Incorporated in 1907, the City of Piedmont is completely surrounded by the City of Oakland. With its own mayor, city council, fire department, police department and school district, Piedmont has maintained its separate identity for more than a century. Originally a weekend destination for visitors to Piedmont Springs, Piedmont, pa

At a Glance

Incorporated in 1907, the City of Piedmont is completely surrounded by the City of Oakland. But thanks in no small part to the fact that the city boasts its own mayor, city council, fire department, police department, and school district, Piedmont has maintained its unique identity for more than a century.

Originally a weekend destination for visitors to Piedmont Springs (which was part of the Rancho San Antonio Tract), Piedmont soon became a haven for artists and bohemians.

Today, the city is home to over 11,000 residents who are drawn to its tree-lined streets, top-rated schools, small-town atmosphere, and close proximity to downtown San Francisco.

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Award-winning schools

Living Here

The city of Piedmont is zoned nearly 100 percent residential, and commercial activity is limited to two small zones on Highland and Grand Avenues.
However, with Oakland’s charming Piedmont Avenue and Montclair shopping districts situated on either side, many can walk to restaurants and a variety of specialty shops and grocery stores.

Good-to-Know

Jack London once called this area home and wrote The Call of the Wild in the house he built here.  

Why Piedmont?

In recent years, by far the greatest draw for new residents to Piedmont has been its excellent school district. Consisting of three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative high school, the district currently ranks tenth out of California’s 756 school districts.

art of the Rancho San Antonio Tract, soon became a haven for artists and bohemians, including Jack London, who wrote The Call of the Wild in the house he built there.  Today, drawn to the city by its tree-lined streets, top-rated public schools and small-town atmosphere, Piedmont’s 11,000 residents still particularly value its close proximity to downtown San Francisco.

 

In less than two square miles Piedmont offers a wide variety of neighborhoods. Craftsman bungalows interspersed with the occasional Victorian line many of the older streets, while Tudor, Mediterranean and French-inspired estates grace large lots near the center of town. Mid-Century and contemporary homes dot the hills facing stunning, expansive views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Aptly named after the Piedmont region of Italy, this California namesake enjoys a moderate, sunny climate, with daily high temperatures ranging from 58 to 74 degrees throughout the year.

In recent years by far the greatest draw for new residents to town has been Piedmont’s excellent school district. Consisting of three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school and an alternative high school, the district currently ranks 10th out of California’s 756 school districts.

The city is zoned nearly 100% residential, with commercial activity limited to two small zones on Highland and Grand Avenues, but with Oakland’s charming Piedmont Avenue and Montclair shopping districts on either side many Piedmonters can walk to restaurants and a variety of specialty shops and grocery stores. For those who drive parking can easily be found.
 

Written by: Kathleen Callahan, McGuire Real Estate

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