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Keith, Real Estate Pro in Berkeley, CA

Is there much difference in regards to home values/character between 94611 and 94610 in Piedmont?

Asked by Keith, Berkeley, CA Fri May 11, 2007

Sometimes, homes on a street will have a different character or style than the adjacent street and might be more/less desirable - I've seen this in SF. Is there any instance of this in Piedmont's zipcodes of 94611 vs. 94610? Maybe one is more desirable than the other - if so, why?

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There is certainly a range of styles and values in Piedmont from distinctive and stunning homes selling for 5 milliion plus and small two bedrooms selling in the mid 700's. 94611 covers the most area in Piedmont and thus covers some of the most desirable areas. For example, a lot of families like to be within walking distance to the Piedmont Rec center, pool and the schools. The area on both sides of Highland Ave and down Oakland Ave is in 94611. However, one of the most prestigious streets in Piedmont is Seaview Ave. which is in 94610. 94611 also includes "Baja" Piedmont which is on the West side of Grand Ave. The homes are a bit more reasonable in price and the residents pride themselves on being the friendliest neighborhood in Piedmont. 94611 also includes the hills of Piedmont which provide stunning bay views. Of course, it is a long walk to the rec center and pool! It is very competitve in Piedmont - lots of multiple offers for the homes under $2,000,000. Most of my buyers don't really care about the zip code, they are most focused on finding a reasonably priced starter home in Piedmont with at least two bathrooms.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 12, 2011
I respectfully disagree with many of the answers below. 10 and 11 can be quite different, both in terms of value and character of the homes. Both zips cover a range of areas, but generally speaking there is not much similar between 10 and 11 - they are very, very different areas. 10 covers Rockridge and Piedmont, which are quite different from one another. Both upscale and generally considered desirable, but very different schools, sizes of homes and scale. 11 covers much of Montclair, which was developed in an entirely different era, and has a different geological makeup. 11 also covers part of the area affected by the Oakland fire, which devastated acres of housing stock that was largely replaced/rebuilt new in the early 90's. If you are looking for a modest Craftsman that is walking distance to amenities, with sidewalks and good schools, you are looking in 10. If you are looking for grand Craftsman or traditional homes and great schools, you are looking at Piedmont. If you want a Sierra Foothills feeling, with trees and nature, you are looking in the 11'a. If you want a McMansion, newer construction, toney upscale feeling with views...you get my drift. So, it's not just the zipcode, it's the micro market within the zipcode.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 18, 2012
Tomi--You're answering a different question--are there differences between those two zips in Oakland? The question was whether, IN PIEDMONT, there is a difference between the 94611 and 94610 subareas. I'd say not. There is a small portion of 94618 in Piedmont--it has a Montclair or Marin-ish feel. 60s and 70s homes; no sidewalks.
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Here is a zip code boundary map of Piedmont:

http://www.zipmap.net/California/Alameda_County/Piedmont.htm

I would have to say that both zip codes have an equal ballance between prestigious homes and modest upper-middle class homes. 94611 simply covers a larger geographic portion of Piedmont. Geographically, the eastern half of Piedmont generally contains the more prestigious homes located on larger plots of land. Many of these homes also have amazing views of SF.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 6, 2011
Nice houses are very expensive in Piedmont. You can shoehorn into a tiny place for the Piedmont schools, value maintenance, tax base and public services in areas that are essentially Montclair or Piedmont AVE, Oakland.... it's not necessarily defined by zip.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 2, 2008
Hi Keith - I live in the 94611 and work in both area codes. I have found that the Piedmont and the Montclair sides are great places to live. It is dependent on what you are looking for and what you need for your cirumstances. Send me a note at jatherton@apr.com if you are looking in these areas. I can assist you with your search. Best! Jennifer Atherton, Realtor, Alain Pinel Realtors, Montclair, Oakland, CA
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