|717 Alvarado Avenue in North Davis, on the corner of Anderson Road & Alvarado Avenue|
|Phone: (877) 850-7249|
|Types of Units|
|Studio, Studio w/ Loft, 1br/1ba Flat, 1br/1ba w/Loft, 3br/2ba|
|$960 to $2150 for fall of 2016|
Chautauqua Apartments is located on the northwest corner of the Alvarado/Anderson roundabout, and across the street from Casitas, another Tandem Properties complex with which it shares a management, maintenance, and landscaping crew.
Management at Chautauqua is very friendly and makes repairs promptly, often without charge; they occasionally put on social events for residents, like pizza parties and finals-week breakfasts where there is always more than enough (free!) food to go around. Residents' amenity keys (given at move-in) also access the pool, study lounge, and laundry rooms at Casitas.
There are occasional parties in Chautauqua, but they rarely get out of hand or obnoxious. Most neighbors are friendly enough to let you know if they plan on having one so you can prepare. Most residents at Chautauqua are either grad students or law students and this tends to keep the noise down (but people also get peeved quicker about noise).
The units are quite old but well maintained. The appliances are ancient (~20 years) unless you choose one of the higher priced "upgraded" units.
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Features & Amenities
|Wifi in the study lounge|
|Central Heat & Air (1x1 w/ loft and 3 bedrooms)|
|24 Hour Fitness Room|
|Pets: cats, small caged animals and aquariumed fish|
|Community Room/Study Lounge|
|24 Hour Laundry Center|
|Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Microwave|
|Large Closets with Shelves|
Other Notes: The office lounge is available to residents for studying by borrowing a small set of keys from the main office. The grounds are very well landscaped, but every Monday morning be prepared to wake up to the sounds of the landscaping crew.
Public Transportation - Apartment is located on Unitrans F, G, and J bus lines. Just a few blocks away at Anderson Rd. & Hanover Dr. there is another stop for the Unitrans P/Q Bus Line and several Yolobus routes that will take you to Sacramento, West Sacramento, Winters Woodland and Sacramento International Airport
Bicycle - You can access the Davis Bike Loop by heading south on Anderson and either hanging a right on Villanova or a left on 14th St. The UC Davis campus is 1.1 miles away. There are bike lanes, bike paths, and bike connectors on all of the surrounding streets.
Pedestrian - For recreational adventures, walk out your front door to the northwest parking lot and connect to The Greenbelt. For grocery, shopping, some services and dining, Anderson Plaza is two blocks away and The Marketplace is 0.3 miles away.
Parking - The complex has three parking lots; parking by permit only. By the maintenance workshop in the north parking lot, there is a hose you can use to wash your car.
|Apt Size||Sq ft||Deposit||Availability (contact office for current information)|
|Studio w/ Loft||650||$400||none|
|1 bedrooms x 1 bathroom Flat||644||$400||none|
|1 bedrooms x 1 bathroom w/Loft||805||$500||none|
|3 bedrooms x 2 bathroom (Downstairs) E Plan||1100||$700||none|
|3 bedrooms x 2 bathroom (Upstairs) E Plan||1100||$700||none|
|3 bedrooms x 2 bathroom (Downstairs) F Plan||1105||$700||none|
|3 bedrooms x 2 bathroom (Upstairs) F Plan||1105||$700||none|
I looked at two apartments at this place. I absolutely loved the layout of the studios with lofts. The reason I didn't pick this place is because the front doors are sliding glass and do not deadbolt. If you are a female looking for your own place, not having a front door and only having a sliding glass one is weird. Also, there are very very few windows in the place. The layout is cool, and is spacious (two story townhouse feel, even though it's a studio with loft). There are currently two people trying to sublease their apartments, call the office. I recommend seeing both apartments if interested in this complex.
It is a little weird not having a front door but putting a piece of wood/metal to lock the door is probably just as safe as a deadbolt. The one story studios also don't have windows (mine doesn't) but the airflow is suprisingly not that bad considering (Note: I haven't yet experienced summer in the apartment). I have been in apartments in the trees that would get no airflow even with all the windows open. Overall it's been alright living here although it's very difficult to find parking if you get home late at night.
