Posted in History, Oakland Tracts

Ardsley Heights

Ardsley Heights is part of Bella Park and is now considered part of Ivy Hill. The streets of Ardsley Heights are Park Blvd, East 28th Street, Bay View Avenue, Lake View Avenue Elliot Street and East 34th Street.

Ardsley Heights Tract Map
Blocks G&H of Bella Vista Park
1912

From Earth Sciences and Map Library, University of California, Berkeley

Ardsley Heights went on sale October 1912 by the Realty Syndicate.

  • Adjoining F.M. Smith’s home
  • Directly across from the Home Club
  • Twelve Minutes by car from Broadway
Oakland Tribune Oct 12, 1912
Oakland Tribune Sep 1912
A sign advertising the Ardsley Heights tract Circa 1915
Cheney Photo Adv. Co., photographers.

Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room.
ohrphoto.districts.148

The above photo shows the house at 1011 Bay View Ave . I was built in 1915.

1011 Bay View DriveGoogle maps
Bayview Avenue between East 28th and Elliot Streets
in the Ardsley Heights tract, circa 1915

Cheney Photo Adv. Co., photographers.
Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room.
ohrphoto.districts.147.

The above photo shows the house at 985 Bay View Avenue –

985 Bay View Ave – Google Map
Park Boulevard in Ardsley Heights
c 1915
Cheney Photo Adv. Co., photographers.
Previously sold on ebay

View from Ardsley Heights

Showing the Home Club (later the German Pioneer Home) and the Smith Cottages (Home for Friendless Girls). The German Pioneer Home was demolished to make room for Oakland High School.

Home Club and Smith Cottages from Ardsley Heights
C 1915
Cheney Photo Adv. Co., photographers
Previously sold on ebay
Oakland Tribune Dec 28, 1919

I couldn’t find much on Ardsley Heights. I will update if I find more.

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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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