Piedmont: The Best of All Worlds
March 8, 2011 • Posted in East Bay
Piedmont is nestled in the East Bay, and its allure is tough to resist. Quaint (just 1.7 square miles) and bucolic with five city parks complete with tennis courts and walking paths, it’s no surprise Piedmont averages one of the lowest “days on market” (at 34) in Northern California. In fact, it’s a combination of factors, from the strength of Piedmont’s school system and its low crime rate to good weather and high property values that keeps this exclusive East Bay enclave at the top of the Bay Area’s most coveted places to live list.
While Piedmont is almost entirely zoned for residential use, there is a small downtown area for errands, banking and gas. The recent addition of Mulberry’s Market offers a fun, relaxing spot for kids and adults alike. Of course, shopping, restaurants, movies and more are plentiful in adjacent Oakland neighborhoods, including Piedmont Avenue, Montclair, Grand Lake (and the popular Grand Lake Theater), and hopping Rockridge. With its own TV station — KCOM-TV, Channel 27 — and two local papers (the citizen-run Piedmont Post and the Piedmonter, a neighborhood newspaper managed by the Contra Costa Times) staying in touch with local happenings is easy.
The relationship between surrounding Oakland and Piedmont is unique. Property taxes on Piedmont real estate are controlled and managed solely by the city of Piedmont, which provides residents with dedicated fire and police services. Other services, including the public library and post office (and Piedmont’s three ZIP codes) are shared with Oakland.
With 11,000 residents and its locale in the beautiful Oakland Hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Piedmont is the best of all worlds.
Average home sale (2010 – current): $1.2 million
Days on market (2010 – current): 34
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