One of the main builders in Davis during the 60s and 70s was Stanley Davis Homes. In East Davis it sometimes seems as if *every* home is a Stanley Davis model. There are six models, all named after California counties. The Alpine is the only two story model, the El Dorado the only with a detached garage. One of the most common in Davis is the Sonoma, a 3 bedroom, two bath that features a sunken living room.
The company is no longer active - I recently tried contacting them to see if there were illustrations available of the different floor plans. The number was inactive and I was redirected to a number up in the Capay Valley. Although I thought I would probably be disturbing some private individual with no connection to Stanley Davis I tried the number and reached the long time bookkeeper for the company, who is performing this last duty for the company, answering silly questions from people like me. I was saddened but not surprised to learn that any illustrations or floor plans had long ago been discarded.
If you are looking at houses in East Davis you will soon start to see these recurring plans, and start to feel a sense of deja vu. I recently had that sensation when I had an open house in Woodland and the following day an open house in Davis. - both in Sonoma model homes. The East Davis home was in spotless condition, updated through the years and obviously loved. Sadly the Woodland home was a foreclosu re and had not been updated and not been maintained.
Gordon Lane is a Woodland resident and Yolo County real estate agent who works in Woodland, Davis and the surrounding communties of Dunnigan, Esparto, Winters and Dixon. His family has lived and farmed in Yolo and Colusa Counties since the 1870s.