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 →

Early Photos of Montclair

Some old photos of the Montclair District of Oakland - all are from the Oakland Public Library History Room. When I can, I will show you the area now. I will start off with one of the earliest photos of Montclair that I have seen. This is circa 1886. I hope that there are more... 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 →

The Rabbit Hole

I grew up in the Montclair District of Oakland, CA. I attended Thornhill Elementary School, Montera Junior High, Skyline High School, and spent some time at Merritt College. My childhood home in Montclair I lived in Montclair until I was a young adult, and since then, I have lived by Lake Merritt, in the Fruitvale... Continue Reading →

The Ward-Way – Homes by Montgomery Wards

In the 1940's Montgomery Wards, though it's building services department sold pre-fab homes to be made by local contractors.  They would supply everything necessary to build your home. "The Ward Way method of building and furnishing is a simplified system of obtaining built to order home,"  states Ralph Jarvis  Ward-Way representative - Oakland Tribune Oct 27, 1940... 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 →

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