Display Home – Sheffield Village Opens Mar 1941
E.B. Field Corporation, owners and builders of Sheffield Village.
New homes at 1746 Leimert, 1808 Leimert and 1816 Leimert – Sept 1934
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
Wickman Havens Real Estate Company opened Havenscourt in 1912. Within the 170 acres Havenscourt there are 21 miles of streets and sidewalks.¹
Two Schools, 17 Acres Playground, a Civic Center and train station
The official entrance was at Havenscourt Blvd and East 14th Street where there was a a pergola and a gazebo. The Havenscourt station and business district was located Havenscourt Blvd and Bancroft.²
All photos taken by Cheney Photo Advertising Company and are from Oakland History Room or OMCA.
Natural beauty abounds in the 150 acres of wooded, rolling hills that comprise the Oakmore District or Oakmore Highlands. The Walter H. Leimert Company laid out the subdivision with wide paved streets and ample sidewalks. See Oakmore Highland History
The original subdivision was bordered by Sausal Creek and Dimond Canyon. During the initial sales period, good design was promoted through a model open house program called the ‘Oakmore Home Ideal’ where buyers could visit a custom home designed by local architects Miller & Warnecke.
Later, in 1934, The Leimert Company teamed with the Oakland Tribune and Breuner’s Furniture Company to furnish a demonstration model home that drew 8,000 visitors in a three week period.
The following year another Breuner’s furnished house was nicknamed “Golden Windows” to highlight the expansive use of glass on the view side of the home and the commanding views from the subdivision.
College Pines is located at the corner of Broadway Terrace and Harbord Drive location(formally Edith), just past the Claremont Country Club. The name of College Pines was chosen because of the close proximately to College of the Sisters of Holy Names, new High School. The sales office was located at the corner of Broadway Terrace and Ostrander Road, as seen above.
Oakland Tribune 1932
The homesites front on along Harbord Drive for about a half mile or more. The lots were priced at $27.00 per foot. A forty foot lot would cost $1075.00, with a low down payment and easy terms. Sold by the Claremont Pines Corporation and later Michell & Austin.
Oakland Tribune June 1932
Holy Names Centra High School was built on Harbord Drive and opened in 1934.
In December of 1933, the first display home opened at 4339 Harbord Drive. The home had eight rooms with two baths and a 14 x 32-foot rumpus room and “pleasing features galore”. The home was priced at $6850 and was recently sold in 2016 for $1,360,000.
In September of 1934, another display home was opened at 4347 Harbord Drive. The green and white wood and brick cottage and two bedrooms and a den or nursery and a large playroom. The house was priced at $6500, with just $75 down payment and $75 a month. The house recently sold for $825,000 in 2012.
The stone pillar is still there at the corner of Broadway Terrace and Ostrander Street
Casa Altadena the exhibition home of the Realty Syndicate company had a successful opening on January 29, 1928, when over 500 people motored out to Smith Reserve (Piedmont Pines) to view the beautiful dwelling. Oakland Tribune Feb 05, 1928.
Casa Altadena is of Spanish architecture and was completely furnished and decorated by the John Bruener company. The Spanish motif was tastefully brought by drapes and furniture. Occupying a knoll overlooking the panorama of the bay on one side and beautiful wooded vistas and canyons on the other side.
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