"Danville, CA (Blackhawk)" Danville by Agraichen

Danville Travel Guide: 45 reviews and 88 photos

"the country"

Thankgiving morning....3 dozen of theses critters decided to "raid" the area and share it with 4 deer munching on my fruit trees. The turkeys are now a permanant fixture. Every day a few show up to "graze" under the trees. AND periodically the deer come back as well.

I'm a softie with the wild life... I give the birds seed to at least get them to do "their thing" on the ground not the roof and the deer just stand around and watch, content to munch on roses...oh, well, they'll grow back.

Danville may seem like a small town just outside of San Francisco, but the scenery, variety of restaurants, shops and history is wonderful. There are about 35 restaurants just in the small "down town" area.

A few of my favorites are "Pete's Brass Rail and Carwash," The Uptown Cafe and The Tower Grill.

Besides, how many other places have wild turkeys roosting on your roof-top, deer and coyote co-habitating in your back yard, and the latest Ferrari, Lamborgini, Meseratti, Astin Martin or Bently driving down the street as casual as BMW or MB (LOL-sad but true).

Danville Street Scenes

One thing about Danville, you don't find in too many other places, is car "eye candy." With many of the Bay area athletes living near by, weekends are a virtual car show. You never know just what will be driving down the street. There was a custom 37 Ford parked just behind this Lamborgini.

But one of the best things about Danville is its generosity. With all the disposable income, fund raising events like the Concours d'Ellegance 2007 Concours photos raising money for Parkinsons disease research are frequent and well attended.

Blackhawk

The "unincorporated" area of Danville houses the community of Blackhawk currently noted for its two championship golf cources and a variety of mega mansions. One of the more noted is the 25,000 Sq Ft domicile owned by the devloper of the area.

First established in 1917 by a San Francisco resident (Ansel Easton) as a ranch and summer home, the property became known world wide for it's prized Shorthorn cattle and Shire horses.

Today, the rolling hills which back up to Mt. Diablo State Park, Blackhawk is home to some of the bay areas most notable residents. The first group of homes came in the late 1970's and were quickly followed with many more pushed by the CA real estate boom in the 1980's.

The Blackhawk Auto Museum and the University of CA Berkely Museum of Art Science and Culture are center pieces of the "plaza" which is the entrance to the 5 gated communities that comprise the Blackhawk area.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small town, big heart
  • Cons:There are con's to this?
  • In a nutshell:20+ years seems such a short time to have lived here.
  • Last visit to Danville: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated Aug 11, 2010
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  • TooTallFinn24's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Great cover photo Al! Checked and reviewed your Danville bar and looked at a few of your thorough pages. Appreciate your advice on some of my new Davis pages.

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Ha! Love the turkeys. The greater Boston area has been inundated with them in the past several years too.

  • alycat's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    There's no brass rail and I dont need a carwash, and who the hell is Pete? (lol...i surely will, looks interesting)

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Good page Al

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2009 at 8:04 AM

    Hope those guys on the roof know Thanksgiving is not far away! Loved the cars. Great tour w/you. Ciao, <(•¿•)>

  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2009 at 7:24 AM

    Like the picture with the turkeys on the roof:) Looking forward to meet you, ILse

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    That's an interesting place you live. I enjoyed seeing the fancy cars, and the turkeys on your roof are comical. Thanks for stopping by my Monterey page, and enjoy your visit there. I miss that town!

  • thecatsmeow's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Yep it exists and is chock full of rednecks! :) We are transplants! Thats my story and I am sticking to it!

  • monina_c's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2007 at 10:57 PM

    Don't you just love her? I even watched the Princess Diaries just to see how she's doing! :D Thanks for dropping by!

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2007 at 11:04 PM

    Gee I'm starving now Al, after reading your restaurant tips!! I'd get fat if I lived in your town haha!! Shame about the Mexican one closing....Anyway, hey that canal pic is gorgeous!! Great page matey!! Cheers, Ann :o)

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