such things as the Sheep Dog Trials, Chemistry and Magic Show, view an operation at the Veterinary School, attend a Polo match, Track Meet, butterfly exhibit, or Dachshund Races.  Oh yeah, while you are at it, spread a blanket on the campus quad, have a picnic, and listen to the music.


Well, there you have it, the "Top 10 Reasons to Live in Davis". There are dozens more, and if you are moving to Davis, contact me and I'll help you find the perfect home, show you around and help you get to know the town. And while you are here I'll show you some of the interesting places I have mentioned above. Call me, and let's get started today.

Vicki Walker, Realtor

Coldwell Banker, Doug Arnold Real Estate

505 Second Street Davis, California 95616