Historic, Oakland Hills Home Near Sequoyah Country Club.
About 4650 Sequoyah Road
4650 Sequoyah Road is part of Sequoyah Hills, a community planned in the early 1920s by famed Oakland Hills developer Marion Ezell surrounding the legendary Sequoyah Country Club. The home underwent a major expansion and overhaul in the early 2000s. Today, it’s an updated, elegant tribute to its history with an attention to detail rarely seen in contemporary architecture.
Classic, 3” oak hardwood flooring; artisan door casings, crown moldings and baseboards; along with custom built-ins in the family room and upstairs window seat convey respect for the period in which it was built. The fourth bedroom is a private guest suite, and doubles as a home theater room with surround sound. Around back, a decades-old magnolia tree serves as a focal point for the expansive decking, with a built-in hot tub, and level lawns.
4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms
3,530 Sq. Foot Residence
16,552 Sq. Foot Lot
Built in 1928
Purchase Price: $1,280,000
The seller of this home has recently contracted an authorized vendor to complete property reports, including a Natural Hazard inspection and Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) report. The results of the inspection and report have been compiled and are available in the above reports, which have been posted here for your convenience. To view these reports, download Acrobat Reader here.
• Natural Hazard Disclosure (1.1MB)
• Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) Report (57KB)
Lower your carbon footprint! This home is equipped, on the second story rooftop, with a 3.17 kilowatt solar power system. According to the claims of the manufacturer, it can save up to 50% on electric bills! To take full advantage of the solar system, heat in the home has been converted to a 2-stage, electric heat pump and the oven in the kitchen is electric as well. Even the lighting in the kitchen takes advantage of low-power, fluorescent bulbs for a smaller carbon footprint about which you can feel good.
Own a Piece of Oakland’s Heritage.
Sequoyah Hills is the brainchild of famed developer Marion Ezell, whose vision was to see large homes on great lots be built around the Sequoyah Country Club. According to the original plan, no lot could have less than 100 feet of street frontage and no house could be built for less than $7500 (approximately $100,000 in today’s currency) independent of the cost of the land.
Many of the original properties were built with “spanish-style” architecture, inspired by the early development of Thousand Oaks, CA and Arlington Drive in Pasadena, CA. Mr. Ezell was quoted in the May 25, 1924 Oakland Tribune saying, “Sequoyah Hills is being built as a beautiful park for fine homes to surround the Sequoyah Country Club.”
4650 Sequoyah Road was sold as “Lot 15” to Ralph A. Olson. The historic information dictates that the original structure was a two-story residence, completed by builder and architect William H. Swales. Mr. Olson sold the property in 1929 to Walter T. and Ada White who lived there until around 1948. The Whites did some adding on — the permit history shows a small addition for $799 and a storeroom for $1100. The photo to the left is from the October 4, 1925 edition of the Oakland Tribune. While it’s impossible to know for sure, 4650 Sequoyah has such a distinctive profile that it could very well be a photo of this home used in Sequoyah Hills advertising.
Take a trip down memory lane and peruse these 1920’s Oakland Tribune articles compiled by Gail G. Lombardi (27.4MB), Researcher for the Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey.