Central Terrace – 55th and Foothill

It is located where Foothill Blvd meets Trask Street and 55th Avenue. 55th Avenue was formally called Central Avenue, and Foothill Blvd was often referred to as the Scenic Boulevard. Central Terrace also includes Ruth Avenue, Laverne Avenue, El Camille Avenue, and Kingsland Avenue. The area now is considered to be an extension of Maxwell... Continue Reading →

Havenscourt

SF Call Nov 29, 1913Wickman Havens Real Estate Company opened Havenscourt in 1912.   Within the 170 acres  Havenscourt there are 21 miles of streets and sidewalks.¹ The official entrance was at Havenscourt Blvd and East 14th Street, where there was a pergola and a gazebo. The Havenscourt station and business district was located  Havenscourt Blvd... Continue Reading →

Oakmore Highlands

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 streets and ample sidewalks.  See Oakmore Highland History The Leimert Bridge was designed in 1926, by George A. Posey, to safely accommodate vehicle traffic, Park Boulevard... Continue Reading →

College Pines

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 proximity to the 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... Continue Reading →

Oakland…The White City

This is not about race. It about when Oakland city planners decided to market Oakland as "The White City."  As a suggestion to future designers and builders.  It was not intended to be used in public, just circulated among builders and planners of the city.   I get the thinking behind the slogan and can almost... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Merriewood

Merriewood is a section or neighborhood of Montclair District of Oakland.   The Realty Syndicate were the exclusive agents selling the tract.  It first went on sale in 1924. Oakland Tribune stated that: no other tract in Oakland can offer such a "combination of magnificent view and comfortable home"   The ad went on to say  "it... Continue Reading →

Montclair Highlands – Top of the World

Montclair Highlands was one of the earlier subdivisions in Montclair.  Located in the hills back of Piedmont and just above Montclair's Business district or the "Townsite" as locals called it in 1925. "Montclair Business Center, as the name indicates, is the tract opened as a community trading district."   Oakland Tribune May 17, 1925 "Montclair Highlands is... Continue Reading →

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