mailorder homes: A 1925 "Martha Washington" in Chevy Chase - 02/11/16 03:33 AM
 The "Martha Washington" kit house model from the Sears & Roebuck mail-order catalog was rather popular in the District of Columbia in the early 1920s. Sears offered the stately Dutch Colonial for a number of years.  It was not the largest model the company had to offer, but certainly not one of their smaller ones, either. We have identified and authenticated about half a dozen "Martha Washingtons" in NW DC--including one each in Shepherd Park, Takoma DC and  Cleveland Park, and two in Chevy Chase. One of these was just listed for sale with our very own office.
The Chevy Chase house, built in 1925, has … (4 comments)

mailorder homes: Kit House Of The Week--A 1925 Sears "Maywood" in Chevy Chase - 04/20/12 07:50 AM
Funny--I discovered this house just a couple of months ago when I was driving by. Because I have a passion for historic mail-order houses, I tend to roll down the window (or even get out of the car) to take a pictures in such situations.
Last weekend, the house hit the market, and it's cooler and more authentic than you could wish for.
(Original post: The "Maywood" On Broad branch -- Cottage In The City)
Today’s Kit House Of The Week, located in Chevy Chase, DC, is a 1925 Sears “Honor Bilt” model with a very distinctive and unusual shape–the “Maywood.” … (3 comments)

mailorder homes: Tenant won't let you in? No problem! - 04/14/12 03:46 PM
The case of the Sears kit houses in College Park that couldn't actually be shown (while being offered for sale) does not have to be a lost one after all.The sellers--or their agent--of a listing in DC's Shepherd Park neighborhood show us how to handle the situation:
"BANK FORECLOSURE BEING SOLD AS IS. HOME DOES NEED SOME MINOR TLC BUT OTHERWISE IN GREAT CONDITION," say the agent remarks in the listing. And then comes the kicker: "PROPERTY IS CURRENTLY OCCUPIED BY A TENANT THAT IS REFUSING SHOWING, BUYERS WILL HAVE A CHANCE FOR INSPECTION WITH WALK AWAY ONCE OFFER IS ACCEPTED."
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mailorder homes: This House Is "On The Market?" Really?? - 03/25/12 05:12 AM
"Call 1-st Lister," said the showing instructions. So I did. I left a message on the agent's voice mail, that is, requesting a Friday afternoon or Sunday showing.
 She called back quickly. "Sorry," she said, "but I don't have a key."
 "So we have to make an appointment with the sellers?”
 “The sellers are out of state. But they have promised to send me a key.”
 “But the house has been on the market for two and a half weeks. And nobody has been able to see it?”
 “I haven’t seen it, either. The tenants are kind of, ehm, hostile.”
“But … (9 comments)

mailorder homes: Any Historic Sears House Pictures To Share? - 03/09/12 02:42 AM
Oh, once more I feel so flattered! The mighty Rose Thornton, national authority on the history and identification of the mail-order homes of the early 20th century and author of books such as "Finding The Houses That Sears Built,"kind of featured me on her blog yesterday. Well, actually, not me, but some of the catalog houses I identified in my favorite DC neighborhoods.
I have often written about the stories behind the houses I sold or came across, from discovering they had a famous first owner to the long-forgotten murder in the basement. DC certainly has a lot of history of … (2 comments)

mailorder homes: How Not to Renovate Your Historically Significant Home - 12/19/11 05:18 PM
Seeing the house in person was a bit like an encounter with a vampire: A once charming creature, full of life, adventures and stories, had turned into a bloodless, lifeless shell, generic, functional, and ... dead.
Not that I ever have encountered a vampire, but you will get my point here very soon.
For the past few weeks, I have been scrutinizing new listings in our area--in particular, houses built in the 1920s--for their kit home potential. Imagine my excitement last week when I came across a 1923 Sears "Fullerton" that's for sale right now--in a NE Washington D.C. neighborhood near … (9 comments)

mailorder homes: When Men Were Still Handy, Part II - 12/12/11 01:04 PM
Well, turns out that--at least in Washington--the average middle class guy in the early 20th century might not have known that much more about house building after all. But we'll get to that later.
Yesterday, I promised more on kit homes. Here we go.
The next amazing discovery I made when I was browsing all kinds of libraries and websites to find out more about the other big pre-cut/catalog companies. (Sears, Roebuck and Co. has not only been the most written about, most well-known and largest in numbers of units sold; the term "Sears home" has also become more or less … (10 comments)

mailorder homes: When Men Were Still Handy - 12/10/11 10:07 AM
Original Source: The House In The Post
  1917 Sears mail order bungalow in Washington DC's Shepherd Park neighborhood. Photo: Piers Lamb/Evers & Co.
Last week, my business partner, Marcie Sandalow, and I had a listing appointment at a great old house. The owner mentioned it had been a mail order home, not from the Sears catalog but rather from another, a little less well-known kit company.
That was a neat little fact because there is a growing fan base for these homes. There are dozens of them hidden in Washington’s old “streetcar suburbs” –such as Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, the … (15 comments)

 
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