Posted in Architecture, 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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Posted in Architecture, Model/Display Homes, Montclair Tracts

Style House – Piedmont Pines

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The Tribune Jackson Style House – 5739 Chelton Drive

The “Style House” opened to the public in April of 1935. Over 1500 visitors passed through the home that first weekend.

The home was designed by local architect Frederick L. Confer with James H. Anderson and the builder was James Armstrong.

The agents for the house were Mitchell & Austin with Harry Stockman the agent in charge.

The house was completely furnished by the Jackson Furniture Company.

Oakland Tribune April 1935
Oakland Tribune April 07, 1935

The View then and Now

Oakland Tribune March 1935
From Google Maps

Award Winning

The house is a modified Regency type design. It won an award for the distinguished “house of seven rooms or less” in the fourth Biennial Exhibition of American Architects. The house has also been called Monterey Style. Color is used abundantly in the house, the exterior is painted whited with mustard color shutters.

Oakland Tribune May 1935

Unique Home and Cozy Interior

The living room with vaulted ceiling has French doors to the delightful front patio as well as the rear deck with SF and Bay views.

The floor plan has a full bath and generous bedroom on the main level with French doors to the patio. There are two more large rooms up, one with a deck for enjoying the views! The lower features a bedroom which would be ideal for a family/rumpus room, half bath, a generous laundry/craft room with work station and storage area. Two car garage.

Oakland Tribune May 1935

On opening day a local Ford Dealer had a brand new Ford V8 parked outside the house.

Oakland Mar 31, 1935
Oakland Mar 31, 1935

Style house in 2018 – Realtor.com

Oakland Tribune 1944
Oakland Tribune 1955
Oakland Tribune 1969

More on the Style House –

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

Hawthorne House – Sheffield Village

Display Home – Sheffield Village Opens Mar 1941

Located at 168 Marlow Drive in Sheffield Village.  Completely furnished by  Jackson Furniture Company

E.B. Field Corporation, owners and builders of Sheffield Village.

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Oakland Tribune March 30, 1941

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Oakland Tribune March 30, 1941

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168 Marlow Ave
168 Marlow Drive Today google maps

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

Oakmore Highland Model Homes

Breuner-Tribune Home June 1934

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Oakland Tribune Jun 1934

1774 Liedmet
1774 Leimert Blvd –  Google maps

Display Homes of 1934

New homes at 1746 Leimert, 1808 Leimert and 1816 Leimert – Sept 1934

 

1746 Leimert-COLLAGE

1746 Leimert, 1808 Leimert and 1816 Leimert

Just a few of the homes in the Oakmore Highlands Neighborhood.

 

For more on Oakmore Highlands please see: Oakmore Highlands

 

Posted in History, Model/Display Homes

The Ward-Way – Homes by Montgomery Wards

In the 1940’s Montgomery Wards through it’s building services department sold pre-fab homes to be built by local contractors.  They would supply everything necessary to build your home.Oakland_Tribune_Sun__Apr_28__1940_

“The Ward Way method of building and furnishing is a simplified system of obtaining built to order home,”  states Ralph Jarvis  Ward-Way representative – Oakland Tribune Oct 27, 1940

I was able to find information 10 or so homes built “The Ward-Way”.   I am basing this solely on what find in the Oakland Tribune.  So, with that in mind, my list might not be perfect due to errors in the paper.  I am not perfect either.   If possible I have included a picture of the house as it is today.  All these homes were built in 1940.

Oakland’s Home Built The Ward Way

    • 4225 Lincoln Ave – Lincoln Highlands
    • 4215 Lincoln Ave – Lincoln Highlands
    • 3598 Lincoln Ave – Upper Dimond
    • 3917 Whittle Ave – Upper Dimond
    • 3001 Logan – Meadow Brook Fruitvale
    • 1991 Magellan Dr. – Montclair Highlands
    • 6024 Leona St – Leona Heights
    • 9909 Murillio Ave – Oak Knoll
    • 7879 Michigan Ave – Eastmont Hills
    • 2227 85th Ave – Castlemont
    • 1615 82nd Ave  – Webster

Here are a few:

4225 Lincoln Ave

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3917 Whittle Ave

 

1991 Magellan

 

 

9909 Murillo Ave

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7879 Michigan Ave

 

 

2227 85th Ave

 

 

1615 82nd Ave

1615 82nd ave

6024 Leona St

 

 

 

 

Posted in Model/Display Homes, Montclair Tracts, Uncategorized

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Model/Display Homes, Montclair Tracts, Uncategorized

Coronation House – Le Mon Park Piedmont Pines

Coronation House opens in LeMon Park – May 1937

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Oakland Tribune May 1937

The “Coronation House” a display home for the Mitchell & Austin opened on May 2, 1937, in the Le Mon Park section of Piedmont Pines.  It is located on Castle Drive.  The display home was furnished by Breuner’s in keeping the Coronation theme (King George’s Coronation May 1937).

 

 

“English architectural riches have been transplanted to Piedmont Pines in Coronation House”  the ad goes on the say ” Coronation House “fit for a king” in the beautiful Le Mon tract… the crowning achievement of the season”  – Oakland Tribune May 2, 1937

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Oakland Tribune May 2, 1937

“this six-room home with three bedrooms and bath, with gorgeous living room and un-impaired view, delightful recreation room and kitchen”

“the coronation motif is carried out throughout, the crown drapes furnishing a fitting background for pieces following the English provincial motif” – Oakland Tribune May 1937

 

 

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Oakland Tribune May 1937

 

  • Coronation House
  • Le Mon Park – Piedmont Pines
  • 1937
  • Mitchell & Austin Real Estate
  • Still there
  • 6301 Castle Drive