The real estate of Piedmont Avenue
is center stage to one of the Bay Area's more diverse neighborhoods. It is a unique main street evocative of a different era, offering independent stores sitting side-by-side, just waiting to be discovered.
After stopping in to sneak a peek at one of the many unique gift stores, you can make your way up the street to the neighborhood's crowning glory, as unique and unconventional as the area it hovers above: a cemetery! Sharing the same architect
who designed New York City's Central Park, the Mountain View Cemetery
spreads out along 226 acres of soft hills, allowing for amazing views of the surrounding city in addition to the handsome monuments to California's elite and infamous alike. Unusually lively for a cemetery, people flock here to jog, roll the baby in the stroller, run the dog a bit, and even have a soccer practice or two. The lively arts are alive and well in the nearby Chapel of the Chimes
that doubles as a venue for memorials and musical concerts. The ornate hall has some of the best acoustics in the Bay Area.
All that walking around is a great excuse to stop into La Farine
, a wonderful French bakery, grab French takeout from Gregoire
, or a sandwich from AG Ferrari
. Or, if it's homemade salumi you are after, Adesso
is establishing itself as a destination unto itself. Homestead
offers a refined menu, while the fantastic wine list at Dopo
adds to their fun and sophisticated atmosphere.
A wide range of generations and lifestyles, the locals here love all this neighborhood has to offer, especially given that they can run all their errands without having to ever step into their car. Many of the people that live in the area have been here for years and the familiar greetings along the sidewalks add to an overall satisfied atmosphere.