The property, at 7135 Pinehaven Road, includes three contiguous parcels on 25,000 square feet of land.
“It’s a very unique property but it’s not in great shape,” listing agent Nick Flageollet said. “We found some interesting history on the place, back in the 1930s there was a fire there.”
The fire in question was reported in the Oakland Tribune on Oct. 23, 1933. But the cabin, built in the 1890s, somehow survived. It’s likely that the “destroyed” house mentioned was a second building on the same plot.
Four years later, another historic fire that scorched 9 square miles of the Oakland hills — including the steep land where the home sits — made headlines, but again, the log cabin on Pinehaven survived.
Archives reveal that the 1937 blaze started when a music teacher’s backyard bonfire got out of control on Pinewood Road on Sept. 25, 1937. During the first six hours, the fire burned across the western edge of the Pinehaven district up Broadway Terrace to a point just below Skyline Boulevard and back down another canyon to the west.
The cabin is now described as in “considerable disrepair,” and may well be a teardown unless an innovative renovator can keep it standing, as it has for 130 years.
The property is represented by Nick Flageollet; find the listing here.