Posted in Early Montclair, Model/Display Homes, Montclair Tracts

The Highest Home in Oakland – 1928

“1928 Model View Home

The 1928 Model View Home – Oakland Tribune 1928

The 1928 Model View Home is situated at the Top of the World” in reality the top -most peak in Montclair Highlands, overlooking several counties as well as affording a magnificent sweep of the entire bay and part of the Pacific ocean beyond.

Montclair Highlands Commands Ones of The World’s Finest Views, and Only 15 Minutes From Downtown

Montclair Realty – 1928

Combining modern features in fixtures with a marine view the Spanish themed home with certain additions, designed by Hamilton Murdock an Oakland architect.

Oakland Tribune 1928
Oakland Tribune March 1928

The “1928 Model” View Home “The Home Electric”. All the latest features of proven merit – the things you have wondered about are used in the “1928 Model” home, including: Oakland Tribune Mar 25, 1928

  • Complete Electrification
  • Quartz-Lite – window glass
  • Colored plumbing ware
  • Venetian Cabinets
  • Linoleum Floors
  • Balanced Illumination
Oakland Tribune 1928

Screen Test for Children

In November of 1928 they held a movie screen test for children in the “1928 Model View “ home. The screen test was under the direction of the Sherman Clay Company.

Oakland Tribune Nov 11, 1928
The Oakland Tribune November 1928

The “1929 Model View” Home

For a few weeks in 1929 is was renamed .

Oakland Tribune Dec 1928
Oakland Tribune 1936
Asking price $8750.00
1954 – Asking price $17,500
1969

Location

The “1928 Model View” home is located at 1949 Asilomar Drive in Montclair. It was on of the first homes built in the hills directly behind the business district of Montclair. The area was called Montclair Highlands. The 1928 Model View Home was built just up the hill the lone home to the left of arrow.

A 1928 photos showing the of the Observation Tower
The lone home to the left of the yellow area is the Callahan House
at 1989 Asilomar Drive
Photo from East Bay Hills Project

The home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and last sold in 1974. I don’t have a present day picture.

1949 Asilomar Drive – Google Maps
  • 1928 Model View Home
  • Montclair Highlands
  • Spanish Style
  • Hamilton Murdock – architect
  • Elmo Adams – builder
  • Howard Gilkey – landscaper
  • Paul Pause – owner
  • Montclair Realty
  • 1949 Asilomar Drive

The Callahan House is the bottom in the photo below.

Oakland Tribune 1928
1989 Asilomar Drive – Google Maps

Last sold in 2017 for $1, 682, 619 – 1989 Asilomar Drive

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Posted in Home Building, Model/Display Homes, Montclair

Million Dollar View Home – 1936

Oakland Tribune Aug 1936
  • Million Dollar View –
  • 5614 Balboa Avenue
  • Montclair Highlands
  • Conrad T Kett – designer
  • Paul A. Wolter – builder
  • Harry R. Stockman
  • Emge & Stockman
  • 1936
Oakland Tribune 1936

English Tudor with a panoramic view of the bay. Every room in the homes takes full advantage of the panorama of Oakland, San Francisco and the Bay which includes both bridges and everything from San Pablo Bay to miles down the Peninsula.

With a extra large living room, dining room and breakfast room and kitchen. The kitchen is usually large and is a masterpiece of careful planning and scientific, step saving arrangement. Oakland Tribune Aug 09, 1936

Oakland Tribune Aug 1936

Three big bedrooms and two bathrooms and a sundeck on the second floor.

Women will marvel at its extra cupboard space and the way we have provided for thoses hard to store odds and ends

Martha Lee – Oakland Tribune Aug 09, 1936
Oakland Tribune Aug 1938
Oakland Tribune 1941 – $12,000
5614 Balboa Drive – Google Maps
5614 Balboa Drive – 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 prior to moving into their new Montclair Highlands home at 1831 Drake Drive.

The home was developed by Emge and Stockman and 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 bath rooms. The lower floor has one bedroom with bathroom and a private entrance.

The view at sunset

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

The house is 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

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 home and by the end of April 1937 over 25,000 had toured the home.

Oakland Tribune February 1937

  • Narragansett House
  •  Montclair Highlands
  • Colonial style
  • Emge and Stockman – Developer
  • Earl R McDonald – Architect
  • HC Capwells – 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 History, Montclair Tracts, Uncategorized

Montclair Observation Tower

The Montclair Observation Tower was a two-story tower built by the Realty Syndicate in 1925 to help sell homes in the newly opened area of  Montclair Highlands.

Montclair Observation Tower 1925 - Oakland History Room
Montclair Observation Tower – Montclair Highlands 1923 –  Oakland History Room

The new observation tower in Montclair Highlands is open to the entire public of the San Francisco Bay district .. With the aid of the telescope and field glasses you could view the entire panorama.”  On a clear day, it is said you could see points as far away as the Farallon Islands.  Oakland Tribune June 25, 1925

 

 

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Oakland Tribune  June 25, 1925

 

Oakland Tribune July 1929

 

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Oakland Tribune June 21, 1925

 

Location of the tower

The tower (yellow arrow) is seen in this 1929 aerial By Fairchild

Montclair in 1928 Fairchild Aerial with arrow jpg

Near the intersection of Asilomar Drive and Aztec Way.

observation tower

 

Upcoming

1928 Model View home in Montclair Highlands

 

Posted in Early Montclair, Montclair Tracts, Uncategorized

Montclair Highlands – Top of the World

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Oakland Tribune May 17, 1925

Montclair Highlands was one 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 separated by the Business Center from the original Montclair” (more on that later).  Oakland Tribune May 17, 1925

Montclair Highlands fronts out overlooking the bay and beyond.

“It is said that the elevation of Montclair highlands affords a view which surpasses anything from any other point in Oakland”.  Oakland Tribune May 17, 1925

Montclair Highlands is soon called the “Top of the World”.

The wonderful panorama afforded from the “Top of the World” is available to you all today – to be framed permanently by the windows of the home you will build”   C P Murdock  Vice President of the Realty Syndicate – Oakland Tribune May 31, 1925.

“Skyline Blvd, which runs through Montclair Highlands has for years been the great scenic drive of the Eastbay”.  Oakland Tribune Tribune May 31, 1925

Oakland Tribune May 1925

 

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Oakland Tribune May 31, 1925

 

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Oakland Tribune June 7, 1925

 

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Oakland Tribune June 14, 1925

 

Coming soon:

  • Observation Tower – Top of the World
  • The Model Homes of Montclair Highlands
  • Bus Service to Montclair Highlands

 

 

Posted in Model/Display Homes, Montclair Tracts

Exposition Home – Montclair Highlands

Exposition Home – Located at 5988 Rincon Ave Oakland CA

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Oakland Tribune April 10, 1938
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Oakland Tribune April 17, 1938

Built-in 1938 in preparation for the upcoming Exposition Fair at Treasure Island in 1939.  The home is located in Montclair Highlands, the scenic tract of Emge and Stockman with sweeping views of the Golden Gate and Treasure Island can be seen from several windows.

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Oakland Tribune Jul 1938

In July of 1938 Exposition House went on sale.  It was sold “completely furnished” and “specially priced” at  $18,450 (limited time only). The price also includes the large corner lot with “panoramic view” and landscaped with shrubs and trees.

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Oakland Tribune July 1938

Opened April 1938

  • Frederick L Confer – Architect
  • J.R Armstrong  – Contractor
  • Ned S. Rucker Landscape Architect
  • Furnished by H.C. Capwell Company
  • Emge and Stockman
  • Montclair Highlands
  • Still standing

Location of Exposition Home

5988 Rincon Dr.