Posted in Model/Display Homes, Montclair

Silver Windows – Piedmont Pines

Oakland Tribune Jan 1937

“Silver Windows” was a display home in the Piedmont Pines section of Montclair. The home opened for public to see in 1936. The home was designed by F. Harvey Slocombe. It is on Darnby Drive.

Windows, from which one glimpses the bay through lofty pines are not the only feature of this new show home.

Oakland Tribune Dec 06, 1936
Oakland Tribune Dec 06, 1936

Sunlight through “Silver Windows”

Oakland Tribune Dec 13, 1936
Oakland Tribune Dec 13, 1936
Oakland Tribune Dec 1936

From the curved window in the living room you could see all of Oakland , plus two bridges,

Oakland Tribune Dec 1936
Oakland Tribune Dec 1936

The kitchen with its floors curving into the wall, eliminating dust gathering corners was of special interest to the women visitors. The kitchen was “all-metal” with a gleaming sink, drain board, work board and cabinets. Oakland Tribune Mar 19, 1937

Oakland Tribune Feb 14, 1937
Oakland Tribune Dec 1936

Silver Windows Today

Google maps

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Posted in Allendale, Maxwell Park, Model/Display Homes, Oakland Tracts

Allendale Terrace

Allendale Terrace is group of twenty-seven homes built east of High Street on Allendale Avenue. They were built and sold by K.A. Johnson.

Fifteen homes were ready for inspection in 1930. The area is most likely is considered Maxwell Park.

Oakland Tribune May 11, 1930

Twenty -seven unusually beautiful English designed homes. Five, six and seven rooms, basements, furnaces, water heaters and laundry rooms. Close to new schools.

All basements are sufficiently large to provide space for a social hall. The five room homes can be converted to six room homes by completing another room upstairs, the stairways are already built.

Oakland Tribune May 1930
Oakland Tribune May 1930

The homes of Allendale Terrace

Oakland Tribune Jun 1930
4808 Allendale – Today
Oakland Tribune Jun 1930
4722 Allendale Ave Today – Google Maps
Oakland Tribune Feb 1930
Oakland Tribune Mar 1930
4507 Allendale Today – Google Maps
4501 Allendale Ave -today

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Posted in Model/Display Homes, Oakland Tracts, Tract or Subdivisions

Claremont Circle

Oakland Tribune Sep 1935

Claremont Circle is a real estate development by the E.B. Field Company. It opened in 1935.

Oakland Tribune Sep 1935

Claremont Circle has magnificent panorama view of SF Bay, Golden Gate, Marin County and Mount Tamalpais

Oakland Tribune 1935
Oakland Tribune Sep 1935
Oakland Tribune Sept 1935
Oakland Tribune 1935
Oakland Tribune 1935

The homes of Claremont Circle

Oakland Tribune Aug 1936
38 Sonia Street
Oakland Tribune Sept 1936
No sure of the location
Oakland Tribune Oct 1936
No sure of the location

Wide Horizons Display Home

Oakland Tribune Feb 14, 1937
34 Sonia Street

In February of 1937 the E.B. Field Company held a contest to name their newest display home that opened. The winning name was “Wide Horizons”. The house was located at 34 Sonia Street

Oakland Tribune Mar 1937
Oakland Tribune Mar 1937
34 Sonia Street
34 Sonia Street – Google Maps
Oakland Tribune May 1937

Home of Today – Display Home – 58 Sonia Street

The Home of Today is located Claremont Circle a small real estate development by E.B. Fields Co. on Sonia Street. It opened in May of 1937. The address is 58 Sonia Street.

Oakland Tribune Apr 1937
58 Sonia Street

The Home of Today was designed and built by Earl R. MacDonald and Herman A. Schoening

Oakland Tribune May 1937
58 Sonia Street
Oakland Tribune May 1937
Oakland Tribune Apr 1937
Home of Today – Google Maps

64 Sonia Street

Oakland Tribune 1938
64 Sonia St today – Google Maps

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Posted in Home Building, Model/Display Homes, Oakland Tracts

Sunshine Court

Sunshine Court is group homes built by Pedigreed Home Builders in 1927

Each home had 4 or 5 rooms with separate garage, ranging in from $3950-$4550. 

Every Sunshine Court Home had a dining room set, gas range, Hoyt water heater, linoleum, curtain rods, bathroom fixtures and other time and money-saving extras.

The first six homes went on sale in May of 1927

  • 1425 Sunshine Court.
  • 1638 Sunshine Court.
  • 1645 Sunshine Court
  • 1651 Sunshine Court
  • 1657 Sunshine Court
  • 1665 Sunshine Court

Sunshine Court Model Home

“Le Petit Chateau” was located at 1665 Sunshine Court.   The home was completely furnished by  Montgomery Wards.

