a pictorial tour of our neighborhood including histories of each home along with other interesting historical information


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00 ~ freds rd ~55 viewsFreds Road is a little short street off of Friendship Circle. There are only three houses on Freds Rd. The Nisbet family has one of the homes and most of the surrounding property along the street. The street is named after either an attorney or engineer who assisted the Fries in the development and platting of Oak Crest. Many people think the street was named after one of John and Rebecca Nesbit's sons, Fred Nesbit, but that is not true. The street was named before Fred Nesbit was ever born. Also, the sign refers to it as "Dr", but it IS "Road".
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3830 freds65 viewsyear built 1959

house style:

block / lot(s)
1865 / 053B, 054B, 055, & 056 (originally lots 5-3, 5-4, 5-5, & 5-6)

owner ~ purchase date
J W Fries et al ~ no date listed
Buena Vista Co ~ 2/1/1928 (lots 5-3, 5-4, 5-5, & 5-6)
* Claudia Shore Kester ~ 8/16/1932 (built first house & barn south of pond – identified as 229 Friendship Cr – house later torn down after new house was built on Freds Rd east of pond – barn still stands)
* Mrs Claudia Shore Kester ~ 1942 (workshop built on property south of barn in 1950 – still stands)
Rebecca K Nisbet & h/John L ~ 9/20/1956
Claudia Shore Kester ~ 3/4/1958
* Rebecca K Nisbet ~ 3/21/1958 (built new house - identified as 3830 Freds Rd)
~ changed to lots 53, 54, 55, & 56 (and became city?) ~ 1/1/1967 ~
~ city purchased right of way along street (lots 53A & 54A) ~ 11/14/1980 ~
John L Nisbet & Rebecca ~ no date listed (lots 53B, 54B, 55, & 56 from now on)
Rebecca Nisbet ~ 1/1/1990
Carl K Nisbet & Elizabeth Jane Nisbet, Co-Trustees ~ 12/27/1991
Carl K Nisbet & Elizabeth J Nisbet ~ 3/14/2002
Real Property/Business Interests Revocable Trust (Carl Nisbet Trustee) ~ 11/18/2013

~ Last updated 2/2016 ~



The Nisbet family lives in this house. They have owned much of the property in this area for many years. Mrs Nisbet was a Kester prior to her marriage and this was her family's property.

Mrs Nisbet's mother, Claudia Shore Kester, was a sister to both Kathleen Fox (1317 Polo) and Mrs Ruth Hudgins (1533 Polo).

more later........

Photo courtesy Helen Etters
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3830 freds 258 views
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3830 freds ~ play house62 views
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3830 freds ~ play house 266 views
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3861 freds63 viewsyear built 1936

house style:

block / lot(s)
1865 / 067B (originally lot 6-7)

owner ~ purchase date
J W Fries et al ~ no date listed (lot 6-7)
Buena Vista Co ~ 2/1/1928
* R J Watkins & w/Georgia B ~ 3/27/1934
Harold G Watkins & w/B W ~ 1/15/1965
~ 1/1/1967 ~ (lot 6-7 changed to lot 67)
Bettie Watkins ~ 10/10/1978 (lot 67 split into lot 67B; lot 67B from now on)


~ Last updated 3/2016 ~
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3867 freds61 viewsyear built 1938

house style:

block / lot(s)
1865 / 068 (originally lot 6-8)

owner ~ purchase date
J W Fries et al ~ no date listed (lot 6-8)
Buena Vista Co ~ 2/1/1928
A J Watkins & w/Dolly ~ 3/27/19?
* Champ C Richardson & w/P H ~ 6/12/1936
~ 1/1/1967 ~ (lot 6-8 changed to lot 68)
Pauline W Richardson ~ 1/1/1982
Avis R Wiemer ~ 11/5/1984
Avis R Blackwell ~ 1/1/1989
Jerry Overby & w/Nancy ~ 1/29/1996
Avis Richardson Blackwell & h/Curtis H Blackwell ~ 12/10/1997
Curtis H Blackwell ~ 1/1/2003


~ Last updated 3/2016 ~
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bbq pit - freds68 views
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bbq pit - freds 262 views
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bbq pit - freds 360 views
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estate entrance70 viewsThis entrance at the end of Freds Rd was intended to be the entrance to a grand estate. The rock masonry is similar to what is at the entrance of the Reynolda Estate and the many terraces that were part of Crystal Lake on the old Richard Davis Estate (now The Corners At Crystal Lake Apartments). The beautiful rock is almost entirely covered with ivy and most of the white picket gate has rotted away. An old rusty "Road Closed" sign still hangs on the gate. It has been like this for at least 40-50 years if not longer.

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estate entrance 260 views
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