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The Avalon: A Beautiful Bungalow at an Affordable Price

As the “Tiny House” grows in popularity, I’m forever surprised that some of these old Sears designs are not being re-invented and re-created. Some of the designs - such as the Avalon - are just as pretty as they can be, making optimal use of small spaces.

In the 1920s, apparently many other folks thought so, too.

The Avalon was offered from 1920 - 1928, and judging by the number of these found in America’s cities, this was a popular design for Sears.

Looking at the photos below, I’d love to know - how many of these Avalon homeowners knew that they had a kit house?

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Sears Homes

Sears Avalon (1928)

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Smart floor plan, too!

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Front porch

In the 1928 catalog, they showed this image of a screened-in porch.

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The Avalon - from the 1928 catalog.

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A picture-perfect Avalon in Perry, Oklahoma. My oh my, what a pretty house. And I love the colors! Photo is copyright 2012 Kendale Benton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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Another view of the world's most perfect Avalon. Photo is copyright 2012 Kendale Benton and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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Dekalb

This Avalon is in Dekalb, Illinois. Photo was taken in 2002.

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Raleigh

Another perfect Avalon. This one is in Raleigh, NC.

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Park Ridge Dale

Dale Wolicki found this Avalon in Park Ridge, Illinois. Photo is copyright 2012 Dale Wolicki and may not be used or reproduced without written permission.

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Sears Avalon in Richmond, in beautifully original condition

Even Virginia has an Avalon. I found this one in Richmond, and it's also in beautifully original condition. Note the three vents on the side gable and the detail on the chimney.

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To learn more about Sears Homes in Richmond, Virginia  click here.

To read more about Sears Homes in Oklahoma, click here.

  1. Denise Cornell
    July 30th, 2012 at 19:05 | #1

    A few years ago I became interested in the Sears Homes because I knew there were quite a few homes that have been built in our Tate (National Registry) and Nelson, Georgia communities for the Marble Co. employees in the early 1900s.

    I recently have become once again interested in the Sears Homes as one of our employees had mentioned his home was a Sears home.

    I have pictures of several homes that I’m pretty sure are Sears Homes and would like to send them to someone to verify. Can someone let me know who to contact? I’m pretty sure they wont be disappointed.

  2. July 30th, 2012 at 19:33 | #2

    Hi Denise,

    Send me the photos and I’ll take a look.

    Plus, we have a group on facebook (”Sears Homes”) and you might join us there.

    Rose

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