7.6 out of 10

Claremont

37.8620966017093 -122.231786045865
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
2yrs+

"Home to Oakland's most exclusive resort"

Located on the northernmost tip of Oakland, Claremont is known for its primary attraction, the Claremont Hotel Club and Spa. The hotel is tucked away in the hilly streets of Oakland, but perched on the border of the Berkeley hillside. It features a historically majestic resort with views overlooking the beautiful San Francisco bay. The hotel boasts plenty of amenities for its clientele including larger than life banquet plazas, 279 rooms, three restaurants, a fitness center, tennis courts and three outdoor pools. The resort also hosts a myriad of special events, including weddings, holiday festivities and large business dinners.

Outside the hotel, lies a small, middle-class community with windy streets and quaint, leafy sidewalks. The neighborhood is considerably close to the UC Berkeley Campus, to which case hosts many of its administrators and teachers. In many ways, the district is more a part of the Berkeley hills than it is Oakland, fostering many of the same progressive characteristics and aesthetic appeal. Claremont Avenue is its most notable street, weaving its way down from the Oakland hills and cutting into Berkeley’s downtown community.

For those using public transit, Rockridge bart station also serves the neighborhood to the greater Alameda county. For those traveling by car, the neighborhood is convenient to Highway 24, which connects the area to greater downtown Oakland.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Big City Convenience with Small Town Charm"

I have lived in this city for six years now and my husband grew up here, moved away for a while and chose to move back. I enjoy the look and feel of Claremont. The quaint tree-lined streets (and as one of the "Tree Cities" with over 2,000,000 trees in the community it's hard NOT to find a tree-lined street), the neighborhood parks where young and old gather and the vibrant and thriving intellectual and artistic community are all features of this area that make it something special.

There aren't many communities in Southern California that still have 4th of July parades down the main street, kicked off by kids on their bicycles, babies in wagons folks just walking arm in arm all decked out in their patriotic best.

It is also the first place I've ever lived where neighbors really do have block parties, folks sit in their front yards watching their kids at play and enjoying each others company and many a summer's eve is spent on leisurely walks to the local ice cream parlor and candy store Burt & Rocky's, as much for the enticement of their homemade treats as it is for the beauty of the night.

Fall is heralded and welcomed with Village Venture (held on the last Saturday in October every year in the Downtown Village area) a huge craft fair and arts festival where they shut down the streets in the center of town to everything but foot traffic and folks come from far and wide to pick up unique gifts, listen to the musicians and enjoy seeing the kids and their pets in their Halloween costumes.

The vibe here is truly special. I love living in Claremont and really think anyone else would too!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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