Russell, B, 4th & University, entire Square Block
(Downtown Davis)
Indoor cats only allowed

Davis Townhouse Apartments is the oldest existing apartment complex in town. According to the book, "Davis, California 1910s-1940s,"

One of the structures that looks the same today as it did in 1952 is the Davis Townhouse Apartments. This apartment building covers most of the block bounded by University Avenue, Russell Boulevard, B and Fourth streets. It replaced a turkey farm on this site. This complex was among the first of what would be a wave of apartment buildings in Davis.

As of February 2015, rent is $975 for a 1 bedroom, $1290 for 2 bedrooms. They show the insides of apartments, if any units are available to show. As they have various floor plans, the unit that you see may not be exactly the same layout, but it will be the same square footage. The 1 bedroom apartment is about 600 square feet. Each unit is equipped with wall A/C. This is a strict non-smoking complex. Leases are month to month after a 6 month minimum.

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2006-05-16 13:51:08   I called them, the manager said it was build in the 1950s, and some apartments don't have A/C. The leases run month-to-month, apparently, and there is a waiting list. —JoFeuerstein

2007-09-04 08:11:25   These apartments are not only full of class, but full of classy neighbors and good people. The manager is on top of things and very nice. Unlike many other Davis apartment complexes there is a sense of community here. I'm so glad we made this choice. ...but yes, it's HOT HOT HOT. The A/C is very old —AnnBradshaw

2008-04-15 15:27:31   does anyone know the best way to live here? do you need to be on the waiting list very long? —margarethowe

2010-05-03 18:19:40   We wanted an apartment in August/September and were on the waiting list for 7 months prior to finally getting a place in mid September. The wait and the uncertainty were well worth it, however. These are great apartments with hardwood floors, lots of period charm, spacious decks, and great neighbors! Not to mention the location right across from Central Park and blocks from downtown and UCD campus. If you want to live in the best apartments in town get on the wait list early! Though if you have flexibility about when you can move some apartments come up in winter when others are stuck in their leases and can't move - you could get lucky. —aubitz

2011-09-21 13:49:05   The waitlist is long.... I waited 6 months for an apartment in November. —Keiko

2013-01-29 21:21:35   Do you know if there are any apartments available for Fall 2013? —TaylerAvakian

2013-02-15 22:34:43 We called every day this week, multiple times a day and cannot get ahold of anyone... When are they open?

2013-02-19 20:15:39   The apartment manager has been in the hospital battling cancer. She lost this fight yesterday. There is a new apartment manager but everything is in transition. As it is a small family-owned complex, there is no office or "open" hours. I'm sure the new apartment manager would be happy to talk to you though. —onefishtwofish

2015-05-10 09:02:13   Are there any leases available for Fall 2015? I am looking for a 2 bedroom/ 2 bathroom for move in around August or early September. —Zachary

2015-07-06 22:39:35   I just moved out of these apartments. There is good and bad. The good: the location, the cuteness of the rooms, hardwood floors, quiet neighbors, convenient leasing options. It's a classy setup. The bad: the move out process is very, very annoying. The manager expects the apartment to be "as clean as it was when you moved in" (her words) and does not understand the notion of "normal wear and tear" even though it's in the lease. She overworks tennents during the move out process to save money on cleaning companies. If you challenge her on any of these issues, she is rude and disrespectful--kind of a bully. I had to talk with the owner of the place to get my full security deposit back. Luckily the owner is a very reasonable and generous person, and after listening to my grievances, he got my deposit back to me in a timely manner. Conclusion: great place to live but suffers from a very bad manager and move out process. If you move in, be sure to get the owner's contact info. —wobula

2015-10-26 16:59:49   Really interested in moving here next fall! (2016) Does anyone know how to get a hold of the owner/manager? I tried calling the number it shows above but it says it's disconnected... Do they have an email address possibly? —aylaha

2022-07-13 12:52:27   Joan Kain, the Resident Manager, is a menace to Davis Townhouse, its community, and prospective tenants. Friends of friends used to live here for many years under Leslie's management before she passed away about ten years ago. She was the previous Resident Manager, and actually maintained a proper waitlist, fair and square, first come first serve. The current manager, Joan Kain, is extremely rude, intentionally discriminatory, and profoundly unprofessional. To say she is a manager would be an overstatement. My wife and I wanted to downsize to an apartment here and it took multiple requests for ANY information on the apartments, to only be placed on Kain's "informal list". She refused to provide an application on request, which is highly irregular. We'd inquired in November of 2021 and it's now July 2022. Not once has she reached out to us off the mysterious "list". She clearly picks and chooses new tenants how she pleases-- my wife and I walk by the apartments about once a week to the farmer's market and there were many units empty for months, a few even for half a year, and no contact from Joan. Clearly there are vacancies, but her shady practices prevent those she doesn't like from being here. Nothing's ever listed for rent, and her office is never open. The places are also very hot without central A/C. What gives? RIP Leslie, you are missed. Joan, stop your unfair discrimination. If you, Joan, or if you're the owner and reading this, you should be ashamed of yourself. Dan & Delilah —dandelilahmalark