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Where am I living?

September 3, 2014

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This beautifully remodeled 4-bed, 3.5-bath home in Warrenville, Illinois, was originally constructed in 1922. It is listed for $375,000.  The 1,965 square foot interior has radiant heat floors throughout. Granite counters, tile floors, and brand new fixtures have equipped the kitchen for the 21st century.  Ref.: realtor.com

I love this idea.  You used to be able to order a house kit from Sears.  They also gave you the opportunity to make additions and changes, and to order the hardware and fittings that you preferred.  Sigh.

From 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Co. sold about 70,000 – 75,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles, from the elaborate multistory Ivanhoe, with its elegant French doors and art glass windows, to the simpler Goldenrod, which served as a quaint, three-room and no-bath cottage for summer vacationers. (An outhouse could be purchased separately for Goldenrod and similar cottage dwellers.) Customers could choose a house to suit their individual tastes and budgets.

Sears was not an innovative home designer. Sears was instead a very able follower of popular home designs but with the added advantage of modifying houses and hardware according to buyer tastes. Individuals could even design their own homes and submit the blueprints to Sears, which would then ship off the appropriate precut and fitted materials, putting the home owner in full creative control. Modern Home customers had the freedom to build their own dream houses, and Sears helped realize these dreams through quality custom design and favorable financing.

More here at the Sears Archive.

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Look up Sears Houses on google images for more wonderful floorplans, prices and ordering instructions (!)

Well maintained Sears homes are still in existence and seem to be highly desirable.

See also:

Lustron Homes

Quonset Huts

Dymaxion House

Heinlein House

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2 comments

  1. I’m thinkin’ there could be a HUGE market for Sears houses today, or for something quite like them. I’m also thinking the price for thaT Warrenville home is VERY reasonable for Chicago.


    • It is good to see how many Sears homes not only are still in existence, but have been well cared for. I do wonder what the $4080.00 cost of Modern Home #132 would be today!



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