Moving to piedmont

Hi we are going to be moving to piedmont. It happened all of a sudden. I don’t know much about the area (currently we are in glenview Oakland). Can someone tell me about the area?. I know they have pools, a park. I want to make sure we take advantage of everything our new city has to offer 

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I live in Piedmont, feel free to message me!

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Welcome to Piedmont! We've lived in Piedmont for over 10 years and have two kids- one at Beach Elementary and one at PHS.

Unfortunately due to the pandemic, some of the cities' offerings are not available to residents (or the public). These include the pool, Beach Playfield, and Witter Field(part of high school campus). Hampton Park and Coaches Field are good places to get outside with the family- but if a Piedmont Rec program is happening then those areas may be off-limits to the public. But, Piedmont Park is a big park with lots of grassy area and trees for kids to climb. There are many community organizations in Piedmont that are worth checking out, in addition to clubs affiliated with the schools. The Piedmont Recreation Department has a lot of creative offerings for kids of all ages. There's a FB page for Piedmont Families- join at your discretion--it's not for everyone. 

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"Read all about it!"... https://piedmont.ca.gov/

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Piedmont is a very nice city.  It's an island in Oakland.  It's upscale to very upscale with large mansions.  Schools are some of the best in the state.  And the parks, tennis courts, pool, walking trails are very nice. Piedmont has a subtle unspoken divide between lower Piedmont and upper Piedmont.  Your typical class snobbery nonsense. This divide can be difficult for kids in middle and especially high school.  And it can be much more difficult for the girls.  Piedmont schools are not without their sexual scandals.  There was the fantasy s... league which made national news that the school is still dealing with and an issue with a teacher. Some people really like Piedmont and love it others don't.  Give it a try.  I did, and found it wasn't for me.  But maybe you'll love it.  Hope this helps. 

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Hello! Even though I currently do not live in Piedmont anymore, growing up my living situation was very similar: I lived in glen view and then my family moved to Piedmont. The schools are great, as are their after school programs, it’s a very safe place to live and raise a family. The parks and pool (as you mentioned are lovely. I am running out of characters for this reply but if you have any further questions please feel free to ask me. Welcome, stay safe, take care!

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Look up the Piedmont Neighbors' and Newcomers' Club. If you have school-aged children I would recommend looking into the programs offered by the Piedmont BSA Council (family scouting). I'm also a fan of the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir. The Piedmont Recreation Department has closed its pools but they continue to offer safe outdoor programs to support parents and children. Kids around here are continuing to train with their swim and water polo teams but I'm not sure where they do it. You can try to reach out now or wait until you move in. I'd be surprised if the neighbors didn't come out of their homes to welcome you at the earliest opportunity!

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You won't be alone. Many Oakland residents move to Piedmont each year, usually so their children can attend school here. Although this year I've met some who came over because they felt their Oakland public school didn't handle remote learning well.

Piedmont has three banks, two gas stations, Dress for Less, a second hand store next to the pool and a tiny grocery store, Mulberries, a local institution. There are three pre-schools as well as many pre-school programs run by the parks department. Interestingly all three pre-schools are co-ops. The parks are clean and well cared for, I think they were all mentioned by others with the exception of Bear Park, aka Crocker Park. Don't know if Hall Ferway counts as a park but it is lovely. Davey's Tennis Stadium is in Piedmont but is a city of Oakland facility. Piedmont has lots of "secret" staircases and paths (city hall has a map) which makes it extra fun to take a walk in town. We also have three churches and a synogogue. 

Piedmont doesn't have a lot of thing though, no restaurants, no bars, no library, but the best hardware store around, Grand Lake Ace is in Piedmont. Piedmont Neighbors and New Comer's Club is way to get to know people in town on top of meeting friendly neighbors and informal block parties. I think it's great, especially the supper club piece. But they also host big parties, book groups and girls/guys nights out.

Piedmont Families on Face Book can be toxic. But it's social media so what can you expect?

The best part is that Glenview is so close, you can keep all your friends as well as make new ones.