I don’t want to over-complicate this, but when people talk about the Oakland, CA district of Montclair, they are really talking about six different micro-neighborhoods. It took a couple of years living in Montclair for me to finally figure out what the differences were, but I finally got it, I think. Why does it matter? Well, practically speaking, it doesn't’t. Montclair is a wonderful little oasis in the Oakland Hills. It is a true village atmosphere and we all enjoy the centrally located park, a weekly Sunday Farmer’s Market, a storybook library, and fantastic elementary schools. Usually, people don’t even reference which neighborhood in Montclair they live in. So, why bring up the differentiation here?
Well, if you are interested in living in this magical little spot, knowing the differences between the neighborhoods could help you find the right house for you or your client. Each neighborhood has its own feel and character and historically, different real estate prices.
Think one giant, eclectic tree house. At the top of Montclair, it is close to great hiking trails at the local regional parks and has lush, canyon views. The homes are mainly mid-60s to mid-80s contemporaries with lots of decks but little to no yards. For the most part, homes in Forestland go for the least amount per square foot. Children attend Thornhill Elementary.
Written by: Kim Florence, McGuire Real Estate - Elmwood