Posted in History, Montclair, Oakland

1937 Fire – Upper Broadway Terrace

A brush and timber fire that destroyed at least four Oakland hill area homes and menaced at least 50 more burned in the area of Pine Needle Road and Upper Broadway Terrace and came close to the buildings of the new Broadway Low-Level tunnel (Caldicott Tunnel). This was on September 25, 1937.

Oakland Tribune Sep 26, 1937

The photo below was taken at the hight of the blaze, but before the fire jumped Tunnel Road.

Families Flee

Scores of families fled their homes in fear; others who sought to save the belongings were ordered out by fireman.

Mrs. G.H. Cowles with Eunice and Hazel Cowles
of 6142 Pinewood Road
The W.R Powers Family lost their home at 6142 Ruthland Road.
Edith Thorpe 6, holds her pet Rhode Island Red Hen

Burned Area

The fire started close to the home of Police inspector Jesse Jackson at 6019 Pinewood Road at around 3 pm on September 25, 1937. During the first six hours, the fire had burned across the western edge of the Pinehaven district up Broadway Terrace to a point just below Skyline Blvd. and back down another canyon to the west.

Oakland Tribune Sept 26, 1937

The fire chief estimated the fire burned over 9 square miles of rolling hill county.

Oakland Tribune Sept 26, 1937

Hose lines Burned

Several hundred feet of hose laid across brushy areas to link the pumps to the fire area were destroyed by flames. Lack of water was a problem, they had used up all the water in reservoirs in the immediate area.

Eyewitness Accounts

C.F. Humphrey – 13025 Broadway Terrace

Mrs. Marguerite Risley – 6493 Farralone Way

Homes Lost or Damaged

  • 15030 Broadway Terrace – Ted Gould – gone
  • 16060 Broadway Terrace – S. Albright – damaged
  • 17014 Broadway Terrace – Ed Pohley – damaged
  • 17044 Broadway Terrace – S. Sund – damaged
  • 17050 Broadway Terrace – S.C. Purser – damaged
  • 6539 Gwin Road – V. Sagues -damaged
  • 6142 Pinewood Road – G. H. Cowles – damaged
  • 6142 Ruthland – W.R. Powers – gone
The Press Democrat Sep 26. 1937

Fire Started –

The fire started when a “backyard bonfire” got out of control.

1929 Fire

There was a fire in November of 1929 in just about the same area. Some of the same homes were damaged then. The W.R. Powers home was saved in 1929 only to burn down in 1937.

Oakland Tribune Nov 15, 1929
Oakland Tribune Nov 15, 1929

1933 Fire

The was a fire in 1933 with the loss of one home at 7135 Pinehaven Road.

1930 Directory
Oakland Tribune Oct 23, 1933

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Posted in Business, Model/Display Homes, Montclair, Real Estate

Home Tour of Montclair – 1937

Oakland Tribune Oct 22, 1937
  1. 5335 Estates Drive
  2. 5664 Thornhill Drive
  3. 1731 Mountain Blvd
  4. 6025 Bruns Drive
  5. Liggett Drive
  6. 2645 Camino Lenada
  7. Montclair Realty Offices- 6540 Moraga Ave
  8. Emge and Stockman Offices – Mountain and LaSalle
  9. Winder & Gahan Office – 6500 Moraga Ave

C.W. Leekins – 6054 La Salle Ave

Home Tour of the Hills District

Prominent real estate companies and builders in Montclair held an “open-house” week during the Oakland National Home Show held October 22- 30, 1937. Oakland Tribune Oct 22, 1937

The following is a list of the sponsors:

  • C.W. Leekins – builder
  • Montclair Realty Company
  • Herbert A. Richardson – builder
  • Emge and Stockman Realtor
  • Winder & Gahan – developers

C.W. Leekins Sponsored

Oakland Tribune Oct 1937
  • 2645 Camino Lenada
  • C.W. Leekins – builder
  • 1937
  • $7250
Oakland Tribune 1964 – $32,750
2645 Camino Lenada St – Google Maps
  • 5335 Estates Drive
  • C.W. Leekins – builder
  • 1937
  • 1731 Mountain Blvd
  • C.W. Leekins – builder
  • 1937
  • $6750
1731 Mountain Blvd – Google maps

H. A Richardson Sponsored

Oakland Tribune Oct 1937
  • 6025 Bruns Drive
  • H.A. Richardson – builder
  • 1937
  • $13,000
Oakland Tribune Oct 17, 1937
SF Examiner 1985 $279,500
6025 Bruns Court Google Maps

Montclair Realty Company Sponsored

Oakland Tribune Oct 1937
  • 5664 Thornhill Drive
  • F.H. Slocombe – Architect
  • L.A. Larson – builder
  • 1937
  • $6850
Oakland Tribune Aug 1937
Oakland Tribune 1938

Emge & Stockman Sponsored

Oakland Tribune Oct 1937

Winder & Gahan Sponsored

Oakland Tribune Oct 1937
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 a 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
Not sure of the location
Oakland Tribune Oct 1936
Not 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 Montclair Tracts

Drake Drive – Montclair Highlands

In 1937 Frederick L. Confer designed a “modernistic’ (now art deco) home for Mr. and Mrs. George H. Everest and their two daughters. The Everest family had been living at 1760 Mountain Blvd before moving into their new Montclair Highlands home at 1831 Drake Drive.

The home was developed by Emge and Stockman. It was built by James H. Anderson, who has worked with the architect before.

Oakland Tribune Oct 11, 1936
Oakland Tribune Mar 1937
Oakland Tribune Mar 1937 – 1831 Drake Drive

The house has four bedrooms upstairs with two bathrooms. The lower floor has one bedroom with a bathroom and a private entrance.

The view at sunset

Behold the fantastic views from all upstairs bedrooms, dining room, living room, and patio. The large corner lot also a large yard

The house was completed in June 1937

Oakland Tribune June 1937

The House has been on the market many times since 1937.

Oakland Tribune 1946
Oakland Tribune – 1949

1955 – it listed for $24,500

Oakland Tribune 1955

In 1969 it listed for $46,500

Oakland Tribune 1969

In March of 2019, it is listed for sale at $1,695,000.

More on 1831 Drake Drive

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Posted in Model/Display Homes, Montclair Tracts

Montclair 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 in 1937.

The home opened in February 1937, by the end of the first week, 3500 toured the house and by the end of April 1937 over 25,000 had visited the home.

Oakland Tribune February 1937

  • Narragansett House
  •  Montclair Highlands
  • Colonial style
  • Emge and Stockman – Developer
  • Earl R McDonald – Architect
  • HC Capwell’s – Decorator
  • Opened February 1937
  • 5546 Balboa Drive

Tomorrow’s Home Today

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 –
5500 Balboa Drive

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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 a 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