All that said, it is certainly a very beautiful, generally peaceful area with many families with young children living near me. The tradeoff for the steep lots is often incredible views. Although I am not a parent, the local primary schools have excellent reputations from all the reports I hear. Finally, although somewhat rarer, there ARE properties available that are on flatter lots, or are upslope from the street and have some flat protected back yard area. In fact, my friends with a newborn recently bought just such a property and are very happy. And of course, because of the tradeoffs like not necessarily being able to walk to a shopping area and having to be careful on the streets, houses here are generally cheaper than for comparable properties in similar quality neighborhoods in the flats. Hope that helps!
The Oakland hills can be lovely and very earthy feeling with lots of nature for kids to grow up around. The neighborhoods there can also feel a little isolating. Think about navigating the hills and trees in the dead of a winter rain storm with a baby in the stroller or car. If the thought delights you, by all means, go for it. Maybe youâ€™re the type of person who can really unwind and relax in a beautiful and private setting. Itâ€™s such a personal call. Iâ€™d say go to open houses and see how it feels to drive around the streets. Ask friends of friends who have kids how they like it. And then, ultimately, youâ€™ll have to decide for yourselves how living there will be.
Know that our climate in this neck of the woods is simply amazing. Most of us don't have air conditioning -- we don't need it
Several places to choose from....depending on your requirements, budget range, lifestyle. For example, Rockridge is another wonderful possibility. And of course, there's Piedmont.
Here's a good start: Montclair Village of shops, restaurants, etc is an excellent way to discover the area. Come during the Farmers' Market and discover for yourself
Let me know if you need more information and how I may help you.