Piedmont is an Italian word meaning “at the foot of the hills.” Piedmont is a small city within a city. There are approximately 11.000 people within about two square miles, bordered by Oakland and surprisingly separate. Homes range in size from the few two-bedroom bungalows to the true Estate homes of eight or more bedrooms on palatial grounds, occasionally with swimming pools and tennis courts. Known in the 1920’s as the “City of Millionaires,” due to claiming the largest number of millionaires per capita in the United States. Homes were built from 1910’s through 1940’s.
Exceptional architecture ranges from authentic Mediterraneans, Normandy Styles, heavily banded English Tudors, fabulous Mid-centuries and Brown Shingles. The streets are tree lined and gardens are lush and manicured. Historically significant homes mean that the building and planning department can be a challenge, but that is part of what contributes to the beauty and serenity of Piedmont. Some areas have electrical under-grounding.
Despite the largess of the residents, Piedmont remains a family oriented haven with lovely old traditions, similar to the Northeast of the United States. From the old fashioned “Fourth of July Parade,” to the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and holiday lights on display; children and families are what this town is all about. Piedmont has excellent public schools from kindergarten through high school. Piedmont High School is a top feeder school to UC Berkeley and Stanford.
Piedmont is mostly residential. There is no real downtown area, only a bank, a gas station and Mulberry’s Market, a gourmet grocery store. For dining out, Piedmonters are close to Rockridge, Park Boulevard, and The Gourmet Ghetto. Shopping and dining in San Francisco is just over the Bay Bridge, or 15 minutes East to Walnut Creek.
The City maintains it’s own police and fire department. All of these factors have kept the property values high. Piedmont has been named many times “the most desirable city to live in” as well 25 top earning towns.
A strong sense of family and community has lead the SF Gate to describe Piedmont as our local “Mayberry.” Take a drive along Highland Avenue to see what they mean!