Posted in East Oakland, History, Homes, Oakland Tracts

Ardsley Heights

Ardsley Heights is part of Bella Vista Park and is now considered part of Ivy Hill. The streets of Ardsley Heights are Park Blvd, East 28th Street, Bay View Avenue, Lake View Avenue Elliot Street, and East 34th Street.

Ardsley Heights Tract Map
Blocks G&H of Bella Vista Park

From Earth Sciences and Map Library, University of California, Berkeley

Ardsley Heights went on sale in October 1912 by the Realty Syndicate.

  • Adjoining F.M. Smith’s home
  • Directly across from the Home Club
  • Twelve Minutes by car from Broadway

Oakland Tribune Oct 12, 1912

Oakland Tribune Sep 1912

A sign advertising the Ardsley Heights tract Circa 1915
Cheney Photo Adv. Co., photographers.

Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room.

The above photo shows the house at 1011 Bay View Ave. It was built in 1915.

1011 Bay View DriveGoogle maps

Bayview Avenue between East 28th and Elliot Streets
in the Ardsley Heights tract, circa 1915

Cheney Photo Adv. Co., photographers.
Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room.

The above photo shows the house at 985 Bay View Avenue –

985 Bay View Ave – Google Map

Park Boulevard in Ardsley Heights
c 1915
Cheney Photo Adv. Co., photographers.
Previously sold on eBay

View from Ardsley Heights

Showing the Home Club (later the German Pioneer Home) and the Smith Cottages (Home for Friendless Girls). The German Pioneer Home was demolished to make room for Oakland High School.

Home Club and Smith Cottages from Ardsley Heights
C 1915
Cheney Photo Adv. Co., photographers
Previously sold on eBay

Oakland Tribune Dec 28, 1919

More on Home Club

I couldn’t find much more on Ardsley Heights.

Updated Jan 19, 2020

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Posted in Early Montclair, History, Montclair, Montclair Tracts

Smith Reserve

The Smith Reserve is a subdivision in Montclair and is now known as Piedmont Pines.  

The area is located at the top of  Park Blvd with borders on Shepherd Canyon and Joaquin Miller Park and up to Skyline Blvd.

Oakland Tribune 1928

“Selected years ago By F.M. “Borax” Smith as a private estate”.

Oakland Tribune May 22, 1926.

F.M. “Borax” Smith set this land and another piece of further down on Park Blvd aside for his own private estate.  The area at the top of Dimond Canyon and included two creeks where Smith could hunt and have picnics.

He chose to build his home “Arbor Villa” on land located at Park Blvd between E 22nd and E 28th. Arbor Villa – Oakland Local WIki

In 1919, 25 acres of the Smith Reserve was sold to the Oakland-Piedmont Council of the Boy Scouts of America, for camp for the scouts.  It was called Camp Dimond was in use from 1919-1948.

In 1948 the Oakland Public School district took over the land and built Joaquin Miller Elementary and Montera Junior High Schools.

Smith Reserve Goes on Sale May 1926

Smith reserve is the most beautiful tract of land opened by the Syndicate Company” 

Oakland Tribune May 23, 1926

In July of 1926, two months after the subdivision was open, the Realty Syndicate reported nearly $250,000 in sales.  It was also reported that a bus transportation system will be put into operation, connecting with both local and San Francisco electric lines. -Oakland Tribune, July 18, 1928.

Bus Service to Smith Reserve

Admiring Smith Reserve

In an October 1928 edition of the Oakland Tribune noted actress, Miss Grace Valentine acclaims. Miss Valentine was staring at the Fulton Theatre.

Smith Reserve the most beautiful home-park that she had ever seen in the Eastbay”. “If I were a permanent resident of the East Bay I would certainly wish to make my home in this beautiful park”

Miss. Valentine Oct 1928

 More clippings about Smith Reserve

Please see: Casa Altadena 

Please see: Casa Maria Luisa

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Updated Dec 16, 2019