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Danville Overview

The Town of Danville is located in a part of Contra Costa County, California called the San Ramon Valley, United States. It is one of the incorporated municipalities in California that uses "town" in its name instead of "city". The population was 41,715 at the 2000 census. Danville is considered an upscale suburb of Oakland and San Francisco.

Danville is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the San Francisco Bay Area, with some of the most expensive and exclusive country clubs and houses in the country. Danville is filled with beautiful homes embedded on some of the best golf courses in California. It still preserves the characteristics of its "town" name — being compact, largely self sufficient as far as shopping goes, and having only a couple commercial centers. Its downtown is noted for its somewhat rustic charm, intensively upgraded owing to its now extremely affluent demographics and its popularity as a regional destination for dining and light shopping. With heavy restrictions on large development, the downtown consists of many small shops on several traditional-styled plazas. It does not have its own hospital, being well served by nearby regional medical centers, nor, with the exception of a Costco location near its boundary with San Ramon, does it host the "heavy shopping" provided by shopping malls located in nearby cities to the north or south. Danville's main street is Hartz Avenue in downtown Danville.

Attractions include the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, and the Tao House—home to America's only Nobel Prize winning playwright Eugene O'Neill.

One of Danville's most desirable attributes is its sense of community. The town hosts a wonderful array of events throughout the year from Farmer's Markets to street fairs to holiday celebrations.

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