LIVING NEAR PIEDMONT AVENUE
An insider’s view on living
in the PIEDMONT AVENUE neighborhood
Zip code » 94611
Best thing about living in the Piedmont Avenue Area is » Everyone will know your name!
Biggest challenge » Parking can be tough in the residential area during peak hours.
What new neighbors moving into the area should know » You have everything that you need and more on the Avenue!
TwinHill’s favorite spot in or around Piedmont Avenue » Adesso’s happy hour—a little known secret is that they have amazing truly Italian fare that is free during happy hour!
Helpful links »
Piedmont Avenue is an affluent and vivacious Oakland neighborhood named after the main commercial avenue in the neighborhood. Not to be confused with the city of Piedmont, Piedmont Avenue is inherently Oakland with its diverse blend of people, upscale specialty shops, restaurants and sense of community. The shopping area and retail section of the Avenue is at the epicenter of a neighborhood that has beautiful homes, luxury condos and apartment buildings.
There is everything you need within the neighborhood. Whether you are picking up groceries, dropping off dry cleaning, or perusing the many boutiques, everyone on Piedmont Avenue will know your name and stop you to chat about local happenings. The Avenue is truly the pulsating heart of the neighborhood and is the perfect place to go have an espresso at a sidewalk café, or enjoy a gourmet meal. There are a multitude of restaurants to choose from. Residents can enjoy a salumni plate and glass of wine at Adesso, a casual lunch at Cato’s Ale House, or an elegant meal at Michelin Star rated Commis.
At one end of Piedmont Avenue is the picturesque Mountain View Cemetery and Julia Morgan designed Chapel of the Chimes. The cemetery spans over 226 acres of hills. Many residents enjoy this area for peaceful moments, jogging, and overlooking the view of the Bay.
Location & Commute
Piedmont Avenue is bordered by Broadway to the west, the City of Piedmont to the east, Interstate 580 to the south and Mountain View Cemetery to the north.
Piedmont Avenue is conveniently located near 580, making it accessible to drivers to commute quickly to San Francisco, and the North and South Bays. It is definitely a neighborhood that a car is not needed, however. Residents can easily walk or ride their bike to nearby popular neighborhoods in Oakland, including Uptown or Grand Lake. Public transportation is also readily available to residents. There are AC Transit bus lines within the neighborhood and an express bus that takes passengers directly to the Transbay Terminal in Downtown San Francisco. There are also nearby BART stations within walking distance.
Schools near Piedmont Avenue
Piedmont Avenue is located in Oakland, thus is a part of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). There are many public, private and charter schools in Oakland and cities surrounding Oakland. The public schools in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) can be somewhat complicated to navigate, which is why it is important to discuss your different options with TwinHill when selecting a neighborhood to purchase a home. In OUSD priority is generally given to students who live within the neighborhood boundary for the school, and top priority also goes to siblings of current students. Visit the OUSD Map to view the neighborhood schools for Piedmont Avenue. Piedmont Avenue Elementary School, Catholic Church of Saint Leo the Great and Park Day are all in the near vicinity of Piedmont Avenue.
Many parents may opt for a charter or private school. Link here for a comprehensive list of charter schools. There are also several top private education options nearby. Link here for a full list of nearby private schools.