Introduction to Danville, California
Danville, California, in Contra Costa county, is 6 miles SE of Walnut Creek, California (center to center) and 14 miles E of Oakland, California. The town is situated in the San Ramon Valley. The impressive Mount Diablo offers a picturesque background. It's regarded as an affluent community and includes exclusive country clubs and expensive homes. The downtown has a rustic charm and numerous small shops.
A large number of old homes have been preserved and protected. The downtown has strong restrictions regarding large developments. It's home to the headquarters of Advanta Energy Corp and includes numerous investment firms.
The Danville area was part of the notable Mexican Land Grant named Rancho San Ramon. Daniel Inman and his brother Andrew purchased a large acreage in 1854 with money they made during the gold rush. The town began as a farming community, primarily growing wheat then changed over to producing fruits and nuts in 1891 after the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The raising of cattle and sheep were significant factors for the economy. Danville was developed as a residential community beginning in 1947.
- San Ramon Valley Museum.
- Village Theater features Broadway shows.
- Danville International Children's Film Festival.
- Hot Summer Nights.
- Fall Arts Festival.
- Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site was the home of the American Nobel Prize winning playwright.
- Art in the Park.
- Danville Fall Crafts Festival is a popular event.
- Antique & Art Faire.
- Danville's Old Town Hall.
- Blackhawk Automotive Museum.
- Movies on the Green attracts a large crowd.
The Iron Horse Regional Trail traverses through the town and includes bicycle riding and hiking trails. Mount Diablo State Park is a vast acreage and features the impressive Mount Diablo. Las Trampas Regional Wilderness includes a narrow valley which is home to a horse stable. Some of the hiking trails have steep areas. Equestrians are allowed on the trails. Notable wineries are nearby. Residents can easily travel to San Francisco and enjoy a variety of activities and professional sports teams.