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Piedmont: The Best of All Worlds

Piedmont is nestled in the East Bay, and its allure is tough to resist.

Piedmont is a small city located in Alameda County, California, United States, completely surrounded by the city of Oakland. Quaint 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.


Property taxes on Piedmont real estate are controlled and managed solely by the city, 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 its locale in the beautiful Oakland Hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Piedmont is the best of all worlds.

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