The Ward-Way – Homes by Montgomery Wards

In the 1940's Montgomery Wards through it's building services department sold pre-fab homes to be built 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 …

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 there was no other tract in Oakland can offer such a "combination of magnificent view and a comfortable home"   The ad went on …

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. "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 …

Montclair Highlands – Top of the World

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 …

Smith Reserve

  The Smith Reserve is a subdivision in Montclair and is now known as Piedmont Pines.   It open for sale in May of 1926.  The history of Smith Reserve dates back much longer. The area is located at the top of  Park Blvd with borders on Shepherd Canyon and Joaquin Miller Park and up to Skyline Blvd. …