Montclair – Oakland Neighborhood
Oakland is known for its commitment to sustainability, and by all indications, the city’s Montclair Village appears intent on carrying out the spirit of this commitment.
Montclair Village, also known as Montclair District, gives off a distinctly nature-friendly vibe. Located in the upper areas of the Oakland Hills, this heavily forested community has a mountain resort feel with its picturesque winding streets lined with shady trees and flower-decked gardens.
This predominantly residential community takes pride in its laid-back, rural appeal made more interesting by a lively mix of leisure and entertainment opportunities.
Living in Montclair
Montclair Village attracts everyone from empty nesters to young families who enjoy the community’s small-town feel. The median income of Montclair residents is about three times that of the city of Oakland’s. Nearly 70% of the population are married couples, and the median age is about 44 years.
The community’s traditional neighborhood vibe is enhanced by tennis and swimming clubs, a library, and a pitch and putt golf course. Nearby parks, such as Sibley Regional Park, Joaquin Miller Park and Redwood Regional Park offer excellent hiking and biking trails.
Montclair also hosts several highly rated schools such as Montclair and Joaquin Miller elementary schools and Montera Middle School.
It has a very active village association that undertakes regular greening and beautification programs along with other community projects. One of the village’s distinct features is a flexible and free parking facility that aims to, among others, reduce the noise, pollution and traffic that often comes with the difficulty in finding a parking space.
The community hotspot is Montclair Village, a shopping center that caters to residents’ needs.
Montclair, Oakland Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Single-family homes dominate the real estate market in Montclair, with only a small number of condominiums or apartments in the area. Most of these homes are sprawled on thousands of square feet of well-tended and manicured land. The large individual lots and thick foliage of mature pine and eucalyptus trees offer ample privacy and seclusion.
Architectural types vary widely, from Craftsman bungalows to story book and split-level style homes to classic Tudors and Mid-Century Modern homes. The area also has its fair share of early 1900s mansions and multi-acre estates, originally owned by wealthy San Francisco residents who came to Montclair for summer vacations and weekend retreats.
Most homes were built from the 1940s to the 1970s, with as many as six to nine rooms each.
Amenities and Attractions
The neighborhood of Fernwood within Montclair Village offers the annual Fernwood Walking Tour, which takes participants on a popular trick-or-treating route. Along the way, you will get the chance to see some of the community’s most beautiful historical homes.
Other attractions and events in and near Montclair include:
- Lake Temescal Park – a regional recreation park excellent for picnics, hiking, and other activities
- The Oakland Library Montclair Branch – originally constructed in 1930, it has been expanded into the 3,900-square foot facility that it is today
- Montclair Village Farmer’s Market held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Chabot Space and Science Center
- Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club