805 and 819 H Street (across from the train tracks)

The Boardwalk is an 8-unit townhome complex located in 2 buildings at 805 and 819 H Street. These apartments were built on the former site of a plant nursery: Davis Nursery, a retail nursery owned by the Basinger family for more than 40 years. There is a unique gold-tipped variety of Deodar cedar in front (visible in the photo above) which was planted by nursery owner Tom Basinger. The apartments are located directly across the street from the freight train tracks. The freight train comes by a few times each day (much less frequently than Amtrak), typically only during daylight hours. The complex is close to bus lines, bike routes, markets, restaurants, and shopping centers. It's about 10 blocks from UCD campus.

The townhomes have either 3 or 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (depending on the unit). All units have: energy efficient features (i.e. soundproof dual-pane windows, high-grade insulation walls, new appliances), individual indoor washer & dryer, walk-in closets, heating & air conditioning, hi-speed internet (Cat-5) wire to every room, private covered porch area, mature trees, and unassigned parking in a lot. Overflow parking can generally be found in the street.

The following rates were listed here by a Boardwalk Apartments representative:

In 2010, base rent was between $2,000 to $2,600 per month. Rent includes 1-2 parking spots per apartment and city utilities (water, sewer & trash).

However, comments below indicate that management in fact demands additional monthly payments for utilities and for dedicated parking spots, a few of which are covered garage spots. Consider yourself warned.

To learn more about rental housing in Davis, check out our Housing Guide as well as our Apartments pages.


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2007-12-12 01:37:39   How exactly does he check in? It may not be legal.

And is it just me, or is two grand a month pretty ballsy for an apartment with such a good view of the tracks? —MelissaH

2008-10-30 21:30:54   LOL - I forgot about the extra fees. Want one of the 3 garage spots? $50 a month. Want to rent a washer/dryer? $50. Dog? You guessed it - $50. —sbyun

Two or more of the following comments comefrom the same IP address and may be the same person.

2009-03-19 08:57:23   I read some of these comments and have to say my experience with this mgmt. team has been spectacular! They are quick to respond to any requests that are needed and just charge the market rate (ppl. are not forced to rent here, lol)..anyhow, this just looks like a unhappy person looking to take out their issues on somebody, so they write something negative. —davisaggie

2009-04-17 15:34:53   These comments seem outdated since i'm finishing my year here at these apts. and they're just great (there's a reason why they have a waiting list)..overall, Ali is real responsive to anything that comes up and is a real good handyman.I highly recommend this place over Tanglewood and Willows which are places I was at before. —darthvader2010

2010-05-17 15:35:32   I've had a great experience here where it's nearby the campus and downtown with ample parking compared to my friend's other areas of living...staying here another year. —Baron

2009-09-23 11:18:37   I lived there and the place was pretty nice, but the train was really loud and came early in the morning. The worst part was the management, they were inconsiderate and rude. They would go back on their word and would not allow you to put anything outside your apartment if you lived in the apartments on the street. Overall I would not recommend these apartments because the places were over priced but more importantly Ali was a awful land lord! —davisalum19

2010-05-24 16:38:26   This apartment complex is INFESTED with cockroaches. They are on the walkway in between apartments, swarming by the trash containers, and in the upstairs and downstairs of the units. We have had cockroaches all year, and are currently finding about 1 per day in our kitchen. At night, there are dozens on the walkways, especially near the recycling unit in the parking lot. We have had cockroaches crawl up drains in the kitchen sink, downstairs bathtub and upstairs bathtub. If you want to live here, be prepared to step on a lot of bugs. —DavisGrad10

2010-06-09 11:52:10   Thank you for your comment DavisGrad10. An exterminator has been ordered and cleaning the interior of units is the tenant responsibility. I can recommend a cleaner if that helps. —sritern

2010-06-09 12:00:03   Same person (user: sbyun) commenting for over 2.5 yrs. The comment of "he frequently checks in" applies to the person writing the post. It is unfortunate s/he had a bad experience, but the comments are outdated and is harassment/personal drama which is not necessary on wiki. —sritern

