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Joined: Dec 11 2005

Cliff May homes are quite popular in Southern California but they are forgotten homes out in Marin. There are 3 small areas of Cliff May homes in Novato. Does anyone know if there are any more in Northern California? Marin has some great MCM homes in the hills of San Rafael and in Strawberry Valley as well. If any go up for sale I will let you know on my website!

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

Hey Renee. There is a tract in Castro Valley. There may be some closer to Oakland as well. Cupertino is the first tract of about 1000 homes, built in '52, but the neighborhood is being plundered by redevelopment. Well documented, though. Eichler's own, Ernie Braun shot the cover for Sunset Magazine featuring the tract. There may be a small tract out towards Ladera, west of Palo Alto. I am sure there are more.

Beyond the Bay Area, there are Cliff Mays in Chico and Redding. I have discovered Cliff May homes in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, and Colorado. I am working on a map. Cliff May and co-designer, architect Chris Choate, sold 18,000 prefab kits to various builders.

Bay Area Builder, Stern & Price, built many in the Bay Area, but was subsequently sued by May when they decided to make there own house, which resembled Cliff May's design a little too closely. Stern & Price also built many Anshen+Allen homes too.

The home was the top selling house in California in '53 and was on the cover of at least 7 major magazines. I believe May quite making the tract homes in '56 because buyers desired larger homes, which meant more parts than one truck could carry.

Joined: Dec 11 2005

Thank you Joe. Let us all know when you get that map and we can utilize it somehow....maybe a topic for CA Modern? I am dying to get my issue, I have not recieved it yet:( You are the endless source of informtion.

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Joined: Feb 6 2008

hi joe b
do you know where exactly in castro valley are the cliff mays? id like to pay a visit!

Joined: Mar 20 2003

I wanna say off Redwood dr

Joined: Mar 13 2008

We just purchased a Cliff May home in Los Altos you know if the map of Cliff May homes around the country was completed or how to find it? :)

Joined: Mar 20 2003

I am not familiar with Los Altos Hills, where is that by?

How many other Cliff May homes are in your neighborhood?

Here's a partial list of known Cliff May neighborhoods:

Bellingham, WA (21)
Bellevue, WA
Edmonds, WA
Portland, OR
Eugene, OR (40)
Redding, CA
Paradise, CA
Chico, CA
Navato, CA (100)
Castro Valley, CA
Portola Valley, CA
Cupertino, CA (1000)
Fresno, CA
Clovina, CA
Claremont, CA
Pomona, CA (56)
Redlands, CA
Studio City
Long Beach, CA (714)
Tustin, CA (53)
Vista, CA
San Diego, CA
Costa Mesa, CA
Anaheim, CA
(plus other SoCal locations)
Denver, CO (800)
Las Vegas, NV
Tucson, AZ
Dallas, TX
Houston, TX
Kansas City, MO
Charlotte, NC

Joined: Nov 15 2009

Bought a home in Fresno CA , I think it may be a Cliff May or a Local Builder who copied Mae? Do you know where he built the homes in Fresno?

Joined: Mar 20 2003

post an address or streets with cross streets and I'll google it.

there might be several tracts in Fresno, not sure where though. link up some photos, I'd like to see

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