piedmont pines

An insider’s view on living
in Piedmont Pines

Zip code » 94611

Best thing about living in Piedmont Pines is »
The forest like setting! It is quiet and peaceful.

Biggest challenge » The forest like setting! It lacks shopping, nightlife, and public transportation. (But don’t worry, restaurants and other shopping can be found minutes away in neighboring Montclair.)

What new neighbors moving into the area should know » This is a fantastic neighborhood for those who work in or around the East Bay, but want to live in a woodsy, peaceful environment.

TwinHill’s favorite spot in or around Piedmont Pines » Chabot Space and Science Center.

Helpful links:
♥  Current Piedmont Pines Stats
♥  Oakland Unified School District
♥  Research Great Schools

Piedmont Pines is a luxurious residential neighborhood nestled in the scenic hills of Oakland, California. Many of the luxury homes are exquisitely preserved or freshly renovated, prairie and Craftsman style originally built in the 1950’s. There are also quite a few lots available for new construction. All of the classic properties in Piedmont Pines lie in the hills among lush pine and redwood trees. This forest like setting lends itself to a rustic mountain town feel—very hard to find in the Bay Area! The vast majority of the homes are luxury residential properties around  $1M.

Piedmont Pines is a fantastic location for young families or others that enjoy a peaceful setting and appreciate nature. While it is not within walking distance of shopping or restaurants, there are miles and miles of hiking trails. The neighborhood is surrounded by parks and trails within the East Bay Regional Park District. Joaquin Miller Park and Redwood Regional Park border Piedmont Pines, offering hikes and redwoods as a respite from the bustle of the Bay.

Location & Commute

Piedmont Pines is located in the hills of Oakland in a woodsy, residential area. The neighborhood is just above Highway 13, which borders the eastern side of Piedmont Pines. Shepherd Canyon Rd. borders the northern side of the neighborhood and Joaquin Miller Park borders the southern side of Piedmont Pines. Piedmont Pines shares a zip code with the northern bordering community of Montclair, but they are separate neighborhoods. Montclair is just a quick drive away and one of the closest areas to go for shopping, (some) nightlife and excellent restaurants.

You would not want to live in this area without a vehicle, but it is conveniently located for the amount of privacy that you get. Although it feels like you are in the middle of a quiet oasis, Piedmont Pines is actually closer to the action of Oakland, San Francisco and the other surrounding cities than you may think! Apart from busy commute times, Highway 13 will quickly connect residents to Interstates 580 and 880 to get to Oakland, San Francisco or the South Bay, or Highway 24 to get to Walnut Creek and beyond.

Piedmont Pines Schools

Piedmont Pines is located in Oakland, not Piedmont, and therefore is part of the 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 Pines. Public schools that are popular in OUSD may be competitive for students from other neighborhoods to attend.

Joaquin Miller Elementary School is a public school in the area with an excellent reputation. Montera Middle School and Skyline High School are also public schools in Piedmont Pines’ district. They are both impressive pubic schools. However, many people in Piedmont Pines may choose to send their children to a charter or private school. Here is a link to charter schools in Oakland.

There are many private schools in the area, and two that are conveniently located to Piedmont Pines. Nearby private k-8 Bentley School has an impeccable reputation for academic rigor and students who excel. They also have a high school program that is in nearby Lafayette. Head-Royce School is another admired k-12 private school, which is a quick commute from Piedmont Pines. It is diverse, has excellent academics, and a student-faculty ratio of 8:1.