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SKYSCRAPERS ADD TO PRESTIGE OF CITY ACROSS BAY NEW BUILDINGS SHOW OAKLAND'S PROGRESS Building Permits Now Exceed thfe $200,000 Mark Each Week With Continuous Upward Trend OAKLAND. April 4.--Announcement >f the immediate commencement of wnatruetlon el lwo more skyscrapers Vi Oak lam; - business section has added Wm« to realty activity. One of these treat buildings will grace the gore Vlock v: "treet. Telegraph ivenue and Broadway, and the other Win be erected at Fifteenth and Wash- Itcton streets and San Pablo avenue. Btarted this spring. , n f carls- m and A. J. Snyder completed plans/or their twelve v flatttrm store afl.l office building • i-e block, to coat *3<W,o*o The ding will be a tower shaped struc ture and will be a decided addition to this portion of the business center. It vill be of steel frame class A construc :ion. In Gothic style, the exterior to Se In stone. The entire basement will fca> occupied by a fine restaurant, and the first floor will be devoted to stores, irlth modern offices above. Bids will he asked Immediately for excavation find steel construction of the building, *nd work will be started about the first of next month. Benjamin Geer McOougall Is the architect. The build- Bg will stand on a lot 8»« feet in gridtb at the point of the iron, 37' i reel at the opposite extremity and ex .ending 3no f**i along Broadway and 104 feet along Telegraph avenue. The weekly building permit reports ire showing that the realty business »nd building is running consistently l)*') iho mark each week. The Sret quarter is past ROW, and the total inmunt of building during that tune Vstitles to the health of building con ona, The total for the month of Karch, approximating $9W,t«#, brings ihe figure for the first quarter to a total of more than $2,000,000, which i< a vast improvement over the first quarter of the year 1912, the figure for three months of last year be rn $], 603,1(3. The gain for the month March of this year over the eor g time last year is almost $150,004 for the March total last year nw.s but 1759.858. If the building maintains the pace It has set itself for the first three months, throughout the year. t\:o total for the year will show . : , bis v'Hin over the high mark of V.U2. With plana for several sky-reaching buildings it seems safe to predict ti:at this, win take place. Oakland's raptily growing reputation modern apartment houses will be further augmented, as plans have been prepared foi a 135.*W apartment build ted by John Spellman at :nr of Twenty-fifth aph avenue. The huiMinjr will be of the French renals viapp. with a central ; containing terraced lawns with tees. Kach floor will contain six two room and two three room apart ments with every modern equipment. The corridors are all confined to the north side of . the building to give f possible degree of sunlight to all rooms, and all the suites are out side, with unrestricted views. The en trance hall and lounge room will be n Caen stone effect and one of the features of the place will be glass Inclosed sun rooms and sleeping porches on th« roof. With private connections to the apartments on the third floor, commanding- a beautiful view of hills and bay. Another apartment house, to cost $20,000, containing 3S rooms, will shortly be built by the Colt Invest ment company at the northeast, corner of Qrand avenue and Staten street. The eta arc Somerstrom Brothers. >A\ PABI.O AVEMK BtII.DINfJ iprov»inent which will mean a i ■3a ■ ' bio avenue section ■ertion of a large office bull leoxlOe feet at the of Nineteenth street :)i:.i Ba n enue. Charles l>. Bates Jr. d U: ! ard B. Ayer of the contracting tirm of Bates, Borland and Ayer have purchase. , '! the property for on of $130,000. H,->. and J.eimert mire; ,ot some >eais ago find sold it to the present, owners at a good advance. The wwk I has seen the completion of the steel ..framework on the seven story Durst hotel structure at Tenth ami Clay which will cost more than $0.">, --!•'. A. Muller is the architect. The building will be the tallest in tlie ' southern business section. At the Iβ eCtion of Tenth and Washington | is. at the southeast corner, the! k of the R. W. Kinney hotel ! ng completion, this to be ' ted improvement of the Another apartment house sale was; that through which the r.mily Dean j Allen property in the west sid»- o< SEACLIFF RESIDENCE PARK NOW COMPLETED Choice Residence District Is Laid Out With Fine Landscape Effects new restricted residence park at Beseiilf, adjoining West Clay park on the west, is now- ready for builders, owing to Its favorable situation, lying between the Presidio and Lincoln park, Seacllff is capable of restrictions that wllj Insure the whole being- developed Into a high class residence district Willi privacy and a freedom from the objections that have ruined so many