Thursday, June 30, 2016

Park Plaza Homes Livermore CA

Roy N. Jensen built a lot of homes in Livermore in the late sixties. There is even a street named after Mr. Jensen right off East Avenue just East of Livermore High School. Everybody knows the name Jensen in Livermore.  His office was located on East Avenue  and on Tuesday, October 10, 1967, He filed his corporate status with the sate of CA as Roy N. Jensen Homes, Inc. Albeit that his name and subdivisions were and still are well-known. There was a  not so well-known subdivision project Jensen was fond of called Park Plaza Homes.

The Park Plaza Homes ended up being a relatively small build out of about 12 homes on Hazel Street and Terry just off Charlotte Way. Why so small? At the time of writing, I am currently not sure, but the Park Plaza plans were anything but small.  The Park Plaza Elementary School, the Park Plaza Park and the Park Plaza Shopping Center were all part of the building plan within a significant size lot just west of Livermore Lab. The Park Plaza Homes parcel of land was just east to what was then called Sandia Corporataion and Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. Jensen was actually supposed to live in one of the homes in Park Plaza Homes on Hazel Street.

When my wife and family sold our Fremont Townhouse and moved to Livermore in June of 2014, we bought one of the Park Plaza Homes by Jensen. At he time, I only knew that it was way different than the other homes around. I knew it was a custom build, and I also knew I wanted to live in it. So, we bought it, and I am so glad we did.

I now live and work in this neighborhood, and one of my neighbors has hired me to sell their Livermore home in Jensen's Park Plaza. I have an affinity for original brochures of homes built some time ago.  I like mid century stuff.  My clients actually have the original brochure for the Park Plaza Homes by Jensen. I took some digital images and thought I would share them with you.

These single story ranch Park Plaza Homes are fortified with 2 x 6 and 2 x 8 rafters throughout, 1 1/8 inch thick subfloors, girder and beam supports and more. They were and still are tanks. 

You do not need a Jensen home to be happy in Livermore. Just come to Livermore like I did. Visit and let me know if there is anything I can do to help with that. I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane.