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.
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
Quartz-Lite – window glass
Colored plumbing ware
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.
The “1929 Model View” Home
For a few weeks in 1929 is was renamed .
The “1928 Model View” home is located at 1949 Asilomar Drivein 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.
The home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and last sold in 1974. I don’t have a present day picture.
1928 Model View Home
Hamilton Murdock – architect
Elmo Adams – builder
Howard Gilkey – landscaper
Paul Pause – owner
1949 Asilomar Drive
The Callahan House is the bottom in the photo below.
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
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
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.
The house has four bedrooms upstairs with two bath rooms. The lower floor has one bedroom with bathroom and a private entrance.
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
The House has been on the market many times since 1937.
1955 – it listed for $24,500
In 1969 it listed for $46,500
In March of 2019 it is listed for sale at $1,695,000.
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
“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
Oakland Tribune July 1929
Location of the tower
The tower (yellow arrow) is seen in this 1929 aerial By Fairchild
Near the intersection of Asilomar Drive and Aztec Way.
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
Exposition Home – Located at 5988 Rincon Ave Oakland CA
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.
Oakland Tribune Jul 1938
Oakland Tribune Jul 1938
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.