I love this town. Just driving downtown, left at the Clock Tower on Hartz and those few blocks oozing in charm, it feels like we have stepped back in time; it’s a cute, sweet, old-fashioned goodness type of place and never fails to make me smile. Especially now, with the holiday cheer decorating the town.
The season dÃ©cor started with the tree lighting the day after Thanksgiving (the famous Oak that is the trademark of Danville and is directly across from our Sotheby™s office on Diablo Rd). I enjoy a daily newsletter called the Danville Patch that I highly recommend to anyone thinking about moving to the area and to everyone that already lives here. It™s local news for Danville and Alamo and is so pertinent to my world, that one day I found photos of myself in it–my daughter and I had been volunteers at the Halloween event at the Community Center, and they snapped us working the craft table and filling the cookie plate, much to my surprise. Here is a link to the coverage the Patch gave the Tree Lighting¦if you aren™t familiar with the Patch, this will give you a sense of it. Click here: http://danville.patch.com/articles/video-lighting-of-the-old-oak-tree?ncid=M255#video-3486025 Sadly, I missed this event—I was out of town, but when I read about it in the Danville Patch and listened to the delightful Martha Husak describe it (in the video link), I wished I could have been in two places at once.
Our large Sotheby office is located at 360 Diablo Rd, as I said, directly across from the Oak Tree”but I enjoy working from the cute store front at 360 Hartz. My kids will tell you it is between Starbucks and the Yogurt Shack (they enjoy eating their way around town when I drop by the office with them in tow). The office is currently decorated in the holiday spirit and doing our part to make the whole street festive. I love the old-fashioned half-door and watching the town walk by, sipping their espresso drinks and pausing to browse through our property listings in the window.
If you have kids in high school, you™ll enjoy the Patch coverage of the local sports. I found it to be a great source of information during Homecoming week. With San Ramon Valley HS located right in downtown Danville, those activities at the HS spilled into town–I sat with friends on a sunny day at the outside dining at Pete’s Brass Rail and Car Wash, and we enjoyed the Homecoming Parade as it made its way around town. Cheering for each float and waving at the Homecoming Royalty, it was such a delightful small town atmosphere.
My blog broke shortly after I posted a 4th of July article describing the parade. As I™ve said, I continue to work with my provider™s technical support in the hopes of recovering some of my content, but since that hasn™t yet occurred, I will just tack that post here, since it is all about the charm of Danville and ties in nicely with what I am trying to put into words here. So if you missed it last time, here is the original post from 7/4/2010.
Please stay tuned for more real estate news in this final month of the year!
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Happy 4th of July!
There™s no place like home on the 4th of July, especially if you™re local to the Town of Danville and our wonderful parade. The fun starts on the 3rd, with all of us œcrazy about the parade people staking our claim for spots the next day. Now that I work out of an office with an address right on Hartz Ave, my friends and I were able to get sidewalk space with close proximity to my air conditioned office (complete with bathroom and refrigerator).
I remember back when my kids were small babies¦we would try to stay up late enough to set our chairs up the night before (then ride bikes to the parade, it is no place to take a car). Each year we had to arrive earlier and earlier to put the chairs out, and finally the Town had to make a rule that chairs could not be placed along the parade route until 6:00 pm on the 3rd.
But that doesn™t mean people won™t begin squatting long before 6:00. I showed up at office around 1:00, and stayed until 6:00¦it was so fun. All along the street, people marked off our designated spaces with sidewalk chalk and colorful masking tape. And around 5:30 (the new 6:00 apparently), the chairs went down.
It was a delightful parade, as always¦but I had almost as much fun yesterday, meeting the folks that would be my neighbors for the parade as we all watched our sidewalk space¦making new friends, and just overall delighting in our adorable Downtown Danville.
The parade was missing a few old favorites¦.where were the lawnmower brigade boys we always enjoyed so much? And Long™s Drugs is no more, so their fun shopping cart exhibition wasn™t present either.
But the great NOISE that marks the end of the parade didn’t let us down. I laugh remembering how we ran from the racket when our children were tiny, worried the kids would be scared. Now it™s their favorite part!
Happy 4th of July to Danville!
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