How do you lock the door when you leave? —hankim
Hi hankim. The doors have a keyed lock which can be opened and locked from outside. Turning the key sends a metal hook into the metal frame of the door, just like turning a key to a dead bolted lock sends a metal pin into the wooden door frame. Admittedly, having a sliding glass door as your primary entry is unique, but in terms of safety, it's really no different than having a sliding glass door onto a patio from your living room (something that many apartments provide.) This was done in our smaller units to allow for them to have better fresh air circulation in addition to being able to use the heater/AC unit. —ChautauquaManagement
Hello all, we are actually in the process of replacing the sliding glass doors! All units that previously had this style door are being fitted with new French Doors that allow plenty of light in and are equipped with with dead-bolted locks! New doors, new Chautauqua! We also have several floorplans that have been recently been remodeled! Come check them out today! —ChautauquaManagement
2006-03-13 00:41:40 I recently looked into renting a 1 bedroom unit with a loft at Chautaugua. The loft works great as an office or den. The kitchen looked a bit older than some of the other places I looked at, but depending on your taste might be ok. The unit I looked at was going for $1060 as of March 2006 —GuyGordon
2007-01-14 20:40:57 I just put my name on the waiting list for ChautauQua and noticed the sliding glass front door and thought it was odd too. But my cousin also advised me to place a piece of wood where the door would slide when I want it locked. He also suggested asking the management if I could drill a small hole in the sliding door and place a pin into it to stop the door from sliding (like a dead bolt). But does anyone know if there are sliding screen doors as well? —AlexisGutierrez
When I lived there, my apartment had a screen door. —CM
2007-03-07 12:44:49 I personally thought the one bedrooms here were really nice. The sliding glass door is a little weird, but I think it would be nice during hot summers? The three bedrooms at Chautauqua is a little dark but other than that they are pertty decent apartments. A lot of space too! The office people were really nice. The leasing agent showed me literally all the different apartments they had. I swear he had too much sugar or something, but he was really nice and funny. The Casitas apartments are managed by the same office. I really really really liked their duplexes. All in all, a good place to live! —Anonymous
2007-09-12 22:46:45 My parents liven in a loft here in the early 70's when the complex was new
good times —StevenDaubert
2009-03-29 11:05:16 For the price, this apartment is very run down and dilapidated. The fan in the bathroom doesn't work so you get a buildup of black mold, the free "DSL" is about as fast as dialup so it's basically semi-false advertising without full disclosure, the office staff is very reluctant to fix some things that don't work well like the fan. They refuse to replace or fix anything unless it's completely broken and they're required to. The sliding glass door gets annoying and is quite frankly just stupid. The maintenance staff are very friendly though and the office staff are as well. The apartments themselves have never been renovated since the 70s either, the kitchen is old, some parts of the counter are permanently dirty and stained. I would never stay here again. —emttim84
2009-03-30 09:18:22 Hi Tim, I'm sorry to hear of your frustrations. If you ever feel that your concerns were not properly addressed, I would hope that you feel comfortable enough with management to let us know. While it's true that Chautauqua is not as new and modern as Tandem's more recently constructed communities, our price-point compared to our newer sister sites, is reflective of that. Our interiors are maintained and we did go through a full renovation in the 1990s. I cannot always accommodate renovation or upgrade type requests, but our maintenance staff is very prompt to replace things that are indeed not properly functioning or are showing excessive signs of wear. Like most apartment communities that do not offer windows in the bathroom, proactive measures like running the bathroom fan for a bit both while and after showering, wiping down the walls if excessive condensation from a hot or long shower develops, and cracking windows occasionally in your apartment and/or running your air conditioner, are all a part of controlling the internal humidity in your apartment. A bit of bathroom mildew can happen in any apartment community to even the most pro-active housekeeper. If that happens to you, a quick wipe-down with a bleach and water solution during your regular cleaning routine (be sure to use the products as directed) should do the trick. If you need a bit of help in the process, just let us know and we'd be happy to show you how. As for the FREE DSL, it won't be as fast as a T1 or digital connection...but the price makes it a very satisfactory amenity to most of our community. :) If you'd like information about upgrading the service, I can put you in touch with our service provider. Even if you won't be staying with us for another year, we'd like to help you feel comfortable here until you go. Take care. —ChautauquaManagement
