Welcome to Piedmont, California
Piedmont is a primarily residential community with
fine architecture and tree-lined streets. Due to
its exceptional 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.
In the 1920s, Piedmont was known as the City
of Millionaires because there were more resident
millionaires per square mile than in any city in
the United States. Many of these millionaires built
mansions that still stand today.
Piedmont is largely zoned for residential use. It
has one intimate commercial district in the center
of town along Highland Avenue consisting of a gas
station, three banks, some professional offices
and a small convenience store. The city is served
by two local weekly newspapersthe citizen-run
Piedmont Post, and the Piedmonter, a neighborhood
newspaper organized under the Contra Costa Times
news organization. Piedmont also has several beautiful
parks and a community center and offers numerous
hometown celebrations including its
annual 4th of July parade.
Official city website: ci.piedmont.ca.us
foot of the hills in Italian, sits at the base
of the Oakland Hills and almost centrally in regards
to the Bay Areas fuller shape, putting it
nearly directly across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco,
and very close to Berkeley.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the
city has a total area of 1.7 miles with 10,952 people,
3,804 households, and 3,104 families residing in
Piedmonts major streets include Oakland Avenue,
which runs from Piedmonts small city center
down into Oakland, Highland Avenue, Moraga Avenue,
which runs near the citys northern border,
and Grand Avenue, which runs near Piedmonts
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 a
few California public school systems to achieve
such success. This can be largely attributed to
the dedicated population of parents.
Piedmont voters regularly approve bond measures
earmarked for maintaining and/or improving educational
facilities. For example, Witter Field, home of the
Piedmont Highlanders, was rebuilt over a period
of years (1998-2000) improving it from the older
facility to a newer (and markedly improved) one.
Similar improvements have been made to the fields
adjacent to the Beach Elementary School.
Christi School (Private School)- Grades:
K - 8
1 Estates Dive, Piedmont, 510.530.4056
School (Private School)- Grades: K - 8
5201 Park Boulevard, Piedmont, 510.530.7909
Theatre, Oakland, 510.464.5980,