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Old 04-09-2010, 10:10 PM
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Hi. My husband, golden retriever, and I will be moving to the East Bay area in a couple of months and are looking for recommendations. My husband will be working in San Ramon so we are mainly considering the communities of Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, and Pleasanton. Can someone please tell me how these towns compare (we are trying to do this move blind)??? We definitely want to live somewhere where we will be able to easily walk/hike with our dog. Any information will be helpful. Thanks!
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Old 04-10-2010, 12:27 PM
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Any of those towns will suit you. Walnut Creek is the hub and has all the good shopping/downtown area. It's a nice clean smallish city and even has a dog park.

San Ramon doesn't have any downtown and is more of a suburb. A lot of houses went up all around the same time. Not much going on but a lot of business parks.

Danville is a nice m ore established town..very family oriented and upscale with some nice cafes/downtown area. It was historically associated with $$ and a more conservative mindset (by Bay Area standards).

Dublin would be a more middle class city..more ethnically diverse suburb..a lot of great Asian restaurants.

Pleasanton..nice downtown area, family oriented, very upper class conservative and might remind you of Orange County, SoCal..think Stepford wives, imo.

So any of those places would suit you in terms of places to walk your dog. There are regional parks/hikes etc all around the Bay Area and Briones Park (among others) have off leash trails too. If I had the choice out of the towns you mentioned, Walnut Creek would be my pick because there's just more to do and has faster access to Berkeley/Oakland/SF by BART.
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Old 04-10-2010, 12:56 PM
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I would completely agree with the above, having grown up in the area.
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Old 04-10-2010, 01:33 PM
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All these towns, plus Livermore, run together and if you don't know better you won't know where one ends and the other begins. Settling in any of them will provide you with what you need.
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:11 PM
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Walnut Creek is really nice. The Broadway Plaza area has an outdoor mall that is beautiful--and there is a great Nordstrom to shop in. That combined with a good Target and John Muir Hospital make Walnut Creek a really good city to live in. People talk a lot about the traffic off Ygnacio Valley Road, so buying a house off that pathway may not be ideal.

Danville is good too--and they have a quaint "old town" along with lots of good shopping downtown.

San Ramon is more the suburban look, but is clean and would be comfortable. Dublin, Pleasanton, etc--those are much more further out and lots of traffic out that way for people commuting.
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Old 04-11-2010, 03:25 PM
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This is a great site to find off-leash hiking trails for dogs. East Bay | Dog Park USA
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