OPEN HOUSE Wednesday July 25th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. DO NOT DISTURB OCCUPANTS.
Roaring 1920's home with details of its heyday! Woodburning fireplace adorns the living room and the sunny breakfast nook sits alongside its open kitchen. Walk-in closet with window in master bedroom. A detached garage finds you at the end of a long driveway after you come up tree-lined streets...
Also available: 897 Blossom Way, right across the street. (3-bedrooms, 2-Bathrooms, 2-car garage, 1731 sq ft)
The historic Meek Estate is 3 minutes away.
About the Cherryland area:
William Meek was one of the first pioneers of commercial agriculture in Alameda County. From his arrival in 1859 to his death in 1880, Meek worked energetically to develop the fertile agricultural region lying in and around Eden Township.
By 1869, when the Meek Mansion was built, Meek had acquired some 3000 acres, most of which lay in the Hayward area. Meek's estate included all of the land from what is now Mission Boulevard to about Meekland Avenue and from Lewelling Boulevard almost to Winton Avenue. He grew grain, raised sheep, planted some row crops, but became most well-known for his extensive orchards, primarily of cherry as well as apricot, plum, almond and some citrus.
In addition to his distinction as the "first farmer" of Alameda County, William Meek was known for his participation in all facets of life in the county. For example, he was elected County Supervisor for four terms, beginning in 1861. He organized Alameda County’s first Agricultural Society, which chose him as its president in 1867. The society worked to promote the agricultural bounty of the area. Meek was also heavily involved in education, serving as a member of the first School Board of the San Lorenzo Elementary School District in 1864 and a regent of the University of California from 1874-1878. He was also a member of the first board of trustees of Mills College (1877-1880), where his daughters and granddaughters would be educated.
After Meek's death in 1880, the estate was left to his children. His sons, Horry and William E., continued to manage the property for many years. Horry Meek was distinguished as the president of the Bank of Hayward, and led the movement to build the first electric car line from Oakland to Hayward in 1892.
The Meek Estate remained in the Meek family until 1940, although most of the 3000 acres were sold off gradually in small parcels prior to that time. Where the Meek orchards once stood, houses eventually took over and the area became known as Cherryland.
|Price||$275,000 (sold: 9/26/2012)|
|Bathrooms||1 Full Bath|
|Listing Type||For Sale|
Courtesy of Anna May, Realty World - Neighbors