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Old 12-06-2012, 12:56 AM
 
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Hi all,

Can anyone give me any insight into what particular neighborhoods in Danville are like if you live there now or have previously? What are your favorite areas and why? Thanks!!!
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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Greenbrook's homes are smaller, tend to be older ranch style, but are closer to the freeway and downtown Danville.

Wood Ranch has newer larger houses (more beds/baths) on larger lots. All built in the 80s, much more 'tract home' feeling. You are also about 10-15 minutes farther from the freeway.

In general, the closer you are to 680 the older/smaller the houses are. You move farther inland and the houses get to be newer and are (on average) larger.

The neighborhoods are similar, a mix of families and people who older people/couples/empty nesters that have been around a while. Wood Ranch and Greenbrook are zoned for different elementary schools, but share a middle and high school.

I wouldn't say one area is "better" or my favorite, it just depends on what you like. The older charm of a 50s bungalow (a lot like the houses down in Mountain View for example) or the larger space that a newer home provides? You probably get more for your money if you buy farther inland, but you also have to drive farther and will end up in an 80s tract home.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:00 AM
 
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Depends if you're raising kids. Greenbook is the obvious choice, being in close proximity to both Greenbrook Elementary and Charlotte Wood Middle School (your kid can walk/bike to both schools). Woodranch has Sycamore Valley elementary, but not close by to a middle school or high school.

Greenbrook has smaller houses with smaller yards. Woodranch some of the houses are massive and even have 4 car garages.

Convenience? Highways Greenbrook wins. Theaters/Retail? Woodranch is close by to Blackhawk 7 Cinemas and a Safeway/Mcdonald's.

In conclusion? They're both pretty good, although Greenbrook is probably slightly cheaper than Woodranch due to smaller house sizes.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Danville, CA
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I rent in the Shadow Creek since 2009, early 90's home, large 3281sqft home/3 car garage. Lot's of families with kids, we always car pool to school and out of school activities - there are a lot: 4H meetings, Girl/Boy scouts, Mustang Soccer is huge in Danville and very close to Shadow Creek.

Homes all look the same, there are like two ways they are different internally, and 4 ways externally. HOA duties ($75/mo)are very small in comparison to Blackhawk (more like 150/230 (tennis court) month or Bettencourt ranch (130-150/mon).

Bettencourt Ranch are a bit like Shadow Creek size wise but it's more hilly too, so you can get better views of the valley/mt. diablo, but the house can be slightly more different than one another. It's gated though, but you pay for the (unnecessary) security 24h.

Even when homes are said to be "updated", mostly that means granite. You won't find complete remodels featuring Ethernet network wiring, or warming trays or tubing for a high end espresso machine in the kitchens. "Remodels" are just paint, cabinet doors and granite, so the houses do feel dated anyway.
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