The following comment was initially deleted because it does not appear to be a genuine comment from a tenant. 2010-06-08 23:10:06   I am a happy renter and highly recommend this place! The new management, building amenities, money saved on energy efficient utilities, quite neighborhood with extra insulation and proximity to campus are all great. I agree parking is easy with additional shaded parking on the street. Have not had any issues with cockroaches. Any normal cleaning of sinks, mopping, vacuuming, etc. would prevent attracting insects. —ResonsibleStudent

2011-02-25 11:48:56   Does anyone know the sq footage of these apartments?? Both 3 and 4 bedroom total sq. footage? Thank you! —FranThompson

2011-05-03 13:37:13   I don't understand the awful reviews about Ali. He really is a very approachable manager. As a proper tenant, we did a thorough inspection of the apartment when we moved in and he fixed all problems with any appliances at the time. Even when we were the ones to break the garbage disposal, and he told use we would have to pay for the plumber, he ended up fixing it himself with no charge. I by mistake even underpaid my rent once, just a typo on the bank transfer. He contacted me and did not charge a late fee.

I am up before 6am every day and the first train does not come until just after 6:30am. I pretty much always find parking right in front of the apartments. I actually prefer to park on the street as apposed to the parking lot since the street is shaded. As far as cockroaches are concerned, I have never lived in an apartment/house in davis that did not have cockroaches at the very least outside the house. The one time I did find two roaches in this apartment, I contacted Ali and he put me in touch with the person to come spray the house and I haven't seen one since. Other than that, I might see one occasionally outside, but they are everywhere in davis.

He does come around the apartments to work on the garden and outside maintenance, but has never come inside our apartment without advance notice and permission.

For me its location is the best part, just a block from the Coop and three blocks from downtown. If I was staying in Davis, I would renew my lease. Even the girls who lived the apartment before us had been there for three years, I believe. —DTahiliani

2012-01-12 14:10:50   I have lived at this town-home complex for slightly more than six months, and in light of the many negative reviews of the dwelling and owner/operators, it seems appropriate to provide an account of my experience living at the Boardwalk Apartments, and particularly, to address some of the more sensational claims made in previous posts. First, I have enjoyed, tremendously, living at the Boardwalk Apartments. Ali has never related to me in the manner described above — I have found him and his wife Michelle to be fine, pleasant, reasonable people —nor has he ever entered my apartment without my consent. Second, I have NEVER seen a cockroach in my apartment. In fact, it should be noted that the cleanliness of my unit (I can't, obviously, speak as to the condition of the other residences) was the principal reason that I decided to live here. Second, while the train does often pass by this property a couple of times a day, most often it passes by during normal waking hours (between 8 and 5 o'clock)) and usually without much fanfare. I urge anyone reading this to be mindful of the fact that one's perception of what constitutes a nuisance is a fairly subjective sort of thing. Personally, I do not find the train operations to be burdensome in any way. Last, I have paid a mere $100 each month that I have lived here, for water, sewage, garbage and electrical service. In Davis, that is a very reasonable sum of money to have to pay for such services. As for the parking, Ali and Michelle have in place a policy that provides the tenants of each unit one parking space, at no additional charge. Also, those who renew their lease are afforded the opportunity to acquire an additional, assigned parking space if space becomes available. Upon reflection, I think one would do well to realize that this is a very fair policy. For those that are deliberating about whether to live at the Boardwalk Apartments, they absolutely warrant your consideration.—HoldenCaulfield

2012-01-31 13:55:02   Zombiek: I am not Ali or Michelle, or anyone that they happen to be closely familiar with. I provided an account of my experience living at the Boardwalk Apartments, principally, because I found your account of living at the Boardwalk, and your experiences with Ali and Michelle, to be so remarkably inconsistent with mine. They have treated me well, so I thought it right to tell the users of this wiki, and anyone else that happens to peruse this site, my story. It's that simple. I use the pen name 'HoldenCaulfield' as a way of protecting my identity, which, as evidenced by your 'handle' of 'zombiek', I should think you would understand. It seems that I live in the unit that you once occupied, presumably with an individual by the name of S*** B******* (his mail often fills my mailbox.) If, however, you are still unconvinced, then I suppose you could inquire as to the location of the IP address of this post. I am, as I was when I first posted on this page, on the UC Davis campus, using a UC Davis wireless internet network. You're not really going to suggest that Ali or Michelle have access to campus wireless networks, are you? —HoldenCaulfield

