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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Just now

"A sparkling gem in The Bay"

A fabulous town full of character and charm. 1 in 3 residents has obtained a masters or higher. No two houses seem the same. The opposite of McMansion hell. Rolling hills full of homes with views. Few sidewalks, but located near some stunning parks like Joaquin Miller and Redwood regional. Minutes away from Walnut Creek and Berkeley.

Crimes of opportunity occur on occasion, but I generally feel safe here. Very safe. Love the small town vibe. It's just the best place in all The Bay if you ask me.
Pros
  • Beautiful Views
  • Great Homes
  • Woody
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Just now

"Affordable, but without the bells and whistles"

The pros: affordability. San Lorenzo is a centrally located community primarily built of tract homes.
Most of which have just a handful of different floor plans.
Centrally located between Silicon Valley and Oakland. An 11 mile drive from Pleasanton, which is lovely.
You will get the most bang for the buck in this location.

Safety, peace and quiet are relative. Constant fireworks in the evening that are often mistaken for gunshots. Lots of burnouts from idiots driving late at night. This is a very working class community. It's similar to Berkeley without the artsy vibe and cool stores. Half of the town is lined with trees while the rest are stark. Some really cute homes and some that just aren't anything special.

Yes, tons of empty lots. Awful public schools. Great private school option is Redwood Christian High School.

One of the worst aspects of San Lorenzo is that it's unincorporated. The police often take a bit to arrive in times of need.

This is a great place to live if you're not interested in walkability, boutiques, or charming neighborhoods.
Pros
  • Affordability for Bay Area Standards
  • great weather
Cons
  • Unincorporated
  • Lacks charm
  • Not very clean
  • no shopping
  • old, lots of things outdated
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Just now

"An Oasis, yet close to the city"

Piedmont Pines is not located within the Piedmont neighborhood, but it's nearby.

This neighborhood is friendly, clean, and like a smaller version of Lake Tahoe. The homes consist of many types of architectural gems. Something to appreciate when McMansions seem to be taking over the country. What beats well built homes amongst the hills and trees?! Everything from Modern to rustic.

Yes, this place lacks sidewalks and nightlife, but that's more of a reason to love it. We moved from a more an urban part of the East Bay known as San Lorenzo. While Piedmont Pines isn't immune to occasional crime like burglaries, there absolutely is a lack of overall crime in comparison to places like Hayward, Castro Valley, and San Leandro. Violent crime is most likely a rarity. I have yet to hear or see anything of the sort.

Don't hesitate to move here. You'll have no regrets! If you desire a bit more walkability, then look for homes closer to the Montclair Village part of town, otherwise, you'll be a short stone throw away.

There's two High Schools here: Skyline and Montclair. Skyline is a bit more diverse and lower on the ratings, but not a terrible school. The middle and elementary schools are some of the best in the Bay!
Pros
  • Close to Berkeley, Walnut Creek, San Francisco
  • Great Hiking
  • Great Schools
  • Nice Homes
  • Woody
  • Woody Ski-Resort Type Living
Cons
  • A Bit Secluded
  • Expensive
  • Narrow Lanes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

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