Piedmont is a small residential city completely surrounded by Oakland. Incorporated in 1907, Piedmont was known as the “City of Millionaires” in the Roaring Twenties – at that time it had the most millionaires per capita in the united states. Many notables and magnates of the time built large and beautiful estates in the early part of the 20th Century.
Today, Piedmont is still one of the wealthiest and most beautiful communities in California. Known for it’s stately homes, tree lined streets, safety and exceptional public schools, Piedmont is an idyllic place to live and raise a family.
Piedmont has its own school district, fire department, and police services. It shares other services, like public library as an example, with Oakland. The roughly 11,000 residents of Piedmont enjoy the best of both worlds: peaceful small town living in a pretty setting, and close proximity to all the amenities San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley have to offer.
Jack London wrote Call of the Wild while living in a house on Blair Avenue in within the current boundaries of Piedmont – however since his time in Piedmont predated the incorporation of the town, he was never an official resident of Piedmont.