Although Danville was incorporated as a city in 1982, it has been in existence since the gold rush days. Daniel and Andrew Inman bought 400 acres in what is now Old Town Danville with their mining earnings in 1854, and the town has flourished ever since. The Town's connection to its Old West past is preserved in the downtown cluster of narrow roads and the remarkable number of early buildings that still remain.
With a population of approximately 40,484, Danville is known for its small-town atmosphere and its outstanding quality of life. Eight parks, with ball fields, tennis courts, picnic facilities, playground equipment and walking trails, offer family activities all year long. The Iron Horse Trail provides miles of paths for biking and walking. Danville's weather boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine every year.
Special events bring out the small-town atmosphere. The Fourth of July Parade and Light the Old Oak Tree are highlights of the year along with art festivals and holiday festivities. The Village Theatre offers live theater productions. The art gallery in the same building showcases local talent. "Music In the Park" a summer concert series, features local groups.
First-rate restaurants draw people from as far away as San Francisco. A wide variety of outstanding cuisine is available. The lovely Danville Hotel Territory, with its cluster of specialty shops, has a favorite eating establishment and is a special Danville landmark. Another popular restaurant, Bridges, was made famous when segments of the movie Mrs. Doubtfire were filmed there.
Danville's quaint downtown area is a natural for unique specialty shops. Parking is plentiful. The Danville Farmers' Market draws big crowds to Old Town every Saturday from ten to 1pm. Other retail stores include antiques, jewelry, and gift and art shops.
Danville is governed by a mayor/council form of government with day-to-day operations performed by a Town Manager. The Town Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Town Meeting Hall - 201 Front Street at 7:30 p.m.
We welcome you to discover Danville. You'll find out why it is one of the leading small communities in California - offering the feel of yesterday and the opportunities of tomorrow.
Source: "Danville Area Community Guide" published by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce.
San Ramon Valley
Quality housing, good weather, outstanding schools, and reasonable access to San Francisco are among the factors, which attract people to settle in the Danville area. Located in the northern portion of the San Ramon Valley, the Danville area includes the unincorporated communities of Alamo, Diablo and Blackhawk.
A number of moderate to expensive housing developments have evolved in the communities of Danville and neighboring San Ramon. Alamo and Diablo feature higher priced homes in a more rural setting. Blackhawk is developing custom homes and estates in a country club setting, which features golf, tennis, swimming, and a shopping mall, Blackhawk Plaza.
The real estate market is characterized by both growth and stability. The area has an increasingly diverse employment base in businesses such as transportation, communication and finance.
There is a strong emphasis on quality education in the area. Public schools rank among the best in the state, with student achievement scores ranging into the ninetieth percentile. There are also excellent private and parochial schools.
In the Danville area, residents have access to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) service. This system links many towns and communities with the metropolitan areas of Oakland and San Francisco. Additional public transportation and a freeway system traverse the county.
These and other factors make the Danville area a most desirable place in which to live and work.
Alamo is located off Highway 680 between Walnut Creek and Danville, this rural town of nearly 12,000 residents still maintains its country atmosphere. Roundhill Country Club, with its eighteen-hole golf course, is located at the foothills of Mt. Diablo. Alamo is a community without fast food chains and traffic jams; instead you will find jogging, bicycling, horseback riding, quaint restaurants and excellent schools. Alamo is unincorporated, which means that the County Board of Supervisors governs it in the county seat of Martinez.
Blackhawk is a country club community consisting of 4800 acres laid out in eight security gate developments with two eighteen hole golf courses, two tennis, swimming and racquet ball facilities, plus a unique specialty shop and restaurant center. Blackhawk is an elite area with custom homes.
Danville has a quaint, warm shopping area with a Western flavor, offering a full range of shopping services and specialty shops. Although Danville is a city, it still maintains its small community atmosphere. The country club communities of Diablo and Blackhawk lie in the hills surrounding Danville.
DANVILLE FACTS AND FEATURES
Population: 40,484 (approx.) Department of Finance 1/1/00
Housing Units: 14,736 (approx.) 2.873 persons per household
Government: Danville incorporated as a city as of July 1, 1982 General Law City Town Offices are located at 510 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA 94526 Town Meeting Hall is located at 201 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526
Chamber of Commerce: 117-E Town & Country Drive, Danville Telephone: (925) 837-4400
Public Library: 400 Front Street, Danville Telephone: (925) 837-4889
School District: San Ramon Valley Unified School District, 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville Telephone: (925) 552-5500
- Average minimum temperature 51.3
- Average maximum temperature 72.0
- Mean temperature 59.8
- Highest temperature recorded 114
- Lowest temperature recorded 17
- Average rainfall 23 inches
- Sunny days (annually) 290-310 (80-95%)
- Elevation 125-360 feet above sea level
- Area 18.128 square miles
- Public Center Line Street Miles 142.30
DANVILLE TOWN COUNCIL: (925) 314-3388
Lafayette is set among 800 acres of wooded, hilly land. It is semi-rural, composed primarily of established homes with a sprinkling of newer and remodeled homes. There is no industry in Lafayette, but a full range of shopping facilities and excellent restaurants is available. Lafayette has a BART station and easy access to Highway 24, providing an easy commute to San Francisco and neighboring communities.
San Ramon, located in the heart of the San Ramon Valley, is a newly developed residential area for city workers who prefer to live in the country. The area is rapidly becoming a regional center for national corporations. Thanks to community planning, there will always be pockets of undeveloped recreational space, providing hillside escapes and beautiful views. Located in San Ramon, Canyon Lakes is the largest single residential development in the county. It includes a variety of housing, a man-made lake, and 18-hole golf course, and tennis and swimming facilities.
Walnut Creek has been said to be the financial Mecca of the county. It has earned a reputation as the poshest retail shopping district, with stores ranging from Nordstrom to tiny, exclusive boutiques. Housing is available to a broad variety of tastes and pocket books, from small apartments to luxurious villas in the million dollar range. Walnut Creek is available by BART and Interstate 680 for easy commuting to the West flay Area.