You can't go wrong with either choice, as they are both very family friendly. Many like Pleasanton because of the location and access to the south bay. Danville is closer to Walnut Creek and the north side. Where are you going to be working? Your answer would impact my vote. Congratulations! Let me know if we can be of any help.
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I have lived in both towns and for smaller children I would recommend Pleasanton by a small margin. There are more parks, excellent schools, a mall, BART, many family activities (such as Wed night street fair, concerts in the park, etc), a wonderful huge sports park and swim center, and in my experience it is more family oriented than Danville. Danville is a bit quieter and laid back and has a more "upscale" feel to it, and the downtown area is beautiful. All in all very nice but more geared to an older crowd IMHO.
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You sure have a lot of responses from agents down below each with their opinion on which city is better. So here is my 2 cents. I like Pleasanton since I feel it is central and easier commute to most areas. i live in Pleasanton and when I was considering buying a house, I also checked out Danville but decided against it because it felt like it was too far from where I wanted to be. Schools were very important to us and the Pleasanton schools were very good also. My daughter goes to the Pleasanton schools and she is very happy there.
So as the agents have mentioned, it depends on your commute because as far as kid friendly and good schools, I think they both are just as good. Drive to both areas at different times of the day and see what you think.
As far as upscale areas, Pleasanton has some very upscale homes also in Ruby Hill and Preserve homes Estates and other areas close to Foothill.
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That is a bit like asking "which city is best to visit... Paris or Rome?". There is something for everyone in both cities, and both Pleasanton and Danville are extremely kid friendly, family friendly communities. They have comparable, and top flight, schools, lots of parks, charming downtowns, excellent recreation and youth sports programs, and both communities are safe, and enjoy a high degree of parent participation in their schools.
Most of the time, the decision between the two communities comes down to other factors such as
* Commute accessibility: If you are commuting to the South Bay or Peninsula, Pleasanton is more accessible in general. If you are commuting to Walnut Creek or Oakland, Danville is closer. If you are taking BART to S.F., Pleasanton is more accessible. If you are driving to SF, it is probably a toss up.
* Lot Size: Depending on your price range, the typical tract home in Danville tends to have larger lots that what you find in Pleasanton. This is especially pronounced in the older more modest neighborhoods.
* New Housing: Danville has more new development than Pleasanton. Pleasanton is essentially built out at this point, and Danville still has new construction in the Tassajara Valley, including Alamo Creek, which will be online for at least the next couple of years.
For comparison, feel free to check out these two web pages
Best of luck to you, and let me know if you have any questions
The deciding factor might be your commute to work.
If I was going to base the decision on schools and the children, I would probably choose Danville. My children are grown, but my sense is that Danville tips the scale slightly.but it's a very close call and I don't think you can make a wrong choice.
I will have to agree with Vickie. I am bias to Danville the most, I guess because that is where I live. Each to their own. Both cities are great family oriented communities to raise a family. The schools are both top rated school districts in California, so it is really your choice. Both cities have the Old Down Town, Old Western Style feel to them, as well as the parks are Great also.
It's a personal preference as to which city you would like the most. When are you planning the move? I would be able to assist you with your Move, if you give me some more information.
I look forward to hearing from you Long, so we can check out both Cities, and you decide. Until then, have a Great Day Long.
Old West Realty Inc.
You've asked an interesting question. I see that Carl recommends Pleasanton. I'd recommend Danville. Yes, I'm sure we're both biased based on our own personal experiences.
The question is answerable only by lifestyle review. When you buy the home you are also buying the community as you have pointed out. I always tell my buyers to load the family in the car on Saturday morning, visit the parks in the new area, then drive over to the nearest shopping area to grab a coffee. Chat with people along the way. Ask them what they most like about the area. You'll learn a lot about an area this way.
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Personally, I prefer Pleasanton! It has a wonderful small town feeling with awesome parks, great schools and affordable homes. Danville is a more upscale community and, to me, doesnâ€™t feel as kid-friendly as Pleasanton.