Welcome to Danville

The historic heart of the San Ramon Valley

Located 45 minutes east of San Francisco, Danville is a bustling, historic town of nearly 45,000 residents. With a rich history dating back to the mid-1800s—the most significant buildings have been preserved or restored—the area earns its title as "The Heart of the San Ramon Valley." 

High dollar neighborhoods are the norm, particularly to the south and east, and a number of them feature opulent new construction. Exceptional schools, relatively low crime, and an abundance of outdoor activities make Danville one of the most desirable communities in California. Add in its central locale in East Bay, and it is a huge draw for families relocating from San Francisco, San Jose, and Silicon Valley.

What to Love

  • Bustling, historic downtown
  • Excellent dining scene with an impressive variety of eateries
  • Minutes from hiking, biking, and equestrian trails

People & Lifestyle

The Danville community is affluent and provides its residents with an excellent quality of life. Coupled with its rustic, rural charm, it's easy to appreciate the appeal. The population is well educated, and the overwhelming majority of residents own their homes. The median home value is roughly $975,000.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Danville's quaint, small-town allure is on full display in its historic downtown. With over a hundred shops and restaurants—many housed in buildings dating to the town's earliest days—the area is a vibrant hub of activity. Retailers include a mix of big brands and local boutiques.

The main draw to downtown Danville, though, is the dining. Chic and welcoming, local favorite The Peasant and the Pear is always near the top of every resident's must-dine list. The cheekily named Pete's Brass Rail & Car Wash has nothing to do with car detailing, but proves quite adept at serving up some of the best burgers and beer in the region.

Just to the south of the central downtown district, you'll discover the exceptional Forbes Mill Steakhouse, which features a lively happy hour. Next door is the upscale Piatti, serving timeless Italian dishes.

Things to Do

Nowhere are Danville's farming roots more apparent than at its popular, year-round Farmers' Market

Danville also features a thriving cultural and arts scene, including the Village Theatre and Art Gallery and the Blackhawk Museum. The latter is a collective of five museums with exhibits featuring African and Chinese art, natural and Native American history, and an automotive gallery with more than 50 historically significant vehicles on display.

Fans of the outdoors will appreciate the town's location, tucked between Mt. Diablo State Park and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Running through Danville is the Iron Horse Regional Trail, a 32-mile hiking, biking, and equestrian trail connecting East Bay cities.


Danville is home to the exceptional San Ramon Valley Unified School District, including the following academic institutions:

  • Sycamore Valley Elementary School, K-5
  • Diablo Vista Middle School, 6-8
  • Monte Vista High School, 9-12