So here's where the tour ends, Central Davis. The most central part of central Davis is known as the core, (go ahead, picture Davis as an apple). The core, unlike many central business districts today, is thriving. Target opponents argued that the proposed big-box to be constructed near Mace Blvd. will destroy downtown businesses, and whether that happens remains to be seen. The core has its share of great restaurants, bike shops, art galleries and boutiques. A prized landmark is the Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer House, located at 604 Second St., listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Central Park and its Farmers Market, with streets B and C, and 3rd and 5th at its borders is one happenin' place on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The price per square foot for homes in the core is generally at a premium relative to the rest of town. Many of the properties are charming cottages from the 1910's, 20's and 30's. The residential area between 5th and 7th and B and the tracks, Old North Davis, is prime real estate, shouting distance from the Davis Food Co-op on G St., and all the downtown venues to its south. The UC Davis campus joins downtown at A St., and their proximity to one another infuses downtown with campus staff, faculty and students throughout each day. As UC Davis enrollment for its summer sessions continues to grow, the core remains vibrant throughout the summer, whereas in years past it was quieter when the mercury soared.
East Central and West Central Davis are neighborhoods featuring many homes built in the 50's and 60's, abundant with mid-century moderns built by Streng Bros. on streets named for U.S. colleges, rather befitting of the second-most highly educated city in the country (as of 1996, Money Magazine). College Park, just west of downtown, is the most prestigious address in town, with older homes representing a variety of architectural styles, eg. Colonials and Tudors, situated among beautiful gardens and shady lawns. The UC Davis Chancellor's residence is on College Park, as well.