Oakland Tribune May 1927
1665 Sunshine Court
Oakland Tribune May 1927
1665 Sunshine Court
Oakland Tribune May 01, 1927
Oakland Tribune May 08, 1927

Sunshine Court – Oakland Local Wiki

Location of Sunshine Court

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Posted in Home Building, Model/Display Homes, Montclair Tracts

Forest Park – Homes

Just a few of the homes of Forest Park – I will update if I find more.

Oakland Tribune May 1927 – 6415 Oakwood Drive
Oakland Tribune May 1927 – 6415 Oakwood Drive
Oakland Tribune Feb 28, 1928
6415 Oakwood Drive
6415 Oakwood Drive – Present Day – Google maps
6415 Oakwood Drive – Google maps
The Forest Park Home of Benjamin Locket
Built in 1927
Original address was Box 411 Idlewild Drive
Now 7087 Thornhill Drive
7087 Thornhill Drive Present Day – Google Maps

Forest Park Mansion known as the Castle

The castle was the home of Col. Leonard Dunkel. Dunkel lived at 6708 Thornhill from about 1932 until his death in 1974.

Oakland Tribune Aug 12, 1928
Located at 6708 Thornhill Drive
Oakland Tribune Jun 26, 1955
6708 Thornhill Drive – Present Day – Google maps
Casa Bonita – Oakland Tribune May 1929
6760 Thornhill Drive – Google Maps

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Posted in Home Building, Model/Display Homes, Oakland Tracts

Beverly Terrace – The homes and more

Part 2 – Beverly Terrace -The Sunshine Tract –

When Beverly Terrance was put on the market MacArthur Blvd as we know it, was called Hollywood Blvd and was a part of the Lincoln Highway. At this time the Chevrolet Assembly Plant (now Eastmont Town Center) Fageol Motor Company (later Peterbilt and now Foothill Square) and the Pacific Tread Tire Company.

Cheney Photo Advertising c 1916
Ground breaking Pacific Tread Tire Company
Previously sold on ebay
Oakland Tribune 1936

The M.T. Minney advertised in 1916 – The tracts are “Surrounded by beautiful homes, rolling hills, golf links and wealthy estates and with the building of such plants as the Chevrolet Automobile Factory, the Pacific Tread Tire Factory and others. The future value is not a matter of speculation, but an assured fact.”

Oakland Tribune Apr 30, 1916

In about 1947 George A. Strutevant built the Hollywood Shopping Center on Hollywood Blvd at 107th Ave (10715 MacArthur Blvd) across from the Peterbilt Factory

Oakland Tribune

Well I didn’t have too much luck finding homes that were advertised in papers. I will keep looking and update when I do.

Frazier Avenue

Oakland Tribune June 1925
2801 Frazier Avenue
2801 Frazier Avenue -Google maps
Oakland Tribune Jul 1925
Oakland Tribune Jul 1925
2770 Frazier Avenue – Google maps
Oakland Tribune Aug 1940
Oakland Tribune Aug 1940

Oliver Avenue

Oakland Tribune May 1938
2586 Oliver Avenue – Google maps
Oakland Tribune Aug 28, 1949
2574 Oliver Avenue – Built in 1949 – Google maps

Truman Avenue

Oakland Tribune Sep 1929
2560 Truman Ave – built in 1927 – Google maps

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Posted in Model/Display Homes

26 Ascot Court – Piedmont Pines

Model Home Opens –

26 Ascot Court is on a quiet cul-de-sac in Piedmont Pines and it opened for inspection in October 1935.

Oakland Tribune – Oct 07 1934
See here
in 2019 from Realtor.Com

The French regency designed home was a joint effort of Frederick L. Confer and his father F.W. Confer.

The house was built on slopping lot  among the pine trees with a picturesque view of the bay and the Golden Gate . The lot is just under 1/2 acre in size.

The home was sold before it was completed. The buyer was R.F.D. Le Mon of New York, who was planning on making Oakland his home.

R.F.D Le Mon was the developer of the Le Mon Park section of Piedmont Pines.

Mitchell & Austin were the realtors in charge of the property.

Featured in Architectural Magazine

October 1936

The house featured in an article called ” Homes – They Are Building Them Now” in the October 1936 edition of The Architect and the Engineer.

Architect and Engineer October 1936
Architect and Engineer October 1936
Architect and Engineer October 1936
Architect and Engineer October 1936
Architect and Engineer October 1936 –

Frederick L. Confer has designed many homes in the Oakland. Including the Style House which was discussed in a previous post.

In 1937 he designed another home for R.F.D. Le Mon at 14 Cornwall Court .

Putting down roots in Montclair

In 1944 Admiral Thomas Sprague and his family moved into 26 Ascot Court . But his life in the Navy took off and the traveled around the world. In 1951 Sprague retired from the Navy and they settled in after only living in the for 2 weeks in the 8 years they owned it.

The Sprague Family lived there until about 1963 after Mrs. Sprague passed away.

A Montclair Treasure – March 2019

In March of 2019 the house was put on the market for $ 1,249, 000 and it sold for April of 2019 for $1,300,000.

From Realtor.com
Realtor.Com
Realtor.Com

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