residence sections. Improvement of, the property has been most carefully planned. Fine landscape effects with winding streets, space between sidewalk and curb planted in lawn, and beautiful shrub l.fry at intervals, combine to give a park like appearance to the whole dis trict All streets and crossings are asphalt •d, and side severs placed inside the curb linf , so it will never be necessary *■; tear up the street paving In order to roarli any of the public utilities. All ■treet work has been done according to the city's specifications and under the inspection of the board of public The property is restricted to only. bIX HUNDRED ACRES SOLD IN ORIDLEY COLONY The great land sale of March 31, April 1 and % held by Watt & Co. at Oridley disposed of more than 600 acres in subdivisions. Most of the buyers were practical farmers from f who are moving on the land and improving it. Twenty acres wa> the average porohe**. iN-lHWri; m ii him; RUSHK" The "f'u- Insurance Kxchanfipe bulld.- CalifopiUi and LefcffevdorS »•■» ■■ , rapid.'. Jackson street. SOO feet north of Four teenth, was sold to William M. Story, a Fresno capitalist, for a consideration of $25,000. The lot has a depth of 1«9 feet and fronts 100 feet in Jackson street. Tl;e sale was made by Mc- Henry & Kaiser. It is expected that August will see the commencement of work on the $000,000 11 story building of the First Trust and Savings Bank building, to be erected at the southeast corner of Sixteenth street and San Pablo juvenile. The building, when com- Dieted, will lie n heavy item in con sidering- the progress of the business sectiosk, Work has now . commenced on the two new stories to be. built on the V. M. C. A. building at Twenty-first street and Telegraph avenue. The building is at present five stories in height and the two additional stories will give, the structure a skyscraper appearance. On San Pablo avenue the same distance from the center of the city, work is going on rapidly on the seven story Moody estate building, and the foundation is. almost completed. The building will add greatly to the development of the San Pablo avenue section. One of the heavy transactions of the last few days was the transfer of a 25 year lease of, city tidelands fronting on the Sessions basin at the foot of Fourteenth avenue, held by Frank G. Drum. A $30,000 plant by the Crowley launch and Tugboat company will be erected on the estuary. The lease for the site on the estuary was granted in June, 3 911, by the old municipal board of public works <for 25 years. The ne gotiations have been made by McLaren X- Barly. fim: residexces sold A record sale of property has been reported for the week by the United Home builders in their Piedmont Hill tract. One hou»e and lot at $7,C00, one house and lot at $5,000 and three lots averaging 52.000 each, are included, be sides an $S.0«o home recently completed by them in Mandana boulevard, which they sold. The firm has eight houses under construction, six on Piedmont hill and two in Forty-first avenue, TCast Oakland. Within two or three weeks construction will be started on three more homes on Piedmont hill. Among a number of spring buyers dealing throMpjh the offices of The Realty Syndicate are several who came here from eastern states and have been so forcibly impressed with the natural advantages of Oakland as to invest in erther residence, business or factory properties. The majority are men of moderate income seeking to s«'urp Holdings within their means which will increase proportionately with the development of Oakland. "The ability of this company to sell any of its properties on easy terms." saiJ Sales Manager P. YV. Morehouse, "makes it possible for investors to se cure almost anything they desire in a manner to suit their pocket. "We have had several outside buy ers with a small amount of available cash express surprise at the low terms made on our vista Del Mar subdivision. They had been under the impression, before reaching Oakland, that the steady growth of the city paced the values and terms of. property on such a basis that little short of cash would swing anything really desirable." HAVEXSCOIRT CROWIXG The names of 14 contractors active ly engaged In building in Havens court are furnished by Wickham Havens Incorporated, the owners and developers of this property in the warm belt district. \\'i< kham Havens Incorporated report that several big Srtsn who have been operating in Berkeley, Alameda and San Francisco are among recent purchasers in Havenscourt. For example, McArthur Brothers of San Francisco, who have built and sold more than 1,000 houses, have just purchased 33 lots in Havens court and will start eight houses in the present month. <'. J. Pfrang, the purchaser of 4S lots in Havenscourt, started building tbrpe houses this week. K. M. Sheridan, the well known builder, has just purchased 4S lots in the Havenscourt district. Jones & JlcGovern, the Berkeley contractors who have purchased three lots in rfMrtrritrtrnrt. will start one house this present Meek. C. Barkoff, formerly of Kan Fra/i --< isi o. is building right along on the seven lots which he purchased, one house having been completed last wer-lc and another house started the pi mat week. The same is true of H. Iα Wood, the ! • -ilder. who has sold two houses' re ■ entJy ami is starting a third. The construction work on this building is aimed to qsajt« a record tow modern construction. The architects promise t .»■ completion of the building in Octo ber next. Baldwin & liowell have been appointed renting , agents for the building- and they are receiving appli cations for renting ."pace. LARGE LEASE MADE SOUTH OF MARKET Company Makr Tran*ac tlon A\llb IJ.-ntnl .\KKT«>s:itinj; *124,500 for Ten Year* For the Hind Estate company the Kern-Xeilan company reports a lease made to X. V. Doran and A. E. Baldwin of a building to be erected on the prop erty belonging to the Hind Estate company, situated at the southeast corner of Fifth and Minna streets. The lot has a frontage of SO fe«t In Fifth street and a uniform depth of 147:10 feet in Minna. The grading has already commenced for the erection of a four story class C structure, which will contain ISO rooms upstairs and five stores and a spacious lobby on the ground floor. The plans have been drawn by Architect William Knowles, and the hotel will be one of the most modern structures of Its kind. The term, of the lease Is a period of 10 years from completion of the building, and the amount of rental to be paid totals $120*0. The tenants, Doran & Baldwin, are experienced hotel people and have taken a lease on the entire building. Hind & Co., real estate agents, acted for the owners. The Hind company and Kern-Xeilan com pany represented the tenants. EDWARDS, BREWSTER A CLOVER'S SALES Edwards, Brewster & Clover report the following sales: Six lots in the south line of Pacific street for the account of the French Savings bank, to Theodore Gibson, on private terms. Six lots in gift map No. 3 were sold for Gertrude Tobin to A. H. Winn. Twenty-two lots In San Jose avenue were sold for the account of L. H. Moise to C. H. Anderson. Four lots in Lisbon street, in the Ex celsior Homestead, were sold for C. Chambrille to John H. Hubbell at the .price of $5,500. Lot in the wept line of Noe street .. i<; north of Valley street, for the ac count of J. Rosen to George S. Lillie. Tγ :-iiis private. " THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 1913. NEW HOMES .cbING UP AND AIR OF ACTIVITY PERVADING THE REALTY SYNDI CATES NEW RESIDENCE TRACT IN BERKELEY. MILL VALLEY RESIDENCES BUILT ON COMMANDING SITES IN FULL VIEW OF MOUNT TAMALPAIS. NEW RESIDENCES ARE BUILT IN MILL VALLEY Large Tract Also Sold in Scenic Suburb of Marin County MTU, VAI-T/EY, April 4.—Two now residences sjiow the progress that this beautiful town is making in home building. These, houses are not only attractive in architecture, but they havf» pretty garden plats and the ma jestic view of Mount Tatnulpals. The entire subdivision of I>a Verne height? in Mill Valley has been Bold by Will Kalley of Mill Valley for Ralston L» White to J. W. Wright of 228 Montgomery street this week. There are 170 lots, which have a beautiful bay and mountain view. Tl ejr are situated on the sloping hillsides, just above Park avenue depot, in the choict' residential district. J. \V. Wright & Co. Intettd to pui these on the market rtghi ;tw;iy. The worts of widening and feyejine Miller avenue, ;he approach to Mill Val ley fretn tii" »outh, is* beinjC rapidly pushed Corward. Stone rrntes of grf-at I architectural beauty will mark th<» en j trance to the city. These gates will I conform in style to the new I'nion high and >0 the proposed railroad et» tion to be built directly opposite t lie school. The sl'e of the school is eaa? of access , to the reaMenta of Sausalito and Mill Valley, and effort la being made to iii;ikf the BChOO] tiie social center of boih towns. The latereat rnanlfeated in the com- Ing $i.00.000 bond election Iβ Sausalito, on the l"ih, Is not confined to tiiat city, lrir hi < mm r; -'.vide and stati'-iviile. Sausoiito la thp gateway to a county that couid easily rank with the finest show plares in the world. The poor condition of her roads alone, keeps Marin from being that. The county and state stand ready to do their part when the municipalities have e'one their share. It was brought out in a recent meet ing of the executive board of the Marin County Promotion league, tiiat some capitalists iiad lately turned down the proposition of buildins one or more large, hotels in the county be cause automobilistg and we-'k-erders would not come into the comity in large numbers while the roads me in their present deplorable condition. There seems to be little doubt in the minds of many that the bonds will carry, for any sano, sensible person must see that it isn't the part of wis dom to turn good business from the i door. $200,000 IS PAID FOR THREE BIG RANCHES 2,000 A ore* to Be Added to Extensive Holding* of the Solano Forum Company , The purchase thin week of three large ranches in Solano county was effected by A. J. lUeh & Co., which will be added to the acreage of the Solano Irrigated Farms. Inc. The properties purchased aggregate over two thousand acres, consisting , of the Keys, Freltas and Woods ranches, all of which have be*_n held In one ownership for a great many years. The total price is said to be in the neighborhood of $200,000. The Keys ranch belonged to the late James H. Keys, who was a large land owner in Solano county. The Freitas ranch has a large number of natural gas wells, which are now used by the city of Suisnn for heating and lighting. The Woods ranch is on the line of the Oakland and Antloch rail- ! way, which brings the frontage of this company along the line of the Oakland anii Antloch railway to about 17 miles. A. .1. Rich & Co.. further ;m- i nounce the Solano Irrigated Farms, | Inc.. will have water in their first seven hundred acre reservoir by the first of May, completing their main canal in less than four months. This work under ordinary conditions would take about two years. nnd will probably set world's record for speed in irrigation development. This canal is nine miles long, seventy-five feet wide, and seven teen feet deep, and on May first, 500,000 cubic f p et of earth will have been re moved with five dredgers constantly at work. MUCH ACTIVITY AT STEGE STATION \e« ■toefriß Road In Richmond Ire finrinur (or Large Traffic Xear Inner Harbor RICHMOND, April 4.—Eight carloads of rails have been unloaded near the Keystone business blocks, to I*> used by the Southern Pacific in constructing its electric road to Stege. The general activity at Stege station is due prin cipally to that point being the pros pective distributing- station for the new inner harbor. Railroad men who are in a position to know say that the bulk of the freight and passenger traffic from the new inner hnrbor ard adjoining terri tory will pass through Stcg»- station, making, thai one , of the most Important Southern Pacific depots in Richmond. FABM LIVE LAND It pays to farm live land. It pays In huncy and It pays In nuisiuctfon. LJve land Is the liinl !i>al la easily worked, that lias abundant irrigation > -<uer every day in evory year, that will Work for you 4t> weeks out of every f>2. FATRXtEAD LAXDS ARE LIVE LANDS—will produce 8 to 10 tons of alfalfa i>cr acre per year — splendid fruit and vegetable kind— on the main S. P. Rv R.—very healthful climate —now being sold in 10, 20 and 40 acre tracts, on easy terms—the prices arc low, surprisingly %o. Sfml this sfl today wirtj .'"our name unrt ndilross Mm! if».oive full p«rl!eiil»rs free co-operative land & trust company ,VT. Market Street, San Francisco. The S. P. Electric Suburban and Main Line Depot at Stege Station, Richmond, adjoins the Keystone Business Blocks All the Trnflic of the Water Front must pass through tills Tract to Depot Commanding Locations at Bargain Prices Street Work Free CHANDLER, BOURN & MILLER U35 Montgomery St. HALF ACRE LOTS $450 $45 down—s9 a month These choice "reducers of the high of living" are located In the ewelleat resi dence section on the penlnaula—Menlo Park. Only 4D minutes from San Fran cisco and but a two minute walk from the new proponed electric line. One mile from Stanford University. 50-foot lots in the name Beiglilx>rho<xl <y*t as mucil as we aak for the half acre*. There are J\i»t a few of these. They'll sell quickly, »>o don't delay. MUTUAL BOND AND MORTGAGE CO., 1414 Call Building-, San Franciico. CITY BUILDING GOES ON FAST IN RICHMOND Blocks to Be Erected in the Nicholl Tract When Streetwork Is Done RICHMOND. April 4—Word Is coming to Burg Brothers from every hand con i cerning buildings that are to be erected ;in the Nicholl tract immediately upon completion of the street work. John 1111 c of Maricopa will shortly begin the erec. tlon of a two story concrete apartment house in Roosevelt avenue between JBl ''mer and Civic Center avenues, while another purchaser will put up a three story modern building with stores on the ground floor and flats above, di rectly across the street. Complete plans are now ready for 20 such structures In this Nicholl tract and it is confidently believed that the bulk of Richmond's development in the future will be east of Twe.nty-tb.ird street and north of Macdonald avenue. Owing to a rigid building restriction this civic center land will be graced with the handsomest and most mod ern clasg of buildings, eq-ual in many respects to the business houses of San Francisco and Oakland. That the Southern Pacific has ex j tended its Oakland yard limits to Rich mond is an assured fact "and indicates Richmond's importance as a railroad I center. The theory that this is proof lof the Southern Pacific shops being moved to Richmond, is strongly main tained by railroad men close in touch with the system's affairs. Almost the entire portion of the Xlcholl tract from Macdonald avenue to Richmond boulevard has been sold and the balance of the tract, comprising some of the choicest lots, will, judging from the present rate of se'ling, be completely sold before next June. Although this firm has sold 10 Rich mond tracts in all, they are confident that their records will set a new mark in point of rapid selling on the Nicholl tract. Thief Found In Horn* —A. Arata, a grocer. 536 Green street, came face to face with a burglar when he returned home late Thursday night and found him rifling a bureau drawer. The thief escaped. First Public Offering OP Capital Stock of Bay Cities Home Building Company $10.00 Par Value We have been in operation tor one year, have built 13 homes in Bay Cities. Stock heretofore sold only by Private Subscription. Take advantage of the oppor tunity to become a shareholder in an actively operating home build ing company while that company is still young. Shares can be bought on the Cash Basis or Payment Basis—lo per cent down and 5 per cent per month. A pott card trill bring you our Art Booklet ■with photos of home* we bare built and full particular!. Bay Cities Home Building Company, 611-621 Merchants' Kxrhancc Bid*., Snn Krani-l»>'o, PUMPING PLANTS ARE PROVING SUCCESSFUL Many Wells Sunk at Fair mead and Ample Water Supply Assured FAIRMEAD, April 4. —The pumping plant system of irrigation is proving very successful in this section. There have been more than 30 plants in stalled in the last, six months and they have proven uniformly successful. The average irrigation well is about Iβ feet ami the water rises up rlOftt 10 the surface, so that centrifugal pumps can be IMecl Wjr profitably i'or alfalfa raising , . ,T. Q. Adams, who owns 40 acres two rwllea from town, has just installed a five inch centrifugal pump, run by an electric motor. The pump was put in operation Tuesday ami develops TOO gallons per minute. K. R. Morrison has a four inch pump on his ranch throwing- its full capacity of 400 gal lons per minute. T. M. Jamison's five inch pump gives 700 gallons per min ute. Mr. Ilourihan is now using his eight inch pump, which throws a stream of 2.000 gallons per minute. Siebert and Wittenberg have a plant for joint use throwing 1,100 gallons per minute. The Co-operative and Trust company of San Francisco, who own and ar% colonizing , thousands of acres in this vicinity, are installing several new plants. Nicholl Macdonald Aye. RICHMOND'S CIVIC CENTER TRACT Is the Logical Hub of Richmond's Activity It Is the Logical Business p Valve Financial N Commercial Theatrical * Municipal Shopping r> Profit No other trad in Richmond — or no other tract in California is so situated. It is the barometer that regulates real estate values for the whole of Richmond. Your money invested in a lot here is as safe as in the Bank of \ England and as profitable as the dreams of a Croesus. This is the only chance you will ever have to buy a&ual business property on long time and easy payments. Invest today and be rich tomorrow. Ask us for more information. BURG BROS., Inc. The Pioneer Richmond Real Estate Dealers, 660 Market Street - San Francisco BRANCH OFFICES: Please send me. FREE, colored i r imps and views of Richmond. 23d and MacdonaWl Aye., X; ' mc Richmond. Address Call 1 ■'V; 435 Thirteenth St., Oakland. —________^_____ BUILDING OF SMALL HOMES ON INCREASE Influx of Population Results in Profitable Business for Construction Companies The rapid and steady increase in the population of California has brought with it an unprecedented demand for the building of small homes. This la especially noticeable in the cities oC San Francisco, Oakland and Aii jfi-lfs. vhtri numerous real estate operators and home biriMing compan;p* are erisap°d in this line of business am! arc disposing of their homes as fast a< they can build them. As money is realized from the saie of stock, these companies are extend ing their operations. The influx of population caused by the opening of the Panama canal ami the 1915 exposition should create •■■i unparalleled demand for homes in Francisco and iiround the bay. At MARKET STREET DEAL COMPLETED The deed from the Market Street company to John D. Spreckela for the property at Fourth and Market atreets. which was sold last month for $1,100,000. was delivered to the Cali fornia Title and Trust company Thurs day and will so on record This transaction. which was BUu4« through the office of the Kern-N'eilan company, ia the largest deal in rr*! property in San Francisco consum mated in several years.