7.4 out of 10

Danville

Ranked 34th best city in California
37.815793408675 -121.9717540257
Great for
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

4/5
2yrs+

"Pretty Standard Suburban Contra Costa County Vibe"

Danville has been many things over the past 150 years, growing from a small farming community to a railroad town and sleepy suburb to, today, an upscale city with a thriving commercial base.

But Danville never forgot its past. The 121-year-old railroad station is now the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. The historic Danville Hotel is a retail hub. The Grange Hall, built in 1874, is a community theater.

Danville is a busy community of 42,000 residents in central Contra Costa County. Located 30 miles east of San Francisco at the base of Mount Diablo, it is bisected by Interstate 680, with the cities of Alamo to the north and San Ramon to the south.

Amid the hustle and bustle of the East Bay, Danville has managed to keep its small-town charm, in part by hosting a variety of community events throughout the year. Farmers’ markets and street fairs occur regularly, and its Fourth of July celebration is one of the largest in the Bay Area. At Christmastime the wealth of holiday decorations draws visitors from near and far.

The 12-mile Iron Horse Regional Trail, once the route of the Southern Pacific railroad, runs through the center of town. It’s a rare treasure for walkers and bicyclists.

Danville’s schools, including Monte Vista High School and San Ramon Valley High School, are among the highest-rated in California. The town is also home to the private Athenian School.

On the western edge of Danville is Tao House, once the home of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill. He lived there from 1937 to 1944, and today the home is a historic site operated by the National Park Service.

O’Neill relished the peace and quiet of Danville and called Tao House “my final home and harbor.”

He wrote some of his most popular plays while living there, including “The Iceman Cometh” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Several lines from the latter are the basis of a bronze sculpture that stands in a park across from the Danville Library on Front Street.

Home values in Danville appreciated rapidly during the real-estate boom of the last decade, then lost 30 to 40 percent of their value from 2007 to 2011.

Prices have started rising again — up 2 percent so far in 2012. Meanwhile, the inventory of homes for sales remains exceptionally tight.

Danville homes for sale are priced all over the map,from townhouses selling for $500,000 to mansions selling for $10 million and higher.
Pros
  • Great parks
  • Great schools
Cons
  • A bit sleepy
  • Further from San Francisco
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"This is the East Bay??"

Despite its proximity to Oakland and Berkeley and its distance from San Francisco and the Peninsula, Danville is probably one of the nicest, most posh, quaint, suburban towns in the Bay Area. Situated in the rolling foothills of the East Bay, the views are beautiful, the state parks are abundant, the schools are excellent, and with Mount Diablo looming in the background, there is no shortage of outdoor activities.

Consequently, the prices reflect all of these perks, While not quite as over-the-top as Saratoga and Los Gatos, Danville is the East Bay's version of the Western Foothills and is one of the most expensive towns in the Bay Area. Fortunately, the homes are clean and modern, although a bit close together (like most of Northern California).

And of course, being in the far east bay, the summers are hot, the winters are cold, the suburbs are close and the city is far. But for many wealthy families, this is the perfect place to live.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Great schools
  • Great parks
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Further from San Francisco
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Small town atmosphere with big town amenities."

Danville offers a blend of upscale amenities and small town charm. Its quaint character and convenient location make it a great place to work, live and play. Danville is known for its small-town atmosphere and its outstanding quality of life.

One of Danville's most desirable attributes is its sense of community. The town hosts a wonderful array of events from Farmer's Markets, street fairs and holiday celebrations. Top-rated schools, wonderful neighborhoods and many recreational activities add to the town's unparalleled appeal.
Pros
  • Great parks
  • Great schools
  • Safe
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Busy Collector Street, Growing Number of Rentals Showing Their Age, Generation-shift in Progress"

This is a soldi neighborhood undergoing a transition from original owners to the next generation. Unfortunately there are a growing number of rental units which often are poorly maintained. Harlan Drive is a collector street and the traffic can be annoying. Better to look at houses on the side streets connecting to Harlan Drive. Some good values can be had for the observant shopper.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Unranked Neighborhoods in Danville

"Four!"
37.7886797017882 -121.960947309244
"Life and Death and a Bit In Between"
37.8316671529064 -122.011155795137
"Unusual 80's Houses and Future McMansions"
37.7890452338595 -121.987737134548

Del Amigo

3.5/5
"White Picket Fence Neighborhood"
37.8251189673351 -122.011288311319

Diablo Road

3.5/5
"Not So Hidden But Nice"
37.8231047362173 -121.984477226002
"For the One Percent"
37.8273123327745 -121.953070600571

Downtown

3.5/5
"Not Your Average Suburban Downtown"
37.8252850331686 -122.003664860846

El Cerro

3.5/5
"A Quiet Little Neighborhood"
37.8298224045147 -121.991241560039

El Pintado

3.5/5
"Good Place for Raising McMansions"
37.8421205128686 -122.008535780057

Fostoria Way

3.5/5
"Great For Single Commuters"
37.7830878369153 -121.969976064987

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