Danville

Danville

The town of Danville has been coined the “Safest Town in America.” It is only 18 square miles in area and located in the San Ramon Valley in Contra Costa County. With over 44,000 residents in 2019, Danville is close to large cities like San Francisco and San Jose but has a small-town charm.

 

With 93% of the workforce being considered “white-collar,” Danville is a town of wealth. Overall, Danville houses managers, professionals, and sales workers. Despite this, around 11% of people worked from home before the pandemic, which was high compared to the rest of the country. The per capita income in Danville in 2018 was $78,349. This means that the average annual income for a family of four is $313,396, dramatically higher than the average.

 

The median home cost in Danville is $1,284,100, with a 4.6% home appreciation over the last 10 years. This means that Danville home prices are among some of the most expensive in California, and all of America. As one of the highest rates of owner-occupied single-family homes, this reflects the stability that Danville has to offer. Overall, Danville offers great schools and is a wonderful place to raise a family.

Neighborhoods

Crow Canyon

Crow Canyon Country Club is a gated community. With an 18 hole golf course and mainly single-family homes, this is a nice little community to live in. Homes range anywhere from the mid $800,000s to over $1,500,000, mainly being homes up to 2800 square feet.

 

Not only does this community offer golf, but there is also tennis, a gym, fine dining options, and a huge swimming pool. The schools are wonderful, with the main public schools being Greenbrook Elementary, Charlotte Wood Middle School, and San Ramon Valley High School.

Westside

The Westside is one of Danville's destination neighborhoods. Most people who live in this area spend their Friday nights enjoying the local restaurants, and the morning after going to a Farmer’s Market. There is even a bar serving drinks since 1912.

 

The Las Trampas Regional Wilderness offers 5342 acres of wilderness and is located in Westside, while the 4th of July Parade goes through Westside as well.

 

The homes in Westside are 98% owned, with beautiful and large ranch-style homes. Although there are some apartments closer to downtown, you should primarily see older and renovated homes.  The well-known schools include Montair Elementary School and Stone Valley Middle School.

Charlotte Park

Charlotte Park is one of the most Southern neighborhoods in Danville. It is home to ranch style and two-story homes, all at least 1500 square feet, and up to 3000. Prices range from $900,000 up to almost $2 million. All the homes are connected by little walking paths along the creeks and greenbelts. The Iron Horse Trail runs the length of this area which makes it wonderful for families or outdoor lovers.

 

There is also a condo development that offers affordable housing for Danville as compared to other homes in the area. There is a well-known field called Osage in this area, and a paved .6 mile walkway around its circumference. Grab a snack from the shack behind the diamond all through summer and spring.

El Pintado Loop

Known for some of Danville's largest, and most beautiful houses, are on the El Pintado Loop. Although this land was once horse stables, estates are now anywhere from 5,000-10,000 square feet. They are styled in that of Tuscan, Craftsman, and Mediterranean architecture, even some vineyards and wine cellars. Most homes have beautiful views of Mt. Diablo or the Las Trampas range, while some have views of both. Definitely, an impressive and beautiful place to live. The popular schools in this area are Vista Grande Elementary, Los Cerros Middle School, and Monte Vista High School.

Things to Do

Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site

The Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site is dedicated to America's Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill. This is the place where he wrote his final plays. This park includes a 158-acre ranch that you can take either a self-guided or ranger-led tour. Enjoy planted gardens along with Black walnut and almond orchards.

Sycamore Valley Park

Sycamore Valley Park is a public park in the center of Danville. Enjoy the jogging path through the beautiful heart of the park, or take your children to the colorful play area with safe structures.  Relax next to the tranquil reflection pond and waterfall, or enjoy a picnic near the BBQ pits with space for up to 65 people.

Jolie Salon & Spa Wellness Center

Located in the historic Cabral House, this wellness center is a beautiful spa and salon. With incredibly decorated rooms, you can relax, and re-energize. There are four main treatment rooms, including a couple’s room, where you can choose to obtain a variety of spa services. Get a massage, enjoy a hair and nail treatment, or a special spa package.

Danville Farmers Market

The Danville Farmers Market is situated at Railroad and Prospect Avenues. It is open starting in May each year, through October. You will find it only on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.  Here you will find fresh produce, locally grown meats, and fruits, flowers, and specialty foods items. There is usually some type of music performance, and food demonstrations, recipe sharing, and more. Enjoy a day here with the whole family.

El Cerro

One of the most northern neighborhoods in Danville, this area offers various home sizes in different styles and price ranges. Starting prices are in the low $800's, while some homes can approach values of up to $3 million. With two elementary schools in the area, both have wonderful scores. The entire area of El Cerro is near Oak Hill Park, which offers free concerts in the summer, and a full event center.

Diablo Country Club

The Diablo Country Club is one of the most desirable places to live in Danville if you want that country club life. Offering golf, tennis, bocce courts, a heated year-round six-lane 25-yard saltwater pool, a fitness center, and fine dining within the club facility, what more can you ask for? With Colonials, Craftsmen, Tudors, and traditional homes, all lots are large and manicured. College Prep private Athenian School attracts students from grades 6-12 from around the world.

North Sycamore

The North Sycamore neighborhoods of Diablo West and Sycamore offer homes that range anywhere from 1600 to 3200 square feet. These two developments have homeowner associations that provide amenities such as pools, clubhouses, and tennis courts. Homes cost around $700,000 and go up t the $2 million range. If you are looking for a large lot and a rural feel, then you will find exactly what you want here. It is close to town and offers the opportunity for a custom-built home.

Restaurants

The Peasant and the Pear

Best Happy Hour

The Peasant and the Pear is one of seven restaurants owned by The Pear Restaurant Group. They are open for all three meals, but Happy Hour is especially good. Grab a signature cocktail such as the Prickly Pear Martini or Spiced Peartini.

Forbes Mill Steakhouse

Best Steakhouse

The Forbes Mill Steakhouse has plenty of awards, and it is one of the best in Danville. With an incredible selection of meat, the Forbes Mill Steakhouse uses certified Angus Beef Prime. This is great restaurant to take out the family for a nice evening, or simply have a great steak.

Piatti

Best Outdoor Dining

Walk into Piatti and you will see an adorable setting. Take your lunch outdoors on the patio with fully equipped heaters. Have a few drinks along with a wonderful Pizza, or only grab dinner. Either way, they have gluten-free options and a variety of other things to enjoy.

Yogurt Shack

Best Sweet Treat

Yogurt Shack is better than your average ice cream joint. Choose from a variety of flavors and toppings. Whether you want Caribbean coffee or a non-dairy option. Everything is non-fat, and you can take it with you to the shopping center afterward.

Slow G’s Eatery

Best Sandwich

Not only does Slow G’s have sandwiches, but they are healthy sandwiches. This is a fresh and healthy place to eat that uses only fresh meat and vegetables in everything they make.

Esin Restaurant

Best Experimental Choice

Esin means “inspiration”, and Esin Restaurant & Bar is owned by an award-winning culinary team. The cuisine is special and offers all-American food with a Mediterranean touch. Try to ahi tuna bruschetta or pumpkin risotto for something experimental. Be sure to try their champagne and wines, as well as signature cocktails and various craft beers and spirits.

 

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