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The Montclair neighborhood of Oakland was once the source of huge amounts of redwood which were logged by horse teams and brought eastward out Thornhill Road to a lumber mill west of the small town of Canyon, or down Park Boulevard to Lake Merritt. This is the wood that built the ships, homes, and buildings in San Francisco, CA and the Bay Area. The area is still heavily forested. [ Read more about Montclair...]

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The village itself developed around tracks of the Sacramento Northern Railroad.  Remnants of this railroad can still be seen at the corner of Moraga Avenue and Thornhill road where a trestle crossed heading to the village from what is now the Lake Temescal area. This line continued on through present day Shepherd Canyon, and out through a tunnel to Contra Costa County, taking freight and passengers to the other side of the hills.

Two remarkable historic architecturally interesting buildings were built in the so called Storybook style in 1927 and 1930.  The first was the Montclair firehouse, adjacent to Highway 13, which appears to have "snow" on it.  The white trim is actually what was originally copper roofing.  This copper was designed to reflect the sun, and give the appearance of "fire". The appealing, and additional Storybook styled Montclair Library still operates today.
While there are many reasons why Oakland residents choose the Montclair hill area, the first one is almost always the "view".  As the streets wind upward from Montclair village, views of the San Francisco Bay area begin to pop up between the many trees that are planted there. 

The higher one drives up the hills, the more sweeping the panorama of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay.  Houses are tucked in every conceivable spot, and are designed to capture canyon heights, marine views, or forest glens.  The designs are as varied as the surroundings, many with as much glass as possible to bring nature indoors for daily enjoyment. From cabins to huge modern mansions, almost every style of architecture is represented.

Another highly popular appeal of the hills is the "Tahoe atmosphere".  Instead of driving 3-4 hours to the mountains of Lake Tahoe, the atmosphere is replicated here with pine, redwood and manzanita trees. Mountain style peaked roofs are scattered throughout the area. Hawks, squirrels, opossum, raccoons wander throughout the hills on a daily basis, yet 15 minutes away is the busy downtown area.
The business district of Montclair, or the “Village”, is centered around the intersection of Mountain Blvd. and La Salle Ave. With a Safeway, Lucky’s and an abundance of great restaurants, shopping, and service related businesses, the village has something for everyone. Nearby neighborhoods include Piedmont and Piedmont Pines, each of which has its own appealing characteristics that add to the whole hillside ambiance.  [ Back To Top of Montclair page]


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Listing information last updated on December 16th, 2017 at 6:02pm PST.