2012-03-02 15:20:20   im thinking of maybe moving back to Davis for this summer. Are there and sub-leasers for $500/mo or less room? I was a prior student and feeling like being around the energy again. Would not mind being back living in the apartment i was before. —ResonsibleStudent

2012-06-10 15:45:34   After I first signed my lease, I was a little worried because I came across this site. However, I've lived in these apartments now for my second and third year of law school at Davis and find these comments to be exaggerated. The apartments are very nice — two story townhomes, newly built with hardwood floors, and new appliances. Other apartments/homes in Davis are older and have a lot of problems — but these apartments are really nice for davis, clean, safe, and really close to all the restaurants. Ali and Michelle will email/call you and try to give you an advance notice when they are showing your place as best that they can. They do not just show up randomly and are not intrusive or overburdensome. They look out for the residential community and try to keep the environment of the complex fun and student friendly. I would recommend living here as long as you are not bothered by the noise of the train (which me and most of my roommates weren't). —RabiaP

2012-06-13 21:02:02   I had a very pleasant experience living in Boardwalk Apartments. It's located in a very convenient location, all the amenities worked well and it felt very much like a home. Ali the owner was easy to contact and we had no trouble at all during our time there. I was worried about roaches when I moved in as well but the unit was very clean and my rooommates and I all had a great time living there. I would recommend it. —kpearl

2015-09-25 13:55:02  The following post is my opinion of my experience at 805 H St. Apt #13: On move in day, the town home #13 at 805 h st had lots holes in the walls, the handrail was hanging off the wall, there was lots of stains in the carpet, a couple of holes in the carpet, some of the closet doors were off the rails, the windows, floors, and kitchen had not been cleaned (even though Ali, the landlord/owner insisted they were professionally cleaned), and the carpet cleaner arrived at the same time as I did o the movers I hired couldn't put anything in my room. Admittedly, Ali did compensate us a little for this by prorating 1 days rent and was apologetic about the state of the place upon arrival. But, during a walk through with him voicing my complaints about the state of the town house he became combative very quickly all while assuring me that he had noted all the damages. I felt that maybe this is not his fault and that the previous tenants were to blame. On move out day he did a walk through with us where he proceeded to blame us for the holes in the carpet and having dirty window sills taking portions of our deposit. California law specifically allows the landlord to use a tenant's security deposit for four purposes: For unpaid rent; For cleaning the rental unit when the tenant moves out, but only to make the unit as clean as it was when the tenant first moved in;214 For repair of damages, other than normal wear and tear, caused by the tenant or the tenant's guests; and If the lease or rental agreement allows it, for the cost of restoring or replacing furniture, furnishings, or other items of personal property (including keys), other than because of normal wear and tear. —tknelson

2016-01-30 14:33:19   The landlord Ali is a complete airhead and has no idea how to manage an apartment complex. More than 3 times in my year living here he has messaged the wrong until about tours and shown up in the morning, 2 hours early, to the wrong unit, and expected to tour the place. In my experience, and as well as the experience of my female neighbors, he will frequently enter the apartment without warning in the mornings in an attempt to fix something, and interrupted multiple people changing. (oh and the things he was there to fix, didn't actually get fixed). One of my neighbors was moving into their place on 9/1, and it was completely disgusting. They brought it up with Ali, and he said that the place had been professionally cleaned, which was complete and utter bullshit. The previous tenants moved out that morning and nothing had been cleaned at all. He said the whole deposit had been used and that they would need to clean the rest. Oh, and he threatened to sue a tenant if they left a bad review on this site. To put it shortly, this guy is a slimy airhead and you are better off renting somewhere else.
Oh and all the comments praising him above are almost certainly him.