A Photo Tour of the New Student Housing – Ryder on Olive Dr (Formerly known as Lincoln40)

by David M. Greenwald
Executive Editor

Davis, CA – Sterling isn’t the only new student housing that will be going online.  Ryder on Olive, formerly known as Lincoln40 does it’s soft opening this week with some 50 students moving in, but will fully open on September 17.  The Vanguard got the first media tour of the facility where shared rooms start in the $750 range and single rooms as low as $1100.

What follows is a collection of photos from the tour.

Not all of the areas are fully done, but this will give a general sense.  These are the immense and varied study areas.

Karaoke Lounge

More Study Areas

Even more study areas

Outdoor Pool Areas

Their gym is bigger than the one I go to…

They have a pet washing room…

And a bike washing station…

And did we mention bikes…

They also have charging stations galore…

The rooms…

The shared rooms are a bit small, but they had a nice innovation with a closet in between the beds for a bit more privacy…

Oh and they have washer/ dryer…

Nice view from the 5th floor…

The model room…

Outside views…

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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  1. Alan Miller

    Ryder on Olive, formerly known as Lincoln40 . . .

    And if you don’t student housing, but need to rent a truck, this is also the place for you.  Ryder Rents Trucks . . . on Olive Drive.

    I toured the place Saturday and it is stunning.  (I was actually going to send in my photos for a photo-article, but DG beat me to it.)  Makes me wish I was 18 again so I could live there.  There are other reasons I’d like to be 18 again, and many reasons I would not.

    Really impressed by the room layouts and services, and the prices, though high-ish, are not unreasonable for this market.  Way better than the old dorms on campus, though I’m told comparable to West Village.

    Most impressive was the outdoor yoga area, the open-platform pool deck with warehouse door so you can have open indoor-outdoor events, a the multitude and quantity of study areas of all sorts of atmospheres.

    Surprising it that they are pet friendly.  Seems to me that would be a nightmare to manage, but the are going with it.  I was also impressed by Trish the manager and her sincerity in wanting the place to be truly green (as opposed to green-washed) and in working out issues with students and caring about their well-being.

    Of course, full-disclosure, this place ruined my sky, south-facing.  But Paul the developer was wonderful to us, the neighbors, worked out an MOU which he has followed through on, and met with us in Davis.  I wish every developer was so willing to work things out.  And it cost them little to do so — actually one of our agreements ended up saving them money.  So jerk developers — listen up!

    And no, I’m not praising them because they were good to us — the place really is nice and if I were enrolling at UC Davis, I would choose the complex formerly known as Lincoln40.

    1. David Greenwald

      I was blown away. I would say, you should be praising them because they were good to you. They made a great product and they went about doing it the right way and they did it in a way that was affordable for the students. That should be the model.

      1. Ron Oertel

        From a student’s perspective (not the fiscal impact, opportunity cost, or the impact on traffic at Richards/Olive), perhaps the adequacy of the size of the “common areas” remains to be seen.

        Given that there’s no room for anyone to study/hang out in their own rooms.

        1. Alan Miller

          I would say, you should be praising them because they were good to you.

          There is room in the private rooms (private in a suite).  There are others that are more open, but still way better than the dorm suites at Old Tercero, and there is room in the common area to study.  There are also a couple of mini-study/chill-spaces on each floor.

          Really I expected a lot worse, and was surprised how roomy it felt.  Of course, once you’re in there with 4-6 other people, maybe not quite such a roomy feeling.  But unless I enroll at UC Davis in my 60’s, I’ll never know for sure.

        2. Ron Oertel

          For what it’s worth – that’s David’s quote you cited, not mine. (It doesn’t appear that way, due to a “stacking” error.)

          But also (for what it’s worth), I doubt you’d feel so good about it if something like this was proposed on the “other” side of the railroad tracks. Which of course, is logical and reasonable – from a neighbor’s perspective.

        3. Alan Miller

          Given that there’s no room for anyone to study/hang out in their own rooms.

          Oh, that was weird.  Maybe when I hit ‘copy’ it didn’t take and had the previous quote still in there.  The above was what I meant to quote.

        4. Alan Miller

          I doubt you’d feel so good about it if something like this was proposed on the “other” side of the railroad tracks.

          Well, if by ‘other’ you mean the Old East side, that happened, and its name was ‘Trackside’.

        5. Alan Miller

          A tale of two developments…

          One of which, six years out, is not . . .

          Treat, your Neighbors well . . .
          Or straight to hell, your project will die
          Don’t feed, us on your lies
          The lies won’t stick, a lawsuit will rise

          They will never ask us, “Why?”
          For what they told us, all were lies
          Now we just look at them and sigh . . .
          And know they blew it

      2. Alan Miller

        I would say, you should be praising them because they were good to you.

        What I meant was, my praise of the place, after seeing it, is sincere and not based on how they treated us.  True I probably wouldn’t be saying anything, nor would I have toured it, if they had been jerks to us.  But it really is a place I’d live in.  About the only thing I didn’t like was the lack of outdoor ‘balcony’ space, but I can only imagine that is seen as an expensive liability these days.  They have very nice windows that open for air in a couple of different ways.

        Some of us were joking that the room layouts and even the public spaces would work well for an old folks home.  So if the dynamics of Davis change, I may end up living in this building in 25 years after all!

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