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Le Mon Park Section of Piedmont Pines

The name Le Mon Park comes from R.F.D. Le Mon, a New York capitalist, who made his home there a few years ago after purchasing a large amount of land to develop and build beautiful residences. 

Taken from Le Mon Park for the Oakland Tribune Year Book 1938

Trip to Oakland

In 1935 R.F.D. Le Mon (Lemon), a retired Capitalist from New York, came to Oakland searching for real estate to develop and build fine homes. He found the perfect site high up in the Oakland hills with a magnificent panorama of Oakland, the bay, and beyond. He called it Le Mon Park. 

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Oakland Tribune June 20, 1937

Le Mon purchased 60 acres of panoramic view property, in the heart of Piedmont Pines on Castle Drive and Cornwall Court.

” With an elevation ranging from 1300 to 1400 feet, Le Mon Park in Piedmont Pines commands a view of which its residents can never be deprived.”

Oakland Tribune

it’s only a 15-minute drive to the center of things.”

Oakland Tribune


I’ll take it

In a 1937 interview Le Mon recalls his trip to Oakland.

“I was rambling through the pine clad hills,” Le Mon relates when I came across a residence in the course of construction and occupying a magnificent site and commanding view on Ascot Court. In the spur of the moment, he said, “I’ll take it,”

Oakland Tribune Jun 20, 1937

and he did.

The Model Homes

  • Coronation House – 1937
  • Villadora – The House of Gold – 1937
  • Fremont House – 1937
  • Penthouse – 1938
  • Weybridge Gables – 1938
  • Chateau Longue-Vue – 1939
  • Maison Normandie – 1940

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The End


I grew up in the Montclair District of Oakland, CA. I attended Thornhill Elementary School, Montera Junior High, Skyline High School, and spent some time at Merritt College.

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