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Mother of Mother’s Cookies former home for sale at $1.4M

After remodeling, it’s better suited for a modern techie than a vintage baker

Anna Marie Erwert

Aug. 14, 2021

The home where Mother of Mother’s Cookies (Leopoldine Wheatley) lived for 67 years is for sale in Oakland, asking $1.395 million. 

In the early 1900s, Noah Mique Wheatley, an orphan from England indentured to servitude in Canada, escaped and made his way to San Francisco. There, going by his middle name, Mique Wheatley found a job selling newspapers. Working his corner at Market and Kearny, he encountered a couple passing by with homemade vanilla cookies for sale. “The delicious smell of fresh baked cookies intoxicated him and he finally stopped the couple, tried one, and decided to buy the rights to the recipe right then and there,” according to local history blog Oakland Momma. 

Wheatley moved to Oakland to begin his cookie-making enterprise, baking 2,000 vanilla cookies a night. He hired two young women as helpers and fell in love with one of them, Leopoldine, whom he soon married. The Wheatleys bought this home, at 2311 7th Avenue in which to raise their two children. The family owned the home for 67 years while “Mother’s Cookies” went from horse-drawn carriage delivery to global distribution as a subsidiary of Kellogg’s.

Though the history is deep, this home today is decidedly modern. The original bones are intact, as are some period details, but the remodeling is significant. Splashy colors and patterns adorn tiles, the kitchen is open, spacious, and well equipped, and an Airstream in the landscaped backyard awaits Airbnb guests. The design also suits a techie lifestyle as the whole house runs by smartphone, from the lights and blinds to the audio and thermostat. There’s EV charging in the driveway. The skylights are solar-powered.

The house has a simple facade, looking very much like it must of when it was originally built.
Emily K. Means, Open Homes Photography The house has a simple facade, looking very much like it must of when it was originally built.
Inside the home, we see the stairs leading up as well as the entry to the living room, a melding of original and new design elements. 
Emily K. Means, Open Homes Photography Inside the home, we see the stairs leading up as well as the entry to the living room, a melding of original and new design elements. 
In the living room are picture windows that frame the view, as well as a fireplace. 
Emily K. Means, Open Homes Photography In the living room are picture windows that frame the view, as well as a fireplace. 
The kitchen shows the whimsical artistry of the home's redesign in its floor and back splash tiles. 
Emily K. Means, Open Homes Photography The kitchen shows the whimsical artistry of the home’s redesign in its floor and back splash tiles. 
The dining area off the kitchen opens right to the home's back deck. 
Emily K. Means, Open Homes Photography The dining area off the kitchen opens right to the home’s back deck. 
The home has four bedrooms. 
Emily K. Means, Open Homes Photography The home has four bedrooms. 
The fireplace you see in the primary bath suite is two sided, shared with the primary bedroom. 
Emily K. Means, Open Homes PhotographyThe fireplace you see in the primary bath suite is two sided, shared with the primary bedroom. 
Outside, a covered patio awaits. 
Emily K. Means, Open Homes PhotographyOutside, a covered patio awaits. 
The deck grants views from the top of Ivy Hill. 
Emily K. Means, Open Homes PhotographyThe deck grants views from the top of Ivy Hill. 
A cave like oasis outside is a charming place for relaxing. 
Emily K. Means, Open Homes PhotographyA cave like oasis outside is a charming place for relaxing. 
A fully equipped one-bedroom Airstream completes the scene. 
Emily K. Means, Open Homes PhotographyA fully equipped one-bedroom Airstream completes the scene. 
The Mother's Cookies family. Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert. 
Oakland History RoomThe Mother’s Cookies family.Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert.