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Montclair Highlands Display Homes

Narragansett House

Narragansett House is a New England Colonial-style home in the Montclair Highlands Section on Balboa Drive, built as a model home the area in 1937.

The home opened in February 1937, by the end of the first week, 3500 people came to see it and by the end of April 1937 over 25,000 people had come to see it.

Oakland Tribune February 1937

 

  • Narragansett House
  •  Montclair Highlands
  • Colonial style
  • Emge and Stockman – Developer
  • Earl R McDonald – Architect
  • HC Capwells – Decorator
  • Opened February 1937
  • Still there
  • 5546 Balboa

Tomorrow’s Home Today – A Precision Built Home

Tomorrow’s Home Today was the first Oakland Home constructed under the Precision Built system and it opened December 1939.  It is located at the corner lot at  Balboa and Colton Blvd in Montclair Highlands, with a sweeping view of the San Francisco Bay. The home was sold by Montclair Realty Co.

“The walls and ceilings were built with Homasote, the oldest and strongest insulating and building board on the market.  The walls were prefabricated by the Precision-Built process in the shop of a local mill under standards of exacting accuracy which ensure tight joints, freedom from sagging and permanently crack-proof walls and ceilings”.  Oakland Tribune Jan 21, 1940

Oakland Tribune Dec 1939 and Jan 1940

 

  • Tomorrow’s Home Today
  • Montclair Highlands
  • Montclair Realty
  • John Wagenet – Architect
  • Mac Jordon – Builder
  • Arthur Cobbledick – Landscaper
  • Opened December 1939
  • 5500 Balboa Drive – still there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author:

I have been an Oakland history buff since going on an Oakland Heritage Alliance Tour of the Fernwood Neighborhood in the Montclair District of Oakland, in the mid-80's. On that tour, I learned that there use to be a train (Sacramento Northern) that ran through Montclair, in the early 1900's and that people lived the area as early as 1860's. I have been hooked ever since. Since then I have spent a lot of time looking into the history of Montclair and I have learned a lot. I feel this will be the best way to get it out of my head and onto paper.

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