EXPERIENCE THE Tandem Standard of Care

Tandem Properties has been proudly serving the community of Davis for the last 50 years. With a variety of rental properties and more than 1900 units, we are dedicated to customizing our service especially for you. Whatever your needs are, at Tandem, we want to provide you with more than a place to live; we want to give you convenience, community and comfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer an individual lease program? How do I budget for my first apartment? Get answers to these and many more frequently asked housing questions. We've got everything you'll need to prepare yourself to secure the perfect housing fit.

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Tandem in the Community

In the spirit of building relationships, Tandem Properties, Inc. continues to support Davis and Woodland communities in varied and wonderful ways.

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Parents of UC Davis Aggies

We are here to help your student make a seamless transition to their new college life, setting them up for success not just in school -- but for life!

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Paul Makley

Graduated from Purdue with a degree in civil engineering, served two years in the U.S. Army, then received an MBA from the Stanford Business School, joining Tandem Properties, Inc. in 1971. Paul has been significantly in the Davis youth sports programs of soccer, baseball and tennis, serving as manager, coach and referee. He has also served on a variety of non profit boards and City advisory groups.

Bill Roe

Graduated from Iowa State in Architecture and then earned an MBA from Stanford before joining Tandem in 1970. Bill is a Rotarian and an author. He has bicycled cross-country and his community projects include the Pence Gallery, the UCD Mondavi Center and the Bicycling Hall of Fame. In 1987, after completing the Davis Art Center, he and his wife Nancy were named Davis’ Citizens of the Year.

John Whitcombe

Grew up in Davis. Graduated from UC Davis and then attended Harvard Business School. After Harvard, John started John Whitcombe Properties, which became Tandem Properties, Inc. He pioneered the integration of solar and energy efficiency in Tandem's residential projects. For decades, John has collaborated with students, the University and the city in helping provide quality housing in Davis and on campus.

Our History

Tandem was founded in 1965 as a sole proprietorship by John Whitcombe. John graduated from UC Davis and then from the Harvard Business School. The original company began by designing and building custom homes. In 1970, Bill Roe and Paul Makley both graduates from the Stanford Business School, joined the company to help manage its growth.

Tandem knows the property management business well, being locally owned and having provided housing for the Davis and Woodland communities for 50 years. That means we know our residents, our town, and the university that is at its core.

We pride ourselves on being the number one housing provider in Davis while maintaining our tradition of quality housing, resident services, and fair business practices which the community has come to expect as the Tandem Standard of Care. We are proud to give back to this community we call home in many ways year after year.