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Piedmont is a small semi-suburban city completely surrounded by the city of Oakland. Piedmont is surrounded on all sides by the city of Oakland. Specifically, Piedmont’s northwestern border is adjacent to Oakland’s Piedmont Ave commercial district. Piedmont borders Oakland’s historic Grand Lake District (Lakeshore and Grand Avenue commercial districts) to the southwest, the quaint and rustic Montclair District to the northeast, and the Crocker Highlands and Glenview Districts to the south.

Incorporated in 1907 and significantly developed in the 1920s-1930s Piedmont was known as the ‘City of Millionaires’ in the 1920s because there were more millionaires per square mile than in any city in the United States. Many of these millionaires built mansions that still stand, notably on Sea View Avenue and Sotelo Avenue/Glen Alpine Road in ‘Alta’ Piedmont. Piedmont is almost entirely single family homes and has a small shopping center. Piedmont provides it own fire, police, parks and recreational services but shares the public library and post office with neighboring Oakland. Piedmont schools are considered highly rated and has a long standing popular Annual 4th of July parade.

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