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Friday, April 19, 2024

Best Place to Live

1. Downtown Davis

2. North Davis

3. Central Davis

“Downtown is the place to be,” said recent graduate, ASUCD Controller and downtown Davis resident Don Ho. And he isn’t alone.

Reprising its role as 2011’s Best Place to Live, downtown Davis has once again won Best of Davis.

It’s not hard to see why.

“The social atmosphere and the history behind downtown have a lot of charm,” Ho said.

With its proximity to campus, Central Park and all the venues downtown has to offer, downtown Davis epitomizes what many believe it means to live in one of the last true college towns in America. It is in this spirit that you’ll often find a congenial mix of students and longtime Davis residents walking, shopping and eating alongside one another.

Densely packed and easily navigable with arrays of diverse eateries, downtown Davis naturally becomes the location in which you can find many of the other listed attractions in Best of Davis. Of course, with all of these perks comes a competitive atmosphere for securing housing. But residents claim the location is worth every penny.

The second best place to live in Davis is North Davis, an area marked informally by its location north of West Covell and west of F Street. Here you’ll also find The Marketplace, a convenient smorgasbord of businesses at the meeting place of many apartment complexes.

Placing third is Central Davis, a location considered west of Highway 113, at the south end of Russell Boulevard. Central Davis offers proximity to greek life, a half dozen public parks, nearly as many schools and two shopping centers with newly popular businesses, including Trader Joe’s and Forever 21.

— Rajiv Narayan


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