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  ''Some say it's one of the best places in California.''

An Interview with Jerry Vaughn and Pat Trager
Luxury Realtors, Coldwell Banker Danville

Our special interview on Productivity with JERRY VAUGHN and PAT TRAGER, luxury realtors at Coldwell Banker Danville, profiles the multimillion dollar producers helping wealthy clients purchase country getaways and prestigious residences in San Francisco communities such as Danville, Blackhawk and Pleasanton. Executive Global sits with the leader in luxury estate, ranch and equestrian properties.

Executive Global: How would you compare and contrast the communities of Danville, Blackhawk, San Ramon and Pleasanton? 

Coldwell Banker Danville: Danville, California is a small, affluent city in Contra Costa County’s East Bay, known as the “Heart of the San Ramon Valley”. It’s close to major cities and state landmarks, and some say it’s one of the best places to live in California. Danville has many qualities that make it desirable, including:

• Community spirit: Danville hosts many events throughout the year, including farmers’ markets, street fairs, and holiday celebrations.

• Schools: Danville’s schools are part of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and have excellent academic rankings.

• Safety: In 2018, SafeWise voted Danville California’s safest city.

• Recreational activities: Danville offers many recreational activities, including hiking, biking, and swimming.

• Shopping: Danville has many shopping options, including local shops like Whim House and Cottage Jewel, as well as Crossroads Shopping Center.

• Dining: Danville has exquisite dining options. 

However, Danville is also an affluent city with a highly competitive housing market, and property prices are above the national average. In 2023, Danville’s median household income was $181,453 and its median home value was $1,252,400.

EG: As a professional realtor with plenty of experience in this field, what would you say it is that makes Danville the perfect location for equestrian properties? 

CBD: With benign weather all year long, Danville is one of the most comfortable places to live in California. Climate conditions in the town have not differed much since the arrival of its early settlers. On average, Danville receives approximately 260 sunny days and 65 days of rain every year. The town rarely experiences heavy rainfall, with an average of only 19 inches of rain per year (the national average is around 38 inches of rain). It doesn’t snow in Danville as well, so residents never have to deal with harsh cold and blizzards. Those who love venturing outdoors during the summer will find Danville quite pleasant. The most comfortable months are usually June, September, and October.

EG: Tell us about some of the most unique characteristics of your luxury equestrian property 5959 Camino Tassajara? 

CBD: From beginners to advanced riders, for leisure or show - count on Iron Horse Equestrian Center to take your riding to the next level. Originally a Walnut farm, Iron Horse was designed by the best architects from luxury Kentucky ranches to make the facility the state-of-the-art Center it is today.

With three outdoor rings, as well as a spacious indoor ring with top quality footing, IHEC is accommodating to all equine disciplines. Iron Horse has a 6 horse Eurocisor, round pen and countless turnouts all open to their clients with a ‘first come, first serve’ policy. Just to top off all the facilities listed above, there are walking trails with DG footing running through the facility to enjoy the beautiful California climate.

Iron Horse has a total of 3 barns, as well as 15 mare motels that run along the walking trails. Each of the barns have fly repellent misters, fans, and daily services to keep the stalls in clean condition for your equine partner. Each barn has cross ties for all grooming needs, as well as wash racks just outside the barns, tack room with bridle and saddle racks designated to each client.

EG: And what kind of rental income can this property generate?

CBD: The total projected monthly gross income from horse boarding and rental on 3 nicely appointed residential properties is $112,300.00. There is no adjustment for vacancies and although this information is accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. 

EG: How may your specialism with equestrian property, offer additional advantages to prospective clients? 

BD: Jerry Vaughn has 42+ years in real estate, specializing in equestrian properties. He is a lifetime horseman and owned one of the largest equestrian centers in the bay area. Having sold multiple multi-million-dollar properties all over the state of California, he is known to be a local expert in his field.

Pat Trager has over 21+ years real estate experience with extensive experience in customer service and project management. Known for her dedication and passion, Pat’s primary focus is, and always will be, her clients. She is a master of communication, problem solving and always remaining calm in challenging situations.  EG

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