Montclair is located in the hills east of Piedmont in a valley formed by the Hayward Fault. Although there is no formal definition of the neighborhood, the general boundaries are Highway 24 to the north, Skyline Boulevard to the east, and Joaquin Miller Road to the south. The “Piedmont side of Montclair”, west of Highway 13, runs along the borders of Piedmont and Upper Rockridge.
The center of the neighborhood is a busy, pedestrian-friendly shopping district known as Montclair Village, which is located next to Highway 13 along Mountain Boulevard. With a large public park, library, two major supermarkets, a large variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and professional businesses, Montclair Village has become a destination in its own right. Every Sunday there is farmers market on LaSalle Avenue, filled with local produce and artisan-prepared foods. Also within a short drive are the thriving shopping districts of College, Lakeshore, Grand and Piedmont Avenues. Easy freeway access puts you in Orinda/Lafayette in 10 minutes and to San Francisco in less than half-an-hour. The Rockridge BART station is also 10 minutes away.
The hills of Montclair are heavily forested, and generally characterized by winding streets and large single-family houses. Although there are a few older homes, built in the 1920-30’s, most were built in the 1950’s-60’s and reflect the contemporary styles of that time, with a wooden, Tahoe-like appeal. In 1991, the Oakland Hills fire destroyed much of the northern Montclair Hills housing stock, so subsequent building has given that area a new character with larger homes in a wide variety of architectural styles. Many of these high-end properties have unobstructed, sweeping views of San Francisco and the Bay.
The feeling of living in nature, and particularly with the East Bay Regional Parks almost at their doorstep, is a big draw for most of Montclair’s residents. And yet, all the conveniences of modern city life—and a thriving metropolis—are only minutes away.