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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 Avalon (1928)


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Smart floor plan, too!


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.



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



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


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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.


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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  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.


  3. Barb
    December 31st, 2015 at 22:09 | #3

    There is a perfect Avalon at 1222 7th Avenue in Neptune, NJ. I know because, I grew up there.

  4. January 1st, 2016 at 12:32 | #4

    Wow, Barb - it sure is! And looks mostly original too.

    What a lovely home. I’ve always loved The Avalon.

  5. Debbie Bond
    March 27th, 2017 at 10:21 | #5

    Hi, I have lived in my historic 1923 bungalow in Raleigh, NC almost 30 yrs, lovingly restoring it.

    I’ve always wanted to pin down which kit home it is and have narrowed it to Avalon or Plaza neither are exact matches.

    The only markings I can find are 1/2″ circular brass numbered plates on each window sill.

    Hoping you can advise me…can I send you a pic?

  6. Dale Wolicki
    March 28th, 2017 at 14:43 | #6

    The brass plates on the window sills probably correspond to the storm and screen windows.

  7. March 28th, 2017 at 14:55 | #7

    That was my first thought too, Dale.

    Nonetheless, it’s pretty cool that those old tags are still in place.

  8. Dale Wolicki
    March 29th, 2017 at 05:53 | #8

    The Aladdin Plaza was very popular and was widely copied by other pre-cut housing companies, plan book companies, and by local builders.

    I think the ratio is one to ten. For every ten houses that look like an Aladdin Plaza, only one of them is actually an Aladdin Plaza.

  9. Ted Coffman
    June 28th, 2017 at 02:51 | #9

    I grew up in an Avalon, on a farm off of what is now called Nighthawk Road.

    I loved that house and farm.

    My grandparents purchased two farms in Southeast Kansas, 66783.

    One of the farms was where my grandparents, lived and the other our family.

    That house withstood many storms with extremely high winds.

    I heard the freight train many times in my childhood. Our Avalon, had a full basement and a coal chute.

  10. Anna Lamarche
    March 17th, 2018 at 13:35 | #10

    I love this home and many others from this time frame.

    We are thinking of building a Craftsman home with a bit of tweaking. Are any of the plans available to purchase?

  11. Gemma
    March 18th, 2018 at 14:21 | #11

    Lots of houses around here that look just like that.

  12. Kris
    June 12th, 2018 at 14:27 | #12

    Are the stairs going up to the attic?

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