Piedmont is a small, residential community surrounded on all sides by the City of Oakland.
Piedmont is almost entirely zoned for single-family dwelling residential use. Piedmont has minimal commerce compared with statistically similar cities, and relies primarily on property taxes as a base. The city also has almost no multi-family or second (in-law) units. The city does have the small commercial district located on Highland Avenue and a small number of businesses are found on Grand Avenue near Piedmont’s southwest border with Oakland.
Located in the East Bay hills, Piedmont is surrounded on all sides by the city of Oakland. Piedmont provides its own fire and police services but does not have its own public library or federal post office; these services are shared with Oakland. Property taxes on Piedmont real estate are not shared with Oakland.