5.5 out of 10

Danville Ranch / California Chateau

37.7890452338595 -121.987737134548
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Oct 03, 2012

"Unusual 80's Houses and Future McMansions"

At first sight, the Danville Ranch/California Chateau neighborhood looks to be just another residential Danville neighborhood. Contemporary houses, nice clean, quiet streets, the usual things you expect from a Danville neighborhood.

But really, you can roughly break this neighborhood down into 3 different sections marked off by the two circling streets on its eastern end and by the one long ridge top lane, Peter’s Ranch.

By far the least expensive homes here are the odd looking homes down on and round Ridgeland Circle. These homes date to 1983 when this entire section of this neighborhood was built out. What makes them unusual looking to me is the odd placement of the windows. They just look like tract homes from the period. The windows are square and placed up on the roof with cut out sections for them. I assume this might have been some kind of momentary fad that didn’t catch on, making these homes look a bit like odd ducks.

The Fountain Hills Circle section of Danville Ranch was clearly planned by a developer with a similar aesthetic but it seems that by the end of the 80’s they had developed it into something a little bit more appealing. These homes just feel much more luxurious and provide in many cases better views of the valley than many of the other homes located lower on the hillside.

Where you will find the real McMansions are up by Peter’s Ranch where only a couple of them have been built so far. This is where future mansion will rise up to stare down at us from on high.

It’s an odd little neighborhood really.
Pros
  • Great Schools
  • Good For Commuters
  • Unusual Houses
Cons
  • Expensive Homes
  • A Bit Homogenous
  • Maybe Too Close to the Freeway
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian