While Montclair is officially an Oakland district, it has a small town feel. In 1920, The boundaries go roughly from the Warren Freeway east to Skyline Blvd. and north from Joaquin Miller Park to Highway 24.
The homes—large Craftsman bungalows, shingled cottages, Prairie, period revivals, ranch-styles, and contemporary modern date from the 20’s through the 90s—are situated among the canyons and forested hillsides. A sizeable portion of the north end burned in the 1991 firestorm and has been rebuilt. Along the winding streets, many homes have large lots with lovely gardens and bay views.
The shopping district, referred to as Montclair Village, features quaint, one-of-a-kind shops which have often been owned by the same families for generations, professional services, and two major chain grocery stores. A Sunday Farmers’ Market is held on one of the main streets. The village is central to the neighborhood, and it is clear from the local cafes, which are always busy and which sport dogs tied to parking meters out front, that this is a place people come to meet with friends and neighbors. The local public schools are high performing and several regional parks are within minutes as is the educational Chabot Science Center.
A lovely forested horticultural nursery lies on Thornhill Road (formerly a toll dirt road that went over the hill down to current Pinehurst Road into Moraga).
Freeway access is a breeze whether you are traveling east, west, north or south, making Montclair convenient to just about anywhere in the Bay Area.
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