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PIEDMONT

Piedmont is primarily a residential community with fine architecture and tree-lined streets. Due to its school system, low crime rate and good weather it is regarded as one of the most desirable residential communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Property in Piedmont is markedly more expensive than real estate in neighboring communities

Piedmont is known for its public school system with three elementary schools (Havens, Beach, and Wildwood), a middle school (Piedmont Middle School), a high school (Piedmont High School), and an alternative high school (Millennium).  Piedmont High School matriculates a high percentage (over 98%) of students bound for college. A significant number of Piedmont High graduates go on to attend private universities such as Georgetown, Harvard, Yale and MIT.  Many Piedmont High graduates, however, continue their education at public colleges and universities.  In particular, the University of California, Berkeley is a popular choice for Piedmont High graduates due to its close proximity and excellent reputation.  The Piedmont Unified School District is one of the few California public school systems to achieve such success.  This can be largely attributed to the dedicated population of parents.

Piedmont residents enjoy a special mix of small town community life and easy access to the cultural and recreational activities of a larger metropolitan area. In less than half an hour, residents can also reach many of the fine museums, symphonies, operas, theaters, parks and professional sports attractions of Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, and San Francisco.

BERKELEY:

Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California.  Its neighbors to the south are the cities of Oakland and Emeryville. To the north is the city of Albany and the unincorporated town of Kensington. 

Berkeley is the site of the University of California, the flagship campus of the University of California, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Hall of Science, Space Sciences Laboratory, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, which are on the campus grounds.

While Berkeley is a relatively small city, a number of distinct neighborhoods have developed around the bustling Downtown area, which is the city’s traditional commercial core.  Among these areas are the Claremont neighborhood to the south, home to the Claremont Hotel, and the Elmwood District which encompasses the thriving College Avenue shopping area.  North of Downtown is the North Berkeley neighborhood, nicknamed the “gourmet Ghetto” for its concentration of well known restaurants and other food related businesses and, further north, is lovely Thousand Oaks.

When asked what they liked most about living in Berkeley, residents repeatedly cite cultural diversity, art, beautiful parks, innovative businesses, and friendliness among neighbors.  Other frequently mentioned characteristics include great restaurants and shopping, proximity to the University of California campus, geographic location, the physical beauty of the environment, easy access to San Francisco, Oakland, and Silicon Valley, the weather, community services, recreational activities – and an abundance of things to do!

MONTCLAIR VILLAGE

Montclair Village is the commercial heart of the eastern Oakland hills residential
district known as Montclair.  Nestled among towering redwood, eucalyptus and other evergreens, the Village’s well-established and affluent residents provide a solid social foundation with well above-average family incomes.

Montclair offers retail establishments of all types but is primarily dominated by Real Estate firms, restaurants, drug stores, numerous boutiques and two major grocery stores.  On the whole, the Village offers homeowners the feeling of a small-town shopping district while it’s accessibility to Highway 13 lends itself easily to commuters to downtown Oakland, San Francisco and other outlying areas. 

The Montclair district offers some of the highest median home prices in Oakland and many homes have sweeping views of San Francisco and the Bay. It is also the home of some of the best schools in Oakland.

OAKLAND

Oakland is the 10th largest city in California and is ranked the 42nd largest city in the nation.  It is one of the busiest shipping centers in the state and the nation. Oakland lies on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay, three miles across the bay from San Francisco.

The character of the its neighborhoods continues to change as waves of migrants from within the United States and other countries relocate here.  Also, the changing economy lures more technically skilled workers to Oakland.

Its major pluses include fantastic weather, a diverse supply of architecturally unique homes-both old and new-and an improving school system with a rich tradition of parental involvement.
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