Painted Rock

Painted Rock is located at the 'Y" where Ascot Drive and Chelton Drive meet in the Piedmont Pines area. The area was called Sulphur Springs Park.

Montclair East

Montclair East is a shopping center with business offices located at 2220 Mountain Blvd. It is now called Village Square. James Fernhoff, a local real estate broker, was the initial developer.

Hamburger Joints in Montclair

Most who grew up in the Montclair District of Oakland have fond memories of Mort's Drive-in on the corner of Moraga and Medau. My memories of Mort's are from when it was on Thornhill Drive next to the 7-11. The smell of french fries (the best!)wafting through the air and into our classrooms would make... Continue Reading →

Grateful Dead House – Oakland

The Grateful Dead once partied at 6024 Ascot Drive in the Piedmont Pines section of Oakland. 6024 Ascot Drive Oakland Tribune May9, 1948 In 1948 house at 6024 Ascot Drive was advertised as an ' A Little Bit of Mexico" in beautiful Piedmont Hills ( Piedmont Pines), nestled in a glorious 2 1/4 acres: balconies... Continue Reading →

Fire in the Hills – 1943

In December 1943, there were winds up to 75 MPH and many fires in the hills and the East Bay. There were at least 10 brush and grass fires reported all over Northern California. The smell of burning eucalyptus hung over the city for hours Oakland Tribune Dec 09, 19443 The fire in the Oakland... Continue Reading →

Montclair Realty – Pioneers of the Hills

In 1924 brothers Paul and Herman Pause formed Montclair Realty Co. Before that, Paul worked for the Realty Syndicate. Paul and Herman Pause The business district of Montclair looked like this when Montclair Realty was formed. Cos. Williams, a builder, was the only other business at that time. Sales offices of real estate broker and... Continue Reading →

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