The pros and cons for living in Danville, California. What people won’t tell you

Warren Oberholser
Warren Oberholser
Published on December 27, 2020

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Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.

This is my pros and cons for Danville, California. Just a little background… Danville is bordered between Alamo and San Ramon, and it can be accessed from the 680 freeway.

In 1982, it became one of the incorporated municipalities in California that uses town in its name, not city. That’s why it’s referred to as the Town of Danville, as opposed to Danville city.

Okay, let’s get started with the pros and cons for Danville, California. We’re going to start off with the section.

Number one, Danville has so much to do. For events, Danville has everything from their year-round farmer’s market to their street fair holiday celebrations (Lighting of the Old Oak Tree). They have over 167 acres of parkland for public recreation. They have six community parks to include amenities such as sports fields, bocce ball courts, dog park, batting cage, plenty of walking trails, and they even have their own catch and release fish pond.

Number two, Danville’s historic downtown area. To truly appreciate all the charm and uniqueness the town of Danville has to offer, you must visit their historic downtown routes. To do this, make sure you download their historic walking map so you can take a self guided tour visiting all the 28 preserved renovated buildings that offer amazing architectural beauty. One way to know if the building is a historic landmark is by a plaque that will be mounted on the exterior of the building.

Number three, Danville’s shopping. You’ll find many, one-of-a-kind boutique shops and stores in the downtown area.

Number four, Danville’s dining. The downtown area has numerous award-winning restaurants.

Danville also has several strip mall locations.

The one that my wife and I like to visit is Blackhawk Plaza. The mall features an open air center that combines a village style Mediterranean architecture with an aquatic landscaped interior. You’ll find numerous restaurants and shops surrounding the picturesque waterway. Now, before you leave, make sure you visit the Century movie theater and their world renowned Blackhawk Automotive and Culture Museum.

Number five, Danville has great schools. Many of their public elementary and middle schools have a nine out of 10 rating. And their two high schools, Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley have a 10 out of 10 rating according to

Number six, Danville’s real estate. Danville’s residential real estate has a lot to offer. Looking at Danville from an aerial view, if you use the 680 freeway as a landmark or guide, you’ll find Danville’s geography is laid out pretty straightforward. The freeway conveniently divides Danville from West to East and South to North.

What is located on the old downtown area, the site of 680, is the West side. Here, you’ll find mature sought after single-family homes. Many have been beautifully remodeled. Some of the homes located on the West side have amazing views.

The opposite side of 680 is the East side. Here you’ll find newer construction. There were several developments built over the years from the early 1960s, all the way up to 2000. You’ll find just about any style, size and layout from a one-story condo to a mansion located on several acres. Danville also has several gated communities. One of the largest is Blackhawk.

Number seven, Danville’s weather. Danville’s weather typifies a Mediterranean climate, so you have long summer with hot days and cool nights. Winters are cool with mild daytime temperatures, usually in the 50s, and nighttime temperatures, usually above freezing. The bottom line: mild weather with no snow.

Number eight, Danville is a very safe town. Danville has very low crime. In fact, for the last three years, Danville has been rated as the safest city in California.

Okay, that completes the pros for Danville. Now I’m going to do the cons for living in Danville, California.

Number one, Danville’s high housing costs. Danville’s cost of housing compared to the Silicon Valley is much less. However, if you travel approximately 14 miles North to the Concord area, a comparable home there would be less than half of what you would pay in Danville.

Number two, Danville’s commute traffic. Commute traffic to the Silicon Valley and San Francisco is brutal. In fact, pre-pandemic, it can take up to two hours each way. What most commuters do is take BART if they work in Oakland or San Francisco. For those who commute to the Silicon Valley, most employers offer some kind of a commute bus with comfortable seats and wifi.

Number three, Danville doesn’t have BART. BART stands for Bay area rapid transit. Now, these are electric trains that take passengers to various areas in the Bay area. The two closest stations are Dublin/Pleasanton and Walnut Creek. Each one’s approximately 10 miles each way. Here’s one thing I want to let you know. Under normal commute situations, BART parking is difficult, so you’ll need to arrive early to get a parking spot.

Number four, Danville doesn’t have much nightlife activity. Danville’s basically a quiet town. Now, I’m not sure if this is a con. However, if you’re planning to go out in the evening to enjoy dancing, comedy, concerts, you’re not going to be able to do this on a regular basis in Danville.

Well, that concludes the pros and cons for living in Danville, California. Obviously, the pros outweigh the cons two to one. Okay.

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I hope you enjoy this article. Please email me any questions you may have. [email protected]


About Warren Oberholser

Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!

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