A Tour Through the Piedmont Area of Oakland, CA

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

A Photographic Tour Through the Piedmont Area of Oakland, CA

The French Cleaners in the Piedmont area of Oakland CATaking a stroll with a camera without any sort of agenda, especially in an unfamiliar but very cool area, is great fun, at least for me. You never know what you might find, and somehow having a camera makes discovery that much more intriguing.

Somehow you notice more that way where otherwise you simply might have walked on without a second thought.

This tour is a random collection of architecture, street scenes, signage, store fronts and interiors and a bunch of other stuff I simply found interesting. You gain a perspective on how the locals live, what they enjoy doing, and the places they shop and eat.

And the camera allows you to preserve the memories and the experience after you have moved on. And to share with others.

Piedmont is a very cool area of Oakland, with loads of interesting shops, eateries and services.

Adesso is a terrific Oakland wine bar - well worth a stop for a drink and perhaps a bite to eat.

Wall mural in the Piedmont area of Oakland CA

There are some very popular and excellent restaurants on the street - Bay Wolf and Dopo (older companion restaurant to Adesso, both Italian), to name just a couple - a marvelous French bakery (and interestingly a French Cleaners nearby - that was a new one), antique shops, gift shops, and so much more.

The architecture in this area of California is so different from Southern California where I live, and always reminds me of favorite areas of Boston - Cambridge and Somerville, for example. So a few pics are of interesting architecture and embellishments I noticed along the way.

Today we head off to China Town, and who knows where else. More on that later.

Enjoy the tour. And if you ever get to Oakland, check out Piedmont. Similar to Berkeley, but smaller and more of a neighborhood IMO.

Comments (9)

Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Great tour.. I send a lot of your blogs to my daughter in Oceanside.. :)

Apr 17, 2011 06:34 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Great Localism spot Jeff. You really did a wonderful job with this photo tour of the Piedmont area of Oakland.

Apr 17, 2011 06:42 AM
Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

Jeff, Loved the tour! Thanks for sharing.

Apr 17, 2011 09:51 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff I was stationed in Alameda in the early 70's so I got to see a lot of Oakland.  It looks like they have made some big improvements from those days :)

Apr 17, 2011 10:32 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Shelia - I'm flattered that you do. Thanks

Craig - the compliment is very much appreciated.

Keith - glad you enjoyed it. The walk itself was about 4 hours!

George - Oakland is really changing from I can see, at least in some areas.


Apr 17, 2011 01:05 PM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Enjoy the Bay Area.....lots to see and quit different from Southern California as you noted!  I grew up in LA and moved north in 1978....LOVE it and Piedmont is a great area and has some very impressive homes!!

Apr 17, 2011 02:53 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeff, I really enjoyed this. I haven't been in that area for a few years and it does look so different from here. That Victorian home is awesome. 

Apr 17, 2011 03:09 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Jeff - That's a really nice presentation of businesses and resources in that area of Oakland.  I haven't been to Piedmont in over a decade.  Your pictures make me feel like it is time for a revisit.

Apr 17, 2011 03:46 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Great feeling for being in Piedmont for an easterner....great pics as always

Apr 18, 2011 11:23 PM

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