Welcome to Piedmont
A small and charming city of millionaires surrounded by Oakland
Piedmont is a small affluent city at the base of Oakland Hills near the Bay Area's center. It is a separate municipality with a town system despite being surrounded by Oakland. Locals gave this charming city the moniker 'City Of Millionaires' in the early 1900s because it had the most number of millionaires per square mile. Today, Piedmont still holds on to its name, with lots of luxurious homes within this suburb of Oakland. Many millionaire mansions from the 20th century remain in Piedmont, with newer affluent estates constructed in the following decades.
Walking through Piedmont neighborhoods, you will see all types of architecture, from large craftsman bungalows to unique contemporary designs. Spanish Colonial Revivals and Tudors also exist within the eclectic mix of architecturally diverse luxury homes. Most residents enjoy breathtaking views from their cozy homes every day.
What to Love
- The picturesque views from most Piedmont homes
- Eclectic architecture
- Easy access to Oakland city
- Lots of hometown celebrations all year round
Living in Piedmont provides residents, most of whom are homeowners, with a sparse suburban feel. Being predominantly zoned for residential use, not much commercial activity exists within the community. That's no issue because locals can quickly get to Oakland for everything they need.
Piedmont has a small commercial district along Highland Avenue in the center of town where locals go for convenient shopping. Residents here enjoy a strong sense of community with several lovely parks, a community center, and "hometown" celebrations that bring people together.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
There are several eateries and stores for convenient shopping within Piedmont, including the Good Neighbor’s jewelry store. The best of Oakland's restaurants and shopping hubs are only a few minutes away for those who desire more extensive shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Wine lovers stock up on their supplies at Ordinaire Wine Shop & Wine Bar, which has a wide variety of local and international fine wine. Grab a freshly baked pastry at Mo's Bake Shop or go to Mulberry's Market for grocery supplies and more. Enjoy delectable light fare at the café attached to the market before heading home.
Things to Do
Piedmont is a bustling community known for its numerous festivals. The festivities never seem to end, from the Fourth of July Parade to the Harvest Festival and Piedmont Jazz Festival. These fun-filled festivities keep the community lively.
When not attending festivals, you can head to Crocker Park for exciting outdoor activities. Bring the children out for a fun day of playing, running, and picnicking. For more exciting adventures for the whole family, cross over to Oakland City.
Piedmont has three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative high school. Piedmont Unified School District is one of only a few public school districts in California that graduates over 98% of college-bound students. Highly rated schools within the region include:
Havens Elementary School, Grades K-5, #4 In Best Public Elementary Schools In Alameda County
Beach Elementary School, Grades K-5, #3 In Best Public Elementary Schools In Alameda County
Wildwood Elementary School, Grades K-5, #2 In Best Public Elementary Schools In Alameda County
Piedmont Middle School, Grades 6-9, #6 In Best Public Middle Schools In Alameda County
Piedmont High School, Grades 9-12, #3 In Best Public High Schools In Alameda County
The College Preparatory School, Grades 9-12, #2 In Best Private High Schools In California