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.
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.” It’s listed by TTR/Sotheby’s for $899,000.
What’s so special about it is that it retains much of the original…everything. There are those beautiful casement windows on the first floor, the siding, fireplace, hardware, the two original porch benches just as they looked in the Sears mail-order catalog. (You can see the Realtor’s virtual tour here.) None of the modifications seem destructive, either. The large porch off the dining and living room was finished and turned into a den — we have seen this in a couple of other area “Maywoods” as well.
The “Maywood” was not the largest or most luxurious model Sears offered, but certainly more elaborate than others and, in its “cottage” style, out of the ordinary. Both the winged floor plan and the hipped roof that continues its lines through the second floor add some neat architectural interest.
By the way, more often than not, neither the agent not the owner are aware that the house they're selling is a kit house. In this case, the agent actually emphasized it in her marketing!
(Image scan courtesy of AntiqueHomeStyle.com)