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The Montclair District in Oakland is a wooded, hillside neighborhood best known for its sweeping, panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding areas. It is populated by luxurious houses mixed with more modest real estate of every conceivable architecture, all tucked into a lush canyon area that boasts an impressive mix of friendly, safe neighborhoods coupled with a sense of quiet solitude.
The houses for sale in this area are designed to capture views from all angles—watery sunsets, the Golden Gate Bridge, the heights of Skyline ridge, or forested glens. Minutes away in every direction you will find park trails, majestic redwoods and abundant wildlife, as well as some of the most highly-rated public schools in the entire bay area. Nestled amongst winding, canyon roads and tall pine, redwood and manzanita trees, one comes home to an appealing "Tahoe atmosphere"—whether the house you choose is a rustic cottage hideaway, an elegant Spanish Tudor, or a post-modern style, million dollar home.
Yet Montclair village is a leisurely walk or short drive down the hill for shopping convenience, and the rich diversity, restaurants and vibrant nightlife of downtown Oakland is only 15 minutes away. San Francisco is less than 16 miles away, easily accessible by both car and ample public transportation options.
Where is Montclair Located?
There is no formal border for Montclair, but the general neighborhood boundary extends out from Montclair Village, ending at the City of Piedmont border to the west, Highway 24 and the Caldecott Tunnel to the north, the Contra Costa County border to the east, and Joaquin Miller Road to the south.
Highway 13 has several exits leading to and from the district—Broadway Terrace, Moraga Avenue/ Thornhill, Park Boulevard, and Joaquin Miller Road. A short drive south on Moraga takes you to Piedmont Avenue, a popular shopping district with restaurants, shopping and a movie theater.
Other popular destinations nearby include the Grand Avenue/ Lakeshore area at the top of Lake Merritt, home to more movies, bars, dining and shops, and the Rockridge area, which offers the nearest BART station for Montclair commuters, as well as many excellent eateries, cafes and bookstores along College Avenue.
Things to do in Montclair
In addition to the abundant choices for entertainment and eating out in surrounding neighborhoods, all within a 10 minute radius from Montclair, the village itself is a quaint shopping district with every amenity: several supermarkets, ample parking, and most major banks represented by branches known for providing a friendly, small-town feel. There are no less than four coffee and tea shops in Montclair village, both the requisite Starbucks and Peet's, as well as delightful alternatives such as Sophie's Cuppa Tea and Nelly's Java.
On Sunday mornings a vibrant farmer's market takes over the block of LaSalle between Mountain Boulevard and Moraga Avenue, and many families and neighbors use it as a time to chat and wander, meet up with friends, and buy fresh, organic produce. The area is a paradise for hiking and nature enthusiasts too, with much of the surrounding area falling under the jurisdiction of East Bay Regional Parks. Both Tilden and Redwood Regional Park offer over 50 miles of trails that are friendly to mountain bikes, dogs and children, as well as offering breathtaking views of the bay to the west and Contra Costa valley to the east.
To get away and find less populated trails is easy. Residents looking to explore roads less traveled minutes from their front door will find nearly endless supply of serene, well-marked hikes full of wildflowers and sites of historical significance. The first settlers to establish themselves in the greater San Francisco Bay area brought much of the wood and mined ore for building from this region. For centuries before that, the land was populated by the native Ohlone tribe. Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve is another natural site of interest. At its center the 10-million-year-old volcano, Round Top, now forms one of the highest peaks in the area, at 1763 feet above sea level.
Montclair Area Schools
The neighborhood includes several highly ranked public schools, making it an extremely desirable real estate location to buy and sell homes. Montclair Elementary and Thornhill Elementary are both described as "gems" by parents, with great teachers and Principals, and strong, active PTAs. Joaquin Miller Elementary and Montera Junior High on Ascot Drive also enjoy high marks from students and parents for providing a good education with effective teachers who really care about the students they teach.
Montclair is located in Oakland's Councilmember District 4.
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Listing information last updated on October 22nd, 2020 at 7:16pm PDT.