“Small town atmosphere, outstanding quality of life,” is the motto of the Town of Danville, a picturesque community in the heart of the San Ramon Valley. Located just 30 minutes from San Francisco, Danville’s quaint downtown streets and rolling oak-studded hills feel a world away. Residents are proud of their schools, their annual community events, and all the small-town amenities that create what some have called a perfect place to work, live and play.
Danville began more than 150 years ago as a modest town in a valley of farms, ranches and orchards, and is now one of the toniest communities in the East Bay region, with some of the most expensive real estate and exclusive country clubs in the country. Danville was named one of the top 100 cities in America to launch a business by CNN-Money.com in 2008.
Although Danville has grown to more than 43,000 residents, leaders who incorporated Danville in 1982 insured it would maintain a small-town feel, by purposely keeping “town” in the official name, instead of “city”.
The town is a perfect shopping destination, featuring more than 230 shops, including unique specialty shops. Spas and salons make Danville an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate. And Danville is a haven for dining, from casual to fine, with more than 85 restaurants.
Natural features add to the allure of Danville, which sits adjacent to Las Trampas Regional Wilderness and is located near Mount Diablo State Park. There are 167 acres of parkland in the town. The Iron Horse Regional Trail, formerly a Southern Pacific Railroad right of way, is a beautiful trail for both pedestrians and bicyclists, with beautiful views of the Diablo Mountain Range. The trail is located away from traffic, and meanders near many shops and cafes in downtown Danville. It connects the town to cities like Walnut Creek and Concord to the north, and Dublin and Pleasanton to the south.
Danville is also a town rich in history and culture. One of its most famous residents was America’s only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Eugene O’Neill, who lived and worked in Tao House from 1937 to 1944. The home is a National Historic Landmark. The town is home to the Museum of San Ramon Valley, which chronicles the area’s history, and the Village Theater, a historical site that is now a performing arts theater.
The beloved community events that help preserve Danville’s small town character include the Fourth of July Parade, the Lighting of the Old Oak Tree at the holidays, the Danville Fine Arts Faire, the Danville d’Elegance charity car show, and the Danville Fall Crafts Festival. A farmers’ market is open year-round on Saturdays, next to the Museum of San Ramon Valley.
All these features make Danville truly the perfect place to work, live, and play.
• Region: The Heart of the San Ramon Valley
• Size: 18 square miles
• Temperature: 89° (July) to 39° (January)
• Residential Population: 43,250 (Source: Town of Danville)
• Median Household income (2009): $124,344
• Education: 59.4 percent earned a Bachelor’s Degree or higher
• Elementary, Middle and High Schools: 16 (public and private)
• Libraries: 1, linked to the Contra Costa County Library System
• Golf Courses: 3
• Parks: 6
• Sports Fields: 35 baseball softball fields, 31 soccer/lacrosse fields
• Restaurants: 87
• Stores: 236
• Hotels: 1