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Saturday, October 16, 2021

New apartments experience high interest despite prices

The start of winter quarter brings cold air, the beginning of classes and the race to sign up for apartments. This year there has been an abundance of interest surrounding UC Davis’ West Village apartments.

Currently, The Ramble – the first complex in West Village – is under construction and due to open this fall. While it does not expect to have any models open until mid-February, the company’s leasing office has been remodeled to resemble the interior of the apartments. Since the remodeled office has opened, over 250 people have stopped by to take a look.

“The level of interest in the project has been overwhelming so far judging from the number of people coming to visit the leasing office and the number of students committing to leases for next fall,” said Nolan Zail, senior vice president of West Village Community Partnership, in a prepared statement.

The Ramble offers two-, three- and four-bedroom flats, with each bedroom connected to its own bathroom and walk-in closet. For fall 2011, The Ramble is releasing 192 units.

Some students are turned off by the prices for these apartments. The rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,840, for a four-bedroom is $2,950 and rent for a three-bedroom apartment ranges between $2,375 and $2,395.

“The layout is ideal and it is incredible that each bedroom has a bathroom, but with prices starting at over $700 per bedroom, they are a bit overpriced for many students,” said Manpreet Kaur, first-year biology major, who will not be living at The Ramble next year.

Some of the complex’s amenities include a fitness center with a yoga room, sand volleyball court, outdoor kitchens, grilling areas, outdoor fireplace with seating, study lounges, conference rooms, recreation pool, heated lap pool and a hot tub.

The Ramble is currently offering temporary incentives to sign a lease – a free flat screen television for the year as well as October’s rent.

The utilities such as water, sewage, electricity and high speed Internet are included. However, there are caps on all the utilities, in order to maintain a net zero energy community. Zail did not release details on what the cap will be.

“Davis students are really responding to the quality of the project and the idea of being a part of the net zero energy community,” Zail said.

The West Village leasing office is located at 409 Third St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Representatives from the partnership will also be present at the Housing Day fair on Feb. 10.

For more information visit ucdaviswestvillage.com/the-ramble-apartments.

– Jaspreet Bahia

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