2009-04-19 16:57:55 This is a very unsafe place to park your car!!! First, management is very nice and repairs are swift. Probably the best management here in Davis. But the apartments are very rundown for the price of rent, you can find someplace cheaper and brand new, but perhaps without the nice management. However, over my lease term several cars have been broken into, at least one motorcycle, and two of my roommates cars have also been broken into (this is what prompts me to write this). Nothing was stolen, there was nothing to steal hence these are people doing it simply b/c they can and there's no incentive not to. So if you have a car you are warned, as is my right to warn you. Oh, and I read the comment about the mold and it's in everyone's apartment. So if you don't want to be battling mold every weekend, and I mean every weekend, another reason not to live here. Use bleach, leave your doors open, nothing works it just grows and grows. —chatres
Can management do anything to prevent seemingly random criminal stupidity? Probably not save raising rent for private patrols and monitoring (a gated community may be ideal). Mold is certainly within their jurisdiction although to varying degrees residents would certainly be responsible if less than adequite measures are taken. Mold is not an isolated problem which is why most leases and addendums emphasize prevention. —RyanMikulovsky
2009-04-24 15:46:06 Today we got a notice from the management that tandem is hiring off-duty cops to patrol our parking lots as well as other complexes due to the increase in car vandalism and theft in the area. So thanks for the comment ryan, but it looks like management can do something about it and they are. I truly hope this increases the safety of our parking lots and really appreciate Tandem Properties for their honest concern for their residents. I still have to say that the apartments are old and falling apart, but my comments about how this is the best management in davis, well, I prove my point. —chatres
I'm honestly pretty glad to hear that although I wonder at what cost. I was concerned about the problem mentioned as I'll be moving into Chautauqua's sister complex this summer. So it's great to know that management decided to take some action despite not having any obligation to do so! Terrific. Thanks for the update. —RyanMikulovsky
2009-10-04 11:10:22 I've lived here only for like a month. The property itself is really quiet, the management is really nice, but I really regret living on the first floor. The structures are old, so I can practically hear the people upstairs talk, watch TV, or move at all. I'm constantly woken up in the middle of the night bc of their dog and frankly feel sleep deprived and tired in the morning. Sleeping in on the weekends is not an option. I would totally live here again if the studios were offered on the second floor though. —PP
2010-07-21 10:40:47 The managers are great, and what few repairs we needed were done quickly. —johnfisher
2010-09-22 09:06:10 Despite the fact that the apartment looks a little rundown but this is one of the best apartment I have lived in Davis. The managements are very nice and reachable. J and G bus lines are the best. Well, there are some down sides also. 1) It is NOT central heating 2) MOLD is an issue but if you clean it constantly, it will no longer be an issue. ( I later found out that because of the pain they use is not mold resistant) However, I still recommend future tenant to stay here based on my overall experience. —IanChau
2011-02-12 15:52:39 I've enjoyed my time here at Chautauqua. Currently I live in a one bedroom + loft apartment. The apartment itself is very cozy, and has a lot of natural light during the daytime [although the amounts may vary depending on what time it is, obviously]. The upstairs loft [which is used as a second bedroom in my apartment] gets a TON of natural light because of the large skylight up there. Yes, the complex is older, but it is nice. The apartments are actually getting a lot of renovations recently; NO MORE SLIDING GLASS FRONT DOORS! =D Now we have real [French-style!] doors with horizontal blinds and REAL locks! Additionally the sliding screen doors have been replaced with retractable screen doors, which I find super convenient. The complex itself is really quiet, although it's not boring; occasionally people throw parties but to be completely honest, I never hear any of them. Once in awhile you can hear parties going on at Casitas across the street but it's no big deal.
I LOVE the management team here. They're super nice, are always helpful, and friendly. There's a coffee maker in the lounge area and you can actually get a key to access the lounge area of the rental office whenever you want; current policy states that you have to sign a form with all the rules read, blah blah blah, and you get the key for 2 weeks at a time. The repair team is prompt too... all my requests go through within a day and a half usually. If you have any issues regarding your apartment or lease, etc, the management team is really helpful and willing to assist you.
I'd definitely recommend living here. =] —kimmisan
2012-10-20 23:00:45 Anyone ever have problems with weird smells and unexplained noises? —Juliebess
-Kerry (Residential Manager, Chautauqua and Casitas Apartments)
I haven’t heard many complaints about this issue but I’d like to make sure you’re comfortable. Please stop by my office when you have a moment. I’d like to ask you a few questions and see if I can help. :)
2015-01-07 03:37:31 I really wish they enforced their parking permit policy here. I've counted so many cars filling up the parking lots without permit stickers, sitting there for days, and while I pay to live on this property I still need to park on the street. —viiskt
Thank you for bringing your parking frustrations to our attention. I'm so sorry to hear you've had to park on the street--that's certainly not something we want our residents to experience. Our parking enforcement was a bit more lenient in the fall in order to allow our new residents to get their permits, and you are right, that does seem to be causing some non-residents to park in the lot. We just sent out a polite reminder this week asking our residents to be sure to have picked up their permits as tagging and towing will start again shortly. Please let us know if your problems continue after parking enforcement starts up again. We hope that this will solve the parking problem for you and our other residents with concerns.
2015-08-04 19:07:08 I've been living here for two years. Management staff has changed a bit over the time, at least while I've been around. I haven't had any problems so far until I moved into where I am now, and I'm on the edge of my patience. 1) Something is obviously wrong with the smoke alarm. We've tried replacing the old battery with a new battery, no dice. Called management so maintenance could help us fix it, and so they come over and replace that battery. It seems alright until 2 weeks later - it starts beeping again. No way a new battery should drain that fast! We've called management at least 5 times total now, and they adamantly refuse to acknowledge that the fire alarm itself is broken. It's definitely not the batteries, and we know this because we've been testing every new battery with a voltmeter. I am considering asking them a final time to check out the alarm, but I don't have high hopes for any changes. In addition, I don't know if the management remembers this, but refusing to fix a broken smoke alarm violates the California Tenant's Rights: "A dwelling also may be considered uninhabitable (unlivable) if it substantially lacks any of the following:139...Working smoke detectors in all units of multi-unit buildings, such as duplexes and apartment complexes. Apartment complexes also must have smoke detectors in common stairwells. 142" It is illegal for the management to make us live in an apartment with a malfunctioning smoke alarm. I'm going to contact the fire department. 2) When we moved into our new place, we filled out the repair form listing out the things that needed repair. Maintenance came, and fixed only one of the many items we listed. We contacted them again, still barely anything changed. It's nearly the end of our lease now and STILL not everything has been repaired. The BROKEN GLASS from the previous tenants is STILL in our dishwasher. We've never been able to use it. There has been no hope in asking them to come fix things. We are most definitely going to get charged for THEIR problems, so we can kiss most of our security deposit away for THEIR fumbling. Great. The hassles we had with management and maintenance were obnoxious and stressful. At all times, we were polite and calm during our interactions, so I don't know why they would treat us with such indifference (and sometimes attitude). I would not recommend this place for anybody anymore. The last few changes definitely left me with bitter feelings. —BeepingSound
I am very sorry to hear about your frustrations with us. We value our customers and want to make sure that we are providing quality service to all of our tenants. It seems that we have been missing the mark for you, and we want to make sure that we resolve any and all outstanding maintenance issues. If you could please stop by the office, or call (530) 758-2950 and ask for me (Kerry) when you get a chance, it would be greatly appreciated. Resident communication and relations is important to us, and I want to ensure that we resolve any outstanding issues you have.