Subdivisions | The Oaks Tract

The Oaks Tract was subdivided in 1907.  It was formerly part of land owned by William N. Monroe.  It had been Block B and part of Lot 20 in Block C in the Monroe Addition.  Monroe got together with some other investors and formed a consortium named the Granite Bank & Trust.  The property was divided into 48 lots, most of which were 50 feet wide by 141 feet long.  The tract is bounded on the south by Oaks Avenue.  Lots 1-12 are on the west side of North Myrtle.  Lot 1 of the tract is actually the fourth house down from Greystone Avenue.  The address for Lot 1 is 271 N. Myrtle Avenue.  Lots 13-24 are on the east side of Stedman Avenue.  Lot 14 is the fourth lot down from Greystone Avenue, and the address is 276 Stedman Place.  Lots 25-36 are on the west side of Stedman Place, and Lots 37-48 are on the east side of Primrose Avenue.

The first house built in the new tract was built in 1908 and is located on Lot 11, 231 N. Myrtle Ave.

The lots did not sell quickly, but they did sell at a steady pace, so the members of the consortium made money.  The tract was named after William Monroe's house, known as The Oaks which is still stands on Lot 43, 44, and part of Lot 29.  Its address is 250 N. Primrose Ave.

Besides The Oaks, there are only a few other houses in the tract that are of Victorian architecture.  Because the lots sold slowly, houses were built in the popular styles from Craftsman bungalows through the Spanish and Mediterranean revival styles popular during the 1920s.  There are, unfortunately, some vintage houses which have been remuddled, and ones that have been torn down to be replaced by overlarge houses which do not fit the overall style of the tract.  Overall, though The Oaks Tract has maintained its vintage feeling.

267 N. Myrtle Ave.

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Known Details

Block No:

Lot No: 2

Landmarked? No

Construction Year: 1924

Architectural Style: Period Revival

Contractor: D.E. Taylor

Architect: Unknown

Style Altered? No

Location Changed? No

Owner(s): George Croxon, Frederick George Croxon, Norman Nicoll Croxon, Senior

Demolished? No

Subdivision: The Oaks Tract

271 N. Myrtle Ave.

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271 N. Myrtle Ave.

Known Details

Block No:

Lot No: 1

Landmarked? No

Construction Year: 1920

Architectural Style: Craftsman

Style Detail: From the looks of the present house, it may have started out as having Craftsman details, but the house has been remuddled so badly that it's hard to tell.

Contractor: Unknown

Architect: Unknown

Style Altered? Yes

Location Changed? No

Owner(s): Norman Nicoll Croxon, Junior, J. Grace Worthen

Demolished? No

Subdivision: The Oaks Tract

The consortium of the Building & Investment Company of Monrovia subdivided this property which had been own by William N. Monroe (who was most likely a member of the consortium) in 1907.  In 1908, this property was valued at $350 and the taxes were $5.08.  The consortium paid taxes on the property for eight years without being able to sell it until 1916 when the company was assessed 42 cents for delinquent taxes.

Some time in the next four years, the property was purchased by Grace Worthington who had a wood frame house valued at $1,750 built on the property as an investment.  She was a school teacher in Monrovia and lived at 143 W. Greystone Avenue for many years.

It is difficult to determine exactly what style the house originally was as today it is very muddled.  The windows which may or may not be original have a Craftsman style look to them.  The windows on either side of the door may be original.  The door is definitely not. Even in a modest frame house of the early 1920s, there would have been at least a small porch directly in front of the front door.  Even more likely, the house would have had a porch that came out from the entire width of the house as Craftsman houses do and as the house directly to the south (267 N. Myrtle Avenue which was built at about the same time) has.  One can see how wide the concrete slab is in front of the house, an indication that there was originally a wider porch. 

The driveway on the left of the house can still be seen, but is now blocked by a fence.

Also view: Monrovia Tract | M-P.B & C | Banana Addition | Town of Monrovia | Dorland's Tract | Monroe Addition to Monrovia Tract | Ocean View Subdivision | B&